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  ANGUILLA   


AABA Standings

AABA Standings
 1. Shottaz 8-0
 2. Hoyas 7-2
 3. Raiders 6-1
 4. Youngsters 6-3
 5. Hard Knox 3-5
 6. New Breed 2-5
 7. SJSM 1-5
 8. Outlaws 1-6
 9. Spartans 1-8



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Smith, La Union17.3 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras17.0 
 3. Villegas, Sionista16.6 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.16.2 
 5. OBannon, Boca Jrs15.8 
 6. Pittman, Libertad.15.6 
 7. DeGroat, Olimpico.15.5 
 8. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.3 
 9. Mojica, Wuber-Es.15.0 
 10. Lo Grippo, Quimsa15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Martinez, San M.12.3 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.10.0 
 3. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 4. Davis, GECR I.9.3 
 5. Sandes, Sionista9.1 
 6. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras8.5 
 8. DeGroat, Olimpico.7.6 
 9. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 10. Truscott, Quilm.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.4 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.6 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.5 
 4. Martinez, Regat.4.9 
 5. Cequeira, Sionista4.8 
 6. Sucatzky, Atenas3.7 
 7. Laprovittola, Lanus3.7 
 8. Victoriano, San M.3.7 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.5 
 10. Labaque, Atenas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 3. Moldu, Olimpico LB1.7 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.1.7 
 5. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.6 
 6. McHopson, Quilm.1.6 
 7. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.4 
 8. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.4 
 9. Treise, Libertad S.1.4 
 10. Beitzel, San M.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 2. Clancy, Club 91.3 
 3. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.2 
 4. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Roe, Regatas C.1.1 
 7. Matthews, Quilm.1.0 
 8. Weigand, Quilm.0.9 
 9. Humphrey, Atenas0.9 
 10. Ayarza, Club 90.9 


LigaA: Boca Juniors and GECR Indalo advance to Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Boca Juniors and GECR Indalo completed LigaA Quarterfinals picture. Boca Juniors grabbed 68-64 home victory against Quimsa in Game Four of the 1/8 Finals winning the series with almost perfect 3-1. Boca will meet Obras in the Semis. GERC Indalo handed 88-77 loss to La Union in crucial Game Five. GERC Indalos rival in the Semis will be Libertad. Both series start on April 4 (best-of-five).


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  AUSTRALIA   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Wildcats
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Lisch, Wildcats17.6 
 2. Wilson, Taipans17.3 
 3. Johnson, 36ers16.5 
 4. Wilkinson, Breakers16.5 
 5. Khazzouh, Kings16.4 
 6. Tragardh, Tigers16.3 
 7. Deleon, Blaze16.2 
 8. Abercrombie, Break.15.6 
 9. Bose, Kings15.5 
 10. Worthington, Blaze14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Khazzouh, Kings10.8 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.0 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers8.6 
 4. Grant, Kings8.1 
 5. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.7 
 6. Johnson, 36ers7.7 
 7. Bose, Kings6.7 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.2 
 9. Worthington, Blaze6.2 
 10. Hudson, Blaze6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.3 
 2. Gibson, Blaze4.6 
 3. Bruce, Kings4.4 
 4. Gill, Crocodiles3.7 
 5. Martin, Wildcats3.6 
 6. Martin, Hawks3.6 
 7. Dillon, Tigers3.4 
 8. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
 9. Deleon, Blaze3.2 
 10. Warren, 36ers3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.5 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.2 
 3. Robbins, Wildcats1.6 
 4. Deleon, Blaze1.5 
 5. Gill, Crocodiles1.4 
 6. Mims, Crocodiles1.3 
 7. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 8. Gibson, Blaze1.2 
 9. Crawford, Croco.1.1 
 10. Lisch, Wildcats1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.1 
 2. Simpsons, 36ers1.5 
 3. Grant, Kings1.4 
 4. Nevill, Wildcats1.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers1.0 
 6. Abercrombie, Break.0.9 
 7. Martin, Wildcats0.9 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.0.9 
 9. Pledger, Breakers0.8 
 10. Forman, Hawks0.8 


Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 3

BIG V

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

Central ABL

Mar. 31: Eastern M. - Forestville E.
Mar. 31: Norwood F. - C.District L.
Mar. 31: Sturt S. - W.Adelaide B.
Mar. 31: Woodville W. - S.Adelaide P.
Apr. 1: South.Tigers - N.Adelaide R.

SEABL

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

WARATAH

Mar. 31: Parramatta W. - Norths Bears
Mar. 31: Hills H. - Sutherland S.
Mar. 31: Manly Warr. - Newcastle H.
Mar. 31: Maitland M. - Colonial Hotel
Mar. 31: Sydney C. - Bankstown B.
Apr. 1: Illawarra H. - Cent.Coast C.


Big V: Jets' season keeps slip-sliding away - by Eurobasket News

BY TEO PELLIZZERI

SUNBURY'S tough start to the Big V Basketball season continued on Saturday night as the Jets slipped to a 14-point loss away to Werribee.
The 67-53 result leaves the Jets bottom of the division 1 Terrill pool as the only zero-and-two team after the first two rounds of the season.

Scores were level at the start of the final quarter but Sunbury couldn't buy a bucket as it shot 1-of-12 from the field and put up just three points for the quarter.

Werribee streaked away with 17 points in the final term to turn a match Sunbury had led for the most part into a double-figure margin.

The Jets started brighter with a 19-14 first quarter and hung with Werribee as it closed the gap by virtue of more than doubling Sunbury's rebound tally.

The extra chances at the ring proved too many in the end as Werribee went on to take 82 shots to Sunbury's 54 attempts.

The Devils also dragged down 34 offensive boards to Sunbury's 20 defensive rebounds, Werribee winning the overall count 58-25.

Josh Oswald was the main headache for Sunbury as he scored 19 points and hauled in 13rebounds.

Sunbury had Mabor Maniel (17 points), Jay Boyle (13) and Mike Spears (12) in double-figure points but did lose Boyle, and Gavin Mitchell (178-PG-90), to fouling out.

Sunbury's men remain on the road in round three with a road trip to Warrnambool for a Saturday night game.

Sunbury's women continued their unbeaten run at the weekend as the division 1 outfit beat Southern Peninsula 52-43.

Sunbury joins Altona and Whittlesea as unbeaten teams at the top of division 1 Terrill pool to start the season.

Sunbury jumped out to an 18-10 lead at quarter time and consolidated the margin in the second quarter before opening the gap to 15 at three-quarter time.

Southern Peninsula persistently sent the Lady Jets to the free-throw line as it racked up 29 fouls, giving Sunbury 43 free-throw shots for the night.

The Jets converted just 17 of the freebies but did shoot better on open play to keep Southern Peninsula at arm's length.

Emmie O'Nial scored 13 points while Debra Ogston scored 12 to go with 10 rebounds.

Noelle Matautia claimed five steals on a day where Sunbury took the ball off Southern Peninsula 17 times.

The Lady Jets also head to Warrnambool this weekend to tip off at 6pm, before the men's tip-off at 8pm.
Courtesy of: www.macedonrangesweekly.com.au



Craigieburn teams soar to the top - by Eurobasket News

CRAIGIEBURN remains unbeaten in Division 2 mens Big V basketball after a 29-point win over Melton on Saturday night.

Eric Miraflores (16 points), Paul Sianidis (14 points), Blake Dickinson, Kane McNamara and Leon Tuala (205-C-75) had 10 points each for the Eagles, who are on top of the ladder.

The Eagles led by 17 points at halftime before winning 81-52 at Melton Stadium.

Craigieburns womens Division 1 team made it a double celebration for Eagles fans with victory on Sunday over Warrandyte in an overtime thriller.

The Eagles were ahead by seven points going into the final quarter before the Venom bit back to tie scores up at the final buzzer.

But in overtime it was Craigieburn which edged ahead for a 70-68 triumph, with Tenille Cann (17 points), Eliza Stylianou (15 points) and Bree James (14 points) top-scoring for the winners.

After a flawless start to its Championship Division mens campaign last week, Hume City Broncos mens team was brought back to earth with a thud by Ringwood on Saturday night.

Ringwood stunned the Broncos in the first term, dashing out to a 29-10 quarter-time lead.

Hume City could never recover and eventually lost 90-73, with Sam Belt (24 points and 15 rebounds) the star for the Hawks.

For the Broncos, Shaun Prendergast had 17 points, Alex Bogart-King continued his consistent form with 14 points, and Jermaine Maybank added 13 points.

In Championship womens action the Broncos were also defeated by the Hawks, despite the best efforts of Bianca Babic (22 points) and Sarah Wright (11 points).

Ringwood won 71-50.

Craigieburns Youth League 2 and Division 2 mens sides will be at home this Sunday against Craigieburn, with tipoff for the two games 12.30pm and 2.30pm respectively at Craigieburn Stadium.

Hume City Broncos mens Championship team will host Corio Bay on Sunday at Broadmeadows Stadium from 2pm, while the Broncos women will host Eltham on Saturday night (7pm).

The Eagles Division 1 womens team will be looking to make it back to back wins when it takes on Southern Peninsula on Sunday in an away match.
Courtesy of: hume-leader.whereilive.com.au



Heal returns as Kings coach - by Eurobasket News

The Sydney Kings have got their man, announcing that NBL legend Shane Heal will have the interim tag removed from his title and is set to coach the team for the next two seasons.

The Kings made the announcement at their annual awards night in Sydney on Friday night.

Heal had replaced Ian Robilliard at the helm of the Kings late in the 2011/12 regular season and went 3-3 to close out the campaign.

The blonde firebrand helped the Kings to their first-ever NBL title as a player in 2003.

Meanwhile in other news from the Kings award night, centre Julian Khazzouh took out the club MVP award and the Players Player Award.

Anatoly Bose was named Most Inspirational Player and Jerai Grant picked up Best Defensive Player.

Courtesy of NBL



Crocs thump Breakers in first semi - by Eurobasket News

Townsville has a great chance of knocking the top-seeded New Zealand Breakers out of the NBL finals after an upset 99-82 first semi-final victory in Auckland.

The Breakers could not overcome a strong Crocodiles defence in the first of the best-of-three semi-final series and were blown away with hot shooting by the visitors in a 30-18 third quarter.

The Breakers will now have to repeat last year's effort against Perth of scoring an away victory in their second semi-final to have a chance of repeating their 2011 title.

The Crocodiles made a quick start, but the home team held firm and a three-pointer in the last minute by Leon Henry (200-F/G-85, college: S.Idaho JC) took the Breakers to a 21-19 lead at quarter-time.

Seven straight points after the break took the Crocodiles to a 26-21 lead, though the Breakers quickly replied with a seven-point run of their own.

The Crocodiles stayed in touch for the rest of the quarter, and a three-point play from bench player Elvin Mims (196-F-79, college: S.Mississippi) helped the Crocodiles take a 44-41 lead into the half-time break.

There was only one team playing in the third quarter.

Jacob Holmes (201-F-83) was strong at both ends of the court, leading the visitors to 30 points, while the Breakers could not get any momentum offensively and were down 74-59 at the end of the quarter.

The locals tried to get going in the final quarter but were always playing catch-up and now face having to win in Townsville if they are going to make the final.

Mims, Holmes, Edward Gill (184-PG-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Weber St.), Peter Crawford (193-G/F-79) and Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) all got into double figures for the Crocodiles, with Holmes and Schenscher also making a big rebounding impact.

'As good as it is to win one, you need to win two before you can actually say you've done anything,' Crawford said.

Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis said it had been difficult to get the team going in the week leading up to Friday's game and they needed to improve their intensity to make it to the final.

'We didn't play to our normal level tonight,' he said.

'I don't think that was a Breakers-style performance and I think we'll play better on Thursday.'

The Crocodiles led by three at half-time but a 30-18 third quarter by the visitors forced the hosts into catch-up mode in the final quarter and they were unable to respond.

'I think we executed our game plan about as well as I could hope for, at both ends of the floor,' Crocodiles coach Paul Woolpert (agency: SportsTalent ) said.

'We did a good job of executing at the offensive end and getting good shots and I think that helped take away their transition game.'

Courtesy of www.abc.net.au



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 22-1 
 2. Grodno-93 21-3 
 3. Rubon 13-10 
 4. BGUIR-RTI 9-14 
 5. Minsk-2006 II 9-15 
 6. SBK Osipovichi 8-15 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-24 

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 30: Sozh Gomel - Minsk-2006 69-110
Mar. 30: Grodno-93 - Minsk-2006 II 108-73
Apr. 2: Minsk-2006 - Rubon
Apr. 3: BGUIR-RTI - SBK Osipovichi


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.20.1 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.16.8 
 3. Ignatchik, Minsk-.14.7 
 4. Patupchyk, Sozh G.14.3 
 5. Knox, Minsk-200613.6 
 6. Sugoniako, BG.12.7 
 7. Yafremov, Grodn.12.6 
 8. Drobyshevski., Soz.12.5 
 9. Svirydov, SBK O.12.4 
 10. Ovdeenko, Grodno.12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.11.3 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.10.0 
 3. Zakhar, BG.9.2 
 4. Krisevich, Minsk-.8.2 
 5. Ovsepian, Rubon6.9 
 6. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.8 
 7. Kojenets, Minsk.6.5 
 8. Knox, Minsk-20065.8 
 9. Yafremov, Grodn.5.5 
 10. Sugoniako, BG.5.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.1 
 2. Akulich, Rubon4.5 
 3. Kudrautsau, Minsk.3.9 
 4. Papruha, BG.3.3 
 5. Korzh, Grodno-932.8 
 6. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.8 
 7. Sitnik, SBK O.2.4 
 8. Nakic, Minsk-20062.0 
 9. Shestilovski., Soz.2.0 
 10. Sapegin, Rubon2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Akulich, Rubon2.3 
 2. Papruha, BG.2.2 
 3. Ovsepian, Rubon2.2 
 4. Zakhar, BG.2.2 
 5. Sapegin, Rubon2.0 
 6. Sitnik, SBK O.1.9 
 7. Malkov, Rubon1.9 
 8. Patupchyk, Sozh G.1.7 
 9. Yafremov, Grodn.1.7 
 10. Kudrautsau, Minsk.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Aliaksandr MINAYEU
  Minsk-20.
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 0
 1. Minayeu, Minsk-20.0.0 
 2. Mastou, Grodno-930.0 
 3. Zakhar, BG.0.0 
 4. Malyavko, Minsk-20.0.0 
 5. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 6. Malkov, Rubon0.0 
 7. Verevkin, Rubon0.0 
 8. Malakhau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 9. Vashkevich, Minsk-.0.0 
 10. Lashkevich, Minsk.0.0 



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 20-5 
 2. S.Jose/Unimed 20-5 
 3. Flamengo 19-6 
 4. Uniceub/BRB 19-6 
 5. Unitri/Universo 17-10 
 6. Paulistano 16-10 
 7. Itabom/Bauru 15-10 
 8. Cia do Terno 14-12 
 9. Vivo/Franca 12-14 
 10. Winner/Limeira 11-15 
 11. Minas 9-16 
 12. Liga Sorocaba 9-17 
 13. Tijuca TC 9-17 
 14. Araraquara 2-24 
 15. Vila Velha 1-26 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 29: Flamengo - Winner/Limeira 97-96
Mar. 13: Pinheiros/Sky - Itabom/Bauru 91-67
Mar. 29: Tijuca TC - Araraquara 90-78
Mar. 29: Liga Sorocaba - Uniceub/BRB 89-91
Mar. 15: Minas - Vila Velha 73-72
Mar. 28: Vila Velha - Unitri/Universo 71-73
Mar. 29: Cia do Terno - Paulistano 68-67

Round 23

Mar. 21: Cia do Terno - Vivo/Franca 92-89

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 31: Tijuca TC - Winner/Limeira
Mar. 31: S.Jose/Unimed - Paulistano
Mar. 31: Liga Sorocaba - Minas
Mar. 31: Cia do Terno - Pinheiros/Sky
Mar. 31: Flamengo - Araraquara
Mar. 31: Vila Velha - Vivo/Franca


Varejao plans to play in London - by Eurobasket News

Cavaliers centre Anderson Varejao (205-C-82) is determined to make it back to the lineup for the final month of the NBA season and to represent Brazil in the London 2012 Olympic Games as long as he's fully recovered from a wrist injury.

Varejao broke his right wrist on Feb. 11th in a game against Milwaukee when a swipe over his hand by Bucks forward Drew Gooden turned into a two-month layoff.

He is expected to begin practicing within two weeks.

It has taken him longer to get back to the court than expected, but the 6-foot-11 Varejao says he wants to play for Cleveland again in the final month of the season because, 'this is what I love to do.'

And as long as he is healthy, Varejao intends to play for Brazil's national team in London 2012.

During a game in Toronto earlier this season, Varejao said he was looking forward to this summer, particularly because an ankle injury left him off the Brazilian national team at the 2011 FIBA Americas tournament, which also served as an Olympic qualifier.

Brazil finished second to Argentina in that tournament. The top two teams clinched Olympic berths.

'To tell you the truth, it was a very big thing for our country when we qualified,' he said. 'I wasnt there because I was hurt. When they qualified I was very excited and really thinking about (London). But once (the NBA lockout ended), I had to think about the season here and everything.'

As one of the NBA's top rebounders and one of the Cavaliers' veteran leaders, Varejao said he wants to come back and help the Cavs this season even if they've fallen out of the playoff race. It would also help him get back into game shape to prepare him for London.

'Like everyone else Im very excited. I know how important it is for my career and my country especially for my country to be in the Olympics,' he said. 'I know every one of my teammates is excited, and everyone wants to be there.'

- with files from the Associated Press

Courtesy of www.ctvolympics.ca



Tough wins for Flamengo, Uniceub/BRB and Joinville - by Eurobasket News

Flamengo recorded a narrow 97:96 win over visiting Winner/Limeira. The victory marked 19th success for the hosts. Winner/Limeira stayed in control in the first half. They built a 46:37 halftime advantage. But Flamengo shifted the gear in the third term erasing the deficit. The teams went neck and neck throughout the final term and could not decide on the winner in regulation. Flamengo poured in 15 points in the extra period to escape with the win at the end. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) provided 24 points for Flamengo. David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) added 21 points in the victory. Diego Pinheiro (195-F/G-80) answered with 24 points for Winner/Limeira.
Uniceub/BRB snatched a narrow 91:89 road win over Liga Sorocaba. The hosts enjoyed a 5-point advantage heading into the fourth frame however Uniceub/BRB erupted for 33 points in the final stanza to escape with a tough win at the end. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the visitors. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) added 23 points for the winners. Fabricio Russo (196-F-85) notched 18 points in the loss.
Joinville managed to hold off Paulistano 68:67 at home court. The win helped Joinville improve at 14-12 record. Paulistano piled up a 35:24 halftime advantage but could not capitalize. Joinville improved their offence in the second half and raced to the victory at the end. Rashad Bishop (198-F-88, college: Cincinnati) posted 23 points for the winning side. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) provided 18 points in the losing effort.



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  CANADA   


Commissioner of Canada pro basketball league quits - by Eurobasket News

Commissioner John Kennedy of the National Basketball League of Canada has quit because of a family emergency days after the end of the inaugural season.

League President Andre Levingston announced the move in a statement Thursday but did not elaborate, saying only that the 'thoughts and prayers' of the league were with Kennedy.

The season concluded Sunday with the London Lightning defeating the Halifax Rainmen in a best-of-five series. The league has seven teams across Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario.

Levingston said the league is looking for a new commissioner.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca



Two Canadians in the NCAA Final Four - by Eurobasket News

One field started with 68 teams, the other with 64 and now both tournaments have reached the final four teams.

From a total of 40 Canadians combined in the mens and womens tournament, Kyle Wiltjer (205-F-92) and Natalie Achonwa (190-F-92) are the two final Canadians still standing in the NCAA mens and womens basketball tournament.

Kyle Wiltjer and the number one seeded Kentucky have had a great tournament and are two wins away from capping off a great season. On a talent heavy Kentucky team, Kyle has seen the floor in every game in the tournament. He has averaged 6 minutes per game in the tournament games so far. When Kyle has been on the floor he has been efficient, he has shot 43% from the floor and 60% from behind the arc.

Its an all-state Kentucky affair when the Kentucky Wildcats take on rivals, Louisville Cardinals on Saturday. The winner will have a berth into the National Championship against the winner of the Ohio State and Kansas game.

For Natalie Achonwa and the number one seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish, they will be playing against a familiar Big-East opponent, University of Connecticut. Notre Dame and Connecticut have faced off three times this season, with Notre Dame winning two of the games.

Natalie has a had a very good tournament so far. She is averaging 18 minutes, 9.25 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.75 assists per game in the tournament. Her best game came in the elite 8 when she had 18 points and 7 rebounds. Natalie is a key part on the Notre Dame team and will be a big factor if Notre Dame hopes to win.

The winner of the Notre Dame and Connecticut game will go onto the National Championship game against the winner of the Stanford and Baylor game.

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca



Hagan key part of Rainmen's future - by Eurobasket News

Chris Hagan (5'9''-G-89, college: Midwestern St.) didn't make an impression soon enough to be considered for Sunday's NBL all-star contest. But it wouldn't be a stretch to assert the Halifax rookie had developed into one of the leagues top performers by the time the Rainmen played their final game of the season four days ago.

Thats why the 23-year-old point guard from Houston is among the group of six players around whom Rainmen owner Andre Levingston would like to build for the 2012-13 National Basketball League of Canada campaign.

Hagan joined the team on Dec. 3 and ended up averaging 9.3 points in 28 regular-season games. His role increased, though, as he gained confidence and a better understanding of coach Pep Claross system. He topped Halifax by averaging 17.3 points in eight playoff outings, including a high of 27 against the Quebec Kebs on March 16.

'At the end of the season, I thought Chris Hagan was the best guard in the league,' Levingston said Wednesday. 'I mean, he played out of his mind . . . and he was definitely our best basketball player every night in the playoffs.'

The five-foot-nine guard, Halifaxs youngest player, was the Rainmens leading scorer in five of eight post-season tilts. They extended the London Lightning to a fifth and deciding game in the best-of-five NBL final before losing 116-92 last Sunday in London.

Levingston, who doubles as the teams general manager, identified Hagan, backcourt mates Taliek Brown and Joey Haywood, and forwards Lawrence Wright, Tyrone Levett and Darnell Hugee as players he hopes to persuade to return to form the foundation for next years squad.

Brown and Haywood, the former Saint Marys star who was one of the top Canadian players in the NBL, will represent the Rainmen in Sunday afternoons all-star game at the Metro Centre along with Levett, named to the leagues second all-star unit and its first all-defensive team.

Wright paced the club in regular-season scoring, averaging 15.9 points in 36 games, to earn a spot on the leagues first-team all-star unit. Hugee was a key contributor in the playoffs after signing on Feb. 17, though the power forwards penchant for getting into foul trouble sometimes hampered his effectiveness.

NBL teams can protect five players, shielding them from other Canadian clubs, though they could nonetheless be lured away by more lucrative offers from other leagues.

The Rainmen will need to address a size deficit next season, Levingston said, after the team utilized a small lineup for much of this year. Hed also like to add more scoring punch on the wing.

'We need a wing guy that can create his own shot and get to the bucket. Our wing guys this year mostly just relied on three-point shooting, so we have to get better at that position as well.'

The team also wants to bring back Claros, an experienced international coach who left Halifax this week for a job in Mexico.

Claros had been slated to coach one of the teams in Sundays all-star game. Hell be replaced by Quebec bench boss Rob Spon, wholl oppose Londons Micheal Ray Richardson.

Sundays contest, which tips off at 1 p.m., caps a weekend of events that also includes a legends game, three-point shooting competition and slam dunk contest on Saturday.

The legends game features three former NBA players Richardson, Saint John Mill Rats coach Jaren Jackson and one-time Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell and Desmond Ferguson, a fan favourite in two seasons with the Rainmen who also appeared in seven NBA games in 2003-04.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca



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  CHINA   

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 J.R. SMITH
  Zhejiang C.
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 34.4
 1. Smith, Zhejiang C.34.4 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS33.6 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.32.0 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.29.1 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan.28.2 
 6. McDonald, Fujian X.27.6 
 7. Marbury, Beijing27.0 
 8. Roberson, Fujian XX26.9 
 9. Chandler, Guangsha.26.6 
 10. Martin, Jilin N.26.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Donnell HARVEY
  TianJin R.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Harvey, TianJin R.14.6 
 2. Abbas, Fujian XX14.5 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.14.3 
 4. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.3 
 5. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS13.1 
 6. Hunter, Shandong12.5 
 7. Lawal, Xinjiang.12.3 
 8. Harris, Shanghai S.12.2 
 9. Boone, Zhejiang C.12.2 
 10. Vroman, Jiangsu D.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.3 
 2. Yang, Liaoning H.6.5 
 3. Marbury, Beijing6.3 
 4. Hudson, Qingdao DS6.3 
 5. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.7 
 6. Brooks, Guandong4.8 
 7. Fahed, TianJin R.4.4 
 8. Mengke, Xinjiang.4.3 
 9. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS4.3 
 10. Zhang, Liaoning H.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tim PICKETT
  Xinjiang.
  (193-G/F-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Pickett, Xinjiang.2.9 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS2.9 
 3. Smith, Zhejiang C.2.5 
 4. Daghles, Jilin N.2.5 
 5. Marbury, Beijing2.4 
 6. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.4 
 7. Williams, Shanxi Z.2.3 
 8. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.3 
 9. Lu, Shanxi Zh.2.2 
 10. Anderson, Shando.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhongHao XU
  Bayi Fubang
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.3 
 2. Morris, Beijing Du.1.8 
 3. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.8 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 5. Douthit, Foshan1.6 
 6. Randolph, DongGua.1.6 
 7. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.6 
 8. Watkins, Jilin N.1.5 
 9. Abbas, Fujian XX1.4 
 10. Lawal, Xinjiang.1.3 


A New CBA Champion......BEIJING - by Alex Yam

The CBA season officially just ended, and to the surprise of many, the Beijing Ducks have won the CBA Championship over perennial winners and powerhouse Guandong Southern Tigers. This was fitting for what was the strangest and most exciting CBA season in recent memory. One that saw multiple NBA players make the jump to China, well documented, and publicized fighting amongst fans and players.

Marbury's transition in the CBA has now come full circle, he was the 1st major NBA star to come to China, a pariah in the states jettisoned to the far east, never having made the playoffs in his years in the CBA, now he and the rest of the Beijing Ducks are champions of the CBA.





Marbury Scores 41 as Beijing Wins CBA Championship - by Arthur Volbert

Marbury Stephon (188-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) had 41 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists as Beijing edged Guangdong 124-121 to win the CBA championship. Playing at home, it won the series 4 games to 1.

Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93), China's next projected NBA draft first-rounder, had 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Zhu YanXi (209-C-90), Beijing's other top rookie, had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Lee Hsueh-Lin, the small Taiwanese star who is the glue that holds the team together, had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Randolph Morris had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Ji Zhe had 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Aaron Brooks had 33 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists for defending champion Guangdong. James Singleton had 29 points and 9 rebounds. Zhou Peng had 22 points and 6 rebounds. Dong Hanlin had 14 points and 10 rebounds. 206 cm Li Yuanyu had 8 points and 7 rebounds in 10 minutes but picked up 5 fouls. Zhu Fangyu had 6 points and 3 rebounds before fouling out in 33 minutes. Wang Shipeng had 3 points and 3 rebounds in 16 minutes. Chen Jianghua had 6 points and 3 rebounds in 16 minutes. Both 7-footers, Su Wei and Wang Zheng, spent the entire game on the bench.



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A1 Standings

A1 Stage Two 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
Stage One Standings

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


Zagreb hires Drazen Brajkovic as new Head Coach - by Eurobasket News

Drazen Brajkovic is the new Head Coach of Zagreb. The reigning Croatian champion parted ways with Vladimir Androic after huge home loss against Split on Tuesday. Brajkovic most recently worked with Svjetlost Slavonski Brod. He was hired in March of 2011 and finished the season there. Before Svjetlost, he coached Kvarner Rijeka and Sibenka. Brajkovic also has experience from Dinamo Tbilisi, Sanac Karlovac and Sava Osiguranje Rijeka. He worked with youth Croatian National Teams as well. Last summer, Brajkovic coached U19 Croatia at U19 World Championship in Latvia. In 2010, he was named All-Eurobasket.com European Championships U16 Best Coach. Drazen Brajkovic will make debut at Zagreb;s bench tomorrow against his former team Slavonski Brod.


Croatian A1 round 3 (Second Stage) best performance: Goran Suton - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Bosnia and Herzegovina center Goran Suton (209-C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Cibona, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Cedevita (#2, 2-1) 76-69. It allowed Cibona to take over top position in the Bosnia and Herzegovina A1. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Cibona already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Suton had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cibona's top player in his first season with the team. Goran Suton averages just after three games 14.3ppg and 8.7rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old Marino Sarlija (207-F/C-89) of Borik. Sarlija had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Borik was edged by Kvarner 2010 (8-4) 77-74. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Sarlija is well-known at Borik and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina forward Ante Masic (200-F-85, agency: Interperformances) of KK Zagreb CO (#5). Masic got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . Despite Masic's great performance KK Zagreb CO lost 78-106 to KK Split (2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing KK Zagreb CO needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Championship. Their record is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Masic has a very solid season. In 2 games in Croatia he scored 22.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luka Babic (200-F-91) of KK Split - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ive Ivanov (201-C-85) of Zadar - 20 points and 8 rebounds
6. Mate Mrva (195-F-83) of Jolly - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81) of Kvarner 2010 - 27 points and 4 assists
8. Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly - 21 points and 4 rebounds
9. Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) of KK Split - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81) of Svjetlost - 19 points and 5 rebounds

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



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D1 Quarterfinals, first games: Hosts grab all four wins - by Eurobasket News

First Playoff Quarterfinals games of Danish D1 are completed last night. Koge outplayed Stevnsgade 80-77 for 1-0 lead in the series. The format is best-of-three and second games are scheduled for March 31/April 1. The regular season champion Randers also celebrated in its first game. They escaped with 86-84 home win against Glostrup. Randers had 19-3 record in the regular season. Lemvig was better than Aarhus 62-60 and it also has 1-0 lead in the series. In the opening game of the Quarterfinals, Amager had to work very hard to beat Virum. It was 80-78 home win for the second ranked team of the regular season. All visiting teams from the first games will be the hosts in the next meetings.


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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Springfield A. 27-19 
 2. Dakota W. 26-20 
 3. Canton C. 26-21 
 4. Erie Bay H. 25-21 
 5. Iowa E. 24-21 
 6. Maine RC 18-29 
 7. Sioux Falls S. 14-33 
 8. Ft.Wayne MA 12-34 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 34-12 
 2. Austin T. 30-16 
 3. Bakersfield J. 27-18 
 4. Texas L. 24-22 
 5. Rio Grande VV 23-24 
 6. Tulsa 66ers 22-25 
 7. Reno B. 20-26 
 8. Idaho S. 18-29 

Regular Season: Round 69

Mar. 30: Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D. 96-95
Mar. 30: Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers 94-93
Mar. 30: Springfield A. - Sioux Falls S. 89-82
Mar. 30: Reno B. - Idaho S. 124-92
Mar. 30: Austin T. - Canton C. 113-92
Mar. 30: Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA 103-102

Regular Season: Round 70

Mar. 31: Austin T. - Iowa E.
Mar. 31: Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA
Mar. 31: Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers
Mar. 31: Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J.


