EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/6/2012

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  ABA   


Explosion wins on the road two times - by Gianni Pascucci
On Saturday, March 3rd the Cleveland Hotcards felt to Lima Explosion 86-119. John Oliver (6'9''-F-79, college: W.Virginia) led the Hotcards with 32 points and 3 rebounds in 38 minutes of play. Ibrahim Konate (6'8''-F-85, college: Boston U.) added 16 pts 23 rebs, 2 blocks. Lawrence Edem contributed 17 pts, 6 assits, 4 steals.
The night after, Sunday March 4th, the Hotcards felt again to Lima Explosion, this time 135-139, and the two teams made a great basketball show. Melanie Collins, one of a few female coach in the ABA, did a phenomenal job, micromanaging a highly fought game. Ms.Collins seemed to be able to rotate players, along with keep enough scorers, rebounders, and floor leaders on the floor in the right situations. She just felt like a plays at the end of the game were the difference. Ms.Collins, who also played basketball professionally, provides the Cleveland Hotcards, an excellent twist to the ABA, which is a Womens Head Coach in a predominantly mens sport. There were several female fans who came and communicated with her after the game, which hopefully will inspire other females, to break boundary lines that are not normally crossed.
The Cleveland Hotcards stat line is as follows: Joe Roberts 37 pts 13 rebs. William Jones 25 pts 9 rebs 2 asts. 3 stls. Darnell Campbell (6'7''-F-86, college: Lake Erie) 42 pts 4 rebs. 2 asts. 5 stls. Darvel Harris (5'6''-G) 2 pts 7 rebs 5 asts. 1 block 5 stls. Brad Webster (6'6''-F) 15 pts 20 rebs and John Oliver 7 pts 2 rebs 2 stls.
The Lima Explosion stat line Bryant Austin (6'6''-F, college: Indiana Tech) 30 pts 10 rebs, Willie Tisdale (5'8''-G, college: Cameron) 24 pts 6 rebs 4 asts, James Hicks (6'7''-F) 20 pts 11 rebs 4 blks 7 stls., Kyle Meyer (6'5''-F, college: Ohio Northern) 17 pts 11 rebs, Greg Tyson (6'5''-G-86, college: Heidelberg) 21 pts 7 rebs 4 asts 2 blks, Kyle Gillette (6'8'', college: NW Ohio) 16 pts 8 rebs


Yeoman leaves the Gwizzlies to play overseas - by Gianni Pascucci
Former player from the Georgia Gwizzlies Adam Yeoman (6'8''-F-87, college: Genesee CC) has signed in the Australian 2nd division. Yeoman averaged 22 points and 14 rebounds this season with the Gwizzlies. After being homeschooled in highschool he did not play organized basketball until playing in Junior College at age 20.
From this he built himself up to minor league play while finishing his college degree and is now moving on to professional ball overseas after just a couple years total of true playing experience. 'Adam has also received offers for NBA workouts this summer' states Gwizzlies head coach Embry Malone . Another former Gwizzly Michael Creppy (6'3''-G-86, college: Clark Atlanta) is now playing in Denmark.



Colorado Kings and S.Carolina Warriors again sharing #1 Ranking - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association (ABA) has just released its Power Rankings for the week ending March 4th and for the third straight week, the Colorado Kings and the South Carolina Warriors shared the #1 ranking with their undefeated seasons. 'With only a few games left in the season this week, it appears that Colorado and South Carolina will go into the playoffs as the favorites,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'but we have quite a few teams that are very eager to play both teams and feel that they have what it takes to be crowned ABA Champion.' The playoff schedule, locations, and pairings will be announced this week.

1. Colorado Kings and South Carolina Warriors
3. San Diego Sol
4. Chicago Steam
5. Arizona Scorpions
6. Jacksonville Giants
7. San Francisco Rumble
8. Athens Razors
9. Texas FUEL
10. Lynchburg Legends
11. Richmond Elite
12. Little Rock Lightning
13. North Dallas Vandals
14. Carolina Cheetahs
15. Bay Area Matrix
16. Memphis Bluff City Reign
17. Richmond Rockets
18. Connecticut Topballerz
19. Conway Cyclones
20. Missouri Rhythm
21. Los Angeles SLAM\
22. Jersey Express
23. NE Arkansas SWAG
24. East Bay Pit Bulls

'The season is almost over,' added Newman. 'With just a few games left in the regular season, we could see a couple of changes in the final regular season rankings next week.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com


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  ALBANIA   


Best performance of Albanian players abroad in last week games - by Eurobasket Center
We bring you last week''s top performances from Albanian players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #1. The best performed Albanian player this week who plays abroad is an international guard Franko Bushati (188-85), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Bushati could not help Centrale Latte (11-10) to beat Biancoblu BO. It was not his best game last Sunday. Bushati recorded only 2 points in 15 minutes. Centrale del Latte Brescia (#6) was defeated 72-76 on the road by the lower-ranked (#12) Biancoblu BO. It was Centrale Latte''s third consecutive loss in a row. This year Bushati averages: 7.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 31.5% and FT: 75.4% in the 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian. Bushati is currently a member of the senior Albanian National Team.


There are also other players who performed very well, but have never been selected to any national team and who carry Albanian passport:

   #1. Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) contributed to a KK Podgorica''s victory against the tenth-ranked Jedinstvo 88-79 in the Montenegrin 1A last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 17 rebounds. Nicaj also added 17 rebounds and 6 blocks in 36 minutes. KK Podgorica (7-11) is placed seventh in the 1A. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It''s Nicaj''s first season with the team. Nicaj is currently ninth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 8.5rpg and 2.4bpg in the 15 games he played so far. Nicaj has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Montenegrin.

   #2. Nderim Pelaj (179-G-88), who plays in the German ProB (third division) could not help Dorsten (14-10) to beat USC Leipzig despite his very good performance on Saturday. He recorded 14 points. But the sixth-placed BG Dorsten (14-10) was edged 82-85 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) USC Leipzig in the Group North. It was Dorsten''s first loss after three consecutive victories. It''s Pelaj''s eighth season with the team. Pelaj has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and German.

   #3. Grigoris Pappas (205-C/F-91) was not able to help Panerythraikos (9-12) in their game against AEK in the Greek A2 (second division). His contribution was not very remarkable in Saturday''s game. Pappas scored only 2 points. Panerythraikos AS (#12) was badly defeated 71-88 in Athens by the much higher-ranked (#3) AEK. This season Pappas averages just 1.0ppg. He has both Albanian and Greek nationalities. Pappas previously played for the Greek National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Albanian team.


Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80) plays for Anadolu Efes in the Turkish TBL
Erjon Kastrati (197-F/G-94) plays for Union Olimpija in the Slovenian Telemach League
Mike Moten (203-C-71) plays for s Oliver Baskets in the German BBL
Klaudio Ndoja (200-G/F-85) plays for Enel Brindisi in the Italian Lega2
Gerti Shima (205-F/C-86) plays for Capljina Lasta in the Bosnia and Herzegovina D1
Greg Butler (C-66) plays for Ovarense in the Portuguese LPB
Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) plays for EnBW Ludwigsburg in the German BBL
Mergin Sina (198-F-67) plays for CAB Madeira in the Portuguese LPB
Agi Imbeza (212-C-81) plays for Marousi in the Greek A1
Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91) plays for Kirchheim Knights in the German ProA
Dennis Hatzi (203-F-87) plays for Panelefsiniakos in the Greek A2
Giannis Konomis (205-F/C-86) plays for Amyntas Dafnis in the Greek A2

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


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  ALGERIA   


Best performance of Algerian players abroad in last week games - by Eurobasket Center
We bring you last week''s top performances from Algerian players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Karim Atamna
Karim Atamna
   #1. The best performed Algerian player this week who plays abroad is former international swingman Karim Atamna (194-80). He contributed to a Fos Ouest''s victory against the 12th-ranked Olympique Antibes 70-64 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Atamna scored 6 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 31 minutes. Fos Ouest Provence Basket (16-8) is placed fourth in the ProB. This year Atamna averages: 8.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.3apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 93.3%(28-30) in the 24 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Algerian and French. Atamna played for the Algerian national team in 2007.

Miloud Doubal
Miloud Doubal
   #2. The second best is former international shooting guard Miloud Doubal (190-81), who plays in the French ProB (second division). He could not help Bordeaux (12-12) to beat Saint Vallier despite his good performance on Saturday. Doubal scored 10 points. But JSA Bordeaux Basket (#8) was defeated 78-84 on the road by the lower-ranked (#9) Saint Vallier. Doubal''s overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 66.7%. He is another player who holds two passports: Algerian and French. Doubal played for the Algerian national team three years ago.

Ahmed Fellah
Ahmed Fellah
   #3. Number three best Algerian player abroad this week is former international point guard Ahmed Fellah (180-81). He contributed to an Angers BC 49''s victory against the 14th-ranked Rueil 78-72 in the French NM1 (third division) last Friday. Fellah scored only 4 points and had 4 steals in 23 minutes. Angers BC 49 (11-13) is placed 12th in the NM1. It''s Fellah''s first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 3.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 25.0%, 3FGP: 23.8% and FT: 92.9% in the 15 games. Fellah has both Algerian and French nationalities. He previously played for the French National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Algerian team. Fellah played for the Algerian senior national team seven years ago.


Other top Algerian players, who play abroad:

Rabah Houasni (208-C-80) plays for Promobys Tijola in the Spanish 1 Div.
Abdelnour Ghazi (196-F-85) plays for VOO Verviers-Pepinster in the Belgian D1
Tarek Oukid (205-C-79) plays for Marso NYKK in the Hungarian A Division
Ali Bouziane (192-G-77) plays for AEL in the Cypriot Division A
Jared Beltaoui (198-F-80) plays for Souffelweyersheim in the French NM1
Mehdi Mary (200-F-80) plays for Vendee Challans in the French NM1
Abdel Hamid Selmani (175-G-85) plays for Stade Clermont in the French NM1
Saad Kaiche (228-C-85) plays for Angers BC 49 in the Spanish EBA
Boudji Yaici (184-G-87) plays for Longwy in the French NM3
Farid Belhimeur (190-G-84) plays for Autun in the French NM3
Boudjenaia Yaici (184-G-87) plays for Lucon in the French NM2
Redouane Fergati (180-G-78) plays for St Clement in the French NM2

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


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  ANGOLA   


Top Angolan players abroad based on last week''s performance - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Angolan players who are playing abroad.



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

   #1. Sergio Correia (197-F-85) contributed to a Alges'' victory against the 11th-ranked Gaeirense 100-64 in the Portuguese Proliga (second division) last Saturday. He scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 26 minutes. Sport Alges e Dafundo (15-2) is placed first in the Proliga. Correia is currently ninth on the league''s list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.2ppg and 7.0rpg in the 13 games he played so far.

   #2. Joao Gaspar (196-F-89), who plays in the Portuguese Proliga (second division) could not help Guifoes (5-12) to beat Fisica despite his good performance on Saturday. Gaspar recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. But Guifoes Sport Clube (#10) was badly defeated 62-79 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Fisica. It was Guifoes'' third consecutive loss in a row. This season Gaspar averages: 9.9ppg and 7.0rpg.

   #3. Edson Ferreira (183-G-86), who plays in the Portuguese LPB could not help the league outsider Ginasio (0-18) to beat FC Porto Ferpinta. He scored 7 points in 23 minutes. Casino Figueira Ginasio (#12) was crushed 59-93 at home by the leading FC Porto Ferpinta. So far Ginasio lost all eighteen games in the Regular Season. There are only 4 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It''s Ferreira''s first season with the team. This year Ferreira averages: 6.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.5apg in the 10 games.


Other top Angolan players, who play abroad:

Miguel De Almeida (198-F/C-93) plays for Le Mans in the French ProA
Onyeka Ekpete (204-F-82) plays for Union Bank in the Nigerian DStv PBL
Francisco Jordao (203-C-79) plays for Benfica in the Portuguese LPB
David Dias (200-F-69) plays for Barreirense in the Portuguese LPB
Dario Ribeiro (194-G-84) plays for Zwolle in the Dutch Eredivisie
Emilio Barros (187-G/F-81) plays for Lusitania in the Portuguese LPB
Milton Vanconcelos (197-F-80) plays for Lusitania in the Portuguese LPB
Nicolau Dilukila (184-G-88) plays for Licher Baeren in the German ProB
Tresore Guidmore (193-G/F-80) plays for SAV Vacallo in the Swiss LNA
Paulo Ferreira (187-F-80) plays for Vitoria SC in the Portuguese LPB
Francisco Machado (205-F/C-81) plays for Vitoria SC in the Portuguese LPB
Faustino Santos (198-F-81) plays for Barcelos in the Portuguese LPB
Francisco Destino (190-G/F-89) plays for Ginasio in the Portuguese LPB

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


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  ARGENTINA   


Best performance of Argentinian players abroad in last week games - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Argentinian players who are playing abroad.


Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #1. The best performed Argentinian player this week who plays abroad is former international power forward Luis Scola (206-80), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Houston Rockets (21-17) to beat the Utah Jazz despite his very good performance on Wednesday. Scola had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 10 rebounds3 assists in 31 minutes. But the Houston Rockets (21-17) were crushed 83-104 on the road by the Utah Jazz. It was Houston Rockets'' third consecutive loss in a row. It''s Scola''s fifth season with the team. Scola has very impressive stats this year: 15.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 49.1% and FT: 76.8% in the 38 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Spanish. Scola played for the Argentinian national team in 2010.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #2. The second best is an international guard Pablo Prigioni (191-77). Prigioni contributed to a Caja Laboral''s victory against the tenth-ranked Valencia Basket 68-63 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in 30 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (16-6) is placed third in the ACB. It''s Prigioni''s first season with the team. Prigioni is currently second on the list of most steals. This year he averages: 7.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 63.8%(30-47), 3FGP: 27.9% and FT: 86.4% in the 22 games. Prigioni is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Italian. He is in the roster of the senior Argentinian National Team.

Carlos Delfino
Carlos Delfino
   #3. Number three best Argentinian player abroad this week is an international guard Carlos Delfino (198-82). Delfino contributed to a Milwaukee Bucks'' victory against the Washington Wizards 119-118 in the NBA last Tuesday. He scored 11 points and added 4 passes. The Milwaukee Bucks have a solid 14-23 record this season. Delfino''s overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5spg, 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 75.0%. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Delfino is currently a member of the senior Argentinian National Team.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #4. Forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) led Baloncesto Fuenlabrada to a victory over the closely-ranked Besiktas 78-77 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. He was MVP of the game. Mainoldi scored 17 points in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group K. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-0) is placed first. So far Baloncesto Fuenlabrada won all six games in the Top 16. His team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Top 16. And that game will be critical. Mainoldi is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in Baloncesto Fuenlabrada''s roster. Mainoldi has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg and 4.7rpg in the 10 games. He plays currently for the Argentinian National Team.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #5. Former an international guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) was the main contributor in an overtime Tezenis Verona''s victory against the fifth-ranked Sigma Barcellona 98-96 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Porta was the best player in that game. He recorded 25 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Tezenis Verona (9-12) is placed tenth in the Lega2. It was Tezenis Verona''s first victory after three consecutive loses. Porta is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.6apg and 2.0spg.

Hernan Jasen
Hernan Jasen
   #6. Guard Hernan Jasen (199-78) contributed to a Cajasol''s victory against the -ranked UCAM Murcia 76-60 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Jasen recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (11-11) is placed ninth in the ACB. It was Cajasol''s first victory after four consecutive loses. This year Jasen''s overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg in the 22 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Diego Garcia
Diego Garcia
   #7. Former an international guard Diego Garcia (190-79) was the major contributor in a Blancos de Rueda''s victory against the fifth-ranked Meridiano Alicante 69-57 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Garcia recorded 15 points and added 6 passes. Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (5-17) closes the standings in the ACB. It was Blancos de Rueda''s first victory after six consecutive loses. This season Garcia has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg.

Javier Bulfoni
Javier Bulfoni
   #8. Guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76) contributed to a Blusens Monbus'' victory against the fifth-ranked Meridiano Alicante 64-63 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Bulfoni scored 8 points in 19 minutes. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (7-15) is placed 15th in the ACB. It was Blusens Monbus'' third consecutive victory in a row. This year Bulfoni''s total stats are: 7.8ppg and 1.2rpg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2008.


There are also other players who performed very well, but have never been selected to any national team and who carry Argentinian passport:

   #1. Bernardo Musso (192-G-86) led Napoli to a victory over the closely-ranked Ferentino 102-101 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Thursday. He was MVP of the game. Musso recorded 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Div.South-West. BPMed Basket Napoli (22-5) is placed first. It''s Musso''s first season with the team. Musso is currently first on the league''s list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). This season he has very high stats. Musso averages: 19.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 4.1apg and 2.8spg. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian as he used to play in Argentina.

   #2. Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) was the major contributor in a FIATC Joventut''s victory against the 12th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 72-55 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Van Lacke recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists in 34 minutes. FIATC Joventut Badalona (9-13) is placed 13th in the ACB. This year Van Lacke''s overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.1apg in the 22 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Italian.

   #3. Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-F-81) was not able to help Centrale Latte (11-10) in their game against Biancoblu BO in the Italian Lega2 (second division) despite his very good performance on Sunday. Ghersetti was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 7 rebounds. But Centrale del Latte Brescia (#6) was defeated 72-76 on the road by the lower-ranked (#12) Biancoblu BO. It was Centrale Latte''s third consecutive loss in a row. This season Ghersetti has relatively solid stats: 14.9ppg, 6.1rpg and 2.3spg. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities as he used to play in Argentina.

   #4. Diego Corral (205-C-86, agency: Players Group) contributed to a Anagni''s victory against the closely-ranked Matera 94-71 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Corral scored 26 points (!!!), had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 32 minutes. Romana Chimici Anagni (10-15) is placed sixth in Div.South-West group. It was Anagni''s third consecutive victory in a row. Corral has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.2spg in the 25 games. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #5. Marcos Casini (188-PG-80) contributed to a Givova Scafati''s victory against the second-ranked Trenkwalder RE 77-61 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Casini was the top player that evening. He recorded 17 points (made all of his six free throws). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Givova Scafati Basket (15-6) is placed first in the Lega2. It was Givova Scafati''s seventh consecutive victory in a row. Casini''s total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2spg. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports as he used to play in Argentina.

   #6. Manuel Carrizo (198-G/F-80, agency: Players Group) faced previously mentioned Bernardo Musso in the Italian Nazionale A last game. Carrizo was not able to help Ferentino (14-11) in their game against Napoli despite his very good performance on Thursday. He recorded 19 points and added 4 passes in 23 minutes. Carrizo is currently eighth on the list of top scorers. This year he has very good stats: 14.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in the 20 games. Carrizo holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #7. Franco Migliori (197-G-82) contributed to an overtime Fileni BPA''s victory against the third-ranked Tuscany Pistoia 115-109 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his six free throws). Migliori''s total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1spg. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports as he used to play in Argentina.

   #8. Silvio Gigena (200-F-75) contributed to a Bari''s victory against the sixth-ranked Ruvo 73-66 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Thursday. Gigena scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year his total stats are: 10.0ppg and 4.5rpg in the 26 games. Gigena holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #9. Augustin Fabi (199-G/F-91) contributed to a Treviglio''s victory against the closely-ranked Comsum.it SI 70-57 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Fabi scored 16 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. He has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. Fabi holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #10. Juan Ignacio Jasen (196-F-85) contributed to an UCAM Murcia''s victory against the eighth-ranked Gescrap BB 73-69 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 8 points in 18 minutes. This year Jasen''s total stats are: 3.2ppg and 1.8rpg in the 13 games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Obras 19-7 
 2. Penarol 19-9 
 3. Lanus 18-9 
 4. Libertad S. 17-10 
 5. Sionista 16-10 
 6. Quimsa 15-12 
 7. Atenas 15-13 
 8. GECR Indalo 15-13 
 9. La Union 14-13 
 10. Regatas C. 13-14 
 11. Wuber-Est.Bahia 11-16 
 12. Olimpico LB 11-17 
 13. Boca Jrs 11-17 
 14. Club 9 9-19 
 15. Quilmes MP 9-19 
 16. San Mart.C. 7-21 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Gutierrez, Obras17.5 
 2. Smith, La Union17.4 
 3. Villegas, Sionista17.3 
 4. DeGroat, Olimpico.16.1 
 5. OBannon, Boca Jrs15.9 
 6. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.8 
 7. McHopson, Quilm.15.8 
 8. Nelson, GECR I.15.6 
 9. Pittman, Libertad.15.5 
 10. Lo Grippo, Quimsa15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Martinez, San M.12.6 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.9.9 
 3. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 4. Sandes, Sionista9.4 
 5. Davis, GECR I.9.3 
 6. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras8.5 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.4 
 9. Truscott, Quilm.7.3 
 10. Rollins, Sionista7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.5 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.7 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.6 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista5.1 
 5. Martinez, Regat.4.8 
 6. Sucatzky, Atenas3.9 
 7. Victoriano, San M.3.6 
 8. Laprovittola, Lanus3.6 
 9. Smith, La Union3.5 
 10. Osimani, Obras3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  Atenas
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lescano, Atenas2.4 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 3. Moldu, Olimpico LB1.9 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.1.7 
 5. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.6 
 6. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.5 
 7. Beitzel, San M.1.4 
 8. Gerbaudo, Club 91.4 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.1.4 
 10. Funes, GECR I.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 2. Clancy, Club 91.4 
 3. Rollins, Sionista1.4 
 4. Matthews, Quilm.1.3 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.2 
 6. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.1 
 7. Roe, Regatas C.1.1 
 8. Humphrey, Atenas1.0 
 9. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 10. Ayarza, Club 90.9 


Matthews' double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old forward Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Quilmes MP and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat La Union (#9, 14-13) 85-74. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to the top of the standings. Quilmes MP maintains the 15th position in Argentinian league. Quilmes MP is currently ranked second from the bottom. But it was their 19th lost game this season out of 28 games. Matthews just recently signed at Quilmes MP, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Clarence Matthews averages this season 15.3ppg and 6.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Hakeem Rollins (202-F/C-83, agency: Dream Team Management) of Sionista. He is American forward in his first season at Sionista. In the last game Rollins recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Sionista to another comfortable win 79-65 over the higher-ranked Penarol (#2, 19-9) being unquestionably team leader. Sionista's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Rollins is a newcomer at Sionista and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to center Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management) of Libertad S. (#4). Battle scored 12 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Battle's great performance Libertad S. lost 69-90 to the lower-ranked Club 9 (#14, 9-19). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Libertad S. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 17 victories and 10 lost games. Battle has a great season in Argentina. After 40 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.9rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 61.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jazwin Cowan (205-F/C-83) of Club 9 - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) of Club 9 - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Phillip McHopson (188-G-87) of Quilmes MP - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Gregory Lewis (198-F-78) of La Union - 17 points and 14 rebounds
8. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) of San Mart.C. - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Louis Truscott (201-F-78) of Quilmes MP - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Jerome Meyinsse (206-F/C-88) of Wuber-Est.Bahia - 22 points and 9 rebounds

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


Obras wins Group B of Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News
Obras is the winner of Liga Americas - Group B. The Argentinean squad blasted Bucaneros 68-92 on Sunday to win this pool with perfect 3-0 record. Bucanors ended as the second ranked team in this group with 2-1 score. Both teams advanced to the next stage. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) exploded for Obras with 21 points and 6 rebounds in only 14 minutes on the court. Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) had 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Alexis Elsener (196-G-88) helped with 12 points and 8 boards. In Bucaneros, Rafael Guevara and Heissler Guillent scored 16 points each. Michael Few had double-double of 10 points and 11 rebs. Quarters: 13-20, 14-18, 21-27, 20-27.
In the second game, Guaros faced with 76-82 against Obras. Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) stepped up for Obras once again collecting 25 points and 7 rebounds. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) and Alexis Elsener had 13 and 10 points respectively, plus each of them grabbed 6 rebounds in this meeting. Smush Parker had 26 points and 9 rebs in defeat. Their second scorer was Jose Martinez with 13 pts (8 rebs). Quarters: 16-19, 15-20, 20-21, 25-22.
In the opening game, Obras handed 59-68 loss to Regatas. Tony Washam top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Julio Mazzaro followed him with one point less. Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, college: Cal-Irvine) helped his team with 12 pts. At the other side, Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) was better than the others with 15 points, while Nicolas Romano added 11 pts and 8 boards. Quarters: 20-23, 12-14, 14-18, 13-13.


LigaA: Round 28 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Parana between second ranked Penarol (19-9) and fifth ranked Sionista (16-10) on Sunday night. Penarol was defeated by Sionista on the road 65-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Penarol. The game was mostly controlled by Sionista. Penarol managed to win third quarter 19-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Penarol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. Swingman Federico Ferrini (194-83) contributed with 12 points and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) replied with 21 points for Penarol. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sionista maintains fifth position with 16-10 record. Defending champion Penarol keeps the second place with nine games lost. Sionista are looking forward to face Club 9 (#14) in Rio Tercero in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Penarol will play at home against Lanus (#3) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked San Martin Corrientes managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time newly promoted San Martin Corrientes won against eleventh-ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia 86-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Wuber-Est.Bahia. Worth to mention a great performance of Dominican power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and Leandro Garcia Morales who added 17 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes maintains sixteenth position with 7-21 record. Wuber-Est.Bahia at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will play against league's leader Obras in Buenos Aires in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play at home against Quilmes MP (#15) in Mar del Plata and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Libertad Sunchales (17-10) and Club 9 (9-19), which took place in Sunchales. Higher ranked Libertad Sunchales was outleveled at home by fourteenth ranked Club 9 90-69 on Sunday. The winners were led by Josimar Ayarza who scored that evening 19 points and 8 rebounds. Even 22 points and 5 rebounds by Will Graves did not help to save the game for Libertad Sunchales. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Club 9 maintains fourteenth position with 9-19 record, which they share with Quilmes MP. Libertad Sunchales lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with ten games lost. Club 9 will meet at home higher ranked Sionista (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Libertad Sunchales will play against Olimpico de La Banda and hope to secure a win.
Another upset was a game between La Union (14-13) and Quilmes MP (9-19), which took place in Mar del Plata. Higher ranked La Union lost to fifteenth ranked Quilmes MP in a road game 74-85. Clarence Matthews fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Quilmes MP moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Club 9. La Union at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Quilmes MP's next round opponent will be higher ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (#11) in Bahia Blanca and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last game of round 28 Atenas was beaten by GECR Indalo on the road 78-73.


Libertad S. - Club 9 69-90
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Libertad Sunchales (17-10) and Club 9 (9-19), which took place in Sunchales. Higher ranked Libertad Sunchales was outleveled at home by fourteenth ranked Club 9 90-69 on Sunday. Club 9 dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Libertad Sunchales' 26. They outrebounded Libertad Sunchales 35-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) who scored that evening 19 points and 8 rebounds and American power forward Jazwin Cowan (205-83, college: Hampton, agency: Dream Team Management) supported him with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Cowan is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Club 9 players scored in double figures. Even 22 points and 5 rebounds by American swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) did not help to save the game for Libertad Sunchales. His fellow American import center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) added 12 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Club 9 maintains fourteenth position with 9-19 record, which they share with Quilmes MP. Libertad Sunchales lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with ten games lost. Club 9 will meet at home higher ranked Sionista (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Libertad Sunchales will play against Olimpico de La Banda and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Club 9: G.Luchino 21+3reb+2ast, J.Cowan 20+6reb+2ast, J.Ayarza 19+8reb+2ast, S.Clancy 11+7reb, D.Gerbaudo 9+1reb, G.Torre 6+6reb+6ast
Libertad S.: W.Graves 22+5reb+2ast, J.Treise 15+2ast, R.Battle 12+11reb, J.Pittman 9+4reb+3ast, F.Vieta 7, A.Alloatti 2+2reb
gschID: 141362


Quilmes MP - La Union 85-74
Another upset was a game between La Union (14-13) and Quilmes MP (9-19), which took place in Mar del Plata. Higher ranked La Union lost to fifteenth ranked Quilmes MP in a road game 74-85. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 23-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. Quilmes MP made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American-Venezuelan forward Clarence Matthews (201-83, college: Tennessee St.) fired a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and the former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Quilmes MP moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Club 9. La Union at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Quilmes MP's next round opponent will be higher ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (#11) in Bahia Blanca and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: C.Matthews 30+13reb+2ast, P.McHopson 19+5reb+6ast, L.Truscott 17+7reb, F.Pinero 11+1reb+1ast, N.Ferreyra 6+5ast, G.Eseverri 2+2reb+1ast
La Union: G.Lewis 17+14reb+1ast, A.Pau 14+1reb+3ast, G.Mikulas 12+6reb+1ast, J.Smith 10+2reb+5ast, L.Perez 8+1reb+1ast, A.Marin 7+2reb
gschID: 141364


Sionista - Penarol 79-65
The most important game in the last round took place in Parana between second ranked Penarol (19-9) and fifth ranked Sionista (16-10) on Sunday night. Penarol was defeated by Sionista on the road 65-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Penarol. The game was mostly controlled by Sionista. Penarol managed to win third quarter 19-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Penarol helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Hakeem Rollins (202-83, college: Washington, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. Swingman Federico Ferrini (194-83) contributed with 12 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Sionista players scored in double figures. Guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) replied with 21 points and the former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Penarol. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sionista maintains fifth position with 16-10 record. Defending champion Penarol keeps the second place with nine games lost. Sionista are looking forward to face Club 9 (#14) in Rio Tercero in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Penarol will play at home against Lanus (#3) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sionista: H.Rollins 20+11reb+1ast, J.Villegas 15+4reb+2ast, F.Ferrini 12+4reb+6ast, A.Zilli 10+5reb+1ast, D.Hure 10+7reb+1ast, R.Iglesias 8+4reb+7ast
Penarol: F.Campazzo 21+3reb+2ast, M.Leiva 12+9reb, M.Mata 10+5reb, K.Lamonte 7+2reb+2ast, S.Safar 5+3reb+1ast, A.Reinick 4+4reb
gschID: 141365


GECR Indalo - Atenas 78-73
There was a small surprise when ninth ranked GECR Indalo (15-13) beat 7th ranked Atenas (15-13) in Comodoro R. 78-73. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-6. But Atenas won third quarter 23-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. GECR Indalo dominated on the defensive end, holding Atenas to just 6 points in first quarter. GECR Indalo had a 36-25 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami, OH) fired 8 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American forward Cedric McGowan (198-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Ryan Humphrey (203-79, college: Notre Dame) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Marcus Melvin (203-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. GECR Indalo moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Atenas. Atenas lost third consecutive game. GECR Indalo's next round opponent will be La Union (#9) in Formosa.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: R.Gabini 14+3reb, F.Mansilla 12+2reb, S.Scala 12+1reb+1ast, C.McGowan 12+7reb+3ast, D.Romero 11+5reb, D.Davis 8+15reb+1ast
Atenas: R.Humphrey 20+9reb+2ast, M.Melvin 18+7reb+3ast, J.Lloreda 14+4reb, M.Lescano 12+5reb+1ast, F.Sucatzky 6+2reb+5ast, M.Garcia 2+4reb
gschID: 141359


San Mart.C. - Wuber-Est.Bahia 86-77
Bottom-ranked San Martin Corrientes managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time newly promoted San Martin Corrientes won against eleventh-ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia 86-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Wuber-Est.Bahia. The hosts were already 15 points ahead at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 22-13 last quarter charge of Wuber-Est.Bahia cut the lead to 86-77 at the end of the game. Wuber-Est.Bahia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Dominican power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and Italian-Uruguayan guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-80, college: Texas A&M) who added 17 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Federico Aguerre (200-88) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five San Martin Corrientes and four Wuber-Est.Bahia players scored in double figures. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes maintains sixteenth position with 7-21 record. Wuber-Est.Bahia at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will play against league's leader Obras in Buenos Aires in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play at home against Quilmes MP (#15) in Mar del Plata and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
San Mart.C.: L.Garcia Morales 17+4ast, J.Michael Martinez 16+12reb+5ast, A.Eslava 15+2reb+1ast, A.Carabajal 13+3reb+2ast, F.Ramirez 11+5reb+2ast, W.McFarlan 6+6reb+1ast
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Meyinsse 22+9reb, F.Aguerre 15+9reb+2ast, L.Faggiano 11+1reb+4ast, R.Stanton 10+8reb+1ast, E.Ruiz 9+2reb, R.Sanchez 5+3reb+3ast


Regatas avoids last place in Group B of Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News
Regatas was better than Guaros on Sunday 68-65. Thanks to this victory Regatas avoided last place in Group B of Liga Americas as they ended with 1-2 record. Guaros is the last ranked team in this pool with 0-3 and both squads failed to reach the next stage. Nicolas De los Santos (190-G-88) led the winners with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Alejo Montes Cardozo (188-G-91) and Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Virginia Tech) scored 11 and 10 points respectively. Hassan Adams replied with 17 points and 6 boards in loss, while Victor David Diaz stopped to 13 pts. Quarters: 17-10, 21-9, 13-23, 17-23.
In the second game, Regatas faced with 74-77 loss against Bucaneros. LeRoy Hickerson had another great performance for his team as he collected 25 points and 5 rebounds. Michael Fey had 15 points and 7 rebs, while Heissler Guillent netted 13 pts in this victory. Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) responded with 28 points and 7 rebs in defeat. Alejo Montes Cardozo posted 15 pts. Quarters: (22-19, 13-19, 12-19, 27-20).
In the opening day of competition, Regatas fails against another Argentinean team Obras 59-68. Tony Washam top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Julio Mazzaro followed him with one point less. Darren Fells helped his team with 12 pts. At the other side, Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) was better than the others with 15 points, while Nicolas Romano added 11 pts and 8 boards. Quarters: 20-23, 12-14, 14-18, 13-13. Obras is the winner of Group B with perfect 3-0 record.


