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  ARGENTINA   



Liga A Quarterfinals: Obras too strong for Boca Juniors in Game One - by Eurobasket News

Obras - Boca Juniors 83-67 (1-0)

Obras and Boca Juniors met last night in Game One of the Liga A Quarterfinals. The home squad registered easy 83-67 home victory for 1-0 lead in the series. The format is best-of-five and teams will meet again on Tuesday. Obras will be the host. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, college: Cal-Irvine) (7 rebs), Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) and Alexis Elsener (196-G-88) helped with 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Alejandro Diez (201-C-87) delivered 18 points. Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81) had double-double of 15 points and 11 boards. Obraz took control on Boca Juniors from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 23-13, 27-17, 17-19, 16-18.

Obras: Julio Mazzaro 15, Darren Fells 10+7 boards, Tony Washam 10, Alexis Elsener 10
Boca Juniors: Alejandro Diez 18, Fernando Martina 15+11 boards



Mannheim 2012: Italy U18 wins Group A - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18-Argentina U18 95:71

Italy U18 wins Group A at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim. The Italian side won the third consecutive game beating Argentina U18 95:71. The latter fell at 0-3 record.
Italy showed their ambitions from the first minutes and reached 16:9 after the first five minutes. They reached 29:23 at the end of the first period and had 50:43 at the halftime. It was a very offensive game and both teams showed good percentage from the field. Italy enjoyed 73:53 with 10 minutes in the game and tried to reach 3-digit number. The European side however did not mind 95:71 win at the end of the game.
Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) and Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Alessandro Procacci (180-G-94) added 14. Francesco Candussi (211-F/C-94) and Mirco Turel (192-G-94) followed them with 8 points apiece. Martin Massone (187-F-94) ended up with 16 points in defeat and Franco Barroso (207-C-94) had 11. Gonzalo Torres (201-C-94) finished the game with 10 points, while Matias Bernardini (180-G-94) had 8.

Italy U18: Simone Fontecchio 18, Amedeo Tessitori 18+10 rebs, Alessandro Procacci 14, Francesco Candussi 8, Mirco Turel 8
Argentina U18: Martin Massone 16, Franco Barroso 11, Gonzalo Torres 10, Matias Bernardini 8



Emanuel Ginobili selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Emanuel Ginobili
Emanuel Ginobili
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international guard Emanuel Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances). He was the major contributor in a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Utah Jazz (29-28) 114-104 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Ginobili scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 40-14 record this season. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. It's Ginobili's tenth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Ginobili averages: 12.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.5apg, 2FGP: 57.8%(67-116), 3FGP: 45.3%(43-95) and FT: 88.7% in the 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite Ginobili played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Luis Scola (206-80). Scola led Houston Rockets to a victory against the Chicago Bulls (43-14) 99-93 in the NBA last Monday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. Scola also added 6 assists and 3 blocks. The Houston Rockets have 31-25 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Scola is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Rockets' roster. This season he has very high stats. Scola averages: 16.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 50.2% and FT: 76.6%. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Spanish. Despite Scola played previously for the Spanish national team, he played also for the Argentinian national team in 2010.

Leonardo Mainoldi
Leonardo Mainoldi
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85). Mainoldi contributed to a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's victory against one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (7-20) 76-72 in a derby game in the Spanish ACB on Tuesday night. He scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 35 minutes. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-17) is placed 14th in the ACB. Mainoldi has been at the team for four years. Mainoldi has relatively good stats this season: 10.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 42.0%, 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 75.0% in the 25 games. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Despite Mainoldi played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #4. Forward Andres Nocioni (199-79), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Caja Laboral (19-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Nocioni's good performance Caja Laboral was edged 72-71 on the road by the lower-ranked Meridiano Alicante (#7). He scored 10 points. It was his first game for Caja Laboral this season. Nocioni also holds two passports: Italian and Argentinian. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Nocioni is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Bernardo Musso
Bernardo Musso
   #5. International guard Bernardo Musso (192-86), who plays in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) was not able to help Napoli (26-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Napoli lost 74-79 at home to the lower-ranked (#4) Casalpusterlengo in the South-West Division. Musso was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 8 boards, passed 5 assists and added 3 steals in 34 minutes. Musso's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Musso is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 19.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 4.2apg and 2.7spg in the 33 games. Similarly like Nocioni and Mainoldi above Musso holds both Argentinian and Italian passports. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Musso is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Hernan Jasen
Hernan Jasen
   #6. Guard Hernan Jasen (199-78) helped Cajasol win their game against one of league's weakest teams Asefa Estudiantes (7-20) 77-64 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 11 points. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (15-13) is placed eighth in the ACB. Jasen's overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg and 3.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Jasen is also an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Pablo Prigioni
Pablo Prigioni
   #7. International guard Pablo Prigioni (191-77) is a teammate of previously mentioned Andres Nocioni and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Prigioni was not able to secure a victory for Caja Laboral (19-8) in their game against Meridiano Alicante (15-12). He cannot count it as his best performance. Prigioni scored only 2 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 27 minutes. Caja Laboral was edged 72-71 in Alicante by the lower-ranked (#7) Meridiano. Prigioni is currently first on the league's list of most steals with 2.0spg. He also averaged so far 6.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.6apg in the 27 games. Prigioni is also Argentinian national team player.

Federico Van Lacke
Federico Van Lacke
   #8. Guard Federico Van Lacke (191-80), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help FIATC Joventut (12-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance FIATC Joventut was crushed 90-67 in Valencia by the much higher-ranked Basket (#5). Van Lacke recorded 12 points and added 7 passes. It's Van Lacke's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 8.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.5apg. Despite Van Lacke played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #9. Former international guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) couldn't help Tezenis Verona (11-13) in their game against Enel Brindisi (16-9) in the Italian Lega2 (second division), despite his very good performance on Sunday night. Porta was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added made 5 passes and 3 steals in 35 minutes. But Tezenis Verona was badly defeated 77-60 in Brindisi by the much higher-ranked (#3) Enel. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Porta belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #3 with 4.6apg. This year his other stats are: 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.2spg in the 24 games. Despite Porta played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

Sebastian Vico
Sebastian Vico
   #10. Guard Sebastian Vico (190-86, also represented by Players Group) led Matera to a victory over the second-ranked Torino (20-13) 82-66 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) in Sunday night's game. Vico was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, had 6 rebounds, passed 5 assists and added 3 blocks. Bawer Matera (15-18) is placed fifth in South-West Division. Vico's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This season Vico has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.0apg and 2.4spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Vico is also a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Argentinian senior national team.

   #11. Former international swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, another player represented by Players Group) was the main contributor in Ferentino's victory against the third-ranked Perugia crushing them 99-77 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Monday. He was the best player in that game. Carrizo scored 21 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 29 minutes. Carrizo is ranked ninth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 14.3ppg. This year he also averages: 4.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in the 28 games. Despite Carrizo played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

   #12. International guard Carlos Delfino (198-82) managed to help Milwaukee Bucks to win against the Portland Trail Blazers crushing them 116-94 in the NBA on Saturday night. Delfino scored only 3 points. He has reliable stats this season: 9.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg. Delfino is also in the roster of the Argentinian national team.

   #13. International forward Mario Jose Ghersetti (201-81) helped Centrale Latte win their game against the league outsider MarcoPoloShop.it 93-84 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. Ghersetti averaged so far 14.8ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.3spg in the 23 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Ghersetti is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

   #14. International swingman Bruno Cerella (194-86, another player represented by Players Group) helped Banca Tercas win their game against the closely-ranked Otto Caserta 86-78 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. He recorded 10 points and had 3 steals. Cerella's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Cerella is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.

   #15. Former international guard Diego Garcia (190-79) helped Blancos de Rueda win their game against the 14th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 69-66 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He recorded 11 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes. Garcia averaged so far 11.4ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.9apg in the 28 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Garcia is currently in the Argentinian national team roster.



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Round 15: Saigon Heat edges Satria Muda by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 15 in the ASEAN League took place in Saigon. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Indonesian Satria Muda (7-9) to seventh ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (6-9) 88-86 on Wednesday evening. Satria Muda was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 26-20 charge of Saigon Heat, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) who scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) chipped in 19 points and 15 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Saigon Heat have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Singapore S. Satria Muda at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Saigon Heat will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Satria Muda will play at home against KL Dragons (#3) in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Bangkok. Seventh ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (6-9) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (5-11) 58-56 on Saturday evening. Saigon Heat have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Singapore S. Thailand Slammers at the other side stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Saigon Heat will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Thailand Slammers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Bangkok to the arena Bangkok Cobras.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kuala Lumpur. Second ranked Filipino Petron Blaze faced 3rd placed Malaysian KL Dragons. Guests from Manila (12-4) defeated host KL Dragons (7-8) 92-76. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for Nick Fazekas who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Tiras Wade with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petron Blaze maintains second place with 12-4 record behind leader Philip.Patriots. KL Dragons lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the third position with eight games lost. Petron Blaze's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manila Philippine Patriots.
Filipino leader Philippine Patriots delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Thailand Bangkok Cobras (5-9) 84-78. It was a quality performance for Nakiea Miller who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 9 blocks. Philippine Patriots' coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Philippine Patriots (13-2) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Bangkok Cobras lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Philippine Patriots' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Petron Blaze in Manila and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bangkok Cobras' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Bangkok Thailand Slammers.



Bangkok C. - Philip.Patriots 78-84

Filipino leader Philippine Patriots delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Thailand Bangkok Cobras (5-9) 84-78. It looked good early as Bangkok Cobras took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Philippine Patriots had a 25-13 second period charge getting the lead and Bangkok Cobras were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-84. Philippine Patriots brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. It was a quality performance for American center Nakiea Miller (204-79, college: Iona) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 9 blocks. His fellow American import swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 22 points and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winning side. Philippine Patriots' coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Guyanese Travis George (206-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and American power forward Gentry Lewis (206-81, college: Philander Smith) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Bangkok Cobras in the defeat. Four Philippine Patriots and five Bangkok Cobras players scored in double figures. Philippine Patriots (13-2) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Bangkok Cobras lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Philippine Patriots' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Petron Blaze in Manila and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bangkok Cobras' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Bangkok Thailand Slammers.
Top scorers:
Bangkok C.: R.Kruatiwa 19+1reb, T.George 17+12reb+2ast, M.Cruz 17+1reb+1ast, G.Lewis 15+8reb+1ast, J.Reyes 10+3ast, K.Wanna 0
Philip.Patriots: N.Miller 25+11reb+1ast, A.Johnson 22+3reb+6ast, A.Raymundo 12+5reb+2ast, A.Ramos 11+4reb+1ast, F.Adriano 8+1reb, A.Vergara 3+1reb+4ast
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KL Dragons - Petron Blaze 76-92

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kuala Lumpur. Second ranked Filipino Petron Blaze faced 3rd placed Malaysian KL Dragons. Guests from Manila (12-4) defeated host KL Dragons (7-8) 92-76. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-76. The game was dominated by American players. It was a great evening for forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Duke Crews (203-88, college: Bowie St.) helped adding 29 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and forward Jonathan Smith (206-82, college: Bowie St.) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petron Blaze maintains second place with 12-4 record behind leader Philip.Patriots. KL Dragons lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the third position with eight games lost. Petron Blaze's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Manila Philippine Patriots.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: T.Wade 28+11reb+2ast, J.Smith 14+12reb+2ast, P.Cabahug 13+2reb, Y.Seng John Ng 7+2reb+1ast, N.Belasco 5+5reb+1ast, B.Guganeswaran 4+1reb+2ast
Petron Blaze: D.Crews 29+8reb+1ast, N.Fazekas 26+14reb+2ast, L.Avenido 15+3reb+3ast, J.Mar Fajardo 6+6reb+1ast, F.Baguion 4+3reb+4ast, S.Cabatu 4
gschID: 166963


Saigon H. - Satria Muda 88-86

The most exciting game of round 15 in the ASEAN League took place in Saigon. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Indonesian Satria Muda (7-9) to seventh ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (6-9) 88-86 on Wednesday evening. Satria Muda was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 26-20 charge of Saigon Heat, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Jahmar Thorpe (198-84, college: Houston) who scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and Jerick Uy added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Saigon Heat have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Singapore S. Satria Muda at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Saigon Heat will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Satria Muda will play at home against KL Dragons (#3) in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: S.Thomas 21+14reb+5ast, J.Smith 19+2reb+1ast, A.Salangsang 16+5reb+1ast, J.Uy 10+8reb+5ast, M.Wuysang 10+5reb+5ast, R.Gunawan 7+1reb
Saigon H.: J.Thorpe 23+7reb+5ast, J.Jones 19+15reb+1ast, R.Sanz 17+4reb+1ast, M.Trieu 11+1reb+4ast, J.Smith 11+4reb+3ast, N.Javier 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 166960


Thailand S. - Saigon H. 56-58

Important game to mention about took place in Bangkok. Seventh ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (6-9) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (5-11) 58-56 on Saturday evening. Saigon Heat have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Singapore S. Thailand Slammers at the other side stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Saigon Heat will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Thailand Slammers' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Bangkok to the arena Bangkok Cobras.
gschID: 166961



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Grand Final schedule confirmed - by Eurobasket News

Following the completion of the National Basketball Leagues Semi-Finals series tonight, the dates and venues for the 2012 iiNet NBL Championship Grand Final series have been confirmed.


The full Grand Final schedule is below:

2012 iiNet NBL Championship Grand Final Series Schedule (best-of-three)

All times local

New Zealand Breakers (1st) vs. Perth Wildcats (2nd)

Game One Thursday 12 April 7:30PM Vector Arena

Game Two Friday 20 April 7:00PM Challenge Stadium

Game Three (if necessary) Tuesday 24 April 7:30PM Vector Arena

Courtesy of NBL



Mannheim 2012: Spain U18 conquer Group C - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18-Australia U18 78:57

Spain U18 conquer Group C at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim. The European outfit beat Australia U18 78:57 to win it with 3-0 record. Australian team finished with 1-2 record on the third place.
Spain started the game better and had 15:9 in the opening tip of the game. The European side increased to 22:11 at the end of the frame and led 30:17 later in the half. They took 22-point advantage after two periods and did not have any difficulties reaching the third win. Australia managed however to win the third frame 20-19 to trail 41:60 after thirty minutes. Both teams nailed 17 points in the last stanza for the final result.
Juan Sebastian Saiz top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Santiago Villena netted 12. Guillermo Hernangomez (203-C-94) and Javier Marin (195-G-94) followed them with 10 points each. Anthony Fisher ended up with 14 points in defeat and Joshua Oswald netted 10.

Spain U18: Juan Saiz (200-C-94) 15+10 rebs, Santiago Villena 12, Guillermo Hernangomez 10, Javier Marin 10
Australia U18: Anthony Fisher 14, Joshua Oswald 10



Big V: Steelers Blow Late 12 Point Lead - by Eurobasket News

Western Port Steelers squandered a great start to go down by the narrowest of margins in their Big V clash against Keilor at Keilor stadium on Saturday night

The Steelers dominated the opening stanza to take a 23-12 break, but Keilor fought the match out strongly to remain one of three teams to be undefeated in mens division 2.

After leading by 10 points at half time, the Steelers stretched the margin to 12 by the final change and were confident of causing an upset. But the Thunder, led superbly by Brent Radoslovic (18 points), finished with a wet sail to win 75-74 and condemn the Steelers to successive losses.

The Western Port Lady Steelers dominated the third term to record a 65-56 victory over Werribee at The Steelerdome on Sunday afternoon.

The Steelers were clearly inspired by Keira Beswick with the star guard celebrating her 100th Big V game for the club. In the earlier game at Keilor on Saturday, the SCY2M proved no match for Keilor, losing 81-62. Ricki Dehaan was the best with 18 points and 5 rebounds.
By Brad McGrath- Western Port Weekly



SEABL Players and Coaches of the Month-March - by Eurobasket News

In 2012 SEABL will again recognise high performing players and coaches with Player and Coach of the Month awards to be handed out throughout the year.

The first recipients are unsurprisingly drawn from the most dominant teams to date, with Jamie O'Loughlin (Geelong) taking out the mens Coach of the Month, and OLoughlins star import Kimmani Barrett (198-F-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: La Salle) winning Player of the Month. For the women, Cheryl Chambers (Knox) takes out Coach of the Month, while Lindsay Laur (Hobart) is a worthy Player of the Month.

A string of stellar performances that propelled Geelong to the top of the table has seen the Supercats Kimmani Barrett establish himself as an early star of the league. The Jamaican/American import has been the catalyst for his teams perfect record this month, shining all over the court with excellent statistics across the board. The first year import averaged 24.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, but it was his clean skills and efficiency that saw him finish with an outstanding field goal percentage of 58.2% over the course of March.

The Supercats unbeaten start made Jamie OLoughlin something of a no-brainer as Coach of the Month. OLoughlin, now in the third year of his tenure, steered Geelong past defending SEABL Champions Nunawading in round 1, and Hobart in round 2, before a quirk of the fixture meant the Supercats faced the tricky assignment of negotiating an away trip and a home game on consecutive days. This they duly did, fighting their way past Mt Gambier at the Icehouse last Friday, and Sandringham back at the Geelong Arena on Saturday.

SEABL would like to congratulate all the players and coaches for their awards, and wishes them continued success for the months ahead.
Courtesy of: www.seabl.com.au



Patrick Mills selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers (18-36) crushing them 125-90 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Mills was MVP of the game. He recorded 20 points in 20 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Mills' third season in pro basketball. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 40-14 record this season. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Mills has relatively good stats this year: 9.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 68.8%(11-16) in the five games he played so far. He played for the Australian senior national team three years ago.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Joe Ingles (203-87, agency: Priority Sports). Ingles contributed to a Regal FC Barcelona's victory against the fifth-ranked Valencia Basket (16-12) 76-72 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 6 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Regal FC Barcelona (23-5) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Ingles averages: 5.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3FGP: 43.5% and FT: 75.0%. He is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Kyrie Irving (191-92, college: Duke) faced previously mentioned Patrick Mills in the NBA last game. Irving, who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (18-36) in their last game. Despite Irving's good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were crushed 125-90 on the road by the San Antonio Spurs. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Irving also added 5 assists in 30 minutes. Irving has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 5.7apg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 42.4% and FT: 87.3% in the 46 games. Irving is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA U18 national team, Irving is currently a member of the Australian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

Nathan Jawai
Nathan Jawai
   #4. Power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC), who plays in the Russian PBL was not able to help Unics Kazan (5-10) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Jawai's good performance Unics Kazan was defeated 73-65 in Khimki by the leading Khimky. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Jawai's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg and 4.1rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Jawai is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Matt Nielsen
Matt Nielsen
   #5. An experienced international power forward Matt Nielsen (208-78) helped Khimky win their game against the eighth-ranked Unics Kazan (5-10) 75-58 in the Russian PBL last Monday. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (15-2) is placed first in the PBL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Nielsen's overall stats are: 3.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg in the 13 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Nielsen is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Daniel Kickert
Daniel Kickert
   #6. Center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA), who plays in the Polish PLK was not able to secure a victory for PGE Turow (2-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed PGE Turow was defeated 89-74 in Sopot by the second-ranked Trefl in the Group A. Kickert was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. It's Kickert's first season with the team. Kickert is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Kickert averages: 15.2ppg and 4.1rpg. Despite he played previously for the Dutch national team, Kickert is also an international player who is currently on the senior Australian National Team roster.

Brad Newley
Brad Newley
   #7. International forward Brad Newley (201-85, agency: Beo Basket) helped Valencia Basket win their game against the 12th-ranked FIATC Joventut (12-16) crushing them 90-67 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. He recorded 10 points in 17 minutes. Valencia Basket (16-12) is placed fifth in the ACB. This year Newley's total stats are: 3.6ppg and 1.2rpg in the 11 games. Despite he played previously for the Dutch national team, Newley is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Andrew James Ogilvy
Andrew James Ogilvy
   #8. Center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) is a teammate of previously mentioned Brad Newley. He played also in the last Spanish ACB game facing Joe Ingles (above) in the other team. Ogilvy couldn't help Valencia Basket (16-12) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (23-5). He scored 8 points. Valencia Basket was defeated 76-72 in Barcelona by the leading Regal FC. Ogilvy has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 2.1rpg. Despite he played previously for the Irish national team, Ogilvy is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Aleks Maric
Aleks Maric
   #9. International center Aleks Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska) managed to help Panathinaikos Athens in a 1-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (3-3) 86-85 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored 5 points in 5 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group G. Panathinaikos Athens (4-2) is placed first. Maric has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.0rpg in the 19 games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

Ater Majok
Ater Majok
   #10. Forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut), who plays in the Slovakian Extraliga couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Nitra (21-11) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Majok's very good performance Nitra was defeated 73-59 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Prievidza. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Majok also added 8 rebounds and made 6 blocks. Majok is currently second on the list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.9ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.3apg and 2.7bpg. Despite Majok played previously for the Irish national team, he is also a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Australian senior national team.

   #11. International forward David Barlow (205-83, college: Metro St.) helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the tenth-ranked CAI Zaragoza 76-62 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Barlow scored 7 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. He has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg in the 28 games. Despite Barlow played previously for the Irish national team, he is currently in the Australian national team roster.

   #12. Former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85) helped Radnicki Kragujevac win their n overtime game against the eighth-ranked Mega Vizura 97-94 in the Serbian A League on Sunday night. Markovic scored 8 points and added 7 assists. He has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 3.8apg. Despite Markovic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Australian national team roster.

   #13. Former international center Adrien Sturt (209-86), who plays in the British BBL couldn't help Milton Keynes Lions (8-18) in their last game. Despite Sturt's very good performance Milton Keynes Lions lost 93-100 in Plymouth to the higher-ranked (#3) Raiders. He was the second best scorer with 22 points. Sturt also added 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. He has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.4apg in the 24 games. Despite Sturt played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Australian national team roster.

   #14. Former U21 international forward Blagoj Janev (203-84, college: New Hampshire) was the major contributor in a Thor Thorl's victory against the closely-ranked Snaefell 72-65 in the Icelandic Express League last Thursday. Janev scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. This season he has very high stats. Janev averages: 15.7ppg and 6.5rpg. Despite he played previously for the FYR Macedonian national team, Janev is currently in the Australian U21 national team roster.

   #15. Former international point guard Rhys Carter (190-84) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Uppsala Basket in their game against Boras Basket in the Swedish Basketligan. He scored 7 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 31 minutes. His team lost 85-90. Carter is ranked fourth on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 5.7apg and 2.5spg in the 41 games. Despite Carter played previously for the FYR Macedonian national team, he is currently in the Australian national team roster.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna25.8 
 2. Drenovac, Arkadia23.0 
 3. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 4. Shavies, Furstenf.18.4 
 5. Shaw, Oberwart18.0 
 6. Djuric, Gussing17.1 
 7. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.17.1 
 8. Grum, UBSC G.17.1 
 9. Fears, Kapfenberg16.9 
 10. Curry, Gmunden16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joe WERNER
  Wels
  (201-C-84)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Werner, Wels9.9 
 2. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.3 
 3. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 4. Oppland, Gmunden7.7 
 5. Ware, Furstenfeld7.3 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.2 
 7. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 8. Robinson, Furstenf.7.1 
 9. Nelson, Kapfenberg7.0 
 10. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.9 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg6.4 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.5.9 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.4 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing5.0 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.7 
 7. Schaal, UBSC G.4.4 
 8. Curry, Gmunden4.4 
 9. Lanegger, Klostern.3.9 
 10. Grum, UBSC G.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.6 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.4 
 3. Pryor, Wels2.1 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.0 
 5. Toroman, BC Vienna1.9 
 6. Brown, Wels1.8 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden1.5 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.4 
 9. Milosevic, St.Polt.1.4 
 10. Danek, Arkadia1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary WARE
  Furstenfeld
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ware, Furstenfeld1.0 
 2. Scott, Gussing1.0 
 3. Kohlmaier, Wels0.8 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.8 
 5. Brown, Wels0.7 
 6. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 7. Rizvic, Oberwart0.6 
 8. Arnold, Gmunden0.6 
 9. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.0.5 


Benjamin Ortner selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St.), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Benetton Treviso (11-15) in their last game. Despite Ortner's good performance Benetton Treviso was edged in an overtime 102-99 on the road by the higher-ranked (#10) Lottomatica Roma. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Ortner has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 63.7%(79-124) and FT: 66.7% in the 16 games he played so far. He played for the Austrian senior national team five years ago.

Hermann Opoku
Hermann Opoku
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Hermann Opoku (205-86, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: G.Washington). Opoku contributed to an easy victory against the leader USK Praha (32-0) crushing them 92-56 in the Czech Republic NBL last Wednesday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. BK JIP Pardubice (24-12) is placed fourth in A1 group. The Second Stage already ended. This season Opoku averages: 2.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 48.6% and FT: 66.7%. He played for the Austrian national team in 2010.

Jason Detrick
Jason Detrick
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Jason Detrick (198-80, agency: Court Side, college: Oklahoma), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Detrick was not able to help Lleida Basquet (19-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Lleida Basquet lost 77-91 in Tenerife to the leading Canarias. Detrick recorded 11 points and added 3 assists in 27 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Detrick is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers with 15.3ppg. This year his other stats are: 3.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 49.6%, 3FGP: 33.7% and FT: 73.9% in the 30 games. Detrick is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Detrick is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team. He used to play for UBC Stahlbau Oberwart Gunners in Austrian league.

Matej Kljaic
Matej Kljaic
   #4. Forward Matej Kljaic (193-91) managed to help Svjetlost Slavonski Brod to win against the sixth-ranked Zabok (1-5) 74-73 in the Croatian A1 in Friday night's game. Kljaic scored 5 points. Svjetlost Slavonski Brod (1-5) is placed eighth in Championship Group. They ended the series of six consecutive loses. Kljaic's overall stats this season are: 4.2ppg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Austrian U16 national team back in 2007.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) plays for Zlatorog in Slovenian Telemach League
Anton Maresch (192-G-91) plays for River Andorra in Spanish LEB Silver
Ivan Djerman (203-F-83) plays for Amicale in Luxembourg Diekirch League
Peter Klemm (197-F-85) plays for Tuebingen II in German Regionalliga
Michael Kaiser (195-G-82) plays for TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach in German Regionalliga
Gunther Zajic (183-G-85) plays for Werne in German Regionalliga
Alexander Schreiner (208-C-90) plays for Bamberg in German 2.Regionalliga
Hansjorg Schuetzinger (190-G/F-90) plays for Birsfelden in Swiss 1LN



A Bundesliga Quarterfinals: First games (best-of-three) - by Eurobasket News

First games of the A Bundesliga Quarterfinals are completed tonight. Second games are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.


Wels - Oberwart
78-64 (1-0)

It looked good early as Oberwart Gunners took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Raiffeisen Wels had a 21-16 second period charge getting the lead and Oberwart Gunners were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 64-78. They outrebounded Oberwart Gunners 36-20 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and American-Iranian point guard Ali Farokhmanesh (183-88, college: N.Iowa, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) accounted for 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. American guard Vernard Hollins (190-80, college: Wright St.) came up with 17 points and naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Oberwart Gunners in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Wels: D.Lamesic 19+8reb+1ast, J.Werner 16+13reb+2ast, A.Farokhmanesh 16+6reb+6ast, Q.Pryor 13+6reb+3ast, T.Brown 12+2reb+3ast, T.Csebits 2+1ast
Oberwart: V.Hollins 17+1reb+3ast, J.Johnson 12+6reb+2ast, J.Dean Shaw 9+3reb+2ast, D.Jandl 7+1reb, H.Ochsenhofer 7+2reb, H.Artner 5+2ast


gschID: 173524

Klosterneub. - Furstenfeld 64-74 (0-1)
The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 10 points. Furstenfeld Panthers forced 25 Xion Dukes turnovers. American forward Jeff Robinson (198-88, college: Seton Hall) stepped up and scored 30 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 6 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Bosnian-Slovenian guard Damir Zeleznik (188-80) scored 13 points.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: J.Robinson 30+6reb, K.Payton 11+5reb+2ast, G.Ware 10+7reb, L.O'Neal 6+1reb+5ast, A.Shavies 6+13reb+11ast, M.Graf 5+3reb
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 16+8reb, D.Zeleznik 13+3reb, R.Suljanovic 10+4reb+1ast, L.Sallomon 7+2reb+1ast, C.Nagler 7+5reb+2ast, J.Chappell 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 173522


Kapfenberg - Gussing 80-86 (0-1)
The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 20-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. Gussing Knights players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws). International guard Thomas Klepeisz (188-91) contributed with 16 points and 8 assists for the winners. Gussing Knights' coach Robert Langer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 7 rebounds and 16 assists and the other American import power forward Demetrius Nelson (203-86, college: Citadel, agency: Court Side) added 21 points (made all of his seven free throws) in the effort for Kapfenberg Bulls. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Gussing: A.Djuric 19+5reb+4ast, T.Klepeisz 16+1reb+8ast, C.Scott 14+4reb+3ast, S.Koch 13+4reb, E.Kadic 13+1reb+1ast, M.Heard 6+10reb+2ast
Kapfenberg: J.Fears 21+7reb+16ast, D.Nelson 21+4reb+1ast, L.Gordon 14+5reb+1ast, D.Mayes 13+2reb, S.Knabl 4+6reb+1ast, T.Schreiner 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 173523


Gmunden - BC Vienna 76-77 (0-1)
The guests trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 30-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) fired 25 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Jean Francois (197-80, college: Georgia South, agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 assists and the other American import forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four BC Vienna and five Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 25+3reb+4ast, B.Matthews 18+6reb, J.Francois 15+9reb+1ast, D.Toroman 11+4reb+4ast, T.Gaspar 8+6reb+2ast, D.Hasenburger 0
Gmunden: M.Curry 20+3reb+11ast, R.Arnold 13+4reb+2ast, M.Mayer 12+8reb+4ast, F.Schoeninger 12+3reb+5ast, D.Oppland 11+11reb+3ast, M.Oppland 4+2reb



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Rashad Moss selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rashad Moss
Rashad Moss
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Rashad Moss (203-86, college: UALR). He led Pioneros Los Mochis to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Mineros de Cananea (7-9) 97-95 in the Mexican CIBACOPA last Wednesday. Moss was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Pioneros de Los Mochis (6-10) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the CIBACOPA. It was Pioneros Los Mochis' first victory after five consecutive loses. Moss has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 6.6rpg and FT: 84.6%. Despite Moss played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Bahamas national team in 2009.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern), who plays in the Japanese BJ League. He could not help Niigata Albirex (25-21) in their last game. Despite Davis' good performance the third-placed Niigata Albirex was edged 73-72 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) Fukuoka Rizing in the Eastern group. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Davis also added 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. This year Davis' overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 41.5% and FT: 69.1% in the 22 games he played so far. Worth to mention Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Davis played also for the Bahamas national team in 2009.

Lavar Simmons
Lavar Simmons
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's). He led Roche to a 3-point victory against the 14th-ranked Chartres (12-18) 72-69 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Simmons recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. Union Al Roche - Case Metropole Basket (0-0) is placed in the NM1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Simmons' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 51.9% and FT: 61.4%. Despite Simmons played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Bahamas national team in 2009.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #4. Forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW), who plays in the Swiss LNA was not able to help Starwings (9-15) in their last game. Despite Burrows' very good performance Starwings was edged 70-67 in Geneve by the higher-ranked (#3) Lions. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Burrows also added 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 40 minutes. Burrows belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #3) and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 18.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg in the 24 games. Despite Burrows played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Bahamas national team roster.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (198-G-90, college: Washington St.), who plays in the NBA could not help the Golden State Warriors (21-33) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Golden State Warriors lost 98-104 on the road to the Utah Jazz. Thompson was the second best scorer with 23 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 32 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Thompson's third season in pro basketball. It's Thompson's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.7apg in the 55 games he played so far. Thompson has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Despite his Bahamas passport, Thompson previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bahamas team.

Other top Bahamas players, who play abroad:

Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86) plays for Atlanta Hawks in the NBA
Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) plays for Marinos in Venezuelan LPB
Jamaal Douglas (201-F-85) plays for Bohemios in Uruguayan LUB
Anwar Ferguson (213-C-81) plays for Correcaminos in Mexican LNBP
Mitchell Johnson (196-F-85) plays for Panteras in Mexican LNBP
Dynile Forbes (188-G-86) plays for Leyma Basquet in Spanish LEB Silver
Robert Nortmann (198-F) plays for Dalhousie University in Canadian university league CIS
Kyle Edwards (208-C-80) plays for Ferrol in Spanish EBA
Urit Kelly (197-F-74) plays for Eivissa in Spanish EBA
Trevor Harvey (211-C-80) plays for Widad Safrou AC de Casablanca in Moroccan D1

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



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  BELARUS   


Artsiom Parakhouski selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford). He was the major contributor in Budivelnyk's victory against the tenth-ranked Kryvbasbasket (14-24) 88-87 in the Ukrainian Superleague in Monday night's game. Parakhouski recorded 15 points and added 3 assists in a mere 19 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Budivelnyk Kyiv (30-8) is placed second in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Parakhouski averages: 8.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 59.3%(86-145) and FT: 66.7% in the 28 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, agency: RU-Basket Management), who plays in the Russian PBL. Veremeenko could not help Unics Kazan (5-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Unics Kazan was crushed 89-65 on the road by the higher-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (#5). Veremeenko scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Veremeenko's fourth season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 8.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 2FGP: 53.2% and FT: 74.2%. Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Veremeenko played also for the Belarusian national team in 2007.

Dzianis Korshuk
Dzianis Korshuk
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Dzianis Korshuk (202-78, agency: New Trend Agency). He was not able to help BC Odessa (22-16) in their game against DniproAzot (12-26) in the Ukrainian Superleague, despite his very good performance on Monday night. Korshuk was the second best scorer with 15 points in 34 minutes. But BC Odessa lost in an overtime 103-111 at home to the lower-ranked (#11) DniproAzot. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Korshuk's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 71.4% in the 38 games. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Korshuk played also for the Belarusian national team in 2009.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #4. Forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (201-85, also represented by RU-Basket Management) was not able to secure a victory for BC Nizhny Novgorod (2-14) in their game against Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (7-8) in the Russian PBL. Despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Pustahvar also added 4 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Pustahvar's total stats this season are: 2.2ppg and 1.1rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian. Despite Pustahvar played previously for the Russian national team, he is currently in the Belarusian national team roster.

Pavel Ulyanko
Pavel Ulyanko
   #5. Former international power forward Pavel Ulyanko (204-79) couldn't help Kalev/Cramo (23-5) in their game against Tartu Ulikool (25-3) in the Estonian KML, despite his good performance last Wednesday. Ulyanko was the second best scorer with 10 points in 21 minutes. But Kalev/Cramo was edged 76-74 on their home court in Tallinn by the leading Tartu Ulikool. It was Kalev/Cramo's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Ulyanko's total stats are: 7.9ppg and 3.7rpg in the 13 games. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Ulyanko is currently in the Belarusian national team roster.

Valentin Yurchyk
Valentin Yurchyk
   #6. Forward Valentin Yurchyk (207-87, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) is a teammate of previously mentioned Aliaksandr Pustahvar and both played together in the last Russian PBL game. Yurchyk couldn't help BC Nizhny Novgorod (2-14) in their game against Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (7-8). He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. But the bottom-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod was defeated 91-80 in Vladivostok by the higher-ranked Spartak Primorie (#6). Yurchyk has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 1.6rpg. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Yurchyk is also a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team four years ago.

Heorhi Kandrusevich
Heorhi Kandrusevich
   #7. Former international forward Heorhi Kandrusevich (198-78, another player represented by New Trend Agency) couldn't help Ferro-ZNTU (22-16) in their game against BC Donetsk (30-8) in the Ukrainian Superleague. He scored 7 points in 26 minutes. Ferro-ZNTU lost 78-82 on their home court in Zaporozhye to the leading BC Donetsk. Kandrusevich's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Kandrusevich is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Ferro-ZNTU's roster. He has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4apg in the 32 games. Despite Kandrusevich played previously for the Russian national team, he is currently in the Belarusian national team roster.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #8. Swingman Vitali Liutych (198-92) managed to help BC Siauliai to win against the league leader Zalgiris (20-1) 92-81 in the Lithuanian LKL last Monday. Liutych recorded only 4 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Siauliai (14-6) is placed fourth in the LKL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Liutych's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 2.2rpg. Liutych plays currently for the Belarusian U20 national team.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #9. International guard Valery Gandlin (191-86) led Kiryat Tivon to a victory against the league outsider Lev Hasharon (7-18) 96-90 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night. He recorded 12 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes. Hapoel Kiryat Tivon (13-12) is placed sixth in the National League. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Gandlin's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Gandlin has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.6apg in the nine games. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Gandlin is currently in the Belarusian national team roster.



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Axel Hervelle selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83). He was the major contributor in a Gescrap BB's victory against the 13th-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (11-17) 78-72 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. Hervelle scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (16-12) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Hervelle averages: 5.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 51.6% in the 22 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Aleksander Lichodzijewski
Aleksander Lichodzijewski
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84), who plays in the Polish PLK. Lichodzijewski could not help PBG Basket (11-25) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed PBG Basket was defeated 73-65 at home by the second-ranked AZS Koszalin in the Group B. Lichodzijewski was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 6 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Lichodzijewski's first season with the team. Lichodzijewski has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 38.0% and FT: 73.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Polish. Despite Lichodzijewski played previously for the Polish national team, he played also for the Belgian national team in 2008.

Ryan Hoover
Ryan Hoover
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard Ryan Hoover (188-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame). Hoover led Fileni BPA to a victory against one of league's weakest teams S.Antimo (8-16) 89-77 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He scored 20 points in 28 minutes. Fileni BPA Jesi (13-11) is placed seventh in the Lega2. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Hoover has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 27.6%, 3FGP: 43.5% and FT: 96.5%(55-57) in the 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hoover played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Belgian national team in 2008. Strangely Hoover has never played in Belgium.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #4. Guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86) was not able to help CAI Zaragoza (14-14) in their game against UCAM Murcia (10-18) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. CAI Zaragoza was defeated 76-62 on the road by the lower-ranked UCAM Murcia (#16). Van Rossom's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.7apg. He is also Belgian national team player.

Beye Tabu-Eboma
Beye Tabu-Eboma
   #5. International point guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-85), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to secure a victory for Vanoli-Braga (10-17) in their last game. Despite Tabu-Eboma's good performance Vanoli-Braga was crushed 86-64 in Pesaro by the much higher-ranked (#6) Scavolini. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Tabu-Eboma also added 4 steals in 30 minutes. Tabu-Eboma has reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg in the 27 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Tabu-Eboma is currently in the Belgian national team roster.

Marcus Faison
Marcus Faison
   #6. Guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague couldn't help Kryvbasbasket (14-24) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Kryvbasbasket was crushed 98-75 on their home court in Krivoy Rog by the much higher-ranked Azovmash (#3). Faison scored 12 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Faison's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Faison played previously for the USA national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster. Faison used to play for TEC Spirou Charleroi in Belgian league.

Yannick Driesen
Yannick Driesen
   #7. Former international center Yannick Driesen (215-88) couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes (7-20) in their game against Cajasol (15-13) in the Spanish ACB. Driesen scored 6 points in only 13 minutes. Asefa Estudiantes lost 64-77 in Sevilla to the much higher-ranked (#8) Cajasol. It was Asefa Estudiantes' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Driesen's overall stats are: 5.4ppg and 2.5rpg in the 21 games. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Driesen is currently in the Belgian national team roster.

Other top Belgian players, who play abroad:

Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) plays for Air Avellino in Italian SerieA
Sebastien Maio (190-G-78) plays for Plymouth Raiders in British BBL
Mark Acres (210-C-62) plays for Benfica in Portuguese LPB
Kandi Mukole (203-F) plays for Guildford Heat in British BBL
Thomas Dreesen (199-F-88) plays for Sparta in Luxembourg Diekirch League
Karim Nesba (188-G-86) plays for RSB Berkane in Moroccan D1
Steve Oelbrandt (200-C-80) plays for Helsingborg in Swedish Basketettan
Christopher Jones (188-G-90) plays for Amicale in Luxembourg Diekirch League

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



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League Six: Siroki hands first loss to Igokea, stays perfect - by Eurobasket News

Round Five of the Bosnian top division for men was played last weekend. Two undefeated teams met in Siroki Brijeg on Saturday and home squad celebrated 75-65 victory keeping the perfect 5-0 record in the league. At the same time, Igokea dropped to second position with 4-1. Dalibor Persic (193-G-85) led Siroki WWin to victory in this derby game. He had 16 points and 5 rebounds. Coleman Collins (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Virginia Tech) scored 13 points, while Darko Planinic (211-C-90) added 12 points and 6 rebs. In Igokea, Milan Dozet (204-SF-79) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds.
In other games, Varda cruised past Bosna ASA BHT on the road 59-71. Ivan Miceta (205-FC-81) stepped up for the guests with 17 points and 6 boards. Both teams had 1-3 record before this meeting.
Capljina was better than Mladost 81-69 registering the first win at this stage. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) dominated under the basket with 21 points and 13 rebs. Capljina 1-4 Mladost 2-3.
Round Six is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.



Nedim Dedovic and Sandro Gacic announced for U16 squad! - by Chris Mathieu

Nedim Dedovic and Sandro Gacic announced for U16 squad! It what can only be described as a huge victory for BiH basketball fans, two of the best players of their basketball generation Nedim Dedovic and Sandro Gacic have been announced for the U16 cadet games to be played next month!
It was not so long ago that hope for Nedim Dedovic appeared lost. He had been mentioned as getting a Spanish passport and was heavily recruited by Spanish officials to join their junior national teams. Since Bosnian officials appeared disorganized, lost and incapable for putting together a real organization, the chances of reclaiming a lost talent as him seemed impossible. He rebuffed overtures from the KSBiH over the last year or so when approached by officials. The hiring of Aco Petrovic, Nenad Markovic and Gordan Firic appeared to be the first step to gain the trust of young international Bosnian players. In the last few months the open pursuit of these players along with the silence from the player camps, seemed to be tipping the balance in favor of BiH. Then the recent announcement of the U16 Spanish squad to include Bosnian talent Adnan Omeragic but not mentioning Nedim Dedovic seemed like a great sign for BiH basketball. This week it was announced that both players would participate in practice games with U16 squad in May! These can only be seen as positive developments for Bosnian basketball.
Sandro Gacic was also heavily pursued by Spanish officials but had always rebuffed these saying that he would only play for BiH, a promise made by others in the past only to be later broken. Sandro is an immense talent and it seems his leadership and commitment to BiH can only have been a positive move in the eyes of other Bosnian youngsters.
Nedim Dedovic 198cm SG 1997 One of the best shooting guard talents of his generation he has been a leading scorer of Spanish kids of his generation. Nedim is a better natural shooter than his brother Nihad and possibly a better overall talent.
Sandro Gacic 197cm PG 1996 Sandro is a point guard who serious NBA potential to lead a team. He has an excellent all-around game and is a good athlete.



