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  ACPBL   



Manhattan Pride well-represented in All-Star festivities - by Mike Lee

The ACPBL All-Star game will be hosted by the Bay Area Shuckers on April 1st in Severn, Maryland. The festivities will begin at 1:30 and will feature the iBallMag.com Three-Point and Slam Dunk Competitions in addition to the All-Star game. Some of the best players from the Manhattan Pride will be featured in the All-Star festivities.


In the Three-Point Competition, the Pride will be represented by guard William Modeste (6'1''-G-81, college: Polytechnic). Representing the Pride in the Slam Dunk Competition will be forward Sharel Joseph. The Manhattan Pride will have three players featured in the All-Star Game, led by forward Kareem Corprew (6'6''-F-88). Corprew leads the team in scoring and has had multiple 30-point games this season. Also representing the Pride on the North All-Star team will be guard Rell Watson (6'3''-G/F-85) and forward Kareem Bernard. Watson is a combo guard whose solid all-around play has been key for the Pride this season. Bernard has been a solid addition to the Pride as a capable scorer and rebounder for the team.

The Slam Dunk and 3-Point Competitions will be announced by WBALTV Sports Reporter Pete Gilbert, while the All-Star game will be announced by WNAV Radios Wiley Baker. The All-Star game will tipoff at 3:10 and will feature the best that the ACPBL has to offer.



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - SBL

SBL Standings
 1. Wanneroo W. 4-0
 2. Lakeside L. 3-0
 3. Perth R. 3-1
 4. Mandurah M. 2-1
 5. Perry Lakes H. 2-1
 6. Geraldton B. 2-1
 7. Willetton T. 1-1
 8. Stirling S. 1-2
 9. Cockburn C. 1-2
 10. Goldfield G. 1-2
 11. SW Slammers 0-2
 12. East Perth E. 0-3
 13. Kalamunda E.S. 0-3
 14. Rockingham F. 0-3

Regular Season: Round 3

Mar. 30: Stirling S. - East Perth E.
Mar. 30: Willetton T. - Perry Lakes H.
Mar. 31: Geraldton B. - Lakeside L.
Mar. 31: Goldfield G. - Kalamunda E.S.
Mar. 31: Perth R. - Mandurah M.
Mar. 31: SW Slammers - Stirling S.
Mar. 31: Wanneroo W. - Willetton T.
Mar. 31: Cockburn C. - Rockingham F.


Robbins won't hold back in 200th - by Eurobasket News

Perth Wildcats co-captain Brad Robbins (186-PG-85) will play his 200th NBL game in Sunday's best-of-three semi-final series opener against Gold Coast at Challenge Stadium.

The tenacious guard has endured the highs and lows of professional basketball since making his debut with the now-defunct Victoria Giants in 2003, but has set his sights on the highest of highs this season.

'I think the first few years you're in the league, you're just happy to be there,' Robbins said.

'Now that I'm in the second half of my career, it's become more about the team and more about winning the ultimate goal - the championship.

'I couldn't have picked a better game to get pumped up for really. It's a pretty great achievement and I'm very proud.'

Robbins could be edging towards 300 games by now, but had a year away from the sport and missed nearly another full season through injury.

He saw the Giants fold at the end of the 2003-04 season and played just three games in 2008-09 due to a knee injury.

But since Robbins arrived in Perth in 2006, he has forged an identity as one of the NBL's toughest competitors and now forms part of the most feared three-pronged back-court in the league.

Robbins said Gold Coast guards Adris Deleon and Adam Gibson could expect the same sort of attention they always get from him, defensive warrior Damian Martin and league MVP Kevin Lisch.

'It's a semi-final and my 200th game, I'm not going to hold back,' Robbins said.

'We've got a brand of basketball that we play and we're going to play that. We're not going to change our game style.'

The rivalry with Gold Coast remains strong following several heated exchanges, upset wins and finals encounters between the two sides over the past few seasons.

Courtesy of http://au.news.yahoo.com



NBL crowds rise again - by Eurobasket News

As the National Basketball League prepares to tip-off the 2012 iiNet NBL Championship Finals Series this Friday night, the league has announced that the average NBL attendance at games has grown for the third straight season in a row.

Following the completion of the last of the NBLs 126 regular season games last weekend, the average crowd at NBL matches rose by 3% over the 2010/11 campaign. The average attendance at an NBL fixture this season was 4,168 people, compared to an average of 4,031 last season.

Over the past three seasons the average NBL crowd has grown each year, with a total growth of 20% in crowds across the league since the 2009/10 season. This year there were almost 20,000 more fans at iiNet NBL Championship games than there were last year, with total regular season attendance growing from 507,848 to 525,143.

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Larry Sengstock said the leagues growth showed a continuing positive trend for the NBL and basketball.

Its gratifying to see that the hard work that the league and the NBL clubs have put in is continuing to translate into tangible growth for our sport, said Sengstock. We have now seen our NBL attendance figures increase for three straight seasons, which means were attracting thousands more fans to our sport.

When you couple that with the 11.6 per cent rise in attendances in the WNBL this season, it provides the strongest indication yet that basketball is a healthy sport that is thriving, Sengstock added. Were also seeing significant growth in the on-line sphere as well, with traffic to nbl.com.au and our club sites up from one million unique visitors in 2009/10 to being on track to hit the 2 million mark by the end of the financial year.

We still have a great deal of hard work ahead of us but we are making steps in the right direction, and not just baby steps anymore. We have genuine cause to feel optimistic about the future of our sport.

The New Zealand Breakers led the NBL in attendance growth this season, with a massive 40% increase in average game attendance on the back of their move of some games to the larger Vector Arena. Whilst the Melbourne Tigers wont be part of the playoff action, they did still experience a 5% increase in crowds this season. Cairns and Perth also increased their attendance by 3% this season while Adelaide were up 1%.

The 2012 iiNet NBL Championship Finals Series tips-off this Friday when the New Zealand Breakers host the Townsville Crocodiles at Vector Arena. The initial release of tickets for the game sold out in approximately two hours, causing the club to do a second release of additional seats which is also expected to sell-out shortly. The game is already guaranteed of setting a new record crowd not only for a Breakers home game, but for any basketball match in New Zealand.

Courtesy of NBL



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  AUSTRIA   


Roy Booker leaves UBC St. Poelten to play in Israel - by Stefan Prager

The UBC St. Poelten announced that guard Roy Booker (191-G/F-84, college: SE Missouri St.) has left to play for Hapoel Hafula in Israel. Bookers season in Austria was limited to just to just 10 games due to several reasons. One of them was a finger injury which sidelined him for a few weeks. With Booker in the lineup St. Poelten celebrated it's first win of the season, another game he put on a show scoring 49 points in a loss to the Fuerstenfeld Panthers. In his 10 appearances Booker had averages of 23.4 ppg along with 2 assists and 4 rebounds per game.



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  BAHAMAS   

Standings

NPBA Standings
 1. A1 Collegians 0-0
 2. Atlantic Medical P. 0-0
 3. Coke E. 0-0
 4. Crime Stoppers 0-0
 5. Cruisers 0-0
 6. Giants 0-0
 7. Hatchet Bay B. 0-0
 8. Juice Cleaners 0-0
 9. OTW Sharks 0-0
 10. Ruff Ryders 0-0
 11. Shockers 0-0


Klay Thompson looking impressive as starter - by Eurobasket

Last Wednesday, the Golden State Warriors ended a four-game losing streak since the departure of shooting guard Monta Ellis (192-G-85). At first, with Bahamas-grew-up Klay Thompson (198-G-90, college: Washington St.) moved into the two-guard starting slot by Coach Mark Jackson , there was no great excitement. This was the case because the Warriors were losing.
They lost that first game without Ellis to the Boston Celtics. Then, followed, were defeats to the Milwaukee Bucks, the Utah Jazz, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rather quietly however, Thompson was showing good signs.
Against the Celtics, he was 9-for-16 and ended up with 26 points, including three three-pointers and four assists. He shot 6-for-17 for 19 points in the Milwaukee game, again with three from long range and four assists. At Utah, he pumped in 17 points on 6-for-16 shooting with two three-pointers, two assists and three steals. It was another 17-point total put up when the Warriors played Minnesota. Three shots went in from downtown.
Then, last Wednesday against the New Orleans Hornets, the Warriors won on a night that could turn out to be the beginning of a new era for the Warriors with Thompson as a pivotal figure. He had a season-high 27 points on 11-for-24 shooting. He had five rebounds and five assists. From downtown, he burned the nets four times. He is the best of the rookies from three-point land, putting them in at a .443 clip. That's solid.
The second son of former NBA standout with the Portland Trailblazers, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers, Mychal Thompson, Klay has the tools for a good future in the game at the highest level. What did Coach Jackson say?
'He (Thompson) is a heck of a player and he is going to be that for a long time. We love and respect Monta Ellis. Part of the reason that made the trade easier is because we had a guy who was ready to play and perform.'
One never knows. Klay's career might not come close to that of his father who was drafted first in 1978, made the NBA All-Rookie team, then closed out his NBA tenure with two championship rings as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. One thing is certain though, the son has more moves than the father had.
On one occasion against the Hornets, he stunned the opposing players and many watching with a baseline move for a dunk that Mychal could never make. There is no doubt that the physical skills are there. What he has to do now is combine good decisions on the court with his athleticism.
Guess what?He could make a push for the big rookie award. With almost 20 games left in the season, if he could end up leading in the three-point category, average 20-plus down the stretch, about three assists, key rebounds, a few steals and the Warriors finish at .500 or better, Klay might be anointed NBA Rookie of the Year.
Bahamians are watching and pulling for young Thompson. His grandfather, Dewitt, calls often to chat about Klay. Sports buff Bryan Wright is taken with the Warriors'Bahamian connection. Klay Thompson is for sure, one of those'feel good'stories. They are getting excited in Oakland, California, the home base of the Warriors.


Courtesy of Nassau Guardian



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Hapoel Tel Aviv advances to Semifinals (Final 4) - by Eurobasket News

Game 3: Hapoel T-A - Rilski Sportist 78-60 (2-1)

Hapoel Tel Aviv advanced to Balkan league Semifinals (Final 4). The Israeli squad handed 78-60 loss to Rilski Sportist tonight and it was crucial Game Three of the QFinals. It means that Hapoel won the series with 2-1 and will meet Galil Gilboa at the next stage. Rilski said goodbye to 2011/12 BIBL edition. Hapoel dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Rilski Sportist's 26. Hapoel also forced 19 Rilski Sportist turnovers. It was a great evening for American Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Matan Naor (195-80) helped adding 18 points and 7 rebounds. Hapoel's coach used an eleven-player rotation. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 16 points and 4 assists and Serbian center Sasa Mijajlovic (211-80, college: Hutchinson CC) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Hapoel Tel Aviv was the second ranked team of Group B with 8-2 record. As mentioned above, it will be Israeli derby in the Semifinals Hapoel - Galil Gilboa.

Hapoel T-A: C.Kelly 20+9reb+3ast, M.Naor 18+7reb+3ast, G.Eytan 11+2reb+5ast, C.Carr 9+5reb, D.Stitt 7+5reb+1ast, A.Zelkovits 7+5reb+1ast
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 16+3reb+4ast, M.Marinov 13+3reb+1ast, S.Mijajlovic 12+8reb+1ast, F.Vukosavljevic 6+2reb+2ast, A.Bilobrk 5+4reb+2ast, A.Velikov 3+2reb+1ast



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  BELGIUM   


Div 2 News - by Peter Buyse

Quite a bit of news from Div 2. New D2 team Optima Gent has announced it's coaching staff for the upcoming season. In as coach is Kris De Pauw who has already coached D1 in Gent before as well as Leuven. He also has extensive expertise in D2 while coaching Damme and Waregem. Back in Gent as sports director is Eric Rogiers after an absence of 2 years. Stay on with the coaching staff are Carl Verstraeten and Koen Eerdekens.

Some more transfer news from kangoeroes Boom who added former D1 player Wim Dobbelaere (198-F-85) to their roster. Dobbelaere just led his team Haantjes Oudenaarde to the D3 title.
Boom has also announced the extenseions of Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) , Mathias Van Steenwinkel (192-F-94) and Sebastien Vermeulen (207-F/C-81).

Former Belgian Legend Eric Struelens is headed to Basics Melsele to be their new head-coach.



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  BOSNIA   


Round Two review - by Eurobasket News

Bosnian League Six continued on Tuesday and Wednesday. Three games were played as a part of Round Two.
As already reported by Chris Mathieu, Igokea blasted Bosna ASA BHT 87-64 keeping the perfect record after two games in the league. Milan Dozet (204-SF-79) top-scored for the hosts with 21 points. Bosna (0-2) got 15 points from Sindis Demic (192-SF-83) and also from Dino Hodzic (190-PG-90).
Mladost was better than Varda 67-55 celebrating the first win in League Six. At the same time, it was the first loss to Varda so both teams have 1-1 record now. Petar Ivanic (193-G-85) led the hosts in scoring with 17 points (5 assists), while Samir Leric (205-F/C-74) also was great adding 16 points and 14 rebs. In defeat, Miroslav Markovic (201-F-75, agency: BeoExcell) had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
The reigning champion Siroki WWin grabbed 64-67 road win against Capljina mostly owing to Coleman Collins (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Virginia Tech), who nailed 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) had 18 pts and 9 rebs for the hosts. Siroki 2-0, Capljina 0-2.
Round Three is scheduled for the next weekend.



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  BRAZIL   


Rio Claro sign James Parker, Ralfi and Paulao - by Paulo Freire

The ACBD Rio Claro Basketball team have agreed with three new players to join their roster.
The american James Parker (188-G-81, college: Robert Morris) who played in Assis and Sorocaba is back in the country after a quick season in Venezuela.
The managers also found their big mans on Paulao Rossito (201-C-84) and Ralfi Ansaloni (211-C-87)
Paulao was playing in Chile, before sign with ACBD Rio Claro he almost found himself a deal in the Lajeado team.
Ralfi Ansaloni was playing in Sorocaba, but was having just a couple of minutes in the NBB league.





America sign Damiao Rodrigues and resign Nilo - by Paulo Freire

The America/Unirp/Rodobens/Smel/Abzil team of the Sao Jose do Rio Preto city has add two player for this season.
The big man Damiao Rodrigues (222-C-84), a very tall player that can help on the defense.
Guard Nilo Rodrigues (198-F/C-83) also resign his contract with the team.
Nilo is a score player that can shoot the ball and also likes to penetrate on the paint
Last night the America/Unirp/Rodobens/Smel/Abzil has their debout on the Paulista State Championship against the America/Unirp/Rodobens/Smel/Abzilna Basketball, the Sao Jose do Rio Preto team came up with a very large victory by 100 x 49.
Lets see what head coach Daniel Wattfy will do with his new team.



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  CANADA   


Lightning showcase for league - by Eurobasket News

The black and gold confetti had barely finished fluttering from the John Labatt Centre roof and the men who put together the London Lightning championship basketball team had already begun planning for next year.

It started even before the final National Basketball League of Canada game, won by the Lightning to give them the inaugural NBL title.

Taylor Brown, the team's general manager, was looking around the JLC and planning configuration of seats for next year. Some changes will remove seats behind the press table, adding some along the baseline and elevating the back row seats behind the baskets.

That's just a start.

No one knows what the future holds for the NBL. It should expand but will some teams move? Will it be strong enough to survive and grow?

The Lightning can't do anything about the rest of the league. They can only worry about how they handle their own affairs.

What does the first-year success mean for this team?

There is no question what the future holds for the Lightning. It has become the showpiece franchise of the league. It appears to have conquered the first few steps in being successful on a long-term basis. It was successful on the court and it has managed to defeat one of the biggest foes of any new venture . . . anonymity. The Lightning are now known in the community.

Despite the city's rather overinflated ego when it comes to thinking everyone knows London, Ontario, the majority of places basketball players come from have no idea where or what London is.

That has changed.

'I've had dozens of players . . . wanting a chance to play here,' Brown said.

And while teams can't contact players from other teams until May, when teams hand in their protected lists, there is no doubt that good players who aren't protected won't hesitate to come to London.

It isn't just the success on the court. Word of mouth is one of the best forms of advertising and from all reports, Lightning players were treated extremely well.

Expanding that influence will be key.

'We're going to have our own combine in London before next season,' Brown said. 'We'll have players who think they can play show up and try. We're also planning one in Michigan.'

The Lightning influence will reflect in ticket sales. Immediately after the championship win, dozens of fans were interested in becoming new season ticketholders. The increase in the figure of about 1,000 will be significant, perhaps even doubling.

Brown is already talking about better entertainment and an even better atmosphere. Lest we forget that even though the league is in its first year, three teams had been together for at least three years. The Lighting learned a great deal in one year and did remarkably well to establish a solid product on the floor.

Coach Micheal Ray Richardson said immediately after the final game that unless he was offered an NBA job as an assistant, he would be returning as coach in London.

The Lightning can protect five players from this year's squad.

Richardson will make that decision but if they want to return, the betting is Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC), Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield), Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas St.), Shamari Spears (6'6''-F-86, college: Charlotte) and Brandon Dean (6'2''-G-79, college: Arkansas) would be on that list.

Most of the Lightning players have now left London. DeAnthony Bowden, Smith and Freeman will head to the all-star game in Halifax. So far, Freeman is the only one scheduled to play again soon. He's headed to Indonesia to play in the playoffs for a team there.

The excitement of a fifth-game championship win has caused a ripple effect. The Lightning did a selling job on the community and their product was well worth the money. There is already great anticipation for next year.

When you put on a great show, everyone expects an even better encore.

Richardson said after the championship game that 'this isn't a one-shot deal. We aren't one and done.'

Rest assured, even though it's not five days since the Lightning finished their season, no one in the organization is sitting on his hands.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 3

Championship

Mar. 28: Jolly - Zabok 81-83
Mar. 27: KK Zagreb CO - KK Split 78-106
Mar. 27: Zadar - Svjetlost 71-50
Mar. 28: Cedevita - Cibona 69-76

Play-Out

Mar. 28: Dubrovnik - Darda 81-56
Mar. 28: Borik - Kvarner 2010 74-77
Mar. 28: Alkar Sinj - Krizevci 65-63

Second Stage: Round 4

Championship

Mar. 31: Cibona - Zabok
Mar. 31: KK Split - Jolly
Mar. 31: Svjetlost - KK Zagreb CO
Mar. 31: Cedevita - Zadar

Play-Out

Mar. 31: Krizevci - Dubrovnik
Mar. 31: Kvarner 2010 - Alkar Sinj
Mar. 31: Darda - Borik


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Mimica, KK Split20.4 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.6 
 3. Ross, Jolly18.2 
 4. Vrbanc, Zadar16.1 
 5. Stimac, Svjetlost15.3 
 6. Simovic, Kvarner15.1 
 7. Kruslin, Zabok14.4 
 8. Peraica, Darda14.3 
 9. Sobin, KK Split14.2 
 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. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.8 
 5. Sobin, KK Split6.8 
 6. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.6 
 7. Peraica, Darda6.4 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar6.0 
 9. Sarlija, Borik5.9 
 10. Mrva, Jolly5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci4.9 
 2. Ross, Jolly4.5 
 3. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.9 
 4. Subotic, KK Split3.7 
 5. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.4 
 6. Kruslin, Zabok2.8 
 7. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.8 
 8. Dosen, Dubrovnik2.8 
 9. Tomas, Zabok2.6 
 10. Sobin, KK Split2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ross, Jolly3.0 
 2. Kostomaj, Svjet.2.3 
 3. Bicvic, Darda1.9 
 4. Mimica, KK Split1.7 
 5. Zadnik, Zadar1.7 
 6. Krapic, Zadar1.6 
 7. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
 8. Tomas, Zabok1.5 
 9. Delas, Zadar1.5 
 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 Split0.6 
 8. Diminic, Dubrovnik0.5 
 9. Cakarun, Borik0.5 
 10. Babic, KK Split0.5 


Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Group Center
 1. Dubrava 17-5
 2. Kaptol 14-8
 3. Sanac Karl. 14-8
 4. Gorica 13-9
 5. Bosco 12-10
 6. Samobor 11-11
 7. Mladost Z. 11-11
 8. Sus.-Moslavina 11-11
 9. Hermes Anal. 10-12
 10. Rudes 9-13
 11. Zrinjevac 9-13
 12. Novska 1-21
Group East
 1. Osjecki Sokol 21-1
 2. Mladost C. 15-4
 3. Belisce 15-7
 4. Vinkovci 15-7
 5. Zupanja 12-9
 6. Virovitica 11-11
 7. Meteor D. 9-13
 8. Vukovar 8-14
 9. Vrijednosnice 6-13
 10. Klasije 5-14
 11. Olimp Inspekt 5-16
 12. Valpovo 4-17
Group North
 1. Medjimurje C. 22-0
 2. Vindija V. 16-6
 3. Podravac Virje 14-8
 4. Cakovec 13-8
 5. Petar Zrinski 13-9
 6. Mladost D. 12-10
 7. Ivancica 11-11
 8. Radnik 10-12
 9. Rudar-Cimper 9-13
 10. Bjelovar 6-15
 11. Koprivnica 5-17
 12. Graficar 0-22
Group South
 1. Policnik 15-3
 2. GKK Sibenik 12-6
 3. Jazine 11-7
 4. Metkovic 11-7
 5. Trogir 10-8
 6. Kastela 9-9
 7. Cetina 7-11
 8. Omis Galeb 7-11
 9. Solin 6-12
 10. DOSK 2-16
 11. Vostarnica 0-0
 12. Drazen Petrovic 0-0
Group West
 1. Crikvenica 20-2
 2. Kraljevica 19-3
 3. Skrljevo 18-4
 4. Stoja Pula 13-9
 5. Otocac 13-9
 6. Pula 1981 10-12
 7. Jadran 10-12
 8. Rovinj 8-14
 9. Zamet 8-14
 10. Ghia Staff 6-16
 11. Kastav 6-16
 12. Fazana 1-21



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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. White, Aalborg24.9 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.2 
 3. Henry, Naestved22.1 
 4. Alexander, Bakken21.1 
 5. Rutherford, SISU21.0 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj20.7 
 7. Bishop, Aalborg19.0 
 8. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.8 
 9. Sprinker, Vaerlose17.3 
 10. Delk, Vaerlose16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 D''Mario CURRY
  Aabyhoj
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Curry, Aabyhoj11.6 
 2. Bishop, Aalborg11.3 
 3. Glynn, Naestved10.5 
 4. St.John, Horsens10.0 
 5. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.6 
 6. Vinson, Svendborg8.6 
 7. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 8. Benjamin, Horsholm8.3 
 9. Ba, Falcon8.2 
 10. Johansen, Naestv.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Davor SATTLER
  Horsens IC
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Sattler, Horsens IC5.3 
 2. Henry, Naestved5.1 
 3. White, Aalborg4.9 
 4. Delk, Vaerlose4.6 
 5. Colman, Svendborg4.3 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon3.9 
 7. Fields, Falcon3.9 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.7 
 9. Nielsen, SISU3.6 
 10. Curry, Aabyhoj3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Henry, Naestved3.5 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.6 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.3 
 6. Sattler, Horsens IC2.1 
 7. Fields, Falcon2.1 
 8. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
 9. Alexander, Bakken1.8 
 10. Curry, Aabyhoj1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Horsholm
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Colas, Horsholm1.7 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.1.7 
 3. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
 4. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.6 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg1.6 
 6. Vinson, Svendborg1.4 
 7. Sprinker, Vaerlose1.2 
 8. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.1 
 9. Eleraky, Aalborg0.9 
 10. Delk, Vaerlose0.8 


Ligaen Semifinals: Naestved takes Game Two against Rabbits, series tied at 1-1 - by Eurobasket News

Game 2: Naestved - Svendborg 73-65 (1-1)

Naestved and Svendborg met last night in Game Two of the Ligaen Semifinals. The home squad celebrated 73-65 victory tying the score to 1-1 in the series. Svendborg won in the first game 74-70. The format is best-of-five and teams will meet again on Monday. Svendborg will be the host in Game Three. Naestved trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-65. Naestved outrebounded Svendborg 42-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: SF Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in 7 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) responded with 25 points and American forward Durell Vinson (201-85, college: Wagner) scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Four Svendborg players scored in double figures. Naestved ended regular season as No.3 with 17-10 record. Svendborg was No.2 with 23-4. They eliminated Horsholm and Vaerlose respectively.

Svendborg: A.Darboe 25+4reb+3ast, C.Colman 14+3reb, M.Kingsley 11+2reb, D.Vinson 10+7reb+2ast, M.Mariegaard 5+7ast, R.Christensen 0
Naestved: C.Henry 28+1reb, L.Hoirup 11, M.Hoirup 10+9reb, N.Brasas 9+5reb+1ast, J.Glynn 7+11reb+3ast, P.Johansen 5+9reb+5ast



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  D-LEAGUE   

Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Springfield A. 26-19 
 2. Canton C. 26-20 
 3. Dakota W. 26-20 
 4. Erie Bay H. 24-21 
 5. Iowa E. 24-21 
 6. Maine RC 18-29 
 7. Sioux Falls S. 14-32 
 8. Ft.Wayne MA 12-33 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 34-11 
 2. Austin T. 29-16 
 3. Bakersfield J. 26-18 
 4. Texas L. 24-22 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 22-24 
 6. Rio Grande VV 22-24 
 7. Reno B. 19-26 
 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: Erie Bay H. - Iowa E. 109-87
Mar. 27: Tulsa 66ers - Bakersfield J. 102-108
Mar. 27: Springfield A. - Maine RC 100-91

Regular Season: Round 69

Mar. 30: Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA
Mar. 30: Springfield A. - Sioux Falls S.
Mar. 30: Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers
Mar. 30: Austin T. - Canton C.
Mar. 30: Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D.
Mar. 30: Reno B. - Idaho S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Morris ALMOND
  Maine RC
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Almond, Maine RC23.9 
 2. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.5 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.9 
 5. Costner, Los A.20.9 
 6. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.6 
 7. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 8. Green, Los A.19.1 
 9. Smith, Springfield18.9 
 10. Efevberha, Iowa18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.6 
 2. Dawson, Austin T.10.4 
 3. Thomas, Los A.9.3 
 4. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 5. Foote, Springfield8.6 
 6. Williams, Texas L.8.5 
 7. Horner, Springfi.8.5 
 8. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.5 
 9. Goldcamp, Erie B.8.3 
 10. Milligan, Canton8.2 
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.8.8 
 4. Wise, Bakersfield6.3 
 5. Curry, Springfield6.2 
 6. Baker, Dakota W.6.0 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.5.9 
 8. Bailey, Idaho S.5.9 
 9. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 10. Brazelton, Erie B.5.8 
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. Smith, Springfield2.0 
 6. Blakely, Sioux F.2.0 
 7. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
 8. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 9. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 10. Bobbitt, Idaho S.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 2. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Thomas, Los A.2.1 
 6. Hill, Maine RC1.7 
 7. Dawson, Austin T.1.7 
 8. Benson, Sioux F.1.5 
 9. Blakely, Iowa E.1.5 
 10. Dove, Dakota W.1.5 


D-Fenders rout Bighorns 117-89 - by Eurobasket News

The Reno Bighorns entered Wednesday nights game with the first place Los Angeles D-Fenders as one of the leagues top offenses, but the D-Fenders proved that defense wins out.

Memphis Grizzlies assignee Josh Selby (6'2''-G-91, college: Kansas) scored 18 points and David Harrison (7'0''-C-82, college: Colorado) had season-highs in points (12) and rebounds (10) but the D-Fenders held the Bighorns to 36.6 percent shooting and won the game 117-89. The Bighorns suffered their second-lowest scoring output of the season, largely due to the D-Fenders defensive effort against the NBA D-Leagues leading scorer Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech), who was held to nine points on 3-of-15 shooting.

The Bighorns were held to 35 first half points as the D-Fenders built a 20 point lead entering the half. Jamario Moon (6'8''-F-80, college: Meridian CC) led the D-Fenders with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Christian Eyenga (6'7''-G-89), on assignment from the Los Angeles Lakers, had 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

Eric Devendorf had his second-straight game with a season-high of 18 points off the bench for the Bighorns. Will Blalock started at point guard for the Bighorns and posted seven points, eight assists and five rebounds.

The Bighorns return to Reno for the teams final two home games against the Idaho Stampede on March 30 at 7 p.m. and April 1 at 3 p.m. April 1 marks Fan Appreciation Day where every fan in attendance will receive a Reno Bighorns Fan Appreciation Day t-shirt.

Courtesy of www.kolotv.com



Wizards putting points on board, beat Legends 147-126 - by Eurobasket News

The Dakota Wizards developed some pretty good chemistry while their best player, Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Siena), was called up to the NBA a couple of weeks ago.

But with Ubiles is an element that makes them explosive.

With Ubiles back in the lineup, the Wizards looked scary good in their 147-126 victory over the Texas Legends on Wednesday.

Ubiles had 28 points on 11-for-14 shooting as the Wizards scored the most points of any D-League team this season and the second-highest total in the 17-year history of the franchise. They fell one bucket short of matching the 149 the team put up on Feb. 9, 1998, back in the old International Basketball Association.

One thing we did well tonight was be unselfish and share the basketball, Ubiles said. We ran and shared it in transition, shared it in half-court, executed our plays. Thats how we were able to put up so many points.

Some players coming back to the D-League after an NBA stint let their disappointment show in their play. After his 10-day stay with the Washington Wizards, Ubiles took the other approach.

That NBA call-up served as good motivation for him, Wizards coach Nate Bjorkgren said. What it also did was it gave him an opportunity to go through individual workouts. ... Hes probably feeling motivated and fresh.

And determined to get back.

The experience, the exposure, to get to be around those guys and see what its like to play at that level it meant a lot to me, Ubiles said. Obviously it was a dream of mine, and Ill keep fighting and keep pushing until I get there. ... I just want to continue to keep working to get better and help this team win games now that Im back.

Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85, college: Missouri) continued his strong play with 22 points. Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88, college: Dayton), on assignment from the Golden State Warriors, also chipped in 22.

Dakotas offense was clicking all night, as evidenced by the fact that the Wizards shot a scorching 66.3 percent (59 for 89) from the floor.

But when the Wizards started running, the Legends couldnt keep up. Dakota put up 16 fast-break points in the second quarter alone, extending a 34-27 lead to 69-54.

The game looked like a laugher when the Wizards increased the margin to 105-81 with 10 seconds left in the third, but the Legends made it serious in a hurry.

In a span of 2:18, the Legends blitzed the Wizards with a 16-0 run, pulling to within eight (105-97).

The teams in this league are so good, and that team is very talented, Bjorkgren said. Theyve got players who have played in the D-League, players who have played in the NBA. If you relax for a second, teams will jump all over you.

After the teams traded a couple of buckets, the Wizards seized control with a 13-0 run of their own. Dakota got three-point plays from Leo Lyons and Marcus Dove, a 3-pointer from Hannah, and four free throws from Ubiles.

The only question remaining was how many points the Wizards could put up.

Texas was led by Alando Tucker, who had 23 points and Booker Woodfox with 19. Veteran point guard Antonio Daniels had 14 assists.

The Wizards got contributions from up and down the lineup. Dove scored 16 and Shy Ely 14. Lyons had 13 points and nine rebounds.

Were definitely at our deepest here with 11 (guys) and an assigned player, Bjorkgren said. Whether were at our best is yet to be determined.

The Wizards and Legends came into the game with identical 24-20 records, tied for sixth in the overall standings. The top eight make the playoffs. They meet again tonight at the Civic Center.

The Wizards, who have won five of their last six games, seem to be peaking at exactly the right time.

As the season goes on some teams get better, some stay where theyre at and some teams get worse, Ubiles said. ... I definitely think that we were one of the teams that started off slow but continue get better.

Courtesy of http://bismarcktribune.com



Ubiles comes back to Dakota Wizards - by Eurobasket Center

Dakota Wizards added to their roster 26-year old naturalized Puerto Rican swingman Edwin Ubiles (198-G/F-93kg-86, college: Siena). It's actually Ubiles' comeback to Dakota W. as he played here before. In his first game he scored 28 points and added 3 assists helping his new team beat Texas L. 147-126. Ubiles played most recently at Washington Wizards (NBA). While playing 4 games for Washington W. this season he averaged 3.5ppg and 2.5rpg. Ubiles played also pro basketball in Mexico and Puerto Rico. He graduated Siena College in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Recent D-League Transactions - by Surujh Roopnarine

Idaho Stampede: Acquired former Los Angeles Lakers draft pick Derrick Caracter (6'9''-F-88, college: UTEP) from the available player pool The 6-9 forward spent time this season with the Los Angeles D-Fenders (on assignment from the Lakers) and then most recently with Rio Grande Valley, before being waived on March 22. In 41 career NBA games, all last season, he averaged 2.0 points and 1.0 rebounds. Caracter owns career D-League averages of 12.0 points and 6.3 rebounds over 12 contests (3 in 2010-11, plus 9 games this season).
In related news, veteran guard Tony Bobbitt (6'4''-G-79, college: Cincinnati) was waived due injury.

Reno Bighorns: With the assignment of second-year guard Josh Selby (6'2''-G-91, college: Kansas) from the Memphis Grizzlies this week, Reno announced that they had waived forward Ernest Scott (6'7''-F-82, college: Valdosta St.) to make room on the roster.
The 6-7 Scott began the season in Greece prior to joining Reno in February. In 10 D-league games this season he averaged 3.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 25.5% from the field.

Canton Charge: Acquired former Michigan State guard Travis Walton (6'2''-G-87, college: Michigan St.). Walton has appeared in 21 games this season, split between Fort Wayne and Dakota, averaging 5.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 39.8% from the field and 30.0% from three.

Iowa Energy: Filling the void created when small forward Cartier Martin (6'7''-G/F-84, college: Kansas St.) was called up to the Washington Wizards, the Energy have signed former Syracuse forward Paul Harris (6'4''-F/G-86, college: Syracuse). Harris has spent his entire NBA D-League career with Maine prior to joining Iowa. This season he appeared in 20 games for the Red Claws, averaging 11.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting 43.3% from the field, 23.1% from three and 63.5% from the line.