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  USA
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Douthit, PHI21.9 
 2. Wright, JOR19.2 
 3. Ahmad, UAE17.0 
 4. Yi, CHN16.6 
 5. Hoskin, LEB16.3 
 6. Haddadi, IRI15.4 
 7. Koroth, IND15.3 
 8. Daghles, JOR14.8 
 9. Malabes, BHR14.5 
 10. Sitepu, IDN13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  USA
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Douthit, PHI12.2 
 2. Takeuchi, JPN11.4 
 3. Haddadi, IRI11.4 
 4. Yi, CHN10.8 
 5. Hoskin, LEB10.1 
 6. Li Wei, MAS9.1 
 7. Kazemi, IRI8.9 
 8. Gorges, SYR7.6 
 9. Abbas, JOR7.1 
 10. Indrawan, IDN7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mario WUYSANG
  (176-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Wuysang, IDN6.4 
 2. Guganeswaran, MAS4.9 
 3. Daghles, JOR4.6 
 4. Malabes, BHR4.0 
 5. Kamrani, IRI4.0 
 6. Yang, KOR3.9 
 7. Akl, LEB3.8 
 8. Shonaka, JPN3.7 
 9. Lee, TAI3.7 
 10. Haddadi, IRI3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  JOR
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Daghles, JOR1.8 
 2. Ahmad, UAE1.8 
 3. Sun, CHN1.8 
 4. Lee, TAI1.7 
 5. Chang, TAI1.6 
 6. Wright, JOR1.6 
 7. Hirose, JPN1.6 
 8. Malallah, BHR1.5 
 9. Salem, UAE1.5 
 10. Kamrani, IRI1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamed HADDADI
  IRI
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Haddadi, IRI2.9 
 2. Zaghab, JOR1.7 
 3. Douthit, PHI1.7 
 4. Yi, CHN1.4 
 5. Sun, CHN1.4 
 6. Singh, IND1.4 
 7. Kim, KOR1.3 
 8. Sitepu, IDN1.2 
 9. Hamowi, SYR1.1 
 10. Kim, KOR0.9 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney FIELDS
  USA
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Fields, Al Shabab24.8 
 2. Williams, Mahram24.4 
 3. Ayer, KL Dragons22.3 
 4. Dragajlovic, Al It.21.6 
 5. Khatib, Al Riyadi21.0 
 6. Leslie, Al Rayyan19.9 
 7. Douthit, Smart Gil.19.1 
 8. Watkins, ASU18.7 
 9. Giles, Duhok18.6 
 10. Gray, Duhok18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladislav DRAGOJLOVIC
  SRB
  (207-C-79)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Dragajlovic, Al It.13.9 
 2. Giles, Duhok12.1 
 3. Douthit, Smart Gil.12.1 
 4. Ayer, KL Dragons11.8 
 5. Woods, Al Riyadi10.7 
 6. Ismail, Al Riyadi10.5 
 7. Watkins, ASU9.8 
 8. Ngombo, Al Rayyan9.7 
 9. Fields, Al Shabab8.3 
 10. Samb, Mahram7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  JOR
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Daghlas, ASU7.4 
 2. Casio, Smart Gilas6.1 
 3. Nikkhah, Mahram4.9 
 4. Al-Juboori, Duhok4.7 
 5. Guganeswaran, KL D.4.5 
 6. Miller, Al Jalaa4.3 
 7. Keely, Al Ittihad4.3 
 8. Al-Doori, Duhok4.1 
 9. Akl, Al Riyadi4.0 
 10. Hajji, Al Shabab4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Hamed AFAGH
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Afagh, Mahram2.1 
 2. Watkins, ASU1.7 
 3. Williams, Mahram1.6 
 4. Al-Doori, Duhok1.4 
 5. Gray, Duhok1.3 
 6. Al-Juboori, Duhok1.3 
 7. Fields, Al Shabab1.3 
 8. Douthit, Smart Gil.1.3 
 9. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.3 
 10. Giles, Duhok1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi3.8 
 2. Samb, Mahram2.9 
 3. Ayer, KL Dragons1.8 
 4. Giles, Duhok1.6 
 5. Fakhreddine, Al Ri.1.3 
 6. Douthit, Smart Gil.1.3 
 7. Walker, Al Jalaa1.2 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.2 
 9. Aguilar, Smart Gil.1.1 
 10. Mahdi, Duhok1.0 


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Andrew James Ogilvy selected the top Australian player abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Australian players who are playing abroad.


Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #1. This week''s number one is an international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt). Ogilvy led Valencia Basket to a victory over the closely-ranked VEF Riga 82-71 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. He was MVP of the game. Ogilvy scored 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. ; not bad, considering it''s only his second season in pro basketball. Valencia Basket (6-0) is placed first in group I. So far Valencia Basket won all six games in the Top 16. Ogilvy''s team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And that game will be critical. It''s Ogilvy''s first year with the team. This season he averages: 9.8ppg, 3.5rpg and FT: 71.4%. Ogilvy has a dual citizenship: Australian and Irish. He is currently a member of the senior Australian National Team.

David Andersen
David Andersen
   #2. Second place goes to former international center David Andersen (212-80), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Andersen could not help Montepaschi Siena (16-6) to beat Lottomatica Roma despite his very good performance on Sunday. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Andersen also added 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. But Montepaschi Siena (#1) was edged 76-77 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#11) Lottomatica Roma. It''s Andersen''s first season with the team. He has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 46.7%(14-30) and FT: 84.8% in the 21 games he played so far. Andersen played for the Australian national team in 2010.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #3. The player who performed third best last week was an international center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska). He contributed to a Panathinaikos'' victory against the tenth-ranked PAOK 85-65 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Maric scored 9 points, had 11 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Panathinaikos Athens (17-2) is placed second in the A1. It was Panathinaikos'' third consecutive victory in a row. Maric''s overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 77.6%(38-49) and FT: 60.7%. He is currently a member of the senior Australian National Team.

Daniel Kickert
Daniel Kickert
   #4. Center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary''s, CA) was not able to help PGE Turow (0-2) in their game against Energa Czarni in the Polish PLK despite his very good performance on Saturday. Kickert was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. But the fifth-placed PGE Turow Zgorzelec (0-2) was edged 65-67 in Slupsk by the leading Energa Czarni in the Group A. Kickert has relatively good stats this year: 14.9ppg and 3.9rpg in the 25 games. He plays currently for the Australian National Team.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #5. International swingman Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports) contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona''s victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A 70-67 in the Euroleague last Wednesday. Ingles scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group H. Regal FC Barcelona (6-0) is placed first. So far Regal FC Barcelona won all six games in the Top 16. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. Ingles'' overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg.

Rhys Carter
Rhys Carter
   #6. Point guard Rhys Carter (190-84) was not able to secure a victory for Uppsala Basket (18-15) in their game against Sundsvall Dragons in the Swedish Basketligan despite his very good performance on Friday. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and making 10 passes. Carter also added and 3 steals in 30 minutes. But Uppsala Basket (#6) was defeated 95-102 in Sundsvall by the second-ranked Sundsvall Dragons. It was Uppsala Basket''s first loss after four consecutive victories. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Carter is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 15.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 5.6apg and 2.6spg in the 33 games. Carter is a former international player as he played for the Australian senior team three years ago.

Matt Nielsen
Matt Nielsen
   #7. International power forward Matt Nielsen (208-78, agency: Beo Basket) contributed to a Khimky''s victory against the closely-ranked ASVEL 83-79 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. He scored 6 points, had 4 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. BC Khimky Moscow Region (5-1) is placed second in group J. Nielsen''s team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And now that game is quite important. Nielsen''s overall stats this season are: 3.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.4apg.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #8. Power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC) couldn''t help Unics Kazan (3-3) in their game against Panathinaikos in the Euroleague despite his good performance on Wednesday. He scored 10 points in 24 minutes. But Unics Kazan (#2) was defeated 63-68 in Athens by the leading Panathinaikos in the group G of Euroleague. It was Unics Kazan''s third consecutive loss in a row. Jawai''s team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. This year Jawai''s overall stats are: 5.6ppg and 3.6rpg in the 12 games. He used to play for the Australian national team back in 2009.

Ater Majok
Ater Majok
   #9. Former an international forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) contributed to an overtime Nitra''s victory against the second-ranked Prievidza 83-81 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Saturday. Majok scored 9 points, had 7 boards, handed out 5 passes and blocked 3 shots. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK SPU Bemaco Nitra (21-11) is placed third in the Extraliga. The Regular Season already ended. Majok is currently sixth on the league''s list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). This season he has very good stats: 11.2ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.4apg and 2.3bpg.

David Barlow
David Barlow
   #10. Forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St.) couldn''t help UCAM Murcia (6-16) in their game against Cajasol in the Spanish ACB. Barlow recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. UCAM Murcia (#16) was badly defeated 60-76 in Sevilla by the much higher-ranked (#9) Cajasol. This year Barlow''s total stats are: 7.5ppg and 4.8rpg in the 22 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

   #11. Former an international forward Blagoj Janev (203-84, college: New Hampshire) contributed to a Thor Thorl''s victory against the tenth-ranked Fjolnir 105-86 in the Icelandic Express L. last Friday. He scored 9 points in 29 minutes. This year Janev has relatively solid stats: 14.9ppg and 5.6rpg in the 10 games.

   #12. International forward Brad Newley (201-85, agency: Beo Basket) is a teammate of previously mentioned Andrew James Ogilvy as their both played in the Spanish ACB last game. Newley contributed to a Valencia Basket''s victory against the fourth-ranked Unicaja Malaga 68-58. He scored only 1 points. Newley averaged so far: 2.3ppg and 2.0rpg.


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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke), who plays in the NBA could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-22) to beat the Boston Celtics despite his very good performance on Tuesday. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Irving also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 27 minutes. ; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only his third season in pro basketball. But the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-22) were edged 83-86 on the road by the Boston Celtics. It was Cleveland Cavaliers'' fifth consecutive loss in a row. It''s Irving''s first year with the team. Irving has very impressive stats this year: 18.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 5.2apg in the 31 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Adrien Sturt (209-C-86) couldn''t help Milton Keynes Lions (7-14) in their game against Guildford Heat in the British BBL despite his very good performance on Friday. Sturt scored 13 points, had 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). But Marshall Milton Keynes Lions (#8) was defeated 90-95 in Guildford by the higher-ranked (#7) Guildford Heat. It was Milton Keynes Lions'' seventh consecutive loss in a row. Sturt averaged so far: 9.1ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.6apg.

   #3. Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed to a Saar-Pfalz Braves'' victory against the 12th-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule 71-54 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. He recorded 11 points, 5 assists and 3 steals in 27 minutes. Saar-Pfalz Braves (7-17) is placed at second place from the bottom (#14) in the ProA. There are only 4 games left until the end of the Regular Season. Jeka is currently third on the league''s list of best passers. He has very solid stats this year: 14.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 5.2apg in the 24 games. Jeka has a dual citizenship: British and British as he used to play in Australia.

   #4. Shane Coupland (196-F) contributed to a St.Francis Xavier''s victory against the Cape Breton University 92-77 in the Canadian university league CIS last Saturday. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The St.Francis Xavier has a very solid 16-4 record this season. It was St.Francis Xavier''s seventh consecutive victory in a row. Coupland''s team will play only one more game in the Play-Offs. Coupland averaged so far: 7.1ppg and 4.6rpg.

   #5. Nathan Smith (198-F) couldn''t help the Dalhousie University (9-11) in their game against the Cape Breton University in the Canadian university league CIS. He cannot count Friday''s game as one of the best ones. Smith scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 5 minutes. the Dalhousie University (#5) was crushed 61-85 in Sydney, NS by the Cape Breton University. The Play-Offs already ended. This year Smith averages just 1.5ppg in the 17 games.

   #6. Mick Pennisi (210-C-75, college: E.Michigan) contributed to a Barako Bull''s victory against the sixth-ranked Powerade Tigers 101-91 in the Filipino PBA last Friday. He scored only 3 points. : 9.0ppg and 4.2rpg. Pennisi is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Filipino as he used to play in Australia. He previously played for the Filipino National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Australian team.


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round 4: Leader Xion Dukes lose to Raiffeisen Wels - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all visitors won their games. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Xion Dukes (17-7) recorded its seventh loss in Klosterneuburg on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (17-7) 82-79. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 42-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American center Joe Werner (201-C-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The other American import swingman Quentin Pryor (193-83, college: Morehead St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Xion Dukes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to fourth place in Bundesliga. Raiffeisen Wels are looking forward to face Oberwart Gunners (#5) at home in the next round. Xion Dukes will play against the league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was between fifth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls and one of their biggest challengers Oberwart Gunners where Kapfenberg Bulls (17-7) beat Oberwart Gunners (16-8) on the road 88-81. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Demetrius Nelson contributed with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds for Oberwart Gunners. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to third place in Bundesliga. Defending champion Oberwart Gunners dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Gussing Knights (#6) at home in the next round. Oberwart Gunners will play against Raiffeisen Wels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game where BC Vienna (#3) beat host UBSC Graz (#2) 102-89 on Sunday evening. It was a key game for the second position in Bundesliga. Worth to mention a great performance of Jean Francois who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Milan Stegnjaic responded with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). BC Vienna (9-14) moved-up to second place in Bundesliga. UBSC Graz at the other side dropped to the third position with 15 games lost. BC Vienna will meet at home St.Polten (#5) in the next round. UBSC Graz will play against the league's leader Furstenfeld Panthers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth-ranked St.Polten (1-22) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Arkadia Lions (6-18). The visitors from Traiskirchen managed to secure only one-point victory 68-67. However their fans expected easier game. The winners were led by Benedikt Danek who scored that evening 14 points and 8 assists. St.Polten's coach Hubert Schreiner tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Arkadia Lions maintains fourth position in Bundesliga with 6-18 record. St.Polten at the other side keeps the fifth place with 22 games lost. Arkadia Lions will have a break next round. St.Polten will play on the road against the league's second-placed BC Vienna (#2) in Wien.
The game in Gussing supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Gmunden Swans (18-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Gussing Knights (11-13). Gmunden Swans smashed Gussing Knights 92-69 on Sunday. Enis Murati fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gmunden Swans keep a position of Bundesliga leader. Loser Gussing Knights keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Gmunden Swans will face league's second-placed Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gussing Knights will play on the road against Kapfenberg Bulls (#3).

The best stats of 4th round was 32 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Todd Brown of Wels.


Group A
Oberwart - Kapfenberg 81-88
Another exciting game was between fifth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls and one of their biggest challengers Oberwart Gunners where Kapfenberg Bulls (17-7) beat Oberwart Gunners (16-8) on the road 88-81. Oberwart Gunners were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 32-23 charge of Kapfenberg Bulls, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Kapfenberg Bulls especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 8 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. Forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds and guard Vernard Hollins (190-80, college: Wright St.) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Oberwart Gunners. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to third place in Bundesliga. Defending champion Oberwart Gunners dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Gussing Knights (#6) at home in the next round. Oberwart Gunners will play against Raiffeisen Wels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: J.Dean Shaw 21+5reb+3ast, V.Hollins 17+5reb+6ast, E.Rizvic 13+3reb, H.Artner 8+2reb, H.Ochsenhofer 7+3ast, J.Johnson 7+4reb
Kapfenberg: D.Mayes 19+1reb+2ast, J.Fears 17+3reb+8ast, D.Nelson 16+10reb+1ast, T.Schreiner 15+1reb+5ast, L.Gordon 14+7reb+3ast, S.Knabl 4+2reb
gschID: 169191


Gussing - Gmunden 69-92
The game in Gussing supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Gmunden Swans (18-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Gussing Knights (11-13). Gmunden Swans smashed Gussing Knights 92-69 on Sunday. The game without a history. Gmunden Swans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Serbian forward Enis Murati (194-88) fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. American forward Carleton Scott (200-88, college: Notre Dame) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and international forward Sebastian Koch (200-88) added 16 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Gmunden Swans keep a position of Bundesliga leader. Loser Gussing Knights keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Gmunden Swans will face league's second-placed Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gussing Knights will play on the road against Kapfenberg Bulls (#3).
Top scorers:
Gussing: S.Koch 16+2reb, C.Scott 14+8reb+1ast, A.Djuric 13+4reb, E.Kadic 8+2reb+1ast, M.Klepeisz 6+5reb+2ast, M.Jandrasits 5+2reb
Gmunden: E.Murati 21+7reb+1ast, D.Oppland 16+5reb, M.Curry 16+1reb+5ast, R.Arnold 12+5reb, M.Oppland 6+3reb, F.Schoeninger 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 169192


Klosterneub. - Wels 79-82
Top ranked Xion Dukes (17-7) recorded its seventh loss in Klosterneuburg on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (17-7) 82-79. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 42-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The other American import swingman Quentin Pryor (193-83, college: Morehead St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) added 21 points respectively for lost side. Xion Dukes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to fourth place in Bundesliga. Raiffeisen Wels are looking forward to face Oberwart Gunners (#5) at home in the next round. Xion Dukes will play against the league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: R.Suljanovic 25+8reb+1ast, C.Nagler 21+3reb+3ast, D.Zeleznik 9+1reb+2ast, C.Bobb 9+8reb+1ast, M.Lanegger 8+6reb+8ast, J.Chappell 5+12reb+2ast
Wels: J.Werner 25+11reb+1ast, T.Brown 19+3reb+1ast, Q.Pryor 15+6reb+5ast, A.Farokhmanesh 11+2reb+2ast, L.Stutz 6+3reb, D.Lamesic 3+13reb+2ast
gschID: 169190


Group B
UBSC Graz - BC Vienna 89-102
An interesting game where BC Vienna (#3) beat host UBSC Graz (#2) 102-89 on Sunday evening. It was a key game for the second position in Bundesliga. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 59-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jean Francois (197-80, college: Georgia South, agency: I.D.S. Law) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) who added 30 points during the contest. Four BC Vienna players scored in double figures. At the losing side Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) responded with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and point guard Sebastian Schaal (189-90) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. BC Vienna (9-14) moved-up to second place in Bundesliga. UBSC Graz at the other side dropped to the third position with 15 games lost. BC Vienna will meet at home St.Polten (#5) in the next round. UBSC Graz will play against the league's leader Furstenfeld Panthers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: M.Stegnjaic 24+5reb+4ast, S.Grum 20+1reb+6ast, S.Schaal 16+5reb+8ast, T.Ambrose 9+3reb+2ast, D.Heuberger 7+7reb+1ast, R.Lanegger 6+6reb+3ast
BC Vienna: J.Francois 32+5reb+1ast, S.Stazic 30+3reb+3ast, B.Matthews 19+11reb+2ast, D.Toroman 15+5reb+4ast, M.Djurkovic 4+2reb, M.Carr 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 169194


St.Polten - Arkadia 67-68
Fifth-ranked St.Polten (1-22) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Arkadia Lions (6-18). The visitors from Traiskirchen managed to secure only one-point victory 68-67. However their fans expected easier game. St.Polten was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 23-16 charge of Arkadia Lions, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by St.Polten helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by the former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) who scored that evening 14 points and 8 assists and Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 19 points (made all of his eight free throws). Four Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 9 rebounds by American swingman Roy Booker (191-84, college: SE Missouri St.) did not help to save the game for St.Polten. Bosnian-Canadian center Igor Bakovic (211-85, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. St.Polten's coach Hubert Schreiner tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Arkadia Lions maintains fourth position in Bundesliga with 6-18 record. St.Polten at the other side keeps the fifth place with 22 games lost. Arkadia Lions will have a break next round. St.Polten will play on the road against the league's second-placed BC Vienna (#2) in Wien.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: R.Booker 20+9reb+1ast, I.Bakovic 14+13reb+1ast, M.Speiser 10+3reb+4ast, N.Milosevic 8+2reb+4ast, D.Friedrich 6, A.Worenz 4+1reb+1ast
Arkadia: R.Spasojevic 19+3reb, D.Drenovac 17+4reb, B.Danek 14+1reb+8ast, P.Skurdauskas 11+9reb, J.Blazevic 4+4reb, T.Stadelmann 3+2reb


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Standings
Group A
 1. Gmunden 18-6 
 2. Klosterneub. 17-7 
 3. Kapfenberg 17-7 
 4. Wels 17-7 
 5. Oberwart 16-8 
 6. Gussing 11-13 
Group B
 1. Furstenfeld 10-13 
 2. BC Vienna 9-14 
 3. UBSC Graz 8-15 
 4. Arkadia 6-18 
 5. St.Polten 1-22 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.1
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.1 
 2. Booker, St.Polten25.3 
 3. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 4. Drenovac, Arkadia22.0 
 5. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 6. Djuric, Gussing18.3 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.18.2 
 8. Fears, Kapfenberg18.0 
 9. Shaw, Oberwart17.8 
 10. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.13.8 
 2. Werner, Wels9.0 
 3. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.0 
 4. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 5. Oppland, Gmunden7.6 
 6. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 7. Scott, Gussing7.0 
 8. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.0 
 9. Robinson, Furstenf.6.9 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.7 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg5.8 
 3. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.4 
 4. Shavies, Furstenf.5.3 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing4.9 
 6. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.5 
 8. Milosevic, St.Polt.4.4 
 9. Lanegger, Klostern.4.3 
 10. Curry, Gmunden4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.5 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Pryor, Wels2.2 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.2 
 5. Brown, Wels1.7 
 6. Jandl, Oberwart1.5 
 7. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 8. Artner, Oberwart1.4 
 9. Scott, Gussing1.4 
 10. Milosevic, St.Pol.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Scott, Gussing1.1 
 3. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 4. Koch, Gussing0.9 
 5. Kohlmaier, Wels0.8 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.7 
 7. Nelson, Kapfenberg0.6 
 8. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 9. Brown, Wels0.6 
 10. Francois, BC Vien.0.5 


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  BAHAMAS   


Ryan Moss - top Bahamas player abroad last week - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Bahamas players who are playing abroad.


Ryan Moss
Ryan Moss
   #1. This week''s top performance spot belongs to former international power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB. Moss could not help Marinos (14-2) to beat Gaiteros. He scored 6 points and blocked 2 blocks. Marinos de Anzoategui (#1) was defeated 92-96 on the road by the lower-ranked (#7) Gaiteros. It was Marinos'' first loss after eight consecutive victories. Moss is currently first on the list of best blockers. This year he averages: 9.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.9bpg in the eight games he played so far. Moss played for the Bahamas national team eight years ago.


There are also few other players with good stats last week, but who all have never played for any of Bahamas national teams, but who have Bahamas nationality:

   #1. Robert Nortmann (198-F), who plays in the Canadian university league CIS could not help the Dalhousie University (9-11) to beat the Cape Breton University despite his very good performance on Friday. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Nortmann also added 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. But the Dalhousie University (#5) was crushed 61-85 on the road by the Cape Breton University. The Play-Offs already ended. It''s Nortmann''s fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 14.6ppg and 6.4rpg.

   #2. Lavar Simmons (201-F/C-83, college: Master''s) was not able to help Roche (15-9) in their game against Orchesien BC in the French NM1 (third division) despite his very good performance on Saturday. He was the second best scorer with 14 points in 28 minutes. But Union Al Roche - Case Metropole Basket (#7) was crushed 69-98 in Orchies by the higher-ranked (#3) Orchesien BC. Simmons has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg.

   #3. Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) contributed to a Niigata Albirex''s victory against the closely-ranked Akita Happinets 91-81 in the Japanese BJ League last Sunday. Davis recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Niigata Albirex (21-17) is placed fourth in Eastern group. It was Niigata Albirex''s third consecutive victory in a row. This year Davis'' overall stats are: 6.1ppg and 6.4rpg in the 14 games he played so far. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.


Other top Bahamas players, who play abroad:

Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86) plays for Niigata Albirex in the NBA
Vincent Knowles (205-C-66) plays for Atenas in the Argentinian LigaA
Virgil Stewart (197-G-71) plays for Levski Sofia in the Bulgarian NBL
Aaron Davis (193-F-83) plays for Zob Ahan in the Iranian Superleague
Scott Forbes (196-F-75) plays for JSF Nanterre in the French ProA
Ian Lockhart (202-F/C-67) plays for Quebradillas in the Puerto Rican BSN
DeCarlo Deveaux (195-F-72) plays for Palencia Baloncesto in the Spanish LEB Gold
Jamaal Douglas (201-F-85) plays for Bohemios in the Uruguayan LUB
Anwar Ferguson (213-C-81) plays for Correcaminos in the Mexican LNBP
Jeffrey Rodgers (188-G) plays for Niigata Albirex in the Canadian university league CIS
Cedric Miller (210-C-64) plays for SO Maritime Boulogne in the French ProB
Gijo Bain (213-C-85) plays for M.H.Ahvaz in the Iranian Superleague
Mark Anthony Demeritte (191-F) plays for Niigata Albirex in the Canadian university league CIS

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


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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Muharraq 17-2 
 2. Al Manama 16-4 
 3. Al Ahli 14-5 
 4. Al Hala 12-7 
 5. Sitra 12-8 
 6. Issa Town 12-8 
 7. Nuwaidrat 9-10 
 8. Al Ittihad 8-10 
 9. Bahrain Club 3-16 
 10. Al Najma 2-17 
 11. Samaheej 1-19 


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Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 17-1 
 2. Grodno-93 17-2 
 3. Rubon 10-9 
 4. BGUIR-RTI 8-11 
 5. SBK Osipovichi 7-12 
 6. Minsk-2006 II 6-13 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-17 


Stats Leaders - Premier League
Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.19.9 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.16.5 
 3. Ignatchik, Minsk-.15.3 
 4. Mishukov, SBK O.15.1 
 5. Matyukevych, Grod.15.0 
 6. Maze, Minsk-200614.5 
 7. Knox, Minsk-200614.1 
 8. Hawkins, Minsk.13.7 
 9. Kojenets, Minsk.13.1 
 10. Yafremov, Grodn.12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.11.4 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.9.8 
 3. Zakhar, BG.9.7 
 4. Mishukov, SBK O.7.3 
 5. Ovsepian, Rubon7.3 
 6. Kojenets, Minsk.7.1 
 7. Krisevich, Minsk-.6.7 
 8. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.6 
 9. Matyukevych, Grod.6.4 
 10. Yafremov, Grodn.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.1 
 2. Akulich, Rubon4.7 
 3. Kudrautsau, Minsk.3.8 
 4. Papruha, BG.3.6 
 5. Charykau, SBK O.3.4 
 6. Volk, SBK O.3.0 
 7. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.9 
 8. Eldridge, Minsk-20.2.7 
 9. Nakic, Minsk-20.2.7 
 10. Maze, Minsk-20062.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitri AKULICH
  Rubon
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Akulich, Rubon2.5 
 2. Sapegin, Rubon2.1 
 3. Zakhar, BG.2.1 
 4. Vabischevich, SBK2.0 
 5. Charykau, SBK O.2.0 
 6. Eldridge, Minsk-20.1.9 
 7. Papruha, BG.1.9 
 8. Ovsepian, Rubon1.8 
 9. Ovdeenko, Grodno-.1.8 
 10. Sitnik, SBK O.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Yaraslau KURAPAU
  Minsk-20.
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kurapau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Kudrautsau, Minsk.0.0 
 4. Sinica, Minsk-20060.0 
 5. Krisevich, Minsk-.0.0 
 6. Shilovich, Rubon0.0 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 8. Shemet, Sozh Gomel0.0 
 9. Korneenkov, Minsk-.0.0 
 10. Sharamet, Minsk-2.0.0 


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  BELGIUM   


Axel Hervelle''s double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Belgian players who play abroad. - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Belgian players who are playing abroad.


Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. The best performed Belgian player this week who plays abroad is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Gescrap BB (11-11) to beat UCAM Murcia despite his good performance on Sunday. Hervelle had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 10 rebounds and 3 steals in 29 minutes. But Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (#8) was defeated 69-73 on the road by the much higher-ranked UCAM Murcia. This year Hervelle averages: 4.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 39.0%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 47.6% in the 16 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the senior Belgian National Team.

Beye Tabu-Eboma
Beye Tabu-Eboma
   #2. The second best is an international point guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-85). He was not able to help Vanoli-Braga (7-15) in their game against Angelico Biella in the Italian SerieA. Tabu-Eboma recorded 8 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes. Vanoli-Braga Cremona (#15) was defeated 62-73 in Biella by the higher-ranked (#12) Angelico Biella. It''s Tabu-Eboma''s first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 74.6% in the 22 games. Tabu-Eboma is in the roster of the senior Belgian National Team.

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #3. Number three best Belgian player abroad this week is former international center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84). He was not able to secure a victory for PBG Basket (8-18) in their game against Siarka Jezioro in the Polish PLK despite his good performance on Saturday. Lichodzijewski scored 10 points. But the sixth-placed PBG Basket Poznan (8-18) was edged in an overtime 89-91 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Siarka Jezioro in the Group B. It was PBG Basket''s third consecutive loss in a row. This season Lichodzijewski has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 45.7%(21-46) and FT: 69.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish as he used to play in Belgium. Lichodzijewski played for the Belgian senior national team four years ago.

Marcus Faison
Marcus Faison
   #4. Guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena) contributed to a Kryvbasbasket''s victory against the fourth-ranked BC Odessa 85-75 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Tuesday. He scored 10 points in 28 minutes. Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (11-19) is placed tenth in the Superleague. This year Faison''s overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg in the four games. He is a naturalized American. Faison plays currently for the Belgian National Team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #5. International guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86) couldn''t help CAI Zaragoza (12-10) in their game against Lagun Aro GBC in the Spanish ACB. He did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. Van Rossom scored only 3 points and had 4 steals. CAI Zaragoza (#7) was edged 75-76 in San Sebastian by the higher-ranked (#6) Lagun Aro GBC. Van Rossom''s total stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.8apg.


There are also other players who performed very well, but have never been selected to any national team and who carry Belgian passport:

   #1. Ryan Hoover (188-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame) contributed to an overtime Fileni BPA''s victory against the third-ranked Tuscany Pistoia 115-109 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. Hoover recorded 14 points and added 5 passes. Fileni BPA Jesi (10-10) is placed seventh in the Lega2. It''s Hoover''s first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. Hoover is a naturalized American.

   #2. Christopher Jones (188-G-90) couldn''t help Amicale (7-12) in their game against T71 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League. He scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. Amicale Steinsel (#1) was defeated in an overtime 95-100 on the road by the leading T71 in the 1-6 places group. Jones is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his sixth year in Amicale''s roster. Jones is currently first on the list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.4apg and 2.7spg in the 19 games he played so far. Jones has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Luxembourg. He previously played for the Luxembourg National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team.

   #3. Julien Hublart (192-G/F-88) contributed to a Sparta''s victory against the sixth-ranked Residence 98-66 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League last Friday. Hublart scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. BBC Sparta Bertrange (16-5) is placed second in 1-6 places group. It was Sparta''s sixth consecutive victory in a row. Hublart is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in Sparta''s roster. He has reliable stats this season: 14.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.5apg.


Other top Belgian players, who play abroad:

Ilunga Mbenga (214-C-80) plays for BBC Sparta Bertrange in the NBA
Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) plays for Air Avellino in the Italian SerieA
John Jerome (203-F/C-67) plays for Hapoel J-M in the Israeli Premier League
Daren Queenan (194-F-66) plays for FIATC Joventut in the Spanish ACB
Yannick Driesen (215-C-88) plays for Asefa Estudiantes in the Spanish ACB
Ronnie McCollum (192-G-78) plays for Etha in the Cypriot Division A
Veron Bin Tabu-Eboma (183-G-82) plays for Etha in the Cypriot Division A
Abdul Cisse (206-C-79) plays for Newcastle Eagles in the British BBL
Mark Acres (210-C-62) plays for Benfica in the Portuguese LPB
Sebastien Maio (190-G-78) plays for Plymouth Raiders in the British BBL

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


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  BOSNIA   


Mirza Teletovic selected the top Bosnia and Herzegovina player abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
We bring you last week''s top performances from Bosnia and Herzegovina players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #1. This week''s number one is an international forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket). He led Caja Laboral to a victory over the tenth-ranked Valencia Basket 68-63 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Teletovic was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 27 minutes. Caja Laboral Vitoria (16-6) is placed third in the ACB. It''s Teletovic''s sixth season with the team. Teletovic belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #2 and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.7ppg, 7.7rpg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 73.8% in the 22 games he played so far. Teletovic is currently a member of the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team.

Henry Domercant
Henry Domercant
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois), who plays in Russia. He could not help Unics Kazan (3-3) to beat Panathinaikos despite his very good performance on Wednesday. Domercant was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 3 passes in 40 minutes. But the second-placed Unics Kazan (3-3) was defeated 63-68 on the road by the leading Panathinaikos in the group G of Euroleague. It was Unics Kazan''s third consecutive loss in a row. Domercant''s team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And that game will be critical. It''s Domercant''s first season with the team. Domercant is currently fourth on the list of top scorers. He has very impressive stats this year: 16.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 40.2%, 3FGP: 51.2%(43-84) and FT: 82.7% in the 16 games. Domercant is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #3. The player who performed third best last week was an international guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure). He was the major contributor in a Armani Milano''s victory against the bottom-ranked Novipiu CM 83-60 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Bremer recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (13-9) is placed fifth in the SerieA. Bremer has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.8apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 60.9%(14-23), 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 33.3%. He is a naturalized American. Bremer is currently a member of the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #4. Forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81) contributed to a Banvit BK''s victory against the eighth-ranked Tofas 78-70 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. He scored 12 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (15-4) is placed third in the TBL. It was Banvit BK''s fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Bajramovic has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg in the 18 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team.

Goran Ikonic
Goran Ikonic
   #5. International guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, agency: Beo Basket) was not able to help Karsiyaka (2-4) in their game against Artland Dragons in the EuroChallenge despite his very good performance on Tuesday. He scored 16 points and added 3 passes in 34 minutes. But Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (#3) was defeated 88-95 in Quakenbrueck by the leading Artland Dragons in the group L of EuroChallenge. It was Karsiyaka''s fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Top 16 already ended in the EuroChallenge. This year Ikonic''s overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg in the 12 games.

Zlatko Jovanovic
Zlatko Jovanovic
   #6. Point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) was not able to secure a victory for Timisoara (17-4) in their game against Gaz Metan in the Romanian Div.A despite his very good performance on Saturday. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Jovanovic also added 9 passes. But BC Timisoara (#2) was defeated 78-83 in Medias by the leading Gaz Metan. This season Jovanovic has very high stats. he averages: 15.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.9apg. Jovanovic is a former international player as he played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior team three years ago.

Muhamed Pasalic
Muhamed Pasalic
   #7. International guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, agency: PEPI SPORT) couldn''t help Kavala (10-10) in their game against Aris in the Greek A1 despite his very good performance on Saturday. Pasalic was the top scorer with 16 points. But Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (#6) was crushed 57-78 in Thessaloniki by the lower-ranked (#9) Aris. There are only 4 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Pasalic has reliable stats this season: 10.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.7apg.

Dejan Jeftic
Dejan Jeftic
   #8. Forward Dejan Jeftic (200-89) contributed to a Helios'' victory against the tenth-ranked Parklji 89-60 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Tuesday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 17 minutes. Helios Domzale (16-2) is placed first in the Telemach League. It was Helios'' fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Jeftic''s total stats are: 6.9ppg and 2.3rpg in the 16 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2007.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #9. International forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: Beo Basket) was the main contributor in an Lottomatica Roma''s victory against the leader Montepaschi Siena 77-76 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Djedovic was the best player in that game. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Acea Virtus Roma (10-12) is placed 11th in the SerieA. It was Lottomatica Roma''s third consecutive victory in a row. Djedovic''s stats this season are: 11.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.7apg.

Diego Kapelan
Diego Kapelan
   #10. Guard Diego Kapelan (190-87, college: McNeese St.) contributed to a ETB Wohnbau''s victory against the 13th-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats 81-77 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. He was the top player that evening. Kapelan recorded 23 points (made all of his eight free throws) in 23 minutes. ; not bad, considering it''s only his third season in pro basketball. ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (12-11) is placed seventh in the ProA. It was ETB Wohnbau''s fifth consecutive victory in a row. Kapelan has very impressive stats this year: 18.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2spg in the five games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances) couldn''t help KK Zagreb CO (11-11) in their game against Radnicki Kragujevac in the Adriatic League. Masic recorded 8 points. Masic averaged so far: 6.3ppg and 2.7rpg.

   #12. International forward Adnan Hodzic (203-88, college: Lipscomb) couldn''t help Walter Tigers (11-14) in their game against s Oliver Baskets in the German BBL despite his very good performance on Wednesday. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Hodzic also added 7 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. : 7.8ppg and 3.5rpg in the 25 games.

   #13. International guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nihad Djedovic and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Gordic contributed to an Lottomatica Roma''s victory against the leader Montepaschi Siena 77-76. He recorded 11 points. : 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg.

   #14. Former an international forward Boris Hadzimuratovic (204-91) couldn''t help the University of Laval (5-11) in their game against the Concordia University in the Canadian university league CIS despite his very good performance on Wednesday. Hadzimuratovic recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 14 rebounds and 2 blocks. Hadzimuratovic averaged so far: 12.4ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.1bpg.

   #15. International forward Milan Milosevic (205-85) contributed to a Buducnost''s victory against the closely-ranked HKK Siroki WWin 68-61 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. He recorded 9 points in 17 minutes. : 3.4ppg and 3.1rpg in the 19 games.


