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  ABA   



North Dallas is out, San Diego stays in the race - by Gianni Pascucci

The San Diego Sol ABA team bounced-back from a disappointing loss against the Jacksonville Giants on Monday and won a crucial game yesterday night, defeating the North Dallas Vandals, 80-70, in Game 1, semi-final action at the ABA Final Four Championships in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The semi-final round is a double-elimination, round robin series. North Dallas lost its game Tuesday against the number one ranked South Carolina Warriors. Three teams remain in the tournament with a chance to be crowned the ABA National Champion this weekend.
'We picked a bad time to play our worst game of the season on Monday, so it' s good that we came away with a win in this game,' said Sol head coach Zack Jones . 'We started to get back into it a little bit tonight.'
Tomorrow, thursday 12, San Diego will play the loser of the Jacksonville/South Carolina, game 2 of yesterday night. The two winners will play a 3-game series beginning Saturday.



Giants and Warriors win ABA Playoffs opening games ! Two more games tonight - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association tipped off Championship week in St. Petersburg Florida at Eckerd College last evening. Four teams, the South Carolina Warriors, San Diego Sol, Jacksonville Giants and the North Dallas Vandals remain in the chase for the 2011-12 ABA Title. The games continue tonight beginning at 7PM at Eckerd College.

Last night, in double elimination format, that will leave two teams to vie for the 2011-12 Championship this weekend in a best of three format saw in game one Jacksonville the ABA's number 2 East seed defeated the number 1 West seed San Diego Sol 112-93. Antwan Jackson (6'5''-G/F) came off the bench to lead Jacksonville scoring a game high 23 points in 25 minutes of action while shooting 60 percent from the field and perfect from the free throw line. Also off the bench Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) was one rebound shy of a double-double collecting 12 points and 9 rebounds. Tim Ware (6'7''-F-81) and Jermaine Bell (6'11''-F/C-84, college: Indian Hills CC) each chipped in with 12 points and Sherod Harris (5'10''-G-83, college: Brockport St.) added 11. San Diego was led by Mitchell Johnson (6'5''-F-85, college: Jarvis Christian) scoring 21 points while Gary Gibson (6'2''-G-86, college: E.Washington) scored 15 and John Clark (6'5''-G/F-81, college: CS Northridge) added 11. The Giants took control of the game early outscoring the Sol 37-21 in the 1st quarter of action and led by 19 at the half. The teams played even in the second half of play and while the Sol cut into the margin the Giants responded to each run with one of their own.

In game 2, The South Carolina Warriors (East number 1 seed) moved their ABA record to a perfect 28-0 with a 105-86 win over the West number 2 seed North Dallas Vandals. As was the case in game one S. Carolina overcame a slow start but quickly found spark behind a trio of excellent guards led by John Roberson (5'11''-G-88, college: Texas Tech) who scored a game high 27 while dishing out 10 assists along with Tony White (6'0''-G-88, college: Charleston) and Michael Vogler (6'1''-G-87, college: Troy) as they added 16 and 15 points. Vogler also had 8 assists on the evening. The outside shooting of the South Carolina guards opened up the inside for Marquise Gainous (6'9''-F-76, college: TCU), 17 points, 9 rebounds and Brandon Knox, 12 points while Jo Harris collected a team high 13 rebounds. Guard play of the Warriors took over midway through the first quarter and propelled the Warriors to a commanding lead of 41-17. The North Dallas Vandals were led by Richard Thomas (6'5''-G-87, college: Angelo St.) with 17 points and Will Haynes (6'8''-F-79, college: Manhattan) double double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Martel Jones (6'3''-G-84, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) and Ty Thomas (6'6''-F-83, college: Concordia-St.Paul) contributed 12 and 11 points respectfully.

Tonight's action in the double elimination format will start at 7PM EST at Eckerd College with the elimination game between the San Diego Sol and North Dallas Vandals followed by the South Carolina Warriors facing their eastern nemesis the Jacksonville Giants.



Releigh Roughriders tryout dates and information updated - by Bruno Baltazar

If you want to register go to
http://fs18.formsite.com/tlricks1sesgcom/form2/index.html

If you registered online for our first tryout but you didnt participate or missed it at all. No worries because there still plenty of spots open and no one has been signed yet so what are you waiting? If you have what it takes to be a professional basketball player and represent Raleigh, NC and your very own Raleighroughriders! Then you are welcome to our final open tryout April 21st @ 10:30 am to 1pm at the Dream Center but you have to register. Register online for pre-registration at $100 or late registration at the for $125 so save $25 and go to www.sumregister.info and we will see you there! If you have any questions, please call Coach Johnny Tyson (6'11''-F/C-71, college: Cent.Oklahoma) at 919.628.0253. Don't wait too long or spots are filled so signup today and tell a friend.



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  ALBANIA   

Standings - A1

A1 Standings
Group A
 1. SK Tirana 13-0 
 2. Kamza Basket 11-2 
 3. Teuta Durres 6-8 
 4. Vllaznia Shk. 6-8 
 5. Flamurtari 5-9 
 6. U.A.T. 0-14 
Group B
 1. Apolonia 3-0 
 2. Partizani Tirana 2-2 
 3. Pogradeci 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 15

Apr. 10: Vllaznia Shk. - U.A.T. 85-47
Apr. 10: Flamurtari - Teuta Durres 42-56
Apr. 11: SK Tirana - Kamza Basket



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  ANGOLA   


Angola: mens national cup, semi-finals pairing - by Eurobasket News

The 1/8 finals of the Angolan mens basketball cup ended Friday with the victory of Interclube over ASA 77-71.

The 1/8 finals of the Angolan mens basketball cup ended Friday with the victory of Interclube over ASA 77-71.

The other qualified teams are Primeiro d'Agosto, Petro de Luanda, and Sporting de Cabinda.

Semi-finals pairing
Primeiro d'Agosto - Petro de Luanda
Interclube - Sporting de Cabinda.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Smith, La Union17.3 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras16.8 
 3. Villegas, Sionista16.6 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.16.3 
 5. Matthews, Quilm.16.0 
 6. DeGroat, Olimpico.15.8 
 7. Martinez, San M.15.6 
 8. OBannon, Boca Jrs15.5 
 9. Pittman, Libertad.15.4 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Martinez, San M.12.4 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.9.9 
 3. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 4. Davis, GECR I.9.3 
 5. Sandes, Sionista9.1 
 6. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras8.5 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 9. DeGroat, Olimpico.7.5 
 10. Truscott, Quilm.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.3 
 2. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.5 
 3. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.4 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista4.8 
 5. Martinez, Regat.4.8 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.8 
 7. Sucatzky, Atenas3.7 
 8. Victoriano, San M.3.7 
 9. Labaque, Atenas3.4 
 10. Osimani, Obras3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 2. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 3. Moldu, Olimpico LB1.7 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.1.7 
 5. McHopson, Quilm.1.6 
 6. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.5 
 7. Torre, Club 91.4 
 8. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.4 
 9. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.4 
 10. Treise, Libertad1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 2. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 3. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.2 
 4. Clancy, Club 91.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Roe, Regatas C.1.0 
 7. Matthews, Quilm.1.0 
 8. Humphrey, Atenas0.9 
 9. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 10. Ayarza, Club 90.9 


Torneo federal playoffs - by Facundo Iatzky

After the end of regular season, these will be the playoffs of torneo federal, where 16 teams will look for the promotion to TNA.

North zone:
Hindu Resistencia - Adelante Reconquista
brown san vicente - santa rita esquina
La union colon - social las brenas
Talleres Tafi viejo - union santa fe

South zone:
Barrio Parque Cordoba - Velez Sarsfield
San lorenzo Chivilcoy - facundo La rioja
independiente Tandil - anzorena Mendoza
Instituto Cordoba - hispano americano

The first round of playoffs is to the best of 3 games.



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  AUSTRALIA   


SBL: Eagles soar for first win (Round 4 men's wrap) - by Eurobasket News

East Perth Eagles finally broke through for their much-needed first win of the 2012 men's State Basketball League season with a 115-102 round four win against Kalamunda Eastern Suns.

The Eagles, quarter-finalists in each of the past two seasons, had lost their first four games but got their season back on track with a 115-102 triumph that came thanks to Jarrod Balcombe's 27 points.

Import Greg Palmer had 43 points for the Suns but his teammates couldn't back up their impressive effort to win at Goldfields the week before as they slumped to their fourth loss from five games.

The Giants bounced back from that shock loss to Kalamunda a week earlier with an upset 92-86 win against heated country rivals Geraldton Buccaneers.

Michael Haney (198-F-82, college: E.Kentucky) 's 27 points helped Goldfields come from behind for just its second win from five games, a result that also saw Geraldton drop out of the top eight with an identical win-loss record.

Defending champions Wanneroo Wolves sent an ominous warning to the league with a 113-89 mauling of Perry Lakes Hawks in a rematch of the 2011 Grand Final.

In the absence of captain Ben Purser (201-G/F-90, college: Augusta St.), who was unavailable due to his NBL semi-final commitments, the Hawks were no match for third placed Wanneroo.

Rising star Jackson Hussey (188-G-92) was the star for the Wolves, top-scoring with 40 points to help his side bounce back from its shock loss to Willetton a week earlier.

Perth Redbacks also stayed within touching distance of league leaders Lakeside thanks to a 110-77 thrashing of South West Slammers.

Incredibly, all three of the Slammers' home games have resulted in losses of more than 30 points after Ryan Neill's 38 points led Perth to the big win.

South West also fell 105-87 to southern rival Mandurah, which moved into fourth spot with the win.

The Lightning stayed clear on top after thrashing a woeful Stirling side 116-83.

Willetton's inconsistency continued, falling in an 85-84 thriller to Cockburn before belting winless Rockingham 115-94.

Brian Carlwell hit a pair of free-throws with four seconds left to earn the Cougars a derby victory that extended their winning streak to three games.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au/



Bandits go down in real cliffhanger - by Eurobasket News

ALBURY Wodonga Bandits entertained the crowd Saturday night in their SEABL clash with a high-intensity match up but pulled up short by the narrowest of margins against Frankston Blues.

The one-point 79-80 defeat came down to the wire with the home side having the final play of the match from a time out.

Coach Brad Chalmers drew up a play and the boys hit the floor to execute but were unable to take a final shot for victory.

We had a play and where we wanted the ball to go, it didnt, Chalmers said.

Once that happened it was a bit up in the air.

All those plays are sort of hit and miss; youll probably have five of those in five games and with one of them youll probably win a game and the other four youll probably lose; thats the nature of the beast.

Chalmers said a lack of defensive intensity in the first half allowed the Blues into the game and made the job a lot harder for the Bandits down the stretch.

In the end, with just a few minutes remaining and trailing by 10 points the home side lifted their defensive effort and almost reaped the rewards, but missed shots proved to be the deciding factor.

We held them to 10 points on the back of some pretty good defence and making sure whatever shots they took were tough contested shots, Chalmers said.

We came down probably three or four times in a row after getting stops but we were just rimming out or missing little chippies; that was probably the game in the end.

I think we had the steam and the momentum to run over them but we just didnt make any shots.

It was good that we were able to play really well defensively in that last quarter but I just wish we would have done that earlier in the game and we probably would have been in at half time with a 10 or 15-point buffer.

But Chalmers was philosophical in defeat with the improvement in the standard of the team visible on the floor.

I think were getting there, he said.

As an overall product were making strides.

You wouldnt want to be perfect now anyway because theres a long way to go.

Weve still got plenty of room for improvement and well just keep working hard but its pleasing to see that we can be really competitive and well have a reasonable team this year.

In the curtain-raiser the Lady Bandits were easily accounted for by the Lady Blues, 34-75.

By TREVOR JACKSON
Courtesy of: http://www.awnw.com.au



SBL: Round 4 Men's MVP Rankings - by Eurobasket News

1. Brian Carlwell (210-C-87, college: San Diego St.), Cockburn Cougars (25.2 points, 15 rebounds, 2.4 blocks per game) - The MSBL hasn't seen many big men as dominant as the new Cockburn centre. Carlwell is sixth in the league in points per game, top in rebounding and fourth in blocked shots. Few teams have a defender capable on matching up on Carlwell and he's sure to cause a nightmare for plenty of opposition coaches throughout the campaign.

2. Luke Payne (188-G-85, college: USC Upstate), Lakeside Lightning (28.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists) - Payne was dominant for Lakeside last year and his numbers are even better so far this campaign. He's 1.3 points and 0.6 rebounds ahead of his 2011 season averages and there's no doubt he'll be a leading MVP candidate if he keeps up these numbers and continues to lead the SBL in scoring.

3. Robert Kampman (203-F-82, college: Wichita St.), Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers (28 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists) - The Tigers have been inconsistent so far but that's no fault of Kampman. The import forward is second in points per game and is putting up similar numbers across the board to those he put up in an impressive 2011 campaign.

4. Jordan Wild (203-F, college: Fresno Pacific), Australian Belt Scrapers Wanneroo Wolves (23.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, 1.5 blocks) - The new Wanneroo import has been a key part of the defending champion's impressive start to the new campaign. He's tied for 10th in scoring and fourth in rebounding. It's possible those numbers will fall a little when Greg Hire is taking away some of his shots and rebounding chances but Wild is still clearly a top player.

5. Daniel Thomas (176-G-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza), Sun City Plumbing Geraldton Buccaneers (24 points, 6.4 assists, 2.0 steals) - Thomas, in his first season back in Geraldton, has been exceptional this year. His scoring game has stepped up a notch while he's fifth in assists and also proving a defensive menace. The Buccs' early struggles have nothing to do with Thomas' performance.

6. Taylor Mullenax (201-F/C-86, college: St.Edward's), Mandurah Magic (28 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist) - The Magic are enjoying their most impressive season in a long time and Mullenax has been a huge part of that. The import big man is third in points per game and doing a good job on the boards too. Finally healthy, Mullenax is showing he's one of the league's top players.

7. Michael Vigor (206-F/C-90), Perth Redbacks (24.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.4 blocks) - In the space of just a few months, Vigor has gone from a decent emerging talent to one of the SBL's premier big men. He's eighth in scoring and just outside the top 10 in rebounding. The centre clearly has a big future ahead of him.

8. Carlos White (202-F-80, college: Rhema Bible), Collie Crane Hire South West Slammers (25.3 points, 14.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists) - Many would argue the Slammers' import doesn't deserve consideration because he's playing on a struggling team, but that shouldn't take away from White's impressive achievements. White is fifth in scoring and second in rebounding, so faulting him for anything that has gone wrong for South West so far would be misguided.

9. Jackson Hussey (188-G-92), Australian Belt Scrapers Wanneroo Wolves (22.5 points, 6 rebounds, 4.5 assists) - Hussey has been outstanding in his debut campaign for the Wolves. He's just outside the top 10 in scoring and also putting up good numbers across other categories. If he keeps playing like he did in his 38 point effort against the Hawks, Hussey will warrant some serious MVP consideration.

10. Joel Wagner (184-G-87), Perth Redbacks (13.7 points, 9 assists, 2 steals) - There's nothing new about Wagner being one of the league's best point guards but he certainly has been again this year. He's leading the league in assists and has been an integral part in Perth's early rise.

Others to consider: Adrian Majstrovich (Perth) and Jarrad Prue (Lakeside) would likely have cracked the top 10 if they hadn't missed games early in the campaign. Kalamunda's Greg Palmer, Geraldton's Aaron Ralph, East Perth's Tom Jervis and Mandurah import Taylor Land were all close to making the list.

Article by Jacob Kagi
Courtesy of: http://www.sbl.asn.au/



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
Championship
 1. Minsk-2006 25-1 
 2. Grodno-93 23-3 
 3. Rubon 13-13 
 4. Minsk-2006 II 9-17 
Play-Out
 1. BGUIR-RTI 11-16 
 2. SBK Osipovichi 10-15 
 3. Sozh Gomel 0-26 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

Championship

Apr. 10: Grodno-93 - Minsk-2006 II 96-61
Apr. 10: Minsk-2006 - Rubon 106-77

Play-Out

Apr. 10: SBK Osipovichi - BGUIR-RTI 85-71

Second Stage: Round 3

Championship

Apr. 13: Grodno-93 - Minsk-2006
Apr. 13: Minsk-2006 II - Rubon

Play-Out

Apr. 13: Sozh Gomel - SBK Osipovichi


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.19.6 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.16.7 
 3. Matyukevych, Grod.16.1 
 4. Mishukov, SBK O.15.0 
 5. Ignatchik, Minsk-.14.7 
 6. Maze, Minsk-200614.2 
 7. Knox, Minsk-200613.8 
 8. Patupchyk, Sozh G.13.8 
 9. Sugoniako, BG.13.4 
 10. Charykau, SBK O.12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.11.8 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.9.4 
 3. Zakhar, BG.8.8 
 4. Mishukov, SBK O.8.0 
 5. Krisevich, Minsk-.7.8 
 6. Kojenets, Minsk.6.8 
 7. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.6 
 8. Ovsepian, Rubon6.6 
 9. Matyukevych, Grod.6.3 
 10. Knox, Minsk-20065.7 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  SBK O.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Charykau, SBK O.5.1 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.1 
 3. Akulich, Rubon4.7 
 4. Kudrautsau, Minsk.4.0 
 5. Maze, Minsk-20063.8 
 6. Papruha, BG.2.8 
 7. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.8 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-932.6 
 9. Sitnik, SBK O.2.3 
 10. Nakic, Minsk-20.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  SBK O.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Charykau, SBK O.2.4 
 2. Akulich, Rubon2.4 
 3. Zakhar, BG.2.3 
 4. Ovsepian, Rubon2.1 
 5. Papruha, BG.2.0 
 6. Sitnik, SBK O.2.0 
 7. Sapegin, Rubon1.8 
 8. Patupchyk, Sozh G.1.7 
 9. Malkov, Rubon1.6 
 10. Yafremov, Grodn.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Vadim MATYUKEVYCH
  Grodn.
  (208-C-80)
  Avg: 0
 1. Matyukevych, Grod.0.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Mastou, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Vergun, Minsk-20060.0 
 5. Malyavko, Minsk-20.0.0 
 6. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 7. Malkov, Rubon0.0 
 8. Trastsinetsk., Min.0.0 
 9. Malakhau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 10. Svirydov, SBK O.0.0 


Premier League Round 2: LSBL Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in Premier League.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked BGUIR-RTI (11-16) on the court of second ranked SBK Osipovichi on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by SBK Osipovichi 85-71. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in League. BGUIR-RTI was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 28-11 charge of SBK Osipovichi, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 BGUIR-RTI turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by BGUIR-RTI helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (184-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Swingman Genniadiy Zakhar (198-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for BGUIR-RTI. SBK Osipovichi maintains second position in League with 10-15 record having sixteen points less than leader Minsk-2006. BGUIR-RTI at the other side still keeps top place with 16 games lost. SBK Osipovichi are looking forward to face Sozh Gomel (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BGUIR-RTI will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Minsk-2006 (25-1) which hosted in Minsk 3rd ranked Rubon (13-13). First ranked Minsk-2006 had an easy win 106-77. American guard Bobby Maze (191-86, college: Tennessee) scored 31 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau chipped in 21 points and 5 assists during the contest. Guard Siarhei Sapegin (195-84) responded with 20 points. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 25-1 record. Rubon at the other side keeps the third place with 13 games lost. Minsk-2006 will play against league's second-placed Grodno-93 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rubon will play against Minsk-2006 II and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Grodno-93 (23-3) which hosted in Grodno 4th ranked Minsk-2006 II (9-17). Second ranked Grodno-93 had an easy win 96-61. Vadim Matyukevych notched 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 13 points and 5 rebounds by Maksim Shustau did not help to save the game for Minsk-2006 II. Grodno-93 maintains second position in League with 23-3 record having just two points less than leader Minsk-2006. Newly promoted Minsk-2006 II keeps the fourth place with 17 games lost. Grodno-93 will meet at home league's leader Minsk-2006 in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Minsk-2006 II will play against Rubon in Vitebsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Championship
Minsk-2006 - Rubon 106-77

An interesting game for Minsk-2006 (25-1) which hosted in Minsk 3rd ranked Rubon (13-13). First ranked Minsk-2006 had an easy win 106-77. The game without a history. Minsk-2006 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 62.3 percent from the field. Minsk-2006 had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American guard Bobby Maze (191-86, college: Tennessee) scored 31 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-80) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists during the contest. Five Minsk-2006 players scored in double figures. Guard Siarhei Sapegin (195-84) responded with 20 points and forward Dmitri Shilovich (200-89) scored 15 points. Rubon's coach Ruslan Baidakov gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 25-1 record. Rubon at the other side keeps the third place with 13 games lost. Minsk-2006 will play against league's second-placed Grodno-93 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rubon will play against Minsk-2006 II and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Minsk-2006: B.Maze 31+6reb+6ast, A.Kudrautsau 21+4reb+5ast, J.Sinica 14+5reb+3ast, A.Fomin 14+5reb+2ast, A.Kojenets 12+14reb+2ast, A.Lashkevich 10+5reb
Rubon: S.Sapegin 20+4reb+3ast, D.Shilovich 15+4reb+2ast, A.Malkov 8+7reb, M.Ovsepian 8+7reb, D.Sivalko 8+8reb, D.Akulich 7+3reb+6ast
gschID: 173751


Grodno-93 - Minsk-2006 II 96-61

An interesting game for Grodno-93 (23-3) which hosted in Grodno 4th ranked Minsk-2006 II (9-17). Second ranked Grodno-93 had an easy win 96-61. The game without a history. Grodno-93 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Minsk-2006 II's 30. They outrebounded Minsk-2006 II 43-31 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) notched 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and forward Yuri Hlebovich (203-83) supported him with 13 points. Grodno-93's coach Andrei Vasileuka felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 13 points and 5 rebounds by the former international guard Maksim Shustau (184-86) did not help to save the game for Minsk-2006 II. Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) added 10 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Grodno-93 maintains second position in League with 23-3 record having just two points less than leader Minsk-2006. Newly promoted Minsk-2006 II keeps the fourth place with 17 games lost. Grodno-93 will meet at home league's leader Minsk-2006 in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Minsk-2006 II will play against Rubon in Vitebsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: V.Matyukevych 21+2reb, Y.Hlebovich 13+4reb+1ast, S.Ovdeenko 12+3reb+3ast, V.Korzh 11+3reb+1ast, K.Yafremov 9+6reb+1ast, P.Shuleyko 9+8reb+1ast
Minsk-2006 II: M.Shustau 13+5reb+1ast, R.Rutkauskas 10+7reb+1ast, A.Semianiuk 10+6reb, V.Nakic 9+1reb+1ast, A.Sharamet 9+5reb, V.Krisevich 6+1reb
gschID: 173752


Play-Out
SBK Osipovichi - BGUIR-RTI 85-71

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked BGUIR-RTI (11-16) on the court of second ranked SBK Osipovichi on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by SBK Osipovichi 85-71. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in League. BGUIR-RTI was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 28-11 charge of SBK Osipovichi, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 BGUIR-RTI turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by BGUIR-RTI helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international point guard Siarhei Charykau (184-82, college: Yakima Valley CC) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Swingman Genniadiy Zakhar (198-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Kiril Volodkin added 14 points in the effort for BGUIR-RTI. Five SBK Osipovichi and four BGUIR-RTI players scored in double figures. SBK Osipovichi maintains second position in League with 10-15 record having sixteen points less than leader Minsk-2006. BGUIR-RTI at the other side still keeps top place with 16 games lost. SBK Osipovichi are looking forward to face Sozh Gomel (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BGUIR-RTI will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
SBK Osipovichi: S.Charykau 26+5reb+10ast, K.Sitnik 17+2reb+2ast, S.Vabischevich 12+2reb+3ast, Y.Mishukov 11+4reb+1ast, I.Sharipov 10+9reb+1ast, V.Skidan 4+3reb
BGUIR-RTI: G.Zakhar 15+10reb+4ast, K.Volodkin 14+4reb+3ast, E.Sugoniako 13+7reb, Y.Ignatiev 10+7reb+1ast, A.Hrumiantsau 9+2reb, A.Kuzmitski 7+7reb
gschID: 173750



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  BELGIUM   


Aalstar beats Antwerp 96-89 in OT thriller, wins the Cup - by Eurobasket News

Generali Okapi Aalstar - Port of Antwerp Giants 96-89 OT

Generali Okapi Aalstar is the 2012 Cup winner in Belgium. They outplayed Port of Antwerp Giants 96-89 in the Big Final, which was held yesterday at Lotto Arena in Antwerp. It was a heartbreaking thriller and Aalstar needed an overtime to take the trophy. Kevin Kruger (186-G-83, college: UNLV) was a key player in victory with 31 points (MVP). Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) secured a great help with double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) added 16 points and 8 rebs. Nate Fox (206-F/C-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Maine) helped his team with 12 points. In the loosing squad, Timothy Black (178-PG-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC) scored 19 points Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) had 18 pts, plus 7 rebounds. Salah Mejri (216-C-86) registered double-double of 16 points and 11 rebs. Aalstar made impressive 24-10 in the last quarter, including Kevin Krugers basket which sent the game to OT. Aalstar eliminated Leuven Bears in the Semifinals. In the QFinals they knocked down BBC Kangoeroes.

Aalstar: Kevin Kruger 31, Christopher Young 17+11 boards, Christopher Copeland 16+8 boards, Nate Fox 12
Antwerp: Timothy Black 19, Darnell Wilson 18+7 boards, Salah Mejri 16+11 boards



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Standings - BIH League

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

Second Stage: Round 6

Apr. 10: Igokea - Mladost 83-60
Apr. 10: Capljina - Varda HE 81-69
Apr. 10: Bosna - Siroki WWin 63-84

Second Stage: Round 7

Apr. 14: Bosna - Igokea
Apr. 14: Siroki WWin - Capljina
Apr. 14: Varda HE - Mladost



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Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 23-2 
 2. Levski Sofia 20-5 
 3. Rilski Sportist 16-9 
 4. Tundja Yambol 15-10 
 5. Cherno More 10-15 
 6. Balkan 8-17 
 7. Spartak Pleven 5-20 
 8. Chernomorets 3-22 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 10: Tundja Yambol - Chernomorets 87-56
Apr. 10: Rilski Sportist - Balkan 77-61
Apr. 10: Cherno More - Lukoil Academik 55-107
Apr. 10: Levski Sofia - Spartak Pleven 116-86

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 13: Chernomorets - Levski Sofia
Apr. 13: Lukoil Academik - Tundja Yambol
Apr. 13: Spartak Pleven - Rilski Sportist
Apr. 13: Balkan - Cherno More


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Harper, Levski S.20.2 
 2. Yanev, Cherno More17.7 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.17.6 
 4. Stankov, Spartak17.0 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Ril.15.6 
 6. Pavlovski, Chernom.15.4 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja15.4 
 8. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.3 
 9. Dunovic, Chernomo.15.2 
 10. Mirkovic, Rilski15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.11.1 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.10.1 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.9 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.6 
 5. Georgiev, Levski S.6.5 
 6. Marojevic, Balkan6.5 
 7. Todorov, Spartak6.4 
 8. Marintchechk., Bal.6.4 
 9. Zahariev, Rilski S.6.1 
 10. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.7 
 2. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.4 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.4.9 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.6 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.3 
 6. Filipov, Balkan3.6 
 7. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.4 
 8. Hall, Levski Sofia3.3 
 9. Govedarov, Tundja3.3 
 10. Durchev, Tundja Y.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.2 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 3. Dunovic, Chernomo.2.0 
 4. Roshmanov, Cherno.2.0 
 5. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.8 
 6. Harper, Levski S.1.7 
 7. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 8. Zhelev, Cherno M.1.6 
 9. Durchev, Tundja Y.1.6 
 10. Filipov, Balkan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kiril PAVLOVSKI
  Chernomo.
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.1 
 2. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.0 
 3. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 4. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 5. Martin, Balkan0.7 
 6. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 
 7. Marojevic, Balkan0.6 
 8. Gocevski, Tundja Y.0.6 
 9. Aleksov, Chernomo.0.6 
 10. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.6 


NBL Round 25: Leader Lukoil Academik gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

Leader Lukoil Academik delivered the twentieth third win on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (10-15) 107-55 in Varna. The game without a history. Lukoil Academik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Euroins Cherno More's 32. Lukoil Academik had a 26-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. Lukoil Academik looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Euroins Cherno More's players. The former international guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston) fired 23 points and 6 assists for the winners. FYR Macedonian forward Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Nikolay Kolev (204-88) produced 15 points for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lukoil Academik (23-2) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Lukoil Academik are looking forward to face Tundja Yambol (#4) at home in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Balkan was defeated by Rilski Sportist in Samokov 77-61. Tundja Yambol smashed Chernomorets at home 87-56. Spartak Pleven was destroyed by Levski Sofia on the opponent's court 116-86.
The best stats of 25th round was 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 6 assists by Aaron Harper of Levski Sofia.


Cherno More - Lukoil Academik 55-107
Leader Lukoil Academik delivered the twentieth third win on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (10-15) 107-55 in Varna. The game without a history. Lukoil Academik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Euroins Cherno More's 32. Lukoil Academik had a 26-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. Lukoil Academik looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Euroins Cherno More's players. The former international guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston) fired 23 points and 6 assists for the winners. FYR Macedonian forward Damjan Stojanovski (197-87) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Power forward Nikolay Kolev (204-88) produced 15 points and guard Vasil Kyosev (195-90) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lukoil Academik (23-2) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Euroins Cherno More at the other side keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Lukoil Academik are looking forward to face Tundja Yambol (#4) at home in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: A.Owens 23+4reb+6ast, V.Veselinov 16+3reb+2ast, D.Stojanovski 14+6reb+4ast, L.Mack 12+5reb, B.Sundov 9+4reb+4ast, P.Marinov 8+1reb+1ast
Cherno More: N.Kolev 15+4reb+1ast, J.Hunt 11+1reb+3ast, V.Kyosev 10+5reb+3ast, G.Davidov 6+2reb, T.Zhelev 5+1reb+1ast, S.Tsonkov 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 140037


Rilski Sportist - Balkan 77-61
There was no surprise in Samokov where 6th ranked Balkan (8-17) was defeated by third ranked Rilski Sportist (16-9) 77-61 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Balkan managed to win fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rilski Sportist looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Hristo Zahariev (200-90) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Dimitar Marintchechki (201-90, agency: Dynamics Global Management) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and guard Dimitar Filipov (185-89) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rilski Sportist maintains third place with 16-9 record having seven points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Balkan lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 17 games lost. Rilski Sportist are looking forward to face Spartak Pleven (#7) on the road in the next round. Balkan will play against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: F.Vukosavljevic 14+8reb+3ast, H.Zahariev 14+6reb+2ast, B.Mirkovic 11+3reb+6ast, S.Vaklinov 10+6reb, M.Marinov 9+1reb, S.Mijajlovic 8+4reb+3ast
Balkan: D.Filipov 13+4ast, L.Lilov 11+3reb+2ast, E.Binev 11+3reb, D.Marintchechki 10+11reb+1ast, I.Martin 7+8reb, S.Marinov 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 140038


Tundja Yambol - Chernomorets 87-56
No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Tundja Yambol (15-10) smashed at home bottom-ranked Chernomorets (3-22) 87-56 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Tundja Yambol led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Chernomorets' 30. Tundja Yambol forced 24 Chernomorets turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tundja Yambol made 9 blocks. Guard Martin Durchev (200-87) fired 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Stanislav Govedarov (185-80) chipped in 21 points. Slovenian guard Dejan Dunovic (193-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced 15 points and 4 assists and FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tundja Yambol maintains fourth place with 15-10 record. Loser Chernomorets stay dead last with 22 lost games. Tundja Yambol are looking forward to face league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chernomorets will play at home against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia (#2) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Tundja Yambol: S.Govedarov 21+1reb+3ast, M.Durchev 20+3reb+2ast, M.Jefferson 9+2reb+2ast, J.Ofoegbu 9+7reb, J.Radionov 8+2reb+5ast, S.Cholakov 7+4reb+2ast
Chernomorets: D.Dunovic 15+4reb+4ast, K.Pavlovski 9+9reb, T.Zahariev 8+2reb+1ast, D.Roshmanov 5+2reb+1ast, K.Koev 5+4reb+2ast, H.Gospodinov 4
gschID: 140035


Levski Sofia - Spartak Pleven 116-86
Very expected game when 7th ranked Spartak Pleven (5-20) was rolled over on the road by second ranked Levski Sofia (20-5) 116-86 on Tuesday. Spartak Pleven trailed 52-49 at halftime, rallying from a 34-20 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Levski Sofia dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 38. Levski Sofia forced 23 Spartak Pleven turnovers and outrebounded them 38-17 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Levski Sofia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) fired 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Marcus Hall (185-85, college: Colorado) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Todor Todorov (198-82) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and guard Aleksandar Dyakovski (185-82) added 17 points and 10 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Levski Sofia maintains second place with 20-5 record having just three points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Spartak Pleven keeps the seventh position with 20 games lost. Levski Sofia are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Chernomorets (#8) in Burgas in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Spartak Pleven will play at home against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: A.Harper 33+7reb+6ast, M.Hall 23+4reb+5ast, S.Georgiev 15+9reb+1ast, D.Anguelov 14+2reb+2ast, J.Bozov 7+1reb, Z.Georgiev 6+1reb+3ast
Spartak Pleven: T.Todorov 25+10reb+2ast, V.Georgiev 22+1reb+2ast, R.Sofroniev 18+2reb+1ast, A.Dyakovski 17+10ast, T.Ostrev 4+2reb+2ast, K.Hristov 0+1ast



Atrong second half for win number 20 for Levski - by Valentin Anguelov

Strong second half brought the victory to the mens team of Levski in round 25 of the National Basketball League in Bulgaria. Today their opponent in 'Hristo Botev' hall in Sofia was Spartak Pleven. At the half time break the boys of coach Titi Papazov led by only 3 points (52-49) but finally reached 30 points victory - 116-86 in favor of 'blues' . This was victory number 20 in the championship for Levski with only five losses. This record will secure second place for Levski in the final standings of the regular season and they already know their opponent in the first round of the playoffs, namely ... Spartak Pleven.

