EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 3/7/2012

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 20-1 
 2. Cedevita 18-5 
 3. Partizan 16-6 
 4. Buducnost 15-6 
 5. Siroki WWin 13-11 
 6. Cibona 12-11 
 7. Union Olimpija 12-11 
 8. KK Zagreb CO 11-11 
 9. Radnicki K. 11-12 
 10. Crvena Zvezda 10-13 
 11. Helios 7-16 
 12. Hemofarm 5-17 
 13. Krka 5-17 
 14. Zlatorog 2-20 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.20.1 
 2. Kasun, KK.18.1 
 3. Scott, Radnicki K.17.6 
 4. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 5. Simon, KK.16.8 
 6. Pilepic, Siroki W.15.2 
 7. Pasalic, Helios14.1 
 8. Pavkovic, Radnicki13.9 
 9. Prepelic, Helios13.6 
 10. Gay, Helios13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm11.4 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Macvan, Partizan8.4 
 4. Kasun, KK.8.4 
 5. Simon, Radnicki K.6.9 
 6. Scott, Radnicki K.6.4 
 7. Pasalic, Helios6.3 
 8. Pavic, Krka6.1 
 9. Simon, KK.5.7 
 10. Pekovic, Partizan5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Markovic, Radnicki7.5 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki6.5 
 3. Vladovic, Siroki W.5.1 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.8 
 5. Nissim, Krka4.4 
 6. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.4.4 
 7. Papaloukas, Macca.4.1 
 8. Simon, KK.3.8 
 9. Draper, Cedevita3.5 
 10. Popovic, Crvena Z.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gay, Helios2.1 
 2. Simon, KK.1.8 
 3. Markovic, Radnicki1.8 
 4. Papaloukas, Macca.1.7 
 5. Dragic, Krka1.7 
 6. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.5 
 7. Dasic, Union Olimp.1.5 
 8. Draper, Cedevita1.5 
 9. Lucic, Partizan1.4 
 10. Hendrix, Maccabi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.1.5 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 3. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 4. Hendrix, Maccabi1.1 
 5. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 6. Thompson, Union O.1.0 
 7. Rizvic, Buducnost1.0 
 8. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda0.9 
 9. Scott, Radnicki K.0.8 
 10. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 


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  ARGENTINA   


Libertad signs Will Graves - by Eurobasket News
Will Graves (198-F/G-88, college: N.Carolina) is a new member of Libertad. The American swingman left Boca Juniors last week and immediately joined Libertad. Graves already played his first game for the club. He shined with 22 points and 5 rebounds against Club 9. However, that was not enough for Libertad, who faced with 69-90 home loss. Will Graves spent last season in Japan. He had 21.3 ppg and 11.2 rpg for 17 games with Akita Northern Happinets. It was his first season as a pro. The player graduated at University of North Carolina in 2010. Will Graves recently won LigaA All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest.

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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Thorpe joins Saigon Heat - by Kristian Santiago
Thorpe Jahmar (198-F-84, college: Houston) has been added to the roster of the Saigon Heat after the team let go Devon Sullivan (201-G/F-86, college: S.Connecticut).
Thorpe played lastly in China last summer and is now replacing the short-time replacement of Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) who left to play in Puerto Rico.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Kyrie Irving won't play for Australia - by Eurobasket Center
Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving (191-G-92, college: Duke) won't play for Australia in the London Olympics this summer.
Irving was born in Australia in 1992, while his father was playing professional basketball in Melbourne. He holds dual U.S. and Australian citizenship, making him eligible to play for either country under FIBA rules.
Irving said Monday night, after Cleveland lost to Utah 109-100, that he will remain with Team USA. He hopes to make the Olympic team in 2016 and play again for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Irving said he received confirmation that Krzyzewski will coach Team USA in four years in the Rio Olympics. Irving played for Krzyzewski at Duke last season before becoming the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
'It was the right decision,' said Irving, who has represented the United States in junior competition. 'I found out Coach K would be coaching in 2016. It made my decision so much easier to play for my coach again. That was the deciding factor.'
However, team USA chairman Jerry Colangelo told ESPN.com's Marc Stein on Monday night that the subject of who will coach the team in 2016 has not been 'discussed at all.'
Krzyzewski said Tuesday he has not discussed any role with USA Basketball beyond the 2012 Olympics.
'While Kyrie and I have discussed his potential role with USA Basketball in the future, my focus right now is on the remainder of our Duke team's season and the 2012 Olympics,' Krzyzewski said. 'Jerry Colangelo and I have not discussed anything beyond what is ahead of the USA National Team this summer as we pursue a gold medal in London.'
Colangelo echoed Krzyzewski, saying there has been no talk beyond 2012.
'There's been no discussion about roles beyond this summer, and it would be premature to do so,' Colangelo said. 'Kyrie is an exciting player who is on our radar and while it is impossible to forecast what will happen in the next couple of summers, I'm sure if he continues to play at the level he is playing at now he will be given serious consideration for future USA Basketball teams.'
Irving, who will turn 20 on March 23, is the top contender for NBA rookie of the year honors. He leads rookies with 18.6 points per game and is second to Minnesota's Ricky Rubio with 5.1 assists.
Irving, the centerpiece of the Cavaliers' rebuilding project, is shooting 48.3 percent from the field. He was the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend.

Information from ESPN.com senior NBA writer Marc Stein and The Associated Press was used in this report.



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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Muharraq 17-3 
 2. Al Manama 16-4 
 3. Al Ahli 15-5 
 4. Al Hala 13-7 
 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 2-18 
 11. Samaheej 1-19 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai19.3 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava19.1 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera18.0 
 4. Cipruss, Tarvas16.9 
 5. Barinov, Naglis P.16.5 
 6. Pilk, TTU16.4 
 7. Mayo, Liepaja16.2 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas15.5 
 9. Amis, Tartu Ulikool15.5 
 10. Young, Ventspils15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 David MCCLURE
  Kedainiai
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. McClure, Kedainiai9.7 
 2. McClure, Kedainiai9.3 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas9.1 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.6 
 5. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 6. Arnold, TTU7.7 
 7. Johnson, Naglis P.7.7 
 8. Bowles, Siauliai7.4 
 9. Galdikas, Neptunas7.1 
 10. Barinov, Naglis P.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Sarunas VASILIAUSKAS
  Lietka.
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Vasiliauskas, Liet.5.5 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai4.9 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas4.6 
 4. Sirsnins, Tarvas4.5 
 5. Dainys, Neptunas4.3 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.3 
 7. Benn, Naglis Palan.4.2 
 8. Rinkevicius, Nagli.4.2 
 9. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.4.2 
 10. Maceina, Juventus4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. McKee, Triumph2.8 
 2. Sirsnins, Tarvas2.7 
 3. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava2.0 
 5. Keedus, TTU1.8 
 6. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 7. Virsis, Valmiera1.8 
 8. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 9. Long, Siauliai1.8 
 10. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.7 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera2.1 
 3. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.7 
 4. Johnson, Naglis P.1.7 
 5. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.2 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 7. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.1 
 8. Soloviev, Triumph1.0 
 9. Leiteris, Liepaja1.0 
 10. McClure, Kedainiai0.9 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Siauliai 16-3 
 2. Triumph 13-4 
 3. Ventspils 11-7 
 4. Rudupis 11-7 
 5. Kalev/Cramo 11-7 
 6. Kedainiai 9-9 
 7. Juventus 9-10 
 8. Pieno Zvaigzdes 8-10 
 9. Tartu Ulikool 6-13 
 10. Baltai Kaunas 4-15 
 11. Liepaja 3-16 
Challenge Cup
 1. Tarvas 10-2 
 2. Neptunas 6-4 
 3. Naglis Palangos 6-5 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 3-7 
 5. Jelgava 1-7 
 6. Lietkabelis 11-2 
 7. Sakalai 9-5 
 8. Valmiera 8-4 
 9. TTU 3-9 
 10. Rapla 2-8 
 11. Turiba 2-8 


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  BELIZE   


Milton Palacio - top Belizean player abroad last week - by Eurobasket Center
We bring you last week''s top performances from Belizean players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Milton Palacio
Milton Palacio
   #1. This week''s top performance spot belongs to former international guard Milton Palacio (190-78, college: Colorado St.). He contributed to a Blusens Monbus'' victory against the fifth-ranked Meridiano Alicante 64-63 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Palacio scored 5 points and added 5 assists. Blusens Monbus Obradoiro CAB (7-15) is placed 15th in the ACB. It was Blusens Monbus'' third consecutive victory in a row. It''s Palacio''s first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 83.3% in the 22 games he played so far. Palacio played for the Belizean national team two years ago.


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

   #1. Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN could not help Atleticos (0-2) to beat Vaqueros despite his very good performance on Friday. He was the second best scorer with 16 points (made all of his five free throws) in 28 minutes. But Atleticos de San German (#7) was badly defeated 80-99 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Vaqueros. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This season Garnett has very high stats. he averages: 17.0ppg and 5.0rpg. Garnett is a naturalized American.

   #2. Leon Williams (203-F/C-86, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Ohio), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) could not help Caceres 2016 (12-14) to beat Lleida Basquet. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 13 minutes. Caceres 2016 C.B. (#13) was defeated 65-69 in Lleida by the much higher-ranked (#4) Lleida Basquet. Williams is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg and 7.7rpg. Williams is a naturalized American.

   #3. Noel Felix (205-C/F-81, college: Fresno St.) contributed to a Dacin Tigers'' victory against the bottom-ranked Bank of Taiwan 71-53 in the Taiwanese SBL last Saturday. He scored 8 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 4 blocks. Dacin Tigers (11-7) are placed second in the SBL. Felix is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league. He has very impressive stats this year: 15.2ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2.8bpg and 1.5spg in the 18 games he played so far. Felix is a naturalized American.


Other top Belizean players, who play abroad:

Andy Wormsley (194-G/F-79) plays for Svendborg in the Danish Ligaen
Roger Favela (195-G/F-74) plays for Barreteros in the Mexican LNBP
Richard Troyer (196-F-84) plays for Abejas in the Mexican LNBP
Leon Jacob (191-G-84) plays for Gaiteros in the Venezuelan LPB
Charles Burgess (186-G-84) plays for USC Heidelberg in the German ProA
Alex Carcamo (200-F-77) plays for Bragado in the Argentinian TNA
Chad Phillips (199-F-78) plays for BC Mess in the Luxembourg N2
Rico Black (180-G-75) plays for Amistad in the Bolivian Liga Superior
Douglas Penland (191-G/F-75) plays for Amistad in the Bolivian Liga Superior
Gene Myvett (193-G-82) plays for Amistad in the Bolivian Liga Superior
Keith Acosta (193-G/F-76) plays for Amistad in the Bolivian Liga Superior

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


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  BRAZIL   


Marcelinho Huertas selected the top Brazilian player abroad in last week''s games - by Eurobasket Center
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Brazilian players, who play currently abroad.


Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #1. This week''s number one is an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports). He was the major contributor in a Regal FC Barcelona''s victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A 70-67 in the Euroleague last Wednesday. Huertas scored 10 points and added 3 passes in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group H. Regal FC Barcelona (6-0) is placed first. So far 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 that game will be critical. It''s Huertas'' first season with the team. This year Huertas averages: 8.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 58.8%(30-51), 3FGP: 47.6%(20-42) and FT: 85.0% in the 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian. Huertas is currently a member of the senior Brazilian National Team.

Leandrinho Barbosa
Leandrinho Barbosa
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Leandrinho Barbosa (190-82). He contributed to a Toronto Raptors'' victory against the New Orleans Hornets 95-84 in the NBA last Wednesday. Barbosa scored 15 points and added 3 assists. The Toronto Raptors have 12-26 record this season. Barbosa has relatively good stats this season: 12.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 45.4%, 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 84.1%. He played for the Brazilian national team in 2010.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #3. The player who performed third best last week was an international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86). Hettsheimer contributed to a CAI Zaragoza''s victory against the fourth-ranked Unicaja Malaga 76-59 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. CAI Zaragoza (12-10) is placed seventh in the ACB. Hettsheimer is currently eighth on the list of top scorers. He has very reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 75.9% in the 21 games. Hettsheimer is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. He is currently a member of the senior Brazilian National Team.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #4. Power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs'' victory against the Charlotte Bobcats 102-72 in the NBA last Friday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 25-12 record this season. Splitter''s overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the Brazilian National Team.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #5. Former an international power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga), who plays in the French ProA could not help Le Mans (12-8) to beat Paris-Levallois despite his good performance on Saturday. Batista scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. But Le Mans Sarthe Basket (#6) was defeated 78-85 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Paris-Levallois. Batista is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in Le Mans'' roster. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.4apg in the 20 games.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #6. Swingman Jonathan Tavernari (198-87, college: BYU) was not able to help Tuscany Pistoia (14-7) in their game against Fileni BPA in the Italian Lega2 (second division) despite his very good performance on Sunday. Tavernari recorded 14 points. ; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only his second season in pro basketball. But Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia (#3) was defeated in an overtime 109-115 in Jesi by the lower-ranked (#7) Fileni BPA. Tavernari has reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.8spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Brazilian senior team two years ago.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #7. International point guard Raul Neto (186-92) contributed to a Lagun Aro GBC''s victory against the seventh-ranked CAI Zaragoza 76-75 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Neto scored 6 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 18 minutes. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (12-10) is placed sixth in the ACB. This year Neto''s overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in the 22 games.

Marcus Vinicius Toledo
Marcus Vinicius Toledo
   #8. Forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86) contributed to an Ford Burgos'' victory against the second-ranked Menorca Basquet 72-68 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Saturday. He scored 8 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls. Autocid Ford Burgos (16-10) is placed sixth in the LEB Gold. Toledo is ranked first on the list of the most steals in the league. His total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.5apg and 2.5spg. Toledo used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2009.

Paulo Prestes
Paulo Prestes
   #9. Former an international center Paulo Prestes (210-88) was not able to secure a victory for Pieno Zvaigzdes (8-7) in their game against Lietuvos rytas in the Lithuanian LKL. He scored 8 points in only 10 minutes. Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (#5) was badly defeated 67-85 in Vilnius by the leading Lietuvos rytas. It was Pieno Zvaigzdes'' first loss after three consecutive victories.

Rafael Freire
Rafael Freire
   #10. Point guard Rafael Freire (188-92) couldn''t help Meridiano Alicante (13-9) in their game against Blancos de Rueda in the Spanish ACB. Freire recorded 6 points. Lucentum Alicante (#5) was defeated 57-69 in Valladolid by the bottom-ranked (#18) Blancos de Rueda. It was Meridiano Alicante''s third consecutive loss in a row. Freire''s total stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.6apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. Former an international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88) contributed to a Leche Rio Breogan''s victory against the seventh-ranked Melilla Baloncesto 71-67 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Saturday. Cobos scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Cobos'' total stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.3apg.

   #12. Former an international center Hatila Passos (211-86, college: N.Mexico St.) contributed to a Hebraica''s victory against the closely-ranked Wanderers 98-73 in the Uruguayan LUB last Monday. He recorded only 4 points in only 14 minutes. Passos belongs to league''s best rebounders and is ranked #6. This year he has very good stats: 15.0ppg, 11.4rpg and 1.1apg in the 35 games.

   #13. Former an international center Renan Leichtweis (207-89) contributed to a Palencia Baloncesto''s victory against the third-ranked Girona FC 80-65 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He scored only 3 points in only 4 minutes. This year Leichtweis'' total stats are: 2.5ppg and 1.4rpg in the 25 games.


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

   #1. Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) contributed to a Valencia Basket''s victory against the closely-ranked VEF Riga 82-71 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. Faverani scored 13 points and blocked 2 shots. 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 that game will be critical. Faverani''s overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #2. Marcelo Correa (208-C-77, college: San Diego St.) led Trouville to a victory over the closely-ranked Lagomar 84-50 in the Uruguayan LUB last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Correa recorded 26 points (!!!) and had 6 steals in 29 minutes. Club Trouville (3-7) is placed fifth in Serie 1 group. This year Correa has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4spg in the seven games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Syrian. Correa previously played for the Syrian National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #3. Diego Soarez (205-C-87) couldn''t help Defensor (6-4) in their game against Aguada in the Uruguayan LUB. Soarez recorded 8 points in only 7 minutes. the third-placed Defensor Sporting Club (6-4) was edged in an overtime 111-112 at home by the leading Aguada in the Serie 2 group. There are only 2 games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Soarez''s total stats are: 3.4ppg and 2.5rpg in the 28 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Uruguayan.

   #4. Guilherme Gitterer (204-C-85) couldn''t help Gandia Basquet (4-14) in their game against Aurteneche Maquinaria Araberri in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He recorded 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. Aguas de Valencia - Gandia Basquet (#12) was crushed 57-78 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#4) Aurteneche Maquinaria Araberri. It was Gandia Basquet''s sixth consecutive loss in a row. This year Gitterer''s total stats are: 5.6ppg and 5.8rpg in the 18 games. He has both Brazilian and Spanish nationalities.

   #5. Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82) couldn''t help Shiga L-Stars (21-15) in their game against Chiba Jets in the Japanese BJ League. Hatano recorded 6 points. the fifth-placed Shiga Lakestars (21-15) were edged 100-101 on their home court in Shiga by the lower-ranked (#8) Chiba Jets in the Western group. Hatano''s total stats this season are: 2.7ppg and 3.0rpg. He also holds two passports: Brazilian and Japanese. Hatano previously played for the Japanese National Team.

   #6. Romero Junior (200-F-74) contributed to a Fisica''s victory against the -ranked Guifoes 79-62 in the Portuguese Proliga (second division) last Saturday. Junior scored 8 points. His total stats this season are: 2.9ppg and 1.4rpg. Junior holds both Brazilian and Portuguese passports.


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  BULGARIA   


Hristo Nikolov - top Bulgarian player abroad last week - by Eurobasket Center
We bring you last week''s top performances from Bulgarian players who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #1. This week''s top performance spot belongs to former international forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Nikolov led Szolnok to a victory over the leader Falco-Szova 79-74 in the Hungarian A Division last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Nikolov scored 22 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (17-3) is placed second in the A Division. It was Szolnok''s ninth consecutive victory in a row. It''s Nikolov''s first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 60.7%(91-150) and FT: 72.5% in the 20 games he played so far. Nikolov played for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #2. Number two best Bulgarian player abroad this week is former international guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St.). He was the major contributor in a Lokomotiv''s victory against the fourth-ranked ALBA Berlin 73-70 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. Blakney scored 13 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 37 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. This season Blakney has relatively solid stats: 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 48.9%(22-45) and FT: 71.4%. He is a naturalized American. Blakney played for the Bulgarian senior national team five years ago.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #3. Third place goes to an international forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Meridiano Alicante (13-9) to beat Blancos de Rueda despite his very good performance on Saturday. Ivanov was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 8 rebounds. But Lucentum Alicante (#5) was defeated 57-69 on the road by the bottom-ranked (#18) Blancos de Rueda. It was Meridiano Alicante''s third consecutive loss in a row. Ivanov is currently first on the league''s list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this year: 13.4ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 38.3% and FT: 73.9% in the 21 games. Ivanov is in the roster of the senior Bulgarian National Team.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #4. Guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary''s, CA) was not able to help the league outsider Unicaja Malaga (0-6) in their game against Gescrap BB in the Euroleague. He scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists. the fourth-placed Unicaja Malaga (0-6) was defeated 55-59 in Bilbao by the second-ranked Gescrap BB in the group F of Euroleague. So far Unicaja Malaga lost all six games in the Top 16. The Top 16 already ended in the Euroleague. This year Rowland averages: 7.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.9apg in the 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Rowland plays currently for the Bulgarian National Team.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #5. International swingman Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) was not able to secure a victory for Olin Edirne (5-15) in their game against Trabzonspor in the Turkish TBL despite his very good performance on Saturday. He was the top scorer with 15 points in 29 minutes. But Olin Edirne Basketball (#14) was edged 69-71 in Trabzon by the lower-ranked (#15) Trabzonspor. It was Olin Edirne''s third consecutive loss in a row. This season Videnov has very high stats. he averages: 15.5ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.8apg.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #6. Guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana) contributed to a Cajasol''s victory against the -ranked UCAM Murcia 76-60 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (11-11) is placed ninth in the ACB. It was Cajasol''s first victory after four consecutive loses. This year Calloway''s overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg in the 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team two years ago.

Simeon Naydenov
Simeon Naydenov
   #7. Former an international swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Louisville) couldn''t help Stade Clermont (8-16) in their game against Saint-Quentin in the French NM1 (third division) despite his very good performance on Saturday. He was the top scorer with 21 points in 22 minutes. But Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (#15) was defeated 73-78 in Saint-Quentin by the leading Saint-Quentin. Naydenov has reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg and 2.5rpg.

Krum Doychinov
Krum Doychinov
   #8. Center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed to a Solna Vikings'' victory against the leader Sodertalje Kings 85-68 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. He scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Solna Vikings (17-16) is placed seventh in the Basketligan. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Doychinov''s total stats are: 9.1ppg and 5.4rpg in the 33 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010.

Chavdar Kostov
Chavdar Kostov
   #9. International guard Chavdar Kostov (196-88, agency: Interperformances) couldn''t help Kavala (10-10) in their game against Aris in the Greek A1. Kostov scored 6 points in 16 minutes. 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. Kostov averaged so far: 5.8ppg and 2.8rpg.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #10. Swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) contributed to a Feni Indistrija''s victory against the sixth-ranked Fersped-Rabotnicki 83-69 in the FYR Macedonian Superleague last Saturday. He recorded 6 points in 17 minutes. Feni Indistrija Kavadarci (19-4) is placed second in the Superleague. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Second Stage. : 8.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.8apg. Lilov is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, agency: Interperformances) is a teammate of previously mentioned Chavdar Kostov and both played together in the last Greek A1 game. Yanev couldn''t help Kavala (10-10) in their game against Aris. He cannot count Saturday''s game as one of the best ones. Yanev scored only 3 points.


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

   #1. Kiki Clark (173-PG-84, college: St.Peter''s) led Umana Venezia to a victory over the ninth-ranked Scavolini Pesaro 87-61 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Clark recorded 25 points and added 3 passes in 29 minutes. Umana Venezia (13-7) is placed second in the SerieA. It was Umana Venezia''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. Clark has relatively good stats this season: 14.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed to an Olympiakos'' victory against the closely-ranked Galatasaray 88-81 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only 14 minutes. Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (3-3) is placed second in group E. Antic''s team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And that game will be critical. Antic''s overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg and 4.4rpg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and FYR Macedonian as he used to play in Bulgaria. Antic previously played for the FYR Macedonian National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bulgarian team.

   #3. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed to a Chalon/Saor''s victory against the ninth-ranked JDA Dijon 84-77 in the French ProA last Friday. Evtimov scored 10 points. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (17-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was Chalon/Saor''s fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Evtimov''s overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg in the 19 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French as he used to play in Bulgaria. Evtimov previously played for the French National Team.

   #4. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) couldn''t help Torus Skopje (14-9) in their game against Lirija in the FYR Macedonian Superleague despite his very good performance on Thursday. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Karadzovski also added 7 rebounds in 37 minutes. But KK Torus Skopje (#4) was defeated 83-91 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Lirija. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Karadzovski belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #9 and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). This season he has very high stats. Karadzovski averages: 16.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.5apg and 1.1spg. He has both FYR Macedonian and FYR Macedonian nationalities. Karadzovski previously played for the FYR Macedonian National Team.

   #5. Riste Stefanov (198-G-81, agency: Interperformances) couldn''t help 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 year Stefanov averages only 2.4ppg in the seven games. He also holds two passports: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian as he used to play in Bulgaria. Stefanov previously played for the FYR Macedonian National Team.

   #6. Galin Mihaylov (189-G-80) contributed to a Tromso''s victory against the sixth-ranked Gimle BBK 84-62 in the Norwegian BLNO last Saturday. Mihaylov scored 9 points in 22 minutes. : 8.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.9apg.


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


Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. The best performed Cameroonian player this week who plays abroad is an international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA). He contributed to a Milwaukee Bucks'' victory against the Washington Wizards 119-118 in the NBA last Tuesday. Mbah a Moute scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 15-23 record this season. It was Milwaukee Bucks'' first victory after three consecutive loses. It''s Mbah a Moute''s fourth year with the team. This year he averages: 6.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 45.6% and FT: 75.0% in the 24 games he played so far. Mbah a Moute is currently a member of the senior Cameroonian National Team.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #2. The second best is an international power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA). He contributed to a Final Genclik''s victory against the bottom-ranked TED Istanbul 66-63 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) last Saturday. Aboya recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added and 2 blocks. Final Spor Genclik Bursa (17-10) is placed seventh in the TB2L. Aboya is in the roster of the senior Cameroonian National Team.

Michel Ipouck
Michel Ipouck
   #3. Number three best Cameroonian abroad this week is an international forward Michel Ipouck (199-86), who plays in the French NM1 (third division). He could not help Chartres (10-14) to beat Lievin Basket (13-13) despite his very good performance on Saturday. Ipouck had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 4 steals in 36 minutes. But Union Basket Chartres Metropole (#13) lost 54-61 on the road to the higher-ranked (#9) Lievin Basket. It was Chartres'' third consecutive loss in a row. It''s Ipouck''s first season with the team. This year Ipouck''s overall stats are: 6.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 46.6% and FT: 51.7% in the 23 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Despite Ipouck''s Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the French National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team. Ipouck is also a member of the senior Cameroonian National Team.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #4. Forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) was not able to help Sluc Nancy (13-7) in their game against STB Le Havre (6-6) in the French ProA. He scored 8 points. Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (#5) was crushed 91-61 in Le Havre by the much lower-ranked (#13) STB Le Havre. Samnick''s total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Samnick plays currently for the Cameroonian National Team.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #5. International forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) was not able to secure a victory for Ilysiakos (7-13) in their game against Kolossos (14-14) in the Greek A1. He was the top scorer with 9 points. NaNa also added 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. But Ilysiakos Athens (#10) was badly defeated 64-48 in Rodou by the much higher-ranked (#3) Kolossos. There are only 4 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. NaNa is currently second on the league''s list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this year: 12.7ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.1spg in the 20 games.

Yves Mekongo
Yves Mekongo
   #6. Forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: La Salle) couldn''t help Amicale (7-12) in their game against T71 (18-18) in the Luxembourg Diekirch League despite his very good performance on Friday. Mekongo had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 14 rebounds in 47 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only his second season in pro basketball. But the first-placed Amicale Steinsel lost in an overtime 95-100 in Dudelange to the leading T71 in the 1-6 places group. Mekongo has individually a very good year with high stats. he averages: 21.3ppg, 10.3rpg and 3.0apg in the four games. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Mekongo is an international player who is currently on the senior Cameroonian National Team roster.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #7. International shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-77) contributed to Aix-Maurienne''s victory against the 14th-ranked Le Portel 89-75 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (15-9) is placed fifth in the ProB. Ekanga-Ehawa has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.4apg.

Gaston Moliva
Gaston Moliva
   #8. Forward Gaston Moliva (202-85, college: Richmond) couldn''t help Chiba Jets (13-23) in their game against Shinshu BW (15-15) in the Japanese BJ League. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Chiba Jets (#8) lost 79-88 at home to the higher-ranked (#7) Shinshu BW in the Eastern group. This year Moliva''s total stats are: 4.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.3bpg in the 36 games. He is also in the roster of the Cameroonian national team.

Brice Vounang
Brice Vounang
   #9. International power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) couldn''t help Etendard de Brest (12-12) in their game against Sorgues (14-14) in the French NM1 (third division). Vounang scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Etendard de Brest (#11) was crushed 92-71 in Sorgues by the higher-ranked (#8) Sorgues. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This season Vounang has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.6apg.


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

   #1. Saidou Njoya (186-PG-89) couldn''t help Boulazac Basket (19-5) in their game against SO Maritime Boulogne (12-12) in the French ProB (second division). Njoya scored 8 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Boulazac Basket Dordogne (#1) was defeated 83-75 on the road by the lower-ranked (#7) SO Maritime Boulogne. Njoya''s total stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.8apg.

   #2. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80) couldn''t help Energy Invest (1-13) in their game against Samedicino-Academia (6-6) in the Georgian Superleague. He recorded only 4 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 38 minutes. Energy Invest Rustavi (#11) lost 66-74 in Tbilisi to the higher-ranked (#7) Samedicino-Academia. Toudjani has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 9.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg in the four games he played so far.

   #3. William Yengue (193-F) couldn''t help the Dalhousie University (9-11) in their game against the Cape Breton University (11-11) in the Canadian university league CIS. He cannot count Friday''s game as one of the best ones. Yengue scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. the Dalhousie University (#5) was crushed 85-61 in Sydney, NS by the Cape Breton University. Yengue has reliable stats this season: 13.0ppg and 7.4rpg.

   #4. Yann Zonnet (197-PF-89) contributed to a Saint Vallier''s victory against the eighth-ranked Bordeaux 84-78 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. He scored only 3 points in 23 minutes. Saint Vallier Basket Drome (11-13) is placed ninth in the ProB. It was Saint Vallier''s first victory after seven consecutive loses. Zonnet averaged so far 3.0ppg and 3.0rpg in the 22 games.

   #5. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group) contributed to Casalpusterlengo''s victory against the leader Trento 84-78 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Monday. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Assigeco Casalpusterlengo (16-11) is placed fourth in North-West Division. It was Casalpusterlengo''s fourth consecutive victory in a row. Biligha averaged so far 5.5ppg and 4.3rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and Italian.

   #6. Aldo Curti (180-PG-87) couldn''t help Limoges CSP Elite (19-5) in their game against Denain Voltaire (10-10) in the French ProB (second division). Curti cannot count Friday''s game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 20 minutes. His team lost 85-90. Curti averaged so far 5.3ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.7apg in the 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French.


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2011-12 OUA West men's basketball major awards and all-stars announced - by Eurobasket News
HAMILTON, Ont. Ontario University Athletics (OUA) is pleased to announce this years mens basketball west 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.

Only one player returns from last years First-Team and that is Lauriers Kale Harrison (196-F) (Stratford, Ont.). This is Harrisons third appearance on the First-Team in his career. The fifth-year forward netted 401 points this season, second most in OUA, and finishes his career third in all-time scoring with 1,918 points. He also accumulated 133 total rebounds and finished tied for fourth with 20 blocks on the year.

Lakeheads Venzal Russell (Detroit, Michigan) earns his first nod on the First-Team after leading the No. 2 Thunderwolves in scoring with 347 points, good for tenth in OUA. The fourth-year arts student converted on 140 field goals, placing him fourth in the league. Russell was also instrumental in creating opportunities for the offence as he tallied 52 steals.

The west division leading scorer, Ryan Barbeau (178-G) (Belleville, Ont.), has been named a First-Team All-Star. Barbeau finished the year with 483 points and averaged 24.15 points per game for Western. Barbeau battled through injury the entire season, and despite missing two games, his 483 points was the most in OUA play.

Another statistical leader, Windsors Lien Phillip (203-F-89) (St. Marks, Grenada) moves up from last years Second-Team to earn his first appearance on the First-Team of all-stars. Phillip dominated the glass this year, totaling 264 rebounds, over 75 more than the next closest rebounder. His 6-foot-8 frame helped him bring down 78 offensive and 186 defensive boards, tops in both categories. Phillip also registered 19 blocks this season.

Cracking the all-star list for the first time in his career is McMasters Victor Raso (193-G) (Hamilton, Ont.). The third-year guard averaged 13.79 points per game and 5.68 rebounds per game this season. He also found his teammates for 50 assists and finished third in OUA with an 88.5 completion percentage from the free throw line.

The Lakehead Thunderwolves have two representatives on this years Second-Team of all-stars. Guard Ben Johnson (88) (Pictou, N.S.) finished the year with 271 points and consistently knocked down three-pointers, finishing second in OUA with 60 of them. He also finished second in three-point field goal percentage, at 54.6 percent. Johnsons prowess behind the arc is even more evident as his 60 three-pointers accounted for three-quarters of his total made baskets. Joining Johnson on the Second-Team is Greg Carter (178-G-90) (Ottawa). The fourth-year guard notched 9.41 points per game and dropped 111 assists for a fourth-best average of 5.05 assists per game this season.

Also appearing on this years Second-Team is Lauriers Maxwell Allin (193-F) (Chatham, Ont.). The third-year guard rounded into form this year at both ends of the court. Allin finished the year with 332 points, a fourth-best 110 defensive rebounds, and 119 assists for a third-best 5.41 assists per game average. Daniel McCarthy (188-G) (Guelph, Ont.) of the Guelph Gryphons lands on this years Second-Team after being a First-Team All-Star a season ago. The fourth-year guard finished with 132 rebounds and fifth in league scoring with a 17.55 points per game average. Third-year guard Josh Collins (186-G-90) (Thornhill, Ont.) of the Windsor Lancers earns his first all-star recognition on this years Second-Team after finishing the year with 298 points and leading the league in assists with 131 and steals with 57.

The McMaster Marauders have two freshman named to the west All-Rookie team. Adam Presutti (Oakville, Ont.) finished the year with 243 points, collected 75 rebounds, and led the Marauders in playing time while teammate Aaron Redpath (Oakville, Ont.) also finished with 243 points while also posting 60 rebounds and 71 steals.

Completing the west All-Rookie team is Lauriers William Coulthard (Oakville, Ont.), Windsors Rotimi Osuntola (196-G-92) Jr. (Windsor, Ont.), and Westerns Ryan Higgins (Fergus, Ont.). Coulthard saw significant playing time at the point guard position for the Hawks in his rookie campaign which helped balance the Laurier offence. Coulthard tallied 157 points and 65 assists on the season. Rotimi Osuntola Jr. scored 208 points for the Lancers while also registering 20 blocks, placing him fourth in OUA. Westerns Higgins averaged 7.90 points per game this season while averaging 27 minutes of playing time. He also brought down 86 rebounds in his first year.

2011-12 OUA MENS BASKETBALL WEST DIVISION ALL-STARS

FIRST-TEAM


Venzal Russell Lakehead
Kale Harrison Laurier
Lien Phillip Windsor
Ryan Barbeau Western
Victor Raso McMaster

SECOND-TEAM

Ben Johnson Lakehead
Maxwell Allin Laurier
Daniel McCarthy Guelph
Josh Collins Windsor
Greg Carter Lakehead

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Adam Presutti McMaster
Rotimi Osuntola Jr. Windsor
Aaron Redpath McMaster
William Coulthard Laurier
Ryan Higgins Western
Courtesy of: OUA Communications


Steve Nash''s double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Canadians playing currently abroad. - by Eurobasket Center
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Canadians who are currently playing abroad.


Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #1. This week''s number one is former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara). He contributed to a Phoenix Suns'' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-95 in the NBA last Thursday. Nash had a double-double by scoring 13 points and making 17 passes. He also added 8 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. The Phoenix Suns have 17-20 record this season. It was Phoenix Suns'' third consecutive victory in a row. It''s Nash''s eighth year with the team. Nash has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 10.9apg, 2FGP: 58.7%(145-247), 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 86.8% in the 34 games he played so far. He played for the Canadian senior national team nine years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (13-23) to beat the Boston Celtics (19-19) despite his very good performance on Tuesday. Thompson recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 2 blocks. But the Cleveland Cavaliers were edged 86-83 on the road by the Boston Celtics. It was Cleveland Cavaliers'' sixth consecutive loss in a row. It''s Thompson''s first season with the team. This season Thompson averages: 6.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 41.8% and FT: 46.0%. He played for the Canadian national team in 2009.

Jacob Doerksen
Jacob Doerksen
   #3. The player who performed third best last week was former international forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances). Doerksen was not able to help Hannover Tigers (19-5) in their game against TSV Troester (11-11) in the German ProB (third division) despite his very good performance on Saturday. He was the top scorer with 32 points. Doerksen also added 8 rebounds in 36 minutes. But the first-placed UBC Hannover Tigers was edged 75-73 in Breitenguessbach by the much lower-ranked (#8) TSV Troester in the Group North. Doerksen is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Doerksen averages: 23.2ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 67.9%(186-274), 3FGP: 42.2% and FT: 66.9% in the 25 games. He played for the Canadian national team three years ago.

