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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Smith, La Union17.4 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.0 
 3. Villegas, Sionista16.6 
 4. OBannon, Boca Jrs15.8 
 5. McHopson, Quilm.15.8 
 6. DeGroat, Olimpico.15.7 
 7. Pittman, Libertad.15.6 
 8. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.3 
 9. Mojica, Wuber-Es.15.0 
 10. Lo Grippo, Quimsa15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Martinez, San M.12.5 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.10.0 
 3. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 4. Davis, GECR I.9.3 
 5. Sandes, Sionista9.1 
 6. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras8.5 
 8. DeGroat, Olimpico.7.6 
 9. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 10. Truscott, Quilm.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.4 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.6 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.5 
 4. Martinez, Regat.4.9 
 5. Cequeira, Sionista4.8 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.7 
 7. Sucatzky, Atenas3.7 
 8. Victoriano, San M.3.7 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.5 
 10. Smith, La Union3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 3. Moldu, Olimpico LB1.8 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.1.7 
 5. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.6 
 6. McHopson, Quilm.1.6 
 7. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.4 
 8. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.4 
 9. Treise, Libertad S.1.4 
 10. Beitzel, San M.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 2. Clancy, Club 91.3 
 3. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 4. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.2 
 5. Matthews, Quilm.1.1 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 7. Roe, Regatas C.1.1 
 8. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 9. Jackson, Olimpico.0.9 
 10. Ayarza, Club 90.9 


Leo gutierrez renews contract iwth penarol - by Facundo Iatzky

Domingo Robles, the main manager of Penarol of mar del plata, defending champion of Liga A, announced that international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) renewed his contract with penarol of Mar del plata for three years else. It means that Leonardo gutierrez will stay in Mar del plata until 2015, the same as Facundo Campazzo. He might finish his career that year. Leonardo is one of the most important players of the history of Liga A.


LigaA 1/8 Finals: Quimsa is alive against Boca Juniors (1-2) - by Eurobasket News

Boca Juniors - Quimsa 57-74 (2-1)

After two straight home defeats, Quimsa cruised past Boca Juniors on the road in Game Three of the LigaA 1/8 Finals. It was a 57-74 victory for the guests, who extended this series for at least one more game. The score is 2-1 for Boca Juniors, who will be the host in Game Four as well. That meeting is scheduled for tomorrow. The winner of this series will play against Obras in the Quarterfinals. The game was mostly controlled by Quimsa. Boca Juniors managed to win fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) who led the winners and scored 21 points. American-Puerto Rican guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: VCU) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Power forward Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81) came up with 6 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-G-78, agency: Players Group) added 9 points respectively for Boca Juniors in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next game. As mentioned above, teams will meet again tomorrow and if necessary on March 31 in Game Five.

Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 21+4reb+1ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 18+7reb+1ast, N.Aguirre 13+4reb+5ast, J.Williams 7+7reb, C.Schattmann 7+4reb+1ast, S.Vega 2+6reb
Boca Jrs: L.O'Bannon 11, B.Raymond 10+1reb, M.Stanic 9+3reb+1ast, F.Martina 6+9reb, M.Nocedal 5, M.Fierro 5+6reb+2ast



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Diamond V.E. 2-0 
 2. Ringwood H. 2-0 
 3. Hume City 2-1 
 4. Sherbrooke S. 2-1 
 5. Corio Bay 1-1 
 6. Eltham W. 1-1 
 7. Bulleen B. 0-2 
 8. Melbourne 0-2 
 9. Waverley F. 0-2 
Central ABL
 1. C.District L. 0-0 
 2. Eastern M. 0-0 
 3. Forestville E. 0-0 
 4. N.Adelaide R. 0-0 
 5. Norwood F. 0-0 
 6. S.Adelaide P. 0-0 
 7. South.Tigers 0-0 
 8. Sturt S. 0-0 
 9. W.Adelaide B. 0-0 
 10. Woodville W. 0-0 
QBL
 1. Brisbane C. 0-0 
 2. Bundaberg B. 0-0 
 3. Caboolture S. 0-0 
 4. Gladstone P. 0-0 
 5. Gold Coast R. 0-0 
 6. Ipswich F. 0-0 
 7. Mackay M. 0-0 
 8. Maroochydore 0-0 
 9. Northside W. 0-0 
 10. Rockhampton 0-0 
 11. SW Metro P. 0-0 
 12. Toowoomba 0-0 
 13. Townsville H. 0-0 
SEABL-East
 1. Sandringham S. 3-0 
 2. Geelong S. 2-0 
 3. Frankston B. 1-1 
 4. Canberra G. 1-1 
 5. Bendigo B. 1-1 
 6. Dandenong 1-2 
 7. Brisbane S. 0-1 
SEABL-South
 1. Kilsyth C. 2-0 
 2. Knox R. 2-0 
 3. Albury W.B. 2-1 
 4. Nunawading S. 2-1 
 5. Ballarat M. 1-1 
 6. Hobart C. 0-3 
 7. Mt Gambier 0-3 
 8. NW Tasmania 0-3 
WARATAH
 1. Bankstown B. 0-0 
 2. Canberra N. 0-0 
 3. Cent.Coast C. 0-0 
 4. Hills H. 0-0 
 5. Hornsby S. 0-0 
 6. Illawarra H. 0-0 
 7. Maitland M. 0-0 
 8. Manly Warr. 0-0 
 9. Newcastle H. 0-0 
 10. Norths Bears 0-0 
 11. Parramatta W. 0-0 
 12. Sutherland S. 0-0 
 13. Sydney C. 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 2

BIG V

Mar. 24: Corio Bay - Bulleen B. 91-74
Mar. 24: Ringwood H. - Hume City 90-73
Mar. 25: Waverley F. - Eltham W. 67-86
Mar. 25: Sherbrooke S. - Melbourne 63-59
Mar. 24: Diamond V.E. - Sherbrooke S. 102-91

SEABL

Mar. 24: Geelong S. - Hobart C. 99-83
Mar. 25: Dandenong - NW Tasmania 94-74
Mar. 24: Albury W.B. - NW Tasmania 93-71
Mar. 24: Sandringham S. - Frankston B. 82-81
Mar. 23: Mt Gambier - Bendigo B. 76-77
Mar. 24: Kilsyth C. - Ballarat M. 76-72
Mar. 25: Nunawading S. - Hobart C. 68-57
Mar. 24: Canberra G. - Knox R. 59-90

Regular Season: Round 3

BIG V

Mar. 31: Sherbrooke S. - Waverley F.
Mar. 31: Diamond V.E. - Bulleen B.
Mar. 31: Melbourne - Ringwood H.
Apr. 1: Eltham W. - Sherbrooke S.
Apr. 1: Hume City - Corio Bay
Mar. 31: Albury W.B. - Frankston B.

SEABL

Mar. 30: Hobart C. - Brisbane S.
Mar. 30: Mt Gambier - Geelong S.
Mar. 31: Geelong S. - Sandringham S.
Mar. 31: NW Tasmania - Brisbane S.
Mar. 31: Ballarat M. - Nunawading S.
Mar. 31: Bendigo B. - Canberra G.
Mar. 31: Knox R. - Kilsyth C.
Apr. 1: Dandenong - Canberra G.
Apr. 1: Kilsyth C. - Sandringham S.
Mar. 31: Albury W.B. - Frankston B.


Gladstone Port City bring in Kevin Gaines - by Eurobasket News

Gladstone Port City are bolstering their roster prior to the start of QBL season. They have recently agreed on terms of contract with Kevin Gaines (193-G-80). The guard graduated from the University of Houston back in 2002. He averaged 10.0 points, 5.5 assists and 3.5 boards per game in his senior season. Kevin Gaines was not drafted that year and was sidelined from pro basketball until now. Last summer the guard participated at Court Side Pro Camp in Las Vegas. Kevin Gaines was 1999 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team member. He participated at Hoop Summit in 1999. Kevin Gaines will join the Power in the upcoming weeks. QBL season start is slated for the beginning of May.


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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - A Bundesliga

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

Second Stage: Round 9

Group A

Mar. 25: Klosterneub. - Kapfenberg 82-69
Mar. 26: Gmunden - Wels 81-82 OT
Mar. 25: Gussing - Oberwart 72-71

Group B

Mar. 25: Furstenfeld - BC Vienna 85-81
Mar. 25: UBSC Graz - Arkadia 80-97

Second Stage: Round 10

Group A

Apr. 1: Wels - Klosterneub.
Apr. 1: Kapfenberg - Oberwart
Apr. 1: Gmunden - Gussing

Group B

Apr. 1: BC Vienna - UBSC Graz
Apr. 1: Arkadia - St.Polten


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.1 
 2. Drenovac, Arkadia23.0 
 3. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 4. Shavies, Furstenf.18.9 
 5. Shaw, Oberwart17.8 
 6. Djuric, Gussing17.4 
 7. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.17.1 
 8. Grum, UBSC G.16.9 
 9. Fears, Kapfenberg16.8 
 10. Moric, UBSC G.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joe WERNER
  Wels
  (201-C-84)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Werner, Wels9.6 
 2. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.4 
 3. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 4. Oppland, Gmunden7.7 
 5. Ware, Furstenfeld7.4 
 6. Robinson, Furstenf.7.1 
 7. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg7.1 
 9. Skurdauskas, Arkad.6.9 
 10. Scott, Gussing6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.9 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg5.9 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.5.7 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.4 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing4.8 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.7 
 7. Schaal, UBSC G.4.5 
 8. Curry, Gmunden4.1 
 9. Milosevic, St.Polt.4.1 
 10. Grum, UBSC G.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.6 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.4 
 3. Pryor, Wels2.1 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.0 
 5. Brown, Wels1.7 
 6. Milosevic, St.Polt.1.4 
 7. Scott, Gussing1.4 
 8. Danek, Arkadia1.4 
 9. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.3 
 10. Mayer, Gmunden1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary WARE
  Furstenfeld
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ware, Furstenfeld1.0 
 2. Scott, Gussing1.0 
 3. Koch, Gussing0.8 
 4. Kohlmaier, Wels0.8 
 5. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.7 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden0.6 
 7. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 8. Brown, Wels0.6 
 9. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.5 
 10. Bakovic, St.Polten0.5 


A Bundesliga Round 9: Raiffeisen Wels defeat group leader Gmunden Swans - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in A Bundesliga and Gmunden already secured position No.1, despite home defeat against Wels. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Gmunden Swans (22-7) at the home court on Monday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (20-9) in overtime 82-81. Gmunden Swans were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 16-17. 31 personal fouls committed by Gmunden Swans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American center Joe Werner (201-C-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds. The former international forward Davor Lamesic (203-83, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 22 points and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Robert Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St.) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Gmunden Swans. Raiffeisen Wels maintains fourth place in Bundesliga with 20-9 record. Gmunden Swans at the other side still keep top position with seven games lost. Raiffeisen Wels are looking forward to face league's second-placed Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gmunden Swans will play at home against Gussing Knights and are hoping to win this game.

The most impressive performance of 9th round was 24 points and 8 rebounds by Gary Ware of Furstenfeld.


Group A
Gmunden - Wels 81-82 OT
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Gmunden Swans (22-7) at the home court on Monday night. Hosts were edged by fourth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (20-9) in overtime 82-81. Gmunden Swans were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 16-17. 31 personal fouls committed by Gmunden Swans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds. The former international forward Davor Lamesic (203-83, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 22 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. American forward Robert Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St.) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) added 21 points and 7 assists in the effort for Gmunden Swans. Raiffeisen Wels maintains fourth place in Bundesliga with 20-9 record. Gmunden Swans at the other side still keep top position with seven games lost. Raiffeisen Wels are looking forward to face league's second-placed Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gmunden Swans will play at home against Gussing Knights and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: M.Curry 21+1reb+7ast, R.Arnold 20+8reb+3ast, D.Oppland 11+11reb+2ast, M.Mayer 9+5reb+2ast, F.Schoeninger 8+2reb+5ast, E.Murati 5+3reb
Wels: D.Lamesic 22+4reb+5ast, T.Brown 19+2reb+4ast, J.Werner 17+16reb+3ast, A.Farokhmanesh 14+2reb+4ast, L.Stutz 6+2reb, R.Vieider 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 169215


Klosterneub. - Kapfenberg 82-69
We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when third ranked Xion Dukes (20-9) beat second-best Kapfenberg Bulls (20-9) in Klosterneuburg 82-69 on Sunday. It was a key game for the second position in Bundesliga. The game was mostly controlled by Xion Dukes. Kapfenberg Bulls was better in third quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Xion Dukes players scored in double figures. Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls. Xion Dukes moved-up to second place in Bundesliga. Xion Dukes will face Raiffeisen Wels (#4) on the road in the next round. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Oberwart Gunners and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: D.Nelson 18+7reb, L.Gordon 14+14reb+2ast, J.Fears 14+4reb+5ast, D.Mayes 11+1ast, S.Knabl 9+3reb, T.Schreiner 3+6reb+4ast
Klosterneub.: R.Suljanovic 24+7reb, M.Lanegger 15+4reb, C.Bobb 12+6reb+4ast, D.Zeleznik 11+3reb+2ast, C.Nagler 11+3reb+3ast, J.Chappell 4+9reb+4ast
gschID: 169216


Gussing - Oberwart 72-71
We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Oberwart Gunners (17-12) were edged on the road by sixth ranked Gussing Knights (12-17) 72-71 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Oberwart Gunners won third quarter 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points and 8 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Heard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Gussing Knights' coach Robert Langer used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (205-87, college: TCU) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) added 19 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Oberwart Gunners. Four Oberwart Gunners players scored in double figures. Gussing Knights maintains sixth place in Bundesliga with 12-17 record. Defending champion Oberwart Gunners keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Gussing Knights will face league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Oberwart Gunners will play on the road against Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: J.Dean Shaw 19+5reb+1ast, J.Johnson 18+5reb, H.Ochsenhofer 12+1reb+4ast, N.Gacesa 11+14reb+2ast, V.Hollins 7+7reb+4ast, H.Artner 2+1ast
Gussing: A.Djuric 20+8reb+1ast, M.Heard 16+5reb+3ast, T.Klepeisz 10+3reb+5ast, M.Klepeisz 8+3reb, C.Scott 6+5reb+2ast, S.Koch 5+2reb
gschID: 169217


Group B
Furstenfeld - BC Vienna 85-81
The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Furstenfeld Panthers' (15-13) home victory over second-best BC Vienna (11-16) 85-81 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 31-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American power forward Gary Ware (205-83, college: Purdue, agency: TSS Management) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 assists for the winners. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) answered with 27 points and 4 assists and Serbian-Bosnian power forward Marko Djurkovic (205-87) added 19 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for BC Vienna. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains first place in Bundesliga with 15-13 record. Loser BC Vienna keeps the second position with 16 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will have a break next round. BC Vienna will play at home against UBSC Graz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 27+4reb+4ast, M.Djurkovic 19+12reb+2ast, J.Francois 15+8reb+2ast, T.Gaspar 8+3reb, D.Toroman 6+3reb+4ast, B.Matthews 6+1reb+2ast
Furstenfeld: G.Ware 24+8reb+2ast, J.Robinson 20+8reb, A.Shavies 19+4reb+11ast, L.O'Neal 16+2reb+3ast, K.Payton 6+3reb+3ast, F.Richter 0
gschID: 169218


UBSC Graz - Arkadia 80-97
We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 3rd placed UBSC Graz (8-19) lost at home to fourth ranked Arkadia Lions (8-19) 97-80 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 31-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Arkadia Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 34. It was a good game for Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (203-92, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) answered with 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and point guard Sebastian Schaal (189-90) added 8 points and 12 assists in the effort for UBSC Graz. Arkadia Lions maintains fourth place in Bundesliga with 8-19 record. Arkadia Lions will face St.Polten (#5) at home in the next round. UBSC Graz will play against the league's second-placed BC Vienna in Wien and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: M.Stegnjaic 35+6reb+1ast, C.Knor 13+5reb+1ast, R.Lanegger 12+8reb+1ast, A.Heuberger 8+2reb, S.Schaal 8+4reb+12ast, M.Galle 4+2ast
Arkadia: D.Drenovac 31+7reb+4ast, B.Danek 18+4reb+4ast, A.Percan 13+1reb, R.Spasojevic 11+4reb+3ast, S.N'Diaye 9+7reb+1ast, J.Blazevic 8+1reb



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 21-1 
 2. Grodno-93 20-3 
 3. Rubon 13-10 
 4. Minsk-2006 II 9-14 
 5. BGUIR-RTI 9-14 
 6. SBK Osipovichi 8-15 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-23 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 27: SBK Osipovichi - Minsk-2006 78-85
Mar. 27: Minsk-2006 II - BGUIR-RTI 77-66
Mar. 20: Rubon - BGUIR-RTI 73-62
Mar. 27: Sozh Gomel - Rubon 60-84
Mar. 23: Grodno-93 - SBK Osipovichi 110-86
Mar. 20: Minsk-2006 II - Sozh Gomel 100-74

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 30: Sozh Gomel - Minsk-2006
Mar. 30: Grodno-93 - Minsk-2006 II
Apr. 2: Minsk-2006 - Rubon
Apr. 3: BGUIR-RTI - SBK Osipovichi


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.20.5 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.16.8 
 3. Mishukov, SBK O.15.4 
 4. Ignatchik, Minsk-.14.7 
 5. Patupchyk, Sozh G.14.6 
 6. Knox, Minsk-200613.6 
 7. Yafremov, Grodn.13.1 
 8. Sugoniako, BG.12.7 
 9. Svirydov, SBK O.12.4 
 10. Ovdeenko, Grodno.12.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.11.7 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.10.2 
 3. Zakhar, BG.9.2 
 4. Krisevich, Minsk-.8.2 
 5. Mishukov, SBK O.7.9 
 6. Ovsepian, Rubon6.9 
 7. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.7 
 8. Kojenets, Minsk.6.6 
 9. Knox, Minsk-20066.0 
 10. Yafremov, Grodn.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.1 
 2. Charykau, SBK O.4.6 
 3. Akulich, Rubon4.5 
 4. Kudrautsau, Minsk.3.9 
 5. Papruha, BG.3.3 
 6. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.8 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-932.5 
 8. Sitnik, SBK O.2.4 
 9. Nakic, Minsk-20062.0 
 10. Sapegin, Rubon2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Akulich, Rubon2.3 
 2. Charykau, SBK O.2.3 
 3. Papruha, BG.2.2 
 4. Ovsepian, Rubon2.2 
 5. Zakhar, BG.2.2 
 6. Sapegin, Rubon2.0 
 7. Malkov, Rubon1.9 
 8. Sitnik, SBK O.1.9 
 9. Yafremov, Grodn.1.8 
 10. Sivalko, Rubon1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Yury MISHUKOV
  SBK O.
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 0
 1. Mishukov, SBK O.0.0 
 2. Minayeu, Minsk-20.0.0 
 3. Zakhar, BG.0.0 
 4. Mastou, Grodno-930.0 
 5. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 6. Malyavko, Minsk-20.0.0 
 7. Vergun, Minsk-20060.0 
 8. Malkov, Rubon0.0 
 9. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 10. Malakhau, Minsk-2.0.0 


Premier League Round 22: BGUIR-RTI is defeated by Minsk-2006 II in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

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

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: Minsk-2006 II (#6) and BGUIR-RTI (#4). Minsk-2006 II (9-14) won against visiting BGUIR-RTI (9-14) 77-66. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 46-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Minsk-2006 II forced 20 BGUIR-RTI turnovers and outrebounded them 50-37 including a 41-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Vladimir Krisevich (210) chipped in 8 points and 18 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side swingman Genniadiy Zakhar (198-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. BGUIR-RTI's coach Siarhei Varyvodau rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Minsk-2006 II have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated BGUIR-RTI. Minsk-2006 II is looking forward to face league's second-placed Grodno-93 on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BGUIR-RTI will play against SBK Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was Rubon's (#3, 13-10) victory against one of their biggest challengers BGUIR-RTI (9-14) 73-62. Forward Marsel Ovsepian (202-90) notched 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Viktor Ovsepian supported him with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by forward Aliaksandr Hrumiantsau (205-91) did not help to save the game for BGUIR-RTI. Rubon maintains third position with 13-10 record having seven points less than leader Minsk-2006. BGUIR-RTI at the other side keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Minsk-2006 II. Rubon will play against league's leader Minsk-2006 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BGUIR-RTI will play against SBK Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Premier League top team - Minsk-2006 (21-1) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat fifth ranked SBK Osipovichi (8-15) 85-78. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau fired 12 points and 9 assists for the winners. Minsk-2006's coach Andrei Krivonos used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Yury Mishukov produced 18 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Minsk-2006 have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-1 record. SBK Osipovichi lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 15 games lost. Minsk-2006 will meet at home Rubon (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SBK Osipovichi will play against BGUIR-RTI in Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel (0-23) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 23th consecutive match to third ranked Rubon (13-10) 84-60. Worth to mention a great performance of Viktor Ovsepian who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 7 rebounds. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Rubon maintains third position with 13-10 record having seven points less than leader Minsk-2006. Sozh Gomel at the other side still closes the standings. Rubon's next round opponent will be league's leader Minsk-2006 on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sozh Gomel will play against the league's leader Minsk-2006 (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel (0-23) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 23th consecutive match to sixth ranked Minsk-2006 II (9-14) 100-74 on Tuesday evening. Vladimir Krisevich had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Minsk-2006 II have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BGUIR-RTI. Loser Sozh Gomel still closes the standings. Minsk-2006 II will face league's second-placed Grodno-93 on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Sozh Gomel will play against the league's leader Minsk-2006 (#1) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 22 SBK Osipovichi was destroyed by Grodno-93 on the opponent's court 110-86.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points and 7 rebounds by Yahor Patupchyk of Sozh Gomel.


Sozh Gomel - Rubon 60-84

Bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel (0-23) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 23th consecutive match to third ranked Rubon (13-10) 84-60. The game without a history. Rubon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 30 Sozh Gomel turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Viktor Ovsepian (200-91) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Dmitri Akulich (192-86) contributed with 12 points and 5 assists for the winners. Akulich is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Rubon players scored in double figures. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. point guard Yahor Patupchyk (186-94) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and center Pavel Bliznets (205-94) added 8 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Sozh Gomel. Rubon maintains third position with 13-10 record having seven points less than leader Minsk-2006. Sozh Gomel at the other side still closes the standings. Rubon's next round opponent will be league's leader Minsk-2006 on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sozh Gomel will play against the league's leader Minsk-2006 (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Rubon: D.Sivalko 14+5reb, V.Ovsepian 13+7reb+1ast, D.Akulich 12+4reb+5ast, A.Kachan 10+1ast, A.Malkov 10+1ast, S.Sapegin 10+2reb+2ast
Sozh Gomel: Y.Patupchyk 19+7reb, I.Drobyshevskiy 12+5reb+2ast, P.Bliznets 8+14reb+1ast, D.Kasenkau 7+4reb+1ast, S.Bondar 5+6reb+1ast, A.Shestilovskiy 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 171546


SBK Osipovichi - Minsk-2006 78-85

Premier League top team - Minsk-2006 (21-1) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat fifth ranked SBK Osipovichi (8-15) 85-78. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 31-23. But SBK Osipovichi won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Minsk-2006 made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Minsk-2006 outrebounded SBK Osipovichi 44-27 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. International guard Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-80) fired 12 points and 9 assists for the winners. The former international forward Aliaksei Lashkevich (204-78) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Five Minsk-2006 players scored in double figures. Minsk-2006's coach Andrei Krivonos used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Yury Mishukov (205-85) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (184-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) added 13 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Minsk-2006 have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-1 record. SBK Osipovichi lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 15 games lost. Minsk-2006 will meet at home Rubon (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. SBK Osipovichi will play against BGUIR-RTI in Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006: B.Maze 15+5reb+2ast, A.Trastsinetski 14+5reb, A.Kudrautsau 12+4reb+9ast, A.Lashkevich 11+10reb+1ast, A.Fomin 11+5reb+2ast, J.Knox 7+3reb+1ast
SBK Osipovichi: Y.Mishukov 18+9reb+2ast, A.Svirydov 16+4reb+1ast, S.Charykau 13+3reb+8ast, S.Vabischevich 9+3reb+4ast, V.Skidan 9+1reb+2ast, D.Zaitsev 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 171544


Minsk-2006 II - BGUIR-RTI 77-66

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: Minsk-2006 II (#6) and BGUIR-RTI (#4). Minsk-2006 II (9-14) won against visiting BGUIR-RTI (9-14) 77-66. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 46-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Minsk-2006 II forced 20 BGUIR-RTI turnovers and outrebounded them 50-37 including a 41-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Vladimir Krisevich (210) chipped in 8 points and 18 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side swingman Genniadiy Zakhar (198-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and point guard Anton Papruha (188-93) scored 18 points. BGUIR-RTI's coach Siarhei Varyvodau rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Minsk-2006 II have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated BGUIR-RTI. Minsk-2006 II is looking forward to face league's second-placed Grodno-93 on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BGUIR-RTI will play against SBK Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006 II: R.Rutkauskas 21+9reb+2ast, V.Nakic 15+4reb+1ast, M.Shustau 14+3reb+9ast, V.Ignatchik 9+5reb+3ast, V.Krisevich 8+18reb+1ast, Y.Kurapau 6+5reb+1ast
BGUIR-RTI: A.Papruha 18+4reb+1ast, E.Sugoniako 16+4reb+1ast, G.Zakhar 14+10reb+6ast, Y.Ignatiev 8+10reb, A.Hrumiantsau 6+1reb, A.Kuzmitski 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 171545


Rubon - BGUIR-RTI 73-62

Very significant was Rubon's (#3, 13-10) victory against one of their biggest challengers BGUIR-RTI (9-14) 73-62. The game was mostly controlled by Rubon. BGUIR-RTI was better in third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rubon forced 30 BGUIR-RTI turnovers. Forward Marsel Ovsepian (202-90) notched 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Viktor Ovsepian (200-91) supported him with 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by forward Aliaksandr Hrumiantsau (205-91) did not help to save the game for BGUIR-RTI. Forward Evgeniy Sugoniako (198-92) added 17 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Rubon maintains third position with 13-10 record having seven points less than leader Minsk-2006. BGUIR-RTI at the other side keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Minsk-2006 II. Rubon will play against league's leader Minsk-2006 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BGUIR-RTI will play against SBK Osipovichi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rubon: D.Shilovich 14+3reb+1ast, M.Ovsepian 14+9reb+2ast, V.Ovsepian 12+6reb+4ast, A.Malkov 8+4reb+3ast, P.Karasevich 8+2reb, D.Sivalko 7+13reb
BGUIR-RTI: A.Hrumiantsau 19+6reb, E.Sugoniako 17+5reb+1ast, Y.Ignatiev 9+7reb, A.Kuzmitski 6+5reb+1ast, A.Papruha 5+5reb+3ast, G.Zakhar 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 171542


Grodno-93 - SBK Osipovichi 110-86

Rather expected game when 5th ranked SBK Osipovichi (8-15) was crushed on the road by second ranked Grodno-93 (20-3) 110-86 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Grodno-93. SBK Osipovichi was better in second period 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. Grodno-93 outrebounded SBK Osipovichi 41-19 including a 27-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. SBK Osipovichi was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-75) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Ilya Sharipov (197-91) responded with 20 points and the former international center Yury Mishukov (205-85) scored 19 points. Five Grodno-93 and four SBK Osipovichi players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Grodno-93 maintains second position with 20-3 record behind leader Minsk-2006. SBK Osipovichi lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with 15 games lost. Grodno-93 will face Minsk-2006 II (#4) at home in the next round. SBK Osipovichi will play against BGUIR-RTI in Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: V.Matyukevych 22+6reb+1ast, K.Yafremov 15+6reb, D.Kuzmin 13+7reb+3ast, A.Mastou 12+6reb+1ast, V.Korzh 11+2reb+4ast, S.Ovdeenko 10+5reb+1ast
SBK Osipovichi: I.Sharipov 20+3reb+2ast, Y.Mishukov 19+4reb+1ast, K.Sitnik 12+3reb+1ast, S.Vabischevich 10+1ast, V.Skidan 7+1reb, S.Charykau 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 171543


Minsk-2006 II - Sozh Gomel 100-74

Bottom-ranked Sozh Gomel (0-23) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 23th consecutive match to sixth ranked Minsk-2006 II (9-14) 100-74 on Tuesday evening. The game without a history. Minsk-2006 II led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Minsk-2006 II forced 23 Sozh Gomel turnovers and outrebounded them 49-36 including 19 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Sozh Gomel's players. Center Vladimir Krisevich (210) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Croatian point guard Vedran Nakic (184-89) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side point guard Yahor Patupchyk (186-94) responded with 30 points and 7 rebounds and center Pavel Bliznets (205-94) scored 9 points and 12 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Minsk-2006 II have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BGUIR-RTI. Loser Sozh Gomel still closes the standings. Minsk-2006 II will face league's second-placed Grodno-93 on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Sozh Gomel will play against the league's leader Minsk-2006 (#1) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006 II: V.Nakic 20+3reb+4ast, R.Rutkauskas 16+7reb+2ast, V.Krisevich 15+14reb+1ast, V.Ignatchik 11+1ast, Y.Kurapau 8+6reb, M.Shustau 8+6reb+8ast
Sozh Gomel: Y.Patupchyk 30+7reb+3ast, D.Fedorovskiy 15+3reb+2ast, P.Bliznets 9+12reb, I.Drobyshevskiy 7+6reb, S.Bondar 6+3reb, A.Stankevich 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 171541



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D1: Celik, Zrinjski and Brotnjo relegated to D2 - by Sead Buljina

Bosnian former powerhouse Celik has failed to survive yet another seson among the best teams. The club from Zenica has produced many well-known players (i.e. Emir Mutapcic, Dzevad Alihodzic, Kenan Bajramovic, Abdurahman and Armend Kahrimanovic, Ivan Opacak, etc). But, since coach Marko Trbic took over and held young gifted players at the bench for years, the time to pay the price has come. Before each prior season, alibi-coach Marko Trbic would say that their goal is to stay in D1 although he had one of the best teams in the league. He would barely manage to stay in the league, except for 2008-09 season. This season, Celik put together a team that was bound to D2 from day one. All gifted players that Trbic held at the bench have become decent players and left the club for better opportunities. Encouraging for Celik is that Trbic has left and the club has several very gifted players for years to come.
Another big surprise is Zrinjski from Mostar, a club that was among top 4 in recent years. Zrinjski would bring strong reinforcements before each season and played European competitions. This season, with last-round loss in Banja Luka from Borac, Zrinjski ended up with the worst score among three teams with 8 wins: Vogosca and Borac had better scores compared to Zrinjski.
Brotnjo from Citluk was a strong team ten years ago, but it was expected that they would not stay in D1. Prior to the season, Bosnian Basketball federation announced that five last teams on the standings would be relegated to the lower division. Those five teams could not come back to D1 during the next three years. At the end of the season, with no official announcement, there are only three teams sent to D2. Like no decision was made regarding reducing the number of D1 teams with a goal to concentrate quality players in less teams making the league stronger. It's business as usual. League will continue to exist with 15 teams. Two, maybe three teams will fight for the championship, half the league will fight to avoid relegation to the lower division and majority of teams will play mediocre basketball with no chance for winning it all nor dropping to D2.



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

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

Kee Kee Clark
Kee Kee Clark
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's). He led Umana Venezia to a victory over the league outsider Novipiu CM (6-19) 90-85 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Clark was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points and added 3 passes. Umana Venezia (15-9) is placed second in the SerieA. Clark is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Clark averages: 15.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 41.8% and FT: 79.2%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Clark played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely Clark has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Cajasol (13-13) in their last game. Despite Calloway's very good performance Cajasol was edged in an overtime 110-108 at home by the higher-ranked (#7) Gescrap BB. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Calloway also added 7 rebounds and dished 9 assists in 39 minutes. This year Calloway's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 44.6%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 78.0% in the 26 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Calloway played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Bulgarian national team in 2010. Apparently Calloway has never played in Bulgaria.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He was not able to help Meridiano Alicante (14-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Ivanov's good performance Meridiano Alicante was defeated 72-60 on the road by the higher-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#6). He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Ivanov also added 5 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). It's Ivanov's first season with the team. Ivanov is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 73.7%. Despite Ivanov played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #4. Swingman Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Olin Edirne (7-17) in their last game. Despite Videnov's very good performance Olin Edirne lost 69-77 in Ankara to the higher-ranked (#9) Turk Telekom. He was the second best scorer with 16 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 27 minutes. Videnov has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.9apg in the 17 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Videnov is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #5. International power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn't help Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (10-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Fabi Shoes Montegranaro was defeated 95-91 in Treviso by the higher-ranked Benetton (#10). Ivanov scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Ivanov is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very good stats: 12.6ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. Despite Ivanov played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #6. Forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Kecskemeti (13-10) crushing them 95-71 in the Hungarian A Division in Friday night's game. Nikolov scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (19-4) is placed third in the A Division. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Nikolov has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg in the 23 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Nikolov is also a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team two years ago.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #7. An experienced former international guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St.) couldn't help Lokomotiv (4-2) in their game against Khimky (5-1) in the Eurocup. He recorded 7 points. The first-placed Lokomotiv was defeated 81-72 in Khimki by the second-ranked Khimky in the group L of Eurocup. Blakney has reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Blakney played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster. Interesting that Blakney has never played in Bulgaria.

Ilian Evtimov
Ilian Evtimov
   #8. Forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, also represented by Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) couldn't help Chalon/Saor (18-4) in their game against Chorale de Roanne (11-11) in the French ProA. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Chalon/Saor lost 78-83 in Roanne to the lower-ranked (#7) Chorale de. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. This year Evtimov's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2007.

Kristoffer Gafor
Kristoffer Gafor
   #9. International guard Kristoffer Gafor (194-92) was the main contributor in Srbija's victory against the sixth-ranked Solna Branten (8-13) 76-67 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Saturday night's game. Gafor was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 12 rebounds. KSF Srbija Malmo (13-9) is placed fifth in South group. The Regular Season already ended. Gafor's stats this season are: 12.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg. Despite he played previously for the Swedish national team, Gafor is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Galin Mihaylov
Galin Mihaylov
   #10. Guard Galin Mihaylov (189-80) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Tromso (13-8) in their game against Asker Aliens (15-6) in the Norwegian BLNO, despite his very good performance last Saturday. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Mihaylov also added 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. But Tromso lost 61-66 in Asker to the second-ranked Aliens. Mihaylov is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Tromso's roster. He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.8apg in the 22 games. Despite Mihaylov played previously for the Swedish national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. International point guard Willie Deane (188-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes in their game against Caja Laboral in the Spanish ACB. Deane scored 8 points. His team was defeated 89-74. He has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. Deane is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Deane is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster. He used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #12. International guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) faced previously mentioned Kaloyan Ivanov in the Spanish ACB last game. Rowland managed to help Unicaja Malaga in a victory against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante 72-60. He scored only 2 points in 20 minutes. Rowland has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.5apg in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Rowland is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

   #13. Former international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, another player represented by Interperformances) couldn't help Solna Vikings in their game against Sodertalje Kings in the Swedish Basketligan. Doychinov recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 86-82. He has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 5.3rpg. Despite Doychinov played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

   #14. International power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) is a teammate of previously mentioned Willie Deane and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Simmons couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes in their game against Caja Laboral. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Simmons scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. His team lost 74-89. He has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 4.3rpg in the 24 games. Simmons is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

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

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



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

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA). He led Milwaukee Bucks to a victory over the Charlotte Bobcats (7-40) crushing them 112-92 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Mbah a Moute was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 22-27 record this season. It's Mbah a Moute's fourth year with the team. Mbah a Moute has relatively good stats this year: 7.5ppg, 5.3rpg and FT: 69.5% in the 32 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

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

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

Paul Biligha
Paul Biligha
   #4. Center Paul Biligha (200-90, agency: Players Group), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) was not able to help Casalpusterlengo (17-15) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Biligha's very good performance the fourth-placed Casalpusterlengo was defeated 84-73 on their home court in Casalpusterlengo by the higher-ranked Treviglio (#3) in the North-West Division. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Biligha also added 8 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Biligha's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 4.8rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha played previously for the Italian U20 national team, he is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #5. International shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-77) helped Aix-Maurienne win their game against the 16th-ranked SPO Rouen (9-18) 98-89 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. Ekanga-Ehawa scored 15 points in 26 minutes. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (17-10) is placed fifth in the ProB. This year Ekanga-Ehawa has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.2apg in the 27 games. He has both Cameroonian and French nationalities. Despite Ekanga-Ehawa played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Saidou Njoya
Saidou Njoya
   #6. Point guard Saidou Njoya (186-89) helped Boulazac Basket win their game against the 15th-ranked Denain Voltaire (10-17) 87-78 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. Njoya scored 10 points and added 4 assists. Boulazac Basket Dordogne (21-6) is placed first in the ProB. Njoya's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.8apg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Njoya is also an international player who is currently on the senior Cameroonian National Team roster.

