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  ACPBL   



Bay Area Shuckers playoff roster released - by Gianni Pascucci

With the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball Leagues end of season roster freeze in place on March 21, 2012, the Bay Area Shuckers announced their final roster of the season. All 15 players listed on the roster will be eligible to play in the ACPBL playoffs set to begin on April 28, 2012.

No. Player Ht Wt Pos College
1 Adrian Bowie 6'2' 190 G University of Maryland
3 Llewellyn Smalley 6'2' 180 G Hawaii Pacific University
5 Jamarr Johnson 6'4' 205 F Widener University
11 Terry Hosley 6'0' 160 G Maryland Bible College
14 Lamarr Shorts 6'2' 205 F Bryan College
15 Michael McKenzie 6'1' 175 G Delaware State University
20 Branden McDonald 6'2' 190 G Virginia Union University
21 Eric Bigby 6'6' 210 F Liberty University
22 Harvey Paige, Jr 6'5' 220 F Anne Arundel C.C.
23 Earl Jackson 6'7' 240 F/C Johnson C. Smith University
24 Briane Rock 6'4' 235 F/C Brewton-Parker College
32 Derek Savage 63' 210 G Goldey-Beacom College
33 Zachary White 6'8' 205 F Washington and Lee University
34 Gerald Stansbury 6'2' 190 F Marymount University
45 Patrick Lipinski 5'8' 155 G Trinity International University

For more information on the Bay Area Shuckers, please visit www.BayAreaShuckers.com



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  ALBANIA   

Standings - A1

A1 Standings
Group A
 1. SK Tirana 12-0 
 2. Kamza Basket 10-2 
 3. Flamurtari 5-7 
 4. Vllaznia Shk. 5-7 
 5. Teuta Durres 4-8 
 6. U.A.T. 0-12 
Group B
 1. Apolonia 3-0 
 2. Partizani Tirana 2-2 
 3. Pogradeci 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 15

Apr. 10: Vllaznia Shk. - U.A.T.
Apr. 10: SK Tirana - Kamza Basket
Apr. 10: Flamurtari - Teuta Durres


SK Tirana keep the perfect record - by Eurobasket News

SK Tirana keep the perfect record in the League as they won the 12 straight game. In the latest round they edged Flamurtari 105:72. Kamza Basket is second with 10-2 record beating UAT 79:35. Teuta Durres meanwhile beat Vllaznia 73:60.


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  ALGERIA   


Ex NBA trainer trains Algerian trainers - by Eurobasket News

The former trainer of the Los Angele Clippers in the NBA, Kim Hughes , last Thursday trained over 70 Algerian trainers in Algiers.
At the centre of the day was the Pick and roll . A system that constitutes 80 percent of attacks in Basketball. This technique poses a lot of threat to the defensive setup and poses a lot of problems to defenders to regain the ball. It is a system that neutralizes a defender and proposes a solution to the player in possession of the ball. It is a technique that implies playing without the ball. Players of the Algerian mens basketball team were equally present at this workshop.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  ARGENTINA   


Olimpico LB sign James Williams - by Eurobasket News

Olimpico de La Banda strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with James Williams (204-F/C-79, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Brown Mackie). He is meant to replace Albert Jackson (211-F/C-88, college: Georgia). James Williams started the season with Quimsa. The centre tallied 6.0 points and 5.0 boards per game in Liga Americas. In LigaA the centre averaged 10.6 points, 7.6 rebounds per appearance. Previously James Williams had stints in Argentina, Jordan, Kuwait, USBL, Israel, Estonia and Sweden. The centre participated at LigaA All-Star Games in 2009 and 2011. Latinbasket.com named James Williams into LigaA All-Imports Team in 2010 and 2011. The centre also made it into All-Estonian League 2nd Team in 2006.


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. Philip.Patriots 12-2 
 2. Petron Blaze 11-4 
 3. KL Dragons 7-6 
 4. Satria Muda 7-8 
 5. Bangkok C. 5-8 
 6. Singapore S. 5-9 
 7. Thailand S. 5-10 
 8. Saigon H. 4-9 

Regular Season: Round 14

Mar. 31: Philip.Patriots - Thailand S. 89-68
Mar. 31: Satria Muda - Petron Blaze 69-71
Apr. 1: Singapore S. - KL Dragons
Apr. 1: Saigon H. - Bangkok C.


Christopher Garnett joins Thailand Slammers - by Eurobasket News

Ailing Thailand Slammers beefed up their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Christopher Garnett (211-C-80, college: Indiana SE). The centre started the season in Japan. He played for Link Tochigi Brex. Christopher Garnett averaged 3.5 points, 3.5 rebounds per game in JBL. Last season the centre tipped off in Brunei. He played for the Brunei Barracudas. His stats read 18.6 points, 12.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Later Christopher Garnett moved to Turkey to sign with E.Dagcilik Istanbul. The player notched 14.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in TB2L. Previously the experienced centre had stints in South Korea, Bahrain, Dominican Republic, Romania, USBL, CBA, Turkey, Bulgaria. Eurobasket.com named Christopher Garnett All-Bulgarian League Playoffs Centre in 2005. He was also trumped All-Arab Club Championship Best Defensive Player in 2009.


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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 3

BIG V

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

Central ABL

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

SEABL

Mar. 30: Mt Gambier - Geelong S. 74-81
Mar. 30: Hobart C. - Brisbane S. 107-75
Mar. 31: Geelong S. - Sandringham S.
Mar. 31: NW Tasmania - Brisbane S.
Mar. 31: Ballarat M. - Nunawading S.
Mar. 31: Bendigo B. - Canberra G.
Mar. 31: Knox R. - Kilsyth C.
Apr. 1: Dandenong - Canberra G.
Apr. 1: Kilsyth C. - Sandringham S.
Mar. 31: Albury W.B. - Frankston B.

WARATAH

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


Standings - SBL

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Mar. 30: Willetton T. - Perry Lakes H. 97-98
Mar. 30: Stirling S. - East Perth E. 103-92
Mar. 31: Geraldton B. - Lakeside L.
Mar. 31: Goldfield G. - Kalamunda E.S.
Mar. 31: Perth R. - Mandurah M.
Mar. 31: SW Slammers - Stirling S.
Mar. 31: Wanneroo W. - Willetton T.
Mar. 31: Cockburn C. - Rockingham F.


SBL: Buccs look to make a statement - by Eurobasket News

THIS weeks game against the Lakeside Lightning is a statement match for the Sun City Plumbing Geraldton Buccaneers according to forward Aaron Ralph.

Lakeside is undefeated this season and last years minor premiers.

They own wins over Kalamunda, Rockingham and East Perth by an average margin of 31 points to start the 2012 campaign.

Ralph said beating the competitions benchmark will send a message to the rest of the SBL.

These guys are a good team, and if we beat them without Morgan (Sabia) here, which I think we can do, shows everyone we mean business this year, he said.

Coach Ray Evans will be eager to find the secret to shutting down Lightning import Luke Payne (188-G-85, college: USC Upstate).

He is the third highest scorer in the competition after two rounds of the 2012 season.

Payne is averaging 29.7 points while Ryan Sofoulis (186-G-86) of the Lightning is leading the league is assists with 8.3 per game.

Ralph said the Buccs need to slow down the sharp-shooting Payne.

Luke Payne is always one of their main scorers, you can not really stop him, you just have slow him down, he said.

We just need to stop one of their other guys scoring big numbers.

Ralph also said that the new-look fast paced Buccs side are better equipped then previous seasons to beat the Lightning.

They are guard heavy but they do not stop, they just keep going and keep going, he said.

We are better equipped to stop them this time round best of our three guards starting line up.

Ralph is averaging 23 points this season with a shooting percentage of 44, he has also hit 11 three-pointers from 23 attempts.

He said he is enjoying his new role as a power forward this season.

It is going to get harder but I like it, he said.

It also helps having the three guards, they create space and I can get a bit more room to shoot it.

Article by Taylor Courtland (Geraldton Guardian)
Courtesy of: SBL



Hawks swoop to stun Tigers - by Eurobasket News

Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks produced an incredible comeback to earn a thrilling 98-97 victory over Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers in the men's State Basketball League on Friday.

The Tigers led by 19 points late in the first quarter and early in the second and led until four minutes remaining, before Ben Purser hit the game-winning shot with 13 seconds left.

Perry Lakes had established its own five point lead with under two minutes left but Willetton fought back to take the lead with just 35 seconds remaining on a Mark Jones (197-F/G-83) two-pointer.

Once Purser put the visitors back in front, Robert Cassir (197-G-91) missed the chance to put the Tigers back in front on the final possession and Jones and Ephrem Davis as time expired to allow the Hawks to hold on.

As well as hitting the field goal that earned Perry Lakes its third win from four games and allowed it to climb into the top four, Wildcats development player Purser had a game-high 26 points along with nine rebounds and five assists.

Shane Ross (203-F/C-86, college: Toledo) also chipped in 15 points for Perry Lakes, while fellow import Matthew Rosinski chipped in with 14 points and nine assists.

Rob Kampman was Willetton's highest scorer, notching 25 points, but it wasn't enough for his side to avoid its second straight loss which saw it also drop out of the top eight ahead of a tough away trip against Wanneroo on Saturday.

Jones also scored 24 points for the Tigers and Davis had 22 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks.
Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: SBL



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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. Cipruss, Tarvas18.3 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja16.2 
 4. Amis, Tartu Ulikool15.9 
 5. Hallik, Tarvas15.2 
 6. Young, Ventspils14.8 
 7. Vasylius, Siauliai14.6 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.14.3 
 9. Lucas, Valmiera14.3 
 10. Karasev, Triumph14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas9.8 
 2. McClure, Kedainiai9.3 
 3. Arnold, TTU7.7 
 4. Johnson, Naglis P.7.5 
 5. Bowles, Siauliai7.4 
 6. Rozitis, Valmiera6.9 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool6.3 
 8. Delas, Baltai Kaun.6.2 
 9. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.1 
 10. Willard, Ventspils6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Broadus, Siauliai4.6 
 2. Maceina, Juventus4.3 
 3. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.4.3 
 4. McKee, Triumph3.8 
 5. Lucas, Valmiera3.8 
 6. Kulagin, Triumph3.8 
 7. Rinkevicius, Nagli.3.8 
 8. Janavicius, Baltai3.7 
 9. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.5 
 10. Mayo, Liepaja3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Triumph
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. McKee, Triumph2.8 
 2. Keedus, TTU1.8 
 3. Akenparg, TTU1.8 
 4. Virsis, Valmiera1.8 
 5. Young, Ventspils1.8 
 6. Long, Siauliai1.7 
 7. Janavicius, Baltai1.7 
 8. Hughes, Pieno Z.1.6 
 9. Matulionis, Lietka.1.6 
 10. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.4 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera2.1 
 3. Johnson, Naglis P.1.7 
 4. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.6 
 5. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 6. Leiteris, Liepaja1.1 
 7. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.0 
 8. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.0 
 9. Jefferson, Triumph0.9 
 10. Soloviev, Triumph0.9 


VEF Riga enter Final Four - by Eurobasket

VEF Riga - Kalev/Cramo 84:78
VEF Riga will play in Baltic League Final Four. They outscored Kalev/Cramo in the decisive third game of the quarterfinal series in Latvian capital tonight. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) delivered 22 points to lead the winners.
Kalev/Cramo marked their ambitions early in the encounter. The Estonian powerhouse got to a brisk start as they accumulated a 22:13 lead ten minutes into the game. VEF Riga started to wake up in the second term. The hosts stiffened defence and limited Kalev/Cramo to 14 points in the second quarter. VEF Riga narrowed the distance at 5-point mark 31:36. The home side got even closer in the third term. Kristaps Janicenoks and Sandis Valters (193-G-78) put the Latvian team within two points with a quarter remaining 57:59. VEF quickly surged ahead early in the final stanza. Sandis Valters gave the home team a 7-point lead midway through the period. Kalev/Cramo got within three points but Zavackas and Valters knocked down five free throws in the dying minutes to seal the win for the Latvian team. Sandis Valters finished with 17 points, while Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) added 19 points for the winners. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83)answered with 16 points for Kalev/Cramo. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) accounted for 15 points and 6 assists in the loss.

VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 22, Antanas Kavaliauskas 19, Sandis Valters 17
Kalev/Cramo: Gregor Arbet 16, Pavel Ulyanko 15



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 17-7 
 2. Antwerp 16-7 
 3. Oostende 16-7 
 4. Aalstar 14-9 
 5. Leuven 12-11 
 6. M.Hainaut 11-12 
 7. Liege 7-15 
 8. Gent 7-17 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 4-19 

Regular Season: Round 26

Mar. 31: Oostende - Leuven 82-72
Mar. 31: Spirou - Gent 68-50
Mar. 31: Verviers-Pep. - Antwerp 62-77
Mar. 31: Aalstar - M.Hainaut 100-96

Round 23

Mar. 28: Aalstar - Spirou 91-90

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 4: Gent - Aalstar
Apr. 4: Liege - Verviers-Pep.
Apr. 4: Antwerp - Oostende
Apr. 4: Leuven - M.Hainaut


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Copeland, Aalstar21.1 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.6 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende15.4 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.5 
 5. Black, Antwerp14.2 
 6. Haynes, Gent13.9 
 7. Green, Spirou13.7 
 8. Broyles, Spirou13.4 
 9. Freeman, Leuven13.3 
 10. Love, Verviers-Pe.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Graham BROWN
  Gent
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Brown, Gent7.9 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.5 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.3 
 4. McLean, Leuven7.1 
 5. Merriex, Verviers.6.8 
 6. Young, Aalstar6.8 
 7. Mukubu, Verviers.6.1 
 8. Booker, Oostende6.1 
 9. Jackson, Aalstar6.0 
 10. Bostic, Liege5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Waters, Liege3.9 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.6 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven3.5 
 4. Slaughter, M.Hai.3.3 
 5. Bosco, Gent3.2 
 6. Black, Antwerp3.2 
 7. Bostic, Liege2.9 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.7 
 9. Winston, Oostende2.6 
 10. Thompson, Vervier.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Adeola DAGUNDURO
  Leuven
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dagunduro, Leuven2.4 
 2. Black, Antwerp2.3 
 3. Mukubu, Verviers.2.1 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 5. Bosco, Gent1.8 
 6. Muya, Liege1.7 
 7. Bostic, Liege1.7 
 8. Steinbach, Aalstar1.6 
 9. Slaughter, M.Hai.1.6 
 10. Haynes, Gent1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.4 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.8 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.8 
 4. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.1 
 5. Young, Aalstar1.0 
 6. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.7 
 7. Booker, Oostende0.7 
 8. Vaughn, Antwerp0.6 
 9. Mukubu, Verviers.0.5 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar0.5 


Copeland's 45-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old forward Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Aalstar and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
He had the game-high 45 points adding six rebounds for Aalstar in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Spirou (#1, 17-7) 91-90. Aalstar maintains the 4th position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aalstar will need more victories to improve their 14-9 record. In the team's last game Copeland had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It's his second year at Aalstar and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Colorado graduate has very impressive stats this year. Copeland is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.1ppg. Copeland is in league's top in and averages solid 58.5% FGP and 45.1% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89, agency: Court Side). He is international guard in his 3rd season at Aalstar. In the last game Steinbach recorded impressive 27 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Aalstar to edge slightly lower-ranked M.Hainaut (#6, 11-12) by 4 points 100-96. Aalstar's 4th position in has not changed. His team's 14-9 record is not bad at all. Steinbach is one of the most experienced players at Aalstar and similarly like Christopher Copeland has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Aalstar's star - guard Stefon Jackson (196-G-85). Jackson scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Aalstar, helping his team with a 100-96 win against slightly lower-ranked M.Hainaut (#6, 11-12). Aalstar needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 14 victories and 9 lost games. Jackson has a great season in Belgium. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.0rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andre Riddick (208-C-73) of Spirou - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86) of Leuven - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ivan Maras (208-C/F-86) of M.Hainaut - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jiri Welsch (201-F-80) of Spirou - 19 points and 6 assists
8. Maxime De Zeeuw (205-F-87) of Verviers-Pep. - 19 points and 7 rebounds
9. A.J. Slaughter (191-G-87) of M.Hainaut - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Gent - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



D1: Round 26 review - by Eurobasket News

Aalstar - M.Hainaut 100-96
No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar (14-9) beat at home 6th ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (11-12) 100-96. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Belfius Mons-Hainaut won third quarter 26-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okapi Aalstar made 30-of-35 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. International point guard Jorn Steinbach (181-89, agency: Court Side) scored 27 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) responded with 20 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) scored 20 points. Four Okapi Aalstar and five Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar maintains fourth position with 14-9 record. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. Okapi Aalstar will play against Optima Gent (#8) on the road in the next round. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Leuven Bears and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: J.Steinbach 27+2reb+4ast, S.Jackson 20+6reb+2ast, K.Kruger 15+2ast, J.Holiday 15+1reb, C.Copeland 13+6reb+4ast, C.Young 8+7reb+2ast
M.Hainaut: Q.Taylor 20+3reb+1ast, A.Slaughter 20+3reb+6ast, A.Nivins 17+2reb, I.Maras 14+8reb+2ast, J.Cage 14+3reb+3ast, S.Foster 11+4reb+1ast
gschID: 132434


Verviers-Pep. - Antwerp 62-77
Very expected game when 9th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-19) lost at home to second ranked Antwerp Giants (16-7) 77-62. The game without a history. Antwerp Giants led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Bryan Hopkins (183-83, college: SMU) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. International forward Maxime De Zeeuw (205-87) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Jason Love (206-87, college: Xavier) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Antwerp Giants maintains second position with 16-7 record behind leader Spirou, which they share with Oostende. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost. Antwerp Giants will play against Base Oostende (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Belgacom Liege (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: M.Roll 20+4reb+1ast, S.Mejri 10+4reb, B.Hopkins 10+5reb+3ast, R.Biggs 9+4reb+2ast, J.Vaughn 9+7reb, D.Wilson 8+3reb
Verviers-Pep.: M.De Zeeuw 19+7reb, J.Beal 14+2reb+2ast, J.Love 12+10reb, W.Boss Mukubu 6+6reb+1ast, B.Merriex 5+4reb+1ast, T.Thompson 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 132435


Oostende - Leuven 82-72
Rather predictable result when third ranked Base Oostende (16-7) won against at home 5th ranked Leuven Bears (12-11) 82-72. Leuven Bears were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 38-27 second half run of Base Oostende. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Leuven Bears were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) scored 10 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Julian Terrell (206-84, college: Vanderbilt) scored 16 points. Base Oostende moved-up to second place, which they share with Antwerp. Leuven Bears at the other side keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Base Oostende will play against league's second-placed Antwerp Giants on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leuven Bears will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Quaregnon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oostende: K.Winston 14+2reb, D.Djordjevic 13+1reb+1ast, D.Katnic 11+1reb+1ast, M.Lojeski 10+4reb+3ast, C.Booker 9+7reb+1ast, D.Drobnjak 8+2reb+2ast
Leuven: A.Dagunduro 23+5reb+2ast, J.Terrell 16+3reb+3ast, J.Tofi 11+6reb+2ast, N.Marnegrave 8+4reb+5ast, M.McGhee 7+3reb+1ast, B.Freeman 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 132436


Spirou - Gent 68-50
D1 top team - Spirou Charleroi (17-7) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eighth ranked Optima Gent (7-17) 68-50. It looked good early as Optima Gent took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Spirou Charleroi had a 16-9 second period charge getting the lead and Optima Gent was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 50-68. They outrebounded Optima Gent 35-22 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Center Andre Riddick (208-73, college: Kentucky) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) chipped in 8 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-7 record. Optima Gent at the other side keeps the eighth place with 17 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Optima Gent will play at home against Okapi Aalstar (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Spirou: A.Riddick 15+7reb+2ast, T.Shengelia 8+4reb, C.Green 8+6reb, D.Broyles 8+3reb+2ast, C.Hill 7+1reb, T.Huffman 6+4reb+2ast
Gent: G.Brown 16+5reb+2ast, M.Haynes 9+3reb, M.Jenkins 9+6reb+2ast, B.Heinle 6+3reb+1ast, L.Bosco 5+2reb+1ast, Y.Desiron 3+1reb
gschID: 132433


Round 23
Aalstar - Spirou 91-90
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Spirou Charleroi (17-7) on the court of fourth ranked Okapi Aalstar on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Okapi Aalstar 91-90. Spirou Charleroi was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 26-24 charge of Okapi Aalstar, which allowed them to win the game. They made 29-of-34 free shots (85.3 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Spirou Charleroi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) saved the victory by scoring 45 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. The other American import guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Dwayne Broyles (196-82, college: JMU, agency: Higher Vision Sports) replied with 23 points and Czech forward Jiri Welsch (201-80) added 19 points and 6 assists in the effort for Spirou Charleroi. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Okapi Aalstar maintains fourth position with 14-9 record. Defending champion Spirou Charleroi still keeps top place with seven games lost. Okapi Aalstar are looking forward to face Optima Gent (#8) on the road in the next round. Spirou Charleroi will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Copeland 45+6reb+1ast, S.Jackson 13+9reb+1ast, K.Kruger 11+1reb+3ast, C.Young 9+8reb+4ast, J.Holiday 5+2ast, H.VanLangenhove 5+2reb
Spirou: D.Broyles 23+3reb+2ast, J.Welsch 19+1reb+6ast, C.Green 12+4reb+2ast, C.Beghin 12+5reb+3ast, T.Shengelia 6+2reb, C.Hill 6+3reb+1ast



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Standings - BIH League

D1 Standings
League 6
 1. Igokea 3-0 
 2. Siroki WWin 3-0 
 3. Mladost 1-2 
 4. Bosna 1-2 
 5. Varda HE 1-2 
 6. Capljina 0-3 
Places 7-14
 1. Leotar 14-10 
 2. Servitium 10-14 
 3. Hercegovac 10-14 
 4. Borac Nektar 8-16 
 5. Zrinjski HT 8-16 
 6. Vogosca 8-16 
 7. Brotnjo 7-17 
 8. Celik 5-19 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 3

Mar. 31: Bosna - Capljina 92-90
Mar. 31: Siroki WWin - Mladost 80-63
Mar. 31: Varda HE - Igokea 39-65

Second Stage: Round 4

Apr. 3: Igokea - Capljina
Apr. 3: Mladost - Bosna
Apr. 3: Varda HE - Siroki WWin



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Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 21-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 19-5 
 3. Rilski Sportist 15-8 
 4. Tundja Yambol 14-10 
 5. Cherno More 10-14 
 6. Balkan 8-16 
 7. Spartak Pleven 5-19 
 8. Chernomorets 3-21 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 31: Tundja Yambol - Cherno More 83-71
Mar. 31: Chernomorets - Spartak Pleven 77-76
Mar. 31: Balkan - Levski Sofia 64-105
Apr. 1: Lukoil Academik - Rilski Sportist


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Harper, Levski S.19.6 
 2. Yanev, Cherno More17.7 
 3. Stankov, Spartak17.7 
 4. Durchev, Tundja Y.17.5 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Ril.16.3 
 6. Pavlovski, Chernom.15.7 
 7. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.5 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.15.5 
 9. Dunovic, Chernomo.15.2 
 10. Govedarov, Tundja15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.11.1 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.10.1 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.9 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.7 
 5. Georgiev, Levski S.6.3 
 6. Marintchechk., Bal.6.2 
 7. Todorov, Spartak6.2 
 8. Zahariev, Rilski S.6.2 
 9. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.1 
 10. Vukosavljevi., Ri.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.8 
 2. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.2 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.9 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.6 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.3 
 6. Filipov, Balkan3.5 
 7. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.3 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja3.3 
 9. Zhelev, Cherno M.3.2 
 10. Durchev, Tundja Y.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.1 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.1 
 3. Dunovic, Chernomo.2.1 
 4. Roshmanov, Cherno.2.0 
 5. Harper, Levski S.1.8 
 6. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.8 
 7. Zhelev, Cherno M.1.7 
 8. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 9. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.6 
 10. Filipov, Balkan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kiril PAVLOVSKI
  Chernomo.
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.2 
 2. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.0 
 3. Banev, Lukoil A.0.9 
 4. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 5. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.7 
 6. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 
 7. Martin, Balkan0.6 
 8. Gocevski, Tundja Y.0.6 
 9. Marinov, Balkan0.5 
 10. Aleksov, Chernomo.0.5 


Kee Kee Clark ready to play for Bulgaria - by Maria Mitzova

Basketinside interviews to Italian Legabasket stars keep going on: today its time for Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's), leader of Umana Reyer Venice, one of most surprising Italian team in this season, ranking 2nd in the League. Clark, who moved from Greece to Venice on 2010, is a PG who can mix both scoring and playmaking skills. In fact the Alabama native Kee Kee, is one of NCAA all-time scoring leaders.

Q:Kee Kee, after two positive seasons in Aris Thessaolniki, coach Andrea Mazzon (former Aris and actual Venice coach), strongly wanted you to join him in Venice. How is
your relationship with him?
A: Well, my experience in Aris was the first in a real top team, which gave me the chance to play international tournaments too. I will always thank coach Mazzon for that and also for bringing me to Umana Reyer, a great franchise too.

Q:In summer Umana didnt know if they will be playing in Legadue (second Italian league) or SerieA. You knew it just a few weeks before the season started. How difficult it
was to prepare a new season in those conditions?
A:It wasnt that difficult, to be honest. We are pros and we just have to practice without puttingtoo much attention on what happens off-court. We have always don our best and we keep doin it.

Q:Individual standings say that you are leading LegaA in scoring (20.2 PPG) in this second season half. How do you explain this improvement?
A: I would not call that an improvement. Some game needs me doing something, some other need different things. Certainly game by game we feel more and more confident with this level of competition and wins ease us to play free-minded.

Q:In a few days you have beated Siena and Cant two of the most solid contenders in Italy and your ranking is unexpected for a former Legadue team. What is your goal
now?
A: Every athlete wants to win. Its obvious that now that we are sure well remain in LegaA, we want to gain a good postseason placement. But what has brought us here is work. We have been working day by day, game by game and we gotta do so on. Behind that, everything is possible.

Q: Some years ago you obtained Bulgarian citizenship. If Bulgarian national team ask you so, will you join them for 2103 Eurobasket qualification round?
A: For sure. It should be a great opportunity and you cant decline a national team invitation.

Q: In Venice you are a real idol for supporters and they want to know something about your future yet: will you stay in Venice next season?
A: I feel great here, I love the city and the supporters are awesome. But now I prefer to keep focused on present, and think about my future when this season ends.

Basketinside.com: talking with KeeKee Clark
Interview by Andrea Ferronato



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  CANADA   


A successful first year for the NBL - by Eurobasket News

Established in July 2011, the National Basketball League of Canada has just finished its very first playoffs. In a best-of-five final, the London Lightning versus the Halifax Rainmen was a close series. London became the first NBL Canada champion in game five, beating Halifax 116-92 on March 25.

In a press release, NBL Canada commissioner John Kennedy said, 'I know I speak for the entire league when I say we're very pleased with the success we've had this year and look forward to even bigger accomplishments in the future.'

League founder and Halifax Rainmen CEO Andre Levingston's main concern about the survival of the league earlier this season was regarding financial and fan support. Attracting fans, however, is no longer a concern -- the final game was played in front of over 5,000 fans. Financially, the league is supported by Rogers Communications Inc. and the NBL is currently searching for more sponsors.

NBL Canada had seven teams that remained stable in its first year. Most failed leagues gain and lose several teams in the first few years. The American Basketball Association had 11 basic franchises that constantly changed their names and moved around the United States in its nine years of existence. Part of the league's failure stemmed from selling the teams for $20,000 to any business and the enormous travelling costs. Only four of those teams became NBA franchises when the ABA merged with the NBA in 1976.

Unlike other leagues, the NBL made sure they were prepared for any problems. They demanded a high standard of conduct from their players to ensure a low number of internal clashes and off-court incidents.

The league is looking to expand in its second season.

'We've had some serious inquiries from several teams -- mostly in Ontario,' said Vito Frijia, the owner of the London Lightning, in a TSN article.