Adding insult to injury KK BOSNA locked out of Skenderija due to payment dispute - by Chris Mathieu

Adding insult to injury KK BOSNA locked out of Skenderija due to payment dispute!
Adding to the woes of one time Bosnian powerhouse KK BOSNA they were recently locked out of Skenderija stadium in Sarajevo just hours before a recent game! Stadium officials say the dispute is of the team owing the stadium 177,000km. The dispute doesnt look like it will end anytime soon, as the team says there is no financial transparency in the money owed, no dates, no invoices and no contracts just a demand for payment. The whole situation appears to be another black eye for the team on top of the recent dispute with Dzenan Rahimic and the teams play in League 6.
It seems time the team tries to arrange funding for a new stadium that is professionally run or owned by the team. KSBiH officials have stated they dont believe private ownership would help the team but that is absurd as the teams brand is worth millions when marketed and run properly. Also the gate and concessions revenue from a real stadium would prove a windfall for the team and the city. The city should consider adding a tourism tax to help finance the cost of the team or offer sale bonds in the team and offer public ownership. Anything has to be better than the situation that has come about in the last few years.
The teams lack of direction or building for the future is absurd as the team has zero chance of advancement in league 6. This hasnt stopped the team from running out the same marginal, retread players who do little to help the team build for the future.



Zoran Planinic selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Zoran Planinic
Zoran Planinic
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Zoran Planinic (199-82). He led Khimky to a victory over the seventh-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-9) 79-68 in the Russian PBL last Sunday. Planinic was MVP of the game. He scored 14 points, had 6 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 3 balls. BC Khimky Moscow Region (15-2) is placed first in the PBL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Planinic is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.4apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 60.3%(47-78), 3FGP: 56.0%(14-25) and FT: 69.4%. Planinic has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Planinic is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: Beo Basket). He was the main contributor in Galatasaray's victory against the closely-ranked Besiktas (19-7) 92-81 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL on Monday night. Djedovic was the best player in that game. He recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul (22-4) is placed first in the TBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Djedovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.5apg and FT: 83.3% in the two games he played so far. Despite Djedovic played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Damir Markota
Damir Markota
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Damir Markota (210-85), who plays in the Croatian A1. Markota could not help KK Zagreb CO (3-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed KK Zagreb CO was defeated in an overtime 95-87 in a derby game by the second-ranked Cedevita in the Championship Group. Markota recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 12 rebounds. This season Markota has very high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 70.6%(36-51) and FT: 71.4%. Markota is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Markota is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Kenan Bajramovic
Kenan Bajramovic
   #4. Forward Kenan Bajramovic (206-81) contributed to a Banvit BK's victory against the closely-ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (19-7) 79-75 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday. He was the top player that evening. Bajramovic scored 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (21-5) is placed third in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Bajramovic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.6apg in the 25 games. Despite Bajramovic played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #5. International forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, also represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Caja Laboral (20-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Teletovic's good performance Caja Laboral was edged 72-71 on the road by the lower-ranked Meridiano Alicante (#7). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Teletovic also added 5 rebounds. Teletovic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Caja Laboral's roster. He is currently second on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). This season Teletovic has very high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.2apg. Despite Teletovic played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Stanko Barac
Stanko Barac
   #6. Center Stanko Barac (217-86) helped Anadolu Efes win their game against the league outsider Bandirma Kirmizi (3-23) 77-71 in the Turkish TBL in Sunday night's game. Barac scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (22-4) is placed second in the TBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Barac's overall stats are: 8.0ppg and 3.7rpg in the 24 games. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Barac is also an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Bojan Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic
   #7. International swingman Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89) faced previously mentioned Kenan Bajramovic in the Turkish TBL last game. Bogdanovic, who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to secure a victory for Fenerbahce Ulker (19-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Fenerbahce Ulker was defeated 79-75 in Balikesir by the higher-ranked Banvit BK (#3). Bogdanovic was the second best scorer with 13 points. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Bogdanovic has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Bogdanovic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Goran Suton
Goran Suton
   #8. Center Goran Suton (209-85, college: Michigan St.) was the major contributor in Cibona's victory against the sixth-ranked Zadar (8-12) 84-74 in the Croatian A1 on Tuesday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Suton's third season in pro basketball. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (6-0) is placed first in Championship Group. So far his team won all six games in the Second Stage. Suton has reliable stats this year: 12.8ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.8spg in the six games. Despite he played previously for the Croatian national team, Suton is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Ernest Bremer
Ernest Bremer
   #9. International guard Ernest Bremer (194-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) helped Armani Milano win their game against the 11th-ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (11-15) 98-92 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. He recorded 12 points and added 3 passes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (16-10) is placed fourth in the SerieA. Bremer's stats this season are: 10.7ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Bremer played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster. Bremer used to play for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina league.

Ante Masic
Ante Masic
   #10. Forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Interperformances) is a teammate of previously mentioned Damir Markota and both played together in the last Croatian A1 game. Masic couldn't help KK Zagreb CO (3-3) in their game against Cedevita (5-1), despite his very good performance last Wednesday. He scored 15 points in 37 minutes. But KK Zagreb CO (#5) lost in an overtime 87-95 in a derby game to the second-ranked Cedevita in the Championship Group. Masic's stats this year are: 14.8ppg and 4.0rpg in the five games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Masic is also an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88) helped Lottomatica Roma win their game against the closely-ranked Air Avellino 88-82 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He recorded 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Gordic's total stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Gordic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #12. International guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81, agency: Court Side) couldn't help Kvarner 2010 in their game against Krizevci in the Croatian A1, despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Ceskovic also added 4 assists in 40 minutes. But his team lost 74-82. Ceskovic is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (sixth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 19.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.6spg in the 19 games. Despite Ceskovic played previously for the Croatian national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #13. International center Mile Ilic (215-84, another player represented by Interperformances) couldn't help Zvezda in their game against BKK Radnicki in the Serbian A League. Despite his good performance last Sunday Ilic scored 12 points and blocked 2 blocks. His total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 3.5rpg. Despite Ilic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #14. International guard Goran Ikonic (196-80, another player represented by Beo Basket) helped Karsiyaka win their game against one of league's weakest teams Trabzonspor 99-91 in the Turkish TBL on Saturday night. Ikonic scored 10 points and added 5 passes in 18 minutes. He averaged so far 11.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in the 26 games. Despite Ikonic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #15. International forward Toni Bizaca (202-82) helped Dubrovnik win their game against the fifth-ranked Borik Puntamika 75-56 in the Croatian A1 in Wednesday night's game. Bizaca was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. Bizaca also added 2 blocks. This season he has very high stats. Bizaca averages: 26.0ppg and 9.0rpg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Bizaca is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

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

   #1. Mirza Begic (217-C-85) led Real Madrid to a victory over the ninth-ranked Unicaja Malaga (14-14) 64-51 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Begic scored 14 points, had 7 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 27 minutes. Real Madrid (21-7) is placed second in the ACB. Begic is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.6bpg. He also averaged so far 5.8ppg and 4.3rpg in the 27 games he played so far. Begic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite his Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, Begic currently plays for the Slovenian national team and is not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.



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Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. S.Jose/Unimed 22-5 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 21-6 
 3. Flamengo 21-6 
 4. Uniceub/BRB 20-6 
 5. Unitri/Universo 18-10 
 6. Paulistano 17-11 
 7. Itabom/Bauru 16-11 
 8. Cia do Terno 14-14 
 9. Winner/Limeira 13-15 
 10. Vivo/Franca 13-15 
 11. Liga Sorocaba 11-17 
 12. Tijuca TC 9-19 
 13. Minas 9-19 
 14. Araraquara 2-26 
 15. Vila Velha 1-27 

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 5: S.Jose/Unimed - Cia do Terno 93-82
Apr. 6: Uniceub/BRB - Minas 87-76
Apr. 5: Pinheiros/Sky - Paulistano 82-87
Apr. 5: Unitri/Universo - Vivo/Franca 80-68
Apr. 5: Araraquara - Winner/Limeira 78-89
Apr. 5: Tijuca TC - Flamengo 76-83
Apr. 8: Itabom/Bauru - Minas 76-75
Apr. 6: Liga Sorocaba - Itabom/Bauru 71-64
Apr. 10: S.Jose/Unimed - Pinheiros/Sky
Apr. 10: Itabom/Bauru - Uniceub/BRB


Tiago Splitter selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the San Antonio Spurs (40-15) in their last game. Despite Splitter's good performance the San Antonio Spurs lost 84-91 on the road to the Utah Jazz. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Splitter also added 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 26 minutes on the court. It was Spurs' first loss after eleven consecutive victories. Splitter has relatively good stats this year: 9.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 61.2%(177-289) and FT: 68.1% in the 48 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Despite Splitter played previously for the Spanish national team, he is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Joao Paulo Batista
Joao Paulo Batista
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga), who plays in the French ProA. Batista was not able to help Le Mans (16-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Le Mans was defeated 87-76 at home by the lower-ranked Cholet (#8). Batista recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. It's Batista's fourth season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 55.8%(150-269) and FT: 76.5%. Despite Batista played previously for the Spanish national team, he played also for the Brazilian national team in 2010.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports). Huertas managed to help Regal FC Barcelona in a victory against the tenth-ranked CAI Zaragoza (14-14) 68-49 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 5 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 19 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (23-5) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Huertas' first season with the team. This year Huertas' overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.4apg, 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 79.5% in the 28 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Italian. Huertas is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Leandrinho Barbosa
Leandrinho Barbosa
   #4. Point guard Leandrinho Barbosa (190-82) led Indiana Pacers to a victory against the Toronto Raptors (20-38) 103-98 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He recorded 14 points. The Indiana Pacers have a solid 35-22 record this season. Barbosa has reliable stats this year: 8.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.1apg. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Barbosa is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Vitor Faverani
Vitor Faverani
   #5. Former international center Vitor Faverani (211-88) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked FIATC Joventut (12-16) crushing them 90-67 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Valencia Basket (16-12) is placed fifth in the ACB. This year Faverani's total stats are: 7.2ppg and 3.5rpg in the 21 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian national team, Faverani is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #6. Center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86) faced previously mentioned Marcelinho Huertas in the Spanish ACB last game. Hettsheimer was not able to secure a victory for CAI Zaragoza (14-14) in their game against Regal FC Barcelona (23-5). He did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. Hettsheimer recorded only 2 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. CAI Zaragoza was badly defeated 68-49 on their home court in Zaragoza by the leading Regal FC Barcelona. Hettsheimer is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg and 6.8rpg. Hettsheimer is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #7. International point guard Raul Neto (186-92) couldn't help Lagun Aro GBC (16-12) in their game against UCAM Murcia (10-18) in the Spanish ACB. He recorded 6 points in 15 minutes. Lagun Aro GBC lost 67-71 on their home court in San Sebastian to the much lower-ranked (#16) UCAM Murcia. Neto has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.0apg in the 28 games. Despite he played previously for the Spanish national team, Neto is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #8. Center Hatila Passos (211-86, college: N.Mexico St.) couldn't help Hebraica (9-1) in their game against Aguada (8-2) in the Uruguayan LUB. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. The first-placed Hebraica was defeated in a double overtime (!!!) 95-89 on the opponent's court by the leading Aguada in the Serie 1. Passos is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. This season he has very good stats: 14.6ppg and 11.6rpg. Despite Passos played previously for the Spanish national team, he is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Marcus Vinicius Toledo
Marcus Vinicius Toledo
   #9. Former international forward Marcus Vinicius Toledo (203-86) contributed to a 3-point Ford Burgos' victory against the 16th-ranked Lobe Huesca (11-20) 93-90 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Sunday night. Toledo recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes. Autocid Ford Burgos (20-11) is placed second in the LEB Gold. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Toledo is ranked first on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.4spg. This year his other stats are: 7.7ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg in the 31 games. Despite Toledo played previously for the Spanish national team, he is currently in the Brazilian national team roster.

Kazuya Hatano
Kazuya Hatano
   #10. Forward Kazuya Hatano (192-82) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Oita Heat Devils (19-26) 87-70 in the Japanese BJ League in Monday night's game. Hatano scored 8 points. Shiga Lakestars (30-16) are placed third in Western group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Hatano has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 2.8rpg. Despite he played previously for the Japanese U22 national team, Hatano is also a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Brazilian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Gustavo Lo Leggio (195-87) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams SAM Massagno crushing them 112-76 in the Swiss LNA last Wednesday. He scored only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. Lo Leggio has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.2rpg in the 13 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team eleven years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan in their game against Caceres 2016 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Cobos cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was defeated 78-64. Cobos has averaged so far 4.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former international power forward Bruno Cavalcante (201-91, college: Peninsula JC) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams CAB Madeira in their game against Ovarense in the Portuguese LPB. Cavalcante cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 71-54. Cavalcante has averaged so far 1.7ppg and 2.0rpg in the 21 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international center Renan Leichtweis (207-89) couldn't help Palencia Baloncesto in their game against Menorca Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Leichtweis cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was defeated 83-74. Leichtweis has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.6rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian U18 national team back in 2006.

   #15. An experienced former international forward Romero Junior (200-74) couldn't help Fisica in their game against Oliveirense in the Portuguese Proliga (second division). Junior cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. His team lost 75-81. Junior has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.9rpg in the 18 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team six years ago.



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  CHINA   


Mannheim 2012: Russia edge China, improve at 2-1 record - by Eurobasket News

Russia U18 - China U18 77:61

Russian U18 team recorded the second win at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. They defeated Chinese counterparts to climb at 2-1 record in Group C. Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) stepped up with 23 points and 6 boards to lead the effort. China fell at 0-3 record after the loss.
Russia held their opponents to 13 points in the first period to take a 5-point lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Russia posted a 35:28 halftime advantage. Russia stayed in control throughout the third period. The European side established a 55:47 lead with one quarter remaining. They never slowed down in the fourth term cruising to the victory. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-F-94) posted 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Igor Kanygin (204-F-94) contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds for Russia. Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) notched 22 points for China. Heng Yifeng (195-F-95) had 12 points in the losing effort.

Russia U18: Mikhail Kulagin 23, Stanislav Ilnitskiy 17, Igor Kanygin 13+10 boards
China U18: Zhao Jiwei 22, Heng Yifeng 12



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  CROATIA   


Sonik Puntamika waives coach Plantak, promotes Marko Selin as new HC - by Eurobasket News

Neven Plantak is no longer a Head Coach of Sonik Puntamika. The team from Zadar released Plantak after 75-56 road loss against Dubrovnik last Wednesday. Sonik Puntamika currently has 5-9 record in Play-Out group and after this defeat shares last place in the standings with Dubrovnik. Four-game loosing streak forced Sonik Puntamika to change something, so after firing Plantak the team promoted Marko Selin as a new Head Coach. Selin worked with Sonik Puntamika juniors so far. He will make debut on Tuesday against Alkar. Neven Plantak took over Sonik Puntamika in 2009. Before that he worked with Slovakian teams Handlova and Komarno. Plantak also coached Jazine Zadar, Siroki and Posusje. In 2004, Plantak won the Bosnian league title with Siroki and that same year they also won the Cup.


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  CYPRUS   


A great Basketball experience in a country which suppose to have distance from basketball! - by Chris Mammides

I was talking the other night with the Head Coach of Guangzhou Free Man of the Chinese NBL League, Raca Dragan who spent most of his coaching career in Europe and mostly in Greece, Cyprus and Lebanon and lectured in many regions and many camps/clinics from USA to China, (he is working currently and for the last two years in the Chinese league), and I asked him to tell me his opinion and his feelings in regards to the Chinese league and Chinese level of Basketball in all aspects, organization, wealth, talent, training, space to work, communication etc. The guy is simply thrilled with what he is currently viewing in more or less all the pre-mentioned levels, Raca found his Basketball Ithaca in China in a never expected result.

He mentioned to me that in terms of organization and Basketball Technology there is no-where else in the globe to compare the tools they are using in China (and his team), other than NBA, and the Chinese level is really getting very close to the specific level. A sport, which seriously started in the land of the Middle Kingdom only some years ago, (less than 10), is now all the way to the top level in the most of its key-elements, as the experienced shared by Coach Raca is quite interesting.

According to Coach Raca, the tools which he is using for his training and the organization behind them is simply amazing, currently he and his team are on a training level (he is preparing his team for the season to come) and they are doing their preparation in a Basketball center which reminds a lot a 5 star hotel at any given place in Europe! This Basketball center contains 12 full armed basketball courts in full technology, boards, stat-tables, all the necessary machinery and personnel to assist the teams which are currently prepared in the specific area.

In the town of Chengdu the capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China one of the most important economic, transportation, and communication centers in Western China and more specifically in the Basketball center Sighuan Province is the Basketball Paradise for any Coach. Coach Raca told me that even though he traveled nearly all over the world and he has worked in many regions he never saw something like that. Imagine a huge covered camp consist of 12 (twelve) Basketball courts of the last technology (together with their fully equipped gyms) with everything that a coach, trainer and management team needs for their basketball team.

According to Coach Raca, the president Mr. Zhou Shiqiang is the inventor and owner of the specific Basketball Paradise which currently hosts 10 different teams which are preparing on a fast mode as the Chinese NBL League starts officially at the end of April. With the use of the specific Basketball center, these teams do not need to go anywhere else to get prepared, as all the trainings, the friendly preparation games, the necessary exercises and all the rest ingredients of the modern basketball takes place in this Basketball Paradise.

The Sighuan Province Basketball center is launched officially for non Chinese teams later this season as it will be a perfect training and preparation center for any European and/or American team which really wants to live a basketball myth, according to Coach Raca this center is probably unique in the Globe and the services offered to any team are so innovative as the center itself has the tools and capabilities to make the job of both the Coaching team and the players even easier and much better as the conditions in all the necessary terms are absolutely professional and the perfection is really very close at these standards.

As an ending note, Coach Raca warn me that very soon China will enter for good in the Global Basketball Map as at this stage all the grass root job took place and very soon the Chinese Basketball empire will rice.


A unique interview with Coach Raca was taken place on the 8th of April, 2012 especially for Eurobasket.com



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Czech Republic U17 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Adam Pechacek
Pechacek
Prokop Slanina
Slanina
Martin Peterka
Peterka
Matej Rubes
Rubes
Tomas Soukal
Soukal
#e#5
Adam Pechacek 205-C-95 CS Bologna Italy
Prokop Slanina 204-C-95 Prostejov B Czech Republic
Martin Peterka 200-F-95 BK Pardubice Czech Republic
Matej Rubes 190-F/G-95 Proton Zlin Czech Republic
Tomas Soukal 200-F-95 BK Pardubice Czech Republic
Jiri Dedek 190-F-95 NH Ostrava Czech Republic
David Subert 182-PG-95 NH Ostrava Czech Republic
Lukas Vesely 190-G/F-95 Ostrava Czech Republic
David Zumer 178-PG-95 Proton Zlin Czech Republic
Radovan Kouril 183-PG-95 Lucentum Spain
Lukas Stegbauer 194-F-95 CEZ Nymburk Czech Republic
Jiri Soula 188-PG-95 BK Pardubice Czech Republic
Dominik Heinzl 202-C-95 Proton Zlin Czech Republic
Jakub Vlcek 174-PG-95 BK Pardubice Czech Republic
Petr Slechta 188-SF-95 Sokol Pisek Czech Republic

Petr Treml Head Coach VS Praha Czech Republic



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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. White, Aalborg24.9 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.6 
 3. Alexander, Bakken22.5 
 4. Henry, Naestved22.1 
 5. Rutherford, SISU21.0 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj20.7 
 7. Bishop, Aalborg19.0 
 8. Rasmussen, Vaerl.18.8 
 9. Sprinker, Vaerlose17.3 
 10. Delk, Vaerlose16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 D''Mario CURRY
  Aabyhoj
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Curry, Aabyhoj11.6 
 2. Bishop, Aalborg11.3 
 3. Glynn, Naestved10.4 
 4. St.John, Horsens10.2 
 5. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.6 
 6. Vinson, Svendborg8.6 
 7. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 8. Benjamin, Horsholm8.3 
 9. Ba, Falcon8.2 
 10. Rutherford, SISU8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Davor SATTLER
  Horsens IC
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Sattler, Horsens IC5.4 
 2. Henry, Naestved5.1 
 3. White, Aalborg4.9 
 4. Delk, Vaerlose4.6 
 5. Colman, Svendborg4.6 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon3.9 
 7. Fields, Falcon3.9 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg3.6 
 9. Nielsen, SISU3.6 
 10. Curry, Aabyhoj3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Henry, Naestved3.4 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.6 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.3 
 6. Fields, Falcon2.1 
 7. Sattler, Horsens IC2.0 
 8. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
 9. Curry, Aabyhoj1.8 
 10. McFarlane, Falcon1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bonell COLAS
  Horsholm
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Colas, Horsholm1.7 
 2. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
 3. Bishop, Aalborg1.6 
 4. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.6 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.6 
 6. Vinson, Svendborg1.4 
 7. Sprinker, Vaerlose1.2 
 8. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.1 
 9. Johansen, Naestved0.9 
 10. Eleraky, Aalborg0.9 


Rabbits join Bears in Ligaen Finals - by Eurobasket News

Semifinals, Game 5: Svendborg - Naestved 90-75 (3-2)

Fifth crucial game of the Playoff Semifinals between Svendborg and Naestved just ended. The Rabbits celebrated comfortable 90-75 home victory and booked a spot for the Finals. There, the Rabbits will meet Bakken Bears. It will be best-of-seven series and Bears will have the home court advantage. The Bears are defending champions from the last season. The Rabbits won the title in 2010 and they want to take it back. First game of the Finals series is scheduled for Thursday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-75. Svendborg forced 19 Naestved turnovers. The former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) stepped up and scored 23 points and 9 assists for the winners and the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. Five Svendborg players scored in double figures. Svendborg's coach Craig Pedersen used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) responded with 27 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: SF Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds.

Svendborg: C.Colman 23+2reb+9ast, A.Darboe 23+2reb+4ast, M.Kingsley 15+8reb, D.Vinson 12+9reb+1ast, M.Plannthin 11+1ast, C.Magaard 6+5reb
Naestved: C.Henry 27+8reb+3ast, J.Glynn 12+5reb+1ast, N.Brasas 10+3reb+1ast, P.Johansen 9+5reb+2ast, M.Hoirup 6+2reb+1ast, L.Hoirup 5+2reb+1ast



Mannheim 2012: Greece overcame Denmark for the first success - by Eurobasket News

Greece U18-Denmark U18 58:54

Greece overcame Denmark for the first success at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim. Greek U18 team won the game 58:54 and improved to 1-2 record. Denmark U18 lost the third consecutive victories.
Greece and Denmark started the game without victories and desired to grab one against each other. Greece led 10:6 and then 17:13 at the end of the quarter. They had 21:18 midway through the second frame and increased to 27:21 at the halftime. It looked the victory would be easy as in the third quarter Greece had 51:37, but Denmark refused to give up. The latter cut it to 5 points with 5 minutes to go and managed only to lose by 4.
Eleftherios Bochoridis (194-G-94) paced all the winners with 22 points and Georgios Aggelou nailed 14. Alexandros Mitsialos (201-F-94) and Dimitrios Agravanis (208-F-94) followed them with 7 points each. Peter Moller (186-G-94) ended up with 26 points in the losing effort and Adam Holm-Weber (178-G-94) had 10.

Greece U18: Eleftherios Bochoridis 22, Georgios Aggelou 14, Alexandros Mitsialos 7, Dimitrios Agravanis 7
Denmark U18: Peter Moller 26, Adam Holm-Weber 10



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Standings

D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Springfield A. 29-21
 2. Dakota W. 29-21
 3. Erie Bay H. 28-22
 4. Canton C. 27-23
 5. Iowa E. 25-25
 6. Maine RC 21-29
 7. Sioux Falls S. 15-35
 8. Ft.Wayne MA 14-36
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 38-12
 2. Austin T. 33-17
 3. Bakersfield J. 28-22
 4. Texas L. 24-26
 5. Rio Grande VV 24-26
 6. Tulsa 66ers 23-27
 7. Idaho S. 21-29
 8. Reno B. 21-29

Regular Season: Round 74

Apr. 7: Ft.Wayne MA - Dakota W. 99-98
Apr. 7: Texas L. - Springfield A. 98-105
Apr. 7: Sioux Falls S. - Austin T. 98-103
Apr. 7: Idaho S. - Bakersfield J. 97-96
Apr. 7: Canton C. - Erie Bay H. 90-105
Apr. 7: Maine RC - Tulsa 66ers 84-82
Apr. 7: Iowa E. - Los Angeles D. 79-95
Apr. 7: Rio Grande VV - Reno B. 144-140

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 11: Iowa E. - Los Angeles D.
Apr. 12: Erie Bay H. - Austin T.
Apr. 12: Bakersfield J. - Dakota W.
Apr. 13: Canton C. - Springfield A.


Kelenna Azubuike gets call to replace Lamar Odom - by Eurobasket News

The Mavericks have recalled Kelenna Azubuike (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Kentucky) from the Texas Legends now that the D-League season is over and the club has moved on from Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island).

The 6-foot-5 Azubuike was signed as a free agent on March 23 and immediately assigned to the Legends. During his time in Frisco, he appeared in seven games and averaged 6.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 12.9 minutes.

Azubuike played in nine games in 2009-10 before a catastrophic knee injury ended his season and put his career in jeopardy. The Mavs are hoping he can regain the quickness that made him an intriguing young player with the Warriors.

The hope was to let him get back in action with the Legends and give him a chance to be a contributor in Dallas next season.

Courtesy of http://espn.go.com



Antoine Walker to retire from basketball - by Eurobasket News

Three-time All-Star Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky) is retiring from basketball, telling his Idaho Stampede teammates Saturday that he had decided to call it quits.

The Stampede were appearing in their D-League finale against Bakersfield Jam on Saturday night. Walker was expected to make a formal announcement of his retirement in the coming days, the team said.

The 6-foot-9 Walker, the sixth overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, had his best years with the Boston Celtics, where he averaged over 20 points in five of his eight seasons.

In a 12-year NBA career, he also had stints with Dallas and Atlanta, and won an NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2006. Walker last played in the NBA with the Timberwolves in the 2007-08 season.

In recent years, the 35-year-old Walker also became known for his bankruptcy issues off the court and reportedly sold his championship ring to help pay off his debts.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com



Playoffs tip off on April 11 - by Eurobasket News

The Western Conference champion Los Angeles D-Fenders, the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NBA Development League Playoffs presented by BBVA, selected the eighth-seeded Iowa Energy as their opponent in the first round of the 2012 NBA D-League playoffs, it was announced today following a teleconference held with the leagues eight playoff-bound teams. Los Angeles (38-12) and Iowa (25-25) will tip off the 2012 NBA D-League Playoffs presented by BBVA when the Energy hosts the D-Fenders on Wednesday, April 11, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

For the fourth consecutive year, the top three seeds the two conference champions and the wild card team with the best regular season record had the opportunity to select their first round opponent among the four lowest-seeded playoff teams. The lower-seeded team will host Game 1 of the best-of-three first round, while the higher-seeded team will host Games 2 and 3, if necessary.

The Springfield Armor (29-21), the No. 2 seed and the Eastern Conference champions, selected the No. 7 seed Canton Charge (27-23). That series will begin on Friday, April 13, when the Charge host the Armor at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Austin Toros (33-17), the No. 3 seed, chose the fifth-seeded Erie BayHawks (28-22), and will tip off on Thursday, April 12, at 7:00 p.m. ET in Erie.

The two remaining playoff teams, the No. 4 seed Dakota Wizards (29-21) and No. 6 seed Bakersfield Jam (28-22), will begin play on Thursday, April 12, at 10:00 p.m. ET in Bakersfield.

Dates and times for the best-of-three semifinals have yet to be determined and will be announced when they are available. The semifinals will follow the same format as the first round, with the lower-seeded team hosting Game 1 and the higher-seeded team hosting Games 2 and 3, if necessary. The three-game NBA D-League Finals presented by BBVA will tip off following the conclusion of the semifinals and will follow the same format.



2012 NBA D-LEAGUE PLAYOFFS - FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE (all times Eastern):

Los Angeles D-Fenders v. Iowa Energy
Game 1 - Wednesday, April 11 - Los Angeles @ Iowa, 8:00 p.m.
Game 2 - Saturday, April 14 - Iowa @ Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.
*Game 3 - Monday, April 16 - Iowa @ Los Angeles, 10:00 p.m.

Springfield Armor v. Canton Charge
Game 1 - Friday, April 13 - Springfield @ Canton, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 - Sunday, April 15 - Canton @ Springfield, 7:00 p.m.
*Game 3 - Monday, April 16 - Canton @ Springfield, 7:00 p.m.

Austin Toros v. Erie BayHawks
Game 1 - Thursday, April 12 - Austin @ Erie, 7:00 p.m.
Game 2 - Sunday, April 15 - Erie @ Austin, 4:00 p.m.
*Game 3 - Monday, April 16 - Erie @ Austin, 8:30 p.m.

Dakota Wizards v. Bakersfield Jam
Game 1 - Thursday, April 12 - Dakota @ Bakersfield, 10:00 p.m.
Game 2 - Sunday, April 15 - Bakersfield @ Dakota, 4:00 p.m.
*Game 3 - Monday, April 16 - Bakersfield @ Dakota, 8:00 p.m.

* = if necessary

Courtesy of D-League



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Standings - LIDOBA

SRT Standings
 1. Plaza 9-4 
 2. Capitanes 7-3 
 3. CDP 7-5 
 4. GUG 6-6 
 5. Cupes 3-7 
 6. Sameji 3-10 

Regular Season: Round 11

Apr. 8: CDP - Cupes
Apr. 8: Sameji - Capitanes
Apr. 10: GUG - Sameji
Apr. 10: Capitanes - CDP
Apr. 11: Plaza - Cupes



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  EBA   

Standings

EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. HV Hype 9-1
 2. New York W. 8-3
 3. NYC Jaguars 0-11
Southern Division
 1. M. All-Stars 8-2
 2. Washington M. 6-6
 3. Harrisburg H. 5-5
 4. Winchester S. 5-7
 5. NoVa Hawks 4-6


Stats Leaders

EBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1, Wise, Washington Madness, 31.8
2, Board, Washington Madness, 30.4
3, Leon, Hudson Valley Hype, 26.8
4, Roach, Winchester Storm, 25.5
5, Perez, N.Y.C. Jaguars, 25
ley Hype, 26.3
5, Perez, N.Y.C. Jaguars, 25.8

Rebounds Per Game
1, Coker, New York Wizards, 13.2
2, Boone, Harrisburg Horizon, 12.4
3, Lawley, New York Wizards, 10
4, Palmer, Harrisburg Horizon, 9.5
4, Poole, Metropolitan All-Stars, 9.5

Assists Per Game
1, Flegler, Nova Hawks, 12.2
2, Scott, New York Wizards, 7
3, Perez, N.Y.C. Jaguars, 6.6
4, Labase, Hudson Valley Hype, 5.8
5, Ferguson, New York Wizards, 5

Steals Per Game
1, Ferguson, New York Wizards, 2.8
2, Carter, Metropolitan All-Stars, 2.5
3, Scott, New York Wizards, 2.3
4, Esonwune, Hudson Valley Hype, 2.2
4, Fawehinmi, Winchester Storm, 2.2
4, Flegler, Nova Hawks, 2.2
4, Hernandez, Nova Hawks, 2.2
4, Labase, Hudson Valley Hype, 2.2
4, Poole, Metropolitan All-Stars, 2.2

Blocks Per Game
1, Boone, Harrisburg Horizon, 5.2
2, Coker, New York Wizards, 3.8
3, Harrington, Nova Hawks, 2.5
4, Onunaku, Winchester Storm, 1.8
5, Williams, Metropolitan All-Stars, 1.6



E.B.A. co- MVP's - by Calvin Brown

Name: Cody Boone / Elyon Bush
Team: Harrisburg Horizon / Metropolitan All-Stars
Final regular season game for the Metro All-Stars and Harrisburg Horizon produced two players equally deserving of the week's award.

Harrisburg's Cody Boone, 6' 10' center from Seton Hill, broke the EBA All-Time block record (held at 9 since 2010 by Mikal Stibbins of the Harrisburg Horizon) with 11 blocks on his way to a triple-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. His stellar overall game allowed the Horizon home team to hold onto a 96 to 93 victory.

On the other side, Metropolitan All-Stars' Elyon Bush, 6' 6' forward from Delaware State, produced 35 points and 14 rebounds in an insufficient effort to secure a win for his team. However, Bush had an outstanding 2012 season, leading the All-Stars to an 8-2, first-place finish in the EBA's Southern Division. He's a strong candidate to repeat as an EBA First-Team All-Star and will garner many votes for League MVP.

Elon Bush is currently playing in Lima Peru in the Superior league, having just signed a few days ago with the Centro Naval team. Darnell 'Tex' Evans, also of the Metropolitan All-Stars, is also playing for the Centro Naval team.

Calvin Brown, Sr.



EBA Regular Season Closes - by EBA Media

The EBA closed out its regular season play this weekend with the Washington Madness winning at the buzzer 84 to 82 over the Winchester Storm. The win moves the Madness to a 6 and 6 record and secures their fourth seed for the playoffs.

The EBA Championship series will commence next weekend (April 14 & 15) with two games in the Round of 6. The NoVa Hawks (6) will travel to Westbury, NY to play the New York Wizards (3). The Harrisburg Horizon (5) is on the road to Washington to face the Madness (4).

The winner of the Horizon/Madness game will take on #1 seed Hudson Valley Hype April 21 at the Championship Semis in Corona, NY. The winner of the Hawks/Wizards game will go up against the Metropolitan All-Stars (2) in the other semi-final game.

The Championship game will pit the semi-final winners in a showdown on Sunday, April 22 at the Elmcor Gym in Corona, N.Y. The game will feature a live play by play on the internet and will be HD DVD recorded for scouts, agents and overseas coaches. Tickets will be sold through Eventbrite and be available at the door.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.9 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.1 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.1 
 4. Soo, Rapla16.9 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas16.5 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.2 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 8. Pilk, TTU15.6 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.7 
 10. Akenparg, TTU14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.3 
 2. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.2 
 4. Arnold, TTU8.0 
 5. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 6. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.5 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla7.3 
 8. Pilk, TTU6.6 
 9. Allingu, Tartu U.6.4 
 10. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.3 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.9 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 5. Pilk, TTU3.6 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas3.4 
 7. Raap, Parnu3.3 
 8. Keedus, TTU3.1 
 9. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
 10. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.2 
 4. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 5. Kaldre, Rapla2.1 
 6. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas2.0 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 9. Raap, Parnu1.8 
 10. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.4 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 6. Veski, Tarvas0.5 
 7. Hallik, Tarvas0.5 
 8. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.5 
 9. Makke, TTU0.5 
 10. Arnold, TTU0.4 


Tarvas hits 19 triples, leads 2:0 - by Janar

Estonian KML quarter-finals. Game 2.
BC Tarvas Rakvere - Tallinna Kalev 92:82 (48:36). Tarvas leads 2:0.

Tarvas: Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) 18, Martin Dorbek (193-G-91) and Rinalds Sirsnins (186-PG-85) 17, Janis Vahter (195-F-86) and Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) 16.
Kalev: Matthew Shaw 27+9, Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87, college: S.Carolina) 14+6, Mario Paiste (184-G-89) 11

Tarvas started game 2 with a blow-out in first quarter as they took a firm 29:13 lead. In 2nd quarter they held the lead as Janis Vahter and Rinalds Sirsnins both made 3 three-pointers in first half. Shaw and Riho Suija helped Kalev to stay in competition.
In 3rd, Kalev found the way to hurt the opponents. Mihkel Kurg nailed a three-pointer to close the 10:3 run and suddenly, it was 46:51. Two baskets by Sirsnins made it 'plus 9' but a 7:0 run which included two baskets by Raley-Ross cut the gap to only three points with 11 minutes left to play.
But Tarvas 'killed' the hosts from a distance. Three-pointers by Juris Umbrasko an Reinar Hallik (they combined 7 triples in last 11 minutes) helped Tarvas to regain the confidence and win the game.
Tarvas made 19 three-pointers, Kalev - 11.



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Armani Milano Ink Nymburk's Scorer Tre Simmons - by David Pick

Italian EA7 Emporio Armani Milano significantly strengthened their backcourt and chances of a domestic title for the first time since 1965, after acquiring nifty American scorer -- Tre Simmons.

The Huskies Alumnus and 2nd top scorer in the strong Eastern and Northern European VTB League, led his recent Czech team Nymburk to back-to-back nation cup titles and 2010 championship and was in the process of clinching another domestic title while enjoying a whopping 33-2 record.

Simmons, who previously played in Spain, Greece and Israel where he won a colossal championship with Hapoel Holon before joining Israeli empire Maccabi Tel Aviv, led Nymburk in Euroleague scoring with 17.7 point per game and finished second in rebounds, grabbing 6 boards per game.

Simmons was also the team's go-to-guy and leading scorer in the VTB League (16.4ppg) and Eurocup Challenge (15.1ppg).
His valuable contribution to Nymburk was rewarded this past December when Russian Euroleague team Khimki Moscow offered to buy him out with a guaranteed deal, however, Nymburk vetoed the transaction.

Simmons, the 2011 Czech Rep. NBL All-Star member, Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Guard of the Year, All-Czech Rep. League 1st Team and Czech Rep. League All-Imports Team is expected to arrive in Milan by Thursday.





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Theo Papaloukas to Leave Maccabi? - by David Pick

'Maccabi Tel-Aviv is proud to announce the signing of one of the best European players of all time -- Theodoros Papaloukas. A cool-headed winner with the kind of on-court vision coaches dream of,' stated the team's press release on August, 13, 2011.

However, nine unhappy months later and after a tear-jerking drop out of the Euroleague in an epic best-of-five series against Greek Panathinaikos, Papaloukas is no longer rolling on the same page with Head Coach David Blatt, as Eurobasket reveals that the Greek point guard is entertaining the thought of separation.

Talks have already been made and sources with high knowledge approved the information to Eurobasket, 'The possibility of Papaloukas leaving Maccabi has already been discussed behind closed doors. Still, nothing has been decided yet.'

Important to note that Papaloukas' contract doesn't include an out clause, yet if potential offers appear, Maccabi may agree to release the guard and save some extra change.

Papaloukas, a member of the 35 All-Time Greatest Players of the Euroleague and 20012010 All-Decade Team, is also an eight-time Euroleague Final Four participant known for being clutch, and initially joined Maccabi to provide experience and leadership down the stretch but found himself last on the team's rotation not only throughout the series versus Pao, but for the majority of the current season as well.

While both Papaloukas and Blatt continue to publicly shadow their unstable relationship, Theo's averages of just 4.8 minutes, 1 point and 1 assist versus Pao, was the straw the broke the camel's back as the Greek icon felt disrespected and insulted by his coach in front of the entire Greek nation.





Armani Milano Ink Nymburk's Scorer Tre Simmons - by David Pick

Italian EA7 Emporio Armani Milano significantly strengthened their backcourt and chances of a domestic title for the first time since 1965, after acquiring nifty American scorer -- Tre Simmons.

The Huskies Alumnus and 2nd top scorer in the strong Eastern and Northern European VTB League, led his recent Czech team Nymburk to back-to-back nation cup titles and 2010 championship and was in the process of clinching another domestic title while enjoying a whopping 33-2 record.

Simmons, who previously played in Spain, Greece and Israel where he won a colossal championship with Hapoel Holon before joining Israeli empire Maccabi Tel Aviv, led Nymburk in Euroleague scoring with 17.7 point per game and finished second in rebounds, grabbing 6 boards per game.

Simmons was also the team's go-to-guy and leading scorer in the VTB League (16.4ppg) and Eurocup Challenge (15.1ppg).
His valuable contribution to Nymburk was rewarded this past December when Russian Euroleague team Khimki Moscow offered to buy him out with a guaranteed deal, however, Nymburk vetoed the transaction.

Simmons, the 2011 Czech Rep. NBL All-Star member, Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Guard of the Year, All-Czech Rep. League 1st Team and Czech Rep. League All-Imports Team is expected to arrive in Milan by Thursday.





March/April MVP: Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos Athens - by Eurobasket News

In what is already being called one of the greatest playoff series in basketball history, there was no doubt what player proved the difference for the winners. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos made a mission of keeping alive his team's Turkish Airlines Euroleague title defense, and at the very end of five incredible games, he succeeded. For his outstanding effort in five games over 17 nights, Euroleague Basketball has chosen Diamantidis of as the March/April bwin MVP of the month. This season's playoffs represented the biggest opportunity after three failed attempts over the last decade for Panathinaikos to reach a Final Four as the defending champion. To do so, however, the Greens had to overcome their most successful opponent this century, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. From the opening tip of Game 1 to the last seconds of Game 5, Diamantidis did remarkable things - even for a reigning Euroleague MVP and two-time Final Four MVP. With the top individual statistical performance in the opening games of all four series, Diamantidis set the pace for the Greens in a blowout victory. And in the closing seconds of Game 5, with the go-ahead free throw and subsequent steal that decided the series, he fulfilled the mission. Along the way, he set one official record and a pair of fascinating firsts: never before had a winning player scored in double digits through all games in a best-of-five Euroleague playoff series; and never before had one player led his team in nine different statistical categories during the playoffs. It all added up to an amazing playoffs round that called for another award: Dimitris Diamantidis as bwin MVP of the month.

The bwin MVP of the Month honor is now in its eighth season. Although statistics and performance index ratings are taken into consideration for the award, they alone do not determine who is honored. The winner is named by Euroleague Basketball based on his and his team's performance. The award for March and April was decided based on the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs that eight teams played between Tuesday, March 20 and Thursday, April 5, the final date of the round. Euroleague Basketball partner bwin is the sponsor of the MVP of the Month award. Just as the best Euroleague player each month combines performance and leadership for success, so does bwin's sponsorship communicate its conviction to be the best betting brand in European basketball.

Diamantidis opened Game 1 of the playoffs with a blocked shot, a telling play in terms of his intentions to do everything possible to win. By the end of the first quarter he had 5 assists and 8 points of his own as Panathinaikos quickly pulled away to a blowout victory. Diamantidis posted a 31 performance index rating in 21 minutes on the floor, the second-highest per-minute rating ever in a playoff game, and earned the bwin MVP for that round of the playoffs. In Game 2, despite his 12 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks, Diamantidis and Panathinaikos lost in overtime to Maccabi. In Game 3, Diamantidis scored 7 of his 10 points in the final quarter, including a last-minute put-back to get Panathinaikos within 63-62, but Maccabi hung on for the victory. Down 2-1 in the series and facing Game 4 in Tel Aviv, Panathinaikos had its back to the wall. Diamantidis was on the floor for 36 minutes orchestrating a masterful 78-69 victory. He hit the go-ahead free throws among 6 for 8 accuracy from the foul line in the final 3 minutes to assure the victory and a trip home for the series tie-breaker. In the first Game 5 of his Euroleague career, Diamantidis lifted his legend to new heights. His 8 points in 3 minutes gave Panathinaikos its first break in the second quarter on the way to a 40-31 halftime lead. But even when his three-pointer after the break made it 46-34, the game was far from over. Maccabi scored the next 12 points to tie, the first of two such comebacks for the visitors in the game. The second one happened with Panathinaikos ahead 73-61 on a three-pointer by Diamantidis with 5 minutes left . This time, as Maccabi rallied, Diamantidis was the only Panathinaikos scorer for the game's last 80 seconds, 7 points that included the go-ahead free throw with 5 seconds on the clock. But just as he started the series with a big defensive play, so Diamantidis ended it, making a steal on Maccabi's last possession, when any shot could have ended the season for Panathinaikos. He finished Game 5 with his all-time high performance index rating, 34, after 186 previous Euroleague games. His 25 points were the second-most scored in his Euroleague career. And his 15 free throws made broke the single-game record for any Euroleague game this century beyond the regular season. For the second time in the series, he was bwin MVP of the night.

