EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 4/12/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ABA   



Warriors win again, Jacksonville goes to elimination game - by Gianni Pascucci

In Game 2 of yesterday night, the Jacksonville Giants felt to #1 ranked South Carolina Warriors, 119-126, and willl play in double elimination rematch with San Diego Sol tomorrow at 7 pm for a spot in Championship Series.


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   

Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 24-2 
 2. Cedevita 19-7 
 3. Partizan 19-7 
 4. Buducnost 18-8 
 5. Siroki WWin 15-11 
 6. Union Olimpija 14-12 
 7. Cibona 13-13 
 8. Radnicki K. 12-14 
 9. KK Zagreb CO 12-14 
 10. Crvena Zvezda 11-15 
 11. Krka 9-17 
 12. Hemofarm 7-19 
 13. Helios 7-19 
 14. Zlatorog 2-24 

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 12: Crvena Zvezda - Helios 86-69
Feb. 10: Partizan - Siroki WWin 86-59
Feb. 11: Union Olimpija - Krka 79-81 OT
Feb. 11: KK Zagreb CO - Zlatorog 71-64
Feb. 22: Hemofarm - Cibona 55-98
Apr. 14: Maccabi T-A - Buducnost 0-20

Round 17

Feb. 8: Cedevita - Crvena Zvezda 96-91

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 28: Maccabi T-A - Buducnost
Apr. 28: Cedevita - Partizan


Maccabi and Buducnost will not play on Saturday - by Eurobasket News

The game between Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and Buducnost VOLI, which was scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 19:00 in Tel Aviv in Nokia Arena, is cancelled because Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv was unable to organize flight to Tel Aviv for BC Buducnost VOLI.

According to ABA League Bylaws, Article 61.1.a BC Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv is sanctioned with:

1. loss of the game by result of 0:20. BC Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv gets 0 points for the game.
2. a fine of 5.000 EUR.

Buducnost VOLI gets 2 points for the game.

Courtesy of www.adriaticbasket.info



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  ARGENTINA   


TNA North and South Semis: Third games (best-of-five) - by Eurobasket News

Third games of TNA North and South Semifinals were played last night.
In Group North, San Isidro was better than Union Progresista 88-81 coming to 1-2 in the series. Albert White (197-G/F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Missouri) was a key player for the hosts with 18 points. In the other game of this group, Union Sunchales escaped with 100-97 OT win against Obera TC and extended the series for at least one more game (1-2). Maximiliano Rios (185-G-81, college: Clayton St.) scored 27 points in victory.
In Group South, MH Basket was too strong for Ciclista 75-70 taking 2-1 lead in the series. Byron Johnson (201-F/C-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Belm.Abbey) had 24 points and 8 rebounds for MH Basket. Alianza Viedma outplayed Argentino 86-80 staying alive in the series (1-2). Scott Cutley (196-F-85, college: CS Fullerton) shined for the hosts with 26 points and 11 rebounds.
Fourth games are scheduled for tomorrow.

Semi-Finals - Game 1
Apr. 3, 2012 Union Progr.-San Isidro 106-96
Apr. 3, 2012 Obera TC-Union Sunch 86-69
SOUTH
Apr. 3, 2012 Ciclista-MH Basket 81-60
Apr. 3, 2012 Argentino-Alianza Viedma 91-78

Semi-Finals - Game 2
NORTH
Apr. 5, 2012 Union Progr.-San Isidro 87-73
Apr. 5, 2012 Obera TC-Union Sunch 89-80
SOUTH
Apr. 5, 2012 Ciclista-MH Basket 68-70
Apr. 5, 2012 Argentino-Alianza Viedma 70-58

Semi-Finals - Game 3
NORTH
Apr. 10, 2012 San Isidro-Union Progr. 88-81
Apr. 10, 2012 Union Sunch-Obera TC 100-97 OT
SOUTH
Apr. 10, 2012 MH Basket-Ciclista 75-70
Apr. 10, 2012 Alianza Viedma-Argentino 86-80

Semi-Finals - Game 4
NORTH
Apr. 12, 2012 San Isidro-Union Progr.
Apr. 12, 2012 Union Sunch-Obera TC
SOUTH
Apr. 12, 2012 MH Basket-Ciclista
Apr. 12, 2012 Alianza Viedma-Argentino



Mannheim 2012: Sweden and Argentina open Day 4 - by Eurobasket News

Sweden U18-Argentina U18 71:66

Sweden and Argentina open Day 4 at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament 2012. The Scandinavian team won 71:66 for 2-0 record in Group G, while Argentina fell at 0-2.
It was an easy start for the Swedish outfit that grabbed 29:14 at the end of the first period. Due to that they never looked behind in the game and continued their dominance in the second period as well. Sweden needed 16-14 to take 45:28 at the halftime. Argentina meanwhile won the third and the last quarters but it was not enough to seal the victory.
Ludvig Hakanson (190-PG-96) paced all the winners with 27 points. Sebastian Schuszler (201-F/C-94) netted 14, while Niklas Larsson (196-G-94) scored 8. Lucas Gonzalez (193-F-94) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort and Pedro Barral (181-G-94) posted 15. Javier Saiz (202-F-94) and Torres delivered 10 points apiece in defeat.

Sweden U18: Ludvig Hakanson 27, Sebastian Schuszler 14, Niklas Larsson 8
Argentina U18: Lucas Gonzalez 16, Pedro Barral 15, Javier Saiz 10, Torres 10



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  AUSTRALIA   


Mannheim 2012: Australia better Denmark - by Eurobasket News

Australia U18 - Denmark U18 73:42

Australia accounted for the first win at the second stage of Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany. The Emus toppled Danish counterparts to gain 2-0 record in Group H. Jack Lopez (194-G-94) nailed 16 points for the winners. Denmark fell at 0-2 record.
Denmark stayed aggressive defensively in the opening quarter. The Scandinavian team recorded a 13:11 lead ten minutes into the game. But the Aussies took over in the second term. They stole the lead and registered a 34:27 halftime advantage. Australia took off in the third term. They unloaded 31 points in the frame and ran away for a 32-point lead. Denmark showed character holding the Emus to just 8 points in the fourth stanza but never threatened the margin. Dane Pineau (203-F-94) posted 11 points and 10 boards in the victory. Peter Moeller (186-G-94) accounted for 12 points for Denmark. RasmusG Larsen (212-C-94) notched 9 points in the losing case.