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.23.1 
 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. Efevberha, Iowa E.19.3 
 9. Millsap, Los A.19.2 
 10. Green, Los A.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.6 
 2. Harangody, Canton12.3 
 3. Dawson, Austin T.10.4 
 4. Thomas, Los A.9.3 
 5. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 6. Foote, Springfield8.7 
 7. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
 8. Williams, Texas L.8.5 
 9. Horner, Springfi.8.5 
 10. Goldcamp, Erie B.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.1 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.8 
 4. Wise, Bakersfield6.4 
 5. Curry, Springfield6.3 
 6. Baker, Dakota W.5.9 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.5.9 
 8. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 9. Brazelton, Erie B.5.8 
 10. Bailey, Idaho S.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Stefhon HANNAH
  Dakota W.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hannah, Dakota W.2.2 
 2. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 3. Coleman, Sioux F.2.1 
 4. Curry, Springfield2.1 
 5. Blakely, Sioux F.2.0 
 6. Smith, Springfield2.0 
 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. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.6 
 9. Dove, Dakota W.1.5 
 10. Benson, Sioux F.1.5 


Latest games - by Eurobasket Center

Springfield A. - Sioux Falls S. 115-113 2OT
Jerry Smith (6'2''-G-87, college: Louisville) knocked down three free throws with 0.3 seconds left in double overtime to lift the Springfield Armor to a 115-113 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce tonight inside the MassMutual Center. With the victory and the Canton Charge's loss to the Iowa Energy tonight, the Armor move into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with five games remaining in the regular season. Sioux Falls' Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F-89, college: Vermont) buried a free throw to open up the game, as the Armor (26-19) and Skyforce (14-32) traded leads six times in the opening period. Behind Trey Gilder's 14 first-quarter points (6-6 FG), Sioux Falls led 27-26 after one quarter. The Armor responded with 35 second-quarter points, led by Lance Hurdle's 12 points in the period. Springfield buried 13-21 (.619) shots in the quarter to take a 61-56 lead into halftime. In the third quarter, the Armor opened up their largest lead of the evening, 89-72, on a Jamar Brown tip-in with 1:43 to go. The Armor outscored the Skyforce 29-18 in the quarter to earn a 90-74 advantage heading into the fourth. In the fourth, Sioux Falls battled back into the game as the Armor went cold from the field. The Skyforce opened the quarter on a 12-2 run and erased the entire 16-point deficit with a Gilder jumper with 9.2 seconds to play in regulation to tie the game, 100-100. A Smith shot attempt at the buzzer caromed off the back iron, forcing the Armor's first overtime game since January 5. The Armor scored a season-low 10 points in the quarter, shooting 2-19 (.105) from the field. Springfield led by as many as six points in the first overtime, but Sioux Falls' Gabe Pruitt hit a pair of three-pointers to keep the Skyforce within striking distance. Two Gilder free throws tied the game with 6.2 seconds to go, but a Hurdle jumper was off the mark, as the two teams headed to a second overtime period, tied 110-110. In the second overtime, after a Johnson jumper gave Springfield the early edge, but another Pruitt three propelled the Skyforce into the lead for the first time since the end of the first quarter. The Armor put the ball in Smith's hands for the final possession and Smith managed to draw a foul on Anthony Mason, Jr. with 0.3 seconds remaining, trailing 113-112. Smith sank all three free throws to ice the Armor's fourth straight victory and 11th win in their last 12 home games. Six players scored in double figures for the Armor, with Jameson Curry (6'4''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Oklahoma St.) (19 points, 8 assists), Jeff Foote (19 points, 6 rebounds) and Smith (19 points, 8 rebounds) leading the way. L.D. Williams (16 points), Johnson (12 points, 9 rebounds) and Hurdle (12 points) all contributed double figures. Gilder led the Skyforce with a season-high 33 points and Blakely (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Mason, Jr. (16 points, 10 rebounds) added the game's only double-doubles. Pruitt came off the bench to score 22 points and Curtis Withers tallied 12 points. The Armor and Skyforce return to action tomorrow night in the Armor's regular season home finale at 7:00 p.m. inside the MassMutual Center. *Courtesy of www.keloland.com

Dakota W. - Texas L. 109-89
All that was missing was the Beach Boys music. The Dakota Wizards are riding the crest of the D-League wave, and the fun continued Thursday night at the Civic Center. A strong second quarter launched the Wizards to a 109-89 victory over Texas. Paired with Wednesday's 147-126 blowout the Wizards earned a sweep of the Legends, a vital step in their pursuit of a D-League playoff berth. 'We've got some great players on our team and we're buying into what coach wants - toughness, playing defense and sharing the ball,' Wizards guard Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85, college: Missouri) said. Both teams are in the fight for one the league's eight playoff berths. The Wizards improved to 26-20 with their two-game sweep of Texas. The Legends dropped to 24-22. Each team has four regular season games remaining. The Wizards play host to Bakersfield and Sioux Falls next week before closing with two at Fort Wayne next weekend. The night did not bode well for Texas, which had won 11 of 13 games before visiting the Civic Center. Six-foot-11 post Dan Gadzuric didn't dress due to an ankle injury sustained on Wednesday and his backup, 6-11 Ibrahima Thomas, lasted only 21/2 minutes before going down. 'It was a dislocated shoulder,' Texas assistant coach Scott Flemming said. 'It popped back in, but they felt if he went back in he could do further damage.' Nonetheless, Texas soldiered on, running off 11 straight points for a 30-21 lead. The Legends were up 32-27 at the quarter break, but trouble lay ahead. Down 40-36, the Wizards took off on an 18-3 tear. Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Siena) closed the blitz with a long two-pointer with :58 to play in the half, giving Dakota a 54-45 advantage. Up 59-50 at halftime, the Wizards never let Texas get closer than seven points in the second half. A 15-6 run late in the third period put the hosts on top 85-66, and from that point on it was all academic. The Wizards' biggest lead was a 109-88 spread on a 3-pointer by Marcus Dove with :53 on the clock. A four-pronged attack accounted for most of the Wizards offense. Hannah scored 27 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and added seven assists. Edwin Ubiles, Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88, college: Dayton) and Marcus Dove scored 21, 21 and 18 in the frontcourt. Wright, an athletic 6-foot-8 226 pounder, accounted for 11 rebounds and kept the crowd entertained with six stuffs. He delivered a real rafter-rattler with 9:04 to play to open an 89-76 lead. 'He gets up there on the rim. ... He played really hard and had some really big rebounds down the stretch,' Wizards coach Nate Bjorkgren said. Bjorkgren said he doesn't know how long he'll have Wright, who is on assignment from Golden State, at his disposal. He said it's a day-to-day matter. 'I'm going to hear back from my boss,' Bjorkgren said. '... He'll be deciding if (Wright) stays with us a couple more games or not.' Bjorkgren liked the fact that Hannah's offensive effort wasn't one-dimensional. 'The guys are doing a good job of finding him and he had seven assists,' Bjorkgren said. 'He'll throw the ball right up there to you. He's done a good job of sharing the basketball.' That's part of the deal, according to Hannah, a 6-1, 175-pounder. 'We're just playing together,' he said. Hannah said the Wizards, who have won six of their last seven, haven't peaked yet. 'We play well and peak at moments, but we've got to get consistent,' he observed. Bjorkgren agreed. 'We're trying to stay on the crest. The key is to be consistent,' he said. Alando Tucker was the big gun for Texas, scoring 23 points. He sank three of the Legends' six 3-pointers. With Texas unable to field a true post player, the Wizards controlled the boards 50-37 and got into the paint often enough for a 52 percent shooting night. Texas, conversely, shot 40 percent. Flemming said that situation should improve when the Legends return home. 'We'll activate (6-10) Sean Williams. He was with the Dallas Mavericks, and they released him,' Flemming said. Flemming pointed to the Wizards as a team that will have to be reckoned with. 'They're probably as strong as anyone right now in terms of personnel,' he said. 'They have a solid nine or 10 guys.' *Courtesy of www.bismarcktribune.com

Iowa E. - Canton C. 107-100
Charge forward Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) went for 21 rebound and 26 points Thursday but it wasn't enough to keep Canton in first place as it dropped a road decision to the Energy. With the Charge loss and a Springfield win over Sioux Falls on Thursday, the Armor (26-19) moved a half-game ahead of Canton (26-20) in the Eastern Division. Things went south early for Canton. The Energy came out and surged to a 15-3 lead less than five minutes into the game as guard Michael Efevberha (6'7''-G-84, college: CS Northridge) took charge. The 6-4 shooting guard flipped in nine of his game-high 31 points in the opening quarter and the Charge was never able to come all the way back. Canton was able to get as close as a point at 68-67 with 1:25 left in the third period on Kyle Gibson's two free throws. Efevberha countered with a jumper before the buzzer to give Iowa a 74-69 lead going to the fourth quarter. The Charge clawed back to within three late when Harangody hit a 3-pointer with 1:52 left to make it 96-93, Energy. A Ben Strong dunk from a Patrick Ewing Jr. assist on Iowa's ensuing possession started a 6-0 Energy run that sealed the game. Frank Hassell tallied a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Charge, who outrebounded the Energy 57-43. But Iowa used Efevberha's 11 of 14 effort at the foul line to outscore Canton 27-15 at the charity stripe. *Courtesy of www.timesreporter.com

Dakota W. - Texas L. 147-126
The Dakota Wizards developed some pretty good chemistry while their best player, Edwin Ubiles 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, 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

Los Angeles D. - Reno B. 117-89
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



Nets sign Jersey native Dennis Horner to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

Nets general manager Billy King announced today the team has signed Dennis Horner (6'9''-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.), a Linwood native, to a 10-day contract. The 6-9 rookie, who played at N.C. State, had been playing for the Springfield Armor of the D-League.

Horner will add much needed depth to the Nets' frontcourt as the team embarks on a West Coast roadtrip, beginning tonight at the Golden State Warriors. With an eye injury keeping Shelden Wiliams from traveling west and Jordan Williams questionable with a concussion, Johan Petro and Kris Humphries were the Nets' only healthy big men ready to suit up against the Warriors.

Horner was signed by the Nets prior to training camp, on Dec. 9, 2011, and appeared in five games earlier this season. In 16 minutes he scored four points. In 25 games since the Nets assigned Horner to the Armor, the Nets' D-League affiliate, he has scored 17 points per game, claimed 8.5 rebounds and shot .471 from the field.

Courtesy of www.nj.com



Cavaliers sign Lester Hudson to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

The 17-31 Cleveland Cavaliers have lost five straight games and only won two of their last 10 contests. And today they chose to add some depth to their backcourt.

The Cavs have signed guard Lester Hudson (6'3''-G-84, college: Tenn-Martin) from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League to a 10-day contract, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced.

The signing of Hudson marks the 46th Call-Up of the 2011-12 season. Hudson will wear No. 14 for the Cavaliers and is available for tonights game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Hudson has appeared in five games (two starts) for the Toros this season, averaging 17.6 points on .532 shooting, 6.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.4 steals in 29.2 minutes per game. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard from the University of Tennessee-Martin was originally drafted in the second round with the 58th overall pick by the Boston Celtics in the 2009 NBA Draft.

During his rookie year in 2009-10, Hudson played in 25 total games for the Celtics and the Memphis Grizzlies, posting averages of 2.3 points and 0.7 rebounds in 5.4 minutes per game. He also appeared in 20 D-League games for the Dakota Wizards and Maine Red Claws, averaging 16.0 points on .435 shooting, 6.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 27.2 minutes per game. During the 2010-11 season, Lester appeared in 11 games for the Washington Wizards and posted averages of 1.6 points and 1.5 assists in 6.9 minutes per game.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Clippers' G Leslie headed to D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Clippers announced that they have assigned rookie guard Travis Leslie (6'4''-G-90, college: Georgia) to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.

This marks Leslies second stint with the Jam this season. In four games played with Bakersfield from March 2nd through March 11th, Leslie tallied 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.0 minutes per game.

Leslie was 47th overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft. He has averaged 1.4 points and 4.5 minutes in 10 games played for the Clippers this season.

Courtesy of www.foxsportswest.com



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Standings - LIDOBA

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Mar. 30: Sameji - Cupes
Mar. 30: Plaza - GUG
Apr. 1: Capitanes - Cupes
Apr. 1: CDP - Sameji


LAST CHANCE AT THE OLYMPICS! - by Ozell Wells

Last chance at the Olympics
The Dominican national basketball team will be playing its last chance to make it to the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifier in Venezuela, from 2-8 July. The DR missed qualifying when the dream team of Charlie Villanueva (Detroit Pistons), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) and Francisco Garcia (Sacramento Kings) led by University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari, fell in the tournament's semifinal game against Brazil, a game where winning meant an automatic trip to the games this summer, having to settle for a bronze in the FIBA Americas Championship.

In the tournament, 12 teams will vie for the remaining three spots in the London games with the DR again counting on Villanueva, Sacramento's Francisco Garcia and Atlanta's Al Horford to help them advance. Horford has been out of action, recovering from a pectoral muscle surgery.

The competition will be very difficult. The DR is slotted to play in Group C with Russia and South Korea. The two other Latin American teams looking to go to the Olympics are Puerto Rico in Group A and Venezuela in Group B.

The DR team has yet to get together and to sign on who will be the coach.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/sports/2012/03/28/charlie-villanueva-on-dominican-republics-olympic-basketball-dream-our-goal-is/#ixzz1qVpZUcSa



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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 23-3 
 2. Tarvas 19-8 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 16-3 
 4. Rapla 14-13 
 5. TTU 12-14 
 6. Tln Kalev 12-15 
 7. Parnu 4-23 
 8. Valga 3-24 

Regular Season: Round 27

Mar. 28: Tln Kalev - Rapla 99-72
Mar. 30: Tarvas - TTU 91-76
Mar. 27: Tartu Ulikool - TTU 84-75
Mar. 30: Valga - Parnu 83-85 OT
Mar. 31: Kalev/Cramo - Tartu Ulikool


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.9 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.1 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.2 
 4. Soo, Rapla17.0 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas16.7 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.2 
 7. Pilk, TTU15.9 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.8 
 10. Akenparg, TTU14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.2 
 2. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.2 
 4. Arnold, TTU8.2 
 5. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 6. Ringmets, Rapla7.6 
 7. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.5 
 8. Pilk, TTU6.7 
 9. Allingu, Tartu U.6.5 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.1 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.9 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 5. Pilk, TTU3.6 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas3.4 
 7. Raap, Parnu3.3 
 8. Keedus, TTU3.2 
 9. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
 10. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.2 
 4. Kaldre, Rapla2.1 
 5. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 6. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas1.9 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 9. Raap, Parnu1.8 
 10. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.4 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.3 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.1 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 6. Hallik, Tarvas0.5 
 7. Veski, Tarvas0.5 
 8. Makke, TTU0.5 
 9. Shaw, Tln Kalev0.4 
 10. Koolman, Valga0.3 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bo MCCALEBB
  Montepas.
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. McCalebb, Montepa.16.9 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.16.5 
 3. Domercant, Unics15.5 
 4. Weems, Zalgiris15.5 
 5. Krstic, CSKA14.7 
 6. Carroll, Real Madr.14.2 
 7. Kirilenko, CSKA14.0 
 8. Vujacic, Anadolu13.9 
 9. Lorbek, FCB Regal13.8 
 10. Navarro, FCB Regal13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA7.2 
 2. Freeland, Unicaja6.7 
 3. Reyes, Real Madrid6.3 
 4. Andersen, Montepa.6.2 
 5. Zoric, Unicaja6.1 
 6. Veremeenko, Unics6.0 
 7. Fischer, Gescrap BB5.9 
 8. Krstic, CSKA5.9 
 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, CSKA5.2 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.5.0 
 4. Huertas, FCB Regal4.6 
 5. Tunceri, Anadolu4.5 
 6. Jackson, Gescrap3.9 
 7. Spanoulis, Olympia.3.9 
 8. Kalnietis, Zalgiris3.7 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA3.3 
 10. Llull, Real Madrid3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamon Lukas GORDON
  Galatasaray
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gordon, Galatasaray1.9 
 2. Kirilenko, CSKA1.5 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.1.5 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi1.4 
 5. Gist, Fener.Ulker1.3 
 6. Calathes, Panathin.1.3 
 7. Eidson, FCB Regal1.3 
 8. McCalebb, Montepa.1.3 
 9. Fitch, Unicaja1.2 
 10. Mickeal, FCB Regal1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA1.9 
 2. Begic, Real Madrid1.7 
 3. Hendrix, Maccabi1.4 
 4. Ndong, FCB Regal1.2 
 5. Hines, Olympiakos1.2 
 6. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.1 
 7. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.1 
 8. Veremeenko, Unics0.9 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja0.9 
 10. Gist, Fener.Ulker0.9 


Playoffs, Game 4 MVP: Andrei Kirilenko, CSKA - by Eurobasket News

Statistically, hes been the Turkish Airlines Euroleagues best player all season. On Friday, CSKA Moscow superstar Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) added to a brilliant campaign by leading his team to the 2012 Final Four with a fantastic performance in a 71-73 road win at Gescrap BB. His 23 points and 8 rebounds equaled a performance index rating of 29, which made him the Playoffs Game 4 bwin MVP. This is also the fourth time and second in the playoffs Kirilenko has earned the distinction, which is also most in the league. Kirilenko scored 23 points and grabbed 8 rebounds the last board to clinch the win and Final Four berth for the Russian champs. He only missed 4 shots and also dished 2 assists and had 1 steal in another impressive outing. The star of the losing side in that game, Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne), had the second-best index rating of all players in Game 4 of the playoffs with 24. Jackson tallied 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists in the final game of what had been a stellar rookie season. Another player that led his team to Istanbul, Olympiacos forward Kyle Hines (198-F-86), had the third highest index of the games with 21. Hines went for 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks as the Reds beat Montepaschi 76-69. Rounding out the list of Playoffs Game 4 stars are Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) of Panathinaikos and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) of Olympiacos, both with index ratings of 20. Calathes had 15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals as the Greens forced Game 5 against Maccabi Electra with a 69-78 road win. Spanoulis scored 19, drew 8 fouls and went 10 for 10 from the foul line as the Reds won.

Individual highs: Kyle Hines, 4 blocks

Kirilenko was also the top scorer in Playoffs Game 4 with 23 points. He is also the top scorer in the playoffs with 17.5 points per game. Montepaschi big man David Andersen (212-C-80) was Game 4s best rebounder with 11 in his teams loss. His 7.3 rebounds per game rank fourth in the playoffs. The best rebounder in the playoffs have been Devin Smith of Maccabi and Kirielnko, with 7.8 rebounds per game. The distinction for the most assists in Game 4 was shared by Jackson and his CSKA counterpart, Milos Teodosic (195-G-87), with 8 each. Teodosics 6.5 assists per game are best in the playoffs. Three players Calathes, Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) of Olympiacos and Kostas Vasiliadis of Gescrap lead the Game 4 charts with 3 steals apiece. Barcelonas Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) 2.3 steals per game in the playoffs lead all. And Hines had the most blocks of Game 4 with 4 rejections, but Boni Ndong remained the playoffs best shot blocker with 2 per game.

Courtesy of Euroleague



Eurobasket Evaluates Panathinaikos's Performances against Maccabi - by Chris Mammides

After two straight negative games against the team which used to be one of the best clients for Obradovic and Panathinaikos team, and in the do or die game, the players of Coach Obradoic showed once more their real powers especially after suffering a double loss in and out in the Games 2 and 3 at both OAKA Arena in Athens, and Nokia Arena, Tel Aviv, Zeljko Obradovic and his troops extraordinarily recoiled and just 48-hours later, came back from the deads in an amazing fourth game where Coach Zoc check-mate (once more) his opponent and rightfully kicked back for the crucial road win 69-78 Game 4 victory, splitting the series at 2-2 apiece with the last game taking place in the fully booked OAKA Arena next week.

Coming into the series as a team which is nearly to the end, the green army will enjoy once more the opportunity to close-out the series next week at OAKA Arena with a possible participation in Turkeys Final 4. With equally tedious and impressive Games 3 and 4 behind, and with the series just possibly crossing the 50 percent mark, Eurobasket evaluates Panathinaikos's players and coaching staff's performances on a 1-10 scale.

Head Coach Zeljko Obradovic : Taken aback by Blatts Games 3 & 4, Zoc took the loss unlike his opponent not personally but as a team, as he does all these 12 years with the Greens. When returning to the team's hotel, Obradovic talked a lot with some of his players in order to boost up their ego and he managed that perfectly as both Calathes and Jasikevicius (0 points in Game 3) were the top performers and the key to the Green success in Tel Aviv earlier tonight.

The elements of the Green architect and his victorious pass by Tel Aviv are basically the following: the Tactics, he concentrated in his defense with solid changes in the pick en roll, something which eliminate Maccabis speed, especially in the first quarter of Game 4, the Israelis and Coach Blat were taken by surprise and were in a total mess and was obvious since the 2nd assist for Maccabi was actually took place in the 33rd minute of the game with a total of 5 while in the Game 3, Maccabis win came with the help of 16 assists!! The 2nd element is Coachs total focus in what he does whether he losses or wins, even though he has been accused for the small rotation of the Greens against Maccabi together with the no time in Logan and the big time for Calathes and Jasikevicius who remain pointless in the Game 3. Last but not least the fact that the Greens eliminate their turnovers into the minimum, just 9 turnovers in Nokia Arena was awesome record
While considerate and execute his astonishing adjustments to perfection in Game 4, Zoc responded with a total coaching perfection against his rival, making the entire European basketball world, specifically, the home teams coaching team and management, remembering why his is at the top of Europe, each and every season. Evaluation 8,5

Aleks Maric: The Serbian center played only 3 minutes in both the games 3 and 4 so he cant be judged, his passion from the bench and his thirst for playing against the players of Maccabi and especially the big guys was more than obvious, since in the Game 3 was not able to give some crucial assistance to his team, Coach Z, preferred to let him on the bench. No Evaluation

Stratos Perperoglou: If Stratos was 100% ready in these games he would have been even better and a bigger thread for the Israelis, his great effectiveness in the scoring and his all around game let him in the crucial Game 4 in the court for more than 24 minutes as Coach Obradovic totally trust him. His great defense against his rivals, his passion and low profile game together with the dirty job in the court for sure give him the title of the secret weapon for Panathinaikos, if Perperoglou and Panathinaikos learned something from the Games 3 and $ is simply to be patient and work hard as this part of the Euroleague has nothing to do with the top 8 or even worst the Top 16 parts. Perperoglous Game 4 was the best game and more mature of the rest in this series, that was the main reason why he replaced totally his team-mate, Sato in the specific game. With 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in the court against Maccabi in Nokia Arena is not bad at all while his one and only turnover is showing how focus he was in the specific game. Evaluation 7.5

Mike Batiste: No one was more aware than Batiste of the risk the Greens face starting Tuesday in Game 3 of a best-of-five playoff tied 1-1. Despite the Game 3 loss, Mike showed poise, patience and maturity on the court. Batiste posted career highs of 6 offensive rebounds and 6 assists in Game 2, but still Panathinaikos lost at home in overtime. Also in that game, he broke the Euroleague's all-time record for two-point baskets this century, 852
In Game 4, Michalis as his team-mates call him, did everything you can't see on the stat sheet, as his 28 minutes in the court with only 4 points and 2 boards recorded are not giving the full picture of this great player, against the big guys of Maccabi, Batiste earned six fouls while his defense over Big Sofo and Hendrix was once more for seminars the veteran beloved American was part of a Panathinaikos team in the exact same situation in 2009 that won back-to-back in Siena and proceeded to take that season's trophy, so he does know quite some things about the game and the way to handle it. Evaluation 7.5

David Logan: The former Caja Laboral player had only 15 active seconds in these two games in Tel Aviv so he cant be judged at all. David is still in the phase where he needs to follow rather than lead in the Greens even though in some games this season was truly amazing. He will be surely giving his assistance in the Game 5 in OAKA as he always plays better in Athens and OAKA. He will not be evaluating for this pair of games.
Romein Sato: The Central African player was not at his best in this pair of games as his participation and his performance was lower than his previous performances. Coach Obradovic does count on him as he is among the players he totally trusts. Sato scored only 4 points in both games and in total of 28 minutes, but he is an all around player and he does a lot of dirty job in the court, moreover is a passionate player and can assist his team-mates with his passion and sportsmanship. Evaluation 5.5

Kostas Tsartsaris : The veteran power forward was a back up in the pair of these games in Tel Aviv and his total time in the court was less than 18 minutes in both games, Smith replaced the Greek international player quite actively so his services whish consider being crucial for Panathinaikos were limited at the specific stage. Kostas is a great performer and he accepts his role in the team with the new elements consist the Greens this season, besides that, the oldest player in Panathinaikos (together with Michalis) is among the key players for the Greens the last decade, this pair of games simply didnt suit him. Evaluation 5

Dimitris Diamantidis: Panathinaiko's and Europes top guard the last decade or so was once more the true leader in the court in both games 3 & 4 and he can be easily compare to a good old bottle of red wine, the older the better. 3D in Game 3 ended the game with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 3 turnovers, while he earned 6 fouls from his opponents in 33.26 minutes in the court, while in Game 4, 3D ended the game with 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers and he won 9 fouls from his opponents in 36.06 minutes in the court. The top defender in Europe did also some really solid job in the defense against all his personal opponents. 3D is the A-Z for Panathinaikos and Obradovic knows that very well, even in his worst night, 3D is better than most of his opponents. The comparison with Ohayon from many Israeli reporters is a total disrespect on what 3D offers in the European courts and at the highest level all these years. Evaluation 8,5

Ian Vougioukas: The Greek international center was the true MVP for the Greens in both the games he played. In the Game 3 and in the defeat of the Greens, Ian was nearly perfect as in his 11 minutes in the court, he scored 11 points and 1 assist in nearly perfect percentages while he earned 3 fouls from his opponents, while in Game 4, Ian scored 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block shot while he earn 7 fouls from his opponents while his defense over Big Sofo was perfect. Ian is a low profile player who at the age of 26 stil improves his game with hard work and with total directions from Obradovic. His playing time is the most productive in terms of minutes to points as his 22 minutes in the court and his 19 points in this pair and against Maccabi in Tel Aviv can easily characterized as remarkable. Evaluation 8

Nick Calathes: Wow, implausible, wonderful, were some of the words needed to describe Calathe's Game 4 performance. A Euroleague seasons high in points with the 15 scored against Maccabi, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals with great offence against Ohayon, the young Greek demolished Maccabi's backcourt who left him unattended due to his poor performance in Game 3 (9 points with 0/3 in 3s and 3/6 in the Free throws, while he added 3 turnovers). In Game 4 though and after the total trust received by his Head Coach, the Greek guard pay-back his coach and his team with a marvelous performance and a total zero turnovers.

There are many talks about Nick Calathes joining NBAs team rising, Calathes made sure to end any doubts of his abilities to play in the magic world of NBA. The last successful Greek point guard to wear NBA's team jersey was Vassilis Spanoulis in his one and only traumatic season in NBA and today seems like the second one will be Calathes on a different perspective and a different target. Evaluation 7,5

Steven Smith: The former top scorer of Greek league (twice with Kolossos and Panellinios) who was among the biggest doubts for the Greens in last Summers transfer as he came to replace the total Green star, Antonis Fotsis, and was accused many times for his inconsistency in the games, was simply marvelous in the Game 4 which was the most crucial for Panathinaikos and Coach Obradovic has to do with this since and even though he was below average in the five minutes play in the defeat of Game 3 (2 rebounds and 1 turnover), Obradovic not only lose faith on him but he actually used him to replace no.4 Tsartsaris in a role which was not used wearing the Green jersey and went great in both edges, defense and offence. The American forward ended the game with 7 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal and a total zero in turnovers, being the top rebounder for the Greens with Kaimakoglou and at the same time offered a great peace of defense over Hendrix and Blu in his 17 minutes in the court.
Despite his lack of height and strength to compete with stronger opponents such as Hendrix, Smith played a vital role for the Greens all due to his Coach and the total believe has on him. The fact that he was over there in all boards and his passion in the game in both edges proves that the American is getting into it and if he continues like that he will earn with his sword his contract, especially if he stabilize his performances like the one of Game 4. Evaluation 7.5

Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83): The most improved and vital player for Panathinaikos, is Kaimakoglou. A strong, low profile player who plays with an unbelievable passion and has a focused obsession in his game, proves once more that the career move he did last season was totally correct and reasonable for the Greek forward. In both Games, Kostas was among the stand-outs for his team, but in Game 4 he was simply a total cracker as he broke all the defenses found from his opponents while his 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 winning fouls were more than crucial for his team. As the season progresses, Kaimakoglou's playing minute's developing into a crucial point of reference for Panathinaikos and Coach Obradovic. Kaimakoglou is a simply soldier in the Greens and he is totally accepting his rolem in each and every game no matter what the game is, thats been said, Kostas was the Top scorer in Game 2 against Maccabi and a real thread for the Israeli basket while in Game 3 had a special role which had nothing to do with scoring. The amazing basketball IQ he has together with his physical strength and the way he is acting in the court is giving him the chance to play even in the shooting guard position as he did in Game 2 while his role in both forwards positions is quite crucial in all aspects for his team. Evaluation 8

Sarunas Jasikevicius: The absolute star of Panathinaikos even at his 36 year of age can prove that no wonder he still consider being among the biggest threads for any team. At the same time as he suffers from the syndrome of the leader he never stops and let down, even though he performed lousy in the Game 3 remain pointless and with 3 turnovers in 12 minutes time in the court, in Game 4 and against all odds, he was among the MVPs of the game (together with Calathes) and he let down all the Israeli fans of Maccabi (some of them were irresponsibly acted against him in Game 3, forgetting his footprint in both the Euroleagues won some years ago). Saras was a true leader in Game 4, with his 13 points, 1 rebound and 3 assists in less than 21 minutes, the veteran Lithuanian proved to be too young to die basketball wise and that he still has the guts and the instinct to play in such important and crucial games at the most highest European level.
Thats been said, Obradovic knows that clearly and even though many people say that he is not so font of Saras way of playing, he is wise enough to give him time and place to act as a real leader and scorer in the court. Evaluation 7,5



Olympiakos and CSKA Moscow advance to Final 4 - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos advanced to its third Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in the past four seasons by beating Montepaschi Siena 76-69 to secure a 3-1 series victory. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) scored 19 points - including 10 of 10 free throws - while Kyle Hines (198-F-86) collected 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks for Olympiacos. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) and Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) both chipped in 8 points for the winners, who grabbed 17 offensive rebounds to make up for just 4 of 22 shooting (18%) from long range. David Andersen (212-C-80) had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Siena, which also received 15 points from Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83), 11 points from Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) and 10 points each from Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79). Siena was foiled by 14 turnovers compared to just 7 by Olympiacos. *Courtesy of Euroleague

CSKA Moscow survived a late challenge from Gescrap BB for a 71-73 win at Bilbao Arena to march into the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul with a 3-1 series win. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) starred with 23 points and 8 rebounds the final coming with 2 seconds to go to secure the win. Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) rallied Gescrap from 14 down in the fourth quarter to 70-71 in the final seconds. He then went to the line with his team down 3 and 2.9 seconds remaining. The point guard made the first barely and missed the second on purpose, but Kirilenko rose for the rebound to seal the game and series. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) and Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) added 13 each, Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) scored 10 and Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) dished 8 assists for the winners. Jackson paced the Men in Black with 19 points and 8 assists. D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) added 12 points and Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) 10 as Gescrap finished a spectacular debut season in the Euroleague with a tough loss. *Courtesy of Euroleague



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Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 30-9 
 2. Nilan Bisons 26-12 
 3. Pyrinto 26-12 
 4. Kauhajoki 22-16 
 5. ToPo 20-18 
 6. KTP 18-21 
 7. LrNMKY 16-22 
 8. Salon Vilpas 16-22 
 9. Kouvot 14-24 
 10. Korihait 12-26 
 11. Namika Lahti 10-28 

Regular Season: Round 42

Mar. 30: KTP - Korihait 97-84
Mar. 30: Kauhajoki - Kataja 90-70
Mar. 30: Nilan Bisons - Salon Vilpas 88-80
Mar. 30: ToPo - Kouvot 86-89
Mar. 30: Pyrinto - LrNMKY 100-91

Regular Season: Round 43

Apr. 1: Kataja - Namika Lahti
Apr. 1: LrNMKY - Kauhajoki
Apr. 1: Kouvot - Pyrinto
Apr. 1: Salon Vilpas - ToPo
Apr. 1: Korihait - Nilan Bisons


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Blue, KTP23.2 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons20.0 
 3. Crocker, KTP19.3 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.2 
 5. Hannah, Kauhajoki19.1 
 6. Holloway, Salon V.18.8 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.18.8 
 8. Newson, Kataja18.4 
 9. Ivey, Nilan Bisons18.2 
 10. Durham, Salon Vil.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.12.6 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.11.3 
 3. Blue, KTP10.6 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.9 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.3 
 6. Newson, Kataja8.7 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.6 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Brown, Kouvot8.1 
 10. Jordan, Kouvot7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  Namika L.
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Moore, Namika L.5.2 
 2. Haynes, LrNM.4.9 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.8 
 4. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.5 
 5. Sarcevic, KTP4.2 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto4.2 
 7. Virtanen, Kataja4.1 
 8. Walker, Kataja3.9 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 2. Moore, Korihait2.1 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.9 
 5. Haynes, LrNM.1.8 
 6. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 7. Newson, Kataja1.6 
 8. Jordan, Kouvot1.6 
 9. Sarcevic, KTP1.6 
 10. Hannah, Kauhajoki1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki1.9 
 2. Fields, Salon Vilp.1.9 
 3. Blue, KTP1.4 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto0.8 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.8 
 7. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.7 
 8. Newson, Kataja0.7 
 9. Hamm, LrNM.0.7 
 10. McDade, Nilan B.0.6 


Korisliiga Round 42: #1 Joensuun Kataja is defeated by Kauhajoen Karhu - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Joensuun Kataja (30-9) in Kauhajoki on Friday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (22-16) 90-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Joensuun Kataja. The game was mostly controlled by Kauhajoen Karhu. Joensuun Kataja managed to win fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Joensuun Kataja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Todd Hendley (206-84, college: NC-Wilmington) scored 24 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 24 points and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Jeremy Price (203-88, college: Georgia, agency: Strategic Sports) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Kauhajoen Karhu maintains fourth position with 22-16 record. Joensuun Kataja at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu are looking forward to face LrNMKY (#7) in Lappeenranta in the next round. Joensuun Kataja will play at home against Namika Lahti (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Helsinki. Ninth ranked Kouvot (14-24) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Torpan Pojat (20-18) 89-86 on Friday evening. American guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) notched 29 points to lead the effort and Ilari Seppala supported him with 20 points. Even a double-double of 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) did not help to save the game for Torpan Pojat. Torpan Pojat's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kouvot maintains ninth position with 14-24 record. Torpan Pojat lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 18 games lost. Kouvot will play against higher ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Torpan Pojat will play against Salon Vilpas and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 42: Korihait lost to KTP on the opponent's court 84-97. Pyrinto managed to outperform LrNMKY in a home game 100-91. Salon Vilpas recorded a loss to Nilan Bisons on the road 88-80.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points by Antwine Williams of Pyrinto.