Levski started better the match and after a series of 12 consecutive points at the beginning quicly managed double-digit lead. After ten minutes they were ahead by 34-20. In the second quarter the visitors made good run and reduced off the deficit to 52-49.

At the beginning of the third quarter the guests even cut the lead down to just 1 point and had a chance to go ahead but that was all they did in this match. Levski leaped strongly in defense and offense as well and quickly jumped all over their opponent. Eventually, the match was decided by the end of the third quarter, which ended 87-64 in favor of 'The blues'. 23 points advantage, which gave more freedom to the boys and Levski in the last ten minutes closed the meeting for the final plus 30 in their favor - 116-86.

Strong game for Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi), who became the top scorer in the game with 33 points. Marcus Hall added 23 and Stefan Georgiev and Dimitar Angelov finished with 15 and 14 points.

For the guests from Pleven Todor Todorov scored 25 points but only 2 of them in the second half.

This coming Friday again at 18.00 in 'Hristo Botev' in Sofia Levski will play versus Chernomorets Burgas in a match from round 26 of the league. Before this, on Thursday they will keep their fingers crossed for women Levski in the third semifinal playoff game against the team of Dunav Rouse. The game is at'Triaditsa' Hall with tip off at 16:00 clock on April 12.



Beroe finished 20/20 season with a Cup - by Maria Mitzova

Division A champion BC Beroe Stara Zagora ended the season on a high note, getting one more trophy and a 20th win in a row. Beroe finished unbeaten and won the Cup Final 4 tournament in that division. The other three contestants were Overgas Sofia, Academic Blagoevgrad and Academik Plovdiv.
BC Beroe Stara Zagora beat Academik Plovdiv in the semifinal, while Academic Blagoevgrad crushed the young squad of Overgas Sofia.
In the final, BC Beroe Stara Zagora won 83-66 to Academic Blagoevgrad, without much hesitation.


GAME STATS

Individual awards:
MVP - Sergey Tsvetkov (196-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances) (BC Beroe Stara Zagora)
Topscorer - Dimitar Horozov (198-F-82) (Academik Plovdiv)
Most rebounds - Martin Horozov (200-F-86) (Academik Plovdiv)
Most assists - Ventsislav Petkov (188-G-91) (Academic Blagoevgrad)
Most steals - Planimir Dafinov (181-PG-92) (BC Beroe Stara Zagora)



Ilia Stankov - Player of the Month for March - by Maria Mitzova

BC Spartak Pleven leader Ilia Stankov (198-F-76) received the award for Player of the Month for March in NBL. Stankov deserved the award with his high index in all the games throughout the month. Here's what Stankov had so say on the award ceremony on Tuesday:

I would like to share the award with my teammates, because they are the ones, always trying to make it work, despite all the difficulties.

Of course we have ambitions about the playoffs, but it's not only up to us. Levski will be the favorite, the things between the two clubs are incomparable.

No matter the circumstances, every player steps out on the court wanting to win. And our main goal is to entertain the crowd, even if we don't win.

I am not an young player, I don't have many options to move, so I guess I will stick with
BC Spartak Pleven next season again.



Hristo Nikolov selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza), who plays in the Hungarian A Division. Nikolov could not help one of league's weakest teams Szolnok (21-5) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Szolnok was defeated 78-71 on the road by the second-ranked Albacomp. Nikolov was the second best scorer with 17 points. He also added 7 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. It's Nikolov's first season with the team. Nikolov has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 61.2%(120-196), 3FGP: 29.8% and FT: 72.1%. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Nikolov played also for the Bulgarian national team in 2010.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket). He managed to help Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus in a victory against the sixth-ranked Kavala (12-11) crushing them 85-60 in the Greek A1 on Thursday night. Antic recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 10 minutes. Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (22-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 19th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Antic averages: 6.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 26.0% and FT: 77.5% in the 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Former PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia starter played for the Bulgarian national team in 2010.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St.), who plays in the Russian PBL. Blakney was not able to help Lokomotiv (9-7) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance Lokomotiv was defeated 96-87 in Krasnoyarsk by the one of league's weakest teams Enisey (#9). Blakney scored 10 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Blakney's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 35.1%, 3FGP: 43.9% and FT: 75.0%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Blakney played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Bulgarian national team in 2007. Strangely Blakney has never played in Bulgaria.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #4. Swingman Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) was not able to secure a victory for Olin Edirne (7-19) in their game against Mersin (10-16) in the Turkish TBL, despite his very good performance last Saturday. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Videnov also added 6 passes in 38 minutes. But Olin Edirne lost 83-91 in Akdeniz to the higher-ranked (#10) Mersin. It was Olin Edirne's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Videnov has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.0apg in the 19 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Videnov is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #5. International power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by Beo Basket) couldn't help Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (11-15) in their game against Armani Milano (16-10) in the Italian SerieA. Despite his good performance on Monday night He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. Ivanov is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. Despite Ivanov played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #6. Swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) led his FYR Macedonian team Feni Indistrija to a 1-point victory over the second-ranked Mornar Bar (6-4) 83-82 in the Balkan League in Tuesday night's game. Lilov was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and added 5 passes in 33 minutes. Feni Indistrija Kavadarci (5-5) is placed fourth in group B. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Lilov is currently first on the list of top scorers with 18.8ppg. He also averaged so far 3.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg in the eight games. Despite Lilov played previously for the USA national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #7. Former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana) was the major contributor in Cajasol's victory against the 13th-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (11-17) 74-66 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Calloway recorded 11 points and added 5 passes. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (15-13) is placed eighth in the ACB. Calloway's overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Calloway played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster. Apparently Calloway has never played in Bulgaria.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #8. Center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Telekom Baskets (15-14) 87-69 in the German BBL on Saturday night. He scored 8 points, had 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 24 minutes. FC Bayern Muenchen (18-12) is placed sixth in the BBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Homan belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4 with 7.6rpg. This year his other stats are: 13.4ppg, 2.0apg and 1.3bpg in the 21 games. Homan is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Homan is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Kee Kee Clark
Kee Kee Clark
   #9. Former international point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the seventh-ranked CS Bologna (15-11) 71-66 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. Clark recorded 8 points and added 5 passes. Umana Venezia (16-10) is placed third in the SerieA. Clark has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg. Clark is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Clark is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #10. Guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) couldn't help Unicaja Malaga (14-14) in their game against Assignia Manresa (13-15) in the Spanish ACB. Rowland recorded only 4 points in 19 minutes. Unicaja Malaga lost 81-96 in Manresa to the lower-ranked (#11) Assignia. This year Rowland's overall stats are: 5.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.5apg in the 26 games. He is a naturalized American. Rowland is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, another player represented by Global Sports Plaza, college: Louisville) couldn't help Stade Clermont in their game against Charleville-Mezieres in the French NM1 (third division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Naydenov was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 3 steals (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). Naydenov has reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg and 2.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Naydenov is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

   #12. Former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, another player represented by Global Sports Plaza) contributed to a 1-point Torus Skopje's victory against the league leader MZT Skopje 78-77 in a derby game in the FYR Macedonian Superleague in Saturday night's game. He scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 34 minutes. Karadzovski belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #7) and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.7apg and 1.1spg in the 28 games. Despite Karadzovski played previously for the FYR Macedonian national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

   #13. International guard Chavdar Kostov (196-88, another player represented by Interperformances) faced previously mentioned Pero Antic in the Greek A1 last game. Kostov couldn't help Kavala in their game against Olympiakos. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Kostov recorded only 3 points. His team was crushed by 25 points 85-60. His total stats this season are: 6.1ppg and 2.8rpg. Kostov is also Bulgarian national team player.

   #14. International forward Aleksandar Yanev (203-90, another player represented by Interperformances) is a teammate of previously mentioned Chavdar Kostov and both played together in the last Greek A1 game. Yanev couldn't help Kavala in their game against Olympiakos. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Yanev recorded only 3 points in 11 minutes. His team was crushed by 25 points 85-60. This year his total stats are: 3.0ppg and 1.5rpg in the two games. Yanev plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #15. International point guard Willie Deane (188-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) couldn't help Asefa Estudiantes in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in the Spanish ACB. He scored only 4 points. His team was defeated 76-72. Deane has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Deane is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team. He used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

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

   #1. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.), who plays in the French ProA could not help Chalon/Saor (20-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Chalon/Saor lost in an overtime 99-109 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#10) JSF Nanterre. Evtimov recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 41 minutes. This year Evtimov averages: 9.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in the 24 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and French. Despite Evtimov's Bulgarian passport, he currently plays for the French national team and is not eligible to play for the Bulgarian team.



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Luc Mbah a Moute selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA). He contributed to a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (18-36) 107-98 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Mbah a Moute scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 36 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 27-29 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Mbah a Moute's fourth year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 7.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 51.4% and FT: 67.0% in the 38 games he played so far. Mbah a Moute is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown), who plays in the French ProA. He could not help Sluc Nancy (16-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite Samnick's good performance Sluc Nancy was crushed 83-61 on the road by the leading Gravelines-Dunkerque. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Samnick also added 5 rebounds. This season Samnick averages: 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 55.3%(89-161), 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 65.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Despite Samnick played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA). Aboya led Final Genclik to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Akhisar Bld (20-15) 94-92 in the Turkish TB2L (second division) on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 14 rebounds. Aboya also added 2 blocks and 3 steals in 27 minutes. Final Spor Genclik Bursa (24-11) is placed sixth in the TB2L. 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. This year Aboya has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 11.1rpg, 1.4bpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 46.5% and FT: 70.6% in the nine games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Aboya is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Aldo Curti
Aldo Curti
   #4. Point guard Aldo Curti (180-87) was not able to help Limoges CSP Elite (22-7) in their game against Chalons-Reims (20-9) in the French ProB (second division). He scored 6 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. Limoges CSP Elite was defeated 82-77 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Chalons-Reims (#3). Curti's overall stats this season are: 5.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Despite Curti played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #5. International shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-77) was not able to secure a victory for Aix-Maurienne (18-11) in their game against ALM Evreux (14-15) in the French ProB (second division). Ekanga-Ehawa scored 9 points in 26 minutes. But Aix-Maurienne was edged 82-80 in Evreux by the lower-ranked (#11) ALM Evreux. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Ekanga-Ehawa has reliable stats this year: 12.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.2apg in the 29 games. He has both Cameroonian and French nationalities. Despite Ekanga-Ehawa played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Brice Vounang
Brice Vounang
   #6. Power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) led Etendard de Brest to a victory against the closely-ranked Vendee Challans (14-16) 90-76 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Vounang recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. Etendard de Brest (16-14) is placed ninth in the NM1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Vounang's first season with the team. His stats this year are: 10.6ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.3apg. Despite Vounang played previously for the French national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Cameroonian National Team roster.

Michel Ipouck
Michel Ipouck
   #7. International forward Michel Ipouck (199-86) helped Chartres win their game against the closely-ranked Vendee Challans (14-16) crushing them 90-65 in the French NM1 (third division) in Tuesday night's game. Ipouck scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. Union Basket Chartres Metropole (12-18) is placed 14th in the NM1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Ipouck's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg in the 29 games. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Ipouck is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Talba Toudjani
Talba Toudjani
   #8. Forward Talba Toudjani (201-80) helped Energy Invest win their game against the league outsider Batumi (2-17) 82-73 in the Georgian Superleague last Thursday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 14 rebounds. Energy Invest Rustavi (0-0) is placed in the Superleague. Toudjani's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Toudjani averaged so far 11.8ppg, 11.9rpg and 3.0apg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Toudjani is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Gaston Moliva
Gaston Moliva
   #9. International forward Gaston Moliva (202-85, college: Richmond) helped Chiba Jets win their game against the sixth-ranked Shimane Magic (25-22) 91-87 in the Japanese BJ League on Saturday night. He scored 6 points in 16 minutes. Chiba Jets (17-29) are placed eighth in Eastern group. This year Moliva's total stats are: 4.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3bpg in the 46 games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Moliva is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #10. Guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89) couldn't help STB Le Havre (7-16) in their game against Strasbourg IG (11-14) in the French ProA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Pitard recorded only 2 points. STB Le Havre was defeated 86-77 in Strasbourg by the higher-ranked Strasbourg IG (#9). Pitard has been at the team for five years. This season he averages just 0.9ppg. Pitard is an international player who is currently on the senior Cameroonian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Jacques Wampfler (194-83) couldn't help SPO Rouen in their game against Bordeaux in the French ProB (second division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Wampfler scored only 1 points in 10 minutes. His team lost 86-90. This year he averages just 1.2ppg in the six games. Wampfler used to play for the Cameroonian national team five years ago.



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Andrew Wiggins shines at 2012 Nike Hoop Summit - by Eurobasket News

Andrew Wiggins (202-F-95) demonstrated wonderful performance at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit. The event was held on Saturday night at the Rose Garden in Portland. Wiggins stepped up with 20 points and 7 rebounds leading his World Select Team to 84-75 win over the USA Junior National Select Team. World Team got to a flying start. They posted a 21:14 lead at the first break. World Team erupted for 31 points in the second quarter to secure an 18-point advantage at halftime 52:34. USA bounced back in the third quarter. Led by Shabazz Muhammad (198-G/F-93) the hosts cut the distance to 9-point mark. But World Select managed to keep the US opponents at bay throughout the fourth frame earning victory at the end. Wang Zhelin (213-C-94) posted 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) added 13 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory. Kyle Anderson chipped in 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the USA. Andrew Wiggins played for the Canadian U17 National Team two years ago. He helped them win the Bronze at the World Championships U17 in Hamburg. For 8 games at this event Wiggins had 8.1 ppg and 3.3 rpg.
The other Canadian at 2012 Nike Hoop Summit Anthony Bennett (201-F-93) had 7 points and 11 rebounds for the World Select Team.



Steve Nash's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Canadians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara). He was the major contributor in a Phoenix Suns' victory against the Sacramento Kings (19-38) 109-100 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Nash had a double-double by scoring 18 points and making 12 passes. He also added 6 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. The Phoenix Suns have 30-27 record this season. It's Nash's eighth year with the team. Nash has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 11.1apg, 2FGP: 58.8%(213-362), 3FGP: 40.5% and FT: 88.6% in the 53 games he played so far. Nash played for the Canadian senior national team nine years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #2. Second place goes to former U19 international forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (18-36) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Thompson's very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers were defeated in an overtime 122-117 on the road by the New Jersey Nets. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Thompson also added 2 blocks. It's Thompson's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 8.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 44.4% and FT: 52.9%. Thompson played for the Canadian U19 national team in 2009.

Matt Bonner
Matt Bonner
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Matt Bonner (206-80, college: Florida). He contributed to a 1-point San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Boston Celtics (32-24) 87-86 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Bonner had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 21 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 40-15 record this season. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Bonner is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Spurs' roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 7.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 44.1% and FT: 76.2% in the 53 games. Bonner is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Bonner played also for the Canadian national team in 2009.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #4. Power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona) led Triumph Lyubertsy to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Enisey Krasnoyarsk (2-14) 91-73 in the Russian PBL in Friday night's game. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Triumph Lyubertsy (9-5) is placed third in the PBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Landry belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.8apg. Despite Landry played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #5. Former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall) led Houston Rockets to a victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (36-22) 112-107 in the NBA last Friday. Dalembert recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. The Houston Rockets have 32-25 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Dalembert has reliable stats this year: 8.0ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.7bpg in the 57 games. He has a dual citizenship: Haitian and Canadian. Despite Dalembert played previously for the Haitian national team, he is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Joel Anthony
Joel Anthony
   #6. Center Joel Anthony (206-82, college: UNLV) was not able to help the Miami Heat (40-15) in their game against the Memphis Grizzlies (33-23) in the NBA. Anthony recorded 7 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Miami Heat was defeated 97-82 at home by the Grizzlies. Anthony has been at the team for four years. His overall stats this season are: 3.1ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3bpg. Despite Anthony played previously for the Haitian national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

Omar El Turk
Omar El Turk
   #7. International guard Omar El Turk (188-81, college: Dawson Coll.) led Al Riyadi to a victory over the sixth-ranked Byblos (10-17) crushing them 113-88 in the Lebanese Division A in Thursday night's game. El Turk was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and added 4 assists in 25 minutes. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (24-3) is placed second in the Division A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Second Stage already ended. El Turk plays eighth season for the team. This year El Turk's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.3apg in the 23 games. Despite he played previously for the Lebanese national team, El Turk is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Sean Denison
Sean Denison
   #8. Power forward Sean Denison (211-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Santa Clara) contributed to a Spartak Primorie Vladivostok's victory against the league outsider BC Nizhny Novgorod (2-14) 91-80 in the Russian PBL last Thursday. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (7-8) is placed sixth in the PBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Denison averaged so far 11.0ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg. Despite he played previously for the Lebanese national team, Denison is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Stephen Janzen
Stephen Janzen
   #9. Former international guard Stephen Janzen (191-82), who plays in the German ProB (third division) was not able to secure a victory for Hannover Tigers (19-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Hannover Tigers lost 78-82 in Vechta to the lower-ranked (#3) SC Rasta in the Group North. Janzen was the top scorer with 31 points in 36 minutes. Janzen's stats this year are: 14.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg in the 33 games. Despite he played previously for the German national team, Janzen is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Greg Surmacz
Greg Surmacz
   #10. Forward Greg Surmacz (203-86, also represented by Interperformances) helped AZS Koszalin win their game against the eighth-ranked LKS Sphinx (6-30) crushing them 94-67 in the Polish PLK in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 17 points. AZS Koszalin (20-16) is placed second in Group B. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Surmacz's total stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 2.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Surmacz is also a former university international player as three years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former University international guard Garry Gallimore (192-84), who plays in the Romanian Division A couldn't help CSM Bucuresti (19-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance CSM Bucuresti was badly defeated 85-66 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#4) Ploiesti. Gallimore was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 35 minutes. Gallimore is currently eighth on the list of top scorers with 18.2ppg. This year he also averages: 4.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg in the 29 games. Despite Gallimore played previously for the Jamaican national team, he is currently in the Canadian university national team roster.

   #12. Former international guard Ali Mahmoud (185-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk and both played together in the last Lebanese Division A game. Mahmoud helped Al Riyadi win their game against the sixth-ranked Byblos crushing them 113-88. He scored 10 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Mahmoud is the league's best passer and also on the list of most steals (second place). His total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.5apg and 2.5spg. Despite Mahmoud played previously for the Lebanese national team, he is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

   #13. International forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Blusens Monbus (10-18) in their last game. Despite Kendall's very good performance Blusens Monbus lost 71-79 in Bilbao to the much higher-ranked (#4) Gescrap BB. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Kendall also added 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. This year his total stats are: 9.0ppg and 5.8rpg in the 28 games. Despite Kendall played previously for the Irish national team, he is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

   #14. Former University international forward Ross Bekkering (203-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) helped Nijmegen win their game against the closely-ranked Groningen 83-76 in the Dutch Eredivisie last Monday. Bekkering recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Bekkering is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). This season he has very good stats: 11.4ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.1apg. Despite Bekkering played previously for the Irish national team, he is currently in the Canadian university national team roster.

   #15. Former international power forward Ali Kanaan (205-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Mass.-Lowell) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk. He played also in the last Lebanese Division A game facing Ali Mahmoud (above) in the other team. Kanaan helped Al Riyadi win their game against the sixth-ranked Byblos crushing them 113-88. He scored 8 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 22 minutes. Kanaan has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.3apg in the 24 games. Despite he played previously for the Lebanese national team, Kanaan is currently in the Canadian national team roster.



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Releigh Roughriders tryout dates and information updated - by Bruno Baltazar

If you want to register go to
http://fs18.formsite.com/tlricks1sesgcom/form2/index.html

If you registered online for our first tryout but you didnt participate or missed it at all. No worries because there still plenty of spots open and no one has been signed yet so what are you waiting? If you have what it takes to be a professional basketball player and represent Raleigh, NC and your very own Raleighroughriders! Then you are welcome to our final open tryout April 21st @ 10:30 am to 1pm at the Dream Center but you have to register. Register online for pre-registration at $100 or late registration at the for $125 so save $25 and go to www.sumregister.info and we will see you there! If you have any questions, please call Coach Johnny Tyson (6'11''-F/C-71, college: Cent.Oklahoma) at 919.628.0253. Don't wait too long or spots are filled so signup today and tell a friend.



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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Romain Sato (194-81, college: Xavier). He contributed to a 1-point Panathinaikos' victory against the closely-ranked Panionios (16-6) 82-81 in a derby game in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. Sato recorded 7 points in 19 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Panathinaikos Athens (21-2) is placed second in the A1. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Sato averages: 6.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 32.6% and FT: 57.4% in the 23 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Central African senior national team.

Lionel Bomayako
Lionel Bomayako
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international guard Lionel Bomayako (196-78, college: Fair Dickinson). Bomayako led Orchesien BC to a victory over the seventh-ranked Cognac (18-12) 91-81 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Bomayako scored 29 points (!!!). Orchesien BC (22-8) is placed third in the NM1. 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. This season Bomayako averages only 8.8ppg, 2FGP: 42.9%. He has a dual citizenship: Central African and French. Despite Bomayako played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Central African senior national team.

Martial Gotagni
Martial Gotagni
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Martial Gotagni (190-79). Gotagni was the major contributor in an Le Puy ASMB's surprising victory against the tenth-ranked Lievin Basket (14-16) 74-65 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 34 minutes. ASM Basket Le Puy-en-Velay (5-25) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the NM1. They ended the series of thirteen consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Gotagni's first season with the team. Gotagni has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 50.8%, 3FGP: 30.4% and FT: 64.4% in the 26 games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Gotagni is currently a member of the Central African senior national team.

James Mays
James Mays
   #4. Forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) managed to help Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi to win against the 14th-ranked Olin Edirne (7-19) 91-83 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points. Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (12-10) is placed fourth in the TBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This season Mays has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg and 5.2rpg. He is a naturalized American. Mays is also Central African national team player. Strangely he has never played in Central Africa.

Michael Mokongo
Michael Mokongo
   #5. International point guard Michael Mokongo (180-86) contributed to an overtime Chorale de Roanne's victory against one of league's weakest teams Pau-Lacq-Orthez (6-19) 97-87 in the French ProA last Saturday. Mokongo recorded only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. Chorale de Roanne Basket (13-12) is placed seventh in the ProA. This year Mokongo's overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.4apg in the 21 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Mokongo plays currently for the Central African national team.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #6. Forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79) contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the 13th-ranked STB Le Havre (7-16) 86-77 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Strasbourg IG (11-14) is placed ninth in the ProA. Zianveni's total stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 4.4rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Central African National Team roster.

Stephane Dondon
Stephane Dondon
   #7. Former international forward Stephane Dondon (203-77, college: Virginia), who plays in the French ProB (second division) could not help JA Vichy (7-22) to beat Lille Metropole (16-13). Dondon scored 6 points and added 3 assists in 30 minutes. JA Vichy lost 58-71 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#6) Lille Metropole. It was JA Vichy's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Dondon's total stats are: 4.3ppg and 3.8rpg in the 26 games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Dondon is currently in the Central African national team roster.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Max Kouguere (198-F-87) plays for Le Mans in French ProA
Anicet Lavodrama (203-F-63) plays for Blancos de Rueda in Spanish ACB
Jimmy Djimrabaye (203-F/C-92) plays for JA Vichy in French ProB
Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-F-83) plays for Le Puy ASMB in French NM1
Benjamin M'Boli (199-F-88) plays for Ouest Lyonnais in French NM2
Salomon Sami (190-G-77) plays for Golfe Juan in French NM2
Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-F-83) plays for Marmande in French NM2
Yannick Zachee (194-F-86) plays for Get Vosges in French NM2

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



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Cesar Silva selected the top Colombian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Cesar Silva (190-81). He led Guaiqueries to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Gigantes (17-13) 89-87 in the Venezuelan LPB last Saturday. Silva recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Guaiqueries de Margarita (17-15) is placed fifth in the LPB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Silva averages: 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg. He has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Venezuelan. Despite Silva played previously for the Venezuelan national team, he played also for the Colombian national team in 2010.

Eduardo Torres
Eduardo Torres
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Eduardo Torres (195-81), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB. Torres could not help Panteras (8-22) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Panteras lost 87-96 at home to the higher-ranked (#7) Guaros. Torres was the top scorer with 19 points in 27 minutes. This year Torres' overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.3spg in the 23 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan. Despite Torres played previously for the Venezuelan national team, he played also for the Colombian national team in 2010.

Deivis Ananguren
Deivis Ananguren
   #3. The Colombian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Deivis Ananguren (192-85). Ananguren led Guaros to a victory against the closely-ranked Gaiteros (13-21) 95-86 in the Venezuelan LPB in Sunday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Guaros de Lara (14-18) is placed seventh in the LPB. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Ananguren's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the Venezuelan national team, Ananguren played also for the Colombian national team in 2009.

Fernando Lucena
Fernando Lucena
   #4. Guard Fernando Lucena (185-86), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Toros (5-25) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Toros lost 86-92 on their home court in Maracay to the one of league's weakest teams (#9) Panteras. Lucena scored 14 points in 20 minutes. It was Toros' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Lucena averages only 5.6ppg in the 28 games. He has both Colombian and Venezuelan nationalities. Despite Lucena played previously for the Venezuelan national team, he is currently in the Colombian national team roster.

Jorge Leon
Jorge Leon
   #5. An experienced former international guard Jorge Leon (188-79) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Gigantes (17-13) in their game against Cocodrilos (26-8) in the Venezuelan LPB. Leon scored 8 points. Gigantes was crushed 100-78 on the road by the second-ranked Cocodrilos. Leon's total stats this season are: 3.6ppg and 1.9apg. He also holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan. Despite Leon played previously for the Venezuelan national team, he is currently in the Colombian national team roster.

   #6. Forward Jorge Diaz (195-77) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jorge Leon and both played together in the last Venezuelan LPB game. Diaz couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Gigantes (17-13) in their game against Cocodrilos (26-8). He cannot count it as his best performance. Diaz scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. Gigantes was crushed 100-78 in Caracas by the second-ranked Cocodrilos. This year Diaz averages just 2.4ppg in the 26 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Colombian senior team three years ago.

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

   #1. Jesus Urbina (201-F-84, college: George Mason), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB could not help one of league's weakest teams Toros (5-25) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Toros was edged 95-94 at home by the one of league's weakest teams (#9) Panteras. Urbina recorded 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was Toros' third consecutive loss in a row. Urbina is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.0rpg. He also averaged so far 14.6ppg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg in the 28 games he played so far. Urbina has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Venezuelan. Despite his Colombian passport, Urbina previously played for the Venezuelan national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Colombian team.

Other top Colombian players, who play abroad:

Juan Palacios (204-F/C-85) plays for Gran Canaria 2014 in Spanish ACB
Edgar Moreno (190-G-81) plays for Pioneros in Mexican LNBP
Luis Julio (201-F/C-80) plays for Bucaneros in Venezuelan LPB
Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) plays for Marinos in Venezuelan LPB
Jader Fernandez (197-F-82) plays for Gigantes in Venezuelan LPB
Juan Manaure (188-G-79) plays for Guaros in Venezuelan LPB
Cruz Salcedo (190-G-74) plays for Guaros in Venezuelan LPB
Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) plays for Guaros in Venezuelan LPB
Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) plays for Panteras in Venezuelan LPB

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



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A1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 7

Championship

Apr. 10: Zabok - Cedevita 91-103
Apr. 10: KK Zagreb CO - Cibona 71-85
Apr. 11: Jolly - Zadar
Apr. 11: KK Split - Svjetlost

Play-Out

Apr. 11: Kvarner 2010 - Dubrovnik
Apr. 11: Darda - Krizevci
Apr. 11: Borik - Alkar Sinj


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Mimica, KK Split19.8 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner19.1 
 3. Ross, Jolly17.8 
 4. Vrbanc, Zadar15.8 
 5. Simovic, Kvarner15.4 
 6. Sobin, KK Split14.8 
 7. Stimac, Svjetlost14.5 
 8. Peraica, Darda14.4 
 9. Kruslin, Zabok14.3 
 10. Grgat, Krizevci14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Teo SIMOVIC
  Kvarner .
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Simovic, Kvarner7.6 
 2. Stimac, Svjetlost7.5 
 3. Ivanov, Zadar7.3 
 4. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.9 
 5. Sobin, KK Split6.8 
 6. Peraica, Darda6.6 
 7. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.6 
 8. Vrsaljko, Jolly5.8 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar5.7 
 10. Grgat, Krizevci5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci4.9 
 2. Ross, Jolly4.3 
 3. Subotic, KK Split3.9 
 4. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.7 
 5. Blajic, Kvarner3.7 
 6. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.5 
 7. Tomas, Zabok3.0 
 8. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.8 
 9. Kruslin, Zabok2.7 
 10. Dosen, Dubrovnik2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Kostomaj, Svjet.2.1 
 3. Bicvic, Darda2.1 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner1.7 
 5. Ceskovic, Kvarner1.6 
 6. Zadnik, Zadar1.6 
 7. Sobin, KK Split1.5 
 8. Stimac, Svjetlost1.5 
 9. Sarlija, Borik1.5 
 10. Mimica, KK Split1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marino SARLIJA
  Borik
  (207-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Sarlija, Borik1.4 
 2. Kraljevic, Zabok1.3 
 3. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 4. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Buva, Krizevci0.8 
 6. Vukovic, KK Split0.8 
 7. Kastropil, Zadar0.7 
 8. Sobin, KK Split0.6 
 9. Cakarun, Borik0.5 
 10. Babic, KK Split0.5 


Luka Zoric selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Luka Zoric (211-84), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Unicaja Malaga (14-14) in their last game. Despite Zoric's very good performance Unicaja Malaga lost 81-96 on the road to the lower-ranked (#11) Assignia Manresa. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Zoric also added 7 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. It's Zoric's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 56.0%(122-218) and FT: 61.8% in the 27 games he played so far. Zoric is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC). He was the major contributor in Zalgiris' victory against the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas (18-4) 86-81 in the Lithuanian LKL last Thursday. Popovic recorded 17 points and added 8 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (20-1) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's 20th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Popovic is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league. This season he averages: 8.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 59.5%(22-37), 3FGP: 32.9% and FT: 87.0%. Popovic is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He was not able to help Fenerbahce Ulker (19-7) in their last game. Despite Ukic's very good performance Fenerbahce Ulker lost 75-79 in Balikesir to the higher-ranked (#3) Banvit BK. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Ukic also added 5 passes (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 31 minutes. They ended the series of seven consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Ukic has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.2apg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 71.1% in the 18 games. He played for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Jure Lalic
Jure Lalic
   #4. Center Jure Lalic (212-86), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League was not able to secure a victory for Krka (3-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Lalic's very good performance the third-placed Krka was edged 79-78 in Domzale by the second-ranked Helios in the Championship Group. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Lalic's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team back in 2006.