Australia U18: Jack Lopez 16, Dane Pineau 11+10 boards, Anthony Fisher (187-G-94) 9
Denmark U18: Peter Moeller 12, RasmusG Larsen 9



Gold Coast Allstars clinched 3rd place - by Eurobasket News

Gold Coast Authentic Allstars clinched 3rd place at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia. In the game for the third place the team from Australia won over National Taiwan Normal University 103:87. James Legan (190-G-87, agency: Court Side, college: E.Carolina) scored a game high of 26 points for the Aussie team, and big man Jackson Parr (196-G/F, college: Iowa Lakes CC) added 20.
Gold Coast Authentic Allstars started the tournament with the easy win over Singapore 75:38. In Day 2 they edged National Taiwan Normal University 87:69. In the last game of the Group Stage Gold Coast Authentic Allstars edged Perak 75:72 in overtime. In the Semifinal game China Xiamen overcame Australian Gold Coast Authentic Allstars 93:76.
China Xiamen meanwhile won Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia. In the Final game China Xiamen defeated Philippine Far Eastern University 90:64 to claim the title of the inaugural Sultan Azlan Shah Cup International Basketball Invitation Championship.



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

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



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  BOSNIA   


League Six: Siroki WWin extends winning streak to six - by Eurobasket News

Round Six of the Bosnian top division for men was played yesterday. Siroki WWin cruised past Bosna ASA BHT on the road 63-84 for perfect 6-0 record in the league. The reigning champion got 18 points from Zeljko Sakic (201-F-88, agency: Beo Basket). Josip Bilinovac (194-PG-90, agency: PEPI SPORT) and Darko Planinic (211-C-90) helped with 12 points each. In Bosna (1-5), Sead Hadzifejzovic (202-FC-89) had 12 points and 8 rebs.
Capljina handed 81-69 loss to Varda joining them with 2-4 record. Same numbers also has Mladost. Jozo Brkic (211-F/C-86, agency: Interperformances) had 20 points and 6 boards for the winners, while Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) helped with double-double of 18 pts and 18 rebounds. Darko Damjanovic (203-F/C-91) responded with 22 points and 8 rebs in defeat.
Also yesterday, Igokea smashed Mladost for 5-1 record. Milan Dozet (204-SF-79) top-scored for the hosts with 23 points. Petar Ivanic (193-G-85) had 14 pts for Mladost (2-4).



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. S.Jose/Unimed 23-5 
 2. Flamengo 21-6 
 3. Pinheiros/Sky 21-7 
 4. Uniceub/BRB 20-7 
 5. Unitri/Universo 18-10 
 6. Itabom/Bauru 17-11 
 7. Paulistano 17-11 
 8. Cia do Terno 14-14 
 9. Winner/Limeira 13-15 
 10. Vivo/Franca 13-15 
 11. Liga Sorocaba 11-17 
 12. Tijuca TC 9-19 
 13. Minas 9-19 
 14. Araraquara 2-26 
 15. Vila Velha 1-27 

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 10: Itabom/Bauru - Uniceub/BRB 96-80
Apr. 5: S.Jose/Unimed - Cia do Terno 93-82
Apr. 6: Uniceub/BRB - Minas 87-76
Apr. 5: Pinheiros/Sky - Paulistano 82-87
Apr. 5: Unitri/Universo - Vivo/Franca 80-68
Apr. 5: Araraquara - Winner/Limeira 78-89
Apr. 5: Tijuca TC - Flamengo 76-83
Apr. 8: Itabom/Bauru - Minas 76-75
Apr. 6: Liga Sorocaba - Itabom/Bauru 71-64
Apr. 10: S.Jose/Unimed - Pinheiros/Sky 66-64


Sao Jose/Vinac claim regular season crown - by Eurobasket News

Sao Jose/Vinac celebrated the victory in NBB regular season. They overcame Pinheiros/Sky in the postponed game of Round 28. Sao Jose/Vinac trailed for the bigger part of the encounter. Pinheiros/Sky enjoyed a 38:34 halftime lead. They stretched the margin to 8 points with one period remaining. But Sao Jose/Vinac went on an 18:8 run in the fourth quarter to steal a tough win at the end. Andre Laws (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: San Diego) posted 23 points to lead the winners. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) contributed 13 points for Sao Jose/Vinac. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) answered with 19 points for Pinheiros/Sky. Leonardo Morro (208-C-84) finished with 12 points in defeat.
Itabom/Bauru finished the season on a high note. They stunned the defending champions Uniceub/BRB 96:80 at home court. Itabom/Bauru used a 32:13 run in the third term to clear off for good in this one. Gui Deodato (190-F-91) produced 28 points for the hosts. Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) added 19 points in the winning effort. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) replied with 32 points for Uniceub/BRB.



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  BULGARIA   


Aaron Harper claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Levski Sofia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 30-year old swingman had the game-high 33 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Levski Sofia in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Spartak Pleven (#7, 5-20) with 30-point margin 116-86. Levski Sofia maintains the 2nd position in Bulgarian NBL. They are still close to the very top. Levski Sofia would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 20-5 record. In the team's last game Harper had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Levski Sofia, through which he has constantly improved. The University of Mississippi graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harper is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.2ppg. Harper is in league's top in and averages solid 57.1% FGP and 40.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old forward Todor Todorov (198-F-82) of Spartak Pleven. Todorov impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Spartak Pleven lost that game 86-116 to the higher-ranked Levski Sofia (#2, 20-5). Spartak Pleven managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Spartak Pleven managed to get this year. Todorov is one of the most experienced players at Spartak Pleven and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American guard Andre Owens (193-G-80) of top-ranked Lukoil Academik. Owens scored 23 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Lukoil Academik, leading his team to a 107-55 easy win against the lower-ranked Cherno More (#5, 10-15). Many experts and fans count Lukoil Academik as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 23 victories and only two lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Owens has a very solid season. In 22 games in Bulgaria he scored 12.1ppg. Andre Owens has also Bulgarian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Hall (185-G-85) of Levski Sofia - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) of Lukoil Academik - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80) of Lukoil Academik - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) of Levski Sofia - 15 points and 9 rebounds
8. Hristo Zahariev (200-G/F-90) of Rilski Sportist - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Martin Durchev (200-G-87) of Tundja Yambol - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Veselin Veselinov (201-F-83) of Lukoil Academik - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  CHINA   


Mannheim 2012: China U18 beat Greek side to tie the records in Group H - by Eurobasket News

Greece U18-China U18 59:72

China U18 beat Greek side to tie the records in Group H at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament 2012. The Asian team celebrated the initial 72:59 victory in Germany.
Both teams nailed 12 points each in the first five minutes and then Greece took 22:21 lead. China looked better in the start of the second frame and took 37:28 advantage midway through the period. China led 41:38 after the first half and then increased to 11 points early in the third. The Asian team had also 59:51 and kept 8-point difference with 5 minutes remaining. They increased to 13 at the end of the game and celebrate the initial victory.
Zhou Qi (215-C-96) erupted with 30 points for the winners. Liu Bo (204-F-96) collected 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Luo Kaiwen (198-F-95) posted 9. Eleftherios Bochoridis (194-G-94) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Alexandros Mitsialos (201-F-94) notched 13. Lampros Tsontzos (208-F-94) followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Greece U18: Eleftherios Bochoridis 17, Alexandros Mitsialos 13, Lampros Tsontzos 7
China U18: Zhou Qi 30, Liu Bo 18+12 rebs, Luo Kaiwen 9