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

Yves Mekongo
Yves Mekongo
   #8. Forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: La Salle), 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 his very good performance Amicale was badly defeated 91-73 on the road by the lower-ranked Residence (#4) in the 1-6 places group. Mekongo recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This season Mekongo has very high stats. He averages: 20.7ppg, 12.1rpg and 1.7apg. Worth to mention Mekongo played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite Mekongo played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Talba Toudjani
Talba Toudjani
   #9. International forward Talba Toudjani (201-80), who plays in the Georgian Superleague couldn't help Energy Invest (0-0) in their last game. Despite Toudjani's good performance Energy Invest lost 71-75 in Tbilisi to the leading Armia. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. Toudjani also added 2 blocks in 34 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Toudjani has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg in the six games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Toudjani is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Gaston Moliva
Gaston Moliva
   #10. Forward Gaston Moliva (202-85, college: Richmond) helped Chiba Jets win their game against the sixth-ranked Yokohama BC (22-21) 80-62 in the Japanese BJ League in Saturday night's game. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Chiba Jets (15-27) are placed eighth in Eastern group. Moliva's total stats this season are: 4.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4bpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Cameroonian National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) couldn't help Etendard de Brest in their game against Souffelweyersheim in the French NM1 (third division). Vounang scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team was crushed by 25 points 73-48. Vounang's stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.4apg in the 22 games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Vounang is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

   #12. International center Junior MBida (206-90) helped Lille Metropole win their game against the 14th-ranked Le Portel crushing them 81-58 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He scored only 3 points. MBida's total stats this season are: 3.8ppg and 2.0rpg. He is also in the roster of the Cameroonian national team.

   #13. International power forward Yann Zonnet (197-89) helped Saint Vallier win their game against one of league's weakest teams Quimper UJAP crushing them 85-64 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. Zonnet scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. This year Zonnet's total stats are: 3.1ppg and 3.2rpg in the 25 games. He is also Cameroonian national team player.

   #14. International forward Michel Ipouck (199-86) helped Chartres win their game against one of league's weakest teams Le Puy ASMB 64-58 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Ipouck scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Ipouck has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. He plays currently for the Cameroonian national team.

   #15. Former international guard Claude-Didier Njoya Nken (185-75) couldn't help Spot Up Medien Baskets in their game against Oettinger Rockets Gotha in the German ProB (third division). Njoya Nken cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 1 points in 7 minutes on the court. His team was edged 82-79. Njoya Nken has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 1.9apg in the eight games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team six years ago.



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Raptors sign Alan Anderson to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have signed guard Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) to a 10-day contract. He is the 42nd Call-Up of the 2011-12 NBA D-League season.

Anderson averaged 21.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in eight appearances with the NBA D-Leagues Canton Charge. He ranks 11th in the league in scoring, while shooting .550 (60-for-109) from the field and .800 (40-for-50) at the charity stripe.

In three NBA D-League campaigns, Anderson has appeared in 44 games, with 24 starts, averaging 18.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 31.5 minutes. He spent the 2010-11 season with the New Mexico Thunderbirds (before the team relocated to Canton) and appeared in 26 games for the Tulsa 66ers in 2006-07.

Anderson was a four-year starter at Michigan State, where he helped the Spartans reach the 2005 Final Four. He signed with Charlotte as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and appeared in 53 games over two seasons with the Bobcats. Anderson averaged 5.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 15.1 minutes in the NBA before heading overseas with stops in Italy (Bologna), Russia (BC Triumph Lyubertsy), Croatia (KK Cibona), Israel (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Spain (Regal Barcelona) and China (Shandong Lions).

Courtesy of www.www.insidehoops.com



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

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

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #1. This week's number one is former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas). He led Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory over the New Jersey Nets (16-35) 105-100 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Thompson was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 12 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Thompson's third season in pro basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have 17-29 record this season. It's Thompson's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 7.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 43.1% and FT: 52.8% in the 40 games he played so far. Thompson played for the Canadian U19 national team three years ago.

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara). He contributed to a 2-point Phoenix Suns' victory against the Indiana Pacers (29-19) 113-111 in the NBA last Friday. Nash recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and making 17 passes (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). The Phoenix Suns have 25-24 record this season. Nash is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his eighth year in Suns' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Nash averages: 13.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 11.2apg, 2FGP: 59.6%(183-307), 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 88.0%. He played for the Canadian national team in 2003.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall), who plays in the NBA. Dalembert could not help the Houston Rockets (27-23) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Houston Rockets were edged in an overtime 101-99 on the road by the Dallas Mavericks. Dalembert scored 16 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 28 minutes. This year Dalembert has relatively solid stats: 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.9bpg, 2FGP: 52.1% and FT: 81.8% in the 50 games. He has a dual citizenship: Haitian and Canadian. Despite Dalembert played previously for the Haitian national team, he played also for the Canadian national team in 2008.

Matt Bonner
Matt Bonner
   #4. Forward Matt Bonner (206-80, college: Florida) contributed to an easy victory against the Dallas Mavericks (28-22) 104-87 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Bonner scored 14 points and added 5 passes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 33-14 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Bonner has been at the team for six years. He has reliable stats this season: 7.3ppg and 3.4rpg. Bonner is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Bonner is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #5. Former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona) was the major contributor in a Triumph Lyubertsy's victory against the leader Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-0) 80-65 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. He scored 14 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group L. Triumph Lyubertsy (3-3) is placed second. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Landry's stats this year are: 11.9ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.1apg in the 15 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Landry is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Omar El Turk
Omar El Turk
   #6. Guard Omar El Turk (188-81, college: Dawson Coll.) was the main contributor in a Al Riyadi's victory against the league leader Champville (6-0) crushing them 93-67 in the Division A on Tuesday night. He was the best player in that game. El Turk scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (4-0) is placed first in the Division A. So far his team won all four games in the Semi-Finals. El Turk plays eighth season for the team. He averaged so far 11.9ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.1apg. Despite El Turk played previously for the Lebanese national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team three years ago.

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

Joel Anthony
Joel Anthony
   #8. Center Joel Anthony (206-82, college: UNLV) contributed to an easy victory against the Detroit Pistons (17-32) 88-73 in the NBA last Friday. He scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Miami Heat has a solid 35-13 record this season. Anthony plays for the team since 2008. Anthony's overall stats this year are: 3.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.4bpg. Despite he played previously for the Lebanese national team, Anthony is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Ross Bekkering
Ross Bekkering
   #9. Former University international forward Ross Bekkering (203-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) contributed to an overtime Nijmegen's victory against the closely-ranked Leeuwarden (9-16) 99-90 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Bekkering had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds in 34 minutes. Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen (16-10) is placed fourth in the Eredivisie. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Bekkering is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.1apg in the 18 games. Despite Bekkering played previously for the Lebanese national team, he is currently in the Canadian university national team roster.

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

   #11. International guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Cajasol (13-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Cajasol was edged in an overtime 110-108 at home by the higher-ranked (#7) Gescrap BB. English scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. This year English's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg in the 23 games. Despite he played previously for the Lebanese national team, English is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

   #12. International power forward Ali Kanaan (205-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Mass.-Lowell) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk and both played together in the last Division A game. Kanaan contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Champville crushing them 93-67. He scored 11 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Kanaan's total stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. Despite he played previously for the Lebanese national team, Kanaan is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

   #13. International forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL was not able to secure a victory for BK Pardubice (22-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed BK Pardubice lost 65-73 in Decin to the higher-ranked (#3) BK Decin in the A1 group. Muirhead was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 29 minutes. Muirhead averaged so far 11.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in the 31 games. Despite he played previously for the Jamaican national team, Muirhead is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

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

   #15. Former international center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St.) couldn't help Energa Czarni in their game against Zastal ZG in the Polish PLK, despite his good performance on Sunday night. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Morrison also added 4 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. But his team lost 75-83. Morrison is ranked fifth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.3bpg. This year his other stats are: 11.3ppg and 5.9rpg in the 28 games. Despite Morrison played previously for the Jamaican national team, he is currently in the Canadian national team roster.



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

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

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

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79), who plays in the French ProA. Zianveni could not help Strasbourg IG (10-13) to beat Le Mans (15-8). He scored 7 points and added 3 assists. Strasbourg IG was defeated 83-69 on the road by the higher-ranked Le Mans (#5). Zianveni's overall stats this season are: 5.6ppg, 4.3rpg and FT: 45.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Central African and French. Despite Zianveni played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Central African senior national team.

Martial Gotagni
Martial Gotagni
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Martial Gotagni (190-79), who plays in the French NM1 (third division). Gotagni was not able to help Le Puy ASMB (4-23) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Le Puy ASMB lost 58-64 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#13) Chartres. Gotagni scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was Le Puy ASMB's 11th consecutive loss in a row. Gotagni has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3FGP: 27.7% and FT: 65.0% in the 23 games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Gotagni is currently a member of the Central African senior national team.

James Mays
James Mays
   #4. Forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) managed to help Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi to win against the tenth-ranked Erdemir (10-14) 98-81 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. He scored only 4 points and blocked 2 shots. Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (12-10) is placed fourth in the TBL. It's Mays' first season with the team. This year Mays has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Mays is also Central African national team player. Strangely he has never played in Central Africa.

Stephane Dondon
Stephane Dondon
   #5. Former international forward Stephane Dondon (203-77, college: Virginia) was not able to secure a victory for JA Vichy (7-20) in their game against ALM Evreux (13-14) in the French ProB (second division). Dondon scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. JA Vichy was crushed 75-53 in Evreux by the much higher-ranked (#9) ALM Evreux. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Dondon's overall stats are: 4.2ppg and 3.9rpg in the 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Despite Dondon played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Central African national team roster.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Max Kouguere (198-F-87) plays for Le Mans in French ProA
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProA
Anicet Lavodrama (203-F-63) plays for Blancos de Rueda in Spanish ACB
Jimmy Djimrabaye (203-F/C-92) plays for JA Vichy in French ProB
Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78) plays for Orchesien BC in French NM1
Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-F-83) plays for Le Puy ASMB in French NM1
Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-F-83) plays for Marmande in French NM2
Kezza Kolombet Bangiba (190-F-85) plays for Nord Ardeche in French NM2
Yannick Zachee (194-F-86) plays for Get Vosges in French NM2
Benjamin M'Boli (199-F-88) plays for Ouest Lyonnais in French NM2

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



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

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

Luis Julio
Luis Julio
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Luis Julio (201-80), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB. He could not help Bucaneros (14-12) to beat Toros (4-22). Julio scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Bucaneros was defeated 98-85 on the road by the league outsider Toros (#10). This season Julio averages: 8.3ppg, 6.1rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Venezuelan. Despite Julio played previously for the Venezuelan national team, he played also for the Colombian national team in 2010.

Fernando Lucena
Fernando Lucena
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Fernando Lucena (185-86), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB. Lucena was not able to help Toros (4-22) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Toros lost 96-103 at home to the higher-ranked (#7) Gaiteros. Lucena recorded 13 points in 23 minutes. It was Toros' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Lucena averages only 4.9ppg in the 24 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan. Despite Lucena played previously for the Venezuelan national team, he played also for the Colombian national team in 2009.

Juan Palacios
Juan Palacios
   #3. The Colombian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Juan Palacios (204-85). Palacios managed to help C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 to win against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-15) 70-65 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored only 2 points. C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 (11-15) is placed 12th in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Palacios' first season with the team. Palacios' overall stats this year are: 8.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 80.8%. He played for the Colombian national team three years ago.

Enielsen Guevara
Enielsen Guevara
   #4. Power forward Enielsen Guevara (204-82) contributed to a 2-point Marinos' victory against the fifth-ranked Guaiqueries (14-12) 89-87 in the Venezuelan LPB last Wednesday. Guevara recorded only 4 points in 12 minutes. Marinos de Anzoategui (22-6) is placed first in the LPB. This year Guevara's overall stats are: 2.0ppg and 1.4rpg in the five games. He has both Colombian and Venezuelan nationalities. Guevara used to play for the Colombian national team back in 2010.

   #5. Former international swingman Cesar Silva (190-81) faced previously mentioned Enielsen Guevara in the Venezuelan LPB last game. Silva was not able to secure a victory for Guaiqueries (14-12) in their game against Marinos (22-6). He recorded 6 points. Guaiqueries was edged 89-87 on their home court in Porlamar by the leading Marinos. Silva's total stats this season are: 5.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.1apg. He also holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan. Despite Silva played previously for the Venezuelan national team, he is currently in the Colombian national team roster.

Jackson Zapata
Jackson Zapata
   #6. Forward Jackson Zapata (198-85) couldn't help Guaros (8-16) in their game against Cocodrilos (21-7) in the Venezuelan LPB. Zapata cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 2 points in 12 minutes. Guaros was badly defeated 96-76 on their home court in Barquisimeto by the second-ranked Cocodrilos. This year Zapata's total stats are: 4.6ppg and 2.5rpg in the 22 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Colombian senior team two years ago.

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

   #1. Jesus Urbina (201-F-84, college: George Mason) led Toros to a victory over the sixth-ranked Bucaneros (14-12) 98-85 in the Venezuelan LPB in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Urbina scored 30 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 39 minutes. Toros de Aragua (4-22) is located at the very bottom in the LPB. Urbina is currently third on the list of best rebounders with 8.0rpg. He also averaged so far 14.5ppg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg in the 24 games he played so far. Urbina has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Venezuelan. Despite his Colombian passport, Urbina previously played for the Venezuelan national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Colombian team.

Other top Colombian players, who play abroad:

Edgar Moreno (190-G-81) plays for Pioneros in Mexican LNBP
Juan Manaure (188-G-79) plays for Guaros in Venezuelan LPB
Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) plays for Guaros in Venezuelan LPB
Cruz Salcedo (190-G-74) plays for Guaros in Venezuelan LPB
Jorge Diaz (195-F-77) plays for Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB
Jader Fernandez (197-F-82) plays for Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB
Jorge Leon (188-G-79) plays for Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB
Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) plays for Panteras in Venezuelan LPB
Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) plays for Panteras in Venezuelan LPB

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



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A1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 3

Championship

Mar. 27: KK Zagreb CO - KK Split 78-106
Mar. 27: Zadar - Svjetlost 71-50
Mar. 28: Cedevita - Cibona
Mar. 28: Jolly - Zabok

Play-Out

Mar. 28: Dubrovnik - Darda
Mar. 28: Borik - Kvarner 2010
Mar. 28: Alkar Sinj - Krizevci


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Mimica, KK Split20.9 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.1 
 3. Ross, Jolly18.1 
 4. Vrbanc, Zadar16.2 
 5. Stimac, Svjetlost15.3 
 6. Simovic, Kvarner15.1 
 7. Kruslin, Zabok14.4 
 8. Peraica, Darda14.3 
 9. Grgat, Krizevci14.1 
 10. Budimir, Darda14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrej STIMAC
  Svjetlost
  (204-F/C-79)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Stimac, Svjetlost7.6 
 2. Simovic, Kvarner7.4 
 3. Ivanov, Zadar7.3 
 4. Sobin, KK Split7.0 
 5. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.8 
 6. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.7 
 7. Peraica, Darda6.4 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar6.0 
 9. Mrva, Jolly5.8 
 10. Vrsaljko, Jolly5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci4.9 
 2. Ross, Jolly4.6 
 3. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.9 
 4. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.4 
 5. Subotic, KK Split3.4 
 6. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 7. Dosen, Dubrovnik2.8 
 8. Mimica, KK Split2.7 
 9. Tomas, Zabok2.6 
 10. Kruslin, Zabok2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Ross, Jolly3.2 
 2. Kostomaj, Svjet.2.3 
 3. Bicvic, Darda1.9 
 4. Mimica, KK Split1.7 
 5. Krapic, Zadar1.7 
 6. Zadnik, Zadar1.7 
 7. Kruslin, Zabok1.5 
 8. Stimac, Svjetlost1.5 
 9. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
 10. Ceskovic, Kvarner1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Borik
  (207-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sarlija, Borik1.5 
 2. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 3. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 4. Buva, Krizevci0.9 
 5. Vukovic, KK Split0.8 
 6. Kastropil, Zadar0.7 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 8. Najev, KK Split0.5 
 9. Diminic, Dubrovnik0.5 
 10. Cakarun, Borik0.5 


Velimir Perasovic is Coach of the Month in Liga Endesa - by Eurobasket News

Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances) is named Coach of the Month in Spanish Liga Endesa. The Croatian specialist led his team Valencia to four wins in five games during the March. The same records also had Dusko Ivanovic (Caja Laboral) and Sito Alonso (Lagun Aro GBC), but Valencia had better point difference and this award belongs to Perasovic. Velimir Perasovic took over Valencia in January this year. After great results in March, Valencia currently shares the fourth place with Lagun Aro GBC. They have 15-11 record. Perasovic worked last season with Efes Pilsen. Before that, he spent two years with Cibona VIP Zagreb and won two Croatian league titles with them. Cibona also was Croatian Cup winner in 2009. In the past, Perasovic worked with Estudiantes, Tau Ceramica and Caja San Fernando.


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

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

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

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

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Luka Zoric (211-84). Zoric led Unicaja Malaga to a victory against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante (14-12) 72-60 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 27 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (14-12) is placed sixth in the ACB. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. It's Zoric's first season with the team. Zoric has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 55.3%(109-197) and FT: 61.3% in the 25 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #4. Forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport), who plays in Russia could not help Khimky (5-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Loncar's good performance the second-placed Khimky was defeated 81-77 on the road by the leading Lokomotiv in the group J of Eurocup. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Loncar's stats this season are: 12.6ppg and 4.2rpg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2010.

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

Drago Pasalic
Drago Pasalic
   #6. Power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) led Helios to a victory over the sixth-ranked Sentjur (0-1) 83-76 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Saturday night. Pasalic was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Helios Domzale (1-0) is placed first in Championship Group. Pasalic belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #6. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg and 5.8rpg. Pasalic is a former international player as he played for the Croatian senior team three years ago.

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

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #8. Center Ante Tomic (217-87) was not able to help Real Madrid (20-6) in their game against Lagun Aro GBC (15-11) in the Spanish ACB. Tomic scored only 4 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Real Madrid was defeated 98-90 in San Sebastian by the lower-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (#5). This season Tomic averages: 8.4ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Luksa Andric
Luksa Andric
   #9. International center Luksa Andric (210-85, agency: Beo Basket) contributed to Galatasaray's victory against the league outsider Bandirma Kirmizi (3-21) 79-68 in the Turkish TBL on Saturday night. Andric scored 8 points in 16 minutes. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (20-4) is placed first in the TBL. This year Andric's overall stats are: 7.5ppg and 3.6rpg in the 24 games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Drazen Bubnic
Drazen Bubnic
   #10. Forward Drazen Bubnic (205-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Drago Pasalic and both played together in the last Slovenian Telemach League game. Bubnic contributed to Helios' victory against the sixth-ranked Sentjur (0-1) 83-76. He recorded 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Bubnic averaged so far 13.1ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.4apg. He is a former U20 international player as six years ago he still played for the Croatian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international center Ante Djugum (211-88, agency: Court Side) contributed to an overtime Geoplin Slovan's victory against the second-ranked Maribor Messer 88-87 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Thursday. Djugum had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 41 minutes. Djugum is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.7rpg. This year he also averages: 12.3ppg in the 21 games. Djugum used to play for the Croatian U20 national team four years ago.

   #12. An experienced former international forward Jurica Golemac (209-77, also represented by Beo Basket) contributed to a 1-point Air Avellino's victory against the 12th-ranked Angelico Biella 71-70 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Golemac averaged so far 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Golemac is currently in the Croatian national team roster.

   #13. Former international power forward Mario Delas (207-90) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marko Popovic. But that was another game of his team in Lithuanian LKL which we would like to mention. Delas contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Baltai Kaunas crushing them 83-62 in a derby game. He recorded 6 points in only 11 minutes. It was his first game for Zalgiris this season. Despite Delas played previously for the Slovenian national team, he is currently in the Croatian national team roster.

   #14. Former U20 international center Jure Lalic (212-86) contributed to Krka's victory against the fourth-ranked Zlatorog 68-54 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Sunday. Lalic recorded 10 points. It was his first game for Krka this season. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Lalic is currently in the Croatian U20 national team roster.

   #15. Former international guard Igor Milicic (194-76, another player represented by Alti Sport) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Siarka Jezioro crushing them 92-72 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and making the same number of passes. Milicic also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Milicic is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league with 5.1apg. This year his other stats are: 9.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the 31 games. Despite Milicic played previously for the Polish national team, he is currently in the Croatian national team roster.



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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 wish 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.



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

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Jan Vesely (211-90), who plays in the NBA. Vesely could not help the Washington Wizards (11-38) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the Washington Wizards were defeated 88-76 on the road by the Boston Celtics. Vesely recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It's Vesely's first season with the team. This year he averages: 3.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 52.9%. Vesely played for the Czech Republic senior national team two years ago.

Jiri Welsch
Jiri Welsch
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Jiri Welsch (201-80). He was the major contributor in a Spirou Charleroi's victory against the fifth-ranked Leuven Bears (12-10) crushing them 85-61 in the Belgian D1 on Saturday night. Welsch recorded 15 points in 24 minutes. Belgacom Spirou (16-6) is placed first in the D1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Welsch's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 67.5% in the 22 games he played so far. He played for the Czech Republic national team in 2010.

David Steffel
David Steffel
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward David Steffel (212-85). Steffel was not able to help Rovinari (13-11) in their game against Pitesti (13-13) in the Romanian Division A. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Steffel also added 7 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Steffel is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 54.2% and FT: 54.3%. Steffel played for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #4. Guard David Jelinek (196-90) was not able to secure a victory for FIATC Joventut (11-15) in their game against Blusens Monbus (9-17) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 8 points in only 14 minutes. FIATC Joventut lost 60-73 in Santoago de Comp to the lower-ranked (#15) Blusens Monbus. This year Jelinek's total stats are: 7.3ppg and 1.3rpg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2010.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #5. Former international guard Tomas Satoransky (200-91) couldn't help Cajasol (13-13) in their game against Gescrap BB (14-12) in the Spanish ACB. Satoransky did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. He scored only 2 points. Cajasol was edged in an overtime 110-108 at home by the higher-ranked Gescrap BB (#7). Satoransky has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

Jakub Kudlacek
Jakub Kudlacek
   #6. Guard Jakub Kudlacek (193-90) couldn't help Otto Caserta (10-14) in their game against Lottomatica Roma (11-14) in the Italian SerieA. Kudlacek scored only 4 points in 10 minutes. Otto Caserta lost 80-90 on their home court in Caserta to the higher-ranked (#11) Lottomatica Roma. It was Otto Caserta's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Kudlacek averages just 4.1ppg in the eight games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Czech Republic National Team roster.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #7. An experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79) managed to help Grupo Iruna Navarra to win against the closely-ranked Girona FC (18-8) 69-67 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. Starosta scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Grupo Iruna Navarra (5-21) is placed first in the LEB Gold. Starosta is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders. This season he has very good stats: 11.8ppg and 7.8rpg. Starosta used to play for the Czech Republic national team four years ago.

Ondrej Kohout
Ondrej Kohout
   #8. Forward Ondrej Kohout (204-91) couldn't help Fontedoso Carrefour (8-12) in their game against Plasencia Extremadura (5-15) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Kohout recorded only 3 points in 10 minutes. Fontedoso Carrefour was badly defeated 75-59 in Plasencia by the one of league's weakest teams (#12) Extremadura. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kohout has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 4.3rpg in the 20 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic U20 national team.

Martin Ides
Martin Ides
   #9. International center Martin Ides (217-80, college: Davidson) couldn't help NBC (11-16) in their game against Leitershofen (7-20) in the German ProA (second division). Ides cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. NBC was defeated 89-77 on their home court in Nurnberg by the league outsider Leitershofen (#15). It was NBC's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Ides' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Ides has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 1.6rpg. He is also in the roster of the Czech Republic national team.

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

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



EuroCup: Spartak Saint Petersburg reach Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Spartak SP - Nymburk 86:71

Spartak Saint Petersburg became the first participant of EuroCup Final Four. They overcame Nymburk tonight to seal their next stage appearance. Spartak entered the return leg of quarterfinal series holding a 4-point advantage after the game in Czech Republic. The hosts gave no chance for Nymburk claiming a 15-point win in Saint Petersburg.
Spartak felt confident right from the start. The home team established a 21:18 lead after ten minutes of action. Spartak maintained the lead throughout the second term. The hosts arrived at halftime up by 5 points 44:39. Nymburk started to lag behind in the third frame. The Russian powerhouse cleared off to a 14-point distance at the final intermission 70:56. The teams slowed down in the fourth quarter as Spartak easily marched to the victory at the end. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) knocked down 19 points and issued 7 assists for Spartak. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) added 19 points and 4 assists in the victory. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Nymburk. Pavel Pumprla (200-F-86) had 17 points in the loss.

Spartak SP: Yotam Halperin 19, Janis Strelnieks 19, Valery Likhodey (205-F-86) 11
Nymburk: Chester Simmons 22, Pavel Pumprla 17



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

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

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division). He could not help Morpho Basket (10-13) in their last game. Despite Voskuil's good performance Morpho Basket lost 72-81 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) Sigma Barcellona. He recorded 12 points in 33 minutes on the court. It was Morpho Basket's third consecutive loss in a row. Voskuil is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers with 17.6ppg. He also averaged so far 3.3rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 42.3% and FT: 87.8% in the 23 games he played so far. Voskuil is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Voskuil played also for the Danish national team in 2009. He used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Morten Sahlertz
Morten Sahlertz
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Morten Sahlertz (198-89), who plays in the Norwegian BLNO. Sahlertz was not able to help Tromso (13-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Tromso was defeated 61-54 on the road by the lower-ranked Centrum (#4). Sahlertz was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Sahlertz has relatively good stats this season: 14.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 49.8%, 3FGP: 31.5% and FT: 68.1%. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Sahlertz is currently a member of the Danish senior national team.

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

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

Other top Danish players, who play abroad:

Arnar Jonsson (184-G-83) plays for Keflavik in Icelandic Express L.
Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) plays for Torrelodones in Spanish EBA
Trine Tims plays for Valence in French NM3
Kim Strandlod (188-F-69) plays for Fyllingen BBK in Norwegian 1Div.



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Canton C. 26-19 
 2. Springfield A. 24-19 
 3. Dakota W. 24-20 
 4. Iowa E. 23-20 
 5. Erie Bay H. 23-21 
 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. 26: Dakota W. - Erie Bay H. 99-76
Mar. 25: Dakota W. - Erie Bay H. 87-93
Mar. 27: Springfield A. - Maine RC
Mar. 27: Tulsa 66ers - Bakersfield J.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Reno B.
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Emmett, Reno B.23.9 
 2. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 3. Almond, Maine RC23.6 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.9 
 5. Costner, Los A.20.9 
 6. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.4 
 7. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 8. Green, Los A.19.1 
 9. Smith, Springfield19.1 
 10. Millsap, 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. Baker, Dakota W.6.0 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.6.0 
 8. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 9. Bailey, Idaho S.5.9 
 10. Brazelton, Erie B.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. Curry, Springfield2.0 
 5. Blakely, Sioux F.2.0 
 6. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 7. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
 8. Smith, Springfield1.9 
 9. Bobbitt, Idaho S.1.8 
 10. Baker, Dakota W.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 2. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 
 4. Thomas, Los A.2.1 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Hill, Maine RC1.7 
 7. Dawson, Austin T.1.7 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.5 
 9. Dove, Dakota W.1.5 
 10. Blakely, Iowa E.1.5 


Springfield Armor Re-Acquire Jerry Smith - by Surujh Roopnarine

The Springfield Armor announced that they have re-acquired Jerry Smith (6'2''-G-87, college: Louisville) after his 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets expired. Smith, a 6-2 guard out of Louisville, made his NBA debut with the Armor's NBA affiliate on March 16, and appeared in five games totally, averaging 1.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 9.2 minutes per contest. Prior to his NBA call-up Smith had appeared in 32 games (29 starts) with the Armor, averaging a team-high 19.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.9 steals in 34.5 minutes while being named a D-League All-Star. To make room on the roster the Armor waived reserve forward Eugene Spates (6'8''-F-87, college: Northeastern). Spates appeared in 32 games for Springfield, averaging 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds.


Monday: Dakota beats Erie - by Eurobasket News

Stefhon Hannah's (6'1''-G-85, college: Missouri) head was still sore Monday from a smack he took during Sunday's loss to Erie.

But what really was hurting was his pride.

Hannah didnt feel he played up to his potential Sunday, and he was determined to make sure it didnt happen twice in a row. The veteran guard scorched the BayHawks for 37 points 19 in the first quarter as the Wizards cruised to a 99-76 victory.

Even though Hannah led all scorers with 23 points Sunday, he wasnt happy about letting Tyrone Brazelton (6'1''-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) put up a season-high 22 against him.

I was mad when I watched the game (Sunday) night, Hannah said. It was bad. I wasnt playing defense. I was playing loose. My man got a big shot at the end. I was real motivated to come out and set an example on offense and defense.

It didnt help Hannah's mood that a knock on the head nearly knocked him out of the lineup.

Ive got a knot over my eye, and my head was hurting all day and night (Sunday), Hannah said. I dont know if it was a concussion, but it was something.

... When I talked to my mom, she was tripping, Hannah added with a laugh. She was like, Go to the hospital right now. ... My head was still hurting, but by the grace of God, I was able to play.

And at an incredibly high level, especially in those first 12 minutes. Hannah made 8 of his first 9 shots including three 3-pointers as the Wizards raced out to a 29-16 lead.

The Wizards never trailed and were never really threatened the rest of the way.

Hannah has been on a tear of late. In his last five games he is averaging 31.2 points per game.

We just had a good all-around game, and I just happened to knock down some shots, Hannah said. ... I cant ask for better teammates. They believe in my shot, they believe in my game, so they give me the rock.

Overshadowed by Hannah's offense was Dakotas stifling defense. The Wizards limited the BayHawks to 32.1 percent shooting (27-for-84) while holding Erie to a season-low 76 points.

Aside from Joey Graham (6'7''-G/F-82, college: Oklahoma St.), who had 20 points and 13 rebounds, the BayHawks had trouble establishing anything offensively.

I thought our defensive consistency was better, and it made for more tough possessions instead of free and easy ones they had off and on through (Sunday) night, Wizards coach Nate Bjorkgren said.

Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88, college: Dayton), on assignment from Golden State had 13 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots for the Wizards.

The victory moved the Wizards (24-20) one game ahead of Erie (23-21) and gave them a 3-1 edge in the season series.

The top eight teams make the D-League playoffs, and with the win, the Wizards moved into a tie for sixth in the overall standings. The team they drew even with, the Texas Legends, come to Bismarck for a critical two-game set Wednesday and Thursday.

With six games remaining, Dakotas magic number is six, meaning the Wizards control their own destiny.

Another good team coming in, another team fighting for a playoff spot, Bjorkgren said.

Courtesy of http://bismarcktribune.com



Cory Joseph named D-League Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas), on assignment to the Austin Toros from the San Antonio Spurs, has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played March 19-25.

Joseph, who is in the middle of his third assignment from the Spurs to the Toros, averaged 19.0 points, 9.3 assists and 9.0 rebounds last week as Austin went 3-0. He shot 57 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point land, scoring an NBA D-League season-high 25 points in a 113-103 win over the Iowa Energy on March 21. He became the ninth NBA D-League player this season to record a triple-double when he tallied 15 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists in a 112-82 win over the Maine Red Claws on March 23.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com



Grizzlies re-assign rookie Josh Selby to Bighorns - by Eurobasket News

The Memphis Grizzlies have re-assigned rookie guard Josh Selby (6'2''-G-91, college: Kansas) to the Reno Bighorns, it was announced today. This marks the fourth NBA player assignment to the Bighorns this season.

Selby has played in 23 games with the Grizzlies this season averaging 2.5 points, 1.2 assists, 0.6 rebounds and 0.3 steals per game. His NBA season was highlighted on December 30 against the Houston Rockets when he had nine points, seven assists and two rebounds in 26 minutes of play.

Selby previously played four games with the Bighorns this season averaging 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He scored 20-plus points in three of his four games with the team, including a season-high 26 points in his Bighorns debut on February 14 against the Austin Toros.

Drafted in the second round (49th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft out of Kansas, Selby rejoins former Kansas Jayhawk center Paul Mokeski, head coach of the Bighorns. Selby played one year for the Jayhawks, averaging 7.9 points, 2.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 26 games.

In his senior year of high school, Selby attended Lake Clifton High School and averaged 32 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals per game. He was ranked the top prospect out of high school by Rivals.com and was named the 2010-11 NCAA Preseason Rookie of the Year.

Selby will take the court with the Bighorns when they travel to Los Angeles for a game against the D-Fenders on Wednesday, March 28 at the Toyota Sports Complex. Bighorns fans can see Selby's game in person when the team returns to Reno for its final home games of the season on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 1 at 3 p.m.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   

Standings - LIDOBA

SRT Standings
 1. Plaza 8-2 
 2. Capitanes 6-2 
 3. CDP 5-4 
 4. GUG 3-6 
 5. Cupes 2-5 
 6. Sameji 2-7 

Regular Season: Round 8

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


Kelvin Pena had a successfull surgery - by Kerwin Abreu

Santo Domingo: Dominican young star player Kelvin Pena (193-G-80, college: Southeastern CC) is in rehabilitation process after having a surgery in his nose. The shame is that Huracanes in the LNB may not have this player for the season.

Pena was injured in a regular season game in venezuela las week and is expected to miss three months recovering.

Huracanes is a team built in this young talented man, Pena took part in the last Dominican Basketball Team that was in Argentina and finished third in the Pre Olimpics clasifications, but did not classified to the Olimpics. Dominican Team will have to play in Venezuela in the search for one of two spots available.

In the LNB the lost of Pena means a lot, he is a great player and can scores from the outside.



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  DR CONGO   


Yannick Bokolo selected the top Congolese playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Yannick Bokolo
Yannick Bokolo
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Yannick Bokolo (190-85). Bokolo contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Entente Orleans 45 (15-8) 69-54 in the French ProA last Friday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (20-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Bokolo's fourth season with the team. This year Bokolo averages: 8.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 55.4%(67-121), 3FGP: 25.5% and FT: 40.5%. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and French. Despite Bokolo played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the DR Congolese senior national team.

Bismack Biyombo
Bismack Biyombo
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Bismack Biyombo (207-92), who plays in the NBA. Biyombo could not help the Charlotte Bobcats (7-40) to beat the New Jersey Nets (16-35). He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. The Charlotte Bobcats lost 89-102 on the road to the Nets. It was Bobcats' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Biyombo's overall stats are: 4.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 45.3% and FT: 47.7% in the 44 games he played so far. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Biyombo is currently a member of the DR Congolese senior national team.

Judson Wallace
Judson Wallace
   #3. The DR Congolese player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Judson Wallace (205-82, college: Princeton). He managed to help Regal FC Barcelona to win against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (3-3) 66-63 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Wallace scored 5 points. 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. It's Wallace's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 3.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 34.6%, 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 71.4%. Wallace is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the DR Congolese senior national team. Strangely Wallace has never played in DR Congo.

Bambale Osby
Bambale Osby
   #4. Power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) was the major contributor in Aix-Maurienne's victory against the 16th-ranked SPO Rouen (9-18) 98-89 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. Osby scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 26 minutes. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (17-10) is placed fifth in the ProB. Osby is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Osby averages: 15.3ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5bpg in the 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite Osby played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the DR Congolese national team roster. Apparently Osby has never played in DR Congo.