The NBL will be maintaining its Canadian player quota and a salary cap. The salary cap will only increase to attract higher-level players if the league can afford it.

Courtesy of http://thegauntlet.ca



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Standings
Championship Group
 1. Cibona 4-0 
 2. Cedevita 3-1 
 3. KK Split 3-1 
 4. KK Zagreb CO 3-1 
 5. Zadar 2-2 
 6. Zabok 1-3 
 7. Jolly 0-4 
 8. Svjetlost 0-4 
Play-Out
 1. Alkar Sinj 8-4 
 2. Kvarner 2010 8-4 
 3. Krizevci 7-6 
 4. Darda 6-7 
 5. Borik 5-8 
 6. Dubrovnik 4-9 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Championship

Mar. 31: Cibona - Zabok 88-62
Mar. 30: KK Split - Jolly 86-77
Mar. 31: Cedevita - Zadar 83-56
Mar. 31: Svjetlost - KK Zagreb CO 62-113

Play-Out

Mar. 31: Darda - Borik 89-82
Mar. 31: Krizevci - Dubrovnik 78-77
Mar. 31: Kvarner 2010 - Alkar Sinj


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Mimica, KK Split20.5 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.6 
 3. Ross, Jolly18.0 
 4. Vrbanc, Zadar15.5 
 5. Simovic, Kvarner15.1 
 6. Kruslin, Zabok14.3 
 7. Budimir, Darda14.1 
 8. Peraica, Darda14.1 
 9. Sobin, KK Split14.1 
 10. Grgat, Krizevci14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Teo SIMOVIC
  Kvarner .
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Simovic, Kvarner7.4 
 2. Ivanov, Zadar7.3 
 3. Sobin, KK Split6.9 
 4. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.8 
 5. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.6 
 6. Peraica, Darda6.3 
 7. Kastropil, Zadar5.9 
 8. Sarlija, Borik5.9 
 9. Vrsaljko, Jolly5.8 
 10. Grgat, Krizevci5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci4.9 
 2. Ross, Jolly4.3 
 3. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.7 
 4. Subotic, KK Split3.7 
 5. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.4 
 6. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.8 
 7. Kruslin, Zabok2.7 
 8. Dosen, Dubrovnik2.6 
 9. Tomas, Zabok2.6 
 10. Mimica, KK Split2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Kostomaj, Svjet.2.2 
 3. Bicvic, Darda2.1 
 4. Mimica, KK Split1.7 
 5. Zadnik, Zadar1.6 
 6. Krapic, Zadar1.5 
 7. Sarlija, Borik1.5 
 8. Ivanov, Zadar1.5 
 9. Ceskovic, Kvarner1.5 
 10. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Borik
  (207-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sarlija, Borik1.5 
 2. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 3. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 4. Buva, Krizevci0.8 
 5. Vukovic, KK Split0.8 
 6. Kastropil, Zadar0.7 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 8. Diminic, Dubrovnik0.5 
 9. Vrsaljko, Jolly0.5 
 10. Babic, KK Split0.5 


Round 4 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News

Group Championship
Svjetlost - KK Zagreb CO 62-113
Bottom-ranked Svjetlost (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 113-62 loss to fifth ranked KK Zagreb CO (3-1) in Slavonski Brod on Saturday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game was mostly controlled by KK Zagreb CO. Svjetlost managed to win second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Zagreb CO forced 21 Svjetlost turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Svjetlost's players. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Damir Markota (210-C/F-85, agency: World Sport Agency) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Krunoslav Simon (197-85) who added 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. KK Zagreb CO's coach Vladimir Androic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Pankracije Barac (196-81, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and the former international power forward Ljubo Samadan (208-83) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to second place in Championship Group, which they share with Cedevita and KK Split. Loser Svjetlost still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Jolly. KK Zagreb CO's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cedevita.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: D.Markota 26+6reb+2ast, K.Simon 20+3reb+2ast, D.Rancic 14+1reb+1ast, D.Saric 9+9reb+5ast, P.Babic 8+3reb+3ast, R.Rikic 8+4reb
Svjetlost: P.Barac 24+11reb+2ast, L.Samadan 16+7reb+2ast, T.Kostomaj 6+2reb+1ast, P.Zivkovic 5+1reb, K.Gamma 4+3reb+1ast, M.Matasovic 4+4reb
gschID: 171804


Cedevita - Zadar 83-56
Everything could happen in Zagreb at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Cedevita and 5th ranked Zadar had identical 2-1 record. This time Cedevita used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Zadar 83-56 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Cedevita led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game, while Zadar only scored five points from the stripe. Cedevita forced 20 Zadar turnovers. Zadar was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Miro Bilan (213-89) fired 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Haywood Owens (204-79, college: Texas, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 7 points and 9 rebounds. Four Cedevita players scored in double figures. Center Ive Ivanov (201-85) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Dewayne Reed (185-87, college: Auburn) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Cedevita (3-1) moved-up to second place in Championship Group, which they share with KK Split and KK Zagreb CO. Loser Zadar keeps the fifth position with two games lost. Cedevita's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena KK Zagreb CO.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: D.Draper 14+1ast, M.Bilan 14+6reb, L.Warren 12+3reb+2ast, M.Car 11+3reb+2ast, I.Opacak 8, H.Owens 7+9reb+2ast
Zadar: D.Reed 13+1reb+3ast, I.Ivanov 11+8reb+1ast, K.Vragovic 10+1reb+1ast, F.Kastropil 6+4reb+1ast, I.Batur 4+1reb+1ast, A.Kuso 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 171805


Cibona - Zabok 88-62
Undefeated leader Cibona delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Zabok (1-3) 88-62 in Zagreb. The game without a history. Cibona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Zabok's 26. They outrebounded Zabok 40-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Andrija Zizic (207-80, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Cibona players scored in double figures. Forward Filip Kraljevic (214-89, agency: PEPI SPORT) replied with 6 points and 9 rebounds and guard Filip Kruslin (198-89, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points in the effort for Zabok. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cibona have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Championship Group with 4-0 record. Zabok at the other side keeps the sixth place with three games lost. Cibona will play against Zadar (#5) on the road in the next round. Zabok will play against KK Split to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Cibona: H.Kovacevic 14+2reb+1ast, A.Zizic 13+6reb+2ast, T.Zubcic 12+3reb+2ast, G.Suton 12+7reb+2ast, Z.Wright 12+3reb+2ast, K.El-Amin 6+3ast
Zabok: F.Kruslin 14+1reb+1ast, D.Basic 11+2reb, I.Tomas 8+2reb+2ast, A.Crnjevic 7+4reb+2ast, R.Lez 7+2reb+6ast, F.Kraljevic 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 171802


KK Split - Jolly 86-77
Bottom-ranked Jolly (0-4) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 86-77 loss to third ranked KK Split (3-1) in Split. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. It looked good early as Jolly took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. Then KK Split had a 23-17 second period charge getting the lead and Jolly was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-86. They outrebounded Jolly 36-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. KK Split players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Jolly helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by the former international center Nikola Vujcic (211-78) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 11 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists and swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) supported him with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Even 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) by center Denis Vrsaljko (212-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) did not help to save the game for Jolly. Guard Luka Katura (194-89) added 15 points for lost side. Five KK Split and four Jolly players scored in double figures. Jolly's coach Hrvoje Vlasic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Split have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Championship Group, which they share with Cedevita and KK Zagreb CO. Jolly at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. KK Split's next round opponent will be Zabok (#6) in Zabok. Jolly will play at home against Svjetlost in Slavonski Brod and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
KK Split: I.Mimica 21+1reb+1ast, J.Sobin 13+10reb+2ast, S.Subotic 12+8reb+4ast, L.Babic 11+3reb, N.Vujcic 11+7reb+10ast, A.Grgurevic 7+2reb+1ast
Jolly: D.Vrsaljko 17+7reb+1ast, L.Katura 15+2reb+3ast, R.Ross 13+5reb+1ast, H.Puljko 12+4reb+1ast, I.Josipovic 8+1reb, M.Mrva 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 171803


Group Play-Out
Krizevci - Dubrovnik 78-77
The most exciting game of round 4 in the A1 took place in Krizevci. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Dubrovnik (4-9) to third ranked Krizevci (7-6) 78-77 on Saturday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Dubrovnik won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) fired 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Luka Zitko (201-81) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Four Krizevci players scored in double figures. Bosnian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82) produced 29 points and 7 rebounds and guard Luka Petkovic (190-88) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Krizevci maintains third position in Play-Out with 7-6 record behind leader Alkar Sinj. Dubrovnik at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Krizevci are looking forward to face league's second-placed Kvarner 2010 in Rijeka in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Dubrovnik will play at home against Borik Puntamika (#5) in Zadar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Krizevci: I.Grgat 22+6reb+1ast, L.Zitko 12+4reb+4ast, M.Gligora 11+5reb, J.Glavinic 11+3reb+5ast, I.Buva 8+4reb, I.Mikulic 7+3reb+3ast
Dubrovnik: T.Bizaca 29+7reb, M.Hajdic 18+1reb, L.Petkovic 9+6reb+5ast, I.Begic 7+1ast, M.Diminic 4+3reb, A.Ostric 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 171852


Darda - Borik 89-82
The game in Darda was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Borik Puntamika (5-8) played at the court of fifth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (6-7). Vrijednosnice OS managed to secure a 7-point victory 89-82 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 26-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Vrijednosnice OS shot 64.7 percent from the field and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Borik Puntamika was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Dejan Meznaric (205-87) fired 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Antonio Bicvic (199-82) chipped in 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Five Vrijednosnice OS players scored in double figures. Guard Luka Drezga (196-87) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Borik Puntamika's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Vrijednosnice OS moved-up to fourth place in Play-Out. Borik Puntamika lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Vrijednosnice OS will face league's leader Alkar Sinj on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Borik Puntamika will play against Dubrovnik (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Darda: D.Meznaric 25+8reb+1ast, L.Panduric 15+2reb, V.Budimir 13+2reb+2ast, A.Bicvic 13+5ast, M.Peraica 12+4reb+1ast, M.Mandic 9
Borik: L.Drezga 19+5reb+3ast, M.Sarlija 14+5reb, M.Jurjevic 11, R.Jurlina 10+3reb+1ast, M.Pesut 8+1reb+4ast, T.Drazovic 8+3ast



Damir Markota claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Bosnia and Herzegovina Damir Markota (210-C/F-85, agency: World Sport Agency) had an amazing evening in the last round for KK Zagreb CO and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old had the game-high 26 points adding six rebounds and two assists for KK Zagreb CO in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, Second Stage botton-ranked team Svjetlost (#8, 0-4) with 51-point margin 113-62. KK Zagreb CO is placed at 4th position in Bosnia and Herzegovina A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this stage. KK Zagreb CO will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. Markota just recently signed at KK Zagreb CO, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Damir Markota averages this season 18.0ppg and 5.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old guard Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side) of Svjetlost. Barac impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Svjetlost lost that game 62-113 to the higher-ranked KK Zagreb CO (#4, 3-1). Svjetlost managed to keep the same 8th spot in Championship. 4 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Barac is one of the most experienced players at Svjetlost and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Dejan Meznaric (205-F/C-87) of Darda (#-4). Meznaric scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Darda, leading his team to a 89-82 win against #-3 ranked Borik in a game of the week. The chances of Darda ranking at the top of Play-Out, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Meznaric could help Darda to bring them higher in the standings. Meznaric has a very solid season. In 22 games in Croatia he scored 10.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Luka Drezga (196-G-87) of Borik - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ivan Grgat (210-C/F-74) of Krizevci - 22 points and 6 rebounds
7. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) of Dubrovnik - 29 points and 7 rebounds
8. Denis Vrsaljko (212-C-82) of Jolly - 17 points and 7 rebounds
9. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) of KK Zagreb CO - 9 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) of KK Split - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 10 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)



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 31-2 
 2. BK Prostejov 24-10 
 3. BK Decin 23-11 
 4. BK Pardubice 23-11 
 5. BC Kolin 22-22 
 6. USK Praha 16-17 
A2
 1. NH Ostrava 25-14 
 2. Levice 18-21 
 3. Svitavy 17-22 
 4. Chomutov 16-23 
 5. Usti n/Labem 14-25 
 6. Inter Bratislava 10-29 
 7. Plzen 10-29 
 8. B&W Opava 8-31 
Stage Two Standings

Second Stage: Round 8

A1

Mar. 31: USK Praha - BK Prostejov 83-82
Mar. 31: BK Pardubice - BC Kolin 79-73
Mar. 31: CEZ Nymburk - BK Decin 73-28

A2

Mar. 28: NH Ostrava - Usti n/Labem 91-73
Mar. 28: Plzen - Chomutov 79-74
Mar. 28: Levice - Inter Bratislava 78-56
Mar. 28: B&W Opava - Svitavy 66-75
Mar. 31: Svitavy - Plzen
Mar. 31: Chomutov - NH Ostrava
Mar. 31: Usti n/Labem - Levice
Mar. 31: Inter Bratislava - B&W Opava



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Springfield A. 27-19 
 2. Dakota W. 26-20 
 3. Canton C. 26-21 
 4. Erie Bay H. 26-21 
 5. Iowa E. 24-22 
 6. Maine RC 18-29 
 7. Sioux Falls S. 14-33 
 8. Ft.Wayne MA 12-35 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 35-12 
 2. Austin T. 31-16 
 3. Bakersfield J. 27-19 
 4. Texas L. 24-22 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 23-25 
 6. Rio Grande VV 23-25 
 7. Reno B. 20-26 
 8. Idaho S. 18-29 

Regular Season: Round 70

Mar. 31: Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J. 93-87
Mar. 31: Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers 83-101
Mar. 31: Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA 112-101
Mar. 31: Austin T. - Iowa E. 103-87

Regular Season: Round 71

Apr. 1: Texas L. - Iowa E.
Apr. 1: Maine RC - Springfield A.
Apr. 1: Reno B. - Idaho S.
Apr. 2: Dakota W. - Bakersfield J.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Morris ALMOND
  Maine RC
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Almond, Maine RC23.9 
 2. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.1 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.8 
 5. Costner, Los A.20.9 
 6. Ubiles, Dakota W.20.6 
 7. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 8. Efevberha, Iowa E.19.2 
 9. Millsap, Los A.19.1 
 10. Green, Los A.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.6 
 2. Harangody, Canton12.3 
 3. Dawson, Austin T.10.4 
 4. Thomas, Los A.9.3 
 5. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 6. Foote, Springfield8.7 
 7. Horner, Springfi.8.5 
 8. Williams, Texas L.8.5 
 9. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.4 
 10. Goldcamp, Erie B.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.0 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.8 
 4. Wise, Bakersfield6.4 
 5. Curry, Springfield6.3 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.5.9 
 7. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 8. Baker, Dakota W.5.9 
 9. Bailey, Idaho S.5.8 
 10. Brazelton, Erie B.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Stefhon HANNAH
  Dakota W.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hannah, Dakota W.2.2 
 2. Curry, Springfield2.1 
 3. Coleman, Sioux F.2.1 
 4. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 5. Smith, Springfield2.0 
 6. Blakely, Sioux F.2.0 
 7. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 8. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 9. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
 10. Bobbitt, Idaho S.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 2. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 3. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Thomas, Los A.2.1 
 6. Hill, Maine RC1.7 
 7. Dawson, Austin T.1.7 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.6 
 9. Benson, Sioux F.1.5 
 10. Blakely, Iowa E.1.5 


Saturday's games review (4) - by Eurobasket News

Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA 112-101
The Erie BayHawks took the lead with five minutes remaining in the first quarter and never looked back, downing the Fort Wayne Mad Ants by a final score of 112-101. The win boosts Erie's record to 26-21 as they continue to fight for a coveted spot in the NBA Development League playoffs. Fort Wayne (12-35) scored the game's first four points before the BayHawks went on an 11-4 burst. Trailing by one with five minutes remaining in the first, Dominic Calegari buried two consecutive three point shots to put Erie ahead for good. Calegari's eight first quarter points lead the BayHawks, as they took a 26-20 advantage into the second frame. Erie's lead would blossom to 16 by the intermission courtesy of 14 first half points from Joey Graham. The BayHawks would take their largest lead of the game, a 24 point advantage midway through the third. The resilient Mad Ants went on a 10-2 run, spanning the third and fourth quarters, trimming the lead to ten points. The BayHawks were able to bounce back and take control of the game before cruising to an eleven point victory. D.J. Kennedy (6'6''-G/F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: St.John's) continued his terrific play, pouring in 25 points, grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out six assists. Kyle Goldcamp (6'10''-F-86, college: Gannon) pitched in with a double-double (18 points and 15 rebounds), Joey Graham and Keith McLeod both added 16 and Calegari finished with a season-high 13 points. Fort Wayne had a well-balanced attack as seven Mad Ants scored in double figures, led by Graham's twin brother, Stephen's 16 points. Other double figure point scorers for the Mad Ants were Cameron Jones (15), Vernon Macklin (12), Thomas Baudinet (12), Darnell Lazare (10), Ron Howard (10), and Charles Garcia (10). *Courtesy of www.wane.com

Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers 83-101
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers fell 101-83 to the Tulsa 66ers tonight at State Farm Arena. Malcolm Thomas led the Vipers with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Jermaine Taylor (6'4''-G-86, college: Cent.Florida) tallied 14 points and 6 rebounds, and William Conroy (6'2''-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) contributed 12 points, 6 assists. The 66ers were led by Jerome Dyson with 20 points. Larry Owens added 19 points, and Robert Vaden added 17 points for Tulsa. Thomas notched the first pair of baskets for the Vipers, but Tulsa took control of the first quarter early, and held a 17-4 advantage with 7:15 on the clock. Conroy sunk a pair of free throws to help the Vipers close their deficit, and Scott VanderMeer tallied a layup to bring Rio Grande Valley back within 8 points, 22-14. Vance Cooksey sank 3 free throws and a jump shot to help the Vipers get within 4 points of the 66ers, 26-22 early in the second quarter. Dwight Buycks responded with a jump shot for Tulsa, and Nkem Ojougboh and Dyson added baskets to put the 66ers ahead 34-24. A shot from behind the arc by Kelvin Lewis sent the Vipers on a run that helped Rio Grande Valley inch closer. Conroy and Lee Humphrey each contributed 3-point shots, and a jump shot from Tyren Johnson put the Vipers within 36-35. At the 4:32 mark, Conroy tallied a layup that gave Rio Grande Valley the 37-36 lead. Tulsa fought back, but the Vipers held the 47-44 lead at the half. Early in the third quarter, Ryan Reid helped Tulsa reclaim the lead with back-to-back shots, and Dyson followed up with two shots from the line to help Tulsa move ahead 50-47. Thomas put the Vipers back within 1 point, 50-49 with a jump shot, but the 66ers quickly built their lead to 70-49. Stanley Asumnu and Thomas connected with a layup each to help the Vipers offense cut into their deficit 70-53. However, consecutive 3-point shots from Buycks and Brady Morningstar sent Tulsa into the fourth quarter with the 84-64 lead. Tulsa remained in control of the game throughout the fourth quarter. Conroy and Marshall Brown contributed 3-point shots, and Brown was able to connect on three on field goals, but the Vipers could close the gap on their deficit. The 66ers topped the Vipers 101-83. Next weekend, the Vipers will host the Reno Bighorns April 6 and 7 at State Farm Arena. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. both nights. The two contests are also the last two games of the regular season for the Vipers. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J. 93-87
The Los Angeles D-Fenders grabbed the lead in the first minute of the second quarter and did not trail for the remainder of the game as they topped the Bakersfield Jam 93-87 at Toyota Sports Center on Saturday night. After playing to a tie at the end of the first quarter, Los Angeles (35-12) smothered Bakersfield on the defensive end in the second frame and entered halftime up by 17 points. While the D-Fenders were outscored by 13 points in the third quarter, they finished the game by holding the Jam (27-19), who shot 36.5 percent from the field on the night, to just 36.8 percent shooting in the fourth. On the offensive end, Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) (18 points, 10 assists) and Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) (18 points [7-14 FG]) guided the D-Fenders for much of the game. Additionally, Otis George posted a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double, Kareem Rush totaled 13 points to go with five rebounds, and Christian Eyenga finished with 10 points (5-8 FG) and eight rebounds in the win. Bakersfield's (27-19) Brian Butch paced his team with 12 points along with 12 rebounds, and Travis Leslie (11 points, 6 rebounds), Derrick Byars (11 points, 6 rebounds), Renaldo Major (11 points) and Adrian Thomas (11 points) all contributed double-digit efforts. After slipping up to Bakersfield on Friday night, Los Angeles bounced back tonight for their 18th win in 20 games. The D-Fenders return to action Wednesday, April 4th to take on the Reno Bighorns in their final regular season home game. A limited number of tickets are available, and the game can be seen on NBA Futurecast. *Courtesy of D-League

Austin T. - Iowa E. 103-87
Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) and Eric Dawson (6'9''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) had double-doubles as the Austin Toros won their eighth straight game Saturday afternoon, defeating the Iowa Energy 103-87 at Cedar Park Center. The Toros (31-16) trailed 45-44 at halftime but had a 14-0 run in the third quarter, when they took a 20-point lead. Dentmon had 21 points and 10 assists, and Dawson had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Julian Wright had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Toros. Iowa's Paul Harris scored a game-high 29 points. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com



Friday's games review (6): Reno races past Idaho - by Eurobasket News

Reno B. - Idaho S. 124-92
Josh Selby (6'2''-G-91, college: Kansas) scored 32 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had 10 assists and Eric Devendorf (6'4''-G-87, college: Syracuse) had a season-high 22 points to lead the Reno Bighorns past the Idaho Stampede, 124-92, Friday at the Reno Events Center. Reno improved to 19-26 and Idaho fell to 18-28. Christopher Ayer had 21 points for the Bighorns and Antoine Wright added 19 Idaho's Marcus Banks led all players with 36 points, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range. Reno led by 24 at halftime, 68-44. The Bighorns dished out 30 assists, to 13 for the Stampede, and held a 47-36 advantage on the boards. The Bighorns play their final home game of the season at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Reno Events Center. It will be fan appreciation day with the first 4,000 fans receiving a T-shirt. *Courtesy of www.rgj.com

Erie Bay H. - Ft.Wayne MA 103-102
An unconventional three-point play by rookie Mychel Thompson (6'7''-F-88, college: Pepperdine) lifted the Erie BayHawks to a wacky 103-102 win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants Friday night before 3,035 fans at Tullio Arena. 'We got very lucky more than anything else,' Erie coach Jay Larranaga said. Off a steal, Thompson drew a foul on a goaltended shot and made the ensuing free throw with 6.8 seconds left. The victory boosted Erie (25-21) into seventh place in the D-League playoff race. 'We just kept fighting,' said Thompson, who led the BayHawks with 19 points. 'Anything can happen.' Mad Ants reserve Ramon Harris, who was called for goaltending on the Thompson shot, missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. 'The last 16 seconds, we had three things in a row that hurt us,' Fort Wayne coach Steve Gansey said in reference to the steal, goaltending and Harris taking a 3-pointer with Fort Wayne only down a point. 'They won the game because of those three things.' The BayHawks, who have won four in a row against the Mad Ants, face them one final time this season today at 7 p.m. at Tullio Arena. 'Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, and we were lucky,' Larranaga said. The Mad Ants (12-34), who have the D-League's worst record, rallied from an eight-point, fourth-quarter deficit to take a 100-96 lead with 4 minutes, 9 seconds left. Fort Wayne still led by four with 39.9 seconds left before Erie pulled out the win. With Erie down by two, Thompson stole Thomas Baudinet's cross-court pass to begin an odd, but thrilling, sequence of events. Racing at a fevered pace, Thompson pushed the ball to the other end, drew a foul by Ron Howard and threw an awkward shot up in the lane. 'I knew he was going to foul me, so what do they tell you to do when someone is going to foul you?' Thompson said. 'Just throw it up.' In pursuit, Harris was called for goaltending, thus giving Thompson a chance to put Erie ahead with 6.8 seconds left. 'I don't know what he was thinking,' Erie guard D.J. Kennedy said. 'It was just a bone-headed play. I don't think he realized it was a foul.' Gansey wasn't sure about the foul, but was certain Harris should have stayed clear of trying to block Thompson's shot. 'I don't know if it was below the rim or what, but anything close like that, the refs are going to call something,' Gansey said. With the crowd going crazy, Thompson collected himself and made the ensuing free throw to put Erie ahead by a point. 'I said I better make this free throw because we weren't really playing well,' Thompson said. After a Fort Wayne timeout, Harris missed a 3-pointer with .9 seconds left. 'We've got to be smarter down the stretch,' Gansey said. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com

Springfield A. - Sioux Falls S. 89-82
The Springfield Armor defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 89-82 in front of a franchise-record crowd of 6,061 fans inside the MassMutual Center tonight. The Armor (27-19) led wire-to-wire to sweep the Skyforce (14-33) and conclude their regular season home schedule with a franchise and Eastern Conference-best 18-6 record. The Armor and Skyforce started the game slowly on the heels of last night's double overtime game, with Sioux Falls falling behind 11-2 and needing nearly half of the first quarter to finally get their second basket of the opening period. Springfield opened up a 12-point lead, 21-9, on a Damian Johnson (6'7''-F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Minnesota) put-back dunk with 2:44 to go in the first, but the Skyforce closed the gap to 21-14 by the end of the period. Johnson tallied 9 points and Jerry Smith added 8 points and 4 rebounds in the opening quarter. Sioux Falls battled back in the second, outscoring the Armor 29-24 to trim the deficit to two, 45-43, by halftime. The Skyforce shot 12-22 (.545) in the quarter, led by Brian Hamilton's 11 points off the bench. Jeff Foote scored a team-high 11 points in the first half, while the Skyforce's Hamilton netted 14. For the fourth straight game, the Armor made their move in the third quarter. The Armor used a 12-4 run late in the quarter to open up a game-high 14-point lead and rolled into the end of the third quarter with a 70-58 advantage. The Armor buried 10-20 shots in the quarter, led by Smith, who knocked down 4-4 shots from the field and 4-6 from the foul line for 12 of his game-high 23 points. In the fourth, the Skyforce continued to claw back into the game, cutting the lead to as little as three twice, but Springfield had an answer each time Sioux Falls threatened to take the lead. JamesOn Curry scored 8 of his 15 points (6-7 from the foul line) in the quarter to help seal the Armor's fifth straight victory and 12th win in their last 13 home games. Foote posted his team-high 12th double-double tonight, scoring 16 points and grabbing a season-high 15 rebounds. Johnson added his second double-double of the season with 17 points and a season-high 11 rebounds (8 on the offensive glass). Smith chipped in with 23 points and 9 rebounds and Curry contributed 15 points and a team-high 5 assists to the winning effort. Hamilton led Sioux Falls with 20 points and 5 steals, Curtis Withers registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Marqus Blakely scored 12 points. One night after Trey Gilder and Anthony Mason, Jr. combined for 49 points (17-31 from the field), the Armor held the duo to 22 points (9-24 from the field). The Skyforce continues its road trip on Tuesday with a game against the Dakota Wizards. The Armor head to Maine on Sunday for their 10th and final matchup of the season against the Red Claws. The game is scheduled to tip at 5:00 p.m. at the Portland Expo. *Courtesy of D-League (via www.keloland.com)