Diamantidis finished the series with remarkable numbers: 14.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists. 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks per game, shooting 50% on two-pointers, 39.3% on threes and 81.8% at the foul line. Even more amazing, as a 1.96-meter guard, Diamantidis ranked among the best five players on all eight playoff teams in nine categories: scoring, defensive rebounding, assists, steals, blocks, free throws made, free throws attempted, fouls drawn and overall performance index rating. And all was needed, from the first second of the playoffs to the last, to send Panathinaikos back to the Final Four, where Diamantidis will receive his bwin MVP of the month award.

Courtesy of Euroleague



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ToPo wins Scania Cup - by Eurobasket News

ToPo U18 wins Scania Cup in 1994/1995 age group. The team overcame Falcon 53:49 in the Final.
Earlier in the Semifinals ToPo overcame Fryshuset 62:50. The Finnish winners meanwhile won Group B with 4-0 record. They edged Falcon 60:58 in the opener and then beat SBBK 74:52. ToPo later overcame Vilpas and finished the group with the victory over BG Lulea 65:56.
ToPo U18 had the following roster for the tournament:
Juuso Kauppinen (188-F-94), Mici Eestila (179-PG-94), Henrik Siven, Joni Herrala (185-G-94), Joakim Jousisto (175-PG-95), Karl Engelvuori, Lassi Kainulainen (195-F-94), Julius Rajala, Mika Nuolivirta (210-C/F-94), Topias Suortti (201-C/F-94) and Calle Adolfsson. Eero Nikkarinen and Aapo Heinonen coached the young players at the tournament. Elias Eerikinharju (185-G-96) was named MVP of the Finals. Henri Niemisto (194-G-96) became the best top-scorer.



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Mannheim 2012: France too good for Israel - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Israel U18 92:61

France earned the second win at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. They coasted past Israel to take 2-1 record in Group A. Anthony Racine (190-G-94) scored 25 points to lead the winners. Israel fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
France and Israel stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Les Bleus secured a 19:17 lead ten minutes into the game. France stretched the margin in the second frame. Les Bleus established a 43:34 halftime lead. France managed to clear off in the third term. They held the Israeli team to 11 points to pile up a comfortable 24-point buffer before the fourth term 69:45. France never looked back afterwards rolling to a confident win. Guillaume Plas nailed 14 points, while Boris Dallo (193-G-94) contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Yaniv Solomon (196-F-94) answered with 11 points for Israel. Daniel Sealine (183-G-94) had 10 points in the loss.

France U18: Anthony Racine 25, Guillaume Plas 14, Boris Dallo 11
Israel U18: Yaniv Solomon 11, Daniel Sealine 10



Finishing Strong - by Curtis Marshall

I would like to wish everyone a happy Easter and I send blessings from Lille, France. For those just joining my blogs, my name is Curtis Marshall (198-G/F-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Texas Tech) and I play for Lille Metropole Basket Clubs. With only 5 games left in the regular season, my team is tied for 6th position. Only the top 8 teams go to the playoffs so we are focused on finishing the regular season off strong. It wont be easy because 4 out of the 5 games are against teams ranked higher than us and we are on the road for 3 of those games. We are confident in our abilities and know we can win these games. On Friday we got a well deserved win against JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket, a very dangerous team that is fighting to stay in ProB. Many probably don't remember that early in the season we lost to JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket and gave them their first win of the season. With this win we have a two game lead between teams that are ranked lower than 8th position. We should have a 3 game lead but we dropped a game on the road against lower ranked Quimper UJAP, who is also fighting to stay in ProB. These can be the hardest games to play at times because if you let these teams stick around a gain confidence, they are very hard to beat. The focus is not on the past but on these last 5 games, finishing the regular season off strong, and making a run in the playoffs. The thing about ProB is that if you lose a few games you will move down significantly in the rankings because a lot of the teams are very close together in the rankings. Same thing goes for winning, when we went on our 8 game winning streak this season, we moved from 16th position to being tied for 5th position. Three more wins will secure us a playoff spot, but we will not settle for three, we need to win the last five games.

I'm still enjoying my time spent in Lille. Now that the weather has warmed up, I can take my daughter out to the park more to let her play. She also goes to daycare two times a week but since there are so many kids there she can only go for 3 hours. This really makes it hard for me because on the days that she goes to daycare I dont get rest in between practices. I can overlook the tiredness because it gives my daughter time to play with other kids her age and also gives my wife some free time away from our daughter. For those who have kids around age 2 you know how important it is to have some free time for yourself. I thank God for everything he has done and is doing in my life. I do not take anything for granted, I'm proud with what I have. I want everyone who reads this to know that Jesus loves you. No matter what you are going through God is always with you. When things dont turn out the way you want, it only means that God has something better for you and what you wanted was too small for you. Remember this; there is always a test before a testimony, and purpose has a process. 'And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose'--Romans 8:28. Don't forget to check out my official website because it will be a blessing to you, http://www.MarshallTime.com. Until next time, Curtis Marshall signing off, may God bless you all in a tremendous way!!!!



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Heading back to the states...awaiting the next chapter - by Corey Hassan

So the season has finally come to an end. Although we had a strong second half of the year we were unable to do all that we wanted to do. I think I had a solid first year individually but always think I could have done better. I am already looking forward to see where we will be next season.

I definitely had a blast in my first season overseas. I made a lot of friends, saw a lot of places, improved different aspects of my game and opened myself up to new experiences. I wouldnt trade my first year here for anything. It is definitely bitter sweet to be heading home as I am unbelievably excited to get home for a bit and see my friends and family and also Kerri and I have a lot of wedding planning to do, but at the same time I am sad to be leaving the town of Augsburg, all of whom I have become close with. It is difficult because who knows where Kerri and I will end up next season and everyone here has been nothing but great to us since day 1.

As for the team and management. I have to say that I was very lucky to be in a situation with such great management in my first season. I got along great with every affiliated with the team and they have taken great care of me since day 1. Anything I have needed or asked for they have taken care of right away. I have formed amazing relationships with everyone and I know we will keep in touch.

To the town of Augsburg. What a beautiful city to live in. Downtown is great and it is definitely an amazing city. An hour away from Munich is great incase we wanted to go into there for a day also. The people are great and we have been invited to many dinners from families who have treated us like their own family. Today even we went to a families house and had an amazing kase spatzel meal that was probably the best meal I have had since coming to Germany. I will definitely miss everyone here.

As for next season I am not sure exactly where we will end up. I want to play at the highest level possible and know I can I just need the opportunity. Now the seasons over and the waiting game begins. I am extremely excited to see my family though especially since we are very close.

Also a shout out to my buddy for getting us tickets to his game (Telekom Bonn Baskets) vs Bayern Munchen. It was a lot of fun for us and Im lucky to have a great friend and am very happy to see him become one of the best players in the Beko BBL.

Thats it for now, I will post throughout the summer! Hope everyone has a great summer and finishes out their seasons strong.

-Corey Hassan



ProB: Vechta joined Gotha in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Hannover - Vechta 60-69 OT

The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 12-6 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 12-3. SC Rasta Vechta dominated on the defensive end, holding Hannover Tigers to just 6 points in third quarter. It was a great evening for American forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Flavio Stuckemann (187-85) helped adding 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) scored 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Hannover: R.Williams 16+5reb+5ast, J.Doerksen 8+7reb+4ast, J.Lodders 8, J.Prasuhn 7+6reb+1ast, S.Janzen 7+3reb+1ast, M.Williams 6+3reb
Vechta: A.Rudowitz 16+10reb+2ast, F.Stuckemann 15+7reb+3ast, M.Boadu 14+5reb+5ast, D.Madrich 11+3reb, M.Smallwood 6+16reb, D.Krause 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 172580



Mannheim 2012: Germany win Group B - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18 - Turkey U18 61:51

Germany celebrated the third straight win at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. The hosts overcame Turkey to clinch the top position in Group B. Turkey suffered the first defeat and occupied the second position. Paul Zipser (195-G-94) tallied 19 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Germany limited their opponents to 10 points in the first quarter and grabbed a 5-point lead. Turkey cut the deficit to just three points at halftime 26:29. But the third term belonged to the home team. Germany dominated posting a 48:34 lead with ten minutes remaining. Turkey tried hard to comeback into the game in the final stanza but Germany hung on to escape with a tough win at the end. Kalidou Diouf (198-F/C-94) posted 12 points and 14 boards, while Schilling produced 11 points in the win. Talat Altunbey (202-F-94) answered with 13 points for Turkey. Cedi Osman (195-PG-95) had 10 points in the losing case.

Germany U18: Paul Zipser 19, Kalidou Diouf 12+14 boards, Gavin Schilling 11
Turkey U18: Talat Altunbey 13, Cedi Osman 10



Altenbeck appointed new Herten coach - Kaminski to Rhoendorf? - by Moritz Korff

2. Bundesliga Pro B club Hertener Loewen has announced Dirk Altenbeck as the new head coach for the 2012-13 season. The 48-year-old replaces Boris Kaminski, who will leave after three seasons on the Lions' bench. According to derwesten.de Kaminski will take over as the head coach of the Dragons Rhoendorf.
Altenbeck served as a coach for the Giants Duesseldorf II (formerly Capone Duesseldorf) and led the team to the 2. Regionalliga championship title this year. In 2007 he had a short stint at BSV Wulfen, followed by a tenure as a sporting director at BG Dorsten.



Regionalliga stars: Greg Ktistou - by Moritz Korff

1. Regionalliga West team BG Hagen had to go through a rough and shaky 2011-12 season, but the bottom line was: All's well that ends well. Not only for the BG team, but also for the man who deserved his share of the credit and received Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West Bosman Player of the Year and All-Regionalliga West 2nd Team honors following his first Germany stint.

When the Hagen team needed a helping hand following a devastating season start (2-10), BG chairman Fredi Rissmann and head coach Kosta Filippou reached out to Gregory Ktistou (186-G-79, college: Carthage). The 32-year-old American who holds a Greek passport came in with the reputation of being a leader and a three point thread. Turning things around after having lost ten games with an average margin of 19 points is certainly a challenge, but Ktistou was ready to give it try and do his part to help avoiding relegation for BG Hagen. 'As a team we of course knew where we were in the standings and what we needed to do to stay in the league. However, our Coach did a great job of creating a positive atmosphere and keeping us focused on one game at a time. We kept believing that with a strong commitment from the entire team that good things would eventually happen. I believe after the Christmas break we all became more comfortable with our roles, and started to try our best to fulfill those roles each and every game. In the games our defense and rebounding really improved. We signed Thomas Fairley after Christmas and he brought a strong inside presence and toughness that I feel rubbed off on all the guys. In the end it all came down to confidence and a belief that we could have success as a group if we stick together', Ktistou says.

Until the end of the campaign BG added six more wins to its record and successfully stayed away from the danger zone. With 20.1 points, 4.5 assists and 2.9 boards per contest the Downers Grove, Illinois, native certainly played the major role, but what stood out the most was Ktistou's ability to light it up from beyond the arc. Despite his arrival in late December and the fact of having played considerably less games than other players, he ended in second place in the league in threes made (59) and hit a RLW best 4.5 triples per outing (3Pts field goal: 45.0%). Ktistou: 'I believe many coaches will first speak about my ability to shoot the basketball as my biggest strength, but I have worked hard to prove I am a complete player, not just a shooter. I feel one of my biggest strengths is my ability to help raise the level of play in my teammates. Since I do shoot the three at a high percentage it forces teams to guard me close. This allows me the chance to get in the lane and make plays for others. I also think one of my biggest strengths can not be measured in statistics. I love practice and I pride myself in being as prepared as possible and eventually I think this sense of work ethic becomes contagious within a team.'

Additionally the 32-year-old has lots of experience under his belt, both at the collegiate and the pro level. In 2001 Ktistou graduated from NCAA D3 school Carthage College and had spent two years at a D1 program earlier. 'After high school I played two years at Eastern Illinois University. At Eastern I had the chance to play with many great players such as Henry Domercant and Kyle Hill. I finished my college career at Carthage College where we had tremendous success. I was the captain on a championship team and turned into an all league player. Finishing at a smaller school was a struggle trying to prove to teams in Europe that I could be a successful professional. However once I got my opportunity I took full advantage and have enjoyed every second of living out my dream', he explains. Though being on the pro circuit for more than a decade, his Germany experience was a first for him: 'After college I have spent my entire career playing in Greece. I really enjoyed my time in Greece getting a chance to play with many great players as well as meet so many great people. Greece became a very special place for me and my wife, and the people who I have met along the way will always hold a special place in my heart. Greece help me fulfill my dream of playing professional basketball and I will be forever grateful. However playing in Germany this season has been the best season of my career. I truly feel very lucky that the team of BG Hagen allowed me this great experience.' Not only because of eventually managing to keep BG in the league and the personal distinction that followed: 'When I arrived the team of BG Hagen made me feel very comfortable from my first day in Germany. This season I came with the mindset that I was going to play my brand of basketball. Too many times before I feel I have been more concerned about fitting in with a team, instead of raising the team up. I have always had confidence in my abilities and wanted to show that on a consistent basis. My coach and teammates accepted me and supported me right away. When you have the confidence of your coach and teammates, I believe you have a great chance to be successful', says Ktistou.

And in case of Ktistou the success actually can be spelled in different ways. While he is commonly known as Greg Ktistou, his Greek name Grigorios Christoforos Ktistos appears in the offcial scouting report of the Regionalliga West. 'My father is 100% Greek and both of my grandparents are from Greece. I grew up being proud of my Greek heritage and as I got older I wanted to learn more about my history. While in Greece I got the chance to meet family I never knew I had, as well as visit the birthplace of my Grandfather in Samos. Basketball in Greece was great, but it became the non basketball memories that I think about very often. My wife and I were married in Santorini, Greece so that is my most special memory. Whether you call me Gregory, Greg, or Grigorios I am proud to be Greek', he says. As for the offseason and the 2012-13 campaign Ktistou plans to continue his red hot shooting which he showed throughout his Hagen stint. Why not in Germany? 'I am currently a free agent and now I am just waiting to see what the next opportunity will be. I hope to play for a coach that values what I can bring to a team. The future is out of my hands, but I will remain hopeful that I will get that chance to prove I can play with the best. In the offseason I run my own basketball skill development company called Breakaway Basketball. I train players of all ages. I love getting to share my passion for basketball and working hard with all the players I train. I will also be spending the majority of my time preparing for next season. I love the offseason, because it allows you the chance to focus simply on improving your weaknesses.'



Jermareo Davidson Has The EWE Baskets Oldenburg For A Pre Easter Dinner Leading The Fraport Skyliners To 75-67 Victory - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Fraport Skyliners have reached the Beko BBL playoffsthe last 4 years and the last time that they didnt reach the promised land, Murat Didin had just come back for his second tour of duty in Frankfurt, Jimmy Mckinney had just ended his first professional basketball season in Frankfurt, Jacob Burtschi was a senior at the Air Force and Michael Thompson and Devin Gibson were finishing their senior years in high school. With a do or die type game in Oldenburg and every game like a match point for the reaching of the playoffs and ex Skyliner Dominik Bahiense De Mello ready and parked in the corner to release basketball bombs on his old team and wanting to show Jimmy Mckinney that he had picked something up from the ST Louis native the last years watching him shoot, the Fraport Skyliners were as motivated to keep their winning streak and hopes of the playoffs alive as Deadmau 5 was slamming Madonna at the Ulta Music Festival for glamorizing the use of ecstasy, Tim Tebow exploring his new home New York in a pimped out limo van or pop star Robbie Williams showing his interest in the purchasing the Michael Jackson home as the gang of Muli Katzurin were able to make a beautiful Easter present by winning their third game in a row in Oldenburg 75-67 and showing that they are very much serious in slipping into the playoffs. This was a do or die game for us and a loss would have put a damper on our hopes of the playoffs. Their crowd kept them in the game, but we just kept pushing getting this big win and hope for playoffs alive, stressed Skyliner forward Jacob Burtschi. With the loss, the EWE Oldenburg have one less win for the playoffs and their chances erode even more. We really gave all that we had, but this team has gone through a lot recently. It was very disappointing how the game ended, but every game crucial now and there are 4 games to go, so we just have to see what happens, added 2007 German cup winner with Rhine Energy Cologne Ronald Burrell. Skyliner Devin Gibson may only be a Beko BBL rookie, but he often plays more like a season veteran and his energy and aggressive defense annoys opponents all day long, but he also doesnt shy away at sprouting penetrating words. Teams will still be surprised when we make the playoffs. I hope that they eat my words, warned Skyliner guard Devin Gibson. We put ourself in a tough situation with this loss. We have to win the last four games and then just see what happens, commented ex NBA player Bobby Brown. For us reaching the playoffs is out of our control. We have to win the rest of our games and see what the other teams do, commented Rickey Paulding. We know the win in Oldenburg is huge, but now we have another big game against Phoenix Hagen. We have to keep taking it one game at a time, stressed Johannes Herber.

The Fraport Skyliners continue to play smart, consistent and strong basketball winning their third game in a row and six of their last eight games. They also broke a five and a half year winless drought finally winning again in the EWE area after losing six games in a row. In the last two seasons the 2004 Beko BBL champion had lost only by a combined score of five points. Ex Phoenix Hagen forward Jacob Burtschi was very happy for being a part of the win despite not being fit. I hadnt been fit the last few days, but the doctors treated me well. I didnt play my best, but I was taught that nothing ever holds me back. I have really enjoyed being a part of the Skyliner family. Beating Bamberg at home and now ending this long winless streak in Oldenburg has been great. It has been a nice ride for me this season in Frankfurt, commented Jacob Burtschi. For the EWE Baskets Oldenburg, they have had a very up and down season and recently have lost five of six games and their chances of the playoffs become to turn more and more against them with this loss. This was a hard fought game. Frankfurt did a good job getting easy buckets and Davidson was awesome. We had problems executing on offense the way we know how and they forced so many turnovers on account of aggressive defense, stressed 2004 Detroit Pistons draft pick Rickey Paulding. The Fraport Skyliners didnt take a early Easter egg hunt on the court, but came to play right away. We started very well and were very concentrated on defense. We controlled the tempo in a place where it is never easy to play in. We kept our composure at the end, made the right decisions and got timely steals to seal the win, expressed Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak.

The Fraport Skyliners had another meeting with ex player Dominik Bahiense De Mello that left Frankfurt last summer after playing a total of 188 Beko BBL games with the 2000 cup winner team. De Mello who has started three games since German head coach Ralph Held took over the reigns was all smiles before the game seeing his ex teammates. De Mello had a nice visit with Fabian Franke and also had a longer chat with Jimmy Mckinney who he played the longest with in Frankfurt. It almost seemed like De Mello and Mckinney were already exerting too much energy with their smiles. However when the game did get started, both were meeting eye to eye in the starting lineup. The Fraport Skyliners began spirited getting buckets inside from Tim Ohlbrecht and Quantez Robertson. However the EWE Baskets Oldenburg kept pace tying the game at 4-4 with a Paulding lay in and Brown jumper. Frankfurt then got free throws from Ohlbrecht and Thompson for the 8-4 lead. Oldenburg kept attacking inside even against the zone to start and got easy points from Adam Chubb scoring on the pick and roll getting a perfect pass from Brown and Burrell getting a lay up. Frankfurt kept the lead with a Ohlbrecht dunk and Thompson and Mckinney free throws as they led 14-10. Frankfurt was unable to go on a run ans Oldenburg continued to attack inside or out as Bobby Brown connected on a three pointer as Frankfurt led 14-13. However in the last minutes, Oldenburg was able to take the lead as Paulding hit a huge three pointer and brown did what he does best scooting in for a penetration lay up scoring high off the glass as Frankfurt trailed 18-16. Both teams then traded buckets in the last minute as Brown made another lay up and Davidson a fade away jumper. After one quarter, the EWE Baskets Oldenburg had the slim 20-19 lead. Frankfurt started aggressive into the game and we had problems getting into the game. We were able to get back into the game due to individual efforts and Bobby Brown was key in the first quarter, stressed EWE Baskets CEO Hermann Schuller. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were shooting 53% from the field and 40% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 0% form outside. Frankfurt had the eight to six rebound edge and both teams had four turnovers.

The second quarter continued to be extremely exciting as no team was able to break away as the fans experienced seven lead chnages, but Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama) was able to lead the Fraport Skyliners on a run in the last minutes of the second quarter. Davidson started the second quarter with a step up jumper over Robin Smelders for the 21-20 lead. Oldenburg countered as Paulding scooped up an offensive rebound and the put back for the 22-21 Oldenburg lead. Jacob Burtschi then powered home a three point bobm while Bobby Brown gave Oldenburg the 25-24 lead with a lay up high off the glass always finding the open spaces and quickly getting to the hole. The Fraport Skyliners continued to work very well inside finding the smaller guys easily like a Robertson who dunked getting a perfect bounce pass from German national player Johannes Herber and the 26-25 Frankfurt lead. Frankfurt had little resistance on this day for points in the paint giving up 36 and an easy lay up to Adam Chubb. However, Frankfurt did make life tough on 2008 cup winner with Artland Adam Chubb as Davidson blocked him under the hoop and Quantez Super Tez Robertson then blocked his dunk attempt on the next offensive play. Davidson tied the score at 27-27 with a free throw. Chubb and Robertson then exchanged buckets as the score was dead locked at 29-29. Then as if Jermareo Davidson had heard his calling or simply had gotten a special green light from Muli Katzurin turned up a few notches ending the second quarter with a 7-0 run as the Fraport Skyliners headed into halftime with a more comfortable 36-29 advantage. Davidson scored three consecutive baskets as he was unstoppable in the low post. It didnt matter if it was Chubb or Smeulders, he had both of them for pre Easter dinners. It would have helped if we could have found a way to stop Davidson. Frankfurt just wanted it more in the second quarter, stressed EWE Baskets CEO Hermann Schuller. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 40% from the field and 11% from the three point line while the EWE Baskets Oldenburg were shooting 41% from the field and 33% from the three point line. The Fraport Skyliners led the rebound duel 19-16 and had only six turnovers while Oldenburg had nine turnovers.

The Fraport Skyliners kept the lead in the third quarter, but couldnt keep the 8-10 point lead as the EWE Baskets Oldenburg always found ways to score and keep the score in reach. Devin Gibson who came from the bench and gave a superb defensive effort showing his Edward Scissor hands time in and time out hit a jumper as did Mckinney, but Oldenburg quickly countered with with hoops form Paulding and Kenny Hasbrouck as Frankfurt led 40-34. Frankfurt was very consistent on offense in the third quarter as Davidson scored another turn around jumper over Chubb and Robertson dunked inside after getting a nice feed from Gibson as Frankfurt led 48-37. With Oldenburg trailing one could almost paste the saying on the back of the jersey of Bobby Brown When in need give Brown the ball as he scored inside again with ease and Chubb scored in the lane as Oldenburg trailed only 48-41. The EWE Baskets ended the third quarter with a spirited 10-4 run to trail only 52-47. Paulding scored inside sweeping in form the base line, Brown hit a jumper and then showed his dangerous passing skills firing in a quick pass to Chubb who finished with a dunk. Frankfurt closed out the scoring as Robertson scored on a layup as Mckinney found him coming to the hoop from the baseline a play that Frankfurt perfected last season usually Wood to Robertson for the swift ally-opp. We came out and defended very well in the third quarter. We were able to sustain their changes and we got other guys going, said Skyliner Jermareo Davidson. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 41% from the field and 8% from the parking lot while the EWE Baskets Oldenburg were shooting 51% from the field and 44% from the parking lot. Frankfurt still had the 26-22 rebound edge and only eight turnovers while Oldenburg had 15 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners were able to withhold a feisty Oldenburg team and then seemed more shocked at the ending of the game then did the fans in the arena. Mckinney who had been quiet in the first half as he had been against ratiopharm Ulm last weekend continued to step it up in the second half dropping two jumpers for the 57-50 lead. After another Davidson fade away jumper which seemed like his 100th on this day, Oldenburg kept pressuring inside as Burrell and Hasbrouck scored. Frankfurt wasnt playing bad defense, but forcing Oldenburg to create their own shots and do a lot of one on one which these Americans are capable of doing. Oldenburg hit many tough shots. The defense always wants to force tough shots and if the opponent makes the shots then there is simply not more than tipping the hat which can be done. After Burrell made some clutch free throws, it was Jacob Mr Top Gun Burtschi who scampered to the bucket scoring hard with his left hand giving Frankfurt the 63-59 lead. Oldenburg would simply not bow out, but continue to attack the rim drawing fouls as Chubb and Brown connected as Frankfurt only led 64-63. However then it was time for Mr clutch Jimmy Mckinney to connect from down town giving Frankfurt the 67-63 lead. Paulding then cut the Frankfurt lead to 67-65 with free throws. However Frankfurt remained as cool and calm as Tiger Woods does making big puts going on a mini 4-0 run to lead 71-65. Gibson didnt show any trepidation attacking the bucket a second time in crunch time after missing his previous attempt he scored inside with amid range jumper. Davidson then followed that with a dunk as he was alone as there seemed to be a miscommunication by the Oldenburg defense. Brown continued the come back with a minute to play a lay up as Oldenburg trailed 71-67. However then came two unexpected and surprising turnovers by Oldenburg that led to fast transition dunks from Davidson and Robertson as time then elapsed and Oldenburg retreated into the locker room wondering what had just happened on the last two possession where they looked more like an amateur team than professional team. I was very surprised how Oldenburg ended the game giving up two easy dunks, stressed Johannes Herber. I think we just tried to hard to execute at the end and werent on the same page, added Detroit native Rickey Paulding. The last minute killed us with our turnovers and they capitalized on every turnover, stressed Bobby Brown.

The Fraport Sklyiners were led by Jermareo Davidson with 25 points and seven rebounds. Jimmy Mckinney poured in 16 points and Quantez Robertson added 10 points. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were led by Bobby Brown with 22 points. Rickey Paulding contributed 15 points and five offensive rebounds. Adam Chubb produced 12 points and ten rebounds. Ronald Burrell added 11 points and five rebounds. Both teams shot 47% from the field which is solid, but horrible form outside with Oldenburg at 33% and the Fraport Skyliners at 18%. We didnt shoot well as a team. I couldnt of hit a ocean with my shot. We got big offensive rebounds and Davidson was huge in the post. We won tonight not by hitting our three pointers, smiled Jacob Burtschi. Frankfurt won the rebounding battle 31-30, but what remains the most consistent thing since the win in Hagen last December is their defense. We played great help side and pick and roll defense, warned Jimmy Mckinney. Every guy on that team plays hard on defense. When you have a whole team that does that, then you always have good chances to win, commented Rickey Paulding. Ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson had the full package playing brilliantly on offense and defense and almost seems embarrassed to talk about his stellar play. When I am feeling good on defense, then I can do it all. Coach has been believing in me and given me an extra chance to correct my mistakes. Then I can give you anything, warned Jermareo Davidson. It is no secret that Davidson has ambitions of returning to the NBA and will try his luck this summer in the NBA summer league. Davidson had a strong game and played good defense. I hope he can make it back to the NBA. I wish him all the best, commented Ronald Burrell. When Bobby Brown heard about Davidson wanting to get back to the NBA, he smiled and chuckled, I hope to see him this summer in the Summer League. Its the plan to get back to the NBA, stated Bobby Brown.




The Walter Tigers Tuebingen Give Reggie Redding Contract Extension - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen continue to keep players for the new season as much as Blake Griffin likes to dunk over Spanards as the team gave the fans a beautiful Easter present by announcing that Reggie Redding (196-G-88, college: Villanova) will return next season being the fourth player to sign after Tyrone Nash, Josh Young and Vaughn Duggins. Redding is a 23 year old 196cm guard from Philadelphia. This season he is averaging 12,9ppg, 6,0rpg, 3,3apg and 1,4spg and has shown that he can play in the Beko BBL. 'Reggie has made a step forward in his second season as a pro. He has made himself to one of the best players at his position. His strength is his versatility and basketball IQ. He plays smart, team basketball and his potential isnt at the end yet. he plays very smart for his age', stressed Tigers head coach Igor Perovic. The American is also happy to stay in Tuebingen. 'I am ready to make it. My first season was very good for me and I love playing for Igor. We will be even better next season and maybe make the playoffs', added Reggie Redding (196-G-88, college: Villanova).

Source: Walter TIgers Tuebingen




Ahmad Smith (Kirchheim Knights) The Way I Play Points Dont Indicate The Way I Have An Effect On The Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) is a 27 year old 194cm guard from Virginia that is playing fort he Kirchheim Knights. He played at St.Bonaventure (NCAA) from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played 28 games: ScoreA10-8 (14.2ppg), RebA10-10 (6.2rpg), AssistsA10-9 (3.5apg), FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 59.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for Mardyke UCC Demons Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague): 9 games: 18.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 60.8%. In 2007-2008, he played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga): 6 games: 30.2ppg. In 2008-2009, he played for : BSV Wulfen (Germany-Regionalliga) 23.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 6.0apg, 3PT: 35.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB)29 games: 18.2ppg, Reb-2 (8.7rpg), Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.5%. Last season, he played for s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): left before the season started, then moved to SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga): 6 games: 12.8ppg, waived in Nov.'10, in Jan.'11 signed at Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProB, starting five): 15 games: 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg, Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 69.1%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 81-78 win against the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen

Congrats on the big 81-78 win in Essen!!!!This was a real working win. Where would you rate this win in terms of best comeback wins of the season?

Thanks Miles! I would definitely say this was our best comeback of the season, because it was on the road in the playoffs.

Essen had the huge 54-38 lead at halftime. Why was Essen able to score 54 points in the first half?


They made some adjustments from Game 1 with their line ups. Which took us some time to adjust to in the 1st half.

Kirchheim had a big 25-12 fourth quarter to secure the win. What was key for getting the win?

We finally started getting consecutive defensive stops which leads to our fast break.

Describe the last seconds where Cedric Brooks won the game with a shot?

It was a crazy sequence at the end of the game we got a steal and passed the ball ahead to Cedric for the lay-up

What was the biggest strength in the game for Kirchheim besides their comeback qualities?


at we stayed together even though things weren't going our way for most of the game. We showed our true character and will to win!

You didnt score any points. How will you personally prepare after a tough individual game?

Yeah I struggled on the offensive end, but the way I play points don't indicate the effect I have on the game and thats what I pride myself on. So I will have the same preparation as I have going into every game to WIN!

Many guys stepped up, but talk about the performance of German Dominik Schneider?

Dominik had a great game he really started the comeback with his defensive intensity and offense. I've played with Dom the past two seasons its been an up and down season for him so I'm happy for him and his performance yesterday. Shout out to Dominik aka THE DOMINATOR lol

The Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Suns playing without Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum got ejected. Are the Lakers a hazard when playing without a Kobe?

Yeah they have no chance to win without Kobe Bryant

Stan Van Gundy publicly announced that Dwight Howard wants him fired. Does a Howard have this power to get what he wants?

I don't know if he has the power but there's definitely time for a change whether that be the coach or players.

If Kirchheim had an Easter egg hunt which player would find the most eggs?

Never lost easter egg hunts when I was younger so I'm going to have to go with myself lol

Thanks Ahmad for the chat



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PAO grabs tiny road win against Panionios - by Eurobasket News

A1, Round 25: Panionios - Panathinaikos 81-82

Panionios and Panathinaikos met last night in their postponed Round 25 game. The reigning Greek and Euroleague champion had to work very hard to grab tiny 81-82 road victory. Panionios had a great start making 12-point lead after just 10 minutes, but PAO exploded in the second quarter (10-33) to take 35-46 at the halftime. PAO was up by 10 before that last period, but Panionios gave them a tough time and made this game very exciting until the end. Panathinaikos shot 61.7 percent from the field. Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84) stepped up and scored 15 points for the winners and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). At the losing side American point guard William Keys (188-PG-77, college: N.Mexico St.) responded with 11 points and 6 assists and the other American import guard Jon Diebler (198-G-88, college: Ohio St.) scored 11 points. Four Panionios players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Panathinaikos have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 21-2 record behind leader Olympiakos. Panionios at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with AGOR. Panathinaikos is looking forward to face Kolossos (#3) in Rodou in the next round. Panionios will play on the road against Kavala and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Round 26 is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Panathinaikos: S.Perperoglou 15+3reb+3ast, D.Diamantidis 14+1reb+6ast, M.Batiste 11+3reb+1ast, S.Jasikevicius 10+4ast, I.Vougioukas 9+6reb+2ast, R.Sato 7+2reb+1ast
Panionios: N.Barlos 14+2reb, J.Diebler 11+4reb+1ast, W.Keys 11+3reb+6ast, V.Xanthopoulos 10+1reb+4ast, S.Nadjfeji 9+3reb+1ast, V.Kavvadas 8+1reb



A great Basketball experience in a country which suppose to have distance from basketball! - by Chris Mammides

I was talking the other night with the Head Coach of Guangzhou Free Man of the Chinese NBL League, Raca Dragan who spent most of his coaching career in Europe and mostly in Greece, Cyprus and Lebanon and lectured in many regions and many camps/clinics from USA to China, (he is working currently and for the last two years in the Chinese league), and I asked him to tell me his opinion and his feelings in regards to the Chinese league and Chinese level of Basketball in all aspects, organization, wealth, talent, training, space to work, communication etc. The guy is simply thrilled with what he is currently viewing in more or less all the pre-mentioned levels, Raca found his Basketball Ithaca in China in a never expected result.

He mentioned to me that in terms of organization and Basketball Technology there is no-where else in the globe to compare the tools they are using in China (and his team), other than NBA, and the Chinese level is really getting very close to the specific level. A sport, which seriously started in the land of the Middle Kingdom only some years ago, (less than 10), is now all the way to the top level in the most of its key-elements, as the experienced shared by Coach Raca is quite interesting.

According to Coach Raca, the tools which he is using for his training and the organization behind them is simply amazing, currently he and his team are on a training level (he is preparing his team for the season to come) and they are doing their preparation in a Basketball center which reminds a lot a 5 star hotel at any given place in Europe! This Basketball center contains 12 full armed basketball courts in full technology, boards, stat-tables, all the necessary machinery and personnel to assist the teams which are currently prepared in the specific area.

In the town of Chengdu the capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China one of the most important economic, transportation, and communication centers in Western China and more specifically in the Basketball center Sighuan Province is the Basketball Paradise for any Coach. Coach Raca told me that even though he traveled nearly all over the world and he has worked in many regions he never saw something like that. Imagine a huge covered camp consist of 12 (twelve) Basketball courts of the last technology (together with their fully equipped gyms) with everything that a coach, trainer and management team needs for their basketball team.

According to Coach Raca, the president Mr. Zhou Shiqiang is the inventor and owner of the specific Basketball Paradise which currently hosts 10 different teams which are preparing on a fast mode as the Chinese NBL League starts officially at the end of April. With the use of the specific Basketball center, these teams do not need to go anywhere else to get prepared, as all the trainings, the friendly preparation games, the necessary exercises and all the rest ingredients of the modern basketball takes place in this Basketball Paradise.

The Sighuan Province Basketball center is launched officially for non Chinese teams later this season as it will be a perfect training and preparation center for any European and/or American team which really wants to live a basketball myth, according to Coach Raca this center is probably unique in the Globe and the services offered to any team are so innovative as the center itself has the tools and capabilities to make the job of both the Coaching team and the players even easier and much better as the conditions in all the necessary terms are absolutely professional and the perfection is really very close at these standards.

As an ending note, Coach Raca warn me that very soon China will enter for good in the Global Basketball Map as at this stage all the grass root job took place and very soon the Chinese Basketball empire will rice.


A unique interview with Coach Raca was taken place on the 8th of April, 2012 especially for Eurobasket.com



Mannheim 2012: Greece overcame Denmark for the first success - by Eurobasket News

Greece U18-Denmark U18 58:54

Greece overcame Denmark for the first success at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim. Greek U18 team won the game 58:54 and improved to 1-2 record. Denmark U18 lost the third consecutive victories.
Greece and Denmark started the game without victories and desired to grab one against each other. Greece led 10:6 and then 17:13 at the end of the quarter. They had 21:18 midway through the second frame and increased to 27:21 at the halftime. It looked the victory would be easy as in the third quarter Greece had 51:37, but Denmark refused to give up. The latter cut it to 5 points with 5 minutes to go and managed only to lose by 4.
Eleftherios Bochoridis (194-G-94) paced all the winners with 22 points and Georgios Aggelou nailed 14. Alexandros Mitsialos (201-F-94) and Dimitrios Agravanis (208-F-94) followed them with 7 points each. Peter Moller (186-G-94) ended up with 26 points in the losing effort and Adam Holm-Weber (178-G-94) had 10.

Greece U18: Eleftherios Bochoridis 22, Georgios Aggelou 14, Alexandros Mitsialos 7, Dimitrios Agravanis 7
Denmark U18: Peter Moller 26, Adam Holm-Weber 10



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Leiden 21-6 
 2. Groningen 20-7 
 3. Den Bosch 19-7 
 4. Nijmegen 17-10 
 5. Zwolle 11-16 
 6. Leeuwarden 10-17 
 7. Weert 5-21 
 8. Rotterdam 4-23 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 9: Leeuwarden - Rotterdam 85-61
Apr. 9: Nijmegen - Groningen 83-76
Apr. 10: Weert - Den Bosch



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Szolnok wins Hungarian Cup, Kormend claims 3rd place - by Balazs Radics

Cup Final:
SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK-ATOMEROMU SE 85-75 (19-20, 24-23, 26-17, 16-15)
Szolnok, 2200 att. Ref: Cziffra, Plla, Gyrffy
SZOLNOK: Obie Trotter (186-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) 26/12, Mills 14/6, Horvath A. 4, NIKOLOV 14/6, BADER 17. Sub: Trepak, Fodor M. 2, Gay 8/6, Soos
ATOMEROMU: L. Williams 8, N. WILLIAMS 15/3, Vojvoda 9/3, Toth A. 6, Morgen 2. Sub: Frost 12, Kortelyesi 9, Kaman 3, Kovacs Akos 11
3rd place:
FORTRESS-LAMI VED KORMEND-ALBACOMP FEHERVAR 77-75 (19-16, 13-22, 20-17, 25-20)
Szolnok, 1500 att. Ref: Forrai, Torok, Fodor
KORMEND: ENGLISH 11/3, Nemeth I. 9/6, Sonyak 2, BELL 14, TOWNES 16. Sub: Ferencz 5/3, Cseh 5/3, Mladenovics 11/9, Eilingsfeld 4.
ALBACOMP: Simon B. 5, EL-AMIN 17/6, Hollis 11, Hendlein 6, Keller A. 3. Sub: Juhos, BODI 14/6, CHISM 15/3, Supola 4, Madar.



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Semi Finals - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Semi finals starts with game between KR and Thor. All games between these Clubs this season have been a close one.
No different was in this one either. Thor starting sharp with uptempo game where Darren Govens was real hot.. On Kr side Finnur Magnusson started very well and scored 11 of first 13 points for KR. Both these players Govens and Magnusson picked up 3 fouls early and went to the bench.
KR leading at halftime 43-41.
Second half was as close as the first one. Gretar Erlendsson played his best game for Thor and did tight the game up 79-79 14 second before the end but joshua Brown hit a long three pointer almost on the buzzer to win the game for KR
Final score KR 82 Thor 79
Scorers for KR. Joshua Brown 22.Dejan Sencanski 18. Finnur Magnusson 13. Martin Hermannson 7Jon Kristjansson 7. Rob Ferguson 6. Emil Johannsson 6. Skarphedinn Ingason 2. Hreggvidur Magnusson 1
For Thor. Darrin Govens 24. Gretar Erlendsson 20. Darri Hilmarsson 10. Blagoj Janev 7Matthew Hairston 8. Gudmundur Jonsson 6. Baldur Ragnarsson 4



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Best players of Indonesian NBL round 54 - by Eurobasket News

Galank Gunawan (194-PF-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Satria Muda and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 54.
The 24-year old power forward had a double-double of 14 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team crushed Bima Sakti (#8, 11-21) with 19-point margin 68-49. It allowed Satria Muda to consolidate first place in the Indonesian NBL. Satria Muda have a solid 28-5 record. Gunawan has many years of experience at Satria Muda, through which he has constantly improved. Gunawan has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 10.5rpg. Gunawan

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old shooting guard Mohammad Wicaksono (189-SG-89) of Stadium Jak.. Wicaksono impressed basketball fans with 11 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as Stadium Jak. lost that game 55-74 to the higher-ranked Pelita Jaya (#3, 26-7). Stadium Jak. managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-15 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wicaksono is a newcomer at Stadium Jak. and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was another Satria Muda's star - international Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C/F-86). Sitepu scored 12 points. He was another key player of Satria Muda, helping his team with a 68-49 easy win against the lower-ranked Bima Sakti (#8, 11-21). Satria Muda confirms their top position in the standings Sitepu has a great season in Indonesia. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.2rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Agustinus Indrajaya (191-C-83) of CLS Knights - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Fidyan Dini (195-C-83) of Pelita Jaya - 19 points and 6 rebounds
6. Agustinus Sigar (180-G-79) of Muba Hangtuah - 18 points and 3 assists
7. Ahmad Junaidi (188-F-90) of Muba Hangtuah - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Anton Sujarwo (186-G-84) of Stadium Jak. - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Boy Damanik (192-F/C-76) of NSH GMC Riau - 13 points and 7 rebounds
10. Arki Wisnu (187-G-88) of Satria Muda - 8 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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WABA League: Mahram take lead against Riyadi - by Eurobasket News

Mahram - Riyadi 92:76

Mahram registered the second straight win in the WABA League Finals. The Iranian powerhouse held off Riyadi at home court to surge ahead 2-1 in the best-of-five championship series. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) stepped up with 29 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Riyadi entered the game without Ismail Ahmad but stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter. The Lebanese team posted a 14:12 lead ten minutes into the game. Riyadi stretched the gap to 9 points midway through the second frame. Mahram were able to cut the distance to just two points at the interval 35:37. The hosts surged ahead early in the third term. They maintained the lead and posted a 64:61 advantage into the fourth period. Riyadi played with only 9 players on the roster and it started to show late in the game. Mahram capitalized taking a 9-point lead midway through the final stanza. They stretched the margin even more and cruised to the victory at the end. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83) posted 23 points, while Pape Sow (207-F-81, college: CS Fullerton) and Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) finished with 14 points each in the win. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Riyadi. William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Arkansas) canned 11 points in the loss.

Mahram: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 29, Hamed Afagh 23, Pape Sow 14, Mahdi Kamrani 14
Riyadi: Dewarick Spencer 21, William Pharis 11



U18 WABA Championship: Iran defend the title - by Eurobasket News

Iran U18 - Lebanon U18 81:64

Iran clinched the title at the 13th Edition of U18 WABA Championship held in Tripoli. They finished the tournament with four wins in a row and celebrated an overall victory. Iran faced hosting Lebanon in the final game of the tournament. Both teams entered the game undefeated. Iran however easily proved their strength. They clinched an 81:64 win to occupy the top position. Sajjad Mashayekhi (170-PG-94) came up with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Vahid Dalirzahan (198-F-95) contributed 21 points and 13 rebounds for Iran. Wael Arakji responded with 29 points for Lebanon.
Iran and Lebanon advanced to the U18 Asia Championship to be held in Mongolia in August.