Wen Boss Mukubu
Wen Boss Mukubu
   #5. International swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB), who plays in the Belgian D1 was not able to help one of league's weakest teams VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-18) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster was defeated 66-58 in Gent by the one of league's weakest teams Optima (#8). Mukubu recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. Mukubu belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #7) and also on the list of most steals (third place). His total stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 2.1spg. Mukubu is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian. Despite he played previously for the Belgian national team, Mukubu is currently in the DR Congolese national team roster.

Olivier Ilunga
Olivier Ilunga
   #6. Guard Olivier Ilunga (185-84) led 08 Stockholm to a victory against the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (23-13) 86-78 in the Swedish Basketligan in Saturday night's game. He scored 13 points in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. 08 Stockholm (3-3) is placed third in the Basketligan. This year Ilunga's total stats are: 8.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.2apg in the 28 games. Despite he played previously for the Swedish national team, Ilunga is also an international player who is currently on the senior DR Congolese National Team roster.

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

   #1. Charles Kahudi (197-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) led Le Mans to a victory over the 11th-ranked Strasbourg IG (10-13) 83-69 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Kahudi scored 20 points in 36 minutes. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (15-8) is placed fifth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kahudi has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg in the 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and French. Despite Kahudi's DR Congolese passport, he currently plays for the French national team and is not eligible to play for the DR Congolese team.

Other top DR Congolese players, who play abroad:

Igor Ibaka (203-F/C-92) plays for Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB
Bienvenue Letuni (227-C-94) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Ken Bongo Nsoli (204-C/F-91) plays for Poitiers in French ProA
Kris Morlende (182-PG-79) plays for Nantes in French ProB
Djo Yele (F/C-82) plays for Club Africain in Tunisian D1
Albert Ngoy (178-G-93) plays for Kapfenberg Bulls in Austrian A Bundesliga
Samba Oppizzi-Nakalamb (198-F-79) plays for Fribourg in Swiss LNA
Kandi Mukole (203-F) plays for Guildford Heat in British BBL

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



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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 23-3 
 2. Tarvas 18-8 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 16-3 
 4. Rapla 14-12 
 5. TTU 12-13 
 6. Tln Kalev 11-15 
 7. Parnu 3-23 
 8. Valga 3-23 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 27: Tartu Ulikool - TTU 84-75
Mar. 28: Tln Kalev - Rapla
Mar. 30: Tarvas - TTU
Mar. 30: Valga - Parnu
Mar. 31: Kalev/Cramo - Tartu Ulikool


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Toomas RAADIK
  Parnu
  (202-C-90)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Raadik, Parnu18.4 
 2. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.5 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas17.3 
 4. Soo, Rapla17.3 
 5. Pilk, TTU16.2 
 6. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 7. Raap, Parnu15.6 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas15.0 
 9. Arnold, TTU14.2 
 10. Akenparg, TTU14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.3 
 2. Arnold, TTU8.5 
 3. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.4 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla7.7 
 6. Raadik, Parnu7.7 
 7. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.4 
 8. Pilk, TTU6.6 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas6.5 
 10. Allingu, Tartu U.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.2 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.9 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 5. Pilk, TTU3.6 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas3.4 
 7. Raap, Parnu3.2 
 8. Keedus, TTU3.1 
 9. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Kaldre, Rapla2.2 
 4. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.1 
 6. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 7. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 8. Dorbek, Tarvas1.9 
 9. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
 10. Raap, Parnu1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.4 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.3 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.1 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 6. Hallik, Tarvas0.5 
 7. Veski, Tarvas0.5 
 8. Makke, TTU0.5 
 9. Shaw, Tln Kalev0.4 
 10. Keedus, TTU0.4 



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  EUROCUP   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ramel CURRY
  BC Donetsk
  (192-G-80)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Curry, BC Donetsk16.4 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv15.9 
 3. Traore, Lokomotiv15.3 
 4. Simmons, CEZ N.15.1 
 5. Seibutis, Lietuv.14.3 
 6. Wood, ALBA14.2 
 7. Beverley, Spart.13.4 
 8. Davis, Banvit BK13.1 
 9. Caner-Medley, Vale.12.8 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv8.4 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.9 
 3. Traore, Lokomotiv7.1 
 4. Roberts, Lietuvos.6.5 
 5. Francis, ALBA6.3 
 6. Caner-Medley, Vale.6.1 
 7. Radenovic, BC Do.6.0 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.5.9 
 9. Kerusch, Aris5.8 
 10. Kavaliauskas, VEF5.8 
Assists Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  ALBA
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Wood, ALBA5.4 
 2. Halperin, Spart.5.3 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.4.9 
 4. Planinic, Khimky4.9 
 5. Ermis, Banvit BK4.5 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.2 
 7. Becirovic, Benetto.4.0 
 8. De Colo, Valencia3.8 
 9. Beverley, Spart.3.8 
 10. Westermann, AS.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 2. Ermis, Banvit BK1.9 
 3. Albicy, Gravelines1.8 
 4. Davis, Banvit BK1.8 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.8 
 6. Caner-Medley, Vale.1.6 
 7. Weaver, ALBA1.6 
 8. De Colo, Valencia1.6 
 9. Massey, Lokomotiv1.6 
 10. Millage, VEF Riga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Aris
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Muldrow, Aris2.3 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.7 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.6 
 5. Armstrong, AS.1.3 
 6. Issa, Gravelines1.1 
 7. Fofana, AS.1.1 
 8. Samardziski, Lietu.0.8 
 9. Traore, Lokomotiv0.8 
 10. Monya, Khimky0.8 


Eurocup Round: 2 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk - Lietuvos rytas 80-78
Lietuvos Rytas advanced to EuroCup Final Four despite the loss in Ukraine. BC Donetsk overcame Lietuvos Rytas 80:78 but could not qualify after two games as the Lithuanian team totaled a 9-point victory. Lietuvos Rytas started with 28-17 and ensured the bigger advantage. The hosts reduced to 7 points at the halftime winning the second frame 17-13. Both sides nailed 13 points each in the third quarter and the guests did not mind about the last quarter. That is why BC Donetsk produced a 33-24 surge to seal the narrow win in Game 2. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14. Viacheslav Kravtsov poured in 12, while Vojdan Stojanovski added 11. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) delivered 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Arturas Jomantas notched 12.

Valencia - Buducnost 85-63
Valencia registered a cruising win over Buducnost and advanced into EuroCup Final Four. The Montenegrin champions entered the game having a 4-point cushion after a home game. But Valencia did not notice the deficit. The Spaniards celebrated a comfortable 22-point win to reach the next stage. Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) paced well-balanced effort with 13 points. Valencia stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The hosts went on a 28:11 run to establish a comfortable buffer. Buducnost managed to slow down the home team in the second term. The Montenegrin team cut the distance to 16 points at the interval 28:44. But Valencia shifted the gear right after the big break. The hosts unloaded 28 points in the third term to enter the final quarter up by as many as 30 points 72:42. Buducnost outscored the home team in the final frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt), Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) and Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Maryland) accounted for 11 points each for the winners. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points for Buducnost. Jermaine Anderson had 13 points in the loss.

Spartak SP - CEZ Nymburk 86-71
Spartak Saint Petersburg became the first participant of EuroCup Final Four. They overcame Nymburk tonight to seal their next stage appearance. Spartak entered the return leg of quarterfinal series holding a 4-point advantage after the game in Czech Republic. The hosts gave no chance for Nymburk claiming a 15-point win in Saint Petersburg. Spartak felt confident right from the start. The home team established a 21:18 lead after ten minutes of action. Spartak maintained the lead throughout the second term. The hosts arrived at halftime up by 5 points 44:39. Nymburk started to lag behind in the third frame. The Russian powerhouse cleared off to a 14-point distance at the final intermission 70:56. The teams slowed down in the fourth quarter as Spartak easily marched to the victory at the end. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) knocked down 19 points and issued 7 assists for Spartak. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) added 19 points and 4 assists in the victory. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Nymburk. Pavel Pumprla had 17 points in the loss.

Lokomotiv - Khimky 81-77
Lokomotiv Kuban recorded a four-point win over visiting Khimky but it proved not enough to advance into EuroCup Final Four. Khimky capitalized on a 9-point advantage from a home game to reach the next round of the tournament. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) nailed 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the winners tonight. Lokomotiv quickly surged ahead at the start of the game but Khimky stayed calm and soon erased the deficit. The visitors eventually posted a 24:22 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Khimky took over in the second term. The visitors pulled ahead and opened a 46:33 halftime lead. Lokomotiv entered the second half with their backs against the wall. The hosts turned aggressive offensively scoring 26 points and narrowing the deficit to just three points with one term remaining. Lokomotiv finally surged ahead in the fourth frame. But Khimky protected the cushion well as Lokomotiv never got the needed advantage. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) finished with 19 points, while Vlado Ilievski contributed 11 points for Lokomotiv. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Khimky. Thomas Kelati accounted for 16 points in the loss.



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Caja L.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Teletovic, Caja L.22.0 
 2. McCalebb, Montepa.17.5 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.17.2 
 4. Weems, Zalgiris15.5 
 5. Domercant, Unics15.5 
 6. Macvan, Partizan15.3 
 7. Krstic, CSKA14.3 
 8. Carroll, Real Madr.14.2 
 9. Vujacic, Anadolu13.9 
 10. Lorbek, FCB Regal13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milan MACVAN
  Partizan
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Macvan, Partizan8.2 
 2. Motiejunas, Asseco7.9 
 3. Kirilenko, CSKA7.2 
 4. Slaughter, Brose B.6.9 
 5. Freeland, Unicaja6.7 
 6. Reyes, Real Madrid6.3 
 7. Tucker, Brose B.6.2 
 8. Zoric, Unicaja6.1 
 9. Krstic, CSKA6.0 
 10. Fischer, Gescrap6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sergio RODRIGUEZ
  Real M.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Rodriguez, Real M.5.4 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.5.2 
 3. Teodosic, CSKA5.1 
 4. Prigioni, Caja L.4.6 
 5. Huertas, FCB Regal4.6 
 6. Tunceri, Anadolu4.5 
 7. Blassingame, Assec.4.5 
 8. Linehan, Nancy4.0 
 9. Spanoulis, Olympia.3.9 
 10. Kalnietis, Zalgir.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.2.2 
 2. Linehan, Nancy2.0 
 3. Gordon, Galatasaray1.9 
 4. Slaughter, Brose B.1.8 
 5. Kirilenko, CSKA1.7 
 6. Diamantidis, Panat.1.6 
 7. Ohayon, Maccabi1.5 
 8. McCalebb, Montepa.1.4 
 9. Moerman, Nancy1.4 
 10. Lafayette, Assec.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA2.2 
 2. Begic, Real Madrid1.7 
 3. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 4. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 5. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.2 
 6. Ndong, FCB Regal1.2 
 7. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.1 
 8. Hines, Olympiakos1.1 
 9. James, Maccabi T-A1.0 
 10. Veremeenko, Unics0.9 


Barcelona heads to Final Four, Maccabi takes 2-1 lead against PAO - by Eurobasket News

Regal FC Barcelona made it to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four! Barcelona made it to the Final Four for the 12th time in club history - his third appearance in four years - by edging Eurocup champion Unics 56-67 in Kazan, Russia in Game 3 of the playoffs on Tuesday. Barcelona swept the best-of-five playoff series and will face either Montepaschi Siena or Olympiacos BC in one of the Euroleague semifinals in Istanbul, Turkey on May 11. Barcelona also registered its fifth win against Unics in as many games this season. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) paced the winners with 21 points. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) had all of its 9 points in the fourth quarter, in which Barcelona sealed the outcome. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) led Unics with 19 points. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) added 12 for the hosts. Domercant helped Unics to get an early 10-4 l4ad but Navarro and Lorbek brought Barcelona within 19-17 after 10 minutes. A fallaway jumper by Domercant soon gave Unics its only double-digit lead, 32-22, late in the first half. Navarro and Ndong fueled the guests' comeback and allowed Barcelona to get a 38-39 edge. A layup by Alksey Savrasenko made Unics tie the game, 50-50, with 8 minutes left but C.J. Wallace, Fran Vazquez and Chuck Eidson combined for all points in a 0-10 run that sealed the outcome, 50-60, sending Barcelona to the Final Four!

Maccabi Electra held off defending champion Panathinaikos 65-62 in another thriller on Tuesday at Nokia Arena to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs series. Richard Hendrixs tip-in put the hosts up 3 with 15.4 seconds to go and when Nick Calathess potential game-tying triple bounced out, the Maccabi fans let out a sigh of relief. Game 4 is on Thursday on the same court and another Maccabi win will send Coach David Blatt and co. to another Final Four, while a Panathinaikos win sends the series back to Athens for Game 5 next week. Maccabi never trailed thanks to a dominant start and a 26-13 lead early in the second quarter. The lead reached 15 before settling at 41-28 at halftime. The Greens held Maccabi to just 9 third-quarter points in mounting a comeback. The game was tight down the final stretch with Panathinaikos coming within 1 on multiple occasions, but never took the lead as Maccabi hung on for the win. Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87) produced another impressive effort with 12 points and 6 assists to lead Maccabi, while Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) added 11 points and Richard Hendrix totaled 9 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) led Panathinaikos with 13 points, Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) scored 11 in as many minutes and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) finished with 10 points and 1 assists. Former Maccabi star Sarunas Jasikevicius, who got a standing ovation from the Maccabi fans during introductions, was held scoreless.

Courtesy of Euroleague



Barca claims their spot in the Euroleague Final Four - by Eurobasket

Two more close contests in Tuesdays Game 3s resulted in a series sweet and the first team headed to Istanbul, while another series could be wrapped up Wednesday. Either way, what is shaping up like another great week of Turkish Airlines Euroleague basketball will continue all week, with at least one game on Thursday and Friday after Wednesdays two. The action began in this seasons easternmost point, Kazan, Russia; where FC Barcelona Regal beat Unics 56-67 to sweep their series 3-0 and secure a spot at the 2012 Final Four in Istanbul. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) led the charge with 21 points as Barca rallied back from a 10-point second-quarter deficit to tie the game heading into the fourth and put the game away. Marcelinho Huertas nailed a big three with two minutes to go that sealed the outcome. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) scored 19 as Unics finished a spectacular Euroleague debut season. Later Maccabi Electra held off Panathinaikos 65-62 to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five series. Richard Hendrix's (203-F/C-86, college: Alabama) tip-in put the hosts up 3 with 15.4 seconds to go and when Nick Calathes' (198-G-89, college: Florida) potential game-tying triple bounced out, the Maccabi fans let out a sigh of relief. Game 4 is on Thursday on the same court and another Maccabi win will send Coach David Blatt and co. to another Final Four, while a Panathinaikos win sends the series back to Athens for Game 5 next week. Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87) produced another impressive effort with 12 points and 6 assists to lead Maccabi. On Wednesday, the action tips off at 19:00 CET in Bilbao, Spain, where Gescrap BB meets CSKA Moscow. Mighty CSKA leads the series 2-0 behind Playoffs Game 2 bwin MVP Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) and has won the first two games by a combined 46 points. However the Men in Black are 6-2 at home this season and have won four in a row at Bilbao Arena, which gives Coach Fotios Katsikaris and co. reason to believe in a victory to extend the series. The last series to play Game 3 is Olympiacos vs. Montepaschi Siena, who meet Wednesday at 20:00 CET. After Olympiacos won Game 1 on the road and Montepaschi claimed Game 2 in the closing seconds, Game 3 sets up as another thriller. Last season in the playoffs, the Reds scored a record-setting Game 1 win over Siena at Peace and Friendship Stadium only to see Montepaschi reel off three in a row to advance. Now Olympiacos tries to change that. And after these four great games, the ball will keep bouncing with a minimum of one game and possibly two on both Thursday and Friday.

Courtesy of Euroleague.net



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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Baxley, Lapua28.4 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.24.2 
 3. Nofflet, Oulun N.21.4 
 4. Williams, Lapua21.1 
 5. Manning, Huima20.8 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.20.6 
 7. Abdullah, SayRi19.7 
 8. Green, Ura Basket19.4 
 9. Cooper, SayRi19.2 
 10. January, BC Nokia19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Cooper, SayRi13.9 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.1 
 3. January, BC Nokia11.0 
 4. Townes, BC Nokia10.7 
 5. Green, Ura Basket10.2 
 6. Andrews, Ura B.10.0 
 7. Williams, Lapua9.7 
 8. Nofflet, Oulun N.9.6 
 9. Coleman, FoKoPo8.9 
 10. Abdullah, SayRi8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lloyd PHILLIPS
  Oulun N.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Phillips, Oulun N.5.1 
 2. Manning, Huima4.9 
 3. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.8 
 4. Viertola, Huima3.7 
 5. Henderson, Porvoo.3.7 
 6. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.2 
 7. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.1 
 8. Jackson, Lapua3.0 
 9. Riihela, BC Nokia3.0 
 10. Abdullah, SayRi2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel JACKSON
  Lapua
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jackson, Lapua2.1 
 2. Townes, BC Nokia2.1 
 3. Abdullah, SayRi2.0 
 4. Baxley, Lapua2.0 
 5. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 6. Green, Ura Basket1.8 
 7. January, BC Nokia1.8 
 8. Still, Porvoon Tar.1.6 
 9. Williams, Lapua1.5 
 10. Nofflet, Oulun N.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.3 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.8 
 3. January, BC Nokia1.4 
 4. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 5. Townes, BC Nokia1.0 
 6. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.1.0 
 7. Laitinen, Tapiol.0.8 
 8. Still, Porvoon Tar.0.8 
 9. Nuolivirta, ToPo A.0.8 
 10. Rajala, ToPo A.0.7 


1.DIVISION: FoKoPo defeated Lapua - by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.Division, Finals, Game # 1: FoKoPo (Forssa) started well the finals, when defeating at home Korikobrat (Lapua) 97-78 (43-34). Quarters: 17-14, 26-20, 28-19, 26-25. FoKoPo won then all four quarters and earned this victory. Three wins will be needed to win it all and make the way to Top League (Korisliiga). FoKoPo had five players in double digits. Veteran HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) led the hosts with 21 points. Tracy Robinson (201-F-86, college: Loyola, IL) added 17 pts as well as Markus Molenius (203-F-92). Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) again the top scorer (33 pts) of Lapua and the contest. Baxley grabbed also 11 rbs. Game # 2 on Tuesday, March 27: Lapua - FoKoPo.
FoKoPo - Lapua 97-78 (43-34). (HL Coleman 21, Tracy Robinson 17/9, Markus Molenius 17, Sami Ikavalko 16/5a, Brian Moultrie 11/8 - Walter Baxley 33/11, Jussi Turja 13, Eric Williams 11/8, Emmanuel Jackson 11. A: 498).



1.DIVISION: Lapua - FoKoPo 1-1 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.Division, Finals, Game # 2: The home court advantage is usually helping a lot in basketball. This fact was true also tonight as Korikobrat (Lapua) beat FoKoPo (Forssa) 87-81 (46-43). Quarters: 18-19, 28-24, 21-18, 20-20. The wins are now 1-1 as FoKoPo had won last Sunday at Forssa 97-78. Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) saved Lapua tonight with his 32 points. Baxley had 15 FTs and made 14 of them. Both teams were tough from behind the charity stripe: Lapua 20/26, FoKoPo 24/26 (92%). FoKoPo lost the ball after 20 turnovers and that was too much. Lapua was making 17 shots more than the visitors. Game # 3 on Thursday, March 29 at Forssa.
Lapua - FoKoPo 87-81 (46-43). (Walter Baxley 32, Eric Williams 17/8, Jussi Turja 15/5a, Kim Siven 10 - HL Coleman 21/13, Tracy Robinson 16, Brian Moultrie 14/13, Sami Ikavalko 13/5a/7to. A: 406).



1st Division: Lapua tie the Final series - by Eurobasket News

Lapua - FoKoPo 87-81

The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-81. Lapuan Korikobrat dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Forssan Koripojat's 30 and made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Lapuan Korikobrat forced 20 Forssan Koripojat turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Forssan Koripojat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Guard Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) (202-74, college: Wyoming) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) added 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Forssan Koripojat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Lapua: W.Baxley 32+5reb+4ast, E.Williams 17+8reb+2ast, J.Turja 15+2reb+5ast, K.Siven 10+3reb+1ast, E.Jackson 6+6reb+1ast, P.Peltokangas 3+1reb+1ast
FoKoPo: H.Coleman 21+13reb, T.Robinson 16+4reb+1ast, B.Moultrie 14+13reb, S.Ikavalko 13+2reb+5ast, M.Molenius 9+4reb+1ast, J.Helenius 5+1reb
gschID: 172080



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 20-3 
 2. Chalon 19-4 
 3. Orleans 15-8 
 4. Nancy 15-8 
 5. Le Mans 15-8 
 6. Paris-Levallois 14-9 
 7. Roanne 12-11 
 8. Dijon 11-12 
 9. Cholet 11-12 
 10. ASVEL 10-13 
 11. Strasbourg 10-13 
 12. Nanterre 9-14 
 13. Poitiers 8-15 
 14. Le Havre 7-16 
 15. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 6-17 
 16. Hyeres-Toulon 2-21 

Regular Season: Round 24

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

Round 22

Mar. 27: Paris-Levallois - Chalon 77-83
Mar. 27: Hyeres-Toulon - Roanne 60-85


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.20.6 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans18.6 
 3. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.3 
 4. Williams, Paris-.17.2 
 5. Hamilton, Paris-.16.9 
 6. Cox, Le Havre16.1 
 7. Causeur, Cholet15.9 
 8. Schilb, Chalon15.6 
 9. Wise, Le Havre15.1 
 10. Delaney, Chalon15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chinemelu ELONU
  Pau-Lacq.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.4 
 2. Hamilton, Paris-.8.1 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.6 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg7.4 
 5. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.2 
 6. Aminu, Chalon7.1 
 7. Armstrong, AS.6.9 
 8. Falker, Cholet6.7 
 9. Vebobe, Cholet6.6 
 10. Labeyrie, Hyeres-.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.5 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.6 
 3. Wise, Le Havre5.6 
 4. Linehan, Nancy5.5 
 5. Pellin, Orleans5.3 
 6. Dixon, Dijon5.0 
 7. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 8. Schilb, Chalon4.8 
 9. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.7 
 10. Albicy, Gravelines4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.5 
 2. Wise, Le Havre2.0 
 3. Linehan, Nancy2.0 
 4. Pellin, Orleans1.9 
 5. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 6. Riley, Nanterre1.8 
 7. Acker, Le Mans1.7 
 8. Mendy, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
 9. Fournier, Poitiers1.6 
 10. Nelson, Cholet1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Cholet
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 2. Gobert, Cholet1.2 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy1.1 
 4. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 5. Issa, Gravelines1.0 
 6. Akpomedah, Grave.1.0 
 7. Williams, Paris-.1.0 
 8. Hamilton, Paris-.1.0 
 9. Sy, Orleans0.8 
 10. Jackson, Roanne0.8 


ASVEL and Phil Goss officially part ways - by Eurobasket News

ASVEL and Phil Goss (186-G-83, college: Drexel) officially parted ways. Two sides terminated their deal this morning. Goss joined ASVEL last summer from Varese. He had 9.1 ppg, 2.5 apg and 1.6 rpg for 22 games in ProA. He also added 8.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.7 rpg for 12 EuroCup games. For two Euroleague qualifications games Goss shined with 19 ppg and 3.5 apg. Last season, Phil Goss was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team. He had 14.8 ppg, 3.8 apg, 3 rpg and 2.7 spg for 33 games with Cimberio Varese. A year before that, Goss averaged 20.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.3 spg and 3 apg for 33 games with Scafati. They competed in Lega Due and Goss was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 1st Team -10. Phil Goss also has experience from Israel, Turkey and Holand. He graduated at Drexel University in 2005.


Top prospects Leo Westermann and Evan Fournier in World Select Team for 2012 Nike Hoop Summit - by Eurobasket News

Two French top prospects Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) and Evan Fournier (199-G/F-92) will participate at prestigious 2012 Nike Hoop Summit. They will play for the World Select Team.

Leo Westermann is one of two French players chosen to the 2012 Hoop Summit team and plays his club basketball for the storied Asvel-Villeurbanne team in his homeland. He stood out at the under-20 World Championships in 2011, where he helped France to a bronze medal and was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention -11. He comes to Portland fresh from winning the skills challenge at the French All Star Game. In 2009, Westermann helped French U18 NT to win the Silver at U18 Eurobasket in Metz. In 2008, he was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Best Guard. Westermann participated at Adidas Nations Tournament in Dallas, TX (Team Europe) -09 and Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso -11.

Evan Fournier plays for Union Poitiers in the French Pro A league and, after two seasons at the highest level of professional basketball in his country, was selected to the full national team in 2011. Fournier also enjoyed an outstanding under-20 European Championships where he led France to the bronze medal and was voted best guard and to the All-Tournament first team by the influential Eurobasket.com. In 2009, he was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 1st Team. Fournier also participated at Nike Hoop Summit (World Team Selection) -11, Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso -11 and Adidas Nations Tournament in Dallas, TX (Team Europe) -09.



Official release

THE World Select Team was announced today for the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit, the premier annual basketball game featuring many of the world's leading basketball players aged 19-years-old or younger, which will take place on Saturday, April 7 (7 p.m. PDT tipoff) at the Rose Garden, in Portland, Oregon.

The game, which sees America's top senior high school players take on a World Select Team featuring many of the world's top players, has been staged on 14 previous occasions and has given an extraordinary number of talented youngsters the chance to showcase their abilities. As of 2011, an incredible 125 Hoop Summit alumni have been drafted into the NBA.

Seeking their first victory since 2009, when the World Team beat the USA 97-89 in front of a record crowd of 11,246 and a national television audience, the World Team has named a strong 11-man roster for the 2012 game, including two players returning from the 2011 squad.

Forwards Dario Saric (69, KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje and Croatia) and Evan Fournier (66, Union Poitiers Basket 86 and France) were members of the World Team beaten 90-78 at the Rose Garden 12 months ago.

Along with the two returning players, the team has named two Canadian forwards based in the United States - Anthony Bennett (68, Findlay College Prep, Nevada) and Andrew Wiggins (67, Huntington Prep, West Virginia).

The team also features four guards from Europe Aleksandar Cvetkovic (63, BC Crvena Zvezda DIVA and Serbia), Leo Westermann (65, ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne and France), Dmitry Kulagin (66, BC Triumph Lyubertsy and Russia) and Michal Michalak (66, LKS Lodz and Poland).

The global squad is rounded off with centers Marcos Delia (69, Boca Juniors and Argentina), Wang Zhelin (70, Fujian SBS Xunxin and China) and Patson Siame (610, Zambia).

Cvetkovic plays for the prestigious Crvena Zvezda team in the top division of Serbian basketball and was a key member of the Serbia under-19 national team that won silver at the 2011 World Championships in Latvia where he was voted best guard and also selected to the All-Tournament first team.

Westermann is one of two French players chosen to the 2012 Hoop Summit team and plays his club basketball for the storied Asvel-Villeurbanne team in his homeland. He stood out at the under-20 World Championships in 2011, where he helped France to a bronze medal, and comes to Portland fresh from winning the skills challenge at the French All Star Game.

Russias Kulagin plays for the Triumph Lyubertsy team in Moscow. A player on both the Russian under-19 and under-20 teams last year, Kulagin helped his under-19 team reach the semi-finals of the World Championships where his form earned him a place on the All-Tournament first team.

The final guard on the 2012 roster is Michalak from Poland who plays for the LKS Lodz club in the top division of Polish basketball. Michalak starred at the 2011 under-19 World Championships in Latvia where he was the fifth highest scorer in the competition, averaging 17.4 points per game. Michalak was also a Polish League All Star in 2011.

Frances Fournier plays for Union Poitiers in the French Pro A league and, after two seasons at the highest level of professional basketball in his country, was selected to the full national team in 2011. Fournier also enjoyed an outstanding under-20 European Championships where he led France to the bronze medal and was voted best guard and to the All-Tournament first team by the influential Eurobasket.com.

Another returnee from the 2011 Hoop Summit team, Croatias Saric plays his club basketball with KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje and was voted Defensive Player of the Year in Croatias A1 league in 2011. After appearing in Portland last April, Savic enjoyed a strong under-19 World Championships for Croatia, finishing fourth overall in scoring (18.1 points per game) and third in rebounds (10.1 rebounds per game).

Also at the forward position, Bennett is a veteran of the Canada under-16 and under-17 national teams, having played for World Team Head Coach Ray Rana on the under-17 team that won bronze at the inaugural FIBA under-17 World Championships in Germany in 2010. He is currently playing high school basketball at Findlay College Prep, Brampton, Ontario.

Wiggins also played for Coach Rana and Canada at the 2010 under-17 World Championships where he scored 20 points in 22 minutes in his countrys 103-83 defeat to the United States. Like Bennett, he is playing high school basketball in the USA, at Huntington Prep, West Virginia.

Moving to the center positions, Argentinas Delia is with the Boca Juniors team in LigaA, the top division of basketball in his homeland. Delia also appeared for his national team at the FIBA Americas under-18 Championships in San Antonio, Texas, in 2010 and helped his country reach the semi-finals of the under-19 World Championships in Latvia last year.

Chinas Wang Zhelin, from the Fujian SBS Xunxin club, played for his national team at both under-19 and under-23 levels in 2011 and, in 2010, was voted best center and named to the All-Tournament first team as China won gold at the All-Asian under-18 Championships in Yemen.

The final spot on the 2012 World Team roster is taken by Zambias Patson Siame who first came to the attention of scouts when he made a strong impression at the 2011 Basketball Without Borders event in South Africa.

The World Team at Nike Hoop Summit 2012 will be led by second-year coach Roy Rana, who is a six-year veteran of Canadian national team basketball and was appointed Head Coach of Canadas Junior National Team in 2012. Coach Rana led Canada to bronze at the inaugural FIBA under-17 World Championships in Germany in 2010, the latest in a long list of international honours which also includes two bronze medals and one silver with Canada at the Nike Global Challenge from 2006-09. Coach Rana will again be assisted by Serbia's Marin Sedlacek, who is making his 12th Hoop Summit appearance.

It is an incredible honour to lead the World Team once again in the 2012 Hoop Summit, said Coach Rana. The Hoop Summit is one of the premier events on the global basketball calendar and Im looking forward to another competitive battle against a very talented USA team.'

The United States holds an 11-3 advantage in the Nike Hoop Summit. Apart from the victory in 2009, the other two World Team victories came in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina, by a 104-96 margin, and in 1998 in San Antonio, Texas, when, famously, Dirk Nowitzki recorded 33 points and 14 rebounds in a 104-99 victory.

The World Select Team has been assembled by Nike's Consultant of Global Basketball Rich Sheubrooks after consulting with general managers, clubs, federations, scouts and coaches from around the world. The Nike sportsmarketing team, from around the world, has also given a great deal of input and suggestions on players from their regions.

'The Hoop Summit is a unique event, said Sheubrooks. Bringing together players from around the globe to form a team in less than a week, from so many different cultures, languages and continents proves that basketball is a universal language.

It has been impressive to see so many Hoop Summit stars from past years not only compete at the next level but go on to become local and even global heroes, from domestic leagues to Euroleague and the NBA.

It is so rewarding to see a guy from China and another from Croatia both chasing the same dream and that is to be the best basketball player they can be. It truly is one ball, one dream and one world, meeting in Portland.'

To date, an incredible 125 former USA and World Select players have been drafted by NBA teams and, as of January 25, 2012, 63 former USA players and 17 former World team members were active in the NBA.

The list of World alumni currently in the NBA includes Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Bobcats); Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder); Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers); Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors); Omri Casspi (Cleveland Cavaliers); Enes Kanter (Utah Jazz); Yi Jianlian (Dallas Mavericks); Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks); Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs); Vladimir Radmanovic (Atlanta Hawks) and Luis Scola (Houston Rockets).



Nike Hoop Summit 2012 - World Select Team - Roster

No. Pos. Name Ht* Wt* DOB Country
4 PG Aleksandar Cvetkovic 603 175 1993 Serbia
5 PG Leo Westermann 605 197 1992 France
6 SG Dmitry Kulagin 606 195 1992 Russia
7 SG Michal Michalak 606 196 1993 Poland
8 SF Andrew Wiggins 606 190 1995 Canada
9 SF Evan Fournier 606 185 1992 France
10 PF Anthony Bennett 608 245 1993 Canada
12 PF Dario Saric 609 190 1994 Croatia
13 C Marcos Delia 609 190 1992 Argentina
14 C Patson Siame 610 215 1993 Zambia
15 C Wang Zhelin 700 230 1994 China

Head Coach: Roy Rana (Canada) 2nd Hoop Summit
Assistant Coach: Marin Sedlacek (Serbia) 12th Hoop Summit
Athletic Trainer: Jay Bradley (USA) 9th Hoop Summit
* measurements listed are not official



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Patrick Horstmann and Thierno Agne lost in the NAIA national championchip game - by Daniel Poerschke

The two german forwards Patrick Horstmann (201-F-87) and Thierno Agne (203-F-89) lost in this years NAIA national championship game with their Northwood University team.
Horstmann had 7 points & 5 rebounds in 35 minutes and Agne had 2 points and 2 rebounds in 34 minutes on the floor.
Over the course of the season both young germans started every game for the Northwood Seahawks.
Horstmann averaged 12.8ppg, 8.3rpg and Agne averaged 9.1ppg, 5.3rpg.

No. 2 Oregon Tech won its third NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship, defeating No. 1 Northwood (Fla.) 63-46 in the lowest scoring title game. The Hustlin' Owls tie Bethel (Ind.) for the most championships at the Division II tournament and finish the year with a 34-4 record.
Trailing by one (19-18) after shooting a mere 28 percent in the first half, Oregon Tech outscored Northwood 45-27 and shot 67 percent in a dominant second half.
Freshman Bobby Hunter got things started for Oregon Tech in the final half with a steal and lay-in, giving his team its first lead (22-21) since the 13-minute mark. Tied at 25 moments later, Jason Gamblin drilled a fade away jumper to give the Hustlin' Owls the lead back and Northwood would never see it again.
Oregon Tech led by six (40-34) and then outscored Northwood 13-4 over a six minute stretch, started by a 3-point play by Hunter, to open up a 53-38 lead. Defensively, they held the Seahawks without a field goal for nearly eight minutes.
Hunter scored a lay-up with 2:30 to go and then finished off Northwood with an electrifying slam, giving his team a 62-44 lead with one minute left.
Oregon Tech shot 46 percent for the game and went 6-for-20 from beyond the arc, but made 4-of-8 in the second half. Bobby Hunter earned tournament most valuable player honors after scoring a game-high 20 points with 18 coming in the second half. Jason Gamblin added 16 points and David Clarke chipped in 11, knocking down a trio of 3-pointers.
Both teams got off to slow starts offensively. A Patrick Horstmann put-back gave Northwood an early 8-5 lead but Oregon Tech scored the next four points to go up one, 9-8. A 7-2 Northwood run later in the half gave the Seahawks its largest lead (19-14), but Oregon Tech scored the final four points and held Northwood scoreless over the final five minutes of the first half.
Northwood shot a season-low 30 percent for the game and made just 1-of-19 3-point attempts. The 46 points is the lowest scored in a championship game. Tyrone Davis netted 19 points and was the only Northwood player who scored in double figures. Jonathan Dunn added nine points and five rebounds. The Seahawks finish the season with a 34-4 record.