China Xiamen wins Sultan Azlan Shah Cup - by Eurobasket News

China Xiamen wins Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia.
In the Final game China Xiamen defeated Philippine Far Eastern University 90:64 to claim the title of the inaugural Sultan Azlan Shah Cup International Basketball Invitation Championship. China Xiamen gained control at the end of first quarter by leading 26-15, but then Far Eastern University won the second frame 21-18 to reduce a bit the score in the game. China Xiamen still managed to maintain their 44:36 lead during halftime. China added 20-13 in the third period and finished the game with 26-15 in the last stanza. XIUZAO CHEN top-scored for the winners with 22 points and JIAYI WANG netted 19. QINGBIN HANG had 15, while ZHOUXING LIN notched 13. TERRENCE BILLY ROMEO ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and BYAN ROOSE B GAECIA posted 17.
Earlier China Xiamen overcame Australian Gold Coast Authentic Allstars 93:76.
In the opener China Xiamen beat Indonesian team Knight 69:52. Later they edged Royal Thai Navy 100:96.



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 7

Championship

Apr. 10: Zabok - Cedevita 91-103
Apr. 11: KK Split - Svjetlost 72-67
Apr. 10: KK Zagreb CO - Cibona 71-85
Apr. 11: Jolly - Zadar 54-67

Play-Out

Apr. 11: Kvarner 2010 - Dubrovnik 89-90
Apr. 11: Borik - Alkar Sinj 77-59
Apr. 11: Darda - Krizevci 72-79

Second Stage: Round 8

Championship

Apr. 14: Cibona - Svjetlost
Apr. 14: KK Split - Cedevita
Apr. 14: Zabok - Zadar
Apr. 14: Jolly - KK Zagreb CO

Play-Out

Apr. 14: Dubrovnik - Alkar Sinj
Apr. 14: Borik - Krizevci
Apr. 14: Darda - Kvarner 2010


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Mimica, KK Split19.7 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.1 
 3. Ross, Jolly17.7 
 4. Simovic, Kvarner15.7 
 5. Vrbanc, Zadar15.3 
 6. Sobin, KK Split14.7 
 7. Stimac, Svjetlost14.6 
 8. Peraica, Darda14.3 
 9. Kruslin, Zabok14.3 
 10. Grgat, Krizevci14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Teo SIMOVIC
  Kvarner .
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Simovic, Kvarner7.4 
 2. Ivanov, Zadar7.4 
 3. Stimac, Svjetlost7.1 
 4. Sobin, KK Split6.8 
 5. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.7 
 6. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.6 
 7. Peraica, Darda6.5 
 8. Vrsaljko, Jolly6.0 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar5.9 
 10. Grgat, Krizevci5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci4.9 
 2. Ross, Jolly4.3 
 3. Subotic, KK Split4.1 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner3.9 
 5. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.7 
 6. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.3 
 7. Tomas, Zabok3.0 
 8. Kruslin, Zabok2.7 
 9. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.7 
 10. Stimac, Svjetlost2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ross, Jolly3.0 
 2. Kostomaj, Svjet.2.1 
 3. Bicvic, Darda2.0 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner1.9 
 5. Stimac, Svjetlost1.6 
 6. Mimica, KK Split1.6 
 7. Sarlija, Borik1.5 
 8. Ceskovic, Kvarner1.5 
 9. Zadnik, Zadar1.5 
 10. Tomas, Zabok1.4 
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. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar0.6 
 9. Diminic, Dubrovnik0.5 
 10. Vrsaljko, Jolly0.5 


A1: Round 7 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News

A1 is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 7 rounds left. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results.


Group Championship
KK Split - Svjetlost 72-67
There was no surprise when 7th ranked Svjetlost (1-6) was defeated on the road by third ranked KK Split (5-2) 72-67 on Wednesday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-16. But Svjetlost won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Split dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Svjetlost's 32. They outrebounded Svjetlost 25-13 including 19 on the defensive glass. KK Split looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Swingman Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) fired 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) chipped in 17 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79) produced 16 points and 5 assists and naturalized Libyan power forward Kamaldin Gamma (205-80) added 16 points and 6 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KK Split maintains third place in Championship Group with 5-2 record having just two points less than leader Cibona. Loser Svjetlost dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. KK Split will face league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Svjetlost will play on the road against the league's leader Cibona (#1) in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Svjetlost: K.Gamma 16+2reb+2ast, A.Stimac 16+3reb+5ast, M.Batina 15+2reb+1ast, L.Samadan 13+3reb, T.Kostomaj 5+2reb+3ast, P.Zivkovic 2+1reb
KK Split: I.Mimica 17+4reb+2ast, J.Sobin 14+7reb+3ast, L.Babic 13+2reb+2ast, N.Vujcic 10+5reb+5ast, T.Dijan 9+2reb, S.Subotic 7+2reb+9ast
gschID: 171817


Jolly - Zadar 54-67
The game in Sibenik was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Zadar (4-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Jolly (1-6). Zadar defeated Jolly 67-54 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 40-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zadar outrebounded Jolly 48-32 including 34 on the defensive glass. Jolly was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Ive Ivanov (201-85) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Center Franko Kastropil (211-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) produced 14 points and 5 steals and center Denis Vrsaljko (212-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Zadar maintains fourth place in Championship Group with 4-3 record. Loser Jolly keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Zadar will face Zabok (#6) in Zabok in the next round. Jolly will play at home against KK Zagreb CO and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jolly: R.Ross 14+4reb+3ast, I.Salamun 11+3reb+2ast, D.Vrsaljko 8+9reb+1ast, T.Petani 8+2reb, I.Josipovic 6+4reb, M.Mrva 4+9reb
Zadar: I.Ivanov 14+10reb+2ast, D.Reed 11+5reb+2ast, F.Kastropil 10+11reb+1ast, A.Krapic 8+1reb, A.Delas 8+11reb+1ast, I.Batur 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 171815