KTP - Korihait 97-84

Very expected game in Kotka where 10th ranked UU-Korihait (12-26) was defeated by sixth ranked KTP-Basket (18-21) 97-84. The game was mostly controlled by KTP-Basket. UU-Korihait was better in second period 30-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) notched 37 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the other American import swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) supported him with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists by American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) did not help to save the game for UU-Korihait. Forward Cedric Latimer (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA, agency: Two Points) added 17 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KTP-Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 18-21 record. UU-Korihait lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 26 games lost. KTP-Basket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. UU-Korihait will play at home against the league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KTP: T.Blue 37+9reb+1ast, T.Crocker 23+5reb+2ast, J.Lehtoranta 12+6reb+1ast, M.Pounds 11+1reb+4ast, J.Williams 6+9reb+3ast, J.Matinen 5+4reb
Korihait: N.Moore 17+10reb+7ast, J.Heard 17+2reb+1ast, C.Latimer 17+5reb+1ast, P.Rainamaa 15+1ast, N.Malinen 8+2reb, P.Heinonen 8+11reb+1ast
gschID: 141834


Kauhajoki - Kataja 90-70

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Joensuun Kataja (30-9) in Kauhajoki on Friday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (22-16) 90-70. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Joensuun Kataja. The game was mostly controlled by Kauhajoen Karhu. Joensuun Kataja managed to win fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Joensuun Kataja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Todd Hendley (206-84, college: NC-Wilmington) scored 24 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 24 points and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Jeremy Price (203-88, college: Georgia, agency: Strategic Sports) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international swingman Samuel Haanpaa (203-86) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains fourth position with 22-16 record. Joensuun Kataja at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu are looking forward to face LrNMKY (#7) in Lappeenranta in the next round. Joensuun Kataja will play at home against Namika Lahti (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: C.Hannah 24+2reb+4ast, T.Hendley 24+7reb, K.Beidler 16+5reb+1ast, J.Eskola 12+3reb+1ast, A.Huuskonen 7+1reb+1ast, H.Hirvikoski 4+4reb+2ast
Kataja: J.Price 17+10reb, A.Kanervo 14+1reb, B.Walker 13+3reb+2ast, S.Haanpaa 11+5reb+2ast, E.Kajander 8+3reb, I.Pehkonen 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 141830


Pyrinto - LrNMKY 100-91

Rather predictable result when third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (26-12) defeated at home 7th ranked LrNMKY (16-22) 100-91. LrNMKY was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 54-38 second half run of Tampereen Pyrinto. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to LrNMKY's 30 and made 27-of-35 charity shots (77.1 percent) during the game. LrNMKY was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) notched 32 points to lead the effort and the other American import forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) supported him with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 19 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for LrNMKY. The former international forward Pasi Riihela (199-75) added 18 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Nilan Bisons. LrNMKY at the other side keeps the seventh position with 22 games lost. They share it with Salon Vilpas. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against Kouvot (#9) in Kouvola in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LrNMKY will play at home against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: A.Williams 32+2reb+2ast, K.Lowe 17+2reb+4ast, A.Lehto 12+3reb+1ast, D.Williams 12+9reb+5ast, O.Ahvenniemi 8+5reb+1ast, J.Harjula 6+1reb
LrNMKY: L.Hamm 19+7reb+1ast, P.Riihela 18+6reb+1ast, T.Tiedeman 14+4reb+2ast, D.Haynes 12+5reb+7ast, M.Ojala 9+2reb, H.Valimaa 6+1reb
gschID: 141831


ToPo - Kouvot 86-89

Important game to mention about took place in Helsinki. Ninth ranked Kouvot (14-24) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Torpan Pojat (20-18) 89-86 on Friday evening. Strangely Torpan Pojat outrebounded Kouvot 35-18 including a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 17 long-distance shots on high 63.0 percentage. American guard Josh Gonner (188-82, college: S.Carolina) notched 29 points to lead the effort and guard Ilari Seppala (190-93) supported him with 20 points. Even a double-double of 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) did not help to save the game for Torpan Pojat. Forward Carl Lindbom (204-91) added 18 points and 9 rebounds. Four Kouvot and five Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kouvot maintains ninth position with 14-24 record. Torpan Pojat lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 18 games lost. Kouvot will play against higher ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Torpan Pojat will play against Salon Vilpas and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: J.Gonner 29+3reb+3ast, I.Seppala 20+3ast, A.Brown 14+2reb+4ast, A.Nikkarinen 12+4reb+4ast, A.Akpaso 5, A.Perttu 5+3reb+1ast
ToPo: J.Hawkins 19+11reb+4ast, C.Lindbom 18+9reb+1ast, J.Wilson 13+1reb+3ast, K.Muurinen 12+3reb, T.Heinonen 11+5reb, C.Griffin 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 141832


Nilan Bisons - Salon Vilpas 88-80

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Salon Vilpas (16-22) was defeated on the road by third ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (26-12) 88-80. After very bad start, Salon Vilpas stormed back in the second period cutting the deficit to 2 points 47-45. But it was not enough and Loimaan Korikonkarit took back the control in second half. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Forward Matti Nuutinen (200-90) notched 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) supported him with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Even 19 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) by American guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) did not help to save the game for Salon Vilpas. His fellow American import forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) added 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. Salon Vilpas' coach Mikko Tupamaki tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Loimaan Korikonkarit moved-up to second place, which they share with Pyrinto. Salon Vilpas at the other side keeps the seventh position with 22 games lost. They share it with LrNMKY. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play against UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Salon Vilpas will play at home against Torpan Pojat in Helsinki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 21+6reb+3ast, M.Nuutinen 21+9reb, J.Ivey 18+3reb+5ast, M.Koivisto 9+2reb+3ast, C.Jones 6+2reb+1ast, M.Nunnally 6+6reb
Salon Vilpas: E.Holloway 19+3reb+4ast, J.Fields 15+5reb, A.Durham 14+7reb, R.Ahonen 12+4reb+4ast, M.Ahokas 9+2reb+1ast, S.Kaaresvirta 5+1reb+1ast
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KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto scored 100 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 38-39/40: The regular season will be over soon (April 4). Tonight Pyrinto (Tampere) scored 100 points when defeating YMCA Lappeenranta 100-91 (46-53). Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) scored game high 32 points. Karhu (Kauhajoki) upset Kataja (Joensuu) 90-70 (43-36). Todd Hendley (206-F-84, college: NC-Wilmington) and Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.) netted both 24 pts for the hosts. Jeremy Price (203-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) led Kataja with a double-double 17pts/10rbs. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tenn-Martin) DNP. KTP (Kotka) beat UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 97-84 (54-49). Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) led KTP with 37 points and nine rebounds. Bisons (Loimaa) won over Vilpas (Salo) 88-80 (47-45) and Torpan Pojat suffered the only home loss of the evening, when Kouvot from Kouvola came and won after 17 lead changes and seven ties 86-89 (45-44). Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) made the winning 3-pointer four seconds before the final buzzer.
Pyrinto - YMCA LPR 100-91 (46-53). (Antwine Williams 32, Kenneth Lowe 17, Damon Williams 12/9/5a - Lawrence Hamm 19/7, Pasi Riihela 18, Tyler Tiedeman 14. A: 822).
Karhu - Kataja 90-70 (43-36). (Todd Hendley 24/7, Clevin Hannah 24, Kelly Beidler 16 - Jeremy Price 17/10, Antti Kanervo 14, BA Walker 13. A: 782).
KTP - UU-Korihait 97-84 (54-49). (Tim Blue 37/9, Tony Crocker 23, Juho Lehtoranta 12 - Nigel Moore 17/10, Jonathan Heard 17, Cedric Latimer 17. A: 1038).
Bisons - Vilpas 88-80 (47-45). (Matti Nuutinen 21/9, Martin Zeno 21, Jeb Ivey 18 - Emmanuel Holloway 19, John Fields 15, Allen Durham 14. A: 910).
ToPo - Kouvot 86-89 (45-44). (Justin Hawkins 19/11, Carl Lindbom 18, Josh Wilson 13 - Josh Gonner 29, Ilari Seppala 20, Anthony Brown 14. A: 942).



Road to the Playoffs - by Jared Newson

Well, monday we clinched first place for the regular season. In every sport you ultimately want to finish in first or at least as best as you can. This is a great accomplishment for our team and the city of Joensuu. We had a stint at the beginning of the month where we lost three consecutive road games. Earlier in the start of the season we also had lost three consecutive road games and then went on to win 19 straight games. At times i cant say that i am totally pleased how we play but we manage to win games and thats a good thing. The good teams make you pay for the mishaps and the mistakes you make and thats where our loses come from. Its hard for me to explain to the people who follow me behind the scenes and supporters who only look at eurobasket to check stats and see that my performance has went down. As a leader you have to make a sacrifice. Mid-season we acquired two new additions. With these two additions i knew that things would change a little bit. My touches would be decreased and our style of basketball would change a bit. Yes i went from 19.5 to 18.1 ppg, yes i went from 9.5 to 8.7 rebs per game. But yes we are still in first place. I havent changed as a player. Im still that person who was leading the league in double doubles, my percentages are still high and my efficiency is still high. Just the touches arent as much as they were. Some people dont understand and wouldnt be happy about it if they were in my position. In the beginning it was slightly frustrating but at the end of the day im here for ONE goal. WINNING. So if at the end of the day, my touches get decreased and we win it all then im all for it. Theres two rounds i believe left in the regular season. Teams are still fighting for spots, trying to implement new tactics, getting players healthy, and trying to finish as strong as they can. It will be interesting how things turn out and who faces who for the playoffs. Its getting a little warmer now so that means i can pack up these thermals and wool gloves and bring out the V-neck white tees and fitted shirts. Naw, its not that hot yet but at least i can pack these winter clothes up. To the NCAA. Im happy i didnt fill out a bracket this year cause after the first round i probably wouldve been throwing things around my apartment. Im a UCONN fan and after they lost i was happy for all of the other upsets. I dont have any favorites to win it all right now, im just being a basketball fan and watching. Whoever wins i will be happy for them and keep it moving. While i have the time i want to say congratulations to my old team Brose Baskets Bamberg in germany for winning the cup for the second year in a row. They are having a hell of a season and are the favorites to win it all once again. Before i go, make sure you buy your Kataja Baskets Basketball Calender to help support our junior teams. Its NOT your typical calender. If you have one already then you know what im talking about.

God Bless
'Excellence is not a habit, but and act'

Jared Newson



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Limoges 22-6 
 2. Boulazac 21-7 
 3. Chalons-Reims 19-9 
 4. Maurienne 18-10 
 5. Fos Ouest 18-10 
 6. Lille 15-12 
 7. Boulogne 15-13 
 8. Bordeaux 15-13 
 9. Bourg 13-15 
 10. Antibes 13-15 
 11. St Vallier 13-15 
 12. Evreux 13-15 
 13. Nantes 12-16 
 14. Le Portel 10-18 
 15. Denain 10-18 
 16. Rouen 10-18 
 17. Quimper 7-20 
 18. Vichy 7-21 
 19. St Etienne 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 30: Chalons-Reims - Boulazac 90-69
Mar. 30: Denain - St Vallier 81-82
Mar. 30: Nantes - Boulogne 77-83
Mar. 30: Antibes - Vichy 73-57
Mar. 30: Evreux - Limoges 71-82
Mar. 30: Le Portel - Bourg 68-76
Mar. 30: Fos Ouest - Rouen 66-83
Mar. 30: Maurienne - Bordeaux 116-108 OT
Mar. 31: Quimper - Lille


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Rouen
  (189-SG-85)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Siggers, Rouen18.4 
 2. Davis, Le Portel17.6 
 3. McCray, Boulogne17.1 
 4. Brown, Maurienne16.8 
 5. Denave, St Vallier16.4 
 6. Wood, Evreux16.4 
 7. Monroe, Boulazac15.7 
 8. Osby, Maurienne15.6 
 9. Cunningham, Borde.15.5 
 10. Carter, Chalons-.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Massie, Limoges11.6 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.6 
 3. Rossiter, Denain9.7 
 4. Osby, Maurienne9.6 
 5. Monroe, Boulazac9.6 
 6. Daniels, Chalons-.8.5 
 7. Barro, Bourg8.4 
 8. Allen, Antibes8.3 
 9. Badiane, Nantes8.3 
 10. Brown, Maurienne7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Taylor, Le Portel7.0 
 2. Rowland, Evreux5.5 
 3. Mullins, Chalons-.5.4 
 4. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.3 
 5. Copeland, Bourg5.3 
 6. Patiejunas, Rouen5.1 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux5.1 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.7 
 9. Mouillard, Quimper4.7 
 10. Sauret, Lille4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Charles, Nantes2.4 
 2. McCray, Boulogne2.4 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.1 
 4. Rowland, Evreux1.9 
 5. Paelay, Quimper1.9 
 6. Eito, Vichy1.9 
 7. Allen, Antibes1.9 
 8. Mullins, Chalons-.1.9 
 9. Denave, St Vallier1.7 
 10. Taylor, Le Portel1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 2. Jefferson, Vichy1.6 
 3. Osby, Maurienne1.4 
 4. Ford, Bordeaux1.0 
 5. Massie, Limoges1.0 
 6. Fields, Nantes1.0 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac1.0 
 8. Daniels, Chalons-.0.9 
 9. Barrett, St Vallier0.9 
 10. Barro, Bourg0.8 


Standings - N1

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

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 30: Angers BC 49 - Clermont 83-78 OT
Mar. 30: Lievin - Souffel 45-53
Mar. 31: Cognac - St Quentin
Mar. 31: Brest - Le Puy
Mar. 31: Orchy - Blois
Mar. 31: Charleville - Roche
Mar. 31: Montbrison - CFBB
Mar. 31: Chartres - Rueil
Mar. 31: Sorgues - Challans


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.4 
 2. Bigote, Cognac17.5 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest16.8 
 4. Petrovic, Orchy16.8 
 5. Pearson, Angers B.16.8 
 6. Almanson, Challans16.6 
 7. Bluntt, Orchy16.3 
 8. Herard, Challans16.0 
 9. Thomas, Roche15.8 
 10. Belser, Charlevil.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 12
 1. Kaunisto, Blois12.0 
 2. Caskill, Cognac10.2 
 3. Jaiteh, CFBB10.1 
 4. Pearson, Angers B.9.0 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin8.3 
 6. Avramovic, Chart.8.1 
 7. Toney, Charleville8.0 
 8. Cabarkapa, Rueil8.0 
 9. Pridotkas, Brest7.7 
 10. McClark, Clermont7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.4 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.3 
 3. Barbry, Orchy4.7 
 4. Godin, Cognac4.6 
 5. Daube, Le Puy4.6 
 6. Brochard, Blois4.6 
 7. Ball, St Quentin4.5 
 8. Dessart, Lievin4.4 
 9. Berquier, Chartres4.3 
 10. Tillon, Montbrison4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.1 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.1 
 3. Ball, St Quentin1.9 
 4. Pistre, Charleville1.9 
 5. Bichard, St Quentin1.8 
 6. Koundjia-S., Le Puy1.7 
 7. Dessart, Lievin1.6 
 8. Bigote, Cognac1.6 
 9. Daube, Le Puy1.6 
 10. Merie, Chartres1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Alingue, Souffel1.8 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.6 
 3. Caskill, Cognac1.5 
 4. Davis, Blois1.5 
 5. Morin, CFBB1.4 
 6. Traore, Angers B.1.3 
 7. Sanborn, Lievin1.3 
 8. Diame, Rueil1.1 
 9. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 
 10. Tornato, Blois1.0 



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


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

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

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.). He led Lokomotiv to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-7) 89-85 in the Russian PBL in Friday night's game. Massey was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds. Massey also added 5 assists in 38 minutes on the court. Lokomotiv Kuban (8-6) is placed fourth in the PBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Massey is currently sixth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.7apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 57.0%(57-100), 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 64.7% in the 14 games he played so far. Massey is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Massey played also for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2009. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans). McCalebb led his Italian team Montepaschi Siena to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked Olympiakos (3-3) 81-80 in the Euroleague last Friday. He was the best player in that game. McCalebb scored 21 points. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group F. Montepaschi Siena (4-2) is placed first. McCalebb is ranked first on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. McCalebb averages: 17.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 65.6%(84-128), 3FGP: 52.9%(18-34) and FT: 83.3%. He is a naturalized American. Despite McCalebb played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Apparently McCalebb has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket) faced previously mentioned Bo McCalebb in the Euroleague last game. Antic, who plays in Greece. He could not help Olympiakos (3-3) in their last game. Despite Antic's good performance the second-placed Olympiakos was edged 81-80 on the road by the leading Montepaschi Siena in the group E of Euroleague. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. It's Antic's first season with the team. This year Antic's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 43.5%, 3FGP: 26.7% and FT: 77.4% in the 19 games. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Despite Antic played previously for the Bulgarian national team, he is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #4. Point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) led Air Avellino to a 1-point victory against the 12th-ranked Angelico Biella (11-14) 71-70 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Green scored 12 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 7 assists and stole 4 balls. Sidigas Avellino (13-12) is placed eighth in the SerieA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Green is currently first on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (third place). This season he has very high stats. Green averages: 15.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.2apg and 2.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Green played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster. Interesting that Green has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #5. International point guard Vlado Ilievski (189-80, agency: World Sport Agency) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremiah Massey. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Ilievski led his Russian team Lokomotiv to a victory against the closely-ranked Khimky (5-1) 81-77. He scored 11 points in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group L. Lokomotiv Kuban (4-2) is placed first. This year Ilievski's total stats are: 4.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.2apg in the five games. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Slovenian. Despite Ilievski played previously for the Slovenian national team, he is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

Darius Washington
Darius Washington
   #6. Point guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) was the major contributor in a Turk Telekom's victory against the 13th-ranked Olin Edirne (7-17) 77-69 in the Turkish TBL on Saturday night. Washington scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Turk Telekom Ankara (11-13) is placed ninth in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Washington is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (seventh place). This season he has very high stats. Washington averages: 16.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Washington played previously for the USA national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster. However Washington has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #7. International guard Vojdan Stojanovski (193-87) contributed to a 2-point BC Donetsk's victory against the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas (4-2) 80-78 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. He scored 11 points in a mere 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. BC Donetsk (5-1) is placed first. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Stojanovski has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 1.4spg in the seven games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Stojanovski is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

Damjan Stojanovski
Damjan Stojanovski
   #8. Forward Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) contributed to a Lukoil Academik's victory against the closely-ranked Levski Sofia (18-5) 62-53 in a derby game in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. He scored 8 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lukoil Academik Sofia (21-2) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Stojanovski has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 2.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Stojanovski is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

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

Blagoj Janev
Blagoj Janev
   #10. Forward Blagoj Janev (203-84, college: New Hampshire) helped Thor Thorl win their game against the closely-ranked Haukar (15-13) 85-79 in the Icelandic Express League in Thursday night's game. Janev recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Thor Thorl (15-7) is placed third in the Express League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Janev has very high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg and 6.5rpg. Despite Janev played previously for the Australian U21 national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Michael Wilkinson (204-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) was not able to secure a victory for Unics Kazan in their game against Regal FC Barcelona in the Euroleague. Wilkinson cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 15 minutes. His team lost 56-67. Wilkinson has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 4.8rpg in the 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Wilkinson used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team seven years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Todorce Petkovski (200-80) helped Srbija win their game against the sixth-ranked Solna Branten 76-67 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Saturday night. Petkovski recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds. Petkovski is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders. This season he has very high stats. Petkovski averages: 16.1ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Petkovski is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

   #13. Former international forward Nenad Zivcevic (204-87) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Sundsvall Dragons in their game against LF Basket in the Swedish Basketligan. He scored only 4 points in 19 minutes. His team was crushed by 33 points 85-52. Zivcevic has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.0apg in the 14 games. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team seven years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Jovan Zdravevski (197-80) couldn't help Stjarnan in their game against Grindavik in the Icelandic Express League. Zdravevski recorded 6 points and had 3 steals. His team was defeated 89-80. He has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.4apg. Despite Zdravevski played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the FYR Macedonian national team roster.

   #15. Former international forward Milos Pejanovic managed to help Mladost Cacak in a 1-point victoryagainst the seventh-ranked Crnokosa 78-77 in the Serbian B League (second division) on Saturday night. Pejanovic scored 5 points and added 4 assists in 32 minutes. He has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.4apg in the 18 games. Pejanovic used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team five years ago.



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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. Armia 18-0 
 2. Kutaisi 15-4 
 3. Olimpi 14-3 
 4. MIA Academy 10-7 
 5. Sokhumi 10-8 
 6. Dinamo Tbilisi 9-8 
 7. Samedicino 7-11 
 8. TSU Tbilisi 6-11 
 9. STU Tbilisi 5-13 
 10. Batumi 2-16 
 11. Rustavi 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 30: Batumi - Armia 87-110
Mar. 30: Kutaisi - STU Tbilisi 81-54
Mar. 31: Olimpi - Dinamo Tbilisi
Mar. 31: MIA Academy - Samedicino
Mar. 31: TSU Tbilisi - Rustavi


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Blair, MIA Academy27.5 
 2. Kreps, MIA Academy23.1 
 3. Carter, Dinamo T.23.1 
 4. Parghalava, Sokhu.22.4 
 5. Patsatsia, Sokhumi20.9 
 6. Smith, MIA Academy18.7 
 7. Chikviladze, Samed.17.6 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi17.6 
 9. Niniashvili, TSU T.17.3 
 10. Thomas, Armia17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.13.6 
 2. Patsatsia, Sokhumi10.2 
 3. Smith, MIA Academy9.5 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.9.5 
 5. Bekauri, Samedicino9.4 
 6. Milutinovic, Olimpi9.3 
 7. Hoger, Olimpi9.2 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi8.8 
 9. Niniashvili, TSU T.8.5 
 10. Machaladze, STU8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi9.1 
 2. Blair, MIA Academy6.5 
 3. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.5 
 4. Mikeladze, Batumi5.5 
 5. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.4 
 6. Artsividze, Rustavi5.1 
 7. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.8 
 8. Bakradze, Dinamo T.4.3 
 9. Kreps, MIA Academy4.1 
 10. Pashayev, Kutaisi3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.6 
 2. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.6 
 3. Ramishvili, Batumi2.5 
 4. Beruashvili, STU T.2.3 
 5. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 6. Diaz, Armia2.0 
 7. Chachanidze, Rust.1.9 
 8. Patsatsia, Sokhumi1.9 
 9. Antadze, STU T.1.9 
 10. Mikeladze, Batumi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BEKAURI
  Samedicino
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bekauri, Samedicino2.4 
 2. Kjellbom, Armia1.6 
 3. Toudjani, MIA A.1.5 
 4. Beruashvili, STU T.1.4 
 5. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.3 
 6. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.3 
 7. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.3 
 8. Hoger, Olimpi1.1 
 9. Machaladze, STU T.1.0 
 10. Shermadini, TSU T.0.9 



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Regionalliga stars: Ricky Easterling - by Moritz Korff

It was just another regular game. Ricky Easterling (188-G-83, college: Bridgewater) dropped 39 points on ASC Theresianum Mainz to lead his TV Saarlouis team to a 104-103 overtime win last weekend - the 10th W of the season for the Royals. If you are known as a big time scorer, 39 points might remain almost unnoticed. They shouldn't. But basketball fans who have been following Easterling since he started his overseas career in 2006, are used to it. In the first meeting with Mainz earlier this season the Baltimore, Md., native put up 47 points on 20-for28-shooting, in early February he exploded with 48 points against the Schwenningen Panthers and in 2008 he even scored 56 points to guide his team past Hanau and secured his team a spot in the 1. Regionalliga South-West. Ricky Easterling can score the basketball.

In his first RLSW season (2008-09) he averaged 28 points per contest, followed by 32.3 ppg in 2009-10. During this past campaign he had to share scoring duties with Mensah Taylor, but still chipped in with close to 24 points a game. This year it's all Easterling again. With an average of 33.7 points an encounter he is exactly 20 points ahead of Hari Mujkanovic (202-C-88), the second leading scorer on the Royals' squad. The question is: Where does his firepower stem from? 'College is when I think I developed my scoring mentality. My college coach came to me after my freshmen year and told me that he likes how I play, because I contributed to the team in multiple ways. But we had a All American on our team that was graduating, who took care of most of the scoring responsibilities. So with him being gone, he needed for me to be the main offensive treat for the team in order for us to be successful. From that point on I concentrated on becoming a big scoring threat, and this roll has followed me to this day', Easterling says. Back in his college days at NCAA Division 3 school Bridgewater (VA) he also found out, that waiting behind the three point line and and lighting it up from long range, wouldn't be his desired style of play. Though shooting a descent percentage from beyond the arc (36%, 49-136 during his NCAA career) for the Eagles, nowadays the vast majority of his scoring will happen inside the half-circle. Up to today Easterling has collected 741 points this season, only 21 of them came from three point territory. 'With my style of play I am not looking to shoot a three pointer unless I have to. I am able to use my abilities to find openings in the mid-range area of the court, where I am most effective shooting the ball', he explains.

Over the years, the opposing teams have worked out tons of defensive sets and strategies to keep him in check. But Easterling always seems to find a way. In the course of this current season he only scored less than 20 points once, but still managed to finish this particular game with 16. Easterling: 'We have a great coach by the name of Chris Cummings, so we as a team are aware of the situation that teams might come out and double team me. In practice we prepare ourselves to be ready for this situation. So in the game me and my teammates are able to get me where I need to be to score for our team.' Obviously his ability to put the ball through the hoop can't be denied, but did you know that Easterling also dishes out 4.5 assists per contest? Not to mention his 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals a game: 'I would like people to look at me as a all around player, because for my team I score, distribute the ball to others, rebound, and contribute on the defensive end by forcing turnovers and making stops. But to single out a single part of the game where I think I do not get enough credit for is my passing. In previous years as well as this year I am at the top of the league in assists. I also spend a lot of time in practice concentrating on my passing. So in games I can create oppurtunities for my teammates to score easy baskets. Chris is often telling me that the scoring part of my game is ok, but in order to become a better player I must improve on other areas of my game.'

Five years in Saarlouis - five years with Coach Chris Cummings. The native of New York was a long time professional basketball player in Europe himself and brought Easterling to the small town near the French border, when he took over as the head coach of the Royals. While working with Coach Cummings is one reason for Easterling to remain loyal to the club for so many years, there are some others as well: 'I have been given offers to play for other teams in higher leagues, but none of these offers have been good enough to make me leave the great situation I have in Saarlouis. Even though the city is small, there are many things to do to keep me busy on my down time. Saarlouis is a beautiful city and the Altstadt is amazing. When the weather is nice many people are in the Altstadt, sitting outside, having lunch or just enjoying the sun. I would not mind coming back to Saarlouis for a sixth season. I have really enjoyed these five years, so why not come back for a sixth.' While the Royals were close to earning promotion to the 2. Bundesliga Pro B last season and finished the RLSW in second place, things have gotten more roudy this time around. Standing at a record of 10-13 the Saarlouis team has slipped from previous heights: 'We lost many players from last years team because of the new foreigner rule. So we had to find a new way of doing things on the court, because of the personnel change. It has been a bumpy road this season for us but I think we finally understand what we need to do individually and collectively in order to succeed as a team', he says. It looks like Easterling might be up to some more high scoring affairs this season...



Ratiopharm Ulm Bring In Kelvin Torbert - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

One thing that 2011-2012 fairytale team ratiopharm have had fortune with this season hasnt been getting infected too much with the injury bug, but with one month to go in the regular season, the injury bug has caught ex Oklahoma Sooner star Tommy Mason Griffin who has a irration in his knee and will need to be operated next week. With this dent in the guard rotation, ratiopharm needed to react. 'Our fight for position 2 will be more difficult due to this', added ratiopharm ulm manager Thomas Stoll The team reacted by hauling in Kelvin Torbert (193-G-83, college: Michigan St.) who will act as a stand by player. Torbert is a 28 year old 193cm guard from Flint, Michigan who has had experience in the Beko BBL as he had a try out with BBC Bayreuth the start of the season This season the American played for Toros Nuevo Laredo (Mexico-LNBP) 3 games: 13.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.7spg, in Dec.'11 signed at Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-D1), left in Feb.'12. he is expected in Ulm on Sunday, but not expected to play against the Fraort Skyliners.

He played at Michigan State with NBA players like Maurice Ager, Allan Anderson and Shannon Brown reaching the Elite 8 in 2003. He has had a healthy professional career since 2005. In the 2005-2006 season, he played for : JL Bourg Basket (France-ProA, starting five): 33 games: 11.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 78.4%. In the 2006-2007 season, he played for Euphony Bree (Belgium-D1): 36 games: Score-5 (15.9ppg), 3.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 58.0%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 58.0%. In the 2007-2008 season, he played for Paris-Levallois (France-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 7.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 77.4%. From 2008-2010, he played for Dexia Mons-Hainaut (Belgium-D1). In 2010-2011, he played for Iraklis Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five), in Oct.'10 left the team, in Nov.'10 moved to Ural Ekaterinburg (Russia-Superleague, starting five): 31 games: 12.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 76.2%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS 2001 Sporting News Player of the Year, HS 2001 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year, HS 2001 USA Today First-Team All-American, HS State of Michigan's Mr. Basketball in 2001, HS 2001 Parade Magazine All-American, HS 2001 McDonald's All-American, NCAA Elite Eight -03, Big 10 Conf. Tournament Semifinals -04, 05, All-Big 10 Conf. Honorable Mention -04, Big Ten Regular Season Runner-Up -05, NCAA Tournament Final Four -05, French LNB All-Star Game -06, French La Semaine des AS Cup Finalist -06, Belgian League Finalist -07, 09, Eurobasket.com, All-Belgian League 2nd Team -07, Eurobasket.com Belgian League All-Imports 2nd Team -07, Belgian League Regular Season Runner-Up -09, Belgian Cup Semifinals -10, Russian Superleague Semifinals -11, and Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague 2nd Team -11.

Source: www.ulm-news.de





Can The Fraport Skyliners Put A Little Dent Into The 2011-2012 ratiopharm Ulm Fairytale On Sunday? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Sometimes basketball fairy tales come to an abrupt end just like a Derrick Rose floater lay up attempt that is swatted away by Dwight Howard into Lake Michigan or former German president Christian Wulf waking up again in Niedersachsen instead of every morning in Schloss Bellevue and another very sympathetic basketball figure Mike Taylor had to experience his fairytale ending last spring having to hand over the reigns shortly before the season ended. Taylor had arrived in Ulm in 2003 and built up that basketball program leading their basketball farytale into the Beko BBL in 2006 and reaching one playoff in the 2008-2009 season. He was known as a players coach who had been an importnat part of the rise and development of German national players Robin Benzing and Per Guenther. Now less than a year after his departure, the team hasnt had a slow rebuilding process, but instead have risen instantly starting a new basketball fairytale as Thorsten Leibenath who has always been known as a talented coach has finally made his break through after failing in Giessen and Artland. Ratiopharm Ulm is quietly becoming a team you might want to love after your favorite team and even though this fairytale may not be the equvialent of Linsanity, ratiopharm Ulm fans may not admit it, but Ulmsanity is dancing in their thoughts. After a great game against the Brose Baskets Bamberg at the 2012 Beko BBL cup semi final where they were as close to winning as Ohio State is to reaching the 2012 NCAA final, but losing 99-96 in OT, the ratiopharm Ulm fairytale will continue to carry on into the playoffs and it is as refreshing as seeing an unknown name like Sergio Perez getting second place at the Formula One in Malaysia. 'Before the season started no one would have thought that ratiopharm Ulm would be so good. A story like this happens almost every season when a team found the right mix of players. They are playing loose and all accept their roles and know them. Every once in a while some guys need to do more, but each guy knows exactly what they have and are allowed to do. The key position is the point guard position with Per Guenther. He brings exactly what the team needs and so they can play more international players at each position like Bamberg can with Germans like Tibor Pleiss and Karsten Tadda', expressed Lti Giessen 46er Achmadschah Zazai.

From 2003-2011, the names Mike Taylor and ratiopharm Ulm stuck belonged as tightly together as German beer and lederhosen in Bavaria, Franz Beckenbauer and football club Bayern Munich, Red Auerbach and the Boston Celtics and Paris Hilton and outrageously big sunglasses. The Pennsylvania native Taylor achieved massive success in the Schwabenland leading the club he cherished into the Beko BBL in 2006 and into the playoffs in 2009. In April 2011, came the sudden and unexpected split by management and the gregarious American. It seemed like Mike T as many called him was on the verge of a contract extension, but there came a rift and he was gone quicker than Shaq can eat a Big Mac and is famous slogan GO ULM was history. Taylor not only is classified as an Ulm basketball legend, but will always be remembered for his wide smile that could compete for best smile with ex Giessen 46er Michael Jordan and for being able to develop and secure playing time for young German talents like Robin Benzing, Per Guenther and Sebastian Betz. It was a shame that management didnt allow Taylor to coach the last home game of the season, but nothing is fair even in the basketball world. I think Mike was a face for the Ulm team for years and he is a respected coach in the BBL and around the world for basketball. He did a great job while he was there and I think he was important but sometimes the way this profession works sometimes change is needed, stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum.

Last season, ratiopharm Ulm finished a less than satisfying season at 14th place with a record of 12-22. They started off the season with a four game losing streak and right away were reeling to get out of the Beko BBL cellar. The team simply wasnt consistent and really missed having a comfortable 6-7 game winning streak. It also didnt help matters that they closed out the season losing 10 of their last 12 games. It was no secret that the team was capable of putting up many points putting up 80 or more points 19 times. Many of their box scores read like NBA scores, but Ulm often was simply outshot. They also had problems closing out games losing six times by five or less points. The club was simply unable to get their offense and defense on the same page last season. Differences to last years team are noticeable. I think they are solid in more positions this season and dont have any let ups when someone comes in the game. They are a deeper team and have more options. As far as style goes I just think they are more patient and get the most out of each possession. They are a better defensive team and they have a lot more structure as well, added John Bynum.