Stephen Ross
Stephen Ross
   #4. Swingman Stephen Ross (201-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) led Craiova to a victory over the 12th-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti 94-83 in the Romanian Division A last Sunday. Ross was MVP of the game. He scored 34 points (!!!), grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). SCM CSU Craiova (8-14) is placed 11th in the Division A. Ross belongs to league''s top scorers and is ranked #6. This season he has very high stats. Ross averages: 20.1ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2002.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #5. Former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall) was not able to secure a victory for the Houston Rockets (21-17) in their game against the Denver Nuggets (22-22) in the NBA. Dalembert scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. the Houston Rockets were defeated 117-105 in Denver by the Denver Nuggets. It was Houston Rockets'' third consecutive loss in a row. Dalembert''s overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.9bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Haitian and Canadian.

Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison
   #6. Center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St.) was the major contributor in a Energa Czarni''s victory against the closely-ranked Trefl Sopot 88-83 in the Polish PLK last Sunday. Morrison recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group A. Energa Czarni Slupsk (2-0) is placed first. This year Morrison has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3bpg in the 25 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team three years ago.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #7. Former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona) contributed to a Triumph Lyubertsy''s victory against the closely-ranked Antwerp Giants 79-60 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. Landry scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. Triumph Lyubertsy (3-3) is placed second in group L. It was Triumph Lyubertsy''s third consecutive victory in a row. His team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Top 16. And that game will be critical. Landry has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg and 6.4rpg in the 12 games.

Joel Anthony
Joel Anthony
   #8. Center Joel Anthony (206-82, college: UNLV) contributed to a Miami Heat''s victory against the Portland Trail Blazers 107-93 in the NBA last Thursday. He recorded 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Miami Heat has a very solid 28-9 record this season. Anthony is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his fourth year in Miami Heat''s roster. Anthony''s overall stats this season are: 3.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2bpg. He is also in the roster of the Canadian national team.

Osvaldo Jeanty
Osvaldo Jeanty
   #9. Former international guard Osvaldo Jeanty (183-84) contributed to an overtime BBC Bayreuth''s victory against the bottom-ranked BG Goettingen 91-82 in the German BBL last Saturday. Jeanty recorded 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 39 minutes. BBC Bayreuth (10-15) is placed 13th in the BBL. Jeanty''s stats this year are: 12.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 25 games.

Philip Martin
Philip Martin
   #10. Forward Philip Martin (202-80, college: Hawaii) couldn''t help Sigma Barcellona (12-9) in their game against Tezenis Verona (9-9) in the Italian Lega2 (second division) despite his very good performance on Sunday. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Martin also added 4 rebounds. But Sigma Barcellona (#5) was edged in an overtime 98-96 in Verona by the lower-ranked (#10) Tezenis Verona. It was Sigma Barcellona''s third consecutive loss in a row. Martin''s overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3spg. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. International point guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse) couldn''t help Meridiano Alicante (13-9) in their game against Blancos de Rueda (5-5) in the Spanish ACB despite his good performance on Saturday. Rautins was the second best scorer with 11 points in 28 minutes. His team lost 57-69. This year Rautins'' overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.4apg in the 10 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #12. Former international forward Mike Tuck (201-83, college: Loyola, MD) couldn''t help Sheffield One Health Sharks (9-11) in their game against Liverpool Mersey Tigers (6-6) in the British BBL despite his very good performance on Friday. Tuck was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 9 rebounds. His team was defeated 79-71. Tuck belongs to league''s best rebounders and is ranked #4. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 10.5rpg and 1.9apg.

   #13. International forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) contributed to Leiden''s victory against the closely-ranked EWE Baskets 76-71 in the EuroChallenge last Tuesday. Shepherd scored 13 points in 24 minutes. This year his total stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2apg in the 11 games.

   #14. Former international guard Tyler Kepkay (183-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Utah) couldn''t help Science City Jena (11-13) in their game against ETB Wohnbau (12-12) in the German ProA (second division) despite his very good performance on Sunday. Kepkay was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) in 30 minutes. His team was edged in an overtime 88-87. Kepkay averaged so far 14.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg in the 24 games.

   #15. International forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh) contributed to a Blusens Monbus'' victory against the fifth-ranked Meridiano Alicante 64-63 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. : 8.4ppg and 5.8rpg.


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

   #1. Ali Kanaan (205-C/F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Mass.-Lowell) was the major contributor in a Al Riyadi''s victory against the seventh-ranked Bejjeh 105-80 in the Lebanese Division A last Saturday. Kanaan recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 13 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it''s only his second season in pro basketball. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (19-1) is placed first in the Division A. It was Al Riyadi''s 14th consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. This season Kanaan averages: 6.8ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese. Despite Kanaan''s Canadian passport, he previously played for the Lebanese National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the Canadian team.

   #2. Matt Bonner (206-F-80, college: Florida) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs'' victory against the Charlotte Bobcats 102-72 in the NBA last Friday. Bonner scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 25-12 record this season. Bonner is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his sixth year in San Antonio Spurs'' roster. This year he averages: 7.7ppg and 3.2rpg in the 37 games he played so far. Bonner is a naturalized American.

   #3. Ali Mahmoud (185-G-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ali Kanaan as their both played in the Lebanese Division A last game. Mahmoud contributed to a Al Riyadi''s victory against the fifth-ranked Byblos 119-90. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and making 10 passes. Mahmoud also added 4 rebounds in 35 minutes. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (19-1) is placed first in the Division A. It was Al Riyadi''s 14th consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. Mahmoud is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his eighth year in Al Riyadi''s roster. He is ranked third on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). This year Mahmoud''s overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 6.4apg and 2.5spg in the 18 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese. Despite Mahmoud''s Canadian passport, he previously played for the Lebanese National Team.

   #4. Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ali Kanaan. He played also in the last Lebanese Division A game facing Ali Mahmoud (above) in the other team. El Turk contributed to a Al Riyadi''s victory against the fifth-ranked Byblos 119-90. He scored 19 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (19-1) is placed first in the Division A. It was Al Riyadi''s 14th consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. El Turk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it''s his eighth year in Al Riyadi''s roster. El Turk''s overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.3apg. He has both Canadian and Lebanese nationalities. Despite El Turk''s Canadian passport, he previously played for the Lebanese National Team.

   #5. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) was not able to secure a victory for BK Pardubice (21-9) in their game against BC Kolin (19-19) in the Czech Republic NBL despite his very good performance on Saturday. Muirhead was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. But BK JIP Pardubice (#4) was edged 70-69 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) BC Kolin in the A1 group. This year Muirhead has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg in the 29 games. He also holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #6. Troy Gottselig (203-F-87) was the main contributor in a BK Usti nad Labem''s victory against the third-ranked Levharti Chomutov 119-86 in the Czech Republic NBL last Sunday. Gottselig was the best player in that game. He scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds. Gottselig is currently fifth on the league''s list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg and 7.9rpg.

   #7. Diego Kapelan (190-G-87, college: McNeese St.) was the main contributor in a ETB Wohnbau''s victory against the 13th-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats 81-77 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Kapelan was the best player in that game. He recorded 23 points (made all of his eight free throws). Kapelan has individually a very good season with high stats. he averages: 18.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2spg. Kapelan holds both Canadian and Bosnia and Herzegovina passports. He previously played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team.

   #8. Jasonn Hannibal (208-C, college: Portland) contributed to Polzela''s victory against the eighth-ranked Geoplin Slovan 92-71 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. Hannibal scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Hannibal is currently fifth on the league''s list of best blockers. : 8.0ppg and 5.3rpg.

   #9. Stephen Janzen (191-G-82) couldn''t help Hannover Tigers (19-5) in their game against TSV Troester (11-11) in the German ProB (third division) despite his very good performance on Saturday. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Janzen also added 5 rebounds in 37 minutes. His team was edged 75-73. He averaged so far 14.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 25 games. Janzen has dual citizenship: Canadian and German.

   #10. Courtney Small (191-G-88) contributed to a Worthing Thunder''s victory against the 11th-ranked Tees Valley Mohawks 88-64 in the British EBL (second division) last Saturday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and making 12 passes. Small also added 6 rebounds. Small belongs to league''s most steals and is ranked #3. This season he has very high stats. Small averages: 16.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.9apg and 2.9spg.


2011-12 AUS men's basketball awards and all-stars announced - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX, N.S. - Atlantic University Sport is pleased to announce the 2011-12 AUS men's basketball all-stars and major award winners as selected by the conference's eight head coaches following regular season play.

Fourth-year Cape Breton guard Jimmy Dorsey (188-G) was named the Atlantic University Sport most valuable player, Thursday night.

Other AUS major award winners announced during the awards banquet at the Westin Nova Scotian in downtown Halifax, N.S., were SMU's Brian Rouse of Mississauga, Ont., who was named rookie of the year; Acadia's Owen Klassen (208-F-91) of Kingston, Ont., who was selected as the defensive player of the year; Acadia's Thomas Filgiano of Markham, Ont., who received the student-athlete community service award; and first-year UPEI head coach Tim Kendrick, who was named the AUS coach of the year.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Jimmy Dorsey, Cape Breton

Jimmy Dorsey, a fourth-year guard with the Cape Breton Capers, is the 2011-12 Atlantic University Sport men's basketball most valuable player.

A native of Baltimore, MD., Dorsey led the Atlantic conference in scoring this season with an average of 22.8 points per game, the fourth highest average in the nation and becomes the first ever player from the Capers program to capture the Frank Baldwin Trophy.

Now a three-time first team AUS all-star, Jimmy also led the conference in assists with 8.83 per game and steals with 2.78 per game. He also had a league-high 11 double-doubles, including two triple-doubles and finished fifth in rebounding (7.7 per game), sixth in free-throw percentage (83.5 per cent) and first in three-point field goals made, despite missing two games this season.

In January, Dorsey established a new CBU record with a 49-point performance in a win over Acadia, which ranks as the sixth highest total ever registered in an Atlantic conference game. His 159 assists are also a new school record and are second only in AUS history to former StFX star Randy Nohr, who had 168 assists in 2000-01.

'Jimmy has played exceptionally well throughout this season and he has been instrumental in keeping CBU highly competitive despite the challenges and obstacles this young team faced,' says Cape Breton head coach Thom Gillespie. 'Leading the conference in scoring and recording the second highest single-season assist total in AUS history speaks for itself, but it has been his willingness to rebound and his passion for winning that has revived the Capers program. Jimmy being named AUS MVP is a very well deserved honour.'

Jimmy will now be the AUS representative for the Mike Moser Memorial Trophy as the most outstanding player in CIS basketball. The last Atlantic conference player to win the CIS award was William Njoku of the Saint Mary's Huskies in 1992-93.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Brian Rouse, Saint Mary's

Rouse, a native of Mississauga, Ont., is the first Huskies player to claim the AUS rookie of the year award since Mark McLaughlin was named the top rookie following the 2005-06 season.

Brian, a 6-foot-3 guard, appeared in all 20 games this season, including 16 as a starter and averaged 30.3 minutes per game as a freshman.

He finished second in team scoring with an average of 13.9 points per game, and reached double figures in 17 of those games including three 20-point efforts.

'As his stats indicate, Brian has certainly had an outstanding rookie season,' says Saint Mary's head coach Ross Quackenbush. 'The poise he has demonstrated belies his inexperience as he has taken and made many key big shots down the stretch of close games.'

Brian will represent the conference as the AUS nominee for the Dr. Peter Mullins trophy. Dalhousie's Shawn Plancke is the only Atlantic conference player to ever be named CIS Rookie of the Year.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Owen Klassen, Acadia

Klassen, a third-year student from Kingston, Ont., is the just the second Axemen player to be recognized as the AUS defensive player of the year, joining former Acadia standout Achuil Lual who was the 2007-08 recipient.

Owen, the 2009-10 AUS rookie of the year, had a solid junior season, leading the conference in rebounding (10.1 rebounds per game) and finishing ninth in scoring with an average of 16.4 points per game. He was the only player in the Atlantic conference to average a double-double this year.

The 6-foot-10 forward, who was a member of the Canadian squad that captured silver at the 26th Summer Universiade this past August in China, also tied for the AUS lead in blocked shots with an average of 1.50 per game.

According to head coach Steve Baur, Klassen is a key component in the Axemen's defensive scheme.

'Owen is major piece to our defense,' says Baur. 'He is the last line of defense and takes great pride at the back end. He always challenges shots, finishes off possessions with defensive rebounds, and cleans up a lot of mistakes we make on defense. His impact on the game is crucial for our success.'

CBU's Phil Nkrumah and StFX's Garry Gallimore are the only AUS players to have been named CIS defensive player of the year since the inception of the award in 2004-05.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Tim Kendrick, UPEI

Kendrick, in his first year at the helm of the UPEI program, becomes the first Panthers men's basketball coach to be named AUS coach of the year since George Morrison was honoured following the 1995-96 season.

This year, he guided the Panthers to a third place finish in the Atlantic conference with a record of 13-7, just one year removed from UPEI missing the AUS post-season with a 7-13 record. The 13 regular season wins this year are also the most by a UPEI squad since 1993-94 when the Panthers also finished with a 13-7 mark.

His Panthers squad averaged an AUS leading 88.9 points per game and three of his UPEI players finished in the top 10 among AUS scorers.

Prior to arriving at UPEI, Tim served as the head coach of the Horton High School men's basketball team and also led the 2009 Nova Scotia squad at the Canada Games to a silver medal.

'Coach Kendrick has made an immediate, and very meaningful impact on Panther Sport and the Island with his contagious attitude,' said Ron Annear, Director of Athletics at UPEI. 'Tim is a strong basketball coach, and a positive motivator, with a contagious attitude. In his first year with our program, he has motivated his student-athletes to work their hardest, and be their best, on the court, in the class room and in the community. Tim has already transformed our program, re-engaged alumni and community support, and created an exciting/engaging atmosphere around Panther Basketball.'

Kendrick will represent the AUS as the nominee for CIS Coach of the Year. StFX's Steve Konchalski (2000-01) is the last Atlantic conference head coach to win the Stuart W. Aberdeen Trophy as the nation's top university coach.

STUDENT-ATHLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD: Thomas Filgiano, Acadia

Acadia University's Thomas Filgiano is the 2012 recipient of the student-athlete community service award and will be the Atlantic conference nominee for the prestigious Ken Shields Award.

A native of Markham, Ont., the 6-foot-3, second-year guard appeared in all 20 games for the Axemen this season, averaging 4.5 points per game. Last season Thomas emerged as a starter late in his freshman year which included a run to the AUS championship game and an appearance at the CIS Final 8 men's basketball championship.

A scoring and physical point guard, Tom has been a starter off and on this season and has been invaluable as a player off the bench with the highest amount of assists (58) on the Axemen roster in roughly 18 minutes of play per game.

Considered one of Acadia's top student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 Sessional GPA, Filgiano is a leader on and off the court and has the highest GPA on the men's basketball team. Off the court, Filgiano spends his time in the library, the classroom and as a Technical Assistant for Biomechanics, while maintaining an extensive community volunteer regime.

A member of the Acadia Players Association, Tom has been a volunteer with S.M.I.L.E., an innovative academic-based, yet volunteer-driven, program which offers children with varying disabilities a unique physical activity experience to improve their total development, for the last two years.

Filgiano is the first to donate his time to community, team and department initiatives including raising awareness and money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation; Swish for the Cure Charity basketball game; 'Movember'; and as a volunteer in the Wheels-2-Play Charity basketball game. Tom also donates countless hours to various Acadia Minor Basketball clinics and has been a volunteer coach with the AMB. He recently also joined several key Acadia athletes in a visit to West Hants School in a presentation and promotion of Literacy Week.

'Tom is a caring and determined person and it shows in all aspects of his life,' says Acadia head coach Steve Baur. 'He has great discipline to reach his goals but also carries a huge sense of community and puts always the team before himself. Tom's schedule would be intimidating to most, but he excels in all areas and is a wonderful ambassador for our team, Acadia University, and the AUS.'

FIRST AND SECOND TEAM ALL-STARS AND ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

The Atlantic University Sport first and second team all-stars were also announced Thursday, along with this year's all-rookie team.


First Team All-Stars:
Jimmy Dorsey, Cape Breton University (4th year - Baltimore, MD)
Owen Klassen, Acadia University (3rd year - Kingston, Ont.)
Terry Thomas (193-G), StFX University (2nd year - East Preston, N.S.)
Tory Fassett (F), Saint Mary's University (4th year - Columbia, MD)
Manock Lual (198-F-89), University of Prince Edward Island (5th year - Ottawa, Ont.)

Second Team All-Stars:
Jeremy Dunn (198-F), StFX University (4th year - Wolfville, N.S.)
Jonathan Cooper (183-G-88), University of Prince Edward Island (5th year - Mississauga, Ont.)
Anthony Sears (193-G), Acadia University (3rd year - Riverview, N.B.)
Robert Nortmann (198-F), Dalhousie University (5th year - Nassau, Bahamas)
Alex Desroches (193-G), University of New Brunswick (5th year - Dieppe, N.B.)

All-Rookie Team:
Brian Rouse, Saint Mary's University (Mississauga, Ont.)
Ritchie Kanza Mata, Dalhousie University (Toronto, Ont.)
Sean Stoqua (180-PG), Acadia University (Ottawa, Ont.)
Arild Geugjes, Cape Breton University (Landsmeer, Netherlands)
Marquis Clayton, StFX University (Halifax, N.S.)

The 2012 Subway Atlantic University Sport men's basketball championship gets under way this weekend at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, N.S.

The semifinals and final will be broadcast live on EastLink TV and live webcasts of all five games of the championship will be available at www.sportstream.ca.

The 2012 Subway Atlantic University Sport men's basketball championship schedule is as follows:

Friday, March 2nd
Quarter-final #1: Cape Breton (4th) vs. Dalhousie (5th), 6:00pm
Quarter-final #2: UPEI (3rd) vs. Saint Mary's (6th), 8:15pm

Saturday, March 3rd
Semifinal #1: StFX (1st) vs. Winner of QF #1, 6:00pm
Semifinal #2: Acadia (2nd) vs. Winner of QF #2, 8:15pm

Sunday, March 4th
Championship Game: Semifinal Winners, 2:00pm
Courtesy of: english.cis-sic.ca


2011-12 OUA men's basketball major awards announced - by Eurobasket News
HAMILTON, Ont. Ontario University Athletics (OUA) this morning announced the major award winners at the Wilson Cup awards breakfast in Waterloo, Ont. The defending champion Lakehead Thunderwolves lead the pack in the west division while defending national champion and No. 1 ranked Carleton collect four of five major awards in the east.

This seasons west division Player of the Year is Lakehead guard Venzal Russel (188-G-87, college: Vermilion CC) (Detroit, Michigan). The fourth-year guard led the No. 2 ranked Thunderwolves in scoring with 347 points, good for tenth in the league, and converted 140 field goals, fourth most in OUA. His strong play was also evident at the defensive end of the floor as he finished third with 52 steals. Russell has also been named a First-Team All-Star.

Greg Carter (178-G-90) (Ottawa) is this years west Defensive Player of the Year, giving him his third straight honour. The Thunderwolves guard helped lead Lakehead to the second-best defence in the west, surrendering just 72.0 points per game. Normally matched against his opponents best offensive player, he finished second in OUA with 56 steals for an average of 2.55 steals per game. Carter has also been named a Second-Team All-Star.

Leading a strong rookie class is Adam Presutti (Oakville, Ont.) of the McMaster Marauders who takes home this years west Rookie of the Year award. The first-year guard led the No. 8 Marauders in minutes played and netted 243 points while collecting 75 rebounds in his first campaign. Presutti has also been named to the All-Rookie team.

The winner of this years west division Ken Shields Award, given to the student-athlete who best exhibits outstanding achievements in basketball, academics, and community involvement, is Guelphs Daniel McCarthy (188-G) (Guelph, Ont.). The fourth-year biomedical science student is now a two-time west division all-star and excels in the classroom year in and year out. Outside of his rigorous student-athlete routine, McCarthy is active in the Guelph community. He is currently the regional coordinator for Brain Day, an organization that educates children about brain safety and is a student athlete mentor, helping fellow student athletes academically. He also volunteers in schools as part of the Boys, Books and Basketball program and the Believe to Achieve program. McCarthy has also been named a Second-Team All-Star.

Lakehead bench boss Scott Morrison is the 2011-12 west Coach of the Year, earning his third consecutive award. Morrison has turned the Thunderwolves into a juggernaut in the west division, finishing the year with a 20-2 record and their highest national ranking in program history at the No. 2 spot.

In the east, Carleton once again owns the Player of the Year, this time in Philip Scrubb (194-G-92) (Richmond, B.C.). The second-year guard followed up his rookie of the year campaign last year with more impressive numbers. He finished tenth in league scoring, averaging 16.18 points per game, and sixth in field goal percentage at 55.7 percent. He also finished with 61 three-pointers to lead the league and his 57.0 three-point field goal percentage was tops in both OUA and CIS play. Scrubb has also been named a First-Team All-Star.

For the third straight year, Carletons Cole Hobin (198-G-89) (Ashton, Ont.) takes home the east Defensive Player of the Year award. The Ravens had the stingiest defence in the nation, allowing just 56.6 points per game against. Hobin tallied 55 defensive rebounds, 27 steals, and 15 blocks this year and kept the opponents top players in check, helping the Ravens to their second consecutive undefeated season.

Mike LAfricain (Oakville, Ont.) is this years east Rookie of the Year. The first-year point guard excelled right off the bat and dressed in all 22 games this season for the Ottawa Gee-Gees, averaging just over 30 minutes per game. LAfricain finished second in team scoring with 264 points and ran an efficient offence, finding his teammates for 73 assists. He also finished eighth in OUA with a 46.3 completion percentage from beyond the arc. LAfricain has also been named to the All-Rookie team.

The east Ken Shields Award, given to the student-athlete who best exhibits outstanding achievements in basketball, academics, and community involvement, goes to Kevin Churchill (198-F) (Toronto). The Ravens forward is an Academic All-Canadian and excels in his philosophy studies. On the court Churchill has shown his dedication, working his way from being a twelfth-man into a considerable scoring threat and decision maker. This season Churchill led the league, shooting 69 percent from the field. Giving back to the community is important for the third-year player and he is actively involved with both the Ottawa area Spirit Program and Camp Merrywood, helping children with special needs. He also volunteers at the Swish for the Cure event in Toronto to help raise money for Childhood Cancer Canada.

Carleton head coach Dave Smart earns this years east Coach of the Year distinction. This is Smarts seventh such honour which comes on the heels of his second straight 22-0 season. The Ravens were ranked No. 1 for the entirety of this years campaign and look to continue their dynasty-type run as they look for their fourth Wilson Cup in five years and eighth national championship in ten years.

2011-12 OUA MENS BASKETBALL WEST DIVISION MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

Player of the Year: Venzal Russel Lakehead
Defensive Player of the Year: Greg Carter Lakehead
Rookie of the Year: Adam Presutti McMaster
Ken Shields Award: Daniel McCarthy Guelph
Coach of the Year: Scott Morrison Lakehead

2011-12 OUA MENS BASKETBALL EAST DIVISION MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

Player of the Year: Philip Scrubb Carleton
Defensive Player of the Year: Cole Hobin Carleton
Rookie of the Year: Mike LAfricain Ottawa
Ken Shields Award: Kevin Churchill Carleton
Coach of the Year: Dave Smart Carleton
Courtesy of: OUA Communications


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Brandon Roy & Jamal Crawford Salute Tre Simmons - by Greg
Some ballers just seem to have it all. Maybe they earned it after many years of practice or perhaps their talents are symptoms of good genetics and the right upbringing. There's also the element of luck from being in the right place at the right time. However, for guys like Tre Simmons, 'the best player from Seattle to have not played in the NBA,' according to Jamal Crawford, his on-court abilities were never an issue. Education and opportunities? Now there's a different story.

Former NBA All-Star Brandon Roy and Portland Trailblazers' Crawford teamed up with Eurobasket, revealing Simmons' upbringing, college success, professional achievements and NBA dreams.

Simmons, who's been dominating the various European challenges with Czech Republic team CEZ Nymburk this season, received a tempting offer while home in Seattle, celebrating Christmas with his family. Euroleague's Khimki Moscow put a two year deal on the table, worth three times the amount of Simmons' current salary. Yet despite his numerous attempts to get released from his Czech contract, there was no chance Nymburk would let loose their leading scorer in three of the team's four competitions.

Garfield High

'Tre's story is different than mine and Jamal's,' explained Brandon Roy, Simmons' Garfield High School varsity teammate. 'Our story developed through basketball. We always had people around us making sure we would also handle the school side. When I first met Tre, he was just starting to develop that circle of people he needed to make sure he was doing what was necessary. We've been inseparable ever since.'

Simmons first hooped as an outsider in the parks rather than in the school gym. 'He was working out and I watched him,' Roy recalled. 'I was like, man, this dude is good. I asked my brother why he didnt play for the varsity team and he said 'Tre just never came to try out.''

'He was like 6-foot-4 but a point guard and so versatile,' Roy continued. 'I asked him if he was gonna try out and he said he might. Finally he tried out and he was that good he automatically started. You rarely get a guy who never played and then immediately becomes a starter for the top team in the state.'

Simmons and Roy eventually teamed up, challenging today's NBA phenom guard Jamal Crawford of Rainier Beach high school. By senior year, Simmons was clearly one of the top college prospects in the state. 'Tre all of a sudden is thinking like 'Wow, I got a chance to go to college?' I dont think he ever thought that was possible,' Roy supposed.

Huskies Dawgs

But Simmons was back on the streets once the schools checked out his academic grades.

'Tre had the same Division One talent that Jamal and I had, but the only difference was he didnt get the right schooling early on in his high school career because he didnt take it that seriously.'

Simmons ended up playing for Green River Community College where he erupted with 50+ point performances, en route to season averages of 29.8 points and 9.2 rebounds. 'We had to recruit Tre to U-Dub (University of Washington),' said Roy. 'Me and Will Conroy were always trying to get him because we knew what he could add to our team. If not for his early schooling years, he could have gone to any Division One college he wanted.'

In his junior year, Simmons joined the Huskies but was distracted by family issues and catching up academically. Two years later, Simmons, an All-Pac-10 team member, had broken school records with every stroke. His 80 treys shattered the previous school single-season record of 75 set by Deon Luton in 1998, and his 128 career 3-pointers are the third highest total in school history.

'A lot of times people wonder how come Brandon Roy just became a starter in his junior year in college and a lot of that was because Tre was that good,' explained Roy. 'I've always been a fan of Tre's, so when I was coming off the bench, I never made a fuss of it because I knew Tre was just as good.'

Europe Bound

After college graduation, Simmons heard NBA Commissioner David Stern call out 60 rookies' names, none of which were his.

'It was unfortunate and we all had our fingers crossed but he wasnt able to get drafted. He was a little disappointed but the thing about Tre is he's just one of those guys you never see being down. I mean for him to end that year not getting drafted was huge but I never seen him upset about it. He just continues to roll with the punches,' said Roy.

'Tre is one of my favorite people because he's the same every time I see him. He's always chill, laid back, and I can relate to that,' Jamal Crawford told Eurobasket.

Nowadays, after spending the first 3 1/2 years of his overseas career in Israel winning back-to-back championships, Simmons is ballin' in the Czech Republic with CEZ Nymburk where he recently collected his second State Cup title. Nymburk recently qualified for the EuroCup Elite 8 round facing Russia's Spartak SPB in a home-and-away elimination series.

'On the court, Tre is an assassin,' Crawford said. 'He can score with the best of them, has one of the best shots and is really competitive. We've had a lot of battles and there's always fun.'

Still Dreaming?

During the summer, Simmons and the Seattle gang play pickup ball. 'Tre is still that good,' said Roy. 'When he comes home summertime he's just dominating, so me, him, Jamal, Nate Robinson and Terrence Williams need to spilt the teams just to make sure that there's an even competition. Tre is right there with all of us and we all played in the NBA for at least 3-4 years so I know his confidence is there but the time also has to be right and I think there is still a chance he can still play for an NBA team.'

After Roy's rookie season with the Blazers, the team was lacking good shooting. 'I was telling Kevin Pritchard our assistant general manager to bring in Tre. Just to get him to come to camp, give him a chance to prove himself because he's been overlooked and he said he remembered Tre being a real good shooter but sometimes it's really a matter of the right situation,' said Roy.

Crawford agreed, 'I have a lot of respect for Tre. I think he's generally regarded as the best player from Seattle to have not played in the NBA but that's never stopped him from working hard or playing professionally, despite having NBA talent.'

Tonight, Simmons, the Eastern European VTB League's third leading scorer with 96.2% from the charity stripe, plays against Russian empire CSKA Moscow, who's currently flashing a European best 37-3 record. Last time the two teams collided, Simmons dropped 26 points in a losing effort, therefore, revenge may be on the agenda.



Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 29-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 22-7 
 3. BK Decin 21-8 
 4. BK Pardubice 21-9 
 5. BC Kolin 19-21 
 6. USK Praha 15-15 
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 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Patrick POPE
  Chomutov
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Pope, Chomutov20.2 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha19.6 
 3. Grant, Levice19.5 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.18.0 
 5. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 6. Lowery, Chomutov17.4 
 7. Hruban, USK Praha17.4 
 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 Praha4.7 
 4. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 5. Barnes, BC Kolin4.2 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.1 
 7. Vrubl, Plzen4.1 
 8. George, Svitavy3.9 
 9. Sirina, B&W Opava3.9 
 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. McFadden, Usti n.2.3 
 4. Ames, BC Kolin2.3 
 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. Grant, Levice1.0 
 6. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 7. Houska, BK Decin0.9 
 8. Meno, Svitavy0.9 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.8 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.8 


Stefan Licartovsky Joins BC Kolin - by Surujh Roopnarine
Former Czech Republic National Team member Stefan Licartovsky (196-G/F-84) has returned to play in the Mattoni NBL after signing a contract with BC Kolin for the remainder of the season. The 27-year old Licartovsky began this season in Sweden with Eco Orebro before leaving at the end of February. In 32 games he averaged 8.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 71-176 on two-point field goals, 28-84 from behind the arc and 43-54 from the free-throw line. Licartovsky, 6-5, came up the youth ranks with BC Sparta Praha and began his pro career there as well before heading abroad to play in Slovenia, Italy and Sweden. In 61 career NBL games with Sparta Praha ranging from 2000 - 2004, he averaged 3.9 points and 1.2 rebounds. In his return engagement on home soil he will don the #6 jersey for Kolin.

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  D-LEAGUE   


2011 Rookie of the Year DeShawn Sims Returns to Maine Red Claws - by Surujh Roopnarine
Sims DeShawn (6'8''-F-88, college: Michigan), the 2011 NBA D-League Rookie of the Year joined the Maine Red Claws today for his 2012 season debut. Sims, a 6-8 forward out of the University of Michigan, was also selected to the 2011 NBA Development League All-Star Team and was named to the NBA Development League All-Rookie First Team and the All-NBA Development League Third Team. He finished second overall in league scoring last season and first among rookies with 20.3 points per game in 48 games. His 7.7rpg ranked 11th overall in the league.
Sims joins Maine after a successful campaign in South Korea. In 48 games for KCC Egis he averaged 23.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals before leaving in February. An All-Big Ten 3rd team selection during his junior year at Michigan, Sims went undrafted in 2010 before starting hos rookie campaign in Greece, then onto Maine and finally spending this past summer in Puerto Rico before heading to Korea for the start of the 2011-12 campaign.
In his 2012 D-League debut, Sims came off the bench to score 11 points and grab four rebounds as the Red Claws fell to the Erie Charge 81-106 this afternoon in Erie, Pennsylvania.
To make room on the roster, Maine released 6-10 center Dominic Calegari (6'10''-F/C-87, college: Cal-Davis). In 33 games on the season he averaged 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds.


Hayes, Almond share Performer of the Week honors - by Eurobasket News
The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that point guard Kenny Hayes (6'2''-PG-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Miami, OH) and guard/forward Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice) have been named Co-Performers of the Week by the NBA Development League.

'We are extremely proud of Kenny Hayes and Morris Almond,' said Red Claws President and General Manager. 'These two games against Springfield this past weekend were must-wins for the team, and Kenny and Mo stepped up to lead our team in a big way. This is a much-deserved honor.'

Kenny Hayes lit up the scoreboard in Sunday's 118-113 win over the visiting Armor, finishing the night with 52 points, just one point shy of the all-time league mark of 53 points in a single game, including 26 in the 4th quarter to close the door on the visiting Armor. Hayes' 52 points shattered the all-time Maine Red Claws record of 40 points, set by teammate Morris Almond in 2010. Almond also shares the all-time league mark of 53 points in a game, set during the 2008-09 season while with Utah and tied by Will Conroy of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds later that same season. Hayes also set new team marks for field goals made (18) and field goals attempted (29) while equaling the all-time free throws made mark (12). 18 field goals made also ranks second all-time in league history. His stunning performance on Sunday came on the heels of 12 point, 6 assist effort in Friday's 100-94 win over the first-place Armor.

Morris Almond has taken the Red Claws to a new level since rejoining the team January 17. In 16 games, the high-scoring guard/forward has averaged 23.4 ppg, which is 3rd highest in the league this season, and has led the team in scoring in 10 of 16 games played. He picked up his highest point total this season in Friday's win over Springfield with 34 points while adding 10 rebounds. On Sunday, Almond added 31 points and 9 rebounds to his season tally.

The Red Claws will return to action tomorrow with an 11 AM game vs. the Erie BayHawks. The team will swing through Erie tomorrow, Fort Wayne Thursday and Canton Saturday before returning home on Sunday, March 11 for Military Appreciation Night where both players will be recognized for garnering the league's Performers of the Week honors. Hayes will also be presented with the game ball from Sunday's win in recognition for shattering the team's mark for points in a single game.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Sloan returns to Erie BayHawks - by Eurobasket News
Point guard Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, college: Texas A&M) is back with the Erie BayHawks after stints this season with the Atlanta Hawks and most recently the New Orleans Hornets.

He rejoined the BayHawks (18-17) Monday and practiced with them in preparing for today's 11 a.m. game against the Maine Red Claws (15-22) at Tullio Arena.

'I'm feeling good,' Sloan said. 'I think this is a chance to show more (NBA) teams what I can do besides sit the bench and play two minutes here and three minutes there.

'It's a good thing. I get to actually play. It's been a while since I actually played a full game or anything close to it.'

In five games with the BayHawks, Sloan, 24, averaged 24.8 points and 8.4 assists.

'He's such a good guy, I think he'll fit in easily,' BayHawks coach Jay Larranaga said. 'We have a need for him.'

Sloan's return comes at a good time for Erie because its starting point guard, Keith McLeod, re-injured his hamstring in Saturday's 110-98 win against Sioux Falls. McLeod didn't play in Sunday's 94-91 win against the Skyforce.

A 2012 D-League All-Star selection, McLeod initially pulled his left hamstring in a win at Fort Wayne in February. McLeod missed two games before returning Saturday.

'His hamstring is pretty bad,' Larranaga said. 'He's going to start some rehab, but it could be a while.'

With Sloan, Erie has reached the D-League 10-man roster limit. The BayHawks have 11 total players, but rookie 7-footer Jerome Jordan doesn't count against their roster.

Getting a player from an NBA affiliate doesn't count toward an D-League team's roster limit. Erie's NBA hybrid affiliate, the New York Knicks, sent Jordan down last week.

Sloan started this season with the BayHawks after he was part of a four-player trade that had them send D-League All-Star point guard Blake Ahearn to Reno.