Zabok - Cedevita 91-103
No shocking result in a game when second ranked Cedevita (6-1) defeated on the road 6th ranked Zabok (1-6) 103-91 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 61-45 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Cedevita made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Zabok was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Miro Bilan (213-89) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners (made all of his seven free throws). The former international swingman Marino Bazdaric (197-78) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Cedevita's coach Drazen Anzulovic used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Guard Domagoj Basic (190-86) produced 19 points and 4 assists and forward Filip Kraljevic (214-89, agency: PEPI SPORT) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Cedevita and four Zabok players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Cedevita. They maintain second place in Championship Group with 6-1 record behind leader Cibona. Zabok lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. Cedevita will face KK Split (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Zabok will play against Zadar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zabok: D.Basic 19+4reb+4ast, F.Kraljevic 17+8reb, R.Lez 16+2ast, S.Jankovic 13+2reb+1ast, A.Crnjevic 9+1reb, L.Pesut 7+6reb+2ast
Cedevita: M.Bilan 17+5reb, L.Warren 13+6reb+1ast, D.Draper 12+3reb+1ast, M.Bazdaric 12+7reb+2ast, V.Vukusic 12+4reb+4ast, V.Princ 9+1ast
gschID: 171816


KK Zagreb CO - Cibona 71-85
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Zagreb: Cibona (#1) and KK Zagreb CO (#5). KK Zagreb CO was defeated at home 71-85 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. Cibona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Cibona outrebounded KK Zagreb CO 38-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Zack Wright (188-85, college: Central Mo.) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Cibona's coach Jasmin Repesa allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Krunoslav Simon (197-85) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Dario Saric (208-94) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for KK Zagreb CO. Five Cibona and four KK Zagreb CO players scored in double figures. Cibona (7-0) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place in Championship Group with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. KK Zagreb CO lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Cibona will play against Svjetlost (#8) in Slavonski Brod in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Zagreb CO will play on the road against Jolly in Sibenik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: K.Simon 16+8reb+6ast, D.Saric 13+6reb+3ast, D.Markota 11+6reb+1ast, D.Rancic 10+1ast, A.Masic 8+5reb, V.Morovic 5
Cibona: A.Barbour 18+7reb+1ast, T.Zubcic 14+2reb, D.Rudez 12+1reb+2ast, Z.Wright 12+4reb+7ast, A.Zizic 11+8reb+1ast, P.Marcinkovic 7+4reb
gschID: 171814


Group Play-Out
Kvarner 2010 - Dubrovnik 89-90
Top ranked Kvarner 2010 (9-6) recorded its sixth loss in Rijeka on Wednesday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Dubrovnik (6-9) 90-89. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-89. 25 personal fouls committed by Kvarner 2010 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82) fired 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Mislav Peric (191-88) chipped in 23 points. Guard Josip Blajic (192-87, agency: Court Side) produced 21 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and Bosnian center Teo Simovic (205-84, agency: Interperformances) added 23 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Kvarner 2010 players scored in double figures. Dubrovnik moved-up to fourth place in Play-Out, which they share with Borik and Darda. Kvarner 2010 at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They share it with Alkar Sinj and Krizevci. Dubrovnik is looking forward to face higher ranked Alkar Sinj (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kvarner 2010 will play against Vrijednosnice OS in Darda and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: T.Simovic 23+5reb+3ast, J.Blajic 21+6reb+7ast, D.Cinac 16+6reb, M.Juricic 13+1reb+1ast, J.Surina 5+2reb, M.Kucan 5+1ast
Dubrovnik: T.Bizaca 23+7reb+3ast, M.Peric 23+2reb+3ast, L.Petkovic 19+3reb+4ast, I.Begic 9+3reb+3ast, F.Karac 7+3reb+1ast, M.Hajdic 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 171858


Darda - Krizevci 72-79
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Darda. Third ranked Krizevci faced 4th placed Vrijednosnice OS. Guests from Krizevci (9-6) defeated host Vrijednosnice OS (6-9) 79-72. Vrijednosnice OS was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 42-31 second half run of Krizevci. It was an exceptional evening for the former international power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Mladen Gligora (204-82, agency: Court Side) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. Krizevci's coach Rudolf Jugo used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Luka Panduric (192-93) came up with 13 points and 5 assists and Bosnian center Mato Peraica (203-81) added 12 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) respectively for Vrijednosnice OS in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Krizevci. They keep a position of Play-Out leader, which they share with Kvarner 2010 and Alkar Sinj. Vrijednosnice OS at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Krizevci's next round opponent will be Borik Puntamika (#4) in Zadar. Vrijednosnice OS will play at home against the league's second-placed Kvarner 2010 in Rijeka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Darda: L.Panduric 13+1reb+5ast, M.Peraica 12+4reb+1ast, F.Kordic 10+2reb+1ast, V.Budimir 10+2reb+1ast, A.Bicvic 9+2reb+3ast, I.Milenkovic 9+3reb+3ast
Krizevci: M.Gligora 18+4reb, I.Buva 15+5reb, I.Grgat 13+10reb+3ast, I.Cusek 8, F.Gacesa 7, L.Zitko 6+2reb
gschID: 171859


Borik - Alkar Sinj 77-59
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Alkar Sinj (9-6) against fifth ranked Borik Puntamika (6-9) on Wednesday night. Visiting Alkar Sinj was defeated by Borik Puntamika in Zadar 77-59. The game was mostly controlled by Borik Puntamika. Alkar Sinj managed to win fourth quarter 18-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for guard Mario Pesut (-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian forward Petar Maric (206-87, college: Lincoln Trail CC) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side swingman Franjo Bubalo (194-88) responded with 21 points (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Roko Rogic (185-92) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Borik Puntamika moved-up to fourth place in Play-Out, which they share with Dubrovnik and Darda. Loser Alkar Sinj still keeps top position with six games lost. They share it with Kvarner 2010 and Krizevci. Borik Puntamika will meet at home league's leader Krizevci in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Alkar Sinj will play against Dubrovnik and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: F.Bubalo 21+1reb+2ast, R.Rogic 15+3reb, S.Tesija 7+9reb, N.Gaurina 5+2reb, M.Modric 5+2reb, Z.Zupic 2+2reb+1ast
Borik: M.Pesut 17+7reb+2ast, P.Maric 16+6reb+1ast, L.Drezga 12+5reb, M.Cakarun 8+6reb, M.Sarlija 7+4reb, T.Drazovic 6+1reb+1ast



Antwain Barbour claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American-Lebanese Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Cibona and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Second Stage).
The 29-year old swingman had the game-high 18 points adding seven rebounds for Cibona in his team's victory, helping them to beat KK Zagreb CO (#5, 3-4) 85-71. It allowed Cibona to consolidate first place in the Croatian A1. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. Cibona still have not lost a single game, getting all 7 victories in Second Stage. In the team's last game Barbour had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cibona's top player in his first season with the team. Antwain Barbour averages this season 13.4ppg. - League for the title.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old guard Josip Blajic (192-G-87, agency: Court Side) of Kvarner 2010. Blajic impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Kvarner 2010 was edged by the lower-ranked Dubrovnik (6-9) 90-89. PLAY-OUT.