Sajjad Mashayekhi raises WABA U18 Trophy - by Ahmad Kerdi

Iranian U18 superstar Sajjad Mashayekhi (170-PG-94) talked to Eurobasket.com right after the big win against Lebanon in the final day of U18 WABA Championship:
- We knew coming to Lebanon and facing the Lebanese Team won't be an easy task therefore we had to be fully concentrated on this match.
- The two weeks preparation we had was not enough but we had a winning spirit, we wanted this so bad and we proved we are a great team that can do some damage.
- I am impressed with what we did and we are so happy about this win and we wish to continue the winning streak in Mongolia during the Asian Championships because we know we are able to do it with the proper preparation.
- I am playing for Mahram and I want to represent the first national team and be at the highest level in Iran before succeeding my dream in playing as professional in Europe.



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Mannheim 2012: France too good for Israel - by Eurobasket News

France U18 - Israel U18 92:61

France earned the second win at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. They coasted past Israel to take 2-1 record in Group A. Anthony Racine (190-G-94) scored 25 points to lead the winners. Israel fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
France and Israel stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Les Bleus secured a 19:17 lead ten minutes into the game. France stretched the margin in the second frame. Les Bleus established a 43:34 halftime lead. France managed to clear off in the third term. They held the Israeli team to 11 points to pile up a comfortable 24-point buffer before the fourth term 69:45. France never looked back afterwards rolling to a confident win. Guillaume Plas nailed 14 points, while Boris Dallo (193-G-94) contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Yaniv Solomon (196-F-94) answered with 11 points for Israel. Daniel Sealine (183-G-94) had 10 points in the loss.

France U18: Anthony Racine 25, Guillaume Plas 14, Boris Dallo 11
Israel U18: Yaniv Solomon 11, Daniel Sealine 10



Theo Papaloukas to Leave Maccabi? - by David Pick

'Maccabi Tel-Aviv is proud to announce the signing of one of the best European players of all time -- Theodoros Papaloukas. A cool-headed winner with the kind of on-court vision coaches dream of,' stated the team's press release on August, 13, 2011.

However, nine unhappy months later and after a tear-jerking drop out of the Euroleague in an epic best-of-five series against Greek Panathinaikos, Papaloukas is no longer rolling on the same page with Head Coach David Blatt, as Eurobasket reveals that the Greek point guard is entertaining the thought of separation.

Talks have already been made and sources with high knowledge approved the information to Eurobasket, 'The possibility of Papaloukas leaving Maccabi has already been discussed behind closed doors. Still, nothing has been decided yet.'

Important to note that Papaloukas' contract doesn't include an out clause, yet if potential offers appear, Maccabi may agree to release the guard and save some extra change.

Papaloukas, a member of the 35 All-Time Greatest Players of the Euroleague and 20012010 All-Decade Team, is also an eight-time Euroleague Final Four participant known for being clutch, and initially joined Maccabi to provide experience and leadership down the stretch but found himself last on the team's rotation not only throughout the series versus Pao, but for the majority of the current season as well.

While both Papaloukas and Blatt continue to publicly shadow their unstable relationship, Theo's averages of just 4.8 minutes, 1 point and 1 assist versus Pao, was the straw the broke the camel's back as the Greek icon felt disrespected and insulted by his coach in front of the entire Greek nation.





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Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 18-6 
 2. Bennet Cantu 17-9 
 3. Umana Venezia 16-10 
 4. Armani Mit 16-10 
 5. Banco di Sard. 16-10 
 6. Scavolini PS 16-10 
 7. CS Bologna 15-11 
 8. Cimberio VA 14-12 
 9. Sidigas AV 13-13 
 10. Acea Roma 13-14 
 11. Fabi Shoes 11-15 
 12. Benetton TV 11-15 
 13. Angelico BI 11-16 
 14. Otto Caserta 10-16 
 15. Vanoli CR 10-17 
 16. Banca Tercas 9-18 
 17. Novipiu CM 6-20 

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 9: Fabi Shoes - Armani Mit 92-98
Apr. 8: Banco di Sard. - Benetton TV 89-77
Apr. 8: Banca Tercas - Otto Caserta 86-78
Apr. 9: Scavolini PS - Vanoli CR 86-64
Apr. 9: Angelico BI - Cimberio VA 82-89 OT
Apr. 8: Sidigas AV - Acea Roma 82-88
Apr. 9: Umana Venezia - CS Bologna 71-66
Apr. 8: Bennet Cantu - Novipiu CM 70-55

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 15: Novipiu CM - Montepaschi
Apr. 15: Armani Mit - Bennet Cantu
Apr. 15: Otto Caserta - Sidigas AV
Apr. 15: Benetton TV - CS Bologna
Apr. 15: Cimberio VA - Scavolini PS
Apr. 15: Banco di Sard. - Fabi Shoes
Apr. 15: Acea Roma - Banca Tercas
Apr. 15: Vanoli CR - Umana Venezia

Round 26

Apr. 12: Bennet Cantu - Montepaschi


SerieA Round 28 of Regular Season - 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.

Angelico Biella (#12) forced the game against Cimberio Varese (#8) into an overtime, but lost by seven points 82-89 on Monday night. The game took place in Biella. But the guests from Varese were better at the end. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 22-12 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. Cimberio Varese made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Cimberio Varese had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Cimberio Varese's coach Carlo Recalcati used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston, agency: Two Points) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds for Angelico Biella. Cimberio Varese maintains eighth position with 14-12 record. Angelico Biella lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. Cimberio Varese are looking forward to face higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Angelico Biella will have a break next round.
The game between sixth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (16-10) and 14th ranked Vanoli-Braga (10-17) in Pesaro ended with biggest points difference. Scavolini Pesaro outscored guests from Cremona 86-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vanoli-Braga. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard James White (199-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 6 assists and 5 steals and Tautvydas Lydeka who added 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Scavolini Pesaro's coach Luca Dalmonte felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Slovenian forward Marko Milic (201-77) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Vanoli-Braga at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Cimberio Varese (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Vanoli-Braga will play against Umana Venezia (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Other games in round 28 were not that significant. Acea Roma beat Sidigas AV on the road 88-82. Banca Tercas won against Otto Caserta on its own court 86-78. Bottom-ranked Novipiu CM unfortunately lost to Bennet Cantu in a road game 55-70. Fabi Shoes recorded a loss to Armani Mit at home 92-98. Benetton TV were defeated by Banco di Sard. on the opponent's court 89-77. Umana Venezia beat CS Bologna in a home game 71-66.


Sidigas AV - Acea Roma 82-88

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when tenth ranked Lottomatica Roma (13-14) beat on the road 9th ranked Air Avellino (13-13) 88-82. The guests were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 26-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. Lottomatica Roma forced 19 Air Avellino turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Clay Tucker (196-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 assists and Bosnian guard Nemanja Gordic (193-88) who added 20 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Lottomatica Roma and five Air Avellino players scored in double figures. Lottomatica Roma have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 13-14 record. Air Avellino at the other side keeps the ninth place with 13 games lost. Lottomatica Roma will play against Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo in the next round where they are favorite. Air Avellino will play on the road against Otto Caserta (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Acea Roma: C.Tucker 22+3reb+5ast, N.Gordic 20+4reb+4ast, M.Mordente 12+2reb+2ast, M.Kakiouzis 10+3reb+2ast, L.Datome 10+5reb+2ast, A.Maestranzi 7+1ast
Sidigas AV: J.Golemac 19+1reb+1ast, M.Green 18+6reb+10ast, R.Slay 17+7reb, V.Spinelli 11+2reb+1ast, V.Gaddefors 10+6reb, A.Infanti 5+3reb
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Banca Tercas - Otto Caserta 86-78

There was a minor upset when 14th ranked Otto Caserta (10-16) lost to sixteenth ranked Banca Tercas (9-18) in Teramo 78-86. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Otto Caserta won third quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Banca Tercas players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Achille Polonara (203-91) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American power forward Brandon Brown (202-81, college: Tulane) who added 11 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Banca Tercas players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) responded with 23 points and Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. Banca Tercas maintains sixteenth position with 9-18 record. Otto Caserta lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 16 games lost. Banca Tercas will play against higher ranked Lottomatica Roma (#10) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Otto Caserta will play against Air Avellino (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: A.Polonara 20+7reb, M.Borisov 13+3reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 11+2reb+4ast, B.Brown 11+3reb+6ast, B.Cerella 10+2reb+2ast, R.Fultz 9+3reb+4ast
Otto Caserta: A.Smith 23+4reb+2ast, G.Maresca 14+1reb, J.Kudlacek 11+1reb+2ast, C.Bell 11+3reb+2ast, A.Stipanovic 7+8reb+2ast, A.Righetti 6+2reb+1ast
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Scavolini PS - Vanoli CR 86-64

The game between sixth ranked Scavolini Pesaro (16-10) and 14th ranked Vanoli-Braga (10-17) in Pesaro ended with biggest points difference. Scavolini Pesaro outscored guests from Cremona 86-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Vanoli-Braga. The game without a history. Scavolini Pesaro led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Scavolini Pesaro forced 19 Vanoli-Braga turnovers. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard James White (199-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 6 assists and 5 steals and Lithuanian power forward Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83) who added 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Scavolini Pesaro players scored in double figures. Scavolini Pesaro's coach Luca Dalmonte felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Slovenian forward Marko Milic (201-77) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and Belgian point guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-85) scored 11 points and 4 steals. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Vanoli-Braga at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Cimberio Varese (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Vanoli-Braga will play against Umana Venezia (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Scavolini PS: J.White 24+4reb+6ast, T.Lydeka 20+9reb, R.Hickman 16+5reb+5ast, D.Hackett 13+4reb+3ast, J.Jones 8+5reb+1ast, D.Cavaliero 5
Vanoli CR: M.Milic 12+5reb, B.Tabu-Eboma 11+1reb+2ast, J.Rich 10+3reb+1ast, M.Tusek 9+5reb, D.Lighty 7+5reb, D.Cinciarini 6+3reb+2ast
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Bennet Cantu - Novipiu CM 70-55

Very predictable result when second ranked Bennet Cantu (17-9) won against at home bottom-ranked Novipiu CM (6-20) 70-55. It looked good early as Novipiu CM took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Bennet Cantu had a 19-15 second period charge getting the lead and Novipiu CM was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 55-70. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds and American-Swiss power forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) who added 6 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St.) responded with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Matt Janning (193-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 9 points and 4 assists. Novipiu CM's coach Andrea Valentini rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bennet Cantu maintains second position with 17-9 record behind leader Montepaschi. Novipiu CM lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 20 games lost. Bennet Cantu will play against league's leader Montepaschi Siena at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Novipiu CM will play against the league's leader Montepaschi Siena (#1) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: M.Leunen 20+6reb, G.Basile 9+2reb+1ast, N.Mazzarino 9+4reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 8+3reb, M.Markoishvili 7+3reb+1ast, D.Perkins 6+6reb+4ast
Novipiu CM: D.Chiotti 12+2reb+2ast, R.Minard 11+8reb+4ast, M.Janning 9+4reb+4ast, O.Nnamaka 6+4reb+2ast, S.Gentile 6+4reb, O.Stevic 4+6reb
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Fabi Shoes - Armani Mit 92-98

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (11-15) lost at home to fourth ranked Armani Milano (16-10) 98-92. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 50-41 second half run of Armani Milano. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Armani Milano especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Fabi Shoes Montegranaro's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Greek forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds and Greek center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) who added 21 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Sean May (206-84, college: N.Carolina) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Armani Milano moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Benetton TV. Armani Milano will play against league's second-placed Bennet Cantu at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against Banco di Sard. (#5) in Sassari and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Armani Mit: I.Bourousis 21+7reb+1ast, A.Fotsis 21+8reb+2ast, M.Hairston 14+6reb+5ast, S.Mancinelli 14+3reb+4ast, E.Bremer 12+2reb+3ast, O.Cook 7+2reb+7ast
Fabi Shoes: S.May 25+6reb, I.Zoroski 18+1reb+1ast, F.Di Bella 13+1reb+2ast, J.McNeal 13+2reb+3ast, D.Ivanov 12+13reb+2ast, C.Karl 9+1reb+2ast
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Banco di Sard. - Benetton TV 89-77

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Banco di Sard. (16-10) defeated 12th ranked Benetton Treviso (11-15) in Sassari 89-77. Benetton Treviso was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 51-37 second half run of Banco di Sard.. They made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Benetton Treviso was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Georgian swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) who added 14 points and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard Jobey Thomas (194-80, college: Charlotte) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American forward Jeffrey Viggiano (197-84, college: Massachusetts) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Banco di Sard. moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Benetton Treviso at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with 15 games lost. They share it with Fabi Shoes. Banco di Sard. will play against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Benetton Treviso will play against CS Bologna and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: Q.Hosley 20+6reb+4ast, T.Diener 14+3reb+7ast, T.Easley 12+5reb, B.Sacchetti 11+1reb+1ast, D.Diener 10+8reb+4ast, M.Vanuzzo 8+5reb
Benetton TV: J.Viggiano 14+5reb+1ast, J.Thomas 14+11reb+4ast, G.Mekel 10+3reb+5ast, B.Ortner 10+5reb+1ast, M.Goree 10+5reb+3ast, M.Bulleri 8+1reb
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Angelico BI - Cimberio VA 82-89 OT

Angelico Biella (#12) forced the game against Cimberio Varese (#8) into an overtime, but lost by seven points 82-89 on Monday night. The game took place in Biella. But the guests from Varese were better at the end. The guests trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 22-12 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. Cimberio Varese made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Cimberio Varese had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Cimberio Varese's coach Carlo Recalcati used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston, agency: Two Points) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Jacob Pullen (182-89, college: Kansas St.) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Angelico Biella. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese maintains eighth position with 14-12 record. Angelico Biella lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 16 games lost. Cimberio Varese are looking forward to face higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Angelico Biella will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: Y.Diawara 22+6reb+2ast, P.Goss 19+5reb+2ast, K.Kangur 13+10reb+2ast, R.Stipcevic 12+2reb+2ast, T.Rannikko 7+3reb+5ast, J.Talts 6+2reb+3ast
Angelico BI: A.Coleman 19+6reb+2ast, A.Miralles 15+5reb, J.Pullen 15+1reb+4ast, T.Dragicevic 11+4reb+1ast, M.Chessa 10+1reb+1ast, G.Jurak 8+3reb+2ast
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Umana Venezia - CS Bologna 71-66

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Umana Venezia and 6th ranked CS Bologna had identical 15-10 record. This time Umana Venezia used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Bologna 71-66. CS Bologna was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 31-17 charge of Umana Venezia, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) who added 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Chris Douglas-Roberts (201-87, college: Memphis) responded with 21 points and Finnish guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) scored 17 points. Umana Venezia (16-10) moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. CS Bologna at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. Umana Venezia will play against Vanoli-Braga (#15) in Cremona in the next round which should be an easy win for them. CS Bologna will play on the road against Benetton Treviso (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Umana Venezia: S.Szewczyk 13+6reb+1ast, A.Young 12+2reb+1ast, T.Bowers 12+9reb+4ast, K.Kee Clark 8+5ast, S.Bryan 7+5reb, T.Slay 6+2reb+3ast
CS Bologna: C.Douglas-Roberts 21+2reb+2ast, P.Koponen 17+3reb+2ast, A.Gigli 9+9reb+1ast, K.Lang 8+3reb, V.Sanikidze 4+13reb+3ast, L.Vitali 3+1reb+4ast
gschID: 150849



Mannheim 2012: Italy U18 wins Group A - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18-Argentina U18 95:71

Italy U18 wins Group A at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim. The Italian side won the third consecutive game beating Argentina U18 95:71. The latter fell at 0-3 record.
Italy showed their ambitions from the first minutes and reached 16:9 after the first five minutes. They reached 29:23 at the end of the first period and had 50:43 at the halftime. It was a very offensive game and both teams showed good percentage from the field. Italy enjoyed 73:53 with 10 minutes in the game and tried to reach 3-digit number. The European side however did not mind 95:71 win at the end of the game.
Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) and Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Alessandro Procacci (180-G-94) added 14. Francesco Candussi (211-F/C-94) and Mirco Turel (192-G-94) followed them with 8 points apiece. Martin Massone (187-F-94) ended up with 16 points in defeat and Franco Barroso (207-C-94) had 11. Gonzalo Torres (201-C-94) finished the game with 10 points, while Matias Bernardini (180-G-94) had 8.

Italy U18: Simone Fontecchio 18, Amedeo Tessitori 18+10 rebs, Alessandro Procacci 14, Francesco Candussi 8, Mirco Turel 8
Argentina U18: Martin Massone 16, Franco Barroso 11, Gonzalo Torres 10, Matias Bernardini 8



Serie C Regionale Campania - Round 25 Results - by Crazy



SERIE C REGIONALE CAMPANIA - RESULTS

POULE PROMOZIONE:
Eosolare Matera - Mugnano: 83-54
Cercola - Maddaloni: 62-101
Casaurea - Arzano: 77-58
Capua - Senise: 42-67
Group Matera - Savoia: 73-70
S.Maria a Vico - Cala Moresca: 82-66
Casavatore - Scafati: 59-75
Stabia - Meomartini Benevento: 97-67

STANDINGS:
Group A: Maddaloni 50, Scafati 38, Stabia 34, Eosolare Matera 30, Cala Moresca 28, Group Matera 26, Arzano 24, Capua 24.

Group B: Senise 44, Savoia 32, S.Maria 32, Casaurea 28, Meomartini 24, Mugnano 20, Cercola 18, Casavatore 18.

POULE RETROCESSIONE:
Battipaglia - Barra: 0-20
Solofra - Partenope: 39-60
Nola - Telese: 89-67

Standings: Partenope 26, Telese 20, Solofra 14, Nola 14, Barra 12, Battipaglia 4.

Scoring Leaders: Njegos Visnjic (199-F-79) (Maddaloni) 23.9 points per game; Accettola (Meomartini) 22.0 ppg; Andrija Djukanovic (205-PF-89) (Telese) 19.9 ppg; Dominik Kos (198-G/F-87) (Senise) 19.4 ppg; Aprea (Casavatore) 17.5 ppg.

Single-Game High: 40 points Aprea (Casavatore); 39 pts Accettola (Meomartini), 37 pts Njegos Visnjic (Maddaloni)



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U18 WABA Championship: Syria too good for Jordan, claim Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Syria U18 - Jordan U18 66:40

Syria claimed Bronze medals at U18 WABA Championship in Lebanon. They overcame Jordan on the final day of the tournament to step on the pedestal. Mohamad Hashem stepped up with 17 points to lead the charge.
Jordan enjoyed a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. But Syria went on a decisive 20:5 run in the second term to surge ahead. They maintained the lead throughout the third quarter to secure a 44:32 advantage with one frame left. Syria scored 22 points in the fourth stanza and cruised to the victory at the end. Anthouny Bakkar posted 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Tarek Alzaim added 10 points in the win. Mamoon T.M.bukhari and Bader Khatib had 9 points each for Jordan.
Syria thus qualified for U18 Asia Championship this summer.

Syria U18: Mohamad Hashem 17, Anthouny Bakkar 15+10 boards, Tarek Alzaim 10
Jordan U18: Mamoon T.M.bukhari 9, Bader Khatib 9



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BC Astana step closer to Finals, Barsy bounce back against Kaspiy - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana registered the second straight win over Tobol in the best-of-three semifinal series. Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest) stepped up with 25 points and 13 rebounds to lead the regular season champions to a comfortable 101:87 win. BC Astana exploded with 59 points in the first half to take a 12-point lead. They wisely maintained it throughout the second half cruising to the victory. Rustam Yargaliev (195-F/G-86) posted 20 points, while Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) added 13 points for the hosts. Pavel Mikheev (200-F-83) answered with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Tobol. Vyacheslav Bogdanov (200-F-83) and Anton Kotenko (191-G/F-84) chipped in 16 points each in the loss.
Barsy Atyrau levelled things up in the series against Kaspiy. They claimed a 73:69 win in Game 2 in Aktau. Sergei Sabutskyy (209-C-86) notched 22 points and 6 boards to pace the visitors. Kaspiy enjoyed a 42:35 halftime lead. But Barsy showed character in the second half. They cut the deficit to just two points heading into the fourth quarter. They limited Kaspiy to 13 points in the final term and ran away with an important win. Evgeni Isakov (203-F-82) accounted for 12 points for Barsy Atyrau. Kyle William Pape (183-G, college: Colorado Mines) responded with 15 points for the home team. Gytis Andrijauskas (187-PG-86) finished with 14 points in defeat.



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Granit Rugova broke Trepca - by Dren Shporta

Sigal Prishtinas forward, Granit Rugova (196-F-86, college: Trinity Valley JC), in the third quarter of the derby match between league leaders Trepca and reigning champions Sigal Prishtina, blasted three, three pointers, in a row to create a non catch-able distance for Mitrovica greens. Sigal Prishtina after that won clearly the match 83-61. Granit Rugova (196-F-86, college: Trinity Valley JC) scored 15 points for Sigal Prishtina in the match.

Except Rugova, Gerald Inman and Ersid Ljuca were among best scorers of Arben Krasniqi's boys. Gerld Inman scored 21 while Ersid Ljuca added 19 more for the champions. Prishtinas coach Arben Krasniqi thanked all his players for the fight and the desire to win the match. With this victory, Sigal Prishtina has registered the third victory against Trepca in the season. This means that if these teams finish the regular season with same points, Sigal Prishtina gets the advantage of the home court.

On the other hand Trepca's best players, the captain Drilon Hajrizi was stopped at 18 points, while Jaleel Nelson has been stopped at 17. Now, Sigal Prishtina and Trepca in general have the same record with 22 victories and 3 defeats during the all season.



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U18 WABA Championship: Iran defend the title - by Eurobasket News

Iran U18 - Lebanon U18 81:64

Iran clinched the title at the 13th Edition of U18 WABA Championship held in Tripoli. They finished the tournament with four wins in a row and celebrated an overall victory. Iran faced hosting Lebanon in the final game of the tournament. Both teams entered the game undefeated. Iran however easily proved their strength. They clinched an 81:64 win to occupy the top position. Sajjad Mashayekhi (170-PG-94) came up with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Vahid Dalirzahan (198-F-95) contributed 21 points and 13 rebounds for Iran. Wael Arakji responded with 29 points for Lebanon.
Iran and Lebanon advanced to the U18 Asia Championship to be held in Mongolia in August.



Sajjad Mashayekhi raises WABA U18 Trophy - by Ahmad Kerdi

Iranian U18 superstar Sajjad Mashayekhi (170-PG-94) talked to Eurobasket.com right after the big win against Lebanon in the final day of U18 WABA Championship:
- We knew coming to Lebanon and facing the Lebanese Team won't be an easy task therefore we had to be fully concentrated on this match.
- The two weeks preparation we had was not enough but we had a winning spirit, we wanted this so bad and we proved we are a great team that can do some damage.
- I am impressed with what we did and we are so happy about this win and we wish to continue the winning streak in Mongolia during the Asian Championships because we know we are able to do it with the proper preparation.
- I am playing for Mahram and I want to represent the first national team and be at the highest level in Iran before succeeding my dream in playing as professional in Europe.



WABA League: Mahram take lead against Riyadi - by Eurobasket News

Mahram - Riyadi 92:76

Mahram registered the second straight win in the WABA League Finals. The Iranian powerhouse held off Riyadi at home court to surge ahead 2-1 in the best-of-five championship series. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) stepped up with 29 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Riyadi entered the game without Ismail Ahmad but stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter. The Lebanese team posted a 14:12 lead ten minutes into the game. Riyadi stretched the gap to 9 points midway through the second frame. Mahram were able to cut the distance to just two points at the interval 35:37. The hosts surged ahead early in the third term. They maintained the lead and posted a 64:61 advantage into the fourth period. Riyadi played with only 9 players on the roster and it started to show late in the game. Mahram capitalized taking a 9-point lead midway through the final stanza. They stretched the margin even more and cruised to the victory at the end. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83) posted 23 points, while Pape Sow (207-F-81, college: CS Fullerton) and Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) finished with 14 points each in the win. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Riyadi. William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Arkansas) canned 11 points in the loss.

Mahram: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 29, Hamed Afagh 23, Pape Sow 14, Mahdi Kamrani 14
Riyadi: Dewarick Spencer 21, William Pharis 11



Emmet for asia-basket.com: I'm coming to win the championship with Riyadi. - by Rabih Khoury

Hours before landing in Lebanon, Andre Emmett (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) had a little interview with asia-basket.com to speak about his new challenge for the first time in Middle East.

1- Hi Andre, you will have your first experience in the middle east... How you feel and what you know about the Lebanese league??

I'm excited to play and open to explore the culture. I've heard wonderful things about the team and I'm looking forward to this opportunity.

2- Known that you were coming to join the team for the arab cup, and after Dewarick Spencer injury last week, will you play next week in the Lebanese League ? What are your goals ??

yes Im going to play in the champions...my goal is to report to the team, learn my teammates and coach and win a championship

3- Last word for the Lebanese fans and Riyadi fans especially..??

I heard riyadi's fans are the best, so I can not wait to finally see and meet them. See ya soon




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Buducnost's Bojan Dubljevic named to All-EuroCup Second Team - by Eurobasket News

Buducnost Voli top prospect Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) is officially named to All-EuroCup Second Team for season 2011/12. The 20-year-old big guy averaged 11.5 points and 5.3 rebounds for 13 games in EuroCup this season. He helped Buducnost to reach the Quarterfinals. Other members of the Second Team are Ramel Curry, Jeremiah Massey, Pavel Pumprla and Yotam Halperin. Bojan Dubljevic joined Buducnost in 2009 from Niksic. He had 9.2 ppg and 4.9 rpg for 25 Adriatic league games this season. Dubljevic exploded at European Championships U20 in Bilbao last summer. He had 22.4 ppg and 9.7 rpg for 9 games at this event. The center ended as the second best scorer and third rebounder of the championship and was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 1st Team -11. Dubljevic shined at European Championships U20 in Croatia -10 as well. At this event he had 15 ppg and 7.8 rpg for 9 games. In 2009, Dubljevic led U18 Montenegro to Bronze medal at European Championships U18 Division B in Sarajevo.


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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 32-24 
 2. Philadelph.76 29-26 
 3. New York K. 29-27 
 4. New Jersey N. 21-37 
 5. Toronto R. 20-38 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 43-14 
 2. Indiana P. 35-22 
 3. Milwaukee B. 27-29 
 4. Detroit P. 21-36 
 5. Cleveland C. 18-36 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 40-15 
 2. Atlanta H. 33-23 
 3. Orlando M. 33-23 
 4. Washington W. 13-44 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-47 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 42-15 
 2. Denver N. 31-25 
 3. Utah Jazz 30-28 
 4. Portland TB 26-31 
 5. Minnesota T. 26-32 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 36-22 
 2. LA Clippers 34-23 
 3. Phoenix Suns 30-27 
 4. Golde State W. 21-34 
 5. Sacramento K. 19-38 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 40-15 
 2. Memphis G. 33-23 
 3. Houston R. 32-25 
 4. Dallas M. 31-26 
 5. N.Orleans H. 15-42 

Regular Season: Round 103

Apr. 9: Memphis G. - LA Clippers 94-85
Apr. 9: N.Orleans H. - LA Lakers 91-93
Apr. 9: Utah Jazz - San Antonio S. 91-84
Apr. 9: Minnesota T. - Phoenix Suns 90-114
Apr. 9: Portland TB - Houston R. 89-94
Apr. 9: Milwaukee B. - Oklah.City T. 89-109
Apr. 9: Charlotte B. - Washington W. 85-113
Apr. 9: Denver N. - Golde State W. 123-84
Apr. 9: Orlando M. - Detroit P. 119-89
Apr. 9: Indiana P. - Toronto R. 103-98

Regular Season: Round 104

Apr. 10: Cleveland C. - Charlotte B.
Apr. 10: Washington W. - Orlando M.
Apr. 10: Dallas M. - Sacramento K.
Apr. 10: Miami Heat - Boston C.
Apr. 10: New Jersey N. - Philadelph.76
Apr. 10: Chicago B. - New York K.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.1 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.6 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.8 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.5 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..24.2 
 6. Rose, Chicago B.23.0 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.6 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 9. Aldridge, Portland.21.7 
 10. Anthony, New Y.21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.6 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.9 
 4. Varejao, Clevelan.11.5 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.1 
 6. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 7. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.9 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix9.9 
 10. Chandler, New Y.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.2 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.1 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers9.0 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 5. Williams, New J.8.7 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
 8. Wall, Washington W.7.8 
 9. Parker, San A.7.6 
 10. Lowry, Houston R.7.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.4 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 5. Shumpert, New Y.1.8 
 6. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 7. Iguodala, Philadel.1.8 
 8. Lowry, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.7 
 10. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.6 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 4. Jordan, LA Clippers2.1 
 5. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 6. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.0 
 7. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 8. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 9. Dalembert, Houst.1.7 
 10. O''Neal, Boston C.1.7 


Odom and Mavs part ways - by Bryan Floyd

Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) and the Mavs have mutually agreed to part ways. The Mavericks and Odom spent Easter Sunday working out a parting, according to sources close to the situation, that frees the struggling Odom to leave the team immediately without actually being released. 'The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it's in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team,' Odom said in a statement to ESPN.com. 'I'm sorry that things didn't work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs' organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship.' This has been a distraction all season and Odom clearly needed to take some time off to mentally get right. Kobe Bryant will lobby the Lakers to try and bring him back next season, but before that can happen Odom will need to fix himself both physically and mentally.


LeBron, Dragic named NBA Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat star LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Houston Rockets guard Goran Dragic (6'5''-PG-86) were named NBA Players of the Week for games played through April 8.

James helped Miami win three of its four games last week by posting averages of 30.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.3 steals.

He struck for a season-high 41 points in a 99-93 win over the Sixers on April 3, and went for 34 points, 10 assists, seven boards and four steals in a five- point decision over Oklahoma City the next day.

Dragic's Rockets went 3-0 last week thanks to the 6-foot-3 Slovenian turning in 20.7 points, 8.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game. His finest performance of the week occurred on April 6 in LA, when he totaled 26 points, 11 assists, four boards and three steals in a 112-107 win over the Lakers.

Other nominees for the conference honors were Atlanta's Josh Smith, O.J. Mayo from Memphis, Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks, San Antonio's Tony Parker and Utah's Al Jefferson.

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com



Jazz sign Blake Ahearn to a 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor announced today that the team is expected to sign Blake Ahearn (6'2''-PG-84, college: Missouri St.) of the NBA Development Leagues Reno Bighorns to a 10-day contract. Ahearn becomes the NBAs 50th D-League Call-Up this season. Following the transaction, the Jazz roster will stand at 15 players.

Ahearn is expected to practice on Tuesday and will travel with the Jazz when the team faces the Rockets on Wednesday at 6 p.m. MT (ROOT Sports, 1320 KFAN) in Houston.

A 2012 D-League All-Star selection, Ahearn (6-3, 190, Missouri State) appeared in 37 games, all starts, for the Bighorns this season, averaging 23.8 points, 5.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 37.5 minutes. Ahearn scored in double figures in all 37 appearances, including eight games scoring 30 points or more points. During the season, Ahearn established the NBA D-Leagues all-time record for consecutive made free throws when he connected on 110 in a row between December 2011 and January 2012. The record tops the NBA mark of 97 set by Micheal Williams in 1993.

A five-year NBA D-League veteran, Ahearn returns to the NBA having played with the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, respectively. In 15 career NBA games Ahearn averaged 5.2 points, 1.4 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 13.0 minutes.

Ahearn becomes the eighth D-League Call-Up in Jazz history, joining Rusty LaRue (2000-01), Mikki Moore (2003-04), Louis Amundson (2006-07), Sundiata Gaines (2010-11), Othyus Jeffers (2010-11), Marcus Cousin (2011-12) and Kyle Weaver (2011-12).

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Nets sign Armon Johnson to a 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

The New Jersey Nets have signed free agent guard Armon Johnson to a 10-day contract, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today.

Johnson (6-3, 195), started the 2011-12 season with Portland appearing in one contest before being assigned to the Idaho Stampede of the D-League. In six games with the Stampede, he averaged 11.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists in 27 minutes. He was recalled on January 15 before being waived by Portland on February 27.

The University of Nevada product was selected in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft (34th overall) by Portland. Johnson appeared in 38 games as a rookie in 2010-11, averaging 2.9 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.2 assists in seven minutes per game. In 39 career games, he holds averages of 2.9 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.2 assists in seven minutes.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Cavs sign guard Hudson to second 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

Guard Lester Hudson (6'3''-G-84, college: Tenn-Martin) has signed a second 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, one day after scoring a career-high 26 points in an overtime loss to New Jersey.

Hudson is averaging 24.5 points in his last two games. He scored 23 with seven assists on Friday, helping the Cavs end a nine-game losing streak despite being without three injured starters. On Sunday, he made six 3-pointers, including one in the final seconds of regulation to force OT, prompting Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to tweet 'Lesanity!' Hudson scored 18 in the fourth quarter.

Hudson, who was selected in the second round by Boston in 2009, is filling in at point guard while Kyrie Irving, the NBA's likely rookie of the year, recovers from a sprained right shoulder.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Del Negro: 'Ridiculous reporting' that job was in peril - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro Negro still has a bit of an edge going into Monday's game vs. the Memphis Grizzlies after enduring rumors that he was on the verge of being fired last month.

'Ridiculous,' Del Negro told USA TODAY Sports of reports that he'd lost his locker room.

'Everyone goes through rough patches,' he continued. 'Teams are losing games. The Western Conference is very difficult. You're dealing with a lot of things with this season, a whole new team. People that (coach) understand how difficult it is. If you haven't gone through it, you don't know.'

Still, the Clippers (34-22) began Monday as the fourth seed in the West. After a three-game losing streak in March, when the Clippers failed to win consecutive games until the final week, they've won eight of their last nine games.

The roster has been overhauled, starting with acquiring All-Star point guard Chris Paul in a trade before the season; free agent signings of Chauncey Billups and forwards Caron Butler, Reggie Evans, Bobby Simmons and Kenyon Martin; and the late-season trade for shooting guard Nick Young. Billups was the starting shooting guard but was lost for the season in early February with a season-ending Achilles tear.

Backup point guard Mo Williams has been out since March 23 with a ligament injury in his left big toe, but said he would play Thursday vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves.

'You have to have chemistry (and) rhythm guys accepting their roles,' Del Negro said. 'You've got a whole new team with no practice time and everything is on the fly a lot of times during games.

'It was ridiculous reporting. It was unprofessional. It was not right. I talk to the people I work for almost every day. That was never an issue. I thought it was low.'

Del Negro hadn't revamped any of his offensive and defensive schemes.

In March, the Clippers played 20 games in 31 days.

'We're defending better,' Paul said. 'Guys are starting to get into their spots. For most of the season we've been one step, two steps behind on the defensive end.'

Del Negro has yet to have his full team practice together. With so many free agent signings, a bulk of these players weren't even part of the Clippers' truncated training camp.

'We're just playing better together. That's with time,' Butler said. 'We're having a feel of each other, getting a lot of ball movement. That's pretty much it.

'We're playing with more of a sense of urgency. Guys are playing harder for one another. We heard the rumors and speculation (about Del Negro being fired). Winning cures everything. We wanted to win for ourselves and we just kept it together in the locker room.'

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Monday's games review (10): Clippers wait too late to compete in 94-85 loss to Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

Denver N. - Golde State W. 123-84
Rookie Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.) had season highs of 27 points and 17 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets never trailed in their most lopsided win of the season, a 123-84 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. The 39-point margin exceeded Denver's previous high of 29 points against Sacramento on Jan. 25, and coincided with the return of Danilo Gallinari (6'10''-F-88, agency: Players Group). He helped pick up the offense by scoring 15 points in his first game since breaking his left thumb against Dallas on March 19. Arron Afflalo also had 15 points, and JaVale McGee and Corey Brewer each added 13 for Denver. Golden State was led by Klay Thompson and Nate Robinson with 17 and 16 points, respectively. The Nuggets matched their season high in points and beat the Warriors for the first time in three tries this season. They remained in eighth place in the Western Conference with nine games remaining. Denver is in a tight race with seventh-place Dallas, Phoenix, Utah, and Houston for the last two postseason spots in the conference. Faried, a quick, powerful forward, put on a dazzling show in a stunning turnaround from his one-point, four-rebound effort in a 112-97 loss at Golden State on Saturday. This time, Faried scored on an array of moves, driving to the hoop for layups, putting in a couple of spectacular dunks off alley-oop passes and soaring through traffic to hit jumpers from up close. He had a rim-rattling, two-handed dunk that brought a roar from the crowd and put the Nuggets up 80-50 with 5:05 left in the third period. When he went to the bench a minute later for a rest, the crowd showed its appreciation with a rousing ovation. Gallinari soon added a 3-pointer and the Nuggets took an 83-50 lead into the fourth quarter. The Nuggets substituted freely the rest of the way but still wound up stretching their lead during the final period. The Nuggets led by as many as 31 points in the first half and were in front 65-38 at the break after Faried grabbed an offensive rebound and put it back in for a basket with 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter. They gained command early by leaning on their transition game, running the floor relentlessly en route to a 37-13 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Faried was at the center of the flurry, scoring 11 points in the period, including a three-point play after throwing down a dunk around a pair of three-point plays by Arron Afflalo. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Portland TB - Houston R. 89-94
Goran Dragic (6'5''-PG-86) insists he wasn't auditioning. Houston's point guard had 22 points, seven assists and three steals to lead the Rockets to a 94-89 victory Monday night over the Trail Blazers, completing a perfect four-game road trip. Portland happens to be looking for a point guard, and Dragic will be a free agent this summer. 'It is going to be a crazy summer for me, but now I just want to be focused and play hard in every game,' he said. 'We are focused on the playoffs with Houston.' Chase Budinger added 15 points off the bench for the Rockets, who beat the Bulls, Lakers and Kings before visiting Portland. Sitting in sixth place in the Western Conference, Houston (32-25) has won six of its last eight games overall. LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 points and six rebounds for the Portland (27-31), which trailed by as many as 14 points. The Trail Blazers, who are seeing their playoff hopes dwindle, have gone 7-8 since firing coach Nate McMillan. 'It's getting closer and closer,' Aldridge said of the point when the Blazers can rule out a postseason. 'But we've got to keep working, keep getting better and continue to build.' Houston is a game up on Dallas and Denver for the No. 6 seed. The Blazers are 4 games back of Denver for the eighth and final spot. Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry played his second game after missing 15 because of a serious bacterial infection. He finished with 13 points in 23 minutes. 'I'm fine,' said Lowry, who was averaging 15.9 points and 7.2 assists before the infection, which landed him in the hospital. 'I would ask for more but I'm going to pace myself. It's a long rest of the way to go, hopefully.' Dragic, who has been starting in Lowry's absence, was named the Western Conference player of the week on Monday after averaging 20.7 points, 8.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds last week. He's scored in double figures for a career-best 19 straight games. He said that before his recent surge he didn't get many questions about free agency, or about Portland. Blazers acting general manager Chad Buchanan has said that one of the priorities for the team during the offseason is to bring in a point guard. 'All the doors are open,' Dragic said. 'We will see what is going to happen this summer.' Rockets coach Kevin McHale, when asked if he's worried he'll lose Dragic in the offseason, quipped, 'I worry about my golf game in the offseason.' The Rockets were playing the second game of a back-to-back, after defeating Sacramento 104-87 on Sunday night. 'When you looked at the schedule, you went 'Ooof.' You said, 'Man, we're going to have to find a way to win some of those games,' McHale said. 'We won them all, which is great for us. Now we have to go home and we have four huge games coming up.' The Rockets host Utah and Phoenix before visiting Denver, and then hosting the Nuggets. Marcus Camby, dealt by the Blazers to the Rockets at the trade deadline, hit a 3-pointer to give the Rockets a 24-17 lead at the end of the first quarter. Houston extended it to 36-25 on Patrick Patterson's long jumper before Budinger's 3-pointer made it 41-27. The Blazers trailed 49-40 at the half, but pulled within 49-47 on Joel Przybilla's layup. Raymond Felton tied it with a jumper, but the Rockets never surrendered the lead and were up 71-65 going into the final quarter. Budinger's dunk midway through the fourth made it 86-73. Aldridge hit a 3-pointer with 8.9 seconds left to pull Portland within 92-87, but it was too late. The Blazers were without Nicolas Batum, who has tendinitis in his left knee and is day-to-day. Jamal Crawford started in his place, finishing with 18 points. Camby, who finished with nine points and 11 rebounds, said that when he was in Portland, he felt the Blazers could make the playoffs. 'We're definitely two teams going in two different directions right now,' Camby said. 'Our spot in the playoffs is not solidified, so we have a lot of key games coming up and we're going to need a lot of help from a lot of different teams.' *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Orlando M. - Detroit P. 119-89
Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said his team showed probably its most toughness of the season in grinding out a win against Philadelphia last week to end a five-game losing streak. The Magic may not have had to display that same late-game vigor in their victory over Detroit on Monday night, but they certainly left their coach with plenty more to marvel at. Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) hit six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, J.J. Redick had 20 points and the Magic eased past the Pistons, 119-89. Glen Davis added 16 points and 16 rebounds starting in place of center Dwight Howard, who missed his third game in two weeks with back spasms. All five Orlando starters reached double figures in its first win this season over a Detroit team that normally can be counted on to play them tough. Not on this night, though. ''Everybody's on one page and I've never felt like we've been on such a page,'' Davis said. ''We've been a good team the whole year, but I think these last couple of games and especially the Philly game we've been on the same page. Defensively. Energy-wise. Everybody's been trying to read the same book.'' The Magic also were playing without backup point guard Chris Duhon, who was suspended for the game for conduct detrimental to the team. It didn't matter, though, as their energy and falling shots overwhelmed a Detroit team that was playing its fourth game in five nights. ''There are going to be ups and downs with nine games to go. But I like the level we've played at the last two games and hopefully it will continue,'' Van Gundy said. Tayshaun Prince led Detroit with 21 points and eight rebounds, and Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Collectively, though, it made little more than a dent against a Magic club that shot 53 percent (42 for 80) from the field and 54 percent (15 for 28) from the 3-point line. The Pistons lost their third straight game since a three-game winning streak. They conclude their four-game road trip at Charlotte on Thursday. ''It's very embarrassing,'' Detroit coach Lawrence Frank said. ''I think it's everything. (Being) mentally (and) physically, prepared to compete in an NBA game...But we've got to make a decision as a group, how we want to go forward. This is where character's revealed.'' Said Villanueva: ''We put that 4-20 start behind us and we have been playing good basketball since then. The past two games we have let our guard down and kind of forgotten what got us to this point.'' With both Howard and Hedo Turkoglu (out for the regular-season with a facial fracture) missing from the starting lineup, Van Gundy inserted Davis and Redick into the lineup. Neither player disappointed early, with Redick connecting from the outside and scoring eight first-quarter points, and Davis reaching double-double status just minutes into the second period. Davis in particular, who has seen his minutes increase during Howard's recent injury, said he is trying to make the most of his extra time on the floor. He is averaging 21 points and 12 rebounds over his past five games ''I feel like I'm more frantic when I'm out there (playing) for 20 minutes, it's like 'you got to do something,''' Davis said. ''But when you're out there longer you get a rhythm, you get a flow and that's just my role right now. But when it changes, I'll just go out for 20 minutes and try to do the best I can.'' Orlando also got an instant boost from the return of Ryan Anderson, who had missed the three previous games with a sprained right ankle. He finished with 14 points. Even seldom-used point guard Ish Smith got into the act, making the most of his minutes playing in place of Duhon. Smith had five of his seven assists in just six minutes of action. The Magic led by as many as 23 in the first half and the lead ballooned above 30 early in the third quarter. It got almost comical how easily the ball was falling through the net for the Magic, with Richardson getting a high and very favorable bounce on a rushed 3-pointer in the second half. The only sore spot was reserve forward Earl Clark getting ejected with 7.5 seconds to play in the game by referee Scott Foster for arguing a foul. The blowout win might have been against a tired Pistons' team, but with each of their remaining games holding potential playoff seeding implications, the Magic will take wins where they can get them. They began the night in the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference, trailing division mate Atlanta. ''I think obviously missing Dwight is a big piece and it just makes us have to play that much harder to get those hustle points and get those rebounds,'' Anderson said. ''I think we did that...We know how good of a team we are and we've gone through a lot as a group. I think ultimately guys, everybody's playing hard...We're just really having each other's backs and working hard for each other.'' *Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com