Rio Grande VV - Tulsa 66ers 94-93
The Rio Grande Valley Vipers broke an eight-game losing skid to top the Tulsa 66ers 94-93 at State Farm Arena. The Vipers saw two players record a double-double. Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91, college: Fresno St.) tallied 25 points, 11 rebounds, and Malcolm Thomas notched 22 points, 14 rebounds. Tyren Johnson contributed 16 points and Will Conroy added 12 points. Rio Grande Valley shot 48.1 percent from the field. Jerome Dyson led the Tulsa 66ers with 28 points. Two 66ers recorded double-doubles. Marcus Lewis notched 12 points, 12 rebounds, and Ryan Reid added 10 points, 10 rebounds. The 66ers shot 40.7 percent from the field. Smith started the game with a jump shot to put the Vipers on the board. Tulsa's Robert Vaden responded with a 26' 3-pointer, but Lee Humphrey responded for the Vipers with a shot from behind the arc to put Rio Grande Valley up 5-3. Vaden tied the game at 8 points with another 3-point shot, but Johnson responded with a dunk that put the Vipers ahead 10-8. The Vipers led by 10 points with 2:32 left in the first quarter when Thomas sunk a reverse layup that was assisted by Conroy. Heading into the second quarter, the Vipers led the 66ers 35-26. Tulsa's Dwight Buycks, cut the 66ers deficit to 35-32 at the 11:32 mark. However, two consecutive baskets from Smith helped the Vipers rebuild their lead to 39-32. A laup from Jermaine Taylor put the Vipers up 13 points, 50-37 with 5:43 remaining in the half. The 66ers fought back throughout the quarter and a layup by Larry Owens closed Tulsa's deficit to 57-55 heading into halftime. Rio Grande Valley fought to rebuild their lead throughout the third quarter. With 7:01 on the clock, Johnson sunk an alley oop that was assisted by Conroy to give the Vipers the 66-57 advantage. A tip shot by Reid sent the 66ers on a run that closed their deficit to 68-67 with 3:00 left in the quarter. Thomas sunk another tip shot to help the Vipers stay in the lead 72-69. Vance Cooksey sunk a jump shot with 10:04 remaining in the game to put Rio Grande Valley ahead 76-69. The 66ers refused to back down and a jump shot from Valden gave Tulsa the 77-76 lead. Tulsa hung on to their advantage until a dunk by Smith put the Vipers back on top 84-83. The score remained close throughout the remainder of the fourth quarter. Two free throws from Dyson helped Tulsa reclaim the 93-92 lead with 0:22.8 left in the game. Conroy responded with a layup that secured the Vipers' 94-93 win. The Vipers will hit the hardwood again Saturday, March 31 at 7 p.m. when they host the 66ers in the second game of a two-game series at State Farm Arena. *Courtesy of www.ktul.com

Austin T. - Canton C. 113-92
The Canton Charge fell to third place in the NBA Development League's Eastern Conference on Friday after a 113-92 loss to the Austin Toros. The Charge have now lost three in a row. Antoine Agudio (6'3''-G-85) led Canton with 29 points. Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) had 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Charge. Frank Hassell also contributed 10 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Eric Dawson led Austin with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Justin Dentmon also had 22 points and nine assists for the Toros. The Toros outscored the Charge 62-37 in the second half. The loss dropped Canton (26-21) one-half game behind second place Dakota and 1 1/2 games behind East leader Springfield. The Charge have three games remaining. *Courtesy of www.timesreporter.com

Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D. 96-95
Derrick Byars (6'7''-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt) hit a clutch three-pointer from the corner with 7.9 seconds left in the game, which sealed the victory for the Jam and extended their home game winning streak to eight games. The Bakersfield Jam improve to 27-18 on the season, while the Los Angeles D-Fenders fall to 34-12. Bakersfield started the game ice cold from the field as they only made 1-of-11 field goals to begin the game. However, Los Angeles didn't capitalize from Bakersfield's slow start as the Jam were only down four points entering the second quarter (21-17). The D-Fenders were able to extend their lead to 14 points in the second period, but Bakersfield fought back late in the quarter and with a couple of buckets by Juan Pattillo, the Jam cut down their deficit to just three points to end the first half (44-41). Both teams kept it close in the third period, as both Los Angeles and Bakersfield exchanged buckets throughout the quarter. The D-Fenders took a 69-67 lead entering the fourth and final period and led most of the way until the final seconds of the game. With 17.8 seconds left to play, Renaldo Major drove right to the basket and kicked it out to Byars, in which he nailed the game winning shot with 07.9 seconds left in the game. Byars' three-pointer gave the Jam its first lead of the fourth quarter and most importantly, sealed Bakersfield's win. Bakersfield had six players scoring in double-figures. Renaldo Major led the way with 18 points and six rebounds. Jeremy Wise finished with 16 points and a game-high 11 assists. Juan Pattillo led the Jam off the bench with his 15 points, while Trey Johnson added 12 points of his own off the bench. Derrick Byars and Brian Butch finished with 10 points each, but none bigger than the last the three points by Byars, which made the crowd go wild at the Jam Events Center. Elijah Millsap led the D-Fenders with a game high 31 points, while also grabbing 11 rebounds. Otis George and Andre Ingram each had 14 points off the bench for Los Angeles. Up next, Bakersfield will travel southbound to Los Angeles to go up against the same D-Fenders tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. PT. at the Toyota Sports Center. *Courtesy of NBA D-League



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Baltic League: VEF Riga enter Final Four - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Kalev/Cramo 84:78

VEF Riga will play in Baltic League Final Four. They outscored Kalev/Cramo in the decisive third game of the quarterfinal series in Latvian capital tonight. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) delivered 22 points to lead the winners.
Kalev/Cramo marked their ambitions early in the encounter. The Estonian powerhouse got to a brisk start as they accumulated a 22:13 lead ten minutes into the game. VEF Riga started to wake up in the second term. The hosts stiffened defence and limited Kalev/Cramo to 14 points in the second quarter. VEF Riga narrowed the distance at 5-point mark 31:36. The home side got even closer in the third term. Kristaps Janicenoks and Sandis Valters (193-G-78) put the Latvian team within two points with a quarter remaining 57:59. VEF quickly surged ahead early in the final stanza. Sandis Valters gave the home team a 7-point lead midway through the period. Kalev/Cramo got within three points but Zavackas and Valters knocked down five free throws in the dying minutes to seal the win for the Latvian team. Sandis Valters finished with 17 points, while Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) added 19 points for the winners. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) answered with 16 points for Kalev/Cramo. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) accounted for 15 points and 6 assists in the loss.

VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 22, Antanas Kavaliauskas 19, Sandis Valters 17
Kalev/Cramo: Gregor Arbet 16, Pavel Ulyanko 15



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bo MCCALEBB
  Montepas.
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. McCalebb, Montepa.16.9 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.16.5 
 3. Domercant, Unics15.5 
 4. Weems, Zalgiris15.5 
 5. Krstic, CSKA14.7 
 6. Carroll, Real Madr.14.2 
 7. Kirilenko, CSKA14.0 
 8. Vujacic, Anadolu13.9 
 9. Lorbek, FCB Regal13.8 
 10. Navarro, FCB Regal13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA7.2 
 2. Freeland, Unicaja6.7 
 3. Reyes, Real Madrid6.3 
 4. Andersen, Montepa.6.2 
 5. Zoric, Unicaja6.1 
 6. Veremeenko, Unics6.0 
 7. Fischer, Gescrap BB5.9 
 8. Krstic, CSKA5.9 
 9. Savanovic, Anadolu5.6 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Sergio RODRIGUEZ
  Real M.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Rodriguez, Real M.5.4 
 2. Teodosic, CSKA5.2 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.5.0 
 4. Huertas, FCB Regal4.6 
 5. Tunceri, Anadolu4.5 
 6. Jackson, Gescrap3.9 
 7. Spanoulis, Olympia.3.9 
 8. Kalnietis, Zalgiris3.7 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA3.3 
 10. Llull, Real Madrid3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamon Lukas GORDON
  Galatasaray
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gordon, Galatasaray1.9 
 2. Kirilenko, CSKA1.5 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.1.5 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi1.4 
 5. Gist, Fener.Ulker1.3 
 6. Calathes, Panathin.1.3 
 7. Eidson, FCB Regal1.3 
 8. McCalebb, Montepa.1.3 
 9. Fitch, Unicaja1.2 
 10. Mickeal, FCB Regal1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA1.9 
 2. Begic, Real Madrid1.7 
 3. Hendrix, Maccabi1.4 
 4. Ndong, FCB Regal1.2 
 5. Hines, Olympiakos1.2 
 6. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.1 
 7. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.1 
 8. Veremeenko, Unics0.9 
 9. Zoric, Unicaja0.9 
 10. Gist, Fener.Ulker0.9 



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Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Baxley, Lapua28.4 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.24.2 
 3. Nofflet, Oulun N.21.4 
 4. Manning, Huima20.8 
 5. Williams, Lapua20.7 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.20.6 
 7. Abdullah, SayRi19.7 
 8. Green, Ura Basket19.4 
 9. Cooper, SayRi19.2 
 10. January, BC Nokia19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Cooper, SayRi13.9 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.1 
 3. January, BC Nokia11.0 
 4. Townes, BC Nokia10.7 
 5. Green, Ura Basket10.2 
 6. Andrews, Ura B.10.0 
 7. Nofflet, Oulun N.9.6 
 8. Williams, Lapua9.5 
 9. Coleman, FoKoPo9.1 
 10. Abdullah, SayRi8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lloyd PHILLIPS
  Oulun N.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Phillips, Oulun N.5.1 
 2. Manning, Huima4.9 
 3. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.8 
 4. Viertola, Huima3.7 
 5. Henderson, Porvoo.3.7 
 6. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.2 
 7. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.1 
 8. Riihela, BC Nokia3.0 
 9. Jackson, Lapua2.9 
 10. Abdullah, SayRi2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Darren TOWNES
  BC Nokia
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Townes, BC Nokia2.1 
 2. Baxley, Lapua2.0 
 3. Jackson, Lapua2.0 
 4. Abdullah, SayRi2.0 
 5. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 6. Green, Ura Basket1.8 
 7. January, BC Nokia1.8 
 8. Still, Porvoon Tar.1.6 
 9. Nofflet, Oulun N.1.5 
 10. Williams, Lapua1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.3 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.8 
 3. January, BC Nokia1.4 
 4. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 5. Townes, BC Nokia1.0 
 6. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.1.0 
 7. Laitinen, Tapiol.0.8 
 8. Still, Porvoon Tar.0.8 
 9. Nuolivirta, ToPo A.0.8 
 10. Rajala, ToPo A.0.7 


1.DIVISION: FoKoPo back on top level - by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.Division, Finals, Game # 4: What a game! What a season! FoKoPo (Forssa) is anyway back on top (Korisliiga) level. OT was needed today before Korikobrat (Lapua) finally gave up and lost the season last 5 minutes 2-15! During the 40 minutes before OT Lapua was even closer to victory and make the Finals into Game # 5. The history will remember this game from figures 84-97 (82) (38-42). Quarters: 23-22, 15-20, 29-19, 15-21 and OT 2-15. FoKoPo crushed the hosts with three players fouled out during the OT.
Tracy Robinson (201-F-86, college: Loyola, IL) saved FoKoPo into OT by making three FTs and tie the game 82-82. Both teams made then turnovers during the last seconds. It was rather more travelling than scoring during those nervous moments. During the 40 minutes Lapua's Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) was the king of the court. Baxley scored 27 points during the first half and 17 pts during the second half. Baxley's 44 pts was more than the rest of the team (40 pts) was able to score. Baxley does not belong to this level at all. He belongs in Finland to Korisliiga (Top League), where he actually played last season on Karhu (Kauhajoki) roster averaging then 18,5 ppg.
But Baxley was too alone. FoKoPo instead had five players in double digits and FoKoPo's 19 seasons in Korisliiga before this means Team FoKoPo will start 2012-13 season # 20 on top level.

Lapua - FoKoPo 84-97 (82) (38-42). (Walter Baxley 44, Eric Williams 13/7, Jussi Turja 10 - Tracy Robinson 26/10, Brian Moultrie 21/12, HL Coleman 18/14, Erno Johansson 18, Sami Ikavalko 11).



Finnish Korisliiga round 42 best performance: Tim Blue - by Eurobasket News

American forward Tim Blue (205-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for KTP, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 42.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (37 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Korihait (#10, 12-26) 97-84. KTP maintains the 6th position in Finnish Korisliiga. KTP 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 18-21 record. Blue turned to be KTP's top player in his first season with the team. Former Middle Tennessee State University star has very solid stats this year. Blue is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.2ppg. Blue is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 10.6rpg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg and 57.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 36-year old American Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management) of Pyrinto. Williams had a very good evening with 32 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Pyrinto cruised to a 100-91 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked LrNMKY (#7, 16-22). Pyrinto's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 26-12 record is not bad at all. Williams is well-known at Pyrinto and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side) of Kauhajoki (#4). Hannah scored 24 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Kauhajoki, leading his team to a 90-70 easy win against #1 ranked Kataja in a game of the week. Kauhajoki needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 22 victories and 16 lost games. Hannah has a great season in Finland. After 38 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.1ppg (5th best) and assists with 4.5apg (4th best). He also has FGP: 57.8% and 3PT: 48.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81) of Korihait - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Justin Hawkins (201-F-85) of ToPo - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Josh Gonner (188-G-82) of Kouvot - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jeremy Price (203-F-88) of Kataja - 17 points and 10 rebounds
9. Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) of Nilan Bisons - 21 points and 9 rebounds
10. Todd Hendley (206-F-84) of Kauhajoki - 24 points and 7 rebounds

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



Forssan Koripojat wins 1st Division Finals - by Eurobasket News

Lapua - FoKoPo 84-97

Forssan Koripojat made 32-of-38 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game, while Lapuan Korikobrat only scored ten points from the stripe. They outrebounded Lapuan Korikobrat 45-26 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by Lapuan Korikobrat helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Five Forssan Koripojat players scored in double figures. Guard Walter Baxley (193-84, college: Mars Hill) replied with 44 points (!!!) and forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Lapuan Korikobrat.
Top scorers:
Lapua: W.Baxley 44+3reb+1ast, E.Williams 13+7reb+2ast, J.Turja 10+1reb+1ast, H.Jokinen 8+7reb, V.Turja 5+2ast, E.Jackson 2+4reb
FoKoPo: T.Robinson 26+10reb+3ast, B.Moultrie 21+12reb+1ast, E.Johansson 18+3reb, H.Coleman 18+14reb+3ast, S.Ikavalko 11+4reb+2ast, J.Helenius 3+1reb+1ast
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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 21-3 
 2. Chalon 20-4 
 3. Orleans 16-8 
 4. Nancy 16-8 
 5. Le Mans 16-8 
 6. Paris-Levallois 15-9 
 7. Roanne 12-12 
 8. Dijon 11-13 
 9. Cholet 11-13 
 10. Strasbourg 10-14 
 11. Nanterre 10-14 
 12. ASVEL 10-14 
 13. Poitiers 8-16 
 14. Le Havre 8-16 
 15. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 6-18 
 16. Hyeres-Toulon 2-22 

Regular Season: Round 24

Mar. 31: Nanterre - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 90-77
Mar. 30: Paris-Levallois - ASVEL 86-73
Mar. 31: Poitiers - Le Mans 75-83
Mar. 31: Cholet - Nancy 72-78
Mar. 31: Hyeres-Toulon - Chalon 69-98
Mar. 31: Le Havre - Dijon 68-66
Mar. 30: Roanne - Orleans 66-69
Mar. 31: Strasbourg - Gravelines 65-66

Round 22

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

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 7: ASVEL - Hyeres-Toulon
Apr. 7: Chalon - Nanterre
Apr. 7: Le Havre - Strasbourg
Apr. 3: Orleans - Dijon
Apr. 7: Poitiers - Paris-Levallois
Apr. 7: Le Mans - Cholet
Apr. 7: Gravelines - Nancy
Apr. 7: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Roanne


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.20.4 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans18.3 
 3. Williams, Paris-.17.2 
 4. Hamilton, Paris-.17.1 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.0 
 6. Causeur, Cholet16.2 
 7. Cox, Le Havre15.8 
 8. Schilb, Chalon15.3 
 9. Delaney, Chalon15.2 
 10. Wise, Le Havre15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chinemelu ELONU
  Pau-Lacq.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.3 
 2. Hamilton, Paris-.8.3 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.6 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg7.4 
 5. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.2 
 6. Aminu, Chalon7.1 
 7. Armstrong, AS.6.9 
 8. Vebobe, Cholet6.6 
 9. Falker, Cholet6.5 
 10. Labeyrie, Hyeres-.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.5 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.4 
 3. Wise, Le Havre5.6 
 4. Linehan, Nancy5.4 
 5. Pellin, Orleans5.1 
 6. Dixon, Dijon4.9 
 7. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 8. Schilb, Chalon4.7 
 9. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.6 
 10. Albicy, Gravelines4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.5 
 2. Linehan, Nancy2.0 
 3. Wise, Le Havre2.0 
 4. Pellin, Orleans1.9 
 5. Riley, Nanterre1.9 
 6. Melody, Dijon1.8 
 7. Acker, Le Mans1.7 
 8. Fournier, Poitiers1.6 
 9. Mendy, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
 10. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Cholet
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Gobert, Cholet1.3 
 2. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy1.2 
 4. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 5. Issa, Gravelines1.0 
 6. Akpomedah, Grave.1.0 
 7. Williams, Paris-.1.0 
 8. Hamilton, Paris-.1.0 
 9. Jackson, Roanne0.9 
 10. Batista, Le Mans0.8 


Standings - ProB

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

Regular Season: Round 28

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

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 7: Boulazac - Quimper
Apr. 7: Boulogne - Le Portel
Apr. 6: Bourg - Nantes
Apr. 6: Maurienne - Evreux
Apr. 6: Lille - Vichy
Apr. 7: Limoges - Chalons-Reims
Apr. 7: Rouen - Bordeaux
Apr. 7: St Vallier - Antibes
Apr. 6: Fos Ouest - Denain


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Rouen
  (189-SG-85)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Siggers, Rouen18.4 
 2. Davis, Le Portel17.6 
 3. McCray, Boulogne17.1 
 4. Brown, Maurienne16.8 
 5. Wood, Evreux16.4 
 6. Denave, St Vallier16.4 
 7. Paelay, Quimper15.8 
 8. Monroe, Boulazac15.7 
 9. Osby, Maurienne15.6 
 10. Carter, Chalons-.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Massie, Limoges11.6 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.6 
 3. Rossiter, Denain9.7 
 4. Osby, Maurienne9.6 
 5. Monroe, Boulazac9.6 
 6. Daniels, Chalons-.8.5 
 7. Barro, Bourg8.4 
 8. Badiane, Nantes8.3 
 9. Allen, Antibes8.3 
 10. Brown, Maurienne7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Taylor, Le Portel7.0 
 2. Rowland, Evreux5.5 
 3. Mullins, Chalons-.5.4 
 4. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.3 
 5. Copeland, Bourg5.3 
 6. Darrigand, Bordeaux5.1 
 7. Patiejunas, Rouen5.1 
 8. Mouillard, Quimper4.7 
 9. Denave, St Vallier4.7 
 10. Sauret, Lille4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris MCCRAY
  Boulogne
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McCray, Boulogne2.4 
 2. Charles, Nantes2.4 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.1 
 4. Paelay, Quimper1.9 
 5. Allen, Antibes1.9 
 6. Rowland, Evreux1.9 
 7. Mullins, Chalons-.1.9 
 8. Eito, Vichy1.9 
 9. Denave, St Vallier1.7 
 10. Taylor, Le Portel1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 2. Jefferson, Vichy1.6 
 3. Osby, Maurienne1.4 
 4. Ford, Bordeaux1.0 
 5. Massie, Limoges1.0 
 6. Fields, Nantes1.0 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac1.0 
 8. Daniels, Chalons-.0.9 
 9. Barrett, St Vallier0.9 
 10. Barro, Bourg0.8 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Charleville 21-7 
 2. St Quentin 21-7 
 3. Orchy 20-8 
 4. Souffel 20-8 
 5. Roche 19-9 
 6. Cognac 18-10 
 7. Blois 18-10 
 8. Sorgues 16-12 
 9. Brest 15-13 
 10. Lievin 14-14 
 11. Angers BC 49 14-14 
 12. Challans 14-14 
 13. Rueil 12-16 
 14. Chartres 11-17 
 15. Clermont 8-20 
 16. Montbrison 5-23 
 17. Le Puy 4-24 
 18. CFBB 2-26 

Regular Season: Round 28

Mar. 31: Sorgues - Challans 87-74
Mar. 30: Angers BC 49 - Clermont 83-78 OT
Mar. 31: Montbrison - CFBB 81-41
Mar. 31: Brest - Le Puy 76-68
Mar. 31: Orchy - Blois 69-63
Mar. 31: Chartres - Rueil 66-76
Mar. 31: Cognac - St Quentin 59-80
Mar. 31: Charleville - Roche 56-79
Mar. 30: Lievin - Souffel 45-53

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 3: CFBB - Charleville
Apr. 3: Clermont - Montbrison
Apr. 3: St Quentin - Angers BC 49
Apr. 3: Blois - Cognac
Apr. 3: Le Puy - Souffel
Apr. 3: Roche - Sorgues
Apr. 3: Challans - Chartres
Apr. 3: Orchy - Lievin
Apr. 3: Rueil - Brest


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.5 
 2. Bigote, Cognac17.2 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.1 
 4. Petrovic, Orchy16.9 
 5. Pearson, Angers B.16.8 
 6. Almanson, Challans16.6 
 7. Bluntt, Orchy15.8 
 8. Herard, Challans15.8 
 9. Thomas, Roche15.7 
 10. Belser, Charlevil.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.8 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.1 
 3. Caskill, Cognac10.0 
 4. Pearson, Angers B.9.0 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin8.3 
 6. Cabarkapa, Rueil8.0 
 7. Avramovic, Chart.8.0 
 8. Pridotkas, Brest7.9 
 9. Lesieu, St Quentin7.8 
 10. Toney, Charleville7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.6 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.2 
 3. Daube, Le Puy4.7 
 4. Godin, Cognac4.6 
 5. Tillon, Montbrison4.6 
 6. Ball, St Quentin4.6 
 7. Barbry, Orchy4.5 
 8. Brochard, Blois4.5 
 9. Dessart, Lievin4.4 
 10. Cortey, Clermont4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.2 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.1 
 3. Pistre, Charleville2.0 
 4. Bichard, St Quentin1.8 
 5. Ball, St Quentin1.8 
 6. Daube, Le Puy1.7 
 7. Dessart, Lievin1.6 
 8. Merie, Chartres1.6 
 9. Godin, Cognac1.6 
 10. Bigote, Cognac1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Alingue, Souffel1.8 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.6 
 3. Caskill, Cognac1.5 
 4. Davis, Blois1.4 
 5. Morin, CFBB1.3 
 6. Traore, Angers B.1.3 
 7. Sanborn, Lievin1.3 
 8. Diame, Rueil1.2 
 9. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 
 10. Tornato, Blois1.0 


Brown's double-double lands him ProB Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News

27-year old power forward Wilbert Brown (199-PF-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) put on an amazing game in the last round for Maurienne and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had a double-double of 34 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Bordeaux (#8, 15-13) in overtime 116-108. Maurienne is placed at 4th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Maurienne will need more victories to improve their 18-10 record. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Maurienne's top player in his first season with the team. Niagara University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.8ppg) and averages solid 54.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86). He is American-DR Congolese in his first season at Maurienne. In the last game Osby recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Maurienne cruised to a 116-108 overtime win over the lower-ranked Bordeaux (#8, 15-13). This victory allowed Maurienne to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 18-10 record is not bad at all. Osby is a newcomer at Maurienne and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.6ppg (#9). He also registered 9.6 boards per game. Former University of Maryland star Osby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Drake Reed (192-F-87) of Evreux (#12). Reed scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Reed's great performance Evreux lost 71-82 to the higher-ranked Limoges (#1, 22-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Evreux ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Reed could help Evreux to bring them higher in the standings. Reed has a very solid season. In 10 games in France he scored 16.7ppg. He also has 6.0rpg and FGP: 56.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Adam McCoy (195-G-86) of Quimper - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85) of Evreux - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jerald Fields (201-F/C-82) of Nantes - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84) of Bourg - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kyle McAlarney (185-G-87) of Limoges - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Denain - 20 points and 11 rebounds
10. Steffon Bradford (199-F/C-78) of Lille - 18 points and 13 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)



Lamont Hamilton claims French ProA weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News

American Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Paris-Levallois and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 27-year old had a double-double of 22 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat ASVEL (#12, 10-14) 86-73. Paris-Levallois maintains the 6th position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Paris-Levallois will need more victories to improve their 15-9 record. In the team's last game Hamilton had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Paris-Levallois, through which he has constantly improved. St.John's University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hamilton is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.1ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 8.3rpg) and averages solid 58.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Paris-Levallois' star - 28-year old American forward Jawad Williams (204-F-83). Williams impressed basketball fans with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as Paris-Levallois lost that game 77-83 to the higher-ranked Chalon (#2, 20-4). Paris-Levallois managed to keep the same 6th spot in Round 22. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Williams is a newcomer at Paris-Levallois and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.2ppg (#3). He also registered 4.7 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was international guard Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) of Cholet (#9). Causeur scored 23 points and passed six assists. Despite Causeur's great performance Cholet lost 72-78 to the higher-ranked Nancy (#4, 16-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Cholet ranking at the top of , however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Causeur could help Cholet to bring them higher in the standings. Causeur has a great season in France. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.2ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marc Judith (192-G-87) of Nanterre - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Paris-Levallois - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89) of Chalon - 21 points and 2 assists
7. Alex Acker (196-G-83) of Le Mans - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. John Linehan (175-G-78) of Nancy - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Kim Tillie (210-F-88) of ASVEL - 18 points and 6 rebounds
10. John Cox (195-G-81) of Le Havre - 8 points, 4 rebounds and 11 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)



Julien Lesieu claims French NM1 weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News

Julien Lesieu (199-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best St Quentin and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 24 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team crushed Cognac (#6, 18-10) with 21-point margin 80-59. St Quentin maintains the 2nd position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. St Quentin will need more victories to improve their 21-7 record. Lesieu has many years of experience at St Quentin, through which he has constantly improved. Lesieu has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 56.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84) of Brest. Pridotkas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Brest cruised to a 76-68 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Le Puy (#17, 4-24). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Brest managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pridotkas is well-known by Brest fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#3). He also registered 7.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) of Angers BC 49 (#11). Pearson scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Angers BC 49, leading his team to a 83-78overtime win against the lower-ranked Clermont (#15, 8-20). Angers BC 49 needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 14 lost games. Pearson has a great season in France. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 9.0rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Djordje Petrovic (202-F-84) of Orchy - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Guillaume Merie (198-F-83) of Chartres - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Karim Gourari (195-F-89) of Rueil - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Regis Aubry (199-F-82) of Montbrison - 19 points and 7 rebounds
8. Josh Almanson (205-F-82) of Challans - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Blois - 19 points and 8 rebounds
10. Roderick Pegon (199-G-77) of Roche - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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



NM1 Round 28: Leader Charleville-Mezieres lose to Roche - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NM1 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds.

Top ranked Charleville-Mezieres (21-7) recorded its seventh loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by seventh ranked Roche (19-9) 79-56. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Charleville-Mezieres. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-56. Roche dominated on the defensive end, holding Charleville-Mezieres to just 4 points in second quarter. Roche forced 21 Charleville-Mezieres turnovers and outrebounded them 36-22 including 28 on the defensive glass. Guard Roderick Pegon (199-G-77) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Moustafa Diallo (200-86) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Roche have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with St Quentin. Roche are looking forward to face Sorgues (#8) at home in the next round. Charleville-Mezieres will play against CFBB (#18) in Paris and is hoping to win this game.
Fifteenth-ranked Stade Clermont (8-20) made lots of trouble for twelfth ranked Angers BC 49 (14-14). Angers BC 49 managed to secure only five-point victory 83-78. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Tony Ramphort contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Angers BC 49's coach Jacky Perigois allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Marcus Jackson (202-82, college: Marquette) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for Stade Clermont. Angers BC 49 moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Lievin and Challans. Stade Clermont lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Angers BC 49 will play against league's second-placed Saint-Quentin on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Stade Clermont will play against Montbrison (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Cognac supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Saint-Quentin (21-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Cognac (18-10). Saint-Quentin smashed Cognac 80-59 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cognac. Worth to mention a great performance of Julien Lesieu who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds. At the losing side Cedric Bertorelle responded with 19 points. Cognac's coach Philippe Maucourant gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Saint-Quentin have a solid three-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Charleville lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Newly promoted Cognac keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Blois. Saint-Quentin will meet at home Angers BC 49 (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cognac will play against Blois (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Montbrison. Local Montbrison (5-23) outscored 18th ranked CFBB (2-26) 81-41. The winners were led by Kevin Mondesir who scored that evening 18 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. Newly promoted Montbrison maintains sixteenth position with 5-23 record. CFBB lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Montbrison's next round opponent will be higher ranked Stade Clermont (#15) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. CFBB will play against the league's leader Charleville-Mezieres having rather not much hope for a victory.