After Sloan played five games with Erie, the Atlanta Hawks invited him to training camp. Sloan made Atlanta's final roster.

The Hawks waived Sloan in January. He averaged 1.2 points in five games for them. Nearly two weeks after that, Sloan rejoined the BayHawks Feb. 7.

The next day, he signed the first of two 10-day contracts with the Hornets. Sloan averaged four points in three games with New Orleans before being waived.

The Hornets would have had to sign Sloan for the rest of the season to keep him.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Reserve Lazar Hayward recalled by Oklahoma City Thunder - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma City Thunder have recalled reserve Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86, college: Marquette) after a high-scoring stint in the NBA Development League.

General manager Sam Presti announced Sunday that Hayward will rejoin the Thunder after averaging 28 points and seven rebounds in two games this weekend with the Tulsa 66ers. It was Haywards first action since suffering an orbital floor fracture when he was poked in his left eye Feb. 17 against Golden State.

Hayward has played in only 12 games for Oklahoma City. He came in a preseason trade with Minnesota.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Ford assigned to Toros for one day of practice - by Eurobasket News
Gregg Popovich clearly elieves that T.J. Ford (6'0''-PG-83, college: Texas) needs all the work he can to get back into playing shape as he recovers from a torn hamstring muscle.

The Spurs have assigned Ford to the Austin Toros roster for one day. It will enable him to practice with the Toros Monday afternoon at the Spurs training facility in San Antonio and then rejoin the Spurs for their practice on Tuesday.

Ford was limited to 5:46 of game action in the Spurs 99-94 loss to Denver Sunday night. The Spurs were hesistant to play Ford against Denver guard Ty Lawson, who nearly posted a triple-double in the Nuggets victory. Ford was the final player off the Spurs roster late in the third quarter.

Working with the Toros will give Ford a chance to get some more conditioning after missing 24 games earlier in the season with his injury. It will also mean he wont get the day off on Monday like the rest of his team, but considering the competitiveness of Ford, he probably will gravitate to the extra work.

Courtesy of http://blog.mysanantonio.com


Iowa Energy Acquire Cartier Martin - by Surujh Roopnarine
The 2011 NBA D-League Champion Iowa Energy have acquired free-agent Cartier Martin (6'7''-G/F-84, college: Kansas St.) from the available player pool. Martin, a 2012 NBA D-League All-Star returns to the States after playing this season in China with Jilin Northeast Tigers. In 30 games in China he averaged 26.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.9 steals whole shooting 49.6% from the field, 37.0% from three and 81.7% from the free-throw line. Martin, a former standout at Kansas State, spent the 2012-11 season with the Washington Wizards appearing in 52 games and averaging 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds. Martin has appeared in 103 career NBA games spread over three seasons with Charlotte, Golden State and Washington. The former Big-12 Sixth Man of the Year (2006-07), spent the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons in Iowa with the Energy and owns career NBA D-League averages of 18.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists over 52 games.
Martin made his season debut with the Energy on Sunday night, logging 19 minutes during a 96-86 victory over the Canton Charge.





Dakota beats Idaho to stop two-game skid - by Eurobasket News
After reeling off six straight wins, the Dakota Wizards had lost their last two games by a total of three points.

That didn't sit too well with Maurice Baker (6'1''-PG-79, college: Oklahoma St.).

So the veteran point guard called a meeting before Mondays shootaround to clear the air.

His teammates responded exactly as Baker had hoped.

The Wizards jumped out to a big early lead, and thanks to some clutch play from Baker late, held off the Idaho Stampede 101-97.

Baker had a triple-double with 17 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds. He also scored nine of Dakota's final 11 points, helping the Wizards protect a lead that dwindled from 20 points down to one.

Baker shifted from distributor to scorer when the Wizards needed it most, as he has done so many times in his career.

'We needed a bucket', Baker said. 'I can score the ball. We missed a couple, so I just took it on my shoulders to go out and take a shot.'

Baker also took it on his shoulders to help the Wizards regroup.

We had a meeting, Baker said. We lost two games and everybodys moping around. Its not the end of the world. I just told the guys, We lost two games. Weve got 15 left. Were still in the playoff hunt. Stay focused, and we can make some noise.

Wizards coach Nate Bjorkgren was happy to see Baker take charge.

I want him to coach with me some day, Bjorkgren said. Hes the leader of this team. He wanted to get some points across with the team.

I respect everything that he does, respect his hard work, respect his leadership, he continued. Im proud of him.

Mondays game went pretty much exactly the opposite of Sundays for the Wizards. Instead of trailing the entire night, Dakota trailed just once, when Mikki Moore (6'11''-C-75, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nebraska) scored the first basket of the game.

The Wizards led 26-19 after one quarter, 53-38 at the half, and 69-49 midway through the third period.

We just wanted to come out with some energy, Baker said. We let two slip away, Fort Wayne and (Sunday) night. We couldnt let another game slip.

But a hard foul by Baker on David Bailey seemed to rouse the Stampede. Bailey, who finished with 22 points, rattled off seven in a row, and Idaho slowly began chipping away at Dakotas lead.

Led by Bailey and veteran center Mikki Moore, who also had 22 points, Idaho closed to within 90-87. Baker ended a long Wizard drought by banking one in off the glass with 2:19 to go.

With 52.1 seconds left, Jordan Brady (6'6''-F-83) cut the gap to 94-92. Again Baker responded with a jumper. A three-point play from Moore brought the Stampede to within 96-95, but Baker made sure that was a close as Idaho would get.

Baker went 5-for-5 from the line over the final 30 seconds. That included the freebie that came when Tony Bobbitt took a technical with 7.7 seconds to play for calling a timeout the Stampede didnt have.

(Baker) wanted the ball there late, Bjorkgren said. When he gets that look in his eye, hes tough to stop.

Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Siena) had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Wizards, who improved to 20-16.

We were upset with what happened the last two games, as a coaching staff, as players, Bjorkgren said. We just wanted to get it right.

Courtesy of http://bismarcktribune.com


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  DR CONGO   


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



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

   #1. Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, college: Princeton) contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona''s victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A 70-67 in the Euroleague last Wednesday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in only 14 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group H. Regal FC Barcelona (6-0) is placed first. So far Regal FC Barcelona won all six games in the Top 16. Wallace''s team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Top 16. And that game will be critical. It''s Wallace''s first season with the team. This year he averages: 3.6ppg and 2.3rpg in the 15 games he played so far. Wallace is a naturalized American.

   #2. Yannick Bokolo (190-G-85) led Gravelines-Dunkerque to a victory over the bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon 85-60 in the French ProA last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Bokolo scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (17-3) is placed second in the ProA. It''s Bokolo''s fourth season with the team. This season he averages: 8.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg. Bokolo has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and French. Despite his DR Congolese passport, Bokolo previously played for the French National Team and is probably not eligible to play for the DR Congolese team.

   #3. Olivier Ilunga (185-G-84) led 08 Stockholm to a victory over the seventh-ranked Solna Vikings 89-77 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Ilunga scored 28 points (!!!) and added 3 assists in 32 minutes. 08 Stockholm (15-17) is placed eighth in the Basketligan. There are only 3 games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Ilunga averages: 9.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.3apg in the 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Swedish. Despite Ilunga''s DR Congolese passport, he previously played for the Swedish National Team.

   #4. Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86, college: Maryland) was the major contributor in an Aix-Maurienne''s victory against the 14th-ranked Le Portel 89-75 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 17 rebounds. Osby also added and 2 blocks. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (15-9) is placed fifth in the ProB. It''s Osby''s first season with the team. Osby is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Osby averages: 15.1ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6bpg. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Osby played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #5. Charles Kahudi (197-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the French ProA could not help Le Mans (12-8) to beat Paris-Levallois (14-14) despite his good performance on Saturday. Kahudi scored 10 points in 39 minutes. But Le Mans Sarthe Basket (#6) lost 78-85 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Paris-Levallois. Kahudi has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.2apg in the 18 games. He has both DR Congolese and French nationalities. Despite Kahudi''s DR Congolese passport, he previously played for the French National Team.

   #6. Yannick Anzuluni (205-G/F, college: Houghton), who plays in the NBL Canada could not help the Quebec Kebs (22-14) to beat the Halifax Rainmen (23-23) despite his good performance on Sunday. Anzuluni scored 11 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. His team were crushed 127-75. Anzuluni has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.2apg. He also holds two passports: DR Congolese and Canadian.

   #7. Bismack Biyombo (207-C-92), who plays in the NBA could not help the Charlotte Bobcats (4-31) to beat the Detroit Pistons (12-12). Biyombo scored only 4 points and blocked 2 blocks in 9 minutes on the court. His team lost 94-109. This year Biyombo averages: 3.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.7bpg in the 32 games.

   #8. Kris Morlende (182-PG-79), who plays in the French ProB (second division) could not help Nantes (11-13) to beat Lille Metropole (13-13). He cannot count Friday''s game as one of the best ones. Morlende scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 73-65. This season Morlende averages: 1.7ppg. He holds both DR Congolese and French passports.


Other top DR Congolese players, who play abroad:

Dikembe Mutombo (218-C-66) plays for Hermine Nantes Atlantique in the NBA
Christian Eyenga (199-G-89) plays for Hermine Nantes Atlantique in the NBA
Henri Kandolo (194-G-91) plays for Le Mans in the French ProA
Igor Ibaka (203-F/C-92) plays for Assignia Manresa in the Spanish ACB
Bob Tshitenge (193-F-82) plays for Antwerp Giants in the Belgian D1
Menji Mundadi (189-G-86) plays for Pieno Zvaigzdes in the Lithuanian LKL
Bienvenue Letuni (227-C-94) plays for FIATC Joventut in the Spanish ACB
Webber Lufanga (188-G-94) plays for FIATC Joventut in the Spanish ACB
Abdel Bouckar (C) plays for Libolo in the Angolan D1
Veron Bin Tabu-Eboma (183-G-82) plays for Etha in the Cypriot Division A
Ken Bongo Nsoli (204-C/F-91) plays for Poitiers in the French ProA

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


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 20-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 16-2 
 3. Tarvas 15-7 
 4. Rapla 13-10 
 5. TTU 10-12 
 6. Tln Kalev 9-15 
 7. Parnu 3-20 
 8. Valga 3-21 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.9 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.7 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas17.7 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.5 
 5. Soo, Rapla17.4 
 6. Pilk, TTU17.1 
 7. Raap, Parnu16.3 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 9. Arnold, TTU14.6 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.5 
 2. Arnold, TTU8.8 
 3. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.3 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla8.1 
 6. Blaus, Valga7.8 
 7. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 8. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.6 
 9. Allingu, Tartu U.6.8 
 10. Amis, Tartu Uliko.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.2 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 4. Raap, Parnu3.5 
 5. Keedus, TTU3.4 
 6. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.4 
 7. Pilk, TTU3.3 
 8. Dorbek, Tarvas3.3 
 9. Karner, Parnu2.8 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 3. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 4. Dorbek, Tarvas2.1 
 5. Kaldre, Rapla2.1 
 6. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.0 
 7. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 9. Keedus, TTU1.7 
 10. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.8 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.5 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.4 
 4. Blaus, Valga1.0 
 5. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 7. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas0.6 
 9. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.5 
 10. Makke, TTU0.5 


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Euroleague Commercial Assets Board looks to future - by Kostas Papadopoulos
The members of the Euroleague Commercial Assets Board met in Barcelona, Spain on Monday to discuss to new projects for future Turkish Airlines Euroleague and Eurocup seasons. Board members were presented with the 2012-13 calendar already approved in October 2011, as well as various proposals for modifications of the Euroleague competition bylaws. The changes proposed include adding the name of the city in the team name where this is not already present, standardizing the scorers table layout in all arenas, increasing the number of Game of the Week productions that each club can host each season in accordance with the calendar extension, and creating a new roles for company representation and club collaboration. During this presentation, board members were able to discuss a proposal from FIBA regarding the structure of National Team competitions in the future.

The ECA board members also were briefed on the latest work to increase the Financial Stability and Fairplay amongst clubs participating in Euroleague Basketball competitions. With the assistance of Jan Pommer, Managing Director of the Beko Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) of Germany, Euroleague Basketball has been discussing a project of how to increase the financial well-being of the competition and its participating clubs. Using BBL and UEFA methods as possible examples, the proposal includes financial and accounting models that ensure good financial practices, reinforce rational decision-making processes and optimize the clubs' financial stability. During the presentation, board members discussed the need to harmonize the system and to pursue a long-term approach to guarantee the financial capability of clubs. Clubs discussed a possible timeline to review the proposal and future implementations.

To finalize the meeting board members were informed of the general assembly of the European Club Association for football, which took place February 28th in Warsaw, Poland. In that meeting UEFA and the European Clubs Association announced a new agreement with regards to remuneration clubs will receive for their players joining their national teams, an insurance policy that UEFA will finance for all national team games both official and friendly, and a reduction in the national team calendar.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Chris NDOW
  (195-F/G-93)
  Avg: 23
 1. Ndow, NOR23.0 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK22.0 
 3. Ivanov, BUL18.3 
 4. Solomon, ISR17.5 
 5. Borg, SWE17.0 
 6. Ivanovic, MNT16.8 
 7. Olah, ROM16.7 
 8. N''Dumba-C., SUI15.7 
 9. Reinholt, DEN15.5 
 10. Polfer, LUX14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clint N''DUMBA-CAPELA
  SUI
  (202-F-94)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. N''Dumba-C., SUI15.7 
 2. Olah, ROM14.0 
 3. Bojanovsky, SVK13.3 
 4. Burjanadze, GEO11.7 
 5. Filip, ROM10.3 
 6. Magarity, SWE9.0 
 7. Larsen, DEN8.8 
 8. Mollekens, BEL8.3 
 9. Solomon, ISR8.3 
 10. Eliasson, SWE8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Simon KRAJCOVIC
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Krajcovic, SVK7.4 
 2. Cristiean, ROM5.7 
 3. Kasalica, MNT4.8 
 4. Ventura, POR4.7 
 5. Karamfilov, BUL4.4 
 6. Ivanovic, MNT4.0 
 7. Maayan, ISR4.0 
 8. Person, SWE3.9 
 9. Spencer, ENG3.7 
 10. Filip, ROM3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Simon KRAJCOVIC
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Krajcovic, SVK5.6 
 2. Laane, EST3.8 
 3. Wilk, AUT3.0 
 4. Borg, SWE3.0 
 5. Jakab, HUN3.0 
 6. Ndow, NOR2.7 
 7. Ivanovic, MNT2.6 
 8. Gvozden, AUT2.4 
 9. Reinholt, DEN2.4 
 10. Menco, ISR2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Boris BOJANOVSKY
  SVK
  (215-C-93)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Bojanovsky, SVK4.2 
 2. Magarity, SWE3.9 
 3. Olah, ROM2.9 
 4. N''Dumba-C., SUI2.4 
 5. Kok, NED2.1 
 6. Larsen, DEN1.9 
 7. Graham, ENG1.6 
 8. Dimitrov, BUL1.3 
 9. Pavic, MNT1.3 
 10. Kolb, AUT1.1 


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KORISLIIGA: Kataja crushed UU-Korihait - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 33: It's a long way from Uusikaupunki to Joensuu. This fact could be seen on the figures, when UU-Korihait visited Joensuu and scored seven (7) points during the first 10 minutes vs hosting Kataja. Kataja had 24 pts already in the same time. Kataja (26-7) crushed UU-Korihait (12-21) by 35 points 91-56 (48-22). Quarters: 24-7, 24-15, 21-12, 22-22. Kataja's Jeremy Price (203-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) got back on his level and led the hosts with 17 pts. Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) added 15 pts and Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86) netted 15 pts as well. Korihait had only one player in double digits: Cedric Latimer (198-F-87, college: St.Francis, PA) (16 pta). James Reaves (203-F-82, agency: TSS Management, college: Niagara) DNP.
Kataja - Korihait 91-56 (48-22). (Jeremy Price 17, Sami Lehtoranta 15/9, Samuel Haanpaa 15 - Cedric Latimer 16, Petri Heinonen 8, Jonathan Moore 8).




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Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) We Wanted To Make Sure That Coach Igor Perovic Got A Win On His Birthday - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Joshua Young (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Lawton, Oklahoma. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the big 90-80 win against Phoenix Hagen

A big 90-80 win against Phoenix Hagen at home. How big was this win snapping your two game losing streak and still keeping the playoff hopes alive?

This was such an important game for us. More than anything, we needed to get back to winning games. We were able to build some confidence with this win.

Phoenix Hagen had the 46-40 lead at halftime. What did head coach birthday boy Igor Perovic tell the team to do better in the second half?

We made some defensive adjustments at halftime. We were scoring the ball well but needed to stop them in transition and play better one on one defense. We were able to do that the second half.

The Tigers scored 50 points in the second half and what adjustments did the Tigers make and what was key in the team getting the win?

We were more aggressive offensively in the second half. We looked to run in transition as well as take advantage of any matchups that favored us. We executed well down the stretch.

Reggie Redding, Vaughn Duggins and your self combined for 69 of the team 90 points. It was a team effort, but how important is it at times to have extra support just from a few guys to make the difference in the scoring?

We have so many guys who can score for us. Every game it seems as though different players are filling up the stats sheet. It is important to our success that we always have this consistency.



What was your impression of new Phoenix Hagen guard Davin White who was part of the L.A Clippers roster years ago?


He was another quick guard who can get to the basket, create his own shot and shoot the outside shot.



What is your take on the Miami Heat loss to the Utah Jazz where Lebron James passed up a last shot to win the game, but opted to pass it to his teammate Udonis Haslem? Fans have been ripping him.


I think Lebron made the right basketball play. I know people want to see him shoot the last shot. But if Haslem would have hit the shot, nobody would have said anything.


What is the perfect birthday gift for Igor Perovic?


I know coach is proud of how we battled our way back to win the game. We wanted to make sure he got a win on his birthday.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I havent seen any DVDs in a while. I want to see SafeHouse though.

Thanks Josh for the chat.


Are The Los Angeles Lakers Really Interested in TBB Trier Big Man Maik Zirbes? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
When watching an exciting professional basketball game in Europe, one is usually fixated on the play, but if a Magic Johnson, Giselle Bnchen or a Jay-Z were to enter the building, people would notice, but when an NBA scout or GM sets foot in an arena unless its Kevin Mchale, it will mostly go about as unnoticed as if star soccer David Beckham had traded his model looks for a year to live on a deserted island and do a cast away impersonation of Tom Hanks and return with that scruffy look, he would probbaly not be allowed to enter. Having scouts or NBA Gms in attendance in German arenas is nothing uncommon and it is something that often happens. Months ago, when Jon Leuer was still showing his pre NBA craft with the Fraport Skyliners, Milwaukee Buck GM John Hammond was a guest in the Fraport arena, or Oklahoma Thunder GM Sam Presti knows where to get the best seat in the Stechert arena in Bamberg when watching his future player Tibor Pleiss do battle. According to numerous reports and www.ballineurope.com, former Real Madrid and current Los Angeles Lakers scout Antonio Maceiras was in Bamberg recently to watch TBB Trier German big man Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) get blown out with his team 78-36. It has been no secret that Zirbes has been on the radar of many top teams in Europe, but the well known Lakers scout never confirmed if he was really there to watch Zirbes, but one could assume though. 'I prefer to not talk about that, but you could just check the ages of the players', stated Antonio Maceiras. 22 year old Zirbes is really coming into his own this season averaging 28 minutes per game after averaging 18 minutes last season and is making 10,7ppg and 6,8rpg while shooting 58% from the field this season. He also showed his talent at the 2010 U-20 European championsships averaging 11,7ppg and 6,8rpg. With less than two months to go in the Beko BBL regular season, it seems less likely that his team TBB Trier will make the playoffs. What happens with his future is in the stars, but a change to a top European team should be his route in the future and the chance of being drafted is always a possibility since one has seen strange things happen over the last years with unpredictable draft choices getting picked. Zirbes also has been climbing in the Draft Express rankings moving from #17 to #5 recently for the birth year 1990. There are often surprises in the NBA Draft and who knows, Zirbes might just have his name called in the future

Source: www.ballineurope.com


Uni-Riesen Leipzig to play in the Euroleague in 2016? - by Moritz Korff
Uni-Riesen Leipzig, the University Giants in English, have been a solid member of the 2. Bundesliga Pro B since moving up to the league in 2010. They are currently in the playoffs and won the first game of the series against BG Dorsten on Saturday 85-82. But all of a sudden, the club is making headlines with Bayern Munichesque plans. Until 2014 the Uni-Riesen aim to move up to the BBL and in 2016 the club wants to compete in the Euroleague, online service l-iz.de says. But as a first step, the Leipzig team plans to earn a spot in the Pro A by moving up this or next season. Another option, if the 'regular' qualification should fail, would be to apply for a wildcard, if an open spot should pop up.
To meet its ambitious plans, the club added two fresh faces to its executive staff: Jonas Vainauskas, formerly the General Director of Lithuanian powerhouse Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, and Joachim Stumpf, the General Manager of Mitteldeutscher BC from 1992 to 2003. 'I really believe that Leipzig has a potential which is not really realized by the local people yet. But it's clear that this can be a strong basketball town of European magnitude', Vainauskas told TV-station MDR.


Gary Johnson: BBL? "I guess all that is missing really is the chance" - by Moritz Korff
Since 2009 Gary Johnson (188-PG-82, college: Cent.Florida) has been a vital part of BV Chemnitz 99. The 29-year-old guard is not only the team captain of the 2. Bundesliga Pro A side, but also the team's leading scorer. In 24 games played this season Johnson has averaged 16.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists (another team-high) and close to two steals per contest. He told Eurobasket.com about this current campaign with the Niners, the upcoming playoffs and his ambitions to play in the BBL.

Your team is currently ranked 4th in the Pro A. Despite Sunday's loss: What has been working for the Niners so far this season?
Gary Johnson: Two answers come to mind regarding this question. The first being that we approach every game with the mentality that the play-offs have already started. And the second being defense. It is no secret that Chemnitz basketball is a defense first type of basketball. We prepare for every opponent properly, systems as well as individual players. There are plenty of teams in the Pro A with great offensive fire power. But we pride ourselves on the defensive end.

Three Americans, including yourself, have returned to Chemnitz prior to this current season: In what way is this continuity paying off now?
Donald Lawson, Ty Shaw, and myself only tells half of the story of players returning to Chemnitz. Phillip Stachula, Jorge Schmidt, Alex Rosenthal, the list continues... For sure we lost some key players from last season to this one. But we added Joleik Schafferath and also Takumi Ishizaki. Every player on our complete roster has spent a minimum of two seasons together other than Ishi. I've played three season with Phil, four with Rosie, three with Felix Daghofer and Mario Nagler. Ty, Don, and Jorge two seasons. We know each other on and off the court, our chemistry is consistant from year to year. It makes us close, a single unit and we perform that way on the basketball floor.

Do you think the Niners will have a shot at the Pro A championship during the playoffs?
Personally I'd rather think about the opponent we have on the coming weekend, but when looking at the big picture I must say anything is possible. We came so close to a BBL qualifiying spot last season. We put oursevles in a postion to where we held our fate in our own hands. My teammates and I remember how that ended. The good thing is that we faced that situation together and we are stilll together fighting for another shot at it.

How important will it be to have played a stellar regular season, when everything is kind of reset in the playoffs?
I think I speak for most, when I say that I am happy there is a play-off system now. In the past years, a bad two weeks could kill a teams dreams at championship. Then you'd have to rely on a team above you to make a mistake in order to have a small chance. The regular season is very important in determing play-off position, who is in, who is out.

Do you see any pros and cons in playing for such a young coach like Felix Schreier?
In my opinion his age doesn't matter much. He works hard, and that's important. It helps that we have pretty much the same group of guys back from last season, and he was our assistant coach then. So our overall style of gameplay didn't change all that much.

Through the years you have worked your way up from the 1. Regionalliga to the Pro A and received individual honors in each league. What's missing to make the next step, to the BBL?
What's missing? Great question, maybe a question that should be addressed to the inbox of all the BBL clubs in Germany... I've had a few looks from BBL teams over the years. My best guess is that they'd rather take chances on players whom they know, nothing about with hopes that they adapt to the European style of play in a hurry. I guess all that is missing really is the chance. While in the regional league, teams asked: Can he play Pro B? Then after Pro B: Can he play Pro A? I answered each of those questions with solid play at each level. So now it's only one more level to prove myself on...

Are you currently playing your best season overseas so far?
Each year has different challenges than the previous year. I like to think that I have improved year to year. But this season is not over yet and my team and I still have goals to be accomplished. So until that final minute is played I can only say that I am happy with my play til this point. But there is always room for improvement...


Zamal Nixon (Herten Lions) We Definitely Wouldnt Have Won Game 1 Without Vincent Kittmann And Christoph Hackenesch - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Zamal Nixon (185-G-89, college: Houston) is a 185cm guard from Brooklyn, New York that is a rookie playing in Germany for t Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB). He played at Houston (NCAA) from 2007-2011. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 10.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.7apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 92.2%. Currently for Herten, he is averaging 24,3ppg, 2,9rpg and 6,9apg. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 100-91 win in OT against TV Langen.

Congrats on the 100-91 OT win against TV Langen. This was a hard piece of work to win. Will this difficult win make the team mentally stronger for game 2 in Langen?


Well as I said before we knew this wasn't going to be an easy game, so in order to win the next one we're going to have to be even more ready to play, and do a better job defensively.


TV Langen had the 43-41 lead at halftime. What were the main reasons for trailing at halftime?


I thought we both played pretty evenly up until the half. They were only up by 2 at the half and that's because they closed out the half with a buzzer beating layup. Had we got the stop it would have been a tie ball game going into the half

In the third quarter, Herten regained the lead. What adjustments did Herten make?


In the 3rd we played better defensively and got some stops. That allowed us to get out on the break and get some easy baskets in transition

Herten had the 8 point lead in the fourth quarter, but Nate Drury took the game into OT with a shot. Describe the last play to bring the game into OT?


Even before that game tying shot, Dury hit about 5 3s in a row he really had it going from beyond the arch. But that last play we did a good job defensively I thought, but the play kind of got broken up and the ball got to Dury's hand and he hit a really tough contested 3.

Herten also got good support from other players, but probbaly wouldnt have won without the strong play by Vincent Kittman and Christoph Hackenesch. How big was their play?

Yes we definitely wouldn't have won without them they combined for about 35 rebounds, and they made some key plays down the stretch. Vince really did a great job on Dury in the OT

Did you have that Michael Jordan or Kobe feeling in OT as you scored 10 of the 16 points taking charge to win the game?

haha no I wouldn't say I felt like those guys, I honestly didn't realize I had that many points in the overtime period. A lot of those points came at the line when Langen was trying to foul to extend the game.

Herten has the home court advantage. What will be key in wrapping up the series in Langen?


The key to every game is always how well you can stop the other team defensively, if we come out and guard Langen the way we did in the Overtime period we should win the game

What is your take on the Rajon Rondo trade rumors? Why do the Boston Celtics need to trade him?

I personally don't see the need to trade him. He may not score as well as some of the other guards in the league but he does other things that separates him from those guards. Not to many guards can go out there and put up the type of numbers he did the other night against the Knicks.


Will there be another point guard to score 50 plus points in the near future besides a Deron Williams?


: I don't know if another guard will do that this season but I think Monta Ellis, D. Rose, and R. Westbrook can put up that many points in a game.

Thanks Zamal for the chat.


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IBL announces league schedule for 2012 season - by Kip Leonetti
The International Basketball League has released their much-anticipated full league schedule today, featuring a variety in competitors and international participation not seen in recent years.

The IBL's eighth season will tip off April 20 with the Olympia Reign looking to be kings of their new court inside the Skookum Creek Events Center at the Little Creek Casino Resort against the Bellingham Slam, with both teams ready to compete for a championship. The next night, the Slam will host their home opener versus the Salem Soldiers at Whatcom Pavilion in Bellingham on April 21.

''We are very excited about our schedule going into this season. Our fans will be treated to a great variety of opponents with eight different teams visiting Bellingham, including several who havent made the trip up here in a number of years,'' commented Slam General Manager Bob Hofstetter. ''Weve also circled May 11 on our calendar as we will have our first chance to face the Volcanoes, who knocked us out of the playoffs last year.''

From coast to coast and internationally, the match-ups this season will be some of the best yet. The Orlando Venom will host the Edmonton Energy, who will be glad to see some sun versus snow, at their home opener at the Winter Park Community Center April 27.

''The Orlando Venom is indeed excited as our inaugural full season is nearly upon us. Our excitement has steadily escalated through the past several months as we transitioned from a Branding Team to a Full Season Team. Our players, coaches, dance team, sponsors, and fans eagerly await opening tip-off,'' Head Coach and Owner Barry Mestel stated emphatically.

Meanwhile on April 28, the 2011 IBL Champion Vancouver Volcanoes will open at home against the Salem Soldiers, led by owner Price Johnson, who predicted recently, ''Frankly I expect us to win it all.'' If you are closer to the city of Portland, you can see the Chinooks host the Olympia Reign the same night in Clackamas. The Chinooks are also expected to have a competitive spirit this season as owner Terry Emmert stated, ''Losing is not in our vocabulary.''

''We wanted to ensure each of our teams had the opportunity to host games on the most favorable dates in their community, upgrade their venues and ensure variety in opponents. You will also notice our full season teams play a 20-game season before the playoffs on July 6-7, and we have maintained our branding program to allow teams an opportunity to operate at a quarter season capacity to build and determine viability,'' IBL Commissioner Graf shared about the IBL league schedule and outlook for the 2012 season.

On May 4 the Energy will host fans in their new venue, the Go Centre against another East Coast team, the Jersey G-Force. The G-Force is coached by Wes Matthews, a two-time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers playing under the famous coach Pat Riley.

''The Edmonton Energy are extremely excited for the upcoming 2012 season. What a great schedule and structure we have this year to play with. The Energy has grown in many areas and we are pleased with the direction that this league has taken. I believe there will be record crowds in Edmonton and everything on our end is definitely showing growth,'' Energy General Manager Rick Stanley shared.

Japan will land in the IBL May 26 bringing high quality players from the BJ League and will participate in a full season, while the highly competitive Yamhill Highflyers return for a branding season starting June 8, looking to participate in a full season in 2013.

The IBL's full schedule for all team may be viewed on the leagues website at www.ibl.com.



Salem Soldiers join IBL with NBA experience - by Kip Leonetti
Salem, Ore., has re-joined the International Basketball League under new ownership and will participate in the 2012 season, the league has announced.

The organization's ownership will be headed by the father-son duo of Price and James Johnson, who own The Hoop, a 51,000-square-foot indoor sports facility in Salem that features six basketball and volleyball courts. The facility hosts a number of leagues, clinics and camps for players of all ages and abilities. The facility's center court, which features seating for over 500 fans, will serve as the team's home floor for the 2012 season. The Hoop is located at 3575 Fairview Industrial Drive in Salem.

Price Johnson has years of experience working with NBA-caliber talent, as he has served as a special assignments coach for the Milwaukee Bucks under George Karl. Johnson also served in the same role with Nate McMillan and has coached many NBA talents from Sam Cassell, Ray Allen to Michael Redd and NBA Champion Jason Terry. For three years he also coached the EA Sports All-Star basketball squad as they toured the country playing exhibitions against collegiate teams.

James Johnson, who is the Director of Operations at The Hoop and will serve as the Soldiers' General Manager, played college basketball at Western Carolina University, where he was a teammate of current Houston Rockets guard Kevin Martin.

''We will have a very competitive team in the IBL this season, and frankly I expect us to win it all,'' Price Johnson predicted. ''We have already added Jeremiah Dominguez (5'6''-PG-85) and Phil Nelson (6'8''-F-88) from Portland State to the roster this season and I expect them to be key players for us.''

Salem is no stranger to great basketball as the Salem Stampede participated as a member of the IBL during the 2006 and 2007 seasons, and fielded top-notch teams both years. Notable players on the roster during that time included Keizer, Ore., native Grayson Boucher (5'10''-G-85, college: Chemeketa JC), who is best known as ''The Professor'' from the AND1 Mixtape streetball tour, and Eric Fiegi (6'9''-C-84), a former Corban College standout that led the IBL in scoring in 2006 and went on to play overseas for several seasons in France, Romania and Hungary.



''The return of Salem to the IBL under the new ownership of two great leaders in the basketball community strengthens our league, adding invaluable experience and community focus. The quality of our teams is vital to ensure we are creating authentic opportunities for our players, coaches and a great fan experience. The Johnsons bring all this and more to the table which will continue the growth, depth and validity of the IBL,'' the IBL Commissioner stated.

The Soldiers will open the 2012 season on the road against the Bellingham Slam on April 21. The team will make their home debut at The Hoop in Salem on May 12 against the Portland Chinooks. The teams full 20-game schedule, along with news on player additions and community outreach programs, will be announced shortly.

''We are excited to be partnered with the Salem Family YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club. We will also be hosting a number of clinics at elementary schools around Salem this season,'' commented Johnson when asked about community programs the Stampede will be involved in.




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WABA League: Mahram takes lead against Zob Ahan - by Eurobasket News
Mahram - Zob Ahan 100:86

Mahram recorded the first win in the WABA League semifinal series versus Zob Ahan. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) came up with 27 points to lead Mahram to the win in the opener.
Mahram dominated right from the start. They established a 23:13 lead after ten minutes of action. Zob Ahan got within striking distance in the second frame. The visitors trailed by just three points at the interval 44:47. But Mahram did not allow their opponents to pull in front. The hosts finished the third term up by 5 points 71:66. They then went on a 20:11 run late in regulation to clear off for the win. Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) produced 22 points, while Farid Aslani (183-PG-88) and Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) delivered 18 points each in the victory. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Connecticut) answered with 47 points for Zob Ahan. Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) had 20 points and 14 boards in defeat.

Mahram: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 27, Mahdi Kamrani 22, Farid Aslani 18, Nikoloz Tskitishvili 18+20 boards
Zob Ahan: Rashad Anderson 47, Loren Woods 20+14 boards



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Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 16-5 
 2. 11890 Killester 15-6 
 3. UCD Marian 6-15 
 4. Belfast Star 4-16 
South Conference
 1. UCC Demons 15-5 
 2. B.Gais Neptune 11-8 
 3. UL Eagles 11-10 
 4. Moycullen 4-17 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Shawn ATUPEM
  UCC Demons
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 25
 1. Atupem, UCC Demons25.0 
 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. Donnelly, DCU S.2.2 
 6. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.2 
 7. Madsen, 11890 K.2.1 
 8. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.1 
 9. McGinn, B.Gais N.1.9 
 10. Cunningham, Moycu.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 


SuperLeague Round 20: Leader DCU Saints lose to 11890 Killester - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in SuperLeague just ended.

Top ranked DCU Saints (16-5) recorded its fifth loss in Dublin on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by second ranked 11890 Killester (15-6) 73-54. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Strangely DCU Saints outrebounded 11890 Killester 54-40 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by DCU Saints' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when 11890 Killester made 16 blocks. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Robert Clarke (175-87) chipped in 11 points and 8 assists. Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. 11890 Killester have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 15-6 record having just -1 point less than leader DCU Saints. DCU Saints at the other side still keep top place with five games lost.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked UL Eagles (11-10) against fourth ranked Belfast Star (4-16) on Saturday night. Host UL Eagles were defeated by Belfast Star in a tough game in Limerick 75-80. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of UL Eagles. American forward Joshua Johnson (199-85, college: Bowie St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Scott Summersgill contributed with 19 points for the winners. The former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta St., agency: JEMsports) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for UL Eagles. Belfast Star maintains fourth position with 4-16 record. UL Eagles at the other side dropped to the third place with ten games lost.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cork. First ranked UCC Demons faced 3rd ranked UCD Marian. Host UCC Demons (15-5) defeated guests from Dublin (6-15) 84-66. Worth to mention a great performance of Shawn Atupem who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Owen McNally responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. UCC Demons have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-5 record. UCD Marian lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the third place with 15 games lost.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cork. Third ranked B.Gais Neptune faced 4th ranked Moycullen. Host B.Gais Neptune (11-8) smashed guests from Moycullen (4-17) 82-56. B.Gais Neptune moved-up to second place. Moycullen lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 17 games lost.