Sioux Falls Skyforce: Signed 7-5 center Will Foster (7'5''-C-88, college: Gonzaga). The former Gonzaga Zags reserve big man has spent time this season with Rio Grande Valley as well as Idaho, where in 21 combined games has averaged 5.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.7 blocks while shooting 53.8% from the field.

Maine Red Claws: Acquired Lawrence Hill (6'8''-F-87, college: Stanford) and announced that they had waived Corey Stokes (6'5''-G-88, college: Villanova) due to injury. The 6-8 Hill, A D-League All-Star this season, began the season with Maine before spending a brief stint with the Texas legends. In 35 games on the season he has averaged 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.6 blocks while shooting 48.8% from the field and 40.5% from three.
Maine will retain the rights to the injured Stokes, who appeared in one game before going down to injury.



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


THOUGHTS FROM THE SIDELINE - by Peedu Goldenbeck

THOUGHTS FROM THE SIDELINE:
The old con was called the bait and switch...in that particular type of operation, a faked incident would be used to draw attention of your mark in a manner that they focus on the events that are transpiring and inadvertently taking their attentions off of the prize that you, the puppet master truly desire. All in all, at the end of the operation, the mark is left bewildered, not truly knowing or understanding what truly transpired....only that they have either lost a lot of money, or a prized possession. (adapted from Robert Beck's Big White Con, 1973)

Unfortunately, this is what I see having transpired in the US, over the course of the past week. The entire general population, or the fan base of the NBA has had their attentions on the looming trade deadline, which approached and passed this week. The whole city of Orlando, after having been taken for a wild ride on the whims of one Dwight Howard; who could not decide where his true passions lay. Changing his mind from desired destination to destination, and almost playing the hearts and minds of the Orlando loyalists, like a puppet.

At the end of the day, and after flirting like the school-girl that is admired by every athlete on campus, he decided to stay put. Home in Orlando, welcomed back into the awaiting arms of the city that adores him. Much like I addressed in a previous post, on the decline of NBA basketball an d the eager acceptance of a hurriedly assembled product like we have now. Much like the basketball starved fans at the end of the lockout, the fans of Orlando; threatened by the thought of losing their star child franchise player/ foundation, hurriedly welcomed him back to town. Not once looking at the fact that he was eagerly prepared to walk away from them and move on to greener pastures. Oh how easily are we conned, fooled and duped in this THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH.

The fact of the matter is this, the NBA, even in the face of the new CBA (collective bargaining agreement) have a type of review of fiscal ramifications and a veteran players trade refusal for players who have played a minimum number of years (like a right of first refusal) in the league. This provision like this and others, allows trades to be reviewed and if not in the best interests of the club in question or THE LEAGUE as a whole, can be denied and/or rejected by THE LEAGUE itself, and not just the player. This did not hinder the League from allowing a huge plethora of moves as the trade deadline approached last week. Derek Fisher shipped to the Rockets, where he refuses to sign with the new club, in lieu of Ramon Sessions who had his career fortunes skyrocket to the center of the universe. The entire affair with Chris Kaman and associated players playing a game similar to one played as a youth in kindergarten called musical chairs. In the face of this, there has also been coaching movement alongside the players' changing seats while in The Show.

the knick players who hadnt even been listening to mike d'antoni the past weeks (before his resignation) and with Woody (Mike Woodson) now manning the ship, he knows who can do what and who fits when and where they fit.
The new hire always wins his 1st few outings, as the players all wish to work their win into his good graces...being the defensive genius that he is, the KNICKS WILL DEFEND MUCH BETTER but
it is still a cancerous environment, melo is a selfish ball hog primadonna, amare is a dead man limping and cohorts baron davis and mike bibby, although once the epitome of the NBA Point Guard, have become relics, which by definition is a shadow of the past...soon to be forgotten



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  ESTONIA   


THOUGHTS FROM THE SIDELINE - by Peedu Goldenbeck

THOUGHTS FROM THE SIDELINE:
The old con was called the bait and switch...in that particular type of operation, a faked incident would be used to draw attention of your mark in a manner that they focus on the events that are transpiring and inadvertently taking their attentions off of the prize that you, the puppet master truly desire. All in all, at the end of the operation, the mark is left bewildered, not truly knowing or understanding what truly transpired....only that they have either lost a lot of money, or a prized possession. (adapted from Robert Beck's Big White Con, 1973)

Unfortunately, this is what I see having transpired in the US, over the course of the past week. The entire general population, or the fan base of the NBA has had their attentions on the looming trade deadline, which approached and passed this week. The whole city of Orlando, after having been taken for a wild ride on the whims of one Dwight Howard; who could not decide where his true passions lay. Changing his mind from desired destination to destination, and almost playing the hearts and minds of the Orlando loyalists, like a puppet.

At the end of the day, and after flirting like the school-girl that is admired by every athlete on campus, he decided to stay put. Home in Orlando, welcomed back into the awaiting arms of the city that adores him. Much like I addressed in a previous post, on the decline of NBA basketball an d the eager acceptance of a hurriedly assembled product like we have now. Much like the basketball starved fans at the end of the lockout, the fans of Orlando; threatened by the thought of losing their star child franchise player/ foundation, hurriedly welcomed him back to town. Not once looking at the fact that he was eagerly prepared to walk away from them and move on to greener pastures. Oh how easily are we conned, fooled and duped in this THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH.

The fact of the matter is this, the NBA, even in the face of the new CBA (collective bargaining agreement) have a type of review of fiscal ramifications and a veteran players trade refusal for players who have played a minimum number of years (like a right of first refusal) in the league. This provision like this and others, allows trades to be reviewed and if not in the best interests of the club in question or THE LEAGUE as a whole, can be denied and/or rejected by THE LEAGUE itself, and not just the player. This did not hinder the League from allowing a huge plethora of moves as the trade deadline approached last week. Derek Fisher shipped to the Rockets, where he refuses to sign with the new club, in lieu of Ramon Sessions who had his career fortunes skyrocket to the center of the universe. The entire affair with Chris Kaman and associated players playing a game similar to one played as a youth in kindergarten called musical chairs. In the face of this, there has also been coaching movement alongside the players' changing seats while in The Show.

the knick players who hadnt even been listening to mike d'antoni the past weeks (before his resignation) and with Woody (Mike Woodson) now manning the ship, he knows who can do what and who fits when and where they fit.
The new hire always wins his 1st few outings, as the players all wish to work their win into his good graces...being the defensive genius that he is, the KNICKS WILL DEFEND MUCH BETTER but
it is still a cancerous environment, melo is a selfish ball hog primadonna, amare is a dead man limping and cohorts baron davis and mike bibby, although once the epitome of the NBA Point Guard, have become relics, which by definition is a shadow of the past...soon to be forgotten



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  EUROCHALLENGE   

Standings

EuroChallenge Stage Two Standings
Group I
 1. Ventspils 4-2 
 2. Roanne 3-3 
 3. EWE Baskets 3-3 
 4. Leiden 2-4 
Group J
 1. Chalon 3-3 
 2. Szolnok 3-3 
 3. Telekom Baskets 3-3 
 4. Aalstar 3-3 
Group K
 1. Fuenlabrada 6-0 
 2. Besiktas 4-2 
 3. N.Novgorod 1-5 
 4. BK Pardubice 1-5 
Group L
 1. Art.Dragons 5-1 
 2. Triumph 3-3 
 3. Antwerp 2-4 
 4. Karsiyaka 2-4 
Stage One Standings

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 27: Szolnok - Besiktas
Apr. 27: Chalon - Triumph



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

Euroleague Stage Two Standings
Group E
 1. CSKA 5-1 
 2. Olympiakos 3-3 
 3. Galatasaray 3-3 
 4. Anadolu Efes 1-5 
Group F
 1. Montepaschi 4-2 
 2. Gescrap BB 4-2 
 3. Real Madrid 4-2 
 4. Unicaja 0-6 
Group G
 1. Panathinaikos 4-2 
 2. Unics 3-3 
 3. Armani Mit 3-3 
 4. Fener.Ulker 2-4 
Group H
 1. FCB Regal 6-0 
 2. Maccabi T-A 3-3 
 3. Bennet Cantu 3-3 
 4. Zalgiris 0-6 
Stage One Standings

Quarter-Finals: Round 4

Mar. 29: Maccabi T-A - Panathinaikos 69-78
Mar. 30: Olympiakos - Montepaschi
Mar. 30: Gescrap BB - CSKA


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bo MCCALEBB
  Montepas.
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. McCalebb, Montepa.17.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.16.4 
 3. Domercant, Unics15.5 
 4. Weems, Zalgiris15.5 
 5. Krstic, CSKA14.7 
 6. Carroll, Real Madr.14.2 
 7. Vujacic, Anadolu13.9 
 8. Lorbek, FCB Regal13.8 
 9. Banic, Gescrap BB13.7 
 10. Kirilenko, CSKA13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA7.1 
 2. Freeland, Unicaja6.7 
 3. Reyes, Real Madrid6.3 
 4. Zoric, Unicaja6.1 
 5. Veremeenko, Unics6.0 
 6. Andersen, Montepa.5.9 
 7. Fischer, Gescrap BB5.9 
 8. Krstic, CSKA5.8 
 9. Savanovic, Anadolu5.6 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Sergio RODRIGUEZ
  Real M.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Rodriguez, Real M.5.4 
 2. Teodosic, CSKA5.1 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.5.0 
 4. Huertas, FCB Regal4.6 
 5. Tunceri, Anadolu4.5 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.1 
 7. Kalnietis, Zalgiris3.7 
 8. Jackson, Gescrap3.6 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA3.5 
 10. Shved, CSKA3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jamon Lukas GORDON
  Galatasaray
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gordon, Galatasaray1.9 
 2. Kirilenko, CSKA1.6 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.1.5 
 4. McCalebb, Montepa.1.4 
 5. Ohayon, Maccabi1.4 
 6. Gist, Fener.Ulker1.3 
 7. Eidson, FCB Regal1.3 
 8. Calathes, Panathin.1.3 
 9. Mickeal, FCB Regal1.2 
 10. Shipp, Galatasaray1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA2.0 
 2. Begic, Real Madrid1.7 
 3. Hendrix, Maccabi1.4 
 4. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.2 
 5. Ndong, FCB Regal1.2 
 6. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.1 
 7. Hines, Olympiakos1.0 
 8. Veremeenko, Unics0.9 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja0.9 
 10. Gist, Fener.Ulker0.9 


Panathinaikos wins in Tel Aviv 69-78, forces decisive Game Five in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Electra - Panathinaikos 69-78 (2-2)

Panathinaikos did a great job in Tel Aviv on Thursday night. The defending Euroleague champion celebrated 69-78 victory at Nokia arena tying the score to 2-2 in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. It means that PAO forced crucial Game Five, which will be played next week at their home court in Athens. Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) shined when it mattered most for his team scoring 15 points. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) had 13 points, while Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) (7 rebs) and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) helped their team with 12 points each. Diamantidis made some crucial free throws during the last period of the game. In Maccabi, Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) answered with 14 points and 7 boards. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) also scored 14 and Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added two less. Maccabi was 19-17 up after ten minutes of play, but PAO opened the second period with 2-8 run. Nick Calathes and his teammates later went on the halftime with 36-41 lead. After Devin Smith closed the gap to 3, Calathes took charge with a layup and a three to put his team up 8. Steven Smith then buried a wide-open timeout from the corner for a 38-49 lead, which prompted Maccabi coach David Blatt to call timeout. The hosts created 9-0 run in just three minutes and Smith finally responded for PAO with a slam. Later PAO went to the last period with plus 4, 50-54. Visitors extended margin to 51-59 and Maccabi replied with 13-5 for 65-64 lead. That was all from Maccabi last night as Dimitris Diamantidis and Kostas Kaimakoglou led their team to crucial 10-0 run, which allowed PAO to win the game. Quarters: 19-17, 17-24, 14-13, 19-24. As mentioned above, teams will meet in Game Five next week at OAKA Arena in Athens.

Maccabi Electra: Devin Smith 14+7 boards, Keith Langford 14, Lior Eliyahu 12
Panathinaikos: Nick Calathes 15, Sarunas Jasikevicius 13, Kostas Kaimakoglou 12+7 boards, Dimitris Diamantidis 12



Playoffs, Game 3 MVP: Kostas Vasiliadis, Gescrap BB - by Eurobasket News

In the most important win in club history, Gescrap BB sharpshooter Kostas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) was the star that shined brightest. Vasiliadis drained 4 of 8 from downtown en route to 20 points as the Men in Black routed mighty CSKA Moscow 94-81 for a win in Gescraps first-ever playoff game at home. In addition to the win, Vasiliadis can also celebrate being the Playoffs Game 3 bwin MVP. He got his team going early by sparking a 12-0 first-quarter run and continued pumping in baskets the rest of the night. Vasiliadis finished with 6 rebounds and 2 assists in racking up the highest performance index rating of any player on a winning team in Game 3 of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs 21. In doing so, Vasiliadis joined teammate Aaron Jackson as the only Gescrap players to have achieved this distinction. Jackson was bwin MVP for Top 16, Week 4. Ironically, the highest index of the week came from the team Vasiliadis and co. defeated. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) was perfect from the field in scoring 22 points as he recorded an index of 25. Next on the list is Olympiacos guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90), who had a 20 index in his teams 75-55 win over Montepaschi Siena. Sloukas missed just 1 shot in scoring 11 points and added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. Rounding out the list of the weeks top performers were Jackson, Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) of FC Barcelona Regal and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos, all with index ratings of 19. Jackson had 13 points, 8 assists and 2 steals in Gescraps win. Navarro helped Barcelona sweep its series against Kazan with 21 points and 3 assists. And Diamantidis, the reigning Euroleague MVP, collected 10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in a 65-62 loss at Maccabi Electra.

Individual leaders: Theodoros Papaloukas (200-PG-77, agency: FCM), 4 steals

Krstic was the top scorer during Game 3 of the playoffs with the 22 points he hung on Gescrap. Krstic is among the playoff leaders with 15 points per game. David Andersen (212-C-80) of Montepaschi leads the pack with 17.3 points per game. Kyle Hines of Olympiacos and Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) of Maccabi Electra each had 9 rebounds in their teams respective home wins, which led all players in Game 3s. Smith is the playoffs top rebounder with 8 per game. Jacksons 8 assists also set the standard in Game 3. He is among the top 5 in the playoffs now with 5 assists per game. The playoffs leaders in assists are Diamantidis and Barcelonas Marcelinho Huertas with 6.3 per game each. Theodoros Papaloukas, the all-time Euroleague leader in steals, added 4 more to his collection and led all players in Game 3. Three players Papaloukass teammate at Maccabi Yogev Ohayon, Barcelona forward Pete Mickeal and Montepaschi captain Shaun Stonerook share the playoffs lead with 2.3 steals per game. Another Maccabi player, Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86, college: Alabama), was Game 3s top shot-blocker with 3. Boni Ndong of Barcelona is the playoff leader with 6 blocks over three games.

Courtesy of Euroleague



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Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Baxley, Lapua27.9 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.24.2 
 3. Nofflet, Oulun N.21.4 
 4. Williams, Lapua20.9 
 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. Nofflet, Oulun N.9.6 
 8. Williams, Lapua9.5 
 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, FoKoPo3.9 
 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. Baxley, Lapua2.0 
 4. Abdullah, SayRi2.0 
 5. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 6. January, BC Nokia1.8 
 7. Green, Ura Basket1.8 
 8. Still, Porvoon Tar.1.6 
 9. Nofflet, Oulun N.1.5 
 10. Williams, Lapua1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.3 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.8 
 3. January, BC Nokia1.4 
 4. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 5. Townes, BC Nokia1.0 
 6. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.1.0 
 7. Laitinen, Tapiol.0.8 
 8. Still, Porvoon Tar.0.8 
 9. Nuolivirta, ToPo A.0.8 
 10. Rajala, ToPo A.0.7 


1st Division: FoKoPo takes 2-1 Final lead - by Eurobasket News

FoKoPo - Lapua 107-78

The game was mostly controlled by Forssan Koripojat. Lapuan Korikobrat managed to win fourth quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forssan Koripojat dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Lapuan Korikobrat's 34 and made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Lapuan Korikobrat 47-26 including a 33-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Guard Sami Ikavalko (188-89) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Jussi Turja (193-90) answered with 19 points and American forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Lapuan Korikobrat. Five Forssan Koripojat and four Lapuan Korikobrat 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:
FoKoPo: T.Robinson 27+10reb+3ast, S.Ikavalko 20+5reb+5ast, M.Molenius 17+1reb+1ast, B.Moultrie 12+14reb+4ast, H.Coleman 11+10reb+1ast, E.Johansson 11+2reb+2ast
Lapua: J.Turja 19+4reb, E.Williams 17+6reb, E.Jackson 13+3reb+3ast, W.Baxley 12+2ast, J.Turja 7+2reb+1ast, K.Siven 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 172541



1.DIVISION: FoKoPo can win at home - by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.Division, Finals, Game # 3: FoKoPo (Forssa) played possibly season's best game when crushing Korikobrat (Lapua) tonight 107-78 (66-39). Quarters: 37-24, 29-15, 26-18, 15-21. FoKoPo was very tough during the first half and the game was practically over in 20 minutes. FoKoPo had six players in double digits. Tracy Robinson (201-F-86, college: Loyola, IL) led the hosts in points (27). Robinson grabbed also 10 rebounds. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) had also a double-double 12pts/14rbs. FoKoPo won the rebounds 47-30. Lapua's Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) scored last Tuesday 32 pts and made 14/15 FTs. Tonight Baxley made 12 pts and missed the only one FT in 31 minutes. Jussi Turja (193-G-90) led Lapua with 19 pts. FoKoPo - Lapua now 2-1. Game # 4 on Saturday, March 31: Lapua - FoKoPo. Game # 5 (if needed) on Monday, April 2 (FoKoPo - Lapua).
FoKoPo - Lapua 107-78 (66-39)
(Tracy Robinson 27/10, Sami Ikavalko 20/5a, Markus Molenius 17, Brian Moultrie 12/14, HL Coleman 11/10, Erno Johansson 11 - Jussi Turja 19, Eric Williams 17/6, Emmanuel Jackson 13, Walter Baxley 12. A: 597).



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Nino Janoschek back to Dorsten for 2012-13 season - by Moritz Korff

According to derwesten.de Nino Janoschek (204-C-87) will leave BSV Wulfen to return to local rival BG Dorsten for the 2012-13 campaign. The 24-year-old made the opposite in 2010 and now decided to continue his career at BG. In the 2011-12 season Janoschek appeared in 24 Pro B games for Wulfen, producing 7.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. He had a season high 16 points in a 77-86 loss to ALBA II in December and scored in double digits six times.


Chemnitz: Takumi Ishizaki signs contract extension - by Moritz Korff

Pro B club BV Chemnitz 99 has handed out a one-year contract extension to Takumi Ishizaki (188-PG-84). The 27-year-old Japanese guard is spending his first season in Germany and is currently averaging 13.5 points as well as 2.3 assists and 2.4 boards per contest. Ishizaki is a member of the Japanese National Team and attended the 2011 Asian Championships. He came to Chemnitz in 2011 with 2010-11 Asia-Basket.com BJ League Domestic Player of the Year Awards under his belt.
'Takumi has shown his high quality on several occasions and I hope, that he will become even better and more consistent in his second year', Chemnitz head coach Felix Schreier stated.



Tony Gaffney (Telekom Baskets Bonn) Seeing The Cup Displayed 5 Feet From The Court Was All The Motivation I Needed To Keep Pushing Against Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 27 year old 204cm forward from Berkely, Massachusetts that is playing for the Telekom Baskets Bonn. He is a forward who brings a high level of energy and athleticism to any teams he joins. He is a tenacious rebounder and great defender. He was the Atlantic 10 Conference defensive player of the year in 2008-09, and one of the nation's leading shot-blockers. He played at Boston University from 2004-2006 and then went to Massachusetts (NCAA) where he played from 2006-2009. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 11.5ppg, RebA10-2 (10.2rpg), 1.7apg, StealsA10-2 (2.0spg), BlocksNCAA-3 (3.8bpg), FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 64.6%: Finished career at UMass ranked seventh all-time in blocks (174). In 2009-2010, he played for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 1 game: 2pts, 2reb, 1steal, 1block, but left next month, in Apr.'10 moved to Boston Celtics (NBA). Last season, he played for the Boston Celtics (NBA), in Oct.'10 moved to Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL): Turkish League: 8 games: 6.0ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%; EuroChallenge: 3 games: 8.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0spg; left in Jan.'11, same month acquired by Utah Flash (D-League): 38 games: 10.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, Blocks-4 (2.3bpg), FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 66.7%. He spoke to eurobasket after the cup final loss to the Brose Baskets Bamberg.

A second place finish at the 2012 Beko BBL cup weekend. What was your overall impression of the atmosphere in the Telekom dome?

the atmosphere in Bonn, at the dome was amazing this weekend. Every game sold out, fans from Bamberg, Braunschweig, Ulm, and most importantly Bonn, were in full force for the players it made the experience pretty memorable.

Did the Telekom Baskets Bonn know before the game against the New Yorker Phantoms that 3 players had a virus and couldnt play? Was it tough staying focused and not underestimating the opponent?


No we had no idea. We never underestimate an opponent, in a league like the BBL, any team can win on any night, as seen in Frankfurt, beating Bamberg (the top team in the league) then losing to Goettigen (the lowest seed in the league). You have to respect every team, because if you don't show up to play every day, any team can beat you, let alone in the Top Four Cup playing against some of the best teams in the BBL


You have played against many top teams in your career. Where would you rate a team like the Brose Baskets Bamberg?


Bamberg is one of the most disciplined teams I've played against, they never panic, never point fingers at each other, they play together and are extremely deep at every position. They play very much like a team that has been playing together for a longer period of time than most of the teams in this league and are extremely well coached.

In the final, The Brose Baskets Bamberg were able to get past the Telekom Baskets Bonn 82-73. Bamberg seemed not to be at the level as against ratiopharm Ulm. How disappointing was it not being able to win the game?


We were extremely disappointed after the game, there was no moral victory for fighting, or keeping it close down to the wire, we played that cup to win it, and unfortunately we came up just short. Both teams (us and bamberg) were exhausted from having played 18 hours prior to the championship, and I believe that their depth helped them greatly.

In the second half, Bonn always tried to makes pushes, but couldnt get over the hump and get under 6 points. What was key for not being able to do this?

Every time we made a run and cut into their lead, someone stepped up and made a big shot for them. Whether it was Suput, Roberts, or Jacobsen, they made big plays that didn't quite allow us to get over that hump, but I was extremely proud that our guys never quit and kept fighting til the clock said 00:00

It seems like whenever, you made a push a different Bamberg player hurt you with a big shot. Is this one of there biggest strength just pulling out different players like out of a hat that make the big shots?


yes, id have to say that is their biggest strength. They have a number of players that can step up and make the big time shot that is a dagger to most teams.

You had a monster game with seven blocks. Was this one of your best defensive games?

I just wanted to be as active as possible because they have a a good front line and I knew that for us to have a chance at being in the game it would take a solid effort defensively to keep them in check. So I'm not sure if it was one of my best games defensively, id have to watch the tape and then decide, but i just wanted to be active and play with heart.

At the end you seemed out of gas, but continued making blocks. What pushed you forward?


Gased would be an understatement. Hahaha. I have never quit on anything in my life, I was raised better than that. The motivation of 6000+ screaming fans made it a little easier, and seeing the cup displayed 5 feet from the court was all the motivation I needed to keep pushing against Bamberg

What kind of a feeling is it blocking Marcus Slaughter?

Marcus is a great player, and a very hard worker. I enjoy matching up with him because its always a task in itself. He's gotten me a few times this season so I just wanted to repay him a few times.

What was your highlight of weekend?

The most memorable part of the weekend for me was the atmosphere, not only at the dome, but around Bonn, it really is a great city and there was definitely a buzz about the Cup going around.

Who will reach the NCAA Final and win it all?


Im going with Kentucky and Kansas. I know Coach Cal a bit and would love to see him bring a championship back to Kentucky. Those two teams, along with UNC at full strength, are the most well rounded teams in college basketball. Kentucky wins the final over Kansas 78-71



Falko Thelig (Fraport Skyliners) My Body Still Needs To Get More Stable So I Can Hold My Own Against Bigger Players - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Falko Theilig (180-PG-92) is a 20 year old 192cm guard from Giessen. He is playing his second season for the Fraport Skyliners. He played for the Lti Giessen 46ers from 2008-2010. Last season for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt II (ProB), he played 25 games: 8.4ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-5 (5.6apg), FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 24.7%, FT: 66.3%. He has played for the German national U-16 and U-18 teams. He played at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) -11: 4 games: 0.5ppg He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

Congrats on the 95-75 win against Alba Berlin 2 and keeping the Fraport Skyliners in the PRO B. With what kind of feelings did the team go into game 3?


We were all pretty nervous and excited at the same time. It was a do or die game. For the guys that returned from last year, we wanted to win this game badly and not lose again like we did against Wolfenbuttel last season. We knew that we had to stay strong. We got a great team effort in the second half.

Was this the biggest game of your career?


It wasnt my most important games, but it was an important one. It was a big game because we wanted to stay in PRO B. It is a great situation having a Beko BBL and PRO B team in one place.

At half time the score was 40-40. What did head coach Klaus Mewes tell the team to do better in the second half?


We had had a nice run in the second quarter, but lost it again due to bad turnovers. He told us to stay calm and not get crazy. He told us to play better defense.

In the third quarter, the Fraport Skyliners exploded for 29 points. What was key for this?


We played better defense and got better offensive chances due to our defense and got easy baskets. We were able to crack their zone and we were all on the same page.

Did you ever think that German national player Lucca Staiger could shoot so bad in the first two games at 6/34?


That can happen. The balls in the Beko BBL and PRO B are different. If you are used to practicing all week with BBL balls then it can be tough in a PRO B game with those balls. When you have an experienced shooter like Staiger, you can see that even when he isnt hitting he just continues to shoot. He shot better in game three. He took many tough shots and was defended well from Benedikt Nicolay.

Would the Fraport Skyliners have won the series without German national player Tim Ohlbrecht?


I think that we still would have won without him. The teams have a lot of motivation playing against Ohlbrecht. It is never easy finding that team rhythm when new players come on board, but we did a good job.

The Fraport Skyliners juniors closed out the season with a 6-16 record. Despite injuries, youth and not always having all players that the season was ok?


Anytime that you have to fight to stay in the league, you cant be happy with the overall season. We only had 2 guys that were always at each practice with Larry Wright and Demetrius Jemison. We never ever had a full team in practice since guys were injured or in school. Despite never really having a full squad to practice, we played good games against top level teams like Gotha and lost close games to top teams. Despite all that, I think that we did a good job as a team.

How happy were you with your PRO B season? You increased your points and were a bit down on assists?


I had problems at the start getting a rhythm. I had private problems and had to stop my studies. I think I was able to improve my shot. I worked hard with Klaus Perwas. I have to score at times at the point guard position and I think that I was able to improve there too, but I expected a better season for myself.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed right away?

I have the ability to set and control the tempo. I also think that I have a good eye for the better positioned shooter. I can penetrate, create the open shot and my size helps with my quickness get inside.

What was the most incredible thing that you saw Larry Wright do?


He is a great ball handler that can create open shots. His cross over and ability to shoot is amazing. He often made the opponent look really old. He is a player that can score when he wants to.

What could you learn from Larry Wright?


Dribbling and shooting from the dribble.

How difficult is it combining Beko BBL and PRO B?

We didnt really practice so much with the PRO B. usually the practices were right after the other. Sometimes I would practice twice which I felt in my bones.

What do you still have to do better in order to get healthy minutes in the Beko BBL?


My body needs to get more stable so I can hold my own against bigger players at my position. I also need to be more calm. Sometimes I get nervous and I need to be more calm.

The team is in Mallorca in a 5 day training camp. How big is the we believe attitude for reaching the playoffs?


We believe and have a chance for the playoffs. We arent talking about the playoffs, but look more game to game. The Goettingen loss was bitter, but we came back and played well at Artland. Our problem is sometimes we play well and then we dont. We wont give up.

What do you want to take with you from Mallorca?


It isnt really my city, but I want to take something from the culture an don the court improve and get ready for Ulm.

Michael Thompson and Devin Gibson are rookies and young like you. What can you learn from young players like that?


Juice has really improved since Justin Gray got injured. At the start, he had some problems, but now he is a consistent player. He has calmness and can shoot very well in crunch time. Gibosn plays that American style that you dont see in Europe. His biggest strength is that he is athletic and quick and always aggressive on offense and defense.

How did you get involved with basketball?


I had started playing soccer and wasnt very good. A friend wanted to try a new sport which was basketball and got me to come along. We started to play on the street as a group of 10. We played so much that at night people would ask us to stop because they wanted to sleep. We would get up early and play again in the morning.

Who were your NBA idols as a kid?


Dirk Nowitzki. I never have met him, but I like how he presents himself and how professional he always is. I also liked players at my position like Steve Nash and Chris Paul. I also liked Juan Carlos Navarro. I liked how he could score despite his size especially with his floater. I also liked Lebron James.

You played two seasons for the Lti Giessen 46ers. Why did you leave there to go to Frankfurt?


I was always a stay home kind of guy and wanted to stay in Giessen, but the situation didnt fit anymore. I was young and the BBL team wasnt the problem. I got my first game as an 18 year old, but moreover it was the PRO B team. I didnt get much playing time in the PRO B. The coach didnt want to try something new, but elected to play me at shooting guard against bigger players. I wanted to go and then came the chance with Frankfurt and I took it.

What is still missing for Johannes Lischka to make the jump to the German national team?

He really has everything that he needs to be a national player, but he cant seem to put it all together. He can shoot, rebound and penetrate, but sometimes he seems to put too much pressure on himself. He definitely can play for the German national team.

What was the most amazing thing that you saw David Teague do?


His 35 point game against Alba Berlin. It felt like he scored 40-50 points. He was unstoppable. He was hitting everything.

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


52

What was your most crazy shot in your career?


We were down 2 points and I hit a three pointer out of the pick and roll.

Who will reach the NCAA final and win it?


I think that Kentucky will win it.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Clash of the titans.

Thanks Falko for the chat.





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Panathinaikos wins at Nokia Arena 69-78, forces decisive Game Five in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Electra - Panathinaikos 69-78

Panathinaikos did a great job in Tel Aviv on Thursday night. The defending Euroleague champion celebrated 69-78 victory at Nokia arena tying the score to 2-2 in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. It means that PAO forced crucial Game Five, which will be played next week at their home court in Athens. Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) shined when it mattered most for his team scoring 15 points. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) had 13 points, while Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) (7 rebs) and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) helped their team with 12 points each. Diamantidis made some crucial free throws during the last period of the game. In Maccabi, Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) answered with 14 points and 7 boards. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) also scored 14 and Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added two less. Maccabi was 19-17 up after ten minutes of play, but PAO opened the second period with 2-8 run. Nick Calathes and his teammates later went on the halftime with 36-41 lead. After Devin Smith closed the gap to 3, Calathes took charge with a layup and a three to put his team up 8. Steven Smith then buried a wide-open timeout from the corner for a 38-49 lead, which prompted Maccabi coach David Blatt to call timeout. The hosts created 9-0 run in just three minutes and Smith finally responded for PAO with a slam. Later PAO went to the last period with plus 4, 50-54. Visitors extended margin to 51-59 and Maccabi replied with 13-5 for 65-64 lead. That was all from Maccabi last night as Dimitris Diamantidis and Kostas Kaimakoglou led their team to crucial 10-0 run, which allowed PAO to win the game. Quarters: 19-17, 17-24, 14-13, 19-24. As mentioned above, teams will meet in Game Five next week at OAKA Arena in Athens.

Maccabi Electra: Devin Smith 14+7 boards, Keith Langford 14, Lior Eliyahu 12
Panathinaikos: Nick Calathes 15, Sarunas Jasikevicius 13, Kostas Kaimakoglou 12+7 boards, Dimitris Diamantidis 12



Leonidas Kaselakis returns to Ilysiakos - by Eurobasket News

Leonidas Kaselakis (201-F-90) returned to Ilysiakos. The Greek forward spent last week on tryout with Angelico Biella, but they didn't sign a deal. Kaselakis appeared 23 times for Ilsyakos this season averaging 7.2 points and 3.1 rebounds. He signed a four-year deal with the club in July of 2007 and decided to stay this year as well. Leonidas Kaselakis played for U20 Greek National Team two years ago. He helped them win the Silver at U20 EuroBasket in Croatia. For 9 games at this event Kaselakis had 8 ppg, 6 rpg and 1.4 apg. Greece won the Silver also at World Championships U19 in New Zealand -09. There Kaselakis shined with 14.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg and 2.4 apg. He was named Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 Best Center -09 and also Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 1st Team -09. In 2008, Kaselakis won the Gold with Greece at U18 EuroBasket in Amaliada Pyrgos.


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Odtohan stays on top of his hoops game - by Eurobasket

In the world of high school sports, one of the most important qualities a coach can instill in his players is good sportsmanship. While some students only have a matter of weeks or months to master it, other players like 17-year-old basketball star John Odtohan have been honing this quality for years.
Odtohan first came to the public's attention more than four years ago when he joined the Luis P. Untalan Middle School boys' basketball team in the eighth grade. His proudest achievement, he said, was joining Okkodo High School's team during his freshman year.
'I thought I wasn't going to make it because I saw all the other players from different schools,' said Odtohan. 'I was a little intimidated, but I fought through it, and I made the team.'

Championship
Now a senior, he appears to have made the right choice; after making the foray into high school-level basketball, Odtohan helped the Okkodo High Bulldogs nab the 2010 Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam Basketball League championship during his sophomore year. More recently, the Bulldogs took second place in this year's Far East Boys' Basketball Tournament and garnered third place this season in the IIAAG Basketball League.
'Basketball is my passion. I love it,' he said. 'I've learned how to win. At the same time, I've learned how to lose. Basketball gave me leadership experience.'
After spending four years in high school playing basketball, Odtohan's passion is still going strong, and he hopes to lead by example. Most importantly, he hopes other students interested in pursuing the sport competitively will find it in themselves to follow their dreams.