Rest of the games of round 28 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Rueil defeated Chartres in a road game 76-66. Sorgues beat Challans at home 87-74. Souffel won against Lievin on the opponent's court 53-45. Brest managed to outperform Le Puy in a home game 76-68. Blois recorded a loss to Orchy on the road 69-63.


Chartres - Rueil 66-76

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked Rueil and 13th ranked Chartres had identical 11-16 record. But Chartres was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Rueil 76-66. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Rueil had a 35-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by forward Karim Gourari (195-89) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Serbian center Streten Cabarkapa (204-84) supported him with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Five Rueil players scored in double figures. Even 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) did not help to save the game for Chartres. Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Rueil (12-16) moved-up to thirteenth place. Chartres at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. Rueil's next round opponent will be higher ranked Etendard de Brest (#9) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Chartres will play against Vendee Challans (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rueil: M.Diame 16+5reb, K.Gourari 13+12reb+4ast, M.Niakate 12+5reb+2ast, S.Cabarkapa 11+7reb+3ast, G.Mdivani 11+3reb+5ast, C.Mansare 6+5reb
Chartres: G.Merie 24+7reb+4ast, L.Avramovic 13+5reb+3ast, M.Vasic 12+6reb+2ast, G.Lemon 5+2reb+1ast, A.Barakaou 4+1reb+1ast, W.Berquier 3+2reb
gschID: 147162


Sorgues - Challans 87-74

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Sorgues (16-12) defeated at home 10th ranked Vendee Challans (14-14) 87-74. Sorgues players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The winners were led by forward Vincent Ateba (195-85, college: Missouri So.) who scored that evening 14 points and 8 assists and guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) supported him with 17 points and 4 assists. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) by American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) did not help to save the game for Vendee Challans. Guard Julien Geay (193-85) added 11 points and 5 assists for lost side. Five Sorgues and four Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. Vendee Challans' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sorgues maintains eighth position with 16-12 record. Vendee Challans at the other side keeps the tenth place with 14 games lost. Sorgues' next round opponent will be higher ranked Roche (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Vendee Challans will play against Chartres (#14).
Top scorers:
Sorgues: A.Thinon 17+4ast, X.Pasut 14+3reb, V.Ateba 14+4reb+8ast, S.Mekdad 11+2reb+2ast, D.Griffin 10+5reb+2ast, D.Quincy-Jones 8+4ast
Challans: J.Almanson 19+6reb+2ast, N.Gouacide 12, F.Herard 11+3reb+2ast, J.Geay 11+5ast, S.Girma 7+1reb+1ast, D.Radojevic 5+1reb
gschID: 147163


Charleville - Roche 56-79

Top ranked Charleville-Mezieres (21-7) recorded its seventh loss at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by seventh ranked Roche (19-9) 79-56. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Charleville-Mezieres. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-56. Roche dominated on the defensive end, holding Charleville-Mezieres to just 4 points in second quarter. Roche forced 21 Charleville-Mezieres turnovers and outrebounded them 36-22 including 28 on the defensive glass. Guard Roderick Pegon (199-77) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Moustafa Diallo (200-86) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Roche players scored in double figures. American forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Roche have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with St Quentin. Roche are looking forward to face Sorgues (#8) at home in the next round. Charleville-Mezieres will play against CFBB (#18) in Paris and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Roche: M.Diallo 18+6reb+2ast, R.Pegon 16+8reb+3ast, B.Thomas 14+5ast, A.Toto N'Kote 14+6reb+2ast, L.Simmons 8+8reb+1ast, S.Hermenier 7+7reb+2ast
Charleville: C.Belser 14+8reb, T.Toney 13+4reb+3ast, D.Pistre 11+1reb+4ast, F.Calvez 6+2reb+3ast, C.Guillarme 6+1reb+1ast, N.Racon 3+1reb
gschID: 147159


Lievin - Souffel 45-53

Very expected game when 11th ranked Lievin Basket (14-14) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Souffelweyersheim (20-8) 53-45. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lievin Basket won third quarter 13-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Souffelweyersheim dominated on the defensive end, holding Lievin Basket to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Souffelweyersheim brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. The winners were led by swingman Jessie Begarin (190-88, agency: Court Side) who scored that evening 11 points and naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) supported him with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Even 12 points and 6 rebounds by forward Aude Pierre-Joseph (194-79) did not help to save the game for Lievin Basket. American center Tyler Sanborn (209-88, college: Guilford, agency: Strategic Sports) added 9 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Souffelweyersheim have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Orchy. Lievin Basket lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. Souffelweyersheim's next round opponent will be Le Puy ASMB (#17) in Le Puy en Velay which should be an easy win for them. Lievin Basket will play on the road against Orchesien BC (#3) in Orchies.
Top scorers:
Souffel: J.Begarin 11+4reb+2ast, J.Alingue 9+8reb, M.M'Bodji 8+1reb+1ast, F.Broliron 7+1reb+4ast, J.Bach 7+1reb, J.Tschamber 5+7reb+3ast
Lievin: A.Pierre-Joseph 12+6reb+2ast, T.Sanborn 9+8reb+1ast, J.Dessart 9+3reb+4ast, M.Hachi 4+2reb+2ast, S.Cretaux 3+3reb+1ast, V.Mendy 3+6reb
gschID: 147160


Montbrison - CFBB 81-41

The game with biggest result difference took place in Montbrison. Local Montbrison (5-23) outscored 18th ranked CFBB (2-26) 81-41. The game without a history. Montbrison led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CFBB to just 5 points in fourth quarter and to 14 points in second half. Montbrison dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 22. They outrebounded CFBB 41-26 including 30 on the defensive glass. Montbrison players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by CFBB's players. The winners were led by forward Kevin Mondesir (203-91) who scored that evening 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Regis Aubry (199-82) supported him with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Even 8 points by guard Boris Dallo (193-94) did not help to save the game for CFBB. Guard Anthony Racine (190-94) added 6 points and 4 assists for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Montbrison maintains sixteenth position with 5-23 record. CFBB lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Montbrison's next round opponent will be higher ranked Stade Clermont (#15) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. CFBB will play against the league's leader Charleville-Mezieres having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Montbrison: R.Aubry 19+7reb+1ast, K.Mondesir 18+8reb+2ast, J.St Robert 16+8reb+2ast, C.Pegon 7+4reb+5ast, G.Filet 5, S.Salvis 5+1reb+2ast
CFBB: B.Dallo 8+3reb+2ast, L.Paoletti 6, A.Racine 6+2reb+4ast, D.Inglis 5+1reb+2ast, C.Pontens 5+1reb+1ast, A.Chassang 3+7reb+1ast
gschID: 147161


Angers BC 49 - Clermont 83-78 OT

Fifteenth-ranked Stade Clermont (8-20) made lots of trouble for twelfth ranked Angers BC 49 (14-14). Angers BC 49 managed to secure only five-point victory 83-78. However their fans expected easier game. Stade Clermont was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 19-15 charge of Angers BC 49, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 11-6. Angers BC 49 brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Stade Clermont was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Tony Ramphort (176-82) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Angers BC 49's coach Jacky Perigois allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Marcus Jackson (202-82, college: Marquette) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Xavier Delarue (196-77) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Stade Clermont. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Angers BC 49 moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Lievin and Challans. Stade Clermont lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Angers BC 49 will play against league's second-placed Saint-Quentin on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Stade Clermont will play against Montbrison (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: T.Pearson 21+10reb+2ast, T.Ramphort 15+5reb+2ast, P.Drouault 15+4reb, O.Sulpice 10+4reb+4ast, S.Traore 9+8reb+1ast, A.Fellah 7+6reb+5ast
Clermont: S.Naydenov 15+2reb+1ast, X.Delarue 14+6reb+2ast, M.Jackson 14+12reb+2ast, B.Matanga 12+3reb+2ast, M.Diakite 12+7reb, J.Beugnot 8+8reb+2ast
gschID: 147155


Cognac - St Quentin 59-80

The game in Cognac supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Saint-Quentin (21-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Cognac (18-10). Saint-Quentin smashed Cognac 80-59 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cognac. The game was mostly controlled by Saint-Quentin. Cognac managed to win third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint-Quentin dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Cognac's 24. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 17 rebounds and naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) who added 12 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Cedric Bertorelle (198-78) responded with 19 points and guard Jonathan Godin (185-82) scored 14 points and 6 assists. Cognac's coach Philippe Maucourant gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Saint-Quentin have a solid three-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Charleville lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Newly promoted Cognac keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Blois. Saint-Quentin will meet at home Angers BC 49 (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cognac will play against Blois (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: J.Lesieu 24+17reb+1ast, O.Romain 14+1reb+3ast, J.Ball 12+1reb+6ast, D.Williams 10+2reb+2ast, A.Rambur 9+5reb+1ast, K.Howell 5+2reb+4ast
Cognac: C.Bertorelle 19+2reb+3ast, J.Godin 14+4reb+6ast, M.Bigote 9+4reb+2ast, I.Saounera 8+4reb+4ast, I.Caskill 3+5reb+3ast, M.Buval 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 147156


Brest - Le Puy 76-68

Very predictable result when tenth ranked Etendard de Brest (15-13) beat at home 17th ranked Le Puy ASMB (4-24) 76-68. Le Puy ASMB was ahead by 8 points at the halftime before a 39-23 second half run of Etendard de Brest. They outrebounded Le Puy ASMB 50-22 including a 22-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Johan Rathieuville (177-85) supported him with 8 points and 10 assists. Even 15 points and 7 assists by guard Adrien Daube (193-89) did not help to save the game for Le Puy ASMB. Central African forward Martial Gotagni (190-79) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Five Le Puy ASMB players scored in double figures. Etendard de Brest moved-up to ninth place. Le Puy ASMB lost twelfth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 24 games lost. Etendard de Brest's next round opponent will be Rueil (#13) on the road. Le Puy ASMB will play against Souffelweyersheim (#4) in Souffel..
Top scorers:
Brest: V.Pridotkas 26+14reb+1ast, Z.Alao 17+1ast, A.Liorel 9+3reb+1ast, J.Rathieuville 8+2reb+10ast, J.Lupot 8+5reb+1ast, B.Vounang 5+10reb
Le Puy: A.Daube 15+4reb+7ast, R.Wilson 12+4reb+2ast, G.Sene 12+1reb+1ast, M.Gotagni 12+5reb+1ast, Y.Smail 10+3reb+1ast, S.Borval 7+4reb
gschID: 147157


Orchy - Blois 69-63

Not a big story in a game in Orchies where 7th ranked Blois (18-10) was defeated by fourth ranked Orchesien BC (20-8) 69-63. The hosts were ahead by 12 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 22-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) who scored that evening 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Romain Malet (192-84) supported him with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Orchesien BC's coach Philippe Namyst used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 19 points and 8 rebounds by Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) did not help to save the game for Blois. American forward Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) added 13 points for lost side. Four Blois players scored in double figures. Orchesien BC moved-up to third place, which they share with Souffel. Blois at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Orchesien BC's next round opponent will be Lievin Basket (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. Blois will play against Cognac (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Orchy: D.Petrovic 20+8reb+2ast, R.Malet 13+5reb+4ast, J.Verbeke 10+7reb+1ast, L.Bomayako 6+1reb, A.Belkessa 6+2reb+2ast, O.Gouez 6+2reb
Blois: V.Kaunisto 19+8reb, D.Davis 13+4reb+3ast, P.Brochard 11+3reb+2ast, T.Sani 10+2reb+1ast, M.Sy 6+5reb, B.Recoura 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 147158



ProB Round 28: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, few extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

ProB round 28 caused change at the leadership position. Seventh defeat of league's leader Boulazac Basket (21-7) against third ranked Chalons-Reims (19-9) 90-69 was the most important game of the last round. The game without a history. Chalons-Reims led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Irish point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 assists. American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Two Points) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Boulazac Basket. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chalons-Reims maintains third position with 19-9 record having just three points less than leader Limoges. Boulazac Basket at the other side dropped to the second place with seven games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Limoges. Boulazac Basket will play next round against Quimper UJAP trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Chalons-Reims will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Limoges CSP Elite on the road.

Other games in round 28 were not that significant. St Vallier beat Denain on the road 82-81. Evreux lost to Limoges on its own court 71-82. Rouen managed to outperform Fos Ouest in a road game 83-66. Le Portel recorded a loss to Bourg at home 68-76. Boulogne defeated Nantes on the opponent's court 83-77. Antibes beat Vichy in a home game 73-57.
The most impressive performance of 28th round was 34 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds by Wilbert Brown of Maurienne.


Chalons-Reims - Boulazac 90-69

ProB round 28 caused change at the leadership position. Seventh defeat of league's leader Boulazac Basket (21-7) against third ranked Chalons-Reims (19-9) 90-69 was the most important game of the last round. The game without a history. Chalons-Reims led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Irish point guard Bryan Mullins (185-87, college: S.Illinois) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 assists. American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. American power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Two Points) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import Amadi McKenzie (201-86) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Boulazac Basket. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Chalons-Reims maintains third position with 19-9 record having just three points less than leader Limoges. Boulazac Basket at the other side dropped to the second place with seven games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Limoges. Boulazac Basket will play next round against Quimper UJAP trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Chalons-Reims will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Limoges CSP Elite on the road.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: R.Mels 17+4reb+4ast, N.Carter 16+5reb+1ast, B.Mullins 16+4reb+7ast, C.Daniels 12+12reb+3ast, E.Plateau 9+2reb+1ast, K.Joss-Rauze 7+1reb+3ast
Boulazac: D.Monroe 21+8reb+2ast, A.McKenzie 17+9reb+2ast, R.Ayers 8+4reb+1ast, M.Cheriet 6+4reb, S.Njoya 5+4reb+2ast, Y.Gaillou 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 140147


Quimper - Lille 81-77 OT

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Top scorers:
Quimper: A.McCoy 26+9reb+2ast, P.Paelay 22+4reb+3ast, G.Lessort 10+4reb, V.Mouillard 9+4reb+5ast, W.Molas 7+4reb, A.Salmon 5+6reb
Lille: S.Bradford 18+13reb, S.Smith 18+10reb+4ast, M.Tensorer 11+1reb+2ast, C.Marshall 10+1ast, J.Sauret 7+2reb+3ast, A.Rigaux 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 140148


Denain - St Vallier 81-82

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Saint Vallier (13-15) edged on the road 15th ranked Denain Voltaire (10-18) 82-81 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 16-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for naturalized Mali power forward Dramane Diarra (203-80, college: Kansas St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds. American LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Saint Vallier's coach Laurent Pluvy used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Denain Voltaire. Five Saint Vallier and four Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. Saint Vallier moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Denain Voltaire lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Saint Vallier will face Olympique Antibes (#10) at home in the next round. Denain Voltaire will play against Fos Ouest (#5).
Top scorers:
St Vallier: L.Prowell 19+5reb, D.Diarra 18+5reb+1ast, S.Barrett 14+3reb, F.Tortosa 12+3reb+3ast, K.Shiloh 10+8reb+5ast, D.Denave 7+2reb+1ast
Denain: R.Rossiter 20+11reb, N.Rohnert 14+3reb+3ast, L.Kante 14+4reb+1ast, J.James 13+7reb+1ast, F.Minet 8+1reb, A.Aboubakar Zaki 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 151908


Evreux - Limoges 71-82

Very expected game when 9th ranked ALM Evreux (13-15) lost at home to second ranked Limoges CSP Elite (22-6) 82-71 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Limoges CSP Elite. ALM Evreux was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Limoges CSP Elite especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. It was a very good performance for American guard Kyle McAlarney (185-87, college: Notre Dame) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Raphael Desroses (199-80) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. Limoges CSP Elite's coach Frederic Sarre used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Drake Reed (192-87, college: Austin Peay St.) added 23 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for ALM Evreux. Limoges CSP Elite keeps a position of league leader. Loser ALM Evreux keeps the ninth place with 15 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face Chalons-Reims (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. ALM Evreux will play against Aix-Maurienne (#4) in Aix-les-Bains.
Top scorers:
Limoges: K.McAlarney 22+3reb+5ast, R.Desroses 16+6reb+6ast, L.Milbourne 16+1reb+2ast, C.Massie 11+12reb+1ast, N.Boungou Colo 9+2ast, J.Mipoka 4+1reb+1ast
Evreux: D.Reed 23+6reb+3ast, J.Wood 19+11reb+3ast, A.Rowland 12+1reb+3ast, S.Ho You Fat 9+1reb+1ast, L.Konate 8+3reb+2ast, G.Florimont 0+2reb
gschID: 140142


Fos Ouest - Rouen 66-83

There was a surprise result when sixteenth ranked SPO Rouen (10-18) won against on the road higher ranked Fos Ouest (18-10) 83-66 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by SPO Rouen. Fos Ouest was better in fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 30-of-36 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Fos Ouest was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American Jason Siggers (189-85, college: Albany) who helped to win the game recording 25 points. Guard Pierric Poupet (191-84) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. American Bill Clark (195-88, college: Duquesne) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Richard Roby (198-85) added 18 points in the effort for Fos Ouest. SPO Rouen moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Denain and Le Portel. Loser Fos Ouest keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. SPO Rouen will face higher ranked Bordeaux (#8) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fos Ouest will play against Denain Voltaire (#15).
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Siggers 25+3reb+1ast, P.Poupet 18+4reb+2ast, S.Dia 12+1reb, A.Dunn 11+7reb, T.Maizeroi 8+6reb+2ast, C.Bronchard 4+4reb
Fos Ouest: R.Roby 18+4reb+3ast, S.Gay 17+6reb, B.Clark 12+12reb+3ast, E.Choquet 8+3ast, W.Soliman 4+3reb, S.Giffa 4+4reb
gschID: 140143


Maurienne - Bordeaux 116-108 OT

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Top scorers:
Maurienne: W.Brown 34+12reb+3ast, B.Osby 24+13reb+3ast, D.Tucker 19+4reb, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 15+3reb+2ast, G.Clerc 7+3reb+1ast, S.Darnauzan 7+1reb+9ast
Bordeaux: K.Cunningham 22+8reb+2ast, J.Ford 21+3reb+1ast, G.Darrigand 18+1reb+9ast, O.Bassett 15+5reb+3ast, S.Driss 13+2reb+5ast, J.Nzeulie 11+3reb+1ast
gschID: 140144


Le Portel - Bourg 68-76

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Le Portel (10-18) lost at home to twelfth ranked JL Bourg (13-15) 76-68 on Friday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 45-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. JL Bourg made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. The former international swingman Cedric Ferchaud (195-80) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four JL Bourg players scored in double figures. American point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists and his fellow American import power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Le Portel. JL Bourg moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Le Portel lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. JL Bourg will face Nantes (#13) at home in the next round. Le Portel will play against SO Maritime Boulogne.
Top scorers:
Bourg: O.Barro 18+8reb+2ast, C.Ferchaud 18+4reb, J.Baxter 10+4reb+4ast, O.Da Silveira 10+9reb, R.Chery 7+3reb+1ast, I.Koma 5+1reb
Le Portel: R.Taylor 15+6reb+12ast, C.Davis 12+6reb+2ast, N.Wyatte 11+9reb+3ast, J.Ludon 9, B.Mangin 9, I.Sy 5+3reb
gschID: 140145


Nantes - Boulogne 77-83

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (15-13) defeated on the road 13th ranked Nantes (12-16) 83-77 on Friday. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 27-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Nantes was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for naturalized Portuguese power forward Fernando Raposo Laurencio (206-89) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward James Mathis (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) replied with 23 points and 4 assists and Nicolas Gayon (190-82) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Nantes. Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SO Maritime Boulogne moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bordeaux and Lille. Loser Nantes keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face Le Portel (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Nantes will play against JL Bourg.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: F.Raposo Laurencio 20+9reb, J.Mathis 17+8reb+1ast, C.McCray 13+6reb+3ast, J.Rousselle 9+1reb+2ast, J.Leria 8+3reb, Z.Bah 7+3reb+2ast
Nantes: J.Fields 23+3reb+4ast, N.Gayon 14+5reb+2ast, E.Mendy 10+5reb+2ast, O.Bardet 9+4reb+1ast, M.Drame 6+2reb+1ast, J.Douillet 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 140146


Antibes - Vichy 73-57

There was no surprise when 17th ranked JA Vichy (7-21) lost on the road to eleventh ranked Olympique Antibes (13-15) 73-57 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Olympique Antibes. JA Vichy was better in third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Senegalese center Moussa Badiane (205-81, college: E.Carolina) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Olympique Antibes' coach Julien Espinosa used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Marvin Jefferson (206-86, college: Idaho) replied with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks and American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) added 14 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for JA Vichy. Olympique Antibes moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser JA Vichy dropped to the eighteenth position with 21 games lost. Olympique Antibes will face Saint Vallier (#11) on the road in the next round. JA Vichy will play against Lille Metropole (#7) and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Antibes: J.Allen 17+7reb+1ast, B.Monclar 12+1reb, M.Badiane 10+5reb+3ast, F.Prenom 8+7reb, L.Bengaber 8+3reb+4ast, M.Courby 7+3reb
Vichy: M.Jefferson 15+5reb+1ast, E.Craven 14+3reb+2ast, O.Ikuesan 13, S.Dondon 7+3reb+2ast, A.Eito 4+3reb+5ast, W.Aka 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 140141



ProA Round 24: Gravelines-Dunkerque edges Strasbourg IG by one point - by Eurobasket News

Eleventh-ranked Strasbourg IG (10-14) made lots of trouble for first ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (21-3) on Saturday. The visitors from Gravelines managed to secure only one-point victory 66-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 21-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Juby Johnson (196-81, college: Miami, OH) who scored 18 points. The other American import power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) chipped in 14 points. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) who recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-3 record. Strasbourg IG at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with ASVEL and Nanterre. Gravelines-Dunkerque are looking forward to face Sluc Nancy (#4) at home in the next round. Strasbourg IG will play against STB Le Havre (#14) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Roanne. Third ranked Entente Orleans 45 (16-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Chorale de Roanne (12-12) 69-66 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chorale de Roanne. It was a good game for American guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led his team to a victory with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Amara Sy contributed with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American swingman John Holland (195-88, college: Boston U.) replied with 17 points for Chorale de Roanne. Entente Orleans 45 maintains third position with 16-8 record having five points less than leader Gravelines, which they share with Le Mans and Nancy. Chorale de Roanne at the other side keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will play against JDA Dijon (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Chorale de Roanne will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Levallois was also quite interesting. Second ranked Chalon/Saor (20-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Paris-Levallois (15-9). Chalon/Saor managed to secure a 6-point victory 83-77 on Tuesday. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of Blake Schilb who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Chalon/Saor's coach Gregor Beugnot allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Lamont Hamilton with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Chalon/Saor maintains second position with 20-4 record behind leader Gravelines. Paris-Levallois lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost. Chalon/Saor will meet at home JSF Nanterre (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Paris-Levallois will play against Poitiers (#13) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Le Havre. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked JDA Dijon (11-13) to fourteenth ranked STB Le Havre (8-16) 68-66 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by John Cox who scored that evening 8 points and 11 assists. STB Le Havre moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Poitiers. Newly promoted JDA Dijon keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. STB Le Havre's next round opponent will be higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#10) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Toulon. Local Hyeres-Toulon (2-22) was outscored by second ranked Chalon/Saor (20-4) 98-69 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Malcolm Delaney who scored 21 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Chalon/Saor's coach Gregor Beugnot felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Chalon/Saor maintains second position with 20-4 record behind leader Gravelines. Hyeres-Toulon lost sixteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Chalon/Saor will face JSF Nanterre (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against ASVEL (#12) in Villeurbanne.

Rest of the games of round 24 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez was defeated by Nanterre in a road game 90-77. Cholet lost to defending champion Nancy at home 72-78. ASVEL lost to Paris-Levallois on the opponent's court 73-86. Poitiers unfortunately lost to Le Mans in a home game 75-83. Roanne rolled over Hyeres-Toulon on the road 85-60.