UCC Demons - UCD Marian 84-66

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cork. First ranked UCC Demons faced 3rd ranked UCD Marian. Host UCC Demons (15-5) defeated guests from Dublin (6-15) 84-66. UCC Demons dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to UCD Marian's 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Shawn Atupem (200-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Niall Murphy (180-86) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four UCC Demons players scored in double figures. Naturalized American power forward Owen McNally (203, college: Spring Hill) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Kevin Foley (193-83) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. UCC Demons have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-5 record. UCD Marian lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the third place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
UCC Demons: S.Atupem 27+10reb+4ast, N.Murphy 16+6reb+2ast, C.O'Sullivan 12+2reb+2ast, K.Hosford 12+1reb+3ast, N.O'Reilly 8+4reb+4ast, M.O'Leary 6+2reb
UCD Marian: O.McNally 16+9reb+2ast, K.Foley 14+5reb+2ast, C.Meany 6+3reb+2ast, C.James 5+1reb+1ast, K.Meany 5+3reb+3ast, M.Kelly 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 145191


UL Eagles - Belfast Star 75-80

Very important is a home loss of second ranked UL Eagles (11-10) against fourth ranked Belfast Star (4-16) on Saturday night. Host UL Eagles were defeated by Belfast Star in a tough game in Limerick 75-80. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of UL Eagles. Strangely UL Eagles outrebounded Belfast Star 41-25 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Joshua Johnson (199-85, college: Bowie St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. British guard Scott Summersgill (173-71) contributed with 19 points for the winners. The former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta St., agency: JEMsports) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Robert Taylor (188-83, college: Rider) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for UL Eagles. Four Belfast Star and five UL Eagles players scored in double figures. Belfast Star maintains fourth position with 4-16 record. UL Eagles at the other side dropped to the third place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Belfast Star: S.Dawson 20+1reb+1ast, S.Summersgill 19+1reb+3ast, J.Johnson 17+10reb+1ast, M.McKillop 11+7reb+1ast, P.Cummins 7+2reb+1ast, C.Johnston 4+3reb+1ast
UL Eagles: J.Killeen 18+13reb+1ast, E.Quigley 14+5reb+3ast, M.Hall 12+3reb+2ast, R.Taylor 11+8reb+5ast, S.Kinevane 10+3reb+5ast, R.Lynch 10+4reb+2ast
gschID: 145192


B.Gais Neptune - Moycullen 82-56

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cork. Third ranked B.Gais Neptune faced 4th ranked Moycullen. Host B.Gais Neptune (11-8) smashed guests from Moycullen (4-17) 82-56. B.Gais Neptune moved-up to second place. Moycullen lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 17 games lost.
gschID: 145193


DCU Saints - 11890 Killester 54-73

Top ranked DCU Saints (16-5) recorded its fifth loss in Dublin on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by second ranked 11890 Killester (15-6) 73-54. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Strangely DCU Saints outrebounded 11890 Killester 54-40 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by DCU Saints' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when 11890 Killester made 16 blocks. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Robert Clarke (175-87) chipped in 11 points and 8 assists. Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Keith Anderson (188-89) added 9 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. 11890 Killester have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 15-6 record having just -1 point less than leader DCU Saints. DCU Saints at the other side still keep top place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
11890 Killester: J.Turner 16+12reb+3ast, P.Madsen 12+1reb+2ast, R.Clarke 11+3reb+8ast, M.Gomes 9+2reb+1ast, M.Westbrooks 8+7reb+3ast, K.O'Brien 6+10reb+2ast
DCU Saints: M.Provizors 19+22reb+1ast, P.Glover 11+4reb+1ast, K.Anderson 9+3reb+4ast, M.Chubb 7+2reb, M.Trimmer 3+4reb+1ast, J.Donnelly 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 145190




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Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 18-3 
 2. Macc.B.Yaakov 16-5 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 16-5 
 4. Kiryat Tivon 12-9 
 5. Hod Hasharon 11-10 
 6. Ironi Nes-Ziona 11-10 
 7. Hapoel Afula 11-10 
 8. Ironi Ramat Gan 9-12 
 9. Elitzur Ramla 9-12 
 10. Hapoel Y/M 7-14 
 11. Ironi Nahariya 7-14 
 12. Ironi K-A 7-14 
 13. Lev Hasharon 7-14 
 14. Hapoel K/S 6-15 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Jermaine HALL
  Macc.B.Y.
  (196-F-80)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Hall, Macc.B.Y.24.7 
 2. McCollum, Hapoel K.24.2 
 3. Sanders, Hapoel Y.23.1 
 4. Clinch, Lev H.22.7 
 5. Miller, Macc.B.Y.22.3 
 6. Clemente, Kiryat T.21.8 
 7. Ginyard, Ironi N.21.3 
 8. Thondique, Hapoel20.7 
 9. Daniel, Ironi K-A20.5 
 10. Moragne, Elitzur20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.15.5 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel12.7 
 3. Rosefelt, Lev H.11.4 
 4. Moses, Hapoel K/S11.2 
 5. Blair, Ironi N.10.7 
 6. Turner, Hapoel Y/M10.3 
 7. Webb, Ironi R.9.9 
 8. Daniel, Ironi K-A9.5 
 9. Traimel, Ironi N.9.1 
 10. Bacon, Elitzur Ra.9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon7.8 
 2. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.9 
 3. Sukar, Hod Hashar.6.9 
 4. Berkowitz, Elitzu.6.5 
 5. Bannister, Ironi R.6.4 
 6. Eliyahu, Ironi N.6.3 
 7. Assaf, Ironi N.6.0 
 8. Rub, Lev Hasharon5.6 
 9. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.5.3 
 10. Gonzalez, Hod H.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon3.7 
 2. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.3.0 
 3. Miller, Macc.B.Y.2.8 
 4. Benn, Ironi N.2.7 
 5. Hofman, Elitzur2.5 
 6. Sanders, Hapoel Y.2.4 
 7. Berkowitz, Elitzu.2.4 
 8. Housman, Macc.B.Y.2.3 
 9. Eliyahu, Ironi N.2.2 
 10. Gonzalez, Hod H.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Ironi K-A
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Daniel, Ironi K-A2.7 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 3. Blair, Ironi N.2.0 
 4. Johnson, Hod H.1.8 
 5. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.8 
 6. Webb, Ironi R.1.6 
 7. Thondique, Hapoel1.5 
 8. Dawson, Ironi K-A1.4 
 9. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.4 
 10. Bacon, Elitzur Ra.1.2 


Tyus' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old forward Alex Tyus (203-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Maccabi Ashdod and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Maccabi Rishon (#4, 10-7) 80-69. Maccabi Ashdod maintains the 7th position in Israeli league. Maccabi Ashdod 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 8-9 record. Tyus turned to be Maccabi Ashdod's top player in his first season with the team. University of Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Tyus is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 66.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dion Dowell (200-F/G-85) of B.C. Habikaa. He is American swingman in his first season at B.C. Habikaa. In the last game Dowell recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead B.C. Habikaa to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Elitzur Netanya (#9, 5-12) 79-56. B.C. Habikaa's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-10 record. Dowell is a newcomer at B.C. Habikaa and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-G-87) of Bnei Hasharon (#10). Dunn got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of Bnei Hasharon, leading his team to a 85-84 win against the higher-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#5, 10-8). Bnei Hasharon can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Dunn he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Dunn has individually a great season in Israel. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) of Maccabi Haifa - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83) of Maccabi T-A - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Uri Kokia (202-F-81) of Hapoel J-M - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Tyler Wilkerson (202-F-88) of Maccabi Haifa - 24 points and 10 rebounds
8. Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86) of Maccabi T-A - 13 points and 8 rebounds
9. Brandon Bowman (204-F-84) of Maccabi Rishon - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Elishay Kadir (202-F-87) of Hapoel J-M - 19 points and 10 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)


National League Round 21 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Beer Yaakov (#2) forced the game against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#1) into an overtime, but lost by five points 92-97 on Tuesday night. The game took place in Beer Yaakov. But the guests from Tel-Aviv were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Beer Yaakov. It was a good game for Demontez Stitt who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Hapoel Tel-Aviv (18-3) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place. Beer Yaakov at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will face Hapoel Afula (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Beer Yaakov will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba (#14).

In the last two games of round 21 Hapoel K/S was smashed by Kiryat Tivon on the road 106-82. Bottom-ranked Hapoel Y/M won against Hod Hasharon on its own court 98-82. Elitzur Ramla unfortunately lost to Ironi Ramat Gan in a road game 92-101. Lev Hasharon recorded a loss to Ironi Nes-Ziona at home 90-102. Ironi K-A was defeated by Hapoel Afula on the opponent's court 85-83. Elitzur Yavne beat Ironi Nahariya in a home game 85-78.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 25 points and 20 rebounds by Ramon Clemente of Kiryat Tivon.



Macc.B.Yaakov - Hapoel T-A 92-97 OT

Beer Yaakov (#2) forced the game against Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#1) into an overtime, but lost by five points 92-97 on Tuesday night. The game took place in Beer Yaakov. But the guests from Tel-Aviv were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Beer Yaakov. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-19. But Beer Yaakov won third quarter 24-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Beer Yaakov used huge pressure winning it 20-15 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 13-18. Hapoel Tel-Aviv made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international Matan Naor (195-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) answered with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds and guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Beer Yaakov. Four Hapoel Tel-Aviv and five Beer Yaakov players scored in double figures. Hapoel Tel-Aviv (18-3) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place. Beer Yaakov at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will face Hapoel Afula (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Beer Yaakov will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba (#14).
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: D.Stitt 28+6reb+5ast, M.Naor 18+10reb+4ast, G.Eytan 15+3reb+4ast, C.Carr 13+6reb+4ast, B.Timor 7+4ast, J.Skjoldebrand 7+4reb+1ast
Macc.B.Yaakov: J.Hall 31+12reb+1ast, I.Buchman 17+7reb+2ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 16+6reb+8ast, N.Miller 13+7reb+1ast, I.Simin 12+5reb+3ast, N.Dvash 3+2reb
gschID: 145339


Kiryat Tivon - Hapoel K/S 106-82

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Kiryat Tivon (12-9) crushed at home bottom-ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (6-15) 106-82 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Kiryat Tivon. Hapoel Kfar Saba was better in third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kiryat Tivon made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Kiryat Tivon had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. It was a good game for American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 20 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American-Cape Verdean guard Joshua Gomes (190-83, college: E.Illinois) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Kiryat Tivon players scored in double figures. American guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) answered with 20 points and the other American import forward Marshall Moses (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Kfar Saba. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kiryat Tivon maintains fourth place with 12-9 record. Hapoel Kfar Saba lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. Kiryat Tivon will face Ironi Nahariya (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against the league's second-placed Beer Yaakov.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: R.Clemente 25+20reb+2ast, J.Gomes 21+2reb+4ast, L.Ariely 21+2reb+2ast, M.Shamis 12+3reb+5ast, O.Hover 11+2reb+3ast, V.Gandlin 9+1ast
Hapoel K/S: E.McCollum 20+2reb+2ast, M.Moses 16+5reb+3ast, E.Rotemberg 13+5reb, S.Kleimintz 9+4reb+3ast, A.Harush 8+1reb, O.Ron 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 145340


Hapoel Y/M - Hod Hasharon 98-82

There was an upset when higher ranked Hod Hasharon (11-10) lost on the road to fourteenth ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (7-14) 98-82 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Yokneam/Megido. Hod Hasharon was better in fourth quarter 28-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Hod Hasharon's 44 and made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Hod Hasharon 42-23 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Solomon Bozeman (185-87, college: UALR) who led his team to a victory with 37 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 8 assists. His fellow American import power forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fair Dickinson) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) answered with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Puerto Rican point guard Javier Gonzalez (182-89, college: N.Carolina St.) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Hod Hasharon. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Hod Hasharon keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido will face higher ranked Elitzur Ramla (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hod Hasharon will play against Ironi Nahariya (#11).
Top scorers:
Hapoel Y/M: S.Bozeman 37+7reb+8ast, I.Eiram 20+2reb+1ast, R.Turner 19+20reb+6ast, O.Ida 8+6reb, I.Stolero 8+2reb+3ast, T.Ber-Aven 6+3reb+1ast
Hod Hasharon: G.Gandel 26+6reb+6ast, J.Gonzalez 16+5reb+5ast, A.Johnson 14+6reb+1ast, J.Mintz 9+2reb+2ast, O.Winter 8+1ast, C.Dewhurst 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 145335


Ironi Ramat Gan - Elitzur Ramla 101-92

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when ninth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (9-12) won against at home 8th ranked Elitzur Ramla (9-12) 101-92 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 101-92. Ironi Ramat Gan looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for guard Dror Davidi (190-84) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward Ryan Bacon (200-88, college: St.Peter's, agency: Strategic Sports) answered with 32 points and 8 rebounds (on 15-of-17 shooting from the field) and guard Ilan Berkowitz (186-75) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists in the effort for Elitzur Ramla. Five Ironi Ramat Gan and four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. Ironi Ramat Gan moved-up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Elitzur Ramla. Ironi Ramat Gan will face higher ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (#6) in Nes Ziyona in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: D.Davidi 20+7reb+5ast, R.Webb 19+10reb+1ast, R.Pitshon 15+8reb+3ast, A.Tamir 15+2reb, Y.Yatzkan 15+3reb+1ast, T.Bannister 12+2reb+8ast
Elitzur Ramla: R.Bacon 32+8reb+3ast, I.Berkowitz 15+7reb+14ast, M.Badalov 14+5reb, O.Cohen 11+5reb+3ast, S.Moragne 8+2reb, A.Ohana 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 145336


Lev Hasharon - Ironi Nes-Ziona 90-102

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Lev Hasharon (7-14) lost at home to seventh ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (11-10) 102-90 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Nes-Ziona. Lev Hasharon was better in fourth quarter 31-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Nes-Ziona made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for point guard Dori Assaf (178-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 assists. American forward Gabe Blair (203-87, college: Wichita St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American forward Grady Reynolds (198-80, college: St.John's, agency: Strategic Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for Lev Hasharon. Five Ironi Nes-Ziona and four Lev Hasharon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Hapoel Afula. Loser Lev Hasharon dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona will face Ironi Ramat Gan (#8) at home in the next round. Lev Hasharon will play against Ironi Kiryat Ata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Michael Dunne 21+7reb+2ast, G.Blair 19+13reb+1ast, D.Assaf 19+3reb+11ast, T.Karpeles 18+8reb+2ast, B.Benn 15+5reb+2ast, D.Bank 5+1reb+2ast
Lev Hasharon: G.Reynolds 20+15reb, S.Ray 19+6reb+9ast, O.Rub 15+2reb+4ast, A.Sela 13+5reb+3ast, A.Kazarnovski 8+1reb+2ast, V.Yeremishin 6+2reb
gschID: 145337


Hapoel Afula - Ironi K-A 85-83

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Hapoel Afula (11-10) edged at home 11th ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (7-14) 85-83 on Tuesday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Ironi Kiryat Ata was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 28-24 charge of Hapoel Afula, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. Hapoel Afula looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Ronny LeMelle (196-81, college: Auburn) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Tony Younger (200-80, college: Spring Hill, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and forward Lenny Daniel (201-87, college: CS Northridge) added 18 points in the effort for Ironi Kiryat Ata. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Afula moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Ironi Nes-Ziona. Ironi Kiryat Ata lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. Hapoel Afula will face league's leader Hapoel Tel-Aviv on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Lev Hasharon (#13).
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: E.Eliyah 19+1reb+4ast, G.Thondique 16+9reb+4ast, R.LeMelle 16+6reb+3ast, Y.Deri 11+2reb+4ast, H.Shifman 9+1reb+3ast, E.Knafo 7+6reb+1ast
Ironi K-A: L.Daniel 18+3reb+1ast, A.Nanikashvili 17+2ast, T.Younger 14+7reb+3ast, I.Nanikashvili 10+4reb+6ast, G.Halamish 9+5reb+1ast, L.Moran 8+1reb
gschID: 145338


Elitzur Yavne - Ironi Nahariya 85-78

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Ironi Nahariya (7-14) lost on the road to third ranked Elitzur Yavne (16-5) 85-78 on Tuesday. Ironi Nahariya was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 31-21 charge of Elitzur Yavne, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) contributed with 23 points for the winners. American forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and the other American import swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Five Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Elitzur Yavne. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Macc.B.Yaakov. Loser Ironi Nahariya keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Elitzur Yavne will face Hod Hasharon (#5) on the road in the next round. Ironi Nahariya will play against Hod Hasharon (#5).
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: E.Hofman 23+4reb+1ast, B.Laing 20+10reb+3ast, N.Golan 12+3reb+6ast, K.Wilson 10+4reb+1ast, A.Cohen 6+1reb, E.Engel 6+4reb+6ast
Ironi Nahariya: E.Traimel 21+10reb+3ast, M.Ginyard 14+6reb+1ast, E.Saudai 11+1reb+1ast, A.Matta 11+6reb+3ast, A.Eliyahu 10+4reb+3ast, M.Snir 6+3reb
gschID: 145334




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Nazionale A Round 28: Recanati defeats Bari in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 6 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 28 in the Nazionale A took place in Recanati. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of their biggest opponent Bari (14-13) to first ranked Recanati (15-11) 78-76 in the game for the first place. Bari trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 29-14 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 76-78 at the end of the game. Recanati made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Bari turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Bari helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Andrea Traini (-93) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 assists and center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side naturalized Argentinian forward Silvio Gigena (200-75) responded with 18 points. Bari's coach Giovanni Putignano rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Recanati have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-11 record, which they share with Ferentino. Newly promoted Bari keeps the second place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Chieti. Recanati is looking forward to face Latina Basket (#4) on the road in the next round. Bari will play against Fabriano and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Third-ranked Ferentino (15-11) gave a tough game to first ranked Napoli (23-5). The visitors from Napoli managed to secure only one-point victory 102-101. However their fans expected easier game. The winners were led by naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) who scored that evening 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and Andrea Iannilli supported him with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 21 points and 18 rebounds by power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91) did not help to save the game for Ferentino. Ferentino's coach Franco Gramenzi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Napoli maintains first position with 23-5 record which they share with defeated Ferentino. Ferentino at the other side still keeps top place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Recanati. Napoli will play against Anagni (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Ferentino will play against Matera (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Trieste (18-9) against fourth ranked Casalpusterlengo (16-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Trieste was defeated by Casalpusterlengo in Casalpusterlengo 73-63. Roberto Prandin fired 23 points and 5 assists for the winners. Casalpusterlengo's coach Simone Lottici used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Marco Maganza produced 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Casalpusterlengo have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Treviglio. Loser Trieste keeps the second position with nine games lost. Casalpusterlengo will meet Pavia (#5) on the road in the next round. Trieste will play against the league's leader Trento and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Orlandina. Second ranked host Orlandina (17-10) defeated 4th ranked Latina Basket (12-15) 76-60. It was a very good performance for Nicholas Crow who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Latina Basket's coach Mattia Ferrari let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Orlandina maintains second position with 17-10 record having eight points less than leader Napoli. Latina Basket at the other side keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. Orlandina's next round opponent will be Mazzeo San Severo (#4) on the road. Latina Basket will play against the league's leader Recanati.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ferentino. Third ranked host Ferentino (15-11) defeated 4th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (11-16) 54-46. Worth to mention a great performance of Francesco Ihedioha who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Ferentino's coach Franco Gramenzi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Ferentino keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Recanati. Loser Mazzeo San Severo keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. Ferentino will face Matera (#5) on the road in the next round. Mazzeo San Severo will play against the league's second-placed Orlandina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 28: Matera lost to Napoli on the opponent's court 69-77. Fabriano managed to outperform Ruvo in a home game 62-54. Anagni recorded a loss to Chieti on the road 65-75. Trento defeated Torino on its own court 88-82. Treviglio was beaten by Omegna in a road game 81-71. Comsum.it SI won against Pavia at home 89-71. Firenze unfortunately lost to Perugia on the opponent's court 80-88. Santarcangelo rolled over Castelletto in a home game 80-51. Latina Basket was defeated by Anagni on the road 74-64. Chieti beat San Severo on its own court 70-57. Santarcangelo destroyed Comsum.it SI in Sant'Arcangelo 83-55.



Napoli - Matera 77-69

Very expected game when 5th ranked Matera (11-15) was defeated on the road by first ranked Napoli (23-5) 77-69 on Sunday. Matera was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 28-18 charge of Napoli, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Matera turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Nelson Rizzitiello (198-84) who added 16 points during the contest. At the losing side naturalized Argentinian guard Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) responded with 18 points and swingman Andrea LaGioia (194-86, agency: Players Group) scored 14 points. Matera's coach Francesco Ponticiello gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Napoli maintains first position with 23-5 record. Matera lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Napoli will face Anagni (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Matera will play against Ferentino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Matera: S.Vico 18+3reb+1ast, A.LaGioia 14+4reb, G.Cantagalli 10+5reb+1ast, C.Grappasonni 9+5reb+1ast, A.Pilotti 8+4reb+2ast, P.Aprea 6+3reb+2ast
Napoli: B.Musso 24+6reb+3ast, N.Rizzitiello 16+2reb+1ast, S.Gatti 15+3reb+1ast, N.Bastone 8+7reb+1ast, P.Rotondo 8+4reb, N.Sabbatino 2+4reb+4ast
gschID: 135894


Orlandina - Latina Basket 76-60

The game between Top Four teams took place in Orlandina. Second ranked host Orlandina (17-10) defeated 4th ranked Latina Basket (12-15) 76-60. They outrebounded Latina Basket 40-24 including a 34-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Orlandina especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. It was a very good performance for forward Nicholas Crow (199-89) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Guard Gionata Zampolli (189-85) contributed with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Tommaso Milani (190-88) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) added 10 points in the effort for Latina Basket. Latina Basket's coach Mattia Ferrari let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Newly promoted Orlandina maintains second position with 17-10 record having eight points less than leader Napoli. Latina Basket at the other side keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. Orlandina's next round opponent will be Mazzeo San Severo (#4) on the road. Latina Basket will play against the league's leader Recanati.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: T.Milani 15+5reb+3ast, M.Micevic 10+2reb+3ast, T.Plateo 6+2reb+1ast, R.Serena 5+1reb+1ast, A.Quarisa 4+2reb, G.Gazzotti 4+4reb
Orlandina: N.Crow 22+3reb, D.Bonacini 14+1reb+4ast, A.Benevelli 11+10reb, G.Zampolli 9+9reb+6ast, L.Bisconti 8+2reb+2ast, M.Cardinali 6+4reb+6ast
gschID: 135895


Recanati - Bari 78-76

The most exciting game of round 28 in the Nazionale A took place in Recanati. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of their biggest opponent Bari (14-13) to first ranked Recanati (15-11) 78-76 in the game for the first place. Bari trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 29-14 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 76-78 at the end of the game. Recanati made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Bari turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Bari helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Andrea Traini (-93) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 assists and center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side naturalized Argentinian forward Silvio Gigena (200-75) responded with 18 points and guard Marco Bona (194-89) scored 12 points. Five Recanati and four Bari players scored in double figures. Bari's coach Giovanni Putignano rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Recanati have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-11 record, which they share with Ferentino. Newly promoted Bari keeps the second place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Chieti. Recanati is looking forward to face Latina Basket (#4) on the road in the next round. Bari will play against Fabriano and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Bari: S.Gigena 18+1reb, F.Mian 13+4reb, M.Bona 12+3reb+3ast, A.Ruggiero 11+5reb+1ast, M.Cardillo 8+4reb+1ast, D.Morena 6+5reb+2ast
Recanati: P.Chiarello 16+5reb+1ast, S.Centanni 14+3reb+4ast, A.Pierini 14+3reb+1ast, A.Traini 13+3reb+8ast, A.Cecchetti 11+5reb, R.Fossati 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 135896


Fabriano - Ruvo 62-54

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Fabriano's (8-18) home victory over 6th ranked Ruvo (3-24) 62-54 on Sunday. Ruvo trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 12-9 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 54-62 at the end of the game. Fabriano made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Giorgio Sgobba (202-92) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Luca Usberti (201-73) who added 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Marco Tagliabue (206-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds and guard Gianluca Tomasiello (190-80) scored 14 points. Newly promoted Fabriano maintains fifth position with 8-18 record. Ruvo lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 24 games lost. Fabriano will face higher ranked Bari (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ruvo will play against the league's second-placed Chieti.
Top scorers:
Ruvo: M.Tagliabue 21+18reb, G.Tomasiello 14+1reb+2ast, F.Emejuru 10+4reb+1ast, G.Valesin 5+3reb, D.Merletto 4+3reb, P.de Martino 0+1reb
Fabriano: G.Sgobba 16+5reb+2ast, C.Fontani 14+3reb+1ast, L.Usberti 11+8reb+1ast, A.Iardella 7+4reb+3ast, G.Castelletta 6+3reb, D.Liberati 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 135897


Ferentino - San Severo 54-46

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ferentino. Third ranked host Ferentino (15-11) defeated 4th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (11-16) 54-46. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-86) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) who added 13 points during the contest. Ferentino's coach Franco Gramenzi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side forward Francesco Amoroso (202-78) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and center Fulvio Candido (208-83) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Ferentino keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Recanati. Loser Mazzeo San Severo keeps the fourth place with 16 games lost. Ferentino will face Matera (#5) on the road in the next round. Mazzeo San Severo will play against the league's second-placed Orlandina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Severo: F.Candido 12+10reb+1ast, F.Amoroso 10+13reb+4ast, M.Poluzzi 7+5reb+1ast, I.Scarponi 7+5reb+1ast, R.Marzoli 5+8reb, F.Lovatti 4+6reb+3ast
Ferentino: F.Guarino 13+2reb+3ast, F.Ihedioha 12+12reb, A.Iannuzzi 10+7reb, G.Andrea Fratini 7+2reb, F.Marcante 4+4reb, L.Pongetti 3+2reb
gschID: 135898


Chieti - Anagni 75-65

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Anagni (10-16) was defeated on the road by third ranked Chieti (14-13) 75-65 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Chieti. Anagni was better in fourth quarter 21-4. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chieti forced 23 Anagni turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and forward Roberto Feliciangeli (203-74) who added 15 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Chieti players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized Argentinian center Diego Corral (205-86, agency: Players Group) responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds and guard Valerio Circosta (188-87) scored 10 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Chieti moved-up to second place, which they share with Bari. Loser Anagni keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. Chieti will face Ruvo (#6) in Ruvo di Puglia in the next round. Anagni will play at home against the league's leader Napoli.
Top scorers:
Anagni: D.Corral 20+8reb+2ast, N.Benedusi 11+2reb+1ast, V.Circosta 10+3reb+8ast, R.Santolamazza 8+4reb+2ast, M.Baroncelli 7+2reb+2ast, J.Pozzi 4+4reb
Chieti: E.Rossi 16+14reb, R.Feliciangeli 15+10reb+1ast, A.Iannone 11+2reb+2ast, A.Raschi 10+2reb+7ast, A.Porfido 9+2reb+1ast, F.Gialloreto 8+1ast
gschID: 135899


Trento - Torino 88-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Trento's (19-8) home victory over their biggest opponent Torino (18-10) 88-82 on Saturday. Trento made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Torino turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Torino was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of center Marco Pazzi (203-79) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 4 steals and guard Marco Spanghero (186-91) who added 13 points and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Marco Portannese (192-89, agency: Players Group) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and the former international power forward Francesco Conti (205-83) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Four Torino players scored in double figures. Trento maintains first position with 19-8 record. Loser Torino keeps the second place with ten games lost. Trento will face league's second-placed Trieste on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torino will play against the league's leader Omegna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Torino: M.Portannese 25+13reb+4ast, F.Conti 20+5reb+1ast, F.Giusto 18+1reb, F.Tassinari 12+6reb+1ast, L.Fontecchio 3+4reb, M.Giadini 2+4reb+6ast
Trento: M.Pazzi 21+4reb+1ast, W.Santarossa 14+5reb+2ast, M.Spanghero 13+2reb+7ast, S.Fiorito 12+1reb, A.Forray 9+4reb+2ast, L.Conte 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 135890


Omegna - Treviglio 81-71

There was no surprise when 3rd ranked Treviglio (16-11) was defeated on the road by first ranked Omegna (24-4) 81-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 50-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Omegna dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Treviglio's 30. Omegna forced 21 Treviglio turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Paolo Paci (200-90) who added 17 points during the contest. At the losing side center Jacopo Borra (212-90) responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Gabriele Zanella (204-81) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Omegna maintains first position with 24-4 record. Loser Treviglio keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Omegna will face league's second-placed Torino on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Treviglio will play against Perugia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: G.Zanella 15+8reb+1ast, J.Borra 14+9reb+3ast, A.Fabi 13, N.Cazzolato 12+3reb, M.Planezio 8+2reb, R.Marulli 7+5reb
Omegna: P.Paci 17+4reb+1ast, D.Casadei 16+6reb+1ast, T.Raspino 14+2reb+4ast, P.Picazio 13+2reb+2ast, A.Saccaggi 6+1reb+1ast, M.Toure 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 135891


Comsum.it SI - Pavia 89-71

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Siena where sixth ranked Comsum.it SI (8-19) won against 5th ranked Pavia (14-14) 89-71 on Saturday. Comsum.it SI made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Comsum.it SI outrebounded Pavia 35-22 including a 27-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Simone Bonfiglio (181-88) who helped to win the game recording 26 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and center Amedeo Tessitori (205-94) who added 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Roberto Maggio (183-90) responded with 16 points and swingman Federico Maiocco (200-83) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pavia's coach Massimiliano Baldiraghi gave the chance to play for ten players seeing no chance for a win. Comsum.it SI moved-up to fifth place which they share with defeated Pavia. Loser Pavia keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. Comsum.it SI will face Castelletto (#6) on the road in the next round. Pavia will play against Casalpusterlengo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pavia: R.Maggio 16+3ast, S.Borgna 14+2reb, F.Maiocco 13+5reb, R.Pederzini 11+1reb, R.Cazzaniga 9+4reb, I.Cisse 6+5reb
Comsum.it SI: S.Bonfiglio 26+2reb+3ast, N.Mei 17+3reb+2ast, A.Tessitori 17+11reb+1ast, S.Simeoli 11+5reb+1ast, A.Colli 7+8reb, G.Spizzichini 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 135892


Perugia - Firenze 88-80

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Firenze (7-20) was defeated on the road by third ranked Perugia (12-14) 88-80 on Sunday. Firenze trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 20-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-88 at the end of the game. Perugia made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Firenze turnovers. Firenze was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Davide Poltroneri (195-85) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds and forward Thomas De Min (203-86) who added 21 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international center Federico Bellina (205-79, agency: Players Group) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-90) scored 21 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Perugia maintains third position with 12-14 record having fourteen points less than leader Napoli. Firenze lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 20 games lost. Perugia will face Treviglio (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Firenze will play against Santarcangelo in Sant'Arcangelo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Firenze: S.Spizzichini 21+4reb, F.Bellina 18+9reb+1ast, M.Sanna 9+2reb+1ast, D.Lamma 8+1reb+2ast, A.Giampaoli 8+3reb+1ast, D.Monaldi 8+1reb
Perugia: T.De Min 21+5reb, R.Truccolo 20+2reb+2ast, D.Poltroneri 18+9reb+2ast, M.Caroldi 10+2reb+2ast, G.Chiatti 9+6reb+2ast, F.Baldi Rossi 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 135893


Santarcangelo - Castelletto 80-51

Everything could happen in Sant'Arcangelo at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Santarcangelo and 6th ranked Castelletto had identical 9-17 record. This time Santarcangelo used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Castelletto 80-51 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Santarcangelo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Castelletto to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Santarcangelo dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Castelletto's 20. Santarcangelo forced 19 Castelletto turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Luca Bedetti (193-89) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds and center Andrea Ancellotti (212-88) who added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Four Santarcangelo players scored in double figures. Santarcangelo's coach Massimo Padovano felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side center Matteo Raminelli (203-83) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) scored 17 points. Santarcangelo have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Santarcangelo maintains fourth position with 10-17 record. Loser Castelletto keeps the sixth place with 18 games lost. Santarcangelo will face Firenze (#6) on the road in the next round. Castelletto will play against Comsum.it SI in Siena and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: S.Ferrarese 17+3reb+2ast, M.Raminelli 13+9reb+1ast, L.Marmugi 8+6reb, A.Piazza 8+2reb, A.Marusic 5+5reb+2ast, F.Cimelli 0
Santarcangelo: L.Bedetti 23+7reb+3ast, A.Ancellotti 12+7reb+2ast, G.Broglia 10+3reb+1ast, N.Italiano 10+4reb, E.Rivali 9+2reb+1ast, L.Pesaresi 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 135888


Casalpusterlengo - Trieste 73-63

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Trieste (18-9) against fourth ranked Casalpusterlengo (16-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Trieste was defeated by Casalpusterlengo in Casalpusterlengo 73-63. The game was mostly controlled by Casalpusterlengo. Trieste managed to win second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Casalpusterlengo forced 19 Trieste turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. Guard Roberto Prandin (188-86) fired 23 points and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Giampaolo Ricci (200-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Casalpusterlengo's coach Simone Lottici used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Marco Maganza (204-91) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Luca Gandini (205-85) added 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Casalpusterlengo have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Treviglio. Loser Trieste keeps the second position with nine games lost. Casalpusterlengo will meet Pavia (#5) on the road in the next round. Trieste will play against the league's leader Trento and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trieste: M.Maganza 19+9reb, M.Ruzzier 13+1reb+3ast, L.Gandini 9+5reb+4ast, G.Zecchin 7+2reb, D.Mastrangelo 6+1reb, A.Moruzzi 5+5reb+1ast
Casalpusterlengo: R.Prandin 23+2reb+5ast, F.Loschi 13+1reb, G.Ricci 12+10reb+1ast, R.Castelli 7+4reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 6+6reb+2ast, P.Biligha 5+4reb
gschID: 135889


Round 23
Anagni - Latina Basket 74-64

There was a minor upset when 4th ranked Latina Basket (12-15) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Anagni (10-16) 74-64 on Thursday. Latina Basket was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Anagni made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Valerio Circosta (188-87) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 6 assists and the former international guard Riccardo Santolamazza (195-83) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest (made all of his seven free throws). At the losing side guard Tommaso Milani (190-88) responded with 13 points and naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) scored 10 points. Anagni have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 10-16 record. Loser Latina Basket keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. Anagni will face league's leader Napoli at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Latina Basket will play against the league's leader Recanati.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: T.Milani 13+4reb, R.Serena 11+2reb, M.Micevic 10+4reb, A.Quarisa 7+5reb, S.Orlando 6+4reb, G.Gazzotti 6+5reb
Anagni: R.Santolamazza 15+5reb+2ast, V.Circosta 12+4reb+6ast, J.Pozzi 11+4reb+1ast, L.Ciribeni 9+2reb+1ast, N.Benedusi 8+6reb+1ast, M.Baroncelli 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 169942