Source: http://seahawks.gonorthwood.com/mbasketball/?newsID=7128



ProB Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Herten - Leipzig 107-105 OT

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But USC Leipzig won third quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where USC Leipzig used huge pressure winning it 24-20 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 13-15. Hertener Loewen made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game, while USC Leipzig only scored eight points from the stripe. It was a great shooting night for Hertener Loewen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. USC Leipzig was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Josh Taylor (201-87, college: E.Kentucky) helped adding 27 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals and the other American import guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-N.) scored 28 points, 6 assists and 6 steals. Four Hertener Loewen and five USC Leipzig players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: L.Morinia 28+2reb+6ast, M.Pratt 24+13reb+5ast, W.Simon 19+5reb+1ast, K.Kranz 18+2reb, R.Schirmer 10+8reb+1ast, R.Frohlich 4+5reb+3ast
Herten: J.Taylor 27+5reb+3ast, Z.Nixon 25+4reb+3ast, V.Kittmann 23+9reb+4ast, C.Hackenesch 23+8reb, M.Berger 6+6reb+10ast, J.Hartmann 3
gschID: 172079


Hannover - Schwelm 96-75

The game without a history. Hannover Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to SG Schwelmer Baskets' 36. Hannover Tigers forced 22 SG Schwelmer Baskets turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Jan-Peter Prasuhn (198-82) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Alexander Starr (196-84, college: Centenary) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Five Hannover Tigers and four SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: J.Holmes 19+8reb+4ast, M.Kramer 14+3reb, A.Starr 10+6reb+2ast, D.Malinowski 10+6reb+1ast, K.Speier 6+3reb+3ast, M.Dohmen 6+8reb
Hannover: J.Doerksen 32+11reb+3ast, J.Prasuhn 15+8reb+2ast, T.Welzel 14+3reb+4ast, R.Williams 13+6reb+4ast, S.Janzen 10+2reb+2ast, D.Villarzu 5
gschID: 172077


Noerdlingen - Vechta 65-78

Noerdlingen was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. SC Rasta Vechta made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for guard Matt Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) helped adding 21 points and 5 rebounds. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Kedrick Johnson (192-83, college: Lee) scored 18 points.
Top scorers:
Noerdlingen: K.Johnson 18+3reb+3ast, J.Jamerson 17+8reb+9ast, F.Brutting 9+2reb+3ast, D.Rotim 8+1reb+2ast, H.Debelka 5+1reb, D.Rastatter 4+9reb
Vechta: A.Rudowitz 21+5reb, D.Madrich 15+9reb+1ast, M.Reid 14+3reb+9ast, D.Krause 11+1reb+1ast, F.Stuckemann 8+5reb, M.Smallwood 7+10reb
gschID: 172078



Zamal Nixon (Herten Lions) If We Had Limited Leipzig On The Offensive boards, We Might Not Even Be Playng A Game 3 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Zamal Nixon (185-G-89, college: Houston) is a 185cm guard from Brooklyn, New York that is a rookie playing in Germany for t Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB). He played at Houston (NCAA) from 2007-2011. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 10.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.7apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 92.2%. Currently for Herten, he is averaging 24,3ppg, 2,9rpg and 6,9apg. He spoke to Eurobasket before game 3 against Leipzig

A tough 97-81 loss in Leipzig in game 2. A tough loss, but how reassuring is it being able to come home again and get it done in game 3?


We feel confident that we will play better in game 3 and we have home court advantage so we are feeling good about game 3

At halftime, Herten was down 48-46. What did head coach Boris Kaminski tell the team to do better in the third quarter?


He told us that we had to get stops on defense and he told us we had to limit the amount of offensive boards they were getting. We couldn't do that and that's why we struggled in the 2nd half.

In the third quarter, Leipzig exploded for a 31-16 quarter with much help from Lamar Morina and Richard Frohlich. Why was it so tough for Herten to control the big German Frohlich?

He did good job hitting the offensive glass, and got a lot of 2nd chance baskets that's were the majority of his points came

Pratt and Morina combined for 40 points. Is it better just to let them do their stuff and shut the rest down or is it more of a gamble to defend them tighter, but give their teammates a bit more free room?

They have a really good all around team. if we just keyed in on them two then somebody else could go off and have a big night, so we are just going to guard all of their players with the same amount of respect and we'll be fine

You now have some days to get ready for game three. How does Zamal Nixon (185-G-89, college: Houston) prepare and get focused best for big games?

I like to get ready for my next game by watching film of the last game I played and see what I did wrong and what I can possible do better at at both ends of the floor

The series is tied 1-1. Controling the boards will be big for Herten and also containing Morina and Pratt, but is there another thing on the floor where Herten will really have to be awake when Leipzig takes the floor?

I Think controlling the boards is the biggest thing we need to focus on. They got 23 offensive rebounds last game if we could have limited their 2nd chance opportunities we might not even be playing a game 3.

Which two NCAA teams now left in the bracket will reach the NCAA Final 4 and who will win it all?

Kentucky, Ohio State, Kansas and Louisville, I have Kentucky winning it all.

What new movie do you really want to see?


21 Jump Street.

Thanks Zamal for the chat.



Gene Hagner Gets Contract Extension With BG Dorsten - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO B team BG Dorsten is already looking forward to next season and have extended the contract with Gene Hagner (190-G-83) Hagner is a 28 year old 190cm guard that completed his first season for BG Dorsten. He came after the winter break from BG Illertal Weissenhorn and was able to average 10,3ppg, 2,8rpg and 2,2apg while shooting 57% from the field and 47% from downtown. 'I felt comfortable quickly here. The team always found itself quicker and had a good perspective. Everything fits here. I am excited for new season and playoffs', stressed Gene Hagner Afte rplaying for teams like KuSG Leimen MTV Stuttgart (Regionalliga), TS Goppingen (Germany-Oberliga), BC Energie Zwickau (Germany-Regionalliga), FC Bayern Muenchen (Germany-ProA): Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProB) and USC Freiburg (Germany-ProA, starting five), he has the total confidence of coach Torsten Schierenbeck . 'He fullfilled my expectations and is our leader', stated Torsten Schierenbeck .

Source: BG Dorsten





Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm)I Think This Experience At The Top 4 Will Fuel Our Team Into The Playoffs. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket after the 2012 Beko BBL Cup weekend in Bonn

A tough 99-96 loss to Bambegr in OT in the semi finals. Many said this was one of the best games seen in Germany in the last years. Was this the best game that you have been a part of?

It was a very competitive/intense game throughout. I thought that is what a great game showcasing the top 2 teams in the standings. It was a fun game to play in, unfortunate that we did not come out with a victory.

ratiopharm stepped it up in the third quarter taking the lead. What adjustments did Thorsten Leibenath want seen in the second half?

There werent a lot of adjustments to be made, we started out a little slow and Esterkamp gave us a big lift in the 1st. After that it was back and fourth the rest of the way.

With 18 seconds to play in the fourth quater and ratiopharm Ulm leading 86-85, the team played defense and tried to hold Bamberg. Jacobson hadnt done much in the game, where you surprised that he got the call?

If he was going to make 1 shot all night I guess that was the right time to do it. It was the right play to kick it to him, Gavel could have tried to finish over Bryant but kicked it back out for an open shot. Good teams make the right reads on situations and thats what they did.

Everyone seemed to know that Swann would get the ball at the end of the fourth quarter. How sure were you that the ball would go in after the release?

100% sure after the release, I was directly under the basket and could see that it was going to fall, that was a big shot.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg closed out the OT with a 6-2 run including some Tibor Pleiss buckets. What was key at the end for Bamberg advancing?

It was back and fourth all game, 2 of my shot slipped out in the last minute and Bamberg came down and capitalized. In a game like that it was going to come down to the last possession and it was unfortunate that our shot didnt go in to force another OT.

Everyone knows how good Anton Gavel is, but has he recieved even more respect from you after his big game?

He is respected, Im not sure anyone could have predicted that he would drop 30pts against us but he was taking and making good shots, my hat is off to him for his performance.

ratiopharm Ulm easily disposed of the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in the game for third place. How diffcult was it focusing for this game after the exciting game against Bamberg 15 hours earlier?

There was obviously disappointment not playing for the championship but we were professional and continued to play the way we have all year. The Phantoms were hit with a flu bug and were missing some players.

What will be your fondest memory on and off the court of this 2012 Beko BBL Top 4 weekend

It was a great experience, glad that I got to share it with this team. I will remember how everyone fought and played for one another, I think this experience At Top 4 will fuel our team into the playoffs.

What movie would you like to see in the future?

Safe House




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Maccabi Electra grabs 65-62 thriller win against PAO (2-1) - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Electra - Panathinaikos 65-62 (2-1)

Another thriller was played between Maccabi Electra and Panathinaikos. The Israeli powerhouse celebrated 65-62 victory at Nokia Arena last night taking 2-1 lead in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Richard Hendrix's (203-F/C-86, college: Alabama) tip-in put the hosts up 3 with 15.4 seconds to go and when Nick Calathess potential game-tying triple bounced out, the Maccabi fans let out a sigh of relief. Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87) stepped up for the hosts with 12 points and 6 assists. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) had 11 points and 9 rebounds, while Hendrix added 9 points and 7 boards. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) had 13 points and 6 rebounds for the reigning Euroleague champion. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) (6 rebs, 5 as) stopped to 11 and 10 points respectively. Maccabi started the game in style as they made 24-13 lead, what includes 11-0 run in Q1. PAO came to 27-22, but Maccabi jumped to 41-28 until the halftime. PAO improved after the breather and closed the gap to 6 after 30 minutes of play and they came to 52-48 at the beginning of the last period. Kaimakoglou and Perperoglou brought visitors to 61-60 with 2:14 to go. Devin Smith scored for Maccabi and Diamantidis walked in the paint, Langford missed on the other side and Dimantidis failed to make a lay-up, but he fixed it immediately with tip-in for 63-62 and 35 seconds remaining. Langford drove and missed a tough shot, but Hendrix got to the offensive rebound and his shot sat on the rim before falling in to put the hosts up 3 with 15.4 seconds left. Calathes tried for three at the end, but he missed and Maccabi grabbed 2-1 lead in the series. Teams will meet again tomorrow. The format is best-of-five.

Maccabi Electra: Yogev Ohayon 12+6 as, Devin Smith 11+9 boards, Richard Hendrix 9+7 boards
Panathinaikos: Mike Batiste 13+6 boards, Ian Vougioukas 11, Dimitris Diamantidis 10+6 boards+5 as



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Dutch Cup, Final Four: ZZ Leiden to Win It All - by Fred Roggen

A look at the Dutch Cup Final Four; Topsportcentrum , Almere

Magixx's for KidsRights (16-10) vs. Stepco BS Weert (5-20)

Magixx's for KidsRights are in the hunt for their second Dutch Cup in five years, and they are certainly capable of winning it. Getting points quickly and in bunches is a hallmark of this team.
At point guard, Maurice Acker (173-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Marquette) is consistent and reliable. If he can break through, hell take the shot, but if hes stopped, hell get the ball back to a trailer at the top of the circle - usually Hargrove or Humphrey.
Markel Humphrey (198-F-87, college: Marshall) is a fine shooter, certainly the best on the team with 15.5 PPG while hitting field goals 61.0% of the time and 3-pointers 34.6%. If Humphrey is having a good night throwing it in the hoop, chances are the team will have a good night too.
Magixx's will also be looking for consistent play from forward Lucas Hargrove (198-F-88, college: Auburn). Hargrove, who led the team with 16.2 PPG
Magixx's for KidsRights have a deep bench that should serve them well throughout the FinalFour. They could go all the way.

Stepco BS Weert is a team with weapons, including the ever-dangerous Rahmon Fletcher (177-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Wisc.-Green Bay), tough guy Kenneth van Kempen (208-C-87, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio) and swingman Robbie Harman (185-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Michigan).
Rahmon Fletcher, at guard, is key to Weerts success. He has proven to be a clutch performer.
For Stepco BS Weert, Yamene Coleman (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Troy), who was tops on his team in rebounds with 9.7 RPG, is a lethal force. When the forward-center takes charge inside, scoring and rebounding, he gives the club an added edge.
At guard, Robbie Harman has a keen shot and is able to see the entire court. His 4.4 APG ranked him second in the DBL.
Do the banged up Stepco BS Weert have enough left to make it through the finals? Fletcher is essential to their success and Kenneth van Kempen (208-C-87, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio), who is back after an injury, is certainly important. The team is standing on shaky legs

PICK: Magixx's for KidsRights

ZZ Leiden (20-6) vs. Landstede Zwolle (10-16)

ZZ Leiden possesses a lot of talent with the likes of Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.), Arvin Slagter (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) controlling the court.
Boxley can make it happen, shooting from the outside, dishing it inside, and ripping the ball out of the air to secure another shot. He led the team in shooting (15.1 PPG) and was solid under the boards (6.8 RPG).
Arvin Slagter (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) is still tough to guard. Give him a three-point shot and hell take it and hit 46.4% of the time. Along with collecting 7.8 PPG, Slagter was good for more than 3 assists a contest.
From the foul line, Shepherd has proven to be effective knocking in 75% of his shots. Under the boards he grabbed the ball an average of 5.2 times per game.
ZZ Leiden has shooters, rebounders and passers. For Leiden, it can get a bit dicey out on the perimeter, but Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) has proven to be an effective go to guy.
ZZ Leiden will be extremely difficult to shut down. At both ends of the court opponents will find them to be worthy adversaries. Will there be another trip to the finals and a second Dutch Cup title in three years?

Landstede Zwolle are one of the Cinderella stories of the season. If they get past the semi's, theyll be applying for sainthood.
In the frontcourt, Gerald
Robinson can rebound and score. He led his team in rebounds per game (7.7). Robinson may not have name recognition, but hes certainly one of the best players in the DBL.
For playmaking and clutch play, Cameron Wells (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Citadel) is the Landstedes go-to guy. Averaging 14.3 PPG and 3.9 APG, Wells is cool under pressure as his foul line performance 79.2% accuracyshows.
Finally, the club has some depth, which is a big advantage during the Finalfour. They have a good bench, capable of scoring and keeping the game under control.
Landstede Zwolle look like they are for real. This surprising team may have some more surprises in store.

PICK: ZZ Leiden

Dutch Cup Winner: ZZ Leiden



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Eurobasket.com All-Irish Superleague - by Simas

Player of the Year: Jason Killeen of UL Eagles
Guard of the Year: Gerard Noonan of Neptune
Forward of the Year: Jermaine Turner of Killester
Centre of the Year: Martins Provizors of DCU Saints
Bosman Player of the Year: Martins Provizors of DCU Saints
Import Player of the Year: Shawn Atupem
Domestic Player of the Year: Jason Killeen of UL Eagles
Defensive Player of the Year: Jermaine Turner of Killester
Coach of the Year: Mark Keenan of UL Eagles

1st Team
Gerard Noonan of Neptune
Shane Coughlan of UCC Demons
Jermaine Turner of Killester
Ronald Thompson of Neptune
Jason Killeen of UL Eagles
Martins Provizors of DCU Saints

2nd Team
Scott Kinevane of UL Eagles
Emmett Donnelly of DCU Saints
Shawn Atupem of UCC Demons
Donnie Stith of UCD Marian
Enos Luke of Moycullen

Honorable Mention
Paul Cummins of Belfast Star
Matthew Hall of UL Eagles
Patrick Glover of DCU Saints
Daniel James of UCD Marian
Owen McNally of UCD Marian

All-Domestic Players Team
Gerard Noonan of Neptune
Shane Coughlan of UCC Demons
Patrick Glover of DCU Saints
Jermaine Turner of Killester
Jason Killeen of UL Eagles

All-Imports Team
Shawn Atupem of UCC Demons
Michael McKillop of Belfast Star
Donnie Stith of UCD Marian
Ronald Thompson of Neptune
Enos Luke of Moycullen
Michael Trimmer of DCU Saints

All-Defensive Team
Emmett Donnelly of DCU Saints
Keith Anderson of DCU Saints
Jermaine Turner of Killester
Ronald Thompson of Neptune
Jason Killeen of UL Eagles



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Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 20-4 
 2. Macc.B.Yaakov 19-5 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 17-7 
 4. Ironi Nes-Ziona 14-10 
 5. Hapoel Afula 13-11 
 6. Kiryat Tivon 12-12 
 7. Hod Hasharon 12-12 
 8. Ironi Ramat Gan 11-13 
 9. Elitzur Ramla 11-13 
 10. Ironi Nahariya 9-15 
 11. Ironi K-A 9-15 
 12. Lev Hasharon 7-17 
 13. Hapoel K/S 7-17 
 14. Hapoel Y/M 7-17 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 27: Elitzur Ramla - Hod Hasharon 92-91
Mar. 27: Hapoel K/S - Lev Hasharon 89-82
Mar. 27: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Elitzur Yavne 87-83
Mar. 27: Ironi Nahariya - Macc.B.Yaakov 86-90
Mar. 27: Hapoel T-A - Ironi Ramat Gan 85-89
Mar. 27: Kiryat Tivon - Hapoel Afula 78-80
Mar. 27: Ironi K-A - Hapoel Y/M 116-112 OT

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 3: Hod Hasharon - Ironi Nes-Ziona
Apr. 3: Elitzur Yavne - Ironi K-A
Apr. 3: Hapoel Y/M - Hapoel T-A
Apr. 3: Ironi Ramat Gan - Hapoel K/S
Apr. 3: Lev Hasharon - Kiryat Tivon
Apr. 3: Hapoel Afula - Macc.B.Yaakov
Apr. 3: Elitzur Ramla - Ironi Nahariya


National League Round 24: Ironi Ramat Gan defeats leader Hapoel Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in National League. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (20-4) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (11-13) 89-85. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Hapoel Tel-Aviv. The guests trailed by 15 points after three quarters before their 28-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Ironi Ramat Gan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for power forward Raviv Pitshon (201-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Dror Davidi (190-84) contributed with 21 points and 4 steals for the winners. American point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Ironi Ramat Gan maintains eighth position with 11-13 record, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Hapoel Tel-Aviv at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan is looking forward to face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#13) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game for Hapoel Afula (13-11) which played on the court of 5th ranked Kiryat Tivon (12-12). Seventh ranked Hapoel Afula upset home team edging them after exciting game by two points 80-78. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and Roy Booker who added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Hapoel Afula moved-up to fifth place. Kiryat Tivon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Hod Hasharon. Hapoel Afula will play against league's second-placed Beer Yaakov at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kiryat Tivon will play against Lev Hasharon (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Elitzur Yavne (17-7) against fourth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (14-10) on Tuesday night. Visiting Elitzur Yavne was defeated by Ironi Nes-Ziona in a tough game in Nes Ziyona 83-87. The winners were led by Dan Bank who scored that evening 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Elad Hofman did not help to save the game for Elitzur Yavne. Ironi Nes-Ziona have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 14-10 record. Loser Elitzur Yavne keeps the third place with seven games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona will meet Hod Hasharon (#7) on the road in the next round. Elitzur Yavne will play against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they won against twelfth-ranked Lev Hasharon 89-82. The best player for the winners was Errick McCollum who scored 29 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Hapoel Kfar Saba (7-17) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Lev Hasharon and Hapoel Y/M. Lev Hasharon lost fifth consecutive game. Hapoel Kfar Saba's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#13) forced the game against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#11) into an overtime, but lost by four points 112-116 on Tuesday night. It was a good game for Lenny Daniel who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Ironi Kiryat Ata (9-15) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata will face higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido will play against the league's leader Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last two games of round 24 Hod Hasharon was beaten by Elitzur Ramla on the road 92-91. Ironi Nahariya lost to Macc.B.Yaakov on its own court 86-90.


Elitzur Ramla - Hod Hasharon 92-91

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Elitzur Ramla (11-13) edged at home 6th ranked Hod Hasharon (12-12) 92-91 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 22-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) who saved his team from a defeat with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Ilan Berkowitz (186-75) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Elitzur Ramla's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Puerto Rican point guard Javier Gonzalez (182-89, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists and naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Hod Hasharon. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ironi Ramat Gan. Loser Hod Hasharon keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Elitzur Ramla will face Ironi Nahariya (#10) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: J.Gonzalez 22+5reb+12ast, G.Gandel 15+6reb+6ast, A.Johnson 15+10reb+1ast, A.Skverer 14+2reb+3ast, C.Dewhurst 11+7reb, J.Mintz 6+1reb
Elitzur Ramla: S.Moragne 24+6reb+5ast, M.Badalov 17+2reb+1ast, O.Cohen 14+6reb+3ast, I.Berkowitz 13+11reb+7ast, R.Barzilai 12+3reb+1ast, R.Bacon 10+7reb
gschID: 145355


Hapoel K/S - Lev Hasharon 89-82

Bottom-ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the five-game losing streak. This time they won against twelfth-ranked Lev Hasharon 89-82. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lev Hasharon won fourth quarter 29-27. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Kfar Saba forced 23 Lev Hasharon turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Lev Hasharon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who scored 29 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The other American import forward Marshall Moses (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds and point guard Uriya Gur (185-86, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Lev Hasharon players scored in double figures. Hapoel Kfar Saba (7-17) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Lev Hasharon and Hapoel Y/M. Lev Hasharon lost fifth consecutive game. Hapoel Kfar Saba's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Lev Hasharon: S.Ray 20+15reb+2ast, U.Gur 17+5reb+3ast, V.Yeremishin 13+7reb, G.Reynolds 13+8reb+1ast, O.Rub 7+1reb+2ast, O.Shmidt 6+2reb+1ast
Hapoel K/S: E.McCollum 29+9reb+5ast, M.Moses 24+13reb, O.Cohen 10+2reb+1ast, E.Rotemberg 9+3reb, O.Ron 9+3reb+2ast, A.Harush 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 145351


Hapoel T-A - Ironi Ramat Gan 85-89

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (20-4) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (11-13) 89-85. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Hapoel Tel-Aviv. The guests trailed by 15 points after three quarters before their 28-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Ironi Ramat Gan especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for power forward Raviv Pitshon (201-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Dror Davidi (190-84) contributed with 21 points and 4 steals for the winners. American point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and the former international Matan Naor (195-80) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Four Ironi Ramat Gan and five Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Ironi Ramat Gan maintains eighth position with 11-13 record, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Hapoel Tel-Aviv at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost. Ironi Ramat Gan is looking forward to face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#13) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will play against Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#14) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: M.Naor 19+6reb+4ast, D.Stitt 18+13reb+3ast, C.Carr 13+7reb+2ast, J.Skjoldebrand 12+4reb, G.Eytan 11+1reb+2ast, C.Kelly 10+4reb
Ironi Ramat Gan: D.Davidi 21+4reb+2ast, R.Webb 17+7reb+1ast, R.Pitshon 17+14reb+1ast, Y.Yatzkan 17+2reb+3ast, A.Tamir 9+5reb+2ast, T.Bannister 8+2reb+11ast
gschID: 145352


Ironi K-A - Hapoel Y/M 116-112 OT

Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#13) forced the game against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#11) into an overtime, but lost by four points 112-116 on Tuesday night. Ironi Kiryat Ata shot 60.3 percent from the field and made 30-of-38 free shots (78.9 percent) during the game. Ironi Kiryat Ata forced 24 Hapoel Yokneam/Megido turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Ironi Kiryat Ata especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Lenny Daniel (201-87, college: CS Northridge) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import forward Tony Younger (200-80, college: Spring Hill, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) contributed with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American power forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fair Dickinson) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds and swingman Inam Eiram (194-88) added 28 points and 4 assists in the effort for Hapoel Yokneam/Megido. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Kiryat Ata (9-15) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Ironi Nahariya. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata will face higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido will play against the league's leader Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Y/M: S.Bozeman 28+6reb+1ast, I.Eiram 28+4reb+4ast, R.Turner 22+17reb+3ast, T.Ber-Aven 13+1reb+1ast, J.Sztarkman 7+1reb+1ast, M.Zalmanovich 6+1reb
Ironi K-A: L.Daniel 29+9reb+1ast, T.Younger 23+9reb+6ast, A.Nanikashvili 16+2reb+3ast, L.Moran 10+2reb, G.Halamish 10+1reb+2ast, R.Menashe 9+2reb
gschID: 145353


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Elitzur Yavne 87-83

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Elitzur Yavne (17-7) against fourth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (14-10) on Tuesday night. Visiting Elitzur Yavne was defeated by Ironi Nes-Ziona in a tough game in Nes Ziyona 83-87. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 22-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by naturalized British guard Dan Bank (188-84) who scored that evening 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Gabe Blair (203-87, college: Wichita St.) supported him with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Even 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) did not help to save the game for Elitzur Yavne. American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 23 points. Five Ironi Nes-Ziona and four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. Ironi Nes-Ziona have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 14-10 record. Loser Elitzur Yavne keeps the third place with seven games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona will meet Hod Hasharon (#7) on the road in the next round. Elitzur Yavne will play against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: B.Laing 23+2reb+1ast, E.Hofman 15+9reb+4ast, N.Golan 15+4reb+6ast, T.Dray 11+2reb, E.Engel 8+2reb+2ast, Z.Volfer 6+5reb+2ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: D.Bank 19+8reb+5ast, G.Blair 19+9reb, B.Benn 15+3reb+2ast, D.Assaf 12+3reb+3ast, T.Michael Dunne 11+5reb+4ast, T.Karpeles 6+4reb
gschID: 145354


Ironi Nahariya - Macc.B.Yaakov 86-90

Very expected game when 10th ranked Ironi Nahariya (9-15) lost at home to second ranked Beer Yaakov (19-5) 90-86 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-86. Beer Yaakov shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. It was a good game for American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Avi Eliyahu (175-87, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 assists and guard Oren Ben Hemo (190-79) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Five Beer Yaakov and four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. Beer Yaakov have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-5 record behind leader Hapoel T-A. Loser Ironi Nahariya keeps the tenth place with 15 games lost. Beer Yaakov will face Hapoel Afula (#5) on the road in the next round. Ironi Nahariya will play against Elitzur Ramla (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: A.Eliyahu 20+3reb+10ast, A.Matta 15+7reb+1ast, O.Ben Hemo 15+7reb+2ast, E.Saudai 13+3reb+1ast, M.Ginyard 11+6reb+1ast, E.Traimel 8+9reb+4ast
Macc.B.Yaakov: N.Miller 26+8reb+2ast, I.Simin 16+5reb+2ast, J.Hall 14+8reb+4ast, C.Watson 10+7reb+2ast, D.Housman 10+1reb+1ast, L.Hason 8+1ast
gschID: 145349


Kiryat Tivon - Hapoel Afula 78-80

Another exciting game for Hapoel Afula (13-11) which played on the court of 5th ranked Kiryat Tivon (12-12). Seventh ranked Hapoel Afula upset home team edging them after exciting game by two points 80-78. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 21-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Afula players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import swingman Roy Booker (191-84, college: SE Missouri St.) who added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Kobi Izik (204-83) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Four Hapoel Afula and five Kiryat Tivon players scored in double figures. Hapoel Afula moved-up to fifth place. Kiryat Tivon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Hod Hasharon. Hapoel Afula will play against league's second-placed Beer Yaakov at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kiryat Tivon will play against Lev Hasharon (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: K.Izik 18+8reb+3ast, R.Clemente 16+10reb+4ast, M.Shamis 13+4reb+3ast, L.Ariely 11+3ast, V.Gandlin 11+2reb+2ast, J.Gomes 9+2reb+2ast
Hapoel Afula: R.Booker 19+5reb+4ast, E.Eliyah 16+1reb+6ast, G.Thondique 16+12reb+3ast, E.Knafo 13+3reb, O.Blayzer 10+1ast, Y.Deri 3+1reb
gschID: 145350



Maccabi Electra grabs 65-62 thriller win against PAO (2-1) - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Electra - Panathinaikos 65-62 (2-1)

Another thriller was played between Maccabi Electra and Panathinaikos. The Israeli powerhouse celebrated 65-62 victory at Nokia Arena last night taking 2-1 lead in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. Richard Hendrix's (203-F/C-86, college: Alabama) tip-in put the hosts up 3 with 15.4 seconds to go and when Nick Calathess potential game-tying triple bounced out, the Maccabi fans let out a sigh of relief. Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87) stepped up for the hosts with 12 points and 6 assists. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) had 11 points and 9 rebounds, while Hendrix added 9 points and 7 boards. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) had 13 points and 6 rebounds for the reigning Euroleague champion. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) (6 rebs, 5 as) stopped to 11 and 10 points respectively. Maccabi started the game in style as they made 24-13 lead, what includes 11-0 run in Q1. PAO came to 27-22, but Maccabi jumped to 41-28 until the halftime. PAO improved after the breather and closed the gap to 6 after 30 minutes of play and they came to 52-48 at the beginning of the last period. Kaimakoglou and Perperoglou brought visitors to 61-60 with 2:14 to go. Devin Smith scored for Maccabi and Diamantidis walked in the paint, Langford missed on the other side and Dimantidis failed to make a lay-up, but he fixed it immediately with tip-in for 63-62 and 35 seconds remaining. Langford drove and missed a tough shot, but Hendrix got to the offensive rebound and his shot sat on the rim before falling in to put the hosts up 3 with 15.4 seconds left. Calathes tried for three at the end, but he missed and Maccabi grabbed 2-1 lead in the series. Teams will meet again tomorrow. The format is best-of-five.

Maccabi Electra: Yogev Ohayon 12+6 as, Devin Smith 11+9 boards, Richard Hendrix 9+7 boards
Panathinaikos: Mike Batiste 13+6 boards, Ian Vougioukas 11, Dimitris Diamantidis 10+6 boards+5 as



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Biancoblu Conad Bologna on the market for PG - by Eurobasket News

Biancoblu Conad Bologna is on the market looking for point guard. The Italian squad is forced to sign a new player due to injury of Andrea Pecile (187-PG-80), who played just 10 minutes last week against Aget Imola and still feels pain in his right wrist. Imola celebrated 74-69 home victory. According to local media, Biancoblu Conad Bologna first option will be the Italian point guard, but if they cannot find it the team will look abroad. Andrea Pecile joined Bologna team last summer. He played 22 games so far averaging 12.9 points, 3 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Biancoblu Conad Bologna registered 8 wins in 23 games and they are close to the bottom of the Lega Due standings. Actually, they share 14th place with San Antimo. The last ranked team is MarcoPoloShop with 7-16. Biancoblu Conad Bologna will host Givova Scafati next weekend.


Cimberio Varese returns Phil Goss - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Phil Goss (186-G-83, college: Drexel) is back to Italy. Actually, Goss returned to his former team Cimberio Varese, where he will spend rest of the season. The player terminated his deal with ASVEL this morning and immediately signed with Varese. Goss had 9.1 ppg, 2.5 apg and 1.6 rpg for 22 games in ProA. He also added 8.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.7 rpg for 12 EuroCup games. For two Euroleague qualifications games Goss shined with 19 ppg and 3.5 apg. Last season, Phil Goss was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA 2nd Team. He had 14.8 ppg, 3.8 apg, 3 rpg and 2.7 spg for 33 games with Cimberio Varese. A year before that, Goss averaged 20.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.3 spg and 3 apg for 33 games with Scafati. They competed in Lega Due and Goss was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 1st Team -10. Phil Goss also has experience from Israel, Turkey and Holand. He graduated at Drexel University in 2005. Cimberio Varese has 12-12 record in SereA. They are currently at position No.9.


Italy : Market news - by Giovanni Bargna

With eight rounds left to play in the regular season someone is looking for good roster additions and someone else is going to free some players.
Here below a recap of signs, rumors and 'divorces' referred to LegaA.

As already reported on this site with a complete article Phil Goss (186-G-83, college: Drexel) was officially announced by Cimberio Varese earlier today. The US combo-guard out of Drexel University comes back to Varese after an half season spent at Asvel Villeurbanne. Goss landed in Italy in 2008 for the first time joining Crabs Rimini, then was signed by Scafati. Last season he played 33 games with Varese averaging 14.8 ppg and 3.8 apg. Cimberio is actually at the ninth spot of the standings just a win far from the playoff area. This addition could be a good deal in order to make it to the post-season.

Another combo-guard came to Italy recently, but with a different role in the roster so far. Marcus Neal (196-G-86, agency: TSS Management, college: Delaware St.) joined BancaTercas Teramo, but a contract hasn't been signed yet. According to rumors Neal will help the team during trainings without playing in official competitions. Marcus Neal, out of Delaware State, flew to Europe in 2010-2011 to join ABA Strumica in the macedonian league, then started current season at Kanizsa in Hungary before moving to Slovakia, at Bystrica, last February. Teramo is battling at the bottom of the standings, is not facing an healthy period financially and that is why the addition of Neal seems not probable, but couldn't be excluded anyway. Stay tuned.

Acea Roma after the divorce with Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) there's the 'Clay Tucker (196-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) case' to be handled.
Nihad Dedovic flew to Turkey few days ago signed by Galatasaray with a deal for the rest of the season. The same happened to Clay Tucker, kindly asked to look for another team by Roma, but something went wrong apparently. Clay Tucker found an agreement with Fenerbahce Ulker, Roma took a important road win at Caserta last Sunday and that gave a different shape to their situation in the standings. The team still maintains some chances to get to the playoffs. This ended into a decision : the trade for Tucker is freezed now and the player can't leave and is still training with his teammates. Antonello Riva, general manager of the team, said : 'No changes in the rosters within 15 days'. Two crucial league games will played and then a decision about Tucker will be made.

Try-out for Leonidas Kaselakis (201-F-90) at Biella. The greek player, who is 21 years old, won the gold medal both at the 2008 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship and at the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. Angelico Biella is missing Chrysikopoluos and Dragicevic due to injury and is looking for a good addition in order to face the upcoming final part of the season in the best way possible. Kaselakis has been training with the team for one week and caoch Cancellieri will make a decision soon about a possible contract to be offered.



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Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF 26-3 
 2. Barons kvartals 25-2 
 3. Liepaja-2 23-4 
 4. Saldus 21-7 
 5. RSU 16-11 
 6. VEF Kadeti 16-12 
 7. VA 16-14 
 8. BS Riga 14-11 
 9. DSN 13-13 
 10. Livani 9-18 
 11. Valmiera BSS 8-18 
 12. Ogres 8-19 
 13. Jelgava/LLU 8-21 
 14. Cesis 8-21 
 15. Gulbene 6-23 
 16. Ridzene 4-24 

Regular Season: Round 35

Mar. 25: VA - Saldus 80-52
Mar. 27: VA - Jelgava/LLU 79-61
Mar. 25: BK VEF - RSU 100-60
Mar. 27: Valmiera BSS - Barons kvartals
Mar. 28: DSN - Livani
Mar. 28: VEF Kadeti - Ridzene
Mar. 28: Ogres - RSU
Mar. 30: BS Riga - Liepaja-2
Mar. 30: Livani - RSU



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Biggest signing in the league's history: Champville inks Marcus Haislip - by Rabih Khoury

Champville management agreed to terms with experienced american Haislip Marcus (208-F-80, college: Tennessee) to join the top seeded team in the league until the end of the season. Haislip is listed to be one of the biggest signings in the league and the middle east to, comparing his CV and salary to other players. The Tennessee graduate was selected in pick 13 in the 2002 nba draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, where he played until 2005. Then he started his european experience and played in the best leagues in Europe starting from Turkey to Spain, where he had in 2008 a 1,700,000 contract with Unicaja Malaga. Haislip then moved again to NBA with San Antonio Spurs, before going to join Panathinaikos Athens in Greece. Last season Haislip started the Asian experience and played in China with Guandong Southern Tigers before moving to Foshan this year.
Is Haislip able to bring the cup to Champville for the first time in history??