Jurica Golemac
Jurica Golemac
   #5. An experienced former international forward Jurica Golemac (209-77, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn't help Air Avellino (13-13) in their last game. Despite Golemac's very good performance Air Avellino lost 82-88 in Roma to the lower-ranked (#10) Lottomatica. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Golemac also added 4 steals in 36 minutes. Golemac has reliable stats this year: 11.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in the 26 games. He has a dual citizenship: Slovenian and Croatian. Despite Golemac played previously for the Slovenian national team, he is currently in the Croatian national team roster.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #6. Forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport) led Khimky to a victory against the eighth-ranked Unics Kazan (5-10) 73-65 in the Russian PBL on Thursday night. Loncar recorded 11 points (made all of his five free throws). 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 important. Loncar averaged so far 11.1ppg and 3.1rpg. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Loncar is also a former international player as he played for the Croatian senior team two years ago.

Drazen Bubnic
Drazen Bubnic
   #7. Former U20 international forward Drazen Bubnic (205-86) faced previously mentioned Jure Lalic in the Slovenian Telemach League last game. Bubnic led Helios to a 1-point victory over the third-ranked Krka (3-2) 79-78. He was MVP of the game. Bubnic recorded 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 36 minutes. Bubnic's stats this year are: 12.9ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0apg in the 23 games. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Bubnic is currently in the Croatian U20 national team roster.

Ivan Siriscevic
Ivan Siriscevic
   #8. Swingman Ivan Siriscevic (198-87), who plays in the Romanian Division A couldn't help Timisoara (21-7) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Timisoara was defeated 85-77 in Mures by the lower-ranked Targu (#6). Siriscevic was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 9 rebounds. Siriscevic's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Siriscevic averaged so far 11.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1apg. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Siriscevic is currently in the Croatian U20 national team roster.

Nenad Delic
Nenad Delic
   #9. Former U21 international power forward Nenad Delic (210-84, agency: TSS Management) led Genc Telekom to a 2-point victory over one of league's weakest teams Baskent Genclik (11-24) 71-69 in a derby game in the Turkish TB2L (second division) on Wednesday night. He was the best player in that game. Delic scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds in 37 minutes. Genc Telekom (26-9) is placed third in the TB2L. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Delic is ranked fifth on the list of the top scorers in the league with 18.2ppg. This year his other stats are: 7.0rpg and 1.7apg in the 34 games. Despite Delic played previously for the Slovenian national team, he is currently in the Croatian U21 national team roster.

Drago Pasalic
Drago Pasalic
   #10. Power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) is a teammate of previously mentioned Drazen Bubnic and both played together in the last Slovenian Telemach League game. Pasalic contributed to a 1-point Helios' victory against the third-ranked Krka (3-2) 79-78. He recorded 12 points. Pasalic averaged so far 13.0ppg and 5.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Pasalic is also a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. International center Luksa Andric (210-85, also represented by Beo Basket) managed to help Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul in a victory against the closely-ranked Besiktas 92-81 in a derby game in the Turkish TBL last Monday. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. This year Andric's overall stats are: 7.3ppg and 3.6rpg in the 26 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #12. International forward Igor Maric (196-85), who plays in the Slovenian Telemach League couldn't help the league outsider Sentjur (0-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Maric's very good performance Sentjur (#6) was edged 85-83 at home by the higher-ranked Elektra (#5) in the Championship Group. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Maric is currently sixth on the list of top scorers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg. Despite Maric played previously for the Slovenian national team, he is currently in the Croatian national team roster.

   #13. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86) contributed to an overtime Cimberio Varese's victory against the 13th-ranked Angelico Biella 89-82 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. Stipcevic recorded 12 points in 39 minutes. Stipcevic is currently seventh on the list of best passers with 3.9apg. He also averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3spg in the 26 games. Despite Stipcevic played previously for the Slovenian national team, he is currently in the Croatian national team roster.

   #14. International center Ivica Cvitanovic (207-82), who plays in the Slovakian Extraliga couldn't help Svit (17-15) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Cvitanovic's very good performance Svit was defeated 82-69 on the opponent's court by the leading Komarno. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Cvitanovic's total stats this season are: 4.4ppg and 4.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Cvitanovic is currently in the Croatian national team roster.

   #15. Former international center Jurica Zuza (207-78, another player represented by Alti Sport), who plays in the Turkish TBL couldn't help Tofas (12-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance Tofas was edged 88-87 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#13) Antalya. Zuza scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. He averaged so far 12.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg in the 25 games. Despite Zuza played previously for the Slovenian national team, he is currently in the Croatian national team roster.



Valencia extends coach Perasovic until 2014 - by Eurobasket News

Valencia announced signing of a 2-year contract extension with its Head Coach Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances . It means that the Croatian specialist will stay with the club until the end of the 2013/14 season. Perasovic took over Valencia in January. He was named Coach of the Month in Liga Endesa for March. Valencia currently has 16-12 record in the league sharing the fourth place with Bilbao and Lagun Aro GBC. In EuroCup, they already reached Semifinals and hope to win it all. Perasovic worked last season with Efes Pilsen. Before that, he spent two years with Cibona VIP Zagreb and won two Croatian league titles with them. Cibona also was Croatian Cup winner in 2009. In the past, Perasovic worked with Estudiantes, Tau Ceramica and Caja San Fernando. Velimir Perasovic replaced Paco Olmos in Valencia.


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Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket Center

Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 1st Team 2011-12
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Darryl Watkins
Watkins
Wiliam Hatcher
Hatcher
Vujadin Subotic
Subotic
Marcus Moore
Moore
Troy Gillenwater
Gillenwater
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Player of the Year: Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of Etha
Guard of the Year: Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84) of Keravnos
Shooting Guard of the Year: Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81) of AEK
Small Forward of the Year: Marcus Moore (198-G-80) of Keravnos
Power Forward of the Year: Troy Gillenwater (205-F-88) of Apollon
Center of the Year: Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of Etha
Rookie of the Year: Giorgos Stylianou (201-F/C-94) of AEL
Newcomer of the year: Christos Loizidis (207-C-91) of AEL
Most Improved Player of the Year: Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85) of AEK
Co-Bosman Player of the Year: Thomas Massamba (185-PG-85) of Etha
Co-Bosman Player of the Year: Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81) of AEK
Import Player of the Year: Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of Etha
Domestic Player of the Year: Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85) of AEK
Defensive Player of the Year: Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85) of AEK
Co-Coach of the Year: Antonis Konstantinides of Etha
Co-Coach of the Year: Panagiotis Yiannaras of Keravnos

1st Team
PG: Wiliam Hatcher (188-84) of Keravnos
G: Vujadin Subotic (198-81) of AEK
G: Marcus Moore (198-80) of Keravnos
F: Troy Gillenwater (205-88) of Apollon
C: Darryl Watkins (211-84) of Etha

2nd Team
PG: Thomas Massamba (185-85) of Etha
G/F: Charron Fisher (193-85) of AEK
F/G: Winsome Frazier (193-82) of Keravnos
F: Strahinja Dragicevic (203-86) of Keravnos
C/F: Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-73) of ENAD

Honorable Mention
Devron Bostick (196-G-88) of Omonia
Vukasin Mandic (200-F/G-82) of APOEL
Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87) of Apollon
Lamar Karim (178-PG-83) of AEK
Georgios Palalas (185-PG-81) of AEL
Ales Chan (216-C-80) of Keravnos
Michael Cuffee (193-F-83) of APOEL
Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of Etha

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Iakovos Panteli (187-85) of AEK
G/F: Nikos Papadopoulos (197-81) of Omonia
SF: Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-77) of Etha
C: Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-80) of Keravnos
C: JoJo Garcia (206-75) of AEK

All-Imports Team
PG: Wiliam Hatcher (188-84) of Keravnos
G/F: Charron Fisher (193-85) of AEK
G: Marcus Moore (198-80) of Keravnos
F: Troy Gillenwater (205-88) of Apollon
C: Darryl Watkins (211-84) of Etha

All-Bosmans Team
PG: Thomas Massamba (185-85) of Etha
G: Vujadin Subotic (198-81) of AEK
PF: Dejan Cup (202-83) of Etha
F/C: Lewis Sims (203-73) of APOEL
C/F: Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-73) of ENAD

All-Defensive Team
Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85) of AEK
Thomas Massamba (185-PG-85) of Etha
Feliks Kojadinovic (197-G-79) of Keravnos
Troy Gillenwater (205-F-88) of Apollon
Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of Etha

All-Newcomers Team
Stefanos Iliadis (186-PG-94) of Apollon
Simos Antoniou (198-G-94) of AEL
Marios Georgiou (200-F-91) of AEL
Giorgos Stylianou (201-F/C-94) of AEL
Merkouris Panagi (193-F/C-95) of AEL



Important announcement - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Just like every year Eurobasket.com, will announce the awards.

Awards are based on players' and coaches' performance and include: coach of the year, player of the year, import player of the year, domestic player of the year, defensive player of the year, guard fo the year, shooting guard of the year, small and power forward of the year, center of the year, bosman player of the year and many many more.

Awards will be announced sometime today or tomorrow.



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
A1
 1. CEZ Nymburk 34-2 
 2. BK Prostejov 25-11 
 3. BK Decin 25-11 
 4. BK Pardubice 24-12 
 5. BC Kolin 22-24 
 6. USK Praha 16-20 
A2
 1. NH Ostrava 26-14 
 2. Levice 18-22 
 3. Svitavy 18-22 
 4. Chomutov 16-24 
 5. Usti n/Labem 15-25 
 6. Inter Bratislava 10-30 
 7. Plzen 10-30 
 8. B&W Opava 9-31 
Stage Two Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

Apr. 6: BK Prostejov - BC Kolin 93-63
Apr. 6: CEZ Nymburk - BK Pardubice 91-77 OT
Apr. 10: USK Praha - CEZ Nymburk 77-84
Apr. 7: USK Praha - BK Decin 62-67

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 13: BK Prostejov - NH Ostrava
Apr. 13: BK Decin - USK Praha
Apr. 14: CEZ Nymburk - Levice
Apr. 15: BK Pardubice - BC Kolin


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Peter SEDMAK
  USK Praha
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Sedmak, USK Praha19.8 
 2. Pope, Chomutov19.6 
 3. Grant, Levice18.8 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.18.5 
 5. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 6. Lowery, Chomutov17.6 
 7. Hruban, USK Praha17.3 
 8. Houska, BK Decin15.4 
 9. Wilson, CEZ N.15.0 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.9 
 2. Meno, Svitavy8.4 
 3. Pesic, Inter B.8.1 
 4. Gottselig, Usti n.8.0 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.8 
 6. Naymick, CEZ N.7.7 
 7. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.4 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.7.3 
 9. Houska, BK Decin7.0 
 10. Gavran, Inter B.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.3 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy5.1 
 3. Sotnar, USK Praha4.8 
 4. Wright, NH Ostrava4.8 
 5. Vrubl, Plzen4.6 
 6. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 7. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.0 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava4.0 
 9. Barnes, BC Kolin4.0 
 10. George, Svitavy3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaan AMES
  BC Kolin
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ames, BC Kolin2.6 
 2. Ubilla, Inter B.2.5 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.2 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.1 
 6. Klecka, B&W Opava1.9 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava1.9 
 9. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 10. Deloach, Svitavy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.4 
 3. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.3 
 4. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.2 
 5. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 6. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.9 
 7. Reese, Usti n.0.9 
 8. Grant, Levice0.9 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 


The Quarterfinals are set - by Eurobasket News

Fourth-ranked BK Pardubice (24-12) gave a tough game to first ranked CEZ Nymburk (34-2) on Friday. CEZ Nymburk managed to secure only fourteen-point victory 91-77. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. Lamayne Wilson scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners. CEZ Nymburk's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. They have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 34-2 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals by Derek Wright of Chomutov.


Group A1
CEZ Nymburk - BK Pardubice 91-77 OT

Fourth-ranked BK Pardubice (24-12) gave a tough game to first ranked CEZ Nymburk (34-2) on Friday. CEZ Nymburk managed to secure only fourteen-point victory 91-77. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 20-10 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 18-4. CEZ Nymburk made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. CEZ Nymburk had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when CEZ Nymburk made 7 blocks. American forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. CEZ Nymburk's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side international forward Petr Bohacik (204-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and American Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Two Points) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. They have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 34-2 record. BK Pardubice at the other side keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: L.Wilson 20+6reb+6ast, P.Benda 17+9reb+1ast, P.Pumprla 12+7reb+6ast, A.Abrams 11+2reb+1ast, M.Lenzly 10+1reb+4ast, M.Kremen 8+2reb+2ast
BK Pardubice: P.Bohacik 21+10reb, M.Hampton 15+2reb+2ast, J.Cernosek 12+3reb+1ast, Z.Pospisil 10+4reb+5ast, M.Carnecky 8+2reb+5ast, T.Toth 6
gschID: 168605


USK Praha - CEZ Nymburk 77-84

Very expected game when 6th ranked USK Praha (16-20) was defeated at home by first ranked CEZ Nymburk (34-2) 84-77 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 49-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American center Andrew Naymick (211-85) had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-77) chipped in 23 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. At the losing side Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) responded with 28 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. CEZ Nymburk have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 34-2 record. USK Praha lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: L.Sokolovsky 23+4reb+1ast, A.Naymick 19+12reb+1ast, A.Abrams 18+3reb+1ast, M.Kremen 11+8reb+1ast, M.Lenzly 6+3reb+2ast, R.Necas 3+2reb
USK Praha: P.Sedmak 28+6reb+2ast, S.Votroubek 14+10reb+1ast, M.Sotnar 14+1reb+6ast, V.Hruban 7+4reb+3ast, V.Cvek 7+3reb+1ast, M.Vocetka 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 171487


USK Praha - BK Decin 62-67

Rather predictable result when third ranked BK Decin (25-11) defeated on the road 6th ranked USK Praha (16-20) 67-62 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-62. BK Decin outrebounded USK Praha 42-29 including 33 on the defensive glass. American power forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Miroslav Soukup (200-82) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Burke is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. BK Decin's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) responded with 13 points and center Viktor Cvek (200-89) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. BK Decin moved-up to second place, which they share with BK Prostejov. USK Praha lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 20 games lost.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: D.Burke 12+8reb, J.Boyer 8+3reb, M.Soukup 8+9reb+1ast, J.Jiricek 7+4reb, L.Stria 7+2reb+1ast, J.Bejcek 7+2reb+1ast
USK Praha: P.Sedmak 13+3reb+3ast, V.Cvek 12+5reb, J.Slavik 11+4reb+1ast, S.Votroubek 8+4reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 7+3reb+5ast, M.Soukup 6+2reb
gschID: 168603


BK Prostejov - BC Kolin 93-63

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked BC Kolin (22-24) was rolled over on the road by third ranked BK Prostejov (25-11) 93-63 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-63. BK Prostejov dominated on the defensive end, holding BC Kolin to just 4 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kolin's 26 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for BK Prostejov especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. American power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side Slovakian guard Roman Marko (195-86) responded with 12 points and the former international swingman Stefan Licartovsky (196-84) scored 12 points. 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. BK Prostejov moved-up to second place, which they share with BK Decin. BC Kolin lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 24 games lost.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: J.Smith 21+3reb+1ast, T.Peterson 19+4reb+3ast, J.Bohacik 16+3reb+1ast, R.Pelikan 10+2reb+1ast, P.Slezak 9, D.Pandula 6+2reb
BC Kolin: S.Licartovsky 12+2reb, R.Marko 12+3reb, C.Barnes 10+3reb, D.Machac 10+1reb+1ast, S.Zuzak 9+3reb, R.Field 3+1reb
gschID: 168604



Jan Vesely's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Czechs playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Jan Vesely (211-90). He led Washington Wizards to an easy victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (7-47) crushing them 113-85 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Vesely had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 26 minutes on the court. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 13-44 record this season. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. This year Vesely averages: 4.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 53.8% and FT: 51.8% in the 48 games he played so far. He played for the Czech Republic senior national team two years ago.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79). Starosta led Grupo Iruna Navarra to a double overtime (!!!) victory over the 14th-ranked Baloncesto Leon (14-17) 94-89 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Starosta recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 15 rebounds. Grupo Iruna Navarra (5-21) is placed first in the LEB Gold. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Starosta is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 8.1rpg, 2FGP: 56.3%(171-304) and FT: 43.2%. Starosta played for the Czech Republic national team in 2008.

Ivo Hoger
Ivo Hoger
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Ivo Hoger (225-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza). He led Olimpi to a victory over the eighth-ranked Samedicino-Academia (7-13) crushing them 96-76 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague on Friday night. Hoger was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Olimpi Tbilisi (16-3) is placed second in the Superleague. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Hoger is ranked fifth on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). This year he has very good stats: 13.4ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 71.1%(86-121) and FT: 62.5% in the 17 games. Hoger played for the Czech Republic national team four years ago.

David Steffel
David Steffel
   #4. Power forward David Steffel (212-85) was the major contributor in Rovinari's victory against one of league's weakest teams Politehnica (0-28) crushing them 97-55 in the Romanian Division A in Wednesday night's game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu (16-12) is placed eighth in the Division A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. It's Steffel's first season with the team. Steffel has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2008.

Jakub Kudlacek
Jakub Kudlacek
   #5. International guard Jakub Kudlacek (193-90), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Otto Caserta (10-16) in their last game. Despite Kudlacek's good performance Otto Caserta lost 78-86 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#16) Banca Tercas. He recorded 11 points in a mere 17 minutes. It was Otto Caserta's fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Kudlacek's overall stats are: 5.4ppg and 1.2rpg in the 10 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #6. Guard Tomas Satoransky (200-91) managed to help Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla to win against the 13th-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (11-17) 74-66 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Satoransky recorded 5 points. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (15-13) is placed eighth in the ACB. Satoransky's total stats this season are: 4.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Czech Republic senior team two years ago.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #7. Former international guard David Jelinek (196-90) was not able to help FIATC Joventut (12-16) in their game against Valencia Basket (16-12) in the Spanish ACB. Jelinek recorded 6 points in 24 minutes. FIATC Joventut was crushed 90-67 in Valencia by the much higher-ranked (#5) Basket. This year Jelinek's total stats are: 7.4ppg and 1.3rpg in the 28 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

Jan Kratochvil
Jan Kratochvil
   #8. Forward Jan Kratochvil (200-82) contributed to Komarno's victory against the closely-ranked Svit (17-15) 82-69 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Wednesday. Kratochvil scored only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. MBK Rieker Komarno (22-10) is placed first in the Extraliga. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Kratochvil has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2010.

Other top Czech Republic players, who play abroad:

Tomas Hampl (215-C-88) plays for Cibona in Croatian A1
Radovan Kouril (183-PG-95) plays for Meridiano Alicante in Spanish ACB
Adam Pechacek (205-C-95) plays for CS Bologna in Italian SerieA
Jiri Welsch (201-F-80) plays for Spirou Charleroi in Belgian D1
Ondrej Balvin (216-C-92) plays for Cajasol in Spanish ACB
Ales Chan (216-C-80) plays for Keravnos in Cypriot Division A
Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83) plays for Etha in Cypriot Division A
Lubos Barton (202-F/G-80) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82) plays for Al Moutahed in Lebanese Div.A
Tomas Voslajer (212-C-90) plays for Prievidza in Slovakian Extraliga

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



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Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 25-2 
 2. Svendborg 23-4 
 3. Naestved 17-10 
 4. Horsens IC 12-15 
 5. SISU 12-15 
 6. Horsholm 11-16 
 7. Vaerlose 11-16 
 8. Aalborg 9-18 
 9. Aabyhoj 8-19 
 10. Falcon 7-20 

Semi-Finals: Round 5

Apr. 9: Svendborg - Naestved 90-75

Finals: Round 1

Apr. 12: Bakken - Svendborg


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. Vinson, Svendborg8.7 
 6. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.6 
 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 



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Elijah Millsap named Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News

Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB), a guard for the Los Angeles D-Fenders, was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played April 2-7. The honor is the first of Millsap's career.

Millsap led the D-Fenders to a 3-0 record last week, helping to etch the D-Fenders in the NBA D-League record books, as the team finished the 2011-12 regular season with a 38-12 record, the best in NBA D-League history. During the week, Millsap averaged 22.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He shot 42 percent from the field and 56 percent from three-point range. He began the week with a season-high 32 points on April 4 in a 111-98 win over the Reno Bighorns, before finishing with two double-doubles to end the regular season on April 6 and 7.

In 41 games, 33 starts, for the D-Fenders this season, Millsap is averaging 19.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.9 steals and 33.0 minutes. The 2012 NBA D-League All-Star has scored in double-figures 38 times, recorded five double-doubles and two triple-doubles.

Other top performers considered included Austin's Eric Dawson, who averaged 16.0 points and 12.5 rebounds in three games; Canton's Luke Harangody, who averaged 18.3 points and 13.7 rebounds in three games on assignment from the Cleveland Cavaliers; Dakota's Stefhon Hannah, who averaged 18.0 points and 6.0 assists in four games; Erie's Joey Graham, who averaged 22.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in three games; Fort Wayne's Charles Garcia, who averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in three games; Idaho's Paul Carter, who averaged 18.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in two games; Iowa's Mike Efevberha, who averaged 24.3 points and 4.7 rebounds; Maine's Kenny Hayes, who averaged 22.0 points and 5.0 assists in two games; Rio Grande Valley's Courtney Fortson, who averaged 20.0 points and 10.5 assists in two games on assignment from the Houston Rockets; Reno's Josh Selby, who averaged 32.5 points and 8.0 assists in two games on assignment from the Memphis Grizzlies; Sioux Falls' Marqus Blakely, who averaged 21.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in three games; Springfield's JamesOn Curry, who averaged 19.3 points and 6.0 assists in three games; and Texas' Sean Williams, who averaged 19.7 points and 12.0 rebounds in three games.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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  DR CONGO   


Bambale Osby's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Congolese playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bambale Osby
Bambale Osby
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland), who plays in the French ProB (second division). Osby could not help Aix-Maurienne (18-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Aix-Maurienne was edged 82-80 on the road by the lower-ranked ALM Evreux (#11). Osby recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Osby is currently eighth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Osby averages: 15.7ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 60.5%(179-296) and FT: 56.5%. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite Osby played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the DR Congolese senior national team. Strangely Osby has never played in DR Congo.

Charles Kahudi
Charles Kahudi
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Charles Kahudi (197-86, agency: Beo Basket). He was not able to help Le Mans (16-9) in their game against Cholet (12-13) in the French ProA. Kahudi recorded 6 points in 32 minutes. Le Mans lost 76-87 at home to the lower-ranked (#8) Cholet. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Kahudi has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 42.1%, 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 81.8% in the 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and French. Despite Kahudi played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the DR Congolese senior national team.

Wen Boss Mukubu
Wen Boss Mukubu
   #3. The DR Congolese player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB), who plays in the Belgian D1. Mukubu was not able to secure a victory for VOO Verviers-Pepinster (4-20) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster was defeated 78-69 in Liege by the higher-ranked Belgacom (#7). Mukubu recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds. Mukubu is currently sixth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (third place). His overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 41.2%, 3FGP: 21.7% and FT: 58.0%. Mukubu is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian. Despite he played previously for the Belgian national team, Mukubu is currently a member of the DR Congolese senior national team.

Kris Morlende
Kris Morlende
   #4. An experienced point guard Kris Morlende (182-79) managed to help Boulazac Basket Dordogne in a victory against the 17th-ranked Quimper UJAP (8-21) crushing them 80-56 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 3 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 12 minutes. It was his first game for Boulazac Basket this season. His team is placed first in the ProB. Morlende has both DR Congolese and French nationalities. He is also DR Congolese national team player.

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

   #1. Bismack Biyombo (207-C-92), who plays in the NBA could not help the Charlotte Bobcats (7-47) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Charlotte Bobcats lost 90-95 on the road to the Milwaukee Bucks. Biyombo had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 35 minutes. It was Bobcats' 11th consecutive loss in a row. It's Biyombo's first season with the team. This year he averages: 4.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7bpg in the 52 games he played so far.

   #2. Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, college: Princeton) managed to help Regal FC Barcelona to win against the tenth-ranked CAI Zaragoza (14-14) 68-49 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Wallace recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Regal FC Barcelona (23-5) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Wallace's first season with the team. This year he averages: 5.0ppg and 4.2rpg. Wallace is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in DR Congo.

   #3. Yannick Bokolo (190-G-85) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sluc Nancy (16-9) crushing them 83-61 in the French ProA on Friday night. Bokolo recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (22-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Bokolo's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 8.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg in the 24 games. Bokolo has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and French.

Other top DR Congolese players, who play abroad:

Igor Ibaka (203-F/C-92) plays for Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB
Bienvenue Letuni (227-C-94) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Kevin Tumba (192-F/G-91) plays for Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Belgian D1
Ken Bongo Nsoli (204-C/F-91) plays for Poitiers in French ProA
Olivier Ilunga (185-G-84) plays for 08 Stockholm in Swedish Basketligan
Albert Ngoy (178-G-93) plays for Kapfenberg Bulls in Austrian A Bundesliga
Samba Oppizzi-Nakalamb (198-F-79) plays for Fribourg in Swiss LNA
Djo Yele (F/C-82) plays for Club Africain in Tunisian D1

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



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  EBA   

Standings

EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. HV Hype 9-1
 2. New York W. 8-3
 3. Philadelphia L. 1-5
 4. 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

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 14: New York W. - NoVa Hawks
Apr. 14: Washington M. - Harrisburg H.



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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, Rapla16.8 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas16.5 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.2 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 8. Pilk, TTU15.4 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.7 
 10. Akenparg, TTU14.5 
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, TTU7.9 
 5. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 6. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.5 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla7.2 
 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, Rapla4.2 
 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. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.8 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.2 
 4. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 5. Dorbek, Tarvas2.0 
 6. Kaldre, Rapla2.0 
 7. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 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. Hallik, Tarvas0.5 
 7. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.5 
 8. Makke, TTU0.5 
 9. Veski, Tarvas0.5 
 10. Keedus, TTU0.4 


KML Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

TTU - Rapla 73-72

TTU eked out a narrow home win over Rapla to level things up at 1-1 in the quarterfinal series. Rapla trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 16 after three quarters before a 24-9 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 72-73 at the end of the game. TTU had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Andre Parn (200-77) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Janar Soo (199-91) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four Rapla players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rapla: S.Kaldre 18+3reb, A.Parn 15+8reb+1ast, J.Soo 13+5reb+4ast, R.Laane 13+3reb+4ast, R.Ringmets 6+6reb, I.Kajupank 4+5reb
TTU: K.Makke 21+7reb+2ast, K.Akenparg 13+2reb, K.Keres 11+1reb, I.Pilk 10+7reb+4ast, A.Arnold 8+5reb+4ast, S.Raudla 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 173795


Tln Kalev - Tarvas 82-92

Tarvas shot down Tin Kalev in the capital to take 2-0 lead. The game was mostly controlled by BC Rakvere. Tln Kalev was better in second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Rakvere shot the lights out from three nailing 19 long-distance shots on high 59.4 percentage. Latvian point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 rebounds. Center Reinar Hallik (208-84) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. American forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) replied with 27 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Tln Kalev.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: M.Shaw 27+9reb+1ast, B.Raley-Ross 14+6reb+2ast, M.Paiste 11+3reb+1ast, M.Kurg 8+1reb+7ast, R.Roos 8+1reb+2ast, A.Fedortchuk 7+8reb+1ast
Tarvas: R.Hallik 18+4reb+2ast, M.Dorbek 17+2reb+4ast, R.Sirsnins 17+6reb+3ast, J.Umbrasko 16+6reb, J.Vahter 16+2reb, K.Cipruss 8+11reb+3ast
gschID: 173794



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Eurobasket Summer League players who are currently playing pro basketball.

#1. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) led U-Mobitelco to a 2-point victory over the tenth-ranked CSU Sibiu (13-15) 89-87 in the Romanian Division A in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Dykes scored 33 points (!!!), had 6 rebounds and dished 8 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. U-Mobitelco BT Cluj Napoca (20-8) is placed third in the Division A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Dykes belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #5) and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Dykes averages: 21.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg in the 27 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2009 Dykes went to the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.

#2. Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina) led Minsk-2006 to a victory over the third-ranked Rubon (13-13) crushing them 118-72 in the Belarusian Premier League last Monday. He was MVP of the game. Knox scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Championship. BK Minsk-2006 (25-1) is placed first. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Knox is currently eighth on the list of top scorers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.1spg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Last year Knox took part in the ESL camp in Cologne, Germany playing for Team Munich.

#3. Jeral Davis (216-C-84), who plays in the Japanese BJ League could not help Shimane Magic (25-22) in their last game. Despite Davis' very good performance the sixth-placed Shimane Magic lost 87-91 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) Chiba Jets in the Western group. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Davis also added 7 rebounds and made 5 blocks in 36 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Davis is currently first on the league's list of best blockers with 3.8bpg. This year his other stats are: 10.9ppg and 7.8rpg in the 48 games. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Two years ago he played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Geneva.

#4. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) was the main contributor in a Barako Bull's victory against the closely-ranked Alaska Aces (5-4) crushing them 106-85 in the Filipino PBA in Sunday night's game. Freeman was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 19 rebounds. Barako Bull Energy (4-5) is placed fifth in the PBA. This season Freeman has very high stats. He averages: 28.0ppg, 18.0rpg and 3.0apg. Freeman is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2011 he attended the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Monaco.

#5. Blaz Cresnar (214-C-86, agency: TSS Management) contributed to Helios' victory against the fourth-ranked Zlatorog (2-3) 73-67 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. He scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 6 blocks in 27 minutes. Helios Domzale (4-1) is placed second in Championship Group. Cresnar is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers with 0.9bpg. This year he also averages: 4.2ppg and 2.2rpg in the 22 games. Cresnar played in 2009at the Eurobasket Summer League in Malaga, Spain for Team Belgrade.

#6. Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle) contributed to an BC Kyiv's surprising victory against the second-ranked Budivelnyk 80-65 in a derby game in the Ukrainian Superleague on Monday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Goodridge also added 3 blocks. He has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 7.9rpg and 2.6bpg. Goodridge attended two years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Las Vegas.