Ferentino - Napoli 101-102

Third-ranked Ferentino (15-11) gave a tough game to first ranked Napoli (23-5). The visitors from Napoli managed to secure only one-point victory 102-101. However their fans expected easier game. Napoli made 25-of-33 charity shots (75.8 percent) during the game. Ferentino was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) who scored that evening 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) supported him with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 21 points and 18 rebounds by power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91) did not help to save the game for Ferentino. Forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-86) added 20 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Ferentino's coach Franco Gramenzi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Napoli maintains first position with 23-5 record which they share with defeated Ferentino. Ferentino at the other side still keeps top place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Recanati. Napoli will play against Anagni (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Ferentino will play against Matera (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ferentino: A.Iannuzzi 21+18reb+1ast, F.Ihedioha 20+8reb+1ast, M.Carrizo 19+3reb+4ast, F.Guarino 12+5ast, S.Parrillo 12+3reb, L.Panzini 6+3reb+1ast
Napoli: B.Musso 37+5reb+7ast, A.Iannilli 16+9reb+1ast, N.Rizzitiello 13+1reb+2ast, P.Rotondo 12+5reb, S.Gatti 11+10reb+2ast, G.Guastaferro 9+2reb
gschID: 169945


Chieti - San Severo 70-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Chieti's (14-13) home victory over 4th ranked Mazzeo San Severo (11-16) 70-57 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Chieti. Mazzeo San Severo was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chieti looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Mazzeo San Severo's players. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 19 rebounds and naturalized San Marino swingman Andrea Raschi (200-79) who added 11 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side swingman Giovanni Rugolo (196-81) responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds and center Fulvio Candido (208-83) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chieti moved-up to second place, which they share with Bari. Loser Mazzeo San Severo keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. Chieti will face Ruvo (#6) in Ruvo di Puglia in the next round. Mazzeo San Severo will play at home against the league's second-placed Orlandina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Severo: I.Scarponi 11+4reb, F.Candido 10+7reb, F.Lovatti 10+4reb, G.Rugolo 10+6reb+1ast, G.Fattori 7+7reb+2ast, R.Marzoli 6+6reb+1ast
Chieti: M.Diomede 18+2reb, F.Gialloreto 15+1reb+2ast, E.Rossi 14+19reb+2ast, A.Raschi 11+5reb+7ast, A.Porfido 8+3reb+3ast, R.Feliciangeli 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 169946


Comsum.it SI - Santarcangelo 55-83

There was no surprise in Siena where 6th ranked Comsum.it SI (8-19) was outplayed by fourth ranked Santarcangelo (10-17) 83-55 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 28 points. Santarcangelo dominated on the defensive end, holding Comsum.it SI to just 6 points in second quarter. They made 31-of-36 free shots (86.1 percent) during the game, while Comsum.it SI only scored twelve points from the stripe. Comsum.it SI was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Eugenio Rivali (178-86) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Matteo Palermo (190-91) who added 11 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Santarcangelo players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Marco Pascolo (198-93) responded with 11 points and 5 rebounds and guard Gabriele Spizzichini (195-92) scored 8 points and 8 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. Santarcangelo have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Santarcangelo maintains fourth position with 10-17 record. Comsum.it SI lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 19 games lost. Santarcangelo will face Firenze (#6) on the road in the next round. Comsum.it SI will play against Castelletto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Comsum.it SI: M.Pascolo 11+5reb, G.Spizzichini 8+8reb, S.Simeoli 8+4reb, N.Mei 7+3reb, M.Cucco 6+2reb, C.Bianconi 6+3reb+1ast
Santarcangelo: E.Rivali 20+5reb+1ast, M.Bonaiuti 15+2reb, L.Bedetti 11+2reb, M.Palermo 11+7reb, G.Broglia 8+1reb, J.Silimbani 7+1reb
gschID: 169947




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: 12.8
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.8 
 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. Parente, Torino2.9 
 8. Ferrarese, Castell.2.9 
 9. Forray, Trento2.8 
 10. Zanelli, Orlandina2.8 
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. Truccolo, Perugia2.7 
 10. Rossi, Chieti2.7 
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. Biligha, Casalp.1.0 
 9. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.0 
 10. Rossi, Chieti0.9 


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. Chieti 14-13 
 3. Bari 14-13 
 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 10-16 


This week's events. League round 23 and Allstar game - by Giovanni Bargna
Midweek games in the italian league tomorrow. After last round marked by the home win of Montepaschi Siena against EA7 Emporio Armani Milano the Italian LegaA is going to get into a midweek round this time.
Standings leader Montepaschi will face Cimberio Varese on the road. Both of the two teams are off a good win in the last round and if Montepaschi Siena demonstrated once again that they are the reference team for all of the squads looking to get the title, Cimberio Varese got a very clear home win downing Canadian Solar Bologna for 86-63. Tough battle in the trailing group as Umana Venezia keeps on winning and now is unexepctedly at the second spot of standings along with Bennet Cantu, Banco di Sardegna Sassari, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano and Canadian Solar Bologna. Behind them Cimberio Varese and Sidigas Avellino stand in the last spots available to get to the playoffs.
Bennet Bennet Cantu will face Otto Caserta and meet its former coach Stefano Sacripanti. After completing the euroleague experience in the TOP16 phase and getting the third win out of three against Sidigas Avellino this season Bennet will have a tough game against a team that's in a good period and off a 81-75 road win at Pesaro.
Sidigas Avellino will fly to Casale Monferrato trying to defeat the opponent to stay up in the standings. Casale Monferrato was downed by three in a very balanced game at Treviso late week-end and is still at the bottom of the standings. Acea Roma was growing-up strong as a team as the new caoch Calvani built a good team chemistry but then was unexpectedly trashed by Cremona last Sunday and will host Banco di Sardegna Sassari in a crucial game for both of the teams. Roma wants to improve its record and keep chances to get to the playoffs and Banco di Sardegna Sassari tries to confirm its good season and mantain its precious current standings place.
Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: World Sport Agency) was leading Canadian Solar Bologna with a great contribution and his injury is having an heavy impact on the team's performances. They will host Montegranaro tomorrow and want to get back on track and stay in the higher part of the standings.
Cremona and Teramo are tied at the bottom of the standings and will meet each other in a key game to take advantage on a direct competitor. Cremona is improving its quality recently thanks to a good work and to the addition of Jason Rich (191-G-86), while Teramo seems in troubles.
Round will be completed on thursday night by the game between Umana Venezia and Biella and will be a good chance for the home team to keep on surprising all of the fans

The italian allstar game (www.allstargameitalia.it) will be held in Pesaro next Sunday, March 11.
Fans voting on the web selected part of the team made of the best foreign players of the league. Then coach Andrea Trinchieri in cooperation with legabasket picked the other players.
This is the final selection: Jumaine Jones (203-F-79, college: Georgia), Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro), James White (199-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati), Marques Green (167-PG-82, college: St.Bonaventure) and Linton Johnson (203-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Tulane) (elected by the fans) are part of the All Star Team along with Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans), Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette), Aubrey Coleman (193-G-87, college: Houston), Chris Douglas-Roberts (201-G-87, college: Memphis), Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81), Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) and Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89).

They will face the Italian national team coached by Simone Pianigiani . Here is the selection : Daniele Cavaliero (188-G-84), David Chiotti (205-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico), Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86), Gino Cuccarolo (221-C-87), Marco Cusin (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances), Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87), Andrea De Nicolao (185-PG-91), Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92), Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83), Daniel Hackett (198-G-87, college: USC), Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83), Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) and Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85).


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  IVORY COAST   


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.


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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Kaspiy with two wins over BK Atyrau - by Eurobasket News
Kaspiy Aktau recorded back-to-back victories over BK Atyrau. The wins propelled Kaspiy at 9-9 record in the third position in the ladder.
The first game ended with a comfortable 94:52 win for Kaspiy. The hosts built a 57:22 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the win. Dmytro Poleschuk knocked down 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Dzhanysh Adiev contributed 16 points for the winners. Eldar Tagatov (196-G/F-87) answered with 14 points for BK Atyrau.
The second game brought little relief for the visitors. Kaspiy dominated once again posting a 63:35 halftime advantage. BK Atyrau did not recover after the big break suffering a heavy 61:107 defeat at the end. Andrei Malyshev (208-C-85) stepped up with 21 points to lead the home team. Dzhanysh Adiev contributed 18 points in the victory. Kadyrzhan Gubashev (180-G-90) answered with 15 points in the loss.



Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 18-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 13-5 
 3. Kaspiy Aktau 9-9 
 4. BK Almaty 7-9 
 5. Tobol 7-11 
 6. BK Atyrau 0-20 


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  KOSOVO   


Oskacek offers his resign, Bashkimi doesnt accept it - by Dren Shporta
After a series of a very bad results, coach of Bashkimi, Naser Oskacek has offered his resigning from Bashkimi. The oranges from Prizren thought differently about the start of the second half of the season, but everything turned backwards in the court.

Trepca was the first team. The oranges didnt plan a victory as visitors at Minatori, but they planned a great resistance. It didnt happen. They lost with 25 points difference. After that came Peja. The first victory in home court was a plan for a second part of the season. It didnt happen. They lost with 25 points difference again. Kolegji Univers had to be the latest pill, for coming back. It didnt happen. It shocked. They lost with 14 points difference.

After the board meeting of the club, the resigning of the coach is turned back. As reports Koha Ditore daily, Naser Oskacek s said that he was not happy with a situation created and he offered his resign. But, continues Oskacek, the club didnt accept that and I hope that everything will go in better way from the next game.

Bashkimi will play against Drita in the midweek. Oranges have registered two very close victories against Drita in the first half of the season, while other teams didnt have problems making a difference against them. Will Bashkimi be able to come back to his best? Coach Oskacek wants a heart and bravery in the court.



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  KUWAIT   


Semi Finals in Kuwait - by Jasmien Nanhekhan
The semi finals have started in the Kuwati league; starting off between Al Qadsia and Al Kuwait SC.
Al Kuwait SC started the game with import Vladislav Dragojlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket); Alhaji Mohammed did not play.
Al Quadsia played both imports; started the game with Lee Benson (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie) and played their other import Tyrone Anderson (193-G-84, college: Concord) in the third quarter; who suffered from a minor injury however this did not stop him from playing and he expects to be ready for the next game.

The first and second quarter Al Qadsia was leading the game by 7 points (35-28) with great defense when Al Kuwait SC asked for a time out.
The third quarter Al Kuwait SC out-rebounded Qadsia; which brought them back in the game.
Four minutes left in the game when Lee Benson got elbowed by Vladislav Dragojlovic in the eye which took him out the game; however this didnt stop him and came back with 3 minutes left (score 67-70).
With only 2 minutes the game was tied by 70-70; a three pointer brought the game to 71-73 with 28seconds left.
Al Kuwait SC won the first game by 71-74.
We expect to see all players ready on Wednesday when the second game will take place between Al Qadsia and Al Kuwait SC.

Second game was between Kazma and Al Sahel; 78-72 great win for Kazma!


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


LBL Round 22: Ventspils defeat leader Valmiera - 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. Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Valmiera (12-11) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by Ventspils (12-0) 83-82. Valmiera cut a 15-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. Ventspils made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Todd Abernethy (185-84, college: Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 assists. The other American import point guard Steven Gray (195-89, college: Gonzaga) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Ventspils' coach Gundars Vetra used entire bench in such tough game. American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) replied with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Valmiera. Undefeated Ventspils have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Valmiera lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with 11 games lost. Ventspils are looking forward to face VEF Riga (#4) at home in the next round. Valmiera will play against Jelgava and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked U18 is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 12th consecutive match to third ranked Liepaja (12-8) 94-43. Forward Arnolds Helmanis (201-92) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Arturs Bricis chipped in 19 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Edgars Stelmahers (185-94) responded with 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liepaja have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Liepaja will play against Jurmala (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. U18 will have a break next round.



U18 - Liepaja 43-94

Bottom-ranked U18 is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 12th consecutive match to third ranked Liepaja (12-8) 94-43. The game without a history. Liepaja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding U18 to just 7 points in third and fourth quarters. Liepaja held U18 to an opponent 22.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 51.4 percent accuracy of the winners. Liepaja forced 22 U18 turnovers and outrebounded them 51-25 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Arnolds Helmanis (201-92) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Arturs Bricis (193-92) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Four Liepaja players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Edgars Stelmahers (185-94) responded with 13 points and guard Toms Leimanis (190-94) scored 9 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Liepaja have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Liepaja will play against Jurmala (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. U18 will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
U18: E.Stelmahers 13+1reb, T.Leimanis 9+1reb+3ast, I.Gromovs 7+2reb+2ast, R.Adins 4+3reb, E.Endzels 3+5reb, R.Krastins 3+2reb+1ast
Liepaja: A.Bricis 19+2reb+1ast, A.Helmanis 16+12reb+2ast, R.Magone 10+8reb, J.Mayo 10+3reb+2ast, I.Jakovics 10+4reb+1ast, M.Kravcenko 7+1reb+2ast
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Valmiera - Ventspils 82-83

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of Valmiera (12-11) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by Ventspils (12-0) 83-82. Valmiera cut a 15-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. Ventspils made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Todd Abernethy (185-84, college: Mississippi) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 assists. The other American import point guard Steven Gray (195-89, college: Gonzaga) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Ventspils' coach Gundars Vetra used entire bench in such tough game. American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) replied with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Valmiera. Four Ventspils and five Valmiera players scored in double figures. Ventspils have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Valmiera lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with 11 games lost. Ventspils are looking forward to face VEF Riga (#4) at home in the next round. Valmiera will play against Jelgava and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Porzingis 17+6reb, O.Virsis 17+1reb+2ast, J.Lucas 13+7reb+4ast, J.Rozitis 12+8reb, A.Butjankovs 10+3reb+2ast, I.Bankevics 7+2reb
Ventspils: S.Gray 16+1reb+2ast, M.Diane 14+1reb+1ast, T.Abernethy 13+2reb+6ast, A.Berzins 12+6reb, J.Young 9+2reb, M.Meiers 4+5reb
gschID: 166569




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  LITHUANIA   


Tomas Pacesas is the Executive Director of VTB United League - by Greg
The Lithuanian Tomas Pacesas became the Executive Director of VTB United League. We remind that Pacesas resigned from the post of the head coach of the Polish club Asseco Prokom Gdynia in February this year, which he led for the last six years. But a young and already authoritative in the European basketball specialist didnt stay without a job long. Pacesas became the Executive Director of the League

- Tomas Pacesas took part in the work of the League from the first day of its creation, - said the CEO of the League Andrey Shirokov. - Tomas is the coach-manager of the English soccer Premier League level. He is not only a successful coach, but also a qualified manager. And it is his merit that Poland has become an active participant of the League. In addition, Tomas is highly respected in all member countries of the League: the leaders of clubs, national and international federations consider his opinion. Pacesas conducted intensive negotiations with potential partners of the League, representing the EU countries recently. Today these negotiations are at the final stage. Arrival of Tomas Pacesas in the League - is a great success for us. I am sure that his work on the post of Executive Director will benefit to our competition.

- I do not think I would have any problems transferring to managerial job, - said Tomas Pacesas . - In Prokom I not only coached players, but also held negotiations on team completion, participated in discussions of calendar and format of competitions, in which the team were involved. As for working in VTB United League, the scope of my responsibilities will include, first of all, negotiations with foreign clubs. Polish, Czech, Latvian, Lithuanian ... VTB United League - it's a great tournament in which a lot of clubs would like to participate. And now it is important to make sure that the competition will continue to develop properly.



Courtesy of VTB-League



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Wats up world! - by Philip Perre
Wats up world! Its been a tough 2 months for myself and the team. But we have done good through these tough times. First we played in the Semi Finals of the Luxembourg cup, where we played in front of a packed arena. The cup was a great experience, even though we came up short in the last couple of minutes of the game, it turned out to be a great experience and day and cant wait to go back next season, but this time make it to the finals.
Next stop was the start of the playoffs between the top 6 teams in the Diekirch league. After a bad start against Sparta, our next weekend was a tough one, playing both Friday then Sunday. But thankfully we got back to our style of basketball, starting on the defensive end, which translated into offense, and we were able to have balanced team effort in turn helping us win both games. This puts us in good position, in the top 6 going forward into the playoffs. You know what they say, defense wins championships, while offense wins games. Hopefully we dont have another double headed weekend again cause that was a tough weekend of games. So now its time for some needed rest and relaxation but at the same time staying focused and determined cause these playoffs doesnt get easier but harder. And our next goal has to be making the top 4, think high, achieve more.
Till next time people, God Bless and stay safe.

Hard work beats talent, if talent doesnt work hard



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  MALTA   


Athleta gain the seventh win in the season - by Eurobasket News
Athleta were back to winning ways in the eighth round of the Maltese League. The league leaders toppled BUPA Luxol 72:64 away from home to improve at 7-1 record. Lee Ross (182-G-89) came up with 30 points for Luxol but all in vain. Jeron Belin (198-F-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: St.Peter's) added 15 points for Luxol. Luxol were up by 19 points heading into the fourth frame but Athleta went on a massive 33:6 run in the period to seal the victory. Kristin-Paul Baldacchino (184-G-81) answered with 19 points for Athleta. Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) provided 16 points for the winners.
Floriana sealed their playoff birth with an 85:82 road win over Depiro in overtime. Evan Fjeld (203-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Vermont) stepped up with 46 points to lead the charge. Christopher Sammut (169-G-85) finished with 18 points in the victory. Roderick Vella (85) had 26 points for Depiro.
Siggiewi improved at 4-4 record following a 68:59 win over Loyola. Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) erupted for 35 points to lead the charge. Rashanti Harris (203-F) answered with 25 points for Loyola.



Standings
Powerade League Standings
 1. Athleta 7-1 
 2. Floriana 5-3 
 3. Depiro 4-4 
 4. Siggiewi 4-4 
 5. Bupa 3-5 
 6. Loyola 1-7 


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Balcan League: Mornar lost in Romania and qualified for the quarterfinals - by Darko Pekic
BC Timisoara finished their participation in the 2011/2012 Balkan League with a win. Predrag Badnjarevic s side defeated KK Mornar Bar 88:73, but after Rilski Sportists win against OKK Beograd, they didnt go through to the quarterfinals, finishing on the fourth position in Group A. Mornar secured the sport among the best Balcan League teams even before this game and coach Mihajlo Pavicevic saw it as a chance for younger players to get some playing time against more experienced opponent. They did not dissappoint but it was obvious that a team full of foreigners like Temiosara will not have a difficult task to outscore a young and unexperienced team such as Mornar.

Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83, agency: Court Side) and Zlatko Jovanovic (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket) led Timisoara with 17 points each. Dominique Archie (200-F-87, college: S.Carolina) added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, while Robert Sarovic scored 14 points. Dan Paltinisanu added 12.

Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) led Mornar with 15 points, while Ivan Jelenic (190-SG-85, agency: BeoExcell) and Vukota Pavic (203-C-93) added 12 points each. Lazar Radosavljevic (204-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) finished the game with 11. Mornar finished the regular season in Group A at the 2nd place and will now start preparations for the elimination rounds. With Mike Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech), the latest signing of the club from Bar..



Stevan Milosevic signs in Venezuela - by Eurobasket News
Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) will continue his career in Venezuela. The Montenegrin big guy penned a deal with Bucaneros de La Guaira. Milosevic already played three games for the club in Liga Americas. He averaged 4 points and 3 rebounds. Bucaneros ended as the second ranked team of Group B and managed to reach the next stage. Stevan Milosevic started this season with Turkish Trabzon. He had 4.8 ppg and 1.2 rpg in 5 games. In January he moved to Mornar Bar, where he added 7.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg for 3 Balkan league games. Milosevic registered almost the same numbers in four Montenegrin league games. Season 2010/11 Stevan Milosevic split between Nizhny Novgorod and AEL Limassol. In the past he played for Dijon, Partizan, Panionios, Crvena Zvezda, Koln, Arkadia and Buducnost.

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  NAIA   


D1 Top 25 ranking
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Oklah.Baptist
 2. Shorter
 3. So.Poly State
 4. Robert Morris
 5. Concordia Irvine
 6. Martin Methodist
 7. Our Lady Lake
 8. Mountain St.
 9. Lindsey Wilson
 10. Rogers St.
 11. Point Loma
 12. Georgetown, KY
 13. John Brown
 14. LSU-Shreveport
 15. Lee
 16. Columbia, MO
 17. Montana-Western
 18. Xavier, LA
 19. Biola, CA
 20. Texas Wesleyan
 21. Montana St.-Northern
 22. Azusa Pacific
 23. S.Nazarene
 24. Tougaloo
 25. MidAmerica Nazarene


D2 Top 25 ranking
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Northwood Fl.
 2. Oregon Tech
 3. Davenport
 4. Dordt
 5. McPherson
 6. Cardinal Stritch
 7. Bellevue
 8. Northwest
 9. Jamestown
 10. Northwestern, IA
 11. Grace
 12. Southwestern (KS)
 13. Ind.Wesleyan
 14. Indiana SE
 15. St.Ambrose
 16. Warner Pacific
 17. Warner
 18. Indiana Tech
 19. Marian
 20. Indiana East
 21. St.Mary's (KS)
 22. Briar Cliff
 23. Tenn Wesleyan
 24. St.Francis, IN
 25. Cornerstone


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  NBA   


Rose, Lawson named NBA Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) and Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) have been named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played through March 4.

Rose averaged 28.8 points, 7.5 assists and 1.75 steals to lead Chicago to a 4-0 record for the week. Rose scored 30-plus points twice, including a 35- point effort to close out the week against Philadelphia.

Lawson averaged a Western Conference-best 11.7 assists, while scoring 20.7 points and grabbing 7.0 rebounds. Lawson had two point-assist double-doubles and turned the ball over just four times to lead the Nuggets to a 3-0 week.

Other nominees were Atlanta's Josh Smith, Boston's Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, Memphis' Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, New Jersey's Deron Williams, and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Kings exercise option on coach Keith Smart for 2012-13 season - by Eurobasket News
The Sacramento Kings today exercised the option on Head Coach Keith Smart's contract for the 2012-13 season, according to President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie.

Keith has done a terrific job of taking control of the direction of the team, explained Petrie. He is active, engaged and working hard to develop our young players along with a complimentary style of play.

The Kings have a 12-25 record and are in 14th place in the 15-team Western conference. The team is led by Marcus Thornton (18.3 ppg), Tyreke Evans (17.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 5.1 apg), and DeMarcus Cousins (16.6 ppg, 11.6 rpg).

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Reserve Lazar Hayward recalled by Oklahoma City Thunder - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma City Thunder have recalled reserve Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86, college: Marquette) after a high-scoring stint in the NBA Development League.

General manager Sam Presti announced Sunday that Hayward will rejoin the Thunder after averaging 28 points and seven rebounds in two games this weekend with the Tulsa 66ers. It was Haywards first action since suffering an orbital floor fracture when he was poked in his left eye Feb. 17 against Golden State.

Hayward has played in only 12 games for Oklahoma City. He came in a preseason trade with Minnesota.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Lamar Odom desperate to return to Los Angeles - by Eurobasket News
When Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) got traded to the Dallas Mavericks in mid- December he took with him a bad attitude due to the fact that he felt he wasnt wanted by a team that he had been with for so long, the Los Angeles Lakers. Odom had a few problems while with the Mavericks and most recently he took some time away from the team (due to a issues in his family) but took, what Mark Cuban and head coach Rick Carlisle felt, longer than usual to return to the team.

Judging by his play this season, averaging career lows in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, free-throw %, and field goal %, Lamar Odom is not a happy camper in Dallas. Odom has long been rumored to have a desire to return to Los Angeles whether it be with the Clippers or Lakers and a big reason for that could probably be his wife, Khloe Kardashian.

But whether or not his wife has anything to do with this is pure speculation but, according to a report (via HoopsHype.com), Odom, confirmed through a source, does want to come back to Los Angeles and he doesnt care if hes a part of the Lakers or the Clippers. The possibility of this happening through a trade though is next to zero.

The Clippers, who would be thrilled to acquire Odom, do not have what the Mavericks would want in a trade, that being players with expiring contracts this upcoming off-season. The Lakers, also confirmed in the report through a source, would not take Odom back. Now it is unclear if the Lakers are just simply unwilling to trade for Odom, if his salary would be too much, or if they simply do not want Odom to be a part of the team.

The report states, the Lakers do not want him, that sounds, to me, like the Lakers would not take him back under any circumstances. If the Lakers truly do not want Odom back it would be really surprising to me and probably to a lot of other people as well. The Lakers basically gave Odom away and now would possibly have a chance to get him back via free-agency, Odom will be a free-agent this upcoming off-season, and make up for one of the worst mistakes the front-office has made in a long time.

Courtesy of www.rantsports.com


Ford assigned to Toros for one day of practice - by Eurobasket News
Gregg Popovich clearly elieves that T.J. Ford (6'0''-PG-83, college: Texas) needs all the work he can to get back into playing shape as he recovers from a torn hamstring muscle.

The Spurs have assigned Ford to the Austin Toros roster for one day. It will enable him to practice with the Toros Monday afternoon at the Spurs training facility in San Antonio and then rejoin the Spurs for their practice on Tuesday.

Ford was limited to 5:46 of game action in the Spurs 99-94 loss to Denver Sunday night. The Spurs were hesistant to play Ford against Denver guard Ty Lawson, who nearly posted a triple-double in the Nuggets victory. Ford was the final player off the Spurs roster late in the third quarter.

Working with the Toros will give Ford a chance to get some more conditioning after missing 24 games earlier in the season with his injury. It will also mean he wont get the day off on Monday like the rest of his team, but considering the competitiveness of Ford, he probably will gravitate to the extra work.

Courtesy of http://blog.mysanantonio.com


Nets center Lopez out three weeks with ankle sprain - by Eurobasket News
Nets center Brook Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) has a sprained right ankle and will miss three weeks.

Lopez was injured in the third quarter of the Nets' 104-101 win over Charlotte on Sunday. He will have his foot placed in a walking boot as a precautionary measure.

The oft-injured Lopez has played in just five games this season, averaging 19.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 27.2 minutes. He missed the first 33 games of the season with a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.1 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.6 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.25.4 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.7 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat22.5 
 7. Williams, New J.22.4 
 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: 15
 1. Howard, Orlando M.15.0 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.7 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers12.9 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.5 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.4 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.1 
 7. Gortat, Phoenix10.6 
 8. Humphries, New J.10.4 
 9. Noah, Chicago B.10.4 
 10. Gasol, LA Lakers10.3 
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.8.1 
 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.2.1 
 5. Iguodala, Philadel.1.9 
 6. Lowry, Houston R.1.9 
 7. James, Miami Heat1.8 
 8. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 9. Curry, Golde S.1.7 
 10. Rondo, Boston C.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. Bynum, LA Lakers2.2 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.2 
 6. Gasol, Memphis G.2.2 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 8. Dalembert, Houst.1.9 
 9. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 22-17 
 2. Boston C. 20-17 
 3. New York K. 18-20 
 4. Toronto R. 12-26 
 5. New Jersey N. 12-27 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 32-8 
 2. Indiana P. 23-14 
 3. Milwaukee B. 15-23 
 4. Cleveland C. 13-23 
 5. Detroit P. 13-26 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 29-9 
 2. Orlando M. 25-15 
 3. Atlanta H. 23-15 
 4. Washington W. 8-29 
 5. Charlotte B. 5-31 
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 23-15 
 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. Dallas M. 23-17 
 3. Memphis G. 22-15 
 4. Houston R. 21-18 
 5. N.Orleans H. 9-29 


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Freeman ends regular season with 3rd Player of the Week honor - by Eurobasket News
NBL Canada is 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. Free- man is the first NBL Canada player to receive this honour three times.

'He definitely deserves it,' explained Coach Micheal Ray Richardson. 'He works hard every day for us in practice and is unstoppable on the court.'

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.

The Lightning have hit the road for their first play-off game in Saint John, but Gabe and the roster will be back for game two on Friday, March 9th at 7pm.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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VCU Edges Drexel 59-56 To Capture CAA Title - by Greg
RICHMOND, Va. (3/5/12) - VCU built a big first-half lead behind its trademark pressure defense , and Troy Daniels' clutch free throws in the final minute allowed the second-seeded Rams to hang on for a 59-56 victory over #1 seed Drexel in the 2012 Virginia 529 CAA Men's Basketball Championship game. The game was played before a sellout crowd of 11,200 at the Richmond Coliseum.
VCU (28-6), which captured its fifth CAA championship overall and first since 2009, returns to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in the last six seasons a year after making a magical run to the Final Four.
Drexel (27-6) nearly erased a 16-point deficit in the second half, but the Dragons saw their 19-game winning streak come to an end when Frantz Massenat's game-tying three-point attempt in the final seconds went off the back of the rim.
Daniels finished a perfect 5-for-5 from the line, including four key makes in the final 20 seconds. Prior to Graham's four consecutive conversions, VCU was just 11-for-17 at the line in the second half, including 2-of-7 in the final four minutes.
VCU, which has won six straight, led by 11 with 5:04 remaining after Darius Theus followed his own miss with a putback that gave the Rams' a 52-41 edge. Theus finished with a team-high 16 points and was named the CAA Championship Most Outstanding Player.
Damion Lee scored a game-high 20 points for Drexel and ignited a late rally with his fourth three-pointer. Lee's baseline lay-up with 1:56 remaining cut the deficit to 54-50 and his steal on an inbounds play on the next possession set up a Samme Givens' free throw that made it 54-51.
After Treveon Graham hit 1-of-2 at the line for VCU, Massenat knocked down a pair of free throws to pull Drexel within 55-53. Daniels answered with a pair of free throws at the other end to push the advantage to four with 19 seconds to go. Chris Fouch then drilled a long three from the right wing to pull Drexel within a single point, 57-56, but Daniels once again stepped to the line and converted twice with 12 seconds to go for what proved to be the final margin.
Daniels finished with 11 points, and Graham added 13. Theus was 7-for-12 from the field and recorded five steals and five assists.
Lee added 10 rebounds for a double-double and also had a pair of steals. Fouch finished with 15 points, including three huge second-half three-pointers, as Drexel chipped away after the break. Massenat finished with 13.
The defensive battle that many expected materialized over the opening 20 minutes, but it was VCU's full-court pressure and timely shot making that allowed the Rams to open up a 16-point lead at the half.
VCU forced 12 turnovers in the first half, including eight steals, and blocked four shots never letting Drexel settle into an offensive rhythm. The Dragons went nearly seven minutes without a field goal during one stretch, missing nine consecutive shots and committing four turnovers.
Theus' lay-in following a Juvonte Reddic block gave the Rams a 16-9 advantage, and Briante Weber's bucket after another steal pushed the lead to 21-13. Following another forced turnover in the backcourt, Bradford Burgess knocked down a pair of free throws to extend the lead to double digits, 26-15, with 4:19 remaining in the half.
Burgess' steal in traffic at midcourt set up Daniels' three in the final minute, sending VCU to the break with a 35-19 edge.
Drexel was able to solve the pressure and build some offensive momentum to start the second half, but VCU had an answer each time the Dragons threatened. After Fouch connected on two treys in the first five minutes of the second half, cutting the deficit to 37-25, Theus countered with a three-pointer of his own.
Lee connected from long distance then turned a steal near midcourt into a breakaway dunk to trim the deficit to single digits, 41-32, with 12:59 remaining. Burgess answered with a jumper following a VCU timeout, and D.J. Haley's emphatic putback ignited the pro-Rams crowd once again and pushed the lead back to, 45-34.
Lee scored five consecutive points for the Dragons on a three-pointer and two free throws pulling Drexel within 45-39, but Graham's three-point at the other end gave VCU a 48-39 edge with 8:38 remaining.
VCU, which entered the contest leading the nation in steals per game (10.7), finished the game with 10 steals, its school-record ninth-straight game with double-digit thefts. Rob Brandenberg blocked three shots and Reddic finished with two blocks.
Drexel, which held the nation's second-longest winning streak, held a 41-24 edge on the boards behind Givens (15) and Lee.
The championship game was the third consecutive sold out session, which helped set a total tournament attendance record of 47,833. The CAA Championship has drawn more than 42,000 fans for six consecutive years.

Courtesy of CAA

CAA Tournament Final: Drexel - VCU 56-59
CAA Tournament Semifinals:
Drexel - Old Dominion 68-51
VCU - George Mason 74-64

All-CAA 1st Team 2011-2012
#s#
Ryan Pearson
Pearson
Kent Bazemore
Bazemore
Bradford Burgess
Burgess
Frantz Massenat
Massenat
Keith Rendleman
Rendleman
#e#5

Player of the Year: Ryan Pearson (6'6''-F-90) of George Mason
All-Tournament MVP: Darius Theus (6'3''-G-90) of VCU
Defensive Player of the Year: Kent Bazemore (6'5''-G/F-89) of ODU
Rookie of the Year: Damion Lee (6'6''-G) of Drexel
Leadership Award: Jihad Ali (6'5''-G-89) of Georgia St.
Leadership Award: Quinn McDowell (6'6''-G/F) of William & Mary
Coach of the Year: Bruiser Flint of Drexel

1st Team
G/F: Kent Bazemore (6'5''-89) of ODU
G/F: Bradford Burgess (6'6''-90) of VCU
G: Frantz Massenat (6'4'') of Drexel
F: Ryan Pearson (6'6''-90) of George Mason
G: Keith Rendleman (6'7''-90) of NC-Wilmington

2nd Team
G: Chris Cooper () of Point, GA
F: Samme Givens (6'5'') of Drexel
F: Jamelle Hagins (6'8'') of Delaware
G: Mike Moore (6'5''-89) of Hofstra
G: Devon Saddler (6'2'') of Delaware

3rd Team
G: Jihad Ali (6'5''-89) of Georgia St.
F: Eric Buckner (6'7''-90) of Georgia St.
G: Anthony Hitchens (5'9'') of JMU
G: Jonathan Lee (6'2''-90) of Northeastern
F: Juvonte Reddic (6'9''-92) of VCU
G: Darius Theus (6'3''-90) of VCU

All-Defensive Team
Kent Bazemore (6'5''-G/F-89) of ODU
Eric Buckner (6'7''-F-90) of Georgia St.
Jamelle Hagins (6'8''-F) of Delaware
Robert Nwankwo (6'8''-F-89) of Towson
Briante Weber (6'3''-G-92) of VCU

All-Tournament Team
Rob Brandenberg (6'2''-G-92) of VCU
Bradford Burgess (6'6''-G/F-90) of VCU
Damion Lee (6'6''-G) of Drexel
Frantz Massenat (6'4''-G) of Drexel
Mike Morrison (6'9''-F-89) of George Mason
Darius Theus (6'3''-G-90) of VCU

All-Rookie Team
Quincy Ford (6'8''-G/F-93) of Northeastern
Damion Lee (6'6''-G) of Drexel
Adam Smith (5'11''-G) of NC-Wilmington
Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G) of William & Mary
Jarvis Threatt (6'2''-G) of Delaware

All-Academic 1st Team
Jihad Ali (6'5''-G-89) of Georgia St.
Trian Iliadis (6'3''-G-89) of ODU
Quinn McDowell (6'6''-G/F) of William & Mary
Dwan McMillan (6'0''-G-89) of Hofstra
Tim Rusthoven (6'9''-F) of William & Mary

All-Academic 2nd Team
Brandon Britt (6'1''-G) of William & Mary
James Fields (6'4''-G-89) of Georgia St.
Erique Gumbs (6'9''-F-91) of Towson
Jonathan Lee (6'2''-G-90) of Northeastern
Tanner Milson (6'2''-G-91) of NC-Wilmington



Loyola Holds On to Win MAAC Championship - by Greg
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Erik Etherly had 10 points and seven rebounds to lead Loyola back into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1994 with a 48-44 win over Fairfield Monday in the MAAC championship game.
The second-seeded Greyhounds (24-8) trailed by four at halftime, but opened the second half on an 11-1 run.
Loyola held Fairfield without a point for almost 8 minutes and then held on for its fifth win in six games.
Rakim Sanders scored 12 points and Ryan Olander had 11 for Fairfield (19-14), which upset the tournament's top seed, Iona, in Sunday's semifinals. Maurice Barrow added 10 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.
Loyola shot just 33 percent, but held Fairfield to 29 percent and just six second-half field goals.
Fairfield missed its first 13 shots after intermission and went 7:48 without a point, before a foul shot by Desmond Wade.
A jump shot by Etherly capped the run and gave the Greyhounds a 37-31 lead.
Colin Nickerson broke the Fairfield field-goal drought with a layup, but a 3-point play by Jordan Lathem stretched the lead back to seven.
It was 47-41 when Wade hit a fall-away 3-pointer to cut the Greyhound lead to just three points with just more than 2 1/2 minutes left. Fairfield had several chances to tie the game, but missed three 3s in the last minute.
Shane Walker's foul shot gave the Greyhounds their final margin of victory.
Etherly, who scored 21 points in each of Loyola's first two tournament games, picked up two fouls in the first 90 seconds of this one. But Loyola used a 10-2 run to go up 16-9 midway through the fist half.
Fairfield responded with a 7-0 run to tie the game as the Stags had success going inside. An assist, a blocked, shot and two free throws from Olander put Fairfield up 23-20, and his 3-pointer and another blocked shot helped send the Stags into the half up 30-26.
The Stags scored just 14 points after halftime.
The two teams split their regular-season meetings, each winning on the other's home floor -- Loyola by three points in Bridgeport on Jan. 13 and the Stags beat the Greyhounds 68-51 in Maryland on Feb. 12.
That was one of three losses in the Stags' final four regular-season games. But Fairfield came alive during the tournament, avenging a regular season-ending loss to Rider in the opening round, and stunning top-seeded Iona by 10 points in Sunday's semifinals.
Fairfield has been playing without its starting point guard, Derek Needham, who broke his left foot on Feb. 24 in a loss at Iona, and Wade, the backup, picked up his third foul early in the second half.
Loyola, the tournament's second seed, breezed through their first two games in the tournament, beating Niagara by 13 points and Siena by 10. This was the just the Greyhounds second trip to the conference finals. They beat Manhattan in the 1994 championship game
Fairfield, which was playing in its seventh conference championship game, has not been to the NCAA tournament since winning the MAAC title in 1997.
The Greyhounds are just one win from tying the school record for victories in a season, set back in 1948-49. This is their first 20-win campaign as a Division I program.
Fairfield's women lost earlier in the day to Marist in the women's conference final.