Ratiopharm Ulm moved out of the beloved tiny Kuhberg halle which was always like hell for opponents, because at times it felt like the fans were sitting in the laps of the players or were a secret sixth man on the court, simply because the fans are so close to the floor. On December 10th the team moved into the new 6,200 arena which seats double as much as the Kuhberg arena and have a9-1 record since, but are pretty tough on the road as well boasting a 11-4 record. As a result, the team budget was doubled to three million euros. With the departure of Taylor came a known face in the beko BBL with Thorsten Leibenath. The German has a lot to prove, because this will be his third team he is running in the Beko BBL and will be best remembered for missing the playoffs two consecutive times with The Artland Dragons that had two deep talented rosters and playoffs written all over, but instead missing the playoffs on the last day each time and sending Dragon fans to the cafes early to talk over their basketball misery over coffee. Leibenath started his head coaching career in reaching the British BBL final in 2007 after being assistant coach in Giessen for many years. He now started a new coaching gig in Ulm and has showed that he has matured as a coach keeping ratiopharm Ulm very consistent and behind the Brose Baskets Bamberg at times this season with Alba Berlin wondering if they are seated in a very unentertaining movie without salted popcorn. Ratiopharm Ulm did a massive summer cleaning keeping only Americans John Bryant, Rocky Trice and Tommy Mason Griffin and Germans Per Guether and Sebastian Betz. Guys like Robin Benzing, Coleman Collins, Lee Humphrey, Sean Sonderleiter and Travis Walton all departed.
The team brought in a healthy core of Americans with double double candidate Dane Watts, scorer Isiah Swann, Beko BBL veteran Steven Esterkamp that gets another chance after sitting out a year and playing in the PRO A with Essen last season and Skyliner Jon Leuer teammate at Wisconsin Keaton Nankivil. On paper the club looks like a playoff team, but ratiopharm Ulm manager Thomas Stoll is careful not to get too excited. The league is stronger this year. Of course the fans can dream of the playoffs, but we just want to finish better than 14th place last season, stressed Thomas Stoll. We want to win more games than we lose. Maybe we can be near the playoffs, added ratiopharm Ulm head coach Thorsten Leibenath at the start of the season. The Ulm fans were dreaming of the playoffs after the strong 3-1 start. The club started the season with an impressive win in Bayreuth possibly the loudest arena in the league, then came home and beat playoff candidate Artland Dragons, then lost by a slim margin of 64-59 showing that they already have understood how to play strong defense early in the season against the leagues best Bamberg and then beat the always tough defensive minded TBB Trier on the road getting a monster game from John Bryant with 27 points, 16 rebounds and five assists. Instead of suffering a tail spin the team has been strong all season having winning streaks of seven, six and five games. They are a solid team with some great players at each position. They will be a team in my opinion that will be in the playoffs if they continue to get better and work together as a team. I wouldnt call them a sleeper anymore but I am sure no one expected a lot from them this season. I do think they can make a push for the playoffs and I think they have great guard play and solid back ups at each position. They have guys who can shoot the ball and a great inside game with Bryant in the middle. As far as weaknesses the only thing I see would be what would happen if Bryant or Watts both got into foul trouble at the same time, warned John Bynum. The secret to the success has been a combination of coach Leibentah who found the right mix to follow his system and a group of nonselfish players that play for each other and always want to win. Before the season, Leibenath was humble suggesting he wanted to win more games than he lost. Now a month before the playoffs, he has won four times more than lost. The team is coming off a bitter third place at the 2012 Beko BBL cup where they had Bamberg on th ropes, but lost a bitter 99-96 game in OT. They will be motivated to finish the season strong and get revenge in the playoffs.

Since ratiopharm Ulm entered the Beko BBL in 2006, the Frankfurt Skyliners have a 6-5 record against them. They won in overtime 87-83 in 2007 with Murat Didin. The Eric Chadfield buzzer beater will for some reason always be stuck in the minds of people, which had an eerie similarity to the buzzer beater of Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) against the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg this season. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a positive 2-1 record in the Ballsporthalle. In 2009-2010, Frankfurt lost 74-69, but got a strong game form ex Skyliner Lorenzo Gordon who scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. In the first meeting last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners dominated the game and put on a scoring display led by 23 points by Seth Doliboa as the club prevailed 95-82.Frankfurt shot an astronomical 57% from the field and easily won the rebounding fight 34-25. Ratiopharm Ulm did a great job only having seven turnovers. In the return game in Frankfurt last season, Ratiopharm Ulm lost 84-77 as Skyliner American Seth Doliboa had another monster game pouring home 18 points and 15 rebounds. Last season, Frankfurt lost a 87-82 nail bitter in the Kuhberg arena, but returned home to win 74-67 as Dashaun Wood poured in 17 points and 12 assists. In the first meeting of the season, the Fraport Skyliners lost a winnable game 81-75 in the old Kuhberg Halle where Dane Watts made the two big buckets at the end showing NBA player Jon Leuer that guys from Missouri can play basketball. Ratiopharm Ulm had five guys in double figures, shot better and rebounded better. Frankfurt was led by Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) with 14 points. After the spirited 66-60 win in Artland, the Fraport Skyliners seem to be on a mission to get into the 2012 Beko BBL playoffs no matter what. The team is on a 5 day training camp on the Spanish island Mallorca to add some team building and extra togetherness for the stretch run. The team continues to live from their aggressive defense and will need another top performance against ratiopharm Ulm. Frankfurt has to play there game and keep Bryant out the lane and control the boards and play there tempo. They also have to control Swann and Esterkamp as well. Ulm just has to play their game and go inside out. They have great guard play but they are a great team and I believe they can get a lot out of going inside-out, warned John Bynum. The biggest key for Frankfurt will be containing zeek (Isiah Swann). He has the ultimate green light in Ulm and when he gets hot it can be demoralizing to teams and the game can be over as fast as it started. Do that and keep their home crowd into the game and I think they will have a good chance to pull off an upset that is vital for them in making a push to the playoffs, stressed 2012 Beko BBL cup finalist Tony Gaffney. Fans could see the comeback of Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) who has been out of action since November. The leader of the team who got struck on the knee needed 4 and a half months to recover, but has been practicing with the team since two weeks and looks ready to go on Sunday.

Ratiopharm Ulm is led by Isiah Swann who is a 26 year old guard from Germantown, Maryland and is playing his fourth professional season. He is a athletic, left-handed point guard who is capable of putting up big numbers. He played at Florida State (NCAA) from 2004-2008 reaching the NIT Elite 8 in 2007. In 2008-2009, he started his professional basketball career in Italy for Aget Imola (Italy-Lega2, starting five): 15 games: 13.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg, 3.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 71.9%; left in Jan.'09, in Feb.'09 moved to Harem Scafati (Italy-Lega2): 1 game: 4pts, 1reb, 2steals, 1block; in March '09 signed at Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 13 games: 7.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT-3 (46.3%), FT: 87.5%. In 2009-2010 he played for Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League): 27 games: 8.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 41.5%, 3PT: 42.7%, FT: 81.5%. Last season, he played for Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 3 games: 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, in Dec.'10 moved to Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 24 games: 12.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 84.1%. Currently he is averaging 20,5ppg, 2,3rpg and 1,8apg. John Bryant is a 24 year old 208cm center that was born in Berkeley, California and grew up in San Pablo. He played at Santa Clara university coming in in 2005 as well known players Doron Perkins and Kyle Bailey had just graduated. He played 124 NCAA games getting WCC Player of the Year in 2009. In his last three years, he was able to average double figures in points. In his senior year, he tore up the NCAA playing 33 games: 18.1ppg, 14.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2.5bpg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 78.7%. In 2009 he was drafted by the Erie BayHawks (D-League,2rd (31) and played 48 games: 13.2ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 77.6%. In the summer 2010, he played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Milwaukee Bucks). He has a great feel for the game. This is his first season and who would of thought that he would play so well? He stays with his strength and takes high percentage shots. He has a very high basketball IQ with scoring and rebounding. I think that he could compete at any level in the world., stressed ex teammate Travis Walton. Last season for Ulm he played 34 games: 14.6ppg, Reb-1 (10.9rpg), 1.1apg, Blocks-2 (1.5bpg), FGP: 60.4%, FT: 74.2%. Currently Bryant is averaging 13,8ppg, 11,3rpg abd 2,0apg.

Steve Esterkamp is a 30 year old 198cm forward from Cincinnati, Ohio that is playing his ninth season in Germany. He is a great shooter and great competitor, has also a very solid mid-range shot, brings a lot of toughness to his team, is a solid rebounder from the wing position, is a excellent free throw shooter throughout his career, plays always extremely hard and to win, not afraid to take the big shots at the end of the game and always finds ways to get the job done. He is probably best remembered for playing with the Paderborn Baskets from 2004-2009 helping the team reach the beko BBL in 2006 winning 50 games in a row in the second Bundesliga. In Paderborn, he was part of the three Muskeeters with Marius Nolte and Tim Black. Esterkamp played a total of 159 games. In 2009, he helped force Alba Berlin to a 5 game playoff series that they eventually lost. He then went to Bremerhaven in 2009, but got hurt and never played a game there. Last season, he got his career back on track playing for ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProA, starting five): 13 games: 16.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 73.2%. Currently he is averaging 12,5ppg, 3,5rpg and 2,3apg. Per Guenther is a 3year old 185cm point guard that was born in Giessen and grew up in Hagen. He has very good speed and can dribble with both his hands he is very good in shooting from the arc and he has very good organizational skills, he watches the court with one glance and can assist his team-mates on a blind method pretending that he will shoot. He has an inborn charisma of a leader from a young age so he leads his team without having any problem. He played for BBV Hagen from 2003-2006 and with Phoenix Hagen from 2006-2008. In his last season in Hagen, he raised eyebrows with his play playing 29 games: 14.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 55.8%, 3FGP: 35.7%, FT: 80.1%. He has improved his play each season as in 2009-2010 he played 34 games: 6.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 80.3%. Last season, he became into a real scoring option, but still keeping his playmaking qualities in front of him. He got into three games at the World Championships in Turkey in 2010. Last season the German national player played 34 games: 12.4ppg, 1.2rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 84.2%. Currently Guenther is averaging 8,8ppg, 2,8rpg and 3,0apg.

Dane Watts who is a 25 year old 203 cm who is playing his fourth season in Germany and who is a modern day forward doing the job inside and outside. He played at Creighton from 2004-2008 playing with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he averaged 11,3ppg, 6,4rpg and 1,0apg. Last season, he quietly had a very solid BBL rookie season in Ludwigsburg averaging in 20 minutes averaging 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7% in 32 games. It wouldnt be a surprise if most followers of German basketball didnt even know that he led the BBL in field goal percentage at 68%. in 2008-2009 as a rookie. He is a team player that still has a lot of potential and could become a scoring option in Tuebingen. Dane has a lot of potential and has all the qualities that a big player of today needs. He can shoot, is athletic, has good ball handling and defends well, joked Jay Thomas. In 2009-2010, Watts played 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. Currently he is averaging 8,3ppg, 6,0rpg and 1,0apg. The team brought in Keaton Nakivil who is a 22 year old 203cm forward from Madison Wisconsin. At Wisconsin he played together with Skyliner Jon Leuer and played a total of 107 NCAA games. In his senior year, he played 34 games: 9.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 45.7%, FT: 83.8%. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2008 and 2011. Keaton 'The Anvil' Nankivil is going to play a big role in Ulm's success this season. He is a rookie but has been picking up on the European game quickly. He is a team player with high basketball IQ and is automatic from 3pt land. He might drop an anvil on somebody's head in transition this year if they are not careful, stressed teammate Dane Watts.

26 year old 200cm forward Sebastian Betz is a a young, hardworking wing who provides energy, defensive effort and consistent three point shooting. He started his professional basketball career in 2003 with Bamberg playing there until 2008. In five years, he was only able to play four games never being able to shake the Dirk Bauermann rotation. Mike Taylor scooped him up in 2007 and the German is playing his fifth season in Ulm. His best season so far has been 2008-2009 as he played 36 games: 5.2ppg, 1.5rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 54.9%. Last season the German played 34 games: 4.1ppg, 2.8rpg. Currently he is averaging 3,8ppg and 1,3apg. The team brought back 27 year old 191cm forward Rocky Trice from Georgia that is palying his third season in Ulm and could probably make a living touring the world dunking, but is too versatile and valuable to basketball to do that. He was signed shortly before the season started and gives that extra push on defense and on the transition game. He has made a big splash in Germany tearing up the PRO A three years ago with Cuxhaven and two years ago with BG Goettingen leading the team into the playoffs averaging 11.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, Steals-1 (2.6spg), FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 69.6% in 34 games. In 2009-2010 the South Carolina alumnist played 33 games averaing12.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.4spg), FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 28.4%, FT: 75.0%. Last season, he played 24 games: 11.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 78.6%. At the moment the guard is injured. The team also brought back 21 year old 190cm guard Tommy Mason-Griffin who was born in Houston Texas. He came to the team at the end of last season and played 10 games: 5.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 51.2%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%. He James Madison High School / Houston, and hast he distinction of having played only one year of NCAA ball with Oklahoma playing 31 games: 14.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 5apg, FGP: 39.8%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 81.3%. before coming to Ulm, he played shortly with Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 5 games: 2.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.8apg:

The team also has 20 year old 208cm center Michael Wenzl and his two year younger brother Andreas. Michael Wnezel played 4 BEKO BBL games in 2009-2010 averaging 1,0ppg and played for the Basketballakademie Ulm (Oberliga): 21 games: 13.8ppg. Last season for Ulm he played 24 games: 1.3ppg; also a license to play for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (ProB, starting five): 18 games: 10.4ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 53.8%, FT: 49.3%. The team also has 21 year old 196cm shooting guard Marcel Heberlein that started his basketball career in 2007 with TV Konstanz (Regionalliga). He then played for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProB): 3 games: 4.0ppg, 1.0rpg, left in Dec.'09, also played at HolidayCheck Baskets Konstanz (Regionalliga): 25 games: 12.0ppg. Last season he played for ratiopharm Ulm (1.Bundesliga): 5 games: 0.8ppg, also a license to play for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (ProB, starting five): 11 games: 12.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 70.2%, also played at HolidayCheck Baskets Konstanz (ProB): 14 games: 10.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 64.9%. The team also brought in 21 year old 201cm forward Femi Oladipo who has already had many stations in his young career having played for SG Urspringschule/Schelklingen, VFL Stade, Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, BSG Bremerhaven (2. Regionalliga), Oldenburger TB (Germany-Regionalliga) and last season for Crailsheim Merlins (ProA) 27 games: 7.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 57.2%, FT: 40.4%.




The LTi Giessen 46ers Keep Bjoern Harmsen Until 2014 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The LTi Giessen 46ers announced today that head coach Bjoern Harmsen has gotten a contract extension until 2014. Harmsen who came to the LTi Giessen 46ers this season currently has his club resting at position 17 and fighting to remain in the Beko BBL. The current tough situation didnt hinder Giessen mangement from keeping the disciplined coach. '
'We are convinced by the work of Bjoern Harmsen . He works very specific and looks to the future and that is the maximum that we want to follow in the next years. We are looking forward to the working cooperation in the next two seasons', stressed LTi Giessen CEO Heiko Schelberg. Harmsen who has coached Science City Jena and was two years with MBC is happy about staying. 'I am thankful for the trust from management. There were changes here that was important for the future of the club. I am looking forward to the next two seasons as I have understood that Giessen is the place for me. Giessen is a city that has tradition and lives basketball. We want to get back to the type of atmosphere that we had against FC Bayern Munich and build something with that everyone can identify with. The most important thing now is to stay in the league', stressed Bjoern Harmsen .

Source: LTi Giessen 46ers



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Eurobasket Evaluates Panathinaikos's Performances against Maccabi - by Chris Mammides

After two straight negative games against the team which used to be one of the best clients for Obradovic and Panathinaikos team, and in the do or die game, the players of Coach Obradoic showed once more their real powers especially after suffering a double loss in and out in the Games 2 and 3 at both OAKA Arena in Athens, and Nokia Arena, Tel Aviv, Zeljko Obradovic and his troops extraordinarily recoiled and just 48-hours later, came back from the deads in an amazing fourth game where Coach Zoc check-mate (once more) his opponent and rightfully kicked back for the crucial road win 69-78 Game 4 victory, splitting the series at 2-2 apiece with the last game taking place in the fully booked OAKA Arena next week.

Coming into the series as a team which is nearly to the end, the green army will enjoy once more the opportunity to close-out the series next week at OAKA Arena with a possible participation in Turkeys Final 4. With equally tedious and impressive Games 3 and 4 behind, and with the series just possibly crossing the 50 percent mark, Eurobasket evaluates Panathinaikos's players and coaching staff's performances on a 1-10 scale.

Head Coach Zeljko Obradovic : Taken aback by Blatts Games 3 & 4, Zoc took the loss unlike his opponent not personally but as a team, as he does all these 12 years with the Greens. When returning to the team's hotel, Obradovic talked a lot with some of his players in order to boost up their ego and he managed that perfectly as both Calathes and Jasikevicius (0 points in Game 3) were the top performers and the key to the Green success in Tel Aviv earlier tonight.

The elements of the Green architect and his victorious pass by Tel Aviv are basically the following: the Tactics, he concentrated in his defense with solid changes in the pick en roll, something which eliminate Maccabis speed, especially in the first quarter of Game 4, the Israelis and Coach Blat were taken by surprise and were in a total mess and was obvious since the 2nd assist for Maccabi was actually took place in the 33rd minute of the game with a total of 5 while in the Game 3, Maccabis win came with the help of 16 assists!! The 2nd element is Coachs total focus in what he does whether he losses or wins, even though he has been accused for the small rotation of the Greens against Maccabi together with the no time in Logan and the big time for Calathes and Jasikevicius who remain pointless in the Game 3. Last but not least the fact that the Greens eliminate their turnovers into the minimum, just 9 turnovers in Nokia Arena was awesome record
While considerate and execute his astonishing adjustments to perfection in Game 4, Zoc responded with a total coaching perfection against his rival, making the entire European basketball world, specifically, the home teams coaching team and management, remembering why his is at the top of Europe, each and every season. Evaluation 8,5

Aleks Maric: The Serbian center played only 3 minutes in both the games 3 and 4 so he cant be judged, his passion from the bench and his thirst for playing against the players of Maccabi and especially the big guys was more than obvious, since in the Game 3 was not able to give some crucial assistance to his team, Coach Z, preferred to let him on the bench. No Evaluation

Stratos Perperoglou: If Stratos was 100% ready in these games he would have been even better and a bigger thread for the Israelis, his great effectiveness in the scoring and his all around game let him in the crucial Game 4 in the court for more than 24 minutes as Coach Obradovic totally trust him. His great defense against his rivals, his passion and low profile game together with the dirty job in the court for sure give him the title of the secret weapon for Panathinaikos, if Perperoglou and Panathinaikos learned something from the Games 3 and $ is simply to be patient and work hard as this part of the Euroleague has nothing to do with the top 8 or even worst the Top 16 parts. Perperoglous Game 4 was the best game and more mature of the rest in this series, that was the main reason why he replaced totally his team-mate, Sato in the specific game. With 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in the court against Maccabi in Nokia Arena is not bad at all while his one and only turnover is showing how focus he was in the specific game. Evaluation 7.5

Mike Batiste: No one was more aware than Batiste of the risk the Greens face starting Tuesday in Game 3 of a best-of-five playoff tied 1-1. Despite the Game 3 loss, Mike showed poise, patience and maturity on the court. Batiste posted career highs of 6 offensive rebounds and 6 assists in Game 2, but still Panathinaikos lost at home in overtime. Also in that game, he broke the Euroleague's all-time record for two-point baskets this century, 852
In Game 4, Michalis as his team-mates call him, did everything you can't see on the stat sheet, as his 28 minutes in the court with only 4 points and 2 boards recorded are not giving the full picture of this great player, against the big guys of Maccabi, Batiste earned six fouls while his defense over Big Sofo and Hendrix was once more for seminars the veteran beloved American was part of a Panathinaikos team in the exact same situation in 2009 that won back-to-back in Siena and proceeded to take that season's trophy, so he does know quite some things about the game and the way to handle it. Evaluation 7.5

David Logan: The former Caja Laboral player had only 15 active seconds in these two games in Tel Aviv so he cant be judged at all. David is still in the phase where he needs to follow rather than lead in the Greens even though in some games this season was truly amazing. He will be surely giving his assistance in the Game 5 in OAKA as he always plays better in Athens and OAKA. He will not be evaluating for this pair of games.
Romein Sato: The Central African player was not at his best in this pair of games as his participation and his performance was lower than his previous performances. Coach Obradovic does count on him as he is among the players he totally trusts. Sato scored only 4 points in both games and in total of 28 minutes, but he is an all around player and he does a lot of dirty job in the court, moreover is a passionate player and can assist his team-mates with his passion and sportsmanship. Evaluation 5.5

Kostas Tsartsaris : The veteran power forward was a back up in the pair of these games in Tel Aviv and his total time in the court was less than 18 minutes in both games, Smith replaced the Greek international player quite actively so his services whish consider being crucial for Panathinaikos were limited at the specific stage. Kostas is a great performer and he accepts his role in the team with the new elements consist the Greens this season, besides that, the oldest player in Panathinaikos (together with Michalis) is among the key players for the Greens the last decade, this pair of games simply didnt suit him. Evaluation 5

Dimitris Diamantidis: Panathinaiko's and Europes top guard the last decade or so was once more the true leader in the court in both games 3 & 4 and he can be easily compare to a good old bottle of red wine, the older the better. 3D in Game 3 ended the game with 10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and 3 turnovers, while he earned 6 fouls from his opponents in 33.26 minutes in the court, while in Game 4, 3D ended the game with 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers and he won 9 fouls from his opponents in 36.06 minutes in the court. The top defender in Europe did also some really solid job in the defense against all his personal opponents. 3D is the A-Z for Panathinaikos and Obradovic knows that very well, even in his worst night, 3D is better than most of his opponents. The comparison with Ohayon from many Israeli reporters is a total disrespect on what 3D offers in the European courts and at the highest level all these years. Evaluation 8,5

Ian Vougioukas: The Greek international center was the true MVP for the Greens in both the games he played. In the Game 3 and in the defeat of the Greens, Ian was nearly perfect as in his 11 minutes in the court, he scored 11 points and 1 assist in nearly perfect percentages while he earned 3 fouls from his opponents, while in Game 4, Ian scored 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block shot while he earn 7 fouls from his opponents while his defense over Big Sofo was perfect. Ian is a low profile player who at the age of 26 stil improves his game with hard work and with total directions from Obradovic. His playing time is the most productive in terms of minutes to points as his 22 minutes in the court and his 19 points in this pair and against Maccabi in Tel Aviv can easily characterized as remarkable. Evaluation 8

Nick Calathes: Wow, implausible, wonderful, were some of the words needed to describe Calathe's Game 4 performance. A Euroleague seasons high in points with the 15 scored against Maccabi, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals with great offence against Ohayon, the young Greek demolished Maccabi's backcourt who left him unattended due to his poor performance in Game 3 (9 points with 0/3 in 3s and 3/6 in the Free throws, while he added 3 turnovers). In Game 4 though and after the total trust received by his Head Coach, the Greek guard pay-back his coach and his team with a marvelous performance and a total zero turnovers.

There are many talks about Nick Calathes joining NBAs team rising, Calathes made sure to end any doubts of his abilities to play in the magic world of NBA. The last successful Greek point guard to wear NBA's team jersey was Vassilis Spanoulis in his one and only traumatic season in NBA and today seems like the second one will be Calathes on a different perspective and a different target. Evaluation 7,5

Steven Smith: The former top scorer of Greek league (twice with Kolossos and Panellinios) who was among the biggest doubts for the Greens in last Summers transfer as he came to replace the total Green star, Antonis Fotsis, and was accused many times for his inconsistency in the games, was simply marvelous in the Game 4 which was the most crucial for Panathinaikos and Coach Obradovic has to do with this since and even though he was below average in the five minutes play in the defeat of Game 3 (2 rebounds and 1 turnover), Obradovic not only lose faith on him but he actually used him to replace no.4 Tsartsaris in a role which was not used wearing the Green jersey and went great in both edges, defense and offence. The American forward ended the game with 7 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal and a total zero in turnovers, being the top rebounder for the Greens with Kaimakoglou and at the same time offered a great peace of defense over Hendrix and Blu in his 17 minutes in the court.
Despite his lack of height and strength to compete with stronger opponents such as Hendrix, Smith played a vital role for the Greens all due to his Coach and the total believe has on him. The fact that he was over there in all boards and his passion in the game in both edges proves that the American is getting into it and if he continues like that he will earn with his sword his contract, especially if he stabilize his performances like the one of Game 4. Evaluation 7.5

Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83): The most improved and vital player for Panathinaikos, is Kaimakoglou. A strong, low profile player who plays with an unbelievable passion and has a focused obsession in his game, proves once more that the career move he did last season was totally correct and reasonable for the Greek forward. In both Games, Kostas was among the stand-outs for his team, but in Game 4 he was simply a total cracker as he broke all the defenses found from his opponents while his 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 winning fouls were more than crucial for his team. As the season progresses, Kaimakoglou's playing minute's developing into a crucial point of reference for Panathinaikos and Coach Obradovic. Kaimakoglou is a simply soldier in the Greens and he is totally accepting his rolem in each and every game no matter what the game is, thats been said, Kostas was the Top scorer in Game 2 against Maccabi and a real thread for the Israeli basket while in Game 3 had a special role which had nothing to do with scoring. The amazing basketball IQ he has together with his physical strength and the way he is acting in the court is giving him the chance to play even in the shooting guard position as he did in Game 2 while his role in both forwards positions is quite crucial in all aspects for his team. Evaluation 8

Sarunas Jasikevicius: The absolute star of Panathinaikos even at his 36 year of age can prove that no wonder he still consider being among the biggest threads for any team. At the same time as he suffers from the syndrome of the leader he never stops and let down, even though he performed lousy in the Game 3 remain pointless and with 3 turnovers in 12 minutes time in the court, in Game 4 and against all odds, he was among the MVPs of the game (together with Calathes) and he let down all the Israeli fans of Maccabi (some of them were irresponsibly acted against him in Game 3, forgetting his footprint in both the Euroleagues won some years ago). Saras was a true leader in Game 4, with his 13 points, 1 rebound and 3 assists in less than 21 minutes, the veteran Lithuanian proved to be too young to die basketball wise and that he still has the guts and the instinct to play in such important and crucial games at the most highest European level.
Thats been said, Obradovic knows that clearly and even though many people say that he is not so font of Saras way of playing, he is wise enough to give him time and place to act as a real leader and scorer in the court. Evaluation 7,5



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Kim Tillie selected the top Dutch playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kim Tillie
Kim Tillie
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Kim Tillie (210-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah), who plays in the French ProA. Tillie could not help ASVEL (10-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance ASVEL was defeated 87-81 at home by the lower-ranked JSF Nanterre (#12). Tillie scored 11 points. Tillie has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 71.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French. Despite Tillie played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Matthew Otten
Matthew Otten
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Matthew Otten (196-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: San Francisco St.). Otten was the major contributor in a Liverpool Mersey Tigers' victory against the league outsider Durham Wildcats (2-23) crushing them 86-56 in the British BBL on Saturday night. He scored 17 points in 27 minutes. Liverpool Mersey Tigers (8-18) is placed second from the bottom (#10) in the BBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Otten's first season with the team. This year Otten has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 63.3% in the 26 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Otten played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St.). Schaftenaar was not able to help UB La Palma (19-10) in their game against Menorca Basquet (19-11) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. UB La Palma was defeated 75-65 on the road by the lower-ranked Menorca Basquet (#4). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Schaftenaar has reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.0%(106-186), 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 86.6%. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Schaftenaar played also for the Dutch national team in 2010.

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #4. Forward Aaron Doornekamp (198-85, agency: Interperformances) was not able to secure a victory for Otto Caserta (10-14) in their game against Lottomatica Roma (11-14) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 6 points in only 11 minutes. Otto Caserta lost 80-90 on their home court in Caserta to the higher-ranked (#11) Lottomatica Roma. It was Otto Caserta's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Doornekamp's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3spg in the 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Dutch. Despite Doornekamp played previously for the Canadian national team, he is currently in the Dutch national team roster.

Kasper Averink
Kasper Averink
   #5. U18 international point guard Kasper Averink (183-93) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Nitra (21-11) crushing them 90-70 in the Slovakian Extraliga on Wednesday night. Averink recorded 8 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Prievidza (22-10) is placed second in the Extraliga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Averink averages: 5.1ppg and 1.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the Canadian national team, Averink is currently in the Dutch U18 national team roster.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #6. Power forward Henk Norel (212-87) couldn't help FIATC Joventut (11-15) in their game against Blusens Monbus (9-17) in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count it as his best performance. Norel scored only 3 points in 13 minutes. FIATC Joventut lost 60-73 in Santoago de Comp to the lower-ranked (#15) Blusens Monbus. Norel has been at the team for four years. This season his total stats are: 6.4ppg and 4.2rpg in the 20 games. Norel is a former international player as he played for the Dutch senior team two years ago.

Devon Van Oostrum
Devon Van Oostrum
   #7. Former international guard Devon Van Oostrum (190-93) couldn't help CB Tarragona 2017 (11-19) in their game against Baloncesto Leon (14-15) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Van Oostrum scored only 3 points. CB Tarragona 2017 was defeated 83-74 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Baloncesto_Leon (#12). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Van Oostrum has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.5apg. He used to play for the Dutch national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Daniel Kickert (208-C-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) led PGE Turow to a victory over the fourth-ranked Anwil (2-3) 83-72 in the Polish PLK in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Kickert scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. PGE Turow Zgorzelec (1-4) is placed sixth in Group A. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Kickert has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg and 4.0rpg in the 28 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Dutch. Despite Kickert's Dutch passport, he currently plays for the Australian national team and is not eligible to play for the Dutch team.

Other top Dutch players, who play abroad:

Francisco Elson (212-C-76) plays for Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA
Travis Stel (202-F-71) plays for Antwerp Giants in Belgian D1
Robin Smeulders (208-F-87) plays for EWE Baskets in German BBL
Dewayne Johns (191-G-64) plays for BBC Bayreuth in German BBL
Ewoud Kloos (185-G/F-89) plays for UB La Palma in Spanish LEB Gold
Gijs Geerders (208-C-69) plays for Kapfenberg Bulls in Austrian A Bundesliga
Guys Geerdens (208-C-69) plays for Raiffeisen Wels in Austrian A Bundesliga
Daniel Gemke (199-F-67) plays for Xion Dukes in Austrian A Bundesliga

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



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Slam add former Stanford guard Mitch Johnson - by Eurobasket News

The Bellingham Slam has bolstered their 2012 roster with the addition of former Stanford guard Mitch Johnson (6'1''-G, college: Stanford), the team announced today.

The 6-foot-1 Johnson was one of the Pac-10 conference's top backcourt players during his four-year career at Stanford, averaging 6.6 points and 4.5 assists per game as a senior during the 2008-09 season. He was twice named all-Pac-10 honorable mention after his freshman and junior seasons.

Johnson helped guide the Cardinal to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, with his team advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2008. He finished his collegiate career ranked second among Stanford's all-time assist leaders with 534, behind former NBA player Brevin Knight.

Following his career at Stanford, Johnson appeared with the Tulsa66ers of the NBA Development League and later played overseas in Latvia, the CzechRepublicand Poland.

This past winter, Johnson stayed in Seattleto assist with SeattleUniversity's men's basketball program.

Johnson was a prep standout at Seattle's O'Dea High School, where he played alongside current Slam forward Michael Duty. He helped lead O'Dea to back-to-back 3-A State Tournament titles as a junior and senior.

Johnson comes from a family rich in basketball tradition, as his father John started at forward for the Seattle Supersonics 1979 NBA Championship team.

The Slam open their 2012 International Basketball League schedule on April 20 with a road game in Olympia, before hosting their home opener on Saturday, April 21 against the Salem Stampede. Tip-off for the game is set for 7 p.m.at Whatcom Pavilion.