The third best performed player last round was another Kvarner 2010's star - Bosnia and Herzegovina Teo Simovic (205-C-84, agency: Interperformances). Simovic scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds. PLAY-OUT.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Grgat (210-C/F-74) of Krizevci - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Petar Maric (206-F-87) of Borik - 16 points and 6 rebounds
6. Luka Petkovic (190-G-88) of Dubrovnik - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) of KK Split - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mislav Peric (191-G-88) of Dubrovnik - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Filip Kraljevic (214-F-89) of Zabok - 17 points and 8 rebounds
10. Franjo Bubalo (194-G/F-88) of Alkar Sinj - 21 points and 2 assists

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



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Troy Gottselig to Miss Remainder of Season for Usti nad Labem - by Surujh Roopnarine

Canadian forward Troy Gottselig (203-F-87) returned home this week to rehabilitate a shoulder injury and will miss the remainder of the season for SLUNETA Usti nad Labem. Gottselig has not played since March 21 and will miss the remainder of the 'Play-Out', which has Usti nad Labem facing off against BK Loko Interconex Plzen, Inter Bratislava and BK Breda & Weinstein Opava for the right to stay in the Mattoni NBL next season. Usti nad Labem looks to have the best chane of maintaining its position, owning 56 points, followed by Plzen with 52 and then Bratislava and Opava with 51 each. Round 2 of the Play-Out is tonight and with a strong remaining core of players highlighted by Thad McFadden, the team should be able to withstand the absence of Gottselig. In his first season overseas, the 6-8 Gottselig appeared in 15 games for Usti nad Labem, averaging 12.4 points and a team-leading 8.0 rebounds, while shooting 49.4% from the field. The 24-year old from Saskatchewan began this season with the Summerside Storm of the newly formed Canadian NBL, then heading to the Halifax Rainmen before finally landing in the Czech Republic.


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Mannheim 2012: Australia better Denmark - by Eurobasket News

Australia U18 - Denmark U18 73:42

Australia accounted for the first win at the second stage of Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany. The Emus toppled Danish counterparts to gain 2-0 record in Group H. Jack Lopez (194-G-94) nailed 16 points for the winners. Denmark fell at 0-2 record.
Denmark stayed aggressive defensively in the opening quarter. The Scandinavian team recorded a 13:11 lead ten minutes into the game. But the Aussies took over in the second term. They stole the lead and registered a 34:27 halftime advantage. Australia took off in the third term. They unloaded 31 points in the frame and ran away for a 32-point lead. Denmark showed character holding the Emus to just 8 points in the fourth stanza but never threatened the margin. Dane Pineau (203-F-94) posted 11 points and 10 boards in the victory. Peter Moeller (186-G-94) accounted for 12 points for Denmark. RasmusG Larsen (212-C-94) notched 9 points in the losing case.

Australia U18: Jack Lopez 16, Dane Pineau 11+10 boards, Anthony Fisher (187-G-94) 9
Denmark U18: Peter Moeller 12, RasmusG Larsen 9



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 2. Almond, Maine RC23.4 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.1 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.8 
 5. Costner, Los A.20.0 
 6. Efevberha, Iowa E.19.6 
 7. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 8. Ubiles, Dakota W.19.6 
 9. Millsap, Los A.19.3 
 10. Gilder, Sioux F.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.7 
 2. Harangody, Canton12.6 
 3. Dawson, Austin T.10.6 
 4. Butch, Bakersfi.9.7 
 5. Thomas, Los A.9.6 
 6. Foote, Springfield8.9 
 7. Williams, Texas L.8.9 
 8. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 9. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
 10. Horner, Springfi.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.0 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 4. Wise, Bakersfield6.3 
 5. Curry, Springfield6.3 
 6. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 7. Bailey, Idaho S.5.8 
 8. Stinson, Iowa E.5.8 
 9. Baker, Dakota W.5.8 
 10. Johnson, Austin5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  Sioux F.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Blakely, Sioux F.2.2 
 2. Coleman, Sioux F.2.2 
 3. Smith, Springfield2.1 
 4. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 5. Hannah, Dakota W.2.1 
 6. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
 7. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 8. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 9. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 10. Bobbitt, Idaho S.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Maine R.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. N''Diaye, Maine R.3.2 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 3. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Thomas, Los A.2.1 
 7. Hill, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.7 
 9. Dawson, Austin T.1.6 
 10. Strong, Iowa E.1.6 


Knicks re-assign Jerome Jordan to NBA D-League affiliate Erie BayHawks - by Eurobasket News

The New York Knicks re-assigned center Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa) to the Erie BayHawks, the Knicks' NBA D-League affiliate. The assignment mark the 64th time an NBA player has been assigned to his NBA D-League affiliate during the 2011-12 season and is the third and final assignment for Jordan this season.

Jordan is averaging 1.4 points, 1.2 rebounds and 4.8 minutes in 19 games for the Knicks this season. During his two previous stints in Erie, he appeared in five games, averaging 18.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 32.6 minutes.

Originally selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round (44th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, Jordan is expected to join the BayHawks this afternoon and be available when the team hosts the Austin Toros on Thursday night. Thursday's game is the first of the teams' best-of-three-games series in the opening round of the 2012 playoffs.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Warriors re-assign Chris Wright to D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Golden State Warriors today re-assigned rookie forward Chris Wright (6'8''-F-88, college: Dayton) to the Dakota Wizards, the Warriors NBA D-League affiliate. The assignment marks the 65th time an NBA player has been assigned to his NBA D-League affiliate during the 2011-12 season and is the third and final assignment for Wright this season.

Wright returns to the Wizards, having appeared in nine games for the team during his previous two assignments, averaging 18.2 points, 8.0 rebounds 1.3 blocks and 29.0 minutes.

Wright, who earned a Call-Up to the Warriors from the Maine Red Claws in December 2011, has appeared in 19 games with Golden State this season, averaging 2.1 points and 1.0 rebounds in 4.8 minutes per game. Prior to his Call-Up, Wright played in four games for the Red Claws, averaging 17.0 points and 10.8 rebounds in 31.3 minutes per game.

Golden State fans can stay in step with Wright, who is expected to join the Wizards today and be available when the team begins their 2012 NBA D-League Championship run on Thursday, April 12 in a first-round playoff game against the Bakersfield Jam.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



D-Fenders beat Iowa Energy in Game One - by Eurobasket News

When Los Angeles has all their ducks in a row, they are that type of team who can be unstoppable. Just ask the Iowa Energy tonight.

The D-Fenders put up 33 points in the first quarter propelling them to a Game One 114-103 win over the Energy at Wells Fargo Arena.

L.A. went 14-for-20 in the first quarter whereas the Energy couldn't find the bottom of the basket -- shooting 22 percent from the floor in the opening 12 minutes.