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

   #1. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) was the main contributor in a Budivelnyk''s victory against the fifth-ranked Khimik 82-67 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Thursday. He was the best player in that game. Sehovic recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 11 rebounds3 assists and 3 steals. Budivelnyk Kyiv (22-6) is placed first in the Superleague. It was Budivelnyk''s third consecutive victory in a row. Sehovic has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Montenegrin as he used to play in Bosnia. Sehovic previously played for the Montenegrin National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #2. Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, agency: Court Side) was not able to help Kvarner 2010 (8-10) in their game against Vrijednosnice OS in the Croatian A1 despite his very good performance on Saturday. Ceskovic was the top scorer with 35 points. He also added 3 steals. But KK Kvarner 2010 Rijeka (#7) was badly defeated 68-85 on the road by the higher-ranked (#6) Vrijednosnice OS. There are only 2 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Ceskovic belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #2 and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). This season he has very high stats. Ceskovic averages: 19.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.4apg and 1.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian as he used to play in Bosnia.

   #3. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) contributed to a Fenerbahce Ulker''s victory against the tenth-ranked Besiktas 86-82 in the Turkish TBL last Sunday. Bogdanovic recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (14-6) is placed fifth in the TBL. Bogdanovic has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.5apg in the 20 games he played so far. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian nationalities as he used to play in Bosnia. Bogdanovic previously played for the Croatian National Team.

   #4. Goran Suton (209-C-85, college: Michigan St.) was the main contributor in a Cibona''s victory against the closely-ranked Union Olimpija 61-58 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. Suton was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. ; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only Suton''s third season in pro basketball. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (12-10) is placed sixth in group A. There are only 4 games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Suton averages: 8.9ppg and 5.3rpg. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Suton previously played for the Croatian National Team.

   #5. Mirza Begic (217-C-85) contributed to a Real Madrid''s victory against the leader Montepaschi Siena 102-90 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He scored 7 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in only 14 minutes. Real Madrid (4-2) is placed third in group F. The Top 16 already ended in the Euroleague. Begic is currently third on the list of best blockers. This year his total stats are: 4.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.7bpg in the 15 games. Begic holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian passports. He previously played for the Slovenian National Team.

   #6. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) contributed to a Khimky''s victory against the leader Unics Kazan 69-65 in the VTB United League last Sunday. Planinic recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Planinic is currently third on the league''s list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.2apg and 1.4spg. Planinic holds both Croatian and Croatian passports. He previously played for the Croatian National Team.

   #7. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) couldn''t help KK Zagreb CO (11-11) in their game against Radnicki Kragujevac in the Adriatic League despite his good performance on Saturday. Mulaomerovic recorded 10 points and added 3 passes in 29 minutes. Mulaomerovic belongs to league''s best passers and is ranked #6. This year his total stats are: 9.5ppg, 1.3rpg and 4.4apg in the 15 games. Mulaomerovic holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian passports. He previously played for the Croatian National Team.

   #8. Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) contributed to a Halychyna''s victory against the 11th-ranked Mykolaiv 105-75 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Saturday. He scored 21 points, had 7 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 3 balls in 33 minutes. Todic''s stats this year are: 14.2ppg, 8.3rpg and 3.6apg in the nine games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian passports.

   #9. Sasha Topchov (206-C-80, agency: 011 Sports) was the main contributor in a Oradea''s victory against the tenth-ranked Pitesti 62-59 in the Romanian Div.A last Saturday. Topchov was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Topchov''s stats this season are: 13.3ppg and 4.6rpg.

   #10. Mato Peraica (203-C-81) faced previously mentioned Matija Ceskovic in the Croatian A1 last game. Peraica contributed to a Vrijednosnice OS''s victory against the seventh-ranked Kvarner 2010 85-68. He recorded 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes. Peraica''s stats this year are: 13.8ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.9apg in the 16 games.


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Blog 3 - by Edward Basden
February has just about wrapped up and for most this is the half way point well my team and I are making progress but haven't grasped our potential as a team. Winning 1 losing 2, winning 2 losing 1 it's seems like a roller coaster but the sad thing is we're losing games we should be winning hands down but these are the challenges your faced with and I know we will figure it out at least I'm praying we do LOL (laughing out loud). I've been a little banged as a lot of us are around this time of the year and I want to tell everyone make sure you guys take care of yourself because they won't,
8-12 at the moment and we just got back from competing in the League of America games in Cancun, Mexico I was really looking forward to that but we didn't fare out the way we expected/wanted it was competitive and fun definitely, played against 2 Mexican teams and 1 Argentina team, it was a reliever to get away and play some games in sunny cancun nonetheless . Well as a fan and as a player who once played in the NBA and is looking forward to returning one day the season has been interesting jeremy Lin seems to have revive the knicks and with the JR Smith addition watch out...
(condolences to Amare and his family) Lebron and the heat are continuing to play at a high level as well as the Bulls, the thunder continue to roll, lob city has been handling business but that Sixers, Pacers & Hawks team are something to wreck with and many teams on the west coast. I've also tuned in to a few Euroleague games and once again That green team (Panathinaikos) is strong and running through things, shout out to a few of my boys to G. Fitch (Malaga), Bo McCalebb (Siena), Jamon Lucas (Galatasaray), Curtis Jerrells
(Fenerbahce) and Omar Cook (Armani) keep up that good work, well I'm out looking forward to finish my regular season off strong then making that championship push til the next blog TWO fingers PEACE!!




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  BULGARIA   


Stankov's 34-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
35-year old forward Ilia Stankov (198-F-76) put on an amazing game in the last round for Spartak Pleven and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 34 points adding three rebounds and two assists for Spartak Pleven in his team's victory, helping them to beat Cherno More (#5, 9-11) 99-90. Spartak Pleven maintains the 7th position in Bulgarian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 16 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Stankov had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Spartak Pleven, through which he has constantly improved. Stankov has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.4ppg) and averages solid 45.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Chernomorets. He is FYR Macedonian center in his first season at Chernomorets. In the last game Pavlovski recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Chernomorets lost that game 62-80 to the higher-ranked Lukoil Academik (#1, 18-2). Chernomorets are still at the very bottom. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Chernomorets managed to get this year. Pavlovski is a newcomer at Chernomorets and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#8). He also registered 10.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Rilski Sportist (#3). Mirkovic scored 17 points and passed ten assists (!!!). He was a key player of Rilski Sportist, leading his team to a 91-77 easy win against #2 ranked Levski Sofia in a game of the week. Rilski Sportist needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 8 lost games. Mirkovic has a great season in Bulgaria. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.9apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Simeon Iliev (202-F-89) of Cherno More - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Vasil Kyosev (195-G-90) of Cherno More - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Veselin Georgiev (196-F-86) of Spartak Pleven - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Vasil Evtimov (207-C/F-77) of Levski Sofia - 10 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90) of Lukoil Academik - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Stanimir Marinov (191-G-91) of Balkan - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. John Ofoegbu (206-C-84) of Tundja Yambol - 18 points and 6 rebounds

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


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2011-12 RSEQ men's basketball major awards and all-stars announced - by Eurobasket News
MONTREAL - RSEQ is pleased to announce its mens university basketball individual award winners and all-star teams for the 2011-2012 season.

Concordia Stingers forward Evens Laroche (193-F) (Montreal, QC) is the most outstanding player, while ric Ct-Kougnima (Gatineau, QC) of the UQAM Citadins is honoured as the defensive player of the year for the third consecutive season.

Fourth year forward Evens Laroche captured the leagues top honour as the most outstanding player after posting the second best points per game average in the conference with 14.1. The 6-4 human relations student was a stud on the charity stripe, finishing the campaign with an 84.5-percent efficiency and dominated on the boards, hauling in 7.4 rebounds per game. The former Dawson College also proved his defensive prowess, leading the RSEQ with 2.9 steals per game.

Also in his fourth year, forward ric Ct-Kougnima (Gatineau, QC) became the first player in the history of RSEQ mens university basketball to three-peat as the defensive player of the year. The 6-4 business administration student led the league with 5.4 defensive rebounds per game and finished second behind Laroche in steals with 2.6 per contest. Ct-Kougnima also averaged 2.8 assists while playing 33.5 minutes per game.

Bosnia native Boris Hadzimuratovic (204-F-91) (Sarajevo, Bosnia) is the RSEQ rookie of the year after leading with league with 8.5 rebounds per game. The first year mechanical engineering student was second in field goal percentage, draining 48.6-percent of his shots while finishing third in the conference with 1.1 blocks per game.

Fourth year sports studies student Tim Hunter (201-F) (Baie dUrf, QC) of the Bishops University Gaiters is this years recipient of the RSEQ leadership and social involvement award and thus becomes the leagues nominee for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Ken Shield Award as the student-athlete who best demonstrates excellence on the field of competition, in the classroom and in the community. Hunter has captained the Gaiters for the past three seasons and lead the team in scoring with 13.2 point per game in 2011-2012. The 6-7 forward runs the Alexander Galt Regional High School Christmas basket fundraiser, raising several thousands of dollars for the program. He also the Gaiters roadblock to raise funds for the Quebec Heart & Stroke Foundation and is a volunteer with the Townshippers. Hunter has also been instructor in the Gaiters Small-Ball program for the last four years.

Long time Concordia Stingers bench boss John Dore has been honoured for the 14th time as the RSEQ coach of the year award after leading the Concordia Stingers to a first place finish with a 14-2 record. In his 22nd season at the helm of the Stingers, Dore has positioned the Stingers to challenge for their 13th conference crown since taking over the reigns of the team back in 1989-90. This year, the Stinger racked up 1,102 points in 16-games while dominating on the glass, pulling in 14.4 rebounds per game. Concordia also led the league with 11.5 steals and 12.0 assists per game.

Mike Homsy was named the official of the year.

Time for the Final Four!
The Stingers will host the Laval Rouge et Or in the first of the RSEQ playoffs semi-finals, Wednesday at 7 pm at Concordia University, while McGill will host the UQAM Citadins. This season Concordia swept Laval in regular season competition, while the Redmen took three of four from UQAM.

The winners of Wednesdays semi-finals will meet in the title game on Saturday night with the champions heading to Halifax for the 2012 CIS Final 8 that run from March 9 to 11 at the MetroCentre.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Evens Laroche, Concordia, Human Relations, Montreal, Dawson College

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
**ric Ct-Kougnima, UQAM, Business, Gatineau, QC, Cgep de lOutaouais

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
**Boris Hadzimuratovic, Laval, Mechanic Engineering, Sarajevo (Bosnia), Cgep de Sainte-Foy

RSEQ LEADERSHIP & SOCIAL INVOLVEMENT AWARD
**Tim Hunter, Bishops, Sports Studies, Baie dUrfe, QC, John Abbott College

COACH OF THE YEAR
**John Dore, U. Concordia

OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR
Mike Homsy

FIRST ALL STAR TEAM

Position, name, school, study program, hometown, last team
Forward, Evens Laroche, Concordia, Human Relations, Montreal, Dawson College
Forward, Gregory St-Amand, UQAM, Administration, Laval, QC, Collge Montmorency
Forward, Tim Hunter, Bishops, Sports Studies, Baie dUrfe, QC, John Abbott College
Guard, ric Ct-Kougnima, UQAM, Business, Gatineau, QC, Cgep de lOutaouais
Guard, Karim Sy-Morissette (193-G), McGill, Management, Montreal, Dawson College

SECOND ALL STAR TEAM

Position, name, school, study program, hometown, last team
*Forward, Kyle Desmarais (188-PG-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.), Concordia, Economics, Montreal, Central Connecticut State
Forward, Decee Krah (180-G), Concordia, Marketing, Hamilton, ON, Cathedral HS
Forward, Tristan Renaud-Tremblay (201-F), McGill, Kinesiologiy, Montreal, The Citadel/Champlain College
Centre, Boris Hadzimuratovic, Laval, Mechanic Engineering, Sarajevo (Bosnie), Cgep de Sainte-Foy
Guard, Xavier Baribeau (175-G-87), Laval, Business, Quebec City, Cgep de Sainte-Foy

ROOKIES ALL STAR TEAM

Position, name, school, study program, hometown, last team
Centre, Boris Hadzimuratovic, Laval, Mechanic Engineering, Sarajevo (Bosnia), Cgep de Sainte-Foy
Forward, Thibaud Dezutter, Laval, Biology, Namur (Belgium), Collge douard-Montpetit
Forward, Vincent Dufort, McGill, Physical & Health Education, Smiths Falls, ON, Smiths Falls HS
*Guard, Jerome Blake, Concordia, Sociology, Montreal, Vanier College
Forward, Mitchell Pierman (196-F), Bishops, Exercise Science, Perth, ON, Perth D.C.I.

* Bursary recipient with the Fondation de lathlte dexcellence du Qubec
** Unanimous choice

-RSEQ-
Courtesy of: english.cis-sic.ca


2011-12 Canada West men's basketball major awards and all-stars announced - by Eurobasket News
EDMONTON For the second straight year, Saskatchewan Huskies point guard Jamelle Barrett (180-PG) has been named the Canada West MVP.

Barrett was a highlight-reel player, leading the conference in assists with 124 and sitting second in scoring at 21 points per game. He finished second in the country in assists per game (6.9) and sixth in the CIS in scoring.

Hampered by nagging injuries, the fourth-year Arts & Science student from Rancho Cordova, CA scored 20 or more points in eight of the 18 games he played, including a 40-point night. He also recently posted a 41-point night in playoffs. Barrett had four double-doubles this season.

Barrett has led the Huskies to an 18-4 conference record and the top offence (89.2 points per game).

In spite of having to battle through two injuries, Jamelle has still demonstrated he is the most dynamic player in Canada West, said Huskies head coach Barry Rawlyk. He has strung together a series of phenomenal performances, emerging as a dominating factor in every game that he has played. While his scoring has been instrumental to our success, his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates has been equally remarkable.

Ilairon Bonhomme of the Brandon Bobcats had an outstanding first season, earning Rookie of the Year honours.

The Washington, D.C. product started all 20 conference games, averaging 12.2 points, 6.0 assists per game and 32.3 minutes per game.

The biggest thing with Ilarion is that he wanted to improve all year long, not to improve his numbers or receive awards, but to help get the team more wins and to help his team mates, noted Bobcats head coach Gil Cheung. He is the ultimate team guy and I don't think this award could go to a better person.

Forward Michael Lieffers (203-F-87) made a big impact for the Saskatchewan Huskies in his final season, being named Defensive Player of the Year and a Second Team All-Star.

Helping the CIS #3 Huskies to a 10-game winning streak and an 18-4 record, the Graduate Studies student led Canada West and placed second in CIS with 223 rebounds. The 6-8 Saskatoon native accumulated a CIS-leading 84 offensive rebounds and 139 defensive rebounds, scoring 13 points per game while adding 17 blocks and 37 steals. He also helped the Huskies hold opponents to 73.1 points per game.

While Michael is probably most recognized for his rebounding and dynamic finishes at the offensive end of the court, it is his defensive presence that has been so critical to the success of our team this season, said head coach Barry Rawlyk. His ability to control opposing inside players one-on-one, along with his ability to force opponents to alter shots in the paint have been a critical part of our teams defensive scheme

The Canada West selection as CIS Ken Shields Award nominee for the top student-athlete is Calvin Westbrook (193-G-88, college: CS Stanislaus) of the Trinity Western Spartans.

Westbrook, in his fourth season, is the team captain as well as one of the teams leaders in the classroom and in the community, being involved in a number of youth initiatives.

Westbrook was a coach and three on three tournament director for Comox Valley Youth Basketball Association, a non-profit organization and all funds raised through a three-on-three tournament go towards developing youth basketball.

Westbrook has been involved with community basketball coaching and, in December, along with his teammates helped build a home for an under privileged family in Ensenada, Mexico with the organization Homes for Hope. While in Europe last summer he visited orphanages and a home for individuals with physical and mental disabilities.

Calvin has shown consistency over his four years at TWU of always serving in every capacity, said Spartans head coach Scott Allen. The refreshing piece is that Calvin never does anything for the wrong motive, constantly looking out for the best interest of others and assisting them in their development as a person. Whether it is coaching young kids or volunteering with YWAM or Hoops for Hope Calvin sees the value in investing in others,

Voted Coach of the Year, Craig Beaucamp is in his ninth season as the head coach with the University of Victoria Vikes. Despite losing four players to graduation following the 2010-11 season, Beaucamp helped his team to a first-place finish in the Pacific Division, moving up two spots. Nationally ranked all season, he recruited five transfers and two freshmen to play with the program.

Entering the 2011-12 Canada West playoffs, Beaucamp had an all-time conference record of 129-60. In 2011-12, the Vikes boasted the third-best team defence (70.6 ppg) and third-best scoring margin (+10.5). The Vikes also led the conference in three-point shooting percentage (.402) and rebounding defence (29.1 per game).

A former Vikes player, Beaucamp previously won Canada West Coach of the Year honours in 2003-04 and 2004-05. He also served as an Assistant Coach with Canadas Pan-Am Games mens team that competed in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October.

Coming off a season in which four graduating seniors had to be replaced, Craig has done an outstanding job blending in a talented recruiting class with returning veterans to deliver strong regular season results. As reflected by his increased international experience with an assistant coaching role at the 2011 Pan-Am Games in Mexico and this recognition, Craig is standing out amongst his peers, said Clint Hamilton, Director of Athletics and Recreation at the University of Victoria.

The conferences All-Stars were also announced, where several student-athletes made a return appearance including Barrett (2011 CIS 1st Team), Daniel Ferguson (2011 CIS 2nd) and 2010 Rookie of the Year Jordan Baker (192-G-91, college: Utah Valley) (2011 CW 1st) of Alberta, UVics Ryan Mackinnon (193-G-89) (2011 CW 2nd), 20087 Rookie of the Year Tyler Fidler of Calgary (2011 CW 2nd) and UFVs Joel Friesen (193-G) (2011 CW 2nd).

Following are the 2011-12 Canada West mens basketball Award winners and All-Stars:

AWARDS

MVP: Jamelle Barrett, Saskatchewan

Rookie of the Year: Ilarion Bonhomme, Brandon

Defensive Player of the Year: Michael Lieffers, Saskatchewan

Ken Shields Award nominee: Calvin Westbrook, Trinity Western

Coach of the Year: Craig Beaucamp , Victoria

ALL-STARS (alphabetical by surname)

First Team Second Team

Jordan Baker, Alberta Dominyc Coward, Lethbridge
Jamelle Barrett, Saskatchewan Daniel Ferguson, Alberta
Joel Friesen, Fraser Valley Tyler Fidler, Calgary
Ryan Mackinnon, Victoria Justin King, Thompson Rivers
Nathan Yu (189-PG-89), UBC Michael Lieffers, Saskatchewan

Each award recipient moves on as a finalist for the annual Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) awards, with winners to be announced in Halifax before the eight-team national tournament, March 9-11.

This Friday and Saturday, the Canada West Final Four goes in Saskatoon, where the host Saskatchewan Huskies battle the Alberta Golden Bears in one semifinal, while the Fraser Valley Cascades and Victoria Vikes hook up in the other. Semifinal winners will qualify for Nationals and tip-off on Saturday night for conference supremacy. All game can be seen live on www.canadawest.tv.

About Canada West Universities Athletic Association
Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year, 1997 to 2010. Comprised of 16 schools from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada West produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues or events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games. cwuaa on Twitter.

A proud member of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).
Courtesy of: Canada West Communications


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Manny PASQUALE
  Laure.
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Pasquale, Laure.24.8 
 2. King, TRU23.1 
 3. Barbeau, Western23.0 
 4. Dorsey, Cape Bret.22.5 
 5. Barrett, Saskatch.22.1 
 6. Fassett, St.Mary''s20.7 
 7. Ferguson, Alberta20.0 
 8. Mackinnon, Victoria20.0 
 9. Baker, Alberta19.4 
 10. Kok, TRU19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lien PHILLIP
  Windsor
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Phillip, Windsor12.4 
 2. Lieffers, Saskatch.11.7 
 3. Burke, UBC10.5 
 4. Baker, Alberta10.1 
 5. King, TRU10.1 
 6. Coward, Lethbridge9.7 
 7. Klassen, Acadia9.4 
 8. Hadzimuratov., Lav.9.0 
 9. Lual, UPEI8.8 
 10. Buckley, Laurier8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.8.6 
 2. Barrett, Saskatch.7.2 
 3. Cunningham, Winnip.5.8 
 4. Kanza Mata, Dalho.5.8 
 5. Smith, TWU5.8 
 6. Collins, Windsor5.7 
 7. Bonhomme, Brandon5.6 
 8. Kraus, Brock5.4 
 9. Allin, Laurier5.4 
 10. Smith, Cape Bret.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.3.2 
 2. Collins, Windsor2.7 
 3. Thomas, St.Franc.2.7 
 4. Carter, Lakehead2.6 
 5. Laroche, Concordia2.5 
 6. Oliver, Manitoba2.5 
 7. Ogungbemi, Calgary2.4 
 8. Russel, Lakehead2.4 
 9. Cote-K., UQ.2.4 
 10. Desmarais, Conco.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike ANDREWS
  Bishop''s
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Andrews, Bishop''s1.9 
 2. Fidler, Calgary1.7 
 3. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.7 
 4. Duke, UPEI1.5 
 5. Coward, Lethbridge1.5 
 6. Bains, UBC1.5 
 7. Klassen, Acadia1.4 
 8. Hadzimuratov., Lav.1.1 
 9. Black, McMaster1.1 
 10. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s1.1 


Robert Brickey is Coach of the Month, Gabe Freeman grabs Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Robert Brickey, Head Coach of the Oshawa Power, has been named Coach of the Month for February 2012.

From February 1 to the end of the season, Brickey, who joined the Power in mid-season, guided a previously moribund Oshawa Power team to a 6-3 record and within an eyelash of a playoff spot. The record also included several overtime victories for Durham's Team, including two back-to-back overtime wins over Halifax and Saint John.

NBL Canada is also pleased to announce that Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) of the London Lightning has earned Player of the Week honours for the third time this season. Freeman is the first NBL Canada player to receive this honour three times.

In London's last two games of the season - both wins at the John Labatt Centre - Freeman averaged a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Courtesy of http://nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com


CIS Round 4 of Play-Offs - by Eurobasket News
AUS
Acadia - St.Francis X. 82-71

The game was mostly controlled by Axemen. X-Men was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Axemen brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Owen Klassen (208-91) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Anthony Sears (193) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Axemen players scored in double figures. Forward Jeremy Dunn (198) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and guard Terry Thomas (193) added 19 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) in the effort for X-Men. X-Men's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
St.Francis X.: J.Dunn 27+10reb+1ast, T.Thomas 19+7reb+3ast, M.Clayton 9+2reb+2ast, J.Clarke 9+3reb+1ast, S.Coupland 2+3reb, T.Vernon 2+2ast
Acadia: O.Klassen 20+6reb+3ast, A.Sears 14+6reb+3ast, J.Tull 13+5reb, A.Ashe 11+8reb, S.Stoqua 8+2reb+4ast, B.States 7+4reb
gschID: 170496

St.Mary''s - Acadia 87-96

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 14-11. But Huskies won second period 26-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Axemen won last quarter 31-23. Huskies were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard guard Anthony Sears (193) (193) fired 31 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. point guard point guard Jonathan Tull (190, college: Cent.Conn.St.) (190, college: Cent.Conn.St.) chipped in 17 points. Guard guard Anthony Sears (193) (193) produced 31 points and 5 rebounds and point guard point guard Jonathan Tull (190, college: Cent.Conn.St.) (190, college: Cent.Conn.St.) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
St.Mary''s: B.Rouse 23+10reb+4ast, R.Halpin 22+8reb+1ast, M.Pink 14+1reb+2ast, T.Fassett 14+12reb+3ast, H.Ezenibe 6+6reb, I.Robertson 4+5reb+1ast
Acadia: A.Sears 31+5reb+1ast, J.Tull 17+4reb+2ast, A.Ashe 12+4reb, T.Scott 11+4reb+2ast, B.States 10+5reb+1ast, O.Klassen 8+9reb+2ast
gschID: 170492


Cape Breton - St.Francis X. 77-92

The game was mostly controlled by X-Men. Capers was better in third quarter 27-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Capers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by forward Jeremy Dunn (198) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds and guard Terry Thomas (193) supported him with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Even 17 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals by American guard Jimmy Dorsey (188) did not help to save the game for Capers. Guard Al Alilovic (198) added 13 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Four Capers players scored in double figures. Capers' coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Cape Breton: J.Dorsey 17+9reb+8ast, A.Alilovic 13+10reb+1ast, A.Geugjes 12+5reb, J.Smith 12+1reb+3ast, M.Lufile 11+2reb, K.Devereaux 8+4reb+2ast
St.Francis X.: J.Dunn 32+10reb+1ast, M.Clayton 17+3reb, T.Thomas 16+11reb+3ast, J.Clarke 8+5reb+5ast, T.Vernon 7+1reb+2ast, S.Coupland 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 170490


Canada West
Alberta - UFV 72-71

The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 21-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Daniel Ferguson (191, college: Valdosta St.) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and international guard Jordan Baker (192-91, college: Utah Valley) who added 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Kyle Grewal (198-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jasper Moedt (203) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
UFV: M.James 14+6reb, K.Grewal 13+10reb+4ast, J.Moedt 12+8reb, J.Blackman 10+1reb, J.Friesen 8+2reb+1ast, S.Bjorgaard 7+5reb+1ast
Alberta: D.Ferguson 25+4reb+2ast, J.Baker 21+6reb+2ast, S.Saffa 8+5reb, L.Taylor 6+4reb+2ast, M.Cardoza 5+4reb, T.Bergen-Henengouwen 3+9reb+3ast
gschID: 170495


Victoria - Saskatchewan 85-90

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vikies won fourth quarter 27-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Duncan Jones (196) fired 40 points (!!!) and 4 steals (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners. International forward Michael Lieffers (203-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Ryan Mackinnon (193-89) produced 24 points and 5 assists and Michael Acheampong added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Victoria: R.Mackinnon 24+3reb+5ast, M.Acheampong 15+5reb+2ast, T.Evans 12+7reb+2ast, Z.Andrus 8+6reb+4ast, R.Theil 7+1reb+1ast, C.McLaughlin 5+4reb
Saskatchewan: D.Jones 40+1reb, M.Lieffers 18+16reb, M.Forbes 11+6reb+1ast, J.Barrett 8+3reb+8ast, C.Unsworth 6+3reb+1ast, B.Baker 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 170494


OUA
Ryerson - Carleton 39-82

The game was mostly controlled by Ravens. Rams was better in second period 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Rams to just 6 points in third quarter and to 14 points in second half. Ravens dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Rams' 26. They outrebounded Rams 43-19 including a 31-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. International guard Cole Hobin (198-89) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International guard Philip Scrubb (194-92) chipped in 13 points. International point guard Jahmal Jones (183-91) produced 11 points and Aaron Best added 6 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Ryerson: J.Jones 11+3reb+1ast, O.Adegboruwa 8+1reb, B.Michaelsen 7+2reb+1ast, L.Staniscia 7+4reb, A.Best 6+6reb, G.Berry 0
Carleton: C.Hobin 17+11reb, P.Scrubb 13+4reb+3ast, T.Hinz 9+3reb+2ast, D.Penner 8+3reb, E.Thompson 7+1reb+1ast, K.Churchill 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 170493


RSEQ
UQAM - Concordia 47-77

The game without a history. Stingers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Citadines to just 6 points in second quarter. Stingers forced 24 Citadines turnovers and outrebounded them 45-32 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Decee Krah (180) fired 10 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals for the winners. International point guard Kyle Desmarais (188-87, college: Cent.Conn.St.) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Forward Alexandre Bernard produced 16 points and power forward Vincent Lanctot-Fortier (203) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
UQAM: A.Bernard 16+3reb, G.Saint-Amand 8+3reb+1ast, V.Lanctot-Fortier 8+6reb+1ast, R.Kwaku Addai 7+4reb+2ast, T.Justin 6+1reb, E.Cote-Kougnima 2+9reb+3ast
Concordia: K.Desmarais 13+2reb+5ast, E.Laroche 11+9reb, D.Krah 10+5reb+6ast, J.Blake 9+2reb, T.Garner 8+6reb+1ast, J.Moussignac 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 170491




2011-12 OUA East men's basketball all-stars announced - by Eurobasket News
HAMILTON, Ont. Ontario University Athletics (OUA) is pleased to announce this years mens basketball east division All-Stars, sponsored by Wilson Sports. The major award winners will be announced tomorrow, March 2, at the Wilson Cup awards breakfast in Waterloo, Ont.

Three of this years contingent on the First-Team will be participating in the Wilson Cup this weekend. Carletons Tyson Hinz (199-F-91) (Ottawa) returns for his second consecutive First-Team appearance. The third-year forward shot an efficient 58.8 percent from the field, good for second in the league, en route to 282 points this season. Last seasons player of the year also brought down 106 rebounds and distributed the ball for 70 assists. Teammate Philip Scrubb (194-G-92) (Richmond, B.C.) has also been named a First-Team All-Star after leading the league with 61 three-pointers and a 57.0 three-point field goal percentage to lead OUA and CIS. Also participating at this years Wilson Cup is First-Team All-Star Jahmal Jones (183-PG-91) (Mississauga, Ont.) of Ryerson. In just his second season, this is already Jones second First-Team honour. He finished the 2011-12 campaign with 340 points and found his teammates for 101 assists to finish fifth in OUA all while averaging 34.5 minutes per game.

Joining these players on the First-Team of all-stars is Manny Pasquale (183-G) (Victoria, B.C.) of the Laurentian Voyageurs. The third-year guard led OUA and the nation in scoring, averaging 26.33 points per game. Pasquale accumulated the third most points in OUA with 395, despite missing seven games of the season. Rounding out the First-Team is Ottawa Gee-Gees guard Johnny Berhanemeskel (185-G) (Ottawa). The second-year player finished sixth in league scoring with 17.18 points per game and fourth with 57 made three-pointers. He also contributed defensively with 33 steals and 17 blocks.

This years Second-Team of all-stars also has three players participating in the Wilson Cup. Carletons Willy Manigat (180-G) (Ottawa) earns his first all-star nod. He provided the Ravens with another threat from beyond the arc, finishing third in three-pointers made with 58. Teammate Elliot Thompson (191-G-89) (Fredericton, N.B.) earns his third straight Second-Team appearance after averaging 10.73 points per game in an average of 23 minutes per game. Ryersons Jordon Gauthier (Windsor, Ont.) had an impressive sophomore season and has been named a Second-Team All-Star. Gauthier finished third after shooting 50.0 percent from three-point range and eighth with 140 rebounds.

Completing the Second-Team of all-stars are two more Toronto-area school representatives. Andrew Wasik (201-C) (Burnaby, B.C.) of the Varsity Blues earned his nod after scoring 262 points, and his 143 rebounds put him sixth in OUA. York Lions leading scorer David Tyndale (180-G) (Mississauga, Ont.) earns his first all-star appearance after finishing eighth in league scoring with 16.68 points per game.

The Ottawa Gee-Gees have two rookies voted among the divisions best as Mike LAfricain (Oakville, Ont.) and Vikas Gill (Stittsville, Ont.) have been named to the east All-Rookie team. LAfricain appeared in all 22 games for the Gee-Gees at the point guard position and netted 264 points while also distributing the ball for 73 assists. Gill also saw action in each game this season and dropped 186 points while picking up 70 rebounds in his first season.

Also named to the east All-Rookie team is Alex Ratte (Ottawa) of Laurentian, Aaron Best (Scarborough, Ont.) of Ryerson, and Richard Iheadindu (Brampton, Ont.) of the York Lions. Ratte finished the year with 278 points and 70 rebounds in 19 games. Aaron Best will hope to continue his strong freshman campaign into the Wilson Cup. Best posted 201 points in 16 games played and finished fifth with a 48.8 three-point field goal percentage and sixth with an 85.7 percent completion rate at the charity stripe. Richard Iheadindu finished second on the Lions with 201 points and collected 46 rebounds and 35 assists in his first season.

2011-12 OUA MENS BASKETBALL EAST DIVISION ALL-STARS

FIRST-TEAM


Philip Scrubb Carleton
Tyson Hinz Carleton
Jahmal Jones Ryerson
Manny Pasquale Laurentian
Johnny Berhanemeskel Ottawa

SECOND-TEAM

Andrew Wasik Toronto
Willy Manigat Carleton
Jordon Gauthier Ryerson
Elliot Thompson Carleton
David Tyndale - York

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Mike L'Africain Ottawa
Alex Ratte Laurentian
Aaron Best Ryerson
Richard Iheadindu York
Vikas Gill Ottawa

-OUA-
Courtesy of: OUA Communications


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  CHILE   


Latinbasket.com All-Chilean Liga Nacional - by Cristian Quiroga
Latinbasket.com All-Chilean Liga Nacional 1st Team
#s#
Gonzalo Velasquez
Velasquez
Erik Carrasco
Carrasco
Spencer Smith
Smith
Jorge Valencia
Valencia
Zaronn Cann
Cann
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Player of the Year: Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) of Dep.Castro
Guard of the Year: Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) of Dep.Castro
Forward of the Year: Scott Rodgers (191-G) of Boston College
Center of the Year: Zaronn Cann (198-F) of Dep.Castro
Rookie of the Year: Matias Sepulveda (188-F-90) of Los Leones
Most Improved Player of the Year: Eduardo Sepulveda (186-G-86) of Los Leones
Import Player of the Year: Zaronn Cann (198-F) of Dep.Castro
Domestic Player of the Year: Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) of Dep.Castro
Defensive Player of the Year: Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) of Boston Coll.
Coach of the Year: Warren Espinosa of Dep.Castro

1st Team
G: Erik Carrasco (181-83) of Boston Coll.
G: Spencer Smith (185) of Dep.Castro
G: Gonzalo Velasquez (185-81) of Dep.Castro
C: Jorge Valencia (206-77) of Boston Coll.
F: Zaronn Cann (198) of Dep.Castro

2nd Team
G: Eduardo Sepulveda (186-86) of Los Leones
G: Jose Luis Campos (189-80) of Boston Coll.
G: Scott Rodgers (191) of Boston College
F: Michael Cox (203-89) of Osorno Basq.
C: Jerry Echenique (201-79) of Los Leones

Honorable Mention
Marcelo Hernandez (187-G-79) of Osorno Basq.
Leonel Mendez (184-G-75) of Dep.Castro
Rodrigo Munoz (186-G/F-80) of Dep.Valdivia
Francisco Jara (87) of Dep.Castro
Gene Shipley (206-C-79) of Puente Alto

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Erik Carrasco (181-83) of Boston Coll.
G: Jose Luis Campos (189-80) of Boston Coll.
G: Eduardo Sepulveda (186-86) of Los Leones
G: Gonzalo Velasquez (185-81) of Dep.Castro
C: Jorge Valencia (206-77) of Boston Coll.

All-Imports Team
G: Spencer Smith (185) of Dep.Castro
G: Scott Rodgers (191) of Boston College
F: Michael Cox (203-89) of Osorno Basq.
F: Zaronn Cann (198) of Dep.Castro
C: Jerry Echenique (201-79) of Los Leones

All-Defensive Team
Spencer Smith (185-G) of Dep.Castro
Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) of Boston Coll.
Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) of Dep.Castro
Leonard Mendez (196-G-87) of Los Leones
Michael Cox (203-F-89) of Osorno Basq.