Fans can also get a sneak peak at the Slam as they host an intra-squad scrimmage on Friday, April 13 at 7 p.m.at LyndenHigh School.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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  ICELAND   

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  IR
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Jarvis, IR24.0 
 2. Govens, Thor Thorl23.1 
 3. Echols, Njardvik22.5 
 4. Walkup, Fjolnir22.2 
 5. Holmes, Njardvik22.0 
 6. Bullock, Grindavik21.4 
 7. Sovic, IR20.5 
 8. Cole, Keflavik20.4 
 9. O''Neil, Fjolnir20.2 
 10. Brown, KR19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Hairston, Thor T.13.3 
 2. Hankins-Cole, Snae.12.9 
 3. Echols, Njardvik11.3 
 4. Smith, Haukar10.7 
 5. Tratnik, Valur10.4 
 6. Walkup, Fjolnir10.1 
 7. Bullock, Grindavik10.0 
 8. Cole, Keflavik10.0 
 9. Lindmets, Stjarnan8.6 
 10. Magnusson, KR8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan7.0 
 2. Watson, Grindavik6.6 
 3. Miller, Tindastoll6.1 
 4. Hall, Snaefell5.5 
 5. Govens, Thor Thorl4.6 
 6. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.5 
 7. Fridriksson, Njard.4.5 
 8. Brown, KR4.3 
 9. Parker, Keflavik4.0 
 10. Arnarson, IR3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Holmes, Njardvik2.9 
 2. Allen, Tindastoll2.7 
 3. Cothran, Stjarnan2.7 
 4. Hall, Snaefell2.4 
 5. Parker, Keflavik2.4 
 6. Brown, KR2.3 
 7. Miller, Tindastoll2.3 
 8. Gunnarsson, Kefla.2.3 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan2.2 
 10. Jonsson, Thor Tho.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Hairston, Thor T.4.1 
 2. Smith, Haukar3.6 
 3. Tratnik, Valur2.2 
 4. Holmes, Njardvik1.0 
 5. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.0 
 6. Barja, Haukar0.9 
 7. Cole, Keflavik0.9 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Gri.0.9 
 9. Hankins-Cole, Snae.0.9 
 10. Ferguson, KR0.9 



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  ITALY   

Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trieste 22-10 
 2. Trento 22-10 
 3. Perugia 16-16 
 4. Santarcangelo 13-19 
 5. Firenze 10-22 
 6. Comsum.it SI 10-22 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 28-4 
 2. Torino 20-12 
 3. Treviglio 19-13 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 17-15 
 5. Pavia 16-16 
 6. Castelletto 11-21 
Div.South-East
 1. Chieti 17-15 
 2. Recanati 17-15 
 3. Bari 15-17 
 4. San Severo 14-18 
 5. Fabriano 8-24 
 6. Ruvo 3-29 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 26-6 
 2. Orlandina 19-13 
 3. Ferentino 19-13 
 4. Latina Basket 16-16 
 5. Matera 14-18 
 6. Anagni 13-19 

Regular Season: Round 33

Apr. 1: Latina Basket - Firenze
Apr. 1: Anagni - Santarcangelo
Apr. 1: Napoli - Casalpusterlengo
Apr. 1: Orlandina - Treviglio
Apr. 1: Ruvo - Pavia
Apr. 1: San Severo - Trento
Apr. 1: Recanati - Omegna
Apr. 1: Fabriano - Castelletto
Apr. 1: Matera - Torino
Apr. 1: Bari - Comsum.it SI
Apr. 1: Ferentino - Perugia
Apr. 1: Chieti - Trieste

Round 22

Mar. 29: Anagni - Trento 58-72

Round 23

Mar. 29: Recanati - Matera 103-98
Mar. 29: Orlandina - Fabriano 100-65


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Musso, Napoli19.5 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.17.7 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.4 
 4. Poltroneri, Perugia15.5 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.14.8 
 6. Ferrarese, Castell.14.8 
 7. Rugolo, San Severo14.7 
 8. Mei, Comsum.it SI14.2 
 9. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.0 
 10. Carrizo, Ferentino14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.8 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.7 
 3. Tagliabue, Ruvo8.3 
 4. Borra, Treviglio8.3 
 5. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.1 
 6. Gandini, Trieste8.0 
 7. Simeoli, Comsum.i.7.9 
 8. Benevelli, Orlandi.7.9 
 9. Iannuzzi, Ferentino7.5 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.2 
 2. Musso, Napoli4.1 
 3. Circosta, Anagni3.7 
 4. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 5. Guarino, Ferentino3.2 
 6. Santolamazza, Ana.3.1 
 7. Ferrarese, Castell.3.0 
 8. Vico, Matera3.0 
 9. Parente, Torino2.8 
 10. Zanelli, Orlandina2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.0 
 2. Maggio, Pavia3.0 
 3. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 4. Rivali, Santarcang.2.9 
 5. Portannese, Torino2.8 
 6. Iardella, Fabriano2.8 
 7. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 8. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.8 
 9. Amici, Firenze2.7 
 10. Truccolo, Perugia2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.2.0 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.8 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Pascolo, Trento1.1 
 5. Candido, San Seve.1.1 
 6. Gandini, Trieste1.0 
 7. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.0 
 8. Cotani, Castelletto1.0 
 9. Raminelli, Castell.0.9 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.0.9 



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


BC Astana extend contracts with Boniciolli and Marshall - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana have started to build their roster for the next season. They extended contracts with Matteo Boniciolli (agency: Beo Basket ) and guard Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland).
Matteo Boniciolli (agency: Beo Basket ) took over the team at the start of the season. He led the team to the Kazakh Cup title. BC Astana also won the D1 regular season. Previously Matteo Boniciolli (agency: Beo Basket ) worked with Lottomatica Roma, Trieste, Bologna, Air Avellino, Teramo, Oostende, Udine. Eurobasket.com named Matteo Boniciolli (agency: Beo Basket ) All-Italian SeriaA Coach of the Year in 2008. He also worked as coach assistant for Italian National Team in 1996/2001.
Rawle Marshall also joined BC Astana at the beginning of the season. The guard posted 16.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game in VTB League. Previously Rawle Marshall had stints with PAOK, Valencia, ASVEL, Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu, Cibona, Hemofarm, Dallas Mavericks and Fort Wayne Flyers. Eurobasket.com named Rawle Marshall into Greek A1 League All-Imports Team in 2011.



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Liepaja 15-8 
 2. Ventspils 14-1 
 3. VEF Riga 12-1 
 4. LU 12-11 
 5. Valmiera 12-12 
 6. Jelgava 11-14 
 7. Turiba 9-17 
 8. Jurmala 8-16 
 9. U18 1-14 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 30: Ventspils - Turiba 91-53
Mar. 28: Ventspils - VEF Riga 66-77
Apr. 1: VEF Riga - U18
Apr. 1: LU - Liepaja
Apr. 2: Jurmala - Valmiera


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ernests KALVE
  Valmiera
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 2. Peiners, LU18.6 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja17.9 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera17.4 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava16.5 
 6. Ozols, Jurmala16.2 
 7. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 8. Young, Ventspils14.5 
 9. Kravcenko, Liepaja13.6 
 10. Dargais, LU12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.6 
 2. Willard, Ventspils8.5 
 3. Dargais, LU8.2 
 4. Rozitis, Valmiera8.0 
 5. Mednis, Turiba6.7 
 6. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 7. Nelson, Jelgava6.1 
 8. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.0 
 9. Timma, Liepaja5.7 
 10. Piternieks, Turiba5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.1 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.4 
 3. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.8 
 4. Coders, Jurmala3.6 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava3.2 
 6. Silavs, Jelgava3.1 
 7. Peiners, LU3.0 
 8. Gray, Ventspils3.0 
 9. Vitols, LU2.5 
 10. Antrops, Turiba2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (203-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Peiners, LU2.0 
 2. Osins, LU1.9 
 3. Gray, Ventspils1.8 
 4. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.8 
 5. Mayo, Liepaja1.6 
 6. Timma, Liepaja1.5 
 7. Young, Ventspils1.5 
 8. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.4 
 9. Piternieks, Turiba1.4 
 10. Ozols, Jurmala1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.7 
 2. Ozols, Jurmala1.0 
 3. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 4. Plivda, LU0.7 
 5. Duselis, Jelgava0.6 
 6. Rubenis, LU0.6 
 7. Meiers, Ventspils0.6 
 8. Peiners, LU0.5 
 9. Willard, Ventspils0.5 
 10. Berzins, Ventspils0.5 


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. Barons kvartals 27-2 
 2. BK VEF 26-3 
 3. Liepaja-2 25-4 
 4. Saldus 21-8 
 5. VEF Kadeti 17-12 
 6. RSU 16-11 
 7. VA 16-14 
 8. DSN 15-13 
 9. BS Riga 14-12 
 10. Livani 9-19 
 11. Ogres 8-19 
 12. Valmiera BSS 8-20 
 13. Jelgava/LLU 8-21 
 14. Cesis 8-22 
 15. Gulbene 6-23 
 16. Ridzene 4-25 

Regular Season: Round 35

Mar. 29: VEF Kadeti - Ridzene 94-62
Mar. 28: DSN - Livani 93-75
Mar. 30: Barons kvartals - Cesis 92-47
Mar. 29: Valmiera BSS - DSN 88-92
Mar. 27: Saldus - Liepaja-2 81-93
Mar. 25: VA - Saldus 80-52
Mar. 27: VA - Jelgava/LLU 79-61
Mar. 27: Valmiera BSS - Barons kvartals 73-100
Mar. 30: BS Riga - Liepaja-2 70-76
Mar. 25: BK VEF - RSU 100-60


LBL2 Round 35: RSU is defeated by VEF Riga junior in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in LBL2. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: VEF Riga junior (#2) and RSU (#5). VEF Riga junior (26-3) crushed visiting RSU (16-11) by 40 points 100-60. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of RSU. The game without a history. VEF Riga junior led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding RSU to just 5 points in second quarter. VEF Riga junior have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 26-3 record behind leader Barons kvartals. Newly promoted RSU dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. VEF Riga junior are looking forward to face BS Ogre (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. RSU will play against Valmiera BSS (#12) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Saldus. 4th placed host Saldus (21-8) lost to third ranked Liepaja-2 (25-4) 93-81. Liepaja-2 have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 25-4 record having just two points less than leader Barons kvartals. Saldus lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Liepaja-2 will play against DSN (#8) in Riga in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Saldus will have a break next round.
Saldus (#4) were upset in Ventspils by seventh ranked Ventspils Augstskola 80-52. Ventspils Augstskola have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 16-14 record. Saldus lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost.
LBL2 top team - Barons kvartals (27-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Cesis (8-22) in Riga 92-47. Barons kvartals have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 27-2 record. Cesis lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fourteenth position with 22 games lost. Barons kvartals' next round opponent will be again Cesis (#14) at home which should be another easy win for them.
LBL2 top team - Barons kvartals (27-2) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Valmiera BSS (8-20) 100-73. The victory was the fifteenth consecutive win for Barons kvartals. They maintain first place with 27-2 record. Valmiera BSS lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with 20 games lost. Barons kvartals will face Cesis (#14) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Valmiera BSS will play against RSU in Riga.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 35: Liepaja-2 won against BS Riga on the opponent's court 76-70. Valmiera BSS unfortunately lost to DSN in a home game 88-92. Livani recorded a loss to DSN on the road 75-93. VEF Kadeti crushed Ridzene on its own court 94-62. Jelgava/LLU was beaten by VA in Ventspils 79-61.


BS Riga - Liepaja-2 70-76

Very expected game when 9th ranked BS Riga (14-12) was defeated at home by third ranked Liepaja-2 (25-4) 76-70 on Friday. BS Riga trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 16-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 70-76 at the end of the game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Liepaja-2. They maintain third place with 25-4 record having just two points less than leader Barons kvartals. BS Riga at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Liepaja-2 will face DSN (#8) in Riga in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BS Riga will play against Gulbene.
gschID: 165482


Barons kvartals - Cesis 92-47

LBL2 top team - Barons kvartals (27-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Cesis (8-22) in Riga 92-47. The game without a history. Barons kvartals led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Barons kvartals have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 27-2 record. Cesis lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fourteenth position with 22 games lost. Barons kvartals' next round opponent will be again Cesis (#14) at home which should be another easy win for them.
gschID: 165483


VA - Saldus 80-52

Saldus (#4) were upset in Ventspils by seventh ranked Ventspils Augstskola 80-52. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils Augstskola. Saldus managed to win third quarter 22-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Saldus to just 5 points in first quarter and to 13 points in first half. Ventspils Augstskola have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 16-14 record. Saldus lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost.
gschID: 172070


Saldus - Liepaja-2 81-93

The game between Top Four teams took place in Saldus. 4th placed host Saldus (21-8) lost to third ranked Liepaja-2 (25-4) 93-81. Saldus were ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 55-37 second half run of Liepaja-2. Liepaja-2 have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 25-4 record having just two points less than leader Barons kvartals. Saldus lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Liepaja-2 will play against DSN (#8) in Riga in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Saldus will have a break next round.
gschID: 172815


Valmiera BSS - DSN 88-92

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked DSN (15-13) defeated on the road 11th ranked Valmiera BSS (8-20) 92-88 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 33-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for DSN. They moved-up to eighth place. Valmiera BSS lost their third game in a row. Valmiera BSS at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth position with 20 games lost. DSN will face higher ranked Liepaja-2 (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Valmiera BSS will play against RSU (#6) in Riga.
gschID: 173352


Valmiera BSS - Barons kvartals 73-100

LBL2 top team - Barons kvartals (27-2) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Valmiera BSS (8-20) 100-73. The game was mostly controlled by Barons kvartals. Valmiera BSS was better in third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Valmiera BSS to just 6 points in second quarter. The victory was the fifteenth consecutive win for Barons kvartals. They maintain first place with 27-2 record. Valmiera BSS lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with 20 games lost. Barons kvartals will face Cesis (#14) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Valmiera BSS will play against RSU in Riga.
gschID: 165478


DSN - Livani 93-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Livani's (9-19) road loss to ninth ranked DSN (15-13) 75-93 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by DSN. Livani was better in fourth quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for DSN. They moved-up to eighth place. Livani at the other side keeps the tenth position with 19 games lost. DSN will face higher ranked Liepaja-2 (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 165479


VEF Kadeti - Ridzene 94-62

Everything went according to plan in Riga where sixth ranked VEF Kadeti (17-12) outscored bottom-ranked Ridzene (4-25) 94-62 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Kadeti. Ridzene was better in third quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ridzene to just 7 points in fourth quarter. VEF Kadeti moved-up to fifth place. Ridzene lost their third game in a row. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. VEF Kadeti will face Valmiera BSS (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ridzene's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena DSN.
gschID: 165480


BK VEF - RSU 100-60

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: VEF Riga junior (#2) and RSU (#5). VEF Riga junior (26-3) crushed visiting RSU (16-11) by 40 points 100-60. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of RSU. The game without a history. VEF Riga junior led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding RSU to just 5 points in second quarter. VEF Riga junior have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 26-3 record behind leader Barons kvartals. Newly promoted RSU dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. VEF Riga junior are looking forward to face BS Ogre (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. RSU will play against Valmiera BSS (#12) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
gschID: 165476


VA - Jelgava/LLU 79-61

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Zemgale/Juniors (8-21) were defeated on the road by seventh ranked Ventspils Augstskola (16-14) 79-61 on Tuesday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ventspils Augstskola. They maintain seventh place with 16-14 record. Zemgale/Juniors lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 21 games lost.
gschID: 165477



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 22-2 
 2. Al Riyadi 22-3 
 3. Anibal 16-8 
 4. Sagesse 12-13 
 5. Byblos 10-14 
 6. Moutahed 9-15 
 7. Bejjeh 8-16 
 8. Hoops 5-19 

Second Stage: Round 9

Mar. 28: Al Riyadi - Sagesse 89-81
Mar. 27: Anibal - Byblos 87-69
Mar. 28: Moutahed - Champville 75-96


Riyadi answers Champville and lands Andre Emmet. - by Rabih Khoury

Three days after the signing by Champville of Marcus Haislip, Al Riyadi felt the need to respond on the same level, signing Guard scorer Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech). Emmet most probably will be replacing Dewarick Spencer in the Lebanese league, while Dee will play in WABL finals against Mahram. Emmet was playing in D League this year averaging 23.5ptsFG2- 54.6%FG3-42.6%FT79.2%5.6rebds. Emmet is holding the most point in a game in China in 2010 when he scored 71 points. He also played in France, Venezuela, Lithuania, and not to forget in The NBA where he was the 35 pick in the second round of the 2004 draft. Emmet will arrive to Lebanon in the next 10 days to join Riyadi.


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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 1

Mar. 30: Pioneros - Bucaneros 89-81
Mar. 30: Itabom/Bauru - Obras 38-74
Mar. 31: Obras - Bucaneros
Mar. 31: Itabom/Bauru - Pioneros
Apr. 1: Bucaneros - Itabom/Bauru
Apr. 1: Pioneros - Obras


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Smith, La Union22.3 
 2. Ayuso, Arecibo21.3 
 3. Fischer, Itabom/B.21.0 
 4. Gransberry, Cocod.20.7 
 5. Basden, Vivo/Fran.20.3 
 6. Washam, Obras20.0 
 7. Brock, Leones SD20.0 
 8. Hornsby, Pioneros19.0 
 9. Hickerson, Bucan.18.3 
 10. Fuller, Fuerza Re.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kentrell GRANSBERRY
  Cocod.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Gransberry, Cocod.11.7 
 2. Polk, Los Leones11.7 
 3. Lewis, La Union11.3 
 4. Fuller, Fuerza Reg.11.3 
 5. Brock, Leones SD10.7 
 6. Drudi, Vivo/Franca10.0 
 7. Guzman, Leones SD8.0 
 8. Colmenares, Cocod.8.0 
 9. Aubry, Arecibo8.0 
 10. Tintorelli, Quimsa8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kojo MENSAH
  Cia d.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mensah, Cia d.6.3 
 2. Ribeiro, Un.6.0 
 3. Konsztatd, Obras5.3 
 4. Aguirre, Quimsa4.7 
 5. Smith, La Union4.3 
 6. Coronado, Leones4.3 
 7. Penna, Vivo/Franca4.3 
 8. De los Santo., Reg.4.3 
 9. Basden, Vivo/Fran.4.0 
 10. Harris, Pioneros4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alexis ELSENER
  Obras
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elsener, Obras3.0 
 2. Colmenares, Cocod.2.7 
 3. Mensah, Cia d.2.3 
 4. Adams, Guaros2.3 
 5. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.0 
 6. Fortuna, Leones SD2.0 
 7. Smith, La Union2.0 
 8. Coronado, Leones1.7 
 9. Fischer, Itabom/B.1.7 
 10. Guillent, Bucaner.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeffrion AUBRY
  Arecibo
  (205-C-76)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Aubry, Arecibo1.7 
 2. Graterol, Cocodril.1.3 
 3. Gransberry, Cocod.1.3 
 4. Lewis, La Union1.0 
 5. Melazzo, Cia d.1.0 
 6. Lima, Cia do Terno1.0 
 7. de Souza, Un.1.0 
 8. Wolkowyski, La Uni.1.0 
 9. Pinnock, Arecibo1.0 
 10. Centeno, Cocodril.1.0 



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Lietuvos rytas 18-2 
 2. Zalgiris 17-0 
 3. Rudupis 15-6 
 4. Siauliai 13-6 
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 11-8 
 6. Baltai Kaunas 9-10 
 7. Neptunas 8-12 
 8. Kedainiai 7-13 
 9. Juventus 6-14 
 10. Lietkabelis 4-15 
 11. Naglis Palangos 4-15 
 12. Sakalai 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 30: Lietkabelis - Naglis Palangos 85-78
Mar. 30: Siauliai - Sakalai 84-70
Mar. 30: Lietuvos rytas - Rudupis 81-68
Mar. 30: Kedainiai - Neptunas 79-81
Mar. 30: Baltai Kaunas - Pieno Zvaigzdes 79-71

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 31: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Kedainiai
Mar. 31: Zalgiris - Juventus
Mar. 31: Sakalai - Lietkabelis
Mar. 31: Naglis Palangos - Siauliai
Mar. 31: Neptunas - Baltai Kaunas


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Laurynas MIKALAUSKAS
  Neptu.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Mikalauskas, Neptu.15.5 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.15.4 
 3. Mazeika, Neptunas14.9 
 4. Urbonas, Juventus14.6 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.14.5 
 6. Cepukaitis, Lietka.14.5 
 7. Johnson, Naglis P.14.1 
 8. Hughes, Pieno Z.14.1 
 9. Vasylius, Siauliai14.1 
 10. Seibutis, Lietuv.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.3 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.7 
 3. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.5 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai7.2 
 5. Mikalauskas, Neptu.7.0 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.6.9 
 7. Butkevicius, Rudup.6.9 
 8. Bowles, Siauliai6.4 
 9. Valeika, Neptunas6.1 
 10. Adomaitis, Kedain.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Dainys, Neptunas5.6 
 2. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.0 
 3. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.6 
 4. Rice, Lietuvos.4.6 
 5. Broadus, Siauliai4.4 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.9 
 7. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.3.8 
 8. Maceina, Juventus3.6 
 9. Janavicius, Baltai3.4 
 10. Kelys, Pieno Z.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai1.9 
 3. Benn, Naglis Palan.1.7 
 4. Ginevicius, Kedain.1.6 
 5. Roberts, Lietuvos.1.6 
 6. Long, Siauliai1.6 
 7. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.5 
 8. Weems, Zalgiris1.4 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Liet.1.4 
 10. Urbonas, Juventus1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.1.9 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.9 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 4. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.1 
 5. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.1 
 6. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 
 7. Samardziski, Lietu.0.9 
 8. Cepukaitis, Lietka.0.8 
 9. Joneliunas, Sakalai0.8 
 10. McClure, Kedainiai0.8 


LKL Round 20: Lietuvos rytas keep a leadership position - 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 had a very big importance for second-ranked Lietuvos rytas as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Lietuvos rytas defeated 3rd ranked Rudupis in Vilnius 81-68. The game without a history. Lietuvos rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lietuvos rytas forced 19 Rudupis turnovers. The former international guard Renaldas Seibutis (195-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. International center Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) contributed with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-87) replied with 13 points and 5 rebounds for Rudupis. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lietuvos rytas (18-2) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Rudupis lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another exciting game for Neptunas (8-12) which played on the court of 7th ranked Kedainiai (7-13). Eighth ranked Neptunas upset home team edging them after exciting game by two points 81-79. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Martynas Mazeika (193-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and Laurynas Mikalauskas who added 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Neptunas' coach Paulius Juodis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Neptunas moved-up to seventh place. Kedainiai at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Neptunas will play against higher ranked Baltai Kaunas (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kedainiai will play against Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Lietkabelis managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Friday night. This time they won against tenth-ranked Naglis Palangos in Panevezys 85-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Naglis Palangos. The winners were led by Vaidas Cepukaitis who scored that evening 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds by Dane Johnson did not help to save the game for Naglis Palangos. Lietkabelis (4-15) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Sakalai and Naglis Palangos. Lietkabelis will meet bottom-ranked Sakalai (#12) in the next round. Naglis Palangos will play against Siauliai and hope to secure a win.
The game in Kaunas was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (11-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Baltai Kaunas (9-10). Baltai Kaunas managed to secure a 8-point victory 79-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pieno Zvaigzdes. The best player for the winners was Jonas Maciulis who scored 22 points and 4 assists. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Roberts Stelmahers rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Baltai Kaunas maintains sixth position with 9-10 record. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. Baltai Kaunas' next round opponent will be Neptunas (#7) in Klaipeda. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play at home against Kedainiai.
The game between fourth ranked Siauliai (13-6) and 11th ranked Sakalai (4-15) in Siauliai on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Siauliai beat guests from Vilnius 84-70. Cam Long orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Siauliai have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 13-6 record. Sakalai lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 15 games lost. Siauliai will face Naglis Palangos (#11) in Palanga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sakalai will play at home against Lietkabelis in Panevezys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Kedainiai - Neptunas 79-81

Another exciting game for Neptunas (8-12) which played on the court of 7th ranked Kedainiai (7-13). Eighth ranked Neptunas upset home team edging them after exciting game by two points 81-79. Kedainiai cut a 15-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Martynas Mazeika (193-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-85, college: Virginia) who added 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Neptunas' coach Paulius Juodis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American forward David McClure (200-86, college: Duke) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Neptunas moved-up to seventh place. Kedainiai at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Neptunas will play against higher ranked Baltai Kaunas (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kedainiai will play against Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: M.Mazeika 17+3reb+2ast, A.Viskontas 17, L.Mikalauskas 14+6reb+1ast, E.Dainys 11+3reb+6ast, R.Danys 10+5reb, A.Valeika 6+12reb+1ast
Kedainiai: E.Dimsa 21+6reb+2ast, V.Jasikevicius 11+2reb+2ast, D.McClure 10+6reb+2ast, A.Adomaitis 10+3reb+1ast, V.Ginevicius 9+4reb+1ast, L.Kisielius 8+2ast
gschID: 165849


Lietuvos rytas - Rudupis 81-68

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Lietuvos rytas as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Lietuvos rytas defeated 3rd ranked Rudupis in Vilnius 81-68. The game without a history. Lietuvos rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lietuvos rytas forced 19 Rudupis turnovers. The former international guard Renaldas Seibutis (195-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 5 rebounds. International center Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-87) replied with 13 points and 5 rebounds and forward Simas Buterlevicius (200-89) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Rudupis. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lietuvos rytas (18-2) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Rudupis lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: M.Katelynas 18+4reb+1ast, R.Seibutis 17+5reb+3ast, J.Valanciunas 14+10reb, V.Dilys 8+4reb+1ast, L.Roberts 7+6reb+2ast, A.Jomantas 4+1reb+1ast
Rudupis: P.Butkevicius 13+5reb+1ast, A.Juskevicius 11, G.Kadziulis 10+1reb+5ast, A.Milaknis 10+4reb+1ast, E.Zelionis 9+2reb+1ast, S.Buterlevicius 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 165850


Lietkabelis - Naglis Palangos 85-78

Bottom-ranked Lietkabelis managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Friday night. This time they won against tenth-ranked Naglis Palangos in Panevezys 85-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Naglis Palangos. The game without a history. Lietkabelis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Lietkabelis looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The winners were led by center Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, agency: Alti Sport) supported him with 14 points and 7 assists. Even a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds by American center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) did not help to save the game for Naglis Palangos. Guard Mindaugas Reminas (190-86) added 25 points for the guests. Four Naglis Palangos players scored in double figures. Lietkabelis (4-15) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Sakalai and Naglis Palangos. Lietkabelis will meet bottom-ranked Sakalai (#12) in the next round. Naglis Palangos will play against Siauliai and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: V.Cepukaitis 19+6reb+1ast, S.Vasiliauskas 14+1reb+7ast, J.Zurna 13+2reb+2ast, S.Kulevicius 8+6reb+3ast, O.Matulionis 7+5reb+2ast, E.Ezerskis 7+3reb+6ast
Naglis Palangos: M.Reminas 25+3reb+1ast, D.Johnson 17+11reb+1ast, P.Kleiza 11+7reb+2ast, A.Montrimavicius 10+3reb+1ast, V.Peciukas 10+4reb+4ast, T.Rinkevicius 5+6reb+7ast
gschID: 165851


Siauliai - Sakalai 84-70

The game between fourth ranked Siauliai (13-6) and 11th ranked Sakalai (4-15) in Siauliai on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Siauliai beat guests from Vilnius 84-70. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Siauliai's pressure prevailed and they won that period 27-16 extending their advantage to 14 points. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Siauliai forced 24 Sakalai turnovers. Sakalai was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 5 assists. Belarusian swingman Vitali Liutych (198-92) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Paulius Joneliunas (211-84, college: American) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and forward Arnas Butkevicius (199-92) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Sakalai. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Siauliai have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 13-6 record. Sakalai lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 15 games lost. Siauliai will face Naglis Palangos (#11) in Palanga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sakalai will play at home against Lietkabelis in Panevezys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: C.Long 17+3reb+5ast, V.Liutych 14+5reb, V.Vasylius 10+4reb, A.Siksnius 9+4reb+3ast, R.Grafs 9+5reb, V.Sarakauskas 7+7reb
Sakalai: P.Joneliunas 18+6reb+1ast, A.Peciukevicius 14+5reb+2ast, A.Butkevicius 12+8reb+2ast, L.Samenas 8+2ast, A.Kiausas 5+1reb, V.Sirvydis 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 165847


Baltai Kaunas - Pieno Zvaigzdes 79-71

The game in Kaunas was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (11-8) played at the court of sixth ranked Baltai Kaunas (9-10). Baltai Kaunas managed to secure a 8-point victory 79-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pieno Zvaigzdes. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-8. But Pieno Zvaigzdes won second period 26-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Baltai Kaunas won last quarter 26-20. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. Guard Edgaras Ulanovas (198-92) chipped in 18 points. Four Baltai Kaunas players scored in double figures. Forward Saulius Kulvietis (203-91) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and forward Eimantas Bendzius (203-90) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Roberts Stelmahers rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Baltai Kaunas maintains sixth position with 9-10 record. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. Baltai Kaunas' next round opponent will be Neptunas (#7) in Klaipeda. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play at home against Kedainiai.
Top scorers:
Baltai Kaunas: J.Maciulis 22+4reb+4ast, E.Ulanovas 18+3reb+3ast, M.Kupsas 10+4reb, V.Cizauskas 10+3reb+2ast, M.Kadzevicius 6+2reb+2ast, U.Petrovic 5+3reb+2ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: E.Bendzius 13+5reb, S.Kulvietis 10+6reb+3ast, S.Morgan 9+3reb, L.Nobles 9, Z.Kelys 8+1reb+5ast, A.Kieza 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 165848



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  LUXEMBOURG   

Standings

Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. T71 20-4 
 2. Sparta 19-5 
 3. Musel Pikes 13-11 
 4. Residence 12-12 
 5. Amicale 12-12 
 6. Etzella 11-13 
7-10 places
 1. Basket Esch 13-9 
 2. Soleuvre 12-11 
 3. Heffingen 3-20 
 4. BBC Nitia 2-20 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 7

1-6 places

Mar. 31: Sparta - Residence
Mar. 31: Amicale - T71
Apr. 1: Etzella - Musel Pikes

7-10 places

Mar. 30: Soleuvre - Heffingen 94-87
Mar. 31: Basket Esch - BBC Nitia


Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre26.2 
 2. Arre, BBC Nitia25.7 
 3. Raji, Etzella23.8 
 4. Schumacher, T7122.8 
 5. Kennedy, Residence22.3 
 6. McNutt, Heffingen22.1 
 7. Muller, T7121.5 
 8. Rajniak, Basket E.21.3 
 9. Perre, Musel Pikes20.1 
 10. Gumbs, Residence19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre12.5 
 2. Gary, Musel Pikes12.3 
 3. McNutt, Heffingen12.1 
 4. Stephens, T7111.3 
 5. Svitek, Basket Es.11.0 
 6. Kennedy, Residence10.1 
 7. Poznaks, BBC Nitia9.8 
 8. Raji, Etzella9.8 
 9. Smith, Sparta9.5 
 10. Carvalho, Heffing.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Ulin, Sparta4.7 
 2. Schartz, Amicale3.8 
 3. Schumacher, T713.7 
 4. Rajniak, Basket E.3.5 
 5. Biever, Basket Es.3.3 
 6. Arre, BBC Nitia3.3 
 7. Delgado, Etzella3.1 
 8. Ruffato, T713.0 
 9. Koster, Residence2.9 
 10. Raji, Etzella2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jones, Amicale2.6 
 2. Kennedy, Residence2.0 
 3. Arre, BBC Nitia1.9 
 4. Carvalho, Heffingen1.6 
 5. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.6 
 6. Perre, Musel Pikes1.6 
 7. Schartz, Amicale1.3 
 8. Brown, Amicale1.3 
 9. Smith, Sparta1.3 
 10. Ruffato, T711.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes2.3 
 2. McNutt, Heffingen1.3 
 3. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.3 
 4. Hoffmann, Sparta1.2 
 5. Carvalho, Heffingen0.9 
 6. Jorssen, Soleuvre0.9 
 7. Djerman, Amicale0.7 
 8. Brown, Amicale0.7 
 9. Smith, Sparta0.5 
 10. Poznaks, BBC Nit.0.5 



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  MALI   


Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Amara Sy (202-81), who plays in the French ProA. He could not help Entente Orleans 45 (15-8) in their last game. Despite Sy's good performance Entente Orleans 45 lost 54-69 on the road to the leading Gravelines-Dunkerque. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. Sy has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 29.2% and FT: 83.6% in the 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Despite Sy played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Mamoutou Diarra
Mamoutou Diarra
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Mamoutou Diarra (200-80, agency: Two Points). Diarra contributed to a JSF Nanterre's victory against the closely-ranked ASVEL (10-13) 87-81 in the French ProA last Friday. He scored 9 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 6 assists and added 3 steals. JSF Nanterre (9-14) is placed 12th in the ProA. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This season Diarra averages: 8.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(18-31), 3FGP: 47.8%(11-23). He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite Diarra played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Yohann Sangare
Yohann Sangare
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Yohann Sangare (193-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Amara Sy and both played together in the last French ProA game. Sangare. He was not able to help Entente Orleans 45 (15-8) in their game against Gravelines-Dunkerque (20-3). Sangare scored only 4 points and added 3 assists in 25 minutes. Entente Orleans 45 lost 54-69 on the opponent's court to the leading Gravelines-Dunkerque. This year Sangare's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 11.1% and FT: 81.8% in the 23 games. Similarly like Diarra and Sy above he has both Mali and French nationalities. Sangare played for the Mali national team four years ago.

Souarata Cisse
Souarata Cisse
   #4. Swingman Souarata Cisse (197-86) was not able to secure a victory for Hyeres-Toulon (2-21) in their game against Sluc Nancy (15-8) in the French ProA. He scored 8 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon was defeated 89-76 in Nancy by the much higher-ranked Sluc (#4). It was Hyeres-Toulon's 15th consecutive loss in a row. Cisse's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.7apg. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite Cisse played previously for the French U20 national team, he is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Tahirou Sani
Tahirou Sani
   #5. International forward Tahirou Sani (204-85) led Blois to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Lievin Basket (14-13) crushing them 81-59 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Sani scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only a mere 14 minutes. ADA Blois Basket (18-9) is placed sixth in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Sani's total stats are: 8.1ppg and 3.6rpg in the 27 games. He holds both Mali and French passports. Despite Sani played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #6. Guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83), who plays in the French ProB (second division) couldn't help SPO Rouen (9-18) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Chelle's good performance SPO Rouen was defeated 98-89 in Aix-les-Bains by the much higher-ranked Aix-Maurienne (#5). He scored 11 points. Chelle has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 1.9rpg. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Chelle is also an international player who is currently on the senior Mali National Team roster.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #7. An experienced international power forward Sambou Traore (199-79) helped Limoges CSP Elite win their game against the closely-ranked Fos Ouest (18-9) 90-74 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 7 points in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Limoges CSP Elite (21-6) is placed second in the ProB. Traore has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 26 games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Traore is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Mahamadou Drame
Mahamadou Drame
   #8. Shooting guard Mahamadou Drame (188-86) couldn't help Nantes (12-12) in their game against Bordeaux (15-12) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Nantes was edged 78-75 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Bordeaux (#6). Drame has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.2apg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Drame is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Modibo Niakate
Modibo Niakate
   #9. International guard Modibo Niakate (185-81, college: Cleveland St.) helped Rueil win their game against the eighth-ranked Sorgues (15-12) 76-70 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 6 points and added 4 assists in 21 minutes. Rueil Athletic Club (11-16) is placed 14th in the NM1. This year Niakate has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.6apg in the 17 games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Niakate is currently in the Mali national team roster.

Dramane Diarra
Dramane Diarra
   #10. Power forward Dramane Diarra (203-80, college: Kansas St.) managed to help Saint Vallier Basket Drome to win against one of league's weakest teams Quimper UJAP (7-20) crushing them 85-64 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 3 points. Saint Vallier Basket Drome (12-15) is placed tenth in the ProB. Diarra has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 2.6rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Mali National Team roster.