Courtesy of guampdn.com



Hoops teams conclude tournament with awards, trophies - by Eurobasket News

The Golden Hoops Classic Spring Tournament, presented by Aloha Maid and Bank of Guam, ended its six-week run in a day of champions Sunday at Tamuning Gym to a house of passionate fans.

Here are the results of the title matches:

* 18-plus competitive division: Bank of Guam Club defeated the Tamuning Typhoons 81-60 for their first championship title. Top scorers were Bank of Guam's Cory Lorenzo and Typhoons' Bruce Aguon with 16 points each. Bank of Guam's Lorenzo was named the division's Most Valuable Player. Typhoons' Joe Blas received the division top scorer award, scoring a total 219 points, averaging 18.25 points per game.

* 30-plus competitive division: The Typhoons defended their championship title in overtime, 68-67 against the Inarajan Hawks. The Typhoons' Bruce Aguon was awarded the MVP and division top scorer. Aguon scored a total of 226 points, averaging 22.60 points per game.

* 40-plus competitive division: Team Fire Club defended their championship title 55-40 against the Typhoons. Team Fire's Mike Sanchez was named MVP. The Typhoons' Leo Payumo received the division top scorer award totalling 147 points, averaging 13.36 points per game.

* Open recreation division: Bud Mystics secured their fourth championship title against Guam Radiology Club 44-43 in overtime. Mystics' Ramone Salas was named MVP. GRC Dayriel Ollet received the division top scorer award, scoring a total of 119 points.

Courtesy of: www.guampdn.com



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Pre Final Four interview with Cameron Wells - by Fred Roggen

I caught up with former 'Bulldog' Cameron Wells (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Citadel) from Landstede Zwolle and talked with him about the upcoming Final Four game against ZZ Leiden.
His first Dutch Basketball league season has been a learning experience for Cameron Wells, but fortunately for his team, Landstede Zwolle, he's a quick learner.
If that wasn't so, the 23-year-old guard could never have made the career moves necessary to come all the way from his homeland.
This season Cameron played 26 games for Landstede Zwolle and averaged 14.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.9apg and 2.4spg.

Cameron, Congratulations for reaching the Final Four with Landstede Zwolle. This will be your Final Four debut, how do you feel about it?
Well, we have worked hard as a team to get here and to finally have the opportunity; its going to be exciting.

How happy are you to prove this season that you can be such an important contributor in your first pro-season?
I am proud to be an important contributor to the team. Coming out of college I thought it was important to come out strong and show that I could play in this league.

What has head coach, Herman van den Belt done to bring out the best in you?
He has done a lot. He has helped me first get adjusted to the new life overseas making sure that we are comfortable and that everything is going smoothly. On the court he has helped me adapt my game so that I can be more effective while playing in this league.

Very few people expected Landstede Zwolle to reach this far at the beginning of the season. Which have been the key moments for the team in your opinion?
Key moments to me would be our second game when we beat Groningen at their place. I came in hearing how tough of a place it was to play there and that the game was going to be physical, and it was. However, we played as a team and battled it out and came out with a win. That showed me that we could compete and win against any team in the league.

Experts say that one of Landstede's biggest strengths coming into the Final Four is their point guard duo, you and Damon Huffman. How is your collaboration sharing responsibility for directing the team?
Damon is the leader of the team. When he is out of the game or is injured I step up and become the leader.

You are set to face ZZ Leiden, an opponent you know very well, in the Dutch Cup semifinals? What do you and your team have to do to beat ZZ Leiden?
Leiden is a very tough and physical team, in order to win we have to match their toughness and out work them.

Last but not least and now that you are one of the team's pillars, what would it mean to win a Dutch Cup with Landstede Zwolle?
It would mean a lot to me and the team. We have players such as Nikki, Arno, and Mark who are Dutch players that have been on this team for quite some time. It would be an honor to go out and help them win their first Cup championship

Cameron, thanks for the interview and wish you a lot of success the upcoming games.




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Standings - A Division

A Division Standings
 1. Falco-Szova 21-3 
 2. Albacomp 20-4 
 3. Szolnok 20-4 
 4. Kormend 18-6 
 5. Atomeromu 16-8 
 6. Kecskemeti 13-11 
 7. PVSK Pannon 12-12 
 8. Kaposvari 10-14 
 9. Soproni 10-14 
 10. FS Debrecen 8-17 
 11. Szedeak 7-17 
 12. Marso NYKK 7-17 
 13. Jaszberenyi 6-18 
 14. ZTE KK 1-24 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 28: FS Debrecen - PVSK Pannon 87-92
Mar. 28: Kaposvari - Soproni 78-70
Mar. 28: Albacomp - ZTE KK 77-69
Mar. 28: Atomeromu - Szolnok 76-82
Mar. 28: Kormend - Kecskemeti 73-70

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 31: Szolnok - Kormend
Mar. 31: Atomeromu - Albacomp
Mar. 31: Kecskemeti - Jaszberenyi
Mar. 31: Falco-Szova - Kaposvari
Mar. 31: PVSK Pannon - Szedeak
Mar. 31: Soproni - Marso NYKK
Mar. 31: ZTE KK - FS Debrecen


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.24.4 
 2. Timberlake, Falco-.22.2 
 3. Ciric, PVSK P.21.8 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.5 
 5. Austin, Jaszberenyi20.9 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak20.2 
 7. Doyne, PVSK P.20.0 
 8. Schachtner, FS Deb.19.8 
 9. Levy, Szedeak19.4 
 10. Bell, Kormend19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miklos SZABO
  FS Debrecen
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Szabo, FS Debrecen9.9 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.9.7 
 3. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.9.3 
 4. Fey, Kaposvari9.1 
 5. Raivio, Kaposvari8.9 
 6. Bader, Szolnok8.9 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak8.7 
 8. Townes, Kormend8.5 
 9. Austin, Jaszberenyi8.3 
 10. Egemonye, Soproni7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.3 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok5.8 
 4. Simon, Albacomp5.8 
 5. Williams, Atomeromu5.7 
 6. Ingram, FS Debre.5.6 
 7. Fekete, Marso N.4.7 
 8. Thomas, Soproni4.6 
 9. Drahos, Szedeak4.1 
 10. Hodges, Jaszbere.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Fekete, Marso N.2.8 
 2. Austin, Jaszberenyi2.6 
 3. Drahos, Szedeak2.5 
 4. Ingram, FS Debre.2.4 
 5. Ivosev, Szedeak2.3 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari2.3 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok2.3 
 8. Perine, ZTE K.2.2 
 9. Doyne, PVSK P.2.2 
 10. Toth, PVSK P.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Townes, Kormend2.2 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.7 
 3. Keller, Albacomp1.4 
 4. Levy, Szedeak1.1 
 5. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 
 6. Morgen, Atomeromu1.0 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak1.0 
 8. Chism, Albacomp0.9 
 9. Miskovic, Marso N.0.8 
 10. Bell, Kormend0.8 


Standings - B Division

B Division Standings
East
 1. EKF Hesz Gep. 16-3
 2. Salgotarjani 16-3
 3. MTK Torokbalint 15-4
 4. Bajai FKE 12-7
 5. Kecskemeti Foi. 11-8
 6. Nagykorosi 9-10
 7. EnterNet Vas. 8-11
 8. Phoenix KK 7-12
 9. DEAC 5-14
 10. Obudai 5-14
 11. Szerencs 0-18
West
 1. Kanizsa 16-5
 2. Bonyhadi 15-6
 3. PTE-PEAC PVSK 14-7
 4. SMAFC-NYME 14-7
 5. Veszpremi 14-7
 6. Gyorszol 13-8
 7. Bp. Honved 12-9
 8. TF Budapest 10-11
 9. MAFC 8-13
 10. Ceragem 5-16
 11. Treff 4-17
 12. FKSZC-Sarvar 1-20


Best players of Hungarian A Division round 24 - by Eurobasket News

American Rashad Bell (201-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Kormend and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 24 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team edged out Kecskemeti (#6, 13-11) 73-70. Kormend maintains the 4th position in Hungarian A Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kormend will need more victories to improve their 18-6 record. It's Bell's second year at Kormend and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Boston University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bell is in league's top in points (9th best: 19.1ppg) and averages solid 61.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American guard Nikolas Raivio (192-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) of Kaposvari. Raivio impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Kaposvari cruised to a 78-70 relatively comfortable win over Soproni (10-14). This victory allowed Kaposvari to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-14 record. Raivio is a newcomer at Kaposvari and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.5ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 8.8rpg and 3.3apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Michael Schachtner (206-F-86) of FS Debrecen (#10). Schachtner got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . Despite Schachtner's great performance FS Debrecen lost 87-92 to the higher-ranked PVSK Pannon (#7, 12-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of FS Debrecen not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Schachtner could try to bring FS Debrecen's a little bit higher in the standings. Schachtner has a very solid season. In 12 games in Hungary he scored 19.0ppg. He also has 5.8rpg and FGP: 56.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milan Csorvasi (209-F/C-88) of Kecskemeti - 19 points and 8 rebounds
5. Jara Doyne (193-G/F-84) of PVSK Pannon - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Andrija Ciric (199-G-80) of PVSK Pannon - 23 points and 7 rebounds
7. Marko Derasimovic (200-F/G-84) of Kecskemeti - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Norbert Toth (203-F-86) of PVSK Pannon - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Marton Bader (212-C-80) of Szolnok - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Miklos Szabo (206-F/C-86) of FS Debrecen - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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



A Division Round 24: Kormend edges Kecskemeti by three points - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in A Division.

Sixth-ranked Kecskemeti (13-11) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Kormend (18-6) on Wednesday. Kormend managed to secure only three-point victory 73-70. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 18-8. But Kecskemeti won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Kecskemeti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Istvan Nemeth (190-79, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian swingman Marko Derasimovic (200-84) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds. Kormend maintains fourth position with 18-6 record. Kecskemeti lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. Kormend are looking forward to face higher ranked Szolnok (#3) in Szolnok in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Kecskemeti will play at home against Jaszberenyi and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game in Paks was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Szolnok (20-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Atomeromu (16-8). Szolnok managed to secure a 6-point victory 82-76. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Atomeromu. It was a good game for the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Obie Trotter contributed with 23 points for the winners. American Nick Williams (192-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds for Atomeromu. Szolnok have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Albacomp. Atomeromu at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Szolnok will play against Kormend (#4) at home in the next round. Atomeromu will play against the league's second-placed Albacomp in Szekesfehervar and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kaposvar. Local Kaposvari (10-14) beat 8th ranked Soproni (10-14) 78-70 on Wednesday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Nikolas Raivio who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Janou Rubin with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Kaposvari moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Soproni. Kaposvari will meet league's leader Falco-Szova in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Soproni will play against Marso NYKK (#12) in Nyiregyhaza and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 24 PVSK Pannon defeated FS Debrecen in Pecs 92-87. Albacomp beat ZTE KK at home 77-69.


FS Debrecen - PVSK Pannon 87-92

There was no surprise when 10th ranked FS Debrecen (8-17) was defeated at home by seventh ranked PVSK Pannon (12-12) 92-87 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 27-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (199-80, agency: BeoExcell) who added 23 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Michael Schachtner (206-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo, agency: Two Points) scored 20 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon maintains seventh position with 12-12 record. Loser FS Debrecen keeps the tenth place with 17 games lost. PVSK Pannon will meet at home Szedeak (#11) in the next round. FS Debrecen will play against ZTE KK in Zalaegerszeg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: J.Doyne 25+6reb+3ast, A.Ciric 23+7reb+1ast, N.Vasojevic 16+6reb+1ast, N.Toth 15+7reb+4ast, A.Deak 6+2reb, P.Kovacs 5+2reb+1ast
FS Debrecen: M.Schachtner 30+10reb+1ast, J.Ingram 20+2reb+7ast, M.Szabo 14+10reb+3ast, D.Moore 13+4reb+4ast, T.Papp 6+3reb+2ast, I.Kovacs 4+4reb+6ast
gschID: 146777


Kaposvari - Soproni 78-70

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kaposvar. Local Kaposvari (10-14) beat 8th ranked Soproni (10-14) 78-70 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 21-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Jozsef Lekli (206-87, agency: TSS Management) who added 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA, agency: Two Points) with 20 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Dontay Thomas (186-84, college: La Salle) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Kaposvari moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Soproni. Kaposvari will meet league's leader Falco-Szova in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Soproni will play against Marso NYKK (#12) in Nyiregyhaza and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: N.Raivio 22+10reb+6ast, J.Lekli 21+3reb+1ast, K.Kiss 12+2reb+2ast, K.Ahelegbe 8+2ast, C.Gosa 7+4reb+5ast, B.Szoke 5+2reb
Soproni: J.Rubin 20+5reb+3ast, D.Thomas 15+6reb+5ast, B.Egemonye 15+5reb+1ast, F.Boldizsar 6+1reb, Z.Vesztergom 5+1reb+1ast, R.Keresztes 5
gschID: 146778


Albacomp - ZTE KK 77-69

No shocking result in a game in Szekesfehervar where second ranked Albacomp (20-4) defeated bottom-ranked ZTE KK (1-24) 77-69 on Wednesday. ZTE KK trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 24-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-77 at the end of the game. Albacomp dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to ZTE KK's 34. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Roland Hendlein (205-86, agency: TSS Management) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and international power forward Akos Keller (206-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who added 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Esian Henderson (204-86, college: Central Mo.) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Tim Whitworth (198-81, college: Drexel, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 25 points. Albacomp have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-4 record behind leader Falco-Szova, which they share with Szolnok. ZTE KK lost thirteenth consecutive game. Defending champion stay dead last with 24 lost games. Albacomp will meet Atomeromu (#5) in the next round. ZTE KK will play against FS Debrecen (#10).
Top scorers:
Albacomp: M.El Amin 16+2reb+2ast, R.Hendlein 15+6reb+2ast, L.Juhos 12+5reb+1ast, A.Keller 11+8reb+1ast, W.Chism 8+9reb+1ast, B.Simon 8+3reb+7ast
ZTE KK: T.Whitworth 25+4reb, E.Henderson 19+13reb, T.Kelley 7+2reb+13ast, G.Kinter 6+8reb, D.Gaspar 6+1ast, G.Toth 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 146780


Atomeromu - Szolnok 76-82

The game in Paks was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Szolnok (20-4) played at the court of 5th ranked Atomeromu (16-8). Szolnok managed to secure a 6-point victory 82-76. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Atomeromu. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-13. But Atomeromu won second period 18-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Szolnok won last quarter 28-23. It was a good game for the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. International point guard Obie Trotter (186-84, college: Alabama A&M, agency: Court Side) contributed with 23 points for the winners. American Nick Williams (192-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and international swingman David Vojvoda (191-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Atomeromu. Szolnok have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Albacomp. Atomeromu at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Szolnok will play against Kormend (#4) at home in the next round. Atomeromu will play against the league's second-placed Albacomp in Szekesfehervar and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: O.Trotter 23+3ast, M.Bader 14+10reb+2ast, B.Gay 9+5reb+1ast, J.Mills 9+2reb+2ast, H.Nikolov 9+5reb, M.Fodor 9+3ast
Atomeromu: N.Williams 19+7reb+1ast, D.Vojvoda 16+5reb+3ast, F.Morgen 11+5reb, L.Williams 9+4reb+4ast, A.Toth 8+3reb+2ast, A.Kovacs 6+1ast
gschID: 146774


Kormend - Kecskemeti 73-70

Sixth-ranked Kecskemeti (13-11) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Kormend (18-6) on Wednesday. Kormend managed to secure only three-point victory 73-70. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 18-8. But Kecskemeti won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Kecskemeti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Istvan Nemeth (190-79, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 14 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian swingman Marko Derasimovic (200-84) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Milan Csorvasi (209-88, agency: FCM) added 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Kormend maintains fourth position with 18-6 record. Kecskemeti lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 11 games lost. Kormend are looking forward to face higher ranked Szolnok (#3) in Szolnok in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Kecskemeti will play at home against Jaszberenyi and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Kormend: R.Bell 24+13reb+1ast, I.Nemeth 14+2reb+3ast, D.Mladenovic 10, D.Townes 9+6reb+1ast, M.English 7+6reb+6ast, C.Ferencz 7+3reb
Kecskemeti: M.Csorvasi 19+8reb, M.Derasimovic 19+7reb+3ast, K.Wittmann 13+3reb+1ast, I.Pap 7+3reb, Z.Bencze 6+2reb, M.Pongo 5+1reb
gschID: 146775



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Standings

IBL Standings
Branding
 1. Jersey G-F 0-0
 2. Orlando V. 0-0
 3. Yamhill H. 0-0
Continental
 1. Bellingham S. 0-0
 2. Olympia R. 0-0
 3. Vancouver V. 0-0
International
 1. Edmonton E. 0-0
 2. Japan 0-0
 3. Portland C. 0-0
Travel Team
 1. Los Angeles 0-0
 2. S. Soldiers 0-0
 3. W.Coast H. 0-0

Regular Season: Round 1

Apr. 20: Olympia R. - Bellingham S.
Apr. 21: Bellingham S. - S. Soldiers



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Hlynur Baeringsson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Icelandic playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hlynur Baeringsson
Hlynur Baeringsson
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Sundsvall Dragons (21-15) in their last game. Despite Baeringsson's very good performance Sundsvall Dragons was edged in an overtime 89-87 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) LF Basket. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 16 rebounds in 42 minutes on the court. It was Sundsvall Dragons' third consecutive loss in a row. Baeringsson is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 10.1rpg. He also averaged so far 14.3ppg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 56.5%(153-271), 3FGP: 34.5% and FT: 76.9% in the 36 games he played so far. Baeringsson played for the Icelandic senior national team three years ago.

Logi Gunnarsson
Logi Gunnarsson
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan. He was not able to help Solna Vikings (17-19) in their last game on Friday. Despite Gunnarsson's very good performance Solna Vikings was defeated 89-82 in Sodertalje by the leading Kings. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Gunnarsson also added 4 rebounds. Gunnarsson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 86.8%. Gunnarsson played for the Icelandic national team in 2009.

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hlynur Baeringsson and both played together in the last Swedish Basketligan game. Sigurdarson, who plays in the Swedish Basketligan. He was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Sundsvall Dragons (21-15) in their last game. Despite Sigurdarson's very good performance Sundsvall Dragons was edged in an overtime 89-87 in Lulea by the higher-ranked (#5) LF Basket. He scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) in 43 minutes. Sigurdarson is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers with 19.0ppg. This year his other stats are: 2.8rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 92.3%(120-130) in the 38 games. Sigurdarson played for the Icelandic national team three years ago.

Helgi Magnusson
Helgi Magnusson
   #4. Swingman Helgi Magnusson (198-82, college: Catawba) was the major contributor in a 08 Stockholm's victory against the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (23-13) 86-78 in the Swedish Basketligan in Saturday night's game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. 08 Stockholm (3-3) is placed third in the Basketligan. It's Magnusson's first season with the team. Magnusson has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Icelandic national team back in 2009.

Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson
   #5. Former international guard Hoerdur Vilhjalmsson (188-88) led Mitteldeutscher BC to a 1-point victory over the 11th-ranked NBC (11-16) 73-72 in the German ProA (second division) last Friday. Vilhjalmsson was MVP of the game. He recorded 14 points in 30 minutes. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (22-5) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Vilhjalmsson has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg in the 27 games. He used to play for the Icelandic national team three years ago.

Pavel Ermolinskij
Pavel Ermolinskij
   #6. Swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hlynur Baeringsson. He played also in the last Swedish Basketligan game facing Jakob Sigurdarson (above) in the other team. Ermolinskij couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Sundsvall Dragons (21-15) in their game against LF Basket (20-16). He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Sundsvall Dragons was edged in an overtime 89-87 in Lulea by the higher-ranked LF Basket (#5). Ermolinskij is currently fifth on the list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 5.1apg and 1.9spg. Ermolinskij is a former international player as he played for the Icelandic senior team three years ago.

Darrel Lewis
Darrel Lewis
   #7. best in steals with 1.9spg. He also averaged so far 14.9ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg in the 24 games. Lewis is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Lewis is currently in the Icelandic national team roster. He used to play for Reynir S. in Icelandic league.

Sigurdur Einarsson
Sigurdur Einarsson
   #8. Guard Sigurdur Einarsson (187-82) couldn't help Horsens IC (12-15) in their game against Bakken (25-2) in the Danish Ligaen. Einarsson scored 5 points. Horsens IC was defeated 93-87 at home by the leading Bakken. This season Einarsson averages only 4.0ppg. He used to play for the Icelandic national team back in 2005.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) plays for CAI Zaragoza in Spanish ACB
Haukur Palsson (198-F-92) plays for Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB
Brynjar Bjornsson (191-G-88) plays for KFUM Jamtland in Swedish Basketligan
Axel Karason (193-F-83) plays for Vaerlose in Danish Ligaen
Aske Thorsteinsson (185-F-86) plays for Aalborg in Danish Ligaen
Olafur Sigurdsson (180-PG-82) plays for Aabyhoj in Danish Ligaen
Gudni Valentinusson (204-C-85) plays for Aabyhoj in Danish Ligaen

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



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  B.Gais N.
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Thompson, B.Gais N.24.4 
 2. Atupem, UCC Demons24.3 
 3. Enos, Moycullen22.9 
 4. Turner, 11890 K.22.9 
 5. Stith, UCD Marian17.9 
 6. Cummins, Belfast17.1 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.15.4 
 8. Killeen, UL Eagles15.2 
 9. Murphy, UCC Demons14.7 
 10. Noonan, B.Gais N.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Turner, 11890 K.18.4 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.13.8 
 3. Provizors, DCU S.12.9 
 4. Killeen, UL Eagles12.9 
 5. Enos, Moycullen11.0 
 6. Atupem, UCC Demons9.5 
 7. Stith, UCD Marian8.5 
 8. Glover, DCU Saints7.7 
 9. O''Brien, 11890 K.7.7 
 10. Cunningham, Moycu.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Robert CLARKE
  11890 K.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Clarke, 11890 K.5.2 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.5.2 
 3. Kinevane, UL Eagl.5.0 
 4. Noonan, B.Gais N.5.0 
 5. Dowd, Moycullen4.6 
 6. Donnelly, DCU S.4.1 
 7. Turner, 11890 K.3.9 
 8. Cunningham, Moycul.3.8 
 9. Madsen, 11890 K.3.8 
 10. Thompson, B.Gais3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.7 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.1 
 3. Anderson, DCU S.2.8 
 4. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.2 
 5. Donnelly, DCU S.2.1 
 6. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.0 
 7. Murphy, UCC Demons1.9 
 8. Cunningham, Moycul.1.9 
 9. Madsen, 11890 K.1.9 
 10. Stith, UCD Marian1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.7 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.2 
 3. Killeen, UL Eagles2.0 
 4. Casey, 11890 K.1.8 
 5. Stith, UCD Marian1.7 
 6. Provizors, DCU S.1.5 
 7. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.5 
 8. Trimmer, DCU S.1.4 
 9. Enos, Moycullen1.1 
 10. Quigley, UL Eagles1.0 


Mihajlo Pesic selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mihajlo Pesic
Mihajlo Pesic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-81, agency: Court Side), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL. Pesic could not help Inter Bratislava (10-29) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed Inter Bratislava was defeated 76-71 on the road by the lower-ranked BK Loko Plzen (#7) in the A2 group. Pesic was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Pesic's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Pesic is currently third on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg, 8.1rpg, 2FGP: 47.1% and FT: 62.8%. Pesic has a dual citizenship: Irish and Serbian. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Pesic is currently a member of the Irish senior national team.

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh). He contributed to a Blusens Monbus' victory against the closely-ranked FIATC Joventut (11-15) 73-60 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Kendall scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (9-17) is placed 15th in the ACB. This year Kendall averages: 8.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 62.5% in the 26 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Irish. Despite Kendall played previously for the Canadian national team, he is currently a member of the Irish senior national team.

Colin O'Reilly
Colin O'Reilly
   #3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Colin O'Reilly (200-84, college: Post), who plays in the British BBL. O'Reilly was not able to help Cheshire Jets (7-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Cheshire Jets was crushed 94-65 at home by the second-ranked Worcester Wolves. O'Reilly recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. O'Reilly has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 7.7rpg, 3.1apg, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 72.7%. Despite O'Reilly played previously for the Canadian national team, he played also for the Irish national team in 2009.

Bryan Mullins
Bryan Mullins
   #4. Point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) managed to help Chalons-Reims in a victory against the 12th-ranked JL Bourg (12-15) 82-74 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. Mullins scored only 4 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 30 minutes. Chalons-Reims (18-9) is placed third in the ProB. Mullins is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league with 5.3apg. This year he also averages: 9.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.9spg in the 27 games. Mullins is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Irish national team back in 2009. Strangely Mullins has never played in Ireland.

Conor Grace
Conor Grace
   #5. Former international forward Conor Grace (210-82, college: Davidson) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Uppsala Basket (21-15) in their game against Boras Basket (21-15) in the Swedish Basketligan. He recorded only 4 points. Uppsala Basket was badly defeated 84-67 in Boras by the higher-ranked Basket (#3). Grace's overall stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 2.8rpg. He used to play for the Irish national team three years ago.

Tony McCrory
Tony McCrory
   #6. An experienced swingman Tony McCrory (199-77, college: Simon Fraser) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Starwings (9-15) in their game against SAV Vacallo (13-10) in the Swiss LNA. McCrory scored only 4 points in 26 minutes. Starwings lost 80-92 in Chiasso to the higher-ranked (#5) SAV Vacallo. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's McCrory's fourth season with the team. McCrory has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg in the 18 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Irish senior team three years ago.

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

   #1. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) led his Spanish team Valencia Basket to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Buducnost (3-3) crushing them 85-63 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. He scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in a mere 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group I. Valencia Basket (6-0) is placed first. So far his team won all six games in the Quarter-Finals. It's Ogilvy's first season with the team. This year Ogilvy averages: 9.5ppg and 3.3rpg in the eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Irish. Despite Ogilvy's Irish passport, he currently plays for the Australian national team and is not eligible to play for the Irish team.

Other top Irish players, who play abroad:

Steven Hale (200-F-75) plays for Chorale de Roanne in French ProA
Donnie McGrath (193-G-84) plays for Tezenis Verona in Italian Lega2
Allen Conlan (196-F-74) plays for Xion Dukes in Austrian A Bundesliga
Ian O'Boyle (191-G-84) plays for McDonalds Manawatu Jets in New Zealand NBL
James Kelly (183-G-87) plays for Killamarsh Derbyshire Arrows in British EBL2
Mike Commane (211-C-82) plays for Mandelieu in French NM3
Jamie Mastaglio (193-G/F-75) plays for Montecatini in Italian D dilettanti
Tom Sheehey (204-F-65) plays for Fabriano in Italian B dilettanti

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



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Panathinaikos wins at Nokia Arena 69-78, forces decisive Game Five in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Electra - Panathinaikos 69-78

Panathinaikos did a great job in Tel Aviv on Thursday night. The defending Euroleague champion celebrated 69-78 victory at Nokia arena tying the score to 2-2 in the Euroleague Quarterfinals. It means that PAO forced crucial Game Five, which will be played next week at their home court in Athens. Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) shined when it mattered most for his team scoring 15 points. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) had 13 points, while Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) (7 rebs) and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) helped their team with 12 points each. Diamantidis made some crucial free throws during the last period of the game. In Maccabi, Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) answered with 14 points and 7 boards. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) also scored 14 and Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added two less. Maccabi was 19-17 up after ten minutes of play, but PAO opened the second period with 2-8 run. Nick Calathes and his teammates later went on the halftime with 36-41 lead. After Devin Smith closed the gap to 3, Calathes took charge with a layup and a three to put his team up 8. Steven Smith then buried a wide-open timeout from the corner for a 38-49 lead, which prompted Maccabi coach David Blatt to call timeout. The hosts created 9-0 run in just three minutes and Smith finally responded for PAO with a slam. Later PAO went to the last period with plus 4, 50-54. Visitors extended margin to 51-59 and Maccabi replied with 13-5 for 65-64 lead. That was all from Maccabi last night as Dimitris Diamantidis and Kostas Kaimakoglou led their team to crucial 10-0 run, which allowed PAO to win the game. Quarters: 19-17, 17-24, 14-13, 19-24. As mentioned above, teams will meet in Game Five next week at OAKA Arena in Athens.

Maccabi Electra: Devin Smith 14+7 boards, Keith Langford 14, Lior Eliyahu 12
Panathinaikos: Nick Calathes 15, Sarunas Jasikevicius 13, Kostas Kaimakoglou 12+7 boards, Dimitris Diamantidis 12



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

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

Yotam Halperin
Yotam Halperin
#1. This week's number one is an international guard Yotam Halperin (196-84). He led his Russian team Spartak St.Petersburg to a victory over the closely-ranked CEZ Nymburk (3-3) 86-71 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Halperin was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and added 7 passes (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 28 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Spartak St.Petersburg (5-1) is placed first. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. It's Halperin's first season with the team. Halperin belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #2 with 5.3apg. He also averaged so far 9.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 84.6% in the 14 games he played so far. Halperin is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Omri Casspi
Omri Casspi
#2. Second place goes to an international swingman Omri Casspi (204-88), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-31) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Casspi's good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were crushed 108-83 on the road by the Phoenix Suns. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Casspi also added 5 rebounds. This season Casspi averages: 7.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3FGP: 32.5% and FT: 61.3%. He is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Afik Nissim
Afik Nissim
#3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, agency: Beo Basket). Nissim contributed to Krka's victory against the sixth-ranked Sentjur (0-2) 88-74 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Wednesday night. He scored 8 points and added 6 passes in 24 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (2-0) is placed first in Championship Group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Nissim's overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.5apg and FT: 75.0% in the two games. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and French. Despite Nissim played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
#4. Guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) was the main contributor in Svendborg's victory against the closely-ranked Naestved (17-10) 74-70 in the Danish Ligaen in Monday night's game. Colman was the best player in that game. He recorded 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Svendborg Rabbits (23-4) is placed second in the Ligaen. Colman is currently fifth on the list of best passers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Colman averages: 16.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.4apg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Danish. Despite Colman played previously for the Danish national team, he is currently in the Israeli national team roster.

Jason Thomas
Jason Thomas
#5. Former international guard Jason Thomas (191-82, college: American) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (21-15) 84-67 in the Swedish Basketligan last Thursday. Thomas was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Thomas also added and 3 steals in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Boras Basket (21-15) is placed third in the Basketligan. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Thomas has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg in the 37 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Thomas played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Israeli national team roster. Thomas used to play for Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan in Israeli league.

Gal Mekel
Gal Mekel
#6. Point guard Gal Mekel (192-88, college: Wichita St.) contributed to a Benetton Treviso's victory against the closely-ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (10-14) 95-91 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He scored 9 points and added 7 passes. Benetton Treviso (11-13) is placed tenth in the SerieA. Mekel's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.4apg. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Mekel is also an international player who is currently on the senior Israeli National Team roster.

Oded Brandwein
Oded Brandwein
#7. Former U20 international guard Oded Brandwein (188-88, agency: N.E.T.), who plays in the Polish PLK was not able to help Kotwica (16-17) in their last game. Despite his good performance the third-placed Kotwica lost 74-85 in Lodz to the lower-ranked (#8) LKS Sphinx in the Group B. Brandwein scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 33 minutes. It was Kotwica's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Brandwein has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.8apg in the 32 games. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Brandwein is currently in the Israeli U20 national team roster.

Guy Aud
Guy Aud
#8. Guard Guy Aud (182-89) helped Licher Baeren win their game against the 13th-ranked SSV Lok Bernau (2-22) crushing them 90-55 in the German ProB (third division) last Sunday. Aud was the top player that evening. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Licher Basket Baeren (11-11) is placed ninth in Group South. Aud's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.9apg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite he played previously for the German national team, Aud is currently in the Israeli national team roster.

Robert Rothbart
Robert Rothbart
#9. Former international center Robert Rothbart (217-86) managed to help Union Olimpija Ljubljana in a victory against the fifth-ranked Zlatorog (0-2) 73-61 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Wednesday night. He scored only 4 points in 17 minutes. It was his first game for Olimpija this season. His team is placed second in Championship Group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Rothbart used to play for the Israeli national team two years ago.

Shawn Weinstein
Shawn Weinstein
#10. Guard Shawn Weinstein (186-85, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: St.Edward's) was not able to secure a victory for Barako Bull (4-5) in their game against Ginebra Kings (6-3) in the Filipino PBA. He recorded 5 points. Barako Bull was defeated 91-81 in Manila by the higher-ranked Ginebra Kings (#3). The Regular Season already ended. This season Weinstein averages only 2.6ppg. He is a naturalized American. Weinstein is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Israeli senior national team. He used to play for Elitzur Maccabi Netanya in Israeli league.

#11. U20 international center Ram Elias-Pour (208-93) couldn't help Zwolle in their game against Rotterdam in the Dutch Eredivisie. Elias-Pour cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. His team lost 72-84. This year Elias-Pour's total stats are: 1.6ppg and 1.4rpg in the eight games. He plays currently for the Israeli U20 national team.



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Conad Biancoblu lands PG Marque Perry - by Eurobasket News

Conad Biancoblu announced signing of Marque Perry (185-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) for rest of the season. The American point guard started it with Latvian team VEF Riga. He had 5 ppg, 1.6 apg and 1.4 rpg for 5 EuroCup games. In Latvian league, Perry had much higher numbers averaging 14.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists for 6 games. His numbers in VTB United league dropped to 3.7 ppg for 9 games. Marque Perry split last season between Union Olimpija and Ural Ekaterinburg. In 2009/10, he played for Donetsk and Besiktas. Perry also has experience from Triupmh, Samara, Banvit, Capo D'Orlando and Olympiakos. With Capo D'Orlando he had 15.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 3 apg in 2005/06 season. Perry is a product of the St. Louis University, where he graduated back in 2003.


Market news : Kaselakis leaves Biella and Tucker stays in Roma - by Giovanni Bargna

After a seven days try-out Angelico Biella did not offer a contract to Leonidas Kaselakis (201-F-90). The italian team coached by Cancellieri will probably get to the end of this season without adding players to its roster, but they will keep on monitoring the market and a sign can't be excluded at the moment. The greek player will fly back to his home country today and join his team, Ilysiakos Athens.