Milwaukee B. - Oklah.City T. 89-109
First, Oklahoma City hit shots over the Milwaukee Bucks. Then the Thunder got under their skin. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) scored 26 points and the Thunder won their second straight, beating the Bucks 109-89 Monday in a game that featured seven technical fouls, an ejection of Bucks backup forward Larry Sanders and a confrontation between Mike Dunleavy and Serge Ibaka. Sanders was ejected after earning a pair of technicals in the second half, while Dunleavy, Brandon Jennings and coach Scott Skiles also were assessed technicals for Milwaukee. Did all those technicals frustrate the Bucks? 'A little bit,' Westbrook said. 'It just showed we did our job as a team and came out and got a win.' Kevin Durant added 19 for the Thunder, who broke a three-game losing streak with a victory over Toronto on Sunday. Oklahoma City moved back ahead of San Antonio by percentage points for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. 'It reaffirmed we are definitely a top-tier team in this league,' Westbrook said. Ibaka and Nazr Mohammed also were called for technicals. Ersan Ilyasova scored 18 for the Bucks, who fell 1 games out of the No. 8 playoff spot and face the New York Knicks at home Wednesday in a game that could prove critical to the Bucks' playoff hopes. 'If you get too far from reality, things can go bad for you,' Skiles said. 'The reality is, that (Thunder) team's at a different level than we are. And we're trying to get to that level someday.' The Bucks were called for five technicals in a game for the first time since a Dec. 31, 2001, game at Chicago, although Skiles and Dunleavy both said afterward that they hoped to get theirs rescinded by the league. 'I didn't use any profanity, I didn't do anything except I said, 'Let's go, Kane,' and I got a technical,' Skiles said, referring to official Kane Fitzgerald. 'We talked about it later.' When asked if the Bucks still are fighting to earn the respect of referees, Jennings answered cautiously. 'You can't really talk too much about the refs, because you know what will happen, we'll get fined for that,' Jennings said. 'The main thing is, we're just trying to play hard every night. We play just as hard as everybody else.' It was a rough night for Monta Ellis, who scored nine points on 3-for-12 shooting. The Thunder beat the Bucks on the boards, outrebounding them 26-15 in the first half and 44-35 for the game. 'You don't expect to go on Milwaukee's floor and win by 20, but I thought our defensive mindset was outstanding from the start,' Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. Westbrook hit a 3-pointer over Jennings in the first quarter - then paused to pantomime blowing smoke off his fingers and putting them back in holsters like an Old West gunslinger, a more-exaggerated-than-usual version of his celebration gesture. 'It's something I always do,' Westbrook said. Jennings didn't take issue with it, acknowledging that Westbrook was hitting tough shots but also noting that 'he still took a lot of shots at the same time.' 'All the taunting, it's all right,' Jennings said. 'It's cool with me.' Then Ibaka and Dunleavy got tangled up after a shot clock violation, with Ibaka standing over Dunleavy and keeping him down as he tried to get up off the floor. The two were separated and both assessed technicals - although Bucks fans booed loudly after a replay of the incident on the stadium video board, judging Ibaka to be the main aggressor. 'I think they saw my reaction to the guy grabbing me, but hopefully they'll understand and take it back,' Dunleavy said. The incidents didn't do much to slow down the Thunder, who led 35-18 going into the second quarter and 61-47 at the half after Westbrook hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. With Milwaukee trailing by 12, Westbrook appeared to carry the ball right in front of the bench but it wasn't called. Skiles appeared to complain and received a technical - as did Jennings immediately afterward. 'Point-blank, he carried,' Jennings said. Durant hit both foul shots, Westbrook scored and the Thunder led 82-66 with just over three minutes left in the third quarter. Sanders also received a technical late in the third quarter after he stormed toward a referee and Jennings tried to hold him back. Oklahoma City closed the quarter on an 11-2 run and led 87-68 going into the fourth. Sanders then was called for his second technical at the 9:18 mark in the fourth, high-fiving fans as he walked to the locker room. 'I don't think I responded very well, but I think it's just an emotional game,' Sanders said. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

N.Orleans H. - LA Lakers 91-93
Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) figured the onus was on him to score even more than usual with Kobe Bryant out of the Lakers' lineup. Despite the efforts of New Orleans 7-footers Chris Kaman and Jason Smith, Gasol poured in 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Los Angeles to a 93-91 victory over the Hornets on Monday night. ''I'm one of the anchors - when (Bryant) is not there, even more - so I get a lot more involved in the offense,'' Gasol said. ''I'm not trying to be the main guy here. We have a great team and some great weapons. ... I just picked up a little bit the role of scoring and being aggressive offensively just because, obviously, the absence of the top scorer in the league.'' Bryant missed his second straight game with a sore left shin, but point guard Ramon Sessions helped pick up the slack with 17 points and six assists. His best highlight might have been his sudden burst to the hoop for a soaring dunk over Kaman, but his ability to hit in the clutch was most evident on a 3-pointer that put the Lakers ahead by six with 26 seconds left. ''We were down Kobe, and any time you're missing a guy like that, everybody's got to step up,'' Sessions said. ''I just tried to fill the void, taking what they give me, attacking the basket, trying to get guys shots.'' Andrew Bynum added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who used a 15-2 run inside the last half of the fourth quarter to wipe out a seven-point hole and surge in front for good. ''Our composure was there,'' Lakers coach Mike Brown said. ''We had big play after big play.'' Carl Landry had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Marco Belinelli scored 20 points for New Orleans. Greivis Vasquez added 18 points and 11 assists for the Hornets, hitting a career-high five 3-pointers on six attempts. Kaman had 16 points and five blocked shots, but committed his fifth foul with 6:04 left and had to sit for nearly four crucial minutes as New Orleans lost to the Lakers by six or fewer points for the third time in three meetings. ''Chris was about as efficient as he can be,'' Hornets coach Monty Williams said. ''He just got in some foul trouble.'' New Orleans also was without shooting guard Eric Gordon because of back soreness that has lingered since last Saturday's victory over Minnesota. Williams said the Hornets simply lacked ''that closer down the stretch.'' Gasol and Bynum helped the Lakers control the paint, as Los Angeles outscored New Orleans 42-28 inside and outrebounded the Hornets 46-35. New Orleans stayed close thanks in part to 9 of 15 shooting from deep, with Belinelli hitting four 3s. After trailing by as much as nine points in the second quarter, the Hornets surged ahead by nine in the third period after a 12-4 run that included a 3 by Vasquez and a three-point play by Al-Farouq Aminu. The lead was still at nine after Smith's floater late in the third quarter, but the Lakers quickly cut it to 72-68 on Sessions' driving layup shortly before the end of the period and Metta World Peace's 3 to open the fourth. The Hornets did not wilt right away as they often have this season, thanks to Belinelli, who scored seven straight Hornets points on a bail-out jumper at the shot clock buzzer, a double-pump jumper and a 29-foot 3 late in the shot clock to make it 79-71. Soon after, a rare sellout crowd was chanting: ''Beat L.A!'' That was right about the time the Hornets started missing shots and the Lakers stormed back. ''We came alive when we needed to down the stretch,'' Gasol said. ''We were covering for each other. We limited them to one shot for the most part and then we attacked on the other end and played smart. ... It was good to see.'' Steve Blake drained a 3 from the corner and sank an off-balance floater off the glass. Bynum added a pair of inside baskets and blocked a shot by Landry. World Peace's 3 put Los Angeles back in front 89-86 with 1:31 left, then Sessions added a 3 to make it 92-86. New Orleans could not quite recover, despite World Peace nearly turning the ball over with a long inbound pass to the Lakers' back court with 1.2 seconds left. Smith got his hand on the bouncing pass but could not corral it. *Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com

Memphis G. - LA Clippers 94-85
Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) sat in his chair with ice packs on both knees and a towel wrapped around his body, lamenting his poor shooting and the Clippers' lack of physical play when he grabbed his right arm, which began to shake. The pain registered on Paul's face as he held the same elbow that he bruised six games ago, and yet he insisted, 'I'll be all right.' But neither Paul nor the Clippers were all right against the Memphis Grizzlies, falling into a 17-point hole and digging out only enough to fall, 94-85, Monday night at FedExForum. The Clippers own the tiebreaker over Memphis because they won the season series, 2-1, but the defeat cut their lead to half a game over the Grizzlies for the fourth seeding in the Western Conference. And if the playoffs started now, the Clippers would face the physical Grizzlies in a first-round series that would begin at Staples Center. Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro was asked if his team would rather avoid Memphis in the opening round. 'I'm not looking at that right now,' Del Negro said. 'We've got a lot of basketball left and things are going to change almost on a daily basis. So to worry about all that stuff right now ... we've got to get in the playoffs. We've got to stay focused on what we can do and then all that stuff will take care of itself.' It seemed as if the Clippers could have avoided waiting until late in the game to exert the effort and energy they displayed when they got down big. 'They probably were a little more aggressive than us,' said Paul, who had 21 points on seven-for-17 shooting, one for four on three-pointers. 'It was a physical game and if you're physical from the jump ball like they were, then refs let it go.' It would seem the Clippers could have done a better job on the backboards. They were outrebounded 48-36. Memphis had 15 offensive rebounds. It would seem the Clippers could have played better defense from the start. They allowed the Grizzlies to shoot 50% from the field. The Clippers were at their best in the fourth, holding the Grizzlies to 38.9% shooting, forcing them into six turnovers. The Clippers matched Memphis' physical play in the fourth, but Paul said they should have done that earlier. 'We should have and that's my responsibility,' he said. 'I told them tonight again, we can't let that happen. We've just got to play better, especially me. All those shots and layups, stuff like that, I've got to make those.' The Clippers, who got 19 points from Blake Griffin and 14 points and 14 rebounds from DeAndre Jordan, didn't make their move until they were down, 81-64, with 6 minutes 59 seconds left. They went on a 19-5 run and pulled to within 86-83 with 55.8 seconds left. But Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) scored on a dunk and made two free throws after a Paul turnover to finish off the Clippers. 'When you dig yourself a hole like we did, you're almost hoping that you can get back into it,' Paul said. 'We gave ourselves a chance, but we didn't get a stop when we needed to. If we had played like that from the jump ball, we wouldn't have been in that situation.' *Courtesy of www.latimes.com

Minnesota T. - Phoenix Suns 90-114
Shannon Brown (6'3''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) had 17 points and seven rebounds and the Phoenix Suns' reserves outscored Minnesota's 66-27 in a 114-90 victory over the Timberwolves on Monday night. Markieff Morris led the backups with 21 points and Steve Nash had 14 points and five assists for the Suns, who have won five of their last six games and 11 of 16 to surge back into the playoff picture. They started the day one game behind Denver for eighth in the West. Kevin Love had 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost six in a row. They have lost 22 straight games in April dating back to 2009. J.J. Barea had 16 points, but the Wolves' massive defensive problems continued with the Suns shooting 57 percent. Sebastian Telfair had 14 points and seven assists and Michael Redd scored 13 points for the Suns, the sixth straight game he's scored in double figures. That's an encouraging sign for Phoenix (30-27), which improved to a season-high three games over .500. The Suns' best days appeared to be behind them at the start of the season when they were 12-19 in their first 31 games. They've been an entirely different team since the All-Star break, with Nash's supporting cast knocking down the open shots that he has been creating for years. They are 16-7 since the break, second only to San Antonio in the West. Nash deserves plenty of the credit, as usual. He's orchestrating an offense that did not receive any help at the trade deadline and has been without veteran Grant Hill since March 30 because of a knee injury. 'I just marvel at him,' Wolves coach Rick Adelman said. 'He's actually kept this team going. He's actually willed them to stay in this race and you've got to give him credit.' Brown has filled in beautifully since stepping into the starting lineup. He entered the night averaging 17.6 points in his eight games as a starter, including 24 points in a win over the Lakers on Saturday night. He got out quickly on Monday night, scoring 11 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the first quarter. Channing Frye and Marcin Gortat both were in foul trouble early in the first half, but Morris and Michael Redd came off the bench to fill it up in their place. Morris scored 12 points in the first half and Redd had eight to keep the Suns humming on offense. Minnesota trimmed a 15-point lead to five points early in the third quarter, but the Suns responded in a heartbeat. Frye, Nash and Brown all hit 3s in a 21-4 run for a 77-55 lead that was far too much for the short-handed Wolves to overcome. Minnesota was in the playoff hunt in early March until a rash of injuries derailed everything. Ricky Rubio went down with a torn ACL, Nikola Pekovic missed significant time with an ankle injury, Michael Beasley was out with a bad toe, Luke Ridnour with a sprained right ankle and Barea struggled with a pulled groin. Rubio returned to Target Center on Monday night for the first time since he had surgery on March 9. He planned to speak to reporters Tuesday afternoon. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Utah Jazz - San Antonio S. 91-84
John Stockton and Greg Ostertag came to EnergySolutions Arena to watch a game Monday night. The San Antonio Spurs' three stars - Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili - stayed back in the Alamo City. And surprisingly, it took quite a while for the Utah Jazz to arrive, too. Devin Harris (6'3''-PG-83, college: Wisconsin) led a comeback in the fourth quarter as the Jazz overcame an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the starless Spurs 91-84 to keep their playoff hopes alive. Harris entered the game midway through the fourth with the Jazz down eight, but he led Utah to a big turnaround and finished with 25 points with three 3-pointers. Paul Millsap had a couple of big buckets late in the fourth quarter, including a huge putback slam. Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) added 16 points, and Al Jefferson chipped in 12 points. Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal each came off the bench to score a team-high 14 points for the gutsy Spurs. Utah played without four guys. Earl Watson (knee) will require surgery for his torn meniscus, and C.J. Miles is out with a strained calf. Jeremy Evans was also injured in this one, spraining his right ankle in the second half. DeMarre Carroll, a night after scoring a career-high 16 points, was inserted into the Jazz's starting lineup in place of Miles. He was scoreless. The Jazz, however, took 42 minutes to take advantage of that massive San Antonio roster void. *Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com

Charlotte B. - Washington W. 85-113
Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) scored 20 points and Washington got 67 points from their bench as the Wizards hammered the Charlotte Bobcats 113-85 Monday night in a matchup of the NBA's two worst teams. James Singleton had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Cartier Martin chipped in with 19 points as the Wizards (13-44) swept the three-game season series from the Bobcats. John Wall scored just two points but had 12 assists. Corey Maggette scored 23 points for the Bobcats (7-48), who lost their 12th straight. It may have been a new low in Bobcats history losing by 28 points at home to the second-worst team in the league. On the positive side, the Bobcats took a step closer to securing the worst record in the league and the best chance at the No. 1 pick in NBA draft lottery on May 30. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Indiana P. - Toronto R. 103-98
Steam was coming out of Dwane Casey's ears following Toronto's loss to Oklahoma City on Sunday night. His team competed harder on Monday, which made him a happier man, but still made enough mistakes to come up short. A day after allowing a disastrous 24-0 run, the Raptors refused to defend properly against Indiana at times and allowed the Pacers to live at the line. The result, loss No. 38, this time, a 103-98 setback to the 35-22 Pacers. Toronto actually fought back to bring a 14-point Pacers halftime lead down to a bucket in the fourth, but ex-Raptor Leandrinho Barbosa (6'3''-PG-82) keyed an Indiana revival from there that made Toronto's final push inconsequential. 'I appreciate the guys' effort. They came out and fought and didn't give in,' Casey said. 'The fight was there it wasn't pretty and again, all we can do is ask for that type of effort.' As expected, the Raptors were without leading scorer Andrea Bargnani for the 27th time in 58 games. If his latest calf issue keeps him out six more times, it will be half a campaign missed by Bargnani, who had been averaging about 25 per game in his previous six games before going down against the Thunder with calf soreness. The offence struggled early without him - Toronto shot 36.8% from the field in the first quarter and 40.5% at the half - but came around later. Alan Anderson sparked the visitors with an excellent performance. Anderson scored 17 points, hitting all four of his three-point attempts. Linas Kleiza added 18 - all in the fourth - and Amir Johnson had 17. 'Everybody contributed this game, we all pitched in, we just came up short at the end,' Johnson said. The Raptors started the final two quarters on fire, allowing them to get back into the game, but could not carry the momentum through either frame with Barbosa shooting well. 'That's what he does. He comes in and makes some difficult shots,' Johnson said. Barbosa, the most popular man in the locker room as a Raptor, said he felt odd facing his buddies. 'It was kind of weird for me to play against them. The only time that happened for me when I was there was in practice so it was weird, but I'm with the Pacers now, so I've got to protect the team,' Barbosa said. Though the Raptors started the third quarter 5-for-5 and shot 61.1%, Indiana actually increased its 14-point halftime lead by a point by shooting 60% from the field and 6-of-9 from the line. For the game, the Pacers shot 50.7% from the field and hit 24 free throws to Toronto's 16. *Courtesy of www.torontosun.com



Grizzlies' Zach Randolph says 'back is just a little sore' after car wreck - by Eurobasket News

Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph was involved in a car accident this morning and did not participate in the teams shootaround. Asked via text if he is OK, Randolph replied: Yes. My back is just a little sore.

A preliminary Memphis Police Department report stated that Randolph was driving his 2011 Dodge Charger westbound on the 385 exit ramp toward 240 when his vehicle was struck in the rear by a 2000 Honda CRV. There were no visible injuries on the scene and no one was transported in an ambulance. The driver of the Honda received a citation for Failure to Maintain a Safe Lookout.

Both vehicles were driven from the accident, which occurred at 9:25 a.m.

The Grizzlies host the Los Angeles Clippers tonight in FedExForum. Randolph did not indicate whether he would play.

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Jeremy Lin doubts first-round return - by Eurobasket News

Point guard Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) said his knee rehabilitation is going well, but he doesn't expect to play in the first round of the playoffs, if the Knicks qualify.

'I think unless something goes really well I wouldn't get there,' Lin said before Sunday's Knicks-Bulls game.

Lin underwent surgery Monday to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee. He's been walking and riding a bike and hopes to have a full range of motion soon.

The second-year guard hesitated to predict he'd be back sooner than six weeks, which was the original timetable provided by the Knicks, who entering Sunday stood a half-game in front of the Bucks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

'All the doctors are saying this is normal,' said Lin, who hopes to resume running next week. 'After about 1 1/2 to 2 weeks is when you can see how well you're doing.'

Lin doesn't want to rush his return to the court. He also didn't want to risk hurting the team's chemistry if he returned in the middle of the playoffs.

'I want to get to 100 percent and then come back, hopefully see what I can do. By then it'll be a different team identity, chemistry, so it gets tricky, too,' Lin said.

A telling sign in Lin's recovery will be when he starts to cut laterally and jump.

'I'm trying to be cautiously optimistic I guess,' said Lin, who will not travel with the team this week. The surgery last week put a pause on Lin's storybook season.

New York signed the undrafted guard and former Harvard standout after he was waived by two teams in the preseason. Lin was buried on the Knicks bench for his first six weeks with the team, even spending a short stint with the Knicks' D-League affiliate. But given a chance to play in late February, he led New York to seven straight wins and attracted worldwide attention in the process.

Lin played extensive minutes once he took over as the Knicks starter. He said on Sunday that the condensed schedule created wear and tear on his knee.

'Really, that's what it was because the games came so fast. Playing three, four games a week, there was really never a week except for All-Star,' said Lin, who logged 35.1 minutes per game in February and 30.8 minutes per game in March after playing just 24 total minutes in his first month with the team.

Lin will be a restricted free-agent next season. The Knicks are expected to be able to match any offer to Lin, due to a clause in the collective bargaining agreement. Some have speculated that New York would also make a run at Steve Nash, who is expected to test free agency.

On his pending free agency, Lin said: 'We'll talk to them on July 1. I'm restricted, too, so that puts another element to it. I'm just going to let it happen the way it's supposed to happen and not going to worry about it too much right now.'

Lin did say that he'd take a different approach to the offseason now that he knows he'll play extended minutes.

'We're already creating the plan to get my legs ready and my back,' Lin said. '... Hopefully next year is going to be a lot different in terms of my body being able to maintain energy at a higher level.'

Courtesy of ESPN



Hornets guard Jarrett Jack done for season - by Eurobasket News

Already a massive struggle, the New Orleans Hornets' season just got even more challenging.

The team announced today that Jarrett Jack (6'3''-PG-83, college: Georgia Tech) will miss the remainder of the season due to a stress fracture in his right foot. Jack has missed the last three games due to the injury.

Jack has appeared in 45 games (39 starts) this season for the Hornets, averaging career-highs of 15.6 points, 6.3 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 34.0 minutes of play. The seventh-year guard led the team in scoring 16 times this season, in assists 27 times and in rebounds once. He collected five double-doubles and recorded his first triple-double of his NBA career with 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds 3/21 vs. GSW.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Knicks don't expect Stoudemire 'for a while' - by Eurobasket News

Despite recent reports Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) hoped to return from his back injury by next weekend, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he does not plan on having the power forward anytime soon.

Stoudemire has missed the past six games with a bulging disk in his back and originally was given a timetable to return of 2-4 weeks - Wednesday marks two weeks since the diagnosis - but Woodson said he has no new information to suggest a return is imminent.

'At this point, I'm not counting on Amare right now to come back', Woodson said, declining to give a new timetable. 'You've got to ask the medical people that, but the bottom line is he's not going to be in uniform for a while.'

'How long its going to be? I don't know. I'm sure if he feels like hes ready to play, if he's ready, he'll let us know that, based on the therapy work that he continues to go through. I'm dealing with the guys that we have healthy that are in uniform. That's all we have at this point.'

Courtesy of www.nypost.com



Kelenna Azubuike gets call to replace Lamar Odom - by Eurobasket News

The Mavericks have recalled Kelenna Azubuike (6'5''-G/F-83, college: Kentucky) from the Texas Legends now that the D-League season is over and the club has moved on from Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island).

The 6-foot-5 Azubuike was signed as a free agent on March 23 and immediately assigned to the Legends. During his time in Frisco, he appeared in seven games and averaged 6.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 12.9 minutes.

Azubuike played in nine games in 2009-10 before a catastrophic knee injury ended his season and put his career in jeopardy. The Mavs are hoping he can regain the quickness that made him an intriguing young player with the Warriors.

The hope was to let him get back in action with the Legends and give him a chance to be a contributor in Dallas next season.

Courtesy of http://espn.go.com



Jazz's Earl Watson out indefinitely with knee surgery; C.J. Miles out one week - by Eurobasket News

Jazz point guard Earl Watson (6'1''-PG-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: UCLA) has a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. He will soon undergo surgery and is out indefinitely.

Jazz forward C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) has a moderate strain of the left calf. He will not travel with the team for its upcoming three-game road trip and will be re-evaluated in one week.

Watson and Miles suffered their injuries Sunday during a loss at San Antonio. They underwent MRIs on Monday.

Utah's expected to soon sign veteran sharpshooter Blake Ahearn to a 10-day contract to help fill Watson's absence.


Press release:

The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Earl Watson, who left last nights game at San Antonio at the 9:22 mark of the second quarter with a right knee injury and did not return:

Watson was examined by Jazz team orthopedist Dr. Lyle Mason and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests on the knee on Monday. The MRI tests revealed a torn medial meniscus within Watsons right knee, which will require surgery. As a result, Watson is out indefinitely.

Watson will not travel with the team on its upcoming three-game road trip to Houston, New Orleans and Memphis. An update on his status and timeframe for his recovery will be provided following the surgery, which has not yet been scheduled.

Now in his 11th NBA season and second with the Jazz, Watson (6-1, 199, UCLA) has appeared in 50 games (two starts) this season and is averaging 3.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 20.7 minutes per game.

Courtesy of www.sltrib.com



Kansas star Robinson to declare for NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson (6'9''-F-91) will announce his decision to declare for the NBA Draft at a news conference Monday.

Kansas coach Bill Self confirmed the decision to the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World on Sunday.

It long has been expected that the junior would forgo his senior season and declare for June's draft, where he is projected to be a top-five pick.

Robinson averaged 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game this season, helping the Jayhawks to the national championship game, which they lost 67-59 to Kentucky last Monday.

He was a first team All-American and was named to the All-NCAA Tournament team.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com



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Mannheim 2012: Serbia U18 upset USA selection - by Eurobasket News

USA U18-Serbia U18 68:78

Serbia U18 upset USA selection for the top position in Group D. The European side grabbed 78:68 win for 3-0 record.
USA and Serbia struggled for the top place at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim. USA started with 21:17 in the opening period, but the European team tied the game at the halftime.
Rebic scored for 67:58, but Clark reduced to 67:63 after a 5-0 run. Radicevic made two-free throws for 69:63 with 3 minutes in the game. Later Dusan Ristic (210-C/F-95) scored for 72:64 and he also brought the last points for his side. Clark was the last to score for his team to bring the final result.
Mihajlo Andric (197-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Dusan Ristic nailed 18. Nikola Radicevic (196-G-94) delivered 13, while Marko Guduric (193-G-95) scored 9. Stevie Clark ended up with 19 points and Smith posted 12 in defeat.

USA U18: Stevie Clark 19, Smith 12
Serbia U18: Mihajlo Andric 23, Dusan Ristic 18, Nikola Radicevic 13, Marko Guduric 9



G Armelin granted release from Minnesota - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota has granted guard Chip Armelin (6'3''-G-90) his release from the program so he can transfer, clearing the way for star forward Trevor Mbakwe's return for a sixth season.

The Golden Gophers announced Armelin's release on Monday. The sophomore averaged 5.2 points and 13.7 minutes per game. But his playing time dwindled down the stretch last season, and he requested his release.

The transfer means the Gophers now have a scholarship for Mbakwe. He missed most of last season with a torn ACL, but was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

Mbakwe has not officially announced his plans for next season. He could also decide to declare for the NBA draft. Coach Tubby Smith and Mbakwe have said recently that he is leaning toward returning.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Baylor sophomore Perry Jones III leaving for NBA - by Eurobasket News

Baylor sophomore Perry Jones III (6'11''-F/C-91) will head to the NBA.

Bears coach Scott Drew told CBSSports.com that the talented 6-foot-10 Texas native has decided to leave school.

Jones averaged 13.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, but NBA executives question his toughness and intensity. However, it's unlikely that Jones isn't taken in the NBA lottery.

Jones was suspended for the Big 12 tournament a year ago, and many were shocked when he opted to return and serve the remainder of his six-game NCAA-imposed suspension.

Drew also told CBSSports.com that freshman Quincy Miller will decide whether he will leave school or return to Waco on Tuesday.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Isiah Thomas 'deeply disappointed' over FIU firing - by Eurobasket News

Isiah Thomas said Saturday that he is deeply disappointed by his firing by Florida International, adding that he felt the long-struggling program was on the verge of a breakthrough season.

The Basketball Hall of Fame player was fired Friday. He went 26-65 in three years, and FIU's program hasn't had a winning record since 1999-2000.

'I am deeply disappointed that I wasn't given the time to finish the job of building FIU into one of the nation's top basketball programs,' Thomas said in a statement released to The Associated Press. 'The foundation for success had been laid and we were looking forward to having our breakout year, with another strong recruiting class.'

Other than a three-line statement released Friday to announce Thomas' firing, FIU officials have not made any other public comments about the move.

Thomas' former players, though, are not pleased.

'Everyone really, really took it hard,' DeJuan Wright, FIU's leading scorer this past season, said Saturday. 'It hasn't settled in. Besides basketball, everyone from top to bottom on our team looked up to coach Thomas. He has really helped us as men. I know that's cliche to say, but it's really, really true. He's really helped all of us as men, in the classroom and making sure we're doing the right things.'

Wright was among several players who were working out in the FIU gym on Friday with Thomas, when news of the coach's firing broke.

Not long afterward, Wright and those same players were helping Thomas carry hastily packed boxes from his now-former office to his car.

'Surreal. It was bad, man,' Wright said. 'We're hurt. We're upset. It is a business, but this hasn't sunk in yet at all.'

Thomas had two years remaining on his contract, one where he waived any base salary for his first season in part because of financial problems within the school's athletic department at the time. He also was still collecting about $12 million from the remainder of his contract with the New York Knicks, the team he was with as coach and president before a series of on- and off-the-court missteps led to him starting over at FIU.

The Knicks tried to hire Thomas after his first FIU season as a consultant. Thomas said he ultimately declined that position because it would violate certain NBA rules, including those prohibiting team officials from having contact with college players who are not eligible for the draft, but several FIU officials also worked hard to convince him to stay.

Less than two years later, he was fired.

'Coaching FIU had everything to do with my love of the game and the truly rewarding work of helping to shape the character of our players,' Thomas said.

Thomas cited several accomplishments in his statement, including that 17 of a possible 19 players will have graduated by the end of this academic year, his helping organize a charity game with NBA players like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade during the lockout that raised $100,000 for scholarships for future FIU students and that the school started a collaboration with the University of California 'to educate our athletes about the importance of academics.'

It's unclear how many players who came to FIU to play for Thomas will choose to stay. The school has not divulged if any players have already asked to be released from their letters of intent.

Also unknown: How many recruits who had committed to FIU will actually sign with the Panthers. Thomas said FIU planned to sign four of the Florida's top 50 players this season, who could have potentially lined up with two returning Sun Belt all-conference players, a pair of 7-footers and other newcomers from Chicago, Baltimore and Wyoming.

'He was building,' Wright said. 'Rome wasn't built in a day. I really think next year, they had a great chance, more than any other class coming in to turn that corner. It's just unfortunate that he doesn't get to at least finish what he started.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Isiah Thomas' players quietly protest his firing at FIU - by Eurobasket News

Isiah Thomas' firing at Florida International sparked a protest by his former players Monday night.

Team members who attended a university athletic department banquet quietly walked out of the event moments before the season's award winners were to be introduced. The event continued as planned.

Dejuan Wright (6'3''-G-88), who led FIU in scoring this past season, posted a video of the protest on YouTube and said it was done not just over Thomas' firing, but for the dismissal of members of Thomas' staff as well. Wright called them 'mentors.'

FIU has not commented publicly about Thomas' firing since it was announced in a short statement Friday. The Basketball Hall of Fame player was 26-65 in his three seasons with the Panthers.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



Oregon State: Cunningham declares for NBA draft - by Eurobasket News

Oregon State guard Jared Cunningham (6'4''-G-91) announced Monday that he has declared for the 2012 NBA draft.

A 6-foot-4, 194-pound junior from Oakland, Calif., Cunningham averaged 17.9 points 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals last season for the Beavers, who finished 21-15. He was named first-team all-Pac-12 and was on the conferences all-defensive team.

Under NCAA guidelines, underclassmen who have not previously declared and who have not hired an agent must withdraw from draft consideration by April 10 to retain their college eligibility. April 29 is the final day underclassmen can declare for the draft.

Based on several mock drafts, Cunningham is not considered a first-round pick and likely would fall into the second round or free agent status.

Chad Ford of ESPN.com rates Cunningham No. 96 in his top 100 of 2012 NBA prospects, and that includes international players.. Only first-round selections are guaranteed rookie contracts in the NBA. The 2012 draft is June 28.

Cunningham ranks No. 2 in school history in steals (229) behind Gary Payton.

Courtesy of www.statesmanjournal.com



Vanderbilt's John Jenkins headed to the NBA - by Eurobasket News

Former Station Camp High School and current Vanderbilt University standout basketball player John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91) announced Monday he will forego his senior season with the Commodores and enter Junes National Basketball Association draft.

'This was a very difficult decision for my family and I to make, but I am ready to dedicate myself fully to achieving my dream of playing in the NBA,' said Jenkins, in a statement released on Vanderbilt Universitys official web site. 'The last three years have been the time of my life, and I will always cherish my time at Vanderbilt and the relationships I have made along the way.'

Jenkins, a first-team All-SEC performer the past two seasons, averaged 19.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.9 steals per game in 2011-12 for the Commodores, who finished tied for second in the SEC regular season and won the league tournament before being ousted in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
He led the SEC in scoring each of the past two seasons.

Jenkins tied the SEC single-season 3-point mark by making 134 as a junior.

Jenkins finished his career at Vanderbilt with 1,660 points (10th in school history) and 306 3-pointers (second).

He is the second Sumner County native to rise to stardom in the college ranks and leave for the NBA after his junior season. Former Portland High star Corey Brewer did the same with the University of Florida and is currently with the Denver Nuggets.

At Station Camp Jenkins was among state record-holders in 3-point percentage and all-time scoring, netting more than 3,000 points in his career. He was a two-time Class AA Mr. Basketball and was Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Tennessee his senior season.

'Although I am giving up my final year of eligibility, I will continue to pursue my degree at Vanderbilt. I love this university and will always be a Commodore,' said Jenkins, in the statement.

Jenkins was the only underclassman in Vandys starting lineup. The Commodores now lose its top six players with Jenkins departure.
'Just want to take this time to thank everyone that has supported me in my 3 years here at Vanderbilt, it has been the most exciting time of my life, said Jenkins, in a post on his Facebook page.All the people who have helped make my dream a reality such as my teammates who I will forever call my brothers, my whole FAMILY, managers, teachers, the Vanderbilt faculty, coaches, friends, and most importantly all of you fans who I loved playing for every night in Memorial Gym. This was the best decision for my family and I. My hope is that I can have your continued support as I now focus on my life long dream to play in the NBA! Even though I am leaving, I am and will be a 'Dore for life!!!

Courtesy of www.tennessean.com



Former Stanford coach leaving LSU for TCU - by Eurobasket News

Trent Johnson resigned Sunday as LSU's basketball coach, the announcement coming on the eve of his expected introduction as TCU's head coach.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said Johnson, who previously coached at Stanford for four years, is leaving the Tigers after four seasons to take another head-coaching position.

Alleva didn't say where Johnson was headed, but TCU said that a 'major announcement' involving its men's basketball program would be made during a news conference on the Fort Worth campus Monday afternoon.

Johnson went to LSU from Stanford after taking the Cardinal to three NCAA Tournaments in four seasons. Stanford was 28-7 and went to the NCAA round of 16 in 2007-08, his final season with the Cardinal.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com



Another blow to Mississippi State: Hood decides to transfer - by Eurobasket News

Mississippi State's Rodney Hood (6'8''-G-92) has decided to transfer, meaning new coach Rick Ray will have to replace the team's entire starting five next season.

Hood was one of the SEC's best freshmen this past season, averaging 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. The 6-foot-8 guard from Meridian, Miss., played in 32 games, starting 29.

Hood's departure is the latest blow for MSU's basketball program. Longtime Coach Rick Stansbury retired after 14 seasons in March, leaving Ray with a monumental rebuilding project. Renardo Sidney and Arnett Moultrie have also left in recent weeks to pursue professional careers.

'Obviously, we are disappointed in Rodney's decision,' Ray said in a statement released by the university. 'I was looking forward to getting a chance to develop and coach him. This decision, unfortunately, was made before my hire. The Hoods were forthright and honest about where they were when I met with them, and I appreciate their honesty.'

While the Sidney and Moultrie departures were expected, Hood's decision was surprising. He grew up about 100 miles from campus and was viewed as the centerpiece of Ray's rebuilding effort. The new coach who was hired on April 1 after two seasons as the associate head coach at Clemson mentioned Hood by name during his opening press conference, describing him as 'very important to our program.'

Now he's gone. And it leaves a gaping hole in Mississippi State's rebuilding efforts.

'I want to thank Mississippi State for giving me an opportunity to play this year,' Hood said in a statement. 'It was just a long, tough year for me. Coach Ray will be a great asset to Mississippi State and getting to know him last week made this decision even harder, but after much thought, I am going to ask for a release. I wish my teammates and the program nothing but the best.'

Mississippi State recently finished a disappointing 21-12 season after a loss to Massachusetts in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament. The Bulldogs looked like a lock for the NCAA tournament midway through the season, rising to No. 15 in the national rankings, but a five-game skid in February and an early exit in the SEC tournament meant the season fell well short of expectations.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com



Kansas star Robinson to declare for NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson (6'9''-F-91) will announce his decision to declare for the NBA Draft at a news conference Monday.

Kansas coach Bill Self confirmed the decision to the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World on Sunday.

It long has been expected that the junior would forgo his senior season and declare for June's draft, where he is projected to be a top-five pick.

Robinson averaged 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game this season, helping the Jayhawks to the national championship game, which they lost 67-59 to Kentucky last Monday.

He was a first team All-American and was named to the All-NCAA Tournament team.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com



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Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Apr. 9: Bay Hawks - OceanaGold N. 99-76
Apr. 11: Auckland P. - Hub Jets
Apr. 13: OceanaGold N. - Bay Hawks
Apr. 13: Wellington S. - Nelson G.
Apr. 14: Southland S. - Bay Hawks
Apr. 14: Hub Jets - Nelson G.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Phill JONES
  Nelson G.
  (196-G-74)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Jones, Nelson G.25.7 
 2. Gurley, Wellington24.0 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.23.9 
 4. Tisby, OceanaGo.21.9 
 5. Hudson, Taranaki.21.8 
 6. Braswell, Southlan.21.1 
 7. Leasure, Taranaki.20.4 
 8. Bradshaw, Southlan.19.3 
 9. Tait, Auckland P.19.0 
 10. Abney, Southland18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antoine TISBY
  OceanaGo.
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Tisby, OceanaGo.11.7 
 2. Atkinson, Harbo.10.6 
 3. Abney, Southland9.6 
 4. Johnson, Bay Hawks9.5 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.9.4 
 6. Muhammad, Aucklan.9.3 
 7. Frank, Wellington8.9 
 8. Young, Bay Hawks7.2 
 9. Abdelhamid, Tarana.7.1 
 10. Abrams, Taranaki.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 9
 1. Crowe, Wellington9.0 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.7.3 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.9 
 4. Jones, Nelson G.5.2 
 5. Bailey, Harbour H.4.9 
 6. Kenny, Bay Hawks4.7 
 7. Wright, OceanaGo.4.3 
 8. Hudson, Taranaki.4.0 
 9. Young, Bay Hawks4.0 
 10. Braswell, Southla.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 3
 1. Crowe, Wellington3.0 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.2.8 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.2.1 
 4. Tait, Auckland P.2.1 
 5. Muhammad, Aucklan.2.1 
 6. Bailey, Harbour H.2.1 
 7. Dickel, OceanaGo.2.0 
 8. Gurley, Wellington2.0 
 9. Leasure, Taranaki.1.9 
 10. Tisby, OceanaGo.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Antoine TISBY
  OceanaGo.
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.1 
 2. Wright, OceanaGo.1.3 
 3. Trousdell, Wellin.1.1 
 4. Frank, Wellington1.1 
 5. Abney, Southland1.1 
 6. Cartwright, Auckla.0.9 
 7. Atkinson, Harbo.0.9 
 8. Prewster, Southlan.0.7 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.0.7 
 10. Newbold, Auckland.0.6 


Mannheim 2012: The Scandinavian team tastes the initial win - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U18-New Zealand U18 74:61

Sweden tastes the initial win at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim. The Scandinavian team overcame New Zealand U18 74:61 for 1-2 record. The latter remained winless at the tournament.
Sweden looked better in the first period and led 10:7 as well as 20:17 at the end of it. They increased to 30:24 early in the second, but New Zealand grabbed 33:32 at the halftime. The latter enjoyed 42:36 but could not keep the lead for good. Sweden pushed the tempo in the end of the third quarter and won it 57:51. They increased to 66:53 midway through the last stanza and won by 13 points at the end.
Ludvig Hakanson (187-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 20, while Niklas Larsson (196-G-94) netted 15. Sebastian Schuszler (201-F/C-94) notched 13 and Alexander Gorski (193-G-94) scored 10. Mark Kelly ended up with 16 points in defeat and Reuben Te Rangi (201-F-94) netted 15. Tom Vodanovich (198-F-94) followed them with12 points and Tai Jack Webster (95) scored 7.

Sweden U18: Ludvig Hakanson 20, Niklas Larsson 15, Sebastian Schuszler 13, Alexander Gorski 10
New Zealand U18: Mark Kelly 16, Reuben Te Rangi 15, Tom Vodanovich 12 Tai Jack Webster 7



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DStv PBL Standings

DStv Standings
Atlantic Conf.
 1. D.Warriors 6-0 
 2. Royal Hoopers 6-1 
 3. Union Bank 4-2 
 4. Islanders 3-3 
 5. Comets 2-4 
 6. Police Baton 1-4 
 7. Customs 1-5 
 8. Chariots 1-5 
Savannah Conf.
 1. Kano Pillars 5-0 
 2. Yelwa Hawks 5-1 
 3. Kada Stars 4-1 
 4. Bauchi Nets 3-3 
 5. Immigration 2-3 
 6. Niger Potters 2-4 
 7. Rockets 1-5 
 8. Defenders 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 7

Atlantic

Apr. 8: Police Baton - D.Warriors 70-76
Apr. 7: Customs - Comets 68-58
Apr. 8: Royal Hoopers - Islanders 67-57
Apr. 7: Chariots - Union Bank 60-77

Savannah

Apr. 8: Kano Pillars - Yelwa Hawks 96-67
Apr. 8: Kada Stars - Rockets 79-53
Apr. 7: Niger Potters - Bauchi Nets 78-63
Apr. 7: Immigration - Defenders 20-00 (W/O)

Regular Season: Round 8

Atlantic

Apr. 14: Islanders - Union Bank
Apr. 14: Comets - D.Warriors
Apr. 15: Customs - Royal Hoopers
Apr. 15: Police Baton - Chariots

Savannah

Apr. 14: Rockets - Defenders
Apr. 14: Yelwa Hawks - Immigration
Apr. 15: Kano Pillars - Niger Potters
Apr. 15: Kada Stars - Bauchi Nets



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Mayaguez 14-4 
 2. Guaynabo 10-8 
 3. San German 10-8 
 4. Arecibo 10-8 
 5. Bayamon 9-9 
 6. Quebradillas 9-9 
 7. Guayama 5-12 
 8. Humacao 4-13 

Regular Season: Round 17

Apr. 8: Guaynabo - Bayamon 84-76
Apr. 7: Mayaguez - San German 79-87
Apr. 8: Guayama - Mayaguez 78-84
Apr. 7: Humacao - Quebradillas 77-99

Regular Season: Round 18

Apr. 9: Quebradillas - San German
Apr. 10: Humacao - Guayama
Apr. 10: Mayaguez - Guaynabo
Apr. 11: San German - Bayamon


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Thornton, Guayama24.5 
 2. Sensley, Humacao23.5 
 3. Harris, San German21.7 
 4. Ayuso, Arecibo20.1 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon19.1 
 6. Ramos, Quebradillas18.3 
 7. Maye, Guaynabo17.4 
 8. Rivera, San German16.4 
 9. Galindo, Guayama16.1 
 10. Smith, Mayaguez16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Harris, San German10.2 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas9.3 
 3. Sensley, Humacao9.2 
 4. Thornton, Guayama9.1 
 5. Burgess, Guaynabo8.8 
 6. Narvaez, Guaynabo8.4 
 7. Shannon, Quebradil.8.1 
 8. Sweetney, Bayamon8.1 
 9. O''Bryant, Mayaguez7.6 
 10. Pinkney, San G.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  San German
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Rivera, San German6.2 
 2. Smith, Mayaguez5.8 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.1 
 4. Cruz, Quebradillas4.8 
 5. Pagan, Guayama4.5 
 6. Pinnock, Arecibo4.3 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon4.1 
 8. Williams, Quebradi.4.1 
 9. Garcia, Humacao3.5 
 10. Rodriguez, San G.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.4 
 2. Pinnock, Arecibo1.7 
 3. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.5 
 4. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.4 
 6. Sensley, Humacao1.4 
 7. Strong, San German1.3 
 8. Williams, Quebradi.1.3 
 9. Rivera, Mayaguez1.3 
 10. Figueroa, Guayna.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.4 
 2. Thornton, Guayama1.7 
 3. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 4. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.6 
 5. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 6. Ramos, Quebradillas1.1 
 7. Harris, San German1.1 
 8. Sensley, Humacao1.0 
 9. Santiago, Arecibo1.0 
 10. Aubry, Arecibo0.9 


Indios go back to winning ways, Mets win second straight: - by Luis Modestti

On Sunday night Indios de Mayaguez recovered from a loss to defeat Brujos while Mets won their second straight game by beating Vaqueros.