#7. Mike Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech), who plays in Montenegro was not able to help Mornar Bar (6-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance the second-placed Mornar Bar was edged 83-82 at home by the lower-ranked (#4) Feni Indistrija in the group A of Balkan League. Singletary was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 22 minutes. Singletary has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 6.5rpg and 3.0apg in the two games. Worth to mention Singletary played also for Team Okinawa at the ESL in Houston in 2011.

#8. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) was the major contributor in a Rayos de Hermosillo's victory against the seventh-ranked Frayles de Guasave 81-76 in the Mexican CIBACOPA last Tuesday. Little scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. He has relatively good stats this season: 14.6ppg, 6.9rpg and 2.6apg. He played four years ago at the ESL in Chicago for London.

#9. Akeem Wright (200-F/G-84, college: Kansas St.) contributed to an Otago OceanaGold Nuggets' victory against the league outsider Zero Fees Southland Sharks 85-74 in the New Zealand NBL on Wednesday night. He was MVP of the game. Wright scored 29 points (!!!), had 5 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls in 38 minutes. Wright 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: 23.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 4.3apg, 1.3bpg and 2.1spg in the seven games. Wright attended in 2009 the ESL camp in New York.

#10. Allen Durham (198-F-88, college: Grace Bible) was not able to secure a victory for Salon Vilpas in their game against Tampereen Pyrinto in the Finnish Korisliiga. Despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game He was the top scorer with 25 points. Durham also added 8 rebounds. Durham is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season he has very high stats. Durham averages: 18.9ppg, 11.2rpg and 1.2apg. Worth to mention Durham played also for Team Lugano at the ESL in Las Vegas last year.



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  EUROCUP   


Valencia extends with Perasovic - by Uygar Karaca

Less than one week left for the Eurocup Final Four weekend and Valencia decided to extend the contract of Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) until the end of 2013-2014 according to the statement from the club's website valenciabasket.com. Perasovic signed as the head coach in the end of January and with him, from 10 ACB matches Valencia won 7 times and reached F4 in Eurocup where the team will fight for a Euroleague place by winning the competition. The vicepresident and general director Paco Raga said that they are very satisfied with the work ethic and his day to day performance so they decided to extend the contract regardless of the results the club have in the near future.


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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Blue, KTP23.1 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons20.2 
 3. Crocker, KTP19.3 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.3 
 5. Hawkins, ToPo19.2 
 6. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.9 
 7. Hannah, Kauhajoki18.6 
 8. Newson, Kataja18.6 
 9. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.12.2 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.11.2 
 3. Blue, KTP10.5 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki10.0 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.6 
 6. Newson, Kataja8.8 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.5 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.4 
 9. Brown, Kouvot8.1 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  Namika L.
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Moore, Namika L.5.2 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.9 
 3. Haynes, LrNM.4.8 
 4. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.4 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 6. Sarcevic, KTP4.2 
 7. Virtanen, Kataja4.0 
 8. Walker, Kataja3.8 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 7. Jordan, Kouvot1.6 
 8. Sarcevic, KTP1.6 
 9. Newson, Kataja1.6 
 10. Moore, Namika L.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki1.9 
 2. Fields, Salon Vilp.1.8 
 3. Blue, KTP1.4 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto0.9 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.8 
 7. Hamm, LrNM.0.8 
 8. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 9. Mottola, ToPo0.7 
 10. Newson, Kataja0.7 


Ronnie Clark signed with ToPo - by Eurobasket Center

Ronald Clark (196-F/G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Colorado St.) signed with ToPo just before the play-offs. The American player debuted with 6 points for his new team.
Torpan Pojat Helsinki added to their roster 31-year old Ronald Ronald Clark. In his first game he scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds helping his new team beat Kauhajoki 100-72. Ronald Clark played most recently at Faymasa Palencia Baloncesto. While playing 33 games for Palencia last season he averaged 10.2ppg and 4.8rpg.
Ronald Clark played also pro basketball in Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and USA. He graduated Colorado State University in 2004 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
In 2009-2010 with Energa Czarni Slupsk he got a Financial dispute (Poland-PLK, starting five). In 13 games he averaged 10.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 78.4%. In Dec.'09 moved to BC Odessa (Ukraine-Superleague) and had 3.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg.



Korisliiga Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Nilan Bisons - LrNMKY 91-84

LrNMKY was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 30-17 charge of Loimaan Korikonkarit, which allowed them to win the game. LrNMKY was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) nailed 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) accounted for 23 points and 7 assists. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) came up with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for LrNMKY in the defeat. LrNMKY's coach Lassi Tuovi rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 25+7reb+6ast, J.Ivey 23+3reb+7ast, M.Koivisto 15+4reb+2ast, M.Nuutinen 11+5reb, R.McDade 7+10reb+3ast, E.Aaltonen 5+1reb
LrNMKY: D.Haynes 30+5reb+5ast, T.Tiedeman 18+7reb+3ast, L.Hamm 14+6reb+2ast, H.Valimaa 5+1reb, T.Kulha 5, P.Riihela 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 173812


Pyrinto - KTP 81-78

The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 27-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and the former international power forward Antti Nikkila (210-78, college: Valparaiso) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side American swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import Jeremy Williams (200-87, college: UTEP) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Tampereen Pyrinto and four KTP-Basket players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: D.Williams 24+13reb+5ast, A.Lehto 12+3reb, A.Nikkila 12+10reb, A.Williams 11+3reb+1ast, K.Lowe 10+3reb+4ast, O.Ahvenniemi 6+2reb
KTP: T.Crocker 19+9reb+2ast, T.Blue 18+5reb, J.Williams 16+5reb+4ast, J.Matinen 10+3reb, J.Lehtoranta 6+1reb, B.Sarcevic 5+1reb+5ast
gschID: 173813


Kauhajoki - ToPo 72-100

The game was mostly controlled by Torpan Pojat. Kauhajoen Karhu was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kauhajoen Karhu 41-21 including a 34-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Torpan Pojat shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Kauhajoen Karhu was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) nailed 24 points and 6 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winning side and forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St.) accounted for 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) came up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) added 16 points respectively for Kauhajoen Karhu in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
ToPo: C.Griffin 24+4reb+6ast, J.Hawkins 22+7reb+5ast, T.Heinonen 19+4reb+1ast, K.Muurinen 7+3reb, H.Mottola 6+3reb+1ast, R.Clark 6+4reb
Kauhajoki: K.Beidler 22+11reb+2ast, C.Hannah 16+1ast, J.Eskola 9+3reb+1ast, T.Hendley 8+1reb, E.Skamo 7+2reb+1ast, I.Vuori 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 173810


Kataja - Salon Vilpas 90-59

The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Salon Vilpas was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Juho Nenonen (202-87) nailed 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) accounted for 15 points and 7 rebounds. Five Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) added 8 points and 5 assists respectively for Salon Vilpas in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Kataja: J.Nenonen 19+2reb+3ast, B.Walker 16+3reb+1ast, J.Newson 15+7reb+1ast, J.Price 14+7reb+2ast, S.Haanpaa 10+2reb+3ast, S.Lehtoranta 9+3reb+2ast
Salon Vilpas: A.Durham 23+10reb+1ast, E.Holloway 8+2reb+5ast, J.Fields 7+4reb, A.Vaenerberg 5, M.Sandberg 5+1reb+1ast, S.Kaaresvirta 4
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KORISLIIGA: Convincing Kataja and ToPo - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, quarter-finals, Game # 1: Kataja (Joensuu), regular season # 1 meeting Vilpas (Salo), # 8, and crushing the visitors 90-59 (50-30). Vilpas had only one player (Allen Durham (198-F-88, college: Grace Bible)) over 10 points! Kataja had five players in double digits. Juho Nenonen (202-F-87) back in action and at once team's leading scorer (19 pts): 1 - 2/2, 2 - 4/5, 3 - 3/4 in 21:20 minutes.
Another landslide victory at Kauhajoki, where local Karhu (# 4) scored only 72 pts, but visitor Torpan Pojat, # 5 (Helsinki) 100 pts. ToPo stole then the homecourt advantage away
from Pohjanmaa. Karhu had just two players in double figures. ToPo instead had 11 players out of 12 scoring points. Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) led ToPo with 24 pts. Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) (19 pts) was 5/5 from behind the arc. Ronald Clark (196-F/G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Colorado St.), replacing Josh Wilson (188-PG-87, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: N.Arizona), played 22:05 minutes scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds.
Bisons (# 2) from Loimaa had to work hard before YMCA Lappeenranta (# 7) gave up: 91-84 (42-46). YMCA LPR had a 10-point-lead (49-59) still during the third quarter, but Bisons won the last quarter 30-17. Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) (25) and Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) (23) again the leading scorers on Bisons roster. DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) led YMCA LPR with 30 pts (1 - 2/2, 2 - 5/6, 3 - 6/9). Pyrinto (Tampere), # 3, had difficulties vs KTP, Kotka (# 6), but survived thanks to Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) (24/13/5a). Pyrinto won 81-78 (36-40).

Game (s) # 2 on Thursday, April 12.Three wins needed to make the season go on to the semi-finals.

Kataja - Vilpas 90-59 (50-30). (Juho Nenonen 19, BA Walker 16, Jared Newson 15/7 - Allen Durham 23/10, Emmanuel Holloway 8, John Fields 7. A: 1137).
Karhu - ToPo 72-100 (35-42). (Kelly Beidler 22/11, Clevin Hannah 16, Jussi Eskola 9 - Chase Griffin 24/6a, Justin Hawkins 22, Timo Heinonen 19. A: 836).
Bisons - YMCA LPR 91-84 (42-46). (Martin Zeno 25/6a, Jeb Ivey 23/7a, Mikko Koivisto 15 - DeAndre Haynes 30/5a, Tyler Tiedeman 18/7, Lawrence Hamm 14. A: 692).
Pyrinto - KTP 81-78 (36-40). (Damon Williams 24/13/5a, Antti Nikkila 12/10, Antero Lehto 12 - Tony Crocker 19/9, Tim Blue 18, Jeremy Williams 16. A: 1042).



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Leo Westermann, World Select Team win at 2012 Nike Hoop Summit - by Eurobasket News

One of the French top prospects Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) participated at the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit, which was held on Saturday night at the Rose Garden in Portland. Westermann was in the starting five for the World Select Team and he spent 28 minutes on the court. He had 4 points and 2 assists, while his team captured an 84-75 win over the USA Junior National Select Team. Down by as many as 18 points in the first half, the USA fought back to take a 75-74 lead with 3:20 remaining in the game before the International squad closed on a 10-0 run to capture its fourth win and largest margin of victory in the 15-game history of the event. Leo Westermann is a member of ASVEL. He stood out at the under-20 World Championships in 2011, where he helped France to a bronze medal and was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Honorable Mention -11. He came to Portland fresh from winning the skills challenge at the French All Star Game. In 2009, Westermann helped French U18 NT to win the Silver at U18 Eurobasket in Metz. In 2008, he was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 Best Guard. Westermann participated at Adidas Nations Tournament in Dallas, TX (Team Europe) -09 and Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso -11.

Click HERE for the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit official box-score.



Kevin Seraphin's double-double leads Wizards past Magic - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) took advantage of Dwight Howard's absence from Orlando's lineup, getting career highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a 93-85 victory over the Magic on Tuesday night.

Jordan Crawford scored 21 points, John Wall had 15 and Cartier Martin and James Singleton -- both on 10-day contracts with the Wizards -- added 12 points apiece. Seraphin also matched a career high with four blocks.

Jameer Nelson scored 19 points and J.J. Redick added 15 for the Magic, who shot 36.6 percent from the field.

Howard missed his second straight game due to back spasms, and fourth in Orlando's six April games. The Magic have lost three of four in his absence.

'From what they're telling me, I'm not real concerned at all,' Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said before the game of Howard's condition. 'This is a move to try to get it to 100 percent and not have to worry about anymore.'

Both teams were coming off blowout victories Monday. The Magic beat the Pistons, 119-89, and the Wizards defeated the league-worst Bobcats, 113-85. But it was Washington, with the league's second-worst record that topped Orlando, which entered the day tied with the Hawks for the Eastern Conference's fourth-best record.

The Magic went on an 11-2 first-quarter run that gave them a 15-8 lead. With a 12-2 run later in the period, Orlando led until Wall's steal and three-point play capped an 11-0 run that briefly gave Washington a lead late in the first half.

Seraphin scored 10 of Washington's first 22 points.

The Magic ended the third quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 61-60 lead.

Courtesy of www.newsday.com



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Shermadini undergoes successful surgery, 6-12 weeks out - by Eurobasket News

Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) underwent successful foot surgery yesterday. Head Coach of Bennet Cantu Andrea Trinchieri said that Sherma will be out from 6 to 12 weeks. Earlier this season, Cantu already faced with injuries of Gianluca Basile, Vladimir Micov and Marko Scekic. Giorgi Shermadini appeared 22 times in SerieA this season averaging 9 points and 5.2 rebounds. He participated at the SerieA All-Star Game. Shermadini also played 16 games in Euroleague registering 10.9 ppg and 5.5 rpg. He spent last season with Union Olimpija. It was a loan from Panathinaikos, where Sherma played from 2008 to 2010. In the past, Giorgi Shermadini played for Maccabi Tbilisi and was the best player in Georgia. In their last season together he had 33.5 ppg, 18.4 rpg, 4.8 apg, 2.3 spg and 3.3 bpg for 20 games in Highest League. Shermadini got injured during the practice.


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Ahmad Smith (Kirchheim Knights) We Locked In Defensively And Didint Give Essen Any Easy Points - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) is a 27 year old 194cm guard from Virginia that is playing for the 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 win against the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen

A satisfying 98-88 win in Essen to sweep the ETB Wohnbau Baskets. Was this series as easy as it looked?

No even though we swept them every game was tough.

Essen had the 49-42 lead at halftime. What adjustments did the team want to make in the second half?

The last two games of the series we gave up too many points in the first half. So we had to make a lot of defensive adjustments in the 2nd half.

Kirchheim had a 35 point explosion in the fourth quarter. What was key for getting the win in the last 10 minutes?

We locked in defensively and didn't give them any easy points which lead to our fast break and open shots.

Cedrick Brooks had 36 points and Chris Alexander 32 points. Did both teams sometimes just sit back and watch and let them do their thing?


They both had great games it was fun to watch!

Did their performances remind one of a mini Kobe-Lebron type offensive explosion?

It was entertaining they both hit some big shots at crucial parts of the game.

You had another solid game with 11 points, seven boards and seven assists. How happy were you with your game?

I'm satisfied with my overall game and the WIN.

What is the most valuable thing that Devin Uskoski gave the Knights in this win?

Devin always gives maximum effort when he's on the court, he hit some big shots for us in the 2nd half which lead to our comeback victory.

The Dallas Mavericks and Lamar Odom have parted ways. Why didnt this partnership work?

It seemed like he hasn't been the same since the trade from the Lakers. Hopefully he will find a new team that he can fit in with.

How quickly do you expect Kansas star Thomas Robinson to make an impact in the NBA?


I think he will have an immediate impact, and a solid career in the NBA

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Goodfellas


Thanks Ahmad for the chat



Mike Smith (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) We Have To Be Ready To Play Eisbaeren Basketball Against BG Goettingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Mike Smith (198-G-87, college: E.Tenn.St.) is a 24 year old 198cm forward from Vandalia, Missouri that is playing his first season with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. He played at E. Tennessee from 2007-2011. In his senior year, he played 35 games: 17.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 78.9%. This past summer, he took part at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft): 3 games: 10.0ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg. He was a A-Sun Tournament Winner -09, 10, and All-A-Sun Player of the Year -11. He spoke to eurobasket after the 98-74 win against BBC Bayreuth

Congrats on the big 98-74 win against BBC Bayreuth at home. Was this win like releasing a heavy overweight monkey of your back?

Yea kinda, we took some tough loses in that stretch, multiple games by 1 or 2 pts and it was tough on us. To finally get a win in and do it in front of our fans was great!

How tough was it going through this six game losing streak? Had you ever gone through a tough period like this in the NCAA?

It was very tough, i've never been on that type of losing streak before ever I don't think. What made it worse was the games we were losing by 1 or 2 pts took a toll on us. But we all stood together, continued to work hard in practice and stayed mentally tough.

The game was tight at halftime with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven having the slim 46-43 lead. What did coach Doug Spradley tell the team to do better in the second half and what adjjustments did you make?

He just told us to be more aggressive defensively and try to take things away, the level of our defense turned up and allowed our transition game to get started. Letting us get easy buckets on the other end.

The next game for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven is in three days in Goettingen. What memories do you have of the 77-63 win earlier in the season at home?


Goettingen was a very scrappy team, they fought hard and did a lot of good things defensively against us. They like to play an uptempo type game, we cant get caught up in there style of play and we need to play our game.

BG Goettingen is in 18th place, but upset the Fraport Skyliners recently. What will be key in getting the win besides not underestimating them?


Focusing on us is key, what we have to do to get this win is all we are worried about. Games like this are tough, i've learned in my rookie season that you have to be ready every night, it doesn't matter what position there in, just be ready to play Eisbaren Basketball.

How big is the belief that the playoffs can still be met? The team needs to win the rest of their games and hope for help.


Its nice to know we still have a shot, but were not looking at that picture yet. We are gonna take it one game at a time and if we do win the next four, we will see how the chips fall. We just have to take care of our business. Every game is huge for us from here on out.


After playing in the D-league after a long career in the NBA ex Boston Celtic Antoine Walker has announced his retirement. What will you always remember about his game?


He had a great career with the Celtics and he also won a championship with the Miami Heat. Will always be remembered for his glory days with the Celtics though. He put up his best numbers of his career in those 8 seasons as a Celtic.

If the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven had an Easter egg hunt, which player would find the most eggs?

Ha, I dont even know. Im gonna go with the young boy Anthony Canty. This is his area so he would probably know were to look.

Thanks Mike for the chat



Boris Kaminski New Head Coach With Rhondorf - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B club Soba Dragons Rohndorf have named Boris Kaminski as new head coach for the upcoming season getting a two year deal. Kaminski had been head coach for the Herten Lions the last three years and had led the team into the PRO B semi finals of the playoffs this season. 'Boris Kaminski is a basketball expert that has gotten a good name in the last years due to his success and despite being young has a lot of experience. He got the most out of what he got in Herten. The way he works quickly convinced us. The whole concept fits. We are sure that he fits into the Dragons family with his openminded way. We are looking forward to working with him', stated Rhondorf manager Sebastian Schmidt. After three successful seasons with Herten, Kaminski was looking for new challenges. 'I have the feeling that I have achieved all I could in Herten due to the circumstances. In Rhondorf, there is good structure and much to do for a sports fanatic like me', added Boris Kaminski .

Source: Dragons Rhndorf



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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 22-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 22-2 
 3. Kolossos 16-8 
 4. AGOR 14-9 
 5. Panionios 14-9 
 6. Kavala 12-11 
 7. Aris 11-12 
 8. PAOK 10-14 
 9. KAOD 9-14 
 10. Ilysiakos 7-16 
 11. Ikaros 7-17 
 12. Peristeri GS 6-17 
 13. Marousi 1-23 

Regular Season: Round 25

Mar. 24: KAOD - Marousi 96-58
Apr. 5: Olympiakos - Kavala 85-60
Mar. 24: Kolossos - Peristeri GS 83-53
Mar. 24: Ikaros - PAOK 82-64
Apr. 8: Panionios - Panathinaikos 81-82
Mar. 24: Aris - AGOR 78-60

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 10: Panathinaikos - Kolossos
Apr. 11: Kavala - Panionios
Apr. 11: Peristeri GS - Aris
Apr. 11: AGOR - KAOD
Apr. 11: Marousi - Ikaros
Apr. 11: Ilysiakos - Olympiakos


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.0 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.16.1 
 4. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 5. Beck, Ikaros15.5 
 6. Dikoudis, PAOK15.0 
 7. Tapoutos, Aris14.6 
 8. James, Aris14.5 
 9. Taylor, Kavala13.9 
 10. Baynes, Ikaros13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.9 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 3. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.5 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.6.9 
 5. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 6. Tapoutos, Aris6.3 
 7. Symtsak, Kavala6.0 
 8. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 9. Scott, Peristeri GS5.7 
 10. Boykin, Kolossos5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.9 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.4.6 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.4.4 
 5. James, Aris4.1 
 6. Wright, AGOR4.1 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.5 
 9. Mocnik, Perister.3.1 
 10. Tsamis, Kolossos3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, AGOR2.5 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.1.8 
 4. Logan, Panathin.1.7 
 5. Thompson, Ilysi.1.7 
 6. Perperoglou, Panat.1.6 
 7. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 8. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 9. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
 10. Kommatos, Marousi1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.5 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.4 
 3. Petway, AGOR1.2 
 4. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 5. Hines, Olympiakos1.0 
 6. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 7. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 8. Vougioukas, Panat.0.9 
 9. Giddens, PAOK0.7 
 10. Tsontzos, Marousi0.7 


Div.B Standing

B Standings
 1. Aiolos Trikallon 24-2 
 2. Filathlitikos 23-3 
 3. Niki Volou 18-8 
 4. Agia Paraskevis 17-9 
 5. Irakleio 17-9 
 6. Koroivos 15-11 
 7. Diagoras 13-13 
 8. Near East 12-14 
 9. Egaleo 12-14 
 10. Doukas 11-15 
 11. Stratoni 11-15 
 12. MENT 11-15 
 13. Iraklis 9-17 
 14. Aias Evosmou 7-19 
 15. Anagennisi 7-19 
 16. Halkidona 1-25 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 8: Aias Evosmou - Near East 85-87
Apr. 8: Iraklis - Doukas 85-73
Apr. 8: Koroivos - Irakleio 84-65
Apr. 8: Agia Paraskevis - MENT 80-68
Apr. 8: Filathlitikos - Anagennisi 79-64
Apr. 4: Diagoras - Stratoni 71-64
Apr. 8: Niki Volou - Egaleo 71-58
Apr. 8: Aiolos Trikallon - Halkidona 20-0

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 22: Doukas - Aias Evosmou
Apr. 22: Near East - Diagoras
Apr. 22: Egaleo - Stratoni
Apr. 22: Halkidona - Iraklis
Apr. 22: MENT - Aiolos Trikallon
Apr. 22: Anagennisi - Agia Paraskevis
Apr. 22: Irakleio - Filathlitikos
Apr. 22: Niki Volou - Koroivos


Another award for Dimitris Diamantidis.. MVP of the Euroleague playoffs - by Diamadis Farmakis

''3D'' Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80), is having one of his best periods of his basketball career. He has collected so many MVP awards of every kind this decade - weekly, monthly, Final Four, full season - and he seems allmost.. unstopable.

His latest achievement in the Euroleague is, the bwin MVP honor for March and April, covered an entire playoffs round, during which Diamantidis led Panathinaikos in nine statistical categories to defeat Maccabi in the closing seconds of the fifth and final game of their now-classic series.


Specifically, Diamantidis averaged 24.00 in the index ratings in the playoffs (higher than any other player), he scored 14.80 points per game and gave 4.80 assists.

As such, Diamantidis and the Greens will now have the new, first-time opportunity, to become just the second repeat Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions in the last 20 years.

With Diamantidis as their leader and in great shape, doing the right things on the court, one thing is certain: the Greens will be ready to seize the moment at the Final Four in Istanbul from May 11 to 13.



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Leiden 21-6 
 2. Groningen 20-7 
 3. Den Bosch 20-7 
 4. Nijmegen 17-10 
 5. Zwolle 11-16 
 6. Leeuwarden 10-17 
 7. Weert 5-22 
 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 73-82

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 12: Den Bosch - Leeuwarden
Apr. 14: Groningen - Rotterdam
Apr. 14: Leiden - Weert
Apr. 14: Zwolle - Nijmegen


Coach Johan Roijakkers, "It Was a Big Challenge" - by Fred Roggen

Johan Roijakkers (agency: Stanley International ) is in his first year as head coach of BC Prievidza and I had a change speaking with him before his team will play MBK Rieker Komarno in the Slovakian Playoffs Finals on Saturday night.
He is always focused to achieve the goals for the season, with an eye on the long term-perspective with integration of young talent. He likes to work in a real team orientated
organization who wants to make a step forward. Prior to his leaving to coach in the NBA Development League in November 2010, Roijakkers was working for the Belgium
National television (Sporza) as a co-commentator for the games in the Belgian Top League
Johan Roijakkers is experienced with an international network. Although he is still young for a coach he was able to work in the last 7 years with Chris Finch and Arik Shivek.
Their coaching experience and international network were able to help Roijakkers build a thorough understanding of the game at a high international level.

Please tell us a little bit about your coaching and training background?
I started my professional coaching career when I was 23years in Belgium with Bree. The GM Eddy Swaeb and coach Paul Vervaeck gave me chance to start my professional coaching career, till this day I am very thankful that they gave me this opportunity. During the season unfortunately the head coach left the team and I had to take over the team. Even despite my young age we did very well and had a successful remainder of the season, we made it to the Final Four of the Belgium Cup and were able to beat all the top teams in the league. I did decided that I wanted to be an assistant again, because I felt I still had a lot to learn about the game of basketball. The season after I started to work together with Rudi Kuyl and Chris Finch. In our first year together Chris, Rudi and me won right away the Belgium Championship, the only title ever in the history of Bree. The season after we played in the ULEB cup where we beat teams like Lukoil Academic, Aris Thessaloniki, Ventpils and Alba Berlin even twice. We also won the Belgium Super Cup that season and also in our third season together we made it to the Belgian Finals. After three great seasons in Bree we went to Dexia Mons-Hainaut. In 2 years we made it to the Belgium Cup finals, the Euro Cup final and the Belgium League finals. At the beginning of our third season in Mons Chris decided to work for the Houston Rockets/Rio Grande Vipers. Last season we decided to work together again and we were happy to make it to the NBA Development league finals. Chris Finch basically learned me everything about the game but even maybe more important how to deal with player personnel and how to built a winning team and organization. He was and is the best coach/person I have ever met in this job by far!

Did you always know you could succeed at this level, or was it something you had to prove to yourself?
As I told before the past 6 seasons I was always an assistant coach with Chris Finch, in the 6 years that we worked together we made it to 6 different Finals. For me it was a big challenge at the start of this season to keep continuing this successful period. And I am happy that I continue to put another final on my resume this season.

Johan, when you arrived to Slovakia, did you find a team that you thought was ready to return to the top of the Slovakian league?
Not really. When I came in August 5 weeks before the season started we didn't have a single player signed, we had no pre season games scheduled and we had no organization around the team. Prievidza finished last season in 9th place with a budget that was 3 times bigger than this season. I felt when I came in that there was not a lot of believe in this organization and my team. But I have to congratulate my management and board with putting a winning organization together with very limited financial possibilities. We had to deal with a lot of off court problems, but my players did a great job with staying focused on what really matters: 'winning games'. That's why Prievidza is back for the first time in 16 (!!!) years in a final series!

The team is a very close-knit group, how important is that to help bring wins?
It is very important. When things don't go well you have to stick together as a team and organization. My guys always did that, that's what brought us to this final series.

What do you think has been a key factor contributing to the teams success?
When I started to recruit, Chris Finch gave me one important advice: 'make sure you recruit good guys for your first head coach job'. On all my players I did a detailed back ground check to make sure I had good personalities in my team. Second off all I wanted players that were hungry to prove something, I signed 3 rookies, 2 guys that didn't have a job last season and 2 players that were released early the season before. Third of all I wanted players that were willing to play unselfish basketball. This last point is key to be successful in the offensive system I like to run. At the end of the season we had 0 players in 10 top of scoring, but we had 3 players in top 10 of assists! That's how I like it, and I think this is part of our success.

What are you going to have to do to prevent the team from getting down?
There is still of ton of work of the court that needs to improve for Prievidza to be consistent in the top 4 of Slovakia. We know what these things are, we just have to keep getting better every day as a organization.

What is the most important aspect of basketball your team needs to focus on in order to be prepared for the Playoffs Final?
We have to keep bringing the defense that we brought every single game in the series against Levice and Nitra. If we do that, we have a chance to beat a top team like Komarno.

When did you realize this team could be as good as it was? Was there a particular game during the season that stood out that said to you weve taken that next step?
I think our win at Nova Ves early in december made me think we could be really good. We had 3 starters fouling out early in the 3th quarter, but we were still able to find a way to get a W at Nova Ves. This W gave all our guys a ton of confidence.

With this group, you have the flexibility to go small. Is there still a concern about frontcourt depth with this team?
I have no doubt about the depth of my front court. All my players can play multiply positions, this gives me the flexibility to move around my personnel at any time during the game.

Talk about the offensive-defensive systems you employ and how are the systems derived?
We run a motion based offense. The thought behind our system is to do something for somebody else. If everybody is doing something for somebody eventually everybody is creating for themselves. I think it is fun to watch, fun to coach and fun to play. On defensive we do a lot of different things. I do put a lot of pressure on my guys to stop their man 1on1. I give my players a lot of freedom on offense, but zero on defense.

For a coach in important games like those as the Playoffs Final, how important is preparation before the game compared to making decisions during it?
I think both are very important. You have to prepare your team as good as possible before every game, so your chances of winning are as high as possible. But also during the game you have to be able to make adjustments to your game plan to give your team a chance to win.

What must your team do to win the 2012 Slovakian Championship?
Since we don't have home court advantage, we have to take care of business at home and try to steal a game on the road.

Would you rather coach a team that is in an underdog position, or a team that is heavily favored?
I don't really have a preference for this. Teams that go out and focus on doing their stuff well, always have a chance to win. No matter what their position is.

Why is being a coach the best job in the world?
It is great to get a bunch of younger and older guys together and to make them better as individuals and as a team. That's what I personally think this job makes it a great pleasure to do it every single day.

Johan, Thanks for your time doing this interview and wish you and your team a lot of success at the Finals.




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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  IR
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Jarvis, IR24.0 
 2. Govens, Thor Thorl23.4 
 3. Echols, Njardvik22.4 
 4. Walkup, Fjolnir22.2 
 5. Holmes, Njardvik21.9 
 6. Bullock, Grindavik21.0 
 7. Cole, Keflavik21.0 
 8. Sovic, IR20.5 
 9. O''Neil, Fjolnir20.2 
 10. Parker, Keflavik19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quincy HANKINS-COLE
  Snaef.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hankins-Cole, Snae.13.0 
 2. Hairston, Thor T.12.3 
 3. Echols, Njardvik11.1 
 4. Smith, Haukar10.7 
 5. Tratnik, Valur10.4 
 6. Cole, Keflavik10.3 
 7. Walkup, Fjolnir10.1 
 8. Bullock, Grindavik9.9 
 9. Lindmets, Stjarnan8.7 
 10. Magnusson, KR8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan7.2 
 2. Watson, Grindavik6.7 
 3. Miller, Tindastoll6.0 
 4. Hall, Snaefell5.5 
 5. Govens, Thor Thorl4.7 
 6. Brown, KR4.6 
 7. Fridriksson, Njard.4.5 
 8. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.5 
 9. Parker, Keflavik4.0 
 10. Gunnarsson, Kefla.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Holmes, Njardvik2.9 
 2. Cothran, Stjarnan2.8 
 3. Allen, Tindastoll2.8 
 4. Gunnarsson, Kefla.2.3 
 5. Hall, Snaefell2.2 
 6. Parker, Keflavik2.2 
 7. Shouse, Stjarnan2.2 
 8. Miller, Tindastoll2.2 
 9. Brown, KR2.1 
 10. Jonsson, Thor Tho.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Hairston, Thor T.3.7 
 2. Smith, Haukar3.6 
 3. Tratnik, Valur2.2 
 4. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.2 
 5. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.0 
 6. Holmes, Njardvik1.0 
 7. Cole, Keflavik1.0 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Gri.0.9 
 9. Ferguson, KR0.9 
 10. Barja, Haukar0.9 


Grindavik takes the lead - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

First game between Grindavik & Stjarnan in semifinals was a close one most of the time. Grindavik rebounding much better 46-29 and in steals 13-8 is probably the main different in this game. Some of the main scorers on Stjarnan team not shooting as well as usual. Only three Grindavik players in double digit and four of Stjarnan players.
Scorers for Grindavik.J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Cleveland St.) 24. Thorleifur Olafsson 16. Giordan Watson 10. Olafur Olafsson 9. Ryan Pettinella 7. Sigurdur Thorsteinsson 7. Pall Vilbergsson 5. Johann Olafsson 3. Omar Saevarsson 2
For Stjarnan. Keith Cothran 22. Renato Lindmets 14 Jovan Zdravevski 11. Justin Shouse 11. Fannar Helgason 9. Marvin Valdimarsson 5. Dagur Jonsson 2



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WABA League: Riyadi outgun Mahram, force decider - by Eurobasket News

Mahram - Riyadi 93:101

Riyadi stayed alive in the WABA League title series. The Lebanese team claimed a tough road win in Game 4 to draw things level at 2-2. The teams will now play the decisive fifth game of the series on April 16th. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) unloaded 36 points and collected 8 rebounds to lead the defending champions.
Mahram jumped to an early lead. They enjoyed a 5-point advantage midway through the opening quarter. But Riyadi erased the deficit knotting things up at 17. The lead changed hands throughout the second quarter. Mahram however managed to secure a 42:37 halftime advantage. They maintained it throughout the bigger part of the third term. However Riyadi found the way to level things up once again and the teams entered the fourth period tied at 65. Riyadi relied heavily on Dewarick Spencer in the fourth term. The leading scorer unleashed 13 points in the period and helped Riyadi to roll to the victory. Joseph Vogel (211-C-73, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Colorado St.) posted 13 points, while Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) answered with 28 points for Mahram. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) and Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) added 17 points each in the loss.