After a 'thrilling' case, Clay Tucker (196-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) confirmed he's going to stay in Roma for the rest of the season. The player was asked to look for another team by the team management and got to an agreement with Fenerbahce, but then Roma changed his mind and decided to keep the player in the roster. This is what Tucker said interviewed by Leggo:
'I've been thorugh this with professionalism. I want to stay, I feel good in Roma and I want to get to the playoffs with the team. I believe we can get there and the team believe in this too. We know we have to win at least five or six games and hope that Varese and Avellino will lose some. As Djedovic left the squad everyone will have more minutes on the court and more responsibilities, not only me. Now we got to focus on the next game against Treviso and take the win'



Bootsy Thornton out due to a fractured hand - by Giovanni Bargna

As reported by Montepaschi Siena Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) suffered from an injury during game three of the Euroleague playoffs played against Olympiacos. The US forward has a fractured hand and won't be on the court tomorrow to face the greek team in game four. Thornton will probably go under surgery but a final decision will be made as soon as the team will get back to Italy and medical investigation will be performed.


Andrea Bargnani selected the top Italian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Andrea Bargnani
Andrea Bargnani
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Andrea Bargnani (209-85). He led Toronto Raptors to a victory over the Denver Nuggets (27-24) 105-96 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Bargnani was MVP of the game. He recorded 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 36 minutes on the court. The Toronto Raptors have not so impressive 17-34 record this season. It's Bargnani's sixth year with the team. Bargnani has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 28.7% and FT: 86.6% in the 25 games he played so far. Bargnani is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Marco Belinelli (196-86). He was the main contributor in a New Orleans Hornets' victory against the Golden State Warriors (20-29) 102-87 in the NBA last Wednesday. Belinelli was the best player in that game. He recorded 22 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. The New Orleans Hornets have not so impressive 13-37 record this season. This year Belinelli has very high stats. He averages: 11.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 45.9%, 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 78.7%. Belinelli is in the roster of the Italian senior national team.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports). He was the major contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (3-3) 67-56 in the Euroleague on Tuesday night. Huertas scored 9 points and added 4 assists in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group H. Regal FC Barcelona (6-0) is placed first. So far his team won all six games in the Quarter-Finals. Huertas is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers with 4.6apg. This year his other stats are: 8.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 55.7%(34-61), 3FGP: 43.1% and FT: 83.3% in the 19 games. Huertas has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian. Despite he played previously for the Brazilian national team, Huertas is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Nicolas Borsellino
Nicolas Borsellino
   #4. Forward Nicolas Borsellino (202-86) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Atletico Welcome (8-2) crushing them 80-58 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Tuesday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Serie 2. Malvin (7-3) is placed second. Borsellino's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.6apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Uruguayan. Despite Borsellino played previously for the Uruguayan national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster.

Jayson Granger
Jayson Granger
   #5. International guard Jayson Granger (186-89), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Asefa Estudiantes (7-18) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Asefa Estudiantes lost 74-89 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) Caja Laboral. Granger was the second best scorer with 20 points in 22 minutes. Granger is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Asefa Estudiantes' roster. He belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #3 with 1.5spg. This year Granger also averages: 10.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 3.5apg in the 24 games. He has both Uruguayan and Italian nationalities. Worth to mention Granger played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite Granger played previously for the Uruguayan national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster.

Ryan Zamroz
Ryan Zamroz
   #6. Guard Ryan Zamroz (191-87, agency: JEMsports, college: Master's) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (21-15) 84-67 in the Swedish Basketligan on Thursday night. Zamroz recorded 17 points, 3 assists and 3 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Boras Basket (21-15) is placed third in the Basketligan. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Zamroz has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.1apg. Zamroz is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Zamroz is also a former international player as he played for the Italian senior team three years ago. Strangely he has never played in Italy.

Samuel Cricelli
Samuel Cricelli
   #7. Former international forward Samuel Cricelli (200-85, also represented by JEMsports, college: Caldwell) contributed to a Liverpool Mersey Tigers' victory against the sixth-ranked Sheffield One Health Sharks (11-13) 85-74 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. Cricelli was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds in 31 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Cricelli's third season in pro basketball. Liverpool Mersey Tigers (7-18) is placed second from the bottom (#10) in the BBL. Cricelli has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg in the 11 games. Despite he played previously for the British national team, Cricelli is currently in the Italian national team roster.

Mauricio Aguiar
Mauricio Aguiar
   #8. Forward Mauricio Aguiar (197-83, agency: Players Group) helped Hebraica win their game against the leader Aguada (8-2) crushing them 91-62 in the Uruguayan LUB last Monday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Serie 1. Hebraica Macabi (9-1) is placed first. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. It's Aguiar's first season with the team. This year Aguiar has very high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.7apg. Despite Aguiar played previously for the Uruguayan national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster.

Alejandro Muro
Alejandro Muro
   #9. Former international guard Alejandro Muro (187-74, another player represented by Players Group) helped Aguada win their game against the leader Hebraica (9-1) 83-74 in the Uruguayan LUB on Thursday night. Muro recorded 16 points and added 5 assists in 40 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Serie 2. Atletico Aguada (8-2) is placed first. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Muro is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers with 4.9apg. This year his other stats are: 13.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3spg in the 41 games. Despite Muro played previously for the Uruguayan national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster.

Anthony Dobbins
Anthony Dobbins
   #10. Guard Anthony Dobbins (194-81, college: Richmond) helped Poitiers win their n overtime game against the ninth-ranked Cholet (11-12) 85-77 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Dobbins scored 9 points, grabbed 7 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. Union Poitiers Basket 86 (8-15) is placed 13th in the ProA. Dobbins' overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.0apg and 2.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Dobbins played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Italian senior national team. Dobbins used to play for Banca Nuova Trapani in Italian league.

   #11. Former international power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (206-82, college: Drury) helped Baloncesto Leon win their game against the closely-ranked Lobe Huesca 86-82 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Saturday. He scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. This year Mortellaro has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg and 7.6rpg in the 29 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Mortellaro played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster. Mortellaro used to play for Sicc BPA Jesi in Italian league.

   #12. Former international point guard Federico Bavosi (184-81), who plays in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) was not able to help River Andorra (20-10) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance River Andorra was edged 70-67 in Azpeitia by the much lower-ranked Lan Mobel ISB (#8). Bavosi was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Bavosi is currently first on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (third place). His overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.4apg and 1.7spg. Despite Bavosi played previously for the Uruguayan U21 national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster.

   #13. Former international point guard Marcos Marotta (177-89) faced previously mentioned Nicolas Borsellino in the Uruguayan LUB last game. Marotta was not able to secure a victory for Atletico Welcome in their game against Malvin. He scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 26 minutes. His team was crushed by 22 points 80-58. This year Marotta's overall stats are: 3.6ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.7apg in the 39 games. Despite he played previously for the Uruguayan U17 national team, Marotta is currently in the Italian national team roster.

   #14. Former international swingman Ross Schraeder (196-83, college: Cal-Irvine) helped Ford Burgos win their game against the closely-ranked Lleida Basquet crushing them 88-53 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He scored 10 points. Schraeder's total stats this season are: 7.1ppg and 1.4rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Schraeder played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster. Schraeder used to play for 86.4%, in March '06 signed a 3 year contract with Bipop-Carire Reggio Emilia in Italian league.

   #15. Former international power forward Ryan Pettinella (206-84, college: Cincinnati) helped Grindavik win their game against the closely-ranked Stjarnan 89-80 in the Icelandic Express League on Thursday night. He recorded 6 points in only 14 minutes. This year Pettinella's total stats are: 5.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.7apg in the 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Pettinella played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Italian national team roster. Pettinella used to play for Premiata Montegranaro in Italian league.



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Pape-Philippe Amagou selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket). He was the major contributor in a Sluc Nancy's victory against the league outsider Hyeres-Toulon (2-21) 89-76 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Amagou scored 17 points in 33 minutes on the court. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (15-8) is placed fourth in the ProA. Amagou has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 38.8% and FT: 83.5% in the 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Ivorian national team in 2010.

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida). Hodge led Zastal ZG to a victory over the fifth-ranked Energa Czarni (2-3) 83-75 in the Polish PLK last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Hodge scored 21 points and added 8 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Zastal Zielona Gora (3-2) is placed third in Group A. Hodge is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hodge averages: 18.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 32.5% and FT: 86.7%. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and Puerto Rican. Despite Hodge played previously for the Puerto Rican national team, he played also for the Ivorian national team in 2005.

Mouloukou Diabate
Mouloukou Diabate
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Mouloukou Diabate (183-87). Diabate contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Hyeres-Toulon (2-21) crushing them 85-60 in the French ProA on Tuesday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (12-11) is placed seventh in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Diabate's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 58.0%(40-69), 3FGP: 14.0% and FT: 92.0%(23-25) in the 19 games. He has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Despite Diabate played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #4. Center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Meridiano Alicante (14-12) to beat Unicaja Malaga (14-12). Kone scored 8 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Meridiano Alicante was defeated 72-60 on the road by the higher-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#6). It's Kone's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 4.3ppg and 3.6rpg. Kone also holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Kone is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Mamadou Lamizana
Mamadou Lamizana
   #5. International power forward Mamadou Lamizana (207-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Rutgers) contributed to a 3-point Vaqueros' victory against the league outsider Caciques (2-10) 80-77 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Friday. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. Vaqueros de Bayamon (8-5) is placed second in the BSN. Lamizana is the league's best blocker with 2.6bpg. This year he also averages: 10.9ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.1apg in the 11 games. Similarly like Kone and Diabate above Lamizana holds both Ivorian and French passports. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Lamizana is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Mamadi Diane
Mamadi Diane
   #6. Swingman Mamadi Diane (196-86, college: Virginia) was not able to help Ventspils (12-7) in their game against Lietuvos rytas (0-0) in the Baltic League. He recorded 8 points. The third-placed Ventspils was badly defeated 99-79 in Vilnius by the higher-ranked Lietuvos rytas in the group 1 of Baltic League. This season Diane has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. Despite he played previously for the Guinean national team, Diane is also an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Andre Oupoh
Andre Oupoh
   #7. International forward Andre Oupoh (196-84, college: Abil.Christian) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (6-6) crushing them 98-78 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 15 points in 22 minutes. Caballeros de Culiacan (4-8) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the CIBACOPA. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Oupoh's total stats are: 7.4ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.2apg in the 10 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Despite Oupoh played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Alain Koffi
Alain Koffi
   #8. Center Alain Koffi (207-83, also represented by Beo Basket) managed to help Le Mans Sarthe Basket to win against the 11th-ranked Strasbourg IG (10-13) 83-69 in the French ProA last Saturday. Koffi scored 5 points. Le Mans Sarthe Basket (15-8) is placed fifth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Koffi has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 3.6rpg. He plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

Jonathan Kale
Jonathan Kale
   #9. International forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Lleida Basquet (18-11) in their last game. Despite Kale's good performance Lleida Basquet was crushed 88-53 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#10) Ford_Burgos. He was the second best scorer with 11 points in 25 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kale has reliable stats this year: 12.0ppg and 5.4rpg in the 29 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Despite Kale played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Ismael N'Diaye
Ismael N'Diaye
   #10. Forward Ismael N'Diaye (197-82, college: FIU) was the main contributor in Boncourt's victory against the league outsider BBC Nyon (2-22) crushing them 92-60 in the Swiss LNA in Wednesday night's game. N'Diaye was the best player in that game. He scored 20 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 9 assists. BC Boncourt Red Team (7-17) is placed seventh in the LNA. N'Diaye's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. N'Diaye's stats this season are: 13.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, N'Diaye is also an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international swingman Ibrahim Cisse (188-84, agency: Two Points) contributed to Pavia's victory against the third-ranked Orlandina 68-61 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. Cisse has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.6spg in the 31 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Cisse is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

   #12. International guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC), who plays in the French ProB (second division) couldn't help JA Vichy (7-20) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance JA Vichy was crushed 75-53 in Evreux by the much higher-ranked ALM Evreux (#9). Craven was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Craven has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.8spg. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Despite Craven played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

   #13. Former international forward Francis Koffi (202-81, college: Fresno St.) contributed to Ourense's victory against the tenth-ranked Feve Oviedo 80-74 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Koffi recorded 11 points in a mere 19 minutes. Koffi averaged so far 12.0ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1spg in the 20 games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Koffi is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

   #14. Former international guard Mohamed Toure (189-92) contributed to Omegna's victory against the fourth-ranked Mazzeo San Severo 85-71 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Saturday. He scored 7 points. Toure has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 1.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Toure is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

   #15. An experienced former international swingman Wilfrid Aka (192-79) is a teammate of previously mentioned Errick Craven and both played together in the last French ProB game. Aka couldn't help JA Vichy in their game against ALM Evreux. He scored 5 points in 21 minutes. His team was crushed by 22 points 75-53. Aka has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.4apg in the 26 games. He used to play for the Ivorian national team three years ago.



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Roy Hibbert selected the top Jamaican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Indiana Pacers (29-20) in their last game. Despite Hibbert's very good performance the Indiana Pacers were edged 113-111 on the road by the Phoenix Suns. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Hibbert also added 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 32 minutes on the court. It's Hibbert's fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Hibbert averages: 12.9ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 49.8% and FT: 69.0% in the 49 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hibbert played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Jamaican national team in 2010.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence). Efejuku was the major contributor in Indios' victory against the fifth-ranked Capitanes (7-7) 83-76 in the Puerto Rican BSN last Wednesday. He scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line); quite an impressive performance considering it's only Efejuku's third season in pro basketball. Indios de Mayaguez (9-3) is placed first in the BSN. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Efejuku has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 88.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Jamaican. Despite Efejuku played previously for the Nigerian national team, he played also for the Jamaican national team in 2009.

Samardo Samuels
Samardo Samuels
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-89, college: Louisville). Samuels was not able to help the Cleveland Cavaliers (17-31) in their game against the Philadelphia 76ers (28-22) in the NBA. He scored only 4 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers were badly defeated 103-85 in Philadelphia by the 76ers. It was Cavaliers' fifth consecutive loss in a row. It's Samuels' first season with the team. This year Samuels' overall stats are: 4.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 42.6% and FT: 67.1% in the 36 games. He played for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #4. Point guard Akeem Scott (186-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point), who plays in Montenegro was not able to secure a victory for Mornar Bar (6-4) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Mornar Bar was defeated in an overtime 92-85 in Kavadarci by the lower-ranked Feni Indistrija (#4) in the group A of Balkan League. Scott was the second best scorer with 17 points. Scott is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (first place). This season he has very high stats. Scott averages: 17.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg and 2.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Scott played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite Scott played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Adrian Uter
Adrian Uter
   #5. International power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra) led Maccabi Rishon to a 3-point victory against the league outsider Maccabi Haifa (3-17) 105-102 in the Israeli Premier League last Sunday. Uter recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (12-8) is placed third in the Premier League. The Regular Season already ended. Uter belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #3 with 1.8bpg. This year he also averages: 13.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.6spg in the 20 games. Uter is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Uter is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Corey Muirhead
Corey Muirhead
   #6. Forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL couldn't help BK Pardubice (22-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance BK Pardubice (#4) was defeated 73-65 in Decin by the higher-ranked BK Decin (#3) in the A1 group. Muirhead was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 8 rebounds and 3 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This season Muirhead has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the Canadian national team, Muirhead is also an international player who is currently on the senior Jamaican National Team roster.

Garry Gallimore
Garry Gallimore
   #7. International guard Garry Gallimore (192-84) led CSM Bucuresti to a victory over the 12th-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (7-19) crushing them 110-59 in a derby game in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Gallimore recorded 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. CS Municipal Bucuresti (18-8) is placed fifth in the Division A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Gallimore belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #7 with 17.8ppg. He also averaged so far 4.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg in the 27 games. Despite Gallimore played previously for the Canadian university national team, he is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Jerome Jordan
Jerome Jordan
   #8. Center Jerome Jordan (213-86, college: Tulsa) managed to help New York Knicks to win against the Orlando Magic (32-19) crushing them 108-86 in the NBA last Wednesday. Jordan recorded only 2 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. The New York Knicks have 26-25 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Jordan's total stats this season are: 1.5ppg and 1.3rpg. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2006.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young
   #9. Former international center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) contributed to an Aishin Sea Horses' victory against the closely-ranked Toyota Alvark (29-13) 74-67 in the Japanese JBL on Saturday night. Young scored 8 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Aishin Sea Horses (31-11) are placed first in the JBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Young's total stats are: 8.9ppg and 6.8rpg in the 40 games. Despite he played previously for the Canadian national team, Young is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

Sherman Gay
Sherman Gay
   #10. Power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) couldn't help Fos Ouest (18-9) in their game against Limoges CSP Elite (7-14) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Gay also added 4 blocks. Gay is currently first on the list of best blockers. This season he has very high stats. Gay averages: 15.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.8bpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Gay played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as six years ago he still played for the Jamaican senior national team.

   #11. An experienced former international guard Corey Williams (191-77, college: Alabama St.) couldn't help Quebradillas in their game against Capitanes in the Puerto Rican BSN. Williams scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 91-73. Williams is currently sixth on the league's list of best passers with 4.1apg. This year he also averages: 10.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.3spg in the 12 games. Williams is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Williams is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

   #12. Former international forward Ronald Yates (201-83, college: St.Peter's) was the main contributor in Fribourg's victory against the closely-ranked SAV Vacallo 65-55 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Yates scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Yates belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #8. This season he has very high stats. Yates averages: 16.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Yates played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.

   #13. Former international guard Maurice Bailey (183-81, college: Sacred Heart) couldn't help VEF Riga in their game against Kalev/Cramo in the Baltic League. Bailey cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 8 minutes on the court. His team was edged in an overtime 79-76. This year Bailey averages just 1.5ppg in the two games. He is a naturalized American. Bailey used to play for the Jamaican national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international point guard Bryan Bailey (185-80, college: Bucknell) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked TBB Trier crushing them 73-51 in the German BBL last Saturday. He scored only 2 points. Bailey has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 2.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Bailey used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former international power forward Shakir Johnson (205-87, college: Metro St.) contributed to Giurgiu's victory against one of league's weakest teams Politehnica 91-82 in the Romanian Division A on Sunday night. He recorded 6 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 16 minutes. Johnson has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3bpg in the three games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Johnson is currently in the Jamaican national team roster.



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Kosovo All Stars match - by Dren Shporta

In memoriam of former Basketball Federation General Secretary, Isuf Lumi, that died two years before, Basketball Federation of Kosovo is organizing a All Stars match between Kosovo National Team and the Internationals team, based on players that are playing in BKT Superliga.

Kosovo National coach, Arben Krasniqi, has decided to take in his team for the match these players: Ersid Ljuca, Granit Rugova, Edmond Azemi (201-G/F-80, agency: Prossin Sports Management), Elvan Iljazi, Samir Shaptahovic, Gazmend Asllani, Imer Tahiri, Edis Kuraja, Mustafe Merovci, Rron Grapci, Mirza Ahmetbasic and Blerim Mazreku.

On the other hand the Internationals coach, Ivica Maric, has taken all the abroad players that play in BKT Superliga, consisting of, Gerald Inman, John Gilchrist, Rolando Little, Charles Bronson, Mario Edwards, Dustin Scott, Jaleel Nelson, Emir Zimic, Fikret Handjic and Darrin Williams.

The match will be played in Suhareka, the place where the former secretary cames from and will start at 18:00 hrs. on April 1st.




Gazmend Sinani's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Kosovans playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

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

   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Gazmend Sinani (203-91). Sinani was the major contributor in Malbas' victory against the ninth-ranked IK Eos (6-16) crushing them 98-58 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Sinani also added 4 blocks. Malbas Oresund (21-1) is placed first in South group. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Sinani's first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 24.0% and FT: 56.9%. Despite Sinani played previously for the Polish national team, he is currently a member of the Kosovan senior national team.

Korab Ferizi
Korab Ferizi
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Korab Ferizi (201-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Gazmend Sinani and both played together in the last Swedish Basketettan game. Ferizi led Malbas to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked IK Eos (6-16) crushing them 98-58. He recorded 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in 30 minutes. Ferizi has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 55.2%(91-165) and FT: 71.4% in the 18 games he played so far. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Ferizi is currently a member of the Kosovan senior national team.

Kenan Sipahi
Kenan Sipahi
   #3. The Kosovan player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Kenan Sipahi (192-95), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Tofas (11-13) to beat Karsiyaka (14-10). Sipahi's contribution was not very remarkable in Friday's game. He scored only 3 points and added 3 passes. Tofas was crushed 87-66 on the road by the higher-ranked Karsiyaka (#6). It was Tofas' fifth consecutive loss in a row. Sipahi's overall stats this season are: 3.8ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.4apg, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 62.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Turkish. Sipahi is also a member of the Kosovan senior national team.

Dragan Pusic
Dragan Pusic
   #4. Guard Dragan Pusic (193-84) led Sencur CP to a victory against the sixth-ranked Branik (11-11) 101-94 in the Slovenian D2 (second division) last Wednesday. He scored 16 points and added 5 passes in 31 minutes. Sencur Cestno Podjetje Kranj (17-5) is placed second in the D2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Pusic is currently first on the list of most steals with 2.0spg. This year he also averages: 16.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.5apg in the 19 games. Despite Pusic played previously for the Turkish national team, he is currently in the Kosovan national team roster.

Erjon Kastrati
Erjon Kastrati
   #5. International swingman Erjon Kastrati (197-94) was not able to help LTHcast Mercator (3-19) in their game against Polzela (13-9) in the Slovenian Telemach League. Kastrati recorded 5 points. The fifth-placed LTHcast Mercator was defeated 84-71 on the opponent's court by the leading Polzela in the Play-out group. It was LTHcast Mercator's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Kastrati's overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 2.0rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Kosovan and Albanian. Kastrati plays currently for the Kosovan national team.

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

   #1. Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group), who plays in the Polish PLK could not help Anwil (2-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Anwil lost 72-83 at home to the lower-ranked (#6) PGE Turow in the Group A. Berisha scored 12 points in 32 minutes. Berisha has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.1apg in the 27 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Polish. Despite Berisha's Kosovan passport, he currently plays for the Polish national team and is not eligible to play for the Kosovan team.

Other top Kosovan players, who play abroad:

Rasim Beqiri (203-F/C-85) plays for Kristiansand in Norwegian 1Div.
Elio Sadiku (187-PG-91) plays for Saint Chamond in French NM2



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  LATVIA   


Kaspars Cipruss' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Latvians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kaspars Cipruss
Kaspars Cipruss
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances). He led his Estonian team BC Rakvere to a victory over the leader Lietkabelis (11-2) 82-71 in the Baltic League in Tuesday night's game. Cipruss was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 15 rebounds. Cipruss also added 2 blocks in 34 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group 2A. BC Rakvere Tarvas (10-2) is placed first. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. It's Cipruss' first season with the team. Cipruss belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #2) and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Cipruss averages: 18.3ppg, 9.8rpg, 2FGP: 66.9%(81-121) and FT: 77.3% in the 12 games he played so far. He played for the Latvian senior national team four years ago.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89). Strelnieks was the major contributor in a Spartak St.Petersburg's victory against the closely-ranked CEZ Nymburk (3-3) 86-71 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. He scored 19 points and added 4 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Spartak St.Petersburg (5-1) is placed first. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Strelnieks' overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 66.7%(14-21), 3FGP: 30.4%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Edgard Jeromanovs
Edgard Jeromanovs
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Edgard Jeromanovs (186-86), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan. Jeromanovs could not help Norrkoping Dolphins (2-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Norrkoping Dolphins lost 78-86 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) 08 Stockholm. Jeromanovs was the top scorer with 31 points. He also added 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. This year Jeromanovs' overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 79.2% in the 37 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Kristaps Valters
Kristaps Valters
   #4. Guard Kristaps Valters (190-81) was the main contributor in an Unicaja Malaga's victory against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante (14-12) 72-60 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. Valters was the best player in that game. He scored 14 points and added 3 passes. Unicaja Malaga (14-12) is placed sixth in the ACB. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Valters has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.8apg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

Janis Blums
Janis Blums
   #5. International guard Janis Blums (190-82) was not able to help Gescrap BB (4-2) in their game against CSKA Moscow (5-1) in the Euroleague. Blums scored 6 points in 19 minutes. The second-placed Gescrap BB was badly defeated 79-60 in Moscow by the leading CSKA in the group F of Euroleague. Blums has been at the team for four years. This season he averages only 6.1ppg in the 16 games. Blums plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #6. Forward Davis Bertans (208-92) managed to help BC Partizan MT:S Beograd to win against the seventh-ranked Hemofarm (0-2) crushing them 95-70 in the Serbian A League on Wednesday night. He scored 5 points. BC Partizan MT:S Beograd (2-0) is placed second in SuperLiga group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Bertans averages only 2.5ppg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Arturs Brunins
Arturs Brunins
   #7. Former international forward Arturs Brunins (198-82) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Juventus (6-14) 88-69 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. Brunins recorded 14 points in 21 minutes. Neptunas Klaipeda (7-12) is placed eighth in the LKL. It was his team's first victory after eight consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Brunins' total stats are: 5.4ppg and 2.6rpg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team eight years ago.

Rinalds Sirsnins
Rinalds Sirsnins
   #8. Point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kaspars Cipruss and both played together in the last Baltic League game. Sirsnins contributed to a BC Rakvere's victory against the leader Lietkabelis (11-2) 82-71. He scored 14 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). This season Sirsnins has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 4.1apg and 2.1spg. Sirsnins used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2010.

Edmunds Gabrans
Edmunds Gabrans
   #9. An experienced former international guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-79) helped Froya Basket win their game against the closely-ranked Centrum (13-8) 82-73 in the Norwegian BLNO on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Gabrans recorded 26 points (!!!) in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Froya Basket (18-3) is placed first in the BLNO. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Gabrans is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers with 4.1apg. This year his other stats are: 15.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.7spg in the 23 games. Gabrans used to play for the Latvian national team ten years ago.

Martins Berkis
Martins Berkis
   #10. Forward Martins Berkis (198-85) helped Svit edge the closely-ranked Handlova (17-15) 79-77 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. BK Iskra Svit (17-15) is placed fourth in the Extraliga. This season Berkis has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg. Berkis is a former international player as ten years ago he still played for the Latvian senior national team.

   #11. Former international guard Armands Skele (192-83) was not able to secure a victory for Kalev/Cramo in their game against VEF Riga in the Baltic League. He recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. His team lost 56-64. Skele has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg in the 19 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Rihards Sulcs (190-87) helped Bradford Dragons win their game against the 11th-ranked Tees Valley Mohawks crushing them 101-48 in the British EBL (second division) on Sunday night. Sulcs was the top player that evening. He scored 34 points (!!!), had 5 boards, passed 6 assists and added 7 steals. Sulcs belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #3. This season he has very high stats. Sulcs averages: 17.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.2apg and 2.7spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Reinis Strupovics (192-87), who plays in the Estonian KML couldn't help Valga (3-23) in their last game. Despite Strupovics' very good performance the bottom-ranked Valga lost 76-82 at home to the higher-ranked (#6) Tln Kalev. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Strupovics also added 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 40 minutes. He has very impressive stats this year: 20.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.7spg in the 12 games. Strupovics used to play for the Latvian U20 national team five years ago.

   #14. Former international center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV) helped Turk Telekom win their game against the 13th-ranked Olin Edirne 77-69 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. He scored 10 points. This season Kambala has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg and 4.8rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kaspars Cipruss. He played also in the last Baltic League game facing Rinalds Sirsnins (above) in the other team. Umbrasko helped his Estonian team BC Rakvere win their game against the leader Lietkabelis 82-71. He scored 8 points in 38 minutes. Umbrasko has reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.



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  LEBANON   


Another win for Riyadi and Champville in the battle for the first position - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

In the 4th encounter of the seasons Riyadi and Sagesse battled each other in a very exciting game in Manara. The game was a very close one, and its obvious that Riyadi lost the moral edge on teams after the couple of losses against Champville and Anibal.
The first half saw both teams answering each other and the lead was exchanged many times between the 2 teams, the second half saw Riyadi making a run in the 4th quarter but Sagesse regrouped and tried to come back in the game but felt short due to the big experience of Riyado players who secured a very important win in the race for the first position before the play offs.
Ismail Ahmad who had a huge game with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists , Dewarick Sencer finished with 24 pints and Jean Abed El Nour with 15 points. On the other side Nate Johnson seemed like at his home court he finished the game with 27 points , 11 rebounds and 5 assists , Sabah KHoury had a big performance with 23 points ( 5 3pointers) , Brandon Crump finished with 9 points.



In another game Champville cruised into a easy win in Tripoli against Moutahed one the score of 96-75. Champville who signed Marcus Haislip for the reminder of the season played this game with Malcolm Battles for contributed in the win with 17 points and 8 rebounds, Fadi Khatib had a monstrous demonstration with 32 points , 10rebounds and 6 assists , as for Sam Hoskin he finished the game with 18 points and 6 rebounds in 19 minutes of action. On the other side Mohamad Akkari led Moutahed with 21 points , Austin Johnson had 19 and Mika Brand 13.



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  LITHUANIA   

Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  LKKA-.
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Vingelis, LKKA-.21.4 
 2. Uzkuraitis, Delika.18.8 
 3. Birgelis, Matinga-.18.6 
 4. Rakauskas, Radvili.18.0 
 5. Jucikas, AB.17.8 
 6. Maneikis, Meresta17.4 
 7. Varnelis, S.Marc.17.4 
 8. Sragauskis, LKKA-.17.0 
 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.8.0 
 4. Urbonas, LK.7.9 
 5. Linkevicius, Triob.7.4 
 6. Jucikas, AB.7.4 
 7. Kalvelis, Matinga-.7.4 
 8. Pikalavicius, Deli.7.3 
 9. Mockevicius, S.Mar.7.2 
 10. Ramanauskas, Radv.7.2 
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. Malasauskas, LKKA.4.5 
 6. Bitinas, S.Marciu.4.5 
 7. Kuklierius, Mating.4.4 
 8. Birgelis, Matinga-.4.3 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Trio.4.3 
 10. Vileita, Perla.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. Paliukenas, S.Marc.1.9 
 7. Uzkuraitis, Delika.1.9 
 8. Vasiliauskas, Trio.1.8 
 9. Budzinauskas, Sta.1.8 
 10. Birgelis, Matinga.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 


Donatas Motiejunas selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances). He led Asseco Prokom to a victory over the second-ranked Trefl Sopot (3-2) crushing them 81-61 in the Polish PLK in Saturday night's game. Motiejunas was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals in 28 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Asseco Prokom Gdynia (4-1) is placed first. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Motiejunas has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 59.1%(26-44), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 82.4% in the five games he played so far. Motiejunas is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Ksistof Lavrinovic
Ksistof Lavrinovic
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79). He was the major contributor in a 1-point Montepaschi Siena's victory against the closely-ranked Olympiakos (3-3) 81-80 in the Euroleague last Friday. Lavrinovic scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group F. Montepaschi Siena (4-2) is placed first. It's Lavrinovic's fifth season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 48.5%(16-33) and FT: 69.2%. Lavrinovic is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland), who plays in Greece. He could not help Panathinaikos (4-2) in their last game. Despite Jasikevicius' very good performance the first-placed Panathinaikos was edged in an overtime 94-92 at home by the second-ranked Maccabi T-A in the group G of Euroleague. He scored 15 points and added 4 passes in 30 minutes. It's Jasikevicius' first season with the team. This year Jasikevicius' overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 56.1%(37-66), 3FGP: 34.4% and FT: 85.7% in the 19 games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Linas Kleiza
Linas Kleiza
   #4. Forward Linas Kleiza (203-85, college: Missouri), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Toronto Raptors (17-34) in their last game on Monday. Despite Kleiza's very good performance the Toronto Raptors were badly defeated 117-101 on the road by the Orlando Magic. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Kleiza has relatively good stats this season: 9.7ppg and 3.8rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2010.

Antanas Kavaliauskas
Antanas Kavaliauskas
   #5. Former University international center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, also represented by Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) was the main contributor in a VEF Riga's victory against the fourth-ranked Kalev/Cramo (12-7) 64-56 in the Baltic League last Thursday. Kavaliauskas was the best player in that game. He recorded 17 points in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. VEF Riga (0-0) is placed in the Baltic League. This year Kavaliauskas has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg and 4.0rpg in the two games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team five years ago.

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #6. Forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antanas Kavaliauskas. But that was another game of his team in Baltic League which we would like to mention. Zavackas was not able to secure a victory for VEF Riga (0-0) in their game against Kalev/Cramo (12-7). He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. But VEF Riga was edged in an overtime 79-76 in Tallinn by the lower-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#4). Zavackas has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Lithuanian team twelve years ago.

Ramunas Siskauskas
Ramunas Siskauskas
   #7. Former international guard Ramunas Siskauskas (197-78) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (4-2) crushing them 98-71 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game. Siskauskas recorded 7 points in 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group E. CSKA Moscow (5-1) is placed first. Siskauskas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in CSKA Moscow's roster. This season his total stats are: 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg in the 18 games. Siskauskas used to play for the Lithuanian national team two years ago.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #8. Center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84) contributed to Budivelnyk's victory against one of league's weakest teams Cherkasy (8-27) 75-69 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Wednesday. He recorded 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his six free throws). Budivelnyk Kyiv (27-6) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Anisimovas' stats this season are: 10.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg. Despite he played previously for the Ukrainian national team, Anisimovas is currently in the Lithuanian university national team roster.

Mantas Griskenas
Mantas Griskenas
   #9. Former international forward Mantas Griskenas (200-85, college: Wichita St.) contributed to a Sodertalje Kings' victory against the eighth-ranked Solna Vikings (17-19) 83-76 in the Swedish Basketligan on Monday night. He scored 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Griskenas' third season in pro basketball. Sodertalje Kings (23-13) is placed first in the Basketligan. Griskenas averaged so far 12.4ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1apg in the 38 games. Despite he played previously for the Ukrainian national team, Griskenas is currently in the Lithuanian national team roster.