Courtesy of MAAC

MAAC Tournament Final: Loyola - Fairfield 48-44
MAAC Tournament Semifinals:
Fairfield - Iona 85-75
Loyola - Siena 70-60

All-MAAC 1st Team 2011-2012
#s#
Scott Machado
Machado
Rakim Sanders
Sanders
Michael Glover
Glover
Erik Etherly
Etherly
George Beamon
Beamon
#e#5

Player of the Year: Scott Machado (6'1''-G-90) of Iona
All-Tournament MVP: Erik Etherly (6'7''-F) of Loyola, MD
Defensive Player of the Year: Rhamel Brown (6'6''-F/C-92) of Manhattan
Rookie of the Year: Juanya Green (6'3''-G) of Niagara
Sixth Man of the Year: Justin Drummond (6'4''-G) of Loyola, MD
Coach of the Year: Jimmy Patsos of Loyola, MD

1st Team
G/F: Rakim Sanders (6'5''-89) of Fairfield
F: Michael Glover (6'7'') of Iona
G: Scott Machado (6'1''-90) of Iona
F: Erik Etherly (6'7'') of Loyola, MD
G/F: George Beamon (6'4''-91) of Manhattan
F: O.D. Anosike (6'8''-91) of Siena

2nd Team
G: Harold Washington (6'1'') of Canisius
G: Derek Needham (5'11'') of Fairfield
G: Jones Lamont (6'0''-G) of Iona College
G: Dylon Cormier (6'2'') of Loyola, MD
F: Brandon Penn (6'8'') of Rider

3rd Team
G: Justin Drummond (6'4'') of Loyola, MD
G: Robert Olson (6'4'') of Loyola, MD
G: Michael Alvarado (6'2''-92) of Manhattan
G: Devin Price (6'1''-90) of Marist
G: Juanya Green (6'3'') of Niagara
F: Darius Conley (6'7''-89) of St.Peter's

All-Tournament Team
Scott Machado (6'1''-G-90) of Iona
Desmond Wade (5'8''-G-89) of Fairfield
Rakim Sanders (6'5''-G/F-89) of Fairfield
Justin Drummond (6'4''-G) of Loyola, MD
Robert Olson (6'4''-G) of Loyola, MD

All-Freshman Team
Emmy Andujar (6'5''-F-93) of Manhattan
Chavaughn Lewis (6'5''-G/F) of Marist
Juanya Green (6'3''-G) of Niagara
Antoine Mason (6'3''-G) of Niagara
Evan Hymes (5'8''-G) of Siena

All-Academic Team
Ryan Olander (7'0''-C) of Fairfield
Kyle Smyth (6'4''-G) of Iona
Kevin Laue (6'11''-C-90) of Manhattan
Liam McCabe-Moran (6'4''-F-89) of Manhattan
Torgrim Sommerfeldt (6'6''-F-89) of Manhattan
Jay Bowie (6'5''-G/F-92) of Marist
Jesse Martin (6'2''-G) of Marist
Eric Williams (6'8''-F-87) of Niagara
Paul Kowalski (6'6''-F-89) of Niagara
Kevin Noon (6'1''-G) of Rider




Davidson Outlasts Western Carolina in Double OT Thriller - by Greg
ASHEVILLE, N.C. --- South Division No. 1 Davidson claimed the 2012 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Championship with a 93-91 double overtime win over North No. 3 Western Carolina Monday night in the U.S. Cellular Center. It's the Wildcats first title since 2008 and also the first double overtime championship game since 1984, the tournament's first-ever appearance in Asheville, when Marshall topped Chattanooga 111-107.
De'Mon Brooks and J.P. Kuhlman led Davidson with 19 points and eight rebounds apiece. Jake Cohen had 17 points, seven rebounds and seven blocks, while Nike Cochran added 16 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Keaton Cole had game-high honors for the Catamounts with 21 on the night. Tawaski King posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 boards. Harouna Mutombo tallied 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, as Trey Sumler chipped in 18 points, five boards and four assists.
Both teams held double-digit leads in the game with Western up 12 in the first half and Davidson by as many as 13 in the second. The Wildcats went up 13, 74-61, on Cohen's jumper with 2:47 left in the game. The Catamounts went on a 14-2 run capped by back-to-back treys from Sumler the last coming with just 20 seconds left to cut it to a one-point deficit, 76-75.
Cochran was immediately fouled and hit both ends of the one-and-bonus to make it a three-point game. On the other end, Cole three-pointer was off the mark, but the foul on Cochran sent him to the charity stripe for three shots with 11 ticks left. He calmly sank all three. Steals by Sumler for WCU and Kuhlman for the Wildcats kept any buzzer-beating moments from happening.
Davidson went up four, 84-80, in overtime on three-point play by Brooks at 2:16. Two King free throws and a layup by Mutombo with 59 seconds remaining tied it at 84-all. A Cohen field goal and two more free tosses from Mutombo knotted the score at 86-all with the shot clock off and 26 seconds to play.
Mutombo stole Cohen's inbounds pass and fed Cole streaking in the lane as Mutombo was falling out of bounds. Cole's contested layup was off the mark and Cohen's rebound led to a Wildcats timeout with 18 seconds left. Brooks' game-winner rattled out and sent the game into a second extra period.
The second overtime period was a nail-biter throughout as neither team had better than a one-possession lead. Chris Czerapowicz struck first with a three for Davidson at 4:29. James Sinclair answered for WCU at 3:02 with a three-ball of his own as the shot clock expired.
Cochran's layup on the Wildcats' next trip down the floor gave his mates a 91-89 advantage. After both squads traded missed three-pointers, King went to the line as Cohen fouled out being over-aggressive on the block.
King made both free throws to tie it for the sixth time on the night, fourth in extra periods, with 1:24 to go. Clint Mann found himself unguarded and drove the baseline and slammed in the final points of the night for a 93-91 lead at 1:04. The combatants traded missed shots and the Catamounts had the ball with 14 seconds left.
With the clock running down, Cole got a good look from 22 feet. The shot bounced off the rim. Mann then grabbed the board and got the outlet pass to the wing as the buzzer sounded.
It was an amazing performance by both the favored Wildcats and gritty Catamounts playing their fourth game in four nights. From the moment WCU made its comeback from 13 down and 2:47 to play, it made all 16 free throw attempts including all eight in the bonus 10 minutes.
Davidson is making its league-record 11th trip to the NCAA Championship. The Wildcats learn their travel plans Sunday March 11 at 6 p.m., on CBS.

Courtesy of SoCon

Southern Conf. Tournament Final: Davidson - Western Carolina 93-91
Southern Conf. Tournament Semifinals:
UNCG - Western Carolina 77-82
Davidson - Elon 83-67

All-Southern Conf. 1st Team 2011-2012
#s#
Jake Cohen
Cohen
DeMon Brooks
Brooks
Eric Ferguson
Ferguson
Trevis Simpson
Simpson
Brad Loesing
Loesing
#e#5

Co-Player of the Year: Jake Cohen (6'10''-F-90) of Davidson
Co-Player of the Year: DeMon Brooks (6'7''-F-92) of Davidson
All-Tournament MVP: DeMon Brooks (6'7''-F-92) of Davidson
Defensive Player of the Year: Brad Loesing (6'0''-G-89) of Wofford
Freshman of the Year: Karl Cochran (6'1''-G-92) of Wofford
Co-Coach of the Year: Wes Miller of NC-Greensboro
Co-Coach of the Year: Bob McKillop of Davidson

1st Team
F: DeMon Brooks (6'7''-92) of Davidson
F: Jake Cohen (6'10''-90) of Davidson
G: Eric Ferguson (6'7''-89) of Georgia South
G/F: Trevis Simpson (6'4''-91) of NC-Greensboro
G: Brad Loesing (6'0''-89) of Wofford

2nd Team
C: Mike Groselle (6'8''-90) of Citadel
G: Andrew Lawrence (6'2''-90) of Charleston
F: Antwaine Wiggins (6'7''-88) of Charleston
G: Jack Isenbarger (6'2''-91) of Elon
G: Kevin Giltner (6'6''-89) of Wofford

3rd Team
F: Trent Wiedeman (6'8''-91) of Charleston
G: Nik Cochran (6'3''-88) of Davidson
G: Willie Powers (6'2''-89) of Georgia South
G: Derrell Armstrong (6'1''-91) of NC-Greensboro
C: Drew Windler (6'9''-91) of Samford

All-Tournament Team
DeMon Brooks (6'7''-F-92) of Davidson
Jake Cohen (6'10''-F-90) of Davidson
J.P. Kuhlman (6'4''-G-90) of Davidson
Harouna Mutombo (6'4''-G) of W.Carolina
Trey Sumler (6'2''-G) of W.Carolina

All-Freshman Team
Adjehi Baru (6'9''-F/C-91) of Charleston
Austin Hamilton (5'10''-G-93) of Elon
Tyler Hood (6'6''-F-92) of Samford
Raijon Kelly (6'4''-G-93) of Samford
Karl Cochran (6'1''-G-92) of Wofford


Top 25 - Men
TOP25 Standings
 1. Kentucky 11-0 (25-1) 
 2. Syracuse 13-1 (25-1) 
 3. Kansas 13-2 (23-5) 
 4. N.Carolina 12-2 (23-2) 
 5. Missouri 12-3 (25-3) 
 6. Duke 11-2 (22-3) 
 7. Ohio St. 10-4 (22-5) 
 8. Michigan St. 11-1 (23-3) 
 9. Marquette 10-4 (20-6) 
 10. Michigan 8-4 (19-7) 
 11. Murray St. 15-1 (28-1) 
 12. Baylor 9-5 (22-5) 
 13. Georgetown 9-5 (21-5) 
 14. Wisconsin 6-6 (17-8) 
 15. Indiana 8-5 (21-5) 
 16. Wichita St. 16-2 (26-4) 
 17. Florida St. 10-3 (19-8) 
 18. San Diego St. 9-4 (23-6) 
 19. Creighton 13-3 (24-4) 
 20. UNLV 9-4 (25-6) 
 21. Temple 12-3 (23-6) 
 22. Florida 9-3 (21-6) 
 23. Notre Dame 12-3 (20-8) 
 24. Gonzaga 12-3 (25-5) 
 25. Iowa St. 11-4 (20-8) 


Gaels Make History With WCC Title Game Victory - by Greg
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Matthew Dellavedova scored 22 points to lead Saint Mary's to a 78-74 victory against No. 24 Gonzaga on Monday night to claim its second West Coast Conference tournament title and automatic NCAA bid in three years.
It was the first time the Gaels (27-5) have won the regular-season title outright and claimed the tourney championship the same year.
Elias Harris led Gonzaga (25-6) with 22 points, including a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left in regulation to force the extra period.
Dellavedova had a chance to win it at the buzzer in regulation but his runner bounced off the rim. He made sure to seal it at the free throw line in OT.
Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos had a miserable night, finishing with seven points on 3-of-18 shooting. He was just 1 of 10 from 3-point range, two days after a 30-point night against Brigham Young.
Rob Jones added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Gaels.
The teams were meeting for the 12th time in four years in a rivalry that is perhaps the fiercest on the West Coast right now.
At least one player called it a 'hate-hate' relationship before the game, with Gonzaga center Robert Sacre saying Monday's game was personal and a matter of pride.
It lived up to its billing.
There were 14 lead changes and nine ties.
Saint Mary's led by as many as eight points early in the second half, but Gonzaga hung tight, pulling within 63-62 on Pangos' only 3-pointer with 3:58 left.
The Gaels still led 68-63 with 31 seconds left, but Harris hit a driving layup with 15 seconds remaining then sank the game-tying 3-pointer.
Both teams had chances to take command in the overtime,
Jorden Page grabbed a key rebound then sank two free throws to put the Gaels up 76-72. Sam Dower's layup cut it to two again, but Dellavedova was fouled breaking through Gonzaga's full-court press and converted the free throws for the final margin. The teams had split their season series, with Gonzaga winning 73-59 on its home court last month and Saint Mary's coming out on top 83-62 in January.
On Monday, it was tight from the start.
The first half saw 11 lead changes and five ties, including 36-all at the break.
Dellavedova finally got going after starting 1 of 5. He hit a 3 and Jones followed with a driving layup to get Saint Mary's within 28-26, only to see the Bulldogs go on a 6-0 run to take a 34-26 lead with 4:32 left in the half, capped by Harris' driving layup.
Saint Mary's closed out the first half on a 10-2 run. Dellavedova hit a jumper and 3-pointer, Jones another driving layup and Beau Levesque a 3-pointer that tied the score at 36 with 47 seconds left.
Sacre finished with 17 points for Gonzaga while Dower added 14 off the bench.
Page added 16 for Saint Mary's and Brad Waldow had 13 and eight rebounds.

Courtesy of WCC

WCC Tournament Final: Saint Mary's - Gonzaga 78-74
WCC Tournament Semifinals:
Saint Mary's - San Francisco 83-78
Gonzaga - BYU 77-58

All-WCC 1st Team 2011-2012
#s#
Matthew Dellavedova
Dellavedova
Angelo Caloiaro
Caloiaro
Brandon Davies
Davies
Elias Harris
Harris
Noah Hartsock
Hartsock
#e#5

Player of the Year: Matthew Dellavedova (6'4''-G-90) of St.Mary's, CA
All-Tournament MVP: Matthew Dellavedova (6'4''-G-90) of St.Mary's, CA
Defensive Player of the Year: Robert Sacre (7'0''-C-88) of Gonzaga
Newcomer of the Year: Kevin Pangos (6'1''-G-93) of Gonzaga
Coach of the Year: Max Good of Loyola Mary

1st Team
F: Angelo Caloiaro (6'8'') of USF
F: Brandon Davies (6'9'') of BYU
G: Matthew Dellavedova (6'4''-90) of St.Mary's, CA
F: Elias Harris (6'7''-89) of Gonzaga
F: Noah Hartsock (6'8'') of BYU
G: Anthony Ireland (5'10''-91) of Loyola Mary
F: Rob Jones (6'6''-89) of St.Mary's, CA
G: Kevin Pangos (6'1''-93) of Gonzaga
C: Robert Sacre (7'0''-88) of Gonzaga
F: Drew Viney (6'8''-88) of Loyola Mary

Honorable Mention
Perris Blackwell (6'9''-F) of USF
Matt Carlino (6'2''-G) of BYU
Johnny Dee (6'0''-G-92) of San Diego
Rashad Green (6'4''-G-88) of USF
Stephen Holt (6'4''-G-91) of St.Mary's, CA
Corbin Moore (6'10''-C) of Pepperdine

All-Tournament Team
Cody Doolin (6'2''-G) of USF
Kevin Pangos (6'1''-G-93) of Gonzaga
Rob Jones (6'6''-F-89) of St.Mary's, CA
Elias Harris (6'7''-F-89) of Gonzaga
Matthew Dellavedova (6'4''-G-90) of St.Mary's, CA

All-Freshman Team
Gary Bell (6'1''-PG) of Gonzaga
Matt Carlino (6'2''-G) of BYU
Johnny Dee (6'0''-G-92) of San Diego
Kevin Pangos (6'1''-G-93) of Gonzaga
Brad Waldow (6'9''-F) of St.Mary's, CA

All-Academic Team
Craig Cusick (6'2''-G) of BYU
Taylor Darby (6'8''-F) of Pepperdine
Matthew Dellavedova (6'4''-G-90) of St.Mary's, CA
Cody Doolin (6'2''-G) of USF
Michael Hart (6'9''-C/F-85) of Warsaw
Beau Levesque (6'6''-F) of St.Mary's, CA
Corbin Moore (6'10''-C) of Pepperdine
Ryan Nicholas (6'7''-F-91) of Portland
Justin Raffington (6'9''-C-91) of USF
Jay Wey (6'2''-G) of USF




Coles retires after 16 seasons at Miami-Ohio - by Eurobasket News
Charles Coles announced his retirement as head men's basketball coach at Miami-Ohio after his RedHawks lost in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Monday.

Miami-Ohio's 60-53 loss to Toledo dropped its record to 9-21 and brought an end to Coles' 16-year reign.

Coles posted a school-record 263 wins with the RedHawks and his 218 career conference wins -- which includes a six-year stint as head coach at Central Michigan -- is the most in MAC history.

'Charles Coles is an iconic figure in the history of Miami University as a student, athlete, server, leader, mentor and coach,' said Miami-Ohio athletics director Brad Bates. 'He symbolizes all that is noble about the profession of coaching and his entire life has been dedicated to using a basketball curriculum to holistically develop young men. He is leaving an indelible mark on our program, our department and our university and the hundreds of people he has inspired, motivated and developed.'

Coles, a 1965 Miami graduate, guided the RedHawks to seven postseason tournaments, including three NCAA bids (1997, 1999 and 2007).

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com


Winthrop dismisses coach Randy Peele after back-to-back losing seasons - by Eurobasket News
Winthrop has dismissed men's basketball coach Randy Peele after five seasons.

Athletic director Tom Hickman announced the move Monday, saying it was distressing that the team had underachieved back-to-back losing seasons the last two years.

Peele succeeded current Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall after the 2007 season and won the Big South Conference tournament championship in 2008 and 2010. However, the Eagles had back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1997 and 1998. Winthrop fell to VMI in the Big South tournament last Thursday to finish 12-20.

Peele spent four years on Marshalls staff and was part of a small-school powerhouse that had a run of seven conference tournament titles in nine seasons from 1999 through 2007. Peele kept that going in 2008 when the Eagles again won the Big South Conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA tournament.

After a losing season in 2009, Winthrop again recovered to win the Big South and play in the NCAAs.

But the Eagles posted losing seasons the past two years, going a combined 25-39. Hickman said everyone connected to the team celebrated Peeles teams wins in 2008 and 2010. Hickman was concerned that the team hadnt played up to that level in recent years.

Sometimes there is a need to provide a spark for a program and that usually comes in the form of a change in leadership. That is why, at this time, the university has decided to release Coach Peele from his duties, Hickman said.

Peele did not return several phone calls and text messages left by The Associated Press.

Peele finished 77-82 in five years as Winthrops coach. The Eagles went 48-38 in Big South games during that time, but finished fifth in the league in 2011 and sixth this past season.

We are certainly very appreciative of the hard work and dedication shown by coach Peele on behalf of this university over the past nine years, Hickman said.

Hickman said the school will begin an immediate search for Peeles successor.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Northern Illinois Wins First Tourney Game Since 2003 - by Eurobasket
YPSILANTI - First year Northern Illinois University head coach Mark Montgomery has had a hard season with mostly underclassman. His pair of Norwegian sharpshooters got hot at the right time as NIU nipped Eastern Michigan 55-52 in the Mid-American Conference playoffs. NIU goes on to Cleveland where the action will take place through the weekend and the MAC Final will be televised on ESPN on Saturday.
Fox Sports Ohio will televise the MAC quarterfinals and semis Thursday and Friday respectively.
NIU (5-25) went to half-time with a 18-11 lead over EMU (14-18). The second half had the Huskies shooting threes and they were 9-21 for the game. Norwegian Nationals, freshman Stian Berg was 2-5 and sophomore Aksel Bolin shot 3-4 from beyond the three point arch to keep the Eagles in check. I thought our defense was very good in the first half, maybe the best it has been all season, said Montgomery.
EMU junior guard Derek Thompson got it to 55-52 with a three with only 12 seconds left. NIU missed a one-on-one foul opportunity and it gave EMU a last chance opportunity. Jamell Harris took a centered up three-point field goal attempt to tie the game at the buzzer. Most of the arena stood as his shot hit the backboard, bounced several times around the rim and finally spun out of the cylinder, ending the Eagles hopes for a last-second tie.
It was the last game for senior center and Polish National Kamil Janton who started for EMU. The contest was the first road win of the year in 15 attempts for Northern Illinois. They were led by junior Tony Nixon with 14 points while Bolin added 13. Two free throw made by Bolin with 29 second left was critical for the NIU victory.
Senior guard Darrell Lampley also closed out his EMU career with 13 points and six assists while Jamell Harris added 13 points with eight rebounds.


Murphy gets basketball honor - by Eurobasket
First-year head coach Rob Murphy was named Mid-American Conference Mens Basketball Coach of the Year for the 2011-12 season. EMU won the MAC West Division with a 9-7 conference mark.
Its humbling for me to be honored as the MAC Coach of the Year, said Murphy after the game. I credit my staff for their daily commitment and preparation in all areas of our program as we continue to lay our foundation. I want to publicly thank Jim Boeheim (Syracuse) and Jim Christian (Kent State) for the opportunity they gave me to be an assistant coach. The knowledge I learned the previous nine years as part of their coaching staffs has made me grateful, added Murphy.
Murphy was named EMUs head coach, April 21, 2011, after spending the previous seven years as an assistant men's basketball coach at Syracuse University. A native Detroiter, Murphy played his collegiate basketball at Central State in Ohio.


Kentucky again a runaway No. 1 in men's basketball poll - by Eurobasket News
Kentucky, Syracuse and Kansas are the top three teams in The Associated Press' Top 25 college basketball poll for a second straight week.

Kentucky, which finished unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference, is a runaway No. 1 for a seventh straight week, receiving 63 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel.

Big East champion Syracuse, which received two first-place votes, is second for the sixth consecutive week. Kansas, the Big 12 champion for an eighth straight season, is followed by North Carolina, Missouri, Duke, Ohio State, Michigan State, Marquette and Michigan.

Gonzaga, at No. 24, and Iowa State, at 25th, are the week's newcomers. Gonzaga was out the last two weeks, while Iowa State is ranked for the first time since the opening week of 2005-06.

Louisville, which was ranked as high as fourth this season, dropped out from 19th, while Virginia was 24th.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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Dominant Defense Sends Wingate to SAC Championship Title - by Simas
Dominant Defense Sends Wingate to SAC Championship Title

Behind a stellar defense and clutch foul shooting down the stretch, Wingate held off several Anderson rallies to win the 2012 Food Lion SAC Men's Basketball Championship, 66-59, on Sunday afternoon at the Tarlton Complex in Hickory, N.C.
The SAC title earns the Bulldogs an automatic berth to the 2012 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Championship. The tournament's field will be announced on Sunday night.
A day after Anderson scored 113 points in a double-overtime victory against Newberry - including a SAC Championship-record 50 from junior Denzail Jones -- Wingate held the Trojans to just 30.5-percent shooting. Jones finished with a team-high 19 points, but labored for much of the game to get clean looks, finishing five-of-14 from the field.
Wingate came out on fire, opening the game on a 16-2 run and holding Anderson scoreless until the 14:59 mark. The Bulldogs were especially effective on Jones in the first half, holding the 2011-12 SAC Player of the Year without a point until the final minute.
But despite Jones' struggles, Anderson entered halftime down just four points. Sharp-shooting guard Chandler Hash was key in keeping the Trojans close, sparking a 9-0 run midway through the half that mitigated Wingate's hot start.
The second half saw runs by both teams, with Wingate consistently threatening to break the game opening but always being met by an Anderson answer. The Bulldogs opened up a 10-point lead with 8:52 remaining in the half on a jumper by guard Jamie Vaughn, but Anderson followed with a 9-0 run to trail by just a point - the closest the Trojans had been since the game's opening minute.
Later in the half, Wingate again flirted with putting the game out of reach, extending its lead to 58-50 with 3:45 to play. Anderson had another answer, however, cutting the lead to three on a Tyrell McDowell layup with 2:01 remaining.
Wingate would not let the Trojans get any closer, though, outscoring AU 8-3 in the final minutes to capture the title. The Bulldogs went six-of-eight from the foul line in the final 41 seconds to ice the victory.
Vaughn was clutch down the stretch for Wingate, scoring 10 points in the game's final 4:32 en route to earning All-Tournament honors. The senior finished with a game-high 22 points, while Chase Smith scored 13 and Odell Turner added 12 points and eight rebounds.
Turner and center Deion Thurman controlled the paint throughout, holding Anderson's Taylor Shugart - who finished with 27 points and 19 rebounds on Saturday - to just five points on one-of-11 shooting before fouling out.
Despite his team falling short on Sunday, Jones was named the Championship's Most Valuable Player after scoring a combined 69 points in his two games in Hickory. He was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Shugart, Turner and Newberry's Quayshun Hawkins.

Courtesy of SAC

SAC Tournament Final: Anderson - Wingate 59-66
SAC Tournament Semifinals:
Anderson - Newberry 113-106, 2OT
Wingate - Lincoln Memorial 64-60, OT

All-SAC 1st Team 2011-2012
#s#
Denzail Jones
Jones
Brandon Armstrong
Armstrong
Sammy Emile
Emile
Desmond Johnson
Johnson
Keon Moore
Moore
#e#5

Player of the Year: Denzail Jones (5'9''-G-90) of Anderson, SC
All-Tournament MVP: Denzail Jones (5'9''-G-90) of Anderson, SC
Freshman of the Year: Dondray Walker (6'5''-F) of Newberry
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Nick Trull (6'2''-G-89) of Anderson, SC
Coach of the Year: Jason Taylor of Anderson, SC

1st Team
G: Brandon Armstrong (6'1''-90) of Lincoln Memorial
G/F: Sammy Emile (6'5'') of Mars Hill
F: Desmond Johnson (6'6''-90) of Lincoln Memorial
G: Denzail Jones (5'9''-90) of Anderson, SC
G: Keon Moore (6'4'') of Catawba
G: Jamie Vaughn (6'0''-90) of Wingate

2nd Team
F: Vincent Bailey (6'6'') of Lincoln Memorial
F: Antoine Davis (6'5'') of Carson-Newman
G: Ishmael Sanders (6'1'') of Carson-Newman
C: Taylor Shugart (6'7''-89) of Anderson, SC
G: Nick Trull (6'2''-89) of Anderson, SC
F: Dondray Walker (6'5'') of Newberry

All-Tournament Team
Denzail Jones (5'9''-G-90) of Anderson, SC
Jamie Vaughn (6'0''-G-90) of Wingate
Taylor Shugart (6'7''-C-89) of Anderson, SC
Odell Turner (6'6''-F) of Wingate
Quayshun Hawkins (6'1''-G) of Newberry

All-Freshman Team
Savad Garner (6'2''-F) of Newberry
Terrell Harris (6'4''-G) of Mars Hill
Tyrece Little (6'8''-C) of Catawba
Lorenza Ross (6'2''-G) of Lincoln Memorial
Dondray Walker (6'5''-F) of Newberry




Florida Southern Wins SSC Men's Basketball Tournament Title - by Simas
Florida Southern Wins SSC Men's Basketball Tournament Title

Two clutch three pointers, one by Seth Evans and one by Kevin Capers, in the final 1:37 helped the fifth-seeded Moccasins knock off third-seeded Saint Leo, 61-58, and win their 20th Sunshine Straight Conference Tournament Championship Sunday in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Jenkins Field House.
The win, the Moccasins' sixth straight, gives them an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament next weekend. The NCAA Division II selection show is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. tonight (Sun.) at www.ncaa.com, where the Moccasins will find out who, when and where they will play.
Leading by eight, 48-40, with 8:50 remaining, the Moccasins seemed to be in control, but Saint Leo, with Marcus Ruh and Tom Neary each scoring seven points, went on a 14-2 run to take a 54-50 lead with 4:54 to go.
Capers hit a pair of free throws with 2:51 left to cut the lead to 54-52. A Saint Leo basket and two more Capers free throws still had the margin at two, but after a Saint Leo turnover at the 1:41 mark, Evans drilled a long three-pointer to put the Moccasins back in front, 57-56.
After Ruh put the Lions (18-11) back on top with a basket at the 1:03 mark, Capers answered with his three-pointer 14 seconds later to give the lead back to the Moccasins, 60-58.
On the Lions' next possession, Ruh, who led all scorers with 26 points, 24 in the second half, couldn't connect on a three-point attempt and then fouled Evans with 26 seconds left. Evans made the first one, but had a rare miss on the second one to give the Lions one more chance, but Ruh's three-point attempt at the buzzer was off the mark and the Moccasins and their fans could celebrate.
Evans, who led the Moccasins with 16 points, was named the tournament's most outstanding player and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Brett Bailey, Saint Leo's Ruh, Trent Thomas and Shaun Adams and Florida Tech's Anthony Jackson. Capers delivered a 15-point effort off the bench for the Moccasins. Adams had played a key role for the Lions with 14 points.
The win gives the Moccasins their fifth straight 20-win season. The SSC Tournament title is the Moccasins' first since 2009 and third under coach Linc Darner. The Moccasins will be making their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

Courtesy of SSC

SSC Tournament Final: Saint Leo - Florida Southern 58-61
SSC Tournament Semifinals:
Saint Leo - Eckerd 73-67
Florida Southern - Florida Tech 108-80

All-SSC 1st Team 2011-2012
#s#
Lance Kearse
Kearse
Simon Cummings
Cummings
Seth Evans
Evans
Marcus Ruh
Ruh
Trent Thomas
Thomas
#e#5

Player of the Year: Lance Kearse (6'6''-F) of Eckerd
All-Tournament MVP: Seth Evans (6'0''-PG-90) of Florida Southern
Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Malcolm (6'8''-F) of Rollins
Freshman of the Year: Kevin Capers (6'1''-G) of Florida Southern
Newcomer of the Year: Trent Thomas (6'4''-G) of St.Leo
Coach of the Year: Lance Randall of St.Leo

1st Team
G: Simon Cummings (6'1''-90) of Florida Tech
PG: Seth Evans (6'0''-90) of Florida Southern
F: Lance Kearse (6'6'') of Eckerd
G: Marcus Ruh (6'4'') of St.Leo
G: Trent Thomas (6'4'') of St.Leo

2nd Team
F: Brett Bailey (6'5''-90) of Florida Southern
F: Derek Hellemann (6'6''-89) of Florida Tech
F: Chris Malcolm (6'8'') of Rollins
G: Julius Reid (6'1''-91) of Florida Tech
G: Evan White (6'1'') of Barry

All-Newcomers Team
Kevin Capers (6'1''-G) of Florida Southern
Seth Evans (6'0''-PG-90) of Florida Southern
Jeremy Lampkin (6'6''-G/F-91) of Lynn
Marcus Ruh (6'4''-G) of St.Leo
Trent Thomas (6'4''-G) of St.Leo

All-Tournament Team
Seth Evans (6'0''-PG-90) of Florida Southern
Brett Bailey (6'5''-F-90) of Florida Southern
Marcus Ruh (6'4''-G) of St.Leo
Trent Thomas (6'4''-G) of St.Leo
Shaun Adams (6'6''-F) of St.Leo
Anthony Jackson (6'5''-G) of Florida Tech




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Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Froya Basket 15-3 
 2. Asker Aliens 15-5 
 3. Baerum Basket 12-6 
 4. Tromso 12-7 
 5. Centrum 12-8 
 6. Gimle BBK 9-11 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 2-19 
 8. Langhus 1-19 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker22.4 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.22.2 
 3. Land, Asker Aliens21.4 
 4. Karlsen, Centrum20.6 
 5. Westerlund, Ammeru.20.1 
 6. Smith, Gimle BBK18.4 
 7. Wallace, Tromso17.7 
 8. Kombat, Froya B.17.4 
 9. Ferranti, Baerum B.16.6 
 10. Oatis, Baerum B.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker12.3 
 2. Oatis, Baerum B.9.5 
 3. Smith, Gimle BBK9.0 
 4. Land, Asker Aliens9.0 
 5. Karlsen, Centrum8.9 
 6. Byerson, Tromso8.9 
 7. Bullock, Froya B.8.7 
 8. Kombat, Froya B.8.1 
 9. Ferranti, Baerum B.7.9 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.4.8 
 2. Mahnin, Centrum4.4 
 3. Stien, Asker Aliens4.2 
 4. Gabrans, Froya B.4.2 
 5. Issalhi, Tromso4.0 
 6. Randolph, Langhus3.9 
 7. Byerson, Tromso3.5 
 8. Okoroafor, Ammerud3.4 
 9. Midtvedt, Asker A.3.4 
 10. Stien, Gimle BBK3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.2.4 
 2. Bullock, Froya B.2.2 
 3. Ferranti, Baerum B.2.2 
 4. Pavlovic, Gimle B.2.1 
 5. Issalhi, Tromso2.1 
 6. Silavs, Froya B.2.1 
 7. Gabrans, Froya B.1.9 
 8. Sahlertz, Tromso1.6 
 9. Crouch, Langhus1.6 
 10. Byerson, Tromso1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum B.
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum B.3.3 
 2. Sjostrom, Baerum B.1.2 
 3. Hagen, Ammerud1.0 
 4. Byerson, Tromso1.0 
 5. Smith, Gimle BBK0.9 
 6. Nyborg, Centrum0.9 
 7. Bullock, Froya B.0.8 
 8. Lee-Ingram, Asker0.8 
 9. Karlsen, Centrum0.7 
 10. Bryn, Ammerud Bs.0.7 


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Bigua gets bigger with Antonio Garcia - by Eurobasket News
Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) is back to Uruguay. The Panamanian PF/C penned a deal with Atletico Bigua for the LUB Playoffs. He started the season in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. For 33 games in LNBP, Garcia averaged 4.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Antonio Garcia is not a new face in LUB. He was a member of Hebraica Macabi last season. Garcia joined them in January registering 7.9 ppg, 11.1 rpg and 1.8 apg for 11 games. Before Hebraica, Garcia played for Mexican Panteras and Pioneros. He also has experience from Venezuela, Argentina and Puerto Rico. In the past, Garcia played for Trouvile. It was in 2006/07 season. In 2006, Antonio Garcia was named Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Center of the Year. He is active member of the Panamanian NT since 1998.

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Asean Basketball League Roundup: February 29 March 4, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo
SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over INDONESIA WARRIORS, 81-77 (OT)
The Warriors blew a 12-point lead in the final quarter to lose to the San Miguel Beermen in overtime.