Indios defeated Brujos 84-78 thanks to a 25-point final quarter. The game was tightly contested from start to finish but Mayaguez reacted with a great offensive final quarter and kept their defensive intensity to secure the win at home.

Carlos Rivera (187-PG-83, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hofstra) netted 19, Donta Smith (201-G-83, college: SE Illinois JC) 17 Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) 14 for Indios who continue to sit on top with a 14-4 record.

Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) had 26 and Josh Powell (206-F-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) 21 points with 13 rebounds for Brujos.

Mets de Guaynabo beat Vaqueros de Bayamon 84-76 led by Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86, college: Virginia Tech) who had 23 points and James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) who added 21.

Mets started the game with a 29-8 lead after a great start from Maye who was hot from the field.

After that start Bayamon started to make some moves and Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC., college: N.Carolina St.) was key in the Vaqueros comeback taking a leading role and at half the lead was 41-32.

Guaynabo stayed on top but Bayamon stayed close by and tied it at 68 with five minutes left thanks to two free throws by Javier Mojica and later on a three-pointer by the same player gave them a 71-68 lead.

A three-point play by Vassallo, a good defensive effort and clutch shooting gave Mets the win at home.

In his debut Hodge had 22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and two blocks for Bayamon who lost their fourth game in a row.

The only game on Monday will be Piratas de Quebradillas at Atleticos de San German.



Quebradillas with an important win on the road: - by Luis Modestti

Piratas de Quebradillas edged Atleticos de San German 91-88 in the only game played on Monday.

Now both teams have a 10-9 record as now everyone will take their games seriously to battle for position in the playoffs.

Quebradillas shot 14-28 from three-point range and that is what lifted them in the final quarter as Jamar Butler along with Joel Jones (196-G/F-81, college: Sacramento St.) made key three with less than two minutes left to secure the victory.

The visitors controlled the first half as they had a 33-22 lead. Then San German made some adjustments in their zone defense and held Quebradillas offense. The first twenty minutes ended 46-43 in favor of Piratas who were led by David Huertas (195-G-87, college: Mississippi) with 14 points.

Richard Chaney (196-G-84, college: Troy) led the locals early in the third quarter and gave them the lead, but the consistent perimeter shooting from the visitors was too much for them.

Mike Harris (198-F-83, college: Rice) netted 16 points in the final quarter but it wasn't enough for San German since they weren't as efficient as Piratas.

Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) scored 20 points and Joel Jones 19 for the winners.

In the loss Harris had 27 points and 9 boards.



Humacao brings Brown: - by Marcos Carlo

Caciques de Humacao signed forward Gilbert Brown (198-F-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Pittsburgh) and released guard Lewis Clinch.

Brown played in the NBA D-League with Fort Wayne and was active in the Dominican Republic with Sameji.

He replaces Clinch who had averages of 12.86 points and 3.9 assists. He shot 49% from two and 23% from three points.

Humacao already has Julian Sensley and Noe Alonzo as imports. They have a 4-13 record and are last in the standings.



Harris number one in Puerto Rico for Round 17 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Mike Harris (198-F-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for San German, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 17.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Mayaguez (#1, 14-4) 87-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. San German is placed at 3rd position in Puerto Rican BSN. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. San German will need more victories to improve their 10-8 record. Harris just recently signed at San German, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Rice University star has very solid stats this year. Harris. Harris is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.7ppg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 57.3% FGP.

The second best player in last week's games was 30-year old American swingman Joel Jones (196-G/F-81) of Quebradillas. Jones had a very good evening with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Quebradillas to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Humacao (#8, 4-13) 99-77. Quebradillas' 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Jones is one of the most experienced players at Quebradillas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last week was German forward Julian Sensley (206-F-82, agency: VVG Sports) of Humacao (#8). Sensley got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last week. He went also for ten rebounds . Despite Sensley's great performance Humacao lost 77-99 to slightly higher-ranked Quebradillas (#6, 9-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Humacao can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sensley he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sensley has individually a great season in Puerto Rico. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.5ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 9.2rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josh Powell (206-F-83) of Guayama - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ansel Guzman (174-PG-84) of Guaynabo - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists
6. Carlos Rivera (187-PG-83) of Mayaguez - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Quebradillas - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Julius Hodge (201-G-83) of Bayamon - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Joey Rodriguez (178-PG-88) of San German - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Michael Sweetney (203-F-82) of Bayamon - 21 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Standings - Superleague A

PBL Standings
 1. Khimky 15-2 
 2. CSKA 14-1 
 3. Triumph 9-5 
 4. Lokomotiv 9-7 
 5. Spartak SP 8-8 
 6. Spartak-Prim. 7-8 
 7. Krasnie Krilya 7-9 
 8. Unics 5-10 
 9. Enisey 2-14 
 10. N.Novgorod 2-14 

Regular Season: Round 19

Apr. 5: Spartak-Prim. - N.Novgorod 91-80
Apr. 5: Spartak SP - Krasnie Krilya 86-63
Apr. 8: Spartak SP - CSKA 78-88
Apr. 9: Khimky - Unics 75-58
Apr. 6: Enisey - Triumph 73-91
Apr. 5: Unics - Khimky 65-73
Apr. 11: Triumph - Spartak SP


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Jefferson, Triumph20.2 
 2. Rush, Krasnie Kril.17.2 
 3. Beverley, Spart.16.6 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.16.3 
 5. Massey, Lokomotiv14.8 
 6. Victor, Spartak-.14.5 
 7. McKee, Triumph14.4 
 8. Karasev, Triumph14.1 
 9. Fridzon, Khimky13.9 
 10. Bykov, Lokomotiv13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cuthbert VICTOR
  Spartak-.
  (197-F-83)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Victor, Spartak-.8.6 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv8.3 
 3. Jefferson, Triumph7.7 
 4. Landry, Triumph6.7 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA6.3 
 6. Kirilenko, CSKA6.2 
 7. Savenkov, Spartak.6.1 
 8. Baxter, Enisey6.0 
 9. Beverley, Spart.5.8 
 10. Monya, Khimky5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.0 
 2. Thomas, Spartak-.5.0 
 3. Beverley, Spart.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA4.8 
 5. Halperin, Spart.4.6 
 6. McKee, Triumph4.5 
 7. Planinic, Khimky4.4 
 8. Samoylenko, Unics4.1 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.3.6 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.5 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv2.3 
 3. Baburin, Spartak-.2.1 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.2.0 
 5. Jefferson, Triumph1.9 
 6. Halperin, Spart.1.8 
 7. Planinic, Khimky1.7 
 8. Rush, Krasnie Kril.1.5 
 9. Victor, Spartak-.1.5 
 10. Karasev, Triumph1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jefferson, Triumph1.4 
 2. Kirilenko, CSKA1.3 
 3. Likhodey, Spart.1.1 
 4. Vasiliev, Krasni.0.9 
 5. Savenkov, Spartak.0.9 
 6. Traore, Lokomotiv0.8 
 7. Baxter, Enisey0.7 
 8. Balashov, Krasni.0.7 
 9. Monya, Khimky0.7 
 10. Lavrinovic, CSKA0.7 


Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Superleague B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Lepojevic, Ural E. 19.6
2 Ageev, Ruskon-M. 15.7
3 Gordon, Ural E. 15.3
4 Kuznetsov, Ruskon-M. 15.1
5 Sotnikov, TE. 14.6
6 Lekavicius, Univ.Sur. 13.5
7 Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan 13.2
8 Pushkin, Sojuz Z. 12.8
9 Aleksandrov, Univ.S. 12.8
10 Zibirov, Ataman 12.5

Rebounds Per Game
1 Ponosov, Sojuz Z. 8.3
2 Petukhov, Spart. 7.4
3 Ivlev, Rjazan 7.2
4 Zaykin, TE. 7.1
5 Trushkin, Spart. 6.1
6 Semerninov, Ruskon. 6
7 Nikolaev, Ural E. 6
8 Gordon, Ural E. 5.8
9 Kuznetsov, Ruskon-M. 5.7
10 Babitchev, Spart. 5.4

Assists Per Game
1 Glazunov, Ural E. 5.3
2 Lekavicius, Univ.Sur. 5.1
3 Zibirov, Ataman 4
4 Tokarev, TE. 3.9
5 Aleksandrov, Sojuz Z. 3.9
6 Bartunov, Rjazan 3.5
7 Vokhmianine, TEMP-. 3.3
8 Slepukha, Sojuz Z. 3.2
9 Chernov, Ruskon-M. 2.9
10 Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan 2.6

Steals Per Game
1 Lekavicius, Univ.Sur. 2.2
2 Zibirov, Ataman 2.2
3 Glazunov, Ural E. 1.8
4 Bartunov, Rjazan 1.7
5 Aleksandrov, Sojuz Z. 1.7
6 Semerninov, Ruskon. 1.6
7 Ageev, Ruskon-M. 1.4
8 Varnakov, Ruskon-M. 1.4
9 Kubrakov, Ataman 1.4
10 Ivlev, Rjazan 1.3

Blocks Per Game
1 Ponosov, Sojuz Z. 1.7
2 Gresev, Ataman 1.1
3 Tsvetkov, Severstal 1
4 Varlamov, Ural E. 1
5 Goritskov, Sever. 0.9
6 Rindin, Univ.Surgut 0.9
7 Petukhov, Spart. 0.8
8 Trushkin, Spart. 0.7
9 Kuznetsov, Ruskon-M. 0.7
10 Polyakov, Severstal 0.7



Mannheim 2012: Russia edge China, improve at 2-1 record - by Eurobasket News

Russia U18 - China U18 77:61

Russian U18 team recorded the second win at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. They defeated Chinese counterparts to climb at 2-1 record in Group C. Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) stepped up with 23 points and 6 boards to lead the effort. China fell at 0-3 record after the loss.
Russia held their opponents to 13 points in the first period to take a 5-point lead. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Russia posted a 35:28 halftime advantage. Russia stayed in control throughout the third period. The European side established a 55:47 lead with one quarter remaining. They never slowed down in the fourth term cruising to the victory. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-F-94) posted 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Igor Kanygin (204-F-94) contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds for Russia. Zhao Jiwei (185-G-95) notched 22 points for China. Heng Yifeng (195-F-95) had 12 points in the losing effort.

Russia U18: Mikhail Kulagin 23, Stanislav Ilnitskiy 17, Igor Kanygin 13+10 boards
China U18: Zhao Jiwei 22, Heng Yifeng 12



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Mannheim 2012: Serbia U18 upset USA selection - by Eurobasket News

USA U18-Serbia U18 68:78

Serbia U18 upset USA selection for the top position in Group D. The European side grabbed 78:68 win for 3-0 record.
USA and Serbia struggled for the top place at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim. USA started with 21:17 in the opening period, but the European team tied the game at the halftime.
Rebic scored for 67:58, but Clark reduced to 67:63 after a 5-0 run. Radicevic made two-free throws for 69:63 with 3 minutes in the game. Later Dusan Ristic (210-C/F-95) scored for 72:64 and he also brought the last points for his side. Clark was the last to score for his team to bring the final result.
Mihajlo Andric (197-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Dusan Ristic nailed 18. Nikola Radicevic (196-G-94) delivered 13, while Marko Guduric (193-G-95) scored 9. Stevie Clark ended up with 19 points and Smith posted 12 in defeat.

USA U18: Stevie Clark 19, Smith 12
Serbia U18: Mihajlo Andric 23, Dusan Ristic 18, Nikola Radicevic 13, Marko Guduric 9



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Goran Dragic named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets guard Goran Dragic (194-PG-86) was named today by the NBA as Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Apr. 2 through Sunday, Apr. 8. It marks the first time in Dragics career to earn Conference Player of the Week accolades.

Dragic averaged 20.7 points (22-46 FG, 14-17 FT), 8.3 assists and 2.67 steals in leading the Rockets to a 3-0 week. He began the week by topping the Rockets with 21 points (8-12 FG) and a career-high-tying four thefts in a 99-93 win at Chicago (4/2/12), which ended an 86-game run where the Bulls did not lose two games in a row in the regular season. The last time the Bulls lost consecutive regular season games was Feb. 5-7, 2011. Dragic then finished with his best point total as a member of the Rockets by netting a team-high 26 points (8-19 FG, 3-7 3FG, 7-8 FT) to go with 11 assists and three steals in a 112-107 victory at the L.A. Lakers (4/6/12). He also marked the first time in his career to record four 20-point games in a row (3/30/12-4/6/12). The win helped the Rockets become the only visiting team to win at Chicago, at the L.A. Lakers and atOklahoma City this season. He completed the week with 15 points (6-15 FG) and a game-high nine dimes in a 104-87 win atSacramento (4/8/12).

Courtesy of http://houston.cbslocal.com



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Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. FCB Regal 23-5 
 2. Real Madrid 21-7 
 3. Caja Laboral 20-8 
 4. Gescrap BB 16-12 
 5. Valencia 16-12 
 6. Lagun Aro GBC 16-12 
 7. Lucentum 15-12 
 8. Cajasol 15-13 
 9. Unicaja 14-14 
 10. CAI Zaragoza 14-14 
 11. Assignia M. 13-15 
 12. FIATC Joventut 12-16 
 13. GC 2014 11-17 
 14. Fuenlabrada 11-17 
 15. Blusens M. 10-18 
 16. UCAM Murcia 10-18 
 17. Asefa Estudian. 7-20 
 18. B.de Rueda V. 7-21 

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 7: Valencia - FIATC Joventut 90-67
Apr. 8: Unicaja - Assignia M. 81-96
Apr. 8: Gescrap BB - Blusens M. 79-71
Apr. 7: B.de Rueda V. - Fuenlabrada 69-66
Apr. 8: Lagun Aro GBC - UCAM Murcia 67-71
Apr. 9: Caja Laboral - Real Madrid 67-66
Apr. 8: GC 2014 - Cajasol 66-74
Apr. 8: CAI Zaragoza - FCB Regal 49-68

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 14: Cajasol - Blusens M.
Apr. 14: Fuenlabrada - Valencia
Apr. 15: Asefa Estudian. - GC 2014
Apr. 15: Gescrap BB - B.de Rueda V.
Apr. 15: FIATC Joventut - CAI Zaragoza
Apr. 15: FCB Regal - Lagun Aro GBC
Apr. 15: UCAM Murcia - Unicaja
Apr. 15: Assignia M. - Caja Laboral
Apr. 15: Real Madrid - Lucentum


Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Andy PANKO
  Lagun A.
  (204-F-77)
  Avg: 19
 1. Panko, Lagun A.19.0 
 2. Teletovic, Caja L.16.9 
 3. Doellman, Assignia16.8 
 4. Davis, Cajasol15.3 
 5. Wright, CAI Z.14.4 
 6. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.14.3 
 7. Penney, Fuenlabra.14.3 
 8. Caner-Medley, Vale.14.0 
 9. De Colo, Valencia13.6 
 10. Navarro, FCB Regal13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James AUGUSTINE
  UCAM M.
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Augustine, UCAM M.8.2 
 2. Ivanov, Lucentum7.7 
 3. Davis, Cajasol7.6 
 4. Teletovic, Caja L.7.5 
 5. Williams, FIATC J.7.4 
 6. Borchardt, B.de R.7.3 
 7. Freeland, Unicaja7.3 
 8. Caner-Medley, Vale.6.9 
 9. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.6.8 
 10. Gabriel, Asefa E.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Javier RODRIGUEZ
  Assignia.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Rodriguez, Assigni.6.2 
 2. Salgado, Lagun A.4.4 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid4.2 
 4. Rodriguez, Real M.4.0 
 5. Rodriguez, Bluse.3.7 
 6. Dumas, B.de R.3.7 
 7. Granger, Asefa E.3.7 
 8. Markovic, Valencia3.6 
 9. Llompart, Lucentum3.6 
 10. Prigioni, Caja L.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.2.0 
 2. Udoka, UCAM M.1.7 
 3. Doellman, Assignia1.6 
 4. Vidal, Lagun A.1.5 
 5. De Colo, Valencia1.5 
 6. Uriz, B.de Rueda V.1.5 
 7. Hanga, Assignia M.1.4 
 8. Granger, Asefa E.1.4 
 9. Garbajosa, Unicaja1.3 
 10. Fischer, Gescrap1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Gescrap BB
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fischer, Gescrap BB2.0 
 2. Lasme, Blusens M.1.9 
 3. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.7 
 4. Begic, Real Madrid1.6 
 5. Toure, B.de R.1.4 
 6. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.1 
 7. Barnes, Lucentum1.0 
 8. Asselin, Assignia1.0 
 9. Achara, Assignia.1.0 
 10. Ndong, FCB Regal0.9 


Spanish U17 National Team 2012 - by Eurobasket

Starting five
#s#
Agusti Sans
Sans
Alberto Martin
Martin
Jose Nogues
Nogues
Javier De La Blanca
De La Blanca
Carlos Garcia
Garcia
#e#5
Alberto Abalde 192-F-95 FIATC Joventut Spain
Agusti Sans 195-F/G-95 FIATC Joventut Spain
Alberto Martin 182-G-95 Real Madrid Spain
Jose Nogues 201-C/F-95 FIATC Joventut Spain
Javier De La Blanca 198-F-95 Real Madrid Spain
Nicolas Bermudez 183-PG-95 Asefa Estudian. Spain
Carlos Garcia 204-C-95 Cajasol Spain
Ferran Ventura 184-PG-95 Cornella Spain
Adria Cantenys 200-F-95 FCB Regal Spain
David Iriarte 203-PF-95 FIATC Joventut Spain
Joaquin Portugues 185-G-95 GC 2014 Spain
Gonzalo Orenga 185-PG-95 Asefa Estudian. Spain
Ander Martinez 198-F-95 Asefa Estudian. Spain
Juan Hernangomez 198-F-95 Majadahonda Spain
Samuel Montoro 199-F-95 Unicaja Spain
Frederic Guallar 201-C-95 Sant Josep Spain

Jaume Comas Head Coach



Marc Gasol leads Grizzlies past Clippers - by Eurobasket News

The Memphis Grizzlies held on for a big win to tighten the Western Conference race for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 18 points, Rudy Gay had 16 and the Grizzlies beat the Clippers 94-85 Monday night, moving one-half game behind Los Angeles for the fourth seed in the West

''It's the wild, wild West,'' said Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo, who had 13 points. ''You look in the (Eastern Conference). When you get down to the last five or six games, a lot of teams pretty much start resting. In the West, that's not possible. Every game counts down the stretch. You can lose two or three, and have a tough opponent in the first round.

''Everyone is really close, and we moved that much closer to the fourth spot. We've just got to keep playing well.''

The game had the atmosphere of a playoff matchup. The Memphis crowd was intense, the play on the floor was physical and emotions were high with a lot of players barking about calls.

The aggressive play was part of the Grizzlies' strategy.

''We didn't want them to run free and get a bunch of lobs,'' Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. ''Just be physical and aggressive with them, and I thought we accomplished that.

''We held them to 85 points, and they can score.''

Mike Conley also scored 13 points for Memphis, which won for the eighth time in 10 games. Marreese Speights had 12 points and Zach Randolph added 10 points and 12 rebounds as the Grizzlies finished with a 48-36 rebounding edge, but committed 20 turnovers.

''That was probably the only negative I saw - the 20 turnovers, and that we gave up 29 points (off turnovers),'' Hollins said. ''But the rest of the game was really outstanding.''

Chris Paul led Los Angeles with 21 points and six assists, while Blake Griffin had 19 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field. DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Eric Bledsoe and Randy Foye scored 11 points each.

The Clippers snapped a two-game winning streak and lost for just the second time in 10 games.

''I couldn't make a shot,'' said Paul who was 7 for 17 from the floor, and missed three of his four attempts from outside the arc. ''I couldn't throw a rock in the ocean. We had a lot of easy ones that we just couldn't convert.''

The Clippers pulled to 86-83 with 55.8 seconds left on Jordan's dunk. But Memphis hit all six of its free throws, including four by Conley, in the final 31 seconds to preserve the victory.

The Grizzlies led 52-41 at halftime despite committing seven turnovers, a prelude to a night of miscues. Memphis overcame the ballhandling problems by shooting 55 percent and controlling the boards, 23-18 before the break.

''They are one of the best rebounding teams in the league,'' Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said. ''I thought we did a good job handling some of the pressure, but we did not rebound the ball well, especially in the first half. They were more physical, and we struggled to shoot the ball.''

Memphis finished shooting 50 percent, while the Clippers were limited to 41 percent.

Gasol led the Grizzlies with 12 points in the first half. No Clippers player had reached double figures, but Paul and Foye had nine apiece and Griffin had eight. Griffin also spent some time on the bench with two fouls.

The Clippers, who committed five turnovers in the half, including two in the final minute, shot 37 percent before the break.

Memphis extended the lead to 15 early in the second half, and maintained a double-digit margin through much of the third quarter. The Grizzlies led 71-60 heading to the fourth.

Bledsoe's layup got the Clippers' deficit under double digits to start the final period, but Mayo scored a pair of baskets, extending the lead to 81-64 with 7 minutes left.

Griffin and Paul were on the bench at the time. When they returned during the middle portion of the fourth, consecutive baskets by Paul pulled Los Angeles to 84-74 with 3:14 left.

Paul's 3-point play with 1:22 left got the Clippers to 86-81, the closest they had been since the latter stages of the first half. A dunk by Jordan with 55.8 seconds left got them even closer at 86-83.

But Gay got a feed from Mayo on the baseline with the Clippers overplaying defensively and his dunk put the Grizzlies up five. Gay followed with two free throws after Paul's turnover, and Conley converted the final four free throws.

''We got stops,'' Griffin said of the comeback. ''We got in the open court and got some easy buckets. Once that happens, some shots start to fall. We fought back, but obviously didn't finish it out, and that was the problem.''

No one had to point out how close the two teams are or could ignore the possibility of a first-round 4 vs. 5 matchup.

''We are right there,'' Griffin said. ''We are going back and forth. We very likely could (face each other), and we are excited about that.''

''We wanted to get this win for ourselves,'' Conley said. ''We want to move up and get the fourth spot and go even further if we can.''

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Fischer's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old center D'or Fischer (211-C-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Gescrap BB and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Blusens M. (#15, 10-18) 79-71. Gescrap BB is placed at 4th position in Spanish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Gescrap BB will need more victories to improve their 16-12 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Fischer as usually he does not deliver so high stats. D'or Fischer averages this season 9.0ppg and 5.7rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) of Unicaja. He is Croatian in his first season at Unicaja. In the last game Zoric recorded impressive 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Unicaja lost that game 81-96 to slightly lower-ranked Assignia M. (#11, 13-15). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Unicaja keeps 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Zoric is a newcomer at Unicaja and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) of league's leader Regal Barca. Ndong scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of FCB Regal, leading his team to a 68-49 easy win against the lower-ranked CAI Zaragoza (#10, 14-14). FCB Regal confirms their top position in the standings Ndong has a very solid season. In 23 games in Spain he scored 9.3ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and FGP: 60.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) of Gescrap BB - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Curtis Borchardt (211-C-80) of B.de Rueda V. - 10 points and 12 rebounds
6. Adam Hanga (201-G-89) of Assignia M. - 21 points and 6 rebounds
7. Latavious Williams (202-F-91) of FIATC Joventut - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Justin Doellman (206-F-85) of Assignia M. - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Milenko Tepic (198-G-87) of Cajasol - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83) of Valencia - 13 points and 8 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)



Ondrej Starosta claims Spanish LEB Gold weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Czech Republic Ondrej Starosta (215-C-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for Navarra and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 32-year old center had a double-double of 31 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Leon (#14, 14-17) in overtime 94-89. Navarra maintains the 6th position in Spanish LEB Gold. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Navarra will need more victories to improve their 19-12 record. Starosta turned to be Navarra's top player in his first season with the team. Starosta has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.1rpg) and averages solid 56.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old Jose Manuel Coego (204-C/F-78) of Granada. Coego impressed basketball fans with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Of course Granada cruised to a 79-69 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked CB Tarragona (#15, 11-20). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Granada keeps 17th position. 24 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Granada managed to get this year. Coego is a newcomer at Granada and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-F-83) of top-ranked Tenerife. Lampropoulos scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Canarias, leading his team to a 91-77 easy win against #4 ranked Lleida in a game of the week. Canarias confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 24 victories and 7 lost games. Lampropoulos has a very solid season. In 31 games in Spain he scored 7.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darryl Middleton (203-F/C-66) of Girona - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Alfonso Alzamora (206-F/C-79) of Lleida - 7 points and 14 rebounds
6. Rafael Huertas (189-G-84) of Burgos - 19 points and 3 assists
7. Ognen Kuzmin (215-C-90) of Clinicas Rincon - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. Jesus Fernandez (204-C-75) of Granada - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Leon Williams (203-F/C-86) of Caceres - 20 points and 5 rebounds
10. Marques Whippy (196-G-86) of Mallorca - 14 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)



ACB Round 28: Caja Laboral beats Real Madrid by one after a very close game - 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 most exciting game of round 28 in the ACB took place in Vitoria. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of their biggest opponent Real Madrid (21-7) to third ranked Caja Laboral (20-8) 67-66 on Monday evening. Real Madrid was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 19-16 charge of Caja Laboral, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Real Madrid to just 7 points in first quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of Italian-Argentinian forward Andres Nocioni (199-79) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 8 rebounds. Polish-Swedish center Maciej Lampe (210-85) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Sergio Llull (190-87) replied with 16 points for Real Madrid. Real Madrid's coach Pablo Laso rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Caja Laboral maintains third position with 20-8 record having just three points less than leader FCB Regal. Real Madrid at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Caja Laboral are looking forward to face Assignia Manresa (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Real Madrid will play against Meridiano Alicante (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Blancos de Rueda managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the four-game losing streak. This time they edged fourteenth-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Valladolid 69-66. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Curtis Borchardt (211-80, college: Stanford, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and Nacho Martin who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side New Zealand guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) responded with 19 points. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Blancos de Rueda maintains eighteenth position with 7-21 record. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada at the other side dropped to the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with GC 2014. Blancos de Rueda will play against higher ranked Gescrap BB (#4) in Bilbao in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play at home against Valencia Basket (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ACB top team - Regal FC Barcelona (23-5) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked CAI Zaragoza (14-14) 68-49. The winners were led by Boniface Ndong who scored that evening 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds by Charles Rhodes did not help to save the game for CAI Zaragoza. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Regal FC Barcelona have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-5 record. Loser CAI Zaragoza dropped to the ninth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Unicaja. Regal FC Barcelona will meet at home Lagun Aro GBC (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. CAI Zaragoza will play against FIATC Joventut in Badalona and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Lagun Aro GBC (16-12) and UCAM Murcia (10-18), which took place in San Sebastian. Higher ranked Lagun Aro GBC lost at home to sixteenth ranked UCAM Murcia 67-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lagun Aro GBC. Ime Udoka fired 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. UCAM Murcia moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Blusens M. Lagun Aro GBC at the other side keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. UCAM Murcia's next round opponent will be higher ranked Unicaja Malaga (#9) at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Lagun Aro GBC will play against the league's leader Regal FC Barcelona (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game between sixth ranked Valencia Basket (16-12) and 11th ranked FIATC Joventut (12-16) in Valencia on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Valencia Basket outscored guests from Badalona 90-67. It was a very good performance for Niklas Caner-Medley who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 rebounds. Valencia Basket's coach Velimir Perasovic felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Valencia Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Gescrap BB and Lagun Aro GBC. Loser FIATC Joventut dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Valencia Basket will face Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#14) in Madrid in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FIATC Joventut will play at home against CAI Zaragoza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 28 were not that significant. Blusens M. was beaten by Gescrap BB on the road 79-71. GC 2014 lost to Cajasol on its own court 66-74. Assignia M. managed to outperform Unicaja in Manresa 96-81.
The most impressive performance of 28th round was 24 points and 7 rebounds by Luka Zoric of Unicaja.


Caja Laboral - Real Madrid 67-66

The most exciting game of round 28 in the ACB took place in Vitoria. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of their biggest opponent Real Madrid (21-7) to third ranked Caja Laboral (20-8) 67-66 on Monday evening. Real Madrid was trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 19-16 charge of Caja Laboral, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Real Madrid to just 7 points in first quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of Italian-Argentinian forward Andres Nocioni (199-79) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 8 rebounds. Polish-Swedish center Maciej Lampe (210-85) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Sergio Llull (190-87) replied with 16 points and naturalized Montenegrin power forward Nikola Mirotic (207-91) added 11 points in the effort for Real Madrid. Real Madrid's coach Pablo Laso rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Caja Laboral maintains third position with 20-8 record having just three points less than leader FCB Regal. Real Madrid at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Caja Laboral are looking forward to face Assignia Manresa (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Real Madrid will play against Meridiano Alicante (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Caja Laboral: A.Nocioni 12+8reb+1ast, N.Bjelica 10+1reb, M.Lampe 10+5reb+1ast, M.Teletovic 8+6reb+2ast, B.Oleson 8+3reb+1ast, M.Bjelica 8+6reb
Real Madrid: S.Llull 16+2reb+2ast, N.Mirotic 11+4reb+3ast, K.Singler 11+4reb+1ast, M.Begic 6+5reb+1ast, M.Pocius 6, F.Reyes 5+4reb
gschID: 134223


Lagun Aro GBC - UCAM Murcia 67-71

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Lagun Aro GBC (16-12) and UCAM Murcia (10-18), which took place in San Sebastian. Higher ranked Lagun Aro GBC lost at home to sixteenth ranked UCAM Murcia 67-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lagun Aro GBC. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-14. But Lagun Aro GBC won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nigerian-American forward Ime Udoka (198-77, college: Portland St., agency: Priority Sports) fired 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. American forward James Augustine (208-84, college: Illinois, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 10 points and 9 rebounds. The former international swingman Sergi Vidal (198-81) produced 8 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Jimmy Baron (191-86, college: Rhode Island) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. UCAM Murcia moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Blusens M. Lagun Aro GBC at the other side keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. UCAM Murcia's next round opponent will be higher ranked Unicaja Malaga (#9) at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Lagun Aro GBC will play against the league's leader Regal FC Barcelona (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
UCAM Murcia: I.Udoka 19+3reb+5ast, Q.Douby 15+2reb+1ast, J.Augustine 10+9reb, J.Franch 8+3reb+2ast, J.Grimau 5+1reb+1ast, D.Barlow 5+5reb+1ast
Lagun Aro GBC: J.Baron 17+2reb, A.Betts 10+5reb, A.Panko 9+4reb+1ast, J.Salgado 8+1reb+6ast, S.Vidal 8+8reb+4ast, R.Neto 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 134224


Gescrap BB - Blusens M. 79-71

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Gescrap BB (16-12) beat 15th ranked Blusens Monbus (10-18) in Bilbao 79-71 on Sunday. Blusens Monbus was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Gescrap BB dominated on the defensive end, holding Blusens Monbus to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Blusens Monbus 38-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for American center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Alex Mumbru (202-79) contributed with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Canadian-Irish forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American swingman Deron Washington (201-85, college: Virginia Tech) added 17 points in the effort for Blusens Monbus. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Gescrap BB have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Lagun Aro GBC and Valencia. Newly promoted Blusens Monbus keeps the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. Gescrap BB will face bottom-ranked Blancos de Rueda (#18) in Valladolid in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Blusens Monbus will play on the road against Cajasol in Sevilla.
Top scorers:
Gescrap BB: K.Vasiliadis 20+4reb+1ast, D.Fischer 16+11reb+1ast, A.Mumbru 9+10reb+7ast, A.Hervelle 8+4reb+1ast, A.Jackson 7+4reb+1ast, R.Lopez 7
Blusens M.: D.Washington 17+1reb+1ast, L.Kendall 15+6reb, A.Corbacho 12+1reb, J.Bulfoni 9+1reb+2ast, S.Lasme 6+5reb+1ast, B.Hopkins 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 134225


GC 2014 - Cajasol 66-74

Very expected game when 13th ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (11-17) lost to eighth ranked Cajasol (15-13) in Las Palmas 66-74 on Sunday. Gran Canaria 2014 was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a very good performance for Serbian guard Milenko Tepic (198-87, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 12 points. American-Bulgarian guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana) contributed with 11 points and 5 assists for the winners. American-Azerbaijani forward Spencer Nelson (203-80, college: Utah St.) replied with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Greek swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Gran Canaria 2014. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Cajasol maintains eighth position with 15-13 record. Loser Gran Canaria 2014 keeps the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Cajasol will face Blusens Monbus (#15) in Santoago de Comp in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gran Canaria 2014 will play on the road against Asefa Estudiantes in Madrid.
Top scorers:
Cajasol: M.Tepic 12+3reb+3ast, P.Davis 11+4reb, E.Calloway 11+2reb+5ast, L.Bogdanovic 10+5reb, T.Urtasun 8+1reb+3ast, C.English 6+2reb+1ast
GC 2014: M.Bramos 13+4reb+4ast, S.Nelson 12+6reb+3ast, M.Haynes 11+2reb+1ast, S.Savane 11+6reb, X.Rey 7+5reb, T.Bellas 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 134226


Unicaja - Assignia M. 81-96

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Assignia Manresa (13-15) won against on the road 9th ranked Unicaja Malaga (14-14) 96-81 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 51-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Assignia Manresa made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for Hungarian guard Adam Hanga (201-89, agency: TSS Management) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Justin Doellman (206-85, college: Xavier) contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Assignia Manresa players scored in double figures. Croatian power forward Luka Zoric (211-84) replied with 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) and American guard Troy DeVries (193-82, college: N.Mexico) added 15 points and 4 steals in the effort for Unicaja Malaga. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Assignia Manresa maintains eleventh position with 13-15 record. Loser Unicaja Malaga keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. Assignia Manresa will face higher ranked Caja Laboral (#3) in Vitoria in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Assignia M.: A.Hanga 21+6reb, M.Downs 16+5reb, J.Asselin 15+4reb+1ast, J.Doellman 15+7reb+4ast, S.Gladyr 13+2reb+1ast, K.Achara 6+7reb+1ast
Unicaja: L.Zoric 24+7reb+2ast, T.DeVries 15+2reb+3ast, J.Freeland 12+3reb+1ast, T.Darden 8+4reb+2ast, B.Rodriguez 8+3reb+5ast, K.Valters 4
gschID: 134218


CAI Zaragoza - FCB Regal 49-68

ACB top team - Regal FC Barcelona (23-5) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked CAI Zaragoza (14-14) 68-49. The game without a history. Regal FC Barcelona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to CAI Zaragoza's 28. The winners were led by Senegalese center Boniface Ndong (213-77) who scored that evening 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Brazilian-Italian point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, agency: Edge Sports) supported him with 5 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds by American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) did not help to save the game for CAI Zaragoza. Icelandic guard Jon Stefansson (196-82) added 13 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Regal FC Barcelona have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 23-5 record. Loser CAI Zaragoza dropped to the ninth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Unicaja. Regal FC Barcelona will meet at home Lagun Aro GBC (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. CAI Zaragoza will play against FIATC Joventut in Badalona and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
FCB Regal: B.Ndong 17+9reb+1ast, E.Lorbek 9+2reb+2ast, X.Rabaseda 8+2ast, J.Ingles 7+2reb+3ast, C.Eidson 6+3reb+1ast, J.Carlos Navarro 5+2reb+1ast
CAI Zaragoza: J.Stefansson 13, C.Rhodes 11+12reb, A.Fontet 7+5reb, C.Cabezas 6+1reb+3ast, S.Van Rossom 5+3reb+2ast, B.Wright 5+1reb
gschID: 134219


Valencia - FIATC Joventut 90-67

The game between sixth ranked Valencia Basket (16-12) and 11th ranked FIATC Joventut (12-16) in Valencia on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Valencia Basket outscored guests from Badalona 90-67. The game was mostly controlled by Valencia Basket. FIATC Joventut was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Valencia Basket forced 19 FIATC Joventut turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Valencia Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for American forward Niklas Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 rebounds. Ukrainian power forward Serhiy Lishchuk (210-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Valencia Basket players scored in double figures. Valencia Basket's coach Velimir Perasovic felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Latavious Williams (202-91) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import point guard Pooh Jeter (179-83, college: Portland) added 17 points in the effort for FIATC Joventut. Valencia Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Gescrap BB and Lagun Aro GBC. Loser FIATC Joventut dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Valencia Basket will face Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#14) in Madrid in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FIATC Joventut will play at home against CAI Zaragoza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valencia: N.De Colo 15+4ast, N.Caner-Medley 13+8reb+1ast, S.Lishchuk 11+7reb+2ast, V.Claver 10+5reb+2ast, B.Newley 10+1reb+1ast, V.Faverani 10+5reb+1ast
FIATC Joventut: P.Jeter 17+3reb+1ast, L.Williams 15+6reb+2ast, F.Van Lacke 12+7ast, D.Obasohan 9+1reb, D.Jelinek 6+2ast, H.Norel 4+3reb
gschID: 134220


B.de Rueda V. - Fuenlabrada 69-66

Bottom-ranked Blancos de Rueda managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the four-game losing streak. This time they edged fourteenth-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Valladolid 69-66. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-14 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 69-66 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 35-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Curtis Borchardt (211-80, college: Stanford, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and forward Nacho Martin (205-83) who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side New Zealand guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) responded with 19 points and Argentinian-Italian forward Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Blancos de Rueda maintains eighteenth position with 7-21 record. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada at the other side dropped to the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with GC 2014. Blancos de Rueda will play against higher ranked Gescrap BB (#4) in Bilbao in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play at home against Valencia Basket (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
B.de Rueda V.: N.Martin 13+8reb+1ast, D.Garcia 11+1reb+3ast, C.Borchardt 10+12reb+1ast, D.Songaila 8+1reb, R.Uriz 8+6reb+8ast, J.Robinson 8+2reb
Fuenlabrada: K.Penney 19+2reb+1ast, L.Mainoldi 15+7reb, S.Blanco 12+2reb+2ast, J.Colom 7+1reb+3ast, A.Laso 6+2reb, S.Sanchez 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 134221



Mannheim 2012: Spain U18 conquer Group C - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18-Australia U18 78:57

Spain U18 conquer Group C at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim. The European outfit beat Australia U18 78:57 to win it with 3-0 record. Australian team finished with 1-2 record on the third place.
Spain started the game better and had 15:9 in the opening tip of the game. The European side increased to 22:11 at the end of the frame and led 30:17 later in the half. They took 22-point advantage after two periods and did not have any difficulties reaching the third win. Australia managed however to win the third frame 20-19 to trail 41:60 after thirty minutes. Both teams nailed 17 points in the last stanza for the final result.
Juan Sebastian Saiz top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Santiago Villena netted 12. Guillermo Hernangomez (203-C-94) and Javier Marin (195-G-94) followed them with 10 points each. Anthony Fisher ended up with 14 points in defeat and Joshua Oswald netted 10.

Spain U18: Juan Saiz (200-C-94) 15+10 rebs, Santiago Villena 12, Guillermo Hernangomez 10, Javier Marin 10
Australia U18: Anthony Fisher 14, Joshua Oswald 10



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Mannheim 2012: The Scandinavian team tastes the initial win - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U18-New Zealand U18 74:61

Sweden tastes the initial win at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim. The Scandinavian team overcame New Zealand U18 74:61 for 1-2 record. The latter remained winless at the tournament.
Sweden looked better in the first period and led 10:7 as well as 20:17 at the end of it. They increased to 30:24 early in the second, but New Zealand grabbed 33:32 at the halftime. The latter enjoyed 42:36 but could not keep the lead for good. Sweden pushed the tempo in the end of the third quarter and won it 57:51. They increased to 66:53 midway through the last stanza and won by 13 points at the end.
Ludvig Hakanson (187-PG-96) top-scored for the winners with 20, while Niklas Larsson (196-G-94) netted 15. Sebastian Schuszler (201-F/C-94) notched 13 and Alexander Gorski (193-G-94) scored 10. Mark Kelly ended up with 16 points in defeat and Reuben Te Rangi (201-F-94) netted 15. Tom Vodanovich (198-F-94) followed them with12 points and Tai Jack Webster (95) scored 7.

Sweden U18: Ludvig Hakanson 20, Niklas Larsson 15, Sebastian Schuszler 13, Alexander Gorski 10
New Zealand U18: Mark Kelly 16, Reuben Te Rangi 15, Tom Vodanovich 12 Tai Jack Webster 7



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U18 WABA Championship: Syria too good for Jordan, claim Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Syria U18 - Jordan U18 66:40

Syria claimed Bronze medals at U18 WABA Championship in Lebanon. They overcame Jordan on the final day of the tournament to step on the pedestal. Mohamad Hashem stepped up with 17 points to lead the charge.
Jordan enjoyed a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. But Syria went on a decisive 20:5 run in the second term to surge ahead. They maintained the lead throughout the third quarter to secure a 44:32 advantage with one frame left. Syria scored 22 points in the fourth stanza and cruised to the victory at the end. Anthouny Bakkar posted 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Tarek Alzaim added 10 points in the win. Mamoon T.M.bukhari and Bader Khatib had 9 points each for Jordan.
Syria thus qualified for U18 Asia Championship this summer.