Darjus Lavrinovic
Darjus Lavrinovic
   #10. Center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ramunas Siskauskas and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Lavrinovic managed to help CSKA Moscow to win against the closely-ranked Gescrap BB (4-2) crushing them 98-71. He recorded only 4 points. Lavrinovic has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 2.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan) helped Okapi Aalstar edge the league leader Spirou Charleroi 91-90 in the Belgian D1 last Wednesday. Young scored 9 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 28 minutes. Young is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.1apg in the 21 games. Young is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Young is currently in the Lithuanian national team roster. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

   #12. International guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88) helped his Greek team Olympiakos win their game against the leader Montepaschi Siena crushing them 75-55 in the Euroleague on Wednesday night. Gecevicius scored 5 points. He has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 1.3rpg. Gecevicius is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

   #13. International small forward Simas Jasaitis (201-82) helped Turk Telekom win their game against the 13th-ranked Olin Edirne 77-69 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 9 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 33 minutes. Jasaitis has averaged so far 8.9ppg and 4.2rpg in the 14 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Jasaitis is currently in the Lithuanian national team roster.

   #14. Former University international guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85) couldn't help Krasnie Krilya in their game against Triumph Lyubertsy in the Russian PBL. He scored 9 points and added 5 assists. His team was defeated in an overtime 96-91. Alijevas has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.6apg. Despite he played previously for the Swiss national team, Alijevas is currently in the Lithuanian university national team roster.

   #15. Former University international guard Arvydas Cepulis (196-79) helped Ploiesti win their game against the closely-ranked Targu Mures 93-79 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Cepulis averaged so far 14.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.1apg in the 12 games. Despite he played previously for the Swiss national team, Cepulis is currently in the Lithuanian university national team roster.



NKL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Nafta Universitetas - Delikatesas 74-55

Nafta Universitetas stunned Delikatesas to take the lead in the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Nafta Universitetas. Delikatesas managed to win third quarter 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Delikatesas 50-32 including a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Haroldas Venskus (180-91) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Nafta Universitetas players scored in double figures. Center Tautvydas Slezas (207-90, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: A.Gudaitis 18+10reb, P.Zurna 16+1reb+1ast, H.Venskus 12+6reb+7ast, D.Norkus 11+8reb+2ast, M.Kumpys 10+7reb, V.Chodosovskis 4+6reb
Delikatesas: T.Slezas 21+10reb+3ast, V.Uzkuraitis 15+10reb+3ast, A.Kvedaravicius 13+2reb+4ast, I.Lianzbergas 3+4reb, V.Jatulevicius 2+4reb+1ast, Z.Petraitis 1+1reb+1ast
gschID: 172583


Matinga-Juod. - Zalgiris-Sabonio 102-85

Suduva had little problems overcoming Zalgiris-Sabonio in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Matinga-Juod.. Zalgiris-Sabonio managed to win fourth quarter 31-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Matinga-Juod. made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Matinga-Juod. had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Zalgiris-Sabonio's players. Guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) fired 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Matinga-Juod. players scored in double figures. Forward Rolandas Jakstas (200-92) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Marius Grigonis (194-94) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Matinga-Juod.: A.Birgelis 20+3reb+5ast, Z.Kuklierius 18+3reb+5ast, P.Gvazdaitis 17+2reb, M.Valukonis 17+7reb+4ast, M.Kalvelis 9+8reb+3ast, K.Pupinis 8+6reb+2ast
Zalgiris-Sabonio: R.Jakstas 22+7reb, M.Grigonis 19+4reb+2ast, V.Kariniauskas 14+2reb+3ast, S.Kymantas 6+4reb+1ast, J.Tamulis 6+2reb, Z.Skucas 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 172584


LKKA-Atletas - S.Marciulionio 87-85

LKKA-Atletas survived a tough challenge from S.Marciulionio to surge ahead in the series. The hosts were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 20-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. LKKA-Atletas shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 53.1 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) nailed 23 points and 4 assists for the winning side and forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) accounted for 22 points. Center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-92) came up with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and forward Nerijus Varnelis (200-78) added 32 points and 5 rebounds respectively for S.Marciulionio in the defeat.
Top scorers:
LKKA-Atletas: S.Vingelis 23+3reb+4ast, V.Sragauskis 22+4reb, M.Sapiega 14+3reb+7ast, D.Gricius 9+4reb, T.Tamosiunas 8+2reb+3ast, T.Urbonas 6+12reb+1ast
S.Marciulionio: E.Mockevicius 33+13reb+1ast, N.Varnelis 32+5reb+2ast, J.Elvikis 5+2reb+4ast, R.Bitinas 5+8reb+4ast, V.Trepocka 4+1reb, O.Olisevicius 2
gschID: 172581


Radviliskis - Statyba 63-66

Statyba came up with the biggest surprise of the first round as they shocked the regular season champions Radviliskis on the road. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-16. But Radviliskis won second period 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Statyba won last quarter 15-13. Center Vitalijus Luksa (206-C-86) stepped up and scored 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and guard Mindaugas Budzinauskas (198-73) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Statyba's coach Gintautas Regina used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and guard Rytis Rauktys (187-84) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Radviliskis players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Statyba: V.Luksa 11+7reb+1ast, M.Budzinauskas 10+6reb, O.Varanauskas 9+2reb+2ast, T.Galeckas 8+1ast, D.Tarvydas 8+2reb, L.Kazlauskas 8+5reb
Radviliskis: A.Mineikis 18+12reb+1ast, R.Rauktys 12+5reb+2ast, T.Rakauskas 11+3reb+1ast, E.Zukauskas 10+5reb+1ast, J.Ramanauskas 7+3reb+1ast, R.Grinius 2+5reb
gschID: 172582



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Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Guaymas 9-3 
 2. Hermosillo 9-3 
 3. Tijuana 8-3 
 4. Nogales 7-5 
 5. Cananea 6-6 
 6. Navolato 6-6 
 7. Los Mochis 5-7 
 8. Guasave 5-7 
 9. Culiacan 4-8 
 10. Tepic 0-11 

Regular Season: Round 12

Mar. 28: Culiacan - Navolato 98-78
Mar. 28: Tijuana - Los Mochis 85-80
Mar. 28: Nogales - Tepic 83-73
Mar. 28: Guaymas - Hermosillo 82-93
Mar. 28: Cananea - Guasave 81-88

Regular Season: Round 13

Mar. 30: Hermosillo - Tepic
Mar. 30: Tijuana - Navolato
Mar. 30: Guaymas - Los Mochis
Mar. 30: Nogales - Cananea
Mar. 30: Guasave - Culiacan


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon WILEY
  Los Mochis
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Wiley, Los Mochis20.7 
 2. McCullough, Nogales20.6 
 3. Quintero, Tijuana20.4 
 4. Thomas, Cananea20.3 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato19.6 
 6. Harris, Cananea18.4 
 7. Robinson, Culiacan17.7 
 8. McSwine, Navolato17.6 
 9. Giron, Guasave17.5 
 10. Johnson, Guaymas17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamil TERRELL
  Tepic
  (200-F/C-80)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Terrell, Tepic10.7 
 2. Selleaze, Navolato9.9 
 3. Clay, Los Mochis9.4 
 4. Sanders-F., Nogales8.4 
 5. Robinson, Culiacan8.3 
 6. Zamora, Culiacan8.1 
 7. Lopez, Hermosillo8.0 
 8. McCullough, Nogales7.5 
 9. Strobbe, Nogales6.9 
 10. Moore, Guasave6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hector NUNGARAY
  Guaymas
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Nungaray, Guaymas6.0 
 2. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo4.8 
 4. George, Nogales4.1 
 5. Simmons, Tepic4.0 
 6. Quintero, Tijuana3.6 
 7. Pulido, Culiacan3.6 
 8. Anderson, Tepic3.4 
 9. Heredia, Nogales3.0 
 10. McCullough, Nogal.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ravone GEORGE
  Nogales
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. George, Nogales2.4 
 2. Thomas, Cananea2.1 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo1.6 
 4. Dugat, Guasave1.6 
 5. Heredia, Nogales1.5 
 6. Pulido, Culiacan1.4 
 7. Simmons, Tepic1.3 
 8. Nungaray, Guaymas1.2 
 9. Reatiga, Navolato1.2 
 10. Giron, Guasave1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Sylvester SEAY
  Tijuana
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Seay, Tijuana1.8 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.4 
 3. Clay, Los Mochis1.1 
 4. Zamora, Culiacan1.0 
 5. McCullough, Nogales0.9 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan0.8 
 7. Wiley, Los Mochis0.8 
 8. Terrell, Tepic0.8 
 9. Johnson, Guaymas0.7 
 10. Coleman, Hermosil.0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 12: Ostioneros de Guaymas lose a game and the top position to Rayos de Hermosillo - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Ostioneros de Guaymas (9-3) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Rayos de Hermosillo (9-3) 93-82. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Ostioneros de Guaymas. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 8-3 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rayos de Hermosillo used an opportunity after Guaymas lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Ostioneros de Guaymas. Rayos de Hermosillo is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#7) and are hoping to win this game.
Mineros de Cananea (#5) was upset in Cananea by eighth ranked Frayles de Guasave 88-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mineros de Cananea. The winners were led by guard Victor Buelna (192-78) who scored that evening 29 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Charles Moore supported him with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Even 22 points by American forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) did not help to save the game for Mineros de Cananea. Frayles de Guasave (5-7) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Los Mochis. Defending champion Mineros de Cananea keeps the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Navolato. Frayles de Guasave will play against Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) at home in the next round. Mineros de Cananea will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (0-11) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to fourth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (7-5) 83-73 on Wednesday evening. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was O'Louis McCullough who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach John Saintignon used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Mychal Henderson who recorded 24 points. Fuerza Guinda Nogales maintains fourth position with 7-5 record. Coras de Tepic at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will meet at home Mineros de Cananea (#5) in the next round. Coras de Tepic will play against the league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game took place in Culiacan where higher ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (6-6) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (4-8) 98-78. It was a good game for Rob Robinson who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Caballeros de Culiacan maintains ninth position with 4-8 record. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Frayles de Guasave (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against Tijuana Zonkeys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 12 Los Mochis lost to Tijuana on the opponent's court 80-85.


Guaymas - Hermosillo 82-93

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Ostioneros de Guaymas (9-3) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by Rayos de Hermosillo (9-3) 93-82. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Ostioneros de Guaymas. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 8-3 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) with 18 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Anthony Pedroza (191-79, college: Oregon, agency: Edge Sports) scored 24 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rayos de Hermosillo used an opportunity after Guaymas lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Ostioneros de Guaymas. Rayos de Hermosillo is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ostioneros de Guaymas will play against Pioneros Los Mochis (#7) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: E.Little 30+12reb+4ast, P.Sanders 16+6reb+1ast, J.Camacho 12+6reb+1ast, S.Monreal 11+5reb+5ast, J.Manuel Esteva 8+1reb+4ast, J.Lopez 7+8reb+2ast
Guaymas: A.Pedroza 24+2reb+2ast, J.Habel 18+9reb+3ast, H.Carrillo 12+4reb+2ast, H.Johnson 10+5reb+3ast, H.Nungaray 9+4reb+10ast, F.Benitez 4+1reb
gschID: 171131


Cananea - Guasave 81-88

Mineros de Cananea (#5) was upset in Cananea by eighth ranked Frayles de Guasave 88-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Mineros de Cananea. The guests were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 27-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by guard Victor Buelna (192-78) who scored that evening 29 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American forward Charles Moore (201-86, college: S.Arkansas) supported him with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Moore is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Even 22 points by American forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) did not help to save the game for Mineros de Cananea. Naturalized American guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) added 19 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Frayles de Guasave (5-7) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Los Mochis. Defending champion Mineros de Cananea keeps the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Navolato. Frayles de Guasave will play against Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) at home in the next round. Mineros de Cananea will play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guasave: V.Buelna 29+1reb+4ast, C.Moore 21+9reb+1ast, G.Giron 16+4reb+2ast, S.Spicer 14+5reb+2ast, F.Sanchez 4+1ast, R.Carter 2+1reb+2ast
Cananea: D.Thomas 22+3reb+3ast, F.Harris 19+4reb+4ast, C.Clemmons 11+4reb+2ast, J.Casillas 8+1ast, R.Sallie 7+3reb+3ast, J.Arturo Farrera Chantiri 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 171132


Culiacan - Navolato 98-78

An interesting game took place in Culiacan where higher ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (6-6) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (4-8) 98-78. The game was mostly controlled by Caballeros de Culiacan. Garra Canera de Navolato was better in fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Caballeros de Culiacan dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Garra Canera de Navolato's 36. They outrebounded Garra Canera de Navolato 41-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 9 rebounds. The former international center Rodrigo Zamora (206-86, college: Montana St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American guard Matthew Gibson (196-84) replied with 23 points and Dominican-American guard Damien McSwine (193-78, college: Loyola, IL) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Garra Canera de Navolato. Five Caballeros de Culiacan and four Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Caballeros de Culiacan maintains ninth position with 4-8 record. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Frayles de Guasave (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Garra Canera de Navolato will play against Tijuana Zonkeys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: R.Robinson 31+9reb+3ast, V.Avila 16+6reb, R.Zamora 15+13reb+2ast, A.Oupoh 15+1reb+2ast, R.Navarro 11+2reb+2ast, D.Onofre 4
Navolato: M.Gibson 23+2reb+1ast, F.Verdugo 15+2reb+2ast, D.McSwine 14+5reb+5ast, R.Selleaze 12+6reb+3ast, J.Pablo Mora 8+2reb, M.Godoy 4
gschID: 171133


Nogales - Tepic 83-73

Bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (0-11) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to fourth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (7-5) 83-73 on Wednesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Coras de Tepic managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Coras de Tepic 43-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds. Center Markhuri Sanders-Frison (200-88, college: California, agency: VVG Sports) chipped in 6 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales' coach John Saintignon used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Mychal Henderson (198-85, college: Ks Wesleyan) who recorded 24 points and guard Larry Morinia (180-80, college: Montana St., agency: ProSportsCareers) added 26 points respectively. Fuerza Guinda Nogales maintains fourth position with 7-5 record. Coras de Tepic at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will meet at home Mineros de Cananea (#5) in the next round. Coras de Tepic will play against the league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo (#2) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Nogales: O.McCullough 26+7reb+3ast, M.Strobbe 15+7reb+2ast, B.Heredia 15+4reb+2ast, R.Jarvis 14+2reb+2ast, M.Sanders-Frison 6+14reb+4ast, J.Mercado 4+2reb
Tepic: L.Morinia 26+3reb, M.Henderson 24+4reb+3ast, D.Riley 12+14reb+1ast, E.Swanson 7+5reb+2ast, A.Fajardo 2+2reb, M.Chavez 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 171129


Tijuana - Los Mochis 85-80

Very expected game when 7th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (5-7) were defeated on the road by third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (8-3) 85-80. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-19. But Pioneros Los Mochis won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. The other American import power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach Luis Lopez allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Tayloe Taylor (191-86, college: Livingstone) replied with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Bahamas forward Rashad Moss (203-86, college: UALR) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Pioneros Los Mochis. Four Tijuana Zonkeys and five Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys maintains third position with 8-3 record behind leader Guaymas. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side keep the seventh place with seven games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys' next round opponent will be Garra Canera de Navolato (#6) at home. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against the league's leader Ostioneros de Guaymas.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: M.Morrison 21+4reb+1ast, O.Quintero 16+2reb+5ast, C.Tate 15+7reb+4ast, S.Seay 13+7reb+2ast, A.Solares 9+5reb+3ast, L.Ramirez 8+2ast
Los Mochis: R.Moss 19+6reb, B.Wiley 17+6reb, T.Taylor 15+7reb+6ast, J.Favela 12+4reb+3ast, F.Ibarra 11+5reb+3ast, E.Cuen 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 171130



Little number one in Mexico for round 12 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Hermosillo, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Guaymas (9-3) 93-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Hermosillo maintains the 2nd position in Mexican CIBACOPA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hermosillo will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. Little just recently signed at Hermosillo, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Emmanuel Little averages this season 14.2ppg and 5.6rpg. Worth to mention Little played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Rob Robinson (203-F-87, agency: SDJ Sports) of Culiacan. Robinson had a very good evening with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Culiacan to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Navolato (#6, 6-6) 98-78. Culiacan's 9th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Robinson is one of the most experienced players at Culiacan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Victor Buelna (192-G-78) of Guasave (#8). Buelna scored 29 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Guasave, leading his team to a 88-81 win against the higher-ranked Cananea (#5, 6-6). The chances of Guasave ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Buelna could help Guasave to bring them higher in the standings. Buelna has a very solid season. In 9 games in Mexico he scored 13.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Charles Moore (201-F-86) of Guasave - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Franco Harris (183-G-83) of Cananea - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Rodrigo Zamora (206-C-86) of Culiacan - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) of Nogales - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Hector Nungaray (178-PG-78) of Guaymas - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Derek Thomas (193-F-84) of Cananea - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Roburt Sallie joins Mineros de Cananea - by Eurobasket Center

Mineros de Cananea agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Roburt Sallie (196-G-86, college: Memphis). In his first game he scored 26 points and grabbed 6 rebounds helping his new team beat Guasave 100-87. Sallie played most recently at C.B. Tarragona 2017 (Spain). He played also pro basketball in Australia and Spain. Sallie graduated University of Memphis in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - 1A

1A Standings
S-League
 1. Buducnost 1-0 
 2. Mornar Bar 1-0 
 3. Lovcen 1-1 
 4. Sutjeska 1-1 
 5. Ulcinj 1-1 
 6. Teodo Tivat 0-2 
Play-Out
 1. KK Podgorica 2-0 
 2. ABS Primorje 2-0 
 3. Jedinstvo 1-1 
 4. Danilovgrad 1-1 
 5. Centar BP 0-2 
 6. Mogren 0-2 

Second Stage: Round 2

Play-Out

Mar. 28: KK Podgorica - Jedinstvo 87-70
Mar. 28: Centar BP - ABS Primorje 57-72
Mar. 28: Danilovgrad - Mogren 20-0

S-League

Mar. 27: Ulcinj - Teodo Tivat 97-86
Mar. 28: Sutjeska - Lovcen 72-65
Mar. 30: Buducnost - Mornar Bar



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 28-22 
 2. Boston C. 28-22 
 3. New York K. 26-25 
 4. Toronto R. 17-34 
 5. New Jersey N. 17-35 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 41-11 
 2. Indiana P. 30-20 
 3. Milwaukee B. 23-27 
 4. Detroit P. 18-32 
 5. Cleveland C. 17-31 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 36-13 
 2. Orlando M. 32-19 
 3. Atlanta H. 30-22 
 4. Washington W. 11-39 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-41 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 39-12 
 2. Utah Jazz 27-24 
 3. Denver N. 27-24 
 4. Minnesota T. 25-27 
 5. Portland TB 24-27 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 31-20 
 2. LA Clippers 29-21 
 3. Phoenix Suns 25-26 
 4. Golde State W. 20-29 
 5. Sacramento K. 17-33 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 35-14 
 2. Dallas M. 29-23 
 3. Memphis G. 27-21 
 4. Houston R. 27-24 
 5. N.Orleans H. 13-38 

Regular Season: Round 92

Mar. 29: Portland TB - N.Orleans H. 99-93
Mar. 29: Indiana P. - Washington W. 93-89
Mar. 29: LA Lakers - Oklah.City T. 93-102
Mar. 29: Miami Heat - Dallas M. 106-85

Regular Season: Round 93

Mar. 30: Charlotte B. - Denver N.
Mar. 30: Washington W. - Philadelph.76
Mar. 30: Cleveland C. - Milwaukee B.
Mar. 30: Orlando M. - Dallas M.
Mar. 30: Minnesota T. - Boston C.
Mar. 30: LA Clippers - Portland TB
Mar. 30: Toronto R. - Miami Heat
Mar. 30: Atlanta H. - New York K.
Mar. 30: Houston R. - Memphis G.
Mar. 30: Chicago B. - Detroit P.
Mar. 30: Utah Jazz - Sacramento K.
Mar. 30: Golde State W. - New Jersey N.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.2 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.7 
 3. Love, Minnesota T.26.6 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..24.4 
 6. Rose, Chicago B.22.8 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.8 
 8. Williams, New J.22.0 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.9 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers12.2 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.5 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.1 
 6. Humphries, New J.10.9 
 7. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.8 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 10. Monroe, Detroit P.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.2 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.10.8 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers8.8 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.6 
 5. Williams, New J.8.3 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Parker, San A.8.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.8.0 
 9. Wall, Washington W.7.8 
 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. Lowry, Houston R.1.8 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 9. Iguodala, Philadel.1.8 
 10. George, Indiana P.1.7 
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. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.8 
 9. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 
 10. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 


Nets Williams to miss a few games with an eye Injury - by Bryan Floyd

The New Jersey Nets forward Shelden Williams (6'9''-F-83, college: Duke) will be out for a few games with a right eye injury. Head Coach Avery Johnson said he was very concerned about Williams after he was taken to the hospital following his injury. The details are rather limited on Williams injury, but it sounds like it is more serious than initially thought. The Nets will also be without Jordan Williams for atleast the next game as he is dealing with the effects of a concussion. Before Jordan Williams can return to action, he will have to pass a series of baseline tests per the leagues new concussion policy.


Preview of Tonight's Key Matchups - by Miguel Rivera

Game 1: Dallas Mavericks @ Miami Heat

On Christmas Day, which also happened to be the first day of the 2011-12 NBA season, we saw a rematch of last season's NBA Finals between the Mavs and Heat. The day started off with the Mavericks raising their Championship banner to the rafters, while the Heat waited in the visiting locker room. The two rosters were also very different than the ones that had met six months prior. For Dallas, gone was the heart of their defense in Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82), along with JJ Barea (5'11''-PG-84, college: Northeastern) and Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut). Instead they added Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island), Delonte West (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's) and Vince Carter (6'6''-G/F-77, college: N.Carolina). For the Heat, they were able to start off with a healthy Mike Miller (6'8''-F/G-80, college: Florida) and Udonis Haslem (6'8''-F-80, college: Florida), newly acquired Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke), and rookie point guard off the bench Norris Cole (6'2''-PG-88, college: Cleveland St.). But really, this game came down to the stars (as did the Finals), and LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) definitely outplayed Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) and his merry men. The game was laughable and actually boring to watch, as Miami had a lead as high as 35 before winning the game 105-94. Tonight's game will look a little different and be a lot more meaningful. The Heat are coming off their worst 2-game performance in the history of the Big 3, having lost both games by double-digit margins. The Mavericks have rebounded from their awful start to the season and currently find themselves in a 6-team fight for not only a playoff spot, but also home-court in the first round. The stars of both teams have been playing really well lately (minus birthday-boy Bosh), so this game should come down to which team's supporting cast decides to make an impact.

PREDICTION: The Heat have won 14 consecutive home games, and after tonight it should be 15. Heat 107, Mavericks 99.

Game 2: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Los Angeles Lakers

Where do we begin? Derek Fisher's return to the Staples Center? The recent benching of Lakers' stars by head coach Mike Brown? The Thunder establishing themselves as an official powerhouse after their lopsided victory over the Heat? Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) inching his way closer to his first NBA MVP award? Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) claims that the Lakers, even as the 3-seed out West, don't get any respect? It's all here for tonight's showdown that should be a shootout. The Lakers are one of the NBA's best home teams, owning a 20-4 record at the Staples Center, but the Thunder are still the best team in the West, and have the second-best record in the entire league.

PREDICTION: Ramon Sessions has improved the Lakers, but he still doesn't have the physical tools to contain Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA). Also, look for James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) to have a big night. Thunder 112, Lakers 101.



Thursday's games review (4): Miami Heat's Big 3 leads balanced effort over Dallas Mavericks - by Eurobasket News

Portland TB - N.Orleans H. 99-93
The grind of the season is wearing on LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas), although not enough to keep him off the court. Aldridge had an MRI on his sore right hip hours before he had 25 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the Trail Blazers' 99-93 victory over the short-handed New Orleans Hornets on Thursday night. ''It's something that has come with the short season and playing hard and getting knocked down out there,'' Portland's All-Star forward said. ''I'm just playing through it.'' The MRI did not reveal any damage, and Aldridge suspects he just needs rest for it to feel better. The Blazers, meanwhile, are still hoping to make the playoffs even though the odds are against them. ''We've just got to do this every night,'' Aldridge said. ''I feel like some nights we have it. Other nights, we don't.'' Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) added 18 points and Luke Babbitt had a career-high 16 points, including four 3-pointers, for Portland, 24-27 overall and 4-4 since the dismissal of head coach Nate McMillan. Marco Belinelli had 27 points and Carl Landry had 24 for the Hornets (13-38), who sit in last place in the Western Conference. New Orleans had just eight players available for the game. Landry's dunk with 4:09 left tied it at 89, Aldridge's fadeaway jumper put Portland back in front, and Raymond Felton and Nicolas Batum hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 97-90 with 58.9 seconds left. ''My guys fought and that's all you can ask. We've got eight guys going up against a talented team and it goes down to the wire, there's not much you can say about your team,'' Hornets coach Monty Williams said. ''We had a chance to win and just didn't pull it out when we needed it.'' New Orleans was coming off a 102-87 victory at Golden State the previous night. Former Blazers guard Jarrett Jack was a late scratch with a sprained right ankle. He joined center Chris Kaman, out with the flu, forward Trevor Ariza, who has miss three games with a sore right ankle, backup power forward Gustavo Ayon, away from the team for the birth of a child, and Emeka Okafor, who has a sore left knee. The Blazers were without reserve guard Nolan Smith, who has a left ear infection. But Portland saw the return of starting guard Raymond Felton, who missed a game to be with his mother for a heart procedure. The game came amid a report earlier Thursday that Blazers owner Paul Allen had entertained offers for the team. Allen posted on Twitter that the report was ''absolutely false.'' A spokesman for the Microsoft co-founder reiterated Allen's rebuttal of the report, which appeared on a blog for the Comcast SportsNet Northwest web site. Rumors have swirled since the start of the season that Allen is positioning the team for sale. The Blazers are operating under an interim general manager and interim coach Caleb Canales, fueling speculation about the team's future. The Hornets took a 21-17 lead in the first quarter on Greivis Vasquez's running jumper, but Babbitt hit a 3-pointer to tie it for Portland at 23. Babbitt made another 3 to put the Blazers in front 28-27 at the end of the quarter. New Orleans went on a 13-2 run in the second quarter to take a 42-35 lead, and the Hornets led 54-51 at the break. Batum's 3-pointer tied it a 61-all, and Felton's layup midway through the third quarter put Portland in front. The Blazers finished the quarter on a 9-0 run to go up 76-70 and it looked as though New Orleans was fading. Babbitt's 3-pointer extended Portland's lead to 81-70. But the Hornets came back with an 11-2 run, capped by Landry's layup to get within 83-81 with 6:19 left. After J.J. Hickson's dunk for Portland, Belinelli made a 3-pointer. Hickson's layup kept Portland ahead, but Belinelli made another 3 to tie it at 87 with 4:51 to go. Babbitt, in his second year, didn't want to speculate whether his performance had earned him more playing time. He was averaging about 6.5 minutes a game before playing nearly 17 on Thursday night. ''I'm just worried about trying to play the best I can every minute I get out there,'' he said. The Blazers have won four straight against the Hornets. *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com

Miami Heat - Dallas M. 106-85
It was clear even hours before tipoff, the Heat was ready to put a stop to its recent lackluster efforts. Back home and with another chance to get a little payback against the team that denied it a championship last June, the Heat recovered its energy and snapped a losing streak at two games with a 106-85 victory against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night at AmericanAirlines Arena. 'It was a total team win, and everyone did something positive,' Dwyane Wade said. 'We're going to need that playing three games in four nights.' At least for one night, the Heat (36-13) shed its recent woes and pulled away from the Mavericks behind some intense defense in the second half. The Heat extended its home-winning streak to 15 games and dealt the Mavericks (29-23) their ninth road loss in their past 11 road games. The Heat is 21-2 at home this season. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) each finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, and Wade scored 16 points as the Heat swept the two-game season series with Dallas. 'I think the best thing we did was move the ball around,' Wade said. 'Everybody got some touches. We understand it was only two losses, but we couldn't lose not playing our style of basketball. This was about getting back to what we're successful doing on both sides of the floor.' The Heat went through an intense shootaround early Thursday. The session was said to have lasted nearly 45 minutes longer than usual. Over an hour before tipoff, it was clear the Heat - and especially James - had a little more bounce in its step. James, who sustained a dislocated finger on his left (nonshooting) hand in the Heat's loss at Indiana on Monday, was zoned in during the pregame in the team's locker room. The injury had no obvious ill effects on James, who delivered early and often. James hit his first three shots and played well defensively throughout. He then delivered the exclamation point with a late dunk on a fast break. 'It was a total carry-over from the shootaround to the game,' James said. 'There wasn't much that needed to be said. The best thing about [Thursday] was that we didn't take another step backwards.' Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points for Dallas, but it did not do any significant damage as he went 9 for 19 from the field. Nowitzki had struggled from three-point range the past three games, going 2 for 11. Nowitzki took only one shot Thursday from beyond the arc, and he missed. The Heat also got a strong spark from Udonis Haslem and Norris Cole off the bench. Cole, who has struggled recently, shot 5 of 9 from the field and finished with 10 points and two assists. Many of his contributions came early as the Heat staved off some early Dallas sharpshooting. Haslem played well on both sides of the ball. Haslem finished with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, and was physical defending Nowitzki when he matched up with Dallas' superstar. Among his highlights, Haslem had an emphatic dunk in the fourth quarter off an assist from Wade. The Heat also rebounded well, something it had not done in its losses to Indiana and Oklahoma City. Miami out-rebounded Dallas 44-29. The Heat is 10-0 this season when it out-rebounds an opponent by a double-digit margin. Dallas shot well in the first quarter, shooting 54 percent from the field and making five three-pointers. But the Mavericks finished shooting 42.3 percent and were limited to a season-low two fast-break points. The Heat outscored the Mavericks 36-24 in the second quarter and used an 8-0 surge in the third quarter to begin to pull away. The Heat will now try to figure out how to sustain the momentum as it goes on the road for games in Toronto on Friday and Boston on Sunday. 'No matter what, you always want to defend home court,' Bosh said. 'Hopefully, this will give us some momentum. This is a big road trip for us. We are looking to turn the corner. As long as we keep elevating our play day by day, we'll be in the right spot come April.' *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

LA Lakers - Oklah.City T. 93-102
Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) and Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) started slowly. Once the NBA's highest scoring duo got going, they ran right through the Los Angeles Lakers. Westbrook scored 36 points, Durant added 21 and the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder won 102-93 Thursday night for their fifth consecutive victory in the matchup of division leaders. Westbrook was 2 of 6 in the opening quarter. 'The game got out of whack. It was my job to pick it up,' he said. 'We did a great job of defending and closing out the game.' Durant started out 1 of 9, describing it as 'probably the worst I've played since I've been here but I kept fighting. 'They were all good shots. My teammates carried me and I started to make some shots.' The Thunder shot 46 percent, ending their streak of hitting 50 percent or better in their four previous games. They outscored the Lakers on second-chance points, had a 25-8 edge in fast-break points and grabbed 19 offensive rebounds. 'We did a pretty good job in the half court, but the offensive rebounds that gave them second opportunities and transition baskets killed us,' Kobe Bryant said. 'Every time we give up that many offensive rebounds, we lose pretty much every game.' Andrew Bynum had 25 points and 13 rebounds and Bryant added 23 points on 7-of-25 shooting for the Lakers, who have lost their last two at home and are 0-2 against the Thunder this season, including a 15-point road loss last month. 'The thing about Kobe is that he makes tough shots, and he didn't make them like he usually does,' Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. 'Thabo (Sefolosha) did a good job forcing him away from his sweet spots and making him take tough shots.' Bryant viewed the game as a measuring stick against the West leaders, who are 39-12. The Lakers are third at 31-20. 'We were in that position a few years back. We had to struggle, fight, scratch and claw with teams in those positions, and we got to the playoffs and won a championship,' he said. 'Last year against Dallas, I think we beat them every time during the regular season. So it's all about how teams continue to improve during the course of the regular season.' Oklahoma City pulled away to open the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run that stretched its lead to 88-70 while Westbrook kept Bryant tied up offensively. Westbrook and Durant scored four points each in the spurt that had Laker fans booing. The Lakers responded with a 14-4 run to close to 96-89, with Metta World Peace hitting two 3-pointers and Bryant not scoring. Westbrook and Durant missed shots, but they regrouped in time to score their team's final 10 points. Westbrook scored 17 points in the third, when the Thunder dominated, 34-19, in taking a 78-68 lead into the final 12 minutes. 'Russell Westbrook established the tempo in the third quarter and he changed the pace of the game for them,' Bryant said. 'He's one of my favorites. He's developed his outside shot a great deal, and he went to the post a little bit as well so he's a problem.' Durant was limited to a lone 3-pointer while Westbrook scored at will, alternately slashing to the basket or hitting from the perimeter. His 3 beat the buzzer to end the quarter. Kendrick Perkins had 10 of his 12 points in the third. 'In the third quarter, he just came out, put his head down and went 1-on-4 and either scored or got fouled every time he came down the floor,' Lakers coach Mike Brown said. 'To give up 34 points in the third quarter the way we gave them up ... Oklahoma City didn't do anything tricky. All they did was come at us in transition and play pick-and-roll.' The Thunder weres limited to 36 percent shooting in the first half, when they trailed 49-44. The Lakers got off to a strong start, leading 30-18 after one quarter behind nine points by Bryant and eight from Bynum. Oklahoma City outscored the Lakers 26-19 in the second quarter and took off from there. *Courtesy of www.wthr.com

Indiana P. - Washington W. 93-89
After a bad loss at New Jersey the previous night, the Indiana Pacers were determined to bounce back at home. Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 25 points to lead the Pacers to a 93-89 victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. David West had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers and George Hill (6'2''-PG-86, college: IUPUI) also scored 14 points. Indiana recovered after a 16-point loss at New Jersey on Wednesday night to win for the third time in four games. 'We knew what we had to do,' Hill said. 'We knew that we blew one last night and we can't let that happen at home. 'We knew that we would have to give a good effort and stay with them for the full game. ... All we have to do is to continue to fight every night and not let down.' Jordan Crawford scored 20 points and Nene had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Washington, which has lost five straight. Indiana closed with a 13-7 run to secure the victory and improve to 7-7 in the second game of back-to-backs. Pacers coach Frank Vogel planned to give the team Friday off before facing Southwest Division-leading San Antonio on Saturday. 'It was a tough night, but I thought our guys tried to get through it and defend,' Vogel said. 'I think our guys are a little fatigued and give them credit. They've got guys playing for jobs. 'We've got to recognize when they need a day off and they'll get one tomorrow.' Roy Hibbert scored five of his nine points during a 7-2 run late in the fourth quarter after the teams were tied 80-all with 4:52 remaining. Hibbert, who had two points on 1-for-4 shooting in the first half, hit an awkward hook to score his first points since the first quarter to put the Pacers up by two. Danny Granger came back with a turnaround jumper to extend the lead to four. After Nene knocked down a running hook, Hibbert came back with a jump-hook plus the free throw after being fouled by Nene. Coach Frank Vogel, during his pregame interview, lamented the fact his team didn't get the big man involved during the loss to the Nets. Hibbert was held to five points on 2-for-7 shooting in New Jersey. Crawford's acrobatic layup pulled the Wizards to 89-87. John Wall, who finished with 13 points and two assists, drove the lane with 32.4 seconds left but lost control and the ball deflected back across midcourt for his fifth turnover of the game. The Wizards never scored again. 'You have to make simple, simple plays down the stretch,' Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. 'It might sound trivial or fundamental, but it has to be the easiest play you can make down the stretch, and if it's not, then you can't take the chance. 'They're busting their tails and playing hard, we just have to break through the barrier. ... You can't let frustration get the best of you.' The Wizards' last lead came with 1:20 left in the third quarter at 69-68. But an eight-point quarter from Tyler Hansbrough, including two free throws with 1.6 seconds left, allowed the Pacers rally once again. They went in to the final quarter with a 72-69 lead off a 12-3 run. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com



Nuggets' Rudy Fernandez has successful back surgery - by Eurobasket News

Denver Nuggets guard Rudy Fernandez (198-G/F-85) underwent successful back surgery on Thursday and will miss the remainder of the 2011-12 season.