Mahram: Mahdi Kamrani 28, Samad Nik Khahbahrami 17, Nikoloz Tskitishvili 17
Riyadi: Dewarick Spencer 36, Joseph Vogel 13, Omar El Turk 12



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Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 22-4 
 2. Macc.B.Yaakov 20-6 
 3. Elitzur Yavne 18-8 
 4. Ironi Nes-Ziona 15-11 
 5. Hapoel Afula 14-12 
 6. Kiryat Tivon 13-13 
 7. Hod Hasharon 13-13 
 8. Ironi Ramat Gan 12-14 
 9. Ironi Nahariya 11-15 
 10. Elitzur Ramla 11-15 
 11. Ironi K-A 10-16 
 12. Hapoel K/S 9-17 
 13. Hapoel Y/M 7-19 
 14. Lev Hasharon 7-19 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 10: Macc.B.Yaakov - Lev Hasharon 98-78
Apr. 10: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Elitzur Ramla 93-80
Apr. 10: Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel Afula 92-90 OT
Apr. 10: Hapoel T-A - Elitzur Yavne 89-70
Apr. 10: Kiryat Tivon - Ironi Ramat Gan 83-88
Apr. 10: Hapoel K/S - Hapoel Y/M 80-74
Apr. 10: Ironi K-A - Hod Hasharon 101-96


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Errick MCCOLLUM
  Hapoel K.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. McCollum, Hapoel K.24.4 
 2. Miller, Macc.B.Y.23.4 
 3. Sanders, Hapoel Y.23.1 
 4. Clinch, Lev H.22.7 
 5. Hall, Macc.B.Y.22.3 
 6. Ginyard, Ironi N.21.6 
 7. Daniel, Ironi K-A21.5 
 8. Clemente, Kiryat T.21.1 
 9. Moragne, Elitzur20.6 
 10. Thondique, Hapoel20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.14.9 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel12.9 
 3. Turner, Hapoel Y/M11.2 
 4. Moses, Hapoel K/S10.7 
 5. Blair, Ironi N.9.8 
 6. Webb, Ironi R.9.8 
 7. Daniel, Ironi K-A9.3 
 8. Traimel, Ironi N.9.0 
 9. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.8.8 
 10. Sanders, Hapoel Y.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.7.7 
 2. Sukar, Hod Hashar.6.9 
 3. Berkowitz, Elitzu.6.8 
 4. Bannister, Ironi R.6.8 
 5. Eliyahu, Ironi N.6.6 
 6. Assaf, Ironi N.5.5 
 7. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.5.2 
 8. Gonzalez, Hod H.4.9 
 9. Rub, Lev Hasharon4.7 
 10. Miller, Macc.B.Y.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Macc.B.Y.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Miller, Macc.B.Y.2.9 
 2. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.2.9 
 3. Benn, Ironi N.2.6 
 4. Hofman, Elitzur2.5 
 5. Sanders, Hapoel Y.2.4 
 6. Gonzalez, Hod H.2.3 
 7. Eliyahu, Ironi N.2.3 
 8. Berkowitz, Elitzu.2.2 
 9. McCollum, Hapoel K.2.2 
 10. Davidi, Ironi R.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Ironi K-A
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Daniel, Ironi K-A2.6 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.3 
 3. Johnson, Hod H.2.0 
 4. Blair, Ironi N.1.8 
 5. Webb, Ironi R.1.5 
 6. Thondique, Hapoel1.5 
 7. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.4 
 8. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.1.3 
 9. Naor, Hapoel T-A1.1 
 10. Younger, Ironi K-A0.9 


National League Round 26: Hapoel Tel-Aviv wins Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in National League just ended.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tel-Aviv. First ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv faced 3rd ranked Elitzur Yavne. Host Hapoel Tel-Aviv (22-4) smashed guests from Yavne (18-8) 89-70. The game without a history. Hapoel Tel-Aviv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Elitzur Yavne helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) who scored 19 points and 4 assists. The other American import Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Eyal Engel (190-85) produced 21 points for the guests. Hapoel Tel-Aviv maintains first position with 22-4 record. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost.
Ironi Nahariya (11-15) survived in overtime against Hapoel Afula (14-12) by two points 92-90. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel Afula. American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Oren Ben Hemo contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) replied with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Hapoel Afula. Ironi Nahariya moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Hapoel Afula at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Kiryat Ata, where higher ranked Hod Hasharon (13-13) lost to eleventh ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (10-16) in a road game 96-101 on Tuesday. Lenny Daniel had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners. Gary Gandel responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Newly promoted Ironi Kiryat Ata maintains eleventh position with 10-16 record. Loser Hod Hasharon dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Kiryat Tivon.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Beer Yaakov. Local Beer Yaakov (20-6) outscored 14th ranked Lev Hasharon (7-19) 98-78. Nate Miller notched a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Beer Yaakov maintains second position with 20-6 record having just two points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Lev Hasharon lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost.

Rest of the games of round 26 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Elitzur Ramla was defeated by Ironi Nes-Ziona in Nes Ziyona 93-80. Kiryat Tivon was beaten by Ironi Ramat Gan at home 83-88. Hapoel Y/M lost to Hapoel K/S on the opponent's court 74-80.


Ironi K-A - Hod Hasharon 101-96

We should mention about the upset which took place in Kiryat Ata, where higher ranked Hod Hasharon (13-13) lost to eleventh ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (10-16) in a road game 96-101 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hod Hasharon won third quarter 29-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Kiryat Ata made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Hod Hasharon turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Lenny Daniel (201-87, college: CS Northridge) had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Tony Younger (200-80, college: Spring Hill, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) chipped in 26 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Anthony Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Ironi Kiryat Ata maintains eleventh position with 10-16 record. Loser Hod Hasharon dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Kiryat Tivon.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: L.Daniel 29+10reb, T.Younger 26+10reb+2ast, I.Nanikashvili 20+1reb+12ast, A.Nanikashvili 15+3reb+5ast, G.Halamish 5+1reb+2ast, R.Elbaz 5+3reb+4ast
Hod Hasharon: G.Gandel 20+9reb+1ast, A.Johnson 18+9reb+2ast, A.Skverer 17+1reb+5ast, C.Dewhurst 17+7reb+3ast, H.Ratner 9+1reb+1ast, J.Gonzalez 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 145368


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Elitzur Ramla 93-80

There was no surprise in Nes Ziyona where 9th ranked Elitzur Ramla (11-15) was defeated by fifth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (15-11) 93-80. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Nes-Ziona. Elitzur Ramla was better in second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 28 personal fouls committed by Elitzur Ramla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Dori Assaf (178-87) notched 30 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) supported him with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Even 22 points by American forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) did not help to save the game for Elitzur Ramla. His fellow American import forward Ryan Bacon (200-88, college: St.Peter's, agency: Strategic Sports) added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. Ironi Nes-Ziona moved-up to fourth place. Elitzur Ramla at the other side keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: D.Assaf 30+2reb+5ast, T.Michael Dunne 24+6reb+3ast, G.Blair 11+8reb+1ast, T.Karpeles 8+5reb+3ast, R.Zehavian 8+9reb, B.Benn 5+8reb+7ast
Elitzur Ramla: S.Moragne 22+3reb+1ast, R.Bacon 13+10reb+1ast, N.Sananes 13+5reb, O.Cohen 10+2reb+2ast, I.Berkowitz 8+4reb+6ast, A.Ohana 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 145369


Macc.B.Yaakov - Lev Hasharon 98-78

The game with biggest result difference took place in Beer Yaakov. Local Beer Yaakov (20-6) outscored 14th ranked Lev Hasharon (7-19) 98-78. It looked good early as Lev Hasharon took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Beer Yaakov had a 27-23 second period charge getting the lead and Lev Hasharon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-98. Beer Yaakov made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Lev Hasharon turnovers. American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) notched a double-double by scoring 32 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international power forward Chris Watson (200-75, college: Niagara) supported him with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks by American forward Grady Reynolds (198-80, college: St.John's, agency: Strategic Sports) did not help to save the game for Lev Hasharon. His fellow American import swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Four Lev Hasharon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Beer Yaakov maintains second position with 20-6 record having just two points less than leader Hapoel T-A. Lev Hasharon lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: N.Miller 32+12reb+3ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 26+1reb+1ast, C.Watson 20+7reb+3ast, I.Buchman 6+6reb, N.Dvash 4+1reb, D.Housman 3+9reb+6ast
Lev Hasharon: S.Ray 16+10reb+1ast, G.Reynolds 15+12reb+1ast, O.Rub 12+7reb+6ast, U.Gur 12+3reb+1ast, O.Shmidt 9+1reb+1ast, A.Sela 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 145364


Kiryat Tivon - Ironi Ramat Gan 83-88

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (12-14) defeated on the road 6th ranked Kiryat Tivon (13-13) 88-83. The guests were ahead by 12 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 21-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. Ironi Ramat Gan made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. American point guard T.J. Bannister (180-84, college: Liberty, agency: KMG Sports Management) notched 14 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the effort and guard Dror Davidi (190-84) supported him with 22 points. Four Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. Even 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by power forward Kobi Izik (204-83) did not help to save the game for Kiryat Tivon. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Ironi Ramat Gan maintains eighth position with 12-14 record. Kiryat Tivon at the other side keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: D.Davidi 22+3reb+1ast, R.Webb 16+8reb, A.Tamir 16+5reb+4ast, T.Bannister 14+5reb+8ast, Y.Yatzkan 11+2reb+2ast, R.Pitshon 9+7reb+1ast
Kiryat Tivon: K.Izik 20+6reb+5ast, J.Gomes 16+5reb+3ast, R.Clemente 14+9reb+4ast, E.Solomoviz 6, M.Shamis 6+4reb+6ast, B.Hagbi 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 145365


Hapoel K/S - Hapoel Y/M 80-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 13th ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido's (7-19) road loss to twelfth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (9-17) 74-80. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 23-12 charge of Hapoel Kfar Saba, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Hapoel Kfar Saba outrebounded Hapoel Yokneam/Megido 42-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. American guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) notched 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and forward Adir Harush (187-90) supported him with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Hapoel Kfar Saba players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by swingman Inam Eiram (194-88) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Yokneam/Megido. American power forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 14 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Hapoel Kfar Saba have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain twelfth position with 9-17 record. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 19 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: E.McCollum 24+6reb+4ast, A.Harush 19+5reb+4ast, E.Rotemberg 14+5reb+1ast, O.Ron 11+4reb+5ast, H.Karni 8+10reb, S.Kleimintz 2+2reb+1ast
Hapoel Y/M: I.Eiram 16+7reb+3ast, R.Turner 14+8reb+3ast, S.Bozeman 13+1reb+2ast, M.Zalmanovich 9+2reb+2ast, J.Sztarkman 8+3reb, Z.Ben-Zvi 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 145366


Hapoel T-A - Elitzur Yavne 89-70

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Tel-Aviv. First ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv faced 3rd ranked Elitzur Yavne. Host Hapoel Tel-Aviv (22-4) smashed guests from Yavne (18-8) 89-70. The game without a history. Hapoel Tel-Aviv led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Elitzur Yavne helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) who scored 19 points and 4 assists. The other American import Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Eyal Engel (190-85) produced 21 points and American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Tel-Aviv maintains first position with 22-4 record. Elitzur Yavne at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: D.Stitt 19+2reb+4ast, C.Carr 16+4reb+2ast, G.Eytan 14+5reb+2ast, C.Kelly 13+10reb+1ast, J.Skjoldebrand 10+2reb+1ast, B.Timor 7+5reb+2ast
Elitzur Yavne: E.Engel 21+3reb+2ast, B.Laing 15+5reb, Z.Volfer 11+4reb+2ast, E.Hofman 10+2reb+3ast, N.Golan 8+3reb+3ast, A.Cohen 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 145367


Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel Afula 92-90 OT

Ironi Nahariya (11-15) survived in overtime against Hapoel Afula (14-12) by two points 92-90. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hapoel Afula. Hapoel Afula was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 21-13 charge of Ironi Nahariya, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-13. It was a great shooting night for Ironi Nahariya especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Hapoel Afula was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Guard Oren Ben Hemo (190-79) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) replied with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import swingman Roy Booker (191-84, college: SE Missouri St.) added 24 points in the effort for Hapoel Afula. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Nahariya moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Hapoel Afula at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: M.Ginyard 23+6reb+2ast, O.Ben Hemo 17+2reb+4ast, E.Traimel 12+8reb+2ast, A.Eliyahu 12+3reb+7ast, A.Matta 9+9reb, J.Baze 8+3reb
Hapoel Afula: R.Booker 24+3reb+3ast, G.Thondique 23+9reb+5ast, E.Eliyah 16+10reb+2ast, G.Cohen 10+3reb, H.Shifman 7+3reb+2ast, O.Blayzer 4+8reb+3ast
gschID: 145363



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  ITALY   


Shermadini undergoes successful surgery, 6-12 weeks out - by Eurobasket News

Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) underwent successful foot surgery yesterday. Head Coach of Bennet Cantu Andrea Trinchieri said that Sherma will be out from 6 to 12 weeks. Earlier this season, Cantu already faced with injuries of Gianluca Basile, Vladimir Micov and Marko Scekic. Giorgi Shermadini appeared 22 times in SerieA this season averaging 9 points and 5.2 rebounds. He participated at the SerieA All-Star Game. Shermadini also played 16 games in Euroleague registering 10.9 ppg and 5.5 rpg. He spent last season with Union Olimpija. It was a loan from Panathinaikos, where Sherma played from 2008 to 2010. In the past, Giorgi Shermadini played for Maccabi Tbilisi and was the best player in Georgia. In their last season together he had 33.5 ppg, 18.4 rpg, 4.8 apg, 2.3 spg and 3.3 bpg for 20 games in Highest League. Shermadini got injured during the practice.


Lydeka's 20 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old Tautvydas Lydeka (208-C/F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Scavolini PS and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
He had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds for Scavolini PS in his team's victory, helping them to crush Vanoli CR (#15, 10-17) with 22-point margin 86-64. Scavolini PS maintains the 6th position in Italian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Scavolini PS will need more victories to improve their 16-10 record. It's Lydeka's second year at Scavolini PS and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Tautvydas Lydeka averages this season 8.0ppg and 5.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Marques Green (167-PG-82) of Sidigas AV. He is American-FYR Macedonian guard in his second season at Sidigas AV. In the last game Green recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Sidigas AV lost that game 82-88 to slightly lower-ranked Acea Roma (#10, 13-14). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Sidigas AV keeps 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Green is well-known at Sidigas AV and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Sean May (206-F-84) of Fabi Shoes (#11). May scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite May's great performance Fabi Shoes lost 92-98 to the higher-ranked Armani Mit (#4, 16-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Fabi Shoes ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, May could help Fabi Shoes to bring them higher in the standings. May has a very solid season. In 7 games in Italy he scored 15.1ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 61.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James White (199-G-84) of Scavolini PS - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Achille Polonara (203-F-91) of Banca Tercas - 20 points and 7 rebounds
6. Nemanja Gordic (193-G-88) of Acea Roma - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86) of Fabi Shoes - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Travis Diener (184-PG-82) of Banco di Sard. - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Aubrey Coleman (193-G-87) of Angelico BI - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) of Armani Mit - 21 points, 8 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)



Chester Simmons officially joins Emporio Armani - by Eurobasket News

Emporio Armani Milano officiated the deal with Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington). The guard signed a deal until the end of the season. The player started the season in Czech Republic. He played for CEZ Nymburk. Chester Simmons posted 17.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in Euroleague Qualifying Round. In VTB League the guard posted 16.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists. In EuroCup Chester Simmons delivered 15.1 points, 3.6 boards and 2.9 assists per appearance. The guard also produced 12.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in Czech Republic NBL. Last season Chester Simmons also spent with Nymburk. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic League Guard of the Year. Chester Simmons also made it into All-EuroCup 3rd Team. He was trumped Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Guard of the Year back in 2007.


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  JAPAN   

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi20.4 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.5 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.17.3 
 4. Orimo, Hokkaido L.16.3 
 5. Kanamaru, Panasoni.15.7 
 6. McFarlin, Tochigi15.6 
 7. Lewis, Hokkaido L.14.2 
 8. Igarashi, Mitsubis.13.9 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.12.9 
 10. Moss, Toshiba BT12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.8 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi9.7 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.5 
 4. Moss, Toshiba BT8.5 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.4 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.2 
 7. Allen, Mitsubis.7.4 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.7.2 
 9. Lewis, Hokkaido L.7.0 
 10. Takeuchi, Toyota6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi4.5 
 2. Igarashi, Mitsubis.4.0 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.8 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.7 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.0 
 6. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
 7. Watanabe, Panason.2.7 
 8. Kashiwakura, Hitac.2.7 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi2.5 
 10. Kinoshita, Panaso.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi1.8 
 2. Sato, Hitachi SR1.7 
 3. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.7 
 4. Hirose, Panasoni.1.6 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.5 
 6. Hale, Mitsubis.1.5 
 7. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.5 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.4 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubis.1.3 
 10. Sakuragi, Aishin1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitac.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.6 
 2. Richardson, Aishin1.3 
 3. Takeuchi, Toyota1.2 
 4. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.1 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.0.9 
 6. Merritt, Toshi.0.8 
 7. Aono, Panasonic T.0.8 
 8. Moss, Toshiba BT0.8 
 9. O''Bannon, Panason.0.8 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 


Aishin heads to the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Panasonic T. - Aishin SH 64-76

Aishin won the series 2-1. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 19-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-64. Aishin Sea Horses made 28-of-34 free shots (82.4 percent) during the game, while Panasonic Trians only scored seven points from the stripe. 28 personal fouls committed by Panasonic Trians helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Anthony Richardson (201-83, college: Florida St., agency: TSS Management) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) who recorded 13 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Panasonic Trians' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: K.Hirose 13+6reb+3ast, K.Kanamaru 13+5reb+1ast, C.O'Bannon 11+7reb+1ast, H.Kinoshita 9+3reb+6ast, F.Aono 6+4reb+1ast, T.Onishi 5+1reb
Aishin SH: A.Richardson 20+5reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 17+13reb+7ast, S.Kashiwagi 13+4reb, H.Ryoma 8, K.Young 6+5reb, T.Furukawa 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 173989



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Exclusive: Palamar, to surprise the upper three - by Dren Shporta

Just after the victory in the last championship match against Drita in Gjilan, Bashkimis officials changed the coach Naser Oskacek. Oskacek was the third coach of orange team in this
season, after Sasha Katalinic and Arben Nixha. Because of non satisfying results, the club officials have decided to change the coach again.

Oskacek will be replaced by Montenegrin coach Rejhan Palamar , who has currently been working with Ibar of Rozaje. He made possible for the solid team of Ibar to be promoted in
Montenegrin first division, where they will play next season.

In a brief and exclusive talk with Eurobasket yesterday, he said that will try to surprise the upper teams than Bashkimi in Final Four and play-off. End of the season is approaching and
to make radical changes in the team is impossible from now on, so we will try to surprise, were the words of objective Palamar. 31 year old coach is looking forward to his first
official match with the team. Bashkimi will play Futura today in a Cup quarterfinals.





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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Liepaja 17-9 
 2. VEF Riga 15-1 
 3. Ventspils 15-1 
 4. Valmiera 13-13 
 5. LU 12-14 
 6. Jelgava 11-15 
 7. Jurmala 9-17 
 8. Turiba 9-17 
 9. U18 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 10: Liepaja - Ventspils 84-88
Apr. 7: Liepaja - LU 79-60
Apr. 4: VEF Riga - Jurmala 117-61

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 12: Valmiera - LU
Apr. 12: Liepaja - Jelgava


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ernests KALVE
  Valmiera
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 2. Peiners, LU18.1 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja17.8 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera16.7 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava16.5 
 6. Ozols, Jurmala16.4 
 7. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 8. Young, Ventspils14.3 
 9. Kravcenko, Liepaja14.2 
 10. Dargais, LU13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.3 
 2. Willard, Ventspils8.4 
 3. Rozitis, Valmiera8.3 
 4. Dargais, LU7.9 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga7.6 
 6. Mednis, Turiba6.7 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 8. Timma, Liepaja6.0 
 9. Butjankovs, Valmi.6.0 
 10. Nelson, Jelgava5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.0 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Kravcenko, Liepaja4.0 
 4. Coders, Jurmala3.6 
 5. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.5 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava3.2 
 7. Silavs, Jelgava3.1 
 8. Peiners, LU3.0 
 9. Gray, Ventspils3.0 
 10. Antrops, Turiba2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kristaps KANBERGS
  Jelgava
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 2. Peiners, LU1.9 
 3. Timma, Liepaja1.7 
 4. Osins, LU1.7 
 5. Gray, Ventspils1.6 
 6. Mayo, Liepaja1.6 
 7. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.4 
 8. Ozols, Jurmala1.4 
 9. Young, Ventspils1.4 
 10. Krumins, Jelgava1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.6 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.2 
 3. Leiteris, Liepaja1.0 
 4. Ozols, Jurmala0.9 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 6. Plivda, LU0.7 
 7. Meiers, Ventspils0.6 
 8. Duselis, Jelgava0.6 
 9. Peiners, LU0.5 
 10. Krastins, U180.5 


VEF Riga wins the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LBL just ended.

Liepaja (17-9) recorded its ninth loss at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Ventspils (15-1) 88-84. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Liepaja. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 36-27 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Ronalds Zakis (207-87) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ventspils moved-up to second place, which they share with VEF Riga. Liepaja at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost.
Leader Liepaja delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Latvijas Universitate (12-14) 79-60. It was a good game for swingman Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Martins Kravcenko contributed with 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. point guard Armands Osins (185-91, agency: FCM) answered with 9 points and 11 rebounds for Latvijas Universitate. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Liepaja (17-9) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place. Latvijas Universitate lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 14 games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Riga. Local VEF Riga (15-1) outscored 7th ranked Jurmala (9-17) 117-61 on Wednesday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Janis Berzins who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 rebounds. VEF Riga's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Atis Ozols with 16 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for VEF Riga. Defending champion maintains second place with 15-1 record having twelve point less than leader Liepaja, which they share with Ventspils. Newly promoted Jurmala keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. They share it with Turiba.

The best stats of 27th round was 16 points and 14 rebounds by Tyler Cain of VEF Riga.


VEF Riga - Jurmala 117-61

The game with biggest result difference took place in Riga. Local VEF Riga (15-1) outscored 7th ranked Jurmala (9-17) 117-61 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Riga. Jurmala managed to win third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Jurmala's 28 and made 30-of-36 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while Jurmala only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded Jurmala 57-24 including a 38-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of swingman Janis Berzins (201-93, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) helped adding 16 points and 14 rebounds. Five VEF Riga players scored in double figures. VEF Riga's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Atis Ozols (198-81) with 16 points and 5 rebounds and guard Valts Dambergs (193-85) scored 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). The victory was the ninth consecutive win for VEF Riga. Defending champion maintains second place with 15-1 record having twelve point less than leader Liepaja, which they share with Ventspils. Newly promoted Jurmala keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. They share it with Turiba.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: J.Berzins 23+9reb+3ast, I.Zvigurs 17+7reb+3ast, T.Cain 16+14reb+1ast, D.Geks 13+7reb+2ast, D.Zavackas 12+3reb+1ast, K.Berzins 8+5reb
Jurmala: A.Ozols 16+5reb+3ast, V.Dambergs 14+4reb, J.Kosuskins 9+5reb+3ast, E.Indans 9+2reb+1ast, E.Jonats 4+1reb+2ast, R.Vaikulis 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 173593


Liepaja - LU 79-60

Leader Liepaja delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Latvijas Universitate (12-14) 79-60. The game without a history. Liepaja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for swingman Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85) contributed with 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. point guard Armands Osins (185-91, agency: FCM) answered with 9 points and 11 rebounds and guard Ingars Aizpurs (196-92) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Latvijas Universitate. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Liepaja (17-9) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place. Latvijas Universitate lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: J.Timma 21+9reb, P.Pastusena 12+3reb, M.Kravcenko 11+3reb+8ast, T.Leiteris 9+9reb, J.Mayo 9+3reb+6ast, A.Helmanis 8+4reb+2ast
LU: Z.Peiners 12+1reb, M.Dargis 9+1reb, A.Osins 9+11reb, I.Aizpurs 8+8reb, Z.Plivda 6+4reb+1ast, R.Zebergs 6+2reb
gschID: 173594


Liepaja - Ventspils 84-88

Top ranked Liepaja (17-9) recorded its ninth loss at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Ventspils (15-1) 88-84. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Liepaja. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 36-27 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Ronalds Zakis (207-87) who scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) added 18 points and 6 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ventspils moved-up to second place, which they share with VEF Riga. Liepaja at the other side still keeps top position with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: R.Zakis 24+6reb, A.Strelnieks 14+3reb+1ast, J.Young 12+3reb+4ast, M.Diane 9+2reb, A.Berzins 8+2reb+1ast, M.Meiers 8+4reb
Liepaja: M.Kravcenko 19+4reb+1ast, J.Mayo 18+2reb+6ast, J.Timma 15+10reb+2ast, A.Bricis 9+2reb, T.Leiteris 8+5reb, P.Pastusena 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 173595



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 25-2 
 2. Al Riyadi 24-3 
 3. Anibal 17-10 
 4. Sagesse 14-14 
 5. Moutahed 11-16 
 6. Byblos 10-17 
 7. Bejjeh 8-18 
 8. Hoops 6-21 

Second Stage: Round 12

Apr. 9: Moutahed - Anibal 85-83
Apr. 7: Sagesse - Byblos 102-69
Apr. 7: Champville - Hoops 100-84


WABA League: Riyadi outgun Mahram, force decider - by Eurobasket News

Mahram - Riyadi 93:101

Riyadi stayed alive in the WABA League title series. The Lebanese team claimed a tough road win in Game 4 to draw things level at 2-2. The teams will now play the decisive fifth game of the series on April 16th. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) unloaded 36 points and collected 8 rebounds to lead the defending champions.
Mahram jumped to an early lead. They enjoyed a 5-point advantage midway through the opening quarter. But Riyadi erased the deficit knotting things up at 17. The lead changed hands throughout the second quarter. Mahram however managed to secure a 42:37 halftime advantage. They maintained it throughout the bigger part of the third term. However Riyadi found the way to level things up once again and the teams entered the fourth period tied at 65. Riyadi relied heavily on Dewarick Spencer in the fourth term. The leading scorer unleashed 13 points in the period and helped Riyadi to roll to the victory. Joseph Vogel (211-C-73, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Colorado St.) posted 13 points, while Omar El Turk (188-G-81, college: Dawson Coll.) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Mahdi Kamrani (185-PG-82) answered with 28 points for Mahram. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) and Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) added 17 points each in the loss.

Mahram: Mahdi Kamrani 28, Samad Nik Khahbahrami 17, Nikoloz Tskitishvili 17
Riyadi: Dewarick Spencer 36, Joseph Vogel 13, Omar El Turk 12



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 20-1 
 2. Lietuvos rytas 18-4 
 3. Siauliai 15-6 
 4. Rudupis 15-6 
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 12-8 
 6. Neptunas 9-12 
 7. Baltai Kaunas 9-12 
 8. Kedainiai 8-13 
 9. Juventus 6-15 
 10. Sakalai 5-16 
 11. Lietkabelis 5-16 
 12. Naglis Palangos 4-17 

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 2: Siauliai - Zalgiris 92-81
Apr. 10: Siauliai - Kedainiai 92-80
Apr. 5: Zalgiris - Lietuvos rytas 86-81
Apr. 10: Lietkabelis - Baltai Kaunas 85-70
Apr. 10: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Sakalai 84-66
Apr. 10: Neptunas - Naglis Palangos 109-101

Regular Season: Round 23

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


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Laurynas MIKALAUSKAS
  Neptu.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Mikalauskas, Neptu.17.1 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.14.8 
 3. Mazeika, Neptunas14.7 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietu.14.7 
 5. Hughes, Pieno Z.14.6 
 6. Cepukaitis, Lietka.14.2 
 7. Urbonas, Juventus13.7 
 8. Seibutis, Lietuv.13.5 
 9. Butkevicius, Rudup.13.3 
 10. Vasylius, Siauliai13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.3 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.7 
 3. Mikalauskas, Neptu.7.2 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai7.1 
 5. Butkevicius, Rudup.6.9 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.6.6 
 7. Cepukaitis, Lietka.6.5 
 8. Bowles, Siauliai6.4 
 9. Valeika, Neptunas6.1 
 10. Barinov, Naglis P.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Dainys, Neptunas5.7 
 2. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.9 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.4.5 
 4. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.2 
 5. Broadus, Siauliai4.2 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.9 
 7. Popovic, Zalgiris3.8 
 8. Maceina, Juventus3.7 
 9. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.3.6 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Lie.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 2. Long, Siauliai1.8 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai1.7 
 4. Vasiliauskas, Liet.1.6 
 5. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.6 
 6. Ginevicius, Kedain.1.6 
 7. Roberts, Lietuvos.1.6 
 8. Kelys, Pieno Z.1.4 
 9. Weems, Zalgiris1.4 
 10. Dainys, Neptunas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.0 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.8 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 4. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.1 
 5. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.0 
 6. Zelionis, Rudupis0.9 
 7. Samardziski, Lietu.0.9 
 8. McClure, Kedainiai0.9 
 9. Cepukaitis, Lietka.0.9 
 10. Joneliunas, Sakal.0.8 


LKL Round 22: Siauliai hands first defeat to Zalgiris - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in LKL. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Undefeated Zalgiris (20-1) recorded its first loss on the court of fourth ranked Siauliai on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by Siauliai 92-81. It ended at the same time the 20-game winning streak of Zalgiris. The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. Zalgiris managed to win second period 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Zalgiris 38-23 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Siauliai looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) fired 21 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Guard Edvinas Ruzgas (198-87, college: TCU) chipped in 17 points. Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) produced 10 points and 4 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siauliai (15-6) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Rudupis. Defending champion Zalgiris still keeps top position with one game lost. Siauliai is looking forward to face Baltai Kaunas (#7) on the road in the next round. Zalgiris will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kaunas. First ranked Zalgiris faced their biggest opponent Lietuvos rytas. Host Zalgiris (20-1) defeated guests from Vilnius (18-4) 86-81. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Mantas Kalnietis (196-86, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Marko Popovic contributed with 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. Zalgiris' coach Aleksandar Trifunovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) replied with 22 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for Lietuvos rytas. Zalgiris have an impressive 20-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-1 record. Lietuvos rytas at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Panevezys, where higher ranked Baltai Kaunas (9-12) lost to eleventh ranked Lietkabelis (5-16) in a road game 70-85 on Tuesday. Vaidas Cepukaitis had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Lietkabelis' coach Gintaras Leonavicius used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Jonas Maciulis responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Lietkabelis moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Sakalai. Loser Baltai Kaunas keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Neptunas. Lietkabelis will meet higher ranked Kedainiai (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Baltai Kaunas will play against Siauliai and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Pasvalys. Local Pieno Zvaigzdes (12-8) beat 10th ranked Sakalai (5-16) 84-66. TreVon Hughes notched 23 points to lead the effort. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes maintains fifth position with 12-8 record. Sakalai at the other side keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (#12) in Palanga and are hoping to win another game. Sakalai will play at home against Neptunas in Klaipeda.