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Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Guaymas 10-3 
 2. Hermosillo 10-3 
 3. Tijuana 9-3 
 4. Nogales 8-5 
 5. Navolato 6-7 
 6. Cananea 6-7 
 7. Guasave 6-7 
 8. Los Mochis 5-8 
 9. Culiacan 4-9 
 10. Tepic 0-12 

Regular Season: Round 13

Mar. 30: Nogales - Cananea 96-90
Mar. 30: Tijuana - Navolato 94-87
Mar. 30: Hermosillo - Tepic 92-75
Mar. 30: Guasave - Culiacan 81-78
Mar. 30: Guaymas - Los Mochis 70-62

Regular Season: Round 14

Mar. 31: Hermosillo - Tepic
Mar. 31: Tijuana - Navolato
Mar. 31: Guaymas - Los Mochis
Mar. 31: Nogales - Cananea
Mar. 31: Guasave - Culiacan


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 O''Louis MCCULLOUGH
  Nogales
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. McCullough, Nogales21.8 
 2. Selleaze, Navolato20.5 
 3. Thomas, Cananea20.4 
 4. Quintero, Tijuana20.1 
 5. Wiley, Los Mochis19.2 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan18.9 
 7. Harris, Cananea18.0 
 8. McSwine, Navolato17.8 
 9. Clay, Los Mochis17.0 
 10. George, Nogales17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamil TERRELL
  Tepic
  (200-F/C-80)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Terrell, Tepic10.7 
 2. Selleaze, Navolato10.0 
 3. Clay, Los Mochis9.4 
 4. Sanders-F., Nogales8.6 
 5. Robinson, Culiacan8.5 
 6. McCullough, Nogales7.8 
 7. Lopez, Hermosillo7.8 
 8. Zamora, Culiacan7.7 
 9. Strobbe, Nogales7.1 
 10. Little, Hermosillo6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Hector NUNGARAY
  Guaymas
  (178-PG-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Nungaray, Guaymas6.0 
 2. Taylor, Los Mochis5.6 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.0 
 4. George, Nogales4.1 
 5. Simmons, Tepic4.0 
 6. Quintero, Tijuana3.6 
 7. Pulido, Culiacan3.5 
 8. Anderson, Tepic3.4 
 9. McCullough, Nogales3.1 
 10. Heredia, Nogales3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ravone GEORGE
  Nogales
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. George, Nogales2.4 
 2. Thomas, Cananea2.0 
 3. Dugat, Guasave1.6 
 4. Monreal, Hermosillo1.6 
 5. Heredia, Nogales1.5 
 6. Buelna, Guasave1.4 
 7. Pulido, Culiacan1.3 
 8. Simmons, Tepic1.3 
 9. Nungaray, Guaymas1.2 
 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. Johnson, Guaymas1.0 
 5. Zamora, Culiacan0.9 
 6. McCullough, Nogales0.9 
 7. Wiley, Los Mochis0.8 
 8. Terrell, Tepic0.8 
 9. Robinson, Culiacan0.8 
 10. Carrillo, Guaymas0.7 


Best players of Mexican CIBACOPA round 13 - by Eurobasket News

American O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Nogales and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 29-year old swingman had a double-double of 34 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Cananea (#6, 6-7) 96-90. Nogales maintains the 4th position in Mexican CIBACOPA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nogales will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. In the team's last game McCullough had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He just recently signed at Nogales, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Francis Marion University graduate has very impressive stats this year. McCullough is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.6ppg), rebounds (8th best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 51.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Rob Robinson (203-F-87, agency: SDJ Sports) of Culiacan. Robinson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 34 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Culiacan was edged by slightly higher-ranked Guasave (#7, 6-7) 81-78. Culiacan managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-9 record. Robinson is one of the most experienced players at Culiacan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.7ppg (#7). He also registered 8.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Deangelo Riley (205-C) of Tepic (#10). Riley scored 17 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Riley's great performance Tepic lost 75-92 to the higher-ranked Hermosillo (#2, 10-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tepic can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 12 games. Too bad for Riley he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Riley has a very solid season. In 2 games in Mexico he scored 13.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76) of Navolato - 31 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Tijuana - 23 points and 8 rebounds
6. Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Steve Monreal (180-PG-86) of Hermosillo - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of Hermosillo - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jesus Lopez (205-F-83) of Hermosillo - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Michael Strobbe (201-F-85) of Nogales - 20 points, 9 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)



CIBACOPA Round 13: Leader Ostioneros de Guaymas get another victory - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Leader Ostioneros de Guaymas delivered the tenth victory on Friday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (5-8) 70-62. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ostioneros de Guaymas made 7 blocks. American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) fired 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) chipped in 10 points and 4 blocks. American forward James Sandoval (195, college: Sonoma St.) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains first place with 10-3 record, which they share with Hermosillo. Pioneros Los Mochis lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas is again looking forward to face Pioneros Los Mochis (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pioneros Los Mochis will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (0-12) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-75 loss to second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (10-3) in Hermosillo. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 assists. Emmanuel Little contributed with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Deangelo Riley (205, college: Azusa Pacific) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks for Coras de Tepic. Rayos de Hermosillo keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Guaymas. Coras de Tepic at the other side still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will again play against bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Coras de Tepic will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Guasave between Frayles de Guasave and Caballeros de Culiacan. Eighth ranked Frayles de Guasave (6-7) got a very close home victory over 9th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (4-9). Frayles de Guasave managed to escape with a 3-point win 81-78 on Friday evening. Russell Carter stepped up and scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. At the losing side Rob Robinson responded with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cananea and Navolato. Loser Caballeros de Culiacan keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Frayles de Guasave will again meet at home Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) in the next round. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 13 Cananea was defeated by Nogales in Nogales 96-90. Tijuana beat Navolato at home 94-87.
The best stats of 13th round was 34 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 4 assists by O'Louis McCullough of Nogales.


Nogales - Cananea 96-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Mineros de Cananea's (6-7) road loss to fourth ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (8-5) 90-96 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mineros de Cananea won third quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Fuerza Guinda Nogales won last quarter 26-21. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and international forward Michael Strobbe (201-85) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized American guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) scored 14 points and 8 assists. Four Fuerza Guinda Nogales and five Mineros de Cananea players scored in double figures. Fuerza Guinda Nogales have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-5 record. Defending champion Mineros de Cananea keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Guasave and Navolato. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will again meet at home Mineros de Cananea (#6) in the next round. Mineros de Cananea will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Nogales: O.McCullough 34+12reb+4ast, M.Strobbe 20+9reb+3ast, R.Jarvis 17+2ast, M.Sanders-Frison 10+11reb+2ast, B.Heredia 9+3reb+4ast, V.Rojo 5
Cananea: D.Thomas 22+6reb+1ast, J.Arturo Farrera Chantiri 18+3reb+2ast, F.Harris 14+2reb+8ast, C.Clemmons 13+10reb, R.Sallie 11+7reb+4ast, K.Arias 7
gschID: 171137


Guasave - Culiacan 81-78

A very close game took place in Guasave between Frayles de Guasave and Caballeros de Culiacan. Eighth ranked Frayles de Guasave (6-7) got a very close home victory over 9th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (4-9). Frayles de Guasave managed to escape with a 3-point win 81-78 on Friday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Frayles de Guasave looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) stepped up and scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and the former international swingman Alonso Izaguirre (200-76) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Four Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and guard Luis Pulido (188-85, college: Cal Poly Pomona) scored 4 points and 7 rebounds. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cananea and Navolato. Loser Caballeros de Culiacan keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Frayles de Guasave will again meet at home Caballeros de Culiacan (#9) in the next round. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guasave: R.Carter 24+5reb+6ast, A.Izaguirre 15+4reb+5ast, V.Buelna 12+5reb+3ast, G.Giron 10+5reb+5ast, S.Spicer 8+5reb+1ast, C.Moore 6+5reb+2ast
Culiacan: R.Robinson 34+11reb+3ast, R.Zamora 10+3reb, V.Avila 7+3reb, A.Oupoh 7+2reb+1ast, R.Lopez 6+2reb+1ast, R.Navarro 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 171138


Hermosillo - Tepic 92-75

Bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (0-12) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-75 loss to second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (10-3) in Hermosillo. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game without a history. Rayos de Hermosillo 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 Coras de Tepic's 36. They outrebounded Coras de Tepic 42-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. Rayos de Hermosillo players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American point guard Steve Monreal (180-86, college: CS Monterey) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 assists. American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Rayos de Hermosillo players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Deangelo Riley (205, college: Azusa Pacific) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks and the other American import swingman Mychal Henderson (198-85, college: Ks Wesleyan) added 24 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Coras de Tepic. Rayos de Hermosillo keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Guaymas. Coras de Tepic at the other side still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will again play against bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Coras de Tepic will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: S.Monreal 23+3reb+7ast, J.Lopez 15+6reb+4ast, P.Sanders 15+2reb+3ast, E.Little 10+11reb+4ast, J.Camacho 9+6reb, J.Manuel Esteva 8+4reb+1ast
Tepic: M.Henderson 24+5reb+2ast, L.Morinia 19+2ast, D.Riley 17+16reb+3ast, M.Chavez 7+1reb+1ast, E.Swanson 6+1reb+5ast, O.Pulido 2
gschID: 171134


Tijuana - Navolato 94-87

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (9-3) defeated at home 6th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (6-7) 94-87 on Friday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-18. But Garra Canera de Navolato won second period 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tijuana Zonkeys made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) stepped up and scored 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and Dominican-American guard Damien McSwine (193-78, college: Loyola, IL) scored 20 points and 8 assists. Five Tijuana Zonkeys and four Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 9-3 record behind leader Guaymas. Loser Garra Canera de Navolato dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Guasave and Cananea. Tijuana Zonkeys will again meet at home Garra Canera de Navolato (#5) in the next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: C.Tate 23+8reb+1ast, O.Quintero 17+3ast, M.Morrison 15+7reb+2ast, A.Solares 15+3reb+1ast, D.Hugee 14+3reb+2ast, E.Medina 10+1reb+1ast
Navolato: R.Selleaze 31+11reb+5ast, D.McSwine 20+4reb+8ast, M.Gibson 19+6reb+4ast, F.Verdugo 14+7reb+1ast, J.Pablo Mora 2+2reb, M.Godoy 1
gschID: 171135


Guaymas - Los Mochis 70-62

Leader Ostioneros de Guaymas delivered the tenth victory on Friday night. This time they beat 7th ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (5-8) 70-62. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ostioneros de Guaymas made 7 blocks. American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) fired 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) chipped in 10 points and 4 blocks. American forward James Sandoval (195, college: Sonoma St.) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and Bahamas forward Rashad Moss (203-86, college: UALR) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains first place with 10-3 record, which they share with Hermosillo. Pioneros Los Mochis lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas is again looking forward to face Pioneros Los Mochis (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pioneros Los Mochis will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: J.Habel 17+9reb+4ast, H.Johnson 10+4reb+3ast, D.Holloway 8+4reb+1ast, H.Nungaray 7+3reb+6ast, H.Carrillo 7+3reb+2ast, A.Pedroza 7+4reb
Los Mochis: J.Sandoval 17+5reb+3ast, R.Moss 11+11reb, T.Taylor 9+4reb+3ast, F.Ibarra 6+8reb, E.Soto 2+1reb, A.Araujo 2
gschID: 171136



Zonkeys de Tijuana lands Hugee - by Eurobasket Center

Zonkeys de Tijuana strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Darnell Hugee (201-F-85, college: Prairie View A&M). In his first game he scored 14 points and grabbed 3 rebounds helping his new team beat Navolato 94-87. Hugee played most recently at Halifax Rainmen (Canada). He is a very experienced player. Hugee played also pro basketball in Canada, Iceland and Israel. He graduated Prairie View A&M University in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Paul Stoll's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Mexicans playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

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

Paul Stoll
Paul Stoll
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Paul Stoll (178-85). He was the major contributor in a double overtime (!!!) Gigantes' victory against the closely-ranked Trotamundos (17-13) 120-112 in the Venezuelan LPB in Wednesday night's game. Stoll had a double-double by scoring 33 points and making 12 passes. He also added and 5 steals in 49 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Gigantes de Guayana (16-8) is placed fourth in the LPB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Stoll belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #7) and also on the list of best passers (first place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Stoll averages: 17.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 7.5apg, 4.5spg in the 15 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Stoll played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team. Stoll used to play for Algodoneros de La Comarca - Torreon in Mexican league.

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Gustavo Ayon (209-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the New Orleans Hornets (13-38) to beat the San Antonio Spurs (35-14). Ayon scored 8 points, had 13 rebounds and dished 5 assists. The New Orleans Hornets were edged 89-86 on the road by the Spurs. Ayon's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 55.4%(118-213) and FT: 61.2%. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Ayon played also for the Mexican national team in 2010.

Adam Parada
Adam Parada
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Adam Parada (213-81, college: Cal-Irvine). He led Alaska Aces to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Powerade Tigers (4-5) 102-100 in the Filipino PBA on Friday night. Parada was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 43 minutes. Alaska Aces (5-4) are placed fourth in the PBA. The Regular Season already ended. Parada is currently seventh on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). He has very impressive stats this year: 21.1ppg, 15.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2.2bpg, 2FGP: 53.9% and FT: 78.8% in the nine games. Despite Parada played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Diego Gonzalez
Diego Gonzalez
   #4. Point guard Diego Gonzalez (175-84) led Aguada to a victory over the leader Hebraica (9-1) 83-74 in the Uruguayan LUB in Thursday night's game. Gonzalez was the best player in that game. He recorded 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. 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. Gonzalez is currently second on the list of best passers. His overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.0apg and 1.6spg. Gonzalez has a dual citizenship: Mexican and Uruguayan. Despite he played previously for the Uruguayan national team, Gonzalez is currently in the Mexican national team roster.

Earl Watson
Earl Watson
   #5. An experienced former international point guard Earl Watson (185-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: UCLA) managed to help Utah Jazz in a victory against the New Jersey Nets (17-35) crushing them 105-84 in the NBA last Monday. He scored only 2 points and added 3 assists in 18 minutes. The Utah Jazz has 27-24 record this season. This year Watson's overall stats are: 3.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg in the 44 games. He is a naturalized American. Watson used to play for the Mexican national team five years ago. Strangely he has never played in Mexico.

Noe Alonzo
Noe Alonzo
   #6. Forward Noe Alonzo (200-83, college: Grand Canyon) contributed to Caciques' victory against the third-ranked Mets (8-5) 84-73 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Sunday night. Alonzo scored 22 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals. Caciques de Humacao (3-10) closes the standings in the BSN. Alonzo has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.8apg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Alonzo is also a former international player as he played for the Mexican senior team two years ago.

Eduardo Najera
Eduardo Najera
   #7. Former international forward Eduardo Najera (202-76, college: Oklahoma) was not able to help the Charlotte Bobcats (7-41) in their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (25-27) in the NBA. He cannot count it as his best performance. Najera recorded only 2 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 19 minutes. The Charlotte Bobcats lost 83-88 in Minnesota to the Timberwolves. It was Bobcats' fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Najera's total stats are: 2.8ppg and 2.2rpg in the 17 games. He used to play for the Mexican national team nine years ago.

Mark Sanchez
Mark Sanchez
   #8. Forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St.), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie was not able to secure a victory for Leeuwarden (9-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sanchez's good performance Leeuwarden was defeated in an overtime 99-90 at home by the higher-ranked Nijmegen (#4). He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sanchez is currently second on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.5ppg, 8.9rpg and 2.0apg. Sanchez is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Sanchez is currently in the Mexican national team roster. He used to play for Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango in Mexican league.

Romel Beck
Romel Beck
   #9. Former international swingman Romel Beck (203-82, college: UNLV) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked PAOK (10-14) 82-64 in the Greek A1 on Saturday night. Beck recorded 5 points in 20 minutes. Ikaros Kallitheas (7-17) is placed 11th in the A1. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Beck is currently fifth on the league's list of top scorers with 15.5ppg. This year his other stats are: 2.3rpg and 1.6apg in the 15 games. Beck is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Mexican national team three years ago. Beck played also for Correcaminos Victoria in Mexican league.

Enrico Tucker
Enrico Tucker
   #10. Point guard Enrico Tucker (183-86, agency: TSS Management, college: San Diego), who plays in the Romanian Division A couldn't help Perla Harghitei (2-25) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Perla Harghitei was defeated 96-88 on their home court in Miercurea by the lower-ranked Oradea (#14). Tucker recorded 10 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Tucker is currently fourth on the league's list of most steals. This season he has very high stats. Tucker averages: 16.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg and 2.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Tucker played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Mexican senior national team. Tucker used to play for Cosmos de Tijuana in Mexican league.

   #11. Former international center Geoffrey Renon (208-91) couldn't help Vendee Challans in their game against Charleville-Mezieres in the French NM1 (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Renon scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. His team lost 74-85. He has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 2.4rpg in the 27 games. Renon used to play for the Mexican national team three years ago.



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Standings - 1A

1A Standings
S-League
 1. Buducnost 2-0 
 2. Mornar Bar 1-1 
 3. Lovcen 1-1 
 4. Ulcinj 1-1 
 5. Sutjeska 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 
Erste Basketball League Standings

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. 30: Buducnost - Mornar Bar 83-75
Mar. 28: Sutjeska - Lovcen 72-65

Second Stage: Round 3

Play-Out

Apr. 1: Jedinstvo - Mogren
Apr. 1: ABS Primorje - KK Podgorica
Apr. 1: Danilovgrad - Centar BP

S-League

Apr. 1: Mornar Bar - Ulcinj
Apr. 1: Lovcen - Buducnost
Apr. 1: Teodo Tivat - Sutjeska


Vladimir Dasic grabs another POW award in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News

Montenegrin Vladimir Dasic (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) had an amazing evening in the last round for Union Olimpija and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Slovenian Telemach league, Second Stage). Dasic was MVP of the first round as well. The 23-year old forward had the game-high 18 points adding nine rebounds and five assists for Union Olimpija in his team's victory, helping them to beat Zlatorog (#4, 0-2) 73-61. Union Olimpija maintains perfect 2-0 record in the league. Vladimir Dasic joined Olimpija in January. He averages 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists after two games in Slovenian league. In Adriatic league, Dasic had 9.3 ppg and 4.5 rpg for 13 games. He helped Olimpija to win the Slovenian Cup recently. Vladimir Dasic started this season with Lottomatica Roma. There he had 11 ppg and 5.6 rpg for 8 games in SerieA. He played for Roma also last season. In the past, Dasic played for Gran Canaria, Real Madrid and Buducnost. He is active member of the Montenegrin National Team. Dasic had 10 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 2.2 apg for 5 games at the EuroBasket in Lithuania.


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

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

Vladimir Dasic
Vladimir Dasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Vladimir Dasic (206-88, agency: Beo Basket). He led Union Olimpija to a victory over the fourth-ranked Zlatorog (0-2) 73-61 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Wednesday night's game. Dasic was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points, grabbed 9 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 4 balls in 38 minutes on the court. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (2-0) is placed third in Championship Group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Dasic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.0apg, 3.5spg, 2FGP: 66.7%(16-24) and FT: 33.3% in the two games he played so far. Dasic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nikola Mirotic
Nikola Mirotic
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Nikola Mirotic (207-91), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Real Madrid (20-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Mirotic's good performance Real Madrid was defeated 98-90 on the road by the lower-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (#5). He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Mirotic's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3FGP: 38.1% and FT: 69.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Despite Mirotic played previously for the Spanish U20 national team, he is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, also represented by Beo Basket, college: St.John's), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Cook was not able to help Armani Milano (14-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance Armani Milano lost 73-77 in Cremona to the much lower-ranked (#15) Vanoli-Braga. Cook was the second best scorer with 14 points in 32 minutes. It's Cook's first season with the team. Cook is currently fourth on the list of best passers with 4.9apg. This year his other stats are: 7.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 56.3%(27-48), 3FGP: 32.6% and FT: 77.8% in the 24 games. Cook is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Cook is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #4. Center Milko Bjelica (207-84, another player represented by Beo Basket) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (7-18) 89-74 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Bjelica scored 8 points. Caja Laboral Vitoria (19-7) is placed third in the ACB. Bjelica's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 3.4rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite Bjelica played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Miljan Pavkovic
Miljan Pavkovic
   #5. International guard Miljan Pavkovic (178-81, another player represented by Beo Basket) was the main contributor in a 2-point Radnicki Kragujevac's victory against the sixth-ranked Vojvodina (0-2) 88-86 in the Serbian A League last Friday. Pavkovic was the best player in that game. He recorded 20 points and had 3 steals in 35 minutes. Radnicki Kragujevac (1-1) is placed fifth in SuperLiga group. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Pavkovic has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 7.0apg and 2.5spg in the two games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Pavkovic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Suad Sehovic
Suad Sehovic
   #6. Swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87) contributed to Budivelnyk's victory against the 12th-ranked DniproAzot (10-25) 87-79 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Wednesday night. He scored 15 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Budivelnyk Kyiv (27-6) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This season Sehovic has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.2spg. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Sehovic is also an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #7. International power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked CEZ Nymburk (3-3) 86-71 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. 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. Dragicevic has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg and 4.3rpg in the 16 games. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Dragicevic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Sasha Pavlovic
Sasha Pavlovic
   #8. Swingman Sasha Pavlovic (200-83) managed to help Boston Celtics to win against the Utah Jazz (27-24) 94-82 in the NBA last Wednesday. He recorded 5 points. The Boston Celtics have 28-22 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Pavlovic averages only 2.3ppg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2008.

Ivan Koljevic
Ivan Koljevic
   #9. Former international guard Ivan Koljevic (185-84, agency: New Trend Agency) was not able to secure a victory for Cherkasy (8-27) in their game against Azovmash (23-12) in the Ukrainian Superleague, despite his very good performance on Friday night. Koljevic was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 35 minutes. But Cherkasy lost 65-76 at home to the much higher-ranked (#3) Azovmash. It was Cherkasy's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Koljevic's stats this year are: 13.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 7.0apg in the seven games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Koljevic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Milos Borisov
Milos Borisov
   #10. Forward Milos Borisov (201-85) couldn't help Banca Tercas (8-17) in their game against Scavolini Pesaro (15-9) in the Italian SerieA. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Borisov's overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg and 5.2rpg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Borisov is also an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. An experienced international guard Branko Cuic (197-78) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked CSU Sibiu crushing them 94-68 in the Romanian Division A last Sunday. He recorded 9 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists in 34 minutes. This year Cuic's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 5.0apg in the 24 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Cuic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

   #12. International center Mensud Julevic (200-85) couldn't help Elektra in their game against Helios in the Slovenian Telemach League. Despite his very good performance on Thursday night He scored 15 points. Julevic averaged so far 12.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3apg. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian U21 national team, Julevic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

   #13. Former U21 international point guard Goran Martinic (184-87, agency: BeoExcell) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti crushing them 110-59 in a derby game in the Romanian Division A in Saturday night's game. He recorded 13 points and added 4 passes in a mere 15 minutes. Martinic is currently first on the list of top scorers with 23.6ppg. He also averaged so far 3.3rpg, 5.0apg and 1.6spg in the 27 games. Despite Martinic played previously for the Slovenian national team, he is currently in the Montenegrin U21 national team roster.

   #14. Former international center Boris Lalovic (206-81) couldn't help Hemofarm in their game against Zvezda in the Serbian A League. Despite his very good performance last Friday Lalovic was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 6 rebounds. This season Lalovic has very high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg and 4.0rpg. Despite Lalovic played previously for the Slovenian national team, he is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

   #15. Former international center Radomir Marojevic (207-81) faced previously mentioned Miljan Pavkovic in the Serbian A League last game. Marojevic couldn't help Vojvodina in their game against Radnicki Kragujevac. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 14 minutes. His team was edged 88-86. This year Marojevic's total stats are: 5.0ppg and 2.5rpg in the two games. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Marojevic is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.



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All-NAIA D1 Awards 2011-2012 - by Simas

All-NAIA D1 1st Team 2011-2012
#s#
Cameron Gliddon
Gliddon
Brandon Brown
Brown
Eric Frederick
Frederick
Walter Hill
Hill
James Justice
Justice
#e#5

All-Tournament MVP: Cameron Gliddon (6'5''-G-89) of Concordia Irvine
Player of the Year: Emmanuel Wilson (6'3''-G-89) of Oklah.Baptist
Coach of the Year: Ken Ammann of Concordia Irvine

All-Tournament Team
Davey Hopkins (6'5''-F) of Biola, CA
Cameron Gliddon (6'5''-G-89) of Concordia Irvine
Tommy Granado (6'10''-C-88) of Concordia Irvine
Austin Simon (6'2''-G-90) of Concordia Irvine
Derrick Parker (6'6''-F) of LSU-Shreveport
Brandon Brown (5'10''-PG-89) of Montana-West
Cam Miller (6'8''-G) of Mountain St.
Emmanuel Wilson (6'3''-G-89) of Oklah.Baptist
Heath McKay (5'11''-G-88) of Oklah.Baptist
Donald Williams (6'5''-G) of Rogers St.

1st Team
PG: Brandon Brown (5'10''-89) of Montana-West
: Ken Brown () of Philander Smith
F: Eric Frederick (6'8''-88) of Texas Wesleyan
G: Cameron Gliddon (6'5''-89) of Concordia Irvine
G/F: Walter Hill (6'5''-88) of Shorter
: Kyle Hunt () of Oklahoma S&A
G: James Justice (5'10'') of Martin Methodist
G/F: Marquise Mems (6'5'') of Tougaloo
PG: Diante Watkins (5'9'') of Robert Morris
G: Emmanuel Wilson (6'3''-89) of Oklah.Baptist

2nd Team
G: Preston Branson (6'3'') of Westmont
F: Jordan Dressler (6'8'') of Columbia, MO
F: Andy Garland (6'5'') of Carroll, MT
G: Cedric Henderson (6'0'') of Campbellsville
: Brad Karp () of St.Xavier
F: Adrian Miller (6'4'') of John Brown
F: Derrick Parker (6'6'') of LSU-Shreveport
C: Will Reinke (6'10'') of Oklah.Christian
F: Kyle Teichmann (6'6'') of Freed-Hardeman
G: Ryan Westbrooks (6'2'') of Lee

3rd Team
G: Rustin Dowd (5'11'') of MidAmerica Nazarene
F: Antonio Hester (6'6'') of Mobile, AL
: Isaiah Hill () of Mountain St.
G: Given Kalipinde (6'3'') of Biola, CA
: Antonio Marshall () of Olivet Nazarene
: Garland McArthur () of Voorhees
G: Ree McCrory (5'10'') of Martin Methodist
: Pj Meyers () of Life
F/C: Maurice Pearson (6'9'') of Georgetown, KY
G: Chase Spreen (6'6'') of Lindsey Wilson

Honorable Mention
Tremell Adams (6'1''-G) of Robert Morris
Altorique Anderson (6'4''-G) of Park
Daryl Arnold (6'6''-F/G) of Belhaven
Anthony Banks (6'6''-F-89) of Shorter
Rhett Beal () of Point Loma
Kevin Booker (6'4''-F) of Avila
Brad Burgus (6'2''-G) of Graceland
Anthony Cammon (6'1''-G) of Master's
Stephen Cotten (6'7''-F) of Evangel
Marco Cooper (6'7''-F) of Our Lady Lake
Jeremy Crawford (6'6''-F) of Allen
Matt Daniel (6'4''-G) of Cumberlands
Brandon Dunson (6'2''-G-89) of Azusa Pacific
Kyle Erickson (6'4''-G-89) of Montana-West
Demetrius Evans (6'6''-F) of Southwest
Chris Ferguson () of Mid-Continent
Corey Gray (5'10''-G) of Loyola, LA
Antoine Hall (6'6''-G/F) of Union, TN
Kerry Harvis (6'0''-G) of Talladega
Terry Hollins (6'1''-G) of Harris-Stowe
Chris Iles (5'11''-PG-89) of Xavier, LA
Cortez Irby (6'5''-G/F) of So.Poly State
Leandre Johnson () of Missouri Baptist
Quaran Johnson (6'2''-G) of Benedictine, KS
Steve Jurich (6'7''-F) of Hope International
Kenny LaGuerre (6'9''-C) of Wiley
Travis Lampley (5'11''-G) of St.Thomas, TX
Chris McHenry (5'11''-G) of Pikeville
Deangelo McIntosh (6'7''-G/F) of Oklah.Baptist
Lavon Myers (6'2''-G) of Montana St.-N.
Yan Moukoury (6'7''-F-88) of Brewton Parker
Zavion Neely (6'1''-G-90) of Cumberlands
Dante Nicholas () of Fresno Pacific
Jake Orchard (6'4''-G) of Westminster, UT
Chris Palmore (6'3''-G) of Faulkner
Dominique Rambo (5'9''-G) of SW Assemblies of God
Cale Ramsey (5'10''-G) of Evangel
Chris Raybon (5'9''-G) of Vanguard
Fayzon Richey (6'3''-G-90) of St.Gregory
Rashad Sample () of Lubbock Christian
Trevor Setty (6'8''-G/F) of Pikeville
Charlie Shorter () of MidAmerica Ch.
Greg Shyne (6'0''-G) of LSU-Shreveport
Austin Simon (6'2''-G-90) of Concordia Irvine
Bobby Smith (6'1''-G) of So.Poly State
Tim Steed (6'5''-G) of CSU San Marcos
Ben Steinlage () of Baker
LaQuantis Stewart (6'8''-F) of Martin Methodist
Michael Sweat (6'7''-F-90) of Cumberland
Kendrell Thompson (6'2''-G) of Rogers St.
Jon West (6'6''-F) of S.Nazarene
Devin White (6'8''-F-88) of SUNO
Derrick Williams (6'3''-F) of Peru St.
Mark Williams (5'11''-G) of Mountain St.
Ben Worner () of Olivet Nazarene



All-NAIA D2 Awards 2011-2012 - by Simas

All-NAIA D2 1st Team 2011-2012
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Robert Hunter
Hunter
Jonathan Dunn
Dunn
Aaron Frazier
Frazier
Mike Kennedy
Kennedy
Jake Shipley
Shipley
#e#5

All-Tournament MVP: Robert Hunter (5'10''-G) of Oregon Tech
National Player of the Year: Jonathan Dunn (6'4''-G) of Northwood, FL
Tournament Hustle Award: Kyle Gomez (6'3''-G-89) of Oregon Tech
Coach of the Year: Rollie Massimino of Northwood, FL
Coach of the Year: Dan Miles of Oregon Tech

All-Tournament Team
James Nelson (6'3''-G/F-89) of Davenport
Lonnie Fairfax (5'9''-PG) of Davenport
Rich Skillman (G) of Northwest
Aaron Frazier (6'0''-G-89) of McPherson
Jordan Crawford (6'5''-G-88) of McPherson
Jonathan Dunn (6'4''-G) of Northwood, FL
Tyrone Davis of Northwood
Cliff Warner (5'11''-G) of Dordt
Robert Hunter (5'10''-G) of Oregon Tech
Qadr Owens (6'1''-G-88) of St.Francis, IN

1st Team
G: Jonathan Dunn (6'4'') of Northwood, FL
G: Aaron Frazier (6'0''-89) of McPherson
F: Mike Kennedy (6'6'') of St.Ambrose
G: Robert Hunter (5'10'') of Oregon Tech
G: Jake Shipley (6'8'') of Briar Cliff
F: Rodney Bartholomew (6'8'') of Indiana Tech
G: Marcus Isaac (6'1'') of Indiana East
F: Caleb Kennedy (6'6'') of Huntington
G: T.J. Heatherington (5'11'') of Point Park
F: Travis Burley (6'5'') of Jamestown

2nd Team
G: Qadr Owens (6'1''-88) of St.Francis, IN
C: Byron Carpenter (6'7'') of Bluefield
G: James Parrott (6'2''-90) of Bellevue
C: Malcolm Campbell (6'10'') of Warner
F: Tim Tatum (6'6'') of Menlo
F/G: Mike Wiebe (6'6'') of Coll.of the Ozarks
G: Trevor Wolterstorff (6'4'') of Dordt
F: James Humphrey (6'8''-88) of Davenport
F: Navjot Singh (6'4'') of Cardinal Stritch
: Alan Douglas () of William Penn

3rd Team
G: Jelani Johnson (6'2''-90) of Bellevue
F: David Nesbitt (6'7''-91) of St.Thomas, FL
G: Rich Skillman () of Northwest
F: Ray Graham (6'5''-89) of Embry Riddle
G: Ben Miller (6'6'') of Northwestern, IA
G/F: James Nelson (6'3''-89) of Davenport
: Chris Bellamy () of Spring Arbor
F: Rocko Holmes (6'5''-90) of Concordia, MI
: Dom Mazzocchi () of Daemen
Tyrone Davis (5'6''-G) of Northwood University Florida

Honorable Mention
Sekani Milligen (6'4''-G-89) of Valley City St.
E'Jay Ward () of Tenn Wesleyan
Desmond Crisp () of Tenn Wesleyan
Isaiah Moore (6'3''-F) of Cal Maritime
Roddy Richardson (6'3''-G) of Calumet
Derek Semenas (6'3''-G) of Cardinal Stritch
Porter Birtell (6'7'') of Concordia, NE
Cliff Warner (5'11''-G) of Dordt
Erica Thompson (5'5''-G) of Georgia Tech
Reggie Britton (6'2''-G) of Friends
Jeb Greenberg (6'2''-G) of St.Mary's, KS
Trenton Stutzman () of Sterling
Cody Brazelton (F) of Sterling
Jordan Crawford (6'5''-G-88) of McPherson
Matt Trimnell (6'3''-G) of Indiana East
Bruce Grimm (6'1''-G) of Grace
Casey Coons () of Taylor
Aaron Evans (6'2''-G-90) of Marian
Jordan Weidner (6'3''-G) of Ind.Wesleyan
Brady Fairbanks (6'5''-G/F-88) of Haskell
Chris Jones (G) of Cent.Christian
Thadd Varmall () of York, NB
Craig Wong (6'3''-SF) of J.and Wales, FL
Masse Doumbe (6'8''-F-87) of Northwood, FL
Bobby Naubert (5'10''-PG) of Madonna
Wes Hudson (6'0''-G) of Cornerstone
Javontae Ford (6'3''-F-91) of Davenport
Jake Bolyard (6'2''-G) of NW Ohio
Alif Bland (6'8''-C) of Roberts Wesleyan



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 29-22 
 2. Philadelph.76 28-23 
 3. New York K. 26-26 
 4. New Jersey N. 18-35 
 5. Toronto R. 17-35 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 42-11 
 2. Indiana P. 30-20 
 3. Milwaukee B. 24-27 
 4. Detroit P. 18-33 
 5. Cleveland C. 17-32 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 37-13 
 2. Orlando M. 32-20 
 3. Atlanta H. 31-22 
 4. Washington W. 12-39 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-42 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 39-12 
 2. Denver N. 28-24 
 3. Utah Jazz 27-25 
 4. Minnesota T. 25-28 
 5. Portland TB 24-28 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 31-20 
 2. LA Clippers 30-21 
 3. Phoenix Suns 25-26 
 4. Golde State W. 20-30 
 5. Sacramento K. 18-33 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 35-14 
 2. Dallas M. 30-23 
 3. Houston R. 28-24 
 4. Memphis G. 27-22 
 5. N.Orleans H. 13-38 

Regular Season: Round 93

Mar. 30: LA Clippers - Portland TB 98-97
Mar. 30: Houston R. - Memphis G. 98-89
Mar. 30: Orlando M. - Dallas M. 98-100
Mar. 30: Washington W. - Philadelph.76 97-76
Mar. 30: Charlotte B. - Denver N. 88-99
Mar. 30: Cleveland C. - Milwaukee B. 84-121
Mar. 30: Chicago B. - Detroit P. 83-71
Mar. 30: Minnesota T. - Boston C. 79-100
Mar. 30: Utah Jazz - Sacramento K. 103-104
Mar. 30: Toronto R. - Miami Heat 101-113
Mar. 30: Atlanta H. - New York K. 100-90
Mar. 30: Golde State W. - New Jersey N. 100-102

Regular Season: Round 94

Mar. 31: LA Lakers - N.Orleans H.
Mar. 31: New York K. - Cleveland C.
Mar. 31: Milwaukee B. - Memphis G.
Mar. 31: Sacramento K. - New Jersey N.
Mar. 31: Detroit P. - Charlotte B.
Mar. 31: Philadelph.76 - Atlanta H.
Mar. 31: San Antonio S. - Indiana P.
Mar. 31: LA Clippers - Utah Jazz


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.26.5 
 4. James, Miami Heat26.5 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..24.4 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat23.0 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.22.8 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 9. Williams, New J.21.7 
 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.11.2 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.9 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.9 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.2 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.11.0 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers8.9 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 5. Williams, New J.8.5 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Parker, San A.8.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.8.0 
 9. Wall, Washington W.7.7 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mike CONLEY
  Memphis G.
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Conley, Memphis G.2.4 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 5. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Lowry, Houston R.1.8 
 7. Shumpert, New Y.1.8 
 8. Iguodala, Philadel.1.8 
 9. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 10. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.3 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers2.2 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 5. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.1.9 
 7. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.8 
 8. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 9. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 
 10. Dalembert, Houst.1.8 


Could Austin Rivers fall to the Boston Celtics in the NBA draft? - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics fans have temporarily distracted themselves from the current state of their basketball team to contemplate the future.