'The first quarter was about as trying as a quarter that we've had all year,' said Energy Head Coach Kevin Young, who is experiencing his first playoffs as Iowa's head coach. 'We won the game for three quarters. You take away our poor shooting in the first quarter, it'd be a different story.'

Even though the team came out a little rusty, Division III star Ben Strong (6'11''-C-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Guilford) had a 'strong' game. Strong, who played his college ball at Guilford, put up 27 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.

'Basketball is a game that is simple and complex,' said Strong. 'We dug too deep of a hole for ourselves in that first quarter. But, for those other three, we played well.'

From the beginning of the second to the final horn, Iowa outscored the overall top seed 88-81.

Strong shot 11-for-16 from the floor, including an unblemished 5-for-5 from the free throw line. As a team, the Energy shot 20-for-22 from the stripe.

Strong was excited to be in the playoffs as this is his first taste of professional postseason play here in the United States. Strong made the Division III Final Four in 2007 for Guilford (he also was named Player of the Year the same season) and also had a postseason taste in the Dutch Basketball League, but that doesn't compare to pro American ball.

'The atmosphere here tonight was awesome,' said Strong. 'I'm excited to head to L.A., I've never been there before.'

Strong and his teammates played before a crowd of 3,735.

Young agrees with the execution his team had for 36 minutes.

'I thought we executed well tonight,' said Young. 'We could have gotten it inside a little bit more, but from the second quarter on, I thought we really did some things well.'

Los Angeles executed better, however.

'They made their shots when we couldn't,' Young said.

In the game, the D-Fenders shot 41-for-78. Top scorer for the D-Fenders was Jamario Moon (6'8''-F-80, college: Meridian CC) with 25 points, five rebounds and three assists.

'Moon is a veteran who is tough to defend against,' Young said.

It wasn't just Moon who made an impact for the Lakers' sole affiliate.

Five other players scored in double figures: Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-C-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: San Diego St.) with 18 off the bench, Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) (17), Otis George (6'9''-C-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) (14), Mardy Collins (6'6''-G-84, college: Temple) had 12 and Orien Greene (11).

Curtis Stinson made his first appearance coming off of a back injury he sustained a couple of weeks ago.

'I felt good tonight,' said Stinson, who ended up with 13 points on the night. 'It was a little tough getting back in the routine, but I felt pretty good tonight.'

Iowa and Los Angeles will meet again -- this time out west -- on Saturday night in El Segundo, Calif. as the best-of-three playoff series rolls on.

Courtesy of www.ridiculousupside.com



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NT star Jack Michael Martinez moves from Argentina to Venezuela - by Eurobasket News

Dominican Republic National Team PF/C Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) returned to Venezuela. He penned a deal for rest of the LPB season with his former team Cocodrilos de Caracas. Martinez spent last season with them averaging 17.1 ppg, 12.6 rpg and 2.5 apg in 41 LPB regular season games. Later he added 21.6 ppg and 9.5 rpg in the Quarterfinals, 22.5 and 8.1 rpg in the Semifinals, and finally 17.6 ppg and 10.4 rpg for 5 games in the Finals. Martinez was named Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB 2011 Awards Center of the Year -11. With Cocodrilos he won the 2010 LPB title and also played for the club in the past. He started this season with Argentinean San Martin Corrientes. For 23 games in LigaA he had 15.6 ppg and 12.4 rpg. Jack Michael Martinez is active member of Dominican Republic National Team since 2001. He helped them reach Semifinals last year at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara. For 5 games at this event Martinez shined with 21.2 ppg and 11.4 rpg. He was the top scorer and top rebounder of the competition. Also last year, he led Dominican Republic to Bronze medal at FIBA Americas in Mar del Plata and also at Marchand Cup in Foz de Iguazu. At FIBA Americas he had 14.5 ppg and 12.1 rpg in 10 games and was named Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas 2nd Team -11. Martinez helped Dominican Republic to win few more medals in the past.


Trevor Ariza selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
#1. This week's number one is former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA). He was the major contributor in a 2-point New Orleans Hornets' victory against the Denver Nuggets (31-25) 94-92 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Ariza scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. The New Orleans Hornets have rather weak 15-42 record this season. Ariza has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.3apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 44.2%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 77.5% in the 41 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Ariza played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he played also for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Strangely Ariza has never played in Dominican Republic.

Francisco Garcia
Francisco Garcia
#2. Second place goes to former international swingman Francisco Garcia (201-81, college: Louisville), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Sacramento Kings (19-39) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Garcia's good performance the Sacramento Kings were defeated 109-94 on the road by the Los Angeles Clippers. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It's Garcia's seventh season with the team. This year Garcia averages: 5.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 29.7%. Despite he played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, Garcia played also for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005.

Luis Flores
Luis Flores
#3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan). He led Budivelnyk to a victory over the 12th-ranked Mykolaiv (11-27) 87-83 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Thursday night. Flores was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points in 26 minutes. Budivelnyk Kyiv (30-8) is placed second in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Flores has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 51.3% in the eight games. Despite he played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, Flores played also for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005.

Charlie Villanueva
Charlie Villanueva
#4. Forward Charlie Villanueva (209-84, college: Connecticut), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Detroit Pistons (21-36) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance the Detroit Pistons were crushed 119-89 in Orlando by the Magic. Villanueva recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Villanueva's overall stats this season are: 3.0ppg and 1.2rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Villanueva played previously for the USA U21 national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Apparently Villanueva has never played in Dominican Republic.

Ricardo Greer
Ricardo Greer
#5. An experienced former international swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the 13th-ranked STB Le Havre (7-16) 86-77 in the French ProA last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. Greer also added 6 assists in 32 minutes. Strasbourg IG (11-14) is placed ninth in the ProA. Greer is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders with 7.6rpg. This year he also averages: 14.0ppg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg in the 25 games. Greer has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Despite he played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, Greer is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Interesting that he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Adris Deleon
Adris Deleon
#6. Guard Adris Deleon (180-84, college: E.Washington) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Gold Coast Blaze (17-11) in their game against Perth Wildcats (19-9) in the Australian NBL. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Deleon was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added made 4 passes and 3 steals. Deleon is currently third on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Deleon averages: 16.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg. Despite he played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, Deleon is also a former international player as he played for the Dominican Republic senior team eight years ago.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
#7. Former international power forward Josh Asselin (211-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) helped Assignia Manresa win their game against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (14-14) 96-81 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Assignia Manresa (13-15) is placed 11th in the ACB. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. It's Asselin's first season with the team. Asselin has reliable stats this year: 12.7ppg and 4.2rpg in the 28 games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Asselin played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Asselin used to play for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

Emmanuel Quezada
Emmanuel Quezada
#8. Point guard Emmanuel Quezada (188-85, college: USF) couldn't help Baloncesto Leon (14-17) in their game against Grupo Iruna Navarra (19-12) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his very good performance last Sunday He was the top scorer with 21 points. Quezada also added 3 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Quezada belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #5. This season he has very high stats. Quezada averages: 16.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.4apg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Despite Quezada played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. However Quezada has never played in Dominican Republic.