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  CYPRUS   


Tarick Johnson in the Cyprus league - by Chris Mammides
After a small break, the American/British experienced small forward Tarick Johnson (192-G/F-81, college: Campbell) after some hours from his 'divorce' with the Cretan team of A.G.O Rethymno Aegean is heading to the other island, of Cyprus. From an island to an island. Tarick was among the stepping stones of the amazing route of A.G.O Rethymno Aegean this season even though he was not offering a lot in the scoring portion for his team he was doing many other jobs in the court which were quite needed for the team of Coach Stergios Koufos . Since he has been replaced by local Greek players who are doing also very good in the league he lost entirely his short participation so his next destination is once more the Cyprus league where he won everything last season with InterCollege Etha Engomis being among the stand outs of his team. The emptyness in the specific spot was more than obvious for the team this season as togehter with the other American, Anthony King (206-F/C-85, college: Miami, FL) and the remaining Ken Tutt (185-PG-84, college: ORU) were developing a very strong trio.
The American small forward will join forces with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia for the games in the top 8 of the Cyprus league..


AEK Never Trails, Advances to Semis - by Nima Siar
Larnaca, CY - Petrolina AEK Larnaca jumped out to an early lead and never looked back beating APOEL 88-66. AEK took the best of three game series 2-1 and will face the regular season champs Keravnos this week. The home team led by as many 21 while APOEL was only able to cut the deficit to 9 points before AEK stormed back while shooting 9/24 behind the arc. They dominated the game from tip off while avenging a home loss to the Nicosia side in the Cyprus Cup earlier in the year. AEK was led by excellent play by Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) and Iakovos Pantelli.

* Statistics and game analysis will be posted shortly.


Standings - Division B
Division B First Round Standings
Group One
 1. Anagennises 10-0
 2. Asteras 8-2
 3. APOP Paphou 6-4
 4. Athanasiou 4-6
 5. Achilleas Agrou 1-9
 6. Argonaftes 1-9
 7. Athl.Aradippou 0-0
Group Two
 1. Olympos 9-1
 2. Paralimni 9-1
 3. Enosis 4-6
 4. Onisilos 4-6
 5. Zinon 4-6
 6. Doxa 0-10


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 29-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 22-7 
 3. BK Decin 21-8 
 4. BK Pardubice 20-9 
 5. BC Kolin 19-21 
 6. USK Praha 15-14 
A2
 1. NH Ostrava 18-14 
 2. Levice 14-18 
 3. Chomutov 13-19 
 4. Svitavy 13-19 
 5. Inter Bratislava 9-23 
 6. Usti n/Labem 9-23 
 7. Plzen 8-24 
 8. B&W Opava 6-26 


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 23-1 
 2. Sparta Praha 20-4 
 3. Opava B 17-7 
 4. Sokol H.Kralove 15-9 
 5. Proton Zlin 15-9 
 6. Sokol Prazsky 14-10 
 7. Trutnov 12-12 
 8. Liberec 11-13 
 9. Vysehrad 11-13 
 10. Benesov 10-14 
 11. Prostejov B 9-15 
 12. Litomerice 8-16 
 13. Mlada Boleslav 2-22 
 14. Kladno 1-23 


1Liga Round 24: Sokol Prazsky beats Sokol Hradec Kralove by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in 1Liga.

The most exciting game of round 24 in the 1Liga took place in Praha. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (15-9) to sixth ranked Sokol Prazsky (14-10) 87-85 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. Sokol Hradec Kralove was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 18-12 charge of Sokol Prazsky, which allowed them to win the game. Sokol Prazsky maintains sixth position with 14-10 record. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Proton Zlin. Sokol Prazsky are looking forward to face Sokol Vysehrad (#9) on the road in the next round. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against the league's leader BK Lions Hradec (#1) in J.Hradec and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked B&W Opava B (17-7) against ninth ranked Sokol Vysehrad (11-13) on Sunday night. Visiting B&W Opava B was defeated by Sokol Vysehrad in Vysehrad 101-91. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of B&W Opava B. Sokol Vysehrad moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Liberec. B&W Opava B at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Sokol Vysehrad will play against higher ranked Sokol Prazsky (#6) in Praha in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. B&W Opava B will play at home against the league's second-placed Sparta Praha where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
An interesting game for BK Lions Hradec (23-1) which played road game in Zlin against 4th ranked Proton Zlin (15-9). First ranked BK Lions Hradec had an easy win 96-61. BK Lions Hradec have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-1 record. Proton Zlin lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Sokol H.Kralove. BK Lions Hradec will meet at home Sokol Hradec Kralove (#4) in the next round. Proton Zlin will play against Kara Trutnov and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Benesov. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 12th ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (8-16) to tenth ranked BC Benesov (10-14) 70-68 on Sunday evening. BC Benesov have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 10-14 record. Slavoj BK Litomerice lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 16 games lost. BC Benesov's next round opponent will be BK Prostejov B (#11) on the road. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against BK Kondori Liberec.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 24: Prostejov B was smashed by Sparta Praha on the road 103-81. Mlada Boleslav lost to Trutnov on its own court 70-83. Bottom-ranked Kladno was outscored by Liberec in a road game 69-95.



Sparta Praha - Prostejov B 103-81

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Sparta Praha (20-4) crushed at home 10th ranked BK Prostejov B (9-15) 103-81. BK Prostejov B was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 36-9 charge of Sparta Praha, which allowed them to win the game. Sparta Praha have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-4 record having just three points less than leader J.Hradec. BK Prostejov B at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Sparta Praha's next round opponent will be B&W Opava B (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. BK Prostejov B will play against BC Benesov (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 143320


Vysehrad - Opava B 101-91

Very important is a road loss of third ranked B&W Opava B (17-7) against ninth ranked Sokol Vysehrad (11-13) on Sunday night. Visiting B&W Opava B was defeated by Sokol Vysehrad in Vysehrad 101-91. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of B&W Opava B. Sokol Vysehrad moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Liberec. B&W Opava B at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Sokol Vysehrad will play against higher ranked Sokol Prazsky (#6) in Praha in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. B&W Opava B will play at home against the league's second-placed Sparta Praha where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 143321


Proton Zlin - J.Hradec 61-96

An interesting game for BK Lions Hradec (23-1) which played road game in Zlin against 4th ranked Proton Zlin (15-9). First ranked BK Lions Hradec had an easy win 96-61. The game without a history. BK Lions Hradec led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BK Lions Hradec have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-1 record. Proton Zlin lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Sokol H.Kralove. BK Lions Hradec will meet at home Sokol Hradec Kralove (#4) in the next round. Proton Zlin will play against Kara Trutnov and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 143316


Mlada Boleslav - Trutnov 70-83

Very expected game when 13th ranked Mlada Boleslav (2-22) lost at home to seventh ranked Kara Trutnov (12-12) 83-70. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Kara Trutnov dominated on the defensive end, holding Mlada Boleslav to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Kara Trutnov maintains seventh position with 12-12 record. Mlada Boleslav lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth place with 22 games lost. Kara Trutnov's next round opponent will be higher ranked Proton Zlin (#5) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Mlada Boleslav will play against Kladno (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 143317


Liberec - Kladno 95-69

Very predictable result when eighth ranked BK Kondori Liberec (11-13) rolled over at home bottom-ranked Kladno (1-23) 95-69. The game without a history. BK Kondori Liberec led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BK Kondori Liberec maintains eighth position with 11-13 record, which they share with Vysehrad. Kladno lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 23 lost games. BK Kondori Liberec's next round opponent will be Slavoj BK Litomerice (#12) on the road. Kladno will play against Mlada Boleslav and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 143318


Benesov - Litomerice 70-68

A very interesting game took place in Benesov. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 12th ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (8-16) to tenth ranked BC Benesov (10-14) 70-68 on Sunday evening. BC Benesov have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 10-14 record. Slavoj BK Litomerice lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 16 games lost. BC Benesov's next round opponent will be BK Prostejov B (#11) on the road. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against BK Kondori Liberec.
gschID: 143319


Sokol Prazsky - Sokol H.Kralove 87-85

The most exciting game of round 24 in the 1Liga took place in Praha. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (15-9) to sixth ranked Sokol Prazsky (14-10) 87-85 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. Sokol Hradec Kralove was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 18-12 charge of Sokol Prazsky, which allowed them to win the game. Sokol Prazsky maintains sixth position with 14-10 record. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Proton Zlin. Sokol Prazsky are looking forward to face Sokol Vysehrad (#9) on the road in the next round. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against the league's leader BK Lions Hradec (#1) in J.Hradec and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 143315




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick POPE
  Chomutov
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Pope, Chomutov20.2 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha20.0 
 3. Grant, Levice19.5 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.18.0 
 5. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 6. Lowery, Chomutov17.4 
 7. Hruban, USK Praha17.3 
 8. Houska, BK Decin16.0 
 9. Longmire, Usti n.15.9 
 10. Wilson, CEZ N.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.4 
 2. Meno, Svitavy8.4 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.8.3 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.0 
 5. Gottselig, Usti n.7.9 
 6. Pesic, Inter B.7.8 
 7. Peterson, BK Prost.7.3 
 8. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.2 
 9. Houska, BK Decin7.1 
 10. Modric, Levice7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.3 
 2. Wright, NH Ostrava4.9 
 3. Sotnar, USK Praha4.8 
 4. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 5. Barnes, BC Kolin4.2 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.1 
 7. Vrubl, Plzen4.1 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava3.9 
 9. George, Svitavy3.9 
 10. Pope, Chomutov3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.2.5 
 2. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 3. Ames, BC Kolin2.3 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.3 
 5. Klecka, B&W Opava2.1 
 6. Wright, NH Ostrava2.0 
 7. Sirina, B&W Opava2.0 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 9. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 10. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.6 
 3. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.3 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.3 
 5. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 6. Grant, Levice1.0 
 7. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 8. Meno, Svitavy0.9 
 9. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.8 


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  DENMARK   


Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Amager BK 16-3 
 2. Randers 16-3 
 3. Lemvig 14-5 
 4. Aarhus BF 12-8 
 5. Koge BK 11-7 
 6. Virum 9-9 
 7. Stevnsgade 9-9 
 8. Glostrup 9-10 
 9. Haderslev 6-13 
 10. Jonstrup 5-13 
 11. ALBA 5-13 
 12. Solrod 0-19 


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Spurs assign Cory Joseph to D-League - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs announced that they have assigned rookie Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.

Joseph, a 6-3 guard, has seen action in 25 games for the Spurs this season, averaging 1.8 points and 1.2 assists in 8.0 minutes.

Joseph was assigned to the Toros earlier this year from Jan. 4-11 and saw action in four games, averaging 11.3 points, 3.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 31.8 minutes.

The Spurs selected Joseph out of the University of Texas with the 29th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. In his lone season with the Longhorns he was named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team and earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.

Joseph will be uniform tonight when the Toros visit the Texas Legends at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Mavs recall Sean Williams from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Dallas Mavericks announced Sunday that they have recalled forward Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86, college: Boston Coll.) from the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.Williams (6-10, 235) played three games with the Mavericks after signing on Dec. 21. In those appearances, he averaged 4.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 5.7 minutes while shooting .714 (5-7 FGs) from the field and 1.000 (4-4 FTs) from the free throw line.

On Jan. 6, Dallas assigned him to the Legends. He played 22 games with 21 starts for Texas and averaged 15.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 1.0 assist in 28.5 minutes while shooting .506 (124-245 FGs) from the field and .767 (79-103 FTs) from the free throw line.

Williams traveled with the team to Oklahoma City.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


66ers to Host Stampede - by Serafim Karaiskakis
The Tulsa 66ers (17-22) return to the court this Wednesday, March 7, against the Idaho Stampede (16-21) at 11 a.m. CT on Kids Day inside the Tulsa Convention Center.
The Western Conference matchup can be heard in Tulsa on KAKC 1300 AM and be viewed online for free via webcast at nba.com/futurecast.

On the court will be the 66ers and Stampede, who have met four times already this season. Tulsa began the season 2-0, before Idaho has taken the last two matchups to tie the season series.

The 66ers are coming off of an impressive 109-100 win over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last Saturday night at home. Idaho won its last matchup against the Dakota Wizards on Sunday, 86-82.

The special day will aim at educating area children why it is important to lead healthy and active lifestyles.

Entertaining the hundreds of local kids expected in attendance Wednesday will be mascots Routie the Roadrunner, Brisco and Obi the Blood Drop.

Also available for kids enjoyment will be free finger printing by the Tulsa Sheriffs Department, a photobooth and a mini dunk station. Performing will be J2Crew, Tulsas premier Edutainment company, and a halftime dunk team.

For ticket information and purchases to the special day, contact the 66ers business office at (918) 585-8444.

source: http://www.nba.com/dleague/tulsa/




Sunday's games review (5): Hayes sets Red Claws' record with 52 points - by Eurobasket News
Maine RC - Springfield A. 118-113
Basketball teams spend countless hours diagramming plays and running them in practice. Sunday night, the Maine Red Claws threw their playbook away. In the end, it simply became a matter of getting the ball to point guard Kenny Hayes (6'2''-PG-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Miami, OH) and letting him loose. Hayes scored a franchise-record 52 points to lead the Red Claws to a crucial 118-113 over the Springfield Armor at the Portland Expo. Hayes scored 26 points in the fourth quarter, at one point scoring 17 consecutive Red Claws points, to lead a comeback from a 17-point third-quarter deficit. 'I've been in grooves like this before, but not a 50-point groove,' said Hayes, who finished one point shy of the NBA Development League record of 53 (shared by two players, including Red Claws teammate Morris Almond). 'Man, my coaches and teammates were just saying, 'No plays. Just put the ball in his hands and see what he can do.' And they believed in me and we won the game.' And the win, Maine's second over second-place Springfield in three days, was very important. The Red Claws (15-22) still have hopes of getting back into the playoff race. They know they need to win most of their remaining 13 games, and this is a good start. 'We came back from the all-star break and talked about recommitting to what we have in front of us,' said Claws Coach Dave Leitao. 'There is still time for us to make the playoffs. But the only way to prove it is to play this way.' Hayes had a tough start, with three early turnovers, but made up for it with a fantastic finish. Springfield, which dropped one game behind Iowa in the race for first in the Eastern Conference, opened a 17-point lead early in the third and was still up by 13 late in that quarter. But the Red Claws got the deficit to seven entering the fourth, 83-76, and then Hayes went to work. He tied the game at 92 with two foul shots. Almond, who had a quiet 31 points ('I was a good wing man tonight,' he said. 'I played that role well.'), gave Maine the lead with a foul shot with 6:36 remaining. His backdoor layup, off a beautiful pass from Justin Brownlee, made it 97-92, Maine. Hayes then scored his team's next 17 points, many on the same move -- a hard dribble left into the lane followed by a step-back jumper that hit nothing but the bottom of the net. He also buried two 3-pointers in the run, including one from straight on with Springfield's Jerry Smith in his face. 'I was feeling it,' said Hayes, whose previous career high was 32. 'I thank my coaches and teammates for believing in me.' Brownlee said it was impossible to not give him the ball. 'When someone's that hot,' he said, 'you just got to let him have it.' The Armor were helpless to stop him. 'He just got into one of those rhythms, got the confidence going and he wasn't missing,' said Smith. 'You just contest every shot. That's what I was trying to do.' Hayes' final two points came on two foul shots with 1:31 remaining -- the crowd giving him a standing ovation as he shot them -- to give the Red Claws a 114-102 lead. 'The biggest thing now is that we've got to stay focused,' said Hayes. 'It was a good game, a career game for me, but now we've got to move past it and try to get some road wins. Our goal is to make the playoffs.' *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

Dakota W. - Idaho S. 84-86
Stampede forward Paul Carter (6'9''-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago) grabbed an offensive rebound and made the put-back with 2.1 seconds left to lift the Idaho Stampede (16-21) to an 86-84 victory against the Dakota Wizards (19-16) on Sunday afternoon. Carter finished the day with 14 points and 14 rebounds. The Stampede used 17 offensive rebounds to score 19 second chance points on the day, as Idaho out-rebounded the Wizards 50-35. Mikki Moore had 15 points and nine rebounds, David Bailey had nine points and 11 assists and Tony Bobbitt led the team with 19 points (5-10 3FG) off the bench. Idaho led by as many as 16 and never trailed - the Wizards came all the way back to tie the game at 84 with 52.1 seconds left before Carter's basket. The Stampede shot just 29.4 percent in the final quarter (5-of-17), missing all five of their three-point attempts, as the home team won the quarter 23-14 to get back in the game. Dakota was led by Mike Anderson's 14 points, while Jeremy Tyler added 13. Idaho faces off against the Wizards again tomorrow at 6 p.m. (MST). *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Reno B. - Bakersfield J. 118-105
In Mo Charlo (6'7''-F-83, college: Nevada) 's second game back with the Reno Bighorns after missing eight games due to an injury, he showed his powerful presence with 16 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in a 118-105 victory over the Bakersfield Jam on Sunday. Blake Ahearn and Andre Emmett, the NBA D-League's top scorers, both had 27 points in the victory, while Zach graham posted 23 points and five rebounds. Osiris Eldridge led the Jam with 23 points and six rebounds. The Bighorns were down three points at halftime but used a strong third quarter, led by Emmett's timely three pointers, to take the lead and seal the victory. Emmett was 4-of-6 on three pointers while Graham was 5-of-7. As a team, the Bighorns shot 59.3 percent from beyond the arc. Charlo provided the energy the Bighorns have been looking for, with six offensive rebounds, including numerous putbacks that bailed the team out of missed shots. The Bighorns hit the road for a game against the Erie Bayhawks on Friday, March 9 at the Tulio Arena. The team returns to Reno for a two-game homestand against the Dakota Wizards on March 16 and 17 at the Reno Events Center. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

Iowa E. - Canton C. 96-86
The 2011 NBA D-League Champion Iowa Energy rallied past the Canton Charge 96-86 Sunday afternoon. The win puts Iowa one game ahead of Springfield in the NBA D-League's Eastern Conference. Canton jumped out to a 47-44 lead at halftime behind ten early points from guard Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech). The Energy, who lost two games early in the week at Canton, opened the 3rd quarter with a 7-0 run, capped by a Patrick Ewing Jr. 3-pointer, gave Iowa a 51-47 lead. Minutes later, with Iowa up 57-51, Canton scored ten straight points to take a four point lead. In a game that saw 11 lead changes, the Energy responded late in the quarter as Moses Ehambe drilled a 3-pointer to give Iowa a 70-68 lead heading into the final stanza. Guard Mike Efevberha opened the 4th quarter with a 3-pointer and Ewing Jr. added a jump shot to extend the Energy led to seven at 75-68. But each time the Energy made a run, the Charge responded. Point guard T.J. Campbell scored a pair of buckets and Gibson drained a 3-pointer to give Canton a 79-77 lead. With the game in the balance, Iowa's defense stepped up. The Energy stopped the Charge from scoring on six consecutive possessions midway through the 4th quarter while scoring nine straight points to take a commanding 86-79 lead with 3:57 left in the game. Canton narrowed the lead to three at 86-83 with 2:50 remaining, but Curtis Stinson, Efevberha and Nick Murphy scored the next seven points of the game to give the Energy their 22nd win of the season. Efevberha led Iowa with 21 points while Murphy added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Gibson led Canton with 23 points while Campbell finished with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The loss drops the Charge to 19-18 on the season. The Energy head on the road for game at Erie (Thursday), Springfield (Friday) and Maine (Sunday). The next Energy home game is Friday, March 16th at 7pm. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Erie Bay H. - Sioux Falls S. 94-91
The Erie BayHawks (18-17) were able to fend off the pesky Sioux Falls Skyforce (9-28), sweeping the weekend series with a 94-91 finish on Sunday night. Erie held a thirteen point lead in the fourth quarter with two minutes to go but the Skyforce were able to throw up multiple shots in the final seconds in an attempt to send the game to overtime. The two teams exchanged leads in the first quarter but it was Sioux Falls holding a seven point advantage going into the second. The Skyforce were able to increase their advantage to ten at the half, behind 12 points from Marqus Blakely and 11 from Trey Gilder. The tide turned in the third frame as Erie erased the ten point deficit and took a lead of five into the final quarter thanks to a 14-0 run midway through the third period. The BayHawks extended their lead to 13 with two minutes left to play. Three BayHawks turnovers helped Sioux Falls cut the lead to three points but the Skyforce were unable to capitalize and Erie won by a final of 94-91. It was D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) who led the BayHawks in the scoring department with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Goldcamp pitched in 20 points and 15 rebounds, Tyrone Brazelton added 16 points to go along with 10 assists and Jerome Jordan scored 15 points. The BayHawks were shorthanded, playing without Keith McLeod and Kyle Spain. Sioux Falls was paced by Blakely, who scored 22 points and Gilder who helped out with 21. Keith Benson (17 points and 10 rebounds), Gabe Pruitt (11) and Nick Covington (10) also scored double digits. The BayHawks return to action on Tuesday morning at 11:00 am as they face the Maine Red Claws. Tuesday is the BayHawks annual School Kids Jam, presented by UPMC Health Plan. Sioux Falls travels to Austin to take on the Toros on Thursday. Courtesy: Jason Vaughan, Erie Bayhawks *via www.keoland.com


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 22-14 
 2. Springfield A. 21-15 
 3. Dakota W. 20-16 
 4. Canton C. 19-18 
 5. Erie Bay H. 18-17 
 6. Maine RC 15-22 
 7. Ft.Wayne MA 11-27 
 8. Sioux Falls S. 9-28 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 28-11 
 2. Austin T. 22-14 
 3. Rio Grande VV 22-17 
 4. Bakersfield J. 20-17 
 5. Texas L. 19-18 
 6. Reno B. 18-19 
 7. Tulsa 66ers 17-22 
 8. Idaho S. 16-22 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.24.2 
 2. Emmett, Reno B.23.6 
 3. Almond, Maine RC23.4 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.5 
 5. Harris, Canton C.21.4 
 6. Costner, Los A.20.9 
 7. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.6 
 8. Howard, Ft.Wayne.20.0 
 9. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 10. Green, Los A.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.1 
 2. Dawson, Austin T.10.3 
 3. Milligan, Canton C.9.3 
 4. Thomas, Los A.8.9 
 5. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 6. Williams, Texas L.8.8 
 7. Foote, Springfield8.6 
 8. Andrews, Los A.8.3 
 9. Horner, Springfi.8.3 
 10. Moore, Idaho S.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 William CONROY
  Rio G.
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Conroy, Rio G.10.1 
 2. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 3. Wise, Bakersfield6.3 
 4. Curry, Springfield6.2 
 5. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.6.2 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.6.1 
 8. Bailey, Idaho S.6.0 
 9. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 10. Johnson, Austin5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Sioux F.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Coleman, Sioux F.2.3 
 2. Hannah, Dakota W.2.1 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 4. Stinson, Iowa E.2.0 
 5. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 6. Russell, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
 7. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.8 
 8. Baker, Dakota W.1.8 
 9. Bobbitt, Idaho S.1.8 
 10. Dyson, Tulsa 66e.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.2.6 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.4 
 4. Thomas, Los A.2.3 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 7. Benson, Sioux F.1.7 
 8. Dawson, Austin T.1.7 
 9. Hill, Maine RC1.7 
 10. Dove, Dakota W.1.6 


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Standings - LIDOBA
SRT Standings
 1. Capitanes 2-0 
 2. GUG 2-0 
 3. Cupes 1-1 
 4. Plaza 1-1 
 5. CDP 0-2 
 6. Sameji 0-2 


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Hype Continue Dominance in the North - by EBA Media
The Hudson Valley Hype faced- off against division rival New York Wizards for a third and final time of the 2012 season in what would again be one of the most competitive and highly anticipated games of the year. After splitting the last two meetings between these powerhouses, each walking away with their only loss of the season, this game was special not only for the rivalry but also for the end-of-the-season rankings in the playoffs.

For those unable to attend in person or listen in via the live internet play by play, the game had the feel of a seventh game of the NBA playoffs. After jumping out to an early 10 point lead, the Hype controlled the game never trailing throughout the four quarters. There were charges, both offensive and defensive, dunks, an ejection and in the end, the Hype came away with the victory 113 to 105 handing the Wizards their first home-court loss in nearly three years.

Former Wizard player Nick Carter led the way with a game-high 36 points, 18 of which came from beyond the arc. The star-studded point guard clash between Hype Anderson LaBase and Wizard Aubin Scott ended with Labase having 17 points and 7 assists to Scott's 25 points and 5 assists.

The Hype now lead the EBA Northern Division with a franchise best 7-1 record followed closely by the Wizards at 7-2.

The real test for the Hype comes on the 17th of March as the defending EBA champion Metro All Stars come for their first and only visit of the season with an unblemished league-best record of 8-0. Can the Cinderella team from the Hudson Valley continue their winning streak or will the South remain unbeaten? This is a game the entire Eastern Basketball Alliance will be watching!

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


Standings
EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. HV Hype 7-1
 2. New York W. 7-2
 3. Philadelphia L. 1-5
 4. NYC Jaguars 0-7
Southern Division
 1. M. All-Stars 8-0
 2. Harrisburg H. 3-4
 3. Washington M. 3-4
 4. NoVa Hawks 3-5
 5. Winchester S. 2-6


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Fabien CAUSEUR
  Cholet
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Causeur, Cholet21.8 
 2. Minard, Azovmash16.4 
 3. Curry, BC Donetsk16.2 
 4. Massey, Lokomotiv15.8 
 5. Seibutis, Lietuv.15.1 
 6. Traore, Lokomotiv14.9 
 7. James, Aris14.7 
 8. Draper, Cedevita14.3 
 9. Wood, ALBA14.2 
 10. Nivins, M.Hainaut14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv8.5 
 2. Adrien, Benetton8.4 
 3. Davidson, Fraport8.2 
 4. Booker, Oostende8.0 
 5. Giddens, PAOK7.8 
 6. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.8 
 7. Traore, Lokomotiv7.1 
 8. Falker, Cholet7.0 
 9. Troutman, B.Mue.6.8 
 10. Rancik, Azovmash6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Yotam HALPERIN
  Spart.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Halperin, Spart.5.4 
 2. Wood, ALBA5.4 
 3. Planinic, Khimky5.3 
 4. Moore, PGE Turow5.2 
 5. Rice, Lietuvos.4.7 
 6. Ermis, Banvit BK4.5 
 7. Heath, Lukoil A.4.4 
 8. Rochestie, Le Mans4.4 
 9. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.1 
 10. Beverley, Spart.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  Groningen
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wyatt, Groningen2.5 
 2. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.3 
 3. Minard, Azovmash2.3 
 4. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.1 
 5. Draper, Cedevita2.0 
 6. Randle, Hapoel J-M2.0 
 7. Goree, PAOK2.0 
 8. Beverley, Spart.2.0 
 9. Caner-Medley, Vale.1.9 
 10. Massey, Lokomotiv1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Aris
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Muldrow, Aris2.3 
 2. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.2 
 3. Wyatt, Groningen2.0 
 4. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.8 
 5. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 6. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.6 
 7. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.5 
 8. Gobert, Cholet1.3 
 9. Armstrong, AS.1.3 
 10. Rizvic, Azovmash1.3 


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February MVP: Vassilis Spanoulis, Olympiacos Piraeus - by Eurobasket News
When February started, Olympiacos had a 0-2 record in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 and its streak of six consecutive playoff appearances was in danger. In fact, the Reds were still in rebuilding mode, having just added two more players to a roster that has seen 12 newcomers since last season. There was one rock in the middle of that roster, however, on whom all the Reds could rely. Four weeks later, having won every game needed by the point difference necessary, Olympiacos is headed for the playoffs and veteran guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) is Euroleague Basketball's choice as bwin MVP for February. Spanoulis, already a three-time All-Euroleague selection, shined as bright as ever in February. Over four games, he averaged 14.5 points on 45.5% three-point shooting, plus 3.3 assists and 2 steals per game. He was the main figure in the first game of February, with 18 points and 4 assists in an 83-65 win over Anadolu Efes that let the Reds keep dreaming. Then, he produced 20 points in the Top 16 finale against Galatasaray Medical Park to extend his teams season. Spanoulis, already one of the all-time greats, proved himself not only worthy as ever, but the logical choice to receive his first bwin MVP of the month award.

The bwin MVP of the Month honor is now in its eighth season. Although statistics and performance index ratings are taken into consideration for the award, they alone do not determine who is honored. The winner is named by Euroleague Basketball based on his and his teams performance. The award for February was decided based on the last four games of the Top 16 that were played between Wednesday, February 1 and Thursday, March 1. Euroleague Basketball partner bwin is the sponsor of the MVP of the Month award. Just as the best Euroleague player each month combines performance and leadership for success, so does bwins sponsorship communicate its conviction to be the best betting brand in European basketball.

In its first game of the February, Olympiacos faced more or less a must-win home game against Anadolu Efes. Spanoulis was more than up to the challenge as he picked up 18 points and 4 assists in an 83-65 win. The veteran combo-guard helped Olympiacos get out to a big start and then hit a pair of threes in a 10-2 fourth-quarter run to seal the victory. A week later the two teams met again, this time in Istanbul. Despite an off-night scoring-wise, Spanoulis spent more time on the floor than any other Olympiacos player due to great defense with which he matched his career high, set back in 2005, with 4 steals. The Reds held on for a 65-67 win to even their record at 2-2. The Reds lost on the road to CSKA Moscow in Top 16, Week 5, but that game had no bearing on their future - as long as they could beat Galatasaray the next week. With a do-or-die challenge before him, Spanoulis starred from the opening moment against Galatasaray, scoring 6 points and assisting on 7 more as the Reds went ahead 17-8. They would never trail again, but whenever Galatasaray got close, Spanoulis slammed the door shut, the last time with a clutch triple, a steal and a layup to make it 84-72 in the final minutes. In addition to scoring 20 points, his 8 assists were the most by Spanoulis this season and 4 more steals again matched his career-high.

By the time his February was over, Spanoulis was the top-ranked scorer left in the Euroleague this season, with 18.1 points per game. Among players headed into the playoffs, he has the fourth-highest average index rating, 18.1, and the fourth-most assists , 4.1 per game. The bwin MVP of the month trophy will go nicely in Spanouliss trophy case, where he also displays his awards as 2009 Euroleague champion and Final Four MVP and his three All-Euroleague awards. Spanoulis will receive his award before one of the upcoming playoff games at Peace and Friendship Stadium.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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Bigote's 38-point game gives him NM1 Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
27-year old guard Mathieu Bigote (187-G-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Cognac and receives a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had the game-high 38 points adding four rebounds and four assists for Cognac in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Challans (#10, 13-11) 90-86. Cognac maintains the 5th position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cognac will need more victories to improve their 16-8 record. In the team's last game Bigote had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at Cognac, through which he has constantly improved. Bigote has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.9ppg) and averages solid 42.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Fabien Herard (198-F-79) of Challans. He is a forward in his 4th season at Challans. In the last game Herard recorded impressive 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Challans was edged by the higher-ranked Cognac (#5, 16-8) 90-86. This loss caused Challans to drop to 10th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Herard is one of the most experienced players at Challans and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Blois (#6). Kaunisto showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Blois, leading his team to a 84-51 easy win against the lower-ranked CFBB (#18, 2-21). Blois needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 9 lost games. Kaunisto has a great season in France. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 11.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lukasz Biela (200-F-80) of Montbrison - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Michel Ipouck (199-F-86) of Chartres - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Josh Almanson (205-F-82) of Challans - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Cedric Bertorelle (198-G-78) of Cognac - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Daviin Davis (193-F-85) of Blois - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Benjamin Tillon (189-G-85) of Montbrison - 4 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Darnell Williams (200-F-78) of St Quentin - 20 points and 7 rebounds

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


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Jeremiah Massey selected the top FYR Macedonian player abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
We bring you last week''s top performances from FYR Macedonian players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


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 a victory over the fourth-ranked ALBA Berlin 73-70 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. Massey was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. Massey also added 12 rebounds6 assists and 3 blocks in 39 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (4-2) is placed first in group L. His team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And that game will be critical. Massey belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #4 and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.8ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 49.1% and FT: 74.0% in the 12 games he played so far. Massey is a naturalized American. He played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team three years ago.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Green could not help Air Avellino (12-10) to beat Banco di Sardegna Sassari despite his very good performance on Sunday. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Green also added 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. But Sidigas Avellino (#8) was defeated 73-87 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Banco di Sardegna Sassari. Green is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best passers (first place). This season he has very high stats. Green averages: 15.7ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.4apg, 2.5spg, 2FGP: 41.5%, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 83.3%. He is a naturalized American. Green played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2010.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #3. The player who performed third best last week was an international point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans). He was not able to help Montepaschi Siena (4-2) in their game against Real Madrid in the Euroleague despite his very good performance on Thursday. McCalebb was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 3 passes in 28 minutes. But the first-placed Montepaschi Siena (4-2) was defeated 90-102 in Madrid by the lower-ranked (#3) Real Madrid in the group F of Euroleague. McCalebb''s team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. McCalebb is currently third on the list of top scorers. He has very impressive stats this year: 17.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 67.6%(69-102), 3FGP: 58.3%(14-24) and FT: 86.8% in the 13 games. McCalebb is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the senior FYR Macedonian National Team.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #4. Forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed to an Olympiakos'' victory against the closely-ranked Galatasaray 88-81 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Antic scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (3-3) is placed second in group E. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And now that game is quite important. It''s Antic''s first season with the team. This year Antic''s overall stats are: 7.6ppg and 4.4rpg in the 16 games. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2009.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #5. International center Predrag Samardziski (214-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed to a Lietuvos rytas'' victory against the fifth-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes 85-67 in the Lithuanian LKL last Friday. Samardziski scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (16-2) is placed first in the LKL. It was Lietuvos rytas'' fifth consecutive victory in a row. Samardziski''s total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3apg.

Damjan Stojanovski
Damjan Stojanovski
   #6. Forward Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) contributed to a Lukoil Academik''s victory against the bottom-ranked Chernomorets 80-62 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Lukoil Academik Sofia (18-2) is placed first in the NBL. Stojanovski''s total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #7. International guard Vojdan Stojanovski (193-87) contributed to a BC Donetsk''s victory against the fourth-ranked Aris 77-66 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. Stojanovski scored 7 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. BC Donetsk (5-1) is placed first in group J. It was BC Donetsk''s third consecutive victory in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. Stojanovski''s total stats this season are: 5.2ppg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg.

Vlado Ilievski
Vlado Ilievski
   #8. Point guard Vlado Ilievski (189-80, agency: World Sport Agency) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremiah Massey and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Ilievski contributed to a Lokomotiv''s victory against the fourth-ranked ALBA Berlin 73-70. He scored only 4 points and added 4 passes. Lokomotiv Kuban (4-2) is placed first in group L. Ilievski''s team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. Ilievski''s total stats this season are: 3.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg. He is also in the roster of the FYR Macedonian national team.

Riste Stefanov
Riste Stefanov
   #9. International guard Riste Stefanov (198-81, agency: Interperformances) was not able to secure a victory for Ilysiakos (7-13) in their game against Kolossos in the Greek A1. He scored 6 points. Ilysiakos Athens (#10) was badly defeated 48-64 in Rodou by the much higher-ranked (#3) Kolossos. There are only 4 games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Stefanov averages only 2.4ppg.


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

   #1. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) was not able to secure a victory for Unics Kazan (3-3) in their game against Panathinaikos in the Euroleague despite his good performance on Wednesday. Wilkinson scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. But Unics Kazan (#2) was defeated 63-68 on the road by the leading Panathinaikos in the group G of Euroleague. It was Unics Kazan''s third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And that game will be critical. It''s Wilkinson''s first season with the team. Wilkinson''s overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 5.1rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) was the major contributor in a Sundsvall Dragons'' victory against the sixth-ranked Uppsala Basket 102-95 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. He scored 23 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes. Sundsvall Dragons (20-12) is placed second in the Basketligan. It was Sundsvall Dragons'' seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Regular Season. Zivcevic has very impressive stats this year: 15.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.9apg in the eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Serbian as he used to play in FYR Macedonia. Zivcevic previously played for the Serbian National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the FYR Macedonian team.