Roanne - Orleans 66-69

Important game to mention about took place in Roanne. Third ranked Entente Orleans 45 (16-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Chorale de Roanne (12-12) 69-66 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chorale de Roanne. Chorale de Roanne was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was a good game for American guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who led his team to a victory with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) contributed with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American swingman John Holland (195-88, college: Boston U.) replied with 17 points and naturalized Ivorian point guard Mouloukou Diabate (183-87) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Chorale de Roanne. Entente Orleans 45 maintains third position with 16-8 record having five points less than leader Gravelines, which they share with Le Mans and Nancy. Chorale de Roanne at the other side keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Entente Orleans 45 will play against JDA Dijon (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Chorale de Roanne will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Roanne: J.Holland 17+3reb+3ast, M.Diabate 14+3reb+4ast, R.Jackson 12+7reb, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 8+8reb, R.Wright 8+2reb+3ast, D.Page 5+10reb+2ast
Orleans: M.Pellin 17+1reb+1ast, C.Banks 12+6reb+4ast, A.Sy 9+6reb+5ast, D.Monds 8+2reb+1ast, B.Greene 8+3reb+2ast, M.N'Doye 6+1ast


gschID: 133678


Strasbourg - Gravelines 65-66

Eleventh-ranked Strasbourg IG (10-14) made lots of trouble for first ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (21-3) on Saturday. The visitors from Gravelines managed to secure only one-point victory 66-65. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 21-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Juby Johnson (196-81, college: Miami, OH) who scored 18 points. The other American import power forward J.K. Edwards (202-82, college: UNLV) chipped in 14 points. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) who recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) added 13 points respectively. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 21-3 record. Strasbourg IG at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with ASVEL and Nanterre. Gravelines-Dunkerque are looking forward to face Sluc Nancy (#4) at home in the next round. Strasbourg IG will play against STB Le Havre (#14) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: R.Greer 16+8reb+1ast, A.Ajinca 13+4reb+2ast, C.Oliver 10+3reb+3ast, A.M'Baye 9+3reb+5ast, K.Anderson 7+4reb+4ast, M.Zianveni 4+6reb
Gravelines: J.Johnson 18+3reb, J.Edwards 14+2reb+2ast, L.Vaty 9+6reb+2ast, Y.Bokolo 9+5reb+2ast, R.Jomby 5+3reb, A.Albicy 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 133679


Nanterre - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 90-77

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (6-18) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked JSF Nanterre (10-14) 90-77 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 25-6 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. JSF Nanterre dominated on the defensive end, holding Pau-Lacq-Orthez to just 6 points in third quarter. They made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. JSF Nanterre forced 22 Pau-Lacq-Orthez turnovers. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Marc Judith (192-87) who scored 21 points. American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Allan Ray (188-84, college: Villanova) who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. Five JSF Nanterre and four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JSF Nanterre moved-up to tenth place, which they share with ASVEL and Strasbourg. Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. JSF Nanterre will face league's second-placed Chalon/Saor on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Chorale de Roanne (#7).
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: A.Ray 17+5reb+2ast, A.Mendy 13+5reb+1ast, C.Marquis 12+1reb, T.Gipson 12+4reb+4ast, F.Lesca 7+1reb+1ast, J.Morency 7+3reb
Nanterre: M.Judith 21+2reb+2ast, W.Daniels 13+3reb+2ast, S.Brun 13+5reb+1ast, M.Riley 12+5reb+7ast, R.Covile 11+9reb, L.Akono 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 133680


Cholet - Nancy 72-78

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Sluc Nancy (16-8) defeated on the road 9th ranked Cholet (11-13) 78-72 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 28-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sluc Nancy made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was Nigerian center Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. American guard John Linehan (175-78, college: Providence) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Five Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Fabien Causeur (193-87) who recorded 23 points and 6 assists and the former international forward William Gradit (197-82, college: Hill JC) added 18 points respectively. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Le Mans and Orleans. Loser Cholet dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Sluc Nancy will face league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cholet will play against Le Mans (#5).
Top scorers:
Cholet: F.Causeur 23+2reb+6ast, W.Gradit 18+3reb, R.Gobert 8+4reb, P.Christopher 6+2reb+3ast, R.Falker 6+4reb+1ast, L.Vebobe 5+7reb+2ast
Nancy: J.Shuler 16+3reb+2ast, A.Akingbala 15+8reb, J.Linehan 13+4reb+4ast, P.Amagou 12+1reb+2ast, V.Samnick 12+6reb+1ast, B.King 5+1ast
gschID: 133681


Hyeres-Toulon - Chalon 69-98

The game with biggest result difference took place in Toulon. Local Hyeres-Toulon (2-22) was outscored by second ranked Chalon/Saor (20-4) 98-69 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Chalon/Saor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) who scored 21 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor's coach Gregor Beugnot felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Paccelis Morlende (189-81) who recorded 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points respectively. Chalon/Saor maintains second position with 20-4 record behind leader Gravelines. Hyeres-Toulon lost sixteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Chalon/Saor will face JSF Nanterre (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against ASVEL (#12) in Villeurbanne.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: P.Morlende 18+1reb+2ast, R.Hughes 17+1reb+2ast, T.Terrell 10+4reb+3ast, M.Faye 9+3reb+3ast, K.Reid 5+2reb+7ast, S.Cisse 5
Chalon: M.Delaney 21+1reb+2ast, J.Lauvergne 17+6reb+1ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 11+5reb+2ast, A.Jordan 10+4reb+3ast, S.Tchicamboud 9+2reb+3ast, N.Lang 8+2reb+6ast
gschID: 133674


Le Havre - Dijon 68-66

A very interesting game took place in Le Havre. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked JDA Dijon (11-13) to fourteenth ranked STB Le Havre (8-16) 68-66 on Saturday evening. JDA Dijon was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 22-19 charge of STB Le Havre, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely JDA Dijon outrebounded STB Le Havre 47-33 including 35 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by JDA Dijon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) who scored that evening 8 points and 11 assists and American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds by American swingman Sean Marshall (198-85, college: Boston Coll.) did not help to save the game for JDA Dijon. His fellow American import forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) added 11 points and 10 rebounds. STB Le Havre moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Poitiers. Newly promoted JDA Dijon keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. STB Le Havre's next round opponent will be higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#10) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Dijon: S.Marshall 13+10reb+2ast, Z.Moss 11+10reb+2ast, B.Dixon 9+6reb+3ast, J.Leloup 8+5reb+1ast, A.Harris 8+3reb+2ast, D.Melody 6+1reb+3ast
Le Havre: B.Boddicker 14+7reb, G.Jenkins 13+7reb+1ast, K.Souchu 12+1reb, N.Pope 9+3reb, J.Cox 8+4reb+11ast, O.Camara 6+6reb
gschID: 133675


Paris-Levallois - ASVEL 86-73

Very expected game when 10th ranked ASVEL (10-14) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Paris-Levallois (15-9) 86-73 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Paris-Levallois shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import swingman David Noel (199-84, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Hilton Armstrong (208-84, college: Connecticut) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Kim Tillie (210-88, college: Utah, agency: Priority Sports) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Paris-Levallois maintains sixth position with 15-9 record. ASVEL lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 14 games lost. Paris-Levallois will face Poitiers (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ASVEL will play against Hyeres-Toulon.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: K.Tillie 18+6reb, H.Armstrong 17+7reb+2ast, D.Thompson 13+4reb+2ast, L.Westermann 11+2reb+6ast, E.Jackson 5+2reb+4ast, P.Lacombe 4+2reb+1ast
Paris-Levallois: L.Hamilton 22+13reb+3ast, E.Chatfield 16+3reb+5ast, J.Williams 16+1reb+2ast, D.Noel 15+6reb+4ast, T.Meacham 9+1reb+4ast, M.Morandais 4+1ast
gschID: 133676


Poitiers - Le Mans 75-83

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Le Mans (16-8) beat on the road 13th ranked Poitiers (8-16) 83-75 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Poitiers won third quarter 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine, agency: Two Points) who scored 21 points and 5 assists. Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Le Mans players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international swingman Evan Fournier (199-92) who recorded 20 points and the former international power forward Pape Badiane (207-80, college: Cleveland St.) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Poitiers' coach Rudy Nelhomme rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Mans have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Nancy and Orleans. Loser Poitiers keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Le Mans will face Cholet (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Poitiers will play against Paris-Levallois (#6).
Top scorers:
Poitiers: E.Fournier 20+4reb+2ast, P.Badiane 15+5reb+2ast, K.Younger 10+1reb+1ast, R.Wright 8+2reb+1ast, J.J.J. Miller 6+1reb+2ast, A.Dobbins 6+5reb+6ast
Le Mans: A.Acker 21+4reb+5ast, T.Rochestie 11+3reb+3ast, A.Koffi 10+3reb, J.Paulo Batista 10+8reb+1ast, M.Kouguere 9+3reb, C.Kahudi 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 133677


Round 22
Hyeres-Toulon - Roanne 60-85

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (2-22) was outplayed at home by seventh ranked Chorale de Roanne (12-12) 85-60 on Tuesday. Chorale de Roanne dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Hyeres-Toulon's 34. They outrebounded Hyeres-Toulon 38-26 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Rick Jackson (206-89, college: Syracuse) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Naturalized Ivorian point guard Mouloukou Diabate (183-87) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Five Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Thomas Terrell (201-79, college: Georgia St.) added 14 points respectively. Hyeres-Toulon's coach Alain Weisz gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Chorale de Roanne have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 12-12 record. Hyeres-Toulon lost sixteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Chorale de Roanne will face Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against ASVEL in Villeurbanne.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: T.Terrell 14+4reb+2ast, R.Hughes 14+7reb+1ast, F.Ateba 11+3reb+1ast, M.Faye 8+3reb+2ast, K.Reid 3+2reb+4ast, S.Cisse 3+1reb+1ast
Roanne: R.Jackson 16+7reb+1ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 14+5reb, M.Diabate 13+6reb+2ast, P.Braud 12+2reb+3ast, D.Page 11+5reb+1ast, R.Wright 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 171569


Paris-Levallois - Chalon 77-83

The game in Levallois was also quite interesting. Second ranked Chalon/Saor (20-4) played at the court of 6th ranked Paris-Levallois (15-9). Chalon/Saor managed to secure a 6-point victory 83-77 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 38-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) who added 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor's coach Gregor Beugnot allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. Chalon/Saor maintains second position with 20-4 record behind leader Gravelines. Paris-Levallois lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost. Chalon/Saor will meet at home JSF Nanterre (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Paris-Levallois will play against Poitiers (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: J.Williams 24+5reb+1ast, L.Hamilton 20+6reb+4ast, E.Chatfield 19+4reb+2ast, G.Oniangue 7+2reb, T.Meacham 4+5reb+5ast, D.Noel 2+5reb+4ast
Chalon: A.Aminu 18+6reb+1ast, B.Schilb 16+7reb+7ast, I.Evtimov 15+6reb+3ast, M.Delaney 13+9reb+5ast, S.Tchicamboud 8+2reb+4ast, B.Smith 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 171570



Doc Rivers hopes for Mickael Pietrus by playoffs - by Eurobasket News

There is still no word on when Mickael Pietrus (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Court Side) will be able to take the tests that will determine when he can resume playing, but Doc Rivers doesnt hold out much hope hell be on the court before the playoffs.

'I can't imagine it being any sooner', the Celtics coach said before last night's 100-79 win against Minnesota. 'When I talked to him two days ago, he was talking about next week. But he has a concussion. Thats the way I looked at the conversation. But I dont know. He may be right, but I doubt that. I would think with the severity of that injury, we would be very happy if he could return by the playoffs.'

'As for an update', Rivers said, 'He texted me today, so at least he can do that. I know that sounds crazy, but after a concussion, he couldn't have done that four days ago, so that's progress.'

Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com



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  FYR MACEDONIA   

D1 Standings

Superleague Standings
 1. MZT Skopje 22-4 
 2. Feni Indistrija 21-5 
 3. Lirija 15-11 
 4. Torus Skopje 15-11 
 5. Kumanovo 11-15 
 6. Rabotnicki 9-17 
Play Out
 1. Vardar 7-12 
 2. Kozuv 5-14 
 3. ABA Strumica 2-18 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

Mar. 17: Rabotnicki - Lirija 81-83
Mar. 17: Torus Skopje - Kumanovo 79-77
Mar. 17: Feni Indistrija - MZT Skopje 75-79

Play Out

Mar. 17: ABA Strumica - Kozuv 75-113
Mar. 29: Vardar - ABA Strumica 100-43
Mar. 31: Kozuv - Vardar


Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Dime TASOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 2. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 3. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 4. Gecevski, MZT S.16.7 
 5. Karadzovski, Torus16.4 
 6. Georgievski, Vardar15.5 
 7. Janjusevic, Kuman.15.3 
 8. Trajkovski, Torus15.1 
 9. Mikic, Kumanovo14.8 
 10. Dahlman, MZT S.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dustin MITCHELL
  Lirija
  (206-F/C-)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.7.7 
 3. Reynolds, Torus S.7.6 
 4. Dahlman, MZT S.7.3 
 5. Cekovski, MZT S.7.1 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.9 
 7. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 8. Mikic, Kumanovo6.6 
 9. Trajkovski, Torus6.5 
 10. Knezevic, Feni I.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Morban, Lirija4.5 
 2. Karadzovski, Torus3.7 
 3. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.6 
 4. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.6 
 5. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.4 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar3.3 
 7. Samardziev, Feni I.3.1 
 8. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.0 
 9. Dimitrovski, Kozuv2.9 
 10. Tomasevic, Kozuv2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.0 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 3. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 4. Tasevski, Vardar1.3 
 5. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.3 
 6. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
 7. Dimitrovski, Kozuv1.2 
 8. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.2 
 9. Filipovic, Lirija1.2 
 10. Simonovski, Feni1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Kumanovo
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 3. Trajkovski, Torus1.1 
 4. Kralevski, Vardar1.1 
 5. Avramovski, Lirija1.0 
 6. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 7. Gecevski, MZT S.0.8 
 8. Simic, Lirija0.7 
 9. Mitchell, Lirija0.7 
 10. Tasovski, Rabotni.0.7 


Playoff Semifinals: MZT Skopje and Feni Industri take 2-0 lead against their rivals - by Eurobasket News

First games of the Superleague Semifinals just ended. MZT Skopje and Feni Industri managed to beat their rivals for 2-0 lead in the series. They started with 1-0 due to better results during the regular season. The format is best-of-five.
MZT Skopje celebrated 65-60 victory against Torus. Gjorgi Cekovski (203-F/C-79, agency: New Trend Agency) stepped up for the hosts with double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Cade Davis (196-G-88, college: Oklahoma) and Ognen Stojanovski (190-G-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) followed with 11 points each. In the losing squad, Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) collected 15 points and 7 rebounds.
Feni Industri handed 84-80 loss to Lirija. The defending champion got 18 points and 7 boards from the big guy Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell), while Kiril Nikolovski (210-C/F-88) added 15 pts and 8 rebs. Balsa Radunovic (207-F/C-80) shined in loss with 22 points and 8 rebs.
Second games are scheduled for Wednesday. Torus and Lirija will be the hosts.



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  GEORGIA   

Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. Armia 18-0 
 2. Olimpi 15-3 
 3. Kutaisi 15-4 
 4. MIA Academy 11-7 
 5. Sokhumi 10-8 
 6. Dinamo Tbilisi 9-9 
 7. Samedicino 7-12 
 8. TSU Tbilisi 6-12 
 9. STU Tbilisi 5-13 
 10. Batumi 2-16 
 11. Rustavi 2-16 

Regular Season: Round 20

Mar. 31: Olimpi - Dinamo Tbilisi 92-54
Mar. 30: Batumi - Armia 87-110
Mar. 31: MIA Academy - Samedicino 83-58
Mar. 30: Kutaisi - STU Tbilisi 81-54
Mar. 31: TSU Tbilisi - Rustavi 74-78

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 5: Batumi - Rustavi
Apr. 6: Dinamo Tbilisi - STU Tbilisi
Apr. 6: Olimpi - Samedicino
Apr. 6: Armia - Sokhumi
Apr. 6: TSU Tbilisi - MIA Academy


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Blair, MIA Academy26.2 
 2. Kreps, MIA Academy23.1 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.22.4 
 4. Carter, Dinamo T.22.1 
 5. Patsatsia, Sokhumi20.9 
 6. Smith, MIA Academy18.7 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi17.6 
 8. Chikviladze, Samed.17.6 
 9. Thomas, Armia17.2 
 10. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.13.3 
 2. Patsatsia, Sokhumi10.2 
 3. Smith, MIA Academy9.5 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.9.5 
 5. Milutinovic, Olimpi9.4 
 6. Bekauri, Samedicino9.4 
 7. Hoger, Olimpi8.9 
 8. Keshelava, Batumi8.8 
 9. Machaladze, STU T.8.3 
 10. Niniashvili, TSU8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi8.6 
 2. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.9 
 3. Blair, MIA Academy6.4 
 4. Mikeladze, Batumi5.5 
 5. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.4 
 6. Artsividze, Rustavi5.1 
 7. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.8 
 8. Bakradze, Dinamo T.4.3 
 9. Kreps, MIA Academy4.1 
 10. Pashayev, Kutaisi3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.5 
 2. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.5 
 3. Ramishvili, Batumi2.5 
 4. Beruashvili, STU T.2.3 
 5. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 6. Diaz, Armia2.0 
 7. Antadze, STU T.1.9 
 8. Patsatsia, Sokhumi1.9 
 9. Chitashvili, TSU T.1.8 
 10. Chachanidze, Rus.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BEKAURI
  Samedicino
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bekauri, Samedicino2.4 
 2. Kjellbom, Armia1.6 
 3. Toudjani, MIA A.1.5 
 4. Beruashvili, STU T.1.4 
 5. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.3 
 6. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.3 
 7. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.2 
 8. Hoger, Olimpi1.1 
 9. Machaladze, STU T.1.0 
 10. Shermadini, TSU T.0.9 


Superleague Round 20: Samedicino-Academia is defeated by MIA in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

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

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#4) and Samedicino-Academia (#7). MIA (11-7) smashed visiting Samedicino-Academia (7-12) by 25 points 83-58. The game was mostly controlled by MIA. Samedicino-Academia managed to win fourth quarter 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Samedicino-Academia to just 7 points in first quarter. MIA dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Samedicino-Academia's 32. MIA forced 22 Samedicino-Academia turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Bosnian-Croatian center Alen Trepalovac (214-85, agency: World Sport Agency) who added 19 points during the contest. Guard Mikheil Chochua (193-87) responded with 15 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. MIA maintains fourth position with 11-7 record. Samedicino-Academia at the other side keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. MIA's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Olimpi (#3) and Dinamo Tbilisi (#6). Olimpi (15-3) smashed visiting Dinamo Tbilisi (9-9) by 38 points 92-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dinamo Tbilisi. The winners were led by the former international guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 24 points and 6 rebounds and Mikheil Berishvili supported him with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by swingman Duda Sanadze (196-92) did not help to save the game for Dinamo Tbilisi. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olimpi have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Olimpi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
Bottom-ranked Energy Invest managed to get a second victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked TSU in Tbilisi 78-74. The best player for the winners was Talba Toudjani who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists. Mikheil Chitashvili produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists for the hosts. TSU's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Energy Invest (2-16) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Batumi. Loser TSU keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Energy Invest will meet Batumi (#10) on the road in the next round. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
Superleague top team - Armia (18-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Batumi (2-16) 110-87. Will Thomas orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Armia's coach Kote Tugushi felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Undefeated Armia have an impressive 18-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-0 record. Batumi lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 16 games lost. Armia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Sokhumi.

In the last game of round 20 STU Tbilisi was destroyed by Kutaisi on the opponent's court 81-54.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists by Ben Woodside of Armia.


MIA Academy - Samedicino 83-58

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#4) and Samedicino-Academia (#7). MIA (11-7) smashed visiting Samedicino-Academia (7-12) by 25 points 83-58. The game was mostly controlled by MIA. Samedicino-Academia managed to win fourth quarter 21-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Samedicino-Academia to just 7 points in first quarter. MIA dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Samedicino-Academia's 32. MIA forced 22 Samedicino-Academia turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Bosnian-Croatian center Alen Trepalovac (214-85, agency: World Sport Agency) who added 19 points during the contest. Four MIA players scored in double figures. Guard Mikheil Chochua (193-87) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian power forward Nemanja Ilic (206-83) scored 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. MIA maintains fourth position with 11-7 record. Samedicino-Academia at the other side keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. MIA's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU.
Top scorers:
MIA Academy: A.Trepalovac 19+3reb, J.Tubbs 14+2reb+2ast, L.Blair 13+7reb+5ast, A.Moody 10+6reb+4ast, I.Londaridze 8+9reb+3ast, L.Lapanashvili 7+2reb+1ast
Samedicino: M.Chochua 15+8reb+1ast, N.Ilic 13+4reb+3ast, G.Pirvelashvili 9+4reb+2ast, M.Abaishvili 7+2reb+2ast, A.Dvalishvili 6+6reb, K.Tomaradze 5+2reb
gschID: 166626


TSU Tbilisi - Rustavi 74-78

Bottom-ranked Energy Invest managed to get a second victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked TSU in Tbilisi 78-74. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Energy Invest dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to TSU's 32. Energy Invest forced 19 TSU turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Cameroonian forward Talba Toudjani (201-80) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Zurabi Machavariani (192-90) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Mikheil Chitashvili (193-84) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists and forward Vakhtang Chkareuli (196-91) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. TSU's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Energy Invest (2-16) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Batumi. Loser TSU keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Energy Invest will meet Batumi (#10) on the road in the next round. TSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: T.Toudjani 19+16reb+6ast, Z.Machavariani 17+5reb+7ast, L.Khmelidze 12+7reb+1ast, D.Gugava 9+1reb, R.Baakashvili 6+4reb+2ast, D.Artsividze 6+2reb+5ast
TSU Tbilisi: V.Chkareuli 22+6reb+1ast, D.Khizanishvili 19+7reb+1ast, M.Chitashvili 18+6reb+12ast, V.Beruashvili 5+3reb+2ast, G.Bakradze 3+1reb+2ast, S.Shermadini 3+5reb
gschID: 166627


Batumi - Armia 87-110

Superleague top team - Armia (18-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Batumi (2-16) 110-87. The game without a history. Armia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 42 and made 24-of-29 charity shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Batumi 39-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. Armia players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Batumi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American Will Thomas (203-86, agency: Two Points) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). The other American import point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Armia's coach Kote Tugushi felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) replied with 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and point guard Irakli Mikeladze (179-94) added 17 points and 8 assists in the effort for Batumi. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Armia have an impressive 18-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-0 record. Batumi lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 16 games lost. Armia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Sokhumi.
Top scorers:
Armia: W.Thomas 26+7reb+5ast, J.Richardson 22+4reb+1ast, B.Woodside 19+8reb+10ast, G.Diaz 15+5reb+2ast, J.Kjellbom 14+7reb+4ast, A.Boisa 6+4reb+1ast
Batumi: L.Keshelava 33+6reb+2ast, I.Mikeladze 17+1reb+8ast, I.Maisuradze 14+2reb+4ast, G.Revazashvili 11+6reb, N.Ramishvili 10+5reb+4ast, A.Eliashvili 2+1reb
gschID: 166623


Kutaisi - STU Tbilisi 81-54

Very expected game when 9th ranked STU (5-13) was crushed on the road by third ranked Kutaisi (15-4) 81-54. The game without a history. Kutaisi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding STU to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Kutaisi forced 27 STU turnovers. Guard Levan Tsekvava (190-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Zviad Antadze (198-88, college: Monroe Coll.) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Giorgi Tetelashvili (192-92) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for STU. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Kutaisi have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-4 record having just two points less than leader Armia. STU lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Kutaisi will have a break next round. STU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: L.Tsekvava 16+3reb+4ast, G.Barbakadze 14+5reb, G.Koguashvili 10+2reb+1ast, G.Kuchava 10+1reb, T.Babunashvili 9+2ast, B.Koridze 7+3reb+2ast
STU Tbilisi: G.Tetelashvili 17+3reb+4ast, Z.Antadze 14+9reb+2ast, G.Kopaliani 9+4reb+3ast, B.Akhalaia 5+4reb, L.Chokhonelidze 3+2reb+1ast, G.Javakhshvili 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 166624


Olimpi - Dinamo Tbilisi 92-54

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Olimpi (#3) and Dinamo Tbilisi (#6). Olimpi (15-3) smashed visiting Dinamo Tbilisi (9-9) by 38 points 92-54. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dinamo Tbilisi. The game without a history. Olimpi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 22 Dinamo Tbilisi turnovers and outrebounded them 48-33 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by the former international guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 24 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) supported him with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by swingman Duda Sanadze (196-92) did not help to save the game for Dinamo Tbilisi. Guard Beka Tsivtsivadze (190-89) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olimpi have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Olimpi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Samedicino-Academia.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: G.Gamqrelidze 24+6reb+3ast, M.Berishvili 17+7reb+3ast, G.Tsintsadze 11+3reb+9ast, I.Todorovic 8+4reb, I.Hoger 7+5reb, N.Sljuka 7+4reb+1ast
Dinamo Tbilisi: D.Sanadze 20+5reb, B.Tsivtsivadze 11+5reb+4ast, K.Carter 8+8reb+2ast, M.Oluic 5+3reb+2ast, A.Zecevic 3+3reb+3ast, I.Keidia 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 166625



Olimpi Tbilisi announced Georgi Tsintsadze - by Eurobasket News

Olimpi Tbilisi announced Georgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) for the rest of the season. The Georgian player already debuted for his new team.
Olimpi Tbilisi strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Georgian international guard Georgi Tsintsadze. In his first game he scored 11 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and 9 assists helping his new team beat Dinamo Tbilisi 92-54. Tsintsadze played most recently at Tartu Ulikool. While playing 23 games in Baltic League for Tartu Ulikool last season he averaged 9.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg. He also played 6 games in EuroChallenge recording 10.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.3apg, 1.5spg, 3.2rpg, 3.2apg (3rd best in the league) and 1.8spg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final.
Only last season he became Estonian Cup Winner -11, reached Baltic League Quarterfinals -11 and was named Eurobasket.com Baltic League All-Bosmans Team -11. He reached Estonian 1.Liiga Semifinals -11 and participated at the
European Championships in Lithuania -11. In 6 games his stats read 5.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 50.0%.



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 24-3 
 2. Ratiopharm 23-5 
 3. ALBA 23-6 
 4. Art.Dragons 19-9 
 5. s.Oliver Baskets 18-11 
 6. B.Muenchen 17-12 
 7. NY Phantoms 15-13 
 8. Telekom Baskets 14-13 
 9. EWE Baskets 14-15 
 10. Fraport SKY 13-15 
 11. Walter Tigers 13-16 
 12. Bremerhaven 13-16 
 13. Bayreuth 11-17 
 14. TBB Trier 10-18 
 15. Phoenix Hagen 8-20 
 16. EnBW L'burg 8-21 
 17. LTi 46ers 8-21 
 18. Goettingen 4-25 

Regular Season: Round 29

Mar. 31: NY Phantoms - EnBW L'burg 87-73
Mar. 31: Walter Tigers - Goettingen 83-67
Mar. 31: ALBA - B.Muenchen 73-52
Mar. 31: s.Oliver Baskets - Bremerhaven 71-69 OT
Mar. 31: LTi 46ers - EWE Baskets 67-84
Apr. 1: Brose Baskets - Phoenix Hagen
Apr. 1: Fraport SKY - Ratiopharm
Apr. 1: Telekom Baskets - TBB Trier
Apr. 1: Bayreuth - Art.Dragons

Round 22

Mar. 28: ALBA - Phoenix Hagen 114-86

Round 27

Mar. 24: TBB Trier - Art.Dragons 51-73


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets16.9 
 2. Swann, Ratiopharm15.6 
 3. Carter, Phoenix15.6 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.15.4 
 5. Wood, ALBA15.3 
 6. Jonusas, Phoenix15.1 
 7. Holston, Art.Drag.15.0 
 8. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.5 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.3 
 10. Tucker, Brose B.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.6 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.3 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.9 
 4. Homan, B.Muenchen7.8 
 5. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.1 
 6. Evans, Goettingen7.0 
 7. Sykes, Goettingen6.9 
 8. Troutman, B.Mue.6.7 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.7 
 10. Watts, Ratiopharm6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.4 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.0 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Wood, ALBA4.8 
 5. Everett, Bremerha.4.8 
 6. Joyce, TBB Trier4.7 
 7. Brown, EWE Baskets4.6 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.0 
 10. Bauscher, Goett.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.7 
 2. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.6 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 4. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 5. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 6. Robertson, Fraport1.3 
 7. Tucker, Brose B.1.3 
 8. Frazier, s.Oliv.1.3 
 9. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.3 
 10. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.1 
 2. Davidson, Fraport1.7 
 3. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.7 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.7 
 5. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.3 
 6. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 7. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 8. Homan, B.Muenchen1.2 
 9. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.1.1 


Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. MBC 23-5 
 2. Kirchheim 18-10 
 3. Chemnitz 18-10 
 4. Crailsheim 17-11 
 5. Webmoebel 16-12 
 6. Duesseldorf 15-13 
 7. ETB Wohnbau 14-14 
 8. Jena 14-14 
 9. Karlsruhe 14-14 
 10. Heidelberg 13-15 
 11. Ehingen 12-16 
 12. NBC 11-17 
 13. Cuxhaven 10-18 
 14. Braves 8-20 
 15. Leitershofen 7-21 

Regular Season: Round 30

Mar. 31: Kirchheim - Webmoebel 97-102
Mar. 31: Cuxhaven - Karlsruhe 96-113
Mar. 31: Heidelberg - Ehingen 88-93
Mar. 31: Leitershofen - Braves 85-99
Mar. 31: MBC - Crailsheim 75-60
Mar. 31: Jena - Duesseldorf 67-69
Mar. 31: ETB Wohnbau - NBC 100-96 OT


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe20.8 
 2. Reese, Duesseldorf20.2 
 3. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 4. Alexander, ETB W.18.4 
 5. Hassan, Leitersh.17.6 
 6. Reid, MBC17.6 
 7. Stommes, Webmoebel17.3 
 8. Roessler, Karlsruhe17.1 
 9. Mason, Webmoebel16.5 
 10. Lipke, Leitershof.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.3 
 2. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.6 
 3. Alawoya, Braves8.5 
 4. Black, Jena8.0 
 5. Richardson, Leiter.7.9 
 6. Gerwig, Cuxhaven7.6 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 8. Webb, Crailsheim7.3 
 9. Shaw, Chemnitz7.3 
 10. Moore, Karlsruhe7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.3 
 2. Jeka, Braves5.2 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz5.1 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven4.9 
 5. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.4 
 6. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 7. Chavis, NBC4.3 
 8. Reese, Duesseldorf4.3 
 9. Diggs, Webmoebel4.0 
 10. Hill, Crailsheim3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Leitershofen
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.0 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz2.0 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen1.9 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim1.9 
 5. Rice, Cuxhaven1.8 
 6. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 7. Diggs, Webmoebel1.5 
 8. Smith, Kirchheim1.5 
 9. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
 10. Harris, NBC1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Williamson, Ehingen1.2 
 4. Zipser, Heidelberg1.0 
 5. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.9 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz0.9 
 7. Howard, Karlsruhe0.9 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 9. Schoo, Heidelberg0.8 
 10. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 


Sascha Ahnsehl Remains With The BSW Sixers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team BSV Sixers announced yesterday that Sascha Ahnsehl (186-G-86) will remain a Sixer. Ahnsehl is a 26 year old 186cm guard that will be playing his third season for the team. In 22 games, he averaged 14,9ppg, 3,4rpg and 3,8apg. 'I am happy that he will reamin in the team. He belongs to the top shooting guards in the league. That a player of his quality wants to remain with the club shows how well this team works. I am looking forward to the new team', said head coach Stephen Arigbabu. Before coming to the Sixers, the German played for teams like BV Chemnitz 99 (2.Bundesliga) and the GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck (ProB). He is happy about staying with the Sixers. 'I saw my first signature 2010 as a project. We were finalist and moved up to the PRO B. In my second season we came in fourth place and I could lead the team as captain and I want to show in the next season that we arent done with our development and continue to take a step forward. We have many great people that give everything for this club. It moves me to give more energy on the court. We have great fans where I have invested much time with. They have much passion and it has been transformed to the team. It is great having such a sixth man on our back', stated Stephen Arigbabu.