James Feldeine
James Feldeine
#9. Former international guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan (17-14) in their game against Caceres 2016 (15-16) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his very good performance on Sunday night. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Feldeine also added 3 steals in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. But Leche Rio Breogan lost 64-78 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#10) Caceres_2016. It was Leche Rio Breogan's first loss after six consecutive victories. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Feldeine is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league with 17.1ppg. This year his other stats are: 4.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg in the 31 games. Feldeine holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Feldeine is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster.

Larry Turner
Larry Turner
#10. Power forward Larry Turner (210-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Tennessee St.) helped Toyama Grouses win their game against the leader Okinawa GK (35-13) 80-64 in the Japanese BJ League in Sunday night's game. Turner recorded 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Toyama Grouses (24-22) are placed fifth in Eastern group. Turner's overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.1bpg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Despite Turner played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is also a former international player as six years ago he still played for the Dominican Republic senior national team.

#11. Former international swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers) couldn't help EnBW Ludwigsburg in their game against Artland Dragons in the German BBL, despite his very good performance last Wednesday. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 42 minutes. But his team lost in an overtime 89-95. This year Greer's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0apg in the 24 games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Despite Greer played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Greer used to play for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

#12. Former international guard Damien McSwine (193-78, college: Loyola, IL) couldn't help Garra Canera de Navolato in their game against Rayos de Hermosillo in the Mexican CIBACOPA. Despite his very good performance on Tuesday night He was the second best scorer with 15 points. McSwine also added 7 assists. This season McSwine has very high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.0apg. McSwine holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, McSwine is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. He used to play for Reales de La Vega in Dominican Republic league.

#13. Former international guard Edgar Lugo (189-82, college: Lehman) helped Guaros win their game against the closely-ranked Gaiteros crushing them 129-99 in the Venezuelan LPB in Saturday night's game. Lugo recorded 8 points in only 6 minutes. This year Lugo averages only 2.3ppg in the 18 games. Despite he played previously for the Venezuelan national team, Lugo is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster.

#14. Former international guard Sean Ogirri (188-86, college: Wyoming) is a teammate of previously mentioned James Feldeine and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Ogirri couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan in their game against Caceres 2016. He recorded 5 points and added 3 assists. His team was defeated 78-64. Ogirri averaged so far 11.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.7apg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009.

#15. Former international guard Tjoe de Paula (185-81, agency: Court Side) managed to help Lasaulec Aris Leeuwarden in a victory against the league outsider Rotterdam crushing them 85-61 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Monday night. de Paula recorded only 2 points and added 7 assists in 25 minutes. This year de Paula's total stats are: 9.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.3apg in the 25 games. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team three years ago.



Francisco Garcia diagnosed with a concussion - by Basket Dominicano

Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) was diagnosed with a concussion after Saturday's 109-94 loss to the Clippers.

Garcia recovered a loose ball when he was hit in the head by Bobby Simmons.

The swingman said after the game that he had a concussion, so he'll have to pass a series of baseline tests before he's cleared to return.

With Marcus Thornton (calf) still hurting and John Salmons (hip) out, Terrence Williams' arrow continues to point up for owners.



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  ESTONIA   


Kristjan Kangur's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Estonians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82). He led Cimberio Varese to an overtime victory against the 13th-ranked Angelico Biella (11-16) 89-82 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. Kangur had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court. Cimberio Varese (14-12) is placed eighth in the SerieA. Kangur has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 54.2%, 3FGP: 41.5% and FT: 80.9% in the 26 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Renato Lindmets
Renato Lindmets
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St.). Lindmets led Stjarnan to an overtime victory over the league leader Keflavik (21-7) 94-87 in the Icelandic Express League last Thursday. He was MVP of the game. Lindmets scored 25 points, had 9 rebounds and made 4 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Stjarnan (14-8) is placed fourth in the Express League. Lindmets is currently fourth on the list of best blockers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Lindmets averages: 17.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 55.6%(94-169), 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 69.2%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Lindmets played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team. Lindmets used to play for BC Rakvere Tarvas in Estonian league.

Rait Keerles
Rait Keerles
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Rait Keerles (201-80), who plays in the German ProA (second division). He could not help Gloria Giants (15-13) in their last game. Despite Keerles' very good performance Gloria Giants lost 68-77 on the road to the lower-ranked (#11) BV Chemnitz 99. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Keerles also added 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. This year Keerles has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 53.4%, 3FGP: 24.2% and FT: 79.5% in the 30 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Keerles played also for the Estonian national team in 2010.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #4. Center Janar Talts (206-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kristjan Kangur and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Talts contributed to an overtime Cimberio Varese's victory against the 13th-ranked Angelico Biella (11-16) 89-82. He recorded 6 points and added 3 passes. It's Talts' first season with the team. Talts' overall stats this year are: 5.2ppg and 3.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Talts is currently in the Estonian national team roster.

Rain Veideman
Rain Veideman
   #5. International guard Rain Veideman (192-91) was not able to help BBC Bayreuth (11-19) in their game against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (14-16) in the German BBL. He scored 6 points in 19 minutes. BBC Bayreuth was crushed 98-74 in Bremerhaven by the higher-ranked (#11) Eisbaeren. It was BBC Bayreuth'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 critical. This year Veideman's overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg in the 10 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Veideman is currently in the Estonian national team roster.

Artur Surov
Artur Surov
   #6. Center Artur Surov (216-83) was not able to secure a victory for Torpan Pojat (21-19) in their game against UU-Korihait (13-27) in the Finnish Korisliiga. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Torpan Pojat was defeated 98-91 in Uusikaupunki by the one of league's weakest teams UU-Korihait (#10). Surov's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Surov's total stats this season are: 1.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Siim-Sander Vene (203-F-90) plays for VEF Riga in Latvian LBL
Siergiej Babenko (208-F/C-61) plays for Ironi Ashkelon in Israeli Premier League
Remy Pold (198-G-92) plays for Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders in British BBL
Kent Vene (192-F-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Heiko Rannula (186-G-83) plays for Garonne in French NM2
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German 2.Regionalliga



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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. Jeral Davis (216-C-84), who plays in the Japanese BJ League could not help Shimane Magic (25-22) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed Shimane Magic was defeated 91-87 on the road by the lower-ranked Chiba Jets (#8) in the Western group. Davis was the top scorer with 28 points. He also added 7 rebounds and made 5 blocks. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Davis is currently first on the list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.9ppg, 7.8rpg and 3.8bpg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Two years ago Davis took part in the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Geneva.