Syria U18: Mohamad Hashem 17, Anthouny Bakkar 15+10 boards, Tarek Alzaim 10
Jordan U18: Mamoon T.M.bukhari 9, Bader Khatib 9



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Wright's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Taiwan Mobile and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Taiwan Beer (#2, 17-12) 73-59. Taiwan Mobile maintains the 6th position in Taiwanese league. Taiwan Mobile is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-17 record. Wright just recently signed at Taiwan Mobile, being already a very valuable addition to the team. The University of Oklahoma graduate has very impressive stats this year. Wright is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.4ppg. Wright is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 12.9rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 54.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Chih-Chiang Hsu (194-F-82) of Bank of Taiwan. He is former international forward in his 8th season at Bank of Taiwan. In the last game Hsu recorded impressive 39 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Bank of Taiwan cruised to a 81-72 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Yulon Luxgen (#4, 15-14). Despite this victory they still are the lowest ranked team. 22 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Bank of Taiwan managed to get this year. Hsu is one of the most experienced players at Bank of Taiwan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#3). He also registered 7.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Elbert Fuqua (211-C-83, agency: Top Notch Sports) of KKL (#5). Fuqua scored 17 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of KKL, leading his team to a 80-77 win against the higher-ranked Pure Youth (#1, 21-8). The chances of KKL 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, Fuqua could help KKL to bring them higher in the standings. Fuqua has a great season in Taiwan. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.5ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 12.7rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Noel Felix (205-C/F-81) of Dacin Tigers - 21 points and 11 rebounds
5. Jui-Kun Lin (180-G-86) of Bank of Taiwan - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Jing-Huan Chen (190-G-86) of Taiwan Mobile - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Chih-Chiang Hsu (194-F-82) of Bank of Taiwan - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87) of Taiwan Mobile - 14 points and 10 rebounds
9. Jing-Huan Chen (190-G-86) of Taiwan Mobile - 17 points and 11 rebounds
10. Ryan Wright (206-C/F-87) of Taiwan Mobile - 25 points and 7 rebounds

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



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PrimeTime Players roll past Fayetteville in home opener - by Eurobasket News

The PrimeTime Players bounced back from last week's narrow defeat with a convincing 120-87 victory over the Fayetteville Crossover on Saturday night at The Pointe (Former Bobcats Training Center). PrimeTime looked much more comfortable in the friendly confines of their home gym as they sprinted out to a big lead early and never looked back.

Seven PrimeTime Players scored in double digits, including four of five starters. Antonio Houston (6'5''-G/F-88, college: Catawba), who recently returned from a stint in Germany's top league, lit up the scoreboard in the first quarter with three three-pointers. He finished the game with 20 points, while C.J. Pigford (6'7''-F-82, college: Elizabeth City) led the way for PrimeTime with 21.

PrimeTime greatly improved their shooting percentage from last week, shooting over 50% from both two and three-point range. They also shot a markedly better 66% from the free throw line.

The game was technically over by halftime, with PrimeTime taking a 63-37 lead into the dressing room before cruising to an easy victory.

Brandon Streeter (5'11''-G-84, college: Fayetteville St.) and Jamel Carpenter (6'2''-G/F, college: Fayetteville St.) led the way for Fayetteville with 25 and 18 points respectively.

The PrimeTime Players will be back in action next Saturday at 5:00pm at The Pointe in a rematch with the Wilmington Sea Dawgs, who handed PrimeTime their loss in the first week of the season.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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Mannheim 2012: Germany win Group B - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18 - Turkey U18 61:51

Germany celebrated the third straight win at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. The hosts overcame Turkey to clinch the top position in Group B. Turkey suffered the first defeat and occupied the second position. Paul Zipser (195-G-94) tallied 19 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Germany limited their opponents to 10 points in the first quarter and grabbed a 5-point lead. Turkey cut the deficit to just three points at halftime 26:29. But the third term belonged to the home team. Germany dominated posting a 48:34 lead with ten minutes remaining. Turkey tried hard to comeback into the game in the final stanza but Germany hung on to escape with a tough win at the end. Kalidou Diouf (198-F/C-94) posted 12 points and 14 boards, while Schilling produced 11 points in the win. Talat Altunbey (202-F-94) answered with 13 points for Turkey. Cedi Osman (195-PG-95) had 10 points in the losing case.

Germany U18: Paul Zipser 19, Kalidou Diouf 12+14 boards, Gavin Schilling 11
Turkey U18: Talat Altunbey 13, Cedi Osman 10



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Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. BC Donetsk 30-8 
 2. Budivelnyk 30-8 
 3. Azovmash 25-13 
 4. Khimik 22-16 
 5. Ferro-ZNTU 22-16 
 6. BC Odessa 22-16 
 7. Hoverla 21-17 
 8. Dnipro 21-17 
 9. BC Kyiv 20-18 
 10. Kryvbasbasket 14-24 
 11. DniproAzot 12-26 
 12. Mykolaiv 11-27 
 13. Cherkasy 8-30 
 14. Halychyna 8-30 

Regular Season: Round 39

Apr. 9: BC Kyiv - Budivelnyk 80-65
Apr. 8: Dnipro - Khimik 79-73
Apr. 8: Ferro-ZNTU - BC Donetsk 78-82
Apr. 8: Kryvbasbasket - Azovmash 75-98
Apr. 8: Cherkasy - Hoverla 69-79
Apr. 9: BC Odessa - DniproAzot 103-111 OT

Regular Season: Round 40

Apr. 12: BC Kyiv - BC Odessa
Apr. 12: Azovmash - Dnipro
Apr. 12: Khimik - Cherkasy
Apr. 12: Mykolaiv - Kryvbasbasket
Apr. 12: DniproAzot - Ferro-ZNTU
Apr. 12: Hoverla - Halychyna
Apr. 12: Budivelnyk - BC Donetsk


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy22.1 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.20.6 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro19.2 
 4. Deane, BC Odessa18.4 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.18.0 
 6. King, BC Odessa18.0 
 7. Mitchell, Khimik17.4 
 8. Green, Mykolaiv17.1 
 9. Guinn, Fe.17.1 
 10. Harris, Halychyna16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.9 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.8 
 3. Dunigan, DniproAzot9.0 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 5. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 6. Drozdov, Azovmash8.0 
 7. Goodridge, BC Kyiv7.9 
 8. Todic, Halychyna7.6 
 9. Davis, Kryvbasb.7.6 
 10. Pupovic, Cherkasy7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Khimik
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Mitchell, Khimik6.0 
 2. Deane, BC Odessa5.8 
 3. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv5.6 
 4. Ewing, Azovmash5.2 
 5. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.1 
 6. Burtt, Dnipro5.1 
 7. Vaughn, Mykolaiv4.6 
 8. Pringle, DniproAzot4.6 
 9. Solomon, Cherkasy4.5 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Frederick HOUSE
  Dnipro
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. House, Dnipro1.9 
 2. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.9 
 3. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 4. Mitchell, Khimik1.8 
 5. Minard, Azovmash1.7 
 6. Solomon, Cherkasy1.7 
 7. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.6 
 8. Ewing, Azovmash1.6 
 9. Culpepper, Fe.1.6 
 10. Curry, BC Donetsk1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  BC Kyiv
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Goodridge, BC Kyiv2.6 
 2. King, BC Odessa2.4 
 3. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.9 
 4. McClintock, Mykola.1.8 
 5. Dunigan, DniproAzot1.7 
 6. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.6 
 7. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 8. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 9. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Parakhouski, Budi.1.3 


Superleague Round 39: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Superleague. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Superleague round 39 caused change at the leadership position. Eighth defeat of league's leader Budivelnyk (30-8) against ninth ranked BC Kyiv (20-18) 80-65 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Budivelnyk. Budivelnyk was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Budivelnyk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Derrick Zimmerman (191-81, college: Mississippi St.) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Vernon Goodridge (206-84, college: La Salle) contributed with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Dominican guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan) answered with 14 points for Budivelnyk. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Kyiv maintains ninth place with 20-18 record. Defending champion Budivelnyk still keeps top position with eight games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by BC Donetsk who have the same record. Budivelnyk will play next round against league's leader BC Donetsk trying to make it back to the top of the standings. BC Kyiv will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked BC Odessa at home.
Another exciting game for Dnipro (21-17) which hosted in Dnepropetrovsk against 4th placed Khimik (22-16). Eighth ranked Dnipro won 79-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Khimik. It was a great evening for international guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Qyntel Woods helped adding 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American power forward Aaron McGhee (203-79, college: Oklahoma) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Dnipro moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hoverla. Khimik at the other side keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. They share it with BC Odessa and Ferro-ZNTU. Dnipro will play against higher ranked Azovmash (#3) in Mariupol in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Khimik will play at home against Cherkasy and hopes to get back on the winning track.
4th placed BC Odessa (22-16) fell to eleventh ranked DniproAzot (12-26) in overtime by eight points 103-111 on Monday night. The game took place in Odessa. But the guests from Dniprodzerzhynsk were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Odessa. It was an exceptional evening for Kammron Taylor who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Shawn King came up with 24 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for BC Odessa in the defeat. DniproAzot maintains eleventh place with 12-26 record. Loser BC Odessa keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Ferro-ZNTU and Khimik. DniproAzot will meet at home higher ranked Ferro-ZNTU (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Odessa will play against BC Kyiv and hope to secure a win.
The game in Zaporozhye was also worth to mention about. Second ranked BC Donetsk (30-8) played at the court of 5th ranked Ferro-ZNTU (22-16). BC Donetsk managed to secure a 4-point victory 82-78. The best player for the winners was Ivan Radenovic who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. BC Donetsk have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Budivelnyk. Ferro-ZNTU at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 16 games lost. BC Donetsk's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Budivelnyk in Kyiv and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ferro-ZNTU will play on the road against DniproAzot in Dniprodzerzhynsk.
The game between 10th ranked Kryvbasbasket (14-24) and third ranked Azovmash (25-13) in Krivoy Rog on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Mariupol outscored Kryvbasbasket 98-75. It was a good game for Matt Walsh who led his team to a victory with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Azovmash maintains third place with 25-13 record having five points less than leader BC Donetsk. Kryvbasbasket lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 24 games lost. Azovmash will face Dnipro (#8) in Dnepropetrovsk in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kryvbasbasket will play on the road against Mykolaiv in Mykolaiv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 39 Hoverla beat Cherkasy on the road 79-69.


BC Kyiv - Budivelnyk 80-65

Superleague round 39 caused change at the leadership position. Eighth defeat of league's leader Budivelnyk (30-8) against ninth ranked BC Kyiv (20-18) 80-65 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Budivelnyk. Budivelnyk was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Budivelnyk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Derrick Zimmerman (191-81, college: Mississippi St.) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Vernon Goodridge (206-84, college: La Salle) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Goodridge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four BC Kyiv players scored in double figures. Dominican guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan) answered with 14 points and the former international forward Andriy Agafonov (207-86, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Budivelnyk. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BC Kyiv maintains ninth place with 20-18 record. Defending champion Budivelnyk still keeps top position with eight games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by BC Donetsk who have the same record. Budivelnyk will play next round against league's leader BC Donetsk trying to make it back to the top of the standings. BC Kyiv will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked BC Odessa at home.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: L.Flores 14+4reb+2ast, A.Parakhouski 10+2ast, A.Agafonov 10+6reb, S.Sehovic 9+5reb+1ast, M.Anisimovas 5+3reb, L.Stefanishin 4+2reb
BC Kyiv: G.Ervin 18+3reb+3ast, D.Zimmerman 18+5reb+5ast, V.Podolian 15+2reb+2ast, V.Goodridge 14+12reb, A.Shvets 6+2reb+1ast, V.Bobrov 6+3reb
gschID: 172846


BC Odessa - DniproAzot 103-111 OT

4th placed BC Odessa (22-16) fell to eleventh ranked DniproAzot (12-26) in overtime by eight points 103-111 on Monday night. The game took place in Odessa. But the guests from Dniprodzerzhynsk were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Odessa. The guests trailed by 14 points after three quarters before their 31-17 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 8-point victory in overtime. DniproAzot made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Kammron Taylor (188-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). His fellow American import center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.) accounted for 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU) came up with 24 points and 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and American guard Justin Love (189-78, college: St.Louis) added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for BC Odessa in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. DniproAzot maintains eleventh place with 12-26 record. Loser BC Odessa keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Ferro-ZNTU and Khimik. DniproAzot will meet at home higher ranked Ferro-ZNTU (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Odessa will play against BC Kyiv and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: S.King 24+8reb+1ast, D.Korshuk 15+3reb+2ast, J.Love 14+9reb+7ast, R.Kryvych 14+3reb+4ast, A.Kalnichenko 10+1reb, J.Rowe 9+2reb+5ast
DniproAzot: K.Taylor 32+2reb+12ast, M.Dunigan 24+8reb, M.Little 13+10reb+4ast, M.Balashov 13+1reb+2ast, D.Teague 9+3reb, A.Chigrinov 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 172847


Cherkasy - Hoverla 69-79

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Hoverla (21-17) beat on the road 13th ranked Cherkasy (8-30) 79-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Hoverla. Cherkasy was better in fourth quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hoverla dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Cherkasy's 34. Hoverla had a 29-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American swingman Brian Greene (195-83, college: Florida A&M) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Alexandr Nerush (192-83) answered with 16 points and Montenegrin guard Ivan Koljevic (185-84, agency: New Trend Agency) added 9 points and 7 assists in the effort for Cherkasy. Hoverla maintains seventh place with 21-17 record, which they share with Dnipro. Cherkasy lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 30 games lost. Hoverla will face bottom-ranked Halychyna (#14) in Lviv in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cherkasy will play on the road against Khimik in Yuzhny.
Top scorers:
Cherkasy: A.Nerush 16+3reb, V.Bliznyuk 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Frasenyuk 9+3reb+1ast, I.Koljevic 9+3reb+7ast, M.Pupovic 9+8reb+1ast, M.Parkhomenko 7
Hoverla: K.Tiggs 18+5reb+2ast, B.Greene 17+8reb+1ast, E.Coleman 16+8reb, D.Swanson 8+1reb+5ast, M.Walker 7+1ast, Y.Lemyk 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 172844


Ferro-ZNTU - BC Donetsk 78-82

The game in Zaporozhye was also worth to mention about. Second ranked BC Donetsk (30-8) played at the court of 5th ranked Ferro-ZNTU (22-16). BC Donetsk managed to secure a 4-point victory 82-78. It looked good early as Ferro-ZNTU took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Donetsk took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 4 points. They made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. BC Donetsk outrebounded Ferro-ZNTU 40-23 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Ivan Radenovic (208-84, college: Arizona) who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. International center Viacheslav Kravtsov (211-87, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) who recorded 21 points and 5 assists and the other American import center R.T. Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five BC Donetsk and four Ferro-ZNTU players scored in double figures. BC Donetsk have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Budivelnyk. Ferro-ZNTU at the other side dropped to the fourth place with 16 games lost. BC Donetsk's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Budivelnyk in Kyiv and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ferro-ZNTU will play on the road against DniproAzot in Dniprodzerzhynsk.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 21+1reb+5ast, R.Guinn 18+6reb, J.Chappell 10+6reb+2ast, A.Butskyy 10+1reb+6ast, V.Hunter 9+5reb, H.Kandrusevich 7+2reb+2ast
BC Donetsk: I.Radenovic 14+7reb+3ast, M.Pustozvonov 12+4reb+1ast, V.Avdalovic 11+3reb+2ast, V.Kravtsov 11+6reb+3ast, D.Jackson 11+5reb, D.Gliebov 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 172845


Dnipro - Khimik 79-73

Another exciting game for Dnipro (21-17) which hosted in Dnepropetrovsk against 4th placed Khimik (22-16). Eighth ranked Dnipro won 79-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Khimik. Khimik was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 26-13 charge of Dnipro, which allowed them to win the game. They made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Khimik was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). American swingman Qyntel Woods (203-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) helped adding 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Dnipro players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Aaron McGhee (203-79, college: Oklahoma) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Dnipro moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hoverla. Khimik at the other side keeps the fourth position with 16 games lost. They share it with BC Odessa and Ferro-ZNTU. Dnipro will play against higher ranked Azovmash (#3) in Mariupol in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Khimik will play at home against Cherkasy and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Khimik: A.McGhee 18+10reb+3ast, D.Mitchell 15+2reb+5ast, P.Miletic 11+5reb, A.Sizov 10+3reb, R.Terry 9+3reb+2ast, D.Ikovlev 6+6reb+3ast
Dnipro: S.Burtt 16+5reb+7ast, Q.Woods 15+7reb+4ast, C.Thomas 14+3reb+1ast, D.Low 13+1ast, M.Pantic 7+12reb+3ast, S.Tymofeyenko 6+1reb
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Kryvbasbasket - Azovmash 75-98

The game between 10th ranked Kryvbasbasket (14-24) and third ranked Azovmash (25-13) in Krivoy Rog on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Mariupol outscored Kryvbasbasket 98-75. The game was mostly controlled by Azovmash. Kryvbasbasket was better in third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kryvbasbasket 40-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Azovmash especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Kryvbasbasket was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American swingman Matt Walsh (197-82, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate Word, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 17 points and 4 assists and American-Belgian guard Marcus Faison (196-78, college: Siena) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Kryvbasbasket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Azovmash maintains third place with 25-13 record having five points less than leader BC Donetsk. Kryvbasbasket lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 24 games lost. Azovmash will face Dnipro (#8) in Dnepropetrovsk in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kryvbasbasket will play on the road against Mykolaiv in Mykolaiv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kryvbasbasket: P.Caldwell 17+4reb+4ast, D.Djapa 14+4reb, M.Faison 12+5reb+4ast, V.Myakinin 12+3reb+2ast, V.Konev 7+3reb+1ast, D.Korablev 6+3reb+1ast
Azovmash: O.Hunter 22+6reb+1ast, M.Walsh 22+7reb+5ast, J.Randle 17+2reb+9ast, R.Rancik 16+8reb+1ast, J.Crispin 8+2reb+4ast, I.Zaytsev 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 172843



Karebin number one in Ukrainian Higher League for round 33 - by Eurobasket News

Guard Bogdan Karebin (191-G-78) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked VolinBasket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Higher League Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Avantazh-Pol. (#1, 26-6) 89-87. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. VolinBasket maintains the 2nd position in Ukrainian Higher League. They are still close to the very top. VolinBasket would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 24-6 record. Karebin has many years of experience at VolinBasket, through which he has constantly improved. Bogdan Karebin averages this season 13.7ppg and 5.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Sergei Fedorov (198-F-87) of Aviastar. Fedorov had a very good evening with 26 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Aviastar to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Pulsar (#5, 20-12) 99-67. Aviastar's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 21-10 record is not bad at all. Fedorov is well-known at Aviastar and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was another VolinBasket's star - forward Vadim Reka (206-F/C-83). Reka showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was another key player of VolinBasket, helping his team with a 89-87 win against #1 ranked Avantazh-Pol. in a game of the week. VolinBasket is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 24-6 record is not that bad... Reka has a great season in Ukraine. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.3rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Artem Shelukha (198-F-87) of VolinBasket - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Dimitri Vinogradski) of Aviastar - 12 points and 10 rebounds
6. Igor Chumichev (209-C-89) of BK Kremen - 20 points and 4 rebounds
7. Timur Arabadzhi (192-G-81) of Avantazh-Pol. - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Evgen Korovyakov (197-F-88) of Pulsar - 21 points and 8 rebounds
9. Bogdan Korniyets (193-F-93) of Sportlitsey - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Igor Kozhevatov (195-F-88) of Musson - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Lavery Hopes For Play-Off Finish - by Jeff King

Cheshire Jets Head Coach John Lavery was the Sky Sports TV co-commentator for the Newcastle Eagles v Worcester Wolves match-up which went to the final play before The Eagles Andy Thomson tipped in the winning basket in an 85 - 84 thriller.

'It was an absolutely fantastic game of basketball. It looked like down in to the 4th quarter Newcastle were up against it especially with Paul Gause getting those technicals and they went down 6 or 7 points. But their experience showed and Charles Smith came up big-time for Eagles making a few good shots and took it down to the wire and then the Eagles snatched a fantastic win.'

Lavery clearly enjoyed the game as a neutral and was full of praise for both teams who served up a cracker that will be compulsive viewing for British basketball fans on Sky Sports TV this week.

'It was absolutely fantastic. It was end to end. You couldn't really say who was going to win. Worcester came up with a few tough shots towards the end. Kazlauskas with that three, Prezzie-Blue going to the rack getting fouled and making the free-throw. But Eagles came out with 8 seconds to go and actually got three looks at the basket which was unbelievable. They showed a lot of heart and a lot of spirit and came out with a good win.'

The rookie BBL Coach was very pleased with getting such a great game to co-commentate on and seems to be making a habit of tight finishes in that role.

'That's the second time I've co-commentated and both games have been very exciting. I did a Sheffield - Leicester game that went down to the wire and now obviously this one so hopefully I'll get a few more and they'll all be like that.'

Lavery also explained what it feels like to be in the co-commentators seat watching and analysing the game.

'It's very good, totally different. You're sitting there and all you're doing is talking about basketball rather than trying to coach a game. It's a lot more relaxed co-commentating as you've got no pressure on yourself. It's a great experience and I really enjoy doing it.'

Turning his attention to his own team he reflected on their last few games which have given the Cheshire Jets a great chance of making the top eight and the end of season play-offs.

'We've put ourselves right back in the play-off picture after a great weekend last weekend with two wins at Sheffield by six and at home v Guildford by five. That gave us a lot of confidence when we went to Leicester on Wednesday night.'

'We won all the first three quarters but came out a bit sluggish in the final period and they hit a few big shots by Cameron Rundles. We ended up losing the game by seven but our fates in our own hands.'

Lavery mapped the path he believes his team has to take and what they've also gone through this season in his first year at this level.

'We've got four games left. We go down to Milton Keynes next Friday then we've got Glasgow Rocks at home on Sunday so that weekend is really, really crucial for us. If we can pick up two wins we should make a play-off place.'

'It's been really tough at times. I've never known a team with so many injuries throughout the year. We've got a limited playing budget so our rotations really small but I've really enjoyed it. It's been challenging but you've got to keep looking forward and we're obviously just trying to make this play-off push.'

'At the moment it doesn't matter where we finish as long as we finish in that top eight, that's what we're looking to do. Once that position is secured we'll have a look to see who we've got and then look to see if we can go a bit further.'



BBL Round Up Sun 08 April - by Paul Nilsen

Guildford Heat produced a remarkable comeback to boost their play-off hopes and put a serious dent in UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders' championship hopes with an 86-81 victory.

Trailing by 18 points at the start of the third quarter, the Heat worked their way back into the match before taking the lead for good at 80-79 on Tayo Ogedengbe free throw with just two minutes to play.

Ogedengbe ended the match with 23 points but it was former Raider Drew Lasker who was the biggest threat to his old club as he ended with a game-high 24 points. Anthony Rowe led Plymouth with 19 points.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders pulled away in the fourth quarter to keep the pressure on for a top two finish with an 83-70 victory at Mersey Tigers.

Leading by just two entering the final period, the Riders were tied at 60-60 with the battling Tigers with seven minutes 12 seconds on the clock when a Cameron Rundles (185-PG-88, college: Wofford)hree began a decisive 14-2 burst.



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Hebraica advanced to the LUB final games - by Hector Lopez

Hebraica Macabi scored a 25-8 in the last quarter defeating Aguada 80-66 to take a 3-2 lead and will be playing the Uruguayan League final series against Malvn. Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) netted 22 points for the winner, while Matthew Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) added 16 points and Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 10 points and 13 rebounds. For Aguada, Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) added 6 points and 6 rebounds and Kenneth Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) scored 4 points and 8 rebounds. The final series for the best of five will begin next Friday.


Aguada vs Hebraica Macabi, the last battle - by Sergio Palay

With great expectations and a good pre-sale tickets, will be played tonight the fifth semifinal game between Atletico Aguada and Hebraica Macabi.
Atletico Aguada and Hebraica Macabi were finalists in 2006 and 2007 respectively. However, none won the LUB championship.
In the history, the last consecration of Atletico Aguada was in 1976, while the last championship for Hebraica was in 1994.
Curiously, the coach of Atletico Aguada, Marcelo Capalbo , was the MVP in the last Hebraica Macabi title.
The winner will play the final against Malvin



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Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Gaiteros
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Sims, Gaiteros23.7 
 2. Holland, Toros23.1 
 3. Romero, Trotamun.21.9 
 4. Pena, Toros21.4 
 5. Rodgers, Marinos20.2 
 6. Adams, Guaiqueries19.9 
 7. Hickerson, Bucan.18.0 
 8. Edwin, Gaiteros17.6 
 9. Braggs, Gaiteros17.3 
 10. Walker, Gigantes17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Torraye BRAGGS
  Gaiteros
  (203-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Braggs, Gaiteros9.9 
 2. Pruitt, Trotamun.9.3 
 3. Gransberry, Cocod.8.0 
 4. Sucre, Marinos7.9 
 5. Urbina, Toros7.9 
 6. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.4 
 7. Colmenares, Cocod.7.3 
 8. Warner, Bucaneros7.1 
 9. Graterol, Cocodril.7.0 
 10. Millsap, Guaros6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Stoll, Gigantes7.3 
 2. Vargas, Marinos5.8 
 3. Cubillan, Trotamun.5.4 
 4. Guillent, Bucaneros4.6 
 5. Braggs, Gaiteros4.3 
 6. Pena, Toros4.1 
 7. Guillent, Guaros4.1 
 8. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.0 
 9. Centeno, Cocodrilos3.7 
 10. Adams, Guaiqueries3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Stoll, Gigantes4.3 
 2. Pena, Toros2.8 
 3. Guillent, Bucaneros2.8 
 4. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.7 
 5. Adams, Guaiqueries2.7 
 6. Vargas, Marinos2.6 
 7. Sims, Gaiteros2.6 
 8. Horton, Panteras2.3 
 9. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.2 
 10. Macuare, Gigantes2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Marinos
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moss, Marinos2.0 
 2. Graterol, Cocodril.1.6 
 3. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.6 
 4. Osorio, Panteras1.5 
 5. Hardin, Marinos1.4 
 6. Romero, Trotamun.1.3 
 7. Warner, Bucaneros1.1 
 8. Pruitt, Trotamun.1.0 
 9. Marriaga, Marinos0.9 
 10. Warren, Guaiquer.0.8 


Gigantes de Guayana lands Kenny Satterfield - by Eurobasket News

Kenny Satterfield (188-PG-81, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC., college: Cincinnati) will continue his career in Venezuela. The American point guard penned a deal with Gigantes de Guayana and he will replace injured Paul Stoll (178-PG-85), who still recovers from a serious nose injury that required surgery. Satterfield heads to Gigantes from Japan, where he started this season. He appeared 37 times with Saitama Broncos in BJ league averaging 12.7 points, 6.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds. Kenny Satterfield played for the same team also last season. Actually, he split it between Saitama Broncos and Osaka Evessa. In the past, Satterfield played in Argentina, Mexico, Lebanon and France. He also has NBA experience as a member of Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers. In 2010, Satterfield won the IBL title with Albany Legends. He had 19.7 ppg and 8.1 apg for 17 games. Setterfield was named USBasket.com All-IBL Player of the Year -10.


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U18 WABA Championship: Iran retain title, Lebanon and Syria step on pedestal - by Eurobasket News

Iran U18 - Lebanon U18 81:64
Iran clinched the title at the 13th Edition of U18 WABA Championship held in Tripoli. They finished the tournament with four wins in a row and celebrated an overall victory. Iran faced hosting Lebanon in the final game of the tournament. Both teams entered the game undefeated. Iran however easily proved their strength. They clinched an 81:64 win to occupy the top position. Sajjad Mashayekhi (170-PG-94) came up with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Vahid Dalirzahan (198-F-95) contributed 21 points and 13 rebounds for Iran. Wael Arakji responded with 29 points for Lebanon.
Iran and Lebanon advanced to the U18 Asia Championship to be held in Mongolia in August.

Syria U18 - Jordan U18 66:40
Syria claimed Bronze medals at U18 WABA Championship in Lebanon. They overcame Jordan on the final day of the tournament to step on the pedestal. Mohamad Hashem stepped up with 17 points to lead the charge.
Jordan enjoyed a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. But Syria went on a decisive 20:5 run in the second term to surge ahead. They maintained the lead throughout the third quarter to secure a 44:32 advantage with one frame left. Syria scored 22 points in the fourth stanza and cruised to the victory at the end. Bakkar posted 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Alzaim added 10 points in the win. Mamoon T.M.bukhari and Khatib had 9 points each for Jordan.
Syria thus qualified for U18 Asia Championship this summer.

Syria U18: Mohamad Hashem 17, Bakkar 15+10 boards, Alzaim 10
Jordan U18: Mamoon T.M.bukhari 9, Khatib 9



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Mahram gain second win over Riyadi in title series - by Eurobasket News

Mahram - Riyadi 92:76

Mahram registered the second straight win in the WABA League Finals. The Iranian powerhouse held off Riyadi at home court to surge ahead 2-1 in the best-of-five championship series. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) stepped up with 29 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners.
Riyadi entered the game without Ismail Ahmad but stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter. The Lebanese team posted a 14:12 lead ten minutes into the game. Riyadi stretched the gap to 9 points midway through the second frame. Mahram were able to cut the distance to just two points at the interval 35:37. The hosts surged ahead early in the third term. They maintained the lead and posted a 64:61 advantage into the fourth period. Riyadi played with only 9 players on the roster and it started to show late in the game. Mahram capitalized taking a 9-point lead midway through the final stanza. They stretched the margin even more and cruised to the victory at the end. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83) posted 23 points, while Pape Sow (207-F-81, college: CS Fullerton) and Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) finished with 14 points each in the win. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Riyadi. William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Arkansas) canned 11 points in the loss.

Mahram: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 29, Hamed Afagh 23, Pape Sow 14, Mahdi Kamrani 14
Riyadi: Dewarick Spencer 21, William Pharis 11




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Women News


SEABL Players and Coaches of the Month-March - by Eurobasket News

In 2012 SEABL will again recognise high performing players and coaches with Player and Coach of the Month awards to be handed out throughout the year.

The first recipients are unsurprisingly drawn from the most dominant teams to date, with Jamie OLoughlin (Geelong) taking out the mens Coach of the Month, and OLoughlins star import Kimmani Barrett winning Player of the Month. For the women, Cheryl Chambers (Knox) takes out Coach of the Month, while Lindsay Laur (182-F, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) (Hobart) is a worthy Player of the Month.

On the female side of the ledger, the Knox Raiders have been the womens answer to the Supercats, sweeping all before them on route to a perfect 3-0 record. Veteran coach Cheryl Chambers , returning from a brief self-imposed coaching timeout after departing Kilsyth at the end of 2011, has fallen back into the hot seat as if she had never left. An opening round triumph over defending SEABL Champions Dandenong was followed by a confidence-building away win in Canberra, before Knox did it easy last weekend against her former team and arch-rival Kilsyth to complete a flawless month.

While Knox scales the top of the SEABL table, down in Tasmania the Lady Chargers have had a slightly more mixed time of things, getting some decent results but struggling to find consistency. Lindsay Laur, however, has proven a lynchpin for the Chargers since landing in Hobart prior to the start of the season. The talented forward racked up an impressive 34 defensive rebounds, to go with 12 offensive rebounds, for an average of 11.5 rebounds a game, third overall in the league. She also contributed 19.3 points a game, and has a 100% free throw percentage so far this year.

SEABL would like to congratulate all the players and coaches for their awards, and wishes them continued success for the months ahead.
Courtesy of: www.seabl.com.au



Erin Phillips selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Erin Phillips
Erin Phillips
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Erin Phillips (173-85), who plays in Poland. She could not help Wisla Can-Pak (0-3) in their last game. Despite Phillips' very good performance the fourth-placed Wisla Can-Pak was edged 65-62 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Familia Schio in the group B of Euroleague. She was the top scorer with 15 points. Phillips also added 8 assists in 34 minutes on the court. So far Wisla Can-Pak lost all three games in the Finals. Phillips has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 41.5%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 77.6% in the 16 games she played so far. She played for the Australian senior national team two years ago.

Lauren Jackson
Lauren Jackson
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Lauren Jackson (196-81). Jackson contributed to a Ros Casares' victory against the closely-ranked Rivas Ecopolis (17-9) 70-61 in the Spanish LFB last Saturday. She recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Ros Casares Valencia (26-0) is placed second in the LFB. So far her team won all games in the Semi-Finals. This season Jackson has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 78.0%. She played for the Australian national team in 2010.

Hanna Zavecz
Hanna Zavecz
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Hanna Zavecz (182-85). Zavecz helped MKB Euroleasing win their game against the closely-ranked ZTE (15-7) crushing them 86-65 in the Hungarian A on Wednesday night. She recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. UNIQA Euroleasing Sopron (22-0) is placed first in the A. So far her team won all twenty two games in the Semi-Finals. Zavecz is ranked third on the list of the best blockers in the league with 0.8bpg. This year her other stats are: 7.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 18.2% and FT: 82.5% in the 23 games. Zavecz is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Laura Summerton
Laura Summerton
   #4. Center Laura Summerton (191-83) was not able to help Bracco Geas (10-12) in their game against Taranto (20-2) in the Italian A1. She recorded 9 points. But Bracco Geas was defeated 73-58 on the opponent's court by the leading Taranto. Summerton's overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg and 3.5rpg. She is also Australian national team player.

Rebecca Thoresen
Rebecca Thoresen
   #5. An experienced international swingman Rebecca Thoresen (178-78) helped TSV 1880 Wasserburg win their game against the 14th-ranked Eisvogel Freiburg (5-16) 77-60 in the German DBBL last Saturday. Thoresen scored 10 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 36 minutes. TSV 1880 Wasserburg (11-11) is placed sixth in the DBBL. It's Thoresen's fourth season with the team. She has reliable stats this year: 11.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.9spg in the 24 games. Thoresen has a dual citizenship: Australian and Maltese. Despite she played previously for the Maltese national team, Thoresen is currently in the Australian national team roster.

Other top Australian players, who play abroad:

Penny Taylor (185-F-81) plays for Fenerbahce in Turkish TKBL
Brigid Bowley (184-F-85) plays for Kibirkstis-Tiche in Lithuanian LMKL
Hollie Grima (190-C/F-83) plays for Aix-en-Provence in French LFB
Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) plays for Aix-en-Provence in French LFB
Kayla McCarron (170-G) plays for Cape Breton University in Canadian university league CIS
Ashley Hirons (175-G) plays for University of Calgary in Canadian university league CIS
Diana Neves (170-G-87) plays for CAB Madeira in Portuguese Liga Feminina
Katina Mandylaris (183-C/F-85) plays for Fjolnir in Icelandic Express L.
Charmaine Furgeson (176-G-86) plays for Horsens in Danish Dameligaen
Samantha Brincat (177-G/F-79) plays for Depiro in Maltese Div.1

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



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Flying Foxes and BK Duchess earn victories - by Eurobasket News

Flying Foxes and BK Duchess victoriously opened their respective semifinal series.
Flying Foxes marched past BC Vienna 87 84:48. The reigning champions dominated from start to finish. They established a comfortable 44:25 halftime lead. BC Vienna managed to exchange baskets with the hosts throughout the third term but Flying Foxes went on a 23:7 run in the fourth period to seal the winning outcome. Nikol Soulis (190-C-85, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) stepped up with 27 points to lead the charge. Petra Steger (177-SG-87) added 21 points for the winners. Pia Zderadicka (175-G/F-91) answered with 14 points for BC Vienna 87. Agnes Roth (185-F/C-86) added 10 points in the loss.
BK Duchess coasted past UBBC Herzogenburg 81:59 in the semifinal series opener. BK Duchess secured a 50:26 halftime advantage and never looked back en route to the victory. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) erupted for 31 points to lead the effort. Verena Bachler (175-G-88) contributed 14 points for the home team. Maria Laterza (190-C-89, college: Marist) chipped in 17 points for UBBC. Marlies Kolin (178-F-92) netted 15 points in the loss.



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Yelena Leuchanka selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Yelena Leuchanka
Yelena Leuchanka
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Yelena Leuchanka (196-83, college: W.Virginia). She led UMMC Ekaterinburg to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (8-8) crushing them 91-67 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. Leuchanka scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes on the court. UMMC Ekaterinburg (17-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was her team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. It's Leuchanka's first season with the team. This year she averages: 8.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 53.8% and FT: 85.4% in the 15 games she played so far. Leuchanka is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Anastasiya Veremeenko
Anastasiya Veremeenko
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Anastasiya Veremeenko (192-87). She contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Vologda-Chevakata (10-8) crushing them 80-51 in the Russian PBL last Monday. Veremeenko scored 9 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Nadezhda Orenburg (13-5) is placed fourth in the PBL. Veremeenko is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her seventh year in Nadezhda Orenburg's roster. She is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place). Veremeenko's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 28.1% and FT: 76.4%. She is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Tatsiana Likhtarovich
Tatsiana Likhtarovich
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-88, agency: LBM Management). Likhtarovich was the major contributor in a VICI Aistes' victory against the closely-ranked Sirenos (17-11) 69-54 in a derby game in the Lithuanian LMKL on Thursday night. She recorded 12 points and added 3 assists in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. VICI Aistes Kaunas (28-0) is placed first in the LMKL. So far her team won all games in the Semi-Finals. Likhtarovich has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 57.3%(102-178), 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 80.6% in the 30 games. She is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Ala Murauskaya
Ala Murauskaya
   #4. Forward Ala Murauskaya (187-85) led TTT Riga to an easy victory against the league outsider Kolibri/U-16 (0-28) crushing them 122-39 in a derby game in the Latvian LSBL in Tuesday night's game. Murauskaya recorded 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. TTT Riga (27-1) is placed first in the LSBL. It was her team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Murauskaya has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 15.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.5apg, 2.0bpg and 2.5spg. Murauskaya used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2004.

Alexandra Tarasava
Alexandra Tarasava
   #5. International point guard Alexandra Tarasava (170-88), who plays in the Czech Republic ZBL could not help VS Praha (19-13) in their last game. Despite her good performance the fourth-placed VS Praha was badly defeated 88-68 in a derby game by the leading USK Praha in the Group A1. Tarasava recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 34 minutes. Tarasava is currently third on the league's list of best passers with 3.8apg. This year she also averages: 12.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.6spg in the 33 games. Tarasava plays currently for the Belarusian national team.

Lidia Panasiuk
Lidia Panasiuk
   #6. Center Lidia Panasiuk (183-85) led Ruta Siauliai to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked Lemminkainen (17-11) 59-58 in the Lithuanian LMKL on Tuesday night. She was MVP of the game. Panasiuk scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Ruta Siauliai (9-19) is placed sixth in the LMKL. Panasiuk is currently fourth on the list of top scorers. This season she has very high stats. Panasiuk averages: 15.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Belarusian National Team roster.

Volha Ziuzkova
Volha Ziuzkova
   #7. International guard Volha Ziuzkova (171-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lidia Panasiuk. But that was another game of her team in Lithuanian LMKL which we would like to mention. Ziuzkova was not able to help Ruta Siauliai (9-19) in their game against Kibirkstis-Tiche (18-10), despite her very good performance in Thursday night's game. She was the second best scorer with 15 points. Ziuzkova also added 3 steals in 36 minutes. But Ruta Siauliai was badly defeated 78-58 on the road by the second-ranked Kibirkstis-Tiche. Ziuzkova is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). She has very reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.4apg and 2.9spg in the 31 games. Ziuzkova is also Belarusian national team player.

Volha Tamargeanu
Volha Tamargeanu
   #8. Forward Volha Tamargeanu (182-81) managed to help CSM Targoviste to win against the closely-ranked Timisoara (21-7) crushing them 68-45 in the Romanian D1 last Thursday. She recorded only 4 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CSM Targoviste (29-1) is placed first in the D1. It was her team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. This season Tamargeanu averages just 1.2ppg. She plays currently for the Belarusian national team.

Katsiaryna Zberch
Katsiaryna Zberch
   #9. International center Katsiaryna Zberch (188-78) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Eisvogel Freiburg (5-16) 77-60 in the German DBBL on Saturday night. Zberch scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. TSV 1880 Wasserburg (11-11) is placed sixth in the DBBL. This year Zberch's overall stats are: 3.8ppg and 1.5rpg in the 19 games. Despite she played previously for the Romanian national team, Zberch is currently in the Belarusian national team roster.



Megan Shoniker about Belarus - by Timur Tolokh

American athletes - rare guests in the Belarusian media space. Basketball player Megan Shoniker - not just American, but the defender of Grodno 'Olympia.' Recently, a 22-year-old athlete was also the MVP 'All-star Game' All Belarus. Author of 'PB-Live' Music Igor drove Shoniker on issues that were previously set to a standstill Michelle Lingle. On Belarus, the toilets at the airport, money, husband, and wide streets ...

Megan Shoniker - not just an athlete, and the second in the history of the University of Rhode Island, a player who graduated from this university with more than 1,300 points and 300 transfers in the account, and the 25th U.S. sniper all the championships in the season 2010/11 with 18.9 points per game . This is when it comes to basketball.

Megan, what were the first impressions of Belarus? The famous toilet in the airport caught the eye?
First impression: 'Wow, how much everything else!' Nothing wrong with the word 'other' does not invest, just in the State of New York, where I come from, innumerable people and machines, but here the terms of open space, and the Minsk time for eight hours ahead of New York. I was cut off from family and friends, I felt as if everything around look at me, understand that I am an American, and giggle to myself - this was done scary. At the airport, I stayed only a short period of time late at night in the middle, so do not remember other than the fact that it was dark and cold.

I can not ask after such entry is not a Stephen King (almost countryman, Maine adjacent to New York City) is your favorite author?
Rather, Judy Pikkot. A favorite series of books - 'Hunger Games' Susan Collins.

Megan was the youngest athlete in order not to starve, or his heart?
I am the middle child in a family, a younger sister and older brother. I've always been attracted to the yard to play with my brother and his friends, and because I was the only girl among them, had since childhood to become stiff and strong. My father also played basketball, so long as he can remember, this game is surrounded me. We ring in the yard, and our family could spend hours to spend time around him.

Tell a funny (or terrible) episode of the sports career?
Funny at the same time a terrible episode befall when the celebrated 'senior night' (a sort of graduation) in America. This evening will be awarded where the girls who have graduated from university. It usually coincides with the last match of the season. So great an event, no matter what, or the taking of Carthage Gagarin's flight. My family and many friends skiing in demand for the game. And then a few hours before kick-off throw suddenly felt bad: stomach cries out, like a passenger missed his station, and with all the baggage.

Coming to our Aesculapius know if they could do anything. Doctors conjured me about three hours, used the entire thousand-year experience of medicine, and at the last minute, did I put the form and go to the ceremony. Even in a game attended and conducted at the site a good ten minutes. Several times had to hurriedly leave the room, at the request of the stomach, eager to wrest the content! At the time I was terribly sad, but now I remember - like and funny.

What is the difference between the Belarusian and American basketball?
The first thing I noted, in the U.S. more physical strength, women stronger, more powerful, faster. In the U.S. no longer play one on one, put more barriers, more control without the ball and individual raids under the ring. In Belarus, tend to Raman activities. In general, the game has a different rhythm and a different perception, so to speak.

Do not think that the Belarusian referee whistle too often? The manner of whistling the slightest touch recently brought a team of prominent referees to have to leave the scene under police guard - Belarusians patient, uncomplaining can make a three-time increase in prices, not endured the last foul.
I can unequivocally say that the United States and Belarus are judged differently. I do not think that the Belarusian arbitrators are motivated to harm the game, just have their own concept. The huge difference in the definition of runs. I had to radically restructure this footwork. In America, you can take the first step and start dribbling at the same time, while in Belarus, you must first hit a ball on the floor. But American judges have more stringent requirements for carrying a ball.