Source: BSV Sixers





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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Michael Umeh (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To EnBW Ludwigsburg Game March 31st - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Michael Umeh (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) is a 27 year old 188cm guard from Houston, Texas. He started his basketball career in 2003 with UNLV (NCAA) where he played until 2007 reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 in his senior year. He turned professional in 2007 and played for the Giessen 46ers until 2009. In his second season with Giessen,he played 33 games: 13.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 42.8%, FT: 81.8%. In 2009, he made the jump to Spain and played for Vive Menorca (Spain-LEB Gold) playing 48 games: 10.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 79.7%. Last season, he made the jump to the best league in Europe playing in the ACB for C.B. Murcia playing 32 games: 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 88.0%. He started the current season for : Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (Spain-ACB) before moving back to Germany to play for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against EnBW Ludwigsburg March 31st.

The New Yorker Phantoms came in 4th place at the 2012 beko BBL cup weekend. What will you remember the most from this weekend?

It was just an exciting weekend to be apart of. All the fans were great.

What positives could the Phantoms take out of the cup weekend for the last 7 Beko BBL games?

Just an opportunity to see where we need to improve and keep practicing to reach our goals.

How much did your 31 points against ratiopharm Ulm mean to you? Was it special since it was in a big tournament or just a normal meaning to you?

Individually it always feels good to get going a bit but I honestly would have felt much better had we performed well in the tournament and given ourselves a better chance to compete for the title also win that game.

The next game is against EnBW Ludwigsburg. They might be the most talented team in the lower standings. How dangerous is this team and what will be key in getting the win?

They are a very dangerous team and given our history of competing against teams in that position, we need to be focused.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodmann says he is broke. This probably doesnt surprise you, but what can he do now to make some money quickly?lol

I dont know what he can do. Hope he gets that in order

What is your take on Austin Rivers going to the NBA after one year of NCAA ball?

He is a really talented player. I'm sure he is going to be at that level.

Who will reach the NCAA final and win it and why?

I got Kentucky and Ohio st in my final on my bracket. I have kentucky taking it. They are tough.

Thanks Mike for the chat.




Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) We Can't Open Up Games Nonchalantly And Expect To Win. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Joshua Young (185-PG-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 about the next game against BG Goettingen March 31st

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen had a short break over the Beko BBL cup weekend. You spent some time in Paris. What was your favorite place in the city?


I really liked the Louvre. The museum was so big and had so much history. It was pretty cool.

In the last game, the Tigers suffered a 74-58 loss in Trier. What did the team learn from this loss?

We learned that we have to be ready to play from the opening tip. We can't open up games nonchalantly and expect to win.

The next game is against BG Goettingen. What do you remember from the 80-75 win on the road earlier in the season?

We didnt put togethter a complete game when we played them there. Hopefully, this time, we will come out with the right intensity.

BG Goettingen have nothing to lose and have played very good basketball in the last weeks. What will be key in getting the win?

We have to contain their guards and keep them off the offensive glass. We really must take them out of their game.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodmann says he is broke. This probably doesnt surprise you, but what can he do now to make some money quickly?lol

Im not sure if there are many things he can do. Not sure who would let him represent their brand or company at this point.

What is your take on Austin Rivers going to the NBA after one year of NCAA ball?

He is a raw talent. Might take him some time to adjust, but he will be good.

Who will reach the NCAA final and win it and why?

Right now, I like Kentucky. They have the guard play and the bigs to get it done; and they play defense.

Thanks Josh for the chat



Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) We Want To Get Our Mental And Physical Statuses Up To 100% - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket before the game against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven March 31st.

It will be 13 days since the last game a loss against FC Bayern Munich, when the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg play again against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. How did you spend the Beko BBL Top 4 break. Did the team have a break?

We had a few days off after the Munich game but understand we have 6 games in 30 days and need to be playing our best basketball going into the home stretch of the season.

The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg is riding on a 2 game losing streak. What has been the focus in practice this week?


We feel confident coming back home. We've been battling some injuries. And we just wanted to get both our mental and physical statuses up to 100%. A full recharging of the battery if you will.

The s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg will make the playoffs. What is the most important thing the team has to focus on in the last month?

We just want to continue to improve. It's easy for a team to plateau at this point in the season. The weather is getting nice, the skirts are getting short and summer plans are being made. But most guys on this team have never gotten out of the first round of the playoffs, so it's not enough to just make it.

The next game is against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. What is your memory of the 79-71 loss in Bremerhaven?

It was a long bus ride home. We had chances to win the game but lost on a lot of hustle plays. Offensive rebounds, fast break points. We didn't play our best game and have been looking forward to this game for awhile.

Bremerhaven is a very talented team, but dont always put it together during games. How dangerous is this team fighting for the playoffs and what will be key in getting the win?

I've had the privilege to play with both Chris McNaughton and Jermaine Raffington and I know they won't accept teammates not playing hard. The same goes for Coach Spradley who I've faced a number of times in the last few years. They are an extremely talented and dangerous team. We're going to have to improve on what cost us the last game, rebounds and fast break defense.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodmann says he is broke. This probably doesnt surprise you, but what can he do now to make some money quickly?lol

He can sell his Championship rings. Or become a professional wrestler again. His best bet is probably speaking with a television company about a reality TV show. I know those Jersey Shore guys aren't broke.

What is your take on Austin Rivers going to the NBA after one year of NCAA ball?

When I saw him play in high school I didn't think there was any doubt he was a 'one and done' guy. But I think it's going to be a wakeup call when he gets there. It's going to take him a few years to get adjusted. However, you can't argue with someone making that decision. There are too many things that could happen and you may never get that shot again.

Who will reach the NCAA final and win it and why?

Usually if I pick them they lose, although I did have Kentucky and Kansas where they are at. I'm thinking Louisville can do it this year. I like Pitino over Calipari and have always been a Big East guy.

Thanks Jason for the chat.



ProA Round 30 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ProA just ended. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The biggest surprise of round 30 was guest Gloria Giants' (15-13) road victory over 6th ranked Science City Jena (14-14) 69-67 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Science City Jena. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-14. But Science City Jena won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Gloria Giants won last quarter 17-17. The best player for the winners was American guard Cordero Bennett (188-87) who scored 20 points. Estonian forward Rait Keerles (201-80) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian guard Tyler Kepkay (183-87, college: Utah, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who recorded 24 points and 6 assists. Gloria Giants moved-up to sixth place. Science City Jena at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Karlsruhe and ETB Wohnbau.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Kirchheim Knights (18-10) against fifth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (16-12) on Saturday night. Host Kirchheim Knights were defeated by Webmoebel Baskets in a tough game in Kirchheim 97-102. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kirchheim Knights. It was a good game for American guard Jamar Diggs (187-88, college: Wofford) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 8 assists. Michael Fleischmann contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Brandon Griffin (202-82, college: SE Missouri St.) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) for Kirchheim Knights. Webmoebel Baskets maintains fifth position with 16-12 record. Kirchheim Knights at the other side keep the second place with ten games lost. They share the position with Chemnitz.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Weissenfels. First ranked Mitteldeutscher BC faced 4th ranked Crailsheim Merlins. Host Mitteldeutscher BC (23-5) defeated guests from Crailsheim (17-11) 75-60. Steve Wachalski scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Joseph Buck with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mitteldeutscher BC have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-5 record. Loser Crailsheim Merlins keep the fourth place with 11 games lost.
NBC (#12) forced the game against ETB Wohnbau (#8) into an overtime, but lost by four points 96-100. Chris Alexander notched 31 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. ETB Wohnbau's coach Igor Krizanovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. ETB Wohnbau (14-14) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Karlsruhe and Jena. NBC lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Cuxhaven. Local Cuxhaven BasCats (10-18) lost to ninth ranked BG Karlsruhe (14-14) 113-96 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Rouven Roessler who scored 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Cuxhaven BasCats' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to seventh place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and Jena. Loser Cuxhaven BasCats keep the thirteenth position with 18 games lost.

In the last two games of round 30 Ehingen defeated Heidelberg in Allmendingen 93-88. Bottom-ranked Leitershofen was beaten by Braves at home 85-99.


Kirchheim - Webmoebel 97-102

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Kirchheim Knights (18-10) against fifth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (16-12) on Saturday night. Host Kirchheim Knights were defeated by Webmoebel Baskets in a tough game in Kirchheim 97-102. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kirchheim Knights. Kirchheim Knights were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 52-45 second half run of Webmoebel Baskets. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a good game for American guard Jamar Diggs (187-88, college: Wofford) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 8 assists. Forward Michael Fleischmann (205-86) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Brandon Griffin (202-82, college: SE Missouri St.) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) and forward Sebastian Adeberg (198-84) added 18 points in the effort for Kirchheim Knights. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Webmoebel Baskets maintains fifth position with 16-12 record. Kirchheim Knights at the other side keep the second place with ten games lost. They share the position with Chemnitz.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: B.Griffin 24+9reb+1ast, S.Adeberg 18+4reb+1ast, C.Brooks 15+2reb+3ast, D.Uskoski 14+6reb+3ast, A.Smith 13+6reb+3ast, N.Menck 6+5reb+2ast
Webmoebel: M.Fleischmann 23+6reb+1ast, J.Diggs 22+4reb+8ast, M.Jost 20+7reb+3ast, N.Freer 17+1reb+1ast, D.Lieneke 16+2reb+2ast, O.Wendt 4+4reb+8ast
gschID: 141577


Jena - Duesseldorf 67-69

The biggest surprise of round 30 was guest Gloria Giants' (15-13) road victory over 6th ranked Science City Jena (14-14) 69-67 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Science City Jena. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-14. But Science City Jena won second period 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Gloria Giants won last quarter 17-17. The best player for the winners was American guard Cordero Bennett (188-87) who scored 20 points. Estonian forward Rait Keerles (201-80) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian guard Tyler Kepkay (183-87, college: Utah, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who recorded 24 points and 6 assists and American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. Gloria Giants moved-up to sixth place. Science City Jena at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Karlsruhe and ETB Wohnbau.
Top scorers:
Jena: T.Kepkay 24+4reb+6ast, K.Barker 12+3reb+4ast, J.Black 11+5reb+1ast, T.Schwartz 8+1reb+1ast, E.Reyes-Napoles 6+2reb+1ast, E.Vierneisel 4+3reb
Duesseldorf: C.Bennett 20+3reb+2ast, R.Keerles 17+5reb+1ast, Q.Lollis 8+8reb+1ast, M.Liyanage 6+1reb+2ast, C.Pfeil 5+2reb+1ast, S.Eco 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 141578


Heidelberg - Ehingen 88-93

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked USC Heidelberg (13-15) was defeated at home by twelfth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (12-16) 93-88 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 29-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ehingen/Urspringschule forced 19 USC Heidelberg turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Garrett Williamson (196-88, college: St.Joseph's) who scored 25 points and 4 assists. Forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Five Ehingen/Urspringschule players scored in double figures. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Ralph Junge used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jerrell Williams (203-88, college: La Salle) who recorded 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Central Mo., agency: Limelight Hoops) added 23 points respectively. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to eleventh place. Loser USC Heidelberg keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: S.Watts 23+4reb+1ast, J.Williams 23+7reb+7ast, P.Zipser 18+6reb+1ast, K.Barth 6+2reb+3ast, B.Schoo 6+4reb, C.Sargent 5+2reb
Ehingen: G.Williamson 25+2reb+4ast, A.Calvin 21+7reb+1ast, M.Mueller 12, T.Jahn 11+4reb+2ast, V.Matthews 10+1reb+3ast, A.Vargas 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141572


MBC - Crailsheim 75-60

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Weissenfels. First ranked Mitteldeutscher BC faced 4th ranked Crailsheim Merlins. Host Mitteldeutscher BC (23-5) defeated guests from Crailsheim (17-11) 75-60. The game was mostly controlled by Mitteldeutscher BC. Crailsheim Merlins managed to win third quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mitteldeutscher BC forced 19 Crailsheim Merlins turnovers. Strangely Crailsheim Merlins outrebounded Mitteldeutscher BC 43-27 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Power forward Steve Wachalski (203-83) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists during the contest. Holcomb Faye is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was naturalized American forward Joseph Buck (201-81, college: USC) with 13 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Jared Stohl (185-89, college: Portland, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mitteldeutscher BC have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-5 record. Loser Crailsheim Merlins keep the fourth place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: J.Buck 13+5reb+1ast, J.Stohl 11+5reb, B.Obiango 10+4reb, A.Cook 7+3reb, D.Webb 5+9reb, M.Hill 3+4reb+1ast
MBC: S.Wachalski 17+6reb, R.Holcomb Faye 14+2reb+5ast, L.Hinnant 12+4reb+4ast, S.Leutloff 11+4reb+1ast, M.Schwarz 9+1reb+2ast, J.Lange 4+4reb
gschID: 141573


Leitershofen - Braves 85-99

Everything could happen in Diedorf at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves and 15th ranked Leitershofen had identical 7-20 record. But Leitershofen was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Homburg 99-85 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-85. Leitershofen was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Nigerian guard Nick Okorie (185-88, college: Texas Tech) who scored 29 points and 8 rebounds. British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-89, college: Missouri So.) who recorded 26 points and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and his fellow American import center DeWayne Richardson (202-77, college: Fairmont St.) added 18 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Four Leitershofen players scored in double figures. Saar-Pfalz Braves maintains fourteenth position with 8-20 record. Newly promoted Leitershofen stay at the bottom place with 21 games lost.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: S.Bowlin 26+1reb+4ast, D.Richardson 18+13reb, J.Lipke 16+5reb+3ast, C.Hassan 12+3reb+2ast, D.Veney 7+11reb, A.Kronhardt 4+2reb
Braves: N.Okorie 29+8reb+1ast, L.Jeka 22+6reb+7ast, T.Reed 14+7reb, M.Damjanovic 9+6reb, P.Alawoya 6+8reb, R.Cardenas 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 141574


ETB Wohnbau - NBC 100-96 OT

NBC (#12) forced the game against ETB Wohnbau (#8) into an overtime, but lost by four points 96-100. NBC was ahead by 15 points after three quarters before a 30-15 charge of ETB Wohnbau, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 18-14. ETB Wohnbau made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by NBC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) notched 31 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Kevin Wysocki (198-87) supported him with 22 points. Four ETB Wohnbau players scored in double figures. ETB Wohnbau's coach Igor Krizanovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 23 points by guard Sebastian Schroeder (192-88) did not help to save the game for NBC. American guard Will Chavis (181-81, college: Texas Tech) added 19 points and 4 assists. ETB Wohnbau (14-14) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Karlsruhe and Jena. NBC lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
NBC: S.Schroeder 23+3reb+2ast, W.Chavis 19+3reb+4ast, C.Abercrombie 16+7reb, J.Harris 9+3reb+4ast, S.Barth 8+2reb, R.De Michael 7+6reb
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 31+5reb+3ast, K.Wysocki 22+4reb+1ast, D.Kapelan 18+5reb+2ast, S.Schroter 12+2reb+1ast, M.Buljevic 8+3reb+3ast, J.Henley 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 141575


Cuxhaven - Karlsruhe 96-113

The game with biggest result difference took place in Cuxhaven. Local Cuxhaven BasCats (10-18) lost to ninth ranked BG Karlsruhe (14-14) 113-96 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by BG Karlsruhe. Cuxhaven BasCats was better in third quarter 30-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BG Karlsruhe made 31-of-34 free shots (91.2 percent) during the game. Cuxhaven BasCats were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) who scored 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Naturalized American swingman Jonathan Moore (203-82, college: N.C.Central) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American forward Dorian McDaniel (198-87, college: Prairie View A&M) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and guard Jusuf El Domiaty (189-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 19 points respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Cuxhaven BasCats' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to seventh place, which they share with ETB Wohnbau and Jena. Loser Cuxhaven BasCats keep the thirteenth position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cuxhaven: D.McDaniel 20+6reb+2ast, J.El Domiaty 19+1reb+3ast, K.Kuhn 12+5reb, N.Gerwig 12+7reb+2ast, M.Bogdanov 11+2reb+3ast, J.Capel 9+4reb+1ast
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 32+5reb+5ast, J.Moore 22+9reb+1ast, J.Howard 16+4reb, M.Samarco 15+3reb+4ast, D.Jones 14+4reb+5ast, M.Stockton 14+3reb+1ast
gschID: 141576



ProB Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Gotha - Herten 98-75

The game was mostly controlled by Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Hertener Loewen managed to win fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oettinger Rockets Gotha looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Hertener Loewen's players. American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard David Watson (185-88) chipped in 17 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Oettinger Rockets Gotha players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Zamal Nixon (185-89, college: Houston) responded with 29 points (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!) and power forward Christoph Hackenesch (204-86) scored 16 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.
Top scorers:
Gotha: M.Monk 28+11reb+3ast, D.Watson 17+1reb+1ast, A.Kuppe 13+4reb+1ast, K.Schaffartzik 11+2ast, L.Niebuhr 6+5reb, T.Baker 6+7reb+3ast
Herten: Z.Nixon 29+4reb, C.Hackenesch 16+8reb, J.Taylor 11+4reb, M.Berger 6+1reb+2ast, V.Kittmann 5+4reb+1ast, C.Marquardt 3+1ast
gschID: 172575


Hannover - Vechta 74-65

It looked good early as SC Rasta Vechta took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hannover Tigers had a 27-16 second period charge getting the lead and SC Rasta Vechta was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-74. Hannover Tigers forced 19 SC Rasta Vechta turnovers. SC Rasta Vechta was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) nailed 22 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals for the winning side and naturalized Canadian guard Stephen Janzen (191-82) accounted for 24 points. American guard Matt Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and forward Benjamin Fumey (203-87, college: Valparaiso, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for SC Rasta Vechta in the defeat. SC Rasta Vechta's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Hannover: S.Janzen 24+4reb+2ast, R.Williams 22+5reb+9ast, J.Doerksen 11+4reb+1ast, J.Prasuhn 6+5reb, T.Welzel 4+3ast, L.Oehlmann 4+6reb
Vechta: M.Reid 16+6reb+1ast, B.Fumey 10+5reb+1ast, M.Boadu 9+1reb+1ast, A.Rudowitz 8+3reb+1ast, D.Madrich 6+2reb+1ast, D.Krause 5+2reb
gschID: 172576



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Standings - A2

A2 Standings
 1. Panelefsiniakos 20-5 
 2. Apollon Patras 18-7 
 3. Nea Kifisia 15-10 
 4. AEK 15-10 
 5. Ikaroi Serron 15-10 
 6. Arkadikos 14-11 
 7. Lavrio 14-11 
 8. Doxa Lefkadas 13-12 
 9. OFI 13-12 
 10. Ermis Lagkada 12-13 
 11. Amyntas Dafnis 12-13 
 12. Periko/Arhelaos 10-15 
 13. Panerythraikos 10-15 
 14. Perama Ermis 10-15 
 15. Pagrati 9-16 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-25 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 31: Lavrio - OFI 91-89 OT
Mar. 31: Arkadikos - Ikaroi Serron 88-92 OT
Mar. 31: Amyntas Dafnis - Panerythraikos 80-70
Mar. 31: Doxa Lefkadas - Pagrati 76-69
Mar. 31: AEK/Argous - Periko/Arhelaos 75-93
Mar. 31: Apollon Patras - Panelefsiniakos 67-68
Mar. 31: Ermis Lagkada - AEK 57-73
Mar. 31: Nea Kifisia - Perama Ermis 101-75

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 7: OFI - Doxa Lefkadas
Apr. 7: Periko/Arhelaos - Lavrio
Apr. 7: AEK - AEK/Argous
Apr. 7: Panelefsiniakos - Ermis Lagkada
Apr. 7: Pagrati - Amyntas Dafnis
Apr. 7: Panerythraikos - Nea Kifisia
Apr. 7: Perama Ermis - Arkadikos
Apr. 7: Ikaroi Serron - Apollon Patras


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Nikos ARGYROPOYLOS
  Apollo.
  (188-G-78)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Argyropoylos, Apol.19.3 
 2. Iliadis, Ermis L.18.9 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.18.5 
 4. Stevovic, AE.18.4 
 5. Gizogiannis, Arkad.17.4 
 6. Pettas, Doxa L.17.3 
 7. Psileas, Lavrio17.0 
 8. Vasilopoulos, AEK16.1 
 9. Nikitakis, Nea K.15.7 
 10. Magounis, Panele.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andronikos GIZOGIANNIS
  Arkad.
  (200-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Gizogiannis, Arkad.8.7 
 2. Petrovic-S., Apoll.8.6 
 3. Sklavos, AEK8.0 
 4. Toutziarakis, OFI7.6 
 5. Lolas, Amyntas7.5 
 6. Krolo, Apollon Pat.7.5 
 7. Nisiotis, Ermis L.7.3 
 8. Macheras, Panery.7.2 
 9. Simeonidis, Ikaroi7.0 
 10. Katoufas, Panery.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miron PAPADAKIS
  Arkad.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Papadakis, Arkad.5.9 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas5.8 
 3. Koronidis, Perama5.2 
 4. Nikou, Panelefs.5.1 
 5. Vasilopoulos, AEK5.0 
 6. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.6 
 7. Makris, Pagrati4.6 
 8. Argyropoylos, Apol.4.4 
 9. Kekelis, Ermis L.4.1 
 10. Panagakis, OFI3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Darrel LEWIS
  OFI
  (192-G-76)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lewis, OFI1.9 
 2. Vavatsikos, AEK/A.1.8 
 3. Pettas, Doxa L.1.7 
 4. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.6 
 5. Magounis, Panele.1.6 
 6. Nikitakis, Nea K.1.6 
 7. Margaritis, Ikaroi1.6 
 8. Papadakis, Arkad.1.6 
 9. Argyropoylos, Apol.1.5 
 10. Vasilopoulos, AEK1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sotiris KATOUFAS
  Panery.
  (206-F-79)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Katoufas, Panery.1.2 
 2. Toutziarakis, OFI1.0 
 3. Libaris-P., Doxa L.1.0 
 4. Krolo, Apollon Pat.0.8 
 5. Koutroulias, Pagra.0.8 
 6. Margaritis, Ikaroi0.7 
 7. Despos, AEK0.6 
 8. Koukounias, Nea K.0.6 
 9. Foutsitzis, Periko.0.6 
 10. Anagnostopou., Er.0.6 


Savas Nikitakis claims Greek A2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Savas Nikitakis (184-G-76) had an amazing evening in the last round for Nea Kifisia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 35-year old guard had the game-high 31 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Nea Kifisia in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Perama Ermis (#14, 10-15) with 26-point margin 101-75. Nea Kifisia maintains the 3rd position in Greek A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nea Kifisia will need more victories to improve their 15-10 record. In the team's last game Nikitakis had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He has many years of experience at Nea Kifisia, through which he has constantly improved. Nikitakis has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.7ppg) and averages solid 48.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old guard Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) of Doxa Lefkadas. Pettas impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Doxa Lefkadas cruised to a 76-69 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Pagrati (#15, 9-16). This victory allowed Doxa Lefkadas to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pettas is a newcomer at Doxa Lefkadas and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#6). He also registered 6.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Christos Deligiannis (204-F-84, agency: FCM) of top-ranked Panelefsiniakos. Deligiannis scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Panelefsiniakos, leading his team to a 68-67 win against #2 ranked Apollon Patras in a game of the week. Panelefsiniakos confirms their top position in the standings Deligiannis has a very solid season. In 25 games in Greece he scored 11.0ppg. He also has 4.0rpg and FGP: 62.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darrel Lewis (192-G-76) of OFI - 22 points and 10 rebounds
5. Filipp Simeonidis (204-F-80) of Ikaroi Serron - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Panagiotis Ifantis (203-F-80) of Arkadikos - 28 points and 3 rebounds
7. Thodoris Tsiotras (198-G-87) of Arkadikos - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Giannis Staboulis (197-F-90) of Periko/Arhelaos - 20 points and 13 rebounds
9. Vaggelis Sklavos (202-F-77) of AEK - 15 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Dionis Karabatsos (204-F-94) of Perama Ermis - 22 points and 2 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)



Olympiakos heads to Euroleague Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Olympiakos - Montepaschi 76-69

Olympiacos advanced to its third Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in the past four seasons by beating Montepaschi Siena 76-69 to secure a 3-1 series victory. Kyle Hines (198-F-86) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up for the Reds on Friday night with 19 points each. Hines grabbed 7 rebounds beside that, while Spanoulis made all of his 10 attempts from the free throw line. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) helped with 8 points and 9 rebounds. In the loosing squad, David Andersen (212-C-80) shined with double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) also scored 15 points and Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) stopped to 11. Montepaschi said goodbye to 2011/12 Euroleague edition and will be back next season. Teams were tied at 61-61 with five minutes remaining in the game. Printezis, Spanoulis and Law created quick 6-0 run for the hosts and forced Siena to call a timeout. That didn't help as Spanoulis hit a jumper to make it 69-61 and Zisis finally scored Sienas first basket from the field in the fourth quarter with a triple with 1:40 to play for a 69-64 game. Sloukas drained a three and Zisis answered first with a layup and after that with 3 free throws cutting the margin to 72-69 with one minute to go. Printezis missed for 3, but managed to grab an offensive rebound, after what Siena fouled Spanoulis who sank both free throws for plus five. Zisis tried to make a triple at the other side, but missed two times. Bo McCalebb followed with two unsuccessful shots from the line and that was all from Montepaschi in this game. Quarters: 21-21, 17-18, 16-16, 22-14.

Olympiakos: Kyle Hines 19+7 boards, Vassilis Spanoulis 19, Georgios Printezis 8+9 boards
Montepaschi: David Andersen 15+11 boards, Nikolaos Zisis 15, Igor Rakocevic 11



A2 Round 25 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Ikaroi Serron (15-10) survived in overtime against Arkadikos (14-11) by four points 92-88. The game took place in Arkadia. But the guests from Serres were better at the end. Filipp Simeonidis (204-F-80, agency: Court Side) nailed 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Ikaroi Serron moved-up to third place, which they share with Nea Kifisia and AEK. Arkadikos at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. Ikaroi Serron's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Apollon Patras at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arkadikos will play against Perama Ermis (#14).
Lavrio (14-11) escaped against OFI (13-12) in overtime by two points 91-89 on Saturday night. Nikos Psileas fired 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. OFI's coach Chris Hugaz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lavrio moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Arkadikos. Newly promoted OFI dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Lavrio will face Periko/Arhelaos (#12) in Perikos in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. OFI will play at home against Doxa Lefkadas (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Panelefsiniakos defeated Apollon Patras in Eleusina 68-67. Winless AEK/Argous was beaten by Periko/Arhelaos at home 75-93. AEK won against Ermis Lagkada on the opponent's court 73-57. Amyntas Dafnis managed to outperform Panerythraikos in a home game 80-70. Perama Ermis was rolled over Nea Kifisia on the road 101-75. Doxa Lefkadas defeated Pagrati on its own court 76-69.
The best stats of 25th round was 31 points and 4 steals by Savas Nikitakis of Nea Kifisia.