Hoskin's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award (by PMA Basketball) - by Eurobasket News

32-year old power forward Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Champville and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 35 points and 13 rebounds, while his team was edged out by Anibal (#3, 15-8) 87-86. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Despite this loss Champville managed to keep Lebanese league leading position. Champville has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. But that lost game cost them to change their overall "almost perfect" record to 21-2. Hoskin turned to be Champville's top player in his first season with the team. De Paul University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hoskin is in league's top in points (8th best: 19.8ppg), rebounds (5th best: 10.1rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 59.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ahmad Ismail (205-F-76) of league's second-best Al Riyadi. He is Egyptian forward in his first season at Al Riyadi. In the last game Ismail recorded impressive triple-double of 18 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists. Of course Al Riyadi cruised to a 105-93 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Hoops (#8, 5-19). Al Riyadi's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just three games this Second Stage, while they won 21 matches. Ismail is a newcomer at Al Riyadi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Champville's star - forward Fadi Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency). Khatib showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Khatib's great performance Champville lost 86-87 to #3 ranked Anibal. But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. That was shocking loss for Champville and their fans. Hopefully so far almost perfect season will not turn around. They still have impressive 21-2 record in the league holding top position in the standings. Khatib plays for a very strong team and Champville has many quality players. So achieving that high stats is even more impressive. Khatib has a great season in Lebanon. After 30 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.3ppg (2nd best) and assists with 4.1apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82) of Al Riyadi - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Ali Fakhreddine (204-C-83) of Hoops - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Billy McShepard (208-F) of Hoops - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Joseph Vogel (211-C-73) of Al Riyadi - 24 points and 5 rebounds
8. Damond Williams (197-G-80) of Hoops - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84) of Anibal - 22 points and 3 assists
10. Mohamad Fahes (198-F-82) of Sagesse - 12 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)



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Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  LKKA-.
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Vingelis, LKKA-.21.4 
 2. Uzkuraitis, Delika.18.9 
 3. Birgelis, Matinga-.18.6 
 4. Rakauskas, Radvili.18.2 
 5. Jucikas, AB.17.8 
 6. Maneikis, Meresta17.4 
 7. Sragauskis, LKKA-.16.9 
 8. Varnelis, S.Marc.16.8 
 9. Griskenas, Meresta16.2 
 10. Giedraitis, ABRO-.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Gargzdai
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Gudaitis, Gargzdai10.8 
 2. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.8.1 
 3. Mineikis, Radvilis.7.9 
 4. Urbonas, LK.7.8 
 5. Kalvelis, Matinga-.7.4 
 6. Jucikas, AB.7.4 
 7. Linkevicius, Triob.7.4 
 8. Pikalavicius, Deli.7.3 
 9. Ramanauskas, Radvi.7.3 
 10. Mockevicius, S.Ma.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Matas SAPIEGA
  LK.
  (179-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Sapiega, LK.8.1 
 2. Kurauskas, AB.5.3 
 3. Razutis, Silute5.1 
 4. Semaska, Perla.4.7 
 5. Bitinas, S.Marciu.4.6 
 6. Malasauskas, LKKA.4.4 
 7. Vasiliauskas, Trio.4.3 
 8. Vileita, Perla.4.3 
 9. Birgelis, Matinga-.4.3 
 10. Kuklierius, Matin.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Silute
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Razutis, Silute2.9 
 2. Vileita, Perla.2.4 
 3. Brown, Mazeikiai2.3 
 4. Slivka, Meresta2.1 
 5. Jogela, Zalgir.1.9 
 6. Uzkuraitis, Delika.1.9 
 7. Birgelis, Matinga-.1.9 
 8. Paliukenas, S.Marc.1.9 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Trio.1.8 
 10. Budzinauskas, St.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Urbonas, LK.2.8 
 2. Mockevicius, S.Mar.2.0 
 3. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.7 
 4. Gudaitis, Nafta U.1.5 
 5. Ramanauskas, Garg.1.4 
 6. Kaubrys, Silute1.3 
 7. Jucikas, AB.1.1 
 8. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.1 
 9. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.0 
 10. Kymantas, Zalgir.1.0 


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

Delikatesas - Meresta 103-90

Delikatesas advanced into the quarterfinal stage as they took care of Meresta in the decisive third game of the series. The game was mostly controlled by Delikatesas. Meresta was better in second period 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Delikatesas shot 60.7 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Delikatesas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Meresta was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a quality performance for center Tautvydas Slezas (207-90, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners with a triple-double by scoring 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) accounted for 23 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) came up with 19 points and 7 rebounds and guard Saulius Raziulis (183-76, agency: Court Side) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively for Meresta in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Meresta's coach Dainius Bertulis rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: A.Kvedaravicius 23+3reb+4ast, Z.Petraitis 19+2reb+1ast, T.Slezas 18+18reb+10ast, V.Jatulevicius 14+4reb+1ast, V.Uzkuraitis 13+3reb+1ast, P.Klemas 12+2reb+4ast
Meresta: D.Griskenas 19+7reb+2ast, S.Raziulis 19+2reb+4ast, K.Artamonov 17+2ast, L.Radavicius 16+4reb+3ast, A.Maneikis 12+6reb+3ast, D.Keburys 5+2reb
gschID: 172023


Triobet - Statyba 80-87

Statyba shocked Triobet on the road to reach the quarterfinals. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Statyba made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Triobet turnovers. 28 personal fouls committed by Triobet helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for guard Mindaugas Budzinauskas (198-73) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 8 rebounds. Center Vitalijus Luksa (206-86) helped adding 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Statyba's coach Gintautas Regina used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Four Triobet players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Statyba: M.Budzinauskas 19+8reb+3ast, O.Varanauskas 18+3reb, V.Luksa 14+8reb+1ast, D.Tarvydas 9+6reb, G.Marciukaitis 6+2reb+2ast, M.Paliukenas 6+3reb+3ast
Triobet: V.Kruzikas 20+2reb, T.Sebeziovas 17+4reb+4ast, A.Vasiliauskas 13+3reb+3ast, M.Linkevicius 13+9reb+4ast, P.Vaitiekunas 6+5reb, H.Vorotnikovas 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 172024


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Ezerunas-Karys 79-70

Zalgiris-Sabonio booked the spot in the quartefinals after defeating Ezerunas-Karys at home court. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ezerunas-Karys won third quarter 19-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris-Sabonio made 30-of-38 charity shots (78.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Ezerunas-Karys turnovers. Ezerunas-Karys was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for forward Tauras Jogela (201-93) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Forward Rolandas Jakstas (200-92) accounted for 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Center Marius Janisius (203-77) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds and forward Andrius Slezas (200-75) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Ezerunas-Karys in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: T.Jogela 21+5reb+1ast, J.Tamulis 11+3reb+1ast, R.Jakstas 10+11reb, S.Kymantas 9+3reb, M.Grigonis 8+3reb+7ast, V.Kariniauskas 5+3reb+4ast
Ezerunas-Karys: M.Janisius 22+7reb+1ast, A.Slezas 18+9reb+1ast, P.Lescinskas 11+6reb+3ast, M.Kugauda 6+4reb+3ast, J.Narusis 4+1reb, R.Ambrulaitis 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 172022



EuroCup: Lietuvos Rytas advanced to Final Four despite the loss - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk-Lietuvos Rytas 80:78

Lietuvos Rytas advanced to EuroCup Final Four despite the loss in Ukraine. BC Donetsk overcame Lietuvos Rytas 80:78 but could not qualify after two games as the Lithuanian team totaled a 9-point victory.
Lietuvos Rytas started with 28-17 and ensured the bigger advantage. The hosts reduced to 7 points at the halftime winning the second frame 17-13. Both sides nailed 13 points each in the third quarter and the guests did not mind about the last quarter. That is why BC Donetsk produced a 33-24 surge to seal the narrow win in Game 2.
Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) netted 14. Viacheslav Kravtsov (211-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) poured in 12, while Vojdan Stojanovski (193-G-87) added 11. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) delivered 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85) notched 12.

BC Donetsk: Ramel Curry 26, Vule Avdalovic 14, Viacheslav Kravtsov 12, Vojdan Stojanovski 11
Lietuvos Rytas: Tyrese Rice 14, Jonas Valanciunas 14, Arturas Jomantas 12



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Amicale replace Kresimir Basic with Jerome Alff - by Eurobasket News

Amicale decided to make a change on the bridge. They axed head coach Kresimir Basic . The Croatian specialist took over Amicale back in 2009. He led the Steinsel team to the Diekirch League semifinals in 2010 and 2011. Previously Kresimir Basic worked with Sparta Bertrange, Etzella, CSKA Sophia, Al Ahli and Al Hilal. The specialist also worked with Luxembourg National Team in 2004/06 seasons. He was named Luxembourg Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2003. Kresimir Basic was also trumped Coach of the Year in Saudi Arabia in 2008.
Amicale replaced Kresimir Basic with Jerome Alff . The Luxembourg specialist has lately worked as coach assistant and later head coach of BC Mess. Jerome Alff was the head coach of Luxembourg U20 National Team in 2011. He will be assisted by Christian Nittler .



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Athleta and Floriana surge ahead in semifinal series - by Eurobasket News

Athleta had to overcame a determined resistance from Siggiewi before claiming a narrow 62:59 win in the first game of the semifinal best-of-three series. Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) scored 17 points to lead the regular season champions. Siggiewi were not intimidated by Athletas recent form as they surged ahead for a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. Athleta pulled in front late in the first half taking a 35:33 halftime advantage. But Siggiewi bounced back immediately and ensured a 53:47 lead with one quarter remaining. Athleta erased the deficit and spurred ahead 59:57 midway through the final term. They did not allow Siggiewi to threaten the lead and raced to the victory at the end. Marko Todorovic (204-F/C-85) nailed 13 points, while Omar Said (177-PG-80) added 10 points for the winners. Chris Meier (198-F, college: Saddleback JC) responded with 19 points for Siggiewi. Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) notched 11 points in the loss.
Floriana overpowered Depiro in Game 1 of the series 74:67. Depiro enjoyed a 33:32 halftime lead but Floriana exploded with 25 points in the third term to surge ahead. They kept Depiro at bay throughout the fourth term and cruised to the victory at the end. Evan Fjeld (203-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Vermont) accounted for 34 points to lead the charge. Christopher Sammut (169-G-85) added 22 points for the hosts. Greg Hamlin (201-F-86, college: E.Tenn.St.) replied with 20 points for Depiro.



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CIBACOPA: Fuerza Guinda makes 1st roster change - by Alejandro Martinez

Fuerza Guinda de Nogales announced the signing of G Robert Jarvis (180-G-87, college: ORU). Jarvis joins Fuerza Guinda after just finishing a stint in Iceland and being the league's leading scorer. Jarvis is expected to play both guard positions, something he is used to doing both in college and in his European Pro career. For the moment, Fuerza Guinda has put G Ravone George (193-G-83, college: Alabama) on reserve to open up a spot in the roster. Jarvis will make his debut Tuesday March 27th at home vs. Tepic.


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EuroCup: Valencia ease past Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Buducnost 85:63

Valencia registered a cruising win over Buducnost and advanced into EuroCup Final Four. The Montenegrin champions entered the game having a 4-point cushion after a home game. But Valencia did not notice the deficit. The Spaniards celebrated a comfortable 22-point win to reach the next stage. Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) paced well-balanced effort with 13 points.
Valencia stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The hosts went on a 28:11 run to establish a comfortable buffer. Buducnost managed to slow down the home team in the second term. The Montenegrin team cut the distance to 16 points at the interval 28:44. But Valencia shifted the gear right after the big break. The hosts unloaded 28 points in the third term to enter the final quarter up by as many as 30 points 72:42. Buducnost outscored the home team in the final frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt), Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) and Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Maryland) accounted for 11 points each for the winners. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points for Buducnost. Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) had 13 points in the loss.

Valencia: Victor Claver 13, Andrew James Ogilvy 11, Vitor Faverani 11, Niklas Caner-Medley 11
Buducnost: Bojan Dubljevic 17, Jermaine Anderson 13



Nikola Pekovic plans to play as he ponders surgery - by Eurobasket News

Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (6'11''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) missed his third consecutive game, will miss the team's upcoming two-game road trip and might require ankle surgery after the season is over.

The problem? Bone spurs on his right ankle -- the result of a years-old injury, he said -- that is causing him significant pain. The hope is that Pekovic, who is wearing a protective boot on the ankle, will be able to play out the season once the inflammation and pain ease. He hopes to return to action Friday against Boston.

'I will try to rest, try to calm it down and then play more games all the way to the end,' Pekovic said. 'Then, in the summer, maybe do something.'

There is no question that the grind of the compressed season, combined with Pekovic's increased playing time as the season went on, contributed to the pain and inflammation he has experienced. And while he is leaning toward having surgery, Pekovic said he will seek a second opinion before making that decision.

'I saw only one doctor here,' Pekovic said. 'I'm going to see one more, see what he will say. If they match up, [surgery is] probably what I would do.'

Meanwhile, the Wolves were showing the wear and tear of the seven-game road trip, which ended with a double-overtime loss in Oklahoma City. Guard Luke Ridnour played in Sunday's 117-100 victory over Denver despite a sore lower back, but guard J.J. Barea did not play a game after his triple-double against the Thunder.

Barea, who has a right thigh contusion, tried to loosen his leg during pregame warmups but was unable to go. More about his status will be known after Monday's practice.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com



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Raja game; - by Christopher Rodgers

Assalaamu Alaykum Hello everyone,

Saturday saw our team facing the last place team in the league Raja; Got to give them credit because Raja came out very focused from the start: They set the tone early that this was not going to be an easy game. They came to fight from the beginning to the end And that's exactely what happen. First half, the game was back and forth up and down with both teams taking the lead and losing it again and again. I actually didnt play in the whole first half. Because of the rules system in the marocain league you can only have 2 foreign players on the court at all times. The coach decided to go big as we played a zone defense the whole first half. Half time came and the score was nearly tied. Its was not looking good for us going in to the half against the last place team nearly tied. Good news was that i was fresh, ready to go and when the second half came i didnt let my teammates down. I started the second half with a bang. We came out with a ferocious defensive intensity and quickly went up 12points and took control of the match. I hit several shots, make key plays, assists and defensive stops that gave the team the boost we needed. After that we didnt look back and claimed the victory.

Early in the fourth i actually tweeked my right ankle so i immediately came out. Good news is hamdoulah or ' All praise be to God' it was not a bad sprain and i wil be good to go for the next game. As we all know, spained ankles is apart of the sport almost every game at least 1 player practically injures their ankle on a slip, a fall, stepping on another players foot or even trying to make a move to get by an opponent. In my case i was coming up the court as i recall, and i excelerated to the middle of the paint as i went to make pass i stepped wrong and must of twisted it the wrong way. Al hamdoulilah! A Day or two i should be good to go. Will keep u guys updated on my progress this week. Hope everyone had a safe weekend and have a great week as well! Intil next time take care of yourself and each other!

peace be on to you



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 28-22 
 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. 23-27 
 4. Cleveland C. 17-30 
 5. Detroit P. 17-32 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 35-13 
 2. Orlando M. 32-18 
 3. Atlanta H. 30-21 
 4. Washington W. 11-38 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-40 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 38-12 
 2. Utah Jazz 27-23 
 3. Denver N. 27-23 
 4. Minnesota T. 24-27 
 5. Portland TB 23-27 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 31-19 
 2. LA Clippers 28-21 
 3. Phoenix Suns 25-25 
 4. Golde State W. 20-28 
 5. Sacramento K. 17-32 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 34-14 
 2. Dallas M. 29-22 
 3. Memphis G. 27-21 
 4. Houston R. 27-24 
 5. N.Orleans H. 12-37 

Regular Season: Round 90

Mar. 27: Portland TB - Oklah.City T. 95-109
Mar. 27: Memphis G. - Minnesota T. 93-86
Mar. 27: Dallas M. - Houston R. 90-81
Mar. 27: Milwaukee B. - Atlanta H. 108-101
Mar. 27: Philadelph.76 - Cleveland C. 103-85
Mar. 27: Golde State W. - LA Lakers 101-104
Mar. 27: Phoenix Suns - San Antonio S. 100-107

Regular Season: Round 91

Mar. 28: Charlotte B. - Minnesota T.
Mar. 28: Cleveland C. - Detroit P.
Mar. 28: New Jersey N. - Indiana P.
Mar. 28: Atlanta H. - Chicago B.
Mar. 28: LA Clippers - Phoenix Suns
Mar. 28: Toronto R. - Denver N.
Mar. 28: New York K. - Orlando M.
Mar. 28: Boston C. - Utah Jazz
Mar. 28: Sacramento K. - San Antonio S.
Mar. 28: Golde State W. - N.Orleans H.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.3 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.8 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.7 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.3 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..24.2 
 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.13.8 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers12.2 
 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 Lakers10.6 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.1 
 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. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Rondo, Boston C.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. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 9. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 


Kent Bazemore Draft Stocks Drop due to Arrest - by Allen Waters

The investigation into whether Old Dominion basketball star Kent Bazemore received improper benefits from attorney Peter G. Decker III in connection with his arrest on a DUI charge last summer is over, school officials said today.

However, an investigation continues into whether Decker's representation of other athletes violated NCAA rules.

'As of yesterday, we had discussions with Kent to confirm that payments to his attorney had been made,' said Debbie White, ODU's senior associate athletic director. 'There is no need for any further investigation. We will not be commenting further on this matter.'

Decker said last week that he told Bazemore, who was convicted of a DUI charge last summer, to pay him when he could for legal services. He also said he represented other athletes as a friend and supporter of the program.

'I'm not doing it for anything in return,' he said.

Later, however, Decker said he had received payment.

Based on those statements, ODU is looking into possible NCAA violations of bylaws prohibiting athletes from receiving benefits not available to other students or the public.

'Those issues have been turned over to our compliance office and the CAA and are being looked into like any other issue that is being brought to our attention,' White said.

Bazemore was arrested before Wednesday's game against Mercer for failing to comply with the terms of his conviction last summer. Police had issued a warrant for his arrest after he failed to attend alcohol safety classes that were a condition of his suspended sentence. He is due in court next month.

ODU officials said they did not know about Bazemore's arrest last summer and did not refer him to Decker, an ODU graduate.


Kent Bazemore (6'5''-G/F-89)



Monday's games review (9): Paul haunts ex-mates as Clippers top Hornets 97-85 - by Eurobasket News

Houston R. - Sacramento K. 113-106 OT
Patrick Patterson (6'9''-F-89, college: Kentucky) scored a career-high 24 points and Earl Boykins hit four free throws for Houston late in overtime to lead the Rockets to a 113-106 win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. Boykins, who was signed by Houston earlier in the day, finished with 10 points in his first action of the season. Houston built a 107-102 lead in overtime behind four points from Chandler Parsons. Tyreke Evans got Sacramento within three with a layup with 29 seconds left. Boykins hit two free throws with 21 seconds left and two more 7 seconds later to secure the win. DeMarcus Cousins scored a career-high 38 points and had 14 rebounds, and Marcus Thornton added 27 points for the Kings, who lost their fifth straight road game. They are an NBA-worst 4-22 on the road this season. The teams exchanged leads several times in the fourth quarter, and a jump shot by Luis Scola tied it 97-all with 37 seconds left. Thornton made a layup as he crashed to the court before a jump shot by Patterson with 8 seconds left tied it at 99. Thornton missed a 3-point attempt at the end of regulation to send it to overtime. Scola had 18 points and 14 rebounds for Houston, and Parsons and Courtney Lee added 16 points each. It's just the second time Cousins, in his second season, has scored at least 30 points after he scored 30 last April against Oklahoma City. He's now scored at least 20 in five of the last six games. The Rockets were down by eight before scoring nine straight to take a 91-90 lead with 3 1/2 minutes left. Cousins scored seven straight points to stretch Sacramento's lead to 81-73 with about 10 minutes remaining. Houston cut into Sacramento's lead with a 9-5 run that got the Rockets within 86-82 after a layup by Scola with about seven minutes left. Sacramento led by nine in the third before a 14-5 run by Houston tied it 67-all with about three minutes left in the quarter. Scola scored six points to lead Houston and the Kings missed three layups and had a turnover during the run. Houston's Marcus Camby grabbed a rebound in Sacramento's lane at the end of the third quarter and launched an amazing one-handed shot that swished through the basket on the other end. The nifty shot will likely become a YouTube sensation, but it didn't help Houston after the officials reviewed the play and said it wouldn't count, leaving Sacramento up 72-71 entering the fourth quarter. Houston, which needed more depth at guard with Kyle Lowry out with a bacterial infection, signed Boykins to a 10-day contract on Monday. The Rockets got 21 minutes from Boykins in their 10th straight game without Lowry. Boykins' last appearance in the NBA came last season when he played 57 games for the Milwaukee Bucks. The Rockets spent the night fighting back from a terrible first quarter, where they hit just 6 of 23 shots. Houston used an 8-3 run to open the second quarter and cut Sacramento's lead to 32-27 eight minutes before halftime. They were still trailing by five points later in the second quarter when the Kings scored six straight points to extend their lead to 44-33 with four minutes left in the second quarter. Thornton scored four of the six points in that span. Sacramento led 51-42 at halftime after Evans got a steal and took it to the other end for a layup. The Kings jumped out to a 19-6 lead thanks to a series of easy plays that included four dunks in the first six minutes. The highlight of those dunks came when Donte Greene threw down a reverse amid heavy traffic. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Charlotte B. - Boston C. 95-102
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) has put the Boston Celtics on his shoulders and carried them through some tough times-all the way into a tie for first place. With the Celtics battling a series of injuries and playing without Ray Allen, Pierce has been on a scoring tear. And he didn't let up Monday night. Pierce scored a season-high 36 points and the Celtics held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 102-95 to move into a share of the Atlantic Division lead with the Philadelphia 76ers. Both teams are 27-22 with 17 regular-season games remaining, although the 76ers own the head-to-head tiebreaker. Pierce said taking on a bigger burden of scoring doesn't bother him at all. 'I think I've been feeling that way for the past couple of weeks now as far as needing to be more aggressive when I have the opportunities within the flow of the offense,' Pierce said. Pierce shot 10 of 20 from the field, made 15 of 18 free throws and added 10 rebounds and four assists. He has scored 20 or more points in five of the past six games and is averaging 22.4 points during March. 'I wanted to be aggressive and just saw lanes tonight and I just wanted to mix it up between driving to the hole and hitting jump shots,' Pierce said. 'My teammates set me up with a lot of down screens and pick-and-rolls that enabled me to get into the lane.' Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Pierce played in 'attack mode' right from the opening tip. Pierce had 17 points in the first half. 'We like to post him up a little more than we were doing,' Rivers said. Kevin Garnett had 24 points for the Celtics. Rivers said he didn't mention to his team about moving into a tie for first place. 'For us we have to keep plugging along and keep playing,' Rivers said. 'It is important, but we've still got some games left. Since the All-Star break we haven't played well every night but we're winning some of the games where we don't play well.' Gerald Henderson had 21 points for the Bobcats (7-40), who have lost six of their past seven and remain the only team in the NBA with fewer than 10 wins. Charlotte's bench outscored the Celtics 59-9, led by 18 points from Byron Mullens and 16 from Derrick Brown. Despite the loss, Bobcats coach Paul Silas was pleased with his team's play. 'We competed and this is the way it's going to be from here on out,' Silas said. 'I told our guys prior to the game that we have to run, we have to push the ball up and we have to finish-and we did. We had lob passes that we hadn't had before and this is the way we're going to play. We're going to give ourselves a chance to win.' Boston seemed poised to put this one away early. With the game tied at 13, the Celtics went on a 14-0 run with Pierce, Garnett and Rajon Rondo combining for 12 points-most of those coming inside the paint. They stretched the lead to 33-15 by the end of the first quarter, taking advantage of the Bobcats' inability to score. Charlotte shot 29 percent from the field and didn't hit a field goal in the final 6:47 of the first quarter. But Charlotte showed some fight, pulling to 52-50 at halftime as Mullens and Reggie Williams began to heat up from the outside. The Bobcats shot 65 percent in the second quarter and scored 35 points to get back in the game. 'They got back in the game because of their bench,' Pierce said. 'They came in and played with a lot of energy. I don't know that we were expecting that much from their bench.' Rivers wasn't happy about the second quarter, although he didn't blast his team at halftime. 'I didn't feel like I had to address it,' Rivers said. 'If we're a quote-unquote defensive team then we have to be better than that.' Boston led by as many as 12 in the second half but the Bobcats stayed close, closing the gap to four down the stretch. However, Pierce scored on a pretty crosscourt feed from Rondo and Garnett knocked down a jumper from the top of the key to seal the victory. *Courtesy of Yahoo

New York K. - Milwaukee B. 89-80
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) was aware of the standings and the injury report. With Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin out and Milwaukee in town, the New York Knicks couldn't afford more of the mediocre Melo. 'Tonight it was a game we had to win,' Anthony said. 'And I wanted to do everything in my power to do it.' Anthony scored 28 points, delivering his highest total in two months without the injured Stoudemire and Lin, and the Knicks beat the Bucks 89-80 on Monday night to increase their lead for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. Shortly after learning Stoudemire was lost indefinitely with a bulging disk in his back, the Knicks opened a 2 1/2-game lead over the Bucks and prevented Milwaukee from winning the season series and clinching the tiebreaker if they finish with the same record. Anthony, long one of the NBA's elite scorers, hadn't even reached 20 points in his last seven games. The Knicks won six of them, with Stoudemire leading the team in scoring over the last four. But with Stoudemire and Lin gone, the Knicks were missing about 32 points per game, and even with their stronger defensive play, some of that had to be replaced. 'I've just got to step my game up,' Anthony said. 'We've been winning. As far as scoring the basketball, we really haven't been needing that. It's been pretty much spread out but now with them two guys, there ain't no telling what's the situation with them. So it's just time for me to step my game up in all aspects.' Baron Davis scored 13 points but shot 3 for 12 with nine turnovers in his first start in place of Lin, who has a sore right knee. Tyson Chandler also had 13 and Iman Shumpert 11 as the Knicks overcame the absences of their second- and third-leading scorers. But they won this one with defense, limiting Milwaukee to 36.5 percent shooting and containing high-scoring guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. Jennings shot 6 of 22 for 15 points, and Ellis made only two of 14 shots for four points. Mike Dunleavy scored 26 points for the Bucks, but missed all three shots in a scoreless fourth quarter after he was 10 of 11 through three. 'We just tried to keep them as uncomfortable as possible and the rest is just the basketball gods telling them they're not going to make shots today,' Shumpert said. The Knicks won for the seventh time in eight games despite shooting just 35 percent, while Milwaukee lost for only the third time in its last 10. The Bucks had won five straight road games and suffered a rare loss at Madison Square Garden, where they had won six of seven. 'I don't think either team played particularly well,' Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. 'I thought there were moments out there that were very un-NBAlike. It wasn't high-level quality from both teams, and somebody had to win and they won.' Anthony hadn't scored this many since netting 35 points on Jan. 20 in a loss to the Bucks. But he said before the game he needed to step it up a notch after learning that Stoudemire would be sidelined, and came through despite tweaking his groin muscle again. Anthony has battled that and other injuries along with an erratic shot this season, and though he insisted he wasn't worried about his offense, Chandler said he's noticed his All-Star teammate getting frustrated with himself. 'I could just see it. I think he's been playing great personally,' Chandler said. 'He's just an aggressive scorer and the greats love the pressure, and they get down on themselves when they feel like they're not playing up to their expectations.' Stoudemire left the Knicks' victory over Detroit on Saturday after saying his back tightened up. An MRI on Monday afternoon revealed the injury, which the Knicks said won't require surgery. He had led them in scoring in four straight games, and the Knicks remember from their playoff loss to Boston last year how tough it is without Stoudemire. It'll be easier if they keep defending like this. The Knicks outscored the Bucks 21-12 in the third quarter to take the lead despite shooting just 3 of 21 from the field. They went 15 of 18 from the free throw line while Milwaukee didn't attempt one. New York pushed it to 84-74 on JR Smith's 3-pointer with 4:38 remaining, and after Milwaukee scored six in a row, Shumpert's 3-poiner with 2:09 to go put it away at 87-80. 'We missed a lot of gimmes, a lot of shots that we normally make,' said Jennings, who scored 36 points in a victory here earlier this season. The Bucks started 3 of 15 as the Knicks raced to a 20-10 lead before Dunleavy checked in. He scored 14 points in the final 3:42, making all five shots, as Milwaukee trimmed it to 30-26. Dunleavy fueled a 12-0 burst in the second quarter with 10 points as Milwaukee turned a three-point deficit into a 49-40 advantage on his layup with 3:02 to go. He had 24 points on 9-of-10 shooting in just 13 minutes as the Bucks took a 52-47 lead into halftime. *Courtesy of http://online.wsj.com

Chicago B. - Denver N. 91-108
Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) tied a season high with 27 points, Arron Afflalo added 22 and the Denver Nuggets shot 50 percent Monday night to beat the Chicago Bulls 108-91. Denver, playing its third game in four nights as part of a seven-game road swing, got its first win three games into the trip. Al Harrington added 17 points and Andre Miller chipped in with 12 points and 10 assists for the Nuggets, who are scrapping for a playoff spot in the West. C.J. Watson scored 17 points and John Lucas III, Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver added 14 points each for the Bulls. Chicago star Derrick Rose sat out his seventh straight game with a groin injury and the Bulls seemed to be out of sync most of the night, especially on defense. Chicago leads the NBA with 40 wins and has already clinched a playoff spot. The Bulls are 12-5 without the reigning MVP. Denver, tied with Oklahoma City as the league's highest scoring team entering play Monday, got the final six points of the second quarter and then started the third on a 10-0 run to take a 64-52 lead, one it would eventually build to 16 later in the quarter. Behind Lawson's nine points, the Nuggets outscored the Bulls 27-16 in the period to go up 81-68. The Bulls went nearly five minutes before hitting their first second-half field goal and were just 5 of 16 in the pivotal third quarter. The Bulls entered the game as the NBA's top rebounding team but were beaten on the boards 45-32 as Lawson had nine. And Chicago had 16 turnovers. Afflalo, back after being suspended one game for throwing an elbow at Jazz forward Gordon Hayward's head on March 23, scored 11 first-quarter points. He had six of those and Harrington had a pair of 3-pointers in a 12-0 run. Chicago got the final six of the period for a two-point lead. Denver was up two at the half. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

LA Clippers - N.Orleans H. 97-85
Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) had 25 points and 10 assists against his former team, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 97-85 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night. The Hornets first tried to trade Paul to the Lakers - a deal that was rejected by the league - before shipping the All-Star point guard to the Clippers shortly after the lockout ended. Blake Griffin added 20 points and seven rebounds to help the Clippers climb within two games of the Pacific Division-leading Lakers. Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 points, and Carl Landry added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who didn't have a player in double digits until Landry's two free throws trimmed Los Angeles' lead to 66-52 with 2:21 left in the third quarter. New Orleans committed a season-high 29 turnovers, leading to 35 points for the Clippers. Clippers reserve point guard Mo Williams missed his second game because of a sore big toe on his left foot, and is expected to be out at least another two weeks after getting it examined by a specialist Saturday. The Hornets were without 7-footer Jason Smith, who completed the two-game suspension he received from the league after his flagrant foul against Griffin at New Orleans. Griffin exacted a measure of payback on the Hornets, committing a flagrant 1 foul on Trevor Ariza as he attempted a driving layup with 7:07 left in the third quarter. Ariza said something to Griffin and ended up with a technical foul. Paul made the technical free throw, Ariza made both of his following the flagrant, and when the dust cleared, the Clippers had a 55-44 lead. Griffin also got a technical from referee Pat Fraher after picking up his fourth personal foul with 9:29 left and the Clippers ahead by 23 points. After both coaches emptied their benches, the Hornets went on a 13-0 run that narrowed the gap to 90-76 with 3:50 to play, forcing Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro to put Paul and Randy Foye back in. The Clippers hosted the Hornets for the first time since the Dec. 14 trade that brought Paul from New Orleans to Los Angeles in exchange for center Chris Kaman, guard Eric Gordon and Aminu. But the only member of that trio in uniform for the homecoming was Aminu, who was the fourth player off the bench and made seven of eight shots in 25 minutes. Kaman, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Hornets' 97-90 victory last Thursday, was too sick to play in the rematch after missing Saturday's 89-86 home loss against San Antonio. Gordon, who hit a game-winning jumper with 4.2 seconds left in an 85-84 victory at Phoenix on opening night, has played in only two games all season due to a bruised right knee. Hornets center Emeka Okafor also missed his 22nd straight game because of a sore left knee. The absence of Okafor, Smith and Kaman was felt right away by the Hornets, as the Clippers opened the game with an 18-2 run that included a 17-footer and an 11-foot pull-up jumper by Paul 58 seconds apart. New Orleans quickly erased that 16-point deficit with a 14-3 run, capped by a layup by Xavier Henry that tied the score at 28. But they never did take the lead, and the Clippers built their margin to as many as 27 with 7:19 left in the fourth quarter. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Washington W. - Detroit P. 77-79
Rodney Stuckey (6'5''-PG-86, college: E.Washington) scored half of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, including the winning 20-foot jumper with 0.2 seconds left, and the offensively-challenged Detroit Pistons ended a five-game losing streak by erasing a 13-point deficit to beat the Washington Wizards 79-77 Monday night. Detroit managed to win despite being held below 80 points for the third game in a row; that last happened to the Pistons in December 2003. Greg Monroe, who played home games on the Wizards' court while at Georgetown, had 10 points and 10 rebounds, including a putback off a miss by Tayshaun Prince with 23 seconds remaining to put Detroit ahead 76-75. After Detroit's Ben Wallace made one free throw, Washington's Nene tied it at 77 on a hook shot with 5.8 seconds to go. That left enough time for Stuckey to get up court and pull up for the decisive shot that capped a comeback against the no-lead-is-safe Wizards. Stuckey missed the past three games with a sore big left toe. Jordan Crawford led Washington with 20 points, and John Wall had 14 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. But Wall also went scoreless in the fourth quarter. Washington scored the second half's initial eight points to lead 43-30. And while Washington lost its previous two home games despite leading one by 22 and the other by 16, those were against playoff-bound Indiana and Atlanta. This was against Detroit, which like Washington is headed for the draft lottery. These are two of the worst teams in the NBA. Neither has a chance of making the playoffs: Detroit entered Monday at 16-32 and last in the Central Division, while the Wizards came in 11-37 and the only reason they weren't last in the Southeast Division is that Charlotte resides there. The Pistons shot 28 of 76 (36.8 percent) in the game and accumulated more turnovers (13) than buckets (10) in the first half. It didn't help Washington that it was playing its third game in three nights, the team's first of those rough stretches the NBA worked into the schedule in order to help it cram in 66 games after the lockout-shortened the calendar. The Wizards now have lost four games in a row. Without a doubt, the highlight of the evening came when Pistons rookie guard Brandon Knight hurdled over the team's sideline seats in pursuit of a loose ball with a little more than 3 minutes left, upending a jug of energy drink and paper cups, spraying himself and some seated teammates. The game was delayed for a bit while Knight was toweled off - and some of the game's most enthusiastic applause came in response to overhead video-board replays of his valiant and athletic effort. The loudest cheers, actually, arrived a few moments later, when every fan 'won' a free chicken sandwich from a food chain because an opponent (in this case, Ben Wallace) missed both foul shots. The Wizards took their double-digit lead in the third quarter despite starting the game 0 for 10 on 3-point tries. That drought ended, surprisingly enough, when Wall made one; the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft was 2 for 27 from beyond the arc this season until then. The first quarter was about as ugly as professional basketball gets. The Pistons missed their first six field goal attempts and finally made one on Stuckey's end-to-end layup at the 7:13 mark. Detroit wound up 5 for 19 in the quarter - 26.3 percent. The Wizards weren't much better, though, making 7 of 21 shots - 33.3 percent - and trailed 16-14. Yes, 30 total points for both teams after a full quarter of NBA action. Fan-tastic! The quality of play didn't really improve in the second quarter. There were air balls. Passes thrown into the crowd. Finger rolls that rolled off the rim. Indeed, Detroit's scoring output actually declined over the game's second 12-minute segment, to 14 points. So its halftime total of 30 - five fewer than Washington - matched Detroit's lowest for a half this season. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Toronto R. - Orlando M. 101-117
Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) had a career-high eight three-pointers and finished with 28 points as the Orlando Magic extended their win streak to three games with a 117-101 victory over the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre on Monday night. Anderson, who came into the game the league leader in three-pointers made (135) and attempted (331), went 6 of 10 in the first half and finished 8 for 13 from beyond the arc. With the win, the Orlando swept the season series winning all three games. The Magic have now won five of the last six over Toronto. The Raptors (17-33), who have lost 11 their last 17 against the Magic, were led by Gary Forbes' 21 points. Jose Calderon finished with nine points and 11 assists while Andrea Bargnani was held to just eight points. Dwight Howard - who came in averaging 11.7 rebounds and 30.4 points in his last seven visits to Toronto - finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Orlando (32-18) opened the game on a 10-0 run and led 24-8 late in the first quarter. However, the Raptors closed the gap to within two thanks to a 16-4 run to close out the period. The 93 points allowed by Toronto through three quarters was the most allowed after three by the team this season. Jerryd Bayless had six points in 10 minutes of action during the first half, but left the game and did not return after reaggravating his left hip pointer injury that kept him out the previous two games. Orlando's Glen Davis, who finished with 13 points, missed much of the second quarter getting five stitches on his head after being clipped by Calderon under the Raptors basket. *Courtesy of www.thestar.com

New Jersey N. - Utah Jazz 84-105
Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) had 24 points and 13 rebounds and the Utah Jazz shook off the weariness from their four-overtime loss 24 hours earlier to beat the New Jersey Nets 105-84 on Monday night. Al Jefferson added 19 points and eight rebounds as the Jazz won for the seventh time in eight games and kept a hold on one of the last playoff spots in the Western Conference. Alec Burks added 15 points for the Jazz, who used an 18-4 fourth-quarter run to lock up the game after New Jersey cut a 21-point deficit to three. Gerald Green led the Nets with 20 points. Deron Williams added 17 points and 11 assists against his former teammates on 7 of 21 shooting. Rookie Jordan Williams added a career-high 13 points. Trailing by 21 early in the third quarter, the Nets got back in the game with a 26-12 spurt that closed the gap 72-65 after three quarters. Deron Williams helped close the gap to three points with an assist on an alley-oop and a jumper to make it 72-69 with 11 minutes to go. After that it was all Utah. Jefferson hit a 10-footer, Millsap followed with a three-point play after Green missed two free throws and former Net Devin Harris hit a jumper for a 79-69 lead. After Kris Humphries scored his first two points of the game on free throws, C.J. Mills scored a basket, Burks hit two free throws and Jefferson and Millsap scored inside to push the lead to double digits. The Nets made things easy for the Jazz in the first half, making 12 baskets, shooting roughly 31 percent from the field and scoring 32 points, two more than their season low for the first half. After seeing all of his starters play almost 50 minutes against Atlanta, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin spread the minutes around in the half with reserves Derrick Favors and DeMarre Carroll and Burks playing as much as his starters. Spreading the time helped, as the Jazz got 26 points from their starters and 23 from the bench, taking a 49-32 halftime lead. Utah led by eight early in the first quarter but didn't score in the final 3:47 and fell behind 17-15. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Indiana P. - Miami Heat 105-90
Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 25 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat 105-90 on Monday night. Darren Collison added 20 points, and Paul George had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who have won four of five and finally got the signature win they have sought since the All-Star break. LeBron James had 24 points and nine rebounds, and Dwyane Wade had 24 points and six assists for Miami. The Heat, coming off a 103-87 loss at Oklahoma City on Sunday night, lost by double digits in back-to-back games for the first time this season. Miami (35-13) lost for the fourth time in eight games overall and is running out of time to catch Chicago (40-10) for the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Heat had won the previous three meetings this season, but the Pacers played with confidence throughout. Indiana led by double digits for most of the fourth quarter, and Pacers fans stood and showed their appreciation during the final minute. The Pacers closed the first half out in style. First, Indiana center Roy Hibbert dunked on James with a minute left in the half, then George hit a half-court shot at the buzzer to give the Pacers a 49-46 lead at the break. James had 16 points and six rebounds in the first half, but his teammates struggled. A two-handed breakaway jam by Collison early in the third pushed Indiana's lead to 53-46 and forced Miami to call a timeout. George hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to double digits for the first time. The Pacers held Miami scoreless for the first 3 minutes of the second half. James scored and was fouled, missed the free throw, tracked down the rebound and made a jumper to cut Indiana's lead to 59-55. Wade followed with a 3-pointer, and suddenly, Indiana's 10-point lead was down to one. But the Pacers responded quickly. Hibbert stuffed James, and Granger hit a jumper at the other end to give Indiana a 67-60 lead and force another Miami timeout. Granger's 3-pointer gave Indiana a 71-60 lead. The Pacers held Miami to 6-for-19 shooting in the third quarter to lead 78-65 at the end of the period. James rested at the start of the fourth quarter, leaving Wade and Chris Bosh to try to close the gap. But two 3s by Indiana's Leandro Barbosa early in the period helped the Pacers maintain some distance. A three-point play by Barbosa gave the Pacers an 87-73 edge. Barbosa scored nine points in 98 seconds and forced the Heat to put James back into the game. Indiana remained comfortably ahead the rest of the way. Granger was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throws to push Indiana's lead to 99-87 with 4:30 to play. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



Nikola Pekovic plans to play as he ponders surgery - by Eurobasket News

Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (6'11''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) missed his third consecutive game, will miss the team's upcoming two-game road trip and might require ankle surgery after the season is over.