   #3. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) was not able to secure a victory for Chernomorets (2-18) in their game against Lukoil Academik in the Bulgarian NBL despite his very good performance on Saturday. Pavlovski had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds in 38 minutes. But Chernomorets Burgas (#8) was badly defeated 62-80 at home by the leading Lukoil Academik. It was Chernomorets'' tenth consecutive loss in a row. Pavlovski is currently eighth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 10.2rpg and 1.1bpg in the 19 games.

   #4. Todorce Petkovski (200-F-80) was not able to secure a victory for Srbija (11-9) in their game against Brahe Basket in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) despite his very good performance on Sunday. He was the top scorer with 27 points. Petkovski also added 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. But KSF Srbija Malmo (#5) was defeated 88-95 on their home court in Malmo by the higher-ranked (#4) Brahe Basket in the South group. It was Srbija''s third consecutive loss in a row. There are only 2 games left until the end of the Regular Season. Petkovski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his sixth year in Srbija''s roster. He is currently second on the league''s list of best rebounders. Petkovski has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 11.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in the 20 games.

   #5. Milos Pejanovic was not able to secure a victory for Mladost Cacak (12-8) in their game against KK Jagodina in the Serbian B League (second division) despite his good performance on Saturday. Pejanovic was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. But Mladost Cacak (#4) was defeated 56-69 in Jagodina by the higher-ranked (#3) KK Jagodina. This year Pejanovic''s total stats are: 9.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.3apg in the 15 games.

   #6. Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80) contributed to a Stjarnan''s victory against the eighth-ranked Njardvik 74-61 in the Icelandic Express L. last Thursday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. This year Zdravevski''s total stats are: 9.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2apg in the nine games.

   #7. Blagoj Janev (203-F-84, college: New Hampshire) contributed to a Thor Thorl''s victory against the tenth-ranked Fjolnir 105-86 in the Icelandic Express L. last Friday. He scored 9 points. Janev has relatively good stats this season: 14.9ppg and 5.6rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Australian as he used to play in FYR Macedonia. Janev previously played for the Australian National Team.

   #8. Kevin Fletcher (207-C-80, college: Colorado Springs) couldn''t help Otto Caserta (10-11) in their game against Cimberio Varese in the Italian SerieA. He cannot count Sunday''s game as one of the best ones. Fletcher recorded only 2 points in only 14 minutes. This year Fletcher''s total stats are: 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2spg in the 18 games. He is a naturalized American.


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The Fraport Skyliners Use Their Edward Scissorhands Stifling Bamberg 76-68 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Not only has it been difficult winning in their own living room this season for the Fraport Skyliners, but winning at home against the four time Beko BBL champion Bamberg has been a struggle. Since their 2005 game five loss in Bamberg, Frankfurt has only a 2-6 record at home and has had as much difficulty finding consistency against the Bavarian team as a camera guy recently had mixing up NFL superstar Calvin Megatron Johnson with running back Eddie George, singer Elton John not getting very sick recently of food poisoning on tour or super model Giselle Bunndchen admitting that husband Tom Brady wasnt god in the Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants. However sometimes in professional sports changing a name can do wonders. Even though the Brose Baskets Bamberg kept winning after changing their arena name from Jako to Stechert, one could only hope that the Fraport Skyliners wouldnt keep losing after the arena name change from Ballsporthalle to Fraport arena and the 2004 Beko BBL champion didnt disappoint the faithful fans as they continued their hot play after the wins against Munich and Bayreuth by stifling Bamberg 76-68. Brose Baskets Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder loves his club as much as Uli Hoeness does FC Bayern Munich, but was very neutral about the name change and chances of Frankfurt before the game. Winning a game or not has nothing to do with the arena name. In the end it is always decided on the court. We have won and lost here. Anything is possible in this league and Frankfurt can always win here, stressed Wolfgang Heyder, After the win, a very sweaty but ecstatic Jacob Burtschi hoped that the new arena name and hot play of Frankfurt would continue. I hope that with this win, we will have the start of a new long run. I wouldnt mind meeting Bamberg here again in the future after this win in the Fraport arena, smiled ex Phoenix Hagen forward Jacob Burtschi.

The Fraport Skyliners gave another great team effort, but what really stood out most in this game was the strong forceful Edward Scissorhands forcing numerous losse balls which resulted into steals and fast break points. Quite often the Fraport Skyliners had consecutive defensive stops with their annoying Edward Scissorshands that were simply to quick and active for Bamberg. We were very active on defense and we noticed that they werent always taking care of the ball which gave us the chance to swipe balls away, added Jacob Burtschi. The team has played super defense the last months and it seems like their quick hands are really coming into the spotlight now. Coach has been talking about pressure defense the whole week. It really carried over into the game tonight. The secret to our quick hands is anticipation, smiled Texas native Devin Gibson. Jimmy Mckinney had a smile on his face as big as ex teammate Titus Ivory after the game and was as quick as lightening commenting who has the quickest hands on the team. Tez has the quickest hands. He is Mr everything, but Devin Gibson also is quick. We had our hands on balls more than usual, expressed St Louis native Jimmy Mckinney.

The Fraport Skyliners entered the game looking for their third win after giving up an average of 53 points per game against FC Bayern Munich and BBC Bayreuth. Three months ago, if one had even attempted the courage of saying that they could enter the playoffs, one would of laughed in your face or said you were crazy. However with less than two months to go in the regular season, the team is on a smooth and positive direction of post season play with another great team effort. We gave a great effort today for 38 minutes. We showed that we can beat anyone in this league. Even if it took a long time, we have found ourselves as a team now. After a bad start winning games at home, we finally are winning here and we are on a good way to the playoffs which is our goal, stressed German national player Tim Ohlbrecht. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were looking for their 16th win in a row after destroying TBB Trier 78-36 72 hours earlier, but could never get on track in the Fraport arena as Frankfurt jumped on their backs and controlled the game. We didnt go into the game that we should of. We did a pretty good job picking up our defense after the first quarter, but we never found our rhythm on offense and if you turn over the ball 22 times, it will be very hard to win. Frankfurt didnt really do any thing special on defense. They did a good job being aggressive in the passing lanes, but we didnt take care of the ball which was the main thing, stressed Ohio native Brian Roberts.

The Fraport Skyliners went into the game without starting point guard Michael Thompson was ill, Justin Gray and Falko Theilig and 4,880 patrons that wanted to see a basketball battle. The Brose Baskets Bamberg dressed Julius Jenkins, but didnt play and seemed not 100% yet after his injury. The Fraport Skyliners took their rapid start from the BBC Bayreuth game into the Bamberg game jumping on them going out on a 10-2 start. How often have the Skyliners got off to bad starts in the last years and paid by exerting too much energy in the come back and losing. Frankfurt quickly showed their aggressiveness on the offense boards as German national player Tim Ohlbrecht dunked home a Mckinney miss, Jacob Burtschi nailed a three pointer, Quantez Robertson (189-G-84, college: Auburn) finished off a fast break with a lay in, and Ohlbrecht dunked again after getting a sweet swing in pass from Burtschi. Bamberg seemed like they were going for a Sunday stroll in the Bavarian countryside lacking intensity on defense. Bamberg finally got a big three point fast ball bomb from Anton Gavel who shoots as if there is a contest how quickly he can get the ball into the hole. However that shot was quickly silenced by consecutive Mckinney three pointers as Frankfurt led 16-7. Frankfurt kept being a force on the offensive boards getting second chance points from Burtschi and Gibson as Bamberg trailed 20-9. Gibson kept up his potent offensive play scooting into the zone and then finding the space for a mid distance jumper which couldnt have been any better by NBA superstar Chris Paul. Mckinney kept up his hot shooting with a jumper from the right wing and then from the left wing. Frankfurt got off to a good start playing aggressive defense which led too many points. Mckinney hit many shots and Bamberg seemed surprsied by the Frankfurt start and werent aggressive on defense, stressed Frankfurt Skyliner PRO B player Jan Novak. Right before the game started, we heard how Bamberg didnt give us any respect saying that we werent at their level. This really motivated us in the first quarter, said Jacob Burtschi. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 55% form the field and 75% from outside while the Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 56% from the field and 50% from outside. Frankfurt had the huge 8-3 rebound edge and only three turnovers while Bamberg had eight turnovers.

It is really only a matter of time until Euroleague team Bamberg fight out of their funk and start producing which they did at the start of the second quarter going on a 7-0 run to trail only 26-22. The Brose Baskets Bamberg played some appetizing inside out basketball as slam dunk specialist Marcus Slaughter scored with a fade away jumper and lay in after a nice pick and roll with Roberts and Gavel nailed a line drive three pointer. Frankfurt lost a bit of concentration on defense, but ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson picked up the slack hitting an off balance shot and pull up jumper over Slaughter while Slaughter also scored again getting a bullet pass from Gavel, but Frankfurt still led 30-24. However the Brose Baskets Bamberg were getting stronger and kept the pressure on on offense escaping on a 8-2 run to knot the game at 32-32 and making the Fraport arena from a loud bedlam atmosphere to a more tranquil church like atmosphere. The Brose Baskets Bamberg kept attacking Frankfurt inside as Roberts scored over Davidson and Slaughter scored twice with a dunk as Marius Nolte wasnt on him and a lay in after getting a perfect lob pass from ex NBA player PJ Tucker. However the Fraport Skyliners kept the lead with a huge Johannes Herber three pointer to lead 36-33. However Bamberg neded the second quarter with a big Brian Roberts three pointer as Bamberg crept into the locker room with their first lead of the game 37-36. Bamberg went on their run in the second quarter. Bamberg is a team that is always able to do that, commented Jacob Burtschi. Frankfurt had no real point guard on the floor when Gibson was on the bench with three fouls. Frankfurt let up a bit on defense. Bamberg was doing a better job attacking inside with slaughter and Tucker, stressed Jan Novak. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 62% from the field and 43% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 47% from the field and 50% from the three point line. Bambegr rebounded better in the second quarter leading the rebound battle 15-12. Bamberg had 10 turnovers while Frankfurt only had six turnovers.

In the third quarter, The Fraport Skyliners were able to get the lead back and find back to their strong play of the first quarter especially picking up the defensive intensity again holding the Brose Baskets Bamberg too only seven points. After Robertson made two free throws to give the Fraport Skyliners the lead back to 38-37, he made the play of the game intercepting a pass in front of the Skyliner bench falling out of bounds, but spinning in the air saving the ball and passing the ball to Gibson who went on the fast break slowing down the tempo a bit until Super Tez was back finding him in the corner and he riffled a pass to Ohlbrecht who was streaking into the lane for the mammoth dunk as Frankfurt led 40-37. Tez continues to show why he is so important for the team doing things that dont appear in the stat sheet. That steal from Tez was amazing, stressed Jimmy Mckinney. I thought about spinning right when I was in the air. I pride my defense after Dwayne Wade, because we are both athletic getting in the passing lanes and getting our teams extra possessions, added Quantez Robertson. Michael Thompson who sat out the game due to illness found the play by Tez amazing as well. Tez is always in the passing lane. He is so energetic like the Duracell bunny, joked Michael Thompson. Bamberg hung around for a few more minutes and didnt let the big Tez play take the momentum away as German Kartsen Tadda showed his quickness getting to the hole and scoring as Frankfurt led only 42-40. However Frankfurt found their stride in the last minutes going on a 10-4 run to lead 52-44 after three quarters. Frankfurt got to the free throw line and after Davidson made a runner from the wing, benefited on a Philipp Nuemann unsportsmanlike foul and were rewarded with another Burtschi Three pointer. Bamberg closed out the third quarter with a mini 4-0 run as Slaughter scored on an ally-op as ex NBA player Casey Jacobsen made the pass and Tadda hit a jumper. Coach Katzurin told us at halftime to play the third quarter as if it were the first quarter and we did with getting loose balls, rebounding and playing good defense, added Jacob Burtschi. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 38% from the field and 44% from the parking lot while the Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 53% from the field and 30% from the parking lot. Bamberg had the 25-20 rebound edge, but 19 turnovers while Frankfurt only had nine turnovers.

The Fraport Skyliners were in control of the game, but you can never be totally sure when you are playing a team like the Brose Baskets Bamberg, but despite the four time champion staying on the heels of the Fraport Skyliners, Frankfurt stayed strong never letting the opponent get closer than five points. The Brose Baskets Bamberg got on the right track to begin of the fourth quarter going on a 5-2 run to trail only 54-49. Predrag Suput started the run with lay in high off the glass, Gibosn hit a pull up jumper and Jacobsen hit a timely three pointer. The Fraport Skyliners got some big three pointer from Johannes Herber and Jimmy Mckinney to keep the lead comfortable at 62-52. Despite a deep bench and the team using much energy, Bamberg didnt want to totally go away. Bamberg skipper showed his confidence for young Germans Phillip Neumann and Daniel Schmidt giving them minutes in a come back instead of garbage minutes. Slaughter and Robertson then traded baskets, but Frankfurt still led 64-54. Bamberg had one last grasp of air going on a 5-0 Supur run to cut the lead to 64-59. Suput hit a turn around shot and then scored over Davidson. However Frankfurt got the momentum back hitting Bamberg right back going on a 5-0 run to put the lead to 69-59. It was Herber hitting his second big bucket of the game and Tez scored on a fast break with a thunderous dunk. The three pointer by Herber broke the back of Bamberg, said Jimmy Mckinney. Bamberg kept the pressure on with a mini 4-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 69-63, with Suput and Roberts buckets, but the clock was running down. Bamberg then was too concerned about what was happening around the in bounds pass that they didnt keep an eye on an open Burtschi under the hoop who got the ball and the lay in. Mckinney and Herber made free throws in the last minute to seal the win for Frankfurt who had lost the last four games to Bamberg. We have to invest enough eneryg into each game, but we didnt do this tonight, but Frankfurt did. It is difficult to win when you have 22 turnovers, added Chris Fleming. The key today was getting the free throws, getting key rebounds and some tip outs to keep the play alive as well as the Herber three pointer, added Devin Gibson.

The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jimmy Mckinney with 19 points. Quantez Robertson added 12 points. Johannes Herber contributed 11 points and Jacob Burtschi 10 points and eight rebounds. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were led by Marcus Slaughter with 15 points. Brian Roberts added 13 points and five rebounds. Casey Jacobsen produced 11 points and Anton Gavel 10 points and six assists. The Fraport Skyliners shot 42% from the field and 50% from outside while the Brose Baskets Bamberg shot 54% from the field and 36% from outside. Bambegr won the rebound duel 31-28, but key were the 22 turnovers by Bamberg while Frankfurt only had 13 turnovers. Frankfurt also did a superb job getting 12 second chance points which helped in the first half eight fast break points. Three months ago, the Fraport Skyliners were as far away from the Beko BBL playoffs as it would be to see Jeremy Lin suit up in a Phoenix Hagen jersey, but now the Fraport Skyliners have a legitimate chance of making the playoffs if they keep up their strong play. Thw in against Bamberg will heighten their self confidence even more which they will need in the next tough games against Alba Berlin and the Artland Dragons. Mckinney knows what is most important for the Fraport Skyliners now. This was a huge win, but really it was just a win.We cant get too excited about it. We cant get too high or low at this stage of the season, but stay in the middle, warned Jimmy Mckinney.


Dijon Smith: "I felt really bad and very frustrated, because I really wanted to make it to the playoffs" - by Moritz Korff
Dijon Smith (203-F-89, college: Ft.Hays State), a 2011 graduate of Fort Hays State University (NCAA Division 2), just completed his first season in Germany. The 22-year-old Omaha, Nebraska, native had 23 appearances on the BSV Wulfen team and averaged 13.4 points, 8.2 rebounds as well as a league-high 2.1 blocks per contest in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B. BSV ranked 9th after the regular season and thus is the only team in the league which neither made the playoffs nor has to fight to stay in the league in the playdowns. Eurobasket.com spoke with Smith about this situation and his rookie year in Germany.

The end of your first season in Germany came earlier. No playoffs, no playdowns: How does that make you feel?
I felt really bad and very frustrated, because I really wanted to make it to the playoffs.

Looking back at the time you had in Wulfen: Which moments or experiences in general will stick in your mind?
I think i will remember how nice the people were and how dedicated the fans are.

How do you feel about your performances during your first overseas season and on how you managed to adapt to European basketball?
I think overall I had a ok season. In the beginning it was difficult, but I just tried to stick with it and kept working and it got easier.

How are you going to spend the time until the next season starts in fall?
I will be working out and in the gym.

Is there anything that you particularly plan on working on in off-season?
Nothing in particularly. Just working on everything: shooting, post game, dribbling, my free throws, just try to get better.

Is there a chance that you are going to return to Wulfen for a second season or are you planning to move on?
I will if it came down to it, but I will just see what happens.

For those coaches who may be looking for an inside player for the upcoming season: Why should they consider you? What are you bringing to the table?
I work hard and I'm a good teammate. And I can defend, score and rebound.

Your former college teammate Dominique Jones signed with BG Illertal-Weissenhorn in January. What can he and his teammates do to win the playdown series against Wolfenbuettel?
I really dont know their team, but they really have to defend and rebound the basketball.

Last question: What's your take on who will win the Pro B championship and which player deserves Player of the Year honors thus far?
I think that anyone can win it and there are a lot of good player, so it will be a tough decision.


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February MVP: Vassilis Spanoulis, Olympiacos Piraeus - by Eurobasket News
When February started, Olympiacos had a 0-2 record in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 and its streak of six consecutive playoff appearances was in danger. In fact, the Reds were still in rebuilding mode, having just added two more players to a roster that has seen 12 newcomers since last season. There was one rock in the middle of that roster, however, on whom all the Reds could rely. Four weeks later, having won every game needed by the point difference necessary, Olympiacos is headed for the playoffs and veteran guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) is Euroleague Basketball's choice as bwin MVP for February. Spanoulis, already a three-time All-Euroleague selection, shined as bright as ever in February. Over four games, he averaged 14.5 points on 45.5% three-point shooting, plus 3.3 assists and 2 steals per game. He was the main figure in the first game of February, with 18 points and 4 assists in an 83-65 win over Anadolu Efes that let the Reds keep dreaming. Then, he produced 20 points in the Top 16 finale against Galatasaray Medical Park to extend his teams season. Spanoulis, already one of the all-time greats, proved himself not only worthy as ever, but the logical choice to receive his first bwin MVP of the month award.

The bwin MVP of the Month honor is now in its eighth season. Although statistics and performance index ratings are taken into consideration for the award, they alone do not determine who is honored. The winner is named by Euroleague Basketball based on his and his teams performance. The award for February was decided based on the last four games of the Top 16 that were played between Wednesday, February 1 and Thursday, March 1. Euroleague Basketball partner bwin is the sponsor of the MVP of the Month award. Just as the best Euroleague player each month combines performance and leadership for success, so does bwins sponsorship communicate its conviction to be the best betting brand in European basketball.

In its first game of the February, Olympiacos faced more or less a must-win home game against Anadolu Efes. Spanoulis was more than up to the challenge as he picked up 18 points and 4 assists in an 83-65 win. The veteran combo-guard helped Olympiacos get out to a big start and then hit a pair of threes in a 10-2 fourth-quarter run to seal the victory. A week later the two teams met again, this time in Istanbul. Despite an off-night scoring-wise, Spanoulis spent more time on the floor than any other Olympiacos player due to great defense with which he matched his career high, set back in 2005, with 4 steals. The Reds held on for a 65-67 win to even their record at 2-2. The Reds lost on the road to CSKA Moscow in Top 16, Week 5, but that game had no bearing on their future - as long as they could beat Galatasaray the next week. With a do-or-die challenge before him, Spanoulis starred from the opening moment against Galatasaray, scoring 6 points and assisting on 7 more as the Reds went ahead 17-8. They would never trail again, but whenever Galatasaray got close, Spanoulis slammed the door shut, the last time with a clutch triple, a steal and a layup to make it 84-72 in the final minutes. In addition to scoring 20 points, his 8 assists were the most by Spanoulis this season and 4 more steals again matched his career-high.

By the time his February was over, Spanoulis was the top-ranked scorer left in the Euroleague this season, with 18.1 points per game. Among players headed into the playoffs, he has the fourth-highest average index rating, 18.1, and the fourth-most assists , 4.1 per game. The bwin MVP of the month trophy will go nicely in Spanouliss trophy case, where he also displays his awards as 2009 Euroleague champion and Final Four MVP and his three All-Euroleague awards. Spanoulis will receive his award before one of the upcoming playoff games at Peace and Friendship Stadium.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Aiolos Trikallon 19-2 
 2. Filathlitikos 18-3 
 3. Niki Volou 14-7 
 4. Irakleio 13-8 
 5. Agia Paraskevis 12-9 
 6. Doukas 11-10 
 7. Diagoras 11-10 
 8. Koroivos 11-10 
 9. MENT 11-10 
 10. Stratoni 10-11 
 11. Near East 10-11 
 12. Egaleo 9-12 
 13. Aias Evosmou 6-15 
 14. Iraklis 6-15 
 15. Anagennisi 6-15 
 16. Halkidona 1-20 


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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 16-5 
 2. 11890 Killester 15-6 
 3. UCD Marian 6-14 
 4. Belfast Star 4-16 
South Conference
 1. UCC Demons 14-5 
 2. UL Eagles 11-10 
 3. B.Gais Neptune 10-8 
 4. Moycullen 4-16 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Shawn ATUPEM
  UCC Demons
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Atupem, UCC Demons24.9 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.24.3 
 3. Enos, Moycullen22.9 
 4. Johnson, Belfast22.7 
 5. Turner, 11890 K.22.6 
 6. Taylor, UL Eagles18.5 
 7. Stith, UCD Marian17.9 
 8. Cummins, Belfast17.1 
 9. Provizors, DCU S.15.4 
 10. Killeen, UL Eagles15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Turner, 11890 K.18.6 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.14.2 
 3. Killeen, UL Eagles13.0 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.12.6 
 5. Johnson, Belfast11.6 
 6. Enos, Moycullen11.0 
 7. Atupem, UCC Demons9.5 
 8. Stith, UCD Marian8.5 
 9. O''Brien, 11890 K.8.1 
 10. Glover, DCU Saints7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Robert TAYLOR
  UL Eagles
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Taylor, UL Eagles5.2 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.5.2 
 3. Clarke, 11890 K.5.1 
 4. Noonan, B.Gais N.5.0 
 5. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.8 
 6. Dowd, Moycullen4.6 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.4.1 
 8. Madsen, 11890 K.3.9 
 9. Turner, 11890 K.3.9 
 10. Cunningham, Moycu.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.8 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.1 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles3.0 
 4. Anderson, DCU S.2.9 
 5. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.2 
 6. Donnelly, DCU S.2.2 
 7. Madsen, 11890 K.2.1 
 8. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.1 
 9. Cunningham, Moycul.1.9 
 10. Murphy, UCC Demo.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.7 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.3 
 3. Killeen, UL Eagles2.1 
 4. Casey, 11890 K.1.8 
 5. Stith, UCD Marian1.7 
 6. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.5 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.1.5 
 8. Trimmer, DCU S.1.4 
 9. Enos, Moycullen1.1 
 10. Johnson, Belfast1.0 


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  ISRAEL   


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


Premier League Round 19: Maccabi T-A defeats Hapoel Holon in the game between Top 4 teams - 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 fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

An interesting game for Maccabi T-A (15-2) which played road game in Holon against 3rd placed Hapoel Holon (11-7). First ranked Maccabi T-A managed to get a 5-point victory 82-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Holon. The guests trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Maccabi T-A made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU) answered with 23 points for Hapoel Holon. Maccabi T-A have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-2 record. Hapoel Holon at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Maccabi T-A are looking forward to face Maccabi Rishon (#4) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play on the road against Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another interesting game for Maccabi Ashdod (8-9) which played in Rishon Le-Zion against 4th placed Maccabi Rishon (10-7). Seventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod had an easy win 80-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Maccabi Rishon. It was a great evening for American forward Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Dror Hagag helped adding 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Maccabi Ashdod maintains seventh place with 8-9 record. Maccabi Rishon at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will play against B.C. Habikaa (#8) at home in the next round. Maccabi Rishon will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
A very close game took place in Ashkelon between Bnei Hasharon and Ironi Ashkelon. Tenth ranked Bnei Hasharon (5-12) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Ironi Ashkelon (10-8). Bnei Hasharon managed to escape with a 1-point win 85-84 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. American players dominated also this game. It was an exceptional evening for LaceDarius Dunn who led the winners and scored 30 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Dwayne Mitchell came up with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks for Ironi Ashkelon in the defeat. Ironi Ashkelon's coach Erik Alfassi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bnei Hasharon moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Elitzur Netanya. Loser Ironi Ashkelon keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Bnei Hasharon will meet Elitzur Netanya (#9) on the road in the next round. Ironi Ashkelon will play against the league's second-placed Galil Gilboa (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Eleventh-ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-15) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked Hapoel J-M (9-8). The visitors from Jerusalem managed to secure only three-point victory 96-93. However their fans expected much easier game. Yuval Naimy fired 23 points and 6 assists for the winners. Hapoel J-M's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Hapoel J-M maintains sixth place with 9-8 record. Maccabi Haifa lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Hapoel J-M's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Holon (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between eighth ranked B.C. Habikaa (7-10) and 9th ranked Elitzur Netanya (5-12) in Habikaa on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. B.C. Habikaa outscored guests from Netanya 79-56. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a very good performance for Dion Dowell who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. B.C. Habikaa maintains eighth place with 7-10 record. Elitzur Netanya lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. B.C. Habikaa will face higher ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Elitzur Netanya will play against Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Hapoel Holon - Maccabi T-A 77-82

An interesting game for Maccabi T-A (15-2) which played road game in Holon against 3rd placed Hapoel Holon (11-7). First ranked Maccabi T-A managed to get a 5-point victory 82-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Holon. The guests trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Maccabi T-A made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU) answered with 23 points and guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for Hapoel Holon. Maccabi T-A have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-2 record. Hapoel Holon at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Maccabi T-A are looking forward to face Maccabi Rishon (#4) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play on the road against Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Smith 19+7reb+2ast, K.Langford 16+7reb+2ast, R.Hendrix 13+8reb+1ast, D.Blu 13+3reb+3ast, S.Schortsanitis 8+5reb+1ast, G.Pnini 7+2reb+1ast
Hapoel Holon: T.Mitchell 23+4reb, R.Lewis 19+3reb+4ast, S.Daniel 14+7reb+1ast, O.Shaashoua 8+1ast, M.Roth 7+1reb+5ast, B.Dunston 4+3reb
gschID: 137379


Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel J-M 93-96

Eleventh-ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-15) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked Hapoel J-M (9-8). The visitors from Jerusalem managed to secure only three-point victory 96-93. However their fans expected much easier game. Hapoel J-M dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Haifa's 42. 24 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Haifa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85) fired 23 points and 6 assists for the winners. International forward Elishay Kadir (202-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Hapoel J-M's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Tyler Wilkerson (202-88, college: Marshall) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for lost side. Four Hapoel J-M and five Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. Hapoel J-M maintains sixth place with 9-8 record. Maccabi Haifa lost twelfth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Hapoel J-M's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Holon (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: Y.Naimy 23+4reb+6ast, E.Kadir 19+10reb+1ast, U.Kokia 18+8reb+1ast, B.Randle 10+4reb, R.Bradley 9+3reb+2ast, G.Israeli 7+2reb+2ast
Maccabi Haifa: T.Wilkerson 24+10reb, A.Ben-Chimol 18+3reb+4ast, J.Smith 17+7reb+3ast, S.Landesberg 16+2reb+1ast, C.Powell 11+5reb+3ast, J.Jackson 7+4reb+7ast
gschID: 137380


B.C. Habikaa - Elitzur Netanya 79-56

The game between eighth ranked B.C. Habikaa (7-10) and 9th ranked Elitzur Netanya (5-12) in Habikaa on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. B.C. Habikaa outscored guests from Netanya 79-56. The game without a history. B.C. Habikaa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. B.C. Habikaa outrebounded Elitzur Netanya 44-28 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a very good performance for swingman Dion Dowell (200-85, college: Houston) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) answered with 26 points and forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Elitzur Netanya. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. B.C. Habikaa maintains eighth place with 7-10 record. Elitzur Netanya lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. B.C. Habikaa will face higher ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Elitzur Netanya will play against Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B.C. Habikaa: D.Dowell 24+11reb+2ast, P.Delaney 16+3reb+3ast, F.Robinson 15+6reb, S.Brener 9+5reb+4ast, E.Skverer 7+7reb+5ast, N.Cohen 6+10reb+1ast
Elitzur Netanya: A.Banks 26+2reb, B.Asbury 16+6reb+1ast, E.Campbell 5+7reb+1ast, D.Drafitz 3+1reb, L.Segev 2+1reb+1ast, E.Hicks 2+5reb
gschID: 137376


Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi Ashdod 69-80

Another interesting game for Maccabi Ashdod (8-9) which played in Rishon Le-Zion against 4th placed Maccabi Rishon (10-7). Seventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod had an easy win 80-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi Rishon was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 50-38 second half run of Maccabi Ashdod. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Dror Hagag (178-78, agency: Avi Zilberman) helped adding 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks and guard Nizan Hanochi (194-86, agency: Ronsport) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Ashdod maintains seventh place with 8-9 record. Maccabi Rishon at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will play against B.C. Habikaa (#8) at home in the next round. Maccabi Rishon will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: A.Tyus 24+10reb, D.Hagag 14+5reb+5ast, M.Tapiro 10+4reb+5ast, J.Duncan 10+11reb+1ast, I.Iram 8+1reb+1ast, A.Shoutvin 5+1reb
Maccabi Rishon: N.Hanochi 17+3reb, D.Kitchen 14+2reb+2ast, J.Crawford 13+4reb+1ast, B.Bowman 11+13reb+5ast, A.Uter 8+4reb+2ast, A.Ben David 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 137377


Ironi Ashkelon - Bnei Hasharon 84-85

A very close game took place in Ashkelon between Bnei Hasharon and Ironi Ashkelon. Tenth ranked Bnei Hasharon (5-12) got a very close victory on the road over higher ranked Ironi Ashkelon (10-8). Bnei Hasharon managed to escape with a 1-point win 85-84 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. Ironi Ashkelon was trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 23-20 charge of Bnei Hasharon, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated also this game. It was an exceptional evening for guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor) who led the winners and scored 30 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Jason Williams (197-83, college: UTEP) accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) came up with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks and power forward Marco Killingsworth (202-82, college: Indiana, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Ironi Ashkelon in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Ashkelon's coach Erik Alfassi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bnei Hasharon moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Elitzur Netanya. Loser Ironi Ashkelon keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Bnei Hasharon will meet Elitzur Netanya (#9) on the road in the next round. Ironi Ashkelon will play against the league's second-placed Galil Gilboa (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: L.Dunn 30+9reb+4ast, K.Lawson 14+7reb, J.Williams 12+10reb+2ast, T.Carter 11+1reb+8ast, I.Rosefelt 9+7reb, G.Lavie 6+2ast
Ironi Ashkelon: D.Mitchell 18+5reb+6ast, M.Killingsworth 17+7reb+1ast, R.Limonad 14+7reb+1ast, N.Berkowitz 13+4reb+3ast, T.Skinn 10+1reb+3ast, J.Skeen 9+5reb+4ast
gschID: 137378




Loto League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur .
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Banks, Elitzur22.1 
 2. Landesberg, Macca.21.0 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.20.7 
 4. Lewis, Hapoel Holon20.2 
 5. Crawford, Maccab.19.1 
 6. Delaney, B.C. H.18.6 
 7. Duncan, Maccabi18.2 
 8. Asbury, Elitzur18.1 
 9. Dunn, Bnei Hashar.18.0 
 10. Travis, Galil Gil.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.9 
 2. Rosefelt, Bnei H.8.0 
 3. Duncan, Maccabi8.0 
 4. Williams, Maccabi7.9 
 5. Bowman, Maccabi7.9 
 6. Tyus, Maccabi7.8 
 7. Asbury, Elitzur7.8 
 8. James, Bnei H.7.7 
 9. Dowell, B.C. H.7.4 
 10. Burns, Elitzur7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.1 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.2 
 3. Randle, Elitzur6.6 
 4. Carter, Bnei H.6.4 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.5 
 6. Jackson, Maccabi5.5 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.9 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi4.6 
 9. Limonad, Ironi A.4.2 
 10. Delaney, B.C. H.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Eric CAMPBELL
  Elitzu.
  (199-F-76)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Campbell, Elitzu.2.4 
 2. Limonad, Ironi A.2.0 
 3. Robinson, B.C. H.2.0 
 4. Kitchen, Maccabi2.0 
 5. Delaney, B.C. H.1.9 
 6. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.1.9 
 7. Berkowitz, Ironi A.1.9 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi1.9 
 9. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.9 
 10. Yavzuri, Galil Gi.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Maccabi .
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Maccabi4.1 
 2. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.0 
 3. Uter, Maccabi2.0 
 4. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.9 
 5. James, Maccabi T-A1.7 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 7. Tyus, Maccabi1.2 
 8. Sullivan, Hapoel H.1.1 
 9. Powell, Maccabi Ha.1.1 
 10. Bowman, Maccabi1.1 


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  ITALY   


Milovan Rakovic to come back to Siena on the next season - by Andrea Centenari
In an interview with Krepsinis.net, Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) confirm that he will be back to Montepaschi Siena on the next season after the loan to Zalgiris Kaunas.
'I belong to Montepaschi Siena, so I'm coming back there. But now there are many matches ahead for us here'.
Rakovic signed a three-year deal with Siena in 2010 and has played with the Italian champions last season averaging 7,5 points and 3,3 boards in his first italian season. Next summer Montepaschi Siena will decide whether to keep him or not.


Promozione Campania - Round 16 Results - Group B & C - by Crazy
PROMOZIONE CAMPANIA - ROUND 16 RESULTS - GROUP B & C

GROUP B:

Solfatara - Basketlandia 49-61
(B: Massimo Dubbio (192-G-77) 23, Buongiovanni 15)

Sacro Cuore - Capri: 53-86
(S: Morisco 23; C: Ruocco 43, Mancanello 24)

Virtus Vico - Virtus Portici: 50-98
(V: Spina 23; P: Scardone 19)

Afragola - Vesuviane: 66-69
(A: Favella 15; V: Valerio Picone (185-G-84) 20, Fiengo 17)

Baloncesto - Dalmazia: 85-56
(B: Cimmino 15; D: Di Fraia 14)

Play Out - Torregreco: 61-48
(P: Saggiomo 12; T: Di Donna 17)

Standings: Vesuviane 28, Portici 24, Afragola 22, Capri 22, Basketlandia 22, Baloncesto 18, Torregreco 16, Solfatara 16, Sacro Cuore 6, Play Out 6, Dalmazia 4, Virtus Vico 4.