Fernandez missed 12 games with a lower back strain and the injury flared up against the Dallas Mavericks on March 19, prompting further evaluation and more diagnostic testing.

In 31 games for Denver this season, Fernandez averaged 8.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.03 steals. He was acquired by the Nuggets, along with Corey Brewer, from Dallas in exchange for a future second-round pick on December 13, 2011. In Spain, Fernandez played for Real Madrid and Joventut.

Courtesy of www.foxnews.com



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USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Awards 2011-2012 - by Eurobasket

USBasket.com All-NBL Canada 1st Team 2011-2012
#s#
Gabe Freeman
Freeman
Anthony Anderson
Anderson
Ralphy Holmes
Holmes
Lawrence Wright
Wright
Mike Williams
Williams
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Player of the Year: Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85) of London Lightning
Guard of the Year: Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81) of Saint John Mill Rats
Forward of the Year: Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85) of London Lightning
Center of the Year: Mike Williams (6'7''-F/C-85) of Summerside Storm
Defensive Player of the Year: Al Stewart (5'10''-G-83) of Summerside Storm
Coach of the Year: Michael Ray Richardson of London L.

1st Team
G: Anthony Anderson (5'11''-81) of Saint John Mill Rats
G: Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-79) of Quebec Kebs
F: Gabe Freeman (6'6''-85) of London Lightning
F: Lawrence Wright (6'5''-84) of Halifax Rainmen
F/C: Mike Williams (6'7''-85) of Summerside Storm

2nd Team
G: Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-84) of Halifax R.
F: Tyrone Levett (6'5''-80) of London L.
F: Brandon Robinson (6'6''-89) of Oshawa P.
G: Tim Ellis (6'4''-81) of London Lightning
F: Omari Johnson (6'9'') of Oshawa P.

All-Defensive 1st Team
Al Stewart (5'10''-G-83) of Summerside Storm
Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85) of London Lightning
Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80) of London L.
James Jackson (6'9''-F-81) of Iowa E.
Mike Williams (6'7''-F/C-85) of Rochester R.

All-Defensive 1st Team
Boubacar Coly (6'9''-F-83) of Moncton M.
Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-79) of Quebec Kebs
DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80) of London Lightning
Joey Haywood (6'1''-G-84) of Halifax R.
Sylvania Watkins (6'9''-F) of Moncton M.



Lightning showcase for league - by Eurobasket News

The black and gold confetti had barely finished fluttering from the John Labatt Centre roof and the men who put together the London Lightning championship basketball team had already begun planning for next year.

It started even before the final National Basketball League of Canada game, won by the Lightning to give them the inaugural NBL title.

Taylor Brown, the team's general manager, was looking around the JLC and planning configuration of seats for next year. Some changes will remove seats behind the press table, adding some along the baseline and elevating the back row seats behind the baskets.

That's just a start.

No one knows what the future holds for the NBL. It should expand but will some teams move? Will it be strong enough to survive and grow?

The Lightning can't do anything about the rest of the league. They can only worry about how they handle their own affairs.

What does the first-year success mean for this team?

There is no question what the future holds for the Lightning. It has become the showpiece franchise of the league. It appears to have conquered the first few steps in being successful on a long-term basis. It was successful on the court and it has managed to defeat one of the biggest foes of any new venture . . . anonymity. The Lightning are now known in the community.

Despite the city's rather overinflated ego when it comes to thinking everyone knows London, Ontario, the majority of places basketball players come from have no idea where or what London is.

That has changed.

'I've had dozens of players . . . wanting a chance to play here,' Brown said.

And while teams can't contact players from other teams until May, when teams hand in their protected lists, there is no doubt that good players who aren't protected won't hesitate to come to London.

It isn't just the success on the court. Word of mouth is one of the best forms of advertising and from all reports, Lightning players were treated extremely well.

Expanding that influence will be key.

'We're going to have our own combine in London before next season,' Brown said. 'We'll have players who think they can play show up and try. We're also planning one in Michigan.'

The Lightning influence will reflect in ticket sales. Immediately after the championship win, dozens of fans were interested in becoming new season ticketholders. The increase in the figure of about 1,000 will be significant, perhaps even doubling.

Brown is already talking about better entertainment and an even better atmosphere. Lest we forget that even though the league is in its first year, three teams had been together for at least three years. The Lighting learned a great deal in one year and did remarkably well to establish a solid product on the floor.

Coach Micheal Ray Richardson said immediately after the final game that unless he was offered an NBA job as an assistant, he would be returning as coach in London.

The Lightning can protect five players from this year's squad.

Richardson will make that decision but if they want to return, the betting is Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC), Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, college: Ill.-Springfield), Tim Ellis (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas St.), Shamari Spears (6'6''-F-86, college: Charlotte) and Brandon Dean (6'2''-G-79, college: Arkansas) would be on that list.

Most of the Lightning players have now left London. DeAnthony Bowden, Smith and Freeman will head to the all-star game in Halifax. So far, Freeman is the only one scheduled to play again soon. He's headed to Indonesia to play in the playoffs for a team there.

The excitement of a fifth-game championship win has caused a ripple effect. The Lightning did a selling job on the community and their product was well worth the money. There is already great anticipation for next year.

When you put on a great show, everyone expects an even better encore.

Richardson said after the championship game that 'this isn't a one-shot deal. We aren't one and done.'

Rest assured, even though it's not five days since the Lightning finished their season, no one in the organization is sitting on his hands.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com



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  NCAA1   


Reports: Illinois agrees to deal with Ohio's Groce - by Eurobasket News

The Chicago Tribune and CBSSports.com reported late Wednesday that Illinois had reached a deal with Ohio's John Groce to replace Bruce Weber as men's basketball coach.

CBSSports.com, citing an unidentified source, reported that Groce is expected to meet with his team in Athens, Ohio, on Thursday and will be introduced at a news conference in Champaign later in the week.

The Tribune, also citing an unidentified source, reports that a disagreement on terms of the contract delayed the hiring for a few days.

Groce has been at Ohio since 2008, leading the Bobcats of the Mid-American Conference to the NCAA tournament twice, including a run to the round of 16 this year that ended with an overtime loss to North Carolina.

Weber was fired after nine seasons at Illinois.

Groce comes to Illinois during a messy period for the school, both on the court and elsewhere, and one that seems likely to have complicated the search for a new coach after athletic director Mike Thomas fired Weber.

The Illini went 17-15 in Weber's final season, losing 12 of its last 14 games to slide from the top of the Big Ten and a spot in the Top 25 to ninth place in the conference. They missed the postseason altogether.

Two university trustees earlier this year declined to vote in favor of a contract for new football coach Tim Beckman after he was hired because the school has never had a black head football or basketball coach. The trustees, Lawrence Oliver III and James Montgomery, are both black but have since said they could support a white head basketball coach as long as they believed the hiring process gave black coaches a fair chance.

Then, last week, university President Michael Hogan resigned under pressure after lengthy, well-publicized tensions with faculty over his management style and some policies he favored.

Two coaches with higher profiles than Groce, Butler's Brad Stevens and Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart, released statements over the past week saying they won't be leaving those schools after reported interest from Illinois.

Under the circumstances, both Groce and Thomas appear to have some work to do to win over fans and potential recruits in Chicago, the talent-rich basketball hub Weber was so often criticized for not being able to effectively recruit.

Ohio officials said Wednesday that the school was trying to find money to raise Groce's salary and keep him there.

In four seasons at Ohio, Groce was 85-56 - a 60.3 percent winning percentage - but 34-30 in MAC games.

His last team was his best. The Bobcats finished this season 29-8 after a run to the Sweet 16 as a 13 seed. Ohio knocked off Michigan and South Florida before taking North Carolina to overtime, finally losing to the top-seeded Tar Heels 73-65.

The 40-year-old Groce helped Thad Matta take teams to the tournament as an assistant at Butler, Xavier and Ohio State before taking over at Ohio.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Oklahoma State to file Olukemi eligibility appeal - by Eurobasket News

Oklahoma State plans to appeal to the NCAA to restore a final year of eligibility for swingman Jean-Paul Olukemi (6'5''-G/F-88) after discovering a problem with his transcrpts.

Coach Travis Ford said Wednesday that Olukemi would have only one semester of eligibility remaining if the NCAA doesn't rule in his favor.

Ford says Olukemi took classes at a junior college during his final semester of high school that count against his eligibility. He then played a full season at Vincennes University before transferring to Oklahoma State.

Olukemi averaged 11.1 points his first season with the Cowboys and was scoring 9.4 points per game before suffering a season-ending knee injury Dec. 31.

Ford says he believes there are extenuating circumstances that will convince the NCAA to allow Olukemi to play next season.

Courtesy of www.chron.com



S. Illinois hires ex-Missouri St. coach Hinson - by Eurobasket News

During his nine seasons at Missouri State, Barry Hinson had his way with Southern Illinois.

The Bears accounted for a quarter of the Salukis' paltry 40 conference losses during that stretch. The assistant at Kansas now looks to revive the slumping Salukis and get the better of his old school and the rest of the Missouri Valley Conference.

Hinson was introduced Wednesday as the new men's basketball coach at Southern Illinois, signing a five-year, nearly $1.5 million contract with a school that finished this season 8-23 _ the Salukis' third losing season in the past four.

The affable Hinson, 50, made no grand promises about any turnaround in Carbondale, saying only that fans of the Salukis _ just five years removed from a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament _ eventually would be satisfied.

'What we're going to be able to accomplish is going to be spectacular,' Hinson said.

Before diving into restoring the Salukis, Hinson has some unfinished business at Kansas, where he has served the past two seasons as director of men's basketball operations and two years before that as the Jayhawks' chief of external relations.

Kansas plays Ohio State in a Final Four semifinal Saturday, then in the title game Monday night if the Jayhawks advance.

And Hinson said he expects to be there through that run by the side of good friend Bill Self, Kansas' coach and a fellow Oklahoma State alumnus with whom he once coached at Oral Roberts.

'I'm gonna work for the University of Kansas until Monday night at 11 o'clock, if that's OK with you,' a smiling Hinson told a reporter.

Self called Hinson a 'huge asset to our program.'

'Everyone within the university and department has enjoyed him being here so much but his goal was always to get back on the sidelines as a head coach,' Self said. 'What a great opportunity that Southern Illinois has presented to him. I know there is not one guy in America that is more proud or will work harder representing Southern Illinois University the way Barry Hinson will.'

Hinson, with a 205-140 career record, replaces Chris Lowery, who went 145-116 in eight seasons with the Salukis but was fired March 2. Lowery's teams made three NCAA tournament appearances and enjoyed the greatest run in the school's history in 2006-07, when the Salukis posted a school-record 29 wins and grabbed its fifth regular-season league title in six seasons. At one point, the team was No. 11 in the AP 25, the loftiest ranking in the program's history.

That season, the Salukis also came within an eyelash of making it to its first-ever round of eight in the NCAA tournament, pushing Self's top-seeded Kansas to the brink in the West Regional semifinal before losing 61-58.

That was the last time the Salukis made the tournament _ a string of futility Hinson now is tasked to change.

Hinson was fired by the Bears in 2008 after his own failures to take that program to the NCAA tournament in nine seasons, during which time he guided Missouri State to a 169-117 mark. But his successes against the Salukis during that time didn't go without notice Wednesday, when Southern Illinois' athletics director, Mario Moccia, noted Missouri State's 10 wins over the Salukis during Hinson's time with the Bears.

At Missouri State, Hinson had consecutive 22-win seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07, but the lack of NCAA tournament invitations may have cost him his job.

'I was unable to deliver an NCAA tournament berth, and the buck stops with me,' Hinson said after his firing. 'I am disappointed that we did not accomplish that most of all for the players, fans and supporters of Bears basketball.'

Before coaching Missouri State, Hinson compiled a 36-23 record as head coach of Oral Roberts, where he was an assistant coach for four seasons under Self.

Courtesy of http://huskerextra.com



Mercer beats Utah State 70-67 for CIT title - by Eurobasket News

Mercer went on the road in the CIT and brought home a championship.

Travis Smith (6'3''-G-91) came off the bench to score 17 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 90 seconds left, and Mercer won the CollegeInsider.com Tournament by beating Utah State 70-67 on Wednesday night.

'This is a huge step in our program,'' Mercer coach Bob Hoffman said. 'I just came to drive the bus, but these are some players that believe in each other. We've won on the road all season.''

Mercer won three straight road games in the CIT, including at Old Dominion and the championship game in the Dee Glenn Smith Spectrum.

Langston Hall, the tournament MVP, added 16 points for the Bears (27-11) and Bud Thomas scored eight of his 10 in the second half.

'This has been an unbelievable experience for our fans and our community,'' Hoffman said. 'It is just a blessing to be part of something this special.''

Kyisean Reed (6'6''-F) had 15 points for the Aggies (21-16) despite playing much of the second half with four fouls. Preston Medlin (6'4''-G-91) added 14 points, Danny Berger 13 and Brockeith Pane 10.

'I've told the guys all week that no matter what happens, it's been a positive thing,'' Utah State coach Stew Morrill said. 'It's been good for us. The seniors got to go out winning some games rather than a two-point loss in the conference tournament. It's a good taste in their mouths.''

Behind four consecutive dunks by Reed, Utah State roared back and tied the game with 5:55 to go when Berger tipped in a missed shot. Playing at home, the Aggies held the lead for most of the next 4 1/2 minutes until Smith nailed a 3 with 1:30 remaining to give the Bears a 60-57 edge.

'My team needed me to make a big shot,'' Smith said. 'Anybody on this team can be the leading scorer and get hot and we get him the ball. We have composure. We've been in tough situations all year.''

Hall made four free throws in the final 15 seconds to preserve the victory, negating late free throws by Pane and layup by Ben Clifford.

'After those dunks, Coach told us we needed to play with our principles,'' Smith said. 'We went back to our principles and showed some real resiliency.''

Hoffman agreed, saying his team showed 'great tenacity in a great environment.''

Medlin, Utah State's leading scorer at 17.1 points per game, was held to 4-of-10 shooting. The sophomore made nine of 13 shots from the field and went 4 of 5 from 3-point range in the semifinals Sunday against Oakland.

'They started well in the first half and kept that up,'' Medlin said. 'We fought hard to get to 21-16 and that's something we are proud of. We went out and had fun in this tournament and got five extra games on the season. We just need to carry it over to next year.''

Mercer stretched a 31-22 halftime lead to 38-28 with 17:15 to play on consecutive baskets in the paint by Daniel Coursey.

Utah State, which scored 60 points on 70 percent shooting in the first half of its 105-81 win over Oakland, shot only 7 of 22 in the opening half Wednesday. Several players missed point-blank shots close to the basket as the Aggies were outscored 18-8 in the paint.

Reed sat out much of the first half, picking up his third foul with 7:28 to play. Mercer also forced eight first-half turnovers while only giving up the ball once.

'They just played smarter than us a couple of times and that was basically the biggest difference,'' said Morrill, who finished his 13th straight 20-win season. 'They scored, we kept missing, so there you go.''

Mercer was 13-8 on the road this season.

'You had to believe that they could win this tournament when they win three games on the road,'' Morrill said. 'They've got a lot of different pieces to the puzzle. They've got a lot of different guys that can score. They've won 27 ballgames for a reason.''

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Danny Manning to become head coach at Tulsa - by Eurobasket News

Kansas assistant coach Danny Manning has reached an agreement in principle to become the next head coach at Tulsa CBS Sports and ESPN reported Wednesday night.

There has been no official announcement from the school, Manning or KU.

Manning led the Jayhawks to the 1988 national championship before becoming the top pick of the 1988 NBA Draft. He spent 15 seasons in the league before returning to Lawrence in 2003 as Director of Student-Athlete Development and Team Manager. He joined Bill Self's coaching staff in 2007.

Manning replaces Doug Wojcik who was fired earlier this month after seven season with the Golden Hurricane.

Were going to the Final Four, brother. Have a good day, Manning is quoted as saying by the Topeka Capital-Journal on Wednesday as the team boarded a flight to New Orleans. The Jayhawks play Ohio State on Saturday in the Final Four.

Kansas is also losing Barry Hinson to Southern Illinois. The former Missouri State coach is returning to the sideline after several years as KU's Director of Men's Basketball Operations.

We are all so happy for Barry. The last four years weve had a guy that has been a huge asset to our program. Everyone within the university and department has enjoyed him being here so much but his goal was always to get back on the sidelines as a head coach,' said Bill Self. 'What a great opportunity that Southern Illinois has presented to him. I know there is not one guy in America that is more proud or will work harder representing Southern Illinois University the way Barry Hinson will.'

At a news conference on Wednesday, Hinson says he'll remain at KU through Monday's national championship game, should KU win on Saturday.

Courtesy of www.kwch.com



Stanford 75, Minnesota 51 - by Milord Nikolic

Aaron Bright and Chasson Randle scored 15 points apiece and Stanford dominated the second half to win its second NIT championship. Leading by six at halftime, third-seeded Stanford (26-11) opened the second half on a 31-12 run and led by 25 with seven minutes to play. Anthony Brown had 11 points for Stanford, which last won the NIT title in 1991. The Cardinal held sixth-seeded Minnesota (23-15) to 36.5 percent shooting, including 3 of 13 from beyond the arc. Minnesotas Rodney Williams, who scored at least 18 points in his five previous games, was held to 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting before fouling out late in the game. Austin Hollins had 10 points and seven rebounds. Stanford, which improved to 20-1 when scoring at least 70 points, forced 21 Minnesota turnovers and outrebounded the Gophers 37-29. Jarrett Mann added nine points and four steals for Stanford, which shot 57 percent from the field in the second half and 50 percent overall.


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  NEW ZEALAND   

Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Mar. 28: Harbour H. - Southland S. 99-108
Mar. 29: Wellington S. - Harbour H. 121-84
Mar. 31: Bay Hawks - Nelson G.
Apr. 1: Taranaki MA - Auckland P.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Darryl HUDSON
  Taranaki.
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Hudson, Taranaki.24.6 
 2. Pace, Manawatu J.24.3 
 3. Gurley, Wellington24.0 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.23.8 
 5. Horvath, Manawatu.23.8 
 6. Braswell, Southlan.22.3 
 7. Tait, Auckland P.22.0 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki.20.6 
 9. Tisby, OceanaGo.20.4 
 10. Bradshaw, Southla.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Manawatu.
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 16
 1. Horvath, Manawatu.16.0 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.11.8 
 3. Johnson, Bay Hawks11.0 
 4. Atkinson, Harbo.10.6 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.10.0 
 6. Abney, Southland9.3 
 7. Muhammad, Aucklan.9.0 
 8. Frank, Wellington8.5 
 9. Young, Bay Hawks7.8 
 10. Abdelhamid, Taran.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Crowe, Wellington9.2 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.7.4 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.8 
 4. Young, Bay Hawks5.0 
 5. Bailey, Harbour H.4.9 
 6. Wright, OceanaGo.4.6 
 7. Kenny, Bay Hawks4.5 
 8. Hudson, Taranaki.4.4 
 9. Pace, Manawatu J.3.5 
 10. Braswell, Southla.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Crowe, Wellington3.3 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.2.6 
 3. Tait, Auckland P.2.4 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.2.4 
 5. Muhammad, Aucklan.2.2 
 6. Bailey, Harbour H.2.1 
 7. Gurley, Wellington2.0 
 8. Dickel, OceanaGo.1.8 
 9. Pace, Manawatu J.1.8 
 10. Kenny, Bay Hawks1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Antoine TISBY
  OceanaGo.
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.8 
 2. Wright, OceanaGo.1.6 
 3. Frank, Wellington1.2 
 4. Cartwright, Auckla.1.0 
 5. Atkinson, Harbo.0.9 
 6. Abney, Southland0.9 
 7. Prewster, Southlan.0.8 
 8. Trousdell, Wellin.0.8 
 9. Smith-Milner, Auck.0.8 
 10. Newbold, Auckland.0.6 



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Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO Awards 2011-2012 - by Eurobasket

Eurobasket.com All-Norwegian BLNO 1st Team 2012
#s#
Miilah Kombat
Kombat
Stian Mjos
Mjos
Gary Wallace
Wallace
Cooper Land
Land
Anthony Lee-Ingram
Lee-Ingram
#e#5

Final Four MVP: Miilah Kombat (200-F-88) of Froya Basket
Player of the Year: Stian Mjos (182-G-89) of Baerum Basket
Guard of the Year: Stian Mjos (182-G-89) of Baerum Basket
Forward of the Year: Anthony Lee-Ingram (198-F) of Asker Aliens
Center of the Year: Peter Bullock (198-F/C-82) of Froya Basket
Domestic Player of the Year: Stian Mjos (182-G-89) of Baerum Basket
Bosman Player of the Year: Edmunds Gabrans (190-G-79) of Froya Basket
Import Player of the Year: Anthony Lee-Ingram (198-F) of Asker Aliens
Defensive Player of the Year: Stian Mjos (182-G-89) of Baerum Basket
Most Improved Player of the Year: Magnus Midtvedt (182-PG-90) of Asker Aliens
Coach of the Year: Ron Billingslea of Froya Basket

1st Team
G: Stian Mjos (182-89) of Baerum Basket
G: Gary Wallace (190-88) of Tromso
F: Cooper Land (203-88) of Asker Aliens
F: Anthony Lee-Ingram (198) of Asker Aliens
F/C: Peter Bullock (198-82) of Froya Basket

2nd Team
PG: Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) of Centrum
G: Hani Issalhi (187-84) of Tromso
G: Edmunds Gabrans (190-79) of Froya Basket
F: Miilah Kombat (200-88) of Froya Basket
F: Ronny Karlsen (202-78) of Centrum

Honorable Mention
Magnus Midtvedt (182-PG-90) of Asker Aliens
Brad Byerson (201-F-85) of Tromso
Ryan Ferranti (196-F) of Baerum Basket
Filip Sjostrom (198-F-90) of Baerum Basket
Anders Stien (195-G-90) of Gimle BBK
Elias Westerlund (197-F-88) of Ammerud Bskt

All-Domestic Players Team
PG: Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) of Centrum
G: Hani Issalhi (187-84) of Tromso
G: Stian Mjos (182-89) of Baerum Basket
F: Miilah Kombat (200-88) of Froya Basket
F: Ronny Karlsen (202-78) of Centrum

All-Imports Team
G: Gary Wallace (190-88) of Tromso
F: Brad Byerson (201-85) of Tromso
F: Cooper Land (203-88) of Asker Aliens
F: Anthony Lee-Ingram (198) of Asker Aliens
F/C: Peter Bullock (198-82) of Froya Basket



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Commissioner's Cup Standings
 1. Talk N Text 7-2
 2. B-Meg Llam. 6-3
 3. Ginebra Kings 6-3
 4. Alaska Aces 5-4
 5. Barako Bull 4-5
 6. Powerade T. 4-5
 7. Meralco Bolts 4-5
 8. Petron Blaze 3-6
 9. Rain or Shine 3-6
 10. Air21 Express 3-6

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 28: Talk N Text - Petron Blaze 107-80
Mar. 28: Ginebra Kings - Air21 Express 103-87

Play-Offs: Round 1

Mar. 30: Powerade T. - Meralco Bolts
Mar. 30: B-Meg Llam. - Ginebra Kings


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Petron B.
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 30.6
 1. Fazekas, Petron B.30.6 
 2. White, Barako Bull29.8 
 3. Bowles, B-Meg L.29.1 
 4. David, Powerade T.27.9 
 5. Barron, Meralco27.7 
 6. Crews, Rain o.27.0 
 7. Parada, Alaska Ac.21.1 
 8. Vroman, Ginebra21.0 
 9. Douthit, Air21 E.20.3 
 10. Harvey, Talk N T.20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  Air21 E.
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Douthit, Air21 E.20.3 
 2. Harvey, Talk N Te.18.8 
 3. Fazekas, Petron B.18.4 
 4. Jones, Powerade T.17.2 
 5. Barron, Meralco16.3 
 6. Crews, Rain o.15.4 
 7. Parada, Alaska Ac.15.3 
 8. Vroman, Ginebra13.2 
 9. White, Barako Bull13.2 
 10. Bowles, B-Meg L.12.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Ross, Meralco7.8 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.7.2 
 3. Alapag, Talk N Te.6.6 
 4. Cabagnot, Petron6.4 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska A.6.2 
 6. White, Barako Bull5.8 
 7. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.4 
 8. Vroman, Ginebra5.2 
 9. Hubalde, Air21 E.4.8 
 10. Cortez, Ginebra4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Ross, Meralco1.7 
 2. Lassiter, Powerade.1.4 
 3. Castro, Talk N Te.1.3 
 4. Reyes, Talk N Text1.3 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.2 
 6. Cabagnot, Petron1.2 
 7. Barroca, B-Meg L.1.2 
 8. Douthit, Air21 E.1.2 
 9. White, Barako Bull1.2 
 10. Custodio, Alaska1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jackson VROMAN
  Ginebra .
  (208-C/F-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Vroman, Ginebra2.7 
 2. Jones, Powerade T.2.7 
 3. Fazekas, Petron B.2.3 
 4. Parada, Alaska Ac.2.2 
 5. Douthit, Air21 E.2.2 
 6. Santos, Petron B.1.8 
 7. Bowles, B-Meg L.1.6 
 8. Crews, Rain o.1.6 
 9. Eman, Alaska Aces1.2 
 10. Thoss, Alaska Ac.1.1 



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Standings - 2 Liga

2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Open Florentyna 23-0 
 2. Astoria Bydg. 18-5 
 3. Ksiezak Lowicz 17-6 
 4. AZS PP Poznan 15-6 
 5. Korsarz Gdansk 11-10 
 6. AZS UWM Olsz. 11-11 
 7. Zuraw Gniewno 11-11 
 8. KK Swiecie 11-12 
 9. Trefl II Sopot 9-13 
 10. Wilki Morskie 7-16 
 11. GKK Gorzow 6-17 
 12. Zyrardowianka 4-19 
 13. SMS PZKosz 3-20 
Group B
 1. Slask II W. 22-3 
 2. BM Wegiel Stal 19-6 
 3. AZS AWF K-ce 18-7 
 4. Pogon Prudnik 16-9 
 5. WKK Obiekty 15-10 
 6. Alba Chorzow 13-12 
 7. AZS AGH Alstom 13-12 
 8. GTK Gliwice 13-12 
 9. MKS Skierniew. 11-14 
 10. HK Zory 10-15 
 11. Nysa Klodzko 8-17 
 12. MCKiS Jaworz. 8-17 
 13. Mickiewicz 6-19 
 14. UMKS Piotrc. 3-22 
Group C
 1. PWiK Piaseczno 21-2 
 2. UMKS Kielce 17-5 
 3. Tur Bielsk Pdl. 15-8 
 4. Handlopex AZS 14-9 
 5. MKS Limbach 13-10 
 6. Novum Lublin 11-12 
 7. Wisla AWF Kr. 11-12 
 8. Staco MNLK 11-12 
 9. Unia Tarnow 10-13 
 10. Rosa II Radom 10-13 
 11. UKS Siemaszka 8-16 
 12. Pulaski Warka 5-18 
 13. AZS II Polit.W-wa 3-19 

Regular Season: Round 25

Group A

Mar. 24: Zuraw Gniewno - Korsarz Gdansk 94-87
Mar. 29: Trefl II Sopot - SMS PZKosz 94-60
Mar. 24: AZS PP Poznan - Astoria Bydg. 93-97
Mar. 25: Zyrardowianka - Ksiezak Lowicz 81-112
Mar. 24: KK Swiecie - Wilki Morskie 76-74
Mar. 25: GKK Gorzow - Open Florentyna 74-92

Group B

Mar. 25: Slask II W. - Mickiewicz 96-62
Mar. 25: BM Wegiel Stal - MKS Skierniew. 88-74
Mar. 24: GTK Gliwice - AZS AGH Alstom 87-79
Mar. 28: MCKiS Jaworz. - Alba Chorzow 64-70
Mar. 25: UMKS Piotrc. - Nysa Klodzko 63-76
Mar. 25: WKK Obiekty - AZS AWF K-ce 42-94
Mar. 22: WKK Obiekty - Slask II W. 39-80
Mar. 24: Pogon Prudnik - HK Zory 118-100

Group C

Mar. 24: Novum Lublin - Pulaski Warka 80-67
Mar. 25: MKS Limbach - Tur Bielsk Pdl. 73-71
Mar. 24: Rosa II Radom - Handlopex AZS 69-68
Mar. 24: Wisla AWF Kr. - AZS II Polit.W-wa 20-0
Mar. 24: Staco MNLK - Unia Tarnow 126-108
Mar. 25: PWiK Piaseczno - UKS Siemaszka 104-77

Regular Season: Round 26

Group A

Mar. 31: Open Florentyna - KK Swiecie
Mar. 31: Wilki Morskie - Trefl II Sopot
Mar. 31: SMS PZKosz - Zyrardowianka
Mar. 31: Ksiezak Lowicz - Zuraw Gniewno
Mar. 31: Korsarz Gdansk - AZS PP Poznan
Mar. 31: Astoria Bydg. - AZS UWM Olsz.

Group B

Mar. 31: MKS Skierniew. - UMKS Piotrc.
Mar. 31: Nysa Klodzko - Pogon Prudnik
Mar. 31: HK Zory - WKK Obiekty
Mar. 31: AZS AWF K-ce - MCKiS Jaworz.
Mar. 31: Alba Chorzow - Mickiewicz
Mar. 31: Slask II W. - GTK Gliwice
Mar. 31: AZS AGH Alstom - BM Wegiel Stal

Group C

Mar. 31: Unia Tarnow - MKS Limbach
Mar. 31: Tur Bielsk Pdl. - Rosa II Radom
Mar. 31: Handlopex AZS - PWiK Piaseczno
Mar. 31: UMKS Kielce - Wisla AWF Kr.
Mar. 31: AZS II Polit.W-wa - Novum Lublin
Mar. 31: Pulaski Warka - Staco MNLK


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub KAROLAK
  Novum Lublin
  (196-G/F-93)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Karolak, Novum Lub.21.4 
 2. Kuczynski, Tur B.20.9 
 3. Kowalewski, AZS U.20.5 
 4. Peciak, MKS L.20.3 
 5. Sobilo, Pulaski Wa.19.7 
 6. Lapinski, Zyrardow.19.4 
 7. Swiech, MKS S.19.4 
 8. Ejsmont, GKK G.18.6 
 9. Zurawski, Open F.18.4 
 10. Dudzik, AZS A.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mateusz SZWED
  Zyrardow.
  (197-C-91)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Szwed, Zyrardow.12.2 
 2. Zabielski, Tur B.12.2 
 3. Cygan, Unia Tarnow10.9 
 4. Kwandrans, MKS L.10.4 
 5. Niedzwiedzki, WKK10.4 
 6. Mis, Handlopex AZS10.4 
 7. Fras, Trefl I.9.8 
 8. Kuczynski, Tur B.9.7 
 9. Zurawski, Open F.9.2 
 10. Kowalewski, AZS U.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.11.1 
 2. Wluczynski, Ksieza.6.6 
 3. Hybiak, AZS P.6.2 
 4. Paszkiewicz, PWiK6.2 
 5. Jarosz, MKS S.5.7 
 6. Gospodarek, Novum5.6 
 7. Kindlik, MKS L.5.5 
 8. Grzelinski, WKK O.5.4 
 9. Rapucha, Tur B.5.4 
 10. Zych, Unia Tarnow5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.5.3 
 2. Rapucha, Tur B.4.5 
 3. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.4.3 
 4. Jarosz, MKS S.4.1 
 5. Misztela, UMKS P.4.0 
 6. Adamczyk, Pulaski3.9 
 7. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.9 
 8. Chojecki, Zyrardow.3.7 
 9. Ejsmont, GKK G.3.4 
 10. Gospodarek, Novu.3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomasz ZYCH
  Unia Tarnow
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.1 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.8 
 3. Szewczyk, Unia T.2.2 
 4. Szwed, Zyrardow.2.2 
 5. Misztela, UMKS P.2.2 
 6. Kunc, Staco M.2.2 
 7. Fediuk, UKS S.2.2 
 8. Labedz, Rosa I.2.2 
 9. Rostalski, AZS P.2.1 
 10. Ecka, AZS A.2.0 


2Liga Round 25: MKS Limbach beats Tur Bielsk Pdl. by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in 2Liga. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 25 in the 2Liga took place in Limanowa. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Tur Bielsk Pdl. (15-8) to fifth ranked MKS Limbach (13-10) 73-71 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tur Bielsk Pdl.. Tur Bielsk Pdl. was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 27-21 charge of MKS Limbach, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 23 Tur Bielsk Pdl. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MKS Limbach made 14 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Andrzej Peciak (195-78) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Piotr Kindlik (166-84) contributed with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Aaron Weres (196-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for Tur Bielsk Pdl.MKS Limbach maintains fifth place in Group C with 13-10 record. Tur Bielsk Pdl. at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. MKS Limbach are looking forward to face Unia Tarnow (#9) on the road in the next round. Tur Bielsk Pdl. will play against Rosa II Radom (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Wroclaw: Slask II W. (#1) and WKK Obiekty (#5). WKK Obiekty was crushed at home by 41 points 39-80 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Center Pawel Bochenkiewicz (200-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and Tomasz Bodzinski chipped in 18 points. At the losing side forward Dominik Martyniak (196-93) responded with 6 points and 7 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. Slask II W. (22-3) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Newly promoted Slask II W. maintains first place in Group B. WKK Obiekty lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Slask II W. will play against GTK Gliwice (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. WKK Obiekty will play against HK Zory and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Astoria Bydg. (18-5) which played road game in Pozoan against 4th placed AZS PP Poznan (15-6). Second ranked Astoria Bydg. managed to get a 4-point victory 97-93. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of AZS PP Poznan. Sebastian Laydych nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Pawel Hybiak came up with 22 points, 9 assists and 5 steals for AZS PP Poznan in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Astoria Bydg.. They maintain second place in Group A with 18-5 record having five points less than leader Open Florentyna. Loser AZS PP Poznan keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Astoria Bydg. will meet at home AZS UWM Olsz. (#6) in the next round. AZS PP Poznan will play against Korsarz Gdansk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
2Liga top team - Open Florentyna (23-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eleventh ranked GKK Gorzow (6-17) in Gorzow Wklp 92-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of GKK Gorzow. Marcin Stoklosa fired 34 points (!!!), 5 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Open Florentyna's coach Andrzej Kowalczyk allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the twentieth third consecutive win for Open Florentyna. They maintain first place in Group A with 23-0 record. Newly promoted GKK Gorzow keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Open Florentyna's next round opponent will be KK Swiecie (#8) at home and are hoping to win another game.
2Liga top team - Slask II W. (22-3) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Mickiewicz (6-19) in Wroclaw 96-62. It was a very good performance for Adrian Mroczek-Truskowski who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Slask II W.. Newly promoted Slask II W. maintains first place in Group B with 22-3 record. Mickiewicz lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Slask II W. will face GTK Gliwice (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mickiewicz will play against Alba Chorzow (#6).