Arkadikos - Ikaroi Serron 88-92 OT
Ikaroi Serron (15-10) survived in overtime against Arkadikos (14-11) by four points 92-88. The game took place in Arkadia. But the guests from Serres were better at the end. Arkadikos was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 23-17 third quarter run of Ikaroi Serron. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period 16-12. Ikaroi Serron made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Arkadikos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) nailed 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and guard Savvas Kaberidis (187-78) accounted for 16 points and 5 assists. Forward Panagiotis Ifantis (203-80, agency: FCM) came up with 28 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Thodoris Tsiotras (198-87) added 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for Arkadikos in the defeat. Five Ikaroi Serron and four Arkadikos players scored in double figures. Ikaroi Serron moved-up to third place, which they share with Nea Kifisia and AEK. Arkadikos at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. Ikaroi Serron's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Apollon Patras at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arkadikos will play against Perama Ermis (#14).
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: F.Simeonidis 24+5reb+2ast, K.Totsios 16+2reb+1ast, S.Kaberidis 16+2reb+5ast, E.Margaritis 11+8reb+3ast, G.Theodorakos 10+3reb, S.Mourtos 8+1ast
Arkadikos: P.Ifantis 28+3reb+1ast, T.Tsiotras 18+6reb+5ast, G.Kopsaftis 17+3reb+3ast, A.Gizogiannis 11+8reb+4ast, P.Kosanovic 7+5reb, S.Ntovas 3+1reb


gschID: 138518


Apollon Patras - Panelefsiniakos 67-68
The game between closely ranked teams ended with their biggest opponent Apollon Patras' (18-7) home loss to first ranked Panelefsiniakos (20-5) 67-68 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 35-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Panelefsiniakos forced 22 Apollon Patras turnovers. Forward Christos Deligiannis (204-84, agency: FCM) fired 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-83) chipped in 15 points. Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) produced 17 points and 5 assists and Croatian center Ivan Krolo (217-83) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Apollon Patras players scored in double figures. Apollon Patras' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Panelefsiniakos maintains first place with 20-5 record. Loser Apollon Patras keeps the second position with seven games lost. Panelefsiniakos will face Ermis Lagkada (#10) in Lagadas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Apollon Patras will play on the road against Ikaroi Serron (#5) in Serres. Apollon already secured second place in the league. Panelefsiniakos already secured first place in the league.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: C.Deligiannis 24+5reb+1ast, G.Kyriakopoulos 15+1reb+3ast, V.Koukouravas 13+2reb+1ast, T.Nikou 7+2reb+4ast, S.Magounis 6+6reb+1ast, V.Giannoulakos 2+3reb
Apollon Patras: N.Argyropoylos 17+4reb+5ast, I.Krolo 13+9reb+3ast, G.Petropoulos 11+2reb, I.Lianos 10+8reb+1ast, T.Zafiris 9+2ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 5+7reb+3ast
gschID: 138519


Lavrio - OFI 91-89 OT
Lavrio (14-11) escaped against OFI (13-12) in overtime by two points 91-89 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime then OFI managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Lavrio who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-11. Forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) fired 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Naturalized Cypriot guard Vassilis Kounas (195-84) chipped in 19 points. American-Icelandic guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO, agency: Two Points) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and Cypriot guard Andreas Sizopoulos (189-83) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. OFI's coach Chris Hugaz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lavrio moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Arkadikos. Newly promoted OFI dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Lavrio will face Periko/Arhelaos (#12) in Perikos in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. OFI will play at home against Doxa Lefkadas (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: N.Psileas 22+7reb+6ast, V.Kounas 19+3reb+2ast, G.Kakiouzis 14+6reb, D.Giannakopoulos 10+8reb+6ast, G.Tirlas 10+4reb, K.Sinnis 6+4reb+1ast
OFI: D.Lewis 22+10reb, A.Sizopoulos 18+6reb+1ast, D.Katiakos 14+9reb+1ast, D.Karadolamis 10+4reb, S.Panagakis 10+3reb+4ast, N.Orfanos 7
gschID: 138513


AEK/Argous - Periko/Arhelaos 75-93
The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifteenth ranked Periko/Arhelaos' (10-15) road victory over bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-25) 93-75 on Saturday. The game without a history. Periko/Arhelaos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Periko/Arhelaos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by AEK/Argous' players. Forward Giannis Staboulis (197-90) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Forward Thodoris Panaras (195-77) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Periko/Arhelaos' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Serbian guard Alex Stevovic (191-90) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and Gianni Koukounias added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Panerythraikos and Perama Ermis. Loser AEK/Argous still closes the standings. Periko/Arhelaos will face higher ranked Lavrio (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AEK/Argous will play against AEK (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Periko/Arhelaos: G.Staboulis 20+13reb+1ast, T.Panaras 15+5reb+6ast, P.Martzos 14+6reb+1ast, D.Marmarinos 14+5reb, G.Foutsitzis 11+3reb+2ast, K.Bechlivanis 8+2reb+6ast
AEK/Argous: A.Stevovic 23+6reb+3ast, G.Koukounias 14+7reb, G.Flevaris 12+4reb, G.Vavatsikos 11+5reb+2ast, G.Vourdoulas 9+3reb, S.Tsabis 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 138514


Ermis Lagkada - AEK 57-73
Very expected game in Lagadas where 10th ranked Ermis Lagkada (12-13) was defeated by fifth ranked AEK (15-10) 73-57 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Forward Vaggelis Sklavos (202-77) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Guard Antonis Mantzaris (196-86) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five AEK players scored in double figures. The former international guard Savvas Iliadis (192-79) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Spyros Kekelis (181-80) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. AEK moved-up to third place, which they share with Nea Kifisia and Ikaroi Serron. Loser Ermis Lagkada keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. AEK will face bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (#16) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ermis Lagkada will play against the league's leader Panelefsiniakos (#1) in Eleusina.
Top scorers:
AEK: V.Sklavos 15+18reb+3ast, D.Despos 14+7reb, A.Mantzaris 13+5reb+4ast, F.Vasilopoulos 11+5ast, A.Falekas 10+3reb+4ast, A.Siamandouras 7+1reb
Ermis Lagkada: S.Kekelis 14+3reb+4ast, S.Iliadis 13+6reb+2ast, S.Nisiotis 10+6reb+1ast, N.Gamouras 8+4reb, G.Anagnostopoulos 6+6reb+2ast, B.Paritsis 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 138515


Amyntas Dafnis - Panerythraikos 80-70
Rather predictable result in Athens where eleventh ranked Amyntas Dafnis (12-13) beat 13th ranked Panerythraikos (10-15) 80-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Amyntas Dafnis. Panerythraikos was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Amyntas Dafnis made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) fired 16 points and 8 assists for the winners. Center Savvas Tsougarakis (207-86, agency: FCM) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Amyntas Dafnis players scored in double figures. Forward Sotiris Katoufas (206-79) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Nikos Pritsos (197-82) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Amyntas Dafnis have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Ermis Lagkada. Panerythraikos lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Amyntas Dafnis' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Pagrati.
Top scorers:
Amyntas Dafnis: S.Tsougarakis 17+6reb, L.Zoupas 16+3reb+8ast, F.Pagonis 12+5reb+1ast, G.Sourlis 12+3reb+2ast, T.Vardianos 8+5reb, K.Vardavas 8+6reb
Panerythraikos: S.Katoufas 15+10reb, N.Pritsos 12+4reb+2ast, C.Lakkas 11+3reb+1ast, K.Macheras 9+7reb+2ast, A.Michaloglou 6+2reb, T.Kallianotis 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 138516


Nea Kifisia - Perama Ermis 101-75
Not a big story in a game in Athens where 12th ranked Perama Ermis (10-15) was outplayed by third ranked Nea Kifisia (15-10) 101-75 on Saturday. The game without a history. Nea Kifisia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Perama Ermis' 30. Nea Kifisia shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Guard Savas Nikitakis (184-76) fired 31 points and 4 steals for the winners. Power forward Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-80, agency: FCM) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Nea Kifisia players scored in double figures. Guard Dimitris Tsarouchas (197-86) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Dionis Karabatsos (204-94) added 22 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Nea Kifisia have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Nea Kifisia maintains third place with 15-10 record having five points less than leader Panelefsiniakos, which they share with AEK and Ikaroi Serron. Perama Ermis lost third consecutive game. Perama Ermis at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Nea Kifisia will face Panerythraikos (#13) in New Eritrea in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Perama Ermis will play at home against Arkadikos in Arkadia.
Top scorers:
Nea Kifisia: S.Nikitakis 31+4reb+3ast, N.Kokkalis 15+2reb+2ast, C.Petrodimopoulos 14+6reb, M.Kolokas 12+2reb+3ast, G.Chatzinikolas 7, T.Sioutis 6+1reb+1ast
Perama Ermis: D.Karabatsos 22+2reb+1ast, D.Tsarouchas 20+6reb+4ast, D.Kapiniaris 11+1reb+3ast, K.Paschalis 8+9reb+1ast, L.Skoutaris 8+1reb, V.Delis 2+1reb
gschID: 138517


Doxa Lefkadas - Pagrati 76-69
Everything went according to plan when ninth ranked Doxa Lefkadas (13-12) won against at home 14th ranked Pagrati (9-16) 76-69 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-69. Strangely Pagrati outrebounded Doxa Lefkadas 41-29 including 26 on the defensive glass. Guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) fired 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Vasilis Vagenas (202-80) chipped in 10 points. Forward Alexandros Raptis (200-81) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and guard Giannis Dimakos (194-94) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Doxa Lefkadas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with OFI. Loser Pagrati dropped to the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. Doxa Lefkadas will face OFI (#9) in Heraklion in the next round. Pagrati's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Amyntas Dafnis.
Top scorers:
Doxa Lefkadas: N.Pettas 29+8reb+4ast, V.Vagenas 10+2reb+3ast, G.Skoufis 10+1reb+1ast, M.Pekovic 10+4reb+1ast, V.Ekine 7+3reb, N.Libaris-Psomas 6+5reb+1ast
Pagrati: G.Dimakos 19+4reb+2ast, A.Raptis 16+11reb+2ast, A.Koutroulias 13+7reb, S.Veskoukis 13+8reb+3ast, A.Antonakis 4+8reb, T.Vasilopoulos 2+1reb



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Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 23-1 
 2. Amsterdam 19-5 
 3. De Hoppers 17-7 
 4. Cangeroes 17-7 
 5. Leiden 2 16-6 
 6. Red Giants 14-9 
 7. Goba 10-14 
 8. Akrides 9-15 
 9. Punch 9-15 
 10. De Groene 8-14 
 11. Almonte 8-15 
 12. Rotterdam 2 6-18 
 13. Hoofddorp 6-18 
 14. Jugglers 3-21 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 31: Akrides - Red Giants 69-85
Apr. 14: Red Giants - Cangeroes
Apr. 14: Amsterdam - Punch
Apr. 14: Almonte - Hoofddorp
Apr. 14: De Hoppers - Rotterdam 2
Apr. 14: Binnenland - Leiden 2
Apr. 14: Jugglers - Goba
Apr. 14: De Groene - Akrides
Apr. 1: Almonte - Leiden 2
Apr. 7: Red Giants - De Groene


Magixx for KidsRights, ZZ Leiden secure spots in Dutch Cup Final with easy victories - by Fred Roggen

Magixx for Kidsright vs. Stepco BSW 102-67
It was as if only three teams had advanced to the Final Four of the Dutch Cup as Magixx for KidsRights routed the Stepco BSW by 35 points, The game was close at halftime with Magixx leading by just 6. However, Magixx for KidsRights outscored Stepco BSW 55-26 in the second half en route to the 35-point victory. Magixx for KidsRights coasted home against Stepco BSW's limited offense.
Scorers Magixx's: Markel Humphrey (198-F-87, college: Marshall) 25, Lucas Hargrove (198-F-88, college: Auburn) 24 - Stepco BSW: Rahmon Fletcher (177-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) 26, Yamene Coleman (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Troy) 11.

ZZ Leiden vs. Landstede Zwolle 66-47
ZZ Leiden got off to a great start and rolled from there to an easy win over Landstede Zwolle.
Scorers ZZ Leiden: Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) 21, Sean Cunningham (188-PG-86, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Cal-Riverside) 8 - Landstede Zwolle: Cameron Wells (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Citadel) 11, Damon Huffman (187-G-85) 10.



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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  IR
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Jarvis, IR24.0 
 2. Govens, Thor Thorl23.1 
 3. Echols, Njardvik22.5 
 4. Walkup, Fjolnir22.2 
 5. Holmes, Njardvik22.0 
 6. Bullock, Grindavik21.4 
 7. Cole, Keflavik20.7 
 8. Sovic, IR20.5 
 9. O''Neil, Fjolnir20.2 
 10. Brown, KR19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Hairston, Thor T.13.2 
 2. Hankins-Cole, Snae.12.8 
 3. Echols, Njardvik11.3 
 4. Smith, Haukar10.7 
 5. Tratnik, Valur10.4 
 6. Walkup, Fjolnir10.1 
 7. Cole, Keflavik10.0 
 8. Bullock, Grindavik10.0 
 9. Lindmets, Stjarnan8.7 
 10. Magnusson, KR8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan7.4 
 2. Watson, Grindavik6.6 
 3. Miller, Tindastoll6.1 
 4. Hall, Snaefell5.6 
 5. Govens, Thor Thorl4.7 
 6. Fridriksson, Njard.4.5 
 7. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.5 
 8. Brown, KR4.3 
 9. Parker, Keflavik4.0 
 10. Gunnarsson, Kefla.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Holmes, Njardvik2.9 
 2. Allen, Tindastoll2.7 
 3. Cothran, Stjarnan2.6 
 4. Parker, Keflavik2.4 
 5. Hall, Snaefell2.4 
 6. Gunnarsson, Kefla.2.3 
 7. Miller, Tindastoll2.3 
 8. Brown, KR2.3 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan2.2 
 10. Jonsson, Thor Tho.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Hairston, Thor T.3.8 
 2. Smith, Haukar3.6 
 3. Tratnik, Valur2.2 
 4. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.1 
 5. Holmes, Njardvik1.0 
 6. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.0 
 7. Valdimarsson, Stja.0.9 
 8. Barja, Haukar0.9 
 9. Ferguson, KR0.9 
 10. Thorsteinsso., Gr.0.9 


Express L. Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Thor Thorl - Snaefell 82-77

Thor Thorl registered the first win in the quarterfinal series against Snaefell. The hosts trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 29-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward Junior Hairston (203-84, college: Towson, agency: KMG Sports Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Thor Thorl players scored in double figures. Forward Jon Olafur Jonsson (199-81) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Marquis Hall (183-87, college: Lehigh) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Snaefell.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: D.Govens 23+6reb+7ast, J.Hairston 19+12reb, B.Janev 12+6reb+3ast, G.Erlendsson 11+4reb+1ast, G.Jonsson 8+6reb+3ast, B.Ragnarsson 7+1reb+3ast
Snaefell: J.Olafur Jonsson 22+7reb, P.Sigurgeirsson 17+6reb+1ast, M.Hall 14+6reb+6ast, H.Gunnarsson 9+2ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 7+10reb+3ast, S.Davidsson 5+1ast
gschID: 172637


Stjarnan - Keflavik 95-87

Stjarnan toppled KEflavik for 1-0 lead in the series. Keflavik was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Stjarnan looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 assists. Guard Keith Cothran (193-86, college: Rhode Island) contributed with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jarryd Cole (200-88, college: Iowa, agency: JEMsports) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and guard Charles Parker (193-85, college: Millersville) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Keflavik. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: K.Cothran 25+7reb, M.Valdimarsson 22+3reb+3ast, J.Shouse 16+3reb+16ast, J.Zdravevski 12+2reb+2ast, S.Larusson 8+4reb, R.Lindmets 7+10reb+4ast
Keflavik: J.Cole 27+11reb+3ast, C.Parker 19+6reb+4ast, M.Gunnarsson 18+2reb+6ast, V.Valsson 12+1reb+3ast, A.Gudbrandsson 7+5reb+1ast, H.Halldorsson 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 172638


Grindavik - Njardvik 94-67

Grindavik gave no chance for visiting Njardvik. The game without a history. Grindavik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Njardvik's 42. They outrebounded Njardvik 43-32 including 29 on the defensive glass. Grindavik looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Njardvik's players. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan) contributed with 9 points and 12 assists for the winners. Guard Travis Holmes (193-86, college: VMI, agency: Strategic Sports) answered with 20 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St.) added 18 points in the effort for Njardvik. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: J.Bullock 19+10reb, S.Thorsteinsson 17+4reb+2ast, T.Olafsson 13+4reb+4ast, R.Pettinella 10+1reb+1ast, G.Watson 9+2reb+12ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 9+7reb+1ast
Njardvik: T.Holmes 20+5reb+1ast, C.Echols 18+4reb, E.Fridriksson 9+3reb+2ast, P.Kristinsson 8+7reb+1ast, H.Einarsson 3+2reb+1ast, R.Erlingsson 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 172635


KR - Tindastoll 84-68

KR celebrated win over Tindastoll in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by KR. Tindastoll managed to win third quarter 25-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Tindastoll 46-35 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. KR looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for American guard Joshua Brown (187-88, college: Towson) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Finnur Magnusson (206, college: Catawba) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU) answered with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Maurice Miller (187-88, college: Georgia Tech) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws) in the effort for Tindastoll. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
KR: R.Ferguson 21+7reb+2ast, D.Sencanski 17+8reb+1ast, J.Brown 15+12reb+6ast, F.Magnusson 11+11reb+8ast, E.Johannsson 9+1reb, M.Hermannsson 5+1reb+1ast
Tindastoll: C.Allen 16+7reb+4ast, M.Miller 13+5reb+6ast, T.Johannsson 12+5reb+2ast, S.Birgisson 11+1reb, H.Viggosson 9+8reb, I.Tratnik 5+4reb
gschID: 172636



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Standings - IBL

NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 24-4 
 2. Aspac 24-5 
 3. Garuda 22-6 
 4. Pelita Jaya 21-7 
 5. CLS Knights 18-10 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 16-12 
 7. Stadium Jak. 15-13 
 8. Bima Sakti 9-18 
 9. Pacific Caesar 9-20 
 10. Comfort Mobile 6-23 
 11. Satya Wacana 4-25 
 12. NSH GMC Riau 1-26 

Regular Season: Round 46

Mar. 31: Stadium Jak. - Pacific Caesar 91-70
Mar. 31: Muba Hangtuah - Comfort Mobile 89-46
Mar. 31: Aspac - Satria Muda 58-62 OT
Mar. 31: Satya Wacana - Pelita Jaya 33-72

Regular Season: Round 47

Apr. 1: NSH GMC Riau - Stadium Jak.
Apr. 1: CLS Knights - Muba Hangtuah
Apr. 1: Pelita Jaya - Garuda
Apr. 1: Pacific Caesar - Aspac


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.16.2 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.14.8 
 3. Nagata, Pacific14.0 
 4. Wisnu, Satria Muda13.9 
 5. Rizky Ardian., Bim.13.5 
 6. Sapto, Muba H.12.8 
 7. Ahmad, Satria Muda12.4 
 8. Chandra, Pelita J.12.3 
 9. Prawiro, Aspac12.2 
 10. Regowo, Aspac11.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.6 
 2. Regowo, Aspac8.8 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac8.2 
 4. Yanto, NSH G.7.9 
 5. Sitepu, Satria M.7.6 
 6. Heryadi, Muba H.7.6 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.3 
 8. Nasution, Satya W.6.9 
 9. Wuwungan, Satya W.6.6 
 10. Nolland, Garuda6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Denny SARTIKA
  Bima Sakti
  (175-PG-80)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Sartika, Bima Sakti4.2 
 2. Gerungan, Aspac4.1 
 3. Muharri, CLS K.3.5 
 4. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 5. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.2 
 6. Wilopo, Muba H.2.5 
 7. Yusran, Stadium2.5 
 8. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.5 
 9. Husnuzan, NSH G.2.4 
 10. Uniputty, Comfor.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.0 
 2. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.9 
 3. Muharri, CLS K.2.7 
 4. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.3 
 5. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.2 
 6. Wijaya, Garuda2.1 
 7. Uniputty, Comfor.2.1 
 8. Ramli, Garuda2.0 
 9. Sapto, Muba H.2.0 
 10. Sunarya, Muba H.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.6 
 2. Thoyib, Aspac2.3 
 3. Sitepu, Satria M.2.1 
 4. Gunawan, Satya W.1.6 
 5. Arizki, Aspac1.5 
 6. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.3 
 7. Damanik, NSH G.1.3 
 8. Teguh, Muba H.1.3 
 9. Listiyono, Pacifi.1.1 
 10. Sasmito, Pacific1.1 


ASEAN League: Leo Avenido propels Blaze past Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - Petron Blaze 69:71

Petron Blaze snatched a tough road win over Indonesia Warriors in the latest ASEAN League fixture. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) converted a layup with 16 second remaining in regulation to seal the win for the visitors. Jarrid Famous (210-F/C-88, college: S.Florida) stepped up with 20 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Indonesia Warriors unleashed 26 points in a high-flying first quarter to take a 3-point lead. The Blaze adjusted their defence in the second term limiting the hosts to only 5 points. The visitors surged ahead to take a 37:31 halftime lead. The Blaze maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 10 points 57:47. The Warriors did not surrender as Gunawan tied things up at 69 with 42 seconds left. But Leo Avenido stepped up for the Blaze sealing the victory. Leo Avenido finished with 16 points, while Will McDonald (211-C-79, college: S.Florida) notched 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winning team. Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) reacted with 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Warriors. Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.) posted 14 points and 17 caroms in defeat.

Indonesia Warriors: Steve Thomas 19+17 boards, Jonathan Smith 14+17 boards
Petron Blaze: Jarrid Famous 20, Leo Avenido 16, Will McDonald 11+11 boards



NBL Round 46: Satria Muda defeats leader Aspac - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and extra overtimes.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Aspac (24-5) in Jakarta on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Satria Muda (24-4) in overtime 62-58. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Aspac. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 23-4 record before this meeting. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aspac won third quarter 19-11. 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 Aspac used huge pressure winning it 16-15 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 6-10. Satria Muda held Aspac to an opponent 23.1 percent shooting from the field compared to 35.6 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Aspac 58-44 including a 39-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Satria Muda made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Isman Thoyib (202-84) replied with 5 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks for Aspac. Satria Muda keeps a position of league leader. Aspac at the other side dropped to the second place with five games lost. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aspac will play on the road against Pacific Caesar in Surabaya and is hoping to win this game.

The most impressive performance of 46th round was 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by Gege Nagata of Pacific Caesar.


Satya Wacana - Pelita Jaya 33-72

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Pelita Jaya (21-7) crushed 11th ranked Satya Wacana (4-25) in Salatiga 72-33 on Saturday. The game without a history. Pelita Jaya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Satya Wacana to an opponent 22.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 45.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Pelita Jaya forced 21 Satya Wacana turnovers and outrebounded them 41-29 including 33 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for the former international guard Erick Sebayang (180-83) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. The former international point guard Kelly Purwanto (177-83) contributed with 8 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Yo Sua (180-91) replied with 11 points and 5 rebounds and center Johanes Hasoloan (196-87) added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Satya Wacana. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pelita Jaya have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains fourth position with 21-7 record. Satya Wacana lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 25 games lost. Pelita Jaya will face higher ranked Garuda (#3) in Bandung in the next round and it may be the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: E.Sebayang 19+6reb+2ast, K.Purwanto 8+4reb+4ast, A.Chandra 8+3reb+2ast, P.Indrawan 6+5reb, A.Poedjakesuma 6+3reb, R.Christanto Chandra 6+2reb+2ast
Satya Wacana: Y.Sua 11+5reb, J.Hasoloan 6+7reb+1ast, E.Wiratama Nasution 4+4reb, A.Abraham 4+1reb+1ast, L.Gunawan 2+2reb+1ast, F.Nugroho 2+1reb
gschID: 166179


Muba Hangtuah - Comfort Mobile 89-46

Very expected game when 10th ranked Comfort Mobile (6-23) was smashed by sixth ranked Muba Hangtuah (16-12) in Pandang 89-46 on Saturday. The game without a history. Muba Hangtuah led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Comfort Mobile's 22. Muba Hangtuah forced 19 Comfort Mobile turnovers and outrebounded them 42-22 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for center Adhi Prasetyo (194-93) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Dian Heryadi (194-80) contributed with 6 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Andri Hermawan (180-92) replied with 12 points and point guard Herman Kurniawan (171-86) added 6 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Comfort Mobile. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Muba Hangtuah maintains sixth position with 16-12 record. Loser Comfort Mobile keeps the tenth place with 23 games lost. Muba Hangtuah will face higher ranked CLS Knights (#5) in Surabaya in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Muba Hangtuah: A.Prasetyo 18+9reb+1ast, A.Sigar 17, A.Sapto 13+2reb+2ast, I.G Ngurah Teguh 9+2reb, T.Wilopo 8+1reb+2ast, A.Junaidi 7+7reb+1ast
Comfort Mobile: A.Hermawan 12+2reb, R.Orlando Uniputty 7+2ast, G.Sitaniapesy 7+4reb, H.Kurniawan 6+6reb+1ast, P.Susanto 4+1reb+1ast, J.Ingutali 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 166176


Stadium Jak. - Pacific Caesar 91-70

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Stadium Jakarta (15-13) rolled over at home 9th ranked Pacific Caesar (9-20) 91-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Stadium Jakarta. Pacific Caesar was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stadium Jakarta made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 31 Pacific Caesar turnovers and had a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for forward Daniel Iskandar (190-71) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 rebounds. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Five Stadium Jakarta players scored in double figures. Stadium Jakarta's coach Abdurrachman Padang felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Gege Nagata (185-88) replied with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and center Hery Listiyono (191-86) added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Pacific Caesar. Stadium Jakarta have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 15-13 record. Loser Pacific Caesar keeps the ninth place with 20 games lost. Stadium Jakarta will face bottom-ranked NSH GMC Riau (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Pacific Caesar will play against the league's second-placed Aspac having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 17+2reb+2ast, A.Sujarwo 14+5reb+1ast, D.Iskandar 13+8reb+2ast, R.Ariestedes 10+9reb+1ast, F.Budianto 10+6ast, D.Leonardo 8+1reb+2ast
Pacific Caesar: G.Nagata 34+10reb+2ast, R.Anggakara 8+3reb+1ast, D.Galih 7+1ast, H.Listiyono 6+7reb+3ast, M.Fauzia 5+3reb+2ast, E.Sasmito 5
gschID: 166177


Aspac - Satria Muda 58-62 OT

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Aspac (24-5) in Jakarta on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by Satria Muda (24-4) in overtime 62-58. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Aspac. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 23-4 record before this meeting. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aspac won third quarter 19-11. 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 Aspac used huge pressure winning it 16-15 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 6-10. Satria Muda held Aspac to an opponent 23.1 percent shooting from the field compared to 35.6 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Aspac 58-44 including a 39-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Satria Muda made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Faisal Julius Ahmad (179-81) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. The former international center Isman Thoyib (202-84) replied with 5 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks and Fandi Andika Ramadhani (184-85) added 8 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Aspac. Satria Muda keeps a position of league leader. Aspac at the other side dropped to the second place with five games lost. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aspac will play on the road against Pacific Caesar in Surabaya and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: F.Julius Ahmad 17+7reb+2ast, A.Wisnu 15+6reb+2ast, B.Siregar 13+6reb+1ast, C.Ronaldo Sitepu 12+8reb+1ast, W.Situmorang 3+10reb, G.Gunawan 2+14reb
Aspac: X.Prawiro 13+2reb+1ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 10+3reb, F.Andika Ramadhani 8+6reb+3ast, D.Gerungan 8+3ast, S.Harun Nurman 6+8reb+2ast, P.Regowo 6+9reb+1ast
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Standings - BSL

Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 18-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 14-6 
 3. Maccabi Rishon 12-8 
 4. Hapoel Holon 12-8 
 5. Hapoel J-M 11-9 
 6. Ironi Ashkelon 10-10 
 7. Maccabi Ashdod 10-10 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 8-12 
 9. B.C. Habikaa 7-13 
 10. Bnei Hasharon 5-15 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 3-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Mar. 25: Maccabi T-A - Bnei Hasharon 92-75
Mar. 25: Elitzur Netanya - Ironi Ashkelon 92-73
Mar. 25: Hapoel J-M - B.C. Habikaa 87-61
Mar. 25: Maccabi Ashdod - Galil Gilboa 74-76
Mar. 25: Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Rishon 102-105

Round 21

Mar. 31: B.C. Habikaa - Maccabi T-A 76-88


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur .
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Banks, Elitzur22.0 
 2. Landesberg, Macca.20.8 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.20.6 
 4. Crawford, Maccab.20.2 
 5. Lewis, Hapoel Holon19.8 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur18.6 
 7. Delaney, B.C. H.18.0 
 8. Travis, Galil Gilb.17.9 
 9. Duncan, Maccabi17.7 
 10. Dunn, Bnei Hasha.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.8 
 2. Duncan, Maccabi8.7 
 3. Rosefelt, Bnei H.8.2 
 4. Bowman, Maccabi7.9 
 5. Tyus, Maccabi7.9 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur7.8 
 7. Killingswort., Iro.7.4 
 8. Kitchen, Maccabi7.3 
 9. Wilkerson, Maccab.7.1 
 10. Dowell, B.C. H.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.1 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.6 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.6.5 
 4. Jackson, Maccabi5.5 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.2 
 6. Ohayon, Maccabi4.7 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.6 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.4.3 
 9. Limonad, Ironi A.4.2 
 10. Lifshitz, Elitzu.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Raviv LIMONAD
  Ironi A.
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Limonad, Ironi A.2.1 
 2. Kitchen, Maccabi2.0 
 3. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.2.0 
 4. Ohayon, Maccabi1.9 
 5. Berkowitz, Ironi A.1.9 
 6. Robinson, B.C. H.1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.8 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.1.8 
 9. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.8 
 10. Skinn, Ironi Ashk.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Hapoel J.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.0 
 2. Uter, Maccabi1.8 
 3. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.8 
 4. James, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 5. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 6. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.1 
 7. Sullivan, Hapoel H.1.1 
 8. Tyus, Maccabi1.1 
 9. Powell, Maccabi Ha.1.0 
 10. Bowman, Maccabi0.9 


The Balkan league Final Four will take place in Israel - by Netanel Dahan

After securing two representatives in the Final Four (Hapoel T-A& Galil/Gilboa) the Balkan league BIBL officially announced that the games will take place in Isarel as BC Galil Gilboa is going to host the Final Four games this season.