Scoring Leaders: Costanzo Ruocco (Capri) 36.1 points per game, Mancanello (Capri) 22.4 ppg, Buongiovanni (Basketlandia) 17.5 ppg


GROUP C:

Fortitudo Pozzuoli - Monte di Procida: 59-68
(F: Morelli 17; M: Prisco 26)

Arzano - X5 Basket: 92-69
(A: Cinque 18; X5: D'Errico 19)

Vesuvio - Felix: 67-80
(V: Tranchina F. 19; F: Capozzi 24, Annecchino 21)

Capo Miseno - CBTA: 98-59
(C: Clif Colbert (193-G-86, college: Navy) 35, CBTA: Garofalo 17)

Boscoreale - Neapolis: 68-57
(B: Di Maria 23; N: Amodio A. 24)

Pick&Roll - Tresana: 58-62
(P: Popolo 18; T: Scerbo A. 17)

Standings: Capo Miseno 32, Felix 28, Arzano 24, Monte Procida 20, Fortitudo Pozzuoli 18, Pick&Roll 16, Vesuvio 12, Boscoreale 12, Tresana 10, X5 Basket 8, CBTA 8, Neapolis 4.

Scoring Leaders: Clif Colbert (Capo Miseno) 28.9 points per game, Fedele (Arzano) 20.9 ppg, Prisco (Monte Procida) 20.9 ppg



Italian SerieA round 23 best performance: Jurica Golemac - by Eurobasket News
Slovenian-Croatian forward Jurica Golemac (209-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Sidigas AV, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 34-year old player was the main contributor (15 points, five rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Banca Tercas (#16, 7-15) 75-63. Thanks to this victory Sidigas AV moved-up to the 8th position in the Italian SerieA. Sidigas AV is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-10 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Golemac as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Jurica Golemac averages this season 11.2ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was another Sidigas AV's star - 29-year old American Marques Green (167-PG-82). Green had a very good evening with 32 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Sidigas AV lost that game 63-72 to the higher-ranked Bennet Cantu (#3, 13-8). This loss caused Sidigas AV to drop to 8th position in . His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Green is well-known at Sidigas AV and together with Jurica Golemac are proven team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.7ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 4.5rpg and 6.4apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Greek center Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) of Armani Mit (#5). Bourousis scored 14 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Bourousis' great performance Armani Mit lost 68-77 to the higher-ranked Montepaschi (#1, 16-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Armani Mit needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in . Their record is 13 victories and 9 lost games. Bourousis has a very solid season. In 21 games in Italy he scored 10.0ppg. He also has 6.1rpg and FGP: 62.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Greg Brunner (201-C/F-83) of Bennet Cantu - 15 points and 15 rebounds
5. Yakhouba Diawara (201-F-82) of Cimberio VA - 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jacob Pullen (182-PG-89) of Angelico BI - 23 points and 2 rebounds
7. Linton Johnson (203-F/C-80) of Sidigas AV - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Brandon Brown (202-C/F-81) of Banca Tercas - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Doron Perkins (188-PG-83) of Bennet Cantu - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85) of Scavolini PS - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 20
 1. Musso, Napoli20.0 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.16.7 
 3. Portannese, Torino15.5 
 4. Ferrarese, Castell.15.3 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.3 
 6. Benevelli, Orlandi.14.9 
 7. Mei, Comsum.it SI14.8 
 8. Tessitori, Comsum..14.5 
 9. Poltroneri, Perugia14.4 
 10. Pazzi, Trento14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.7 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.6 
 3. Borra, Treviglio8.5 
 4. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.4 
 5. Tessitori, Comsum..8.3 
 6. Gandini, Trieste8.2 
 7. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.0 
 8. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.0 
 9. Iannuzzi, Ferentino7.8 
 10. Raminelli, Castel.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.5 
 2. Musso, Napoli4.0 
 3. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 4. Guarino, Ferentino3.4 
 5. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 6. Vico, Matera3.0 
 7. Ferrarese, Castell.2.9 
 8. Parente, Torino2.9 
 9. Zanelli, Orlandina2.8 
 10. Forray, Trento2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Iardella, Fabriano3.2 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.0 
 3. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 4. Portannese, Torino2.8 
 5. Musso, Napoli2.8 
 6. Rivali, Santarcang.2.8 
 7. Maggio, Pavia2.8 
 8. Cazzaniga, Pavia2.7 
 9. Rossi, Chieti2.7 
 10. Truccolo, Perugia2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.7 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.7 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 4. Gandini, Trieste1.1 
 5. Candido, San Seve.1.1 
 6. Pascolo, Trento1.1 
 7. Tessitori, Comsum..1.0 
 8. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.0 
 9. Biligha, Casalp.1.0 
 10. Corral, Anagni0.9 


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trento 19-8 
 2. Trieste 18-9 
 3. Perugia 12-14 
 4. Santarcangelo 10-17 
 5. Comsum.it SI 8-19 
 6. Firenze 7-20 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 24-4 
 2. Torino 18-10 
 3. Treviglio 16-11 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 16-11 
 5. Pavia 14-14 
 6. Castelletto 9-18 
Div.South-East
 1. Recanati 15-11 
 2. Bari 14-13 
 3. Chieti 13-13 
 4. San Severo 11-16 
 5. Fabriano 8-18 
 6. Ruvo 3-24 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 23-5 
 2. Orlandina 17-10 
 3. Ferentino 15-11 
 4. Latina Basket 12-15 
 5. Matera 11-15 
 6. Anagni 10-15 


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Mamadi Diane - top Ivorian player abroad last week - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Ivorian players, who play currently abroad.


Mamadi Diane
Mamadi Diane
   #1. This week''s top performance spot belongs to an international swingman Mamadi Diane (196-86, college: Virginia). Diane contributed to a Ventspils'' victory against the closely-ranked Chorale de Roanne 94-92 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group I. BK Ventspils (4-2) is placed first. It was Ventspils'' fourth consecutive victory in a row. Diane''s team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Top 16. And that game will be critical. Diane has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 43.9%, 3FGP: 45.5% and FT: 70.4% in the six games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Guinean and Guinean. Diane is in the roster of the senior Ivorian National Team.

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #2. Number two best Ivorian player abroad this week is former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the French ProA. He could not help Sluc Nancy (13-7) to beat STB Le Havre. Amagou scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (#5) was crushed 61-91 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#13) STB Le Havre. This season Amagou averages: 9.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 82.9%. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Amagou previously played for the French National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Ivorian team. He played for the Ivorian senior national team two years ago.

Jonathan Kale
Jonathan Kale
   #3. Third place goes to an international forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence). He was the major contributor in a Lleida Basquet''s victory against the 13th-ranked Caceres 2016 69-65 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Kale scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. ; not bad, considering it''s only his third season in pro basketball. CE CIP Lleida Basquetbol (16-10) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. This season Kale has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 59.7%(120-201) and FT: 65.2%. He has both American and Ivorian nationalities. Kale is in the roster of the senior Ivorian National Team.

Wilfrid Aka
Wilfrid Aka
   #4. Swingman Wilfrid Aka (192-79) contributed to a JA Vichy''s victory against the 11th-ranked JL Bourg 77-70 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. He scored 19 points. JA Vichy Val d''Allier Auvergne basket (5-19) is placed at second place from the bottom (#18) in the ProB. This year Aka''s overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg in the 23 games. He used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2009.

Mouloukou Diabate
Mouloukou Diabate
   #5. International point guard Mouloukou Diabate (183-87) was not able to help Chorale de Roanne (9-11) in their game against Poitiers in the French ProA. Diabate scored 6 points and added 5 passes in 26 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (#8) was defeated 67-71 in Poitiers by the lower-ranked (#14) Poitiers. Diabate''s total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #6. Center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso) was not able to secure a victory for Meridiano Alicante (13-9) in their game against Blusens Monbus in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count Sunday''s game as one of the best ones. Kone scored only 3 points, had 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Lucentum Alicante (#5) was edged 63-64 in Santoago de Comp by the much lower-ranked (#15) Blusens Monbus. It was Meridiano Alicante''s third consecutive loss in a row. It''s Kone''s first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 3.6ppg and 3.2rpg in the 21 games. Kone is an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Herve Toure
Herve Toure
   #7. Former an international forward Herve Toure (202-82) couldn''t help Blancos de Rueda (5-17) in their game against Caja Laboral in the Spanish ACB. He scored 5 points in only 12 minutes. Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (#18) was edged 65-67 in Vitoria by the much higher-ranked (#3) Caja Laboral. It was Blancos de Rueda''s sixth consecutive loss in a row. Toure is currently fifth on the league''s list of best blockers. He averaged so far: 9.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4bpg.

Mickael Toti
Mickael Toti
   #8. Point guard Mickael Toti (181-87) contributed to a Saint Vallier''s victory against the eighth-ranked Bordeaux 84-78 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. Toti scored 7 points. Saint Vallier Basket Drome (11-13) is placed ninth in the ProB. It was Saint Vallier''s first victory after seven consecutive loses. : 3.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.7apg in the 23 games. Toti is also in the roster of the Ivorian national team.

Ibrahim Cisse
Ibrahim Cisse
   #9. Former an international swingman Ibrahim Cisse (188-84) couldn''t help Pavia (14-14) in their game against Comsum.it SI in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. the fifth-placed Paul Mitchell Pavia (14-14) was badly defeated 71-89 in Siena by the lower-ranked (#5) Comsum.it SI in the Div.North-West group. : 6.1ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.4spg.

Frejus Zerbo
Frejus Zerbo
   #10. Center Frejus Zerbo (205-89) couldn''t help Limoges CSP Elite (19-5) in their game against Denain Voltaire in the French ProB (second division). Zerbo cannot count Friday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in only 10 minutes. Limoges CSP Elite (#2) was defeated 85-90 in Denain by the much lower-ranked (#13) Denain Voltaire. It was Limoges CSP Elite''s first loss after nine consecutive victories. : 2.2ppg and 2.9rpg. Zerbo is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Ivorian senior national team.


There are also few other players with good stats last week, but who all have never played for any of Ivorian national teams, but who have Ivorian nationality:

   #1. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) led Zastal ZG to a victory over the closely-ranked Asseco Prokom 79-68 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Hodge scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 37 minutes. ; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only his third season in pro basketball. Zastal Zielona Gora (2-0) is placed third in Group A. Hodge belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #1 and also on the list of best passers (second place). This season he has very high stats. Hodge averages: 17.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.1apg and 1.4spg. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and Puerto Rican.

   #2. Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) was not able to help Le Mans (12-8) in their game against Paris-Levallois in the French ProA despite his good performance on Saturday. Koffi scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Le Mans Sarthe Basket (#6) was defeated 78-85 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Paris-Levallois. This year Koffi''s overall stats are: 7.3ppg and 3.8rpg in the nine games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Koffi previously played for the French National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Ivorian team.

   #3. Mohamed Toure (189-G-92) contributed to a Omegna''s victory against the closely-ranked Treviglio 81-71 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Saturday. He recorded 6 points in only 12 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Div.North-West. Paffoni Omegna (24-4) is placed first. : 4.5ppg and 1.3rpg. Toure has both Ivorian and Italian nationalities.

   #4. Kafil Eyitayo (201-F) contributed to a Concordia University''s victory against the Universite de Quebec a Montreal 77-47 in the Canadian university league CIS last Saturday. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Quebec League. The Concordia University has a very solid 14-2 record this season. It was Concordia University''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. Eyitayo''s team will play only one more game in the Play-Offs. And that game will be critical. Eyitayo is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in Concordia University''s roster. : 3.6ppg and 4.3rpg in the 18 games.

   #5. Armand Anebo (196-F-89) contributed to a Leeds Carnegie''s victory against the third-ranked Westminster Warriors 67-62 in the British EBL (second division) last Saturday. Anebo scored only 4 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Leeds Carnegie (2-12) is placed eighth in the EBL. : 7.3ppg and 7.3rpg in the eight games.


Best performance of Ivorian players abroad in last week games - by Eurobasket Center
We bring you last week''s top performances from Ivorian players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Mamadi Diane
Mamadi Diane
   #1. The best performed Ivorian player this week who plays abroad is an international swingman Mamadi Diane (196-86, college: Virginia). He contributed to a Ventspils'' victory against the closely-ranked Chorale de Roanne 94-92 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. Diane scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group I. BK Ventspils (4-2) is placed first. It was Ventspils'' fourth consecutive victory in a row. His team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Top 16. And that game will be critical. It''s Diane''s first season with the team. Diane has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 43.9%, 3FGP: 45.5% and FT: 70.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Guinean and Guinean. Diane is currently a member of the senior Ivorian National Team.

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #2. The second best is former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-85, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the French ProA. He could not help Sluc Nancy (13-7) to beat STB Le Havre. Amagou scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (#5) was crushed 61-91 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#13) STB Le Havre. This year Amagou averages: 9.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 82.9% in the 20 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Amagou previously played for the French National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Ivorian team. He played for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

Jonathan Kale
Jonathan Kale
   #3. Number three best Ivorian player abroad this week is an international forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence). He was the major contributor in a Lleida Basquet''s victory against the 13th-ranked Caceres 2016 69-65 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. Kale scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. ; not bad, considering it''s only his third season in pro basketball. CE CIP Lleida Basquetbol (16-10) is placed fourth in the LEB Gold. This year Kale has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 59.7%(120-201) and FT: 65.2% in the 26 games. He has both American and Ivorian nationalities. Kale is currently a member of the senior Ivorian National Team.

Wilfrid Aka
Wilfrid Aka
   #4. Swingman Wilfrid Aka (192-79) contributed to a JA Vichy''s victory against the 11th-ranked JL Bourg 77-70 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. He scored 19 points. JA Vichy Val d''Allier Auvergne basket (5-19) is placed at second place from the bottom (#18) in the ProB. Aka''s overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2009.

Mouloukou Diabate
Mouloukou Diabate
   #5. International point guard Mouloukou Diabate (183-87) was not able to help Chorale de Roanne (9-11) in their game against Poitiers in the French ProA. Diabate scored 6 points and added 5 passes in 26 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (#8) was defeated 67-71 in Poitiers by the lower-ranked (#14) Poitiers. This year Diabate''s overall stats are: 5.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg in the 16 games.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #6. Center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso) was not able to secure a victory for Meridiano Alicante (13-9) in their game against Blusens Monbus in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count Sunday''s game as one of the best ones. Kone scored only 3 points, had 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Lucentum Alicante (#5) was edged 63-64 in Santoago de Comp by the much lower-ranked (#15) Blusens Monbus. It was Meridiano Alicante''s third consecutive loss in a row. Kone''s total stats this season are: 3.6ppg and 3.2rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Herve Toure
Herve Toure
   #7. Former an international forward Herve Toure (202-82) couldn''t help Blancos de Rueda (5-17) in their game against Caja Laboral in the Spanish ACB. Toure scored 5 points in just 12 minutes. Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (#18) was edged 65-67 in Vitoria by the much higher-ranked (#3) Caja Laboral. It was Blancos de Rueda''s sixth consecutive loss in a row. Toure is currently fifth on the league''s list of best blockers. This year his total stats are: 9.9ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4bpg in the 21 games.

Mickael Toti
Mickael Toti
   #8. Point guard Mickael Toti (181-87) contributed to a Saint Vallier''s victory against the eighth-ranked Bordeaux 84-78 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. Toti scored 7 points. Saint Vallier Basket Drome (11-13) is placed ninth in the ProB. It was Saint Vallier''s first victory after seven consecutive loses. Toti averaged so far: 3.0ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.7apg. He is also in the roster of the Ivorian national team.

Ibrahim Cisse
Ibrahim Cisse
   #9. Former an international swingman Ibrahim Cisse (188-84) couldn''t help Pavia (14-14) in their game against Comsum.it SI in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. the fifth-placed Paul Mitchell Pavia (14-14) was badly defeated 71-89 in Siena by the lower-ranked (#5) Comsum.it SI in the Div.North-West group. : 6.1ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.4spg in the 27 games.

Frejus Zerbo
Frejus Zerbo
   #10. Center Frejus Zerbo (205-89) couldn''t help Limoges CSP Elite (19-5) in their game against Denain Voltaire in the French ProB (second division). Zerbo cannot count Friday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in just 10 minutes. Limoges CSP Elite (#2) was defeated 85-90 in Denain by the much lower-ranked (#13) Denain Voltaire. It was Limoges CSP Elite''s first loss after nine consecutive victories. : 2.2ppg and 2.9rpg in the 18 games. Zerbo is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Ivorian senior national team.


There are also other players who performed very well, but have never been selected to any national team and who carry Ivorian passport:

   #1. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) led Zastal ZG to a victory over the closely-ranked Asseco Prokom 79-68 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Hodge scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 37 minutes. ; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only his third season in pro basketball. Zastal Zielona Gora (2-0) is placed third in Group A. It''s Hodge''s first year with the team. Hodge belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #1 and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.1apg and 1.4spg in the 27 games he played so far. Hodge has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and Puerto Rican.

   #2. Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) was not able to help Le Mans (12-8) in their game against Paris-Levallois in the French ProA despite his good performance on Saturday. Koffi scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Le Mans Sarthe Basket (#6) was defeated 78-85 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Paris-Levallois. Koffi''s overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg and 3.8rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. Koffi previously played for the French National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Ivorian team.

   #3. Mohamed Toure (189-G-92) contributed to a Omegna''s victory against the closely-ranked Treviglio 81-71 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Saturday. Toure recorded 6 points in just 12 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Div.North-West. Paffoni Omegna (24-4) is placed first. : 4.5ppg and 1.3rpg in the 27 games. Toure has both Ivorian and Italian nationalities.

   #4. Kafil Eyitayo (201-F) contributed to a Concordia University''s victory against the Universite de Quebec a Montreal 77-47 in the Canadian university league CIS last Saturday. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Quebec League. The Concordia University has a very solid 14-2 record this season. It was Concordia University''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. Eyitayo''s team will play only one more game in the Play-Offs. And that game will be critical. Eyitayo is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in Concordia University''s roster. : 3.6ppg and 4.3rpg.

   #5. Armand Anebo (196-F-89) contributed to a Leeds Carnegie''s victory against the third-ranked Westminster Warriors 67-62 in the British EBL (second division) last Saturday. Anebo scored only 4 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Leeds Carnegie (2-12) is placed eighth in the EBL. : 7.3ppg and 7.3rpg.


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BJ League Round 42: Leader Hamamatsu Phoenix loses to Kyoto Hannar. - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (24-13) recorded its thirteenth loss in Mikawa on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (24-12) 98-87. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hamamatsu Phoenix. The game was mostly controlled by Kyoto Hannar.. Hamamatsu Phoenix managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kyoto Hannar. looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Hamamatsu Phoenix's players. 28 personal fouls committed by Hamamatsu Phoenix helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) who recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kyoto Hannar. maintains third position with 24-12 record having just one point less than leader Okinawa GK. Defending champion Hamamatsu Phoenix still keeps top place with 13 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. are looking forward to face Yokohama BC (#6) on the road in the next round. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against Toyama Grouses (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixth-ranked Yokohama BC (18-19) made lots of trouble for second ranked Osaka Evessa (25-11). Osaka Evessa managed to secure only three-point victory 62-59. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yokohama BC. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who led his team to a victory with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Lynn Washington contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for Yokohama BC. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Osaka Evessa maintains second position with 25-11 record having just 0 point less than leader Okinawa GK. Yokohama BC at the other side keeps the sixth place with 19 games lost. Osaka Evessa will play against Iwate Big Bulls (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Yokohama BC will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Oita between Oita Heat Devils and Sendai 89ers. Eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (14-23) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Sendai 89ers (18-18). Oita Heat Devils managed to escape with a 1-point win 84-83 on Sunday evening. Taj Finger scored 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Daniel Fitzgerald with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Oita Heat Devils have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 14-23 record. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the fifth place with 18 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will meet at home Takamatsu FA (#9) in the next round. Sendai 89ers will play against Fukuoka Rizing (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Akita Happinets (23-15) against fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (23-13) on Sunday night. Host Akita Happinets were crushed by Fukuoka Rizing in Akita 104-82. Carlos Dixon notched 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Akita Happinets' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Fukuoka Rizing maintains fourth position with 23-13 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the second place with 15 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing's next round opponent will be Sendai 89ers (#5) at home. Akita Happinets will play against Shiga L-Stars.
Leader Okinawa GK delivered the 31th victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Shimane Magic (20-18) 85-75. The best player for the winners was Narito Namizato who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Okinawa GK's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Okinawa GK (31-7) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Shimane Magic lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 18 games lost. Okinawa GK will face Niigata Albirex (#4) on the road in the next round. Shimane Magic will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 42 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Niigata Albirex crushed Takamatsu FA in a road game 99-67. Miyazaki SS was beaten by Iwate Big Bulls at home 69-77. Saitama Bron. lost to Toyama Grouses on the opponent's court 84-85. Chiba Jets unfortunately lost to Shinshu BW in a home game 72-82.
The best stats of 42th round was 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by John Flowers of Saitama Bron..



Okinawa GK - Shimane SM 85-75

Leader Okinawa GK delivered the 31th victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Shimane Magic (20-18) 85-75. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Shimane Magic was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Shimane Magic 50-30 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Narito Namizato (175-89) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. American Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) who recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St., agency: I.D.S. Law) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Okinawa GK (31-7) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Shimane Magic lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 18 games lost. Okinawa GK will face Niigata Albirex (#4) on the road in the next round. Shimane Magic will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: R.Golson 22+9reb+3ast, B.Puckett 16+11reb, T.Yokoo 12+2ast, M.Parker 9+3reb, J.Davis 6+2reb, K.Yamabuchi 4+4reb+1ast
Okinawa GK: A.McHenry 20+8reb+2ast, N.Namizato 17+10reb+4ast, D.Palmer 12+7reb+1ast, D.Larkai 11+10reb, N.Kosuge 9+1ast, D.Sneed 6+4reb
gschID: 142196


Hamamatsu P. - Kyoto Hannar. 87-98

Top ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (24-13) recorded its thirteenth loss in Mikawa on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Kyoto Hannar. (24-12) 98-87. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Hamamatsu Phoenix. The game was mostly controlled by Kyoto Hannar.. Hamamatsu Phoenix managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kyoto Hannar. looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Hamamatsu Phoenix's players. 28 personal fouls committed by Hamamatsu Phoenix helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) who recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) added 16 points respectively. 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. Kyoto Hannar. maintains third position with 24-12 record having just one point less than leader Okinawa GK. Defending champion Hamamatsu Phoenix still keeps top place with 13 games lost. Kyoto Hannar. are looking forward to face Yokohama BC (#6) on the road in the next round. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against Toyama Grouses (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Dixon 25+5reb+8ast, W.Arnold 16+3reb+3ast, J.Parmer 13+5reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 10+4reb, L.Pomare 7+5reb, A.Ohta 5+4reb+1ast
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Boyette 21+3reb+5ast, R.Rickert 16+14reb+2ast, L.Cummard 16+8reb+3ast, N.Nakamura 13+1reb, L.Allred 12+5reb+2ast, K.Setoyama 8+3reb+7ast
gschID: 142191


Osaka Evessa - Yokohama BC 62-59

Sixth-ranked Yokohama BC (18-19) made lots of trouble for second ranked Osaka Evessa (25-11). Osaka Evessa managed to secure only three-point victory 62-59. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yokohama BC. Yokohama BC was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 16-9 charge of Osaka Evessa, which allowed them to win the game. The game was also dominated by American players. It was a good game for forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who led his team to a victory with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Marcus Simmons (198-88, college: USC) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Yokohama BC. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Osaka Evessa maintains second position with 25-11 record having just 0 point less than leader Okinawa GK. Yokohama BC at the other side keeps the sixth place with 19 games lost. Osaka Evessa will play against Iwate Big Bulls (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Yokohama BC will play against Kyoto Hannar. (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 15+10reb+3ast, M.Simmons 14+6reb, D.Burns 8+3reb+3ast, P.Faye 7+6reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 7+2reb+4ast, T.Aoki 5+1reb
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 13+7reb+3ast, C.Aoki 11+3reb, M.Bell 10+9reb+4ast, W.Marshall 7+4reb+2ast, B.St.Preux 7+8reb+1ast, M.Obuchi 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 142192


Takamatsu FA - Niigata Albirex 67-99

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-34) was crushed at home by fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (21-17) 99-67 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Niigata Albirex. Takamatsu FA was better in fourth quarter 32-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Niigata Albirex especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Takamatsu FA's players. The best player for the winners was American power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) who scored 12 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). The other American import forward Erron Maxey (198-78, college: Providence) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was STVn center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Kevin Smith (195-89, college: Richmond) added 15 points respectively. Niigata Albirex have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 21-17 record. Loser Takamatsu FA keeps the ninth place with 34 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face league's leader Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Takamatsu FA will play against Oita Heat Devils (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: N.Williams 20+8reb, K.Smith 15+4reb+1ast, H.Kikuchi 13+3reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 8+4reb, S.Takada 4+3reb, K.Tsutsumi 3+2reb+4ast
Niigata Albirex: Y.Sato 13+2reb, C.Holm 12+8reb+3ast, E.Maxey 11+5reb+1ast, K.Sato 10+3ast, N.Murry 10+2reb+3ast, D.Gordon 9+2reb+4ast
gschID: 142193


Oita H.Devils - Sendai 89ers 84-83

A very close game took place in Oita between Oita Heat Devils and Sendai 89ers. Eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (14-23) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Sendai 89ers (18-18). Oita Heat Devils managed to escape with a 1-point win 84-83 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Taj Finger (203-86) scored 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) with 23 points and 9 rebounds and forward Takuya Komoda (190-87) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Oita Heat Devils have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 14-23 record. Loser Sendai 89ers keep the fifth place with 18 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will meet at home Takamatsu FA (#9) in the next round. Sendai 89ers will play against Fukuoka Rizing (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: T.Komoda 24+6reb, D.Fitzgerald 23+9reb+1ast, R.Singleton 14+5reb+1ast, T.Shimura 11+5reb+5ast, J.Dukes 9+3reb+7ast, F.Toncinic 2+3reb+2ast
Oita H.Devils: T.Finger 26+9reb, T.Cummings 19+7reb, M.Lottich 18+5reb+4ast, N.Takushi 11+5reb+9ast, K.Mitomo 7+2reb+4ast, S.Umemiya 3
gschID: 142194


Miyazaki SS - Iwate Big Bulls 69-77

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (10-28) defeated on the road 7th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (17-21) 77-69 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fair Dickinson) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans, agency: Pro Management Agency) chipped in 8 points and 15 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward O'Neal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Iwate Big Bulls maintains tenth position with 10-28 record. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the seventh place with 21 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will face league's second-placed Osaka Evessa at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: O.Mims 16+13reb, D.Lyons 14+7reb, D.Dora 10+9reb+2ast, L.Witcher 9+4reb, T.Shimizu 7+3reb+2ast, O.Shinnosuke 6+2reb+1ast
Iwate Big Bulls: G.Klaiber 23+7reb+1ast, T.Kennedy 11+4reb, J.Boykin 10+9reb+3ast, L.Malloy 8+15reb+1ast, Y.Yamamoto 8+5reb+6ast, A.Nogami 8+2reb
gschID: 142195


Akita NH - Fukuoka Rizing 82-104

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Akita Happinets (23-15) against fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (23-13) on Sunday night. Host Akita Happinets were crushed by Fukuoka Rizing in Akita 104-82. The game was mostly controlled by Fukuoka Rizing. Akita Happinets was better in third quarter 31-30. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Akita Happinets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) notched 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Jermaine Dearman (202-80, college: S.Illinois) supported him with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Even a double-double of 31 points and 17 rebounds by American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) did not help to save the game for Akita Happinets. American-Kittitian forward Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: SDJ Sports) added 25 points. Akita Happinets' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Fukuoka Rizing maintains fourth position with 23-13 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the second place with 15 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing's next round opponent will be Sendai 89ers (#5) at home. Akita Happinets will play against Shiga L-Stars.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: R.Woods 31+17reb+1ast, K.Swanston 25+4reb+2ast, K.Shoji 7+2reb+1ast, L.Green 6+2reb+3ast, Y.Kikuchi 5+1reb+2ast, E.Drayton 4+2reb
Fukuoka Rizing: C.Dixon 24+8reb+4ast, J.Dearman 20+12reb+1ast, K.Palmer 18+2reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 9+3reb+2ast, A.Takeno 9+1reb+2ast, G.Hamilton 8+13reb+7ast
gschID: 142188


Toyama Grouses - Saitama Bron. 85-84

Very expected game when 9th ranked Saitama Broncos (10-25) were edged on the road by third ranked Toyama Grouses (21-15) 85-84 on Sunday. However just one-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Saitama Broncos were trailing by 12 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 22-13 charge of Toyama Grouses, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Toyama Grouses outrebounded Saitama Broncos 49-36 including 34 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) who recorded 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) added 21 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Four Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. Toyama Grouses have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-15 record having four points less than leader Okinawa GK, which they share with Shiga L-Stars. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the ninth place with 25 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saitama Broncos will play at home against Chiba Jets (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Flowers 35+8reb+1ast, J.Humphrey 21+8reb+2ast, K.Satterfield 13+4reb+11ast, J.Miller 10+3reb, Y.Arai 3+2reb, Y.Kitamuki 2+5reb
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 30+10reb+2ast, I.Brown 16+12reb, L.Turner 10+11reb, T.Mito 9+8reb+4ast, R.Horikawa 9+4reb, M.Joho 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 142189


Chiba Jets - Shinshu BW 72-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Shinshu BW's (15-23) road victory over 8th ranked Chiba Jets (13-23) 82-72 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Shinshu BW. Chiba Jets was better in third quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Chiba Jets 46-32 including 33 on the defensive glass. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) who scored 18 points and 6 assists. Power forward Edward Morris (205-84, college: Pittsburg St.) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) who recorded 22 points and 8 rebounds and guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) added 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Chiba Jets' coach Eric Gardow rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shinshu BW maintains seventh position with 15-23 record. Loser Chiba Jets keep the eighth place with 23 games lost. Shinshu BW will have a break next round. Chiba Jets will play on the road against Saitama Broncos (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Hargrow 22+8reb+3ast, J.Staten 20+8reb+5ast, A.Broxsie 12+10reb+1ast, T.Kensuke 8+2reb+6ast, T.Ishida 6, H.Sato 2+2reb
Shinshu BW: D.Raivio 18+2reb+6ast, E.Morris 12+8reb+1ast, L.Roberts 12+5reb, S.Yosuke 10+1reb+1ast, T.Hughes 8+9reb, K.Luckett 6+11reb
gschID: 142190




BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Parker, Shimane SM22.8 
 2. Staten, Chiba Jets20.9 
 3. Palmer, Fukuoka20.8 
 4. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.8 
 5. Flowers, Saitama20.8 
 6. Cummings, Oita H.19.8 
 7. Woods, Akita NH19.7 
 8. Burrell, Yokohama.19.3 
 9. Mims, Sendai 89ers19.3 
 10. Humphrey, Saitama19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.7 
 2. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.9 
 3. Hamilton, Fukuok.10.7 
 4. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 5. Malloy, Iwate B.10.4 
 6. Staten, Chiba Jets10.3 
 7. Newton, Okinawa GK10.2 
 8. Burrell, Yokohama.10.2 
 9. Allred, Kyoto H.10.1 
 10. Blackledge, Osaka10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.4 
 2. Shimura, Sendai5.6 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Dixon, Hamamats.5.4 
 5. Takushi, Oita H.5.4 
 6. Yamamoto, Shima.5.1 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.7 
 8. Namizato, Okina.4.5 
 9. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.5 
 10. Hamilton, Fukuok.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets2.8 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka2.8 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.2 
 5. Smith, Takamats.2.1 
 6. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.1 
 7. Dixon, Hamamats.1.9 
 8. Hamilton, Fukuok.1.8 
 9. Golson, Shimane SM1.8 
 10. Arnold, Hamamats.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Davis, Shimane SM4.0 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.7 
 4. Blackledge, Hamama.2.2 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 6. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.5 
 7. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.5 
 8. Marshall, Osaka E.1.4 
 9. Turner, Toyama G.1.4 
 10. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 24-13 
 2. Akita NH 23-15 
 3. Toyama Grouses 21-15 
 4. Niigata Albirex 21-17 
 5. Sendai 89ers 18-18 
 6. Yokohama BC 18-19 
 7. Shinshu BW 15-23 
 8. Chiba Jets 13-23 
 9. Saitama Bron. 10-25 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 10-28 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 31-7 
 2. Osaka Evessa 25-11 
 3. Kyoto Hannar. 24-12 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 23-13 
 5. Shiga L-Stars 21-15 
 6. Shimane SM 20-18 
 7. Miyazaki SS 17-21 
 8. Oita H.Devils 14-23 
 9. Takamatsu FA 2-34 


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Standings - A1
Liga e pare Standings
 1. Vellaznimi 6-0
 2. RTV 21 6-1
 3. Kastrioti 5-2
 4. Lypjan 3-4
 5. Fushe 2-5
 6. Skenderaj 1-5
 7. Llapi Podujeve 0-6


Kolegji Univers shows Bashkimi what is basketball! - by Dren Shporta
The college boys of Dritero Sefaja have made the surprise of the gameweek. It was thought that Bashkimi will register the first win of the season to keep the third place and get in the form against Kolegji Univers. But the red boys from college had something else in their mind.

With Hekuran Binxhia in form they crashed Bashkimi in the last quarter to register the seventh victory of the season with, 84:70. Binxhia scored 30 points in the match to add seven assists for the win of the week.

Bashkimi is now in real crisis after the fourth lost match in a row. They still didnt win in the second half of the season and they lost against all their main opponents. In the midweek they play against Drita, while Kolegji Univers is continuing with its standard games and is ready for next surprises in BKT Superliga. In midweek they play against Kosova, and that is the chance to secure the fifth place in classification before play-off.



Top Kosovan players abroad based on last week''s performance - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Kosovan players, who play currently abroad.



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

   #1. Kenan Sipahi (192-PG-95), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help Tofas (11-9) to beat Banvit BK. He scored 9 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 23 minutes. But Tofas Bursa (#8) was defeated 70-78 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Banvit BK. This year Sipahi averages: 3.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.5apg in the 18 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Turkish. Sipahi previously played for the Turkish National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Kosovan team.


Other top Kosovan players, who play abroad:

Erjon Kastrati (197-F/G-94) plays for Union Olimpija in the Slovenian Telemach League
Dardan Berisha (192-G-88) plays for Anwil in the Polish PLK
Emin Hoxha (183-G-88) plays for Boras Basket in the Swedish Basketligan
Avni Awdyli (198-F/C-74) plays for Dorsten in the German ProB
Fatmir Ramadani (189-F-76) plays for Lirija in the FYR Macedonian Superleague
Tomislav Covic plays for Radnicki OB in the Serbian B League
Damir Nicevic (205-C-76) plays for Vogosca in the Bosnia and Herzegovina D1
Dragan Pusic (193-G-84) plays for Sencur CP in the Slovenian D2
Gazmend Sinani (203-F-91) plays for Malbas in the Swedish Basketettan
Hekuran Pireva (C/F-86) plays for Malbas in the Swedish Basketettan
Korab Ferizi (201-F/C-85) plays for Malbas in the Swedish Basketettan
Muhamed Zeqiri (202-G/F-88) plays for Sparta Praha in the Czech Republic 1Liga
Anthony Drejaj (188-G-83) plays for Fjolnir in the Icelandic Express L.
Valdet Obertinca (196-F/G-82) plays for Helsingborg in the Swedish Basketettan

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


Champions back to the form ahead of big clash - by Dren Shporta
Sigal Prishtina did everything against Futura to show to their greatest rival Trepca, that they are ready for the big clash. Ersid Ljuca (209-C-81, agency: 011 Sports) was the best scorer of the champions with his 15 points. Ljuca added also 5 rebounds. Fisnik Rugova added 14 points and 5 rebounds more, for the final result of 91:54.

Sigal Prishtina has dominated during the entire match and raised the advantage continuosly. Captain Edmond Azemi and Granit Rugova have added 11 points each, to give the chance to other players in the match.