Duke freshman Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92), the son of coach Doc Rivers, announced this week that he would be declaring for this year's NBA draft.

This caused a bit of a buzz among Celtics fans who would like Rivers to be selected by the Celtics in the NBA draft.

This is of course, a pipe dream, and an improbable scenario, however, its realistic enough to at least discuss the possibility of Boston drafting Rivers.

First of all, Doc Rivers has made it clear that if he had any control over the teams draft pick, hed take his son.

Rivers' outspoken words may have surprised some members of Celtics Nation. He was anything but Bill Belichickian.

'Im going to say, Danny you better draft him,' Rivers half-joked when asked if he'd select his son if he was still available when Boston is on the clock.
Clearly Rivers isnt serious, but he certainly was not shy in his praise of Austin.

'I just think his offensive ability is so good that, in our league, in a league where I think for the most part everybody is struggling scoring, you need guys that can create their own shot. We need one more guy like that.'
Its all a fun hypothetical scenario for the moment for both Doc Rivers and Celtics fans, and realistically, it's much too early to get any sense for what the draft will look like.

Most media outlets in the know have yet to release their NBA mock drafts, and the ones that have are using pure speculation as no workouts or interviews have been conducted yet.

However, an examination of five mock drafts from different websites as a small sample of where the Celtics may pick and where Rivers may go.

Of the five we looked at, the Celtics were averaging the 18th pick in the first round of the NBA draft and Rivers was the 14th player being selected in the NBA draft.

Most people had Boston at number 17, with one draft predicting they'd pick 22nd. Rivers, on the other hand, went as high as 11 in one draft, and as low as 17 in another.

This essentially means that, initially its possible that Rivers could be around when the Celtics pick.

There are plenty of factors yet to be decided draft positioning, workouts, interviews but for now Celtic fans and Doc Rivers can only hope.

Courtesy of www.masslive.com



Three UNC stars to enter NBA draft - by Eurobasket News

For North Carolina, injury-plagued 2011-12 will be remembered around Chapel Hill as a season of 'What if?' Its offseason begins with, 'What now?'

Sophomore wing Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92), junior power forward John Henson (6'11''-F-90) and sophomore point guard Kendall Marshall (6'3''-PG-91) all are entering the NBA draft, the school announced Thursday. Add them to 7-footer Tyler Zeller (7'0''-F-90), who is graduating, and the Tar Heels lose four-fifths of the starting lineup that led them to the NCAA regional finals.

Another player, reserve forward James Michael McAdoo (6'9''-F-93), is pondering his decision this weekend, though his father said Wednesday he expects the freshman forward to be back in a UNC uniform next season.

'It's a great day for three youngsters who are taking another step toward their ultimate goal of playing professional basketball,' coach Roy Williams said in a statement. 'On a very small stage, it's a sad day for me because I won't get to coach them again. All Tar Heel fans will miss them greatly, as well.'

Barnes, a first-team All-ACC selection, averaged 17.1 points this season, but leaves with a somewhat mixed legacy. Known for his clutch game winners as a freshman, he could never quite live up to all of the expectations that followed him as the No. 1 recruit in the nation. He struggled in his final four NCAA tournament games, making only 20 of 61 shot attempts. But he did qualify to have his jersey honored in the Smith Center rafters as a member of the NABC All-America second team. He said he will continue to pursue his degree and stressed in a statement how much he loves UNC.

'Chapel Hill is a special place,'' Barnes said in the statement. 'Over the past two years I've enjoyed every single moment of my Tar Heel experience. The road we took to reach the Elite Eight in 2011 and again in 2012 were great team accomplishments. I am thankful to UNC fans, my teammates, and to have played for Hall of Fame Coach Roy Williams and the entire coaching staff. Now it's time for the next course of my journey.'

When the 6-foot-11 Henson opted to return to school last season, he said he wanted to repeat as ACC Defensive Player of the Year while expanding his all-around game. He did both. Henson added a solid jumper and hook shot to his repertoire, showing overwhelming growth from his freshman season -- when he struggled so much he found himself on the floor with the walk-ons at the end of a couple of games. Even while missing three postseason games and finishing the season at less than 100 percent because of a sprained wrist, he averaged 13.7 points and 9.9 rebounds. He also leaves with 279 career blocks, second most in UNC history. He, too, said he plans to work toward finishing his degree.

'It's tough to leave because I love my teammates, coaches and UNC,' Henson said in the statement. 'I wish we'd been able to bring our fans a national championship, but it wasn't meant to be. I am proud of what we accomplished, especially the last two years. ...

'I can't say enough about how much I've enjoyed my experience in Chapel Hill. This was a big decision and it will be a big change, but I'm ready.'

Marshall set the ACC single-season record for assists this season, but in the final month of his college career, he proved he could do more than pass. He scored in double figures in his last six games before a fractured right wrist sidelined the lefty for UNC's final two NCAA tournament outings (including Sunday's loss to Kansas). He leaves as UNC's all-time leader in assist average (7.96 per game), and as a fan favorite for the way he loved to pass first. He also won the Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard, on Thursday.

'It's been the greatest two years of my life,' he said in the statement. 'I have always put the team before myself and I am extremely proud of what we've accomplished. My life-long dream has been to play basketball at the highest level possible and I feel now is my greatest opportunity to fulfill this goal. I will always be a Tar Heel at heart and I will carry the experiences that I've had here both on and off the court with me for the rest of my life.'

ESPN.com analyst Chad Ford currently ranks each of the trio among the top 17 NBA draft prospects.

They will be replaced on UNC's roster by a four-man incoming freshman class ranked fifth by ESPN. Marcus Paige, a McDonald's All-American, likely will have to start at point guard now that Marshall is gone. Meanwhile, Brice Johnson and Joel James will need to add depth to a fairly inexperienced frontcourt, and small forward J.P. Tokoto joins a now-wing-heavy team that includes Reggie Bullock (UNC's only returning starter), Leslie McDonald and Dexter Strickland (both returning from knee injuries), and P.J. Hairston.

'I really look forward to watching Harrison, John and Kendall play in the NBA,' Williams said. 'I know they will be very successful. They have been and will always be great Tar Heels.'

Courtesy of ESPN



Suns' Grant Hill to undergo minor right knee surgery - by Eurobasket News

Suns small forward Grant Hill (6'8''-F-72, college: Duke) will undergo minor right knee surgery Friday morning and miss at least most of the season's remaining games.

A magnetic resonance imaging test on Hill's right knee revealed Thursday that he has a meniscus tear to the right knee, which underwent an arthroscopy in September to remove a loose piece of cartilage.

Hill likely will be out until at least mid-April, if not the season, but more will be known after the surgery.

Hill, the league's second oldest player by a day at age 39, said Wednesday that his right knee first began bothering him two weeks ago when he took a hit to the inside of the joint, where the tear is located. On Sunday, Hill said it worsened when he took a charge against Cleveland and eventually left the game. He was hopeful to return but his lateral movement remained limited before Tuesday's and Wednesday's games and he was held out each time.

Hill, the Suns' starting small forward and defensive leader, has missed five games this season but two were only for rest in the middle of back-to-back-to-back sets. He had only missed three games in his previous three Suns seasons combined.

The Suns (25-26) are 1-4 this season without Hill, who was averaging 10.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 29.2 minutes per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the field. Hill struggled with his offense early in the season after going through knee rehabilitation as training camp started. Since the All-Star break, Hill was shooting 52.1 percent from the field and averaging 12.9 points.

More importantly, Hill keyed the Suns defense by defending the opponent's most important perimeter player, whether it was a point guard or a wing scorer.

'He's our glue guy,' Suns guard Jared Dudley said after the Suns lost to the Clippers without him Wednesday night. 'He calms us defensively. He's the best defensive player. He's the one who guarded Chris Paul at home and slowed him down. Offensively, he is efficient and gets out on the break and that makes other people guard him and open up 3-pointers. He posts up and makes the extra pass.'

Guard Shannon Brown has started on the wing with Dudley in Hill's absences but the bench offense suffered without Brown. Hill's loss could return Josh Childress to the rotation. Childress is the bench's only true small forward, offering length with his 6-foot-8 frame. Childress has only appeared in 20 games this season, including only one of the Suns' past 20 games.

The Suns are in 10th place in the West, sitting two games behind Utah, Houston and Denver with 15 games remaining. The Suns are only a half-game ahead of Minnesota and one game in front of Portland.

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com



Nets sign Jersey native Dennis Horner to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

Nets general manager Billy King announced today the team has signed Dennis Horner (6'9''-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.), a Linwood native, to a 10-day contract. The 6-9 rookie, who played at N.C. State, had been playing for the Springfield Armor of the D-League.

Horner will add much needed depth to the Nets' frontcourt as the team embarks on a West Coast roadtrip, beginning tonight at the Golden State Warriors. With an eye injury keeping Shelden Wiliams from traveling west and Jordan Williams questionable with a concussion, Johan Petro and Kris Humphries were the Nets' only healthy big men ready to suit up against the Warriors.

Horner was signed by the Nets prior to training camp, on Dec. 9, 2011, and appeared in five games earlier this season. In 16 minutes he scored four points. In 25 games since the Nets assigned Horner to the Armor, the Nets' D-League affiliate, he has scored 17 points per game, claimed 8.5 rebounds and shot .471 from the field.

Courtesy of www.nj.com



Suns' Steve Nash says he would consider joining Miami Heat - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) made some comments Thursday morning on the Dan Patrick Show that might have caught the attention of the Heat.

Nash, likely to be one of the top free agents after the season, said if he left Phoenix he would be receptive to joining LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh next season in a move that would fill what is still considered by many to be an area of need on the team.

'I would listen', Nash told Dan Patrick. 'He's phenomenal. I love what they're doing there. A lot of people don't like them because they put all that talent there. But they're professional, they play hard, they play together. Their coaching staff has done a great job, so I have a tremendous amount of respect for them.'

Nash, 38, said he would only return to the Suns if the team committed to making drastic improvements in the offseason, which hes expecting them to do. He also said hes looking forward to becoming a free agent.

The Heat wont have any salary-cap space next summer, meaning Nash would have to settle for the midlevel exception if he wanted to join Miami. Phoenix and other clubs would have more money to offer Nash.

Nash said the prospect of joining a team for a push for a championship late in his career was enticing to him.

Im not coming back to the Suns if there isnt improvement, Nash told Patrick. I would definitely listen [if the Heat offered].

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com



Kirk Hinrich open to signing with the Bulls in the offseason - by Eurobasket News

It's not an issue that is top-of-mind for the Chicago Bulls or Atlanta Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich (6'4''-G-81, college: Kansas), considering both teams are busy preparing for the 2012 NBA Playoffs, but the former Bulls guard told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune that he would be open to signing with Chicago in the offseason when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. After being drafted by the Bulls with the seventh overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, Hinrich played seven seasons with team before they traded him in July of 2010 to open up cap space to pursue LeBron James, Amar'e Stoudemire, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the high-profile free agent crop from 2010.

Hinrich still owns a home in the Chicago suburbs, is a favorite among many fans and will become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career this summer, so K.C. Johnson tried to connect the dots. Hinrich seemed open to the idea, but it's unclear whether he would be willing to take a discount to join a contender. Here's what the guard said when asked about a possible return to Chicago (via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune):

'I wouldn't be opposed to it,' Hinrich said. 'It's still a ways away, and a lot can happen. We'll see. I have no preconceived thoughts on what will happen.'

'I'm excited to have a choice instead of just going wherever the business sends me,' Hinrich said. 'But I haven't thought about it much. I've been so caught up in this whirlwind season. I was trying to get healthy and then working to get back to playing at a level I should be playing at. Now I'm thinking about the playoffs.'

Courtesy of http://chicago.sbnation.com



Cavaliers sign Lester Hudson to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

The 17-31 Cleveland Cavaliers have lost five straight games and only won two of their last 10 contests. And today they chose to add some depth to their backcourt.

The Cavs have signed guard Lester Hudson (6'3''-G-84, college: Tenn-Martin) from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League to a 10-day contract, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced.

The signing of Hudson marks the 46th Call-Up of the 2011-12 season. Hudson will wear No. 14 for the Cavaliers and is available for tonights game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Hudson has appeared in five games (two starts) for the Toros this season, averaging 17.6 points on .532 shooting, 6.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.4 steals in 29.2 minutes per game. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard from the University of Tennessee-Martin was originally drafted in the second round with the 58th overall pick by the Boston Celtics in the 2009 NBA Draft.

During his rookie year in 2009-10, Hudson played in 25 total games for the Celtics and the Memphis Grizzlies, posting averages of 2.3 points and 0.7 rebounds in 5.4 minutes per game. He also appeared in 20 D-League games for the Dakota Wizards and Maine Red Claws, averaging 16.0 points on .435 shooting, 6.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 27.2 minutes per game. During the 2010-11 season, Lester appeared in 11 games for the Washington Wizards and posted averages of 1.6 points and 1.5 assists in 6.9 minutes per game.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Suns are unlikely to sign Aaron Brooks - by Eurobasket News

Suns General Manager Lance Blanks traveled to China to watch and meet with point guard Brooks Aaron (6'0''-PG-85, college: Oregon), who has led the Guangdong Southern Tigers to the Chinese Basketball Association finals.

The Suns are the only NBA team that can sign Brooks this season. Otherwise, Brooks will become a restricted free agent in July. He would not be eligible for a sign-and-trade deal by not being on the Suns roster. With Sebastian Telfair's improved play and Ronnie Price as a third point guard, it would seem unlikely for the Suns to sign Brooks unless he agrees to a cap-friendly, multiyear deal. Given Brooks' lack of impact last season, the Suns have to weigh whether he is the right fit regardless.

Brooks is averaging 29.8 points and 4.5 assists during the finals, in which Guangdong trails Stephon Marbury's Beijing Ducks 3-1 in a best-of-seven series.

The Suns acquired Brooks last season by sending Houston a first-round draft pick and Goran Dragic, who has averaged 16.7 points, 9.2 assists and 2.0 steals in 11 starts since Kyle Lowry went out with a bacterial infection.

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com



Heisley ends talks with Oracle founder Ellison over sale of Memphis Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

After failed negotiations with a group led by former Duke basketball players Brian Davis and Christian Laettner in 2006, Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley promised himself that anyone interested in buying the NBA franchise would first adhere to strict criteria.

In addition to proving financial wherewithal up front, a potential suitor must bring a substantial down payment before entering into a purchasing agreement. Also, any talk about trying to relocate the Grizzlies before 2021 is, in Heisley's view, a deal breaker because of a lease that binds the team to Memphis and FedExForum until at least that year.

So it's no wonder that Heisley instructed his attorney, Stan Meadows, to stop negotiating with California billionaire Larry Ellison. The Oracle founder and third-richest American, who recently signed a confidentiality agreement with Heisley and began an exploratory process to buy the Grizzlies, has the financial wherewithal.

But Heisley said Thursday that Ellison's representatives made repeated overtures about moving the Grizzlies.

'We're not even considering Ellison,' Heisley said. 'This team cannot be moved.'

Heisley is asking $350 million for the Grizzlies and says he makes it clear with potential buyers that the team's arena lease with the city and county is rigid. There are several clauses and financial penalties that make it a daunting task to move the Grizzlies before 2021.

Heisley acknowledged that there is one other person looking at the prospect of buying the team, but he expressed skepticism.

'I don't know if he's serious,' said Heisley, a 75-year-old, Chicago-based billionaire. 'I think I'll own the team for a while.'

To that end, Heisley met last Saturday with a newly formed advisory board designed to help increase season-ticket sales and the Grizzlies' profile in Memphis. The board met in FedExForum last Saturday, and is made up of local business and civic leaders. Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau president Kevin Kane is the acting chairman.

'I'm pleased that we had a nice reception. It was a very positive meeting,' said Heisley.

Heisley found out this week he won't be adding a second major league franchise to his portfolio. A group that includes Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson agreed to buy baseball's L.A. Dodgers for a record $2.1 billion dollars.

Heisley learned of the deal Tuesday on his ride to the airport from FedExForum after he watched the Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite reports to the contrary, Heisley insisted that he had not been eliminated from the process until that point.

Heisley's group was prepared to bid no more than $1.5 billion for the Dodgers.

'I wouldn't have paid $2 billion if I had all the money in the world,' Heisley said.

Courtesy of www.commercialappeal.com



Arnett Moultrie to declare for NBA Draft, end career at MSU - by Eurobasket News

Mississippi State forward Arnett Moultrie's (6'11''-F-90) career at Mississippi State is over.

The junior will forgo his senior season at MSU and plans to enter his name into the NBA Draft. He met with athletics director Scott Stricklin this morning to alert him of his decision, which he confirmed to the Clarion-Ledger outside the Bryan Building this morning.

Everyone who is in his corner and is around him feels like its time, said Brian Brooks, Moultries former high school coach.

The UTEP transfer, a first-team All-SEC player and C Spire Howell Trophy winner, averaged 16.4 points and 10.5 rebounds this season. He recorded 18 double-doubles in his only season at MSU.

Moultrie has not yet signed with an agent or filed paperwork to the NBA, but said he anticipates that happening soon.

I have enjoyed my time at Mississippi State University and I will never forget the people I met and got to know, Moultrie said in a statement. Nor will I ever forget my coaches and teammates. Keep me in your prayers and I will keep Bulldog Nation in mine.

Moultrie is projected to go in the first round of the NBA Draft, according to NBADraft.net. He told The Clarion-Ledger in February he would probably leave MSU if he was a lock in the first round.

When asked if he believes Moultrie has first-round talent, Brooks said, I do. He thinks he does, too.

Moultrie entered his name into consideration for the NBA Draft at UTEP. Filing similar paperwork next week will officially end his college career.

Moultries announcement is yet another story in a string of dramatic moments for the MSU basketball team. Moultrie grew frustrated late in the season, and publicly question his teammates ability to reach the NCAA Tournament after a five-game losing skid in February. The Bulldogs subsequently fell short of the NCAA Tournament and lost a first-round game to Massachusetts in the National Invitation Tournament. Rick Stansbury stepped down as coach on March 15, two days after the season.

Freshman point guard DeVille Smith (withdrawn from classes) and junior forward Renardo Sidney (signed with agent) left the team Monday.

States coaching search is also in full swing. The latest candidate to surface is Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew, who interviewed for the MSU job Monday, according to ESPN.com. MSUs top two targets do not appear to be viable options. Steve Prohm re-upped with Murray State this week and Ohios John Groce has entered discussions to take over at Illinois.

Courtesy of http://blogs.clarionledger.com



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Hagan key part of Rainmen's future - by Eurobasket News

Chris Hagan (5'9''-G-89, college: Midwestern St.) didn't make an impression soon enough to be considered for Sunday's NBL all-star contest. But it wouldn't be a stretch to assert the Halifax rookie had developed into one of the leagues top performers by the time the Rainmen played their final game of the season four days ago.

Thats why the 23-year-old point guard from Houston is among the group of six players around whom Rainmen owner Andre Levingston would like to build for the 2012-13 National Basketball League of Canada campaign.

Hagan joined the team on Dec. 3 and ended up averaging 9.3 points in 28 regular-season games. His role increased, though, as he gained confidence and a better understanding of coach Pep Claross system. He topped Halifax by averaging 17.3 points in eight playoff outings, including a high of 27 against the Quebec Kebs on March 16.

'At the end of the season, I thought Chris Hagan was the best guard in the league,' Levingston said Wednesday. 'I mean, he played out of his mind . . . and he was definitely our best basketball player every night in the playoffs.'

The five-foot-nine guard, Halifaxs youngest player, was the Rainmens leading scorer in five of eight post-season tilts. They extended the London Lightning to a fifth and deciding game in the best-of-five NBL final before losing 116-92 last Sunday in London.

Levingston, who doubles as the teams general manager, identified Hagan, backcourt mates Taliek Brown and Joey Haywood, and forwards Lawrence Wright, Tyrone Levett and Darnell Hugee as players he hopes to persuade to return to form the foundation for next years squad.

Brown and Haywood, the former Saint Marys star who was one of the top Canadian players in the NBL, will represent the Rainmen in Sunday afternoons all-star game at the Metro Centre along with Levett, named to the leagues second all-star unit and its first all-defensive team.

Wright paced the club in regular-season scoring, averaging 15.9 points in 36 games, to earn a spot on the leagues first-team all-star unit. Hugee was a key contributor in the playoffs after signing on Feb. 17, though the power forwards penchant for getting into foul trouble sometimes hampered his effectiveness.

NBL teams can protect five players, shielding them from other Canadian clubs, though they could nonetheless be lured away by more lucrative offers from other leagues.

The Rainmen will need to address a size deficit next season, Levingston said, after the team utilized a small lineup for much of this year. Hed also like to add more scoring punch on the wing.

'We need a wing guy that can create his own shot and get to the bucket. Our wing guys this year mostly just relied on three-point shooting, so we have to get better at that position as well.'

The team also wants to bring back Claros, an experienced international coach who left Halifax this week for a job in Mexico.

Claros had been slated to coach one of the teams in Sundays all-star game. Hell be replaced by Quebec bench boss Rob Spon, wholl oppose Londons Micheal Ray Richardson.

Sundays contest, which tips off at 1 p.m., caps a weekend of events that also includes a legends game, three-point shooting competition and slam dunk contest on Saturday.

The legends game features three former NBA players Richardson, Saint John Mill Rats coach Jaren Jackson and one-time Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell and Desmond Ferguson, a fan favourite in two seasons with the Rainmen who also appeared in seven NBA games in 2003-04.

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca



Commissioner of Canada pro basketball league quits - by Eurobasket News

Commissioner John Kennedy of the National Basketball League of Canada has quit because of a family emergency days after the end of the inaugural season.

League President Andre Levingston announced the move in a statement Thursday but did not elaborate, saying only that the 'thoughts and prayers' of the league were with Kennedy.

The season concluded Sunday with the London Lightning defeating the Halifax Rainmen in a best-of-five series. The league has seven teams across Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario.

Levingston said the league is looking for a new commissioner.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca



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Anthony Davis, Thomas Robinson 1-2 in AP award voting - by Eurobasket News

In the storied history of Kentucky basketball, no player had ever been considered the nations best in that season.

Until now.

Freshman Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) continued his run of national player of the year awards by accepting the Associated Press honor on Friday.

He beat Kansas Thomas Robinson (6'9''-F-91) for the honor. Davis received 43 votes, Robinson 20 and Michigan States Draymond Green two. The voting occurred before the NCAA Tournament began.

Davis, whose Wildcats take on Louisville in a national semifinal on Saturday, becomes the second freshman to win the honor. Texas Kevin Durant won the 2007 AP award.

Kentucky won seven NCAA championships and produced a slew of excellent players. Some, like Ralph Beard, Alex Groza and Bill Spivey played before national players of the year were identified.

Later in seasons that starred players like Kyle Macy, Kenny Walker, Jamal Mashburn, Ron Mercer, Tayshaun Price and John Wall, someone else was deemed a little better.

Not this year.

The 6-10 forward from Chicago had already been named SEC player, freshman and defensive player of the year for a season that has produced averages of 14.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.6 blocks while shooting 64.2 percent. He had been named national player of the year by Sporting News and had earned the Rupp Trophy as the nations top player.

Robinson, who averages 17.7 points and 11.8 rebounds, was named national player of the year by ESPN.com. His Jayhawks meet Ohio State in a national semifinal on Saturday.

Among national player of the year awards to be announced: Wooden Award, Naismith Award and Basketball Times player of the year.

The major All-America teams have been announced with a consensus first team of Davis, Robinson, Green, Ohio States Jared Sullinger and Creightons Doug McDermott.

Missouris Marcus Denmon is a consensus second-team All-America.

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com



Three UNC stars to enter NBA draft - by Eurobasket News

For North Carolina, injury-plagued 2011-12 will be remembered around Chapel Hill as a season of 'What if?' Its offseason begins with, 'What now?'

Sophomore wing Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92), junior power forward John Henson (6'11''-F-90) and sophomore point guard Kendall Marshall (6'3''-PG-91) all are entering the NBA draft, the school announced Thursday. Add them to 7-footer Tyler Zeller (7'0''-F-90), who is graduating, and the Tar Heels lose four-fifths of the starting lineup that led them to the NCAA regional finals.

Another player, reserve forward James Michael McAdoo (6'9''-F-93), is pondering his decision this weekend, though his father said Wednesday he expects the freshman forward to be back in a UNC uniform next season.

'It's a great day for three youngsters who are taking another step toward their ultimate goal of playing professional basketball,' coach Roy Williams said in a statement. 'On a very small stage, it's a sad day for me because I won't get to coach them again. All Tar Heel fans will miss them greatly, as well.'

Barnes, a first-team All-ACC selection, averaged 17.1 points this season, but leaves with a somewhat mixed legacy. Known for his clutch game winners as a freshman, he could never quite live up to all of the expectations that followed him as the No. 1 recruit in the nation. He struggled in his final four NCAA tournament games, making only 20 of 61 shot attempts. But he did qualify to have his jersey honored in the Smith Center rafters as a member of the NABC All-America second team. He said he will continue to pursue his degree and stressed in a statement how much he loves UNC.

'Chapel Hill is a special place,'' Barnes said in the statement. 'Over the past two years I've enjoyed every single moment of my Tar Heel experience. The road we took to reach the Elite Eight in 2011 and again in 2012 were great team accomplishments. I am thankful to UNC fans, my teammates, and to have played for Hall of Fame Coach Roy Williams and the entire coaching staff. Now it's time for the next course of my journey.'

When the 6-foot-11 Henson opted to return to school last season, he said he wanted to repeat as ACC Defensive Player of the Year while expanding his all-around game. He did both. Henson added a solid jumper and hook shot to his repertoire, showing overwhelming growth from his freshman season -- when he struggled so much he found himself on the floor with the walk-ons at the end of a couple of games. Even while missing three postseason games and finishing the season at less than 100 percent because of a sprained wrist, he averaged 13.7 points and 9.9 rebounds. He also leaves with 279 career blocks, second most in UNC history. He, too, said he plans to work toward finishing his degree.

'It's tough to leave because I love my teammates, coaches and UNC,' Henson said in the statement. 'I wish we'd been able to bring our fans a national championship, but it wasn't meant to be. I am proud of what we accomplished, especially the last two years. ...

'I can't say enough about how much I've enjoyed my experience in Chapel Hill. This was a big decision and it will be a big change, but I'm ready.'

Marshall set the ACC single-season record for assists this season, but in the final month of his college career, he proved he could do more than pass. He scored in double figures in his last six games before a fractured right wrist sidelined the lefty for UNC's final two NCAA tournament outings (including Sunday's loss to Kansas). He leaves as UNC's all-time leader in assist average (7.96 per game), and as a fan favorite for the way he loved to pass first. He also won the Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard, on Thursday.

'It's been the greatest two years of my life,' he said in the statement. 'I have always put the team before myself and I am extremely proud of what we've accomplished. My life-long dream has been to play basketball at the highest level possible and I feel now is my greatest opportunity to fulfill this goal. I will always be a Tar Heel at heart and I will carry the experiences that I've had here both on and off the court with me for the rest of my life.'

ESPN.com analyst Chad Ford currently ranks each of the trio among the top 17 NBA draft prospects.

They will be replaced on UNC's roster by a four-man incoming freshman class ranked fifth by ESPN. Marcus Paige, a McDonald's All-American, likely will have to start at point guard now that Marshall is gone. Meanwhile, Brice Johnson and Joel James will need to add depth to a fairly inexperienced frontcourt, and small forward J.P. Tokoto joins a now-wing-heavy team that includes Reggie Bullock (UNC's only returning starter), Leslie McDonald and Dexter Strickland (both returning from knee injuries), and P.J. Hairston.

'I really look forward to watching Harrison, John and Kendall play in the NBA,' Williams said. 'I know they will be very successful. They have been and will always be great Tar Heels.'

Courtesy of ESPN



Could Austin Rivers fall to the Boston Celtics in the NBA draft? - by Eurobasket News

Boston Celtics fans have temporarily distracted themselves from the current state of their basketball team to contemplate the future.

Duke freshman Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92), the son of coach Doc Rivers, announced this week that he would be declaring for this year's NBA draft.

This caused a bit of a buzz among Celtics fans who would like Rivers to be selected by the Celtics in the NBA draft.

This is of course, a pipe dream, and an improbable scenario, however, its realistic enough to at least discuss the possibility of Boston drafting Rivers.

First of all, Doc Rivers has made it clear that if he had any control over the teams draft pick, hed take his son.

Rivers' outspoken words may have surprised some members of Celtics Nation. He was anything but Bill Belichickian.

'Im going to say, Danny you better draft him,' Rivers half-joked when asked if he'd select his son if he was still available when Boston is on the clock.
Clearly Rivers isnt serious, but he certainly was not shy in his praise of Austin.

'I just think his offensive ability is so good that, in our league, in a league where I think for the most part everybody is struggling scoring, you need guys that can create their own shot. We need one more guy like that.'
Its all a fun hypothetical scenario for the moment for both Doc Rivers and Celtics fans, and realistically, it's much too early to get any sense for what the draft will look like.

Most media outlets in the know have yet to release their NBA mock drafts, and the ones that have are using pure speculation as no workouts or interviews have been conducted yet.

However, an examination of five mock drafts from different websites as a small sample of where the Celtics may pick and where Rivers may go.

Of the five we looked at, the Celtics were averaging the 18th pick in the first round of the NBA draft and Rivers was the 14th player being selected in the NBA draft.

Most people had Boston at number 17, with one draft predicting they'd pick 22nd. Rivers, on the other hand, went as high as 11 in one draft, and as low as 17 in another.

This essentially means that, initially its possible that Rivers could be around when the Celtics pick.

There are plenty of factors yet to be decided draft positioning, workouts, interviews but for now Celtic fans and Doc Rivers can only hope.

Courtesy of www.masslive.com



Pittsburgh 71, Washington St. 65 - by Milord Nikolic

Tray Woodall scored 17 points and handed out seven assists Friday as the Panthers won the best-of-three College Basketball Invitational series. The Panthers (22-17) lost the first game of the series, but recovered to win the next two at home. Pitt broke open a 44-44 game left with a 12-2 run to distance itself from the Cougars. Pitt also got 14 points and eight rebounds from Lamar Patterson. Talib Zanna scored 12 points, the fifth time hes been in double figures over the last six games after accomplishing the feat only four times during the regular season. J.J. Moore added 11 points and Nasir Robinson scored 10. Washington State (19-18) got 18 points and five assists from Reggie Moore, 12 points from Mike Ladd and 10 points from DaVonte Lacy. Pitt led 38-35 at halftime as Woodall and Patterson each scored nine points. The Panthers took advantage of Washington States mistakes and scored seven of their points off turnovers.