Games will take place in Gan Ner, Israel on 21-23.04 (Saturday-Monday).



In the first semi-final Bulgarian representative Levski will face either Feni Industries or Mornar Bar, while in the second is the Israeli clash between the hosts from Galil Gilboa and Hapoel Tel Aviv.

Program:

21.04.2012

18:00h BC Levski vs KK Feni Industries/KK Mornar

20:45h BC Galil Gilboa (coached by Lior Lubin) L vs BC Hapoel Tel Aviv (coached by Erez Edelstein)

23.04.2012:

Final: 21:00 h

After checking the requests sent by BC Rilski Sportist, BC Levski Sofia and BC Galil Gilboa, the EUROHOLD BIBL Management decided to organize the event in Israel where BC Galil Gilboa will be the hosting team. BC Galil Gilboa guarantees a full cooperation with BIBL and they agreed to fulfill all the obligations and requirements concerning the hosting of the Final Four.

One of the reasons for choosing Israel was that already the previous Final Fours were in Samokov, Sofia and Kavadarci and neither KK Feni Industries or KK Mornar
were interested in hosting the event.

EUROHOLD Balkan League will have full cooperation with BC Galil Gilboa and the
Basketball Association of Israel in order to provide a top international basketball celebration.

The Final Four will have full media coverage, Live TV, Live internet in Sportmedia TV, in Israel and all over the Balkan countries.

During the Final Four, in Israel will take also place the official EUROHOLD Balkan League Board meeting, but the further details will be announced next week.



Premier League Round 22: Galil Gilboa defeats Maccabi Ashdod in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 22 in the Premier League took place in Ashdod. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 7th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (10-10) to second ranked Galil Gilboa (14-6) 76-74 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Ashdod. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 26-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Galil Gilboa made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. The former international guard Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Galil Gilboa maintains second position with 14-6 record having four points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Ironi Ashkelon.
Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (18-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat tenth ranked Bnei Hasharon (5-15) in Tel-Aviv 92-75. International power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) notched 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Tal Burstein supported him with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Even 21 points and 6 rebounds by American guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor) did not help to save the game for Bnei Hasharon. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi T-A have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-2 record. Bnei Hasharon lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 15 games lost.
Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (18-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked B.C. Habikaa (7-13) 88-76. Lior Eliyahu fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Paul Delaney produced 22 points and 6 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for lost side. Maccabi T-A have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-2 record. B.C. Habikaa lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 13 games lost.
Eleventh-ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-17) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Maccabi Rishon (12-8). The visitors from Rishon Le-Zion managed to secure only three-point victory 105-102. However their fans expected much easier game. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of Joe Crawford who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Maccabi Haifa's coach Rami Hadar rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Maccabi Rishon moved-up to third place, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Maccabi Haifa lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost.
An interesting game took place in Netanya where higher ranked Ironi Ashkelon (10-10) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Elitzur Netanya (8-12) 92-73 on Sunday. Brian Asbury scored 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Elitzur Netanya's coach Danny Franco used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Elitzur Netanya have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place. Ironi Ashkelon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost.

In the last game of round 22 B.C. Habikaa was destroyed by Hapoel J-M on the opponent's court 87-61.


Elitzur Netanya - Ironi Ashkelon 92-73

An interesting game took place in Netanya where higher ranked Ironi Ashkelon (10-10) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Elitzur Netanya (8-12) 92-73 on Sunday. The game without a history. Elitzur Netanya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Ironi Ashkelon's players. American forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) scored 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists during the contest. Elitzur Netanya's coach Danny Franco used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American power forward Marco Killingsworth (202-82, college: Indiana, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Raviv Limonad (192-84) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Elitzur Netanya have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place. Ironi Ashkelon lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Netanya: B.Asbury 25+7reb+2ast, A.Banks 22+2reb+4ast, Y.Orland 10+1reb+4ast, L.Segev 10+3reb+7ast, W.Carter 9+5reb+5ast, E.Campbell 7+5reb+2ast
Ironi Ashkelon: M.Killingsworth 17+7reb+1ast, T.Skinn 13+1reb+2ast, R.Limonad 11+3reb+4ast, A.Simhon 11+2reb+1ast, J.Skeen 7+4reb+1ast, J.Nir 6+2reb
gschID: 137392


Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Rishon 102-105

Eleventh-ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-17) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Maccabi Rishon (12-8). The visitors from Rishon Le-Zion managed to secure only three-point victory 105-102. However their fans expected much easier game. 32 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Haifa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Joe Crawford (196-86, college: Kentucky, agency: CAA Sports) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Derwin Kitchen (193-86, college: Florida St., agency: VVG Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Tyler Wilkerson (202-88, college: Marshall) replied with 30 points and 9 rebounds and forward Carlos Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) added 22 points and 6 assists in the effort for Maccabi Haifa. Five Maccabi Rishon and four Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. Maccabi Haifa's coach Rami Hadar rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Maccabi Rishon moved-up to third place, which they share with Hapoel Holon. Maccabi Haifa lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: J.Crawford 35+6reb+5ast, B.Bowman 16+7reb+3ast, A.Ben David 14+2reb+4ast, D.Kitchen 13+12reb+4ast, A.Uter 12+4reb+1ast, N.Hanochi 8+2reb+2ast
Maccabi Haifa: T.Wilkerson 30+9reb+2ast, C.Powell 22+4reb+6ast, S.Landesberg 18+8reb+4ast, J.Smith 15+7reb+2ast, A.Ben-Chimol 8+4reb+6ast, D.Aidan 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 137393


Hapoel J-M - B.C. Habikaa 87-61

Rather expected game in Jerusalem where 9th ranked B.C. Habikaa (7-13) was crushed by sixth ranked Hapoel J-M (11-9) 87-61 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel J-M. B.C. Habikaa was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Brian Randle (203-85) scored 17 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Hapoel J-M players scored in double figures. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side swingman Dion Dowell (200-85, college: Houston) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Frank Robinson (193-84, college: CS Fullerton) scored 14 points. Hapoel J-M moved-up to fifth place. B.C. Habikaa lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: B.Randle 17+3reb+1ast, D.Grunfeld 15+2reb, D.Strawberry 13+5reb, E.Kadir 11+5reb+1ast, Y.Naimy 9+3reb+5ast, G.Israeli 7+4reb+3ast
B.C. Habikaa: D.Dowell 17+6reb+2ast, F.Robinson 14+3reb+2ast, N.Cohen 8+5reb+2ast, E.Skverer 7+1ast, I.Grinboim 5+1reb, G.Porat 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 137394


Maccabi T-A - Bnei Hasharon 92-75

Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (18-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat tenth ranked Bnei Hasharon (5-15) in Tel-Aviv 92-75. Bnei Hasharon was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Maccabi T-A players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by Bnei Hasharon's players. International power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) notched 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international swingman Tal Burstein (198-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) supported him with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Even 21 points and 6 rebounds by American guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor) did not help to save the game for Bnei Hasharon. His fellow American import point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) added 15 points and 11 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Maccabi T-A have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-2 record. Bnei Hasharon lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: L.Eliyahu 19+5reb+3ast, G.Pnini 17+2reb+2ast, T.Papaloukas 11+3reb+6ast, R.Hendrix 10+8reb+2ast, T.Burstein 9+6reb+9ast, S.James 7+4reb+1ast
Bnei Hasharon: L.Dunn 21+6reb+2ast, T.Carter 15+1reb+11ast, K.Lawson 13+11reb, J.Williams 10+3reb+4ast, I.Rosefelt 7+6reb, G.Lavie 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 137395


Maccabi Ashdod - Galil Gilboa 74-76

The most exciting game of round 22 in the Premier League took place in Ashdod. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 7th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (10-10) to second ranked Galil Gilboa (14-6) 76-74 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Maccabi Ashdod. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 26-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Galil Gilboa made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. The former international guard Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa maintains second position with 14-6 record having four points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Ironi Ashkelon.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: R.Travis 19+4reb+3ast, D.Yavzuri 18+5reb+5ast, J.Jones 12+5reb+2ast, C.Thomas 9+5reb+3ast, J.Martin 6+6reb, I.Kozikaro 5+4reb
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Carter 20+6reb+1ast, D.Hagag 18+5reb+2ast, J.Duncan 15+14reb+1ast, A.Tyus 10+3reb, D.Gor Arie 5+3reb, M.Tapiro 4+4reb+9ast
gschID: 137391


Round 21
B.C. Habikaa - Maccabi T-A 76-88

Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (18-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked B.C. Habikaa (7-13) 88-76. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. International power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) fired 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. International guard Yogev Ohayon (189-87) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. American guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) produced 22 points and 6 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and his fellow American import swingman Dion Dowell (200-85, college: Houston) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Maccabi T-A have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 18-2 record. B.C. Habikaa lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: L.Eliyahu 18+7reb+4ast, K.Langford 16+3reb, Y.Ohayon 12+5reb+7ast, D.Smith 11+3reb+2ast, S.Schortsanitis 9+6reb, T.Burstein 7+3reb+5ast
B.C. Habikaa: P.Delaney 22+2reb+6ast, D.Dowell 18+3reb+2ast, F.Robinson 11+9reb, R.Freeman 8+2reb, S.Brener 6+6reb+4ast, E.Skverer 4+1reb
gschID: 171633



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Promozione Campania - Round 20 Results - Group B&C - by Crazy



PROMOZIONE CAMPANIA - ROUND 20 RESULTS

GROUP B:
Sacro Cuore - Play Out: 49-62
(S: Morisco 18; P: Amazio 10, Saggiomo 10)

Virtus Vico - Afragola: 54-71
(V: Di Stravolo 14; A: Cafasso 20)

Virtus Portici - Dalmazia: 87-67
(P: Merlino 18; D: Landi 17, Ragucci 17)

Basketlandia - Olimpia Capri: 67-82
(B: Tammaro 21; C: Costanzo Ruocco (184-SF-83) 32, Mancanello 25)

Baloncesto - Torregreco: 46-65
(B: Cimmino 15; T: Di Donna 27)

Standings: Le Vesuviane 36, Capri 32, Portici 32, Afragola 30, Basketlandia 26, Torregreco 24, Baloncesto 18, Solfatara 16, Play Out 8, Sacro Cuore 6, Dalmazia 4, Vico 4.

Scoring Leaders: Costanzo Ruocco (Capri) 36.1 points per game; Mancanello (Capri) 23.4 ppg; Cusitore V. (Vesuviane) 17.7 ppg; Vecchiato (Torregreco) 17.3 ppg.

GROUP C:
Tresana - X5 Basket: 51-48
(T: Scerbo 14, Addeo 14; X5: Baiano C. 11)

CBTA - Virtus Neapolis: 67-65
(C: Garofalo 23; V: Amodio A. 32)

Arzano - Felix Napoli: 77-71
(A: Fedele 22, Fabriani 19; F: Annecchino 16, Di Serio 16)

Capo Miseno - Monte di Procida: 85-71
(C: Clif Colbert (193-G-86, college: Navy) 25, Esposito 20; M: Prisco 18)

Boscoreale - Vesuvio: 58-54
(B: Rendina 20; V: Tranchina F. 21)

Pick&Roll - Fortitudo Pozzuoli: 76-80
(P: Viggiano 24; F: Carbone 24)

Standings: Capo Miseno 38, Felix 32, Arzano 30, Fortitudo Pozzuoli 26, Monte di Procida 22, Pick&Roll 18, Boscoreale 16, Vesuvio 14, CBTA 14, Tresana 12, X5 Basket 8, Neapolis 6.

Scoring Leaders: Clif Colbert (Capo Miseno) 28.2 points per game; Prisco (M.Procida) 20.5 ppg; Fedele (Arzano) 20.0 ppg; Popolo (Pick&Roll) 19.1 ppg



Olympiakos heads to Euroleague Final Four - by Eurobasket News

Olympiakos - Montepaschi 76-69

Olympiacos advanced to its third Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in the past four seasons by beating Montepaschi Siena 76-69 to secure a 3-1 series victory. Kyle Hines (198-F-86) and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up for the Reds on Friday night with 19 points each. Hines grabbed 7 rebounds beside that, while Spanoulis made all of his 10 attempts from the free throw line. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) helped with 8 points and 9 rebounds. In the loosing squad, David Andersen (212-C-80) shined with double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Nikolaos Zisis (197-G-83) also scored 15 points and Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) stopped to 11. Montepaschi said goodbye to 2011/12 Euroleague edition and will be back next season. Teams were tied at 61-61 with five minutes remaining in the game. Printezis, Spanoulis and Law created quick 6-0 run for the hosts and forced Siena to call a timeout. That didn't help as Spanoulis hit a jumper to make it 69-61 and Zisis finally scored Sienas first basket from the field in the fourth quarter with a triple with 1:40 to play for a 69-64 game. Sloukas drained a three and Zisis answered first with a layup and after that with 3 free throws cutting the margin to 72-69 with one minute to go. Printezis missed for 3, but managed to grab an offensive rebound, after what Siena fouled Spanoulis who sank both free throws for plus five. Zisis tried to make a triple at the other side, but missed two times. Bo McCalebb followed with two unsuccessful shots from the line and that was all from Montepaschi in this game. Quarters: 21-21, 17-18, 16-16, 22-14.

Olympiakos: Kyle Hines 19+7 boards, Vassilis Spanoulis 19, Georgios Printezis 8+9 boards
Montepaschi: David Andersen 15+11 boards, Nikolaos Zisis 15, Igor Rakocevic 11



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Roundup of Week 8 results - by Eurobasket News

Week eight matches of the Ivorian national basketball championship of the 2011/2012 regular season were played over the weekend in both the mens and ladies categories.

Men
IVESTP 47 71 SEWE
ASSAOUFOUE 53 65 (AP) ERMESS
EBY 81 - 77 (AP) PHENIX
SOA 52 - 42 ZENITH
ABC 61 45 JCA
GENERATION 56 57 AFRICA
Courtesy of: starafrica.com



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Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 28-13 
 2. Akita NH 27-17 
 3. Niigata Albirex 24-18 
 4. Toyama Grouses 22-20 
 5. Sendai 89ers 22-20 
 6. Yokohama BC 22-21 
 7. Chiba Jets 16-27 
 8. Shinshu BW 15-27 
 9. Iwate Big Bulls 13-32 
 10. Saitama Bron. 11-30 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 34-10 
 2. Osaka Evessa 29-13 
 3. Shiga L-Stars 26-16 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 26-16 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 26-16 
 6. Shimane SM 23-21 
 7. Miyazaki SS 19-23 
 8. Oita H.Devils 18-23 
 9. Takamatsu FA 2-40 

Regular Season: Round 49

Mar. 30: Chiba Jets - Iwate Big Bulls 83-82
Mar. 31: Toyama Grouses - Takamatsu FA
Mar. 31: Saitama Bron. - Sendai 89ers
Mar. 31: Chiba Jets - Iwate Big Bulls
Mar. 31: Hamamatsu P. - Akita NH
Mar. 31: Kyoto Hannar. - Okinawa GK
Mar. 31: Fukuoka Rizing - Niigata Albirex
Mar. 31: Oita H.Devils - Shiga L-Stars
Mar. 31: Miyazaki SS - Osaka Evessa


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.1 
 2. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.4 
 3. Cummings, Oita H.21.1 
 4. Flowers, Saitama20.9 
 5. Palmer, Fukuoka20.9 
 6. Staten, Chiba Jets20.8 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers19.3 
 8. Burrell, Yokohama.18.8 
 9. Raivio, Shinshu BW18.8 
 10. Fitzgerald, Sendai18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.7 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.11.1 
 3. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.9 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets10.8 
 5. Malloy, Iwate B.10.5 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 7. Cummings, Oita H.10.0 
 8. Newton, Okinawa GK10.0 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.10.0 
 10. Blackledge, Osaka10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.7 
 2. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 3. Shimura, Sendai5.5 
 4. Takushi, Oita H.5.3 
 5. Dixon, Hamamats.5.2 
 6. Yamamoto, Shima.5.1 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.7 
 8. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.5 
 9. Namizato, Okina.4.4 
 10. Staten, Chiba Je.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets2.8 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka2.7 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 4. Smith, Takamats.2.1 
 5. Humphrey, Saitama2.1 
 6. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 7. Klaiber, Iwate B.1.9 
 8. Joho, Toyama G.1.8 
 9. Hamilton, Fukuok.1.8 
 10. Dixon, Hamamats.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.8 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.9 
 4. Broxsie, Chiba Jets2.5 
 5. Blackledge, Hamama.2.4 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 7. Marshall, Osaka E.1.5 
 8. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.4 
 9. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.4 
 10. Dukes, Sendai 89.1.4 


Osaka Evessa lose Wayne Marshall to injury - by Eurobasket News

Osaka Evessa suffered another major setback to their championship ambitions. They lost Wayne Marshall (211-C-86, college: Temple) after the centre fractured a bone in his left hand. Wayne Marshall is now expected to miss about four weeks. Osaka Evessa has to deal now with loss of both Wayne Marshall and Lynn Washington (200-F-78, college: Indiana). Lynn Washington was sidelined earlier in the season. He was arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling into the country.
Wayne Marshall entered his second straight season with Osaka Evessa. This season the centre averaged 10.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in BJ League. Previously Wayne Marshall played in PBL and IBL.
Osaka Evessa is now at 29-13 record in the second position in Western Conference.



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All the matches to be played today - by Dren Shporta


Regarding the 22nd round, all the matches will be played today, because of All Stars match tommorow. This w as decided from Basketball Federation yesterday. Peja against Bashkimi will be the match of the night. With great on form Blerim Mazreku, Peja is hoping to secure the third place in classification by winning against desperated oranges from Prizren. Trepca will play against Kolegji Univers, while Sigal Prishtina hosts Drita, Futura will wait for Kosova Vushtrri.




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Baltic League: VEF Riga enter Final Four - by Eurobasket News

VEF Riga - Kalev/Cramo 84:78

VEF Riga will play in Baltic League Final Four. They outscored Kalev/Cramo in the decisive third game of the quarterfinal series in Latvian capital tonight. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) delivered 22 points to lead the winners.
Kalev/Cramo marked their ambitions early in the encounter. The Estonian powerhouse got to a brisk start as they accumulated a 22:13 lead ten minutes into the game. VEF Riga started to wake up in the second term. The hosts stiffened defence and limited Kalev/Cramo to 14 points in the second quarter. VEF Riga narrowed the distance at 5-point mark 31:36. The home side got even closer in the third term. Kristaps Janicenoks and Sandis Valters (193-G-78) put the Latvian team within two points with a quarter remaining 57:59. VEF quickly surged ahead early in the final stanza. Sandis Valters gave the home team a 7-point lead midway through the period. Kalev/Cramo got within three points but Zavackas and Valters knocked down five free throws in the dying minutes to seal the win for the Latvian team. Sandis Valters finished with 17 points, while Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) added 19 points for the winners. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) answered with 16 points for Kalev/Cramo. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) accounted for 15 points and 6 assists in the loss.

VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 22, Antanas Kavaliauskas 19, Sandis Valters 17
Kalev/Cramo: Gregor Arbet 16, Pavel Ulyanko 15



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  LIGA AMERICAS   

Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 1

Mar. 30: Pioneros - Bucaneros 89-81
Mar. 31: Itabom/Bauru - Pioneros 68-73
Mar. 30: Itabom/Bauru - Obras 38-74
Mar. 31: Obras - Bucaneros 101-78
Apr. 1: Bucaneros - Itabom/Bauru
Apr. 1: Pioneros - Obras


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tony WASHAM
  Obras
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Washam, Obras24.3 
 2. Smith, La Union22.3 
 3. Ayuso, Arecibo21.3 
 4. Fischer, Itabom/B.21.0 
 5. Gransberry, Cocod.20.7 
 6. Basden, Vivo/Fran.20.3 
 7. Brock, Leones SD20.0 
 8. Hornsby, Pioneros19.0 
 9. Hickerson, Bucan.18.8 
 10. Fuller, Fuerza Re.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Los Leones
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Polk, Los Leones11.7 
 2. Gransberry, Cocod.11.7 
 3. Fuller, Fuerza Reg.11.3 
 4. Lewis, La Union11.3 
 5. Brock, Leones SD10.7 
 6. Drudi, Vivo/Franca10.0 
 7. Guzman, Leones SD8.0 
 8. Colmenares, Cocod.8.0 
 9. Tintorelli, Quimsa8.0 
 10. Aubry, Arecibo8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Alejandro KONSZTATD
  Obras
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Konsztatd, Obras6.6 
 2. Mensah, Cia d.6.3 
 3. Ribeiro, Un.6.0 
 4. Aguirre, Quimsa4.7 
 5. Penna, Vivo/Franca4.3 
 6. Coronado, Leones4.3 
 7. De los Santo., Reg.4.3 
 8. Smith, La Union4.3 
 9. Harris, Pioneros4.0 
 10. Basden, Vivo/Fra.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alexis ELSENER
  Obras
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Elsener, Obras3.0 
 2. Colmenares, Cocod.2.7 
 3. Mensah, Cia d.2.3 
 4. Adams, Guaros2.3 
 5. Washam, Obras2.3 
 6. Smith, La Union2.0 
 7. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.0 
 8. Fortuna, Leones SD2.0 
 9. Coronado, Leones1.7 
 10. Guillent, Bucaner.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeffrion AUBRY
  Arecibo
  (205-C-76)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Aubry, Arecibo1.7 
 2. Bayona, Bucaneros1.5 
 3. Graterol, Cocodril.1.3 
 4. Gransberry, Cocod.1.3 
 5. Pinnock, Arecibo1.0 
 6. Lewis, La Union1.0 
 7. Lima, Cia do Terno1.0 
 8. Wolkowyski, La Uni.1.0 
 9. Melazzo, Cia d.1.0 
 10. de Souza, Un.1.0 



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 18-0 
 2. Lietuvos rytas 18-3 
 3. Rudupis 15-6 
 4. Siauliai 13-6 
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 11-8 
 6. Baltai Kaunas 9-11 
 7. Neptunas 9-12 
 8. Kedainiai 8-13 
 9. Juventus 6-15 
 10. Sakalai 5-15 
 11. Naglis Palangos 4-15 
 12. Lietkabelis 4-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

Mar. 31: Sakalai - Lietkabelis 94-74
Mar. 31: Neptunas - Baltai Kaunas 85-59
Mar. 31: Lietuvos rytas - Kedainiai 84-86
Mar. 31: Zalgiris - Juventus 81-60

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 13: Juventus - Rudupis
Apr. 13: Kedainiai - Lietkabelis
Apr. 13: Sakalai - Neptunas
Apr. 13: Baltai Kaunas - Siauliai
Apr. 13: Naglis Palangos - Pieno Zvaigzdes


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Laurynas MIKALAUSKAS
  Neptu.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Mikalauskas, Neptu.16.4 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.14.8 
 3. Benn, Naglis Palan.14.5 
 4. Mazeika, Neptunas14.3 
 5. Cepukaitis, Lietka.14.1 
 6. Johnson, Naglis P.14.1 
 7. Hughes, Pieno Z.14.1 
 8. Vasylius, Siauliai14.1 
 9. Seibutis, Lietuv.13.9 
 10. Urbonas, Juventus13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.3 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.8 
 3. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.5 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai7.2 
 5. Mikalauskas, Neptu.6.9 
 6. Butkevicius, Rudup.6.9 
 7. Petrukonis, Juven.6.6 
 8. Bowles, Siauliai6.4 
 9. Valeika, Neptunas6.3 
 10. Cepukaitis, Lietk.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Dainys, Neptunas5.7 
 2. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.0 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.4.5 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.4 
 5. Broadus, Siauliai4.4 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.9 
 7. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.3.7 
 8. Maceina, Juventus3.7 
 9. Popovic, Zalgiris3.5 
 10. Hughes, Pieno Z.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai1.9 
 3. Vasiliauskas, Liet.1.7 
 4. Benn, Naglis Palan.1.7 
 5. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.6 
 6. Long, Siauliai1.6 
 7. Ginevicius, Kedain.1.6 
 8. Roberts, Lietuvos.1.6 
 9. Collins, Zalgiris1.4 
 10. Urbonas, Juventus1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.0 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.9 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 4. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.1 
 5. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.1 
 6. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 
 7. Samardziski, Lietu.0.9 
 8. Joneliunas, Sakalai0.8 
 9. Cepukaitis, Lietka.0.8 
 10. McClure, Kedainiai0.8 


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  LKKA-.
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Vingelis, LKKA-.21.4 
 2. Uzkuraitis, Delika.18.8 
 3. Birgelis, Matinga-.18.4 
 4. Rakauskas, Radvili.18.1 
 5. Jucikas, AB.17.8 
 6. Maneikis, Meresta17.4 
 7. Varnelis, S.Marc.17.3 
 8. Sragauskis, LKKA-.17.2 
 9. Giedraitis, ABRO-.16.1 
 10. Lengvinas, Nafta15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Gargzdai
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Gudaitis, Gargzdai10.8 
 2. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.8.1 
 3. Mineikis, Radvilis.8.0 
 4. Urbonas, LK.7.8 
 5. Mockevicius, S.Mar.7.6 
 6. Kalvelis, Matinga-.7.4 
 7. Jucikas, AB.7.4 
 8. Linkevicius, Triob.7.4 
 9. Pikalavicius, Deli.7.3 
 10. Kazakauskas, Naf.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Matas SAPIEGA
  LK.
  (179-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Sapiega, LK.8.1 
 2. Kurauskas, AB.5.3 
 3. Razutis, Silute5.1 
 4. Semaska, Perla.4.7 
 5. Malasauskas, LKKA.4.5 
 6. Bitinas, S.Marciu.4.4 
 7. Vileita, Perla.4.3 
 8. Kuklierius, Mating.4.3 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Trio.4.3 
 10. Varanauskas, Sta.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Silute
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9