How to spend your free time in Grodno? Her husband was not invited for a follow?
Most of the computer and TV spend. However, the weather is getting better now, and I'm going to walk around the city more. I have no husband, basketball is in my life too much space, what else to do, and my husband!

Any other sports you like them?
All the like. The school played soccer and baseball. And I can look at all of any kind: American football, soccer, hockey, baseball ...

We have already seen it became impossible not religious woman. You too? ..
No, I just did not believer. Theological arguments, too, did not indulge ... However, I respect the beliefs of others.

In stores difficulties were encountered? The numbers on the price tags are often confused by foreigners, and sellers rarely understand basurmanskie languages.
Yes, the money was a surprise ... But not in vain Well taught mathematics at the university, and now the ability to handle thousands and millions is excellent service in the calculation for the buns in the store.

Megan, as you knew anything about Belarus before coming to us?
I knew quite a bit ... So if there is any important information out with.

Well, if you are able to buy food and count the money, then, for your survival will not have to worry about ... In Russian something you know?
Remember individual expression and basketball terminology. Usually, we're installing in Russian and then translate any of the girls for me are. Generally they are very nice, as does the Grodno ... So I like it here, enjoy.

Your native of Rochester, too, apparently, a pretty place. Judging by the map, near a large lake.
This is Lake Ontario, it is five minutes from my house! How to get back, tell everybody about their impressions of Grodno, Belarus. I am very glad that I happened to see your country and meet many wonderful people. How about next season, you ask? It is even possible! .. But while all the thoughts about how to win this.
Megan Shoniker (175-G-89, agency: Two Points, college: Rhode Island)



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Ann Wauters' double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Belgians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ann Wauters
Ann Wauters
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Ann Wauters (194-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas). She was the major contributor in a Ros Casares' victory against the closely-ranked Rivas Ecopolis (17-9) 70-61 in the Spanish LFB in Saturday night's game. Wauters had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. Ros Casares Valencia (26-0) is placed second in the LFB. So far her team won all games in the Semi-Finals. Wauters has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 60.8%(152-250) and FT: 71.0% in the 26 games she played so far. She played for the Belgian senior national team two years ago.

Anke De Mondt
Anke De Mondt
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Anke De Mondt (180-79), who plays in Poland. De Mondt could not help Wisla Can-Pak (0-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her good performance the fourth-placed Wisla Can-Pak was edged 65-62 on the road by the lower-ranked Familia Schio (#4) in the group B of Euroleague. De Mondt was the second best scorer with 13 points. This season De Mondt averages: 8.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 43.3%, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 74.1%. She played for the Belgian national team in 2008.

Kathy Wambe
Kathy Wambe
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Kathy Wambe (173-81). Wambe led Villeneuve D'Asco to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Lyon (7-18) 84-76 in the French LFB on Saturday night. She was MVP of the game. Wambe recorded 22 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists in 35 minutes. Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole (11-14) is placed tenth in the LFB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Wambe is ranked first on the list of the best passers in the league with 5.1apg. This year her other stats are: 10.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 49.6% and FT: 67.6% in the 16 games. Wambe played for the Belgian national team two years ago.

Evelien Callens
Evelien Callens
   #4. Power forward Evelien Callens (188-84) was not able to help VS Praha (19-13) in their game against USK Praha (32-0) in the Czech Republic ZBL. Despite her very good performance in Saturday night's game She was the top scorer with 15 points. Callens has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 15.1ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.6apg. Callens used to play for the Belgian national team back in 2010.

Other top Belgian players, who play abroad:

Catarina Vasconcelos (187-C-91) plays for Lombos Quinta in Portuguese Liga Feminina
Romina Ciappina (180-F/G-88) plays for Priolo in Italian A1
Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) plays for Solna Vikings in Swedish Damligan
Gaelle Pousseur (181-F/C-82) plays for Basket Esch in Luxembourg Diekirch League
Elodie Lemmer (172-G/F-90) plays for Racing in Luxembourg Diekirch League



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Standings - Women

D1 Standings
Liga 6
 1. Celik 6-0 
 2. Mladi Krajisnik 5-1 
 3. Sloboda 4-2 
 4. Zeljeznicar 2-4 
 5. Rudar Sport 1-5 
 6. Jedinstvo 0-6 
Places 7-10
 1. Borac ML-IEFK 7-5 
 2. RMU Banovici 6-6 
 3. Mladost 4-8 
 4. Igokea 0-12 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

Apr. 7: Mladi Krajisnik - Rudar Sport 80-62
Apr. 7: Sloboda - Zeljeznicar 70-55
Apr. 8: Jedinstvo - Celik 58-83

Second Stage: Round 7

Apr. 14: Mladi Krajisnik - Jedinstvo
Apr. 14: Rudar Sport - Sloboda
Apr. 14: Zeljeznicar - Celik


Celik extends winning streak - by Eurobasket News

Round Six of the Bosnian top division for women was played last weekend.
Celik cruised past Jedinstvo on the road 58-83 keeping the perfect 6-0 record in the league. Anna Tolikova (190-C-86) shined for the guests with double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Lejla Bejtic (174-F-85) and Matea Tavic (178-G-92) scored 15 points each and also grabbed 12 rebounds together. In Jedinstvo (0-6), Zdenka Kovacevic (170-PG-87) had 19 points and 5 assists.
Sloboda was too strong for Zeljeznicar on Saturday 70-55. Zvjezdana Gagic (169-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up for the hosts with 20 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds. Sloboda 4-2, Zeljeznicar 2-4.
Also on Saturday, Mladi Krajisnik had no troubles to beat Rudar Sport 80-62 for 5-1 record in the league. The hosts are alone on the second place. Their best player was Milica Deura (178-G-90) with 16 points. Rudar (1-5) got 25 pts from Maida Rahmanovic (176-G-89).
Round Seven is scheduled for the next weekend.



Sasa Cadjo selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sasa Cadjo
Sasa Cadjo
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Sasa Cadjo (178-89), who plays in the Serbian A League. She could not help Hemofarm Stada (0-0) in their last game. Despite Cadjo's very good performance the second-placed Hemofarm Stada lost 66-73 on the road to the leading Partizan in the Play Off group. She was the top scorer with 24 points. Cadjo also added 8 rebounds in 40 minutes on the court. Cadjo has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 19.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 56.1%(32-57), 3FGP: 46.4%(13-28) and FT: 86.5% in the seven games she played so far. Cadjo played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team four years ago.

Mirna Paunovic
Mirna Paunovic
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international power forward Mirna Paunovic (185-76), who plays in the German DBBL. She was not able to help Eisvogel Freiburg (15-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Paunovic's very good performance Eisvogel Freiburg was badly defeated 77-60 in Wasserburg by the lower-ranked TSV 1880 (#6). She was the top scorer with 16 points. Paunovic also added 7 rebounds. It's Paunovic's seventh season with the team. This year she has very high stats. Paunovic averages: 15.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 87.5%. She is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Selma Delibasic
Selma Delibasic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Selma Delibasic (194-80), who plays in the Italian A2 (12th division). Delibasic was not able to secure a victory for Consum.it Siena (6-17) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Consum.it Siena (#12) lost 55-63 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#6) S.E.Battipaglia in the South group. Delibasic had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was Consum.it Siena's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Delibasic's first season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 74.4% in the 23 games. Delibasic is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Dzenita Novi
Dzenita Novi
   #4. Guard Dzenita Novi (180-93) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Jezica (9-10) 80-63 in the Slovenian SKL in Tuesday night's game. She scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. AJM Maribor (16-9) is placed third in Places 1-6 group. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This season Novi has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. She used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team back in 2010.

Marica Gajic
Marica Gajic
   #5. Former U18 international center Marica Gajic (192-95) managed to help ZKK Athlete Celje in a victory against the fifth-ranked Grosuplje (13-12) 70-55 in the Slovenian SKL last Saturday. Gajic recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. ZKK Athlete Celje (24-1) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. It was her team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Gajic is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 9.0rpg. This year she also averages: 7.4ppg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in the 16 games. Gajic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team two years ago.

Other top Bosnia and Herzegovina players, who play abroad:

Ana Niksic (181-F-91) plays for Crvena Zvezda in Serbian A League
Alma Kovacevic (186-F/C-83) plays for ICIM Arad in Romanian D1
Natasa Karic (179-G-90) plays for Beocin in Serbian A League
Irena Vrancic (167-G-90) plays for Vozdovac in Serbian A League
Tamara Kapor (184-G-91) plays for Radivoj Korac in Serbian A League
Amra Mehmedic (177-G-81) plays for Satu Mare in Romanian D1
Vanja Milosevic (182-F-91) plays for Vojvodina in Serbian A League
Natasa Mikic (181-G-84) plays for Pleter in Croatian A1
Aldijana Iriskic (172-G-85) plays for Pleter in Croatian A1
Mirela Barac (92) plays for Pleter in Croatian A1
Martina Jazic (185-F-90) plays for Pleter in Croatian A1

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



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AEL Limassol beats Keravnos 63-62 in thriller (3-2), wins seventh straight title - by Eurobasket News

AEL Limassol continues its domination in Cypriot top division for women. They grabbed 63-62 thriller win against Keravnos in crucial Game Five of the Playoff Finals. The game just ended and AEL won its seventh straight championship title. List with the scorers will be posted soon. AEL also defended the Cup trophy earlier this season.


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French LF2 round 23 best performance: Oumou Toure - by Eurobasket News

Senegalese forward Oumou Toure (190-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for LTB 29, receiving a Eurobasket.com LF2 Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds, while her team beat Armentieres (#7, 11-12) 77-70. LTB 29 maintains the 8th position in French LF2. LTB 29 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 10-13 record. Toure turned to be LTB 29's top player in her first season with the team. Oumou Toure has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (2nd best: 16.6ppg) and rebounds (2nd best: 11.4rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Nadja Morgan (188-F-80) of Roche. Morgan had a very good evening with 28 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Roche was edged by slightly higher-ranked Toulouse (#3, 18-5) 77-75. This loss caused Roche to drop to 5th position in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Morgan is a newcomer at Roche, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Mali center Astan Dabo (203-C-92) of Reims (#11). Dabo scored 16 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Dabo's great performance Reims lost 65-71 to the higher-ranked Voiron (#4, 13-10). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Reims not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dabo could try to bring Reims' a little bit higher in the standings. Dabo has individually a great season in France. After 20 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Celine Schmitt-Sender (185-C-80) of SIG - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Aurelie Cibert (168-G-85) of COB Calais - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Maud Medenou (188-F-90) of Toulouse - 16 points and 9 rebounds
7. Lucie Martine Barba (185-F-92) of Limoges - 16 points and 10 rebounds
8. Valerie Labbe (181-G/F-88) of Armentieres - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Anda Nedovic (193-F-83) of Armentieres - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mia Fisher (175-G-82) of Armentieres - 14 points, 7 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)



French LFB round 25 best performance: Mistie Mims - by Eurobasket News

American center Mistie Mims (191-C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Challes, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds, while her team outclassed Tarbes (#6, 13-12) with 27-point margin 75-48. Challes maintains the 3rd position in French LFB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Challes will need more victories to improve their 19-6 record. It's Mims' second year at Challes and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Former Duke University star has very solid stats this year. Mims is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.8ppg. Mims is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.7rpg) and averages impressive 56.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Sidney Spencer (191-F-85, agency: LBM Management) of Villeneuve. Spencer had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Villeneuve cruised to a 84-76 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Lyon (#13, 7-18). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Villeneuve keeps 10th position. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-14 record. Spencer is one of the most experienced players at Villeneuve and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Lithuanian swingman Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) of Union Hainaut (#7). Solopova showcased her all-around game by recording 27 points, six rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. She was a key player of Union Hainaut, leading her team to a 84-70 easy win against the lower-ranked Nice (#14, 4-20). Union Hainaut needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 12 lost games. Solopova has a very solid season. In 25 games in France she scored 10.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) of Villeneuve - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Laetitia Kamba (186-F/C-87) of Mondeville - 13 points and 15 rebounds
6. Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86) of Villeneuve - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84) of Tarbes - 18 points and 7 rebounds
8. Naignouma Coulibaly (191-C-89) of Mondeville - 14 points and 8 rebounds
9. Amisha Carter (186-PF-82) of Union Hainaut - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Krystal Thomas (195-C-89) of Lyon - 16 points and 14 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Emma CANNON
  OKE P.
  (188-F-)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Cannon, OKE P.22.6 
 2. Tatham, Halle20.6 
 3. Jeltema, Chemnitz19.8 
 4. Vaughn, Wasserburg19.3 
 5. Turner, Freiburg16.7 
 6. Sitzmann, BG 89 A.16.6 
 7. Clark, BG 89 Avides16.3 
 8. Mankertz, BG 89 A.15.9 
 9. Sprague, Heli Girls15.8 
 10. Paunovic, Freiburg15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma CANNON
  OKE P.
  (188-F-)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Cannon, OKE P.13.8 
 2. Lomax, Freiburg10.2 
 3. Tatham, Halle10.1 
 4. Vaughn, Wasserburg8.6 
 5. Fikiel, Wolfenbuet.8.5 
 6. Landry, Marburg8.0 
 7. Koop, Marburg7.4 
 8. Greunke, Rhein MB7.3 
 9. Williams, Saarlouis7.2 
 10. Bos, BG 89 Avides7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Amanda REGO
  Heli Girls
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Rego, Heli Girls5.2 
 2. Davidson, Marburg4.5 
 3. Skuballa, Marburg3.4 
 4. Pop, Wasserburg3.3 
 5. Austmann, Oberh.3.2 
 6. Harris, Wolfenbuet.3.2 
 7. Richter, Heli Girls3.2 
 8. Nainima, Oberh.3.1 
 9. Whitcomb, Chemnitz3.1 
 10. Pace, OKE Panthe.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tamara TATHAM
  Halle
  (187-F-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Tatham, Halle3.2 
 2. Turner, Freiburg2.8 
 3. Austmann, Oberh.2.7 
 4. Tracey, Freiburg2.4 
 5. Richter, Heli Girls2.2 
 6. Rego, Heli Girls2.2 
 7. Thoman, Rhein MB2.2 
 8. Harris, Wolfenbuet.2.2 
 9. Sitzmann, BG 89 A.2.0 
 10. Nikagbatse, Wolfe.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Amber SPRAGUE
  Heli Girls
  (196-C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sprague, Heli Girls1.2 
 2. Koop, Marburg1.2 
 3. Greunke, Rhein MB0.9 
 4. Heinrich, Chemnitz0.8 
 5. Manakova, Saarl.0.7 
 6. Fikiel, Wolfenbuet.0.7 
 7. Tatham, Halle0.6 
 8. Gohrke, Marburg0.6 
 9. Protzig, Halle0.5 
 10. Schnorr, Chemnitz0.5 


Wolfenbuettel makes it to the semifinal - by Marsha Owusu Gyamfi

After 40 minutes of intense basketball Wolfenbuettel made it to the semifinal with a 74:59 win at homecourt.

Donau-Ries got out of this game with less than 40% shooting. They just had Dorothea Richter (176-G-83) an Morgan Henderson (185-F-88, college: San Diego) in double-figures; Amber Sprague who was shining in the last game had just 6 points (+8 Rbeoudns), Amanda Rego had 3 and added 7 assists.

In a rough game with a lot of fouls and breaks, Wolfenbuettel had Natasha Harris (177-G-86, college: Boise St.) leading with 20 points (66% shooting) and 7 rebounds. Katharina Fikiel (193-F/C-87) added a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, Charmaine Calllahan hat 10 points and 4 steals. Tenaya Watson (175-G-89, college: Arizona St.) had some great hustle plays and rebounds, and performed with 6 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals.



DBBL Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Wolfenbuettel - Heli Girls 74-59

Wolfenbuettel completed the semifinal picture. They defeated Heli Girls in the decisive third game of the series. The game was mostly controlled by Wildcats Wolfenbuettel. Heli Girls managed to win fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wildcats Wolfenbuettel dominated on the defensive end, holding Heli Girls to just 6 points in first quarter. Wildcats Wolfenbuettel forced 20 Heli Girls turnovers. It was a great evening for American guard Natasha Harris (177-G-86, college: Boise St.) who led her team to a victory scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Her fellow American import guard Tenaya Watson (175-89, college: Arizona St.) helped adding 6 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was American forward Morgan Henderson (185-88, college: San Diego) with 20 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the former international guard Dorothea Richter (176-83) scored 14 points.
Top scorers:
Wolfenbuettel: N.Harris 20+7reb+3ast, K.Fikiel 12+11reb, C.Callahan 10+2reb, L.Haughian 8+8reb+3ast, T.Watson 6+9reb+8ast, H.Rosenfeldt 4+2ast
Heli Girls: M.Henderson 20+4reb+2ast, D.Richter 14+3reb+2ast, A.Sprague 6+8reb, J.Sommer 5+6reb+1ast, N.Djokovic 4+3reb, F.Szittya 3
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Rianne De Roos selected the top Dutch playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rianne De Roos
Rianne De Roos
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rianne De Roos (190-89), who plays in the Belgian D1. She could not help Dexia Namur (19-1) in their last game. Despite De Roos' good performance the first-placed Dexia Namur lost 70-77 on the road to the second-ranked BBC Kangoeroes-Boom in the Play-Off group. She scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes on the court. It's De Roos' first season with the team. This year De Roos averages: 5.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 44.5% and FT: 52.1% in the 25 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Carrie Snikkers
Carrie Snikkers
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Carrie Snikkers (190-89, college: Hope). Snikkers contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Aguere (6-13) crushing them 98-59 in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) last Sunday. She scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Universitario de Ferrol (13-6) is placed third in Group A. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Snikkers has relatively good stats this season: 12.0ppg, 6.1rpg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3FGP: 49.0%(24-49) and FT: 86.0%. She is a naturalized American. Despite Snikkers played previously for the USA national team, she is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team. Strangely Snikkers has never played in Holland.

Jinga Gosschalk
Jinga Gosschalk
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Jinga Gosschalk (175). She contributed to a 3-point Hapoel Tel-Aviv's victory against the ninth-ranked Elitzur Netanya (7-13) 77-74 in the Israeli D1 on Monday night. Gosschalk scored 10 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 36 minutes. Hapoel Tel-Aviv (21-4) is placed first in the D1. This year Gosschalk's overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 56.1%(32-57), 3FGP: 29.2% and FT: 81.3% in the 15 games. She has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Israeli. Despite Gosschalk played previously for the Israeli national team, she is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Sharon Beld
Sharon Beld
   #4. Forward Sharon Beld (184-88), who plays in the German DBBL was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Oberhausen (11-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Beld's good performance Oberhausen was defeated 71-67 at home by the higher-ranked BC Pharmaserv Marburg (#4). She scored 14 points. Beld's total stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 4.1rpg. Despite she played previously for the Israeli national team, Beld is currently in the Dutch national team roster.

Other top Dutch players, who play abroad:

Tanya Broering (178-G-84) plays for Bourges in French LFB
Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) plays for Rivas Ecopolis in Spanish LFB
Emmelie Geraedts (190-F/C-85) plays for Point Chaud in Belgian D1
Daphne Esveldt (F-88) plays for Houthalen in Belgian D1
Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86) plays for CA Faenza in Italian A1
Leonie Kooij (187-F-86) plays for Real Celta Vigo in Spanish LFB
Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92) plays for Ibiza in Spanish LFB
Jill Bettonvil (188-F-92) plays for Ibiza in Spanish LFB
Maaike Klein (177-G-90) plays for Codigalco Carmelitas in Spanish LF2
Kelly Brugman (185-F/C-89) plays for ChemCats Chemnitz in German DBBL
Jamailah Adams (180-G/F-93) plays for TV Saarlouis Royals in German DBBL

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



Binnenland and ProBuild Lions are one win away from the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Second games of Eredivisie Semifinals were played last weekend. Binnenland and ProBuild Lions managed to beat their rivals for 2-0 lead in the series. They need one more win for the Finals.
Binnenland outplayed Grasshoppers on the road 76-84. Jantine Kraak (193-C-89, college: W.Illinois) shined for the guests with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Launa Hochstetler (168-G-87, college: Valparaiso) also was great adding 25 points, while Priscilla Van den Andel (185-F/C-86) helped her team with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Third game is scheduled for Tuesday, when Binnenland will be the host.
ProBuild Lions grabbed 72-79 road victory against Lekdetec.nl. The home squad had 65-63 lead with 14 seconds remaining in regular time, but visitors managed to make a basket and later created 7-14 in extra five minutes. They will meet today in Game Three. ProBuild Lions will be the hosts.



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Round 13 review - by Eurobasket News

Round 13 of the Kosovan top division for women was played last weekend. Penza Peja stays No.1 in the league with perfect 13-0 record. This time they didnt have to play at all as the game between Kastrioti and Penza is registered with official 0-20 record. The second ranked Sigal Prishtina was too strong for Drita in Gjilan. Visitors celebrated 44-79 victory for 9-4 record in the league. The hosts dropped to 5-8 after this meeting. Vellaznimi outplayed last ranked Gezimi as a guest 31-65 and avoided last place in the league. In the last game of the round, Bashkimi handed 47-44 loss to Trepca. Bashkimi joined Trepca now at third place with 8-5 record. Round 14 is scheduled for the next weekend.

Regular Season - Round 13
Apr. 8, 2012 Gezimi-Vellaznimi 31-65
Apr. 8, 2012 Kastrioti-Penza Peja 0-20
Apr. 8, 2012 Drita Gjilan-Sigal Prishtina 44-79
Apr. 8, 2012 Bashkimi-Trepca 47-44

A1 Standings
1. Penza Peja 13-0
2. Sigal Prishtina 9-4
3. Trepca 8-5
4. Bashkimi 8-5
5. Kastrioti 5-8
6. Drita Gjilan 5-8
7. Vellaznimi 3-10
8. Gezimi 1-12



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Zane Tamane selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Zane Tamane
Zane Tamane
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Zane Tamane (200-83, agency: LBM Management, college: W.Illinois), who plays in Turkey. She could not help Fenerbahce (2-1) in their last game. Despite Tamane's very good performance the second-placed Fenerbahce lost 68-75 on the road to the second-ranked UMMC Ekaterinburg in the group A of Euroleague. She was the second best scorer with 17 points. Tamane also added 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 33 minutes on the court. Tamane has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 61.3%(76-124) and FT: 81.6% in the 18 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Gunta Basko
Gunta Basko
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Gunta Basko (181-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Siena). Basko contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Spartak Noginsk (6-12) crushing them 88-51 in the Russian PBL last Sunday. She scored 6 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. Dynamo Kursk (13-5) is placed third in the PBL. This season Basko averages: 5.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 83.3%. Ex-TTT Riga player is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Aija Putnina
Aija Putnina
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Aija Putnina (192-88, also represented by Josep and Nicolas). She contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sirenos (17-11) 69-54 in a derby game in the Lithuanian LMKL on Thursday night. Putnina recorded 6 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. VICI Aistes Kaunas (28-0) is placed first in the LMKL. So far her team won all games in the Semi-Finals. This year Putnina has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 32.1% in the 27 games. She is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Rima Valentiene
Rima Valentiene
   #4. An experienced point guard Rima Valentiene (170-78) is a teammate of previously mentioned Aija Putnina. But that was another game of her team in Lithuanian LMKL which we would like to mention. Valentiene contributed to a VICI Aistes' victory against the closely-ranked Sirenos (17-11) 69-59 in a derby game. She scored 9 points and blocked 2 shots. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. VICI Aistes Kaunas (28-0) is placed first in the LMKL. So far her team won all games in the Semi-Finals. Valentiene's overall stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg. She is also Latvian national team player.

Elina Babkina
Elina Babkina
   #5. International guard Elina Babkina (173-89, another player represented by LBM Management) is a teammate of previously mentioned Zane Tamane and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Babkina was not able to help Fenerbahce (2-1) in their game against UMMC Ekaterinburg (2-1). She recorded 6 points in 23 minutes. Fenerbahce (#2) lost 68-75 in Ekaterinburg to the second-ranked UMMC in the group A of Euroleague. This year Babkina's overall stats are: 4.2ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.5apg in the 14 games. She plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Lauma Reke
Lauma Reke
   #6. Power forward Lauma Reke (185-86, college: St.Peter's) was the major contributor in Orvieto's victory against the ninth-ranked Napoli BK Women (10-14) 73-59 in the Italian A2 (12th division) on Sunday night. Reke scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Ceprini Costruzioni Orvieto (16-7) is placed fifth in South group. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Reke's first season with the team. Her total stats this year are: 9.4ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6spg. Reke is a former university international player as she played for the Latvian team five years ago.

Ieva Veinberga
Ieva Veinberga
   #7. International forward Ieva Veinberga (183-84) led Udine to a victory over the 14th-ranked Borgotaro (5-19) 49-38 in the Italian A2 (12th division) in Sunday night's game. She was MVP of the game. Veinberga scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 21 minutes. Delser Udine (13-11) is placed sixth in North group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Veinberga has reliable stats this year: 12.5ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.9spg in the 23 games. She is also Latvian national team player.

Dace Brumermane
Dace Brumermane
   #8. Power forward Dace Brumermane (187-81, another player represented by Josep and Nicolas) was the main contributor in Dunkerque's victory against the closely-ranked Laveyron (12-11) 67-52 in the French LF2 (12th division) last Saturday. Brumermane was the best player in that game. She scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Dunkerque Malo Basket Club (10-13) is placed ninth in the LF2. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Brumermane is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fifth year in Dunkerque's roster. Brumermane is the league's top scorer. She has individually a very good season with high stats. Brumermane averages: 20.6ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.7apg. She used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2001.

Zane Jakobsone
Zane Jakobsone
   #9. International forward Zane Jakobsone (180-85, another player represented by Josep and Nicolas, college: Houston), who plays in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) was not able to secure a victory for Arxil Pontevedra (8-14) in their last game. Despite Jakobsone's very good performance Arxil Pontevedra (#10) lost 55-65 in Lugo to the higher-ranked (#4) Maquinaria Ensino in the Group A. She was the top scorer with 16 points. Jakobsone also added 4 rebounds in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only her third season in pro basketball. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Jakobsone averaged so far 12.8ppg and 4.4rpg in the 21 games. She is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Liene Jansone
Liene Jansone
   #10. Power forward Liene Jansone (191-81, college: Siena), who plays in the French LFB couldn't help Aix-en-Provence (7-18) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jansone's good performance Aix-en-Provence was crushed 81-56 in Mont de Marsan by the much higher-ranked Basket Landes (#5). She recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Jansone's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Jansone's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 6.3rpg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. International swingman Aija Veiksane (186-86, college: Rhode Island), who plays in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) couldn't help the league outsider Alvargomez Guadalajara (0-21) in their last game. Despite Veiksane's good performance Alvargomez Guadalajara (#14) was badly defeated 76-57 in Santa Cruz de T. by the much higher-ranked (#7) Cajacanarias in the Group A. She was the second best scorer with 12 points. Veiksane also added 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. This year Veiksane's total stats are: 7.6ppg and 3.9rpg in the 21 games. She plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #12. International center Ieva Kublina (193-82, college: Virginia Tech) managed to help Cercle Jean Mace Bourges to win against the ninth-ranked Charleville-Mezieres 77-74 in the French LFB on Saturday night. Kublina recorded only 1 points. Kublina has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 5.0rpg. She is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

   #13. International guard Zane Eglite (169-84) helped S. La Spezia win their game against the 11th-ranked Pomezia crushing them 63-43 in the Italian A2 (12th division) in Sunday night's game. Eglite scored 8 points in 27 minutes. Eglite has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.9spg in the 11 games. She is also Latvian national team player.

   #14. Former U18 international center Ieva Kulite (191-88) couldn't help Wildcats Wolfenbuettel in their game against Heli Girls in the German DBBL. Kulite cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Her team was defeated 75-70. Kulite has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.6apg. She used to play for the Latvian U18 national team back in 2006.

   #15. Former U20 international center Viktorija Nazarova (184-84) couldn't help Biassono in their game against Terme di Cervia in the Italian A2 (12th division). Nazarova scored only 4 points in 19 minutes. Her team was edged 57-56. Nazarova has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 3.6rpg in the 17 games. She used to play for the Latvian U20 national team eight years ago.



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Marina Solopova's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Lithuanians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marina Solopova
Marina Solopova
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Marina Solopova (180-90). She led Union Hainaut to a victory over the league outsider Nice (4-20) 84-70 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. Solopova was MVP of the game. She had a double-double by scoring 27 points and making 10 passes. Solopova also added 6 rebounds in 40 minutes on the court. Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (12-12) is placed seventh in the LFB. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Solopova has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 26.3% and FT: 83.3% in the 25 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Giedre Paugaite
Giedre Paugaite
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Giedre Paugaite (192-90). Paugaite was the main contributor in Mondeville's victory against the 11th-ranked Arras (9-16) 75-59 in the French LFB last Saturday. She was the best player in that game. Paugaite recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. USO Mondeville (14-11) is placed fourth in the LFB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Paugaite belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2. This season she averages: 9.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 41.6% and FT: 70.2%. Paugaite is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Ausra Bimbaite
Ausra Bimbaite
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Ausra Bimbaite (178-82). She was the major contributor in a Dynamo Kursk's victory against the closely-ranked Spartak Noginsk (6-12) 75-62 in the Russian PBL on Thursday night. Bimbaite recorded 11 points in 29 minutes. Dynamo Kursk (13-5) is placed third in the PBL. This year Bimbaite's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 36.8%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 76.2% in the 19 games. She is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Sandra Linkeviciene
Sandra Linkeviciene
   #4. Guard Sandra Linkeviciene (176-82) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (8-8) crushing them 72-50 in the Russian PBL in Thursday night's game. Linkeviciene recorded 9 points. UMMC Ekaterinburg (17-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was her team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Linkeviciene's total stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.7apg and 2.0spg. She is also Lithuanian national team player.

Egle Sulciute
Egle Sulciute
   #5. International power forward Egle Sulciute (190-85) managed to help Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul in a 2-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Spartak Vidnoye (1-2) 73-71 in the Euroleague last Sunday. Sulciute recorded only 3 points in 20 minutes. Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (1-2) is placed third in group A. This year Sulciute's total stats are: 4.5ppg and 2.0rpg in the four games. She plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Lina Brazdeikyte
Lina Brazdeikyte
   #6. An experienced forward Lina Brazdeikyte (185-74) contributed to SIG's victory against one of league's weakest teams Le Havre (7-16) 68-54 in the French LF2 (12th division) on Saturday night. Brazdeikyte scored 10 points and added 3 assists. Strasbourg Illkirch-Graffenstaden (9-15) is placed tenth in the LF2. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This season Brazdeikyte has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. She is a former international player as she played for the Lithuanian senior team five years ago.

Other top Lithuanian players, who play abroad:

Agne Abromaite (190-C/F-79) plays for Kayseri in Turkish TKBL
Gabriele Narviciute (187-F-90) plays for Basket Parma in Italian A1
Kristina Cesnaviciute (203-C-83) plays for Meccanica NB in Italian A2
Dovile Miliauskaite (187-F-89) plays for Real Canoe in Spanish LF2
Greta Luksyte (177-G-87) plays for Leeds Carnegie in British EBL
Orinta Kavaliauskaite (177-G-82) plays for Liffey Celtics in Irish Superleague



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

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

Naignouma Coulibaly
Naignouma Coulibaly
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Naignouma Coulibaly (191-89). She was the major contributor in Mondeville's victory against the 11th-ranked Arras (9-16) 75-59 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. Coulibaly recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. USO Mondeville (14-11) is placed fourth in the LFB. It was her team's first victory after three consecutive loses. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Coulibaly averages: 7.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 2FGP: 64.4%(76-118) and FT: 48.3% in the 23 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Mali senior national team.

Astan Dabo
Astan Dabo
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Astan Dabo (203-92), who plays in the French LF2 (12th division). Dabo could not help Reims (8-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her very good performance Reims was defeated 71-65 on the road by the much higher-ranked Etoile de Voiron (#4). Dabo recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 19 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Dabo is currently first on the list of best rebounders. She has very reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg, 12.8rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.8%. Dabo is in the roster of the Mali senior national team.

Djenebou Sissoko
Djenebou Sissoko
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Djenebou Sissoko (190-82, college: Union (TN)). She was not able to help Artego Bydgoszcz (12-14) in their game against Odra Brzeg (5-21) in the Polish PLKK. Sissoko scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. Artego Bydgoszcz lost 49-61 in Brzeg to the one of league's weakest teams (#13) Odra. Sissoko is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.0rpg. This year her other stats are: 13.4ppg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 57.8%(89-154) and FT: 75.8% in the 17 games. Sissoko is also a member of the Mali senior national team.

Djene Diawara
Djene Diawara
   #4. Center Djene Diawara (192-85), who plays in the French LFB was not able to secure a victory for Charleville-Mezieres (23-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her good performance the league leader Charleville-Mezieres was edged 77-74 on the opponent's court by the leading Bourges. Diawara recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Diawara is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. This season she has very good stats: 10.8ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.2spg. Diawara is also Mali national team player.



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Hajdana Radunovic's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Montenegrins playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hajdana Radunovic
Hajdana Radunovic
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Hajdana Radunovic (192-78). She led Partizan to a victory over the seventh-ranked Hemofarm Stada (1-4) 78-72 in the Serbian A League in Sunday night's game. Radunovic was MVP of the game. She had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Radunovic also added 8 assists in 36 minutes on the court. ZKK Partizan Galenika Beograd (4-1) is placed first in Play Off group. Radunovic has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.7apg, 1.6spg and FT: 51.4% in the seven games she played so far. She played for the Montenegrin senior national team two years ago.

Eshaya Murphy
Eshaya Murphy
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Eshaya Murphy (182-85, college: USC). Murphy contributed to a Ros Casares' victory against the closely-ranked Rivas Ecopolis (17-9) 70-61 in the Spanish LFB last Saturday. She recorded 11 points. Ros Casares Valencia (26-0) is placed second in the LFB. So far her team won all games in the Semi-Finals. Murphy belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #5. She has very reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 85.7%. Murphy has a dual citizenship: Puerto Rican and Montenegrin. Despite she played previously for the Puerto Rican national team, Murphy is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Jelena Skerovic
Jelena Skerovic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Jelena Skerovic (176-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas), who plays in Russia. She could not help Spartak Vidnoye (1-2) to beat Galatasaray (1-2). Skerovic recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. But the third-placed Spartak Vidnoye was edged 73-71 on the road by the lower-ranked (#3) Galatasaray in the group B of Euroleague. This year Skerovic averages: 3.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 38.5%, 3FGP: 34.4% in the 20 games. Despite she played previously for the Puerto Rican national team, Skerovic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Anna De Forge
Anna De Forge
   #4. Shooting guard Anna De Forge (178-76, also represented by Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska), who plays in the Turkish TKBL was not able to help Kayseri (14-8) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite her good performance Kayseri was defeated 92-84 in Istanbul by the leading Galatasaray. De Forge recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season De Forge has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg. She is a naturalized American. Despite De Forge played previously for the USA national team, she is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster. Strangely De Forge has never played in Montenegro.

Snezana Aleksic
Snezana Aleksic
   #5. International guard Snezana Aleksic (173-89) was not able to secure a victory for Spartak Noginsk (6-12) in their game against Dynamo Kursk (13-5) in the Russian PBL, despite her very good performance last Sunday. She was the top scorer with 15 points. Aleksic also added 4 passes in 35 minutes. But Spartak Noginsk was crushed 88-51 in Kursk by the higher-ranked (#3) Dynamo. It was Spartak Noginsk's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Aleksic's first season with the team. She has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg in the 19 games. Despite Aleksic played previously for the USA national team, she is currently in the Montenegrin national team roster.

Milka Bjelica
Milka Bjelica
   #6. Forward Milka Bjelica (193-81) couldn't help Wisla Can-Pak (0-3) in their game against Familia Schio (0-3) in the Euroleague. Bjelica recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Wisla Can-Pak (#4) was edged 65-62 in Schio by the lower-ranked Familia (#4) in the group B of Euroleague. So far Wisla Can-Pak lost all three games in the Finals. Bjelica's stats this season are: 10.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

Ana Dabovic
Ana Dabovic
   #7. Former U18 international swingman Ana Dabovic (183-89) is a teammate of previously mentioned Milka Bjelica and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Dabovic couldn't help Wisla Can-Pak (0-3) in their game against Familia Schio (0-3). She recorded only 4 points in 20 minutes. Wisla Can-Pak (#4) was edged 65-62 in Schio by the lower-ranked (#4) Familia in the group B of Euroleague. This year Dabovic's overall stats are: 4.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.1apg in the 15 games. She used to play for the Montenegrin U18 national team five years ago.

Mirjana Beronja
Mirjana Beronja
   #8. Point guard Mirjana Beronja (170-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Hajdana Radunovic and both played together in the last Serbian A League game. Beronja managed to help ZKK Partizan Galenika Beograd to win against the seventh-ranked Hemofarm Stada (1-4) 78-72. She scored only 3 points. Beronja has been at the team for five years. Beronja's total stats this season are: 2.7ppg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg. She used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2007.

Other top Montenegrin players, who play abroad:

Jelena Dubljevic (191-C-87) plays for Rivas Ecopolis in Spanish LFB
Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) plays for CCC Polkowice in Polish PLKK
Aleksandra Vujovic (184-G-80) plays for Union Hainaut in French LFB
Milica Radonjic (184-C-93) plays for Vrbas in Serbian A League
Milica Jovanovic (189-F/C-89) plays for Umbertide in Italian A1
Ljubica Carkic (187-C-82) plays for Proleter in Serbian A League
Ana Turcinovic (190-C-93) plays for CA Faenza in Italian A1

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



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Baylor Lady Bears lead preseason women's basketball top 10 - by Eurobasket News

With a swirl of confetti below them and DJ Khaled's megahit 'All I Do Is Win' blaring from a loudspeaker above, the Baylor women's basketball team danced on the floor of the Pepsi Center in the moments following its 81-60 title game victory over Notre Dame. The lyrics of the song ('All I do is win, win, win no matter what') were fitting: Baylor is the first college basketball team in NCAA history, male or female, to finish a season 40-0.

The Lady Bears will be a prohibitive favorite next year as well and while we reserve the right to change these picks come next November, here's SI.com's preseason top 10 for 2012-13:

1. Baylor (40-0)
Bad news for the rest of America: Baylor will return its entire starting lineup and six of its top seven scorers. The haul starts with the incomparable Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90), the 6-foot-8 Wooden Award winner who averaged 23.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and a nation's-leading 5.2 blocks per game. Head coach Kim Mulkey thinks Griner will improve in certain areas as a senior, which should come following a gold medal summer in London as a member of the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team. Says Mulkey: 'I would love to see her lead more vocally than she does, and I think offensive rebounding, because she gets blocked out, if she could get in there and really crash the offensive boards more than she does, I think that's an area of her game that really could be scary.'
Griner will once again get the ball from junior point guard Odyssey Sims, who averaged 14.9 points and 4.4 assists and is the best on-ball defender in the country. Senior forward Destiny Williams (10.1 points and 9.1 rebounds) cleans up whatever Griner misses and there's athletic depth with senior guard Kimetria Hayden (9.1 points), senior forward Brooklyn Pope (7.3 points) and defensive specialist Jordan Madden, a senior guard. The Lady Bears are often impossible to score against -- opponents shot 31 percent from the field against them in 2011-12 -- because of Griner's size and the length and quickness at all positions. There's also a solid recruiting class led by 2012 McDonald's All-American Game MVP Alexis Prince, a 6-2 forward. Mulkey is already talking about a repeat next year in New Orleans (the site of the Final Four) and another undefeated season is possible. 'If we lose two, three, four, five or we go 30-10, I don't care,' Mulkey says. 'I want to be in New Orleans -- that's my home state. That's what we want, another national championship.'

2. UConn (33-5)
The nation's top defensive team -- they held opponents to just 47 points per game and a 30.3 field-goal percentage -- loses just one starter and gains serious firepower. Senior glue guard Kelly Farris (6.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists), clutch-shooting junior guard Bria Hartley (14.0 points), junior center Stefanie Dolson (10.4 points) and a lights-out shooter in sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who finished second in the National Freshman of the Year voting, are all back. Along with the returning players, the Huskies welcome two recruits with All-America potential: 6-3 forward Breanna Stewart, the nation's top recruit and an effortless dunker, and 5-7 guard Moriah Jefferson, an electric point guard who is considered the country's No. 2 recruit among some lists. Of Stewart, coach Geno Auriemma told The Hartford Courant: 'You are accustomed to seeing guards who can handle and shoot the ball, or big players who can run the floor and block shots. But to see that in the same person is so unusual in women's basketball. I am not predicting that she will come here and be National Player of the Year for four years or have a career like Diana [Taurasi], Tina [Charles] and Maya [Moore] did. No one can predict that. The only thing that's true is, there hasn't been a high school basketball player that encompasses size, speed, agility and the qualities this kid has.'

3. Duke (27-6)
The Blue Devils were gutted by injuries, but they have a deep and talented roster with their top six scorers returning, including do-everything junior point guard Chelsea Gray and freshman All-America center Elizabeth Williams. Junior guard Tricia Liston (12.0 points) and junior forward Haley Peters (10.8 points) also return as starters. If sophomore forward Amber Henson -- the younger sister of North Carolina men's forward John Henson who played only eight games as a freshman before a knee injury ended her season -- and junior guard Richa Jackson, who tore her left ACL in February, can return at full health, Duke is going to win a lot of games. Incoming 5-8 point guard Alexis Jones, the Gatorade Texas Girls Basketball Player of the Year, will be a difference maker in the future.

4. Louisville (23-10)
The Cardinals lost two starters (junior guard Tia Gibbs and senior forward Monique Reid) to season-ending injuries after just eight games but rallied behind a young squad that nearly knocked off Maryland in the second round. Next year they'll benefit from the experience, plus a loaded roster led by flashy junior point guard Shoni Schimmel (14.3 points, 4.7 assists, and 2.4 steals per game) and sophomore Bria Smith, who started 33 games as a freshman and averaged 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds. Gibbs is expected back from a torn labrum and if Reid gains a fifth year of eligibility from the NCAA this team has scary potential. Keep in mind Reid led Louisville in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore and junior.

5. Maryland (31-5)
The Terps have one of the nation's best players with junior All-America forward Alyssa Thomas, a do-everything, inside-outside force (17.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists). Junior point guard Lauren Mincy (13.1 points) and senior forward Tianna Hawkins (12.0 and a nation best 62.8 field goal percentage) also join Thomas back in College Park. The Terps will also add 6-3 forward Malina Howard, the top-rated post player in the 2012 class, and Xavier transfer Katie Rutan, a terrific long-range shooter who averaged 8.8 points two seasons ago as a freshman. 'Our offseason will be motivated by our last loss,' said coach Brenda Frese, to the Maryland student newspaper The Diamondback, following its blowout loss to Notre Dame in the Elite Eight. 'We were punished in that last game. If that doesn't put a fire in your belly in terms of preparing for next season, what would?'

6. Kentucky (28-7)
John Calipari isn't the only Kentucky coach with a loaded roster. Senior guard A'dia Mathies, the SEC player of the year, became just the second Kentucky player to be selected to the USBWA Women's All-America Team after leading the Wildcats in scoring (15.0), assists (2.7 per game), steals (2.6 per game) and three-point field goal percentage (37.8 percent). Coach Matt Mitchell gets six of his