In the other hand, at Jeton Nixhas team, Miodrag Sutulovic scored 15 points and added 5 assists to be one of the most important players of the Futura team in the match. He was helped by solid Kreshnik Juniku that added 12 points and flyer Mustafe Merovci, who contributed with 2 points and 10 rebounds.

Sigal Prishtina is ready for the great clash agasint Trepca that will be played in midweek. Sigal Prishtina is the only team that defeated Trepca in BKT Superliga, during this season. In meanwhile, Trepca is still unbeaten in their home, Minatori court. Sigal Prishtina and Trepca have per one win each, in the clashes between them this season. This is their first clash in the second part of the season.




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  KUWAIT   


AlKuwait SC and Kazma win the Semifinal openers - by Eurobasket News
AlKuwait SC and Kazma win the Semifinal openers over their opponents. AlKuwait SC overcame AlQadsia 74:71. They trailed 8 points at the halftime, but managed to take the lead in the second half and won the game.
Kazma beat AlSahel 78:72 with 15-12 in the start of the game. The third period was decisive in the game as Kazma needed 28-18 to seal the victory.


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Best performance of Latvian players abroad in last week games - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Latvian players who are playing abroad.


Kaspars Cipruss
Kaspars Cipruss
   #1. The best performed Latvian player this week who plays abroad is former international center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances), who plays in the Estonian KML. He could not help BC Rakvere (15-7) to beat Kalev/Cramo despite his very good performance on Wednesday. Cipruss had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 17 rebounds in 34 minutes. But BC Rakvere Tarvas (#3) was defeated 74-86 on the road by the second-ranked Kalev/Cramo. It''s Cipruss'' first season with the team. Cipruss belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #3 and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 17.7ppg, 10.5rpg, 2FGP: 66.4%(142-214), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 69.6% in the 22 games he played so far. Cipruss played for the Latvian national team in 2008.

Edgard Jeromanovs
Edgard Jeromanovs
   #2. The second best is an international point guard Edgard Jeromanovs (186-86). He was not able to help Norrkoping Dolphins (20-12) in their game against Eco Orebro in the Swedish Basketligan despite his very good performance on Friday. Jeromanovs was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 4 assists. But Norrkoping Dolphins (#3) was defeated 97-102 in Orebro by the bottom-ranked (#10) Eco Orebro. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Jeromanovs averages: 8.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 75.0%. He is in the roster of the senior Latvian National Team.

Reinis Strupovics
Reinis Strupovics
   #3. Number three best Latvian player abroad this week is former international guard Reinis Strupovics (192-87). Strupovics was not able to secure a victory for Valga (3-21) in their game against Rapla in the Estonian KML despite his very good performance on Saturday. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Strupovics also added 6 rebounds. But Valga Korvpallikool (#8) was defeated 83-88 in Rapla by the higher-ranked (#4) Rapla. It was Valga''s eighth consecutive loss in a row. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Strupovics belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #1. This season he has very high stats. Strupovics averages: 20.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 40.2%, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 87.3%. He played for the Latvian senior national team five years ago.

Rinalds Sirsnins
Rinalds Sirsnins
   #4. Point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kaspars Cipruss and both played together in the last Estonian KML game. Sirsnins couldn''t help BC Rakvere (15-7) in their game against Kalev/Cramo despite his very good performance on Wednesday. He recorded 14 points in 31 minutes. But BC Rakvere Tarvas (#3) was defeated 74-86 in Tallinn by the second-ranked Kalev/Cramo. This year Sirsnins'' overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.1apg and 1.7spg in the seven games. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2010.

Rihards Kuksiks
Rihards Kuksiks
   #5. International swingman Rihards Kuksiks (198-88, college: Arizona St.) contributed to a Valencia Basket''s victory against the closely-ranked VEF Riga 82-71 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. Kuksiks scored 8 points. Valencia Basket (6-0) is placed first in group I. So far Valencia Basket won all six games in the Top 16. His team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. Kuksiks'' total stats this season are: 7.4ppg and 1.7rpg.

Juris Umbrasko
Juris Umbrasko
   #6. Swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kaspars Cipruss. He played also in the last Estonian KML game facing Rinalds Sirsnins (above) in the other team. Umbrasko couldn''t help BC Rakvere (15-7) in their game against Kalev/Cramo. He recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 33 minutes. But BC Rakvere Tarvas (#3) was defeated 74-86 in Tallinn by the second-ranked Kalev/Cramo. This year Umbrasko''s total stats are: 9.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg in the 19 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Latvian senior team four years ago.

Kaspars Vecvagars
Kaspars Vecvagars
   #7. International guard Kaspars Vecvagars (191-93) couldn''t help Baltai Kaunas (8-8) in their game against Naglis Palangos in the Lithuanian LKL despite his good performance on Tuesday. Vecvagars recorded 12 points and added 3 passes. But KK Baltai Kaunas (#6) was defeated 78-86 in Palanga by the bottom-ranked (#12) Naglis Palangos. Vecvagars averaged so far: 6.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.5apg.

Armands Skele
Armands Skele
   #8. Guard Armands Skele (192-83) faced previously mentioned Kaspars Cipruss in the Estonian KML last game. Skele contributed to a Kalev/Cramo''s victory against the third-ranked BC Rakvere 86-74. He recorded 10 points and added 3 passes in 18 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (16-2) is placed second in the KML. There are only 2 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. : 7.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.9spg in the 14 games. Skele used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2009.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #9. International guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89) couldn''t help Spartak St.Petersburg (5-1) in their game against Banvit BK in the Eurocup. He scored 6 points and added 3 passes in 25 minutes. the first-placed Spartak St.Petersburg (5-1) was defeated 61-68 in Balikesir by the lower-ranked (#3) Banvit BK in the group K of Eurocup. It was Spartak St.Petersburg''s first loss after eleven consecutive victories. Strelnieks'' team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Top 16. : 3.4ppg and 1.8apg in the 11 games.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #10. Power forward Rolands Freimanis (207-88) couldn''t help Girona FC (13-13) in their game against Palencia Baloncesto in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) despite his very good performance on Friday. Freimanis scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. But Sant Josep Girona (#9) was defeated 65-80 in Palencia by the lower-ranked (#12) Palencia Baloncesto. Freimanis has relatively good stats this season: 12.7ppg and 5.5rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Davis Bertans (208-92) contributed to a Partizan''s victory against the 12th-ranked Hemofarm 87-66 in the Adriatic League last Friday. Bertans recorded 5 points in just 14 minutes. This year Bertans averages only 3.0ppg in the seven games.

   #12. International guard Janis Blums (190-82) contributed to a Gescrap BB''s victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga 59-55 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Blums scored 5 points in 17 minutes. : 6.5ppg and 1.1rpg in the 13 games.

   #13. Former an international guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-79) contributed to a Froya Basket''s victory against the seventh-ranked Ammerud Bskt 108-57 in the Norwegian BLNO last Sunday. Gabrans recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Gabrans belongs to league''s best passers and is ranked #4. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.2apg and 1.9spg.

   #14. International center Lauris Blaus (204-90, agency: FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Reinis Strupovics as their both played in the Estonian KML last game. Blaus couldn''t help Valga (3-21) in their game against Kalev/Cramo despite his very good performance on Friday. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. Blaus is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). This year he has very good stats: 14.1ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.9apg in the eight games.

   #15. International swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) couldn''t help Assi Ostuni (9-12) in their game against Prima Veroli in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Jurevicus recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season he has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.1apg.


There are also other players who performed very well, but have never been selected to any national team and who carry Latvian passport:

   #1. Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80) led Hod Hasharon to a victory over the ninth-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan 89-82 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday. Gandel was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points, grabbed 6 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 6 balls in 37 minutes. Maccabi Hod Hasharon (11-9) is placed fifth in the National League. Gandel has very impressive stats this year: 16.2ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg in the 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Latvian and Israeli.

   #2. Martins Provizors (202-C-87) led DCU Saints to a victory over the closely-ranked B.Gais Neptune 92-58 in the Irish SuperLeague last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Provizors recorded 26 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 5 assists and made 4 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group North Conference. DCU St.Vincents Dublin (16-4) is placed first in North Conference. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Provizors is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fifth year in DCU Saints'' roster. Provizors is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. This season he has very high stats. Provizors averages: 15.2ppg, 12.1rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4bpg and 1.6spg.

   #3. Martins Berkis (198-F-85) contributed to a Svit''s victory against the third-ranked Nitra 74-65 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Wednesday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Iskra Svit (17-15) is placed fourth in the Extraliga. The Regular Season already ended. This season Berkis has very high stats. he averages: 15.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg.

   #4. Rihards Sulcs (190-F-87) contributed to a Bradford Dragons'' victory against the eighth-ranked Reading Rockets 71-63 in the British EBL (second division) last Saturday. Sulcs scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Bradford Dragons (11-7) is placed fifth in the EBL. Sulcs is currently fourth on the list of most steals. This season he has very high stats. Sulcs averages: 15.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.0apg and 2.7spg.

   #5. Matiss Sakne (191-G-91) contributed to a Horsens IC''s victory against the leader SISU 94-81 in the Danish Ligaen last Sunday. He scored 9 points in 27 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Horsens IC (12-15) is placed fourth in the Ligaen. It was Horsens IC''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. Sakne''s team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. : 6.1ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.7apg in the 27 games.


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Best performance of Lebanese players abroad in last week games - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Lebanese players, who play currently abroad.


Omar Krayem
Omar Krayem
   #1. The best performed Lebanese player this week who plays abroad is former international guard Omar Krayem (185-86, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Cal.Baptist). He led Boras Basket to a victory over the ninth-ranked KFUM Jamtland 80-76 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. Krayem was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and added 5 assists in 32 minutes. ; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only Krayem''s third season in pro basketball. Boras Basket (19-14) is placed fourth in the Basketligan. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Krayem is currently fourth on the league''s list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 18.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.3apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 42.5% and FT: 72.8% in the 32 games he played so far. Krayem is a naturalized American. He played for the Lebanese national team in 2009.

Antwain Barbour
Antwain Barbour
   #2. The second best is former international swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, agency: Court Side, college: Kentucky). Barbour was the major contributor in a Cibona''s victory against the closely-ranked Union Olimpija 61-58 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. He recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (12-10) is placed sixth in group A. There are only 4 games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It''s Barbour''s first season with the team. Barbour has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(61-105), 3FGP: 38.7% and FT: 74.4%. He is a naturalized American. Barbour played for the Lebanese national team three years ago.

Matthew Freije
Matthew Freije
   #3. Number three best Lebanese player abroad this week is former international forward Matthew Freije (207-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt). He contributed to a Hebraica''s victory against the closely-ranked Wanderers 98-73 in the Uruguayan LUB last Monday. Freije recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks in a mere 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Serie 1. Hebraica Macabi (9-1) is placed first. It was Hebraica''s ninth consecutive victory in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. This year Freije has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 39.0% and FT: 68.2% in the 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Freije played for the Lebanese senior national team two years ago.


Other top Lebanese players, who play abroad:

Rony Seikaly (212-C-65) plays for Regal FC Barcelona in the Spanish ACB
Marios Ghobrial (196-F-93) plays for Keravnos in the Cypriot Division A
Rony Fahed (184-G-81) plays for TianJin Rongcheng in the Chinese CBA
Vartkes Mandilian (180-G) plays for Hebraica Macabi in the Canadian university league CIS
Samer Ismailat (184-G-82) plays for Stade in the German Regionalliga
Fadi Hani (184-G) plays for Al Jaysh in the Qatari D1
Nader Michel plays for Fuheis in the Jordanian D1
Salleh Sweissi (191-G) plays for Mosta in the Maltese Div.1
Alexandre Abdallah (198-F-88) plays for Versailles in the French NM3
Raymond Gemayel (178-G-86) plays for KSA NT in the Saudi Arabian
Mohamed Hachem (178-G-87) plays for Hebraica Macabi in the CCAA
Naji Mejalli (182-G-83) plays for Hebraica Macabi in the CCAA

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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Penigar, Byblos29.6 
 2. Khatib, Champville27.6 
 3. Spencer, Al Riyadi26.9 
 4. Ebi, Anibal24.8 
 5. Williams, Byblos24.1 
 6. Colwell, Antranik23.9 
 7. Oguchi, Hoops23.3 
 8. Gray, Byblos22.4 
 9. Johnson, Sagesse22.2 
 10. Youngblood, Anibal21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harold JAMISON
  Bejjeh
  (204-C-76)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Jamison, Bejjeh14.6 
 2. Penigar, Byblos12.7 
 3. Crump, Sagesse11.3 
 4. Colwell, Antranik11.1 
 5. Thompson, Champvil.10.9 
 6. Ismail, Al Riyadi10.5 
 7. Leather, Sagesse10.3 
 8. Hoskin, Champville10.1 
 9. Ebi, Anibal9.3 
 10. Trim, Moutahed9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Byblos
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Williams, Byblos7.1 
 2. Akl, Anibal6.9 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi6.4 
 4. Clemons, Hoops6.3 
 5. Ismail, Al Riyadi6.0 
 6. Johnson, Moutahed5.8 
 7. Gray, Byblos5.4 
 8. Khatib, Champville5.4 
 9. Young, Antranik5.4 
 10. Johnson, Sagesse5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon HAMILTON
  Hoops
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hamilton, Hoops3.2 
 2. Youngblood, Anibal2.9 
 3. Clemons, Hoops2.8 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.5 
 5. Johnson, Moutahed2.5 
 6. Estephane, Champvi.2.5 
 7. Young, Antranik2.3 
 8. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.3 
 9. Williams, Byblos2.0 
 10. Ebi, Anibal1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Anibal
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ebi, Anibal2.9 
 2. Colwell, Antranik2.2 
 3. Vogel, Al Riyadi2.0 
 4. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.8 
 5. Hamdar, Hoops1.7 
 6. Crump, Sagesse1.6 
 7. Sabra, Byblos1.4 
 8. Thompson, Champvil.1.4 
 9. Leather, Sagesse1.2 
 10. Youngblood, Anibal1.2 


Hoops inks Billy McShepard to replace Rhymer - by Rabih Khoury
Hoops Club management agreed to terms with forward Billy McShepard (208-F, college: Valdosta St.) to sign a deal for the rest of the season. McShepard will replace Kitwana Rhymer who was not in the level expected. Billy McShepard started this year in the NBDL where he averaged in 16 games 9pts and 6.6 rebds. He then moved to Uruguay to play for Atletico Aguada where he averaged 12pts and 4 rebds. Mcshepard will play his first game with his new team on wednesday when they face Mouttahed.

Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 19-1 
 2. Champville 18-1 
 3. Anibal 10-8 
 4. Sagesse 10-10 
 5. Byblos 9-11 
 6. Moutahed 7-12 
 7. Bejjeh 7-13 
 8. Hoops 5-15 
 9. Antranik 0-0 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Smith, La Union22.3 
 2. Washam, Obras21.0 
 3. Basden, Vivo/Fran.20.3 
 4. Parker, Guaros19.0 
 5. Hornsby, Pioneros19.0 
 6. Hickerson, Bucan.18.3 
 7. Harris, Pioneros17.3 
 8. Fuller, Fuerza Reg.17.3 
 9. Dugat, Fuerza Reg.16.7 
 10. Lewis, La Union16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hiram FULLER
  Fuerza Regia
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Fuller, Fuerza Reg.11.3 
 2. Lewis, La Union11.3 
 3. Drudi, Vivo/Franca10.0 
 4. Fey, Bucaneros7.7 
 5. Hickerson, Bucan.7.3 
 6. Ivanovic, Vivo/Fra.7.0 
 7. Parker, Guaros7.0 
 8. Field, Obras6.7 
 9. Hernandez, Pioneros6.3 
 10. Kante, Regatas C.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Javier MARTINEZ
  Regat.
  (189-G-78)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Martinez, Regat.5.5 
 2. Konsztatd, Obras5.3 
 3. Smith, La Union4.3 
 4. Penna, Vivo/Franca4.3 
 5. De los Santo., Reg.4.3 
 6. Harris, Pioneros4.0 
 7. Parker, Guaros4.0 
 8. Basden, Vivo/Fran.4.0 
 9. Dugat, Fuerza Reg.3.7 
 10. Hernandez, Pioner.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Smush PARKER
  Guaros
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Parker, Guaros3.5 
 2. Elsener, Obras3.0 
 3. Adams, Guaros2.3 
 4. Washam, Obras2.0 
 5. Barral, Obras2.0 
 6. Smith, La Union2.0 
 7. Guillent, Bucaneros1.7 
 8. Dornelles, Vivo/Fr.1.7 
 9. Dugat, Fuerza Reg.1.7 
 10. Konsztatd, Obras1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Paolo QUINTEROS
  Regat.
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 1
 1. Quinteros, Regat.1.0 
 2. Hornsby, Pioneros1.0 
 3. Wolkowyski, La Uni.1.0 
 4. Lewis, La Union1.0 
 5. Fuller, Fuerza Reg.0.7 
 6. Sowell, Vivo/Fra.0.7 
 7. Fey, Bucaneros0.7 
 8. Espinoza, Obras0.7 
 9. Hickerson, Bucan.0.7 
 10. Fells, Obras0.7 


Standings
Liga Americas Standings
Group A
 1. Pioneros 2-1 
 2. La Union 2-1 
 3. Vivo/Franca 1-2 
 4. Fuerza Regia 1-2 
Group B
 1. Obras 3-0 
 2. Guaros 0-3 
 3. Bucaneros 2-1 
 4. Regatas C. 1-2 
Group C
 1. Arecibo 0-0 
 2. Cia do Terno 0-0 
 3. Cocodrilos 0-0 
 4. Leones SD 0-0 
Group D
 1. Itabom/Bauru 0-0 
 2. Los Leones 0-0 
 3. Quimsa 0-0 
 4. Uniceub/BRB 0-0 


Obras sweeps Bucaneros to win Group B, both teams advance - by Eurobasket News
THIRD GAMES
Bucaneros - Obras 68-92
Obras is the winner of Liga Americas - Group B. The Argentinean squad blasted Bucaneros 68-92 on Sunday to win this pool with perfect 3-0 record. Bucanors ended as the second ranked team in this group with 2-1 score. Both teams advanced to the next stage. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) exploded for Obras with 21 points and 6 rebounds in only 14 minutes on the court. Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego) had 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Alexis Elsener (196-G-88) helped with 12 points and 8 boards. In Bucaneros, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) and Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 16 points each. Michael Fey (213-F/C-83, college: UCLA) had double-double of 10 points and 11 rebs. Quarters: 13-20, 14-18, 21-27, 20-27.

Guaros - Regatas C. 65-68
Regatas was better than Guaros on Sunday 65-68. Thanks to this victory Regatas avoided last place in Group B of Liga Americas as they ended with 1-2 record. Guaros is the last ranked team in this pool with 0-3 and both squads failed to reach the next stage. Nicolas De los Santos (190-G-88) led the winners with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Alejo Montes Cardozo (188-G-91) and Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Virginia Tech) scored 11 and 10 points respectively. Hassan Adams (193-G-84, college: Arizona) replied with 17 points and 6 boards in loss, while Victor David Diaz (195-F-68, college: Houston) stopped to 13 pts. Quarters: 10-17, 9-21, 23-13, 23-17.


SECOND GAMES

Guaros - Obras 76-82

Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) stepped up for Obras once again collecting 25 points and 7 rebounds. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) and Alexis Elsener had 13 and 10 points respectively, plus each of them grabbed 6 rebounds in this meeting. Smush Parker (193-G-81, college: Fordham) had 26 points and 9 rebs in defeat. Their second scorer was Jose Martinez (196-F-82) with 13 pts (8 rebs). Quarters: 16-19, 15-20, 20-21, 25-22.

Regatas C. - Bucaneros 74-77
LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) had another great performance for his team as he collected 25 points and 5 rebounds. Michael Fey had 15 points and 7 rebs, while Heissler Guillent netted 13 pts in this victory. Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) responded with 28 points and 7 rebs in defeat. Alejo Monres Cardozo posted 15 pts. Quarters: (22-19, 13-19, 12-19, 27-20).


FIRST GAMES

Regatas C. - Obras 59-68

Tony Washam top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Julio Mazzaro followed him with one point less. Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, college: Cal-Irvine) helped his team with 12 pts. At the other side, Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) was better than the others with 15 points, while Nicolas Romano added 11 pts and 8 boards. Quarters: 20-23, 12-14, 14-18, 13-13.

Bucaneros - Guaros 74-57
LeRoy Hickerson was the leading player in victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Jorge Rondon (193-G/F-90) had 13 point and 5 assists, while Rafael Guevara helped with 11 pts. In the loosing squad, Smush Parker and Hassan Adams had 12 points and 5 boards apiece. Quarters: 12-14, 23-13, 19-14, 20-16.




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  LITHUANIA   


Best performance of Lithuanian players abroad in last week games - by Eurobasket Center
We bring you last week''s top performances from Lithuanian players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Darjus Lavrinovic
Darjus Lavrinovic
   #1. The best performed Lithuanian player this week who plays abroad is an international center Darjus Lavrinovic (212-79). He was the major contributor in a CSKA Moscow''s victory against the ninth-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk 91-64 in the Russian PBL last Saturday. Lavrinovic scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in just a mere 13 minutes. CSKA Moscow (11-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was CSKA Moscow''s seventh consecutive victory in a row. It''s Lavrinovic''s first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 60.6%(20-33) and FT: 79.3% in the 10 games he played so far. Lavrinovic is currently a member of the senior Lithuanian National Team.

Martynas Pocius
Martynas Pocius
   #2. The second best is an international guard Martynas Pocius (196-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke). He contributed to a Real Madrid''s victory against the leader Montepaschi Siena 102-90 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Pocius scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. ; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only his third season in pro basketball. Real Madrid (4-2) is placed third in group F. The Top 16 already ended in the Euroleague. Pocius'' overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 90.3%(28-31). He is in the roster of the senior Lithuanian National Team.

Linas Kleiza
Linas Kleiza
   #3. Number three best Lithuanian player abroad this week is former international forward Linas Kleiza (203-85, college: Missouri). Kleiza contributed to a Toronto Raptors'' victory against the New Orleans Hornets 95-84 in the NBA last Wednesday. He scored 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have 12-25 record this season. Kleiza has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 77.4% in the 23 games. He played for the Lithuanian senior national team two years ago.

Donatas Motiejunas
Donatas Motiejunas
   #4. Power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) contributed to an Asseco Prokom''s victory against the closely-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk 89-73 in the VTB United League last Wednesday. Motiejunas scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Asseco Prokom Gdynia (6-8) is placed seventh in group B. There are only 2 games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Motiejunas belongs to league''s best rebounders and is ranked #3. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg and 7.5rpg. Motiejunas plays currently for the Lithuanian National Team.

Donatas Zavackas
Donatas Zavackas
   #5. Former an international forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh), who plays in Latvia could not help VEF Riga (3-3) to beat Valencia Basket despite his very good performance on Tuesday. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Zavackas also added 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. But the third-placed VEF Riga (3-3) was defeated 71-82 at home by the leading Valencia Basket in the group I of Eurocup. It was VEF Riga''s first loss after three consecutive victories. The Top 16 already ended in the Eurocup. This year Zavackas'' overall stats are: 8.3ppg and 7.0rpg in the three games.

Deividas Gailius
Deividas Gailius
   #6. Forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) contributed to a CS Bologna''s victory against the 16th-ranked Banca Tercas 86-71 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Canadian Solar Bologna (13-9) is placed sixth in the SerieA. Gailius'' total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 2.3rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Sarunas Jasikevicius
Sarunas Jasikevicius
   #7. International guard Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-76, college: Maryland) contributed to a Panathinaikos'' victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan 68-63 in the Euroleague last Wednesday. Jasikevicius scored 10 points and added 5 passes in 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group G. Panathinaikos Athens (4-2) is placed first. His team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And now that game is very crucial. This year Jasikevicius'' total stats are: 5.5ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.1apg in the 15 games.

Mantas Cesnauskis
Mantas Cesnauskis
   #8. Guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81) led Energa Czarni to a victory over the fifth-ranked PGE Turow 67-65 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Cesnauskis scored 19 points and added 3 passes. Energa Czarni Slupsk (2-0) is placed first in Group A. Cesnauskis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his sixth year in Energa Czarni''s roster. He averaged so far: 9.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. Cesnauskis used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2000.

Mindaugas Lukauskis
Mindaugas Lukauskis
   #9. International guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) was not able to help Sigma Barcellona (12-9) in their game against Tezenis Verona in the Italian Lega2 (second division) despite his very good performance on Sunday. Lukauskis was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 steals. But Sigma Barcellona (#5) was edged in an overtime 96-98 on the road by the lower-ranked (#10) Tezenis Verona. It was Sigma Barcellona''s third consecutive loss in a row. This season Lukauskis has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.6apg and 2.1spg.

Tautvydas Lydeka
Tautvydas Lydeka
   #10. Power forward Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83) was not able to secure a victory for Scavolini Pesaro (11-9) in their game against Umana Venezia in the Italian SerieA despite his very good performance on Sunday. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Lydeka also added 4 rebounds and 3 blocks in 23 minutes. But Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro (#9) was crushed 61-87 in Venezia by the second-ranked Umana Venezia. It was Scavolini Pesaro''s third consecutive loss in a row. : 8.0ppg and 5.0rpg in the 20 games. Lydeka is a former international player as six years ago he still played for the Lithuanian senior national team.

   #11. Former an international power forward Arnas Kazlauskas (204-76, agency: Court Side) contributed to a Worcester Wolves'' victory against the ninth-ranked Cheshire Jets 95-79 in the British BBL last Saturday. He scored 22 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Kazlauskas has reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.5apg.

   #12. Former an international center Darius Silinskis (216-84, agency: Interperformances) contributed to an overtime Nitra''s victory against the second-ranked Prievidza 83-81 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 16 rebounds. Silinskis also added 16 rebounds and 3 blocks in 39 minutes. Silinskis is currently fourth on the list of best blockers. : 6.1ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1bpg in the 21 games.

   #13. Former an international guard Arvydas Cepulis (196-79) was the main contributor in a Ploiesti''s victory against the 14th-ranked Perla Harghitei 94-77 in the Romanian Div.A last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Cepulis scored 25 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). He averaged so far: 14.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.0apg.

   #14. Former an international forward Simonas Serapinas (197-82) couldn''t help Telekom Baskets (3-3) in their game against Szolnok in the EuroChallenge despite his very good performance on Tuesday. Serapinas was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Serapinas'' stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg in the 12 games.

   #15. Former an international point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) couldn''t help KFUM Jamtland (12-21) in their game against Boras Basket in the Swedish Basketligan despite his very good performance on Friday. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Zabas also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 37 minutes. Zabas is currently first on the league''s list of top scorers. He has very impressive stats this year: 21.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.6spg in the 33 games.


There are also other players who performed very well, but have never been selected to any national team and who carry Lithuanian passport:

   #1. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) contributed to a Okapi Aalstar''s victory against the leader Chalon/Saor 84-64 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. He scored 18 points and had 3 steals in 21 minutes. Generali Okapi Aalstar (3-3) is placed fourth in group J. The Top 16 already ended in the EuroChallenge. This year Young has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg and 7.8rpg in the 12 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82) couldn''t help Phoenix Hagen (7-17) in their game against Walter Tigers in the German BBL despite his very good performance on Saturday. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Jonusas also added 4 rebounds. But Phoenix Hagen (#16) was defeated 80-90 on the road by the higher-ranked (#12) Walter Tigers. It was Phoenix Hagen''s sixth consecutive loss in a row. Jonusas is currently seventh on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Jonusas averages: 15.2ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.4apg.

   #3. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) couldn''t help Telekom Baskets (3-3) in their game against Szolnok in the EuroChallenge despite his good performance on Tuesday. Veikalas scored 12 points and added 7 passes. But Telekom Baskets Bonn (#3) was edged 94-96 in Szolnok by the second-ranked Szolnok in the group J of EuroChallenge. The Top 16 already ended in the EuroChallenge. Veikalas averaged so far: 11.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.9apg.

   #4. Mantas Griskenas (200-F-85, college: Wichita St.) couldn''t help Sodertalje Kings (21-12) in their game against Solna Vikings in the Swedish Basketligan despite his very good performance on Tuesday. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Griskenas also added 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. ; not bad, considering it''s only his third season in pro basketball. But Sodertalje Kings (#1) was badly defeated 68-85 in Solna by the lower-ranked (#7) Solna Vikings. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Griskenas averaged so far: 12.1ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.1apg in the 32 games.

   #5. Povilas Sakinis (199-F-80) couldn''t help Norrkoping Dolphins (20-12) in their game against Eco Orebro in the Swedish Basketligan despite his very good performance on Friday. He scored 13 points. But Norrkoping Dolphins (#3) was defeated 97-102 in Orebro by the bottom-ranked (#10) Eco Orebro. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. : 8.0ppg and 2.5rpg.

   #6. Nerijus Brasas (200-F-85) contributed to a Naestved''s victory against the seventh-ranked Aabyhoj 93-69 in the Danish Ligaen last Sunday. Brasas scored 9 points. Brasas averaged so far: 10.2ppg and 3.0rpg.

   #7. Klemensas Patiejunas (186-PG-77) couldn''t help SPO Rouen (9-15) in their game against Chalons-Reims in the French ProB (second division). He cannot count Saturday''s game as one of the best ones. Patiejunas scored only 3 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. Patiejunas is currently fourth on the list of best passers. : 7.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 5.3apg and 1.3spg in the 24 games. He has a dual citizenship: Lithuanian and Slovenian.

   #8. Severas Svedas couldn''t help Srbija (11-9) in their game against Brahe Basket in the Swedish Basketettan (second division). Svedas recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 26 minutes. : 7.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.1apg and 2.4spg in the 18 games.

   #9. Aleksas Zimnickas (203-F-83, college: Hartford) contributed to a Worcester Wolves'' victory against the ninth-ranked Cheshire Jets 95-79 in the British BBL last Saturday. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. : 3.1ppg and 2.8rpg. Zimnickas is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Canadian.

   #10. Tomas Janusauskas (213-C-85, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) contributed to an Plymouth Raiders'' victory against the seventh-ranked Durham Wildcats 92-70 in the British BBL last Saturday. He scored only 1 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in just 10 minutes. : 1.3ppg and 3.1rpg in the 14 games.


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Best players of Luxembourg Diekirch League round 3 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Nigerian Corey Raji (198-F-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for Etzella and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 33 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Amicale (11-10) 98-87. Etzella is placed at 4th position in Luxembourg Diekirch League. Etzella is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 10th lost game this season out of 21 games. In the team's last game Raji had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Etzella's top player in his first season with the team. Boston College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Raji is in league's top in points (3rd best: 24.5ppg), rebounds (8th best: 10.3rpg) and averages solid 60.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Soleuvre. Ulmer impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Soleuvre cruised to a 81-70 relatively comfortable win over BBC Nitia (2-17). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Ulmer is a newcomer at Soleuvre and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.3ppg (#1). He also registered 12.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Brandon Gary (202-F/C-83) of Musel Pikes (#3). Gary scored 18 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Musel Pikes, leading his team to a 64-61 win against Residence (#6, 10-11). Musel Pikes needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in 1-6 places. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 9 lost games. Gary has a great season in Luxembourg. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.1rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Frank Muller (194-F/C-88) of T71 - 26 points and 11 rebounds
5. Daniel Horace (200-F-83) of Etzella - 22 points and 13 rebounds
6. Larrie Smith (198-F-75) of Sparta - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Yves Mekongo (201-F-87) of Amicale - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Christopher Jones (188-G-90) of Amicale - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Philip Perre (198-F-79) of Musel Pikes - 25 points and 14 rebounds
10. Gilles Ruffato (181-PG-85) of T71 - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  MALI   


Sambou Traore selected the top Mali player abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Mali players who are playing abroad.


Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #1. This week''s number one is an international power forward Sambou Traore (199-79), who plays in the French ProB (second division). He could not help Limoges CSP Elite (19-5) to beat Denain Voltaire despite his very good performance on Friday. Traore was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. But Limoges CSP Elite (#2) was defeated 85-90 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#13) Denain Voltaire. It was Limoges CSP Elite''s first loss after nine consecutive victories. It''s Traore''s first season with the team. This year Traore averages: 9.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 46.1%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 64.9% in the 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Traore is currently a member of the senior Mali National Team.

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Amara Sy (202-81). He was not able to help Entente Orleans 45 (13-7) in their game against Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the French ProA. Sy scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Entente Orleans 45 (#4) was defeated 78-83 in Pau by the much lower-ranked (#15) Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Sy has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3FGP: 29.3% and FT: 82.0%. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Sy is in the roster of the senior Mali National Team.

Modibo Niakate
Modibo Niakate
   #3. The player who performed third best last week was an international guard Modibo Niakate (185-81, college: Cleveland St.). He was not able to secure a victory for Rueil (9-15) in their game against Angers BC 49 in the French NM1 (third division) despite his very good performance on Friday. Niakate was the top scorer with 15 points in a mere 16 minutes. But Rueil Athletic Club (#14) was defeated 72-78 in Angers by the higher-ranked (#12) Angers BC 49. It was Rueil''s third consecutive loss in a row. This year Niakate has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 38.5%, 3FGP: 32.9% and FT: 75.0% in the 15 games. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Niakate is currently a member of the senior Mali National Team.

Tahirou Sani
Tahirou Sani
   #4. Forward Tahirou Sani (204-85) contributed to an Blois'' victory against the 14th-ranked CFBB 84-51 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. ADA Blois Basket (15-9) is placed sixth in the NM1. This year Sani''s overall stats are: 7.7ppg and 3.7rpg in the 24 games. He plays currently for the Mali National Team.

Mahmoud Diakite
Mahmoud Diakite
   #5. International swingman Mahmoud Diakite (197-86, college: Wyoming) couldn''t help Stade Clermont (8-16) in their game against Saint-Quentin in the French NM1 (third division) despite his good performance on Saturday. Diakite scored 12 points. But Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (#15) was defeated 73-78 in Saint-Quentin by the leading Saint-Quentin. Diakite''s total stats this season are: 8.1ppg and 3.5rpg.

Mahamadou Drame
Mahamadou Drame
   #6. Shooting guard Mahamadou Drame (188-86) couldn''t help Nantes (11-13) in their game against Lille Metropole in the French ProB (second division). He scored 7 points in only 13 minutes. Hermine Nantes Atlantique (#10) was defeated 65-73 at home by the higher-ranked (#6) Lille Metropole. This year Drame''s total stats are: 6.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg in the 21 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Mali National Team roster.

Soumaila Samake
Soumaila Samake
   #7. International center Soumaila Samake (215-78) couldn''t help the Quebec Kebs (22-14) in their game against the Halifax Rainmen in the NBL Canada. Samake scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. the Quebec Kebs (#3) were crushed 75-127 in Halifax, NS by the Halifax Rainmen. There are only 2 games left until the end of the NBL Canada Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Samake averaged so far: 6.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #8. Guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83) couldn''t help SPO Rouen (9-15) in their game against Chalons-Reims in the French ProB (second division). Chelle cannot count Saturday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and had 3 steals in 26 minutes. SPO Rouen Basket (#16) was defeated 77-83 in Reims by the much higher-ranked (#3) Chalons-Reims. : 6.1ppg and 1.8rpg in the 24 games. Chelle is also in the roster of the Mali national team.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #9. International guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87) contributed to a Cognac''s victory against the tenth-ranked Vendee Challans 90-86 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He scored only 3 points. Cognac BB (16-8) is placed fifth in the NM1. It was Cognac''s third consecutive victory in a row. : 6.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.8apg.