In the last two games of round 22 Kedainiai was defeated by Siauliai in a road game 92-80. Neptunas beat Naglis Palangos at home 109-101.
The best stats of 22th round was 25 points and 10 rebounds by Dane Johnson of Naglis Palangos.


Lietkabelis - Baltai Kaunas 85-70

We should mention about the upset which took place in Panevezys, where higher ranked Baltai Kaunas (9-12) lost to eleventh ranked Lietkabelis (5-16) in a road game 70-85 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Lietkabelis. Baltai Kaunas managed to win third quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lietkabelis dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Baltai Kaunas' 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Baltai Kaunas' players. Center Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Lietkabelis' coach Gintaras Leonavicius used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side the former international swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and guard Edgaras Ulanovas (198-92) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Lietkabelis moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Sakalai. Loser Baltai Kaunas keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Neptunas. Lietkabelis will meet higher ranked Kedainiai (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Baltai Kaunas will play against Siauliai and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: V.Cepukaitis 16+11reb+1ast, G.Staniulis 13+5reb+1ast, O.Matulionis 12+4reb+1ast, K.Babkauskas 9+4reb+4ast, S.Vasiliauskas 9+4ast, E.Ezerskis 8+2ast
Baltai Kaunas: E.Ulanovas 23+7reb, J.Maciulis 22+12reb+1ast, U.Petrovic 10+5reb, M.Kupsas 5+5reb, V.Cizauskas 4+2reb+2ast, K.Vecvagars 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 173947


Siauliai - Kedainiai 92-80

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Kedainiai (8-13) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Siauliai (15-6) 92-80. The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. Kedainiai was better in fourth quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Siauliai dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Kedainiai's 42. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-82) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) supported him with 18 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Four Siauliai players scored in double figures. Even 19 points (made all of his eight free throws) by the former international point guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) did not help to save the game for Kedainiai. Center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Siauliai have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Rudupis. Kedainiai at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Siauliai's next round opponent will be Baltai Kaunas (#7) on the road. Kedainiai will play against Lietkabelis in Panevezys.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: C.Long 18+4reb+7ast, V.Sarakauskas 16+12reb+1ast, D.Gvezdauskas 13+2reb, A.Siksnius 11+2reb+1ast, J.Jucikas 9+2reb, V.Vasylius 9+5reb+1ast
Kedainiai: V.Jasikevicius 19+1reb+3ast, E.Dimsa 12+5reb+1ast, A.Adomaitis 11+3reb, D.McClure 8+5reb, L.Kisielius 8+5reb+3ast, V.Sulskis 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 173948


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Sakalai 84-66

The game with biggest result difference took place in Pasvalys. Local Pieno Zvaigzdes (12-8) beat 10th ranked Sakalai (5-16) 84-66. The game was mostly controlled by Pieno Zvaigzdes. Sakalai was better in third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) notched 23 points to lead the effort and forward Saulius Kulvietis (203-91) supported him with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds by forward Arnas Butkevicius (199-92) did not help to save the game for Sakalai. Forward Evaldas Baniulis (201-87, college: S.Carolina) added 15 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes maintains fifth position with 12-8 record. Sakalai at the other side keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (#12) in Palanga and are hoping to win another game. Sakalai will play at home against Neptunas in Klaipeda.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Hughes 23+3reb+2ast, L.Nobles 15+2reb+1ast, S.Kulvietis 12+6reb+2ast, P.Prestes 10+7reb+1ast, D.Leonard 8+3reb, A.Kieza 5+4reb+1ast
Sakalai: A.Butkevicius 17+9reb+1ast, E.Baniulis 15+10reb, A.Peciukevicius 6+2ast, L.Samenas 6+2reb, J.Gintvainis 5+1reb+2ast, P.Joneliunas 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 173945


Neptunas - Naglis Palangos 109-101

No shocking result in a game in Klaipeda where seventh ranked Neptunas (9-12) defeated bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (4-17) 109-101. The hosts were ahead by 13 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 34-22 run, which allowed them to win the game. Neptunas made 29-of-37 charity shots (78.4 percent) during the game. Neptunas outrebounded Naglis Palangos 42-22 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by Naglis Palangos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-85, college: Virginia) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international point guard Evaldas Dainys (180-82, college: Cent.Florida CC) supported him with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Neptunas' coach Paulius Juodis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds by American center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) did not help to save the game for Naglis Palangos. His fellow American import guard Rico Pickett (192-89, college: Manhattan) added 21 points and 4 steals for lost side. Four Neptunas and five Naglis Palangos players scored in double figures. Neptunas have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Baltai Kaunas. Naglis Palangos lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. Neptunas' next round opponent will be Sakalai (#10) in Vilnius. Naglis Palangos will play at home against Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: L.Mikalauskas 26+11reb+2ast, M.Mazeika 23+7reb+2ast, E.Dainys 19+7reb+6ast, M.Ruikis 15+3reb+2ast, S.Galdikas 8+4reb, A.Viskontas 6+2reb+3ast
Naglis Palangos: D.Johnson 25+10reb+3ast, M.Reminas 24+1ast, R.Pickett 21+2reb+3ast, V.Peciukas 13+2reb+2ast, M.Mockevicius 10+3reb+3ast, T.Rinkevicius 6+3ast
gschID: 173946


Siauliai - Zalgiris 92-81

Undefeated Zalgiris (20-1) recorded its first loss on the court of fourth ranked Siauliai on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by Siauliai 92-81. It ended at the same time the 20-game winning streak of Zalgiris. The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. Zalgiris managed to win second period 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Zalgiris 38-23 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Siauliai looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) fired 21 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Guard Edvinas Ruzgas (198-87, college: TCU) chipped in 17 points. Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) produced 10 points and 4 assists and the former international guard Mantas Kalnietis (196-86, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Siauliai (15-6) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Rudupis. Defending champion Zalgiris still keeps top position with one game lost. Siauliai is looking forward to face Baltai Kaunas (#7) on the road in the next round. Zalgiris will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: C.Long 21+3reb+5ast, E.Ruzgas 17+3reb+3ast, R.Grafs 14+7reb+1ast, A.Siksnius 11+6reb+2ast, M.Zukauskas 9+5reb+4ast, V.Sarakauskas 6+7reb+1ast
Zalgiris: D.Salenga 14, M.Kalnietis 14+1reb+1ast, T.Delininkaitis 11+1reb+1ast, M.Popovic 10+4reb+4ast, R.Javtokas 9+6reb, P.Jankunas 9+1reb+3ast
gschID: 173943


Zalgiris - Lietuvos rytas 86-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kaunas. First ranked Zalgiris faced their biggest opponent Lietuvos rytas. Host Zalgiris (20-1) defeated guests from Vilnius (18-4) 86-81. It looked good early as Lietuvos rytas took an 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Zalgiris took control getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and eventually winning the game that evening by 5 points. Zalgiris shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Mantas Kalnietis (196-86, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. Zalgiris' coach Aleksandar Trifunovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) replied with 22 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international forward Mindaugas Katelynas (206-83, college: Chattanooga) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lietuvos rytas. Zalgiris have an impressive 20-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-1 record. Lietuvos rytas at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: M.Kalnietis 22+5reb+5ast, D.Salenga 17+4reb, M.Popovic 17+1reb+8ast, M.Rakovic 13, V.Lipkevicius 5+4reb+1ast, P.Jankunas 5+5reb+3ast
Lietuvos rytas: T.Rice 22+1reb+4ast, M.Katelynas 14+5reb+1ast, J.Valanciunas 12+6reb, A.Jomantas 8+6reb+3ast, P.Samardziski 8+2reb+2ast, R.Seibutis 6+3ast
gschID: 173944



Lietuvos Rytas joined five Russian teams in VTB League - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas joined five Russian teams in VTB League. The Lithuanian team became the last non-Russian representative for the title.
Tonight Lietuvos Rytas advanced into VTB League quarterfinals. They swept their eighth-final series versus Nizhny Novgorod. Lietuvos rytas forced 21 BC Nizhny Novgorod turnovers. Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points. Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds and Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BC Nizhny Novgorod.
Lokomotiv Kuban meanwhile outscored Zalgiris and reached the next round of the playoffs. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ali Traore chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored 16 points and 7 rebounds.



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Athleta and Depiro reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Athleta advanced into the championship series. They overcame Siggiewi 94:58 in the decisive third game of the series. Bonnici posted 23 points to lead the effort. Athleta led by seven points at the first intermission 22:15. They stretched the gap to as many as 17 points at halftime 45:28. Athleta continued to dominate after the big break. They posted a comfortable 65:42 lead with one quarter to go and never looked back en route to the win. Marko Todorovic (204-F/C-85) netted 20 points, while Steve Schembri (187-SF-79) contributed 14 points for Athleta. Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) answered with 14 points for Siggiewi. Peter Shoults (168-G-85) topscored with 15 points for the visitors.
Depiro also made it to the Final. They shocked Floriana 77:58 on the road to seal the next round appearance. Greg Hamlin (201-F-86, college: E.Tenn.St.) stepped up with 21 points to lead the effort. Roderick Vella (PG-85) added 19 points for the visiting side. Depiro strongly started the game taking a 20:10 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Floriana narrowed the gap at 7-point mark but Depiro took over again after the long break and rallied to the victory at the end. Evan Fjeld (203-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Vermont) accounted for 24 points for Floriana.



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Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Guaymas 13-4 
 2. Hermosillo 13-4 
 3. Tijuana 11-5 
 4. Nogales 11-6 
 5. Culiacan 8-9 
 6. Cananea 8-9 
 7. Los Mochis 7-10 
 8. Guasave 7-10 
 9. Navolato 6-11 
 10. Tepic 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 17

Apr. 10: Nogales - Culiacan 96-99 OT
Apr. 10: Cananea - Tijuana 90-86
Apr. 10: Guasave - Guaymas 81-84
Apr. 10: Navolato - Hermosillo 79-84
Apr. 10: Tepic - Los Mochis 74-84

Regular Season: Round 18

Apr. 11: Guasave - Guaymas
Apr. 11: Cananea - Tijuana
Apr. 11: Nogales - Culiacan
Apr. 11: Navolato - Hermosillo


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 O''Louis MCCULLOUGH
  Nogales
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. McCullough, Nogales23.3 
 2. Robinson, Culiacan21.3 
 3. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
 4. Thomas, Cananea19.6 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato19.5 
 6. Carter, Guasave18.4 
 7. Quintero, Tijuana18.1 
 8. Gibson, Navolato17.5 
 9. Clay, Los Mochis17.0 
 10. Harris, Cananea16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamil TERRELL
  Tepic
  (200-F/C-80)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Terrell, Tepic10.7 
 2. Clay, Los Mochis9.4 
 3. Selleaze, Navolato9.4 
 4. Sanders-F., Nogales9.1 
 5. Robinson, Culiacan8.9 
 6. Lopez, Hermosillo7.8 
 7. Zamora, Culiacan7.7 
 8. McCullough, Nogales7.2 
 9. Wiley, Los Mochis7.1 
 10. Little, Hermosillo6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Tayloe TAYLOR
  Los Mochis
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 2. Nungaray, Guaymas5.8 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo4.9 
 4. Pulido, Culiacan3.4 
 5. Heredia, Nogales3.3 
 6. Harris, Cananea3.3 
 7. Quintero, Tijuana3.3 
 8. McCullough, Nogales3.1 
 9. McSwine, Navolato3.0 
 10. Buelna, Guasave3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Derek THOMAS
  Cananea
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Thomas, Cananea2.0 
 2. Gibson, Navolato1.5 
 3. Buelna, Guasave1.5 
 4. Heredia, Nogales1.4 
 5. Carter, Guasave1.4 
 6. Pulido, Culiacan1.2 
 7. Reatiga, Navolato1.2 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo1.2 
 9. Giron, Guasave1.2 
 10. Robinson, Culiacan1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Sylvester SEAY
  Tijuana
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Seay, Tijuana1.8 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.1 
 3. Robinson, Culiacan1.1 
 4. Clay, Los Mochis1.1 
 5. Zamora, Culiacan1.1 
 6. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 7. Johnson, Guaymas0.9 
 8. Terrell, Tepic0.8 
 9. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 10. Clemmons, Cananea0.7 


Staff for the Mexico National Team U18 announced - by Carlos Chapa

The coaching and office staff roster for the Mexico National Team U18 has been released. Former CIBACOPA, LNBP and international coach Giovanni Rivera will remain as the head coach of this squad bringing a rare well structured project involving Mexican basketball, Homero Marcos from ADEMEBA Michoacan will serve as the Team Manager, while the assistant coaches will be Hugo Gonzalez from Tec de Monterrey Campus San Luis Potos, Gerardo Flores from the state of Jalisco, Antonio Miguel from Tec de Monterrey Campus Toluca and current UCLA Video Coordinator Jason Ludwig.

The U18 FIBA Americas Championship will be played in Brazil from the 16th to the 20th of June in the city of Sao Sebastio do Paraiso, four tickets for the 2013 U19 World Championship are at stake and will be fought by Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands.




CIBACOPA Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

4th placed Fuerza Guinda Nogales (11-6) fell to fifth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (8-9) in overtime by three points 96-99 on Tuesday night. The game took place in Nogales. But the guests from Culiacan were better at the end. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Rob Robinson (203-F-87, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Robert Morris) orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Caballeros de Culiacan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 8-9 record, which they share with Cananea. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side keep the fourth position with six games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play again at home against Caballeros de Culiacan (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Tepic - Los Mochis 74-84
No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (7-10) beat on the road bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (0-16) 84-74 on Tuesday. Pioneros Los Mochis moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Guasave. Coras de Tepic at the other side still closes the standings. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: P.Sander 19+4reb, E.Little 17+4reb+4ast, J.Hiram Lopez Lopez 16+4reb+3ast, J.Manuel Camacho Federico 8+6reb, S.Monreal 8+3reb+2ast, S.Coleman 6+2reb
Tepic: F.Verdugo Yamaguchi 18+3reb+3ast, D.Douglas Urena McSwine 15+3reb+7ast, M.Gibson 14+1reb+4ast, R.Selleaze 12+5reb+8ast, C.Uribe Beltran 8+6reb+3ast, C.Miguel Dominguez Garcia 6+4reb
gschID: 171158


Nogales - Culiacan 96-99 OT
4th placed Fuerza Guinda Nogales (11-6) fell to fifth ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (8-9) in overtime by three points 96-99 on Tuesday night. The game took place in Nogales. But the guests from Culiacan were better at the end. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Fuerza Guinda Nogales. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime then Fuerza Guinda Nogales managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Caballeros de Culiacan who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-12. American forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. The former international center Rodrigo Zamora (206-86, college: Montana St.) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Caballeros de Culiacan players scored in double figures. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach Jonathan Meza used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) answered with 38 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and international forward Michael Strobbe (201-85) added 23 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Caballeros de Culiacan have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 8-9 record, which they share with Cananea. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side keep the fourth position with six games lost. Caballeros de Culiacan will have a break next round. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play again at home against Caballeros de Culiacan (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: R.Robinson 36+8reb+2ast, R.Lopez 17+3reb+2ast, R.Zamora 15+9reb+2ast, M.Henderson 15+4reb+3ast, V.Avila 5+3reb, R.Navarro 4+4reb
Nogales: O.McCullough 38+6reb+2ast, M.Strobbe 23+6reb+3ast, M.Sanders-Frison 13+10reb+2ast, B.Heredia 8+3reb+5ast, R.Jarvis 7+3reb+6ast, J.Mercado 4+3reb
gschID: 171156


Navolato - Hermosillo 79-84
Very expected game when 8th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (6-11) lost at home to second ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (13-4) 84-79 on Tuesday. Garra Canera de Navolato was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) answered with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Dominican-American guard Damien McSwine (193-78, college: Loyola, IL) added 15 points and 7 assists in the effort for Garra Canera de Navolato. Four Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rayos de Hermosillo keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Guaymas. Garra Canera de Navolato lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will play again at home against the league's second-placed Rayos de Hermosillo (#2).
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 19+4reb, E.Little 17+4reb+4ast, J.Lopez 16+4reb+3ast, J.Camacho 8+6reb, S.Monreal 8+3reb+2ast, S.Coleman 6+2reb
Navolato: F.Verdugo 18+3reb+3ast, D.McSwine 15+3reb+7ast, M.Gibson 14+1reb+4ast, R.Selleaze 12+5reb+8ast, C.Uribe 8+6reb+3ast, C.Dominguez 6+4reb
gschID: 171157


Guasave - Guaymas 81-84
Very predictable result when first ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (13-4) edged on the road 7th ranked Frayles de Guasave (7-10) 84-81 on Tuesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-16. But Frayles de Guasave won second period 25-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ostioneros de Guaymas looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Darrin Dorsey (188, college: Dakota Wesleyan) contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) answered with 25 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Panamanian forward Gabriel Giron (192-88) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Frayles de Guasave. Four Ostioneros de Guaymas and five Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains first place with 13-4 record, which they share with Hermosillo. Loser Frayles de Guasave keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will have a break next round. Frayles de Guasave will play again at home against the league's leader Ostioneros de Guaymas (#1).
Top scorers:
Guaymas: J.Habel 27+12reb+2ast, J.Sanchez 18+2reb+3ast, F.Benitez 10+5reb, D.Dorsey 10+8reb+5ast, H.Johnson 8+5reb+7ast, H.Carrillo 7+5reb+2ast
Guasave: R.Carter 25+6reb+1ast, G.Giron 15+8reb+3ast, F.Sanchez 13+4reb+2ast, S.Spicer 11+4reb, V.Buelna 10+1reb+6ast, A.Izaguirre 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 171154


Cananea - Tijuana 90-86
There was a minor upset when 3rd placed Tijuana Zonkeys (11-5) lost on the road to sixth ranked Mineros de Cananea (8-9) 90-86 on Tuesday. Tijuana Zonkeys were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 28-16 charge of Mineros de Cananea, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Kwan Waller (180-89, college: Ky Wesleyan) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) answered with 19 points and American forward Darnell Hugee (201-85, college: Prairie View A&M) added 19 points (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) in the effort for Tijuana Zonkeys. Four Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Culiacan. Loser Tijuana Zonkeys keep the third position with five games lost. Mineros de Cananea will face again higher ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Cananea: D.Thomas 23+9reb+3ast, K.Waller 21+5reb+3ast, R.Sallie 10+2reb+2ast, F.Harris 9+2reb+2ast, J.Arturo Farrera Chantiri 7+6reb+1ast, M.Acuna 7+1reb+1ast
Tijuana: O.Quintero 19+2reb+2ast, D.Hugee 19+2ast, L.Ramirez 14+1ast, A.Solares 14+4reb, M.Morrison 9+5reb, C.Tate 5+8reb+1ast



Robinson's 36-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old forward Rob Robinson (203-F-87, agency: SDJ Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Culiacan and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had the game-high 36 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Culiacan in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Nogales (#4, 11-6) in overtime 99-96. Culiacan maintains the 5th position in Mexican league. Culiacan is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-9 record. Robinson just recently signed at Culiacan, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Robert Morris University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Robinson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.4ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.9rpg) and averages solid 59.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Derek Thomas (193-F-84) of Cananea. He is American forward in his first season at Cananea. In the last game Thomas recorded impressive 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Cananea to edge the higher-ranked Tijuana (#3, 11-5) by 4 points 90-86. Cananea's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Thomas is a newcomer at Cananea and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#5). He also registered 5.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) of Nogales (#4). McCullough got into 30-points club by scoring 38 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . Despite McCullough's great performance Nogales lost 96-99in overtime to slightly lower-ranked Culiacan (#5, 8-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Nogales needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 6 lost games. McCullough has a great season in Mexico. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.3ppg (best scorer), rebounds with 7.3rpg (8th best) and assists with 3.1apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Michael Strobbe (201-F-85) of Nogales - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of Hermosillo - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kwan Waller (180-G-89) of Cananea - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) of Guasave - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Patrick Sanders (198-F-85) of Hermosillo - 19 points and 4 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)



Caballeros de Culiacan adds Henderson to their roster - by Eurobasket Center

Caballeros de Culiacan added to their roster 27-year old American swingman Mychal Henderson (198-G/F-95kg-85, college: Ks Wesleyan). In his first game he scored 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and 3 assists helping his new team beat Nogales 99-96. Henderson played most recently at Coras de Tepic (CIBACOPA). While playing 6 games for Tepic this season he averaged 20.7ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.5apg. Henderson graduated Kansas Wesleyan University in 2007 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Garra Canera de Navolato adds Uribe to their roster - by Eurobasket Center

Garra Canera de Navolato agreed terms with 33-year old power forward Carlos Uribe (202-F/C-110kg-79). In his first game he scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and 3 assists. However his new team lost to Hermosillo 79-84. Uribe played most recently at Mineros de Cananea (CIBACOPA). While playing 25 games for Cananea last season he recorded 2.4ppg and 2.5rpg. He helped them to win the championship title. Uribe is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1A

1A Standings
S-League
 1. Mornar Bar 4-1 
 2. Buducnost 4-1 
 3. Sutjeska 4-1 
 4. Lovcen 2-3 
 5. Ulcinj 1-4 
 6. Teodo Tivat 0-5 
Play-Out
 1. KK Podgorica 4-1 
 2. Jedinstvo 3-2 
 3. Danilovgrad 3-2 
 4. ABS Primorje 3-2 
 5. Centar BP 2-3 
 6. Mogren 0-5 
Erste Basketball League Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

Play-Out

Apr. 7: Danilovgrad - Jedinstvo 69-63
Apr. 7: Centar BP - KK Podgorica 61-54
Apr. 7: ABS Primorje - Mogren 20-1

S-League

Apr. 9: Lovcen - Ulcinj 95-78
Apr. 8: Sutjeska - Buducnost 92-87
Apr. 9: Teodo Tivat - Mornar Bar 62-68

Second Stage: Round 6

Play-Out

Apr. 11: Mogren - KK Podgorica
Apr. 11: Centar BP - Jedinstvo
Apr. 11: Danilovgrad - ABS Primorje

S-League

Apr. 11: Ulcinj - Buducnost
Apr. 11: Sutjeska - Mornar Bar
Apr. 13: Teodo Tivat - Lovcen



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 33-24 
 2. Philadelph.76 30-26 
 3. New York K. 29-28 
 4. New Jersey N. 21-38 
 5. Toronto R. 20-38 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 44-14 
 2. Indiana P. 35-22 
 3. Milwaukee B. 27-29 
 4. Detroit P. 21-36 
 5. Cleveland C. 19-36 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 40-16 
 2. Atlanta H. 33-23 
 3. Orlando M. 33-24 
 4. Washington W. 14-44 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-48 
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. 19-39 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 40-15 
 2. Memphis G. 33-23 
 3. Houston R. 32-25 
 4. Dallas M. 32-26 
 5. N.Orleans H. 15-42 

Regular Season: Round 104

Apr. 10: Chicago B. - New York K. 98-86
Apr. 10: Washington W. - Orlando M. 93-85
Apr. 10: New Jersey N. - Philadelph.76 88-107
Apr. 10: Dallas M. - Sacramento K. 110-100
Apr. 10: Miami Heat - Boston C. 107-115
Apr. 10: Cleveland C. - Charlotte B. 103-90

Regular Season: Round 105

Apr. 11: Toronto R. - Philadelph.76
Apr. 11: Boston C. - Atlanta H.
Apr. 11: Milwaukee B. - New York K.
Apr. 11: N.Orleans H. - Sacramento K.
Apr. 11: San Antonio S. - LA Lakers
Apr. 11: Portland TB - Golde State W.
Apr. 11: Cleveland C. - Indiana P.
Apr. 11: Oklah.City T. - LA Clippers
Apr. 11: Houston R. - Utah Jazz
Apr. 11: Memphis G. - Phoenix Suns
Apr. 11: Denver N. - Minnesota T.


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 Heat26.9 
 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.21.6 
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.11.2 
 6. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 7. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.9 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.0 
 10. Gortat, Phoenix9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.3 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.1 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers9.0 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.9 
 5. Williams, New J.8.6 
 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. Iguodala, Philadel.1.8 
 7. Lowry, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Rondo, Boston C.1.7 
 9. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.7 
 10. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
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. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.0 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 7. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 8. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 9. O''Neal, Boston C.1.7 
 10. Udoh, Golde S.1.7 


Pacers Looking to Close out the Season Strong - by Daniel Gibson

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.---The Pacers are down to their final nine games of the regular season and they look to be entrenched firmly in the third playoff seed. That would have them facing off against the sixth seed in the first round.

Five of their remaining nine games are against teams with losing records who are out of playoff contention and have players out with injuries. They also face the Philadelphia 76ERS twice who have been struggling after leading the Atlantic Division for the majority of the season. The Sixers are now in danger of failing out of the playoff picture if they don't snap out of their slump. The Pacers could play a role in eliminating them.

The regular season ends with a match up against the rival Chicago Bulls who could be battling for the number one position with the Miami Heat heading into the playoffs. The Pacers are focused on keeping their feet on the gas and closing out the season with momentum to carry over into the post season. Last year they gave the Bulls all they could handle in the first round before being eliminated.

With the improvements the team made this year, a first round exit would definitely be a disappointment.





San Antonio 84, Utah 91 - by Milord Nikolic

Devin Harris scored 25 points and host Utah ended San Antonios 11-game winning streak to split a home-and-home series in a contest void of several key players. San Antonios Big Three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili did not travel with the team to Salt Lake City. Utah was without Earl Watson and C.J. Miles, and Raja Bell and Josh Howard were already sidelined. The Jazz (30-28) got more bad news when Jeremy Evans sprained his right ankle in the third quarter. The Spurs (40-15) fell a game behind Oklahoma City (42-15) for the Western Conference lead. Asked before the game when he planned to rest his star players, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said, When the schedule came out. Paul Millsap had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Al Jefferson had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Gordon Hayward scored 16. Spurs starting center DeJuan Blair, who sat out Sundays game, had 13 points and eight rebounds. Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal each scored 14. After Utah led most of the game, the Spurs took advantage of Evans going out and took a 75-67 lead. The Jazz battled back and went up 83-80 with 2:47 remaining thanks to 10 consecutive points by Harris and never relinquished the lead.