Down 4 points with 25 seconds left in the game, the Beermen executed their offense perfectly, enabling Froilan Baguion to hit a 3-point shot to cut the Warriors lead to just 1. Warriors forward Rony Gunawan was unable to capitalize on his free throws late in the fourth quarter, managing to only put one in, opening up the door for the Beermen to tie or even win the game at 73 to 75. Baguion missed his shot with 5 seconds left, but Dalron Johnson was able tip in his miss to tie the game at 75, sending it into overtime, where SMB proved to be the steadier squad.

Dalron Johnson led all scoring with 27 points, Leo Avenido had 17 points, and Froilan Baguion produced a near-double-double with 14 points and 9 assists. From the Warriors end, Jonathan Smith finished with 21 points while Mario Wuysang added 18 points and 9 assists.

It was a very impressive win by the Beermen because they played most of the game with only one American import. Their new import Jarrid Famous just arrived in Manila yesterday morning and was still recovering from jetlag. Famous was scoreless in his 16 minutes of playing time, but should be fine by the time the Beermen play their next game on Sunday. Coach Bobby Parks would love to see a big contribution from Famous to stop the streaking Patriots.

SMB 81 Johnson 27, Avenido 17, Baguion 14, Fajardo 12, Gonzales 5, Dimaunahan 3, Fernandez 2, Ferriols 1, Mangahas 0, Famous 0, Cabatu 0
INW 77 Smith 21, Wuysang 18, Salangsang 13, Thomas 9, Prihantono 8, Gunawan 5, Caada 3, Magsumbol 0
QS: 20-18, 34-37, 51-63, 75-75, 81-77

WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS over INDONESIA WARRIORS, 82-79
It was a very exciting afternoon in MABA Stadium as the Warriors lost another heartbreaker, this time to the Malaysia Dragons.

The Dragons Tiras Wade was the top scorer in this game with 32 points, followed by teammates Patrick Cabahug and Brian Williams with 19 points apiece,. Williams was also just a rebound shy of another double-double.

For the Warriors, Jon Smith led the scoring with 18 points followed by Rony Gunawans 15 and Mario Wuysangs 14. Steve Thomas completed a double-double in this game with 12 points and 17 rebounds.

It was a close game to the very end. With less than a minute left to play, Mario Wuysang stepped up to the arc and hit a three-pointer, bringing the score to 79-81. Almost immediately, Tiras Wade was given the opportunity to put some space between his team and the Warriors when a Jon Smith foul put him on the free throw line. Unfortunately, Wade only made one of his attempts and the Warriors found themselves controlling the ball again with only 25 ticks left on the clock.

Rony Gunawan and Mario Wuysang once again found themselves with a chance to push the game into overtime, but, unfortunately, both failed to convert crucial three-point shots.

WMD 82 Wade 32, Williams 19, Cabahug 19, Batumalai 6, Pacana 4, Chee 2, Belasco 0, Ng 0, Lau 0 , Kwaan 0, Loh 0
INW 79 Smith 18, Gunawan 15, Wuysang 14, Thomas 12, Magsumbol 10, Salangsang 6, Caada 4, Prihantono 0
QS: 22-20, 43-40, 67-60, 82-79


CHANG THAILAND SLAMMERS over BANGKOK COBRAS, 86-76
It was an intense game at the Thai Japanese Association Gym as the Bangkok Cobras and Chang Thailand Slammers played each other for the second time this season. The Cobras won their first encounter, but this time the Slammers were able to exact revenge.

The Cobras did not get a lot of contributions from both of their imports, Travis George and Gentry Lewis. George contributed 4 points and 1 rebound in 13 minutes before fouling out. Lewiss production was also limited, just 11 points in 20 minutes of play before also fouling out.

Bangkok had a slow start. They were sloppy in the first quarter, turning the ball over 9 times and making just 3 field goals in the first 10 minutes. On the other side, Slammers two imports, Chaz Briggs and Demetrius Proby, were aggressive early and combined for 15 points.

This level of play continued up until the final quarter, where the Cobras just couldnt get many stops. The Slammers had their biggest lead in this game with 1:40 left after John Paul Alcaraz hit a free throw to stretch the lead to 85-68.

Chaz Briggs led all scoring with 20 points and Demeterius Proby added 15 points in his debut. From the Cobras, Jai Reyes had 17 points and Marvin Cruz finished with 15 points. This is Slammers first win after hiring new coach Felton Sealy. They are still in transition after making a couple of changes in their squad, recently bringing in four new players Proby, Alcaraz, Earn Saguindel and Raymond Aguilar.

CTS 86 Briggs 20, Proby 15, Alcaraz 12, Apiromvilaichai 10, Jantuma 9, Aguilar 8, Sangthong 6, Saguindel 3, Tintai 2, Pinitpatcharalert 1, Suttisin 0
BKC 76 Reyes 17, Cruz 15, Klahan 12, Lewis 11, Chaiwat 6, Kruatiwa 5, Trans 4, Kongkum 4, Apriomvilaichai 2, Salanyu 0
QS: 22-11, 45-36, 66-55, 86-76

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over AIRASIA PHILIPPINE PATRIOTS, 68-66
High intensity, hard fouls, and an exciting game. Those are the three things that can perfectly describe this rematch between the San Miguel Beermen and the AirAsia Philippine Patriots. A player from each team was thrown out of the game, but the Beermen kept their cool to hand Patriots their second loss of the season.

Leo Avenido led all scoring with 17 points followed by Dalron Johnson and Jarrid Famous, who scored 14 and 13 respectively. Nakiea Miller had 16 points for the Patriots and Anthony Johnson had 14 points before his ejection from the game.

The game started to get heated up midway through the third quarter when the Patriots Ardy Larong grabbed SMBs Dalron Johnsons and threw him to the floor, but Johnson did the right thing by walking away from Larong, who received an unsportmanlike foul. Then things came to a head at the 1:16 mark in the 3rd quarter when Anthony Johnson, who was about to go for a lay-up was hit by Aries Dimaunahan. Johnson reacted by getting Dimaunahan in a headlock, resulting in some of the other players coming in and getting involved, but the arenas security was on hand to control the situation. This resulted in both Johnson and Dimaunahan receiving unsportsmanlike fouls and subsequent ejections from the game. Technical fouls were also called on both teams benches.

The Patriots were up 54-49 going to the final quarter before Jarrid Famous made 5 straight points to tie the game at 54 with 8:30 left. The Patriots then made a couple of crucial turnovers in the last minutes that cost them the game.

SMB 68 Avenida 17, Johnson 14, Famous 13, Baguion 6, Ferriols 5, Rizada 5, Fernandez 3, Dimaunahan 3, Cabatu 2, Fajardo 0, Gonzales 0
APP 66 Miller 16, Johnson 14, Laure 12, Vergara 9, Raymundo 4, Fernandez 3, Juntilla 3, Larong 3, Wainwright 2, Ybaez 0, Ramos 0, Rodriguez 0
QS: 11-15, 32-26, 49-54, 68-66


*Game Recaps compiled and compressed from AseanBasketballLeague.com



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  POLAND   


Michal Ignerski moves to Lokomotiv Kuban - by Greg
Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) changed the team. Nizhny Novgorod exchanged the Polish forward for Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79). Michal Ignerski joined Nizhny Novgorod at the start of the season. The forward notched 13.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In VTB League Michal Ignerski tallied 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds per appearance. In PBL the Polish player delivered 12.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Previously Michal Ignerski played in Turkey, Spain and Poland. He has been the member of Polish National Team since 1999. Eurobasket.com named Michal Ignerski All-Polish League Domestic Player of the Year in 2006. He also earned All-Turkish League Honourable Mention in 2011.

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Ivan Lopez joins Humacao - by Eurobasket News
Ivan Lopez (208-C/F-85, college: Memphis) is back to Puerto Rico. The 26-year-old big guy signed a deal with Caciques de Humacao. Lopez already made debut with his new team. He got 14 minutes in a BSN game against Guaynabo and grabbed 6 rebounds. Ivan Lopez started this season with Mexican team Panteras de Aguascalientes. He appeared 21 times for them in LNBP registering 11.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 1.7 apg. Last BSN season he spent with Bayamon. They were regular season champions and later reached Semifinals. Lopez had 1.7 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 35 games. With Bayamon, Ivan Lopez won the BSN title in 2009.

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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu24.1 
 2. Martinic, CSM B.23.7 
 3. Durham, Dinamo B.23.3 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.21.8 
 5. Brown, Dinamo B.21.5 
 6. Ross, Craiova20.1 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.3 
 8. Tomic, Craiova18.6 
 9. Kearse, CSU Sibiu18.5 
 10. Darby, Rovinari18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.13.7 
 2. Nelson, Dinamo B.10.1 
 3. Kinloch, Pitesti9.7 
 4. Carutasu, CSM B.9.3 
 5. McKenzie, CSM B.9.1 
 6. Nicoara, Gaz Metan9.0 
 7. Steffel, Rovinari8.3 
 8. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.2 
 9. Riley, CSU Sibiu8.2 
 10. Dies, Perla Hargh.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu7.1 
 2. Maric, Oradea6.5 
 3. Cooley, Targu M.6.3 
 4. Tomeljak, Gaz M.5.5 
 5. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.3 
 6. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 7. Jovanovic, Timisoa.4.9 
 8. Brown, Dinamo B.4.9 
 9. Gennie, Craiova4.9 
 10. Martinic, CSM B.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu3.1 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.2.9 
 3. Pekovic, Targu M.2.3 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 5. Tucker, Perla H.2.0 
 6. Hurjui, Politehnica2.0 
 7. Nicolae, Politehni.1.9 
 8. Dykes, U.Mobite.1.8 
 9. Mitchell, Gaz Metan1.8 
 10. Maric, Oradea1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Rovinari
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Oluic, Rovinari1.9 
 2. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 3. McKenzie, CSM B.1.7 
 4. Tibirna, Otopeni1.7 
 5. Kinloch, Pitesti1.7 
 6. VanderMeer, Gaz M.1.5 
 7. Dies, Perla Harghi.1.4 
 8. Mijovic, U.Mobite.1.2 
 9. Albijanic, Ploiesti1.2 
 10. Durham, Dinamo B.1.1 


Div.A Round 24: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Div.A round 24 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Timisoara (17-4) against second ranked Gaz Metan (18-5) 83-78 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-18. But Timisoara won second period 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Gaz Metan won last quarter 17-13. Gaz Metan outrebounded Timisoara 42-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for Montenegrin-Serbian forward Ivan Ivanovic (206-80, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 20 points and 9 assists for Timisoara. Gaz Metan keeps a position of league leader. Timisoara at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Gaz Metan. Timisoara will play next round against Perla Harghitei trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Gaz Metan will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked CSM Bucuresti on the road.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked U-Mobitelco (15-7) against tenth ranked Rovinari (12-10) on Monday night. Visiting U-Mobitelco was defeated by Rovinari in Rovinari 80-70. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Louis Darby (196-84, college: Long Beach St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and Porter Troupe who added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American Kyndall Dykes (190-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Edge Sports) with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Rovinari moved-up to ninth place. Defending champion U-Mobitelco dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Targu Mures and Ploiesti. Rovinari will play against higher ranked Oradea (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. U-Mobitelco will play against Politehnica in Iasi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Politehnica is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 23th consecutive match to fifth ranked CSM Bucuresti (16-7) 97-52 on Monday evening. The winners were led by Ivan Bosnjak who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Even 12 points and 7 rebounds by Vlad Popovici did not help to save the game for Politehnica. Politehnica's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. CSM Bucuresti have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser Politehnica still closes the standings with 23 games lost. CSM Bucuresti will meet at home league's leader Gaz Metan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Politehnica will play against U-Mobitelco (#6) in Cluj and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very interesting game took place in Pitesti. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 9th ranked Pitesti (12-11) to seventh ranked Oradea (14-8) 62-59 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Nemanja Maric who scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Oradea maintains seventh position with 14-8 record. Pitesti at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 11 games lost. Oradea's next round opponent will be Rovinari (#9) at home.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between CSU Sibiu (13-9) and Craiova (8-14), which took place in Craiova. 8th ranked CSU Sibiu was outleveled in a road game by eleventh ranked Craiova 97-70 on Saturday. It was a good game for Stephen Ross who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Craiova maintains eleventh position with 8-14 record. Loser CSU Sibiu keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Craiova will face higher ranked Ploiesti (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last two games of round 24 Ploiesti beat Perla Harghitei on the road 94-77. Targu Mures destroyed Dinamo B. on its own court 92-63.
The most impressive performance of 24th round was 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists by Miladin Pekovic of Targu Mures.



Craiova - CSU Sibiu 97-70

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between CSU Sibiu (13-9) and Craiova (8-14), which took place in Craiova. 8th ranked CSU Sibiu was outleveled in a road game by eleventh ranked Craiova 97-70 on Saturday. The game without a history. Craiova led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to CSU Sibiu's 48. Craiova looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for Canadian swingman Stephen Ross (201-80, college: Santa Clara, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 assists. American guard LeVar Seals (195-82, college: De Paul) contributed with 24 points for the winners. American-Liberian guard Jaytonah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) replied with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and American forward Cortney Scott (196-82, college: Oakland) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for CSU Sibiu. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Craiova maintains eleventh position with 8-14 record. Loser CSU Sibiu keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Craiova will face higher ranked Ploiesti (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Craiova: L.Seals 24+2reb+3ast, S.Ross 23+4reb+6ast, D.Gennie 16+4reb+7ast, I.Orbeanu 9+9reb, A.Belanovic 9+4reb+3ast, I.Albu 4
CSU Sibiu: J.Wisseh 20+5reb+5ast, C.Scott 15+5reb+1ast, N.Khartchenkov 9+4reb+1ast, C.Craciun 8+4reb+1ast, A.Lefter 7+4reb+1ast, K.Riley 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 139044


Perla Harghitei - Ploiesti 77-94

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Ploiesti (15-7) beat 14th ranked Perla Harghitei (3-19) in Miercurea 94-77 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Ploiesti. Perla Harghitei was better in fourth quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Vladimir Tica (208-81, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Arvydas Cepulis (196-79) contributed with 25 points for the winners. Ploiesti's coach Vladimir Arnautovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International center Cristian Jakab (206-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and American-Mexican point guard Enrico Tucker (183-86, college: San Diego, agency: TSS Management) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Perla Harghitei. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ploiesti have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Targu Mures and U.Mobitel.CN. Perla Harghitei lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Ploiesti will face Craiova (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Perla Harghitei will play against the league's second-placed Timisoara.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: A.Cepulis 25+2ast, V.Tica 24+8reb+1ast, A.Vlahovic 14+7reb+3ast, C.Burlacu 14+9reb+2ast, A.Capusan 6+3reb+4ast, A.Santana 5+1reb+3ast
Perla Harghitei: E.Tucker 19+6reb+3ast, C.Long 17+4reb+2ast, C.Jakab 17+10reb+1ast, A.Champion 12+6reb+1ast, E.Dies 9+8reb+3ast, Z.Samuila 2
gschID: 139045


Gaz Metan - Timisoara 83-78

Div.A round 24 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Timisoara (17-4) against second ranked Gaz Metan (18-5) 83-78 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-18. But Timisoara won second period 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Gaz Metan won last quarter 17-13. Gaz Metan outrebounded Timisoara 42-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for Montenegrin-Serbian forward Ivan Ivanovic (206-80, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 20 points and 9 assists and American forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) added 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Timisoara. Gaz Metan keeps a position of league leader. Timisoara at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Gaz Metan. Timisoara will play next round against Perla Harghitei trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Gaz Metan will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked CSM Bucuresti on the road.
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: D.Mitchell 17+3ast, I.Ivanovic 15+9reb+5ast, I.Zigeranovic 14+10reb, T.Nicoara 9+7reb, C.Moore 9+3reb+1ast, T.Dumitrescu 7+4reb+1ast
Timisoara: Z.Jovanovic 20+2reb+9ast, D.Archie 20+6reb+4ast, S.Spralja 10+1reb, B.Popescu 9+7reb+1ast, D.Paltinisanu 6+4reb, I.Siriscevic 6+3reb
gschID: 139046


Politehnica - CSM Bucuresti 52-97

Bottom-ranked Politehnica is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 23th consecutive match to fifth ranked CSM Bucuresti (16-7) 97-52 on Monday evening. The game without a history. CSM Bucuresti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Politehnica to just 7 points in fourth quarter. CSM Bucuresti dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Politehnica's 24. CSM Bucuresti forced 22 Politehnica turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Politehnica's players. The winners were led by Serbian guard Ivan Bosnjak (198-82, agency: BeoExcell) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Jamaican-Canadian guard Garry Gallimore (192-84) supported him with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Five CSM Bucuresti players scored in double figures. Even 12 points and 7 rebounds by forward Vlad Popovici (200-94) did not help to save the game for Politehnica. Guard Constantin Amarghioalei (196-85) added 13 points. Politehnica's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. CSM Bucuresti have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser Politehnica still closes the standings with 23 games lost. CSM Bucuresti will meet at home league's leader Gaz Metan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Politehnica will play against U-Mobitelco (#6) in Cluj and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
CSM Bucuresti: D.Tudosa 22+2reb+5ast, G.Gallimore 20+7reb+3ast, I.Bosnjak 20+10reb+2ast, G.Martinic 11+1reb+4ast, E.Rhinehart 11+2reb+2ast, A.Vizitiu 6+3reb+1ast
Politehnica: C.Amarghioalei 13+3reb+2ast, I.Hurjui 12+2reb+1ast, V.Popovici 12+7reb, M.Nicolae 7+5reb, D.Anghel 4+2reb+1ast, T.Stamate 2
gschID: 139047


Rovinari - U.Mobitel.CN 80-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked U-Mobitelco (15-7) against tenth ranked Rovinari (12-10) on Monday night. Visiting U-Mobitelco was defeated by Rovinari in Rovinari 80-70. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 24-12 run, which allowed them to win the game. Rovinari made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Louis Darby (196-84, college: Long Beach St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Porter Troupe (196-83, college: Portland, agency: Strategic Sports) who added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Four Rovinari players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American Kyndall Dykes (190-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Edge Sports) with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (204-82) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Rovinari moved-up to ninth place. Defending champion U-Mobitelco dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Targu Mures and Ploiesti. Rovinari will play against higher ranked Oradea (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. U-Mobitelco will play against Politehnica in Iasi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rovinari: L.Darby 19+13reb+2ast, P.Troupe 18+7reb+7ast, S.Nikolic 15+7reb+7ast, D.Steffel 10+6reb+3ast, R.Kljajevic 8+3reb+2ast, A.Gutoaia 6+4reb
U.Mobitel.CN: K.Dykes 22+9reb+4ast, Z.Krstanovic 14+8reb, D.Lawrence 14+5reb+2ast, P.Michael Jones 8+8reb, J.LaGrange 8+3reb+3ast, M.Paul 4+4ast
gschID: 139048


Pitesti - Oradea 59-62

A very interesting game took place in Pitesti. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 9th ranked Pitesti (12-11) to seventh ranked Oradea (14-8) 62-59 on Saturday evening. Pitesti cut a 18-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Oradea dominated on the defensive end, holding Pitesti to just 6 points in second quarter. They also forced 19 Pitesti turnovers. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Nemanja Maric (196-83) who scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bosnian center Sasha Topchov (206-80, agency: 011 Sports) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Damien Kinloch (203-80, college: Tenn Tech) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Darko Vujacic (199-79) added 19 points respectively. Oradea maintains seventh position with 14-8 record. Pitesti at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 11 games lost. Oradea's next round opponent will be Rovinari (#9) at home.
Top scorers:
Oradea: S.Topchov 21+6reb, N.Maric 14+8reb+5ast, G.Navickas 10+3reb+1ast, M.Pesic 6+4reb+8ast, M.Markovic 4+6reb+2ast, B.Tibirna 4+2reb
Pitesti: D.Vujacic 19+4reb+1ast, D.Kinloch 17+12reb+3ast, S.Popovic 8+4reb+3ast, U.Velickovic 8+5reb+2ast, A.Negut 3+4reb, O.Calota 2+3reb+4ast
gschID: 139049


Targu Mures - Dinamo B. 92-63

Very expected game when 12th ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (7-16) was smashed on the road by sixth ranked Targu Mures (15-7) 92-63 on Saturday. The game without a history. Targu Mures led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Targu Mures outrebounded CS Dinamo Bucuresti 52-31 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by CS Dinamo Bucuresti's players. It was a good game for Serbian swingman Miladin Pekovic (196-83, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international power forward Virgil Stanescu (208-77, college: S.Alabama, agency: Interperformances) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Five Targu Mures players scored in double figures. American swingman Jerel Blocker (193, college: Lee) replied with 20 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jer'Vaughn Johnson (198-88, college: CS Fullerton) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for CS Dinamo Bucuresti. Targu Mures moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Ploiesti and U.Mobitel.CN. Newly promoted CS Dinamo Bucuresti keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Targu Mures will face Giurgiu (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CS Dinamo Bucuresti will play against CSU Sibiu.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: M.Pekovic 21+6reb+7ast, C.Watson 13+3reb+7ast, L.Dumitru 13+4reb+1ast, V.Stanescu 12+14reb+1ast, J.Cooley 11+8reb+7ast, F.Lapuste 10+7reb
Dinamo B.: J.Blocker 20+9reb, J.Johnson 16+7reb+1ast, B.Aktas 12+5reb+4ast, A.Sipos 7+1reb+1ast, A.Badila 3+1reb+3ast, I.Pirlog 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 139043




Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Gaz Metan 18-5 
 2. Timisoara 17-4 
 3. CSM Bucuresti 16-7 
 4. Targu Mures 15-7 
 5. Ploiesti 15-7 
 6. U.Mobitel.CN 15-7 
 7. Oradea 14-8 
 8. CSU Sibiu 13-9 
 9. Rovinari 12-10 
 10. Pitesti 12-11 
 11. Craiova 8-14 
 12. Dinamo B. 7-16 
 13. Giurgiu 5-16 
 14. Perla Harghitei 3-19 
 15. Politehnica 0-23 
Folded
 1. Otopeni 4-11 


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Michal Ignerski moves to Lokomotiv Kuban - by Eurobasket News
Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) changed the team. Nizhny Novgorod exchanged the Polish forward for Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79). Michal Ignerski joined Nizhny Novgorod at the start of the season. The forward notched 13.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In VTB League Michal Ignerski tallied 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds per appearance. In PBL the Polish player delivered 12.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Previously Michal Ignerski played in Turkey, Spain and Poland. He has been the member of Polish National Team since 1999. Eurobasket.com named Michal Ignerski All-Polish League Domestic Player of the Year in 2006. He also earned All-Turkish League Honourable Mention in 2011.


CSKA targets Richard Hendrix - by Vladimir Lobanov
Altough CSKA Moscow are still in a hunt for trophies in three Competitions (Euroleague,VTB League and Russian SuperLeague) The Russian Powerhouse are thinking already for the future.
The Red Army club are very intrested in the Services of Maccabi Tel-Aviv American Center - Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86, college: Alabama)and according to reports today in Moscow,already made inquiries with his representative about a long term deal.
The Alabama graduate is a free agent in the summer and altough Maccabi are trying to tie up a deal for him,CSKA will offer him a more lucrative long team deal.It is also reported that Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid is also interested in Center.
Hendrix,who is in his second year with Maccabi is having a soild season so far and with an excellent Euroleague Top16 of :13ppg,8.19rpg and 2.0bpg that alreted some of the top European clubs.


Aleksandrov number one in Russian Superleague for round 28 - by Eurobasket News
Guard Pavel Aleksandrov (196-G-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Sojuz Zaretchny, receiving a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat TEMP-SUMZ (#3, 14-9) 102-97. Sojuz Zaretchny maintains the 9th position in Russian Superleague. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 16 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game Aleksandrov had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Sojuz Zaretchny and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Pavel Aleksandrov has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 11.9ppg) and assists (5th best: 3.7apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances) of Rjazan. Vzdykhalkin had a very good evening with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Rjazan was edged by the higher-ranked Ural Ekaterinb. (#1, 21-4) 78-75. Rjazan managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-11 record. Vzdykhalkin is a newcomer at Rjazan, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 12.9ppg (#7). He also registered 5.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Anton Ageev (192-G-84) of Ruskon-Mord. (#7). Ageev scored 22 points. Despite Ageev's great performance Ruskon-Mord. lost 71-88 to the higher-ranked Univ.Surgut (#4, 13-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Ruskon-Mord. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-15 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Ageev he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ageev has individually a great season in Russia. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.5ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Linas Lekavicius (186-G-84) of Univ.Surgut - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Aleksey Kirjanov (206-F-81) of TEMP-SUMZ - 29 points and 6 rebounds
6. Semen Shashkov (205-F-89) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 21 points and 4 rebounds
7. Vladimir Dyachok (204-F-80) of Univ.Surgut - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Andrei Babitchev (210-F/C-85) of Spartak V. - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Alexei Kuznetsov (203-F/C-84) of Ruskon-Mord. - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Andrei Vokhmianine (184-PG-81) of TEMP-SUMZ - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 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)


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


Stats Leaders - Superleague B
Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.21.2 
 2. Ageev, Ruskon-M.15.9 
 3. Gordon, Ural E.15.4 
 4. Sotnikov, TE.13.9 
 5. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.13.6 
 6. Lekavicius, Univ.S.13.4 
 7. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan12.9 
 8. Aleksandrov, Univ..12.9 
 9. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.12.5 
 10. Zaykin, TE.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.8.5 
 2. Ivlev, Rjazan7.4 
 3. Petukhov, Spart.7.4 
 4. Zaykin, TE.7.1 
 5. Trushkin, Spart.6.3 
 6. Nikolaev, Ural E.6.2 
 7. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.6.0 
 8. Semerninov, Ruskon.5.6 
 9. Gordon, Ural E.5.4 
 10. Babitchev, Spart.5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.2 
 2. Glazunov, Ural E.5.1 
 3. Zibirov, Ataman4.3 
 4. Tokarev, TE.4.0 
 5. Aleksandrov, Sojuz3.7 
 6. Bartunov, Rjazan3.5 
 7. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.3.4 
 8. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.3.1 
 9. Chernov, Ruskon-M.2.8 
 10. Grebelnyy, Sever.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dramir ZIBIROV
  Ataman
  (187-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Zibirov, Ataman2.5 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.3 
 3. Glazunov, Ural E.1.8 
 4. Bartunov, Rjazan1.7 
 5. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.6 
 6. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.5 
 7. Smygin, Ataman1.4 
 8. Kubrakov, Ataman1.3 
 9. Aleksandrov, Univ..1.3 
 10. Ivlev, Rjazan1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.1.8 
 2. Varlamov, Ural E.1.2 
 3. Gresev, Ataman1.0 
 4. Tsvetkov, Severst.1.0 
 5. Goritskov, Sever.1.0 
 6. Trushkin, Spart.0.8 
 7. Petukhov, Spart.0.8 
 8. Voronchikhin, Spar.0.7 
 9. Kondrashin, Sojuz0.7 
 10. Polyakov, Severst.0.7 


Superleague Round 29: Spartak V. beats higher ranked Severstal - by Eurobasket News
The game with biggest difference of round 29 was host Spartak V.'s (#8) victory at home over 5th ranked Severstal (13-13) 73-67 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Severstal. Severstal was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Spartak V. made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Spartak V. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was forward Andrey Petukhov (207-86, agency: RU-Basket Management) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Vladislav Trushkin (201-93) chipped in 15 points. Guard Sergei Zakharov (194-86) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Spartak V. maintains eighth place with 7-17 record. Severstal at the other side keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another exciting game was played in Surgut between seventh ranked Ruskon-Mordovia and 4th placed Universitet-Yugra where Ruskon-Mordovia (7-15) won against Universitet-Yugra (13-11) on the road 85-74. Guard Anton Ageev (192-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. Alexei Kuznetsov contributed with 21 points for the winners. Lithuanian guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) answered with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for Universitet-Yugra. Universitet-Yugra's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Ruskon-Mordovia maintains seventh place with 7-15 record. Universitet-Yugra at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Ruskon-Mordovia will play against league's second-placed TEMP-SUMZ Revda on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Universitet-Yugra will play against Sojuz Zaretchny and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Ural Ekaterinburg delivered the twentieth second victory on Tuesday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Rjazan (10-12) 76-69. Lorenzo Gordon stepped up and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Andrey Kirdyachkin responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ural Ekaterinburg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-4 record. Rjazan lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will meet Ataman (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rjazan will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Revda. Local TEMP-SUMZ Revda (15-9) beat 9th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (5-17) 93-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sojuz Zaretchny. Aleksey Kirjanov nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Sojuz Zaretchny's coach Sergey Mostovschikov let to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. TEMP-SUMZ Revda moved-up to second place. Sojuz Zaretchny at the other side stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. TEMP-SUMZ Revda's next round opponent will be Ruskon-Mordovia (#7) in Saransk which should be theoretically an easy game. Sojuz Zaretchny will play on the road against Universitet-Yugra in Surgut.



Spartak V. - Severstal 73-67

The game with biggest difference of round 29 was host Spartak V.'s (#8) victory at home over 5th ranked Severstal (13-13) 73-67 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Severstal. Severstal was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Spartak V. made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Spartak V. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. The best player for the winners was forward Andrey Petukhov (207-86, agency: RU-Basket Management) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Vladislav Trushkin (201-93) chipped in 15 points. Guard Sergei Zakharov (194-86) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and guard Amiran Amirkhanov (187-86) added 8 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Four Severstal players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Spartak V. maintains eighth place with 7-17 record. Severstal at the other side keeps the fifth position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Spartak V.: A.Petukhov 17+6reb+2ast, V.Trushkin 15+3reb, G.Goldyrev 10+3reb+1ast, D.Pastukhov 9+1reb+1ast, A.Karpukhin 9+3reb, A.Babitchev 6+3reb+4ast
Severstal: S.Zakharov 15+5reb, A.Kuzemkin 11+2reb, A.Tsvetkov 10+4reb, A.Lunev 10+1reb, A.Amirkhanov 8+4reb+6ast, A.Goritskov 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 155446


Univ.Surgut - Ruskon-Mord. 74-85

Another exciting game was played in Surgut between seventh ranked Ruskon-Mordovia and 4th placed Universitet-Yugra where Ruskon-Mordovia (7-15) won against Universitet-Yugra (13-11) on the road 85-74. Ruskon-Mordovia forced 24 Universitet-Yugra turnovers. Universitet-Yugra was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Anton Ageev (192-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. Power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Ruskon-Mordovia players scored in double figures. Lithuanian guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) answered with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals and guard Ilia Aleksandrov (194-81) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Universitet-Yugra. Universitet-Yugra's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Ruskon-Mordovia maintains seventh place with 7-15 record. Universitet-Yugra at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Ruskon-Mordovia will play against league's second-placed TEMP-SUMZ Revda on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Universitet-Yugra will play against Sojuz Zaretchny and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ruskon-Mord.: A.Ageev 25+2reb+2ast, A.Kuznetsov 21+3reb+2ast, P.Zakamov 10+3reb+1ast, R.Semerninov 10+4reb, I.Krivko 7+2reb, A.Varnakov 6+3reb
Univ.Surgut: L.Lekavicius 19+5reb+4ast, I.Aleksandrov 15+6reb, V.Shevel 10+6reb+1ast, D.Hloponin 8+1reb+1ast, V.Dyachok 7+3reb+1ast, G.Zelenskiy 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 155447


Rjazan - Ural Ekaterinb. 69-76

Leader Ural Ekaterinburg delivered the twentieth second victory on Tuesday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Rjazan (10-12) 76-69. The game without a history. Ural Ekaterinburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ural Ekaterinburg forced 21 Rjazan turnovers. American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City) stepped up and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Dmitri Nikolaev (200-83) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Andrey Kirdyachkin (207-90) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and forward Vladimir Ivlev (207-90) scored 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ural Ekaterinburg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-4 record. Rjazan lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will meet Ataman (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Rjazan will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ural Ekaterinb.: D.Nikolaev 17+6reb+1ast, L.Gordon 16+5reb+3ast, S.Shashkov 14+3reb+4ast, A.Isakov 8+5reb+3ast, M.Dybovskiy 8+7reb+2ast, A.Fedyushin 7+1reb
Rjazan: A.Kirdyachkin 21+5reb+1ast, V.Ivlev 10+8reb+4ast, T.Bekkiev 10+6reb, O.Bartunov 9+6reb+6ast, P.Shavkunov 7+2ast, I.Shamov 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 155444


TEMP-SUMZ - Sojuz Zaretchny 93-77

The game with biggest result difference took place in Revda. Local TEMP-SUMZ Revda (15-9) beat 9th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (5-17) 93-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sojuz Zaretchny. The game without a history. TEMP-SUMZ Revda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Sojuz Zaretchny helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Aleksey Kirjanov (206-81) nailed a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and forward Maksim Baranov (192-82) accounted for 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Five TEMP-SUMZ Revda players scored in double figures. Forward Aleksander Pushkin (203-87) came up with 20 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and naturalized Belarusian forward Sergey Karpov (200-80) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Sojuz Zaretchny in the defeat. Sojuz Zaretchny's coach Sergey Mostovschikov let to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. TEMP-SUMZ Revda moved-up to second place. Sojuz Zaretchny at the other side stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. TEMP-SUMZ Revda's next round opponent will be Ruskon-Mordovia (#7) in Saransk which should be theoretically an easy game. Sojuz Zaretchny will play on the road against Universitet-Yugra in Surgut.
Top scorers:
TEMP-SUMZ: A.Kirjanov 21+10reb+1ast, A.Zaykin 15+7reb, S.Khlopov 13+7reb+1ast, I.Samsonov 12+4reb, S.Tokarev 12+6reb+5ast, M.Baranov 11+6reb+6ast
Sojuz Zaretchny: A.Pushkin 20+3reb, S.Karpov 11+6reb+1ast, S.Oveshkov 10+6reb, V.Kuznetsov 9+1reb+1ast, D.Novikov 9+5reb+1ast, D.Ponosov 8+5reb
gschID: 155445




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Heba Junior League - Round 17 - by Nenad Ilijev
League leaders Vojvodina Srbijagas had an easy job against Knjazevic and won 93-69 while Sloga Kraljevo continued streak of bad results against favourite Partizan mt:S 49-79. Ivan Marinkovic (208-C/F-93) played his 4th league game in Partizan jersey. Hemofarm Stada won important home game against Mega Vizura (95-88) keeping best chances to reach first place along with Vojvodina Srbijagas. Nike Junior International Tournament winner Crvena Zvezda Diva won important game on the road at Mladost Cacak 81-68 although played without Nikola Jankovic (203-F/C-94) (NIJT Best Defensive Player) who left the team after refusing to sign professional contract with senior team of Crvena Zvezda Diva. Beovuk 72 and Sloboda Uzice also were winners in this round in their home games against Radnicki Kragujevac and Zdravlje 09. Teams are expected soon to play their delayed games because of bad weather conditions last month and Junior Euroleague qualification games held in Belgrade.