Other games in round 25 were not that significant.
In Group A Wilki Morskie was beaten by KK Swiecie on the road 76-74. Zuraw Gniewno won against Korsarz Gdansk on its own court 94-87. Ksiezak Lowicz outscored Zyrardowianka in a road game 112-81. Trefl II Sopot rolled over SMS PZKosz at home 94-60.
In Group B MKS Skierniew. was defeated by BM Wegiel Stal on the opponent's court 88-74. GTK Gliwice beat AZS AGH Alstom in a home game 87-79. Alba Chorzow won against MCKiS Jaworz. on the road 70-64. WKK Obiekty was outscored by AZS AWF K-ce on its own court 42-94. HK Zory recorded a loss to Pogon Prudnik in a road game 118-100. UMKS Piotrc. was defeated by Nysa Klodzko at home 63-76.
In Group C Unia Tarnow was beaten by Staco MNLK on the opponent's court 126-108. Novum Lublin won against Pulaski Warka in a home game 80-67. PWiK Piaseczno rolled over UKS Siemaszka on its own court 104-77. Handlopex AZS was defeated by Rosa II Radom in a road game 69-68.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by Dawid Szewczyk of Unia Tarnow.


Group Group A
KK Swiecie - Wilki Morskie 76-74

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked KK Swiecie (11-12) edged at home 10th ranked Wilki Morskie (7-16) 76-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-74. KK Swiecie forced 21 Wilki Morskie turnovers. Strangely Wilki Morskie outrebounded KK Swiecie 45-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when KK Swiecie made 9 blocks. It was a very good performance for forward Mikolaj Grod (194-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Zbigniew Malinowski (185-84) contributed with 17 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Radoslaw Bojko (196-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals and guard Piotr Knowa (176-91) added 24 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Wilki Morskie. Five KK Swiecie and four Wilki Morskie players scored in double figures. KK Swiecie maintains eighth place in Group A with 11-12 record. Wilki Morskie lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost. KK Swiecie will face league's leader Open Florentyna in Pleszew in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Wilki Morskie will play at home against Trefl II Sopot (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Swiecie: Z.Malinowski 17+4reb+2ast, P.Poliwka 14+5reb, P.Robak 12+4reb+2ast, T.Herman 12+1reb+3ast, M.Grod 11+12reb, K.Kowalski 8+1reb
Wilki Morskie: P.Knowa 24+5reb, R.Bojko 17+13reb+8ast, M.Kowalski 12+9reb+2ast, I.Trela 11+9reb, K.Nowacki 4+6reb+4ast, C.Majtyka 4+1reb
gschID: 144329


GKK Gorzow - Open Florentyna 74-92

2Liga top team - Open Florentyna (23-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eleventh ranked GKK Gorzow (6-17) in Gorzow Wklp 92-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of GKK Gorzow. The game without a history. Open Florentyna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. Guard Marcin Stoklosa (188-77) fired 34 points (!!!), 5 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Guard Jacek Sulowski (192-79) chipped in 16 points. Four Open Florentyna players scored in double figures. Open Florentyna's coach Andrzej Kowalczyk allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Tomasz Ejsmont (190-90) produced 14 points and 4 assists and center Rafal Peczek (205) added 6 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. The victory was the twentieth third consecutive win for Open Florentyna. They maintain first place in Group A with 23-0 record. Newly promoted GKK Gorzow keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Open Florentyna's next round opponent will be KK Swiecie (#8) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Open Florentyna: M.Stoklosa 34+1reb+5ast, J.Sulowski 16+1reb+3ast, R.Niesobski 12+2ast, J.Czech 11+8reb, S.Buczyniak 9+5reb+6ast, A.Kaczmarzyk 5+1reb+1ast
GKK Gorzow: L.Wojciechowski 14+3reb+1ast, T.Ejsmont 14+4reb+4ast, P.Suwala 12+4reb+1ast, J.Borowski 12+1reb, M.Plawucki 8+4reb+4ast, R.Peczek 6+12reb+3ast
gschID: 144330


AZS PP Poznan - Astoria Bydg. 93-97

An interesting game for Astoria Bydg. (18-5) which played road game in Pozoan against 4th placed AZS PP Poznan (15-6). Second ranked Astoria Bydg. managed to get a 4-point victory 97-93. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of AZS PP Poznan. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 28-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Astoria Bydg. dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to AZS PP Poznan's 48. Astoria Bydg. forced 23 AZS PP Poznan turnovers and outrebounded them 34-23 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Astoria Bydg. looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Astoria Bydg. made 7 blocks. Power forward Sebastian Laydych (203-87) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and forward Dorian Szyttenholm (194-83) accounted for 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) came up with 22 points, 9 assists and 5 steals and forward Michal Szydlowski (198-87) added 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for AZS PP Poznan in the defeat. Five Astoria Bydg. and four AZS PP Poznan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Astoria Bydg.. They maintain second place in Group A with 18-5 record having five points less than leader Open Florentyna. Loser AZS PP Poznan keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Astoria Bydg. will meet at home AZS UWM Olsz. (#6) in the next round. AZS PP Poznan will play against Korsarz Gdansk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: M.Bierwagen 24+5reb+1ast, S.Laydych 24+10reb+2ast, A.Szopinski 16+1reb+4ast, D.Szyttenholm 16+10reb+4ast, P.Lewandowski 12+3reb+10ast, A.Andryanczyk 2
AZS PP Poznan: P.Hybiak 22+3reb+9ast, T.Baszak 20+1reb+1ast, M.Rostalski 14+4reb+1ast, P.Stankiewicz 12+1reb, T.Gierwazik 11+2reb, M.Szydlowski 9+10reb+4ast
gschID: 144325


Zuraw Gniewno - Korsarz Gdansk 94-87

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Korsarz Gdansk (11-10) lost to seventh ranked Zuraw Gniewno (11-11) in Gniewino 87-94 on Saturday. Korsarz Gdansk trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 32-21 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 87-94 at the end of the game. Zuraw Gniewno made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Korsarz Gdansk turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a very good performance for swingman Bartosz Kobus (195-83) who helped to win the game recording 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Lukasz Zimniewicz (192-79) contributed with 33 points (!!!) (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Zuraw Gniewno players scored in double figures. The former international guard Bartosz Sarzalo (197-83) answered with 24 points and forward Marcin Chudy (200-86) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Korsarz Gdansk. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zuraw Gniewno moved-up to sixth place in Group A, which they share with AZS UWM Olsz. Loser Korsarz Gdansk keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Zuraw Gniewno will face higher ranked Ksiezak Lowicz (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Korsarz Gdansk will play against AZS PP Poznan in Pozoan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zuraw Gniewno: L.Zimniewicz 33+4reb+2ast, B.Kobus 27+9reb+5ast, M.Wilk 10+4reb+2ast, P.Strychalski 10+3reb+12ast, P.Matysiak 9+3reb+1ast, D.Grujic 3+3reb
Korsarz Gdansk: B.Sarzalo 24+4reb+3ast, J.Zalucki 22+1ast, M.Chudy 20+5reb+2ast, K.Sadowski 5+1reb+3ast, M.Skiba 5+1reb+1ast, P.Konsek 4+9reb
gschID: 144326


Zyrardowianka - Ksiezak Lowicz 81-112

Very predictable result when third ranked Ksiezak Lowicz (17-6) rolled over on the road 12th ranked Zyrardowianka (4-19) 112-81 on Sunday. The game without a history. Ksiezak Lowicz led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.5 percent from the field and made 18-of-18 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Ksiezak Lowicz outrebounded Zyrardowianka 28-16 including 20 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Ksiezak Lowicz looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ksiezak Lowicz made 7 blocks. It was a very good performance for guard Damian Janiak (191-89) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Kacper Kromer (204-87) contributed with 20 points and 4 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Swingman Mariusz Lapinski (194-82) answered with 20 points and 4 steals and center Mateusz Szwed (197-91) added 14 points in the effort for Zyrardowianka. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Zyrardowianka's coach Grzegorz Kwasiborski gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Ksiezak Lowicz. They maintain third place in Group A with 17-6 record having six points less than leader Open Florentyna. Zyrardowianka lost their fifteenth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 19 games lost. Ksiezak Lowicz will face Zuraw Gniewno (#7) in Gniewino in the next round. Zyrardowianka will play on the road against SMS PZKosz (#13) in Wladyslawowo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ksiezak Lowicz: D.Janiak 26+5reb+4ast, K.Kromer 20+3reb+3ast, T.Nogalski 17+2reb+2ast, B.Wluczynski 14+2reb+8ast, M.Siemienczuk 10+4reb, R.Wojciechowski 8+4reb+5ast
Zyrardowianka: M.Lapinski 20+4reb+1ast, M.Szwed 14+4reb+3ast, T.Chojecki 13+3ast, J.Mus 12+2reb+1ast, M.Kuran 8+1ast, P.Repinski 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 144327


Trefl II Sopot - SMS PZKosz 94-60

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked SMS PZKosz (3-20) was outscored on the road by ninth ranked Trefl II Sopot (9-13) 94-60 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Trefl II Sopot. SMS PZKosz was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trefl II Sopot shot 60.3 percent from the field. Trefl II Sopot had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Trefl II Sopot made 12 blocks. It was a very good performance for guard David Brembly (197-93) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Filip Malgorzaciak (188-93) contributed with 25 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Trefl II Sopot players scored in double figures. Forward Damian Jeszke (200-95) answered with 10 points and forward Mikolaj Witlinski (201-95) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for SMS PZKosz. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Trefl II Sopot maintains ninth place in Group A with 9-13 record. SMS PZKosz lost their eleventh game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Trefl II Sopot will face Wilki Morskie (#10) in Szczecin in the next round. SMS PZKosz will play at home against Zyrardowianka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trefl II Sopot: F.Malgorzaciak 25+3reb, D.Brembly 23+6reb+5ast, W.Fras 13+10reb+3ast, D.Szymkiewicz 12+2reb+5ast, K.Piechaczek 6+2reb+1ast, L.Jaskiewicz 4+4reb+2ast
SMS PZKosz: D.Jeszke 10+3reb+2ast, M.Witlinski 8+5reb+2ast, J.Garbacz 8+1reb+1ast, L.Kaczmarski 8+1reb+3ast, J.Trojan 8+6reb, J.Maksymiuk 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 144328


Group Group B
WKK Obiekty - Slask II W. 39-80

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Wroclaw: Slask II W. (#1) and WKK Obiekty (#5). WKK Obiekty was crushed at home by 41 points 39-80 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Slask II W. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to WKK Obiekty's 28. They outrebounded WKK Obiekty 41-23 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Slask II W. brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Center Pawel Bochenkiewicz (200-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds for the winners and forward Tomasz Bodzinski (203-91) chipped in 18 points. Four Slask II W. players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Dominik Martyniak (196-93) responded with 6 points and 7 rebounds and Daniel Kolankowski scored 7 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Slask II W. (22-3) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Newly promoted Slask II W. maintains first place in Group B. WKK Obiekty lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Slask II W. will play against GTK Gliwice (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. WKK Obiekty will play against HK Zory and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Slask II W.: T.Bodzinski 18+1ast, W.Leszczynski 15+2reb+2ast, P.Bochenkiewicz 14+16reb, M.Kowalski 11+3reb+3ast, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 6+1reb, M.Platek 5+7reb
WKK Obiekty: D.Kolankowski 7+2reb+1ast, D.Martyniak 6+7reb, T.Jozefiak 6+2reb, N.Zuber 6+1reb, A.Mazur 5+1reb+1ast, J.Grzelinski 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 171049


BM Wegiel Stal - MKS Skierniew. 88-74

Everything went according to plan when second ranked BM Wegiel Stal (19-6) defeated 9th ranked MKS Skierniew. (11-14) in Ostrow Wlkp. 88-74 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by BM Wegiel Stal. MKS Skierniew. was better in fourth quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BM Wegiel Stal looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BM Wegiel Stal made 10 blocks. It was a very good performance for guard Mariusz Matczak (180-86) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 7 assists. The former international forward Wojciech Szawarski (195-76) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. BM Wegiel Stal's coach Mikolaj Czaja used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Krystian Swiech (205-80) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Radoslaw Jarosz (196-83) added 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals in the effort for MKS Skierniew.Five BM Wegiel Stal and four MKS Skierniew. players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for BM Wegiel Stal. They maintain second place in Group B with 19-6 record having two points less than leader Open Florentyna. Loser MKS Skierniew. keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. BM Wegiel Stal will face AZS AGH Alstom (#7) in Krakow in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. MKS Skierniew. will play at home against UMKS Piotrc. in Piotrkow.
Top scorers:
BM Wegiel Stal: W.Szawarski 15+5reb+3ast, M.Kalowski 14+2reb+2ast, J.Dryjanski 14+5reb, L.Olejnik 13+6reb+1ast, M.Matczak 12+4reb+7ast, K.Spala 6+1reb+1ast
MKS Skierniew.: K.Swiech 20+6reb+1ast, R.Jarosz 16+5reb+4ast, J.Zielinski 10+5reb+3ast, A.El-Ward 10+4reb+2ast, P.Tradecki 8+1reb+1ast, A.Lewandowski 4+4reb
gschID: 144659


GTK Gliwice - AZS AGH Alstom 87-79

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked AZS AGH Alstom (13-12) lost on the road to eighth ranked GTK Gliwice (13-12) 87-79 on Saturday. AZS AGH Alstom was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-15 charge of GTK Gliwice, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to AZS AGH Alstom's 28 and made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. GTK Gliwice forced 24 AZS AGH Alstom turnovers and outrebounded them 30-17 including 21 on the defensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when GTK Gliwice made 10 blocks. It was a very good performance for forward Przemyslaw Malona (198-85) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Guard Tomasz Wrobel (180-85) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four GTK Gliwice players scored in double figures. GTK Gliwice's coach Jacek Adamczak used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Grzegorz Dudzik (190-84) answered with 28 points and 6 steals (made all of his seventeen free throws !!!) and guard Michal Szewczyk (184-85) added 18 points and 6 steals in the effort for AZS AGH Alstom. GTK Gliwice moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with Alba Chorzow and AZS AGH Alstom. GTK Gliwice will face league's leader Slask II W. in Wroclaw in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
GTK Gliwice: P.Malona 21+6reb+1ast, P.Szymanski 14+3reb+3ast, T.Wrobel 13+3reb+4ast, G.Podulka 11+1reb+2ast, S.Mazanek 8+3reb+1ast, T.Stankala 6+1reb
AZS AGH Alstom: G.Dudzik 28+4reb+1ast, M.Szewczyk 18+3reb+3ast, T.Orlicki 13, L.Warmuz 8+1reb+2ast, L.Pajak 6+4reb+1ast, T.Bryzek 4+2reb
gschID: 144660


Slask II W. - Mickiewicz 96-62

2Liga top team - Slask II W. (22-3) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Mickiewicz (6-19) in Wroclaw 96-62. The game without a history. Slask II W. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Slask II W. forced 26 Mickiewicz turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Slask II W. made 21 blocks. It was a very good performance for guard Adrian Mroczek-Truskowski (195-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Artur Grygiel (187-88) contributed with 25 points for the winners. Four Slask II W. players scored in double figures. Guard Szymon Wawrzyniak (181-88) answered with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Krzysztof Wosz (196-76) added 5 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Mickiewicz. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Slask II W.. Newly promoted Slask II W. maintains first place in Group B with 22-3 record. Mickiewicz lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Slask II W. will face GTK Gliwice (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mickiewicz will play against Alba Chorzow (#6).
Top scorers:
Slask II W.: A.Grygiel 25+1reb+1ast, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 22+13reb+3ast, R.Hyzy 17+2reb+1ast, M.Lopatka 12+8reb+1ast, W.Leszczynski 8+1ast, N.Kulon 7+4reb+3ast
Mickiewicz: S.Wawrzyniak 19, G.Zadecki 12+4reb+1ast, M.Batorski 10+4reb+1ast, S.Bregula 8+5reb, K.Wosz 5+13reb, M.Moralewicz 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 144661


MCKiS Jaworz. - Alba Chorzow 64-70

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Alba Chorzow (13-12) beat 11th ranked MCKiS Jaworz. (8-17) in Jaworzno 70-64 on Wednesday. MCKiS Jaworz. trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 24-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 64-70 at the end of the game. Alba Chorzow shot 62.2 percent from the field. They also forced 29 MCKiS Jaworz. turnovers and outrebounded them 32-21 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Alba Chorzow made 7 blocks. Quite impressive performance for guard Lukasz Wojcik (189-84) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 steals. Power forward Marcin Weselak (204-79) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Alba Chorzow players scored in double figures. Swingman Marcin Sroda (196-83) answered with 14 points and 5 blocks and swingman Grzegorz Remin (192-82) added 16 points and 5 blocks in the effort for MCKiS Jaworz.Alba Chorzow moved-up to sixth place in Group B, which they share with GTK Gliwice and AZS AGH Alstom. Loser MCKiS Jaworz. keeps the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Alba Chorzow will face Mickiewicz (#13) in Katowice in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MCKiS Jaworz. will play on the road against AZS AWF K-ce in Katowice.
Top scorers:
Alba Chorzow: L.Wojcik 21+4reb+1ast, M.Weselak 12+8reb+2ast, A.Spychala 11+5reb, P.Podbial 10+4reb+2ast, D.Pelka 10+3reb+3ast, J.Gruth 4
MCKiS Jaworz.: G.Remin 16+1reb+1ast, M.Sroda 14+4reb, A.Koziol 10+4reb+2ast, A.Baczynski 9+4reb+3ast, R.Lemanski 5+2reb+1ast, N.Kujon 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 144662


WKK Obiekty - AZS AWF K-ce 42-94

Rather expected game when 5th ranked WKK Obiekty (15-10) was smashed by third ranked AZS AWF K-ce (18-7) in Wroclaw 94-42 on Sunday. The game without a history. AZS AWF K-ce led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding WKK Obiekty to just 3 points in first quarter. AZS AWF K-ce dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to WKK Obiekty's 30. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by WKK Obiekty's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS AWF K-ce made 10 blocks. Quite impressive performance for forward Kamil Nowak (196-88) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Swingman Bartosz Stawowski (187-89) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Tomasz Jozefiak (190-93) answered with 11 points and 9 rebounds and forward Artur Suchodolski (192-94) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for WKK Obiekty. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for AZS AWF K-ce. They maintain third place in Group B with 18-7 record having three points less than leader Open Florentyna. WKK Obiekty lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with ten games lost. AZS AWF K-ce will face MCKiS Jaworz. (#12) in Jaworzno in the next round and are hoping to win another game. WKK Obiekty will play on the road against HK Zory (#10).
Top scorers:
AZS AWF K-ce: K.Nowak 21+5reb+4ast, B.Stawowski 15+5reb+3ast, M.Dziemba 12+1reb+4ast, S.Juniak 10+6reb, D.Tokarski 8+5reb+8ast, K.Kurdubski 6+1reb
WKK Obiekty: T.Jozefiak 11+9reb, M.Serbakowski 9+2reb+1ast, W.Cygal 8+4reb, A.Suchodolski 7+7reb+1ast, D.Martyniak 3+6reb, N.Zuber 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 144663


Pogon Prudnik - HK Zory 118-100

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Pogon Prudnik (16-9) won against at home 10th ranked HK Zory (10-15) 118-100 on Saturday. Pogon Prudnik dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to HK Zory's 44 and made 30-of-38 free shots (78.9 percent) during the game. Pogon Prudnik forced 30 HK Zory turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pogon Prudnik made 10 blocks. Quite impressive performance for forward Tomasz Madziar (195-92) who helped to win the game recording 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Szymon Kucia (190-83) contributed with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Karol Kupczak (168-83) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and forward Lukasz Ochodek (195-82) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for HK Zory. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pogon Prudnik maintains fourth place in Group B with 16-9 record. Loser HK Zory keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Pogon Prudnik will face Nysa Klodzko (#11) in Kloszko in the next round and are hoping to win another game. HK Zory will play at home against WKK Obiekty in Wroclaw.
Top scorers:
Pogon Prudnik: T.Madziar 32+5reb+4ast, S.Kucia 19+3reb+2ast, M.Lepczynski 16+3reb+3ast, T.Lakis 14+3reb+4ast, M.Lakis 12+8reb, J.Pawlowski 11+8reb
HK Zory: K.Kupczak 22+5reb+1ast, M.Marczyk 20+3reb+1ast, M.Frankowski 19+2reb+4ast, L.Ochodek 18+8reb+1ast, J.Rduch 15+7reb, A.Bialdyga 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 144664


UMKS Piotrc. - Nysa Klodzko 63-76

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked UMKS Piotrc. (3-22) lost to twelfth ranked Nysa Klodzko (8-17) in Piotrkow 63-76 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Nysa Klodzko. UMKS Piotrc. was better in fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nysa Klodzko dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to UMKS Piotrc.'s 38. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Nysa Klodzko made 7 blocks. Quite impressive performance for center Jaroslaw Bartkowiak (202-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Michal Lipinski (184-86) contributed with 11 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Nysa Klodzko players scored in double figures. Forward Damian Kalinowski (201-91) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds and Mateusz Tomczynski (-91) added 14 points in the effort for UMKS Piotrc.Nysa Klodzko moved-up to eleventh place in Group B, which they share with MCKiS Jaworz. UMKS Piotrc. lost their eighth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth position with 22 games lost. Nysa Klodzko will face higher ranked Pogon Prudnik (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. UMKS Piotrc. will play against MKS Skierniew. (#9) in Skierniewice.
Top scorers:
Nysa Klodzko: M.Weiss 17+3reb+2ast, R.Ulrich 16+6reb, J.Bartkowiak 15+10reb+3ast, M.Lipinski 11+7reb+7ast, B.Zubik 8+4reb+2ast, C.Radwanski 5+1ast
UMKS Piotrc.: D.Kalinowski 15+9reb, M.Tomczynski 14+1reb+3ast, A.Tomczynski 10+3reb+2ast, K.Leski 9+6reb+3ast, D.Sikorski 7+9reb+1ast, M.Lada 5
gschID: 144665


Group Group C
Staco MNLK - Unia Tarnow 126-108

Everything could happen in Niepolomice at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Staco MNLK and 7th ranked Unia Tarnow had identical 10-12 record. This time Staco MNLK used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Tarnow 126-108 on Saturday night. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Staco MNLK's pressure prevailed and they won that period 41-25 extending their advantage to 18 points. They shot 65.2 percent from the field and made 28-of-31 free shots (90.3 percent) during the game. Staco MNLK forced 25 Unia Tarnow turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Staco MNLK made 13 blocks. Quite impressive performance for guard Szymon Kunc (193-80) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Przemyslaw Ostrowski (194-86) contributed with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Forward Dawid Szewczyk (190-85) answered with 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and guard Tomasz Zych (188-87) added 24 points, 11 assists and 9 steals in the effort for Unia Tarnow. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Staco MNLK (11-12) moved-up to sixth place in Group C, which they share with Novum Lublin and Wisla AWF Kr. Unia Tarnow lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Staco MNLK will face Pulaski Warka (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Unia Tarnow will play against MKS Limbach in Limanowa.
Top scorers:
Staco MNLK: P.Ostrowski 22+5reb+2ast, F.Mroz 20+4reb+3ast, W.Majchrzak 19+3reb+1ast, J.Dziura 19+4reb+1ast, S.Kunc 19+5reb+7ast, J.Krawczyk 13+10ast
Unia Tarnow: D.Szewczyk 35+8reb+1ast, T.Zych 24+3reb+11ast, F.Put 17+7reb+5ast, P.Cygan 16+4reb, L.Grys 12+2reb+2ast, P.Laszewski 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 144666


Novum Lublin - Pulaski Warka 80-67

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Pulaski Warka (5-18) lost on the road to sixth ranked Novum Lublin (11-12) 80-67 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Novum Lublin's pressure prevailed and they won that period 27-17 extending their advantage to 13 points. Novum Lublin forced 19 Pulaski Warka turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Quite impressive performance for center Patryk Bajtus (206-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Jakub Karolak (196-93) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Novum Lublin players scored in double figures. Forward Daniel Wilkusz (203-88) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and guard Rafal Sobilo (188-89) added 21 points and 5 assists in the effort for Pulaski Warka. Pulaski Warka's coach Marek Brzeznicki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Novum Lublin maintains sixth place in Group C with 11-12 record, which they share with Wisla AWF Kr. and Staco MNLK. Newly promoted Pulaski Warka keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Novum Lublin will face AZS II Polit.W-wa (#13) in Warszawa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pulaski Warka will play at home against Staco MNLK in Niepolomice.
Top scorers:
Novum Lublin: J.Karolak 22+2reb+1ast, B.Karolak 16+3reb+1ast, P.Bajtus 14+13reb+1ast, M.Gospodarek 12+1reb+10ast, M.Wisniewski 9+8reb+3ast, B.Ciechocinski 5+2reb+3ast
Pulaski Warka: D.Wilkusz 25+11reb+1ast, R.Sobilo 21+3reb+5ast, P.Adamczyk 6+3reb+6ast, L.Nowak 5+5reb, J.Stefaniuk 3+1reb+2ast, R.Sebrala 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 144667


Wisla AWF Kr. - AZS II Polit.W-wa 20-0

gschID: 144668


PWiK Piaseczno - UKS Siemaszka 104-77

Very expected game when 11th ranked UKS Siemaszka (8-16) was smashed on the road by first ranked PWiK Piaseczno (21-2) 104-77 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by PWiK Piaseczno. UKS Siemaszka was better in fourth quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PWiK Piaseczno dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to UKS Siemaszka's 34. They outrebounded UKS Siemaszka 46-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. PWiK Piaseczno looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when PWiK Piaseczno made 14 blocks. Quite impressive performance for guard Michal Wojtynski (192-89) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 4 steals (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). Guard Dominik Majewski (185-83) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four PWiK Piaseczno players scored in double figures. Center Pawel Murza (202-90) answered with 22 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Piotr Fediuk (178-81) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for UKS Siemaszka. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. PWiK Piaseczno maintains first place in Group C with 21-2 record. Newly promoted UKS Siemaszka keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. PWiK Piaseczno will face Handlopex AZS (#4) in Rzeszow in the next round.
Top scorers:
PWiK Piaseczno: M.Wojtynski 27+2reb, D.Majewski 17+4reb+5ast, T.Borkowski 15+9reb, A.Paszkiewicz 10+4reb+5ast, W.Bocianowski 8+3reb, T.Wojcikowski 7+1reb+5ast
UKS Siemaszka: P.Murza 22+5reb, L.Durbas 17+3reb+1ast, P.Fediuk 12+4reb+5ast, M.Gruca 8+3reb, P.Stecko 5+5reb+6ast, W.Cwiklik 3+2reb
gschID: 144670


Rosa II Radom - Handlopex AZS 69-68

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Rosa II Radom (10-13) edged at home 4th placed Handlopex AZS (14-9) 69-68 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Handlopex AZS won third quarter 25-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Rosa II Radom won last quarter 9-10. They made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Handlopex AZS turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rosa II Radom made 11 blocks. Quite impressive performance for guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Piotr Kardas (182-78) contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Power forward Piotr Mis (204-77) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and guard Krzysztof Banys (185-84) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Handlopex AZS. Four Rosa II Radom and five Handlopex AZS players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Rosa II Radom moved-up to ninth place in Group C, which they share with Unia Tarnow. Loser Handlopex AZS keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Rosa II Radom will face higher ranked Tur Bielsk Pdl. (#3) in Bielsk Podlaski in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Handlopex AZS will play at home against the league's leader PWiK Piaseczno having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Rosa II Radom: A.Donigiewicz 20+5reb+4ast, P.Kardas 13+3reb+7ast, J.Zalewski 11+3reb+4ast, E.Podkowinski 10+5reb, M.Nikiel 4+6reb+2ast, T.Pisarczyk 4+3reb+1ast
Handlopex AZS: P.Mis 17+13reb+1ast, K.Banys 13+6reb+3ast, J.Musijowski 13+2reb+3ast, M.Zmudka 11+4reb+1ast, M.Sowa 10+4reb, A.Brud 2+2ast
gschID: 144671


MKS Limbach - Tur Bielsk Pdl. 73-71

The most exciting game of round 25 in the 2Liga took place in Limanowa. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Tur Bielsk Pdl. (15-8) to fifth ranked MKS Limbach (13-10) 73-71 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tur Bielsk Pdl.. Tur Bielsk Pdl. was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 27-21 charge of MKS Limbach, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 23 Tur Bielsk Pdl. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MKS Limbach made 14 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Andrzej Peciak (195-78) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Piotr Kindlik (166-84) contributed with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Aaron Weres (196-91) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and forward Arkadiusz Zabielski (195-84) added 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Tur Bielsk Pdl.MKS Limbach maintains fifth place in Group C with 13-10 record. Tur Bielsk Pdl. at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. MKS Limbach are looking forward to face Unia Tarnow (#9) on the road in the next round. Tur Bielsk Pdl. will play against Rosa II Radom (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
MKS Limbach: A.Peciak 29+11reb+1ast, P.Kindlik 22+7reb+4ast, J.Dudek 11+8reb+2ast, W.Rykala 5+2reb+3ast, M.Strzelec 3+1reb, W.Hasior 2+6reb+1ast
Tur Bielsk Pdl.: A.Weres 24+13reb, A.Zabielski 20+13reb+1ast, P.Brzozowski 8+4reb, T.Szczepinski 8+4reb+2ast, R.Iwaniuk 3+1reb+4ast, J.Jozwiuk 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 144672



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Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
 1. Porto Ferpinta 18-2 
 2. Benfica 17-3 
 3. Ovarense 15-5 
 4. Barreirense 14-6 
 5. CAB Madeira 13-7 
 6. Lusitania 11-9 
 7. Academica 8-12 
 8. Vitoria SC 7-13 
 9. Sampaense 7-13 
 10. Barcelos 6-14 
 11. Terceira Basket 4-16 
 12. Ginasio 0-20 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 25: CAB Madeira - Ginasio 98-68
Mar. 24: Academica - Terceira Basket 95-57
Mar. 25: Barreirense - Sampaense 85-59
Mar. 24: Ovarense - Vitoria SC 82-74
Mar. 24: Barcelos - Lusitania 78-55
Mar. 24: Porto Ferpinta - Benfica 67-76

Round 17

Mar. 27: Lusitania - CAB Madeira 83-76

Round 18

Mar. 28: Terceira Basket - CAB Madeira 65-94

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 31: Academica - Sampaense
Apr. 1: Barcelos - Ginasio
Mar. 31: Porto Ferpinta - CAB Madeira
Apr. 1: Ovarense - Barreirense
Apr. 1: Vitoria SC - Lusitania
Apr. 1: Benfica - Terceira Basket


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Terceira.
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bowie, Terceira.19.1 
 2. Murphy, Terceira.18.6 
 3. Addison, Sampaense18.1 
 4. Franklin, Lusitania17.3 
 5. Stempin, Porto F.17.3 
 6. Oruche, Academica17.2 
 7. Nevels, Terceira.16.9 
 8. Scott, Benfica16.8 
 9. Sneed, Academica16.4 
 10. Hill, Barreirense15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MORRIS
  Vitoria SC
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Morris, Vitoria SC10.0 
 2. Lee, Ovarense9.7 
 3. Nevels, Terceira.9.6 
 4. Sneed, Academica9.6 
 5. Fonseca, Vitoria SC9.2 
 6. Addison, Sampaense8.4 
 7. Momplasir, Lusitan.8.2 
 8. Djukic, Ginasio8.1 
 9. Gunter, CAB M.7.9 
 10. Cunha, Vitoria SC7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mario FERNANDES
  CAB M.
  (176-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Fernandes, CAB M.6.6 
 2. Reveles, Sampaense5.8 
 3. Sing, Sampaense5.7 
 4. Manarte, Ovarense5.1 
 5. Blanks, Vitoria SC5.1 
 6. Minhava, Benfica4.3 
 7. Mota, Vitoria SC4.3 
 8. Fechas, Barcelos4.2 
 9. Bowie, Terceira.4.1 
 10. Kenon, CAB Madei.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jaime SILVA
  CAB Madeira
  (187-PG-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Silva, CAB Madeira3.0 
 2. Balseiro, Sampa.2.2 
 3. Fernandes, CAB M.2.2 
 4. Kenon, CAB Madeira2.1 
 5. Andrade, Porto F.2.1 
 6. Cunha, Vitoria SC2.1 
 7. Silva, Barcelos1.9 
 8. Mota, Vitoria SC1.8 
 9. Sneed, Academica1.8 
 10. Sousa, Academica1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Durrell NEVELS
  Terceira.
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nevels, Terceira.2.8 
 2. Momplasir, Lusitan.1.6 
 3. Johnson, Porto F.1.1 
 4. Gunter, CAB M.1.0 
 5. Coelho, CAB M.0.9 
 6. Silva, Barcelos0.9 
 7. Addison, Sampaense0.9 
 8. Viana, Sampaense0.8 
 9. Lindmets, Lusitania0.8 
 10. Ehiagwina, Ginasio0.8 


Standings - Proliga

Proliga Standings
 1. Alges 17-2 
 2. Illiabum 13-6 
 3. Electrico FC 11-8 
 4. Sangalhos 11-8 
 5. Angra 11-8 
 6. Fisica 10-9 
 7. Oliveirense 10-9 
 8. Maia Basket 10-9 
 9. Galitos-Tley 9-10 
 10. Guifoes 5-14 
 11. Povoa 4-15 
 12. Gaeirense 3-16 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 31: Angra - Maia Basket
Mar. 31: Guifoes - Galitos-Tley
Mar. 31: Illiabum - Povoa
Mar. 31: Gaeirense - Electrico FC
Apr. 1: Alges - Fisica
Mar. 31: Oliveirense - Sangalhos


Situation with Terceira Basket,american players and Cavel - by Bruno Baltazar

Usually the news are good news in the portuguese basketball and about scores and player transactions ,this time the news is about the reality.
Knowing the world economy we are aware of the problems with debts and crises of different countries and the reality affects teams aswell,basketball ones,and in this one specifcly is about Forum Terceira Basket and the american guard right now representing Barreirense,Cavel Witter (183-G-87, college: Creighton) (a team that honors contracts).