Tuesday's games review (6): Miami Heat falls at home to Boston Celtics, 115-107 - by Eurobasket News

Chicago B. - New York K. 98-86
Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) scored 20 points, Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) added 19 and the Chicago Bulls, playing without Derrick Rose again, beat the New York Knicks 98-86 Tuesday night. Hamilton had 18 points in the third quarter to help Chicago stay ahead after building a 12-point halftime lead. Kyle Korver added 14 points and three blocks, and the Bulls prevailed despite Carmelo Anthony's 29 points for New York. Rose, meanwhile, was in an all-too familiar spot for the Bulls, nursing yet another injury. This time, it was a sprained right ankle. The league's reigning MVP was injured in the first half of Sunday's overtime loss at New York, after he returned from a 12-game absence because of a groin problem. *Courtesy of http://chicago.cbslocal.com

Dallas M. - Sacramento K. 110-100
Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) and Rodrigue Beaubois (6'1''-G-88, agency: Court Side) each had 15 points to lead six Dallas players in double figures, and the Mavericks beat the struggling Sacramento Kings 110-100 on Tuesday night before hitting the road. After a 12-3 run early in the second quarter that Beaubouis started with a three-point play, the Mavericks never trailed again. Sacramento tied the score a few minutes after that, but Beaubouis made two free throws to put them ahead to stay in a much-needed victory. Delonte West and Jason Terry each had 13 points, and Brendan Haywood 11 for Dallas. Shawn Marion had 10 points and 14 rebounds. The Mavericks (32-26), who had lost three of their previous four games, are seventh in the Western Conference standings. They are a half-game behind sixth-place Houston and only a half-game ahead of Denver. The Mavericks play six of their last eight games on the road, with a four-game trip in five days starting Thursday at Golden State. They play at home again next Wednesday against the Rockets. DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 18 rebounds for Sacramento (19-39), which has lost five in a row and 10 of 12. Marcus Thornton, Isaiah Thomas and Tyreke Evans each had 16 points for the Kings. Jimmer Fredette had 13. Surprisingly, it was the first game the Mavericks won this season when Lamar Odom didn't play. Dallas was 0-7 in games Odom missed before Tuesday, a day after the team said they had parted ways with the NBA's reigning Sixth Man of the Year. His averages of 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 20.5 minutes in his underwhelming 50-game stint were career lows. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the end came after a heated halftime exchange with Odom after the forward's uninspired four minutes at Memphis on Saturday night. 'I just asked him, does he want to go for it or not. Is he in or is he out? I think he thought we were playing poker. I just didn't get a commitment. And that was the end,' Cuban said before the game against the Kings in his first public comments about Odom's departure. When asked if that was the first time he noticed Odom having such a demeanor, Cuban responded, 'No, but the first 17 times, I decided to try to help him and turn it into a positive.' Odom is still on the roster, but the Mavericks said he would be listed as inactive for the rest of their games and is no longer with the team. Soon after missing a layup and then getting called for traveling when he tried to grab the rebound and shoot again, Carter had a powerful one-handed slam over 7-foot Hassan Whiteside. Carter went along the baseline for the dunk late in the third quarter for an 81-75 Dallas lead. Sacramento had an 8-0 run to get within 92-87 in the fourth quarter before West stole the ball from Cousins and got fouled. West hit both free throws and it never got closer. The early 12-3 run over a 2 1/2-minute span came when Dallas had none of its starters on the floor Beaubouis' had his three-point play before Vince Carter's 3-pointer put Dallas up 31-29. Thornton made a 3-pointer for the Kings before Yi Jianlian had consecutive long jumpers that sandwiched a blocked shot by Carter before one of the highlight play of the night. Carter had a steal and pushed the ball ahead to Terry, who threw the ball up in the air over his shoulder to a flying Brandan Wright for a powerful dunk. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

Miami Heat - Boston C. 107-115
Two ways to look at the Heat's 115-107 home loss to Boston - a team that looked doddering during a blowout Heat win in December and retro 2008 in dusting the Heat twice this month. One way is to consider it an anomaly. Boston's 67 first half points were the most they've scored in any half and the most the Heat's allowed in any half this season. Nobody from Boston seemed to miss. Not point guard Rajon Rondo. Not Kevin Garnett, who went 11 of 14 shooting with equal proficiency whether against Chris Bosh or air. When a fan hit a half court shot to win a Kia, you half expected him to plop himself down on the Celtic bench. Boston shot 58.9 percent in the third quarter. It was their worst shooting quarter of a game in which they shot 60.6 percent from the field. 'They shoot like that, it's going to be tough to beat them,' Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. Bosh said, 'They executed well. They were a step ahead of us the whole time. They kind of knew what our schemes were defensively. They made quick adjustments and got to open spots really quick. [Garnett] is one of the jump shooters in the league from that range. Uncontested jumpers are like layups for him.' First quarter runs of 10-0 and 8-0 put the Celtics up 33-22 after one and the Heat spent the rest of the night trying to get back into the game. An old fashioned three-point play - basket and foul - by Mario Chalmers pulled the Heat to 89-86. Chalmers drew a charge on Boston's Greg Steimsma, then Bosh sank a jumper while fouled by Sasha Pavlovic. With a chance to tie the score, Bosh missed the free throw. Boston's Brandon Bass hit a jumper. Following a Chalmers free throw, Ray Allen nailed a three-pointer. Garnett accounted for the next eight Boston points with 15- and 20-foot shots that put the Celtics up 102-91 with 6:41 left. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas), 27 points, and Garnett combined for 16 Boston points in the fourth quarter. 'We left Boston feeling awful. We're not feeling that pain tonight,' said Heat guard LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) after his game-high 36 points. 'Those guys were locked in. Not only did they make the open shots, but they made all the contested shots. When you've got it going like that, just tip your hat off. We tip our hat off to them tonight. They won it.' The other way to look at the loss is it was indicative of a team that's 5-5 in their last 10 and on search for chemistry and consistency with the playoffs nigh. 'To give up 115 points on our home floor, that's not our style,' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. 'We're being made to feel uncomfortable right now. That's the residual of the last three weeks or so. And when you feel uncomfortable, the one silver lining out of it is our group, staff and players, are getting to know each other now on the level that is needed for us to prepare for the playoffs. We all know we have to take a big step forward as a basketball team.' Bosh, who went 3 of 5 from the line, 5 of 13 from the field for only 13 points, felt that what ails the Heat can't be fixed with one good night. 'We need a streak. We need a big-time streak,' Bosh said. 'We need some tough road game wins. We have to put a streak of wins together. Winning always helps everything. We just have to make sure to stick together.' Wade said confidently, 'We'll be ready for the playoffs on the [April] 28th,' and, obviously, the Heat's not exactly inexperienced at handling the playoffs. But some of the things Spoelstra spoke of after Tuesday weren't indicative of a veteran team. He criticized the Heat's defensive mental discipline, usually the hallmark of an experienced team that stresses defense. 'Missed shots right at the rim, we have to move on, next possession,' Spoelstra said. 'Where we may think we were fouled, next possessions, we've got to play. On those things, we will be better by the time we reach the playoffs because no one likes this feeling of being uncomfortable. But we do have to take that next step forward as a basketball team.' Boston coach Doc Rivers said, 'You would never know it from the score, but I thought both teams played great in a lot of ways.' Boston improved to 18-7 since the All-Star break, and dealt Miami a blow in the race for the No. 1 seed in the East. The Heat fell 21/2 games behind Chicago, which played later Tuesday at home against the New York Knicks. 'It took a while,' Rondo said, 'but we're peaking at the right time.' *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New Jersey N. - Philadelph.76 88-107
Center Spencer Hawes (7'0''-C-88, college: Washington) came off the bench for the first time and a scored a season-high 19 points to lead the slumping Philadelphia 76ers to a 107-88 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night. The win snapped a four-game losing streak and was only the fifth in 15 games for Philadelphia (30-27), giving it a half-game lead over the Knicks (29-27) for the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee (28-29) is 1 games behind the Knicks. The loss eliminated the Nets (21-38) from playoff contention for the fifth straight season. Philadelphia got a big game from its bench, with Louis Williams (6'3''-PG-86) adding 20 points and Thaddeus Young 19. Kris Humphries had 20 points and 10 rebounds for New Jersey. Deron Williams added 14 points, six rebounds and five assists on a night that he was hounded by Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala. The Nets were without forward Gerald Wallace, who strained his left hamstring, in the win over Cleveland on Sunday night. The 76ers blew this one open late in the second quarter and in the third. Elton Brand hit two free throws and a 15-footer to ignite an 18-10 run in the final six minutes of the first half that put the Sixers ahead 52-43 at the break. Iguodala had a drive and a windmill dunk in the spurt and Louis Williams added seven points, the final three on a running 3-pointer from in front of the Philadelphia bench at the buzzer. Hawes, who was taken out of the starting lineup and replaced by Nik Vucevic, had eight of his points in a third-quarter burst that allowed Philadelphia to build an 18-point lead. The 76ers led by as many as 23 points. Iguodala finished with 13 and Jrue Holiday had 14. The only other Nets scorers in double figures were Johan Petro with 12 and MarShon Brooks with 10. *Courtesy of http://abclocal.go.com

Cleveland C. - Charlotte B. 103-90
Lester Hudson (6'3''-G-84, college: Tenn-Martin) has taken Cleveland by storm. Could the rest of the NBA be next? Hudson, rescued from the NBA Development League by an injury-riddled Cleveland team last month, scored 25 points - including 14 in the fourth quarter - and the Cavaliers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 103-90 on Tuesday night. Hudson has scored 74 points in Cleveland's last three games, including a career-high 26 against New Jersey on Sunday. That's quite a story for a someone who played in China during the lockout and was playing with the Austin Toros when the Cavaliers signed him to a 10-day contract on March 30. The Cavaliers signed him to a second 10-day contract on Monday. It's almost guaranteed he'll finish the season in Cleveland when his current contract expires on April 18. 'It's like I'm dreaming,' Hudson said when asked if he's afraid he's going to wake up. The inevitable comparisons with Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, who captivated the basketball world with his outstanding play earlier this season, have already begun. Both were virtual unknowns before taking advantage of their opportunity. 'He's the only other one who has been able to come into a situation and play really well,' Cleveland coach Byron Scott said. Hudson, who had brief stints with Boston, Memphis and Washington previously, is flattered to be talked about in the same category with Lin. 'He had a great run,' Hudson said. 'He's hurt right now. I'm sorry for that, but to be mentioned with him is great.' As one would expect, the 27-year-old Hudson has been bombarded with messages from family and friends. 'It's been crazy,' he said. 'Everyone's been calling and texting congratulating me because they know how hard I've worked. I want to kept it going and never let up on working hard every day.' The Bobcats, who have lost 13 straight games, were impressed with Hudson, who had eight rebounds and six assists while hitting 9 of 18. 'He's a great player and he deserves to be in this league,' said Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Duke), who led Charlotte with 21 points. 'He's a hard worker, and I have a lot of respect for him with the way hes come in and contributed.' Anthony Parker, who missed the two previous games with a bruised sternum, scored 19 points while Antawn Jamison added 17 for Cleveland. Rookie Kemba Walker scored 20 while D.J. Augustin, back in the starting lineup after missing three games with right knee tendinitis, added 16. The Bobcats have fallen to a league-worst 7-49. Charlotte hasn't won since beating Toronto on March 17. The Bobcats' last road victory came against New Orleans on March 12, and they are also a league-worst 3-26 away from home. The Cavaliers played lethargic basketball for three quarters against the worst team in the league before using a 26-7 run in the final period to put the Bobcats away. Cleveland used a 10-0 run early in the fourth to take control. D.J. White started the quarter with a jumper to give Charlotte a 73-72 lead before the Cavaliers took over. Omri Casspi scored five points, including a 3-pointer, while Luke Walton hit another 3. Cleveland's spurt continued when Hudson hit a jumper, a 3 and a layup. He added seven more points in the period as the Cavaliers pulled away. Cleveland outscored Charlotte 31-19 in the final quarter. The Cavaliers had lost their last two games at Quicken Loans Arena by a combined 72 points, making them the first team in NBA history to suffer back-to-back home defeats by 35-plus points. Cleveland lost 121-84 to Milwaukee on March 30 and 125-90 to San Antonio on April 3. Cleveland, which had lost 10 of 11, was once again without point guard Kyrie Irving, a virtual lock to be the Rookie of the Year, and center Anderson Varejao. Irving has missed five of the last six games with a sprained right shoulder while Varejao has been out for 30 straight games with a broken right wrist. Scott said there's no timetable for their return. Charlotte has to win three of its final 10 games to reach the 10-win plateau. The Bobcats' futility was best summed up when Mullens tipped Tristan Thompson's shot into the basket in the second quarter. Augustin's return sent Walker back to the bench, but both played well. Augustin had 11 assists while Walker was 9 of 13 from the field. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Washington W. - Orlando M. 93-85
Kevin Seraphin (6'9''-F/C-89) had a career night for Washington while taking advantage of Dwight Howard's absence from Orlando's lineup. Seraphin had career-bests with 24 points and 13 rebounds and tied his high with four blocks to lead the Wizards to a 93-85 victory over the Magic on Tuesday night. 'So you've got a night where you don't have to play against the best center in the league,' Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. 'I would think it helped him a lot.' Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) scored 21 points, John Wall had 15 and Cartier Martin and James Singleton - both on 10-day contracts with the Wizards - added 12 points apiece. Washington snapped a nine-game losing streak to Orlando. One night earlier, Martin scored 19 and Singleton had 18 points and 12 rebounds in a win against league-worst Charlotte. 'We might have to go to all 10-day contracts next year,' Washington coach Randy Wittman said. 'Some of guys might not like it.' Jameer Nelson scored 19 points and J.J. Redick added 15 for the Magic, who shot 36.6 percent from the field. Howard missed his second straight game due to back spasms, and fourth in Orlando's six April games. The Magic have lost three of four in his absence. *Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



Nuggets Al Harrington has torn meniscus - by Eurobasket News

Nuggets forward Al Harrington (6'9''-F-80) left Monday nights game against Golden State at the end of the third quarter and did not return. Afterward he revealed he has a torn meniscus.

His loss would be devastating to the Nuggets bench and locker room, as hes been one of the teams best players and leaders all season long. Hes also been durable, playing in all 57 games this season with averages of roughly 14 points and six rebounds, despite nagging injuries all year long.

He had 10 points and one rebound before exiting the Golden State game.

Hes hoping his consistent availablity this season doesnt come to an end. Harrington, has, in fact already been playing with a torn meniscus, he said. He said he was injured a couple of games ago.

Now, he said, both he and team doctors/trainers are exploring a couple of different options in terms of treatment. With just two weeks left until the playoffs, Harrington, who added hes never played on a torn meniscus before, wants to continue to play.

Im going to stay in the race, he said.

Courtesy of http://blogs.denverpost.com



Prokhorov meets Williams, believes Nets will win - by Eurobasket News

New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov met with Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) to discuss his future with the NBA team, but the Russian tycoon refused to say whether the All-Star guard gave any indication whether he would stay with the club after this season.

Prokhorov said the two met Monday, adding both have a tremendous desire to win which is something the Nets did not do enough this season. They are on the verge of missing the playoffs for the fifth straight season.

In a wide-ranging interview Tuesday after he toured his nearly completed Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a hard-hat wearing Prokhorov said the Nets are like his building, a work under construction. He said the arena will be one of the best in the world, and his team will win an NBA title when complete.

The most immediate issue for Prokhorov's team is Williams, who is the Nets' lone star. He has the right to opt out of his contract after this season and he has said he will test the free-agent market.

While he has not said he will leave the team, Williams wants to play for a winner, and the Nets have to make strides in that direction.

''I think he wants to win, and he wants to be part of a great franchise,'' Prokhorov said. ''We have the same view on this.''

When asked about his meeting with Prokhorov after the Nets dropped a 107-88 decision to Philadelphia, Williams was petulant.

''Like I'm going to tell you,'' he said.

The Dallas Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban, whom Prokhorov refers to as a friend, are said to be interested in Williams if he became a free agent.

''Let the best man win,'' Prokhorov said of being challenged by Cuban. ''If he wins, I will crush him in the kickboxing throw down.''

The comment drew a huge laugh from the roughly 100 members of the media who attended the news conference in the now dust-covered atrium of the new arena.

The 46-year-old Prokhorov asked Nets' fans for patience, saying he was trying to find the right pieces to construct a champion, not just a playoff team. He said the Nets would have made the playoffs in this lockout-shortened season had it not been for injuries, the most significant being a broken foot that limited center Brook Lopez to five games.

Prokhorov has not done well on the NBA free-agent market.

He failed to lure LeBron James and Chris Bosh two years ago and last season New Jersey could not reach a deal with Denver for Carmelo Anthony before he was traded to the rival Knicks.

The Nets also were in the hunt to acquire perennial All-Star Dwight Howard from Orlando before the recent trading deadline. However, the center opted to stay with the Magic for another year.

Prokhorov said the Nets did meet with Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, but it was to discuss another one of his clients, Nene.

Now, there is Williams.

''Wait for the summer,'' Prokhorov said. ''I'll tell you all the details. For the time being, it's top secret for us.''

Prokhorov did not see his team play in person until this past weekend, staying in Russia to run for president. He added he watches the team play 80 percent of its games and he is involved in all the day-to-day decisions.

Despite a third-place finish to Vladimir Putin in the recent presidential election in Russia, Prokhorov said he still has political aspirations. He said the finish was a nice start and added that 20 percent of the Russian people want political change.

''I met a lot of people, now I know much better for different aspects of Russian life,'' Prokhorov said. ''They really deserve the changes. ''

Prokhorov also reached out to Nets fans living in New Jersey, asking them to continue to come and support the club as it heads to a new home after 35 years in the Garden State.

''I know some people are very skeptical,'' he said. ''But life is life, so I think we'll do our best to just persuade them to join us here.''

The 18,000-seat arena, which was built primarily for basketball, is scheduled to open on Sept. 28 with a concert by Jay-Z, a minority owner. The arena expects to have 220 events in its first year with concerts seating an extra 1,000 people.

Developer Bruce Ratner, who has partnered in building the arena and bringing to Brooklyn its first major sports team since the Dodgers left for Los Angeles in 1957, said the arena will open on time. He believes it will be ready for some dry runs 30 days before the opening.

Prokhorov said the arena could be used for hockey, but there are no immediate plans to lure the Islanders from Long Island to Brooklyn.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com



Rubio speaks about knee injury: 'You just have to be strong' - by Eurobasket News

Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) met with media members this afternoon at Target Center for the first time since he suffered that season-ending knee injury on March 9 against the Lakers.

He's back in Minnesota after spending more than two weeks in Colorado following knee surgery to repair two torn ligaments there.

Here's some of what he said:

* He made no promises when asked about being back in time for the start of training camp.

'I dont if it will be training camp, dont know when Ill come back,' he said. 'The most important thing is to make sure when I come back it's 100 percent. I dont know if it's training camp, I dont know if it's first week, second week (of regular season). I dont want to put a date. It depends how my knee feels.'

* When asked if he's worried about being the same player when he comes back, he said, 'Of course, you always think in my mind what can happen, especially the first couple days after surgery when you can't move your knee. You just think about it, think about if you can come back. You just have to be strong and do your best to come back even harder. I love basketball. I love playing basketball. I'm going to do my best.

'You always have to think about everything. You just have to keep the right one. If not, I think, 'I got hurt, I'll be out 6-9 months, maybe I won't be the the player I was before.' It's not the right thing. I mean, it can be. It can be that you are better than you were.'

* He's not sure if he'll rehab at home in Spain this summer or here in Minnesota, but sounded like he was leaning toward Spain.

He will be here for the next month until his next checkup in Vail with Dr. Richard Steadman.

'I don't know yet. See how the knee goes. Everything after that, we'll talk about it. I want to make sure my knee is 100 percent when I get bacfk. I think being back in Spain is an option for my mind, especially to be with my family. But I don't know yet.'

* On what he thought the night he was injured: 'It was hard because when I get the hit in the game, I was thinking it hurts. I didn't think it hurts to be out 6, 8, 9 months. But when they explained the injury I had, it was sad, mad. But after seeing all the support from my teammates, all players from the league and everybody, I was feel good. I knew it'd be long process. I just have to be positive.'

* On not only losing the season, but missing this summer's Olympics in London: 'It's going to be sad losing an Olympic Games, but the good point is I play one already so I know what I'm going to lose. It's hard. It's going to be hard. Like I said, there's nothing I can do to be there right now.'

* He mentioned more than once the 6 to 9 month timeline.

When asked if he thinks it'll be closer to one or the other, he said, 'I don't know. The doctor said that he put nine months and everything that we take more is good. I don't know, it depends on the knee. Everybody has knee injuries, not everybody answers the same surgery the same thing. I have four weeks now to take off these crutches that I start hating them. We will see.'

Courtesy of www.startribune.com



Hornets sign Jerome Dyson to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

The New Orleans Hornets announced that they have signed guard Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) to a 10-day contract.

Dyson, a University of Connecticut product, has appeared in 44 regular season games (all starts) with the Tulsa 66ers in the NBA Developmental League this season, averaging 17.8 points, 3.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 34.0 minutes of play. The 2010 Third Team All-Big East selection was signed to the Hornets training camp roster on December 9th, 2011, appearing in one preseason game with New Orleans (five points and one assist in seven minutes of action). He was the last player waived on December 24th prior to the start of the season.

The 63 guard also played 47 games (10 starts) for the 66ers in the 2010-11 season, averaging 15.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists. The 24-year old went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft and played with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2010 preseason.

The Rockville, Maryland native will wear #11 for New Orleans and brings the roster to 15.

Courtesy of www.hornets247.com



NBA summer league returns to Las Vegas in July after one-year absence because of lockout - by Eurobasket News

The NBA summer league will return to Las Vegas in July after it was canceled last year because of the lockout.

The event will run July 13-22 on the campus of UNLV, the league announced Tuesday.

There were 22 teams that competed when the summer league was last held in 2010. It has become an important part of the leagues calendar since its inception in 2004, where teams often get to see their draft picks play for the first time. But it was the first event wiped out last year by the work stoppage that began on July 1.

Five of the last six NBA Rookie of the Year winners played in the summer league.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



LaMarcus Aldridge flies to Colorado to have ailing hip looked at - by Eurobasket News

Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) continues to have trouble with his ailing right hip, which has been giving him trouble for several weeks.

Today, Aldridge and team trainer Jay Jensen flew to Vail, Colo., to have the hip evaluated by specialist Marc Phillipon, the team announced.

Aldridge will not be with the team when practice begins at 11 a.m., and his status for Wednesday's game against Golden State is questionable.

Aldridge had what the team called a 'precautionary' MRI on the hip on March 28 after he experienced soreness. The MRI came back negative, and he did not miss any games, although he sat out the team's March 30 loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles after spraining his left elbow the previous night against New Orleans.

Aldridge missed two games in February after spraining his left ankle early in a home loss to Washington on Feb. 14.

Aldridge, who made his first All-Star Game this season, had 20 points and six rebounds in the Blazers' loss to Houston on Monday. It was his eighth consecutive game with 20 or more points. For the season, he is averaging 21.7 points and 8.0 rebounds and shooting 51.2 percent, which would be a career high.

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com



NBA POWER RANKINGS - by Dimitris Katsionis


The latest NBA power rankings..

1. SAN ANTONIO SPURS (39-15) : Spurs play clearly the best ball in the league using an 10+ player rotation that helps Popovic to rest his stars.

2. CHICAGO BULLS (43-14) : Bulls show great cohesion without Rose and the current record is bigger achievement than last year's No1 seed. The question is can Rose stay healthy at the post season..?

3. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDERS (40-15) : They lost some games and the West's lead but they prove their quality against the Heat, showing that they can handle them in a possible final series.

4. MIAMI HEAT (40-15) : They lost 3 games against quality teams. Oklahoma, Boston and Memphis dominated the boards against Heat. Spoelstra put Turiaf at '5' and gave Terrel Haris serious minutes expecting more energy and freshness from his team but this thought didn't work a lot. Plus the Heat doesnt have the usual effectiveness on transition offense.

5. INDIANA PACERS (35-22) : Barbosa proves his scoring ability and Granger is hot. Pacers can be post season's dark horse..

6. BOSTON CELTICS (32-24) : Their defense is probably the best in the league but they have the weakest offense among the playoff teams. Rivers is doing a tremendous job but the problem in the center position is decisive against top teams.

7. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (33-23 ) : The team's currently performance reminds everyone last year's playoffs. Balanced offense. O.J. Mayo is truly unstoppable..

8. L.A. LAKERS (36-22 ) : Lakers have lost their defensive tendency although Sessions proves every night what a great addition he is.

9.) L.A. CLIPPERS (34-23)

10.) HOUSTON ROCKETS (32-25 ) : Goran Dragic is putting on a show..

11.) NEW YORK KNICKS (29-27 ) : NY's defensive improvement (big pressure, many traps on the half court) is unbelievable. Tyson Chandler takes our vote for the Defensive player of the year award. Woodson put Carmello at '4' and his star found more scoring space without Amare around. Iman Shumbert is the key player on both floor ends.

12.) ATLANTA HAWKS (34-23 ) : : Hawks two guard lineup (with Teague and Hinrich) improved their ball movement and offensive production.

13.) MILWAUKEE BUCKS (28-29)

14.) PHOENIX SUNS (29-27): Michael Redd got us back to the past..

15.) ORLANDO MAGIC (34-23) : I still don't understand the timing of Van Gundy's statement about Howard's feelings..

16.) UTAH JAZZ (30-28)

17.) DENVER NUGGETS (31-26) : Without Nene they don't have a player to put the ball in the post..

18.) PHILADELPHIA 76ers (29-27 )

19.) DALLAS MAVERICS (31-26) : Mavs seem tired but they still play the best defense on the West cost.

20.) PORTLANT TRAIL BRAZERS (27-31 ) : J.J. Hickson is the true profit for Portland at this moment..

21.) DETROIT PISTONS (21-36)

22.) NEW JERSEY NETS ( 21-37 )

23.) MINESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (25-33) : Without Rubio's magic touch, Minesota's offense doesn't look so attractive.

24.) TORONTO RAPTORS (20-38)

25.) GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (22-34) : Trading Ellis finally wasn't such a good idea..

26.) SACRAMENTO KINGS (19-38)

27.) CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (18-36)

28.) NEW ORLEAN HORNETS (15-42) : Eric Gordon's return bring back some smiles but it's obvious that Hornets need a lot of work this summer if they want to be competitive.

29.) WASHINGHTON WIZZARDS (13-44) : Youngsters Seraphin and Vesely took starting roles and they are doing a great job. Interesting..

30.) CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (7-48) :



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Baylor Basketball Facing Possible NCAA Sanctions - by Milord Nikolic

Baylor Universitys men and women basketball programs are facing possible NCAA sanctions after an investigation revealed more than 1,200 impermissible phone calls and text messages, according to an NCAA summary disposition obtained by ESPN.com. The disposition documented the massive amounts of phone calls and texts labeling them as major violations because of the frequency with which they occurred. The mens and womens basketball programs sent 738 impermissible text messages and made 528 impermissible calls over 29-month span. According to the report, mens coach Scott Drew and womens coach Kim Mulkey acknowledged their infractions and are at risk for a show-cause penalty, which means any penalties will remain on record regardless of where they coach and schools that wish to hire to them in the future would have to show cause as to why they should not inherit the penalties.The NCAA committee could accept Baylors self-imposed penalties, close the case, or add to the self-imposed penalties that Drew and Mulkey will face for committing the infractions. Other possible penalties could include the reduction of scholarships or the suspension of both coaches for a certain number of games next season.


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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


DStv PBL: Customs win protest against Union Bank - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The league board/disciplinary committee of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has awarded the two points to Nigeria Customs Service basketball club of Lagos in its 54-58 points lose to Union Bank basketball club of Lagos played on March 11, 2012 in Lagos.

Customs had protested the inclusion of Union Bank basketball club head coach Ayinla Oladipupo without letter of clearance from his last professional club in the United Kingdom in Game No 11 of the DStv Premier Basketball League which the NBBF frown at.

In a verdict letter released by the Secretariat of the NBBF and signed by the Secretary General Francis Gbiri who also doubles as the league board secretary state that the bio-data submitted by Union Bank basketball club on Ayinla Oladipupo was not properly completed.

Union Bank basketball club was stripped of the two points from the game which it won and was re-awarded to Customs basketball club.



DStv PBL: Pillars end Yelwa unbeaten run, Hoopers back to winning way - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Three-time champion of the DStv Premier Basketball League, Kano Pillars basketball club at the weekend handed Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi it first defeat in the 2011/2012 season of the Nigeria top flight league with a 96-67 points win on Sunday at the sports hall of the Sani Abacha stadium Kano.

The lose by Yelwa Hawks basketball club at the weekend now makes Pillars the only team yet to taste defeat in the Savannah conference of the league.

Niger Potters basketball club of Minna also posted a 15 points margin victory of 78-63 points win over Bauchi Nets basketball club in Minna; Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna put some smiles to the faces of its teeming fans with a 79-53 points win over Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos at the Murtala Mohammed Square Kaduna; Nigeria Immigration walked-over Civil Defenders basketball club of Abuja.

In the Atlantic conference defending champion, Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt got back to winning ways with a 67-57 points win over Islanders basketball club of Lagos at the Civic Centre Port Harcourt.

The win for the defending champion was to reassure its fans that it is determined to defend the league title it won last season after it week-6 79-81 points home loss to Dodan Warriors basketball club of Lagos.

Customs went past Comets in Lagos by 68-58 points; Union Bank had the better of Chariots by 77-60 points while Dodan Warriors basketball club survived Police Baton in a keenly contested week-7 pairing by 76-70 points.



DStv PBL: Pillars end Yelwa unbeaten run, Hoopers back to winning way - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Three-time champion of the DStv Premier Basketball League, Kano Pillars basketball club at the weekend handed Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi it first defeat in the 2011/2012 season of the Nigeria top flight league with a 96-67 points win on Sunday at the sports hall of the Sani Abacha stadium Kano.

The lose by Yelwa Hawks basketball club at the weekend now makes Pillars the only team yet to taste defeat in the Savannah conference of the league.

Niger Potters basketball club of Minna also posted a 15 points margin victory of 78-63 points win over Bauchi Nets basketball club in Minna; Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna put some smiles to the faces of its teeming fans with a 79-53 points win over Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos at the Murtala Mohammed Square Kaduna; the Nigeria Immigration versus Civil Defenders basketball club of Abuja game earlier billed for last Saturday will now hold on Wednesday.

In the Atlantic conference defending champion, Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt got back to winning ways with a 67-57 points win over Islanders basketball club of Lagos at the Civic Centre Port Harcourt.

The win for the defending champion was to reassure its fans that it is determined to defend the league title it won last season after it week-6 79-81 points home loss to Dodan Warriors basketball club of Lagos.

Customs went past Comets in Lagos by 68-58 points; Union Bank had the better of Chariots by 77-60 points while Dodan Warriors basketball club survived Police Baton in a keenly contested week-7 pairing by 76-70 points.



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  PBL   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith RADCLIFF
  Indiana D.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Radcliff, Indiana23.8 
 2. Favors, Sauk V.20.5 
 3. Simpson, Scranton.19.6 
 4. Inabnit, Indiana D.19.3 
 5. Commons, Scranton.19.3 
 6. Love, Chicago M.19.2 
 7. Robinson, Scranton.18.8 
 8. Hill, St. Louis P.18.3 
 9. Harris, Dayton A.S.17.5 
 10. Petty, Cent.Ill.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pettiford, India.12.5 
 2. Robinson, Scranton.11.4 
 3. Hill, Chicago M.10.8 
 4. Fay, Sauk Valley P.8.4 
 5. Davis, Rochester R.7.8 
 6. Slack, Cent.Ill.7.5 
 7. Harris, Sauk V.7.1 
 8. Hill, St. Louis P.6.9 
 9. Harris, Dayton A.S.6.8 
 10. Russ, Dayton A.S.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Herman FAVORS
  Sauk V.
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Favors, Sauk V.8.2 
 2. Simpson, Scranton.6.6 
 3. Snow, Lake M.5.4 
 4. Ruffin, Cent.I.5.1 
 5. Crouch, Rocheste.5.0 
 6. Petty, Cent.Ill.4.8 
 7. Council, Rocheste.4.2 
 8. Smith, Dayton A.S.4.1 
 9. Carr, Rochester R.4.0 
 10. Anderson, Chica.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcel ANDERSON
  Chica.
  (175-PG-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Anderson, Chica.1.9 
 2. Rose, Sauk V.1.6 
 3. Polk, St. Louis P.1.5 
 4. Pettiford, India.1.5 
 5. Crouch, Rocheste.1.4 
 6. Snow, Lake M.1.3 
 7. Robinson, Scranton.1.3 
 8. Favors, Sauk V.1.3 
 9. Ruffin, Cent.I.1.3 
 10. Smith, Dayton A.S.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shagari ALLEYNE
  Lake M.
  (221-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Alleyne, Lake M.2.5 
 2. Slack, Cent.Ill.1.9 
 3. Commons, Scranton.1.9 
 4. Webster, Rocheste.1.3 
 5. Robinson, Scranton.1.1 
 6. Pettiford, India.1.1 
 7. Hill, Chicago M.0.9 
 8. Davis, Rochester R.0.9 
 9. Giddings, Rocheste.0.8 
 10. Hipp, Sauk V.0.8 



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Petron B.
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 30.6
 1. Fazekas, Petron B.30.6 
 2. Barron, Meralco29.5 
 3. David, Powerade T.27.1 
 4. Crews, Rain o.27.0 
 5. Bowles, B-Meg L.26.2 
 6. Douthit, Air21 E.20.3 
 7. Vroman, Ginebra20.1 
 8. Parada, Alaska Ac.19.3 
 9. Harvey, Talk N Te.18.6 
 10. Baguio, Alaska A.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  Air21 E.
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Douthit, Air21 E.20.3 
 2. Harvey, Talk N Te.19.3 
 3. Fazekas, Petron B.18.4 
 4. Jones, Powerade T.17.9 
 5. Barron, Meralco15.6 
 6. Crews, Rain o.15.4 
 7. Parada, Alaska Ac.14.1 
 8. Vroman, Ginebra13.4 
 9. Bowles, B-Meg L.11.8 
 10. Santos, Petron B.11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Ross, Meralco7.8 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.7.2 
 3. Cabagnot, Petron6.4 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.6.2 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.6 
 6. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.4 
 7. Hubalde, Air21 E.4.8 
 8. Cortez, Ginebra4.6 
 9. Vroman, Ginebra4.6 
 10. Yeo, Petron Blaze3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 2. Reyes, Talk N Text1.3 
 3. Lassiter, Powerade.1.3 
 4. Custodio, Alaska A.1.3 
 5. Vroman, Ginebra1.3 
 6. Castro, Talk N Te.1.2 
 7. Douthit, Air21 E.1.2 
 8. Cabagnot, Petron1.2 
 9. Urbiztondo, B-Meg1.2 
 10. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Powerade T.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jones, Powerade T.2.8 
 2. Vroman, Ginebra2.4 
 3. Fazekas, Petron B.2.3 
 4. Douthit, Air21 E.2.2 
 5. Parada, Alaska Ac.2.0 
 6. Bowles, B-Meg L.1.8 
 7. Santos, Petron B.1.8 
 8. Crews, Rain o.1.6 
 9. Eman, Alaska Aces1.3 
 10. Barron, Meralco1.1 


PBA Roundup: April 4-10, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

B-MEG LLAMADOS over MERALCO BOLTS, 95-85
B-MEG had an easy time taking Macmac Cardona out of the game Wednesday. The rest of Meralco proved to be another matter, however, and the Llamados went through the wringer before fashioning a victory that sent their PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals series into a deciding game.

Marc Pingris, Denzel Bowles and Josh Urbiztondo set the tone for the Llamados in the highly physical confrontation while PJ Simon took the lead in the mop-up operations as they leveled the best-of-three duel at one game apiece and set up the rubber on Easter Sunday also at the Big Dome.

Cardona got thrown out just 70 seconds into the game, but it still took B-Meg a lot of doing as it had to withstand the loss of Bowles to fouls with still 2:03 left and Meralco's gritty fightback.