Round 17

Sloga Kraljevo - Partizan mt:S 49-79
Hemofarm Stada - Mega Vizura 95-88
Sloboda Uzice - Zdravlje 09 87-79
Vojvodina Srbijagas - Knjazevac 93-69
Beovuk 72 - Radnicki Kragujevac 83-67
Mladost Cacak - Crvena Zvezda Diva 68-81

Standings

1. Vojvodina Srbijagas 15-1
2. Partizan mt:S 12-4
3. Hemofarm Stada 13-1
4. Beovuk 72 10-7
5. Crvena Zvezda Diva 11-4
6. Radnicki Kragujevac 7-10
7. Sloboda Uzice 7-8
8. Mega Vizura 7-8
9. Mladost Cacak 5-10
10. Knjazevac 3-13
11. Zdravlje 09 2-14
12. Sloga Kraljevo 2-14


Top scorers (points per game)

1. Babic (Beovuk 72) 21.0
2. Vujcic (Vojvodina Srbijagas) 19.9
3. Jankovic (Mladost Cacak) 19.4
4. Krstic (Hemofarm Stada) 18.9
5. Kutlesic (Sloboda Uzice) 18.4

Top rebounders (rebounds per game)

1. Jankovic (Mladost Cacak) 16.0
2. Milutinov (Hemofarm Stada) 11.2
3. Mitrovic (Hemofarm Stada) 9.2
4. Vasic (Vojvodina Srbijagas) 9.0
5. Popovic (Radnicki KG) 8.9

Top assistants (assists per game)

1. Pejcic (Knjazevac) 8.2
2. Ristic (Sloga) 6.7
3. Milosavljevic (Radnicki KG) 4.8
4. Vasic (Vojvodina Srbijagas) 4.8
5. Pot (Vojvodina Srbijagas) 4.4


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Visnjevac becomes Rogaska's fourth coach of season, Cigoja underwent knee surgery - by Zeljko Zule
Rogaska signed coach Dragan Visnjevac for two seasons. He will be the fourth coach to manage the promoted club this season. Rogaska began the season with Matej Baksic (4-5) as coach, but he stepped down in December after failing to make Cup Final Eight. Assistant coach Tihomir Tabak (4-3) replaced him, only to be fired two months later after guiding Rogaska to four wins in seven matches. Tabak's assistant Peter Markovinovc (0-2) then took over on an interim basis for just two games.
Dejan Cigoja (205-F-88, agency: Interperformances) of Geoplin Slovan had surgery to repair an ankle surgery that will sideline him the rest of the season. He played in 14 Telemach League games this season, averaging 10.4 points (2P 48%, 3P 30%, FT 87%), 3.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.9 steals in 30.5 minutes per game.


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Asefa Estudiantes change head coach - by Eurobasket News
Asefa Estudiantes decided to make change on the bridge. They split ways with Jose Vicente Hernandez . The specialist signed a two-year contract with Estudiantes back in 2011. But the results of the team did not satisfy the management and they agreed on terms of contract terminational with Jose Vicente Hernandez . Former assistant coach Alberto Lorenzo will take over the team.


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Andy PANKO
  Lagun A.
  (204-F-77)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Panko, Lagun A.19.5 
 2. Doellman, Assignia16.8 
 3. Teletovic, Caja L.16.7 
 4. Davis, Cajasol16.4 
 5. Wright, CAI Z.15.0 
 6. Caner-Medley, Vale.14.4 
 7. Penney, Fuenlabra.14.2 
 8. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.13.8 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja13.6 
 10. Asselin, Assignia13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Lucentum
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Ivanov, Lucentum8.3 
 2. Ayon, Fuenlabrada8.1 
 3. Augustine, UCAM M.8.0 
 4. Teletovic, Caja L.7.7 
 5. Davis, Cajasol7.5 
 6. Freeland, Unicaja7.5 
 7. Williams, FIATC J.7.2 
 8. Caner-Medley, Vale.7.2 
 9. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.6.7 
 10. Gabriel, Asefa E.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Javier RODRIGUEZ
  Assignia.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.9 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid4.5 
 3. Salgado, Lagun A.4.3 
 4. Rodriguez, Real M.4.1 
 5. Markovic, Valencia3.9 
 6. Dumas, B.de R.3.7 
 7. Huertas, FCB Regal3.7 
 8. Granger, Asefa E.3.7 
 9. Llompart, Lucentum3.6 
 10. Colom, Fuenlabrada3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Rudy FERNANDEZ
  Real M.
  (197-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fernandez, Real M.2.4 
 2. Prigioni, Caja L.2.0 
 3. Vidal, Lagun A.1.6 
 4. Granger, Asefa E.1.5 
 5. Williams, FIATC J.1.4 
 6. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.4 
 7. Garbajosa, Unicaja1.4 
 8. Barnes, Lucentum1.4 
 9. Davis, Cajasol1.4 
 10. Ellis, Lucentum1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Gescrap BB
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fischer, Gescrap BB2.0 
 2. Lasme, Blusens M.1.8 
 3. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.7 
 4. Begic, Real Madrid1.5 
 5. Toure, B.de R.1.4 
 6. Seraphin, Caja L.1.2 
 7. Asselin, Assignia1.1 
 8. Simmons, Asefa E.1.0 
 9. Achara, Assignia.1.0 
 10. Barnes, Lucentum1.0 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. FCB Regal 19-3 
 2. Real Madrid 18-4 
 3. Caja Laboral 16-6 
 4. Unicaja 13-9 
 5. Lucentum 13-10 
 6. Lagun Aro GBC 12-10 
 7. CAI Zaragoza 12-10 
 8. Valencia 12-11 
 9. Assignia M. 12-11 
 10. Cajasol 11-11 
 11. Gescrap BB 11-11 
 12. Fuenlabrada 10-12 
 13. FIATC Joventut 9-13 
 14. GC 2014 8-14 
 15. Blusens M. 7-16 
 16. UCAM Murcia 6-16 
 17. Asefa Estudian. 6-16 
 18. B.de Rueda V. 5-17 


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Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Galatasaray 16-3 
 2. Anadolu Efes 16-4 
 3. Besiktas 16-5 
 4. Banvit BK 15-4 
 5. Fener.Ulker 14-6 
 6. Karsiyaka 12-8 
 7. Aliaga 11-9 
 8. Tofas 11-9 
 9. Erdemir 10-11 
 10. Turk Telekom 8-12 
 11. Hacettepe Univ. 7-13 
 12. Mersin 7-13 
 13. Antalya 5-15 
 14. Olin Edirne 5-15 
 15. Trabzonspor 5-15 
 16. Bandirma Kir. 2-18 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Karsiyaka
  (187-PG-78)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Chatman, Karsiyaka18.9 
 2. Brown, Trabzonspor18.0 
 3. Grundy, Mersin17.9 
 4. Fisher, Antalya17.7 
 5. Kemp, Besiktas17.5 
 6. Gibson, Trabzonspor17.5 
 7. Washington, Turk T.16.8 
 8. Karadeniz, Turk T.16.2 
 9. Erceg, Besiktas16.2 
 10. Videnov, Olin Edi.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elton BROWN
  Trabzonspor
  (206-C-83)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Brown, Trabzonspor11.5 
 2. Stimac, Olin Edirne9.7 
 3. Mensah-Bonsu, Bes.8.6 
 4. Sanders, Hacett.8.2 
 5. Sonkol, Aliaga7.5 
 6. Wesson, Erdemir7.5 
 7. McGhee, Bandirma.7.3 
 8. Buckman, Tofas7.1 
 9. Stanojevic, Karsi.6.9 
 10. Miller, Bandirma6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Deron WILLIAMS
  Besiktas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Besiktas6.4 
 2. Ermis, Banvit BK6.4 
 3. Chatman, Karsiyaka6.3 
 4. Senturk, Erdemir5.1 
 5. Tunceri, Anadolu5.1 
 6. Ratkovica, Aliaga5.0 
 7. Washington, Turk T.4.8 
 8. Steele, Tofas4.5 
 9. Gordon, Galatasaray4.4 
 10. Ukic, Fener.Ulker4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Mersin
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Grier, Mersin2.1 
 2. Chatman, Karsiyaka2.0 
 3. Scales, Mersin1.9 
 4. Bryan-A., Hacett.1.9 
 5. Robinson, Trabzons.1.8 
 6. Kinsey, Anadolu1.7 
 7. Ermis, Banvit BK1.7 
 8. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 9. Grundy, Mersin1.5 
 10. Guler, Turk T.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew BRYAN-AMANING
  Hacett.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Bryan-A., Hacett.1.4 
 2. Qvale, Aliaga1.2 
 3. McGhee, Bandirma.0.9 
 4. Bayav, Karsiyaka0.9 
 5. Barac, Anadolu Ef.0.9 
 6. Gist, Fener.Ulker0.9 
 7. Davis, Banvit BK0.9 
 8. Turkyilmaz, Banvit0.9 
 9. Robinson, Erdemir0.8 
 10. Karaman, Karsiyaka0.8 


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Bell set to return - by David Edole
DALLAS-- Tyrone Corbin might have a tough decision to make Monday.
The Jazz coach hopes so, at least.
Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) missed his sixth straight game Saturday because of a strained left adductor, but the veteran shooting guard could be on his way back.
'It feels a lot better,' Bell said before getting a workout in prior to the Jazz's loss at Dallas on Saturday night. 'I'm just waiting to be able to get a practice or something live so that I know that it's good.'
The Jazz aren't practicing as a team today, but the coaching staff and trainers will put Bell through his own practice to evaluate his health status. The 35-year-old likes that idea.
He said his injury has progressed, and his lateral movements are good. Now he's ready to be tested.
'If you're moving choreographed movements, there's always a part of your brain that's going to protect an injury,' Bell said. 'When someone makes a spontaneous move and you've got to react to it, you can't protect yourself. So that's what I look for in an injury, if I can do that then I know it's safe for me to come back and play.'
Bell's return to action, however, does not guarantee a return to his starting spot.
Corbin has floated around the idea of keeping Josh Howard in the first five because the nine-year veteran has played so well as a starter.
Corbin wants to wait until everybody is healthy to decide if a change is in order. But he recently said Gordon Hayward is a possible candidate to be moved into a reserve role. The second-year swingman has started all 36 games, but his versatility and potential firepower could add the 'spice' to the second unit that Corbin wants it to have on a consistent basis.
'I haven't spoken to him,' Bell said of Corbin. 'Those aren't my calls.'
Added Howard: 'Like I said since I got here, I'm at coach's disposal. Wherever he wants to use me, he can use me. I'll be here.'
For now, Corbin is focused on getting Bell back to full strength.
' (We'll) try and do something (today) and get him to go full speed and see how he responds to it overnight,' Corbin said. 'And hopefully he doesnt have any more soreness and we can go from there.



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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy22.1 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.20.2 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro19.1 
 4. Vukosavljevi., Hal.18.7 
 5. Deane, BC Odessa18.4 
 6. King, BC Odessa18.2 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik17.5 
 8. Harris, Halychyna17.1 
 9. Green, Mykolaiv17.0 
 10. Guinn, Fe.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.11.2 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.9 
 3. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 4. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.4 
 5. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.3 
 6. Davis, Kryvbasb.8.2 
 7. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 8. Drozdov, Azovmash8.1 
 9. Korniyenko, Dnipro7.9 
 10. Pupovic, Cherkasy7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Khimik
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Mitchell, Khimik6.0 
 2. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv5.8 
 3. Deane, BC Odessa5.8 
 4. Ewing, Azovmash5.4 
 5. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.3 
 6. Burtt, Dnipro5.1 
 7. Butskyy, Fe.4.6 
 8. Solomon, Cherkasy4.5 
 9. Ervin, BC Kyiv4.4 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Frederick HOUSE
  Dnipro
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. House, Dnipro1.9 
 2. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 3. Curry, BC Donetsk1.8 
 4. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.8 
 5. Minard, Azovmash1.7 
 6. Solomon, Cherkasy1.7 
 7. Ewing, Azovmash1.6 
 8. Culpepper, Fe.1.6 
 9. Mitchell, Khimik1.6 
 10. Miletic, Khimik1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  BC Kyiv
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Goodridge, BC Kyiv2.7 
 2. King, BC Odessa2.3 
 3. McClintock, Mykola.2.0 
 4. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.8 
 5. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.7 
 6. Dunigan, DniproAzot1.6 
 7. Vukosavljevi., Hal.1.5 
 8. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 9. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.5 
 10. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 


Vukosavljevic number one in Ukraine for round 30 - by Eurobasket News
Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Halychyna, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 16 rebounds, while his team outclassed Mykolaiv (#11, 11-21) with 30-point margin 105-75. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Halychyna maintains the 14th position in Ukrainian Superleague. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 24 games and recorded just seven victories. Vukosavljevic turned to be Halychyna's top player in his first season with the team. Vladan Vukosavljevic averages this season 18.7ppg and 11.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Nigerian Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83) of Cherkasy. Adeleke had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Cherkasy lost that game 75-83 to the higher-ranked Ferro-ZNTU (#7, 18-13). Cherkasy is still in a red zone at 13th spot in the standings. 22 lost games are too many comparing to just eight victories Cherkasy managed to get this year. Adeleke is one of the most experienced players at Cherkasy and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Vincentian center Shawn King (208-C-82) of BC Odessa (#4). King scored 20 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite King's great performance BC Odessa lost 70-86 to slightly lower-ranked Hoverla (#6, 18-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing BC Odessa needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 19 victories and 12 lost games. King has a great season in Ukraine. After 31 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.2ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 10.9rpg (2nd best). He also has 2.3bpg and FGP: 59.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Greene (195-G/F-83) of Hoverla - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87) of Ferro-ZNTU - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84) of Hoverla - 20 points and 10 rebounds
7. Ramel Curry (192-G-80) of BC Donetsk - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84) of BC Kyiv - 7 points and 11 rebounds
9. Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) of Halychyna - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Rodney Green (195-F/G-88) of Mykolaiv - 26 points, 4 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)


MBC Mykolaiv part ways with two import players - by Eurobasket News
MBC Mykolaiv decided to part ways with two import players. The team released Akida McLain (206-F-86, college: Indiana, PA) and Jerome Coleman (187-PG-81, college: Rutgers).
Akida McLain moved to Mykolaiv in December. He averaged 7.5 points, 5.3 rebounds per game in Superleague. The forward started the season in Bulgaria. Akida McLain played for Lukoil Academik. His stats read 2.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In Bulgarian League the forward notched 6.9 points and 4.7 rebounds.
Jerome Coleman tipped off the season in Mykolaiv. The guard averaged 10.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per appearance. Previously Jerome Coleman had stints in Greece, Romania, Ukraine, Hungary, Germany, Sweden, France and Lithuania. Eurobasket.com named Jerome Coleman All-Lithuanian LKL Guard of the Year in 2006.



Valdemaras Chomicius officially takes over Dnipro - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro officiated the changes on the bridge. We reported earlier that the Ukrainian team fired Denys Zhuravlov . Dnipro did not spend too much time looking for a new coach as they announced the appointment of Valdemaras Chomicius (agency: Alti Sport ) at the position. The Lithuanian specialist started the season at the helm of Russian Triumph. He left the team however midway through the season. Health problems were cited as the reason for the decision. Previously the Lithuanian specialist worked with Unics Kazan, Ural Great Perm, Dynamo Moscow, Marjampole and Mazeikiai. He also worked as assistant coach with Lithuanian National Team in 2000/04 and 2010. Eurobasket.com named Valdemaras Chomicius (agency: Alti Sport ) All-VTB League Coach of the Year in 2010. Valdemaras Chomicius (agency: Alti Sport ) is expected to guide the team on March 8 when Dnipro host Ferro-ZNTU.



Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 22-6 
 2. BC Donetsk 21-8 
 3. Azovmash 20-11 
 4. BC Odessa 19-12 
 5. Khimik 18-12 
 6. Hoverla 18-12 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 18-13 
 8. Dnipro 16-15 
 9. BC Kyiv 14-16 
 10. Kryvbasbasket 11-19 
 11. Mykolaiv 11-21 
 12. DniproAzot 9-21 
 13. Cherkasy 8-22 
 14. Halychyna 7-24 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Rob Salutes Triple Double Hardy - by Paul Nilsen
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders coach Rob Paternostro had high praise for forward Ayron Hardy after he led his side to an 86-79 victory against One Health Sharks Sheffield.

The 23-year-old Alabama-born player followed up his triple-double of 13 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in last weeks loss against Glasgow Rocks with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists against the Sharks.

Ayron Hardy was incredible! said Paternostro. When is the last time a player in the BBL produced back-to-back triple doubles? He is a complete basketball player who is willing to do anything to help the team win.

Its been a remarkable season for him so far, and he continues to get better everyday. All you have to do is come to one of our practices and watch how he competes, he has been a pleasure to work with.

I also thought Drew Sullivan played very well, he had seven assists and zero turnovers and his ability to read the game created many opportunities for others.

When your two forwards (Hardy and Sullivan) are able to facilitate the offence like they do it creates numerous opportunities for our guys to make plays.



BBL Team Of The Week - Week 22 - by Paul Nilsen

A record breaking performance by Ayron Hardy (195-F-88, college: Jacksonville) smashed everything which has went before this season after accumulating a truly eye-popping performance valuation.

Sherrad Prezzie-Blue (180-G-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wentworth) (Worcester Wolves)
Its the sixth time the Wolves playmaker has managed to find his way into our starting five which underlines just how important Sherrad Prezzie-Blue (180-G-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Wentworth) has been to Paul James and the Wolves this season. He has been hugely consistent and having despatched Cheshire Jets at home, the guard was instrumental in claiming a fine road win at Guildford Heat. He poured in 23 points to top score for Wolves and dished up three assists. He did some good defensive work too with seven rebounds and a steal as his team cantered to a 20 point win to consolidate second spot in the standings.

Mychal Green (193-G-83, college: Ohio) (Glasgow Rocks)
The Rocks guard is slowly creeping up on the rails as he also lands his sixth appearance of the season in our line-up after pulling the strings to great effect for the in-form Rocks against Durham Wildcats. Green racked up 19 points for the Scottish club and once again reminded us of his all-round skill-set by adding seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals as the Rocks continued their recent good run with a comfortable win against the Wildcats. Green seems to have recaptured the form which resulted in him being crowned Molten Player Of The Month earlier in the season.

Ayron Hardy (195-F-88, college: Jacksonville) (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)
The Riders star exploded during the weekend and finally landed the remarkable triple-double which he has flirted with so many times. He reminded us why he has the most BBL Team Of The Week appearances in spectacular fashion by racking up a mind-boggling performance valuation of 49 after an almost unbelievable 20 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists for Riders in their home success against One Health Sharks Sheffield. What got lost in the triple-double headlines was that the all-action sensation also came up with four blocked shots and two steals in one of the most impressive performances in BBL history and by far the best display by any player this season. This is the ninth time Hardy has made our starting five and not surprisingly, he remains the outright leader and now on the verge of taking his appearance into double digits.

Ritchie Gordon (Worcester Wolves)
The Wolves big man continues to hunt down Hardy in the race to finish top of the podium and he remains one of the jewels in the crown for a Worcester side posting their best ever BBL campaign as they try to keep themselves in contention for the league title. Gordon was excellent against Cheshire Jets in last Saturdays home win, racking up a powerful double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds as well as four blocks, four assists and two steals to take his team to victory. In fact, things could have been even better but for five missed foul shots.

Paul Williams (208-F/C-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: St.Bonaventure) (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)
Its a third appearance in five weeks for the Raiders centre who is enjoying a great run of form. Not only did Williams excel against Durham Wildcats, he was the stand-out player during the weekend win double in the north-east which provided a shot in the arm for their title hopes having inflicted only the second defeat of the season on league leaders Newcastle Eagles last Friday night. Williams followed up a strong display in that game with a super showing 24 hours later at Newton Aycliffe, torturing the hometown Wildcats with a monstrous double-double of 20 points and 20 rebounds. He also added a block and an assist to his line.

Off The Bench Marlon Capers (Mersey Tigers), Lehmon Colbert (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Arnas Kazklauskas (Worcester Wolves), Frank Holmes (Guildford Heat), Ryan Patton (One Health Sharks Sheffield), Mike Tuck (One Health Sharks Sheffield)


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  URUGUAY   


Bigua and Aguada lead quarter final games - by Hector Lopez
Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) scored all the 14 points netted by Bigua during an overtime and his team defeated Hebraica 80-75 to win the first game of the best of five quarter finals. For Bigua completed 30 points, Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.) added 21 and 6 rebounds y Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) 12 points 14 rebounds, 3 assists. Hebraica, was losing by 19 points during the third quarter and tied the game with just two secoinds to play. Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) netted 30 points, Matthew Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) added 16 points with 7 rebounds and Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 6 points and 13 rebounds. In another quarter final game Aguada defeat Bohemios 75-68. For Aguada: Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) 31 points 9 rebounds, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 2 points 6 rebounds, Kenneth Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) 2 points 3 rebounds. For Bohemios: Rammel Allen (210-C-79, college: Bridgeport) 20 points 15 rebounds 4 blocks and DeVaughn Washington (202-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Ohio) 13 points 7 rebounds.

Aguada lands big guy Kenneth Walker - by Eurobasket News
Aguada reinforced its roster for the LUB Playoffs. The Uruguayan squad signed a deal with power forward/center Kenneth Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama). The experienced American arrives from Chang Thailand Slammers (Thailand). He had 13.7 ppg and 11.7 rpg for them in 7 ASEAN league games. Kenneth Walker started last season in Turkey. He was a member of Optimum TED Kolejliler Ankara, where he had 7 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 5 games. They parted ways in December of 2010. In the past, Walker spent few years in Czech Republic. Actually he was named Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Player of the Year -09. That season he had 14.8 ppg, 8 rpg and 1.4 bpg in 46 games with Geofin Novy Jicin. Kenneth Walker has experience from France, Poland, Sweden, Serbia and New Zealand.

Bigua gets bigger with Antonio Garcia - by Eurobasket News
Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) is back to Uruguay. The Panamanian PF/C penned a deal with Atletico Bigua for the LUB Playoffs. He started the season in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. For 33 games in LNBP, Garcia averaged 4.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Antonio Garcia is not a new face in LUB. He was a member of Hebraica Macabi last season. Garcia joined them in January registering 7.9 ppg, 11.1 rpg and 1.8 apg for 11 games. Before Hebraica, Garcia played for Mexican Panteras and Pioneros. He also has experience from Venezuela, Argentina and Puerto Rico. In the past, Garcia played for Trouvile. It was in 2006/07 season. In 2006, Antonio Garcia was named Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Center of the Year. He is active member of the Panamanian NT since 1998.

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LPB 2012 News - Gaiteros bring in Hood, Berroteran and Edwin - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Gaiteros del Zulia decided to let go players James Parker (188-G-81) and Ian Young (191-PG-81) and brought in foreign reinforcement players to replace them, as they signed Antoine Hood (195-G-83) and Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81). They also asked PG Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) as a loan from Trotamundos de Carabobo for the remainder of the LPB 2012 season.

Edwin, a member of the Virgin Islands Senior NT, will play in the Venezuela for the third time in his career. He played for Guaros de Lara in 2008 and played for Gaiteros in 2010, a season in which he averaged 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

His last contract was in Mexico's LNBP with Huracanes de Tampico, for whom he averaged 10.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He's also played in leagues of the Dominican Republic and Germany.

Hood has already played 3 games for Gaiteros against Cocodrilos (W 96-92) and Marinos (L 92-94 y 95-99). He spent time in the NBA preseason as a member of San Antonio Spurs and previously played in the Czech Republic.

Berroteran played for Panteras de Miranda in 2011, also as a loaned player, and wasn't able to fight for a spot in Trotamundos de Carabobo's roster during preseason. That's why he was contacted by Gaiteros.



Venezuelans Abroad - Echenique and Creighton win Missouri Valley Finals (NCAA) - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan C Gregory Echenique (205-C-90) and his Creighton Blue Jays defeated Illinois State 83-79 in the Missouri Valley Conference Finals, played at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, in a game that had to go into over time.

Creighton won its 11th conference title and are a clear candidate to fight in the upcoming Top 68 NCAA Tournament, 'March Madness', as the final part of every Division 1 College Season is known in the United States.

Echenique, a 2.05m tall C and 21 year-old member of Venezuela's Senior NT, played 30 minutes and finished up with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists to help Doug McDermott (200-F-92), who scored 33, and Grant Gibbs (193-G-89), who added 20.

The Venezuelan power player had scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the Semifinals game against Evansville, in a victory 99-71.

He averaged 9.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game in 33 games in the 2011-2012 season, his fourth in the NCAA and second with Creighton, a college to which he transferred from Rutgers following and eye injury that sidelined him and forced him to have surgery and get the damage repaired.


LPB 2012 News - Diego Guevara responds to Toros de Aragua - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Diego Guevara (184-G-77) returned to his residence in the United States, still without being able to play in Venezuela. He belonged to Marinos de Anzoategui and his rights were sold to Toros de Aragua, despites the fact that he had told Toros that he wouldn't play for them if the acquired him, since he wanted to be traded to Guaros de Lara and play the final seasons of his pro career in his hometown, Barquisimeto, living with his family.

As soon as Guevara left the country, Toros de Aragua published a statement in its official website in which they said Guevara had told them 'he'd think about the offer' and that there was a certain possibility that he would join Toros, after having a meeting with general manager Diofre Cortez in a hotel in Barquisimeto. Toros said the player 'would send his response back as soon as possible even though he'd be leaving the country for family reasons'.

Guaros de Lara's new owners, Luis Sojo and Jorge Hernandez, got tired of waiting for Toros to negotiate and decided to pull back in pursue of the hometown PG. In their statemente, Toros said 'Guaros doesn't have any players of our interest to negotiate a trade'. Guevara was even quoted as 'unprofessional' by Aragua's owner, Tulio Capriles, in a report for Diario Lider.

Guevara read that statement and inmediately published a blog online, contacting the media to defend himself. 'I never told them I'd think about the offer', he said. 'I understand that I belong to Toros de Aragua since February 21st. Both Rolando Urdaneta (Executive President of the LPB) and Gianni Patino (General Manager of Marinos), told me through text messages and a phone call', he wrote.

'My rights, are in now way a contract between a player and a team. In the statement published by Toros, the transference letter sent by Marinos to the league doesn't include my signature anywhere, therefore, I'm not forced to play in any legal way for Toros, unlike what they're telling everyone', he added.

'I don't understand why Mr. Capriles and Mr. Urdaneta provide statements in which I'm called unprofessional when I haven't done anything that's not correct or legal. I was very honest when I told Diofre Cortez, before they bought my rights, that I didn't want to play for them', he expresses in his blog.

'The decision of buying my rights didn't and won't affect my position about playing for Toros de Aragua. I even consider the purchase as a challenge and disrespect to my word, which they didn't take as serious. They're trying to extend this situation to weaken me and make me play for Toros', says Guevara.

'I believe Tulio Capriles has received false information from his managers about the situation and this situations leaves me in a bad situation in front of Venezuelan basketball fans. I believe Diofre Cortez has been irresponsible by disrespecting me directly and indirectly as well', he adds.

'I've played 10 seasons for Trotamundos de Carabobo, 3 for Guaros de Lara and 3 for Marinos de Anzoategui and therefore, have knowledge about the written and unwritten laws of LPB and that's why I'm not demmanding for anything, since the players in this league have no saying or vote in terms of transactions between teams'.

Guevara will remain in the United States until he's effectively traded to Guaros de Lara and considers not playing ever again in LPB if that doesn't happen.


LPB 2012 News - Edmundo Baez takes over as coach of Guaros de Lara - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Puerto Rican coach Edmundo Baez was hired by Guaros de Lara as the replacement of Argentinian Hector Santini , after the general management considered Santini hadn't done a good job, following a 0-3 record in the 2012 FIBA Americas League's Group B action.

Santini had arrived only a week before to check in for Tony Ruiz, who has a heart condition that needs surgery and can't carry on with the job. However, in a new turn of events, Baez was called up to come and help the team react, following a 4-8 beginning in LPB 2012.

'A schedule of 8 games in 12 days it's a motivation for me, because we're going to play against the top 4 teams in the standings. The goal is to play for .500 on the road to stay in the fight, though it's not going to be easy', said Baez after coaching his first practice.

The former assistant of Julio Toro in Puerto Rico's Vaqueros de Bayamon, said that Guaros 'has a group of good players and the expectation is to qualify to the playoffs and improve the things that have happened so far'.

He acknowledges that the Tony Ruiz situation has 'emotionally affected the players', but he believes its his job and the rest of the coaching staff's job to 'lift their mind and make them believe in themselves, learn how to close the games, because they have lost several close games for lack of execution in the last minutes, and bad selection of the proper player to shoot and also a lack of luck'.

He had always wanted to come to Venezuela, but hadn't come because he didn't want to leave his wife alone raising three boys to coach overseas.



LPB 2012 News - Coach Tony Ruiz (Guaros) to undergo heart surgery in Valencia - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Puerto Rican coach Tony Ruiz, who began the LPB 2012 as head coach of Guaros de Lara but had to step down to a mild heart attack, will undergo heart surgery today at the Metropolitan Hospital of Valencia, Carabobo, to correct obstructions in blood vessels by a 'coronary bypass'.

A statement sent to Venezuelan media by Puerto Rican journalist Zacha Acosta, was used by Ruiz to express his feelings and explain his current condition after having to leave his job to get better. 'In the circumstances in which I am, I'm alive and thanking God for it. I have a lot of faith that my intervention will be successful', he said.

Ruiz suffered the heart attack in Valencia while coaching against Trotamundos and then came to Barquisimeto and was examined by Dr. Rami Souki Chmeit at Valentina Canabal Clinic, revealing an arterial disease that needed immediate actions.

'I don't have words to express how thankful I am about what the owner of Guaros (Jorge Hernandez) and his wife (Monica Morante) have done for me. They've been an unbelievable support in these moments', he added.

He also thanked all the fans and friends who've shown concern and love to him through the social networks by text messages. 'Thanks for all your prayers, blessings and support. I've prepared myself for the big day with the blessing of God and Virgin Mary, and everything will be alright'.

According to Dr. Luis Molinary, president of the Cardiology Association of Puerto Rico, the procedure could take as long as 4 hours and the recovery, in the case of Ruiz, should be quicker, being a young man. He'd be in observation for at least 48 hours and then spent close to a week in the Hospital before being discharged and going home. Projections indicate that it might take him 8 weeks to get back to work in the best case scenario.


LPB 2012 News - Guaiqueries signed Marcus Cousin - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guaiqueries de Margarita decided to bring in another solid option for the paint, as they hired center Marcus Cousin (211-C-86), a former player of Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets in the NBA, 25 years old, 2.11m tall.

'He's got skills to play both inside and out. Besides, he's got a good mid range shot', said Margarita's General Manager, Richard Medina, through a press release.

Cousin also played abroad in Turkey and Israel and has experience in the D-League with Austin Toros. He's expected to take a place in the next series over Reginald Warren (204-F-81) but Guaiqueries will always carry at least 4 imported players with them, even though the league allows only 3 to play at the same time.




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Thorpe joins Saigon Heat - by Kristian Santiago
Thorpe Jahmar (198-F-84, college: Houston) has been added to the roster of the Saigon Heat after the team let go Devon Sullivan (201-G/F-86, college: S.Connecticut).
Thorpe played lastly in China last summer and is now replacing the short-time replacement of Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Carolina St.) who left to play in Puerto Rico.


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Standings
VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. Unics 12-2 
 2. Khimky 12-3 
 3. N.Novgorod 8-8 
 4. VEF Riga 7-7 
 5. Krasnie Krilya 7-7 
 6. BC Astana 6-9 
 7. Zalgiris 5-6 
 8. Budivelnyk 5-9 
 9. Kalev/Cramo 1-12 
Group B
 1. CSKA 12-1 
 2. Spartak SP 10-3 
 3. Lietuvos rytas 8-5 
 4. Lokomotiv 7-6 
 5. Azovmash 7-6 
 6. Asseco Prokom 7-8 
 7. CEZ Nymburk 6-7 
 8. Enisey 3-11 
 9. Minsk-2006 1-14 


Michal Ignerski moves to Lokomotiv Kuban - by Eurobasket News
Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) changed the team. Nizhny Novgorod exchanged the Polish forward for Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79). Michal Ignerski joined Nizhny Novgorod at the start of the season. The forward notched 13.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In VTB League Michal Ignerski tallied 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds per appearance. In PBL the Polish player delivered 12.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Previously Michal Ignerski played in Turkey, Spain and Poland. He has been the member of Polish National Team since 1999. Eurobasket.com named Michal Ignerski All-Polish League Domestic Player of the Year in 2006. He also earned All-Turkish League Honourable Mention in 2011.


Brandon Roy & Jamal Crawford Salute Tre Simmons - by Greg
Some ballers just seem to have it all. Maybe they earned it after many years of practice or perhaps their talents are symptoms of good genetics and the right upbringing. There's also the element of luck from being in the right place at the right time. However, for guys like Tre Simmons, 'the best player from Seattle to have not played in the NBA,' according to Jamal Crawford, his on-court abilities were never an issue. Education and opportunities? Now there's a different story.

Former NBA All-Star Brandon Roy and Portland Trailblazers' Crawford teamed up with Eurobasket, revealing Simmons' upbringing, college success, professional achievements and NBA dreams.

Simmons, who's been dominating the various European challenges with Czech Republic team CEZ Nymburk this season, received a tempting offer while home in Seattle, celebrating Christmas with his family. Euroleague's Khimki Moscow put a two year deal on the table, worth three times the amount of Simmons' current salary. Yet despite his numerous attempts to get released from his Czech contract, there was no chance Nymburk would let loose their leading scorer in three of the team's four competitions.

Garfield High

'Tre's story is different than mine and Jamal's,' explained Brandon Roy, Simmons' Garfield High School varsity teammate. 'Our story developed through basketball. We always had people around us making sure we would also handle the school side. When I first met Tre, he was just starting to develop that circle of people he needed to make sure he was doing what was necessary. We've been inseparable ever since.'

Simmons first hooped as an outsider in the parks rather than in the school gym. 'He was working out and I watched him,' Roy recalled. 'I was like, man, this dude is good. I asked my brother why he didnt play for the varsity team and he said 'Tre just never came to try out.''

'He was like 6-foot-4 but a point guard and so versatile,' Roy continued. 'I asked him if he was gonna try out and he said he might. Finally he tried out and he was that good he automatically started. You rarely get a guy who never played and then immediately becomes a starter for the top team in the state.'

Simmons and Roy eventually teamed up, challenging today's NBA phenom guard Jamal Crawford of Rainier Beach high school. By senior year, Simmons was clearly one of the top college prospects in the state. 'Tre all of a sudden is thinking like 'Wow, I got a chance to go to college?' I dont think he ever thought that was possible,' Roy supposed.

Huskies Dawgs

But Simmons was back on the streets once the schools checked out his academic grades.

'Tre had the same Division One talent that Jamal and I had, but the only difference was he didnt get the right schooling early on in his high school career because he didnt take it that seriously.'

Simmons ended up playing for Green River Community College where he erupted with 50+ point performances, en route to season averages of 29.8 points and 9.2 rebounds. 'We had to recruit Tre to U-Dub (University of Washington),' said Roy. 'Me and Will Conroy were always trying to get him because we knew what he could add to our team. If not for his early schooling years, he could have gone to any Division One college he wanted.'

In his junior year, Simmons joined the Huskies but was distracted by family issues and catching up academically. Two years later, Simmons, an All-Pac-10 team member, had broken school records with every stroke. His 80 treys shattered the previous school single-season record of 75 set by Deon Luton in 1998, and his 128 career 3-pointers are the third highest total in school history.

'A lot of times people wonder how come Brandon Roy just became a starter in his junior year in college and a lot of that was because Tre was that good,' explained Roy. 'I've always been a fan of Tre's, so when I was coming off the bench, I never made a fuss of it because I knew Tre was just as good.'

Europe Bound

After college graduation, Simmons heard NBA Commissioner David Stern call out 60 rookies' names, none of which were his.

'It was unfortunate and we all had our fingers crossed but he wasnt able to get drafted. He was a little disappointed but the thing about Tre is he's just one of those guys you never see being down. I mean for him to end that year not getting drafted was huge but I never seen him upset about it. He just continues to roll with the punches,' said Roy.

'Tre is one of my favorite people because he's the same every time I see him. He's always chill, laid back, and I can relate to that,' Jamal Crawford told Eurobasket.

Nowadays, after spending the first 3 1/2 years of his overseas career in Israel winning back-to-back championships, Simmons is ballin' in the Czech Republic with CEZ Nymburk where he recently collected his second State Cup title. Nymburk recently qualified for the EuroCup Elite 8 round facing Russia's Spartak SPB in a home-and-away elimination series.

'On the court, Tre is an assassin,' Crawford said. 'He can score with the best of them, has one of the best shots and is really competitive. We've had a lot of battles and there's always fun.'

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