Last season he played for them being injured at a early stage during the season ,he was covered by medical insurance in case something would happen to him ,all his medical bills would be payed off,the reality the team was payed by the insurance company and Cavel some a percentage of the total debt but the team still owes him several months ,months passed by and medical billings arent cheap ,the portuguese federation is aware of the situation but things keep being delayed with answers that things are being taken care of but take their time ,over a year has passed and the team didnt suffered anything at all ,still in the league having debts to now their current american players ,to the point where players couldnt do it anymore without money as life requires money to buy things!

Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) a star in the portuguese league had to leave because he didnt saw the money they promissed ,making him no other choice to stop playing for free,and ofcourse aspects like this affect the players also outside the gaming time as monetary responsabilities are big and alot of american players the small amount of money to the biggest they make they also help their families.

The end of this story is yet to be written but the lack of integrety is scandalous and the lack of help players get is also impressive.
The bottom line to all the players is be aware of the situation you come thru ,the good aspect is that theres still ALOT of teams in Portugal that represent honor and honesty ,but in Terceira case ,specially the previous 2 seasons were dealt in a situation that isnt the best.



Benfica defeats leader FC Porto Ferpinta - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked FC Porto Ferpinta (18-2) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Benfica (17-3) 76-67. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of FC Porto Ferpinta. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 50-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Benfica outrebounded FC Porto Ferpinta 40-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. The former international center Elvis Evora (205-78) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Ted Scott (188-85, college: W.Virginia St.) contributed with 20 points for the winners. The former international forward Carlos Andrade (197-78, college: Queens, NC) replied with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for FC Porto Ferpinta. Benfica maintains second position with 17-3 record behind leader Porto Ferpinta. Defending champion FC Porto Ferpinta still keeps top place with two games lost. Benfica are looking forward to face Terceira Basket (#11) in Angra Heroismo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FC Porto Ferpinta will play at home against CAB Madeira (#5) in Funchal and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Ginasio is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 20th consecutive match to fifth ranked CAB Madeira (13-7) 98-68. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Fabio Lima (196-88) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and Mario Fernandes who added 26 points, 7 assists and 6 steals during the contest. Forward Daniel Caluico (198-83) responded with 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). CAB Madeira maintains fifth position with 13-7 record. Ginasio at the other side still closes the standings. CAB Madeira will play against league's leader FC Porto Ferpinta on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ginasio will play against Barcelos (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Angra was also quite interesting. 5th ranked CAB Madeira (13-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Lusitania (11-9). Lusitania managed to secure a 7-point victory 83-76 on Tuesday. The winners were led by Brian Mills who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Even 29 points and 7 rebounds by Jorge Coelho did not help to save the game for CAB Madeira. Lusitania maintains sixth position with 11-9 record. Loser CAB Madeira keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Lusitania will meet Vitoria SC (#8) in the next round. CAB Madeira will play against the league's leader FC Porto Ferpinta and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Lusitania (11-9) and Barcelos (6-14), which took place in Barcelos. Higher ranked Lusitania was outleveled in a road game by tenth ranked Barcelos 78-55. The best player for the winners was Sergi Coll who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Barcelos' coach Ricardo Rodrigues felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Barcelos maintains tenth position with 6-14 record. Lusitania at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Barcelos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Ginasio (#12) in Figueira da Foz.
The game between seventh ranked Academica (8-12) and 11th ranked Terceira Basket (4-16) in Coimbra on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Academica outscored guests from Angra Heroismo 95-57. Fernando Sousa orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. Academica's coach Orlando Simoes felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Academica maintains seventh position with 8-12 record. Terceira Basket lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Academica's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Coimbra Sampaense.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: Sampaense was smashed by Barreirense on the road 85-59. Ovarense won against Vitoria SC on its own court 82-74. CAB Madeira outscored Terceira Basket in Funchal 94-65.


Porto Ferpinta - Benfica 67-76

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked FC Porto Ferpinta (18-2) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by second ranked Benfica (17-3) 76-67. It ended at the same time the 11-game winning streak of FC Porto Ferpinta. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 50-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Benfica outrebounded FC Porto Ferpinta 40-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. The former international center Elvis Evora (205-78) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Ted Scott (188-85, college: W.Virginia St.) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Five Benfica players scored in double figures. The former international forward Carlos Andrade (197-78, college: Queens, NC) replied with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and American forward Gregory Stempin (203-79, college: Toledo, agency: Duran International) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for FC Porto Ferpinta. Benfica maintains second position with 17-3 record behind leader Porto Ferpinta. Defending champion FC Porto Ferpinta still keeps top place with two games lost. Benfica are looking forward to face Terceira Basket (#11) in Angra Heroismo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FC Porto Ferpinta will play at home against CAB Madeira (#5) in Funchal and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Porto Ferpinta: G.Stempin 16+5reb+1ast, C.Andrade 16+5reb+5ast, R.Jackson 9+1reb+1ast, J.Costa 9+3reb, R.Johnson 8+9reb+3ast, J.Santos 5+3reb+2ast
Benfica: T.Scott 20+3reb+3ast, E.Evora 16+10reb, S.Doliboa 13+7reb, J.Gomes 11+5reb+3ast, H.Evans 10+5reb+1ast, D.Carreira 3+1reb+4ast
gschID: 132786


Barreirense - Sampaense 85-59

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Barreirense (14-6) crushed 8th ranked Sampaense (7-13) in Barreiro 85-59 on Sunday. The game without a history. Barreirense led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American forward Anthony Hill (204-88, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import forward David Jackson (201-88, college: Penn St.) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Barreirense players scored in double figures. Coach Antonio Herrera's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Brian Addison (205-87, college: Buffalo) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Cape Verdean guard Ivan Almeida (198-89, college: Stonehill) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sampaense. Barreirense have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 14-6 record. Sampaense lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 13 games lost. Barreirense will face higher ranked Ovarense (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Sampaense will play against Academica (#7) in Coimbra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sampaense: B.Addison 18+7reb+1ast, I.Almeida 14+6reb, J.Balseiro 14+3reb, R.Cardoso 7+2reb, J.Sing 4+3reb+9ast, E.Viana 2+5reb+1ast
Barreirense: A.Hill 24+9reb+1ast, D.Jackson 17+5reb, J.Silva 12+6reb, C.Witter 12+1reb+3ast, P.Pinto 10+4reb+1ast, J.Guerreiro 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 132787


CAB Madeira - Ginasio 98-68

Bottom-ranked Ginasio is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 20th consecutive match to fifth ranked CAB Madeira (13-7) 98-68. It looked good early as Ginasio took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then CAB Madeira had a 24-20 second period charge getting the lead and Ginasio was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-98. CAB Madeira dominated on the defensive end, holding Ginasio to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. CAB Madeira forced 22 Ginasio turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Fabio Lima (196-88) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Mario Fernandes (176-82) who added 26 points, 7 assists and 6 steals during the contest. Four CAB Madeira players scored in double figures. Forward Daniel Caluico (198-83) responded with 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Angolan guard Edson Ferreira (183-86) scored 7 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. CAB Madeira maintains fifth position with 13-7 record. Ginasio at the other side still closes the standings. CAB Madeira will play against league's leader FC Porto Ferpinta on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ginasio will play against Barcelos (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ginasio: D.Caluico 21+1reb, P.Rocha 12+3reb+1ast, G.Ehiagwina 11+4reb, S.Djukic 7+6reb, E.Ferreira 7+8reb+6ast, M.Rosa 4+1reb
CAB Madeira: F.Lima 28+9reb+1ast, M.Fernandes 26+3reb+7ast, J.Coelho 25+8reb+1ast, J.Silva 11+3reb+9ast, C.Bettencourt 4, B.Cavalcante 2+8reb+1ast
gschID: 132788


Barcelos - Lusitania 78-55

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Lusitania (11-9) and Barcelos (6-14), which took place in Barcelos. Higher ranked Lusitania was outleveled in a road game by tenth ranked Barcelos 78-55. The game without a history. Barcelos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Barcelos forced 21 Lusitania turnovers. The best player for the winners was Spanish power forward Sergi Coll (204-82) who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Nuno Oliveira (186-89) chipped in 9 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Barcelos' coach Ricardo Rodrigues felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Brian Mills (203-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import center Marcel Momplasir (205-81, college: Rhode Island) added 13 points and 16 rebounds respectively for the guests. Newly promoted Barcelos maintains tenth position with 6-14 record. Lusitania at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Barcelos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Ginasio (#12) in Figueira da Foz.
Top scorers:
Lusitania: B.Mills 20+11reb+1ast, M.Momplasir 13+16reb+1ast, M.Camara 12+9reb, A.Sobrinho 7+3ast, B.Fantazia 3+1reb, D.Tavares 0+1reb
Barcelos: R.Coelho 15+1reb, S.Coll 14+9reb+3ast, C.Fechas 11+2reb+7ast, T.Barreiro 10+3reb+2ast, N.Oliveira 9+7reb+5ast, P.Silva 8+11reb
gschID: 132783


Academica - Terceira Basket 95-57

The game between seventh ranked Academica (8-12) and 11th ranked Terceira Basket (4-16) in Coimbra on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Academica outscored guests from Angra Heroismo 95-57. The game was mostly controlled by Academica. Terceira Basket was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Terceira Basket to just 6 points in third quarter. Academica forced 23 Terceira Basket turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Terceira Basket's players. The former international swingman Fernando Sousa (192-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. American-Spanish forward Arnette Hallman (199-88) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Academica players scored in double figures. Academica's coach Orlando Simoes felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Monquel Pegues (208-86, college: Tarleton St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and forward Frederico Tavares (194-88) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Terceira Basket. Academica maintains seventh position with 8-12 record. Terceira Basket lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Academica's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Coimbra Sampaense.
Top scorers:
Terceira Basket: F.Tavares 19+5reb+5ast, M.Pegues 17+13reb+1ast, A.Pontes 14+4reb+2ast, D.Goncalves 3+3reb, F.Ferreira 2+3reb, A.Pimentel 2+5reb+1ast
Academica: F.Sousa 20+6reb+1ast, R.Oruche 15+2reb+1ast, B.Costa 10+2reb+2ast, A.Hallman 10+7reb+3ast, D.Thomas 10+3reb+1ast, R.Howell 9+7reb+3ast
gschID: 132784


Ovarense - Vitoria SC 82-74

Very expected game when 8th ranked Vitoria SC (7-13) lost on the road to third ranked Ovarense (15-5) 82-74 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American center Christopher Lee (206-84, college: S.Carolina St., agency: SDJ Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Jose Miguel Barbosa (176-90) contributed with 17 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Ovarense's coach Mario Leite used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American forward Brian Morris (205-87, college: Humboldt St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and the former international swingman Paulo Cunha (199-80) added 17 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Vitoria SC. Five Ovarense and four Vitoria SC players scored in double figures. Ovarense have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-5 record having just three points less than leader Porto Ferpinta. Loser Vitoria SC keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. Ovarense will face Barreirense (#4) in Barreiro in the next round. Vitoria SC will play at home against Lusitania (#6) in Angra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vitoria SC: B.Morris 21+14reb, P.Cunha 17+11reb, J.Blanks 11+1reb+9ast, R.Mota 10+5reb+3ast, M.Gulbis 8+2reb, A.Bessa 7+1reb+1ast
Ovarense: C.Lee 17+7reb+2ast, J.Miguel Barbosa 17+2reb+6ast, F.Neves 14+3reb, A.Powers 11+9reb, N.Morais 11+1reb, N.Cortez 8+2reb
gschID: 132785


Round 17
Lusitania - CAB Madeira 83-76

The game in Angra was also quite interesting. 5th ranked CAB Madeira (13-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Lusitania (11-9). Lusitania managed to secure a 7-point victory 83-76 on Tuesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Lusitania dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to CAB Madeira's 38. They outrebounded CAB Madeira 37-26 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American forward Brian Mills (203-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Augusto Sobrinho (188-85) supported him with 17 points and 5 assists. Even 29 points and 7 rebounds by the former international center Jorge Coelho (200-78) did not help to save the game for CAB Madeira. The former international point guard Mario Fernandes (176-82) added 15 points and 9 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the guests. Five CAB Madeira players scored in double figures. Lusitania maintains sixth position with 11-9 record. Loser CAB Madeira keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Lusitania will meet Vitoria SC (#8) in the next round. CAB Madeira will play against the league's leader FC Porto Ferpinta and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
CAB Madeira: J.Coelho 29+7reb+2ast, M.Fernandes 15+4reb+9ast, S.Jackson 12+5reb+1ast, J.Silva 10+3reb, F.Lima 10+7reb+2ast, J.Correia 0
Lusitania: B.Mills 27+10reb+3ast, A.Sobrinho 17+5ast, B.Fantazia 11+3reb+5ast, M.Momplasir 8+11reb+1ast, M.Freitas 7+2reb+3ast, M.Camara 5+8reb
gschID: 170081


Round 18
Terceira Basket - CAB Madeira 65-94

Very predictable result when fifth ranked CAB Madeira (13-7) rolled over 11th ranked Terceira Basket (4-16) in Angra Heroismo 94-65 on Wednesday. The game without a history. CAB Madeira led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 20 long-distance shots on high 54.1 percentage. CAB Madeira looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international point guard Jaime Silva (187-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 4 assists. The former international point guard Mario Fernandes (176-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 assists for the winners. Forward Alvaro Pontes (190-85) replied with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Frederico Tavares (194-88) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Terceira Basket. Four Terceira Basket players scored in double figures. CAB Madeira maintains fifth position with 13-7 record. Terceira Basket lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. CAB Madeira will face league's leader FC Porto Ferpinta on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Terceira Basket will play against the league's second-placed Benfica (#2).
Top scorers:
Terceira Basket: A.Pontes 17+8reb+5ast, F.Tavares 15+8reb+2ast, M.Pegues 13+4reb+1ast, D.Goncalves 13+3reb+4ast, P.Matos 5+4reb+1ast, F.Ferreira 2+3reb
CAB Madeira: J.Silva 38+2reb+4ast, M.Fernandes 21+1reb+14ast, F.Lima 18+10reb+4ast, B.Cavalcante 8+7reb+1ast, J.Ferreirinho 7+9reb, J.Coelho 2+1reb
gschID: 170082



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Mayaguez 9-3 
 2. Bayamon 9-5 
 3. Guaynabo 8-5 
 4. Quebradillas 7-6 
 5. Arecibo 7-7 
 6. San German 6-8 
 7. Guayama 4-9 
 8. Humacao 3-10 

Regular Season: Round 13

Mar. 29: Humacao - San German 86-84
Mar. 29: Guayama - Bayamon 83-85
Mar. 30: Mayaguez - Humacao
Mar. 30: San German - Arecibo
Mar. 30: Bayamon - Quebradillas


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 24
 1. Thornton, Guayama24.0 
 2. Dalmau, Bayamon20.5 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas18.8 
 4. Ayuso, Arecibo18.7 
 5. Hodge, Humacao18.0 
 6. Rivera, San German17.2 
 7. Maye, Guaynabo17.2 
 8. Smith, Mayaguez15.6 
 9. Galindo, Guayama15.2 
 10. O''Bryant, Mayagu.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Thornton, Guayama9.3 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas9.2 
 3. O''Bryant, Mayaguez8.8 
 4. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 5. Pinkney, San G.8.2 
 6. Sweetney, Bayamon8.1 
 7. Shannon, Quebradil.7.7 
 8. Narvaez, Guaynabo7.4 
 9. Smith, Mayaguez7.0 
 10. Valenzuela, Humac.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Smith, Mayaguez6.4 
 2. Rivera, San German5.8 
 3. Cruz, Quebradillas5.1 
 4. Guzman, Guaynabo4.6 
 5. Pagan, Guayama4.2 
 6. Williams, Quebradi.4.1 
 7. Hodge, Humacao4.0 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon4.0 
 9. Rivera, Mayaguez3.6 
 10. Ramirez, Mayaguez3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.6 
 2. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.9 
 3. Thornton, Guayama1.8 
 4. Pinnock, Arecibo1.6 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 6. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.4 
 7. Garcia, Humacao1.3 
 8. Pagan, Guayama1.3 
 9. Rivera, Mayaguez1.3 
 10. Hodge, Humacao1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.6 
 2. Thornton, Guayama1.8 
 3. Burgess, Guaynabo1.7 
 4. Shannon, Quebradil.1.7 
 5. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Santiago, Arecibo1.2 
 7. Ramos, Quebradillas1.2 
 8. Valenzuela, Humac.1.2 
 9. Smith, Mayaguez1.1 
 10. Aubry, Arecibo1.0 


Al Thornton gets MVP of the Week award for Puerto Rican BSN - by Eurobasket News

American Al Thornton (203-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last week for Guayama and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 12.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Humacao (#8, 2-10) 82-72. Guayama maintains the 7th position in Puerto Rican BSN. Guayama is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 4-8 record. Thornton just recently signed at Guayama, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Florida State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thornton is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.0ppg. Thornton is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 1.8bpg,50.3% FGP and 40.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was 29-year old German forward Julian Sensley (206-F-82, agency: VVG Sports) of Humacao. Sensley impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Humacao lost that game 72-82 to slightly higher-ranked Guayama (#7, 4-8). Humacao are still at the very bottom. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Humacao managed to get this year. Sensley is one of the most experienced players at Humacao and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last week was American Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent) of Arecibo (#5). Pinnock showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, seven rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last week. He was a key player of Arecibo, leading his team to a 85-76 win against the higher-ranked Bayamon (#2, 8-5). Arecibo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 7 lost games. Pinnock has a very solid season. In 13 games in Puerto Rico he scored 14.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Quebradillas - 20 points and 10 rebounds
5. Joel Jones (196-G/F-81) of Quebradillas - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77) of Arecibo - 30 points and 3 rebounds
7. Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86) of Mayaguez - 20 points and 12 rebounds
8. Alvin Cruz (186-PG-82) of Quebradillas - 9 points, 5 rebounds and 15 assists
9. Angel Luis Figueroa (196-G/F-81) of Guaynabo - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. James Maye (201-G/F-81) of Guaynabo - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Ubiles comes back to Dakota Wizards - by Eurobasket Center

Dakota Wizards added to their roster 26-year old naturalized Puerto Rican swingman Edwin Ubiles (198-G/F-93kg-86, college: Siena). It's actually Ubiles' comeback to Dakota W. as he played here before. In his first game he scored 28 points and added 3 assists helping his new team beat Texas L. 147-126. Ubiles played most recently at Washington Wizards (NBA). While playing 4 games for Washington W. this season he averaged 3.5ppg and 2.5rpg. Ubiles played also pro basketball in Mexico and Puerto Rico. He graduated Siena College in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  QATAR   


Tarver signs for Al Sadd - by Ali Ahmed

Derrick Tarver (192-G-80, college: Akron) will play for As Sadd Sports Club Doha till the end of the season.

A scoring machine who can produce points in any way. Very athletic, can guard higher opponents, but gives his best at the offensive side.

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Awards/Achievements:
All-MAC 2nd Team -03, 04
All-CJCAA Final Tournament Team -02
Swedish Basketligan All-Star Game -06
Swedish Basketligan Regular Season Runner-Up -06
Swedish Basketligan Finalist -06
Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Player of the Year -06
Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Guard of the Year -06
Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Import Player of the Year -06
Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 1st Team -06
Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Imports Team -06
Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League 1st Team -08
Asia-Basket.com Lebanese League All-Imports Team -08
Lebanese League Semifinals -08



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague B

Superleague Standings
 1. Ural Ekaterinb. 24-8 
 2. Ataman 18-10 
 3. Univ.Surgut 17-11 
 4. TEMP-SUMZ 15-13 
 5. Severstal 14-14 
 6. Rjazan 12-14 
 7. Ruskon-Mord. 12-16 
 8. Spartak V. 8-18 
 9. Sojuz Zaretchny 6-22 

Regular Season: Round 35

Mar. 29: Sojuz Zaretchny - Rjazan 90-99
Mar. 29: Ruskon-Mord. - Ataman 80-44
Mar. 28: Ruskon-Mord. - Ataman 72-78
Mar. 28: Sojuz Zaretchny - Rjazan 70-95

Regular Season: Round 36

Apr. 10: Ataman - TEMP-SUMZ
Apr. 10: Rjazan - Univ.Surgut
Apr. 10: Severstal - Ruskon-Mord.
Apr. 10: Spartak V. - Sojuz Zaretchny


Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.19.6 
 2. Ageev, Ruskon-M.15.7 
 3. Gordon, Ural E.15.3 
 4. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.15.1 
 5. Sotnikov, TE.14.6 
 6. Lekavicius, Univ.S.13.5 
 7. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan13.2 
 8. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.12.8 
 9. Aleksandrov, Univ..12.8 
 10. Zibirov, Ataman12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.8.3 
 2. Petukhov, Spart.7.4 
 3. Ivlev, Rjazan7.2 
 4. Zaykin, TE.7.1 
 5. Trushkin, Spart.6.1 
 6. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.0 
 7. Nikolaev, Ural E.6.0 
 8. Gordon, Ural E.5.8 
 9. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.5.7 
 10. Babitchev, Spart.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  Ural E.
  (182-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Glazunov, Ural E.5.3 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.1 
 3. Zibirov, Ataman4.0 
 4. Tokarev, TE.3.9 
 5. Aleksandrov, Sojuz3.9 
 6. Bartunov, Rjazan3.5 
 7. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.3.3 
 8. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.3.2 
 9. Chernov, Ruskon-M.2.9 
 10. Vzdykhalkin, Rjaz.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.2 
 2. Zibirov, Ataman2.2 
 3. Glazunov, Ural E.1.8 
 4. Bartunov, Rjazan1.7 
 5. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.7 
 6. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.6 
 7. Ageev, Ruskon-M.1.4 
 8. Varnakov, Ruskon-.1.4 
 9. Kubrakov, Ataman1.4 
 10. Ivlev, Rjazan1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.1.7 
 2. Gresev, Ataman1.1 
 3. Tsvetkov, Severst.1.0 
 4. Varlamov, Ural E.1.0 
 5. Goritskov, Sever.0.9 
 6. Rindin, Univ.Surgut0.9 
 7. Petukhov, Spart.0.8 
 8. Trushkin, Spart.0.7 
 9. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.0.7 
 10. Polyakov, Severst.0.7 


Superleague Round 35: Ataman loses to Ruskon-Mordovia - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between second ranked Ataman (18-10) and seventh ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (12-16) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Ataman was crushed by Ruskon-Mordovia in Saransk 44-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ataman. The game without a history. Ruskon-Mordovia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ataman to just 4 points in third quarter and to 9 points in second half. Ruskon-Mordovia forced 19 Ataman turnovers and outrebounded them 36-20 including 26 on the offensive glass. Guard Anton Ageev (192-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) contributed with 19 points for the winners. point guard Dramir Zibirov (187-86) answered with 10 points for Ataman. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ruskon-Mordovia maintains seventh place with 12-16 record. Newly promoted Ataman keeps the second position with ten games lost. Ruskon-Mordovia are looking forward to face higher ranked Severstal (#5) in Cherepovec in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ataman will play at home against TEMP-SUMZ Revda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Saransk was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Ataman (18-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (12-16). Ataman managed to secure a 6-point victory 78-72. It was a great evening for point guard Dramir Zibirov (187-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points. Sergei Vorotnikov helped adding 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Pavel Aghapov (202-86, agency: RU-Basket Management) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Newly promoted Ataman maintains second place with 18-10 record having just -12 point less than leader Ural Ekaterinb. Ruskon-Mordovia at the other side keeps the seventh position with 16 games lost. Ataman will play against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#4) at home in the next round. Ruskon-Mordovia will play against Severstal in Cherepovec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 35 Rjazan beat Sojuz Zaretchny on the road 99-90. Bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny was destroyed by Rjazan on its own court 70-95.
The most impressive performance of 35th round was 22 points and 11 rebounds by Dmitriy Ponosov of Sojuz Zaretchny.


Ruskon-Mord. - Ataman 72-78

The game in Saransk was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Ataman (18-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (12-16). Ataman managed to secure a 6-point victory 78-72. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ruskon-Mordovia won fourth quarter 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Ataman especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. It was a great evening for point guard Dramir Zibirov (187-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points. The former international guard Sergei Vorotnikov (194-78) helped adding 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Ataman players scored in double figures. Forward Pavel Aghapov (202-86, agency: RU-Basket Management) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Newly promoted Ataman maintains second place with 18-10 record having just -12 point less than leader Ural Ekaterinb. Ruskon-Mordovia at the other side keeps the seventh position with 16 games lost. Ataman will play against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#4) at home in the next round. Ruskon-Mordovia will play against Severstal in Cherepovec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ruskon-Mord.: P.Aghapov 22+8reb+1ast, A.Kuznetsov 14+6reb+5ast, A.Ageev 13+2reb, A.Varnakov 7+3reb+3ast, I.Krivko 6+2reb+1ast, R.Semerninov 5+10reb+1ast
Ataman: D.Zibirov 17+4reb+3ast, I.Smygin 14+3reb+2ast, S.Vorotnikov 13+7reb+4ast, D.Zagnoyko 11+7reb, N.Gresev 10+11reb+1ast, I.Oleynikov 7+1reb
gschID: 155465


Sojuz Zaretchny - Rjazan 90-99

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Rjazan (12-14) beat on the road bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (6-22) 99-90. The guests were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 30-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. Rjazan made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for forward Oleg Bartunov (197-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Andrey Kirdyachkin (207-90) helped adding 17 points and 7 rebounds. Center Dmitriy Ponosov (220-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and guard Pavel Aleksandrov (196-89) scored 18 points and 9 assists. Five Rjazan and four Sojuz Zaretchny players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rjazan maintains sixth place with 12-14 record. Sojuz Zaretchny lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Rjazan will play against higher ranked Universitet-Yugra (#3) in Surgut in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sojuz Zaretchny will play on the road against Spartak V. (#8) in Moscow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sojuz Zaretchny: D.Ponosov 22+11reb, P.Aleksandrov 18+4reb+9ast, A.Pushkin 13+1reb, D.Novikov 10+9reb+1ast, S.Karpov 10, K.Slepukha 9+3reb+3ast
Rjazan: O.Bartunov 21+7reb+4ast, A.Kirdyachkin 17+7reb+1ast, N.Stepanenkov 15+2reb, A.Vzdykhalkin 13+7reb+1ast, A.Mateyunas 11+2reb+4ast, P.Shavkunov 11+2reb
gschID: 155466


Ruskon-Mord. - Ataman 80-44

The game between second ranked Ataman (18-10) and seventh ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (12-16) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Ataman was crushed by Ruskon-Mordovia in Saransk 44-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ataman. The game without a history. Ruskon-Mordovia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ataman to just 4 points in third quarter and to 9 points in second half. Ruskon-Mordovia forced 19 Ataman turnovers and outrebounded them 36-20 including 26 on the offensive glass. Guard Anton Ageev (192-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Ruskon-Mordovia players scored in double figures. point guard Dramir Zibirov (187-86) answered with 10 points and the former international guard Valentin Kubrakov (194-72) added 2 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ataman. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ruskon-Mordovia maintains seventh place with 12-16 record. Newly promoted Ataman keeps the second position with ten games lost. Ruskon-Mordovia are looking forward to face higher ranked Severstal (#5) in Cherepovec in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ataman will play at home against TEMP-SUMZ Revda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ataman: D.Zibirov 10+4reb+2ast, A.Voron 9+2reb, S.Vorotnikov 5+1reb+1ast, V.Zuev 5+1reb, D.Zagnoyko 5+1reb, N.Gresev 3+1reb+1ast
Ruskon-Mord.: A.Kuznetsov 19+2reb+2ast, A.Ageev 15+5reb+4ast, A.Varnakov 13+1reb+4ast, P.Krykov 10+7reb, P.Aghapov 8+7reb+1ast, R.Semerninov 8+11reb+3ast
gschID: 155467


Sojuz Zaretchny - Rjazan 70-95

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (6-22) was smashed at home by sixth ranked Rjazan (12-14) 95-70. The game without a history. Rjazan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Sojuz Zaretchny's 36 and made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Rjazan forced 20 Sojuz Zaretchny turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Sojuz Zaretchny's players. It was a great evening for center Nikita Stepanenkov (208-87) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Vladimir Ivlev (207-90) helped adding 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Forward Aleksander Pushkin (203-87) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Roman Vasilev (200-89) scored 15 points. Five Rjazan and four Sojuz Zaretchny players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rjazan maintains sixth place with 12-14 record. Sojuz Zaretchny lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Rjazan will play against higher ranked Universitet-Yugra (#3) in Surgut in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sojuz Zaretchny will play on the road against Spartak V. (#8) in Moscow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sojuz Zaretchny: A.Pushkin 20+6reb+3ast, R.Vasilev 15+2reb+1ast, D.Novikov 11+4reb, S.Karpov 11+4reb, V.Sleta 8+6reb, D.Ponosov 2+8reb+1ast
Rjazan: N.Stepanenkov 21+12reb+1ast, V.Ivlev 20+5reb+4ast, O.Bartunov 15+5reb+5ast, A.Kirdyachkin 12+5reb+1ast, A.Vzdykhalkin 11+10reb+4ast, A.Mateyunas 10+3reb+3ast
gschID: 155464



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  SLOVENIA   

Standings - 1A

Telemach Standings
Championship Group
 1. Helios 2-0 
 2. Krka 2-0 
 3. Union Olimpija 2-0 
 4. Zlatorog 0-2 
 5. Elektra 0-2 
 6. Sentjur 0-2 
Play-out
 1. Polzela 13-9 
 2. Maribor Messer 13-9 
 3. Rogaska 10-12 
 4. Geoplin Slovan 9-13 
 5. LTHcast Mercator 3-19 
 6. Parklji 1-21 

Second Stage: Round 2

Championship

Mar. 28: Sentjur - Krka 74-88
Mar. 28: Union Olimpija - Zlatorog 73-61
Mar. 29: Elektra - Helios 67-78

Play-out

Mar. 28: LTHcast Mercator - Geoplin Slovan 80-70
Mar. 28: Rogaska - Polzela 72-79
Mar. 28: Maribor Messer - Parklji 102-56

Second Stage: Round 3

Championship

Mar. 31: Helios - Union Olimpija
Mar. 31: Krka - Elektra
Mar. 31: Zlatorog - Sentjur

Play-out

Mar. 31: Geoplin Slovan - Rogaska
Mar. 31: Parklji - LTHcast Mercator
Mar. 31: Polzela - Maribor Messer


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Travis NELSON
  Sentjur
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Nelson, Sentjur18.2 
 2. Rizvic, Parklji16.5 
 3. Prepelic, Helios15.6 
 4. Tomic, Rogaska14.9 
 5. Maric, Sentjur14.1 
 6. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.14.0 
 7. Mahkovic, LTHcas.14.0 
 8. Pasalic, Helios13.7 
 9. Rembert, Sentjur13.2 
 10. Hohler, Polzela13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esmir RIZVIC
  Parklji
  (213-C-82)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Rizvic, Parklji9.3 
 2. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.5 
 3. Djugum, Geoplin7.8 
 4. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.7.5 
 5. Nelson, Sentjur7.2 
 6. Mucic, Maribor6.8 
 7. Nuhanovic, Elektra