The problem? Bone spurs on his right ankle -- the result of a years-old injury, he said -- that is causing him significant pain. The hope is that Pekovic, who is wearing a protective boot on the ankle, will be able to play out the season once the inflammation and pain ease. He hopes to return to action Friday against Boston.

'I will try to rest, try to calm it down and then play more games all the way to the end,' Pekovic said. 'Then, in the summer, maybe do something.'

There is no question that the grind of the compressed season, combined with Pekovic's increased playing time as the season went on, contributed to the pain and inflammation he has experienced. And while he is leaning toward having surgery, Pekovic said he will seek a second opinion before making that decision.

'I saw only one doctor here,' Pekovic said. 'I'm going to see one more, see what he will say. If they match up, [surgery is] probably what I would do.'

Meanwhile, the Wolves were showing the wear and tear of the seven-game road trip, which ended with a double-overtime loss in Oklahoma City. Guard Luke Ridnour played in Sunday's 117-100 victory over Denver despite a sore lower back, but guard J.J. Barea did not play a game after his triple-double against the Thunder.

Barea, who has a right thigh contusion, tried to loosen his leg during pregame warmups but was unable to go. More about his status will be known after Monday's practice.

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Kyle Lowry recovering, return status unclear - by Eurobasket News

While Kyle Lowry (6'0''-PG-86, college: Villanova) is out of the hospital and is recovering well from a serious bacterial infection, his status for the rest of the season is up in the air.

Asked if he hoped to play again this year, Lowry said, 'I don't know. Honestly, once the antibiotics system gets through we'll see. We'll go back and see what the doctor says.'

The Rockets have 17 games remaining in the regular season. But the fact that Lowry is not yet close to returning to the court gives an indication of the seriousness of his recent bacterial infection.

Lowry last played March 7 in a game at the Toronto Raptors, but the symptoms of his illness began prior to that game.

'I was feeling terrible, horrible, awful,' Lowry said. 'I wasn't feeling right at all. It was a bad ordeal for me. After the game I think the guys waited for me for an hour because I was trying to get an IV and they couldn't do it and I was cold. I was cold, shivering, getting chills.'

The next day Lowry was scheduled to get an MRI on his injured groin in New York.

'The doctor that did the MRI was like, 'You don't look right,' said Lowry. 'They sent me to the Knicks doctor and in the office my temperature rose from 100 to 103 within an hour. She was like, 'It's time for you to get admitted.'

Lowry feels fortunate that he was scheduled for the MRI because it was at that time that doctors noticed that something else was going on medically.

Lowry said he went for a period of six days without eating solid foods, relying on ice and water.

'It was very scary,' Lowry said. 'It was very scary for a while. To have a temperature of 104 for a couple of days straight is not really a good feeling. If I had waited a little longer (to see doctors) I could have been in a real bad situation.'

Doctors are still not sure the cause of the infection.

Lowry spent Monday morning watching his teammates prepare for the Sacramento Kings at Toyota Center.

'I'm still not myself,' he said. 'I'm still kind of weak and lightheaded sometimes. But compared to where I was a couple of weeks ago, I'm much better.'

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Coach K: Austin Rivers is leaving Duke for NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski confirmed Monday that former Winter Park basketball standout Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92) is leaving the Blue Devils after one season to jump to the NBA.

Krzyzewski made the announcement through GoDuke.com, a site devoted to Duke athletics, saying Rivers plans to hire an agent and enter the pro draft.

'Austin [Rivers] had a terrific year as a freshman and has put himself in a position to pursue his dream of being a great player in the NBA,' Krzyzewski said. 'He is an outstanding young man with an even-more-impressive family. We are in total support of Austin, his family and his decision. We look forward to watching him continue to develop and excel at the next level.'

Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, is expected to be drafted in the first round, though it is no lock that he will be a lottery pick.

Austin Rivers was quoted in the release saying, 'Coach K and the rest of the staff really helped me develop and improve in all areas of the game. It was a difficult decision to leave Duke, but I am excited about chasing my dream of playing in the NBA.'

DraftExpress.com ranks Rivers, a 6-foot-4 guard, No. 9 among freshmen and projects him as the No. 17 pick in a mock draft dated March 23. He is behind four guards: No. 5 Bradley Beal (freshman, UF), No. 12 Jeremy Lamb (sophomore, UConn), No. 12 Damian Lillard (Jr., Weber State) and No. 14 Kendall Marshall (Soph., UNC).

Rivers was named national high school Player of the Year as a Winter Park senior in 2010-11, then averaged a team-leading 15.5 points per game along with 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a freshman guard for the Blue Devils. He was the first Duke freshman to earn All-America honors (third team National Association of Basketball Coaches) and was a first team All-ACC pick.

Rivers etched his name into Duke (27-7) lore when he made a clutch 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat North Carolina 85-84 in the regular season.

The Blue Devils were a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament but were upset by 15th-seeded Lehigh 75-70. Rivers had 19 points and four rebounds in the defeat.

Under a new NCAA rule, underclassmen who declare for the draft have only until April 10 to change their mind and remain in college basketball.

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Raptors sign Alan Anderson to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have signed guard Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) to a 10-day contract. He is the 42nd Call-Up of the 2011-12 NBA D-League season.

Anderson averaged 21.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in eight appearances with the NBA D-Leagues Canton Charge. He ranks 11th in the league in scoring, while shooting .550 (60-for-109) from the field and .800 (40-for-50) at the charity stripe.

In three NBA D-League campaigns, Anderson has appeared in 44 games, with 24 starts, averaging 18.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 31.5 minutes. He spent the 2010-11 season with the New Mexico Thunderbirds (before the team relocated to Canton) and appeared in 26 games for the Tulsa 66ers in 2006-07.

Anderson was a four-year starter at Michigan State, where he helped the Spartans reach the 2005 Final Four. He signed with Charlotte as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and appeared in 53 games over two seasons with the Bobcats. Anderson averaged 5.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 15.1 minutes in the NBA before heading overseas with stops in Italy (Bologna), Russia (BC Triumph Lyubertsy), Croatia (KK Cibona), Israel (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Spain (Regal Barcelona) and China (Shandong Lions).

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Stoudemire out indefinitely with bulging disk in back - by Eurobasket News

Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) has a bulging disk in his back and is out indefinitely, a damaging blow to the New York Knicks with a month left in the regular season.

The Knicks weren't competitive in the playoffs last year when Stoudemire developed a back problem, and any hopes of even qualifying for the postseason are in jeopardy now that he has another one.

'You don't wish it on any player, especially Amar'e, who's a big part of what we do,' Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson said Monday before the Knicks played the Milwaukee Bucks. 'All we can is just hope that it's not as serious as it may be and that he has a speedy recovery.'

Stoudemire sat out the fourth quarter of the Knicks' victory over Detroit on Saturday after he said his back tightened up. He said after the game he wasn't concerned and believed he would play Monday.

However, he didn't attend the Knicks' morning shootaround and had an MRI in the afternoon that revealed the injury. The Knicks said he doesn't need surgery and the injury will be treated with rehabilitation.

Point guard Jeremy Lin is also out because of a sore right knee, but Stoudemire's injury is the greater concern.

'He's a big piece of our puzzle,' Woodson said. 'I mean, we rely on Amare to do a lot of things, scoring and rebounding and playing defense for us.'

Stoudemire was finally playing well recently. He struggled for the first half of this season, having not been able to play much during the offseason after injuring his back warming up for Game 2 of what became a first-round sweep against the Boston Celtics.

He seemed back on track since Woodson replaced Mike D'Antoni. Stoudemire has led the Knicks in scoring four consecutive games and had 17 points in 7-of-10 shooting in 26 minutes against the Pistons.

Stoudemire was not at the arena, instead traveling to Miami for a second opinion.

'If he has to have surgery, he's got to rehab and come back,' Woodson said. 'He's still a young player, he's got a lot of game still left in him, so we can just wish him nothing but the best.'

The Knicks knew that giving Stoudemire a five-year contract worth nearly $100 million in 2010 was a risk because of his history of knee injuries. But the back has emerged as the greater problem in New York. Though teammates were just hearing the news and didn't want to rule him out for too long, Baron Davis had a similar injury in the offseason and couldn't get on the court until late last month.

Stoudemire put on too much muscle working out while not being able to play in the summer and lacked his usual explosiveness most of the season. But he seemed close to top form lately after losing some weight, averaging 19.3 points over the past four games.

'He's been on a tear as of late,' guard Mike Bibby said. 'Somebody's got to step up. We can't bring him back.'

The Knicks hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but may have trouble holding on with so many injuries. Already they have lost backup forward Jared Jeffries for perhaps two weeks with a sore right knee and went with a small lineup Monday of Davis, Iman Shumpert, Landry Fields, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.

'I've got to step it up a notch,' Anthony said.

Lin also sat out the fourth quarter Saturday, but it was thought he could have gone back in had the game been close. He took part in the morning shootaround and Woodson was surprised when he learned the point guard wouldn't be able to go.

'I went through it and I wasn't sure because in the morning everything was a little more sore,' Lin said. 'We came to the decision afterwards and figured it would be smart just to rest.'

Lin is considered day-to-day. The Knicks play again Wednesday against Orlando.

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Joe Johnson and Kevin Durant named NBA Players of Week - by Eurobasket News

The Atlanta Hawks Joe Johnson (6'7''-G-81, college: Arkansas) and the Oklahoma City Thunders Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 19, through Sunday, March 25.

Johnson led the Hawks to a 4-1 week with averages of 23.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Johnson hit game-tying three-pointers vs. Cleveland on March 21 and Utah on March 25, as well as the game-winning three-pointer at Washington on March 24. Johnsons 37-point, eight-rebound effort keyed a 139-133 quadruple overtime win over the Jazz on March 25.

Durants 29.5 ppg ranked second in the league (Kevin Love, 33.5), his 10.3 rpg ranked ninth, and his 2.0 spg tied for fifth best in the Western Conference as he helped the Thunder to a 3-1 week. Durant, the leagues second leading scorer for the season at 27.9 points (Kobe Bryant, 28.3) tallied 40 points and a season-high 17 rebounds on March 25 in a 103-87 win over the Heat.

Other nominees for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Atlantas Josh Smith, Houstons Goran Dragic, Miamis Dwyane Wade, Minnesotas Kevin Love, New Yorks Amare Stoudemire, Orlandos Ryan Anderson and Utahs Al Jefferson.

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Carmelo Anthony injures groin - by Eurobasket News

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) tweaked his groin in the third quarter of Monday night's 89-80 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday morning and hopes to be available for Wednesday's home game against the Orlando Magic.

'I don't think it's too bad; I just want to take it day by day,' Anthony said. 'Tomorrow, [I'll] get re-evaluated and see what happens from there.'

Anthony tweaked the injury during a spin move late in the third quarter. He clutched at his groin as he ran up the court, and was evaluated by team trainers between the third and fourth quarters. He played 6:48 in the fourth quarter, scoring two points on 1-for-3 shooting.

'It aches a little bit right now. If I had to play tomorrow, I probably would,' Anthony said after scoring 28 points on 8-for-20 shooting against Milwaukee. 'But we'll see how it feels tomorrow.'

Anthony suffered a strained right groin Feb. 6 and missed seven games. He noted that Monday's injury was less severe than his previous groin ailment.

With Amare Stoudemire out indefinitely with a bulging disk in his lower back and Jeremy Lin day to day with a sore right knee, Anthony's health is of extreme importance for the Knicks (25-25). Monday's win gave New York a 2-game edge over Milwaukee for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Anthony knows much of the offensive burden will be on him if Stoudemire is out for an extended period of time.

'A situation like this requires me to step my game up a little bit more, take it up a notch,' Anthony said. 'I love moments like this.'

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Rockets sign PG Earl Boykins - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced that the team has signed guard Earl Boykins (5'6''-PG-76, college: E.Michigan) to a 10-day contract. He will wear jersey #6 with the Rockets.

Boykins (5-5, 133, Eastern Michigan) has averaged 8.9 points (.349, 382-1,095 3FG) and 3.2 assists in 644 career games (34 starts) with New Jersey, Cleveland, Orlando, the L.A. Clippers, Golden State, Denver, Charlotte, Washington and Milwaukee. With 5,752 career points, the 12-year veteran currently stands 12th in NBA history for points scored by a player under six-foot tall. Undrafted out of Eastern Michigan, Boykins also played for the CBAs Rockford Lightning (1998-99) and La Fortezza Bologna of the Italian League (2008-09).

In 57 games with the Bucks last season, Boykins averaged 7.2 points and 2.5 assists. Boykins scored 22 points (8-12 FG, 4-5 3 FG) at L.A. Lakers (12/21/10) and netted a season-high 26 points (9-16 FG, 7-8 FT) vs. Dallas (1/1/11). He handed out a season-best 11 assists at Philadelphia (1/14/11). Boykins also tallied 23 points (8-22 FG) with four steals vs. Memphis (1/22/11). He registered his fourth 20-point game of 2010-11 with 20 points (7-11 FG, 6-8 FT) in a 98-90 win vs. Atlanta (1/26/11). Boykins, who also played 35 games (career-high 19 starts) for Milwaukee in 2006-07 after a mid-season trade from Denver, was signed by the Bucks on Aug. 19, 2010.

His best seasons came as a member of the Nuggets (2003-07), averaging 12.1 points, 4.0 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 0.79 steals in 255 games (12 starts). Boykins also averaged 12.9 points and 3.9 assists in 15 playoff games (one start) with Denver.

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Myck Kabongo will return to Texas next season - by Eurobasket News

Texas freshman Myck Kabongo (6'1''-G-93) will return to Texas next season, he announced Monday morning on the Longhorn Network.

'I'm more than excited about being here next year,' Kabongo said. 'I think that being at Texas is the best thing for me.'

NBA Draft analysts pegged the 6-1 point guard as a late first-round to second-round pick. He averaged 9.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game for the Longhorns.

'It's about being ready,' he said of his decision to return to school. 'I want to be someone who is ready to play and contribute at the next level.

With Kabongo back, Texas fans will now turn to the decision of junior guard J'Covan Brown, who also is mulling turning pro.

'I'm just telling him as a friend and a teammate you do what is best for you,' Kabongo said. 'That is all I can do.'

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Murray State, Prohm agree to contract extension - by Eurobasket News

Murray State and Steve Prohm agreed to a one-year contract extension and a pay raise on Monday after the Racers completed the most successful season in their school's history.

'It feels great,' Prohm said in a text message to The Associated Press. ' (I'm) ready to get back to work after the Final (Four).'

Murray State says that Prohm's base salary will be increased from $195,000 to $270,000 and his radio and TV contracts push his total compensation to $300,000, not including incentives.

''It's extraordinary to say, considering we have such a tradition rich program, but there were a number of 'firsts' for Murray State basketball this season under Coach Prohm's leadership,' Racers Athletic Director Allen Ward said in a statement. 'And this contract with Steve is also a 'first' for our program.'

Ward said the school will use the boost in ticket sales from the season and the revenue from the NCAA tournament victory

Prohm took over this year after spending five years in Murray as an assistant coach under Billy Kennedy.

The Racers started 23-0 as the last undefeated team in NCAA Division I, rising as high as ninth in the poll. After beating Colorado State in the NCAA tournament, Murray State fell to Marquette to finish the season 31-2.

'I'm very proud of what our players have been able to accomplish on and off the court this season. The way they represented Murray State was first class,' Prohm said. 'Without them and my tremendous staff and support staff, none of this would have been possible.'

Murray State was the only Division I team to go undefeated on the road this season after winning the Ohio Valley Conference regular season and tournament title. Prohm's name came up for other vacancies, but he maintained from the start that he would be back in Murray for his second season.

Prohm and Ward met multiple times last week, and Ward said they finalized the deal on Monday morning after negotiating for five or six hours over the course of the previous week.

'It was a long week, but I never felt like there were any hang ups or hold ups in it,' Ward told the AP. 'I feel really good, I'm glad he's staying. I feel like we have a chance to build on what we did this year.'

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Coach K: Austin Rivers is leaving Duke for NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski confirmed Monday that former Winter Park basketball standout Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92) is leaving the Blue Devils after one season to jump to the NBA.

Krzyzewski made the announcement through GoDuke.com, a site devoted to Duke athletics, saying Rivers plans to hire an agent and enter the pro draft.

'Austin [Rivers] had a terrific year as a freshman and has put himself in a position to pursue his dream of being a great player in the NBA,' Krzyzewski said. 'He is an outstanding young man with an even-more-impressive family. We are in total support of Austin, his family and his decision. We look forward to watching him continue to develop and excel at the next level.'

Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, is expected to be drafted in the first round, though it is no lock that he will be a lottery pick.

Austin Rivers was quoted in the release saying, 'Coach K and the rest of the staff really helped me develop and improve in all areas of the game. It was a difficult decision to leave Duke, but I am excited about chasing my dream of playing in the NBA.'

DraftExpress.com ranks Rivers, a 6-foot-4 guard, No. 9 among freshmen and projects him as the No. 17 pick in a mock draft dated March 23. He is behind four guards: No. 5 Bradley Beal (freshman, UF), No. 12 Jeremy Lamb (sophomore, UConn), No. 12 Damian Lillard (Jr., Weber State) and No. 14 Kendall Marshall (Soph., UNC).

Rivers was named national high school Player of the Year as a Winter Park senior in 2010-11, then averaged a team-leading 15.5 points per game along with 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a freshman guard for the Blue Devils. He was the first Duke freshman to earn All-America honors (third team National Association of Basketball Coaches) and was a first team All-ACC pick.

Rivers etched his name into Duke (27-7) lore when he made a clutch 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat North Carolina 85-84 in the regular season.

The Blue Devils were a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament but were upset by 15th-seeded Lehigh 75-70. Rivers had 19 points and four rebounds in the defeat.

Under a new NCAA rule, underclassmen who declare for the draft have only until April 10 to change their mind and remain in college basketball.

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Bruiser Flint gets contract extension from Drexel - by Eurobasket News

Drexel University announced Monday that men's head basketball coach Bruiser Flint has signed a multi-year contract extension to remain at the school.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

'We are pleased to announce that Bruiser Flint has signed an extension to stay at Drexel, Drexel athletics director Eric Zillmer said. 'Bruiser has done an outstanding job of making Drexel one of the top programs in the CAA over the last 11 years. We look forward to him continuing to lead the Dragons in the years to come.'

Flint guided Drexel to a school-record 29 victories in 2011-12, which included a 19-game winning streak. The Dragons, who finished first in the Colonial Athletic Conference with a 16-2 mark, lost to second-seeded VCU in the CAA Tournament title game.

Despite being left out of the NCAA Tournament, Drexel received a bid to the National Invitation Tournament, but lost to UMass in the quarterfinals.

Flint is third in career victories at Drexel with 199. Only Eddie Burke (205) and Sam Cozen (213) won more.

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2012 Nike Hoop Summit: World Select roster announced - by Eurobasket News

THE World Select Team was announced today for the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit, the premier annual basketball game featuring many of the world's leading basketball players aged 19-years-old or younger, which will take place on Saturday, April 7 (7 p.m. PDT tipoff) at the Rose Garden, in Portland, Oregon.

The game, which sees America's top senior high school players take on a World Select Team featuring many of the world's top players, has been staged on 14 previous occasions and has given an extraordinary number of talented youngsters the chance to showcase their abilities. As of 2011, an incredible 125 Hoop Summit alumni have been drafted into the NBA.

Seeking their first victory since 2009, when the World Team beat the USA 97-89 in front of a record crowd of 11,246 and a national television audience, the World Team has named a strong 11-man roster for the 2012 game, including two players returning from the 2011 squad.

Forwards Dario Saric (6'10''-F/C-94) (69, KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje and Croatia) and Evan Fournier (6'7''-G/F-92) (66, Union Poitiers Basket 86 and France) were members of the World Team beaten 90-78 at the Rose Garden 12 months ago.

Along with the two returning players, the team has named two Canadian forwards based in the United States - Anthony Bennett (6'7''-F-93) (68, Findlay College Prep, Nevada) and Andrew Wiggins (6'8''-F-95) (67, Huntington Prep, West Virginia).

The team also features four guards from Europe Aleksandar Cvetkovic (6'1''-PG-93) (63, BC Crvena Zvezda DIVA and Serbia), Leo Westermann (6'6''-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) (65, ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne and France), Dmitry Kulagin (6'5''-G-92) (66, BC Triumph Lyubertsy and Russia) and Michal Michalak (6'5''-G-93) (66, LKS Lodz and Poland).

The global squad is rounded off with centers Marcos Delia (6'9''-C-92) (69, Boca Juniors and Argentina), Wang Zhelin (7'0''-C-94) (70, Fujian SBS Xunxin and China) and Patson Siame (610, Zambia).

Cvetkovic plays for the prestigious Crvena Zvezda team in the top division of Serbian basketball and was a key member of the Serbia under-19 national team that won silver at the 2011 World Championships in Latvia where he was voted best guard and also selected to the All-Tournament first team.

Westermann is one of two French players chosen to the 2012 Hoop Summit team and plays his club basketball for the storied Asvel-Villeurbanne team in his homeland. He stood out at the under-20 World Championships in 2011, where he helped France to a bronze medal, and comes to Portland fresh from winning the skills challenge at the French All Star Game.

Russias Kulagin plays for the Triumph Lyubertsy team in Moscow. A player on both the Russian under-19 and under-20 teams last year, Kulagin helped his under-19 team reach the semi-finals of the World Championships where his form earned him a place on the All-Tournament first team.

The final guard on the 2012 roster is Michalak from Poland who plays for the LKS Lodz club in the top division of Polish basketball. Michalak starred at the 2011 under-19 World Championships in Latvia where he was the fifth highest scorer in the competition, averaging 17.4 points per game. Michalak was also a Polish League All Star in 2011.

Frances Fournier plays for Union Poitiers in the French Pro A league and, after two seasons at the highest level of professional basketball in his country, was selected to the full national team in 2011. Fournier also enjoyed an outstanding under-20 European Championships where he led France to the bronze medal and was voted best guard and to the All-Tournament first team by the influential Eurobasket.com.

Another returnee from the 2011 Hoop Summit team, Croatias Saric plays his club basketball with KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje and was voted Defensive Player of the Year in Croatias A1 league in 2011. After appearing in Portland last April, Savic enjoyed a strong under-19 World Championships for Croatia, finishing fourth overall in scoring (18.1 points per game) and third in rebounds (10.1 rebounds per game).

Also at the forward position, Bennett is a veteran of the Canada under-16 and under-17 national teams, having played for World Team Head Coach Ray Rana on the under-17 team that won bronze at the inaugural FIBA under-17 World Championships in Germany in 2010. He is currently playing high school basketball at Findlay College Prep, Brampton, Ontario.

Wiggins also played for Coach Rana and Canada at the 2010 under-17 World Championships where he scored 20 points in 22 minutes in his countrys 103-83 defeat to the United States. Like Bennett, he is playing high school basketball in the USA, at Huntington Prep, West Virginia.

Moving to the center positions, Argentinas Delia is with the Boca Juniors team in LigaA, the top division of basketball in his homeland. Delia also appeared for his national team at the FIBA Americas under-18 Championships in San Antonio, Texas, in 2010 and helped his country reach the semi-finals of the under-19 World Championships in Latvia last year.

Chinas Wang Zhelin, from the Fujian SBS Xunxin club, played for his national team at both under-19 and under-23 levels in 2011 and, in 2010, was voted best center and named to the All-Tournament first team as China won gold at the All-Asian under-18 Championships in Yemen.

The final spot on the 2012 World Team roster is taken by Zambias Patson Siame who first came to the attention of scouts when he made a strong impression at the 2011 Basketball Without Borders event in South Africa.

The World Team at Nike Hoop Summit 2012 will be led by second-year coach Roy Rana, who is a six-year veteran of Canadian national team basketball and was appointed Head Coach of Canadas Junior National Team in 2012. Coach Rana led Canada to bronze at the inaugural FIBA under-17 World Championships in Germany in 2010, the latest in a long list of international honours which also includes two bronze medals and one silver with Canada at the Nike Global Challenge from 2006-09. Coach Rana will again be assisted by Serbia's Marin Sedlacek, who is making his 12th Hoop Summit appearance.

It is an incredible honour to lead the World Team once again in the 2012 Hoop Summit, said Coach Rana. The Hoop Summit is one of the premier events on the global basketball calendar and Im looking forward to another competitive battle against a very talented USA team.'

The United States holds an 11-3 advantage in the Nike Hoop Summit. Apart from the victory in 2009, the other two World Team victories came in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina, by a 104-96 margin, and in 1998 in San Antonio, Texas, when, famously, Dirk Nowitzki recorded 33 points and 14 rebounds in a 104-99 victory.

The World Select Team has been assembled by Nike's Consultant of Global Basketball Rich Sheubrooks after consulting with general managers, clubs, federations, scouts and coaches from around the world. The Nike sportsmarketing team, from around the world, has also given a great deal of input and suggestions on players from their regions.

'The Hoop Summit is a unique event, said Sheubrooks. Bringing together players from around the globe to form a team in less than a week, from so many different cultures, languages and continents proves that basketball is a universal language.

It has been impressive to see so many Hoop Summit stars from past years not only compete at the next level but go on to become local and even global heroes, from domestic leagues to Euroleague and the NBA.

It is so rewarding to see a guy from China and another from Croatia both chasing the same dream and that is to be the best basketball player they can be. It truly is one ball, one dream and one world, meeting in Portland.'

To date, an incredible 125 former USA and World Select players have been drafted by NBA teams and, as of January 25, 2012, 63 former USA players and 17 former World team members were active in the NBA.

The list of World alumni currently in the NBA includes Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Bobcats); Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder); Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers); Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors); Omri Casspi (Cleveland Cavaliers); Enes Kanter (Utah Jazz); Yi Jianlian (Dallas Mavericks); Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks); Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs); Vladimir Radmanovic (Atlanta Hawks) and Luis Scola (Houston Rockets).



Nike Hoop Summit 2012 - World Select Team - Roster

No. Pos. Name Ht* Wt* DOB Country
4 PG Aleksandar Cvetkovic 603 175 1993 Serbia
5 PG Leo Westermann 605 197 1992 France
6 SG Dmitry Kulagin 606 195 1992 Russia
7 SG Michal Michalak 606 196 1993 Poland
8 SF Andrew Wiggins 606 190 1995 Canada
9 SF Evan Fournier 606 185 1992 France
10 PF Anthony Bennett 608 245 1993 Canada
12 PF Dario Saric 609 190 1994 Croatia
13 C Marcos Delia 609 190 1992 Argentina
14 C Patson Siame 610 215 1993 Zambia
15 C Wang Zhelin 700 230 1994 China

Head Coach: Roy Rana (Canada) 2nd Hoop Summit
Assistant Coach: Marin Sedlacek (Serbia) 12th Hoop Summit
Athletic Trainer: Jay Bradley (USA) 9th Hoop Summit
* measurements listed are not official



Terps land Baltimore native Sam Cassell Jr. - by Eurobasket News

After two years in Massachusetts, Sam Cassell Jr. is coming home for college.

Cassell, a Baltimore native and former St. Frances combo guard, committed to Maryland on Sunday. Cassell picked the Terps over Connecticut, Dayton, Florida State, Villanova, Washington and several others.

'The hometown school definitely won out,' said Carlton Bub Carrington, Cassells AAU coach with Nike Baltimore Elite. 'I know Sam has had an affection for the University of Maryland. He has a good relationship with Coach Bino [Ranson]. I know that they had identified him in the summer time. And they have been very, very persistent. Coach [Mark] Turgeon identified him along with Bino. Once the head coach gets involved, its hard to get away.'

Cassell, who started his high school career at Towson Catholic, left town for Notre Dame Prep after his junior season with the Panthers. Over the course of his two seasons in Fitchburg, Mass., the 6-foot-4, 180-pound player went from mid-major prospect to highly coveted high-major talent. Carrington, who went to Dunbar with Cassell's father, said the future Terp always had high-major skills.

'He just didnt pass the eyeball test because he was so young,' Carrington said. 'His father was tall and lanky. ... As far as basketball IQ, he really has a high-major game. He had a mid-major body. But he was always high-major.'

Notre Dame Prep coach Ryan Hurd said Cassell was frustrated after a senior season in which he averaged seven or eight points as a role player on a loaded post-grad team. But to Cassells credit, he came back for a fifth year, was one of three Division I-bound guards in NDPs rotation, and scored more than 16 points per game for the prep-school powerhouse. Perhaps Cassells finest moment this season was his 28-point outburst against Brewster (N.H.) Academy in the National Prep semifinals.

He is a guard that can score and a guard that can distribute, Hurd said. He can do it all. Hes a ball-player above all else. We had a whole new staff this year of assistants. They were coming in, saying I cant believe the shots he takes. I just laughed and said, wait until you see him do it in a game. Its unbelievable. That kid can score lying on his back. Its uncanny how he puts the ball in the basket.

The biggest factor in Cassells development has been his maturation physically and mentally. Hurd said the future Terps transformation has been impressive.

When he came here, he had Q-tips for arms, elbows that should have been biceps, Hurd said. As hes filled out, hes willing to be a tougher kid defensively and put himself into the lane. Offensively, hes taken his game to another level.

Carrington said there are many similarities between Cassell and his father, who played 15 seasons in the NBA. Carrington expects the younger Cassell to play the 1 at Maryland and also be a consistent threat to score -- especially from beyond the arc.

'I would say thats genetic. Genes dont lie,' Carrington said. 'His father could always shoot the ball, and I think Sam [Jr.'s] long ball is better than his dads at this point in time. Ive been around his dad my whole life. His dad had a tremendous in-between game. Little Sam is the same, but his long ball is what separates him right now.'

A three-star prospect according to ESPN.com, Cassell is the sixth member of Maryland's 2012 recruiting class. He joins combo guard Seth Allen, center Shaquille Cleare, power forward Damonte Dodd, small forward Jake Layman and power forward Charles Mitchell. Hurd thinks its a good fit for Cassell.

Who wouldnt want to play in a league like the ACC for a team thats close to home? Obviously, thats a big part to it, Hurd said. He also had trust in [the coaching staff]. And it was important for his family to watch him play. Hes been away a couple years. Those were some of the things that led to him becoming a Terrapin.

Courtesy of http://articles.baltimoresun.com



AP Sources: Frank Martin takes South Carolina job - by Eurobasket News

Frank Martin (agency: KMG Sports Management ) has agreed to become South Carolina's next men's basketball coach, said people familiar with the decision say.

The people spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because the school had not announced the hiring. The university's board of trustees is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning to discuss a contract matter.

Martin will replace Darrin Horn , who was fired two weeks ago after going 60-63 over four seasons. The Gamecocks finished last in the Southeastern Conference last year.

Martin is leaving Kansas State, which he led to the NCAA tournament four of the last five seasons. The Wildcats reached the regional finals in 2010. His overall record as a head coach is 117-54 and he is 6-4 in the NCAA tourney.

The Gamecocks have been to the NCAA tournament just once since 1998. They finished this season 10-21 and 2-14 in the SEC.

Martin is the son of Cuban immigrants who coached high school basketball in Miami for 15 years and was an assistant at Northeastern for four seasons before Bob Huggins brought him on to his staff at Cincinnati. Martin credits Huggins with jump starting his career, saying the current coach at West Virginia helped him get into college coaching.

South Carolina will be a rebuilding job.

The team's record got progressively worse during Horn's four years. Their top player, point guard and two-sport high school star Bruce Ellington, originally promised to only play basketball next season, but after Horn was fired, he started hanging around the football field during spring practice.

Several other players could consider transfers as Martin's intense coaching style is a stark contrast from Horn's more laid back approach.

Martin has not publically commented about the South Carolina job or why he might want to leave Kansas State at this time. He was an in-studio analyst for CBS during its weekend NCAA tournament coverage and didn't answer directly when asked about coaching the Gamecocks.

'The stuff that gets out these days, I look at it as a compliment that we're doing our job the right way at Kansas State that these sorts of things get out,' Martin said.