Stan Van Gundy: Kentucky couldn't beat NBA team - by Eurobasket News

Stan Van Gundy said Wednesday the notion that Kentucky could beat an NBA team is 'absurd.'

The Orlando Magic coach was asked about comments by former Maryland coach Gary Williams, who told a Washington radio station that he thought the Wildcats could beat the NBA's Wizards in one game at Rupp Arena.

The Wildcats, the favorites to win the NCAA championship next week, have multiple players who are expected to be NBA lottery picks. Forward Anthony Davis could be the No. 1 overall pick if he enters the draft.

That's not enough for Van Gundy.

'Look, it's absurd,' he said before the Magic faced the New York Knicks. 'I mean, people will say, 'Oh, Kentucky you know's got four NBA players.' Yeah, well the other team's got 13.'

Van Gundy said the talent level, experience and age of the players would favor the NBA team, even one as bad as the Wizards (11-38).

'Could anything happen on a one-night thing? I mean, I suppose, you have major upsets all the time. So maybe, but it'd be rare and in a series it'd be a joke,' Van Gundy said. 'It wouldn't be close. That's just the way it is. John Calipari's got a lot of talent, he does not have 13 NBA players. He just doesn't. And even if those guys all are, they're all NBA rookies. I mean, when has that ever been a success in the NBA? So no, they're not going to win.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Final Four preview: Ohio State vs. Kansas - by Eurobasket News

Ohio State (31-7) vs. Kansas (31-6)

When Saturday, 8:49 p.m.

Where Superdome, New Orleans

TV CBS



Keys for an Ohio State victory

1 William Buford (6'6''-G-90) Ohio State has been successful despite his scattershot work from the floor (29.5 percent in the tournament). Last year, the Buckeyes were rolling before Buford shot 2-for-16 in a loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16. He scored 21 points in the first meeting of the teams in December. Matching up with the senior is always difficult with his quickness and length at 6-foot-6. He leads Ohio State with 59 3-pointers. The only other consistent threat from beyond the arc is Deshaun Thomas (6'7''-F-91), who has 49. When the competition is fierce, Ohio State needs Buford to be at his best.

2 Debunk the junk In the tournament, Kansas has had success with a triangle-and-two defense, flummoxing teams such as North Carolina and Purdue that have been ill-prepared for the tactic, which is designed to negate two primary scoring options. When faced with this defense in the second half, both teams were slow to recognize the set. There are holes in a triangle-and-two that teams with balanced scoring attacks can exploit. Kansas might use the defense to try to stop Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F-92) inside and one of the Buckeyes who might heat up outside. There will be no excuse if the Buckeyes are similarly stymied.


Keys for a Kansas victory

1 Hands off approach No player in the tournament has drawn more fouls or scored more points at the free throw line (27) than Ohio State's 6-9, 265-pound bulldozer Jared Sullinger, who averages 17.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Kansas needs to keep Jeff Withey (20 tournament blocks), its 7-foot defensive stalwart, in the lineup. Ditto for low-post offensive force Thomas Robinson (6'9''-F-91) (17.9 ppg, 11.8 rpg). Kansas is a different team in the halfcourt with Withey on the floor. With 10 blocks in the Sweet 16, he single-handedly wrecked N.C. State

2 Get open 3s Playing in the run-and-gun Big 12 and against four offensive-minded teams in the NCAA, Kansas hasn't faced a team as rugged as Ohio State since December. To combat the Buckeyes' defense, which is at its best in the halfcourt, Kansas should run when opportunities arise. The Jayhawks also need to hit 3-pointers to spread the Buckeyes out and put them in chase mode. In the Dec. 10 meeting between the teams, a 78-67 Kansas win, the Jayhawks were successful in large part because they hit nine of 17 shots from beyond the arc.


Key matchup

Aaron Craft (Ohio State) vs. Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas)

The heavyweight duel between first-team All-Americans Jared Sullinger (Ohio State) and Thomas Robinson (Kansas) is the marquee matchup. But the battle more likely to swing the game is at the point. When Kansas rolled past Ohio State in December, Taylor (13 assists) repeatedly got by Craft. His penetration was key to Kansas' 58.3 percent shooting, but he also had seven turnovers.


By the numbers

20 Consecutive 3-pointers missed by Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor in the NCAA tournament, including 17 this year. The streak extends over six games.

57 Turnovers forced by Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft, tops in the nation, according to ESPN. The sophomore also ranks second in steals with 95.

13 Coaches who have won multiple NCAA titles. Kansas' Bill Self (2008) and Louisville's Rick Pitino (1996 at Kentucky) will try to join the list.

33.3 Three-point accuracy of Ohio State, which ranks 217th in the NCAA. Last year the Buckeyes led the nation at 42.3 percent.


Last meeting

Kansas 78, Ohio State 67 (Dec. 10, 2011)

How much can be gleaned from a game in which Jared Sullinger (back spasms) didn't play and the Buckeyes, lacking his inside presence, failed to block a shot? Thomas Robinson (21 points) took advantage inside, hitting seven of nine shots. Elijah Johnson made five of seven from beyond the arc, and Tyshawn Taylor (nine points, 13 assists) set it all up in a game Kansas never trailed at Phog Allen Fieldhouse.


Examiner predicts ...

Ohio State 72, Kansas 68

If there's a team happy to be here, it's Kansas. Not much was expected of the Jayhawks after the loss of four starters, including NBA lottery picks Markieff and Marcus Morris. But their departure allowed Thomas Robinson to blossom. The return of Jared Sullinger meant NCAA title or bust for Ohio State. Losing at this stage would be a disappointment. That prospect and a superior starting five will fuel the Buckeyes.

Courtesy of http://washingtonexaminer.com



Arnett Moultrie to declare for NBA Draft, end career at MSU - by Eurobasket News

Mississippi State forward Arnett Moultrie's (6'11''-F-90) career at Mississippi State is over.

The junior will forgo his senior season at MSU and plans to enter his name into the NBA Draft. He met with athletics director Scott Stricklin this morning to alert him of his decision, which he confirmed to the Clarion-Ledger outside the Bryan Building this morning.

Everyone who is in his corner and is around him feels like its time, said Brian Brooks, Moultries former high school coach.

The UTEP transfer, a first-team All-SEC player and C Spire Howell Trophy winner, averaged 16.4 points and 10.5 rebounds this season. He recorded 18 double-doubles in his only season at MSU.

Moultrie has not yet signed with an agent or filed paperwork to the NBA, but said he anticipates that happening soon.

I have enjoyed my time at Mississippi State University and I will never forget the people I met and got to know, Moultrie said in a statement. Nor will I ever forget my coaches and teammates. Keep me in your prayers and I will keep Bulldog Nation in mine.

Moultrie is projected to go in the first round of the NBA Draft, according to NBADraft.net. He told The Clarion-Ledger in February he would probably leave MSU if he was a lock in the first round.

When asked if he believes Moultrie has first-round talent, Brooks said, I do. He thinks he does, too.

Moultrie entered his name into consideration for the NBA Draft at UTEP. Filing similar paperwork next week will officially end his college career.

Moultries announcement is yet another story in a string of dramatic moments for the MSU basketball team. Moultrie grew frustrated late in the season, and publicly question his teammates ability to reach the NCAA Tournament after a five-game losing skid in February. The Bulldogs subsequently fell short of the NCAA Tournament and lost a first-round game to Massachusetts in the National Invitation Tournament. Rick Stansbury stepped down as coach on March 15, two days after the season.

Freshman point guard DeVille Smith (withdrawn from classes) and junior forward Renardo Sidney (signed with agent) left the team Monday.

States coaching search is also in full swing. The latest candidate to surface is Valparaiso coach Bryce Drew, who interviewed for the MSU job Monday, according to ESPN.com. MSUs top two targets do not appear to be viable options. Steve Prohm re-upped with Murray State this week and Ohios John Groce has entered discussions to take over at Illinois.

Courtesy of http://blogs.clarionledger.com



Final Four preview: Kentucky vs. Louisville - by Eurobasket News

No. 1 Kentucky (36-2) vs. No. 4 Louisville (30-9)

When Saturday, 6:09 p.m.

Where Superdome, New Orleans

TV CBS



Keys to a Kentucky victory

1 Get out on the break While most teams turn steals into easy buckets, Kentucky has been able to turn blocked shots into offensive opportunities. And the Wildcats -- led by 6-foot-10 freshman Anthony Davis' (6'10''-F-93) 4.6 rejections a game -- blocked 71 more shots than any other team in the country. Whether it be from a steal, long rebound or block, no one is better at finishing in the open court than Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The Wildcats turn easy baskets into big runs. In the Elite Eight against Baylor, Kentucky went from an early five-point deficit to an 11-point lead in under four minutes.

2 Defend the 3-point line In Kentucky's two losses this season, Indiana and Vanderbilt went a combined 15-for-33 (45 percent) from beyond the arc. Louisville isn't the greatest 3-point shooting team -- hitting just 31.7 percent -- but it does have several players that could hurt the Wildcats from the outside with Kyle Kuric (6'4''-G/F-89), Chris Smith and Russ Smith. In Louisville's last four losses, Kuric went a combined 4-for-28 (14 percent) from 3-point range. Whenever a more talented, highly favored team falls in the NCAA tournament, the 3-point line is usually the culprit.


Keys to a Louisville victory

1 Make the game ugly Louisville will not be able to outscore Kentucky. Indiana tried that in the Sweet 16 and lost 102-90. So Louisville needs to win with defense, something it has been able to do a lot during its eight-game winning streak. The Wildcats average 77.1 points a game, but the Cardinals haven't allowed an opponent to reach 77 points in 12 straight games. Louisville used this tactic to perfection to defeat West Region top seed Michigan State, holding the Spartans to 44 points -- the lowest scoring output for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament in the shot clock era.

2 Another big day for Behanan Freshman forward Chane Behanan (6'7''-F-92) has had his ups and downs all year, but the 6-foot-6, 250-pounder is playing his best at the right time. He has scored in double-digits in each of the Cardinals' four tournament games and is coming off a 17-point, seven-rebound performance in the Elite Eight against Florida. Not only will Behanan have to provide an offensive spark, he will have to help control the boards. The Cardinals' second-leading rebounder will have a tough task against Kentucky -- one of the country's top rebounding teams.


Key matchup

Marquis Teague (6'2''-G-93) (Kentucky) vs. Peyton Siva (5'11''-PG-90) (Louisville)

This is one of the few matchups that could favor Louisville, even though Teague is probably more talented. The Wildcats point guard has a quick first step, but he is way too turnover prone. He has had three or more giveaways twice in the tournament and 19 times during the regular season. Since being named the Big East tournament MVP, Siva has reached double digits in points just once in the NCAA tournament, but he has averaged 7.0 assists.


By the Numbers

1 Game in which Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis fouled out this season. He hasn't been disqualified since Nov. 20 but had four fouls in the Elite Eight vs. Baylor.

25 Years since Louisville coach Rick Pitino's first trip to the Final Four. Only Dean Smith has a larger gap between first and last Final Four appearances.

9 Three-pointers made out of 15 attempts (60 percent) by Kentucky guard Doron Lamb during the NCAA tournament. Lamb hit a team-high 47.1 percent of his 3s this year.

37.5 Field goal percentage defense for Kentucky -- the best in the nation. Louisville was tied for third in the country, holding opponents to 38.0 percent shooting.


Last meeting

Kentucky 69, Louisville 62 (Dec. 31, 2011)

Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist dominated with 24 points and 19 rebounds, and Anthony Davis had 18 second-half points to go along with 10 rebounds and six blocks. The Cardinals were led by sophomore guard Russ Smith, who had a career-high 30 points. Louisville came back from a 15-point deficit to tie it early in the second half, but Kentucky responded with a run and pulled away down the stretch.


Examiner predicts ...

Kentucky 74, Louisville 62

The Wildcats are just too talented and Louisville is just too offensively challenged for this upset to happen. The Cardinals' defensive pressure should keep it close, at least for one half. This matchup between in-state rivals has some of the most compelling storylines of any recent Final Four matchup, but once the teams take the floor it will be clear which team is better -- and that's Kentucky.

Courtesy of http://washingtonexaminer.com



Winthrop names Pat Kelsey men's basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

Former Wake Forest and Xavier assistant Pat Kelsey is Winthrop's new men's basketball coach.

The school announced the hiring of Kelsey on Thursday.

Kelsey spent eight seasons at Wake Forest under the late Skip Prosser and Dino Gaudio , then went to Xavier until 2011. Kelsey, 36, stepped away from the Muskateers after two seasons because he was having difficulty dealing with Prosser's death and wanted to spend more time with his family.

Kelsey said he has since come to grips with it and looks forward to taking over at Winthrop. Kelsey said Prosser's legacy will live on in people like him who'll teach young players the late coach's core values.

Kelsey replaces former Eagles coach Randy Peele, who was let go after the team's second straight losing season.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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Thomas Abercrombie selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Thomas Abercrombie
Thomas Abercrombie
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Thomas Abercrombie (198-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.), who plays in the Australian NBL. He could not help New Zealand Breakers (21-7) in their last game. Despite Abercrombie's very good performance the league leader New Zealand Breakers were badly defeated 99-82 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Townsville Crocodiles. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Abercrombie also added 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 33 minutes on the court. It was New Zealand Breakers' first loss after six consecutive victories. It's Abercrombie's fourth season with the team. He is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers with 15.6ppg. Abercrombie also averaged so far 4.9rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 70.4% in the 29 games he played so far. Ex-Waikato Pistons player is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Kirk Penney
Kirk Penney
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Penney's good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated 70-65 in Las Palmas by the higher-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (#12). He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Penney also added 7 rebounds. It's Penney's first season with the team. Penney is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 84.5%. Penney is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Alex Pledger
Alex Pledger
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Alex Pledger (213-87, college: Belm.Abbey) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. But that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which we would like to mention. Pledger, who plays in the Australian NBL. He was not able to secure a victory for New Zealand Breakers (21-7) in their last game. Despite Pledger's good performance the league leader New Zealand Breakers were crushed 94-71 in Broadbeach by the lower-ranked (#3) Gold Coast Blaze. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Pledger also added 4 blocks in 30 minutes. This year Pledger averages: 8.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 57.9%(103-178) and FT: 61.5% in the 29 games. He is also a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Leon Henry
Leon Henry
   #4. Swingman Leon Henry (200-85, college: S.Idaho JC) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Alex Pledger (above) in the other team. Henry, who plays in the Australian NBL couldn't help New Zealand Breakers (21-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the league leader New Zealand Breakers were crushed 94-71 in Broadbeach by the lower-ranked Gold Coast Blaze (#3). Henry recorded 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Henry's overall stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 2.7rpg. He is also New Zealand national team player.

Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes
   #5. International center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St.) was the major contributor in Ikaros' victory against the closely-ranked PAOK (10-14) 82-64 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Baynes recorded 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 21 minutes. Ikaros Kallitheas (7-17) is placed 11th in the A1. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Baynes is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.9rpg. This year he also averages: 13.8ppg in the 22 games. Baynes has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand. Despite he played previously for the Australian national team, Baynes is currently in the New Zealand national team roster.

Mika Vukona
Mika Vukona
   #6. Forward Mika Vukona (198-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Leon Henry (above) in the other team. Vukona couldn't help New Zealand Breakers (21-7) in their game against Gold Coast Blaze (17-11). Despite his good performance on Sunday night He recorded 10 points. Vukona's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.9apg. Despite he played previously for the Fijian national team, Vukona is also an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

Joshua Bloxham
Joshua Bloxham
   #7. University international guard Joshua Bloxham (186-90) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Mika Vukona (above) in the other team. Bloxham couldn't help New Zealand Breakers (21-7) in their game against Gold Coast Blaze (17-11), despite his good performance in Sunday night's game. He recorded 10 points in 33 minutes. But the league leader New Zealand Breakers were crushed 94-71 in Broadbeach by the lower-ranked (#3) Gold Coast Blaze. This year Bloxham averages only 1.9ppg in the 14 games. Despite he played previously for the Fijian national team, Bloxham is currently in the New Zealand university national team roster.

Brendon Polyblank
Brendon Polyblank
   #8. An experienced swingman Brendon Polyblank (197-78, college: Texas St.) led Fribourg to a victory against the closely-ranked SAV Vacallo (13-10) 65-55 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. He scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Benetton Fribourg Olympic (4-1) is placed second in the LNA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Polyblank's overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.9apg. Despite he played previously for the British national team, Polyblank is currently in the New Zealand national team roster.

Dion Prewster
Dion Prewster
   #9. University international swingman Dion Prewster (195-91, college: SF Austin) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Joshua Bloxham (above) in the other team. Prewster couldn't help New Zealand Breakers (21-7) in their game against Gold Coast Blaze (17-11). He recorded 7 points in 16 minutes. The league leader New Zealand Breakers were crushed 94-71 in Broadbeach by the lower-ranked (#3) Gold Coast Blaze. This year Prewster averages only 0.9ppg in the 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Prewster played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the New Zealand university national team roster. Prewster used to play for Wellington Exodus Saints in New Zealand league.

Everard Bartlett
Everard Bartlett
   #10. Guard Everard Bartlett (198-86) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Adelaide 36ers (8-20) in their game against Wollongong Hawks (9-19) in the Australian NBL. He recorded 8 points. The bottom-ranked Adelaide 36ers were defeated 92-78 in Gwynneville by the one of league's weakest teams Wollongong Hawks (#8). It was Adelaide 36ers' fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Bartlett's overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Bartlett is also an international player who is currently on the senior New Zealand National Team roster.

   #11. International swingman Morgan Natanahira (198-91) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. He played also in the last Australian NBL game facing Dion Prewster (above) in the other team. Natanahira couldn't help New Zealand Breakers in their game against Gold Coast Blaze. He recorded only 4 points in 17 minutes. It was his first game for New Zealand Breakers this season. His team were crushed by 23 points 94-71. Natanahira plays currently for the New Zealand national team.

   #12. Former international forward Dillon Boucher (196-75) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas Abercrombie. However that was another game of his team in Australian NBL which brought him to that list. Boucher managed to help New Zealand Breakers to win against the closely-ranked Townsville Crocodiles 76-69. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Boucher's overall stats this season are: 2.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.3apg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team back in 2007.

   #13. Former international center Martin Iti (213-83, college: N.Mexico St.) couldn't help Kings in their game against Wollongong Hawks in the Australian NBL. Iti cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team lost 68-77. This year Iti averages just 0.7ppg in the 14 games. He used to play for the New Zealand national team five years ago.



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Akinlolu Akingbala's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Nigerians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center

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

Akinlolu Akingbala
Akinlolu Akingbala
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson). Akingbala led Sluc Nancy to a victory against the league outsider Hyeres-Toulon (2-21) 89-76 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 14 rebounds. Akingbala also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 28 minutes on the court. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (15-8) is placed fourth in the ProA. It's Akingbala's fourth season with the team. He is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). Akingbala has very reliable stats this year: 12.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 64.0%(119-186) and FT: 51.9% in the 23 games he played so far. He played for the Nigerian senior national team three years ago.

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor). Udoh contributed to a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Atlanta Hawks (30-22) 108-101 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. He scored 8 points, had 10 rebounds and made 3 blocks. The Milwaukee Bucks have 23-27 record this season. This year Udoh averages: 4.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 37.5%. He played for the Nigerian national team in 2009.

Olaseni Lawal
Olaseni Lawal
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He could not help one of league's weakest teams CB Clavijo (15-14) in their last game. Despite Lawal's very good performance CB Clavijo lost 79-86 on the road to the higher-ranked (#8) Leche Rio Breogan. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 14 rebounds in 32 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Lawal's third season in pro basketball.They ended the series of five consecutive victories. Lawal is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). This year his overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 66.3%(124-187) and FT: 48.3% in the 29 games. Worth to mention Lawal played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Lawal played for the Nigerian national team three years ago.

Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
   #4. Guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) was the major contributor in Indios' victory against the fifth-ranked Capitanes (7-7) 83-76 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Wednesday night. He scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). 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 and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and Jamaican. Despite Efejuku played previously for the Jamaican national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Kenny Adeleke
Kenny Adeleke
   #5. Former international center Kenny Adeleke (205-83, college: Hartford), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague was not able to help Cherkasy (8-27) in their last game. Despite Adeleke's very good performance Cherkasy lost 65-76 at home to the much higher-ranked (#3) Azovmash. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 16 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was Cherkasy's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Adeleke has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.8ppg, 12.5rpg and 1.1spg in the 11 games. Despite Adeleke played previously for the Jamaican national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Benson Egemonye
Benson Egemonye
   #6. Center Benson Egemonye (207-83, college: Niagara) led Soproni to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Jaszberenyi (6-18) 87-74 in the Hungarian A Division last Saturday. Egemonye was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. Egemonye also added and 3 steals. Kis-Raba menti Takarek Soproni KC (10-14) is placed ninth in the A Division. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Egemonye belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5. This season he has very good stats: 14.6ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.3spg. Despite Egemonye played previously for the Jamaican national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team three years ago.

Chukwudinma Odiakosa
Chukwudinma Odiakosa
   #7. Former U22 international power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) helped Melilla Baloncesto edge the 14th-ranked Basquet Mallorca (13-17) 88-86 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Odiakosa scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. Melilla Baloncesto (17-12) is placed seventh in the LEB Gold. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Odiakosa's first season with the team. Odiakosa belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5 with 1.2bpg. This year his other stats are: 10.5ppg and 5.6rpg in the 30 games. Despite Odiakosa played previously for the Jamaican national team, he is currently in the Nigerian U22 national team roster.

Manny Adako
Manny Adako
   #8. Forward Manny Adako (203-87, agency: Court Side, college: Northeastern), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie was not able to secure a victory for Leeuwarden (9-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Adako's very good performance Leeuwarden was defeated in an overtime 99-90 on their home court in Leeuwarden by the higher-ranked Nijmegen (#4). He was the top scorer with 23 points. Adako also added 6 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This season Adako has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3spg. Despite he played previously for the Jamaican national team, Adako is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Adeola Dagunduro
Adeola Dagunduro
   #9. Former international guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska), who plays in the Belgian D1 couldn't help Leuven Bears (12-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance Leuven Bears was crushed 85-61 in Charleroi by the leading Spirou. Dagunduro was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 27 minutes. Dagunduro is ranked first on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.4spg. This year he also averages: 11.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.0apg in the 21 games. Despite Dagunduro played previously for the Jamaican national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Ben Uzoh
Ben Uzoh
   #10. Point guard Ben Uzoh (191-88, college: Tulsa) managed to help Toronto Raptors to win against the Denver Nuggets (27-24) 105-96 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Uzoh recorded 5 points. It was his first game for Toronto Raptors this season. His team have not so impressive 17-34 record this season. Uzoh is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. He is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Nigerian senior national team.

   #11. An experienced international forward Ime Udoka (198-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Portland St.) couldn't help UCAM Murcia in their game against Valencia Basket in the Spanish ACB, despite his good performance in Saturday night's game. Udoka was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. But his team lost 80-87. Udoka has reliable stats this year: 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg in the 11 games. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Despite Udoka played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #12. Former international guard Tony Skinn (185-83, college: George Mason) couldn't help Ironi Ashkelon in their game against Elitzur Netanya in the Israeli Premier League. Despite his very good performance last Sunday Skinn was the second best scorer with 13 points. Skinn's total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Despite Skinn played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #13. International forward Derrick Obasohan (199-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) couldn't help FIATC Joventut in their game against Blusens Monbus in the Spanish ACB, despite his good performance on Sunday night. Obasohan was the second best scorer with 11 points in 21 minutes. But his team lost 60-73. This year Obasohan's total stats are: 9.0ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg in the 26 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Despite Obasohan played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #14. Former international guard Chamberlain Oguchi (198-86, college: Illinois St.) couldn't help Panteras in their game against Marinos in the Venezuelan LPB. Despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game Oguchi was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds. This season Oguchi has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.5apg. Despite Oguchi played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

   #15. Former international power forward Olasumbo Atoyebi (203-88, college: Elon) helped Lan Mobel ISB win their game against the tenth-ranked Feve Oviedo 82-78 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Friday. Atoyebi had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 15 rebounds in 32 minutes. Atoyebi is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.3ppg and 8.5rpg in the 21 games. Despite Atoyebi played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

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

   #1. Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) led Chalon/Saor to a victory over the sixth-ranked Paris-Levallois (14-9) 83-77 in the French ProA in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Aminu scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (19-4) is placed second in the ProA. Aminu is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders with 7.1rpg. He also averaged so far 13.0ppg in the 23 games he played so far.

   #2. Experienced Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) was the major contributor in a Chorale de Roanne's victory against the second-ranked Chalon/Saor (19-4) 83-78 in the French ProA last Saturday. Nsonwu-Amadi recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 17 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne Basket (12-11) is placed seventh in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Nsonwu-Amadi is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.9ppg and 7.2rpg.



DStv PBL: Hoopers, Warriors in battle royale in PH - by Olusegun Ikuesan

.... as Yelwa host Kada in Bauchi
The Nigeria premier basketball league sponsored by Africa pay-tv giant DStv SuperSport enter its week-6 this weekend across the Atlantic and Savannah conferences as the race for final-8 tickets and fight against relegation hoist up.

Defending champion Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt hosted last season third place finisher Dodan Warriors basketball club of Lagos in a battle royale.

The week-6 fixtures is coming just two weeks after both sides went for each other jugulars in week-4 at the sports hall of the national stadium, Lagos with the Warriors gaining the upper hand with a 75-63 points win to end the winning streak of the Coach Ogoh Odaudu tutored Hoopers side.

Royal Hoopers have promised to put paid to the unbeaten run of the Coach Adeka Daudu tutored Warriors who seems to be enjoying one of its best season since gaining promotion to the elite division in 1998 as the match promises to be the icing on the cake of the week fixtures.

In the Savannah conference the pairing between unbeaten Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi and Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna promises to live up to expectation as the Star-Match of the week of the conference which has seen Yelwa Hawks going five-match unbeaten so far in the regular season.

Other pairing of the week has Chariots basketball club of Lagos hosting Nigeria Customs basketball club of Lagos in a derby as the Customs searches for it first win of the season against a youthful Chariots who broke it 2010/2011 winless run with a 73-67 points double over-time victory over Comets basketball club in week-2 of the Atlantic conference. The Chariots versus Customs games comes up on Sunday in Lagos.

Two games are slated for Monday in the Atlantic conference with Police Baton basketball club battling Islanders basketball club at 14H00 while Union Bank basketball club will entertain inform Comets basketball club at 16H00.

In the Savannah conference Civil Defenders basketball club of Abuja will be at home to Niger Potters basketball club of Minna on Saturday at the Package-B of the Abuja national stadium; Bauchi Nets basketball club will continue its run for a place in the final-8 playoff as it hosted Immigration basketball club of Kano while Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos drags Three-time champion of the DStv Premier League Kano Pillars basketball club to the sports complex of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria as the Coach Umar Bala tutored Rockets bank on mother luck in it search for a first win of the season.



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Gary Forbes selected the top Panamanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gary Forbes
Gary Forbes
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia). He led Toronto Raptors to an easy victory against the New York Knicks (26-25) 96-79 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Forbes scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. The Toronto Raptors have rather weak 17-34 record this season. It's Forbes' first year with the team. This year he averages: 5.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 43.8%, 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 76.1% in the 36 games he played so far. Forbes is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Forbes is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Panama.

Danilo Pinnock
Danilo Pinnock
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Danilo Pinnock (196-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN. Pinnock could not help Capitanes (7-7) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Capitanes was defeated 83-76 on the road by the leading Indios. Pinnock was the second best scorer with 22 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Pinnock is currently fourth on the league's list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 76.0%. Pinnock is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Pinnock is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team. He used to play for Toros de Chorrillo in Panamanian league.

Levour Warren
Levour Warren
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Levour Warren (196-81, also represented by SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina). Warren contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Svjetlost (0-3) crushing them 95-70 in the Croatian A1 on Sunday night. He scored 10 points and had 3 steals in 22 minutes. KK Cedevita Zagreb (2-1) is placed second in Championship Group. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Warren's first year with the team. This season Warren's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 55.6%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 93.3% in the three games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Warren played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Panamanian national team in 2005. Apparently Warren has never played in Panama.

Gabriel Giron
Gabriel Giron
   #4. Forward Gabriel Giron (192-88), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA was not able to help Frayles de Guasave (5-7) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance Frayles de Guasave was defeated 100-87 in Cananea by the higher-ranked Mineros de (#5). Giron was the second best scorer with 23 points. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Giron belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #9. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Giron averages: 17.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg. He has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Mexican. Despite Giron played previously for the Mexican university national team, he is currently in the Panamanian national team roster.

Jose Lloreda
Jose Lloreda
   #5. International power forward Jose Lloreda (201-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) was not able to secure a victory for Atenas (16-14) in their game against Regatas Corrientes (15-15) in the Argentinian LigaA. Lloreda scored 8 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 21 minutes. Atenas lost 60-71 at home to the lower-ranked (#10) Regatas Corrientes. Lloreda has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg and 5.3rpg in the 22 games. Despite he played previously for the Mexican national team, Lloreda is currently in the Panamanian national team roster.

Dionisio Gomez Camargo
Dionisio Gomez Camargo
   #6. Forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) led Shiga L-Stars to a victory against the ninth-ranked Takamatsu FA (2-40) 84-71 in the Japanese BJ League on Sunday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 19 rebounds. Shiga Lakestars (26-16) are placed third in Western group. It's Gomez Camargo's first season with the team. This year Gomez Camargo has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.9apg. Despite he played previously for the Mexican national team, Gomez Camargo is also an international player who is currently on the senior Panamanian National Team roster.

Josimar Ayarza
Josimar Ayarza
   #7. International forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA couldn't help Club 9 (11-19) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Club 9 lost in a double overtime (!!!) 88-94 in Mar del Plata to the one of league's weakest teams (#15) Quilmes MP. Ayarza was the second best scorer with 15 points in 23 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Ayarza has reliable stats this year: 14.6ppg and 4.5rpg in the 37 games. Despite he played previously for the Mexican national team, Ayarza is currently in the Panamanian national team roster.

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #8. An experienced swingman Michael Hicks (194-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) contributed to a Sigma Barcellona's victory against the tenth-ranked Morpho Basket (10-13) 81-72 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He recorded 11 points. Sigma Barcellona (14-10) is placed fifth in the Lega2. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hicks' stats this season are: 12.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. Despite he played previously for the Mexican national team, Hicks is currently in the Panamanian national team roster.

Other top Panamanian players, who play abroad:

Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73) plays for Capitanes in Puerto Rican BSN
Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83) plays for Lanus in Argentinian LigaA
Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86) plays for Hamamatsu Phoenix in Japanese BJ League
Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79) plays for Bigua in Uruguayan LUB
Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) plays for Bigua in Uruguayan LUB
Ruben Douglas (193-G-79) plays for Usak in Turkish TB2L
Amir Alvarado (198-F-84) plays for Barva in Costa Rican LBS

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



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PBL announces 2012 post season schedule - by Eurobasket News

The Premier Basketball League is pleased to announce that playoff seeds and dates have been determined for the PBL's 2012 post season. The Central Illinois Drive and Rochester RazorSharks have both claimed the number 1 seed position within their divisions with each team taking only one loss for their games already played.

This was accomplished during this past weekend's games in which the Sauk Valley Predators clinched the number 2 seed in the Central division by defeating the Chicago Muscle 107-89. 'This has been an exciting season joining the PBL. When we started this organization back in August of 2011, our goal was to bring a team to our city that our community can be proud of and to make the playoffs. We've achieved that goal and so now it's time to bring the first championship to our fans,' commented Predators owner Brad Grenoble.

The Scranton Wilkes-Barre Steamers secured the number 2 seed in the PBL's Eastern Division after their win against the Dayton Air Strikers with a score of 111-89. This was a close finish to securing the number 2 seed. Even if the Dayton Air Strikers were to finish with the same record as the Steamers, the series record between the two teams belongs to the Steamers. 'This is something that our guys have worked hard for all season and it has finally paid off. We are excited to be a part of the PBL's Playoffs with this being our first season in basketball,' stated Steamers owner Joe Runco. 'We could have not asked for a more successful season and want to bring a Championship home to Scranton Wilkes-Barre,' continued Runco.

The PBL's Playoffs will consist of cross divisional play with the 1st place Eastern Division Rochester RazorSharks competing against 2nd place Central Division Sauk Valley Predators. The 1st place Central Division's Central Illinois Drive will face off against the 2nd place Eastern Division's Scranton Wilkes-Barre Steamers. 'This playoff structure will provide some exciting basketball. These teams have not played each other at all therefore the games will be interesting to watch as each team will not be familiar with the other's style play,' stated Carrie Ann May, league commissioner and vice president of operations.

The Central Illinois Drive will hold on to the number 1 seed and home court advantage throughout the playoffs all the way to the Championship series. 'The Central Illinois Drive team and staff have had an exciting year, our first in the Premier Basketball League. We are anxious to begin the 2012 PBL playoffs. Our thanks go out to our fans, sponsors and everyone at the US Cellular Coliseum and the Premier Basketball League Staff for helping our inaugural season to be such a success. Good luck to all the teams in the playoffs,' stated Central Illinois Drive co-owner Scott Henderson.

The Rochester RazorSharks, also last year's PBL Champions will look to defend their championship as they square off against the Sauk Valley Predators in their first round of playoffs. 'This is the most exciting time of the year, and we're looking forward to beginning the PBL playoffs with a win. We'll continue to take this time leading up to next week to prepare and get better, coming into the postseason fully focused on reaching our goal for another championship,' commented head coach Rod Baker.

Teams will play in a best of three series where the lower seed will host the first game. The higher seed will then host the next two games (the third if necessary) at their home venue.



The PBL's Playoff dates have been set and are as follows:

4/5/12 - Game 1, Central Illinois Drive at Scranton Wilkes-Barre Steamers. 7:05pm local time tipoff

4/6/12 - Game 1, Rochester Ra