Sunday's deciding game should be no different from the most recent one that netted the protagonists a total 54 fouls called, almost double of Game 1's 29.

Following their opening loss, Cone lashed out at the referees and promptly received a call from PBA Commissioner Chito Salud. He did not delve on the officiating Wednesday, but warned of another tough match Sunday.

Pingris, who saw just 11 minutes of action in Game 1, played 29 Wednesday and scored a team-high 21 points on top of nine rebounds. It was his highest scoring output over the last three seasons.

Pingris actually started out guarding Cardona, but Urbiztondo made his teammate's job easier by first inciting Cardona to a technical foul before the prolific guard got ejected by slamming his hand on Bowles while they were sprawled under the Meralco basket.

Bowles added 20 and 11, with Simon and Urbiztondo combining for 28 points.

Earl Barron did not buy a single early basket in the face of Bowles' defense, but still finished with a personal conference-high 39 points and 18 rebounds, with 17 of his points coming in the third period that brought Meralco within 68-76. Sol Mercado added 11 of his 18 in that period and Cardona's main replacement, Mark Macapagal, seven of his nine that whittled B-Meg's lead that stood at 26 points twice, the last at 40-14, and 52-29 at the half.

BML 95 - Pingris 21, Bowles 20, Simon 15, Urbiztondo 13, Devance 10, Yap 8, Intal 4, Barroca 2, Reavis 2, De Ocampo 0.
MB 85 - Barron 39, Mercado 18, Macapagal 9, Taulava 7, Ross 4, Timberlake 2, Yee 2, Aljamal 2, Cardona 2, Borboran 0, Hugnatan 0.
QS: 32-13, 52-29, 76-68, 95-85

ALASKA ACES over BARAKO BULL ENERGY, 99-92
Like B-Meg earlier in the night, Alaska Milk fought gallantly to stay alive, sending the PBA Commissioners Cup quarterfinals to a double-knockout finish on Easter Sunday. The Aces forced a one-game standoff with the Barako Bull Energy by riding a decisive third-quarter romp on the way to a big victory.

The Aces handled new import Gabe Freeman well in his Barako Bull debut, holding him scoreless in the middle quarters. While clamping down on the former two-time Best Import winner, the Aces made a decisive run in the third period and went on to bounce back from their sorry 90-103 defeat in Game One Sunday.

Alaska starters LA Tenorio, Cyrus Baguio, Sonny Thoss, Mac Baracael and Adam Parada all put in double-digit outputs, and Sam Eman, Wesley Gonzales, Bonbon Custodio and Jay-R Reyes all helped coming off the bench.

Tenorio topscored with 22 points with Baguio adding 20, Thoss, 17, Baracael 16 and Parada 12. The Alaska import also hauled down 10 rebounds.

Freeman, who took over from Reggie Okosa, paced Barako with 22 though he went scoreless in the second and third periods. He also plucked 17 boards.

The two teams fought through four deadlocks and eight lead changes before the Aces took command in the third quarter and held on to the finish.

ALA 99 - Tenorio 22, Baguio 20, Thoss 17, Baracael 16, Parada 12, Eman 7, Gonzales 3, Custodio 2, Reyes 0.
BBE 92 - Freeman 22, Seigle 19, Tubid 15, Miller 13, Allado 8, Pennisi 6, Arboleda 5, Pena 4, Gatumbato 0, Weinstein 0, Najorda 0, Salvador 0.
QS: 28-34, 48-48, 77-63, 99-92

BARAKO BULL ENERGY over ALASKA ACES, 106-85
Barako Bull's hard work through the most sacred days of the Holy Week paid off. Gabe Freeman scattered 34 points and also had 19 rebounds, powering the Energy over the Alaska Aces Easter Sunday and into the PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals.

Ronald Tubid and Willie Miller each came up with a 20 points as Barako's efforts from Maundy Thursday to Black Saturday in practices enabled it to put an emphatic finish to the best-of-three quarterfinals series that went the distance. As a result, the Energy lined themlseves up for a best-of-five semis duel with defending champion
Talk N Text starting Tuesday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

Barako coach Junel Baculi singled out the performance of Freeman, who arrived Tuesday last week and promptly delivered 22 points and 17 rebounds in a 92-99 loss in Game 2.

The two-time Best Import awardee arrived in lieu of the ineffective Reggie Okosa, who was in turn a replacement for Rodney White, who had to go home to attend to his ailing father, but not after averaging a conference-best 29.8 points and 13.2 rebounds in the five games he played.

Adam Parada led the Aces with 18 points and five assists, but he was limited to a personal conference-low seven rebounds and was already sitting out along with Baguio and Tenorio inside the last five minutes of the game, when the Energy had raced to leads of 23 points, the last at 99-76.

Also a victim of Barako's tenacious gang-rebounding and vicious boxing out tactics was Sonny Thoss, who was held to just six points, his second lowest output in the tourney, as well as a personal season-low two rebounds.

BBE 106 - Freeman 34, Tubid 20, Miller 20, Seigle 12, Najorda 10, Pennisi 3, Arboleda 3, Allado 2, Pena 2, Salvador 0.
ALA 85 - Parada 18, Baguio 14, Reyes 13, Baracael 12, Custodio 9, Tenorio 9, Thoss 6, Eman 2, Gonzales 2, Salamat 0, Gelig 0.
QS: 25-24, 55-42, 78-63, 106-85

B-MEG LLAMADOS over MERALCO BOLTS, 86-76
Jonas Villanueva had his Easter resurrection, dishing out a giant scoreless fourth quarter to help B-Meg top Meralco in their knockout duel for the last slot in the PBA Commissioners Cup Final Four.

Villanueva, the heady guard whos just back from a yearlong layoff, rose up with clutch hustle plays, igniting a fiery B-Meg finish that set up a best-of-five semifinal confrontation between the Llamados and the Barangay Ginebra Kings beginning Wednesday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.

B-Meg bench chieftain Tim Cone lauded Villanueva for facilitating their offense and playing good defense on Sol Mercado as the Llamados outhustled and outmaneuvered the Bolts in the payoff period. The Llamados wiped out a six-point deficit and prevailed with a double-digit margin as they held the Bolts without a single field-goal basket in the last 11 minutes. Villanueva logged two rebounds and two assists with one of his feeds setting up Bowles for a two-handed jam off Earl Barron that sparked their decisive run from 72-73 count. Drawing second wind, Bowles poured in 11 points in the last quarter against Barrons three.

Curiously, Barron faded away at the finish, going 0-of-7 from the field in final period. The whole Meralco team missed all its last 16 field goals.

Mark Cardona failed to recover from his early disqualification in Game Two and was a non-factor in this do-or-die game. A shin injury didn't help the former La Salle star.

PJ Simon and Joe Devance fired 16 and 15, respectively, helping the Llamados arrange a first playoff series with the Kings in 15 years. The two popular ball clubs met in the Philippine Cup finals in 1988 and 1997 with Purefoods (now B-Meg) prevailing in their first matchup and Ginebra getting even in the next.

BML 86 - Bowles 28, Simon 16, Devance 15, Yap 9, Barroca 6, Pingris 6, Intal 2, Reavis 2, De Ocampo 2, Urbiztondo 0, Villanueva 0.
MB 76 - Mercado 27, Barron 23, Hugnatan 10, Ross 9, Macapagal 3, Cardona 2, Taulava 2, Borboran 0, Artadi 0.
QS: 21-23, 42-40, 61-67, 86-76

BARAKO BULL ENERGY over TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS, 84-77
Old and wise.

Thats what Barako Bulls grizzled warriors have been proving as they are deep into the playoffs of the PBA Commissioners Cup.

Danny Seigle and company continued to flaunt their vintage form, pulling the rug from under defending champion Talk n Text in Game One of their best-of-five semifinal showdown.

Energy Coach Junel Baculi, however, was quick to downplay their Game One win, saying the Texters were obviously rusty from their 12-day break. Baculi also mentioned the bad break suffered by Talk n Text in losing Kelly Williams to an injury right in the opening period.

The Energy took advantage of Williams early exit, imposing their size at the paint to dominate the rebounding battle, 67-45. Dorian Pena and Danny Seigle grabbed big rebounds keying a decisive 15-4 run that pushed Barako ahead to stay at 73-62. Wynne Arboleda had a significant contribution, banging away back-to-back treys to cap the crucial assault.

Pena, Seigle and Arboleda took over as Gabe Freeman slowed down after sizzling with 13 points and six rebounds in the first period. Seigle scattered 19 points, including nine in the final quarter as Barako Bull (formerly Air21) notched only its second win in 18 matches with Talk n Text over the last four years.

The Texters were outworked by their older rivals, and it certainly didnt help they lost Williams so early in the game. The Fil-Am forward/center sustained a cut below his left eye in a collision with Ronald Tubid, and he was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital.

BBE 84 - Freeman 21, Seigle 19, Pena 11, Miller 10, Arboleda 9, Tubid 7, Pennisi 4, Allado 3, Najorda 0.
TNT 77 - Castro 27, Fonacier 14, Harvey 9, Dillinger 9, Carey 8, De Ocampo 4, Reyes 3, Williams 3, Gamalinda 0, Aguilar 0, Lao 0, Alapag 0.
QS: 24-23, 42-43, 58-58, 84-77

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from PBA.ph




Asean Basketball League Roundup: April 4-8, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

SAIGON HEAT over INDONESIA WARRIORS, 88-86
The Saigon Heat made one of the most incredible comebacks in AirAsia ASEAN Basketball history . After being down by 8 points in the last 30 seconds of the game, the Heat managed to pull an incredible comeback to defeat the Indonesia Warriors.

Jahmar Thorpe led all scoring with 23 points and Jonathan Jones added a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds. The Heat also received big contributions from Robert Sanz, who finished with 17 points. Heat coach Jason Rabedeaux could not have asked for a better birthday present and was unable to hide his excitement after the game.

The drama started when Allan Salangsang missed two free throws with 32 seconds to go in the final quarter while the Warriors were up 86-78. On the next possession, Jonathan Jones made a lay-up while being fouled by Jonathan Smith. Jones, however, missed his free throw.

Mario Wuysang had a chance to stretch the Warriors lead back to 8 points, but he missed two free throws, which led to a three point shot by Heats guard Minh Trieu to make it a one possession game, 83-86. Wuysang opened the door for the Heat once some more after missing both of his free throws again, and John Smith took full advantage by calmly hitting a corner 3-point shot to tie the game at 86 causing the fans at Tan Binh Stadium to erupt. Trieu and Smith finished with 11 points each.

After Smiths triple, Amin Prihantono made a crucial mistake when he carelessly inbounded the ball and Rob Sanz was able to deflect it. Prihantono and Sanz both tried to get the loose ball, but a foul was called on Prihantono. Thorpe, who has been the Heats clutch-hitter, made another big play. After Sanz missed both of his free throws, the Warriors did not box out Thorpe and he flew to the rim to tip-in Sanzs missed free throw for the game-winner.

Steven Thomas recorded his 14th double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds, Jonathan Smith finished with 19 points and Allan Salangsang added 16 points. With this loss, the Warriors are now at fourth position with 7 wins and 9 losses, while the Heat moved to seventh position with 5 wins and 9 losses.

SGH 88- Thorpe 23, Jones 19, Sanz 17, Smith 11, Trieu 11, Javier 7
INW 86- Thomas 21, Smith 19, Salangsang 16, Wuysang 10, Canada 10, Gunawan 7, Prihantono 3
QS: 24-27, 46-44, 62-66, 88-86X

AIRASIA PHILIPPINE PATRIOTS over BANGKOK COBRAS, 84-78
This was a close game that saw the AirAsia Philippine Patriots holding on to grab their 13th win out of 15 games at the expense of the Bangkok Cobras.

Nakiea Miller had an incredible game tonight and led all-scoring with 25 points on top of 11 rebounds and 9 blocks. Teammate Anthony Johnson added in a further 22 points.

The Cobras starting five contributed all of Bangkoks points, led by Ratdech Kruatiwas 19. Marvin Cruz and Travis George put in 17 points apiece, followed by Gentry Lewiss 15 and Jai Reyess 10.

It was a down-the-wire affair at the Chulalongkorn University as the Patriots found themselves with a very slim 4-point lead with less than a minute to go. Anthony Johnson put the final nails on the Cobras coffin only after he calmly converted both his free throws to continue the Patriots grasp of first place.

APP 84- Miller 25, Johnson 22, Raymundo 12, Ramos 11, Adriano 8, Ybanez 3, Vergara 3
BKC 78- Kruatiwa 19, Cruz 17, George 17, Lewis 15, Reyes 10
QS: 18-24, 43-37, 68-62, 84-78

SAIGON HEAT over CHANG THAILAND SLAMMERS, 58-56
The Saigon Heats run to make the playoffs continued after they held on to beat the Chang Thailand Slammers. With this win, the race for the final playoffs spot is getting tighter as the Heat and JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers reight on the heels of the Indonesia Warriors, who are sitting at the fourth spot in the standings.

Jahmar Thorpe led the Heat with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jonathan Jones also recorded a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

The Heat overcame a big effort from Slammers import Calvin Williams who finished the game with 17 points and 20 rebounds.

It was a tight game in the final frame, as both teams engaged in a nip-and-tuck affair. The Slammers went to Montien Wongsawangtum for the last shot, but unfortunately he missed the potential game-winner. Wongsawangtum had a tough game, missing all of his 9 shots in this game. The Slammers other import, Christopher Garnett, finished with 14 points.

SGH 58- Thorpe 15, Jones, 14, Javier 12, Sanz 8, Smith 7, Trieu 2
CTS 56- Williams 17, Garnett 14, Leynes 6, Angeles 6, Apiromvilaichai 6, Lertmalaiporn 5, Supachai 2
QS: 18-9, 31-26, 49-40, 58-56

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS, 92-76
The highly anticipated duo of Duke Crews and Nick Fazekas lived up to their hype . Crews led all scoring with 29 points while Fazekas recorded a double-double in his debut with 26 points and 14 rebounds in their win over the Westports Malaysia Dragons.

Tiras Wade was back in the Dragons line-up after missing 2 games due to a hamstring injury. Wade finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds. The Dragons also recruited former Indonesia Warriors import Jonathan Smith as a temporary replacement for Brian Williams. Smith had 14 points and 12 rebounds in his Dragons debut. With this loss, the Dragons are on a six-game slump, but still sitting at third position with a record of 7 wins and 8 losses.

The Beermen began to pull away in the third quarter by outscoring the Dragons 28-19. Crews had a huge third quarter, putting in 6 dunks and 14 points. His dunk at 3:04 left in the 3rd quarter capped a 20-7 run, which gave the Beermen a 62-42 lead. The Beermen came into the final quarter with a comfortable 54-70 lead.

Leo Avenido, who chipped in 15 points for the Beermen, gave his team their biggest lead in this game after hitting a three-point shot to make it 77-56 with 8:42 left. The Dragons were unable to get any closer than 14 points after a dunk by Smith cut their deficit to 69-83 with 3:33 to go. The Beermen outshot the Dragons 55% to 42% in this game.

SMB 92- Crews 29, Fazekas 26, Avenido 15, Fajardo 6, Baguion 4, Cabatu 4, Fernandez 3, Yap 3, Ferriols 2
WMD 76- Wade 28, Smith 14, Cabahug 13, Ng 7, Belasco 5, Batumalai 4, Kuppusamy 3, Loh 2
QS: 20-21, 42-35, 70-54, 92-76

*Game Recaps compiled and compressed from AseanBasketballLeague.com




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Michal Michalak participates at 2012 Nike Hoop Summit - by Eurobasket News

2012 Nike Hoop Summit was held on Saturday night at the Rose Garden in Portland. One of the Polish top prospects Michal Michalak (194-G-93) was a member of the World Select Team and helped them beat the USA Junior National Select Team 84-75. Michalak was in the starting five for the World Team spending 14 minutes on the court. He had 5 points and 2 assists. World Team got to a flying start. They posted a 21:14 lead at the first break. World Team erupted for 31 points in the second quarter to secure an 18-point advantage at halftime 52:34. USA bounced back in the third quarter. Led by Shabazz Muhammad (198-G/F-93) the hosts cut the distance to 9-point mark. But World Select managed to keep the US opponents at bay throughout the fourth frame earning victory at the end. Wang Zhelin (213-C-94) posted 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) added 13 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory. Michal Michalak plays for the LKS Lodz club in the top division of Polish basketball (PLK). Michalak starred at the 2011 under-19 World Championships in Latvia where he was the fifth highest scorer in the competition, averaging 17.4 points per game. Michalak was also a Polish League All Star in 2011.


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  PORTUGAL   


Playoff Time - by Cavel Witter

Ive never been in a playoff series before so this will be a new and interesting experience for me and probably most of my team since we are all fairly young. From watching years of basketball I know this is the time of the year where every play matters; one play can make the difference of the game. Everybody contributes from the players on the court to the players on bench showing their support. During playoffs you have to be mentally tough to endure the swings of the game. I also know its not the team with the best regular season record that always comes out on top. Upsets can happen, especially if you have a group of guys that believe they can win. I have been a part of a lot of close games in my career that came down to which team wanted it more. When the playoffs start, it doesn't matter about the seeding anymore; its all about who is the hungriest. The power of belief and focus can go a long way. I remember when I was at Creighton and Sports Analyst Clark Kellogg talked to the team after practice about belief and focus. Everything he was saying made sense. He told us its not always the most talented team that wins. What separates a team from being good and great, from triumph and failure, is focus. If you're in tune with your coach's instructions and properly prepared for the game anything can happen. He also talked about belief, if you believe in yourself and fellow teammates that faith can ultimately be the difference. I'm very excited for the opportunity my team has and am looking forward to my first professional playoffs. Cavel Witter (183-G-87, college: Creighton)


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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - BSN

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Apr. 9: Quebradillas - San German 91-88
Apr. 10: Humacao - Guayama 72-84
Apr. 10: Mayaguez - Guaynabo
Apr. 11: San German - Bayamon


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Thornton, Guayama24.6 
 2. Sensley, Humacao23.0 
 3. Harris, San German22.2 
 4. Ayuso, Arecibo20.1 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon19.1 
 6. Ramos, Quebradillas18.4 
 7. Maye, Guaynabo17.4 
 8. Galindo, Guayama16.9 
 9. Smith, Mayaguez16.0 
 10. Rivera, San German15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Harris, San German10.1 
 2. Sensley, Humacao9.4 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas9.2 
 4. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 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
 1. Rivera, San German6.0 
 2. Smith, Mayaguez5.8 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.1 
 4. Pagan, Guayama4.9 
 5. Cruz, Quebradillas4.5 
 6. Pinnock, Arecibo4.3 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon4.1 
 8. Williams, Quebradi.4.1 
 9. Rodriguez, San G.3.6 
 10. Garcia, Humacao3.5 
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. Sensley, Humacao1.4 
 6. Rivera, Mayaguez1.3 
 7. Strong, San German1.3 
 8. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 9. Williams, Quebradi.1.3 
 10. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.4 
 2. Thornton, Guayama1.8 
 3. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.6 
 4. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 5. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 6. Harris, San German1.2 
 7. Ramos, Quebradillas1.1 
 8. Santiago, Arecibo1.0 
 9. Sensley, Humacao1.0 
 10. Aubry, Arecibo0.9 


Guaynabo signs Reid: - by Luis Modestti

Mets de Guaynabo announced the signing of forward Ryan Reid (203-F-86, college: Florida St.) as their first Latin-American import.

Reid played this season with the Oklahoma City Thunder and also saw action with Tulsa in the D-League.

He has a Jamaican passport and represented the Caribbean island in the 2011 CBC Championship where he averaged 9.2 points and 10 rebounds.

The former Florida State player is expected to join the team on Sunday and make his debut next week.

Guaynabo has played the whole season with just two of three imports. Now they have more strength inside which has been one of their weaknesses during the season.



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  RUSSIA   

Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20.2
20.2 
17.2 
16.6 
16.3 
14.8 
14.5 
14.4 
14.1 
13.9 
13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cuthbert VICTOR
  Spartak-.
  (197-F-83)
  Avg: 8.6
8.6 
8.3 
7.7 
6.7 
6.3 
6.2 
6.1 
6.0 
5.8 
5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6
6.0 
5.0 
5.0 
4.8 
4.6 
4.5 
4.4 
4.1 
3.6 
3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.5
2.5 
2.3 
2.1 
2.0 
1.9 
1.8 
1.7 
1.5 
1.5 
1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 1.4
1.4 
1.3 
1.1 
0.9 
0.9 
0.8 
0.7 
0.7 
0.7 
0.7 


Standings - Superleague B

Superleague Standings
 1. Ural Ekaterinb. 24-8 
 2. Ataman 19-10 
 3. Univ.Surgut 17-12 
 4. TEMP-SUMZ 15-14 
 5. Severstal 14-15 
 6. Rjazan 13-14 
 7. Ruskon-Mord. 13-16 
 8. Spartak V. 8-19 
 9. Sojuz Zaretchny 7-22 

Regular Season: Round 36

Apr. 10: Rjazan - Univ.Surgut 85-80
Apr. 10: Ataman - TEMP-SUMZ 79-78
Apr. 10: Spartak V. - Sojuz Zaretchny 78-90
Apr. 10: Severstal - Ruskon-Mord. 64-74

Regular Season: Round 37

Apr. 11: Ataman - TEMP-SUMZ
Apr. 11: Rjazan - Univ.Surgut
Apr. 11: Severstal - Ruskon-Mord.
Apr. 11: Spartak V. - Sojuz Zaretchny


Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.19.6 
 2. Ageev, Ruskon-M.15.6 
 3. Gordon, Ural E.15.3 
 4. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.14.9 
 5. Sotnikov, TE.14.6 
 6. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan13.6 
 7. Lekavicius, Univ.S.13.5 
 8. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.12.9 
 9. Zibirov, Ataman12.8 
 10. Aleksandrov, Univ.12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.8.2 
 2. Petukhov, Spart.7.3 
 3. Zaykin, TE.7.2 
 4. Ivlev, Rjazan7.1 
 5. Trushkin, Spart.6.2 
 6. Nikolaev, Ural E.6.0 
 7. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.0 
 8. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.5.8 
 9. Gordon, Ural E.5.8 
 10. Gresev, Ataman5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  Ural E.
  (182-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Glazunov, Ural E.5.3 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.1 
 3. Zibirov, Ataman4.0 
 4. Aleksandrov, Sojuz4.0 
 5. Tokarev, TE.3.9 
 6. Bartunov, Rjazan3.7 
 7. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.3.2 
 8. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.3.1 
 9. Chernov, Ruskon-M.2.9 
 10. Vzdykhalkin, Rjaz.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.2 
 2. Zibirov, Ataman2.2 
 3. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.8 
 4. Glazunov, Ural E.1.8 
 5. Bartunov, Rjazan1.7 
 6. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.6 
 7. Ageev, Ruskon-M.1.4 
 8. Kubrakov, Ataman1.4 
 9. Varnakov, Ruskon-.1.4 
 10. Smygin, Ataman1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.1.6 
 2. Gresev, Ataman1.1 
 3. Tsvetkov, Severst.1.0 
 4. Rindin, Univ.Surgut1.0 
 5. Varlamov, Ural E.1.0 
 6. Goritskov, Sever.0.9 
 7. Petukhov, Spart.0.8 
 8. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.0.7 
 9. Polyakov, Severstal0.7 
 10. Kondrashin, Sojuz0.7 


Superleague Round 36: Ataman defeats TEMP-SUMZ Revda in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 3 rounds.

Fourth-ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (15-14) gave a tough game to second ranked Ataman (19-10) in Rostov on Tuesday. Ataman managed to secure only one-point victory 79-78. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 23-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by TEMP-SUMZ Revda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Nikita Gresev (204-88) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Dramir Zibirov (187-86) who added 19 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (208-84) with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Ataman maintains second position with 19-10 record having just -12 point less than leader Ural Ekaterinb. TEMP-SUMZ Revda lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 14 games lost. Ataman are again looking forward to face TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#4) at home in the next round. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Universitet-Yugra (17-12) against sixth ranked Rjazan (13-14) on Tuesday night. Visiting Universitet-Yugra was defeated by Rjazan in a tough game in Rjazan 80-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Universitet-Yugra. The winners were led by guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 24 points and Oleg Bartunov supported him with 10 points and 7 assists. Even 16 points by guard Vladimir Shevel (200-84, agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for Universitet-Yugra. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Rjazan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 13-14 record. Universitet-Yugra at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Rjazan will again play against higher ranked Universitet-Yugra (#3) in Surgut in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Universitet-Yugra will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Spartak V. in Moscow 90-78. The best player for the winners was Denis Novikov who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Aleksandr Karpukhin who recorded 20 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Sojuz Zaretchny maintains ninth position with 7-22 record. Newly promoted Spartak V. keeps the eighth place with 19 games lost. Sojuz Zaretchny will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spartak V. will play again against Sojuz Zaretchny (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
5th ranked Severstal (14-15) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (13-16) with the biggest margin this round 74-64. It was a good game for Roman Semerninov who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Severstal's coach Sergei Mokin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ruskon-Mordovia maintains seventh position with 13-16 record. Severstal at the other side keeps the fifth place with 15 games lost. Ruskon-Mordovia will have a break next round. Severstal will play again at home against Ruskon-Mordovia (#7) in Saransk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Severstal - Ruskon-Mord. 64-74

5th ranked Severstal (14-15) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (13-16) with the biggest margin this round 74-64. The game was mostly controlled by Ruskon-Mordovia. Severstal was better in fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward Roman Semerninov (200-81) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Anton Ageev (192-84) contributed with 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Stanislav Zinchenko (203-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Uzbekistani guard Ruslan Nazmiev (200-87, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) added 9 points and 4 assists in the effort for Severstal. Severstal's coach Sergei Mokin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ruskon-Mordovia maintains seventh position with 13-16 record. Severstal at the other side keeps the fifth place with 15 games lost. Ruskon-Mordovia will have a break next round. Severstal will play again at home against Ruskon-Mordovia (#7) in Saransk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Severstal: A.Lunev 10+3reb, A.Amirkhanov 10+1reb+1ast, S.Zinchenko 10+10reb+2ast, R.Nazmiev 9+4reb+4ast, S.Toropov 6+3reb, M.Polyakov 5+2reb
Ruskon-Mord.: P.Zakamov 16+1reb+1ast, R.Semerninov 13+6reb+1ast, A.Ageev 11+2reb+6ast, A.Varnakov 8+5reb, A.Kuznetsov 8+7reb+2ast, A.Krylov 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 155470


Spartak V. - Sojuz Zaretchny 78-90

Bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny managed to get a seventh victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Tuesday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Spartak V. in Moscow 90-78. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 28-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Sojuz Zaretchny dominated on the defensive end, holding Spartak V. to just 7 points in third quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Sojuz Zaretchny had a 26-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Denis Novikov (200-85) who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Pavel Aleksandrov (196-89) chipped in 15 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Five Sojuz Zaretchny players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Aleksandr Karpukhin (191-90, agency: RU-Basket Management) who recorded 20 points and forward Vladislav Trushkin (201-93) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Sojuz Zaretchny maintains ninth position with 7-22 record. Newly promoted Spartak V. keeps the eighth place with 19 games lost. Sojuz Zaretchny will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Spartak V. will play again against Sojuz Zaretchny (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak V.: A.Karpukhin 20+4reb+1ast, V.Trushkin 11+8reb+2ast, V.Zaryazhko 11+3reb+3ast, G.Goldyrev 9+1reb, V.Voronchikhin 8+6reb, A.Petukhov 8+7reb
Sojuz Zaretchny: D.Novikov 17+5reb+3ast, P.Aleksandrov 15+3reb+6ast, V.Kuznetsov 15+5reb+1ast, A.Pushkin 14+4reb+1ast, S.Karpov 10+3reb+1ast, V.Sleta 8+2reb
gschID: 155471


Ataman - TEMP-SUMZ 79-78

Fourth-ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (15-14) gave a tough game to second ranked Ataman (19-10) in Rostov on Tuesday. Ataman managed to secure only one-point victory 79-78. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 23-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by TEMP-SUMZ Revda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Nikita Gresev (204-88) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Dramir Zibirov (187-86) who added 19 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (208-84) with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Stanislav Sotnikov (200-85, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four TEMP-SUMZ Revda players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Ataman maintains second position with 19-10 record having just -12 point less than leader Ural Ekaterinb. TEMP-SUMZ Revda lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 14 games lost. Ataman are again looking forward to face TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#4) at home in the next round. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
TEMP-SUMZ: A.Zaykin 18+10reb+5ast, S.Sotnikov 14+7reb+2ast, D.Gordeev 13+1ast, S.Khlopov 12+6reb, S.Tokarev 6+2reb+4ast, A.Komarov 5+2reb
Ataman: N.Gresev 25+6reb+2ast, D.Zibirov 19+1reb+5ast, A.Sepelev 9+6reb, S.Barsukov 7+1reb+1ast, I.Smygin 5+1ast, A.Voron 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 155468


Rjazan - Univ.Surgut 85-80

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Universitet-Yugra (17-12) against sixth ranked Rjazan (13-14) on Tuesday night. Visiting Universitet-Yugra was defeated by Rjazan in a tough game in Rjazan 80-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Universitet-Yugra. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Universitet-Yugra was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 24 points and forward Oleg Bartunov (197-85, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) supported him with 10 points and 7 assists. Even 16 points by guard Vladimir Shevel (200-84, agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for Universitet-Yugra. Forward Denis Hloponin (206-81) added 17 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Rjazan have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 13-14 record. Universitet-Yugra at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Rjazan will again play against higher ranked Universitet-Yugra (#3) in Surgut in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Universitet-Yugra will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Univ.Surgut: D.Hloponin 17+2ast, V.Shevel 16+4reb, A.Savkov 9+4reb+3ast, V.Dyachok 8+6reb+2ast, A.Andruschenko 8+2reb+2ast, G.Zelenskiy 6+4reb+4ast
Rjazan: A.Vzdykhalkin 24+3reb+2ast, A.Kirdyachkin 12+7reb, N.Stepanenkov 10, O.Bartunov 10+2reb+7ast, A.Mateyunas 9+3reb+6ast, S.Krasavtsev 8+5reb
gschID: 155469



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  SAUDI ARABIA   

D1 Standings

Premier League Standings
 1. Uhud 18-1 
 2. Al Ittihad 15-5 
 3. Al Fath 14-4 
 4. Al Ahli 14-5 
 5. Al Wehda 10-10 
 6. Al Ansar 9-6 
 7. Al Qadisiya 9-8 
 8. Al Hilal 6-10 
 9. Al Jubail 5-14 
 10. Al Nahdha 4-12 
 11. Al Kweldeeh 3-14 
 12. Al Safa 0-18 

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 12: Al Safa - Al Nahdha
Apr. 12: Al Fath - Al Qadisiya
Apr. 12: Al Hilal - Al Jubail
Apr. 12: Al Ahli - Al Ansar
Apr. 12: Al Kweldeeh - Al Wehda
Apr. 12: Al Ittihad - Uhud


Round 20 results - by Eurobasket News

Uhud continues to impress beating Al-Fath 68:59. The league-leaders improved to 18-1 record on top. Al-Ittihad is with 15-5 record after 70:64 win over Al-Wehda. Al-Ahli has 14-5 record beating Al-Nahdha 69:39. In another games Al-Jabil overcame Al-Kweldeeh 108:88 and Al-Qadasiya edged Al-Safa 87:55.


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Standings - B Liga

B League Standings
 1. Jagodina 17-8 
 2. Konstantin 16-9 
 3. Mladost Zemun 15-10 
 4. Mladost Cacak 15-10 
 5. Spartak 14-11 
 6. Crnokosa 13-12 
 7. Radnicki OB 13-12