A potential salary for Martin has not been disclosed. He made around $1.1 million at Kansas State, and South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman said when he fired Horn that the Gamecocks were willing to pay their next coach a competitive salary. The school also will owe Horn a $2.4 million buyout.

Horn was hired from Western Kentucky after leading the Hilltoppers to the round of 16 in 2008. His first team at South Carolina went 21-10 and 10-6 in the SEC, winning the Eastern Division. But it wasn't enough to get the team's first NCAA tournament bid since 2004, and his teams won fewer games each season.

The Gamecocks have lost 24 of their last 27 SEC games. Horn finished his career at South Carolina 23-45 in league games and 60-63 overall with thee losing seasons in a row.

Courtesy of http://news.yahoo.com



Kansas' Thomas Robinson leads AP All-America team - by Eurobasket News

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson (6'9''-F-91) has even more in common with Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) now. Not everything, though.

Robinson, who played through personal tragedy as a sophomore reserve, capped his junior season by being a unanimous selection to The Associated Press' All-America team Monday, a day after leading the Jayhawks to the Final Four.

The 6-foot-10 Robinson averaged 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds this season and he was a first-team pick by all 65 members of the national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.

The last unanimous pick was Griffin in 2009.

'It's a blessing to be named even in the same category as Blake Griffin,' Robinson said. 'For that to happen, I'm glad all the hard work is paying off.'

Robinson did find some similarities between them besides being Big 12 Player of the Year.

'That man jumps out the gym. He looks like a superhero when he takes off,' Robinson said. 'But we both try to be aggressive. He knows what he does well. I feel the same way. I know what I do well.'

Joining Robinson on the first team were Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F-92) of Ohio State, the first repeat All-America in three years, freshman Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) of Kentucky, Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90) of Michigan State and Doug McDermott (6'7''-F-92) of Creighton.

Davis received 63 first-team votes while Green, the lone senior on the team, got 53. Sullinger had 30, one more than McDermott. The voting was done before the NCAA tournament.

Robinson received nationwide support as a sophomore when he lost his mother, grandmother and grandfather in a three-week period. He not only became a starter this season, he became a star.

'It's an unbelievable honor for a kid that came as a semi-highly recruited guy, played seven minutes as a freshman, 10 minutes as a sophomore, endured the tragedies he's had and then somehow made so many sacrifices, not only for the betterment of himself but the betterment of all of us.,' Kansas coach Bill Self said. 'To be unanimous, it's just something that blows me away.'

Robinson is Kansas' first All-America since Wayne Simien (6'9''-F-83, college: Kansas) in 2005.

The 6-9 Sullinger, who was selected East Regional as he led the Buckeyes to the Final Four, is the first repeat All-America since North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) in 2009.

'It means a lot when your name is with Tyler Hansbrough, Psycho T. He was a great basketball player,' Sullinger said with a big smile as he used Hansbrough's nickname. 'It means a lot. I think it's a credit to my teammates.'

Sullinger, the first player to repeat as a freshman and sophomore since Chris Jackson of LSU in 1989 and 1990, averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds while shooting 53.9 percent from the field. He is the fourth Ohio State player to repeat joining Jerry Lucas, Robin Freeman and Garry Bradds. Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said it's no surprise Sullinger has already sealed a place in the history of the program.

'I think that's one of what was important to us when Jared came here,' Matta said. 'We knew he was going to be a special player. And to see him get these accolades he has received and won at the level he's won at speaks volumes to the player he is and that select category and only being a sophomore let's you know what a great player he is.'

Davis burst onto the national scene as part of the Wildcats team that spent most of the season ranked No. 1 in the poll and then entered the NCAA tournament as the overall No. 1 seed. The 6-10 Davis was chosen the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 14.3 points, 10 rebounds and 4.6 blocks while shooting 64.2 percent from the field.

The last Wildcats to be first-team selections were freshmen John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins in 2010. At least one freshman has been on the first team five of the last six years.

'It means a lot, especially for a freshman,' Davis said before admitting he surprised himself this season. 'I thought I would just come in here and hit a couple of shots, block a couple of shots, get a couple of dunks. I never thought I would be this successful in college.'

He said he has been successful because of opportunities.

'My teammates have been doing a great job of giving me the ball,' he said. 'And basically, all the teams that were driving inside, giving me a chance to get blocks. We're just out there having fun.'

The 6-7 Green averaged 16.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.5 steals while doing everything the Spartans needed on the way to sharing the Big Ten regular season title, winning the conference tournament and being a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

He is Michigan State's fourth first-team selection joining Magic Johnson, Shawn Respert and Mateen Cleaves.

'It's an honor because those are the guys who I looked up to, paved the way for me, starting with Magic and going to Respert and Cleaves,' Green said. 'Those guys, every time I walk into the gym I see their names up in the rafters and that's a goal that everyone has who's playing. Just being mentioned in the same sentence with those guys means a lot. All of them are winners, all of them are great players and all of them are successful and great people.'

McDermott is Creighton's first All-America and he joins three-time selection Pete Maravich of LSU as All-Americas coached by their fathers.

The 6-7 sophomore was third in Division I in scoring with a 23.2 average. He averaged 8.2 rebounds and shot 61 percent from the field, including 49.5 percent from 3-point range.

'It's really special. It really hasn't hit me yet. Later down the road it will,' McDermott said of his selection. 'It's something real cool to be in the company of some of those names. Creighton never had one. It's really cool to be able to be the first, especially with all the great players who have been at Creighton over the years.'

Coaching a son who is the star of the team did bring about a different problem for Greg McDermott.

'It could be a situation where if your son was a borderline player that your fans get upset if you put him in the game,' he said. 'Our fans get upset if I take him out.'

Junior guard Isaiah Canaan of Murray State was joined on the second team by seniors Marcus Denmon of Missouri, Tyler Zeller of North Carolina, Jae Crowder of Marquette and Kevin Jones of West Virginia.

Sullinger was the only member of the preseason All-America team to make any of the postseason teams. Harrison Barnes of North Carolina, Jeremy Lamb of Connecticut and Jordan Taylor of Wisconsin were honorable mentions. Terrence Jones of Kentucky was the fifth member of the preseason team.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Kent Bazemore Draft Stocks Drop due to Arrest - by Allen Waters

The investigation into whether Old Dominion basketball star Kent Bazemore received improper benefits from attorney Peter G. Decker III in connection with his arrest on a DUI charge last summer is over, school officials said today.

However, an investigation continues into whether Decker's representation of other athletes violated NCAA rules.

'As of yesterday, we had discussions with Kent to confirm that payments to his attorney had been made,' said Debbie White, ODU's senior associate athletic director. 'There is no need for any further investigation. We will not be commenting further on this matter.'

Decker said last week that he told Bazemore, who was convicted of a DUI charge last summer, to pay him when he could for legal services. He also said he represented other athletes as a friend and supporter of the program.

'I'm not doing it for anything in return,' he said.

Later, however, Decker said he had received payment.

Based on those statements, ODU is looking into possible NCAA violations of bylaws prohibiting athletes from receiving benefits not available to other students or the public.

'Those issues have been turned over to our compliance office and the CAA and are being looked into like any other issue that is being brought to our attention,' White said.

Bazemore was arrested before Wednesday's game against Mercer for failing to comply with the terms of his conviction last summer. Police had issued a warrant for his arrest after he failed to attend alcohol safety classes that were a condition of his suspended sentence. He is due in court next month.

ODU officials said they did not know about Bazemore's arrest last summer and did not refer him to Decker, an ODU graduate.


Kent Bazemore (6'5''-G/F-89)



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NABC Division III Senior All-Star Game rosters - by Simas

#s#
Matt Addison
Addison
Ralph Temgoua
Temgoua
Andrew August
August
Andy Stein
Stein
Jordan Young
Young
#e#5

EAST ALL-STAR TEAM
1 Matt Addison (5'8''-G) of Hardin-Simmons
12 Ralph Temgoua (6'5''-G) of St.Lawrence
20 Andrew August (6'7''-F-89) of Montclair St.
34 Andy Stein (6'8''-C) of NYU
42 Jordan Young (6'5''-F/C) of Staten Island
4 Conley Taylor (6'1''-G) of Chris.Newport
21 Chad Burridge (6'7''-C) of Oswego St.
23 Daquan Brooks (5'10''-G) of W.Connecticut
35 Ryan Sharry (6'8''-F) of Middlebury

WEST ALL-STAR TEAM
4 Seth Anderson (6'2''-G) of Gustavus Adolphus
20 Tim Brady (6'4''-F) of Ohio Wesleyan
23 Ethan Eichhorst (6'4''-F) of Misericordia
31 Paul Kouvaris (6'5''-F) of York, PA
44 Travis Clark (6'2''-G) of Lake Forest
11 David Krombeen (6'2''-G) of Hope
15 David Michaels (6'7''-F-90) of Whitman
30 Tim McCrary (6'6''-F) of Wheaton
45 Dylan Richter (6'3''-G/F-90) of Wash.-St.Louis



NABC Division III All-America Awards 2011-12 - by Simas

NABC Division III All-America 1st Team 2012
#s#
Daquan Brooks
Brooks
Chad Burridge
Burridge
Chris Davis
Davis
David Krombeen
Krombeen
Aj Matthews
Matthews
#e#5

1st Team
Daquan Brooks (5'10''-G) of Western Connecticut
Chad Burridge (6'7''-C) of Oswego State
Chris Davis (6'6''-F) of UW-Whitewater
David Krombeen (6'2''-G) of Hope
Aj Matthews (7'0''-F-89) of Farmingdale State
Tim McCrary (6'6''-F) of Wheaton
Georgio Milligan (6'2''-PG) of Franklin and Marshall
DJ Woodmore (6'3''-G) of Virginia Wesleyan

2nd Team
Seth Anderson (6'2''-G) of Gustavus Adolphus
Tim Brady (6'4''-F) of Ohio Wesleyan
Lance Brown (6'4''-G/F) of William Paterson
Travis Clark (6'2''-G) of Lake Forest
Cory Lemons (5'10''-G) of Cabrini
Ryan Sharry (6'8''-F) of Middlebury
Jared Suderley (6'6''-F) of Hartwick
Conley Taylor (6'1''-G) of Christopher Newport

3rd Team
Raymond Askew (6'6''-F) of Albertus Magnus
Chris Blees (6'5''-F) of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Winston Douglas (6'4''-F) oof Medgar Evers
Greg Ross (6'4''-F) of Centre
Corey Shontz (6'1''-G-89) of John Carroll
Ethan Spurlin (6'4''-F) of Transylvania
Ralph Temgoua (6'5''-G) of St. Lawrence
Perry Wright (6'3''-F) of Widener



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

29-year old guard Lindsay Tait (192-G-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Auckland P. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He got a double-double of 27 points and 11 assists, while his team beat Wellington S. (#5, 2-3) 105-97. Auckland P. is placed at 3rd position in New Zealand league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Auckland P. will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Tait had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Auckland P., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Tait has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 22.0ppg), assists (2nd best: 7.4apg) and averages solid 2.4spg,57.4% FGP and 52.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Lawrence Abney (203-F-77, agency: Dream Team Management) of Southland S.. He is American forward in his first season at Southland S.. In the last game Abney recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Southland S. lost that game 76-91 to the higher-ranked Wellington S. (#5, 2-3). This loss caused Southland S. to slide to the very bottom (9) position in the standings. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Southland S. managed to get this year. Abney is one of the most experienced players at Southland S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Southland S.'s star - forward Lawrence Abney (203-F-77, agency: Dream Team Management). Abney scored 29 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Abney's great performance Southland S. lost 97-99in overtime to the higher-ranked Nelson G. (#4, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Southland S. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-5 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Abney he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Abney has individually a great season in New Zealand. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.3rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Manawatu J. - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Phill Jones (196-G-74) of Nelson G. - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Casey Frank (203-F-77) of Wellington S. - 15 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Darryl Hudson (196-G-85) of Taranaki MA - 32 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Craig Bradshaw (208-F/C-83) of Southland S. - 33 points and 6 rebounds
9. Pete Campbell (201-F-84) of Nelson G. - 33 points and 7 rebounds
10. Arthur Trousdell (203-F/C-81) of Wellington S. - 21 points, 9 rebounds 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)



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DStv PBL Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Atlantic

Mar. 24: Union Bank - Customs 67-65
Mar. 24: Islanders - Comets 58-70
Mar. 27: Royal Hoopers - Union Bank
Mar. 27: D.Warriors - Chariots

Savannah

Mar. 24: Yelwa Hawks - Rockets 67-65
Mar. 25: Immigration - Niger Potters 65-54
Mar. 24: Bauchi Nets - Defenders 65-45
Mar. 25: Kada Stars - Kano Pillars



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Asean Basketball League Roundup: March 24-25, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

INDONESIA WARRIORS over BANGKOK COBRAS, 74-67
It was an intense game as both teams needed the win in order to secure themselves a spot for the playoffs. The Indonesia Warriors came into the game as the fourth placed team on the standings with the Bangkok Cobras breathing down their necks at fifth place.

It was a close game from the very start and things got heated up as the game progressed, but the Indonesia Warriors strengthened their position at fourth when they recorded their third win in a row after the Bangkok Cobras walked out of the game with just 1:39 left in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors were leading the game up to this point, although the games current leading scorer was the Cobras Jai Reyes with 19 points followed by teammate Gentry Lewis with 16. On the other end of the court Jerick Canada led the Warriors with 13 points followed by Steve Thomas with 12.

The Cobras were shooting very well from the arc in the first half of the game, completing 44% of all their three point attempts, especially compared to the Warriors, who were just 21% from the arc.

It was an intense fourth quarter and with just four points separating the teams, a win was well within reach for both sides. Both teams played hard and things started to get heated as three players fouled out of the game in the final quarter.

First, the Cobras got into trouble at the 4:41 minute mark as Gentry Lewis fouled out with the Warriors hanging on to a one point lead. Then the Warriors Canada fouled out just minutes after. Both teams were now missing an important contributor and with less than two minutes left to go Marvin Cruz was handed his fifth personal foul. Things came to a head at this point and the Bangkok Cobras walked out of the game, awarding the Warriors the win.

The AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League will be investigating the incident and an official statement will be released after official match reports and game tapes have been properly reviewed.

INW 74- Canada 13, Thomas 12, Prihantono 10, Smith 10, Gunawan 10, Salangsan 9, Wuysang 7, Magsumbol 3
BGC 67- Reyes 19, Lewis 16, Kruatiwa 12, Cruz 9, George 8, Salanyu 3
QS: 18-23, 40-38, 58-62, 74-67 (1:39 left)

SAIGON HEAT over SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN, 66-63
The Saigon Heat escaped from Manila with a huge win over the San Miguel Beermen. Froilan Baguion had a chance to send the game to overtime, but missed an important corner three-point shot at the buzzer.

The Heats Jahmar Thorpe led all scoring with 24 points and 11 rebounds while Jonathan Jones added 19 points. Dalron Johnson and Leo Avenido recorded 17 points each for the Beermen.

The game was tied at 63 after Froilan Baguion hit a three-point shot with 01:08 left in the game. The Beermen then had a chance to take the lead, but Leo Avenido missed a lay-up and then fouled Robert Sanz out of frustration.

Down 63-64, the Beermen had two chances to take the lead, but Jarrid Famous was unable to finish under the rim and then Baguion missed a running shot. Jonathan Jones was then fouled almost immediately after. Although Jones was only able to make one out of two from the line, the Beermen were not able to grab the rebound and instead were forced to foul Sanz, who grabbed the offensive board.

Sanz missed both of his free throws, but once again the Beermen were unable to secure the rebound and Thorpe, who has been good in the clutch for the Heat, calmly hit two big free throws to make it 66-63, securing the win.

SGH 66- Thorpe 24, Jones 19, Smith 7, Sanz 6, Javier 5, Trieu 5
SMB 63- Johnson 17, Avenido 17, Baguion 8, Ferriols 8, Famous 6, Dimaunahan 3, Yap 2, Fajardo 2
QS: 14-16, 32-30, 48-46, 66-63

CHANG THAILAND SLAMMERS over WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS, 80-69
The Chang Thailand Slammers pulled it out of the bag in the second half to end their three game losing run after winning over the Westports Malaysia Dragons.

The Chang Thailand Slammers Calvin Williams had a big game tonight, finishing as the top scorer with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Demetrius Proby also finished with a double-double of his own with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The Dragons welcomed AirAsia ABL newcomer Cheyenne Moore into their squad tonight to fill in for Tiras Wade, who is still recovering from an injury. Moore had a decent debut, finishing as joint top scorers for the Dragons alongside Shee Fai Loh with 15 points apiece.

The Dragons dominated for most of the first quarter, taking advantage of the Slammers poor shooting. The hosts were 0-for-16 from the field until the final minute when Sopon Pinitpatcharalert broke the dry spell with a three pointer for the Slammers.

Calvin Williams opened the second quarter with back-to-back baskets to put the Slammers within striking distance of their guests. The Dragons Loh had a fabulous first half, however, sinking all of his field goal attempts to finish the half as his teams top scorer while keeping the Dragons on top, 46-37.

The Slammers came into the second half fired up and completed their comeback midway through the third quarter after a 9-point run. Only four points separated the teams coming into the final quarter, and neither team was willing to let this go easily. Chris Pacana and Patrick Cabahug put in back-to- back baskets for the Dragons at the 7:24 minute mark to even things up at 65.

The Slammers answered with a 7-0 spurt, prompting the Dragons to call a timeout with 2:46 to go. The Dragons were unable to find an answer, though, and the Slammers held on to grab their first win in four games.

CTS 80- Williams 28, Proby 15, Apiromvilaichai 9, Leynes 7, Wongsawangtum 7, Lertmalaiporn 7, Jantuma 4, Pinitpatcharalert 3
WMD 69- Loh 15, Moore 15, Cabahug 14, Lau 6, Pacana 6, Belasco 5, Little 4, Kuek 2, Kwaan 2
QS: 17-23, 37-46, 63-59, 80-69

AIRASIA PHILIPPINE PATRIOTS over JOBSTREET.COM SINGAPORE SLINGERS, 82-70
The AirAsia Philippine Patriots extended their winning streak to four games after defeating JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers. With this win, they remain with the best record in the league at 11 wins and just 2 losses.

The Patriots Anthony Johnson led all scoring with 23 points while Nakiea Miller, who loves to play in this stadium, added 22 points and 15 rebounds. Al Vergara finished with 13 points off the bench.

The Patriots bench was a big factor in this game. They outscored the Slingers bench 24-11. The Patriots were in control for most of the game, even holding a 15-point lead at one point. The Slingers shot poorly, completing only 35% of their attempts in this game.

After a great performance against the Slammers last weekend, the Slingers top scorer, Louis Graham, struggled in the first half. Graham was 1-for-6 and had only 4 points in the first half. He picked it up in the second half, however, to finish the game with 19.

Kyle Jeffers also finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds in his second game back with the Slingers. The Slingers are now 1-1 after inserting Jeffers into their line-up. Slingers are currently sixth in the standings at 5-9.

APP 82- Johnson 23, Miller 22, Vergara 13, Fernandez 7, Raymundo 6, Wainwright 4, Larong 4, Saldua 3
SGS 70- Jeffers 19, Graham 19, Oh 9, Wong 8, Dulay 7, Canta 5, Matialakan 3
QS: 22-18, 42-36, 66-55, 82-70

*Game Recaps compiled and compressed from AseanBasketballLeague.com




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Michal Michalak to play at 2012 Nike Hoop Summit - by Eurobasket News

Polish top prospect Michal Michalak (194-G-93) will participate at 2012 Nike Hoop Summit. The 18-year-old guard is named to World Select Team. Michalak plays for the LKS Lodz club in the top division of Polish basketball (PLK). Michalak starred at the 2011 under-19 World Championships in Latvia where he was the fifth highest scorer in the competition, averaging 17.4 points per game. Michalak was also a Polish League All Star in 2011.


Awards/Achievements:
Polish U16 National Team -09
European Championships U16 in Kaunas (Lithuania) -09 (Semifinals): 9 games: 13.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 38.2%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 70.8%
Polish U20 Championships -10 (Winner)
Polish U18 National Team -10-11
Polish U17 National Team -10
World Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) -10 (Silver): 8 games: 13.0ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 77.8%
Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 Honorable Mention -10
European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) -10: 9 games: 5.0ppg, 2.4rpg
Polish 1Liga All-Star Game -11
Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Honorable Mention -11
Polish U19 National Team -11
World Championships U19 in Latvia -11: 9 games: Score-5 (17.4ppg), 6.1rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 43.4%, FT: 83.3%
Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 2nd Team -11
Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention -11
European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) -11: 9 games: 11.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 38.6%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 59.4%



Official release

THE World Select Team was announced today for the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit, the premier annual basketball game featuring many of the world's leading basketball players aged 19-years-old or younger, which will take place on Saturday, April 7 (7 p.m. PDT tipoff) at the Rose Garden, in Portland, Oregon.

The game, which sees America's top senior high school players take on a World Select Team featuring many of the world's top players, has been staged on 14 previous occasions and has given an extraordinary number of talented youngsters the chance to showcase their abilities. As of 2011, an incredible 125 Hoop Summit alumni have been drafted into the NBA.

Seeking their first victory since 2009, when the World Team beat the USA 97-89 in front of a record crowd of 11,246 and a national television audience, the World Team has named a strong 11-man roster for the 2012 game, including two players returning from the 2011 squad.

Forwards Dario Saric (69, KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje and Croatia) and Evan Fournier (66, Union Poitiers Basket 86 and France) were members of the World Team beaten 90-78 at the Rose Garden 12 months ago.

Along with the two returning players, the team has named two Canadian forwards based in the United States - Anthony Bennett (68, Findlay College Prep, Nevada) and Andrew Wiggins (67, Huntington Prep, West Virginia).

The team also features four guards from Europe Aleksandar Cvetkovic (63, BC Crvena Zvezda DIVA and Serbia), Leo Westermann (65, ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne and France), Dmitry Kulagin (66, BC Triumph Lyubertsy and Russia) and Michal Michalak (66, LKS Lodz and Poland).

The global squad is rounded off with centers Marcos Delia (69, Boca Juniors and Argentina), Wang Zhelin (70, Fujian SBS Xunxin and China) and Patson Siame (610, Zambia).

Cvetkovic plays for the prestigious Crvena Zvezda team in the top division of Serbian basketball and was a key member of the Serbia under-19 national team that won silver at the 2011 World Championships in Latvia where he was voted best guard and also selected to the All-Tournament first team.

Westermann is one of two French players chosen to the 2012 Hoop Summit team and plays his club basketball for the storied Asvel-Villeurbanne team in his homeland. He stood out at the under-20 World Championships in 2011, where he helped France to a bronze medal, and comes to Portland fresh from winning the skills challenge at the French All Star Game.

Russias Kulagin plays for the Triumph Lyubertsy team in Moscow. A player on both the Russian under-19 and under-20 teams last year, Kulagin helped his under-19 team reach the semi-finals of the World Championships where his form earned him a place on the All-Tournament first team.

The final guard on the 2012 roster is Michalak from Poland who plays for the LKS Lodz club in the top division of Polish basketball. Michalak starred at the 2011 under-19 World Championships in Latvia where he was the fifth highest scorer in the competition, averaging 17.4 points per game. Michalak was also a Polish League All Star in 2011.

Frances Fournier plays for Union Poitiers in the French Pro A league and, after two seasons at the highest level of professional basketball in his country, was selected to the full national team in 2011. Fournier also enjoyed an outstanding under-20 European Championships where he led France to the bronze medal and was voted best guard and to the All-Tournament first team by the influential Eurobasket.com.

Another returnee from the 2011 Hoop Summit team, Croatias Saric plays his club basketball with KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje and was voted Defensive Player of the Year in Croatias A1 league in 2011. After appearing in Portland last April, Savic enjoyed a strong under-19 World Championships for Croatia, finishing fourth overall in scoring (18.1 points per game) and third in rebounds (10.1 rebounds per game).

Also at the forward position, Bennett is a veteran of the Canada under-16 and under-17 national teams, having played for World Team Head Coach Ray Rana on the under-17 team that won bronze at the inaugural FIBA under-17 World Championships in Germany in 2010. He is currently playing high school basketball at Findlay College Prep, Brampton, Ontario.

Wiggins also played for Coach Rana and Canada at the 2010 under-17 World Championships where he scored 20 points in 22 minutes in his countrys 103-83 defeat to the United States. Like Bennett, he is playing high school basketball in the USA, at Huntington Prep, West Virginia.

Moving to the center positions, Argentinas Delia is with the Boca Juniors team in LigaA, the top division of basketball in his homeland. Delia also appeared for his national team at the FIBA Americas under-18 Championships in San Antonio, Texas, in 2010 and helped his country reach the semi-finals of the under-19 World Championships in Latvia last year.

Chinas Wang Zhelin, from the Fujian SBS Xunxin club, played for his national team at both under-19 and under-23 levels in 2011 and, in 2010, was voted best center and named to the All-Tournament first team as China won gold at the All-Asian under-18 Championships in Yemen.

The final spot on the 2012 World Team roster is taken by Zambias Patson Siame who first came to the attention of scouts when he made a strong impression at the 2011 Basketball Without Borders event in South Africa.

The World Team at Nike Hoop Summit 2012 will be led by second-year coach Roy Rana, who is a six-year veteran of Canadian national team basketball and was appointed Head Coach of Canadas Junior National Team in 2012. Coach Rana led Canada to bronze at the inaugural FIBA under-17 World Championships in Germany in 2010, the latest in a long list of international honours which also includes two bronze medals and one silver with Canada at the Nike Global Challenge from 2006-09. Coach Rana will again be assisted by Serbia's Marin Sedlacek, who is making his 12th Hoop Summit appearance.

It is an incredible honour to lead the World Team once again in the 2012 Hoop Summit, said Coach Rana. The Hoop Summit is one of the premier events on the global basketball calendar and Im looking forward to another competitive battle against a very talented USA team.'

The United States holds an 11-3 advantage in the Nike Hoop Summit. Apart from the victory in 2009, the other two World Team victories came in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina, by a 104-96 margin, and in 1998 in San Antonio, Texas, when, famously, Dirk Nowitzki recorded 33 points and 14 rebounds in a 104-99 victory.

The World Select Team has been assembled by Nike's Consultant of Global Basketball Rich Sheubrooks after consulting with general managers, clubs, federations, scouts and coaches from around the world. The Nike sportsmarketing team, from around the world, has also given a great deal of input and suggestions on players from their regions.

'The Hoop Summit is a unique event, said Sheubrooks. Bringing together players from around the globe to form a team in less than a week, from so many different cultures, languages and continents proves that basketball is a universal language.

It has been impressive to see so many Hoop Summit stars from past years not only compete at the next level but go on to become local and even global heroes, from domestic leagues to Euroleague and the NBA.

It is so rewarding to see a guy from China and another from Croatia both chasing the same dream and that is to be the best basketball player they can be. It truly is one ball, one dream and one world, meeting in Portland.'

To date, an incredible 125 former USA and World Select players have been drafted by NBA teams and, as of January 25, 2012, 63 former USA players and 17 former World team members were active in the NBA.

The list of World alumni currently in the NBA includes Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Bobcats); Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder); Nicolas Batum (Portland Trail Blazers); Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors); Omri Casspi (Cleveland Cavaliers); Enes Kanter (Utah Jazz); Yi Jianlian (Dallas Mavericks); Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks); Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs); Vladimir Radmanovic (Atlanta Hawks) and Luis Scola (Houston Rockets).


Nike Hoop Summit 2012 - World Select Team - Roster

No. Pos. Name Ht* Wt* DOB Country
4 PG Aleksandar Cvetkovic 603 175 1993 Serbia
5 PG Leo Westermann 605 197 1992 France
6 SG Dmitry Kulagin 606 195 1992 Russia
7 SG Michal Michalak 606 196 1993 Poland
8 SF Andrew Wiggins 606 190 1995 Canada
9 SF Evan Fournier 606 185 1992 France
10 PF Anthony Bennett 608 245 1993 Canada
12 PF Dario Saric 609 190 1994 Croatia
13 C Marcos Delia 609 190 1992 Argentina
14 C Patson Siame 610 215 1993 Zambia
15 C Wang Zhelin 700 230 1994 China

Head Coach: Roy Rana (Canada) 2nd Hoop Summit
Assistant Coach: Marin Sedlacek (Serbia) 12th Hoop Summit
Athletic Trainer: Jay Bradley (USA) 9th Hoop Summit
* measurements listed are not official



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Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Mar. 26: Arecibo - Bayamon 85-76
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, Bayamon20.5 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas18.8 
 4. Ayuso, Arecibo18.3 
 5. Hodge, Humacao18.0 
 6. Rivera, San German17.2 
 7. Maye, Guaynabo16.8 
 8. Smith, Mayaguez16.2 
 9. Galindo, Guayama15.7 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez14.4 
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. Williams, Quebradi.4.1 
 5. Pagan, Guayama4.0 
 6. Hodge, Humacao4.0 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon4.0 
 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. Pinnock, Arecibo1.7 
 4. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.5 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.5 
 6. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 7. Pagan, Guayama1.4 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez1.4 
 9. Williams, Quebradi.1.3 
 10. Garcia, 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. James, Humacao1.3 
 7. Santiago, Arecibo1.3 
 8. Valenzuela, Humac.1.3 
 9. Ramos, Quebradillas1.3 
 10. Smith, Mayaguez1.1 


Capitanes beat Vaqueros 85-76: - by Luis Modestti

Capitanes de Arecibo is just two games from first place after beating Vaqueros de Bayamon 85-76 on Monday night.

A great run in the second half led by Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) and Daniel Santiago were key in the victory for Arecibo.

Ayuso finished with 30 points, shooting 6-8 from three-point range. Santiago added 16 points and Ricardo Melendez came from the bench with 13 points.

Capitanes started the game with a 13-6 run but Vaqueros made some adjustments on defense and were led by Dalmau, Mojica and Lamizana to take a 24-21 first quarter lead.

Bayamon controlled the whole second quarter and ended with a 43-38 halftime lead. They continued to have the lead until Ayuso made five points in a row and Arecibo ended the third quarter up 61-59.

Arecibo never lost the lead in the final quarter thanks to Melendez, Santiago and Danilo Pinnock. Their defense over Dalmau was key as Bayamon looked lost in clutch situations.

Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) ended with 19 points, Herve Lamizana and Michael Sweetney added 14 each for Bayamon.



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Al Ahli Inks Nate Bowie for Remainder of Cup Season - by Surujh Roopnarine

Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) has landed on his feet with Al Ahli Sports Club Doha of Qatar for the remainder of the season. The 25-year old Bowie arrived in the middle of March and his contract will run thru the end of April, which coincides with the end of the Cup tournament. Nate Bowie began this season with Forum Terceira Basket of Portugals LPB before leaving the team at the beginning of March due the clubs financial problems. In 15 games he averaged 19.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.7 steals while shooting 43.4% on two-point field goals, 24.5% from three and 79.2% from the free-throw line.
During the 2010-11 season, again with Terceira Basket, but in the Proliga, the former Central Arkansas star burst onto the international scene, leading the league in scoring (25.6ppg) while leading Terceira to the Championship and promotion to the LPB. For his efforts Bowie was named Eurobasket.com All-Proliga Player of the Year, Guard of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and Import of the Year. Al Ahli finished 3-9 during the Qatari regular season but hope to turn their fortunes around during Cup play. Bowie, a Kansas City, Missouri native, has professional experience in the International Basketball League (USA) and Spain in addition to his time in Portugal.



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Standings - Higher League

Higher League Standings
Group A
 1. AltajBasket 21-7
 2. Novosybirsk 20-8
 3. Kamit-Univ. 19-9
 4. Dynamo Mo. 16-12
 5. Planeta-Univ. 11-16
 6. Stary Sobol NT 9-19
 7. Rodniki Izh. 8-19
 8. Neftekhimik T. 7-21
Group B
 1. Avtodor S. 28-3
 2. Sogdiana-Skif 22-9
 3. Dynamo Kursk 21-11
 4. Dynamo-MGTU 19-12
 5. Elbrus Cherk. 15-16
 6. Dynamo-Stavr. 13-18
 7. BK Tambov 12-19
 8. Volzhan.-GES 7-24
 9. Desna Bryansk 3-28


EuroCup: Spartak Saint Petersburg reach Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Spartak SP - Nymburk 86:71

Spartak Saint Petersburg became the first participant of EuroCup Final Four. They overcame Nymburk tonight to seal their next stage appearance. Spartak entered the return leg of quarterfinal series holding a 4-point advantage after the game in Czech Republic. The hosts gave no chance for Nymburk claiming a 15-point win in Saint Petersburg.
Spartak felt confident right from the start. The home team established a 21:18 lead after ten minutes of action. Spartak maintained the lead throughout the second term. The hosts arrived at halftime up by 5 points 44:39. Nymburk started to lag behind in the third frame. The Russian powerhouse cleared off to a 14-point distance at the final intermission 70:56. The teams slowed down in the fourth quarter as Spartak easily marched to the victory at the end. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) knocked down 19 points and issued 7 assists for Spartak. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) added 19 points and 4 assists in the victory. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Nymburk. Pavel Pumprla (200-F-86) had 17 points in the loss.

Spartak SP: Yotam Halperin 19, Janis Strelnieks 19, Valery Likhodey (205-F-86) 11
Nymburk: Chester Simmons 22, Pavel Pumprla 17



EuroCup: Lokomotiv beat Khimky, not enough to advance - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv - Khimky 81:77

Lokomotiv Kuban recorded a four-point win over visiting Khimky but it proved not enough to advance into EuroCup Final Four. Khimky capitalized on a 9-point advantage from a home game to reach the next round of the tournament. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) nailed 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the winners tonight.
Lokomotiv quickly surged ahead at the start of the game but Khimky stayed calm and soon erased the deficit. The visitors eventually posted a 24:22 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Khimky took over in the second term. The visitors pulled ahead and opened a 46:33 halftime lead. Lokomotiv entered the second half with their backs against the wall. The hosts turned aggressive offensively scoring 26 points and narrowing the deficit to just three points with one term remaining. Lokomotiv finally surged ahead in the fourth frame. But Khimky protected the cushion well as Lokomotiv never got the needed advantage. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) finished with 19 points, while Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: World Sport Agency) contributed 11 points for Lokomotiv. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Khimky. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) accounted for 16 points in the loss.

Lokomotiv: Ali Traore 22, Jeremiah Massey 19, Vlado Ilievski 11
Khimky: Vitaly Fridzon 17, Thomas Kelati 16



Juan Carlos Navarro leads Barca to Euroleague Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Unics - FCB Regal 56-67 (0-3)

Regal Barca is the first team who booked a spot for the Euroleague Final Four. The reigning Spanish champ celebrated 56-67 victory in Kazan to eliminate Unics with perfect 3-0 in the series. Barca shined in the last ten minutes of this game to secure the victory. Juan Carlos Navarro top-scored for the guests with 21 points and he was their only player with double digits. Marcelinho Huertas had 9 points and Boniface Ndong added one less. In the loosing squad, Henry Domercant answered with 19 points. Terrell Lyday had 12 and their third scorer was Nathan Jawai with only 6 points (5 rebs). Quarters: 19-17, 15-11, 11-18, 11-21. A layup by Alksey Savrasenko made Unics tie the game, 50-50, with 8 minutes left but C.J. Wallace, Fran Vazquez and Chuck Eidson combined for all points in a 0-10 run that sealed the outcome, 50-60, sending Barcelona to the Final Four. It will start on May 11 in Istanbul. Barcelona made it to the Final Four for the 12th time in club history - third appearance in four years.