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

   #1. Yohann Sangare (193-G-83) couldn''t help Entente Orleans 45 (13-7) in their game against Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the French ProA. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Entente Orleans 45 (#4) was defeated 78-83 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#15) Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Sangare''s overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sangare previously played for the French National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Mali team.

   #2. Mamoudou Sy (196-F-83, college: Cowley County CC) contributed to an Blois'' victory against the 14th-ranked CFBB 84-51 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He scored 8 points in 18 minutes. ADA Blois Basket (15-9) is placed sixth in the NM1. This year Sy averages only 4.0ppg in the three games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #3. Souarata Cisse (197-G/F-86) couldn''t help Hyeres-Toulon (2-18) in their game against Gravelines-Dunkerque in the French ProA. Cisse scored 5 points. Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (#16) was crushed 60-85 at home by the second-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque. It was Hyeres-Toulon''s 12th consecutive loss in a row. : 7.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.3apg. Cisse has both Mali and French nationalities. He previously played for the French National Team.


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Interview with Sejo Cokrlija, Bijelo Polje native basketball agent who currently lives in USA - by Darko Pekic
Sejo Cokrlija is a US- Montenegrin basketball agent who cooperates with Montenegrin clubs. Eurobasket.com took the opportunity to interview him and ask him about his past and plans for the future. Enjoy the interview...

Mr. Cokrlija, you have been living for many years in America. How much has changed Montenegro in the meantime?

First, I would like to begin to by greeting all my friends, basketball coaches, managers as well as sports fans in Montenegro.
I have been in the United States since 1988 and currently live in state of Pennsylvania.
There is a big change in Montenegro. Montenegro is now a country that is well recognized in the world. It is a country with lots of sports stars from all sports.
As far as sports, Montenegro is professional in all sports, meaning players gets paid now versus 20 years ago when all that was immature.
So I think country of Montenegro did change for the better. Sport, structure, and people are more organized and educated. There is a freedom of speech for all people and there is a more writing about sports. Thanks to people like Darko Pekic, writer for eurobasket.com.


Once you were a successful athlete, volleyball player. What links you for that period of your life?

In my younger days I played volleyball for club Jedinstvo- Bijelo Polje. We had a great team, one of the best, and as result of that we produced one of the best volleyball player in the world: Vladimir Batez - 2000 Olympic champion who along with me was member of club Jedinstvo.
There was lot of other good players from club Jedinstvo that legendary coach Dzavid Lamezevic (Dzaka) made. Players from club Jedinstvo: Vladimir Batez, Sejo Cokrlija , Cedo Magdalinic, Musa Ramovic, Baka Boskovic, Sako Polumenta, Dejan Bugarin, Dzemal Hadzajlic. Those are some of the players that played with me. Later I moved to USA and continued my volleybal career in beach volleybal for 10 years. It was a great experience for me. I retired in my mid 30s and started working as a basketball scout.

Currently you work as a sports agent in America. Why did you decide to dedicate yourself to this profession? Who are your associates?

After retiring from volleyball, I knew that I would work as sport manager. Since volleyball was not big in USA, I started working as a basketball manager attending a lot of basketball camps, and scouting programs. In the beginning i was working with my home town club Jedinstvo.

In order to become more familiar with your work in Montenegro, could you gives us some of the named who have played or still play in our league, thanks to your assistance?

My first American player was David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) and Daniel Cromwell (213-C-85, college: Le Moyne). They both played for club Jedinstvo with the help of president Miso Bakic and sports director Gojo Korac. Now I work with all coaches in Montenegro, such as Gavrilo Pajovic , Misko Lucic , Nikola Milatovic (203-F-63), Djordje Pavicevic , Milosav Susic , Milan Rondovic , Drazen Dulovic , as well as with all club in Montenegro. I also work with basketball agencies: Rasa Mijuskovic Montenegro, Goran Gramatikov (206-F-75, college: FIU) Macedonia, Samir Avdic Bosnia and Herzegovina. Just recently I was introduced to club Trepca-Mitrovica (Kosovo). I am dealing with president Naim Hajrizi and sponsor Lenart Vidishgi. They both are interested in players from USA for the next season. I have also established a relationship with Courtney Witte , director of player personal and scout for NBA Philadelphia 76ers. I meet Courtney when basketball star Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) from Bosnia was trying for 76ers.

Do you follow the domestic league? What is your opinion about it?

I have a lot of interest in Montenegro players and follow everything that is going on. Mostly through eurobasket.com. Erste League is a very good league with very talented and very good coached players. I think lot of those players can play in bigger leagues in Europe even in the NBA. I am impressed with how much, enthusiasm and hard work these players have.

Do you have a good cooperation with Montenegrin clubs?

I deal with all coaches, managers and clubs from Montenegro, former country of Yugoslavia. Of course I am very impressed with work that has been done with the young players from Erste League and by their coaches. Players that I brought to Montenegro were: David Jackson, Daniel Cromwell, Anthony Jones (194-G/F-84, college: Indiana Tech), Paul Kirkpatrick (208-C-89, college: Howard), Jay Brown and my favorite Rickey Young (204-F/C-90, college: W.Virginia Tech) (we call him the last of the Mohicans). He is the only American player that play in Montenegro now and is avereraging 14 ppg 11rpg 2.3bpg.... Rickey Young just turned 21, and has been good coached by Rika-Goran Vojinovic , head coach of K.K. Centar.

Who is your most famous client now?

My biggest star is Mike Williams (201-F-85, college: Cincinnati) (6.7-2.02cm) who is a forward. He has recently been invited to All Star game of NLB Canada.
Mike Williams plays for club Summerside Storm, averaging 17ppg 9.8rpg 3.2apg.
My player that did good after that he played in Montenegro is David Jackson from Jedinstvo. He now plays in Poland. Jay Brown - Jedinstvo now plays in Turkey.
Anthony Jones - Jedinstvo now plays in Romania, and I am working a deal in Turkey for Rickey Young, for the upcoming play offs.

Do you currently negotiate with some of our clubs about new US potential signings? Is there a possibility to see another American player in our league?

At the moment i am working on a deal for Mike Williams with club Teodo Tivat. Im talking with manager Misko Lucic and coach Milan Rondovic . I thnk that Mike Williams will be a great addition for the club Teodo Tivat in the upcoming playoffs. There are possibilities that club Jedinstvo and club Ulcinj hire American players for the upcoming playoffs.

In your opinion, what are the positive aspects of bringing in players from America?

To have American players playing in Montenegro and bring a lot of excitement, competitions and quality to basketball, not to mention entertainment. As far is I know, basketball fans in Montenegro like to be entertained and I am trying to bring that to them. Of course USA players are very good, interested and perform attractively with dunking and playing good basketball.

Do you have a plan to expand the cooperation with local players and coaches, or help them with going to college and further their education in America?

I know a lot of Montenegro players and I stay in touch with them by email and skype. Your question to bring young players to USA colleges is a good idea. In the future I will work with those players and I also think that we, meaning all coaches, managers of Montenegro clubs, should work to educate and make good players. As well as working toward finding suitable clubs in Europe for them.

What are your future plans? Could you tell us few words about that topic also?

My plan is to have a summer league in Montenegro beginning in July. I would like to bring teams of American players, mostly from colleges to Bijelo Polje.
In July teams will practice and learn how to play European basketball. Then in August and September well have a camp in Bijelo Polje and later have a tour throughout all Montenegro and all countries in the area visiting as many clubs as we can. This would be a good way for USA and players from Montenegro to become better players together. This will be a great opportunity to all coaches and clubs to see the players play live. Then they can choose players for the upcoming season. This is what I am working on now and I hope to achieve this with the help of all clubs in Montenegro.

Thank you Mr. cokrlija for this interview. Eurobasket.com wishes you all the best.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my good friend and coach of K.K. Center Goran Vojinovic Rika for outstanding coaching job and individual work with Rickey Young who is and has been becoming a great player. I would as well like to thank Mr. Darko Pekic and his team in eurobasket.com for dealing with me. I really appreciate it.


Suad Sehovic selected the top Montenegrin player abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Montenegrin players who are playing abroad.


Suad Sehovic
Suad Sehovic
   #1. This week''s number one is an international swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87). He led Budivelnyk to a victory over the fifth-ranked Khimik 82-67 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Thursday. Sehovic was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. Sehovic also added 11 rebounds3 assists and 3 steals in 32 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (22-6) is placed first in the Superleague. It was Budivelnyk''s third consecutive victory in a row. Sehovic has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 61.5%(48-78), 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 70.8% in the 28 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sehovic is currently a member of the senior Montenegrin National Team.

Nikola Pekovic
Nikola Pekovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nikola Pekovic (210-86, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (19-19) to beat the Phoenix Suns despite his very good performance on Thursday. Pekovic recorded 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 37 minutes. But the Minnesota Timberwolves (19-19) were defeated 95-104 on the road by the Phoenix Suns. It''s Pekovic''s first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(144-252) and FT: 78.4% in the 29 games. Pekovic is in the roster of the senior Montenegrin National Team.

Bojan Bakic
Bojan Bakic
   #3. The player who performed third best last week was an international guard Bojan Bakic (197-83, agency: Alti Sport). He was not able to help Metalac (8-15) in their game against OKK Beograd in the Serbian A League despite his very good performance on Saturday. Bakic was the top scorer with 32 points. He also added 8 rebounds. But Vujic Metalac Valjevo (#11) was edged 70-72 in Beograd by the higher-ranked (#7) OKK Beograd. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Bakic belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #1. This season he has very high stats. Bakic averages: 23.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.9apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 65.3%(32-49), 3FGP: 28.8% and FT: 83.8%. He is currently a member of the senior Montenegrin National Team.

Omar-Sharif Cook
Omar-Sharif Cook
   #4. Point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John''s) contributed to a Armani Milano''s victory against the fourth-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker 85-72 in the SerieA last Wednesday. Cook scored 10 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 30 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (13-9) is placed fifth in the SerieA. The Top 16 already ended in the SerieA. Cook has very impressive stats this year: 23.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg in the eight games. He is a naturalized American. Cook plays currently for the Montenegrin National Team.

Milos Borisov
Milos Borisov
   #5. International forward Milos Borisov (201-85) was not able to secure a victory for Banca Tercas (7-15) in their game against CS Bologna in the Italian SerieA despite his very good performance on Sunday. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Borisov also added 6 rebounds. But Banca Tercas Teramo (#16) was defeated 71-86 at home by the much higher-ranked (#6) CS Bologna. It was Banca Tercas'' third consecutive loss in a row. Borisov''s overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.1apg.

Ivan Maras
Ivan Maras
   #6. Power forward Ivan Maras (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) couldn''t help Hemofarm (5-17) in their game against Maccabi T-A in the Adriatic League despite his very good performance on Monday. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Maras also added 10 rebounds5 assists in 27 minutes. But the 12th-placed KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac (5-17) was crushed 64-85 in Tel-Aviv by the leading Maccabi T-A in the group A of Adriatic League. It was Hemofarm''s fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only 4 games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Maras has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg and 4.8rpg in the 22 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Montenegrin senior team two years ago.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #7. International center Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: Beo Basket) contributed to a Caja Laboral''s victory against the tenth-ranked Valencia Basket 68-63 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Bjelica recorded 11 points. Caja Laboral Vitoria (16-6) is placed third in the ACB. Bjelica''s overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg and 3.6rpg.

Nenad Mijatovic
Nenad Mijatovic
   #8. Guard Nenad Mijatovic (193-87) couldn''t help Sloga (11-12) in their game against Napredak Rubin in the Serbian A League despite his very good performance on Wednesday. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Mijatovic also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. But KK Sloga Societe Generale Kraljevo (#9) was defeated 67-81 on their home court in Kraljevo by the lower-ranked (#12) Napredak Rubin. It was Sloga''s third consecutive loss in a row. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Mijatovic''s stats this year are: 14.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.5apg in the 10 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2008.

Ivan Ivanovic
Ivan Ivanovic
   #9. Former an international forward Ivan Ivanovic (206-80) was the major contributor in a Gaz Metan''s victory against the second-ranked Timisoara 83-78 in the Romanian Div.A last Saturday. Ivanovic scored 15 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CS Gaz Metan Medias (18-5) is placed first in the Div.A. Ivanovic averaged so far: 14.9ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.7apg.

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #10. Forward Nikola Vucevic (208-90, college: USC) contributed to a Philadelphia 76ers'' victory against the Detroit Pistons 97-68 in the NBA last Tuesday. He scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes. The Philadelphia 76ers have a very good 22-16 record this season. This year Vucevic''s overall stats are: 6.6ppg and 5.0rpg in the 29 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) couldn''t help Spartak St.Petersburg (4-11) in their game against Lokomotiv in the Russian PBL. Dragicevic scored 6 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 19 minutes. This year Dragicevic''s total stats are: 7.9ppg and 3.2rpg in the 12 games.

   #12. International power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: Interperformances) contributed to an overtime Arkadia Lions'' victory against the closely-ranked UBSC Graz 102-101 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday. Spasojevic had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds in 45 minutes. Spasojevic averaged so far: 13.0ppg and 3.8rpg in the 24 games.

   #13. Former an international power forward Blagota Sekulic (208-82, agency: FCM) contributed to an UCAM Murcia''s victory against the eighth-ranked Gescrap BB 73-69 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. : 9.7ppg and 5.8rpg.

   #14. International guard Boris Bakic (194-86, agency: Beo Basket) couldn''t help Radnicki Kragujevac (11-11) in their game against Cedevita in the Adriatic League. He scored 9 points and had 3 steals. : 4.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.2apg.

   #15. Former an international guard Ivan Koljevic (185-84, agency: New Trend Agency) contributed to a Cherkasy''s victory against the eighth-ranked Dnipro 85-84 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Tuesday. He scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists.


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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) contributed to a Real Madrid''s victory against the leader Montepaschi Siena 102-90 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He scored 14 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Real Madrid (4-2) is placed third in group F. The Top 16 already ended in the Euroleague. This season Mirotic has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg and 4.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish. Mirotic previously played for the Spanish National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80) was the main contributor in a Lirija''s victory against the fourth-ranked Torus Skopje 91-83 in the FYR Macedonian Superleague last Thursday. Radunovic was the best player in that game. He scored 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Lirija Skopje (14-9) is placed third in the Superleague. It was Lirija''s third consecutive victory in a row. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Radunovic is ranked eighth on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (seventh place). This season he has very high stats. Radunovic averages: 16.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 2.1spg.

   #3. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) was the main contributor in a Radnicki Kragujevac''s victory against the closely-ranked KK Zagreb CO 81-76 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Pavkovic recorded 16 points and added 7 passes (made all of his five free throws) in 40 minutes. Radnicki Kragujevac (11-11) is placed eighth in group A. There are only 4 games left until the end of the Adriatic League Regular Season. Pavkovic is currently seventh on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has very reliable stats this year: 14.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 6.6apg and 1.2spg in the 16 games he played so far.

   #4. Darko Vujacic (199-G-79) couldn''t help Pitesti (12-11) in their game against Oradea in the Romanian Div.A despite his very good performance on Saturday. Vujacic was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 rebounds. But BCM U Pitesti (#9) was edged 59-62 at home by the higher-ranked (#7) Oradea. This season Vujacic has very high stats. he averages: 16.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5apg.

   #5. Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81) contributed to a Metalac''s victory against the 14th-ranked Proleter Naftagas 78-67 in the Serbian A League last Wednesday. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Vujic Metalac Valjevo (8-15) is placed 11th in the A League. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Regular Season. Marojevic averaged so far: 11.8ppg and 4.4rpg.

   #6. Ivan Todorovic (214-C/F-84, agency: Interperformances) couldn''t help Olimpi (11-3) in their game against Kutaisi in the Georgian Superleague despite his good performance on Friday. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. Todorovic has very impressive stats this year: 20.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.7spg in the three games.

   #7. Slobodan Pejovic (192-PG-86) contributed to a Napredak Rubin''s victory against the eighth-ranked Borac 67-60 in the Serbian A League last Saturday. He scored 9 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists. : 9.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg.

   #8. Branko Cuic (197-G-78, agency: 011 Sports) contributed to a Timisoara''s victory against the closely-ranked Torus Skopje 73-63 in the Balkan League last Tuesday. Cuic scored 7 points and added 8 assists in 25 minutes. Cuic is currently sixth on the league''s list of best passers. : 6.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 4.0apg in the eight games.

   #9. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) contributed to a Bucaneros'' victory against the closely-ranked Regatas Corrientes 77-74 in the Liga Americas last Saturday. Milosevic scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in only 14 minutes. : 4.0ppg and 3.0rpg in the three games.

   #10. Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90) couldn''t help Zvezda (10-13) in their game against HKK Siroki WWin in the Adriatic League. Subotic scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. : 7.7ppg and 3.8rpg in the 22 games.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nemanja VRANJES
  Sutjeska
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Vranjes, Sutjeska27.4 
 2. Mugosa, KK Podgo.20.9 
 3. Vucurovic, Mogren19.3 
 4. Radulovic, Teodo T.18.7 
 5. Lekovic, Jedinstvo17.8 
 6. Lopicic, Lovcen17.3 
 7. Petkovic, Danilovg.17.2 
 8. Bulatovic, ABS P.17.2 
 9. Nicaj, KK Podgorica16.1 
 10. Ljujic, Jedinstvo15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ljeko NICAJ
  KK Podgorica
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Nicaj, KK Podgorica8.5 
 2. Lopicic, Lovcen7.8 
 3. Popovic, Sutjeska7.1 
 4. Radulovic, Teodo T.6.7 
 5. Pejovic, Sutjeska6.7 
 6. Vranjes, Sutjeska6.6 
 7. Mugosa, KK Podgo.6.5 
 8. Devrnja, ABS P.6.4 
 9. Medenica, Ulcinj6.2 
 10. Petkovic, Danilov.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Nemanja VRANJES
  Sutjeska
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Vranjes, Sutjeska3.7 
 2. Scott, Mornar Bar3.5 
 3. Bulatovic, ABS P.3.3 
 4. Bogojevic, KK Podg.3.3 
 5. Jelenic, Mornar B.3.1 
 6. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.2.7 
 7. Mugosa, KK Podgo.2.5 
 8. Milosevic, Teodo T.2.4 
 9. Seferovic, Mogren2.4 
 10. Tepavcevic, Ulcinj2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  Mornar Bar
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Scott, Mornar Bar2.6 
 2. Bulatovic, ABS P.2.5 
 3. Vranjes, Sutjeska2.3 
 4. Miljic, Jedinstvo1.7 
 5. Jovovic, Danilovgr.1.7 
 6. Pavlicevic, Lovcen1.6 
 7. Jelenic, Mornar B.1.5 
 8. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.1.5 
 9. Vucurovic, Mogren1.5 
 10. Tepavcevic, Ulcinj1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ljeko NICAJ
  KK Podgorica
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Nicaj, KK Podgorica2.4 
 2. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.5 
 3. Vujosevic, Mornar1.1 
 4. Djurkovic, Ulcinj0.9 
 5. Cebalovic, Danilov.0.9 
 6. Jocovic, Sutjeska0.8 
 7. Pavic, Mornar Bar0.8 
 8. Marojevic, Ulcinj0.8 
 9. Pejovic, Sutjeska0.7 
 10. Milosev, Sutjeska0.7 


Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 15-2 
 2. Lovcen 13-5 
 3. Teodo Tivat 12-6 
 4. Sutjeska 11-6 
 5. Mogren 8-9 
 6. Ulcinj 7-9 
 7. KK Podgorica 7-11 
 8. Danilovgrad 5-12 
 9. ABS Primorje 4-13 
 10. Jedinstvo 4-13 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.9 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.1 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.8 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.25.4 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.7 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat22.9 
 7. Williams, New J.22.6 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.22.4 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.22.2 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.9 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.7 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers12.8 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.5 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.4 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.1 
 7. Humphries, New J.10.6 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.6 
 9. Noah, Chicago B.10.4 
 10. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-PG-74)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.9 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.10.2 
 3. Calderon, Toron.8.6 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers8.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.3 
 6. Williams, New J.8.2 
 7. Parker, San A.7.9 
 8. Wall, Washington W.7.8 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.7.7 
 10. Lowry, Houston R.7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mike CONLEY
  Memphis G.
  (186-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Conley, Memphis G.2.6 
 2. Rubio, Minnesot.2.3 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.2 
 4. Shumpert, New Y.2.0 
 5. Lowry, Houston R.1.9 
 6. Iguodala, Philadel.1.9 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 9. James, Miami Heat1.8 
 10. Curry, Golde S.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.2 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.6 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers2.5 
 4. Gasol, Memphis G.2.2 
 5. Bynum, LA Lakers2.2 
 6. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 8. Dalembert, Houst.1.9 
 9. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Biyombo, Charlott.1.7 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 22-17 
 2. Boston C. 19-17 
 3. New York K. 18-19 
 4. Toronto R. 12-26 
 5. New Jersey N. 12-26 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 32-8 
 2. Indiana P. 23-13 
 3. Milwaukee B. 15-23 
 4. Cleveland C. 13-23 
 5. Detroit P. 12-26 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 28-9 
 2. Orlando M. 25-14 
 3. Atlanta H. 22-15 
 4. Washington W. 8-29 
 5. Charlotte B. 4-31 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 30-8 
 2. Denver N. 22-17 
 3. Minnesota T. 20-19 
 4. Portland TB 19-19 
 5. Utah Jazz 18-19 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 23-14 
 2. LA Clippers 22-14 
 3. Phoenix Suns 17-20 
 4. Golde State W. 15-20 
 5. Sacramento K. 12-26 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 25-12 
 2. Memphis G. 22-15 
 3. Dallas M. 22-17 
 4. Houston R. 21-17 
 5. N.Orleans H. 9-29 


Lamar Odom apologizes to frustrated Mavericks teammates for being away from team - by Eurobasket News
Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island), who left the Dallas Mavericks before their Feb. 22 game against the Lakers and did not return until Saturday, apologized to his teammates for his 10-day absence, but did not give a reason for missing four games in a row.

While reports have said he left the team before the All-Star break to be with his ill father, Odom told reporters on Saturday, It was really personal and it was something I had to tend to. Mark Cuban's a great owner for understanding. There are times when we have to fix what is going on off the basketball court in order to fix what's going on on the court.
Cuban may have been understanding, but others within the organization-including coach Rick Carlisle and point guard Jason Kidd-were getting frustrated.

Kidd on Friday said that Odom will have to regain his teammates' trust, according ESPN.com, and Carlisle said the same day on ESPN Radio, 'When he comes back, we're going to find out very quickly where things are at. He's going to have to show us with his actions and attitude that he's in.'

Odom was supposed to play in a D-League game on Saturday, but was called up to Dallas because reserve center Brandan Wright could not play because of a concussion. Odom went on to post nine points, five rebounds and three assists over 18 minutes against the Utah Jazz.

'It felt good to be back, playing basketball, doing what I'm so blessed to have done for so long,' Odom said after the game. 'I just told (teammates) to stick with me, and that at this point in time in my life I need them,'

'This is by far the most energy he's played with the entire year and I don't think it's close,' Carlisle said. 'And I would defy anybody to go against that statement. It's just clear we need this from him every night. If he can bring this, if he can bring that kind of energy and engagement, it's going to lift our team to a different level.'

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Monday's games review (9) - by Eurobasket News
Minnesota T. - LA Clippers 95-94
Another game won, another All-Star power forward dominated, Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA) stepped to the postgame television interview and delivered a bold statement. 'This is my time right now,' Love proclaimed. It's getting harder and harder to argue with that. Love had 39 points and 17 rebounds to carry the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 95-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. Darko Milicic had 13 points in a spot start for the injured Nikola Pekovic and Michael Beasley scored all nine of his points in the fourth quarter for the Wolves. But it was Love, the All-Star, 3-point shootout champion and perhaps budding MVP candidate, who put this young improving team on his back and willed them over the .500 mark at 20-19. He hit a jumper in Kenyon Martin's face with 1:28 to play, then added what proved to be the game winner by bulling himself to the basket for a little flip shot that has become one of his staples. 'You have to have confidence that you are going to get what you want,' coach Rick Adelman said. 'But the great thing about him is he gets what he wants and he's such a good free throw shooter that it all adds up.' Love went 8 for 11 at the line and 5 for 10 from 3-point range and scored nine points on 4-for-6 shooting with four rebounds in the fourth. The versatility and shot-making set him apart from Clippers star Blake Griffin, who had a heck of a game of his own. Griffin had 26 points and 12 rebounds, but scored just four in the final period. He only took two shots in the period, went 0 for 4 at the line and picked up a costly technical foul when he jawed at referee Ken Mauer after pulling Luke Ridnour to the floor in one of the game's many collisions near the basket. 'I think there was a lot of frustration,' Griffin said. 'We have to do a better job of not letting that affect us. You don't want to say that one particular thing won or lost the game, but it very well could've been. I have to do a better job controlling my emotions.' Chris Paul had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds when he was fouled on a 3-pointer. He made the first two before missing the final one to let the game slip out of his hands. 'I was perfect from the free throw line and I missed it,' Paul said. 'It's tough. I wanted it. I wanted the ball. I want to be in that situation. I'll tell you again, if I'm in that situation again I'll go right to the line. I know I'm going to make it every time I go to the line. Tonight, I didn't.' Mo Williams scored 19 points for Los Angeles, which outrebounded Minnesota 52-43. Three of the Clippers' 14 losses this season have come to Minnesota. Love scored 42 against long-time nemesis LaMarcus Aldridge and the Trail Blazers on Saturday night and won the day against another of his competitors for the label of best power forward in the game on Monday night. After the game he downplayed the significance of scoring 81 points against such superior competition. 'I don't really think about that too much,' Love said. Paul finished with 18 points and Derrick Williams scored 15 for Minnesota. The Timberwolves were playing without Pekovic, who was out with a sore right foot. They could have used their enforcer against the Clippers in a game that grew more physical as it went on. Every drive to the basket was met with a shot to the ribs, every screen set aimed at rattling a tooth or two loose, every jump shot contested with a hand in the face, and maybe more. Love scored 11 straight in the first quarter to get the Wolves going. He hit three 3-pointers in the surge to ignite a 17-2 run that put Minnesota in control. The Wolves led by 15 early in the second before the Clippers, who were playing the second night of a back-to-back that began with an overtime win at Houston, started to shove back. They got physical with Love down low, banging him around with Griffin, Reggie Evans and DeAndre Jordan and Paul and Eric Bledsoe used their strength on the perimeter to outmuscle Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea. The Clippers ripped off two separate 10-0 runs in the final eight minutes to cut the deficit to one, 45-44, at the break. 'It was tough,' said Rubio, who had just four points, six assists and five rebounds. 'If we want to fight to be in the playoffs we have to play at this level.' *Courtesy of www.startribune.com

Denver N. - Sacramento K. 119-116 OT
Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA) hit three free throws with 0.6 seconds left in regulation and Ty Lawson made a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining in overtime as the Denver Nuggets rallied for a 119-116 victory over the struggling Sacramento Kings on Monday night. Afflalo finished with a career-high 32 points for the Nuggets, who improved to 4-0 since the All-Star break. Lawson came up with the clutch basket for the second straight night, finishing with 16 points and 13 assists. Marcus Thornton and Tyreke Evans each had 27 points for the Kings, who dropped their four straight on the day they announced they had extended the contract of coach Keith Smart through the 2012-13 season. *Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com

Portland TB - N.Orleans H. 86-74
It started off slowly for the Portland Trail Blazers, but they picked it up in the second half holding the New Orleans Hornets to 10 third quarter points and that defensive effort propelled the Trail Blazers over the Hornets 86-74. This win breaks a three-game losing streak for the Trail Blazers and it's their first win after the All-Star break. Trail Blazers won the rebounding battle 43-37 and second chance points 12-3. Nicolas Batum led the Trail Blazers with 19 points and Marcus Camby got his rhythm back grabbing 16 rebounds in 26 minutes of action. Raymond Felton returned to the starting lineup in place of Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) and had a solid outing. He finished with 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting and had 11 assist. LaMarcus Aldridge could never quite get into the game. The Hornets doubled him throughout. Still, he ended the game with a double-double, 10 points and 11 rebounds. Marco Belinelli led the Hornets with 18 points. Forward Kurt Thomas was reactivated tonight after sitting out the last two games due to the concussion he revived in Denver. Not surprisingly, his first shot of the game was an air-ball. Chris Johnson was deactivated to make room for Thomas. Now, it's onto the seven-game road trip for the Trail Blazers starting with a rematch of Saturday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. *Courtesy of www.csnnw.com

Washington W. - Golde State W. 100-120
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) scored 25 points and Klay Thompson added 18 to lead the Golden State Warriors in a 120-100 rout of the Washington Wizards on Monday night. David Lee had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State, which had six players in double figures. Ellis was 10 for 16 from the floor and didn't play at all in the fourth quarter as both teams rested their starters. The Warriors ended their six-game road trip with a 3-3 record. It was Golden State's highest-scoring game since beating Toronto 138-100 on March 25, 2011. Nick Young scored 25 points, 15 in the fourth quarter, and John Wall had 20 points and 14 assists for Washington, which lost for the seventh time in eight games. The Warriors never trailed and jumped out to a big lead early. Ellis hit a running 3-pointer at the first quarter buzzer to put Golden State ahead 41-24. The Warriors shot 71.4 percent from the field in the quarter, and were 5 of 6 from 3-point range. It was Golden State's highest-scoring quarter this season, and the most points the Wizards have allowed in a quarter. It never got better for Washington. The Warriors extended the lead, going on a 19-2 run that started late in the opening quarter and into the second to make the lead 48-24. Golden State led by as many as 25 in the second quarter before Washington started to respond. The Wizards managed a 16-5 run late in the second and cut the lead to 65-51 at halftime. The Warriors had run into problems in the second half their previous two games. Golden State scored a then season-low 36 second-half points in a 105-83 loss at Philadelphia Friday. The Warriors had an even worse showing Sunday at Toronto, scoring 28 points in the second half and losing 83-75 despite taking a nine-point halftime lead. Ellis made sure Golden State didn't have another second-half collapse, scoring 10 of the Warriors' 24 points in the third quarter and ensuring Washington never built momentum for a comeback. Golden State led 89-71 at the start of the fourth quarter. Both teams looked like they were on cruise-control for the final period with most of the starters on the bench. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Chicago B. - Indiana P. 92-72
In the end, it didn't matter who celebrated and who didn't. All the talk about rivalry or not fell aside. What mattered is the Bulls, down players and energy, again pushed through all to post their seventh straight victory, a 92-72 decision over a physical Pacers team. 'Whoever we're facing, that's who our rival is that night,' coach Tom Thibodeau said. That mindset is a big reason why the Bulls own the NBA's best record at 32-8. It's a big reason why, when C.J. Watson sits with a sprained left ankle and an errant Derrick Rose leaves with two first-quarter fouls, unheralded John Lucas III scores nine first-half points. The approach is why Ronnie Brewer can finish with 12 points and seven rebounds on a night Richard Hamilton exits just 83 seconds after tipoff with a right shoulder injury that will be re-examined Tuesday. The Bulls' focus and mental toughness is why they can snap the Pacers' six-game win streak even though Indiana rested here on Sunday night while the Bulls battled in Philadelphia. It's even why Rose and Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) can rebound from a poor first half - Rose shot 1-for-9; Deng 1-for-7 - for a third-quarter 3-point barrage that turned the game in a 20-4 run. 'If things aren't going our way, our guys will hang tough, keep battling and try to change it,' Thibodeau said. 'And that's what they did.' Deng scored a team-high 20 points. Rose added 13 points and nine assists despite resting in the fourth quarter. 'I've shot worse than that (first half) before,' Rose said. 'I wasn't worried about it.' Joakim Noah, who had escalated the stakes late Sunday with colorful comments about outcelebrating Roy Hibbert, finished with 17 rebounds and helped hold Hibbert to two points. The Bulls enjoyed a 60-32 rebounding advantage and 20-4 edge in second-chance points. 'People talking ... that doesn't matter,' Thibodeau said. 'It's what happens out there.' All this extracurricular banter started Jan. 25, when the Pacers handed the Bulls their first home loss. Rose and Co. took exception to the Pacers' postgame posturing. Two physical teams who engaged in last season's memorable first-round playoff series pointed to this rematch. 'This was a big game,' Deng said. 'If they beat us again, going forward players get comfortable and confidence.' The Pacers had that early, smothering the Bulls into 39 percent first-half shooting to grab a 43-42 halftime lead. But Rose sank three 3-pointers and Deng added two more to overwhelm the Pacers. Three of the five Bulls in double figures were reserves, including Taj Gibson, who had 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. 'We wanted this game really badly,' Brewer said. And, yes, Noah did celebrate at the final buzzer, waving his hands in excitement. 'It was a good win coming off the back-to-back,' Noah said. 'We're very excited about this game.' *Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com

Toronto R. - Orlando M. 88-92
The Orlando Magic couldn't count on their outsider shooters most of the night. Fortunately, they could rely on Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85). Howard had 36 points and 13 rebounds, Ryan Anderson added 19 points and 13 boards, and the Magic beat the Toronto Raptors 92-88 on Monday. Orlando made just nine of 28 3-point attempts, but got a pivotal 3 from J.J. Redick in the final 10 seconds. 'Our perimeter guys all shot the ball very, very poorly tonight, so trying to decide who you're going to have down there as the last man wasn't an easy call,' Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. '[Redick] knocked in a big one right there.' That the Magic even got to that point with a chance to win was due in large part to Howard, who made 16 of 20 field goal attempts, including four dunks. 'It wasn't a great shooting night for me and a couple of other guys,' Redick said. 'Fortunately, Dwight carried us offensively for most of the night.' Howard scored 16 points in the first half and added 13 more in the third quarter, when he made five of six shots. 'My teammates gave me the ball in the right position to score,' Howard said. '[Toronto] really didn't help much so I had a lot of room to be effective.' Watching Howard dominate inside was difficult for Toronto to take. 'It's frustrating seeing him dunking the ball like that over and over,' Raptors center Aaron Gray said. 'Obviously the 3-point ability is their strength and that was our focus tonight.' Redick scored 13 and Jameer Nelson had 11 for the Magic, who have won five of seven and nine of 12. DeMar DeRozan scored 23 for the Raptors, who have not won back-to-back games since road wins over Phoenix and Utah on Jan. 24 and 25. Toronto has gone 6-13 since. 'I feel for our guys because they are putting themselves in a position to win,' Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. 'I see fight every night.' Jerryd Bayless scored 15 and James Johnson had 13 for Toronto, while Gray had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Orlando led 68-63 to begin the fourth, but Toronto cut the gap to one with a jumper and two free throws from Bayless. Anderson answered with a 3, then completed a three-point play to put the Magic up 74-67 with 9:03 left. The Magic later had a 7-0 run over a 2:20 span, including a pair of baskets by Howard and a fast-break layup by Jason Richardson, to take an 87-78 lead with 2:58 to go. Jose Calderon stopped the run with a 3 and, after Howard missed a pair of free throws, DeRozan banked in a shot to make it 87-83. Howard missed four more from the line before Bayless was fouled with 31 seconds left. He made them both, cutting it to 87-85, but Redick drained a 3 right in front of the Toronto bench with nine seconds remaining, restoring Orlando's five-point cushion. 'J.J. is a guy we really rely on for those big moment shots,' Anderson said. 'We really trust him and he knocked it down once again.' Toronto called time and drew up a play for Calderon, whose 3 made it 90-88 with 6 seconds left. Redick was fouled and sealed it by making both. 'J.J. is a great shooter,' Howard said. 'He hit a tough 3 and then he stepped up to the line and hit two big free throws.' Howard had 10 points and seve