Unics: Henry Domercant 19, Terrell Lyday 12, Nathan Jawai 6
Regal Barca: Juan Carlos Navarro 21, Marcelinho Huertas 9, Boniface Ndong 8



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D1 Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Uhud 14-1 
 2. Al Ahli 12-3 
 3. Al Fath 11-3 
 4. Al Ittihad 10-5 
 5. Al Ansar 7-4 
 6. Al Wehda 7-7 
 7. Al Qadisiya 7-7 
 8. Al Hilal 5-6 
 9. Al Nahdha 3-8 
 10. Al Kweldeeh 3-12 
 11. Al Jubail 2-10 
 12. Al Safa 0-15 

Regular Season: Round 18

Mar. 25: Al Qadisiya - Al Jubail 86-68
Mar. 26: Al Wehda - Al Nahdha 79-54
Mar. 25: Al Kweldeeh - Al Safa 78-61
Mar. 26: Al Ansar - Uhud 71-74
Mar. 26: Al Hilal - Al Fath 62-74
Mar. 27: Al Ittihad - Al Ahli

Round 13

Mar. 23: Uhud - Al Wehda 93-78

Round 15

Mar. 23: Al Ansar - Al Wehda 67-62



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  SERBIA   

Standings - A Liga

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

Second Stage: Round 2

Mar. 27: Radnicki Basket - Mega Vizura 90-73
Mar. 28: Hemofarm - Partizan
Mar. 28: Radnicki K. - BKK Radnicki
Mar. 28: Crvena Zvezda - Vojvodina


Standings - B Liga

B League Standings
 1. Jagodina 15-8 
 2. Konstantin 15-8 
 3. Mladost Cacak 14-9 
 4. Mladost Zemun 14-9 
 5. Spartak 14-9 
 6. Radnicki OB 13-10 
 7. Crnokosa 12-11 
 8. Napredak A. 11-12 
 9. Beovuk 72 11-12 
 10. Sabac 10-13 
 11. Viva Basket 10-13 
 12. Vojvodina 9-14 
 13. Radnicki Stud. 7-16 
 14. Jedinstvo NB 6-17 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 25: Konstantin - Jedinstvo NB 88-71
Mar. 24: Spartak - Mladost Zemun 86-72 OT
Mar. 24: Radnicki Stud. - Beovuk 72 84-97
Mar. 24: Mladost Cacak - Crnokosa 78-77
Mar. 25: Sabac - Napredak A. 78-67
Mar. 26: Radnicki OB - Jagodina 74-76
Mar. 24: Vojvodina - Viva Basket 102-88


Stats Leaders - 1B

Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.24.6 
 2. Djurovic, Crnokosa19.3 
 3. Dukanac, Mladost17.6 
 4. Riboskic, Beovuk17.6 
 5. Dasic, Jagodina17.1 
 6. Samailovic, Radnic.16.7 
 7. Glisovic, Radnic.15.9 
 8. Skoko, Vojvodina15.8 
 9. Boljkovac, Sabac15.8 
 10. Dondur, Beovuk 7215.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Vuletic, Viva Bask.12.2 
 2. Vukovic, Mladost8.3 
 3. Sikman, Napredak.8.3 
 4. Glisovic, Radnic.8.2 
 5. Dondur, Beovuk 727.8 
 6. Grubor, Vojvodina7.6 
 7. Jankovic, Mladost7.2 
 8. Banjanin, Mladost7.1 
 9. Tmusic, Jagodina7.1 
 10. Djurovic, Crnokosa7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.7.4 
 2. Velickovic, Konst.5.2 
 3. Mukanovic, Crnok.4.9 
 4. Simic, Radnicki OB4.5 
 5. Boricic, Radnicki.4.2 
 6. Tanasijevic, Radni.4.1 
 7. Dumic, Mladost4.0 
 8. Skoko, Vojvodina3.8 
 9. Mitic, Crnokosa3.7 
 10. Dinic, Spartak3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Vuletic, Viva Bask.2.9 
 2. Tanasijevic, Radni.2.6 
 3. Kuntic, Spartak2.3 
 4. Djurovic, Spartak2.3 
 5. Rasic, Mladost2.0 
 6. Dinic, Spartak1.9 
 7. Mukanovic, Crnok.1.9 
 8. Stajic, Viva Basket1.9 
 9. Grubor, Vojvodina1.9 
 10. Djoric, Jagodina1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Goran HUSKIC
  Radnicki OB
  (--)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Huskic, Radnicki OB2.2 
 2. Karahodzic, Spartak2.2 
 3. Ljubotina, Spartak2.1 
 4. Radenkovic, Jedins.1.1 
 5. Koprivica, Sabac0.9 
 6. Jankovic, Mladost0.8 
 7. Savic, Radnicki St.0.8 
 8. Djurovic, Crnokosa0.8 
 9. Banjanin, Mladost0.7 
 10. Dondur, Beovuk 720.7 


Vule Avdalovic's great game brings him POW in Ukraine - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Serbian point guard Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) had an amazing evening in the last round for the Ukrainian team BC Donetsk and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for Superleague round 34. The 30-year old playmaker had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds and five assists for BC Donetsk in his team's victory, helping them to crush Kryvbasbasket (#10, 13-21) with 25-point margin 102-77. BC Donetsk maintains the 2nd position in Ukrainian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BC Donetsk will need more victories to improve their 25-8 record. In the team's last game Avdalovic had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be BC Donetsk's top player in his first season with the team. Vule Avdalovic averages this season 12.3ppg and 4.3apg. His Donetsk currently competes also in the EuroCup Quarterfinals. Avdalovic has 11.2 ppg, 3.6 apg and 2.8 rpg for 13 games. Vule Avdalovic joined Donetsk last summer from Cholet. With Cholet he reached ProA Finals and was on the verge of Euroleague Top 16. Before Cholet, Avdalovic played for Alicante and he also spent several years with Pamesa Valencia and Partizan. He won many team and personal awards over the past 10 years. Avdalovic played for the Serbian National Team from 2001 to 2006.


Stojanovic number one in Serbian B League for round 23 - by Eurobasket News

Srdjan Stojanovic put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Spartak, receiving a Eurobasket.com B League Player of the Week award for round 23.
The -year old player was the main contributor (32 points, nine rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Mladost Zemun (14-9) in overtime 86-72. Spartak maintains the 5th position in Serbian B League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Spartak will need more victories to improve their 14-9 record. In the team's last game Stojanovic had a remarkable 53.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Spartak and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Srdjan Stojanovic averages this season 14.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Dragan Bjelica (198-G-81) of Viva Basket. Bjelica had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 12 assists. Bad luck as Viva Basket lost that game 88-102 to slightly lower-ranked Vojvodina (#12, 9-14). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Viva Basket dropped in the standings to 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-13 record. Bjelica is well-known at Viva Basket and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.6ppg (#1). He also recorded 7.4 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Milic Blagojevic (200-G/F-91) of Radnicki Stud. (#13). Blagojevic showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Blagojevic's great performance Radnicki Stud. lost 84-97 to the higher-ranked Beovuk 72 (#9, 11-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Radnicki Stud. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Blagojevic could try to bring Radnicki Stud.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Blagojevic has a very solid season. In 21 games in Serbia he scored 14.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bojan Mihajlovic (198-F-88) of Viva Basket - 25 points and 10 rebounds
5. Goran Huskic) of Radnicki OB - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Nemanja Gudzic (195-G/F-90) of Konstantin - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Nikola Fekete (192-G-91) of Vojvodina - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Vladimir Djordjevic (84) of Konstantin - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85) of Crnokosa - 22 points and 9 rebounds
10. Pavle Koprivica (207-C-85) of Sabac - 18 points and 6 rebounds

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



B League: Round 23 review - 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. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the B League leadership position after last games. Round 23 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Mladost Zemun (14-9). They were defeated by fifth ranked Spartak (14-9) 86-72 in overtime on Saturday night. The hosts were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 18-4. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Spartak made 9 blocks. 32 personal fouls committed by Mladost Zemun helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Srdjan Stojanovic who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Kemal Karahodzic helped adding 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 blocks. Forward Nenad Banjanin (201-85, college: E.Michigan) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Mladost Zemun's coach rotated ten players in such tough game. Spartak moved-up to third place, which they share with Mladost Cacak and Mladost Zemun. Mladost Zemun will play next round against Sabac trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Spartak will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Crnokosa in Kosjeric.

In the last two games of round 23 Crnokosa lost to Mladost Cacak on the opponent's court 77-78. Vojvodina managed to outperform Viva Basket in a home game 102-88. Bottom-ranked Jedinstvo NB recorded a loss to Konstantin on the road 88-71. Radnicki Stud. was defeated by Beovuk 72 on its own court 84-97. Jagodina beat Radnicki OB in a road game 76-74. Sabac won against Napredak A. at home 78-67.



Spartak - Mladost Zemun 86-72 OT

There was a change at the B League leadership position after last games. Round 23 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Mladost Zemun (14-9). They were defeated by fifth ranked Spartak (14-9) 86-72 in overtime on Saturday night. The hosts were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 18-4. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Spartak made 9 blocks. 32 personal fouls committed by Mladost Zemun helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for Srdjan Stojanovic who led his team to a victory scoring 32 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Kemal Karahodzic helped adding 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 blocks. Four Spartak players scored in double figures. Forward Nenad Banjanin (201-85, college: E.Michigan) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Montenegrin power forward Nikola Vukovic (202-94) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Mladost Zemun's coach rotated ten players in such tough game. Spartak moved-up to third place, which they share with Mladost Cacak and Mladost Zemun. Mladost Zemun will play next round against Sabac trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Spartak will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Crnokosa in Kosjeric.
Top scorers:
Spartak: S.Stojanovic 32+9reb+5ast, K.Karahodzic 15+9reb+3ast, R.Vukolic 12+6reb, A.Drakulic 12+5reb, D.Kuntic 9+2reb+6ast, I.Djurovic 2+1reb
Mladost Zemun: N.Celebic 16, N.Banjanin 15+7reb+2ast, N.Vukovic 12+9reb, L.Rasic 9+1reb+1ast, A.Andrejevic 6+7reb, N.Kovacevic 5+1reb+3ast


gschID: 148163


Mladost Cacak - Crnokosa 78-77

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Crnokosa (12-11) was edged on the road by fourth ranked Mladost Cacak (14-9) 78-77 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-16. But Crnokosa won second period 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Mladost Cacak won last quarter 19-19. It was a great evening for swingman Vladimir Dujovic (194-G/F-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 7 assists. Power forward Milos Jankovic (200-94) helped adding 12 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Naturalized Bosnian forward Nikola Jeftic (202-85) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Nenad Kasabasic (190-84) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Crnokosa players scored in double figures. Mladost Cacak moved-up to third place, which they share with Spartak and Mladost Zemun. Crnokosa at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Mladost Cacak will face Viva Basket (#11) in Beograd in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Crnokosa will play at home against Spartak (#5) in Subotica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mladost Cacak: V.Dujovic 26+2reb+7ast, M.Jankovic 12+7reb+1ast, M.Maric 12+5reb+2ast, I.Dukanac 8+3reb, F.Dumic 6+3reb+3ast, M.Azanjac 5+2reb
Crnokosa: N.Jeftic 22+9reb, N.Kasabasic 17+5reb+3ast, B.Djurovic 12+8reb+1ast, B.Sanjin 11+5reb+1ast, M.Petronijevic 5+3reb, M.Masalusic 4
gschID: 148164


Vojvodina - Viva Basket 102-88

There was a small surprise in Novi Sad where twelfth ranked Vojvodina (9-14) defeated 10th ranked Viva Basket (10-13) 102-88 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Vojvodina. Viva Basket was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vojvodina dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Viva Basket's 36. It was a great evening for forward Milos Grubor (201-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Nikola Fekete (192-91) helped adding 26 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Four Vojvodina players scored in double figures. Guard Dragan Bjelica (198-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 assists and forward Bojan Mihajlovic (198-88, college: Texas Arlington) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Viva Basket's coach tested twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vojvodina maintains twelfth place with 9-14 record. Viva Basket at the other side keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Vojvodina will face bottom-ranked Jedinstvo NB (#14) in Novi Becej in the next round.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: N.Fekete 26+3reb+2ast, M.Grubor 19+12reb+2ast, M.Skoko 17+3reb+5ast, D.Laketa 13+4reb, D.Andric 8, S.Pastornjicki 8+4reb+7ast
Viva Basket: D.Bjelica 28+3reb+12ast, B.Mihajlovic 25+10reb, D.Jevtic 11+1reb+1ast, M.Drekalovic 9+3reb, B.Stajic 6+4reb, B.Jovanovic 3+2reb
gschID: 148165


Konstantin - Jedinstvo NB 88-71

Not a big story in a game in Nis where 14th ranked Jedinstvo NB (6-17) was defeated by second ranked Konstantin (15-8) 88-71 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 54-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Konstantin dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Jedinstvo NB's 30. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Konstantin made 8 blocks. It was a great evening for Vladimir Djordjevic (-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Guard Milos Trailovic (198-81) helped adding 17 points and 8 rebounds. Konstantin's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Predrag Brankovic (185-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Srdjan Vokic scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Konstantin keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Jagodina. Jedinstvo NB lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Konstantin will face Beovuk 72 (#9) in Beograd in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jedinstvo NB will play at home against Vojvodina (#12) in Novi Sad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Konstantin: V.Djordjevic 18+7reb+4ast, M.Trailovic 17+8reb+3ast, N.Gudzic 12+10reb+5ast, V.Velickovic 12+2reb+7ast, V.Virijevic 10+1reb, M.Janjusevic 9+3reb
Jedinstvo NB: S.Vokic 15+8reb+1ast, P.Brankovic 13+11reb+4ast, V.Kirsanov 12+5reb, I.Jevdjenic 11+4reb+5ast, M.Stojisavljevic 9+1reb+1ast, S.Bogdanovic 8+1reb
gschID: 148166


Radnicki Stud. - Beovuk 72 84-97

Everything went according to plan in Kragujevac where ninth ranked Beovuk 72 (11-12) beat 13th ranked Radnicki Stud. (7-16) 97-84 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-84. Beovuk 72 dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Radnicki Stud.'s 46. Beovuk 72 forced 21 Radnicki Stud. turnovers and outrebounded them 39-25 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Radnicki Stud. was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Vojkan Krstic who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. Center Ivan Demcesen (215-91) helped adding 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Beovuk 72 players scored in double figures. Beovuk 72's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Milic Blagojevic (200-91) responded with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Filip Lalovic (190-86) scored 23 points and 4 steals. Beovuk 72 moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Napredak A. Radnicki Stud. lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Beovuk 72 will face league's second-placed Konstantin in Nis in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Radnicki Stud. will play on the road against the league's leader KK Jagodina (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Beovuk 72: M.Riboskic 19+2ast, I.Demcesen 18+7reb, V.Krstic 16+9reb, M.Dondur 16+5reb, M.Babic 8+5reb+1ast, I.Djukovic 6+3reb
Radnicki Stud.: M.Blagojevic 23+7reb+5ast, F.Lalovic 23+4reb+2ast, N.Knezevic 13+4reb, O.Nikolic 8+1reb, N.Tanasijevic 7+4ast, D.Savic 5+2reb
gschID: 148160


Radnicki OB - Jagodina 74-76

There was no surprise in Obrenovac where 6th ranked Radnicki OB (13-10) was edged by second ranked KK Jagodina (15-8) 76-74 on Monday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Radnicki OB won third quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Radnicki OB outrebounded KK Jagodina 36-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Radnicki OB was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Vuksan Gagovic (202-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Nenad Djoric (184-78) helped adding 17 points. Goran Huskic responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Filip Simic (185-90, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11 points and 7 assists. Four Radnicki OB players scored in double figures. Radnicki OB's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Jagodina keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Konstantin. Radnicki OB at the other side keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. KK Jagodina will face Radnicki Stud. (#13) in Kragujevac in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Radnicki OB will play on the road against Napredak A. (#8) in Aleksinac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jagodina: N.Djoric 17+1reb+3ast, V.Gagovic 13+6reb+3ast, N.Filipovic 12+4reb+2ast, J.Bajic 9+1reb+7ast, V.Gajovic 8+2reb+1ast, N.Kostic 8+3reb
Radnicki OB: G.Huskic 19+12reb+5ast, D.Stojkanovic 12+5reb, F.Simic 11+4reb+7ast, D.Boricic 10+7reb+4ast, V.Radojcic 8+1ast, N.Karalic 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 148161


Sabac - Napredak A. 78-67

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Sabac (10-13) won against at home 8th ranked Napredak A. (11-12) 78-67 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Sabac. Napredak A. was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for forward Aleksandar Ivanovic (197-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points. Sekula Jovanovic helped adding 12 points and 11 rebounds. Nikola Stanojevic responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Dragoljub Sikman scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Napredak A.'s coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sabac moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Viva Basket. Napredak A. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Sabac will face higher ranked Mladost Zemun (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Sabac: A.Ivanovic 24+1reb+3ast, P.Koprivica 18+6reb, S.Jovanovic 12+11reb+3ast, P.Boljkovac 9+4reb+2ast, B.Tomasevic 8+4reb+2ast, A.Todorovic 6+5reb
Napredak A.: D.Sikman 14+5reb, R.Mojsilovic 13+2reb+2ast, N.Stanojevic 12+6reb+2ast, S.Raicevic 9+2reb+3ast, N.Barac 9+4reb+2ast, N.Raicevic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 148162



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Juan Carlos Navarro leads Barca to Euroleague Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Unics - FCB Regal 56-67 (0-3)

Regal Barca is the first team who booked a spot for the Euroleague Final Four. The reigning Spanish champ celebrated 56-67 victory in Kazan to eliminate Unics with perfect 3-0 in the series. Barca shined in the last ten minutes of this game to secure the victory. Juan Carlos Navarro top-scored for the guests with 21 points and he was their only player with double digits. Marcelinho Huertas had 9 points and Boniface Ndong added one less. In the loosing squad, Henry Domercant answered with 19 points. Terrell Lyday had 12 and their third scorer was Nathan Jawai with only 6 points (5 rebs). Quarters: 19-17, 15-11, 11-18, 11-21. A layup by Alksey Savrasenko made Unics tie the game, 50-50, with 8 minutes left but C.J. Wallace, Fran Vazquez and Chuck Eidson combined for all points in a 0-10 run that sealed the outcome, 50-60, sending Barcelona to the Final Four. It will start on May 11 in Istanbul. Barcelona made it to the Final Four for the 12th time in club history - third appearance in four years.

Unics: Henry Domercant 19, Terrell Lyday 12, Nathan Jawai 6
Regal Barca: Juan Carlos Navarro 21, Marcelinho Huertas 9, Boniface Ndong 8



EuroCup: Valencia ease past Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Buducnost 85:63

Valencia registered a cruising win over Buducnost and advanced into EuroCup Final Four. The Montenegrin champions entered the game having a 4-point cushion after a home game. But Valencia did not notice the deficit. The Spaniards celebrated a comfortable 22-point win to reach the next stage. Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) paced well-balanced effort with 13 points.
Valencia stunned their opponents in the opening quarter. The hosts went on a 28:11 run to establish a comfortable buffer. Buducnost managed to slow down the home team in the second term. The Montenegrin team cut the distance to 16 points at the interval 28:44. But Valencia shifted the gear right after the big break. The hosts unloaded 28 points in the third term to enter the final quarter up by as many as 30 points 72:42. Buducnost outscored the home team in the final frame but just sweetened the pill at the end. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt), Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) and Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Maryland) accounted for 11 points each for the winners. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points for Buducnost. Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) had 13 points in the loss.

Valencia: Victor Claver 13, Andrew James Ogilvy 11, Vitor Faverani 11, Niklas Caner-Medley 11
Buducnost: Bojan Dubljevic 17, Jermaine Anderson 13



Sergi Vidal is Player of the Month (March) - by Eurobasket News

Sergi Vidal (198-F/G-81) grabbed Player of the Month award in Spanish Liga Endesa. The experienced swingman of Lagun Aro GBC averaged valuation 21. He played five games in March. In the first one Vidal collected 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists against Estudiantes. After that, he had 13 points, 7 rebs and 3 assists against Unicaja. Lagun Aro won both games. On March 11, Sergi Vidal scored 8 points against Caja Laboral and seven days later he added 15 points, plus 8 boards against Alicante. Lagun Aro faced with defeats in these two meetings. Last weekend Sergi Vidal shined with 20 points and 5 rebounds against Real Madrid. It was a 98-90 victory for his team. Lagun Aro GBC currently has 15-11 record in the league sharing the fourth place with Valencia.


Velimir Perasovic is Coach of the Month in Liga Endesa - by Eurobasket News

Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances) is named Coach of the Month in Spanish Liga Endesa. The Croatian specialist led his team Valencia to four wins in five games during the March. The same records also had Dusko Ivanovic (Caja Laboral) and Sito Alonso (Lagun Aro GBC), but Valencia had better point difference and this award belongs to Perasovic. Velimir Perasovic took over Valencia in January this year. After great results in March, Valencia currently shares the fourth place with Lagun Aro GBC. They have 15-11 record. Perasovic worked last season with Efes Pilsen. Before that, he spent two years with Cibona VIP Zagreb and won two Croatian league titles with them. Cibona also was Croatian Cup winner in 2009. In the past, Perasovic worked with Estudiantes, Tau Ceramica and Caja San Fernando.


Alvaro Lombera claims Spanish EBA weekly honour - by Mariano Galindo

Alvaro Lombera (201-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for CD Estela and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com EBA Player of the Week award for round 25. The 27-year old player signed a double-double with 22 points and 20 boards for 36 index rating while his team defeated Universidad de Valladolid in the Group A-A. Estela will be in the play offs of Group A that start after Easter. The best three teams of this play offs will take part in the main play offs on the road to LEB Plata.


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Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 Evaldas ZABAS
  Jamtland
  (188-PG-88)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Zabas, Jamtland21.9 
 2. Relphorde, LF Ba.19.6 
 3. Krayem, Boras19.0 
 4. Flowers, Solna19.0 
 5. Sigurdarson, Sunds.19.0 
 6. Smith, Sodertalje18.7 
 7. Palm, Boras17.7 
 8. McKnight, Boras16.9 
 9. Watt, Eco Orebro16.6 
 10. Jeansson, Uppsala16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Palm, Boras10.4 
 2. Johnson, Uppsala10.2 
 3. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.1 
 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. Safford, LF Bask.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (184-G-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.9 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.4 
 3. Krayem, Boras6.2 
 4. Carter, Uppsala5.8 
 5. Ermolinskij, Sunds.5.1 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje4.7 
 7. Zabas, Jamtland4.6 
 8. Beck, Solna4.6 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkopi.4.0 
 10. Tyndale, Sundsvall3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Smith, Sodertalje2.8 
 2. Flowers, Solna2.8 
 3. Carter, Uppsala2.5 
 4. Mbemba, LF Basket2.3 
 5. Tyndale, Sundsvall2.2 
 6. Krayem, Boras2.0 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkopi.1.9 
 8. Ermolinskij, Sunds.1.9 
 9. Ramsey, LF Basket1.9 
 10. Johnson, Sundsva.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Simms, Sodertalje1.6 
 2. Johnson, Uppsala1.6 
 3. Ramsey, LF Basket1.5 
 4. Gregory, Sundsvall1.5 
 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 


Basketligan: Kings take first Semifinals ticket - by Eurobasket News

Sodertalje - Solna 83-76 (3-0)

Sodertalje Kings are the first team who booked a spot for Basketligan Semifinals this season. The Kings handed 83-76 loss to Solna Vikings last night winning the Quarterfinals series with perfect 3-0. They now wait for the winner of Sundsvall - LF Basket series. The Vikings are out of the competition. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-16. But Solna Vikings won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Solna Vikings helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for center Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, agency: JEMsports, college: Cumberland) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Johnell Smith (185-PG-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: New Orleans) with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Swingman Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, college: Winona St.) with 23 points and 9 rebounds and forward William Walker (201-F-87, college: Bethel, IN) added 24 points in the effort for Solna Vikings.

Sodertalje: K.Simms 25+10reb+1ast, M.Griskenas 22+6reb+1ast, J.Smith 13+11reb+9ast, M.Joseph 9+6reb, A.Chuk 8+2reb+3ast, D.Pita 6+2reb+3ast
Solna: W.Walker 24+3reb+3ast, J.Flowers 23+9reb+3ast, L.Gunnarsson 7+8reb+2ast, L.Myrthil 7+4reb+1ast, K.Doychinov 7+1reb, W.Beck 6+3reb+4ast



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Standings - LNA

LNA Standings
 1. Lugano Tigers 20-4 
 2. Monthey 19-5 
 3. Geneve Lions 18-6 
 4. Fribourg 17-7 
 5. SAV Vacallo 13-11 
 6. Starwings 9-15 
 7. Boncourt 7-17 
 8. SAM Massagno 3-21 
 9. BBC Nyon 2-22 


Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Mohammed ABUKAR
  Lugano T.
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Abukar, Lugano T.20.2 
 2. Burrows, Starwings18.0 
 3. Barnette, Geneve17.9 
 4. Jenkins, Starwings17.7 
 5. Calasan, Boncourt17.5 
 6. Jones, SAM M.17.3 
 7. Smith, Monthey17.1 
 8. Yates, Fribourg16.6 
 9. Gibson, SAV Vacallo15.6 
 10. Mladjan, Lugano T.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.9.7 
 2. Calasan, Boncourt9.3 
 3. Knutson, BBC Nyon8.3 
 4. Bing, Geneve Lions8.2 
 5. Burrows, Starwings8.2 
 6. Sloan, SAV Vacallo7.7 
 7. Esterkamp, Fribo.7.6 
 8. Barnette, Geneve7.5 
 9. Molteni, SAM M.7.5 
 10. Jones, SAM M.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.1 
 2. Brown, Lugano T.5.6 
 3. Jenkins, Starwings5.5 
 4. Draughan, Lugano4.9 
 5. Petkovic, Starw.4.8 
 6. Boylan, Monthey4.1 
 7. Bobetso, BBC Nyon4.0 
 8. Petkovic, Fribourg3.9 
 9. Buscaglia, Geneve3.9 
 10. Brown, Geneve L.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Miroslav PETKOVIC
  Starw.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Petkovic, Starw.3.1 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.7 
 3. Boylan, Monthey2.6 
 4. Jones, SAM M.2.3 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings2.2 
 6. Smith, Monthey2.0 
 7. Sloan, SAV Vacallo1.9 
 8. Louissaint, Month.1.9 
 9. Stockalper, Lugano1.9 
 10. N''Diaye, Boncourt1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Babacar TOURE
  Geneve Lions
  (205-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Toure, Geneve Lio.2.4 
 2. Knutson, BBC Nyon1.7 
 3. Molteni, SAM M.1.2 
 4. Matter, Starwings1.2 
 5. Dubas, Monthey1.0 
 6. Albrecht, Starw.0.9 
 7. Barnette, Geneve0.9 
 8. Burrows, Starwings0.8 
 9. Bing, Geneve Lions0.8 
 10. Aw, Geneve Lions0.7 


LNA Round 27: Top-ranked Lugano Tigers win another game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LNA just ended.

LNA top team - Lugano Tigers (20-4) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked BBC Nyon (2-22) 108-60. The game without a history. Lugano Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Lugano Tigers outrebounded BBC Nyon 45-28 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American-British point guard Rod Brown (186-78, college: W.Michigan, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 4 assists. American swingman Edwin Draughan (196-82, college: Yale) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Kramer Knutson (205-89, college: Portland) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for BBC Nyon. BBC Nyon's coach Rodrigue M'Baye gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-4 record. BBC Nyon lost eighteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 27: SAM Massagno was beaten by Monthey on the road 79-74. Fribourg won against SAV Vacallo on its own court 65-55. Boncourt was outscored by Geneve Lions in a road game 92-68.
The most impressive performance of 27th round was 26 points and 16 rebounds by Travele Jones of SAM Massagno.


Monthey - SAM Massagno 79-74

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Monthey (19-5) beat at home 8th ranked SAM Massagno (3-21) 79-74 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But SAM Massagno won third quarter 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Monthey dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to SAM Massagno's 28. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for swingman Ian Boylan (197-83, college: CS Northridge) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 assists and 4 steals. point guard Terry Smith (185-86, college: Mercyhurst) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Monthey players scored in double figures. Monthey's coach Petar Aleksic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Travele Jones (203-88, college: Texas Southern) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds and forward Chris Kaba (203-88, college: N.Colorado) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for SAM Massagno. Monthey have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-5 record behind leader Lugano Tigers. SAM Massagno lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Monthey: T.Smith 16+5reb+3ast, I.Boylan 12+4reb+10ast, S.Finn 11+3reb, K.Parker 11+1reb+6ast, J.Dubas 10+12reb+2ast, S.Louissaint 9+3reb+1ast
SAM Massagno: T.Jones 26+16reb+3ast, C.Kaba 20+5reb+1ast, D.Mitrovic 11+6reb, T.Murati 7+1reb+4ast, S.Smiljanic 6+3ast, N.Stevanovic 2+3reb+1ast
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BBC Nyon - Lugano Tigers 60-108

LNA top team - Lugano Tigers (20-4) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed ninth ranked BBC Nyon (2-22) 108-60. The game without a history. Lugano Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Lugano Tigers outrebounded BBC Nyon 45-28 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American-British point guard Rod Brown (186-78, college: W.Michigan, agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 4 assists. American swingman Edwin Draughan (196-82, college: Yale) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Lugano Tigers players scored in double figures. American power forward Kramer Knutson (205-89, college: Portland) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Xavier Paredes (203-83) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for BBC Nyon. BBC Nyon's coach Rodrigue M'Baye gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-4 record. BBC Nyon lost eighteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games.
Top scorers:
Lugano Tigers: R.Brown 24+4reb+4ast, E.Draughan 21+7reb+3ast, D.Mladjan 21+4reb+2ast, M.Mladjan 19+6reb+1ast, Z.Rakocevic 9+6reb, D.Stockalper 6+6reb+1ast
BBC Nyon: X.Paredes 16+7reb+1ast, K.Knutson 14+8reb+3ast, R.McAllister 9+6reb+1ast, N.Connolly 6+2reb+4ast, R.Dermody 4, J.Meylan 3+2reb
gschID: 168787


Fribourg - SAV Vacallo 65-55

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked SAV Vacallo's (13-11) road loss to fourth ranked Fribourg (17-7) 55-65 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Fribourg. SAV Vacallo managed to win second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded SAV Vacallo 44-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for American forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) who led his team to a victory with 11 points and 9 rebounds. American-Jamaican forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Rokas Uzas (202-88) added 7 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for SAV Vacallo. Fribourg maintains fourth place with 17-7 record. SAV Vacallo at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Fribourg: R.Yates 15+4reb+1ast, B.Polyblank 12+4reb+3ast, D.Esterkamp 11+9reb+2ast, O.Vogt 9+7reb, K.Thomas 7+5reb+1ast, J.Kazadi 7+7reb
SAV Vacallo: R.Gibson 22+8reb+3ast, M.Schneiderman 8+5reb+1ast, F.Ramseier 7+2reb+2ast, R.Uzas 7+5reb+2ast, P.Badji 6+6reb, M.Sloan 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 168784


Geneve Lions - Boncourt 92-68

Rather predictable result when third ranked Geneve Lions (18-6) rolled over at home 7th ranked Boncourt (7-17) 92-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Geneve Lions. Boncourt managed to win fourth quarter 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Boncourt 40-26 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Geneve Lions especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). Naturalized Senegalese forward Jules Aw (200-86) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Geneve Lions' coach Nebojsa Lazarevic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard John Sharper (186-84, college: San Diego St.) answered with 26 points and Serbian-Bosnian center Nemanja Calasan (203-85, college: Purdue) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Boncourt. Five Geneve Lions and four Boncourt players scored in double figures. Geneve Lions have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 18-6 record having just two points less than leader Lugano Tigers. Boncourt at the other side keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Geneve Lions: C.Dunn 18+3reb+5ast, J.Aw 15+9reb+1ast, M.Maruotto 13+3reb+3ast, T.Brown 13+4reb+2ast, S.Barnette 13+6reb+1ast, B.Toure 12+6reb+1ast
Boncourt: J.Sharper 26+1reb+2ast, N.Calasan 13+9reb+2ast, L.Roberson 11+3reb+2ast, I.N'Diaye 10+2reb+1ast, A.Herrmann 4+3ast, C.Boesch 2
gschID: 168785



Tarick Johnson joins Fribourg - by Luca Maffioli

Benetton Fribourg Olympic signed 30-year old guard Tarick Johnson (192-G/F-81, college: Campbell). The British guard will replace the injured player Jermaine Forbes. Johnson started this season in Greece at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean, then moved to Cytavision Apoel Nicosia. In Greece he had 6.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 14 games. Graduated in Campbell, he played also in Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, Landstede Zwolle, London United, C.B. L'Hospitalet, Gijon, C.B. Tarragona 2016 and InterCollege Etha Engomis.


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Standings

UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Cincinnati S. 15-1 
 2. S.Ohio K. 11-3 
 3. Buckeye B. 5-6 
 4. SE Hoopstars 5-7 
 5. Midwest M. 5-8 
 6. Cleveland R. 2-9 
 7. Ohio R. 1-10 
 8. Louisville S. 0-11 
Southern
 1. GIE Morrow D. 16-1 
 2. Tennessee D. 12-4 
 3. Atlanta A. 11-3 
 4. Georgia L. 10-4 
 5. S.Generals 9-4 
Western
 1. Houston E. 10-5 
 2. C.Texas C. 10-6 
 3. Cleveland H. 9-7 
 4. Austin K. 8-6 
 5. DFW Warriors 0-14 
D-League
 1. Queen City G. 1-10 
 2. Nashville M. 1-14 
Traveling Teams
 1. Ohio H.G. 5-0 
 2. Dallas Stars 3-6 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 31

Mar. 25: Cincinnati S. - Louisville S. 99-86
Mar. 25: C.Texas C. - Cleveland H. 91-79
Mar. 25: S.Generals - Dallas Stars 88-82
Mar. 25: SE Hoopstars - Ohio R. 85-79
Mar. 25: Midwest M. - Buckeye B. 84-82
Mar. 25: Houston E. - DFW Warriors 100-89

Regular Season: Round 32

Mar. 31: Louisville S. - S.Ohio K.
Mar. 31: Cincinnati S. - Ohio R.


Slam add Steve Horton to roster - by Travis McAvene

The Cincinnati Slam have recently added Steve Horton (5'10''-G-86) to their talented roster for the remainder of the season.

Horton played his college basketball at Ball State University and Benedict College in South Carolina.

'Steve is a very talented point guard who can control the pace of the game with his quickness, said Coach Travis McAvene .' Steve is great in the open floor and will make his teammates better, added McAvene.



Sunday's games review: Holt haunts Havok with a 40 point night: 91-79 - by David Walls


Texas Cyclones. - Cleveland H. 91-79
Jamarkus Holt (6'9''-F, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Delta St.) had 40 points and 13 rebounds and the Texas Cyclones shook off the weariness from their four-overtime loss 24 hours earlier to beat the Cleveland Havok 91-79 on Sunday night. Kris Richard (6'5''-G-89, college: Tulane) added 14 points and eight assists as the Cyclones won for the seventh time in eight games and kept a hold on one of the last playoff spots in the Western Conference. Sam Brown (6'4''-G-87, college: Harding) led the Havok with 24 points. Timir Patel added 14 points and 10 rebounds against his former teammates on 7 of 14 shooting. 'Jamarkus really came into his own last night', said Ware. We need him to continue this play if we have any chance of making the post season.

The 8th and final spot in the UBA playoffs rest on the shoulders of the Cleveland Havok and the Texas Cyclones. The winning this weekend will own the 8th and final spot and will look to play either the Cincinnati Slam or the GIE Morrow Disciples.

Houston E. - DFW Warrior. 100-89
Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86, college: Oklahoma) tied a season high with 30 points, Anthony Allison (6'7''-F-86, college: Texas Coll.) added 22 and the Houston Express shot 50 percent Sunday night to beat the DFW Warriors 100-89. DFW, playing its third game in four nights as part of a seven-game road swing, The Warriors are holding the worst record in the UBA and look to fall into the UBA d-League next fall.

The Express on the other hand lock down a playoffs spot and the Western Conference championship with a win Sunday night. Most of the Express success is due to the fine play of Brayon Brown.

Brown missed the All-Star game this season averaging just 12.3ppg and 3.0apg. After the break he has returned to his 2011 form averaging over 24.5ppg and 8.3rpg. Brown makes a strong case in the West for the honors of Western Conference Player of the Year. Other candidates are Knights Delvin Franklin (6'2''-G, college: Florida Gulf Coast) and Havoks' Sam Brown. It should be a interesting weekend coming.



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Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 26-6 
 2. BC Donetsk 25-8 
 3. Azovmash 23-12 
 4. Ferro-ZNTU