   #3. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) led Barako Bull to a victory over the closely-ranked Alaska Aces (5-4) crushing them 106-85 in the Filipino PBA on Sunday night. Freeman was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 19 rebounds in 34 minutes. Barako Bull Energy (4-5) is placed fifth in the PBA. Freeman has very impressive stats this year: 25.7ppg, 17.3rpg and 2.7apg in the three games. Freeman is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Last year he played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Monaco.

   #4. 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 in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 6 blocks. Helios Domzale (4-1) is placed second in Championship Group. Cresnar is currently fifth on the list of best blockers. This season he averages: 4.2ppg and 2.2rpg. He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2009 Cresnar attended the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Belgrade.

   #5. Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Minsk-2006 II (9-17) crushing them 120-83 in a derby game in the Belarusian Premier League last Friday. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Knox's third season in pro basketball. BK Minsk-2006 (25-1) is placed first in Championship group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Knox is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers with 13.8ppg. This year he also averages: 5.7rpg and 1.1spg in the 23 games. Knox played in 2011at the Eurobasket Summer League in Cologne, Germany for Team Munich.

   #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 eighth-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: 14.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.6apg. He played four years ago at the ESL in Chicago for London.

   #9. John Millsap (198-F-82, college: UTSA) contributed to Guaros' victory against the closely-ranked Gigantes 87-76 in the Venezuelan LPB on Tuesday night. He scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. Millsap has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.1apg in the 15 games. Millsap attended in 2009 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

   #10. Mychal Henderson (198-G/F-85, college: Ks Wesleyan) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Coras de Tepic 81-65 in the Mexican CIBACOPA in Wednesday night's game. Henderson recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. It was his first game for Caballeros de Culiacan this season. Worth to mention he played also for Team Monaco at the ESL in Las Vegas three years ago.



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  FRANCE   


Mannheim 2012: Germany nip France - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18 - France U18 66:64

Germany escaped with a narrow win over France at the start of the second stage of Albert Schweitzer Tournament. The hosts thus improved at 2-0 record, leaving France at 0-2 in Group E. Kalidou Diouf (198-F/C-94) posted 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
It was a tough battle from start to finish. The teams stressed defence in the opening frame. Germany limited their opponents to 11 points to take a 4-point lead at the first intermission. Germany and France exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 32:28 halftime lead. Germany managed to keep Les Bleus at distance in the third term. The home side boosted the gap to as many as 8 points at the final break 56:48. But France got within a single point with just over two minutes to go 62:63. Gavin Schilling (205-PF-95) and Boris Dallo (193-G-94) traded points as Les Bleus remained within a striking distance. But France went scoreless in the last 100 seconds of the game and Germany escaped with a tough win at the end. Stefan Wess (203-F) and Gavin Schilling chipped in 11 points each for the winners. Alexandre Chassang (199-C-94) answered with 15 points for France. Boris Dallo had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in defeat.

Germany U18: Kalidou Diouf 11+10 boards, Stefan Wess 11, Gavin Schilling 11
France U18: Alexandre Chassang 15, Boris Dallo 13



Paris-Levallois tab Jonathan Aka - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois brought in Jonathan Aka (203-PF-86). The power forward signed a short-term deal with the team. He is meant to replace Vincent Masingue (205-F/C-76) on the roster. Jonathan Aka started the season with Vichy. He tallied 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 block per game in ProB. In January Jonathan Aka joined Poitiers Basket. His stats read 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per appearance. Previously the forward had stints with ASVEL, Pau-Orthez, Dijon, Boulazac. Jonathan Aka was the member of French U18 and U20 National Teams. The player is expected to debut for Paris=Levallois against Strasbourg at the weekend.


Tony Parker selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (183-82). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Utah Jazz (30-28) 114-104 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He scored 28 points (!!!) and added 3 passes (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) in 31 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 40-15 record this season. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. It's Parker's first year with the team. Parker has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 7.6apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 25.5% and FT: 80.1% in the 51 games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Kevin Seraphin (205-89). He was the main contributor in a Washington Wizards' victory against the Orlando Magic (33-24) 93-85 in the NBA last Tuesday. Seraphin was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 13 rebounds. Seraphin also added 4 blocks. The Washington Wizards have rather weak 14-44 record this season. It's Seraphin's first year with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 54.0% and FT: 67.3%. Seraphin has a dual citizenship: Guyanese and French. Despite he played previously for the Guyanese national team, Seraphin is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida). He was the major contributor in a Chicago Bulls' victory against the Boston Celtics (33-24) 93-86 in the NBA on Thursday night. Noah scored 17 points, had 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 34 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have quite an impressive 44-14 record this season. Noah is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Bulls' roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 10.0ppg, 9.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 50.2% and FT: 74.4% in the 56 games. Noah is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Noah is currently a member of the French senior national team. Strangely he has never played in France.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #4. Forward Nicolas Batum (201-88) contributed to a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the New Jersey Nets (21-38) 101-88 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Batum recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers have 26-31 record this season. It's Batum's first year with the team. This year he has very high stats. Batum averages: 14.0ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.4apg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Batum is currently in the French national team roster.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #5. International center Ali Traore (207-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) helped his Russian team Lokomotiv win their game against the closely-ranked Zalgiris (9-7) 80-71 in the VTB United League last Tuesday. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds in 29 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (9-7) is placed fourth in group B. It's Traore's first season with the team. This year Traore has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg and 4.6rpg in the 17 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Traore is currently in the French national team roster.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #6. Guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side) helped Dallas Mavericks win their game against the Sacramento Kings (19-39) 110-100 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). The Dallas Mavericks have 32-26 record this season. Beaubois has reliable stats this year: 9.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Beaubois is also an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #7. International guard Nando De Colo (202-87) helped Valencia Basket win their game against the 12th-ranked FIATC Joventut (12-16) crushing them 90-67 in the Spanish ACB in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. De Colo recorded 15 points and added 4 passes in 25 minutes. Valencia Basket (16-12) is placed fifth in the ACB. De Colo belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #9) and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg in the 28 games. Despite De Colo played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

Ronny Turiaf
Ronny Turiaf
   #8. Power forward Ronny Turiaf (208-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) helped Miami Heat win their game against the Detroit Pistons (21-36) crushing them 98-75 in the NBA last Sunday. Turiaf scored 8 points, had 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Miami Heat has a solid 40-16 record this season. Turiaf's overall stats this year are: 3.6ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1bpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Turiaf is currently in the French national team roster.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #9. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (19-36) crushing them 125-90. He recorded 6 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists in 25 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 40-15 record this season. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. This year Diaw's overall stats are: 4.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.1spg in the nine games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Diaw is currently in the French national team roster.

Yakhouba Diawara
Yakhouba Diawara
   #10. Forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) helped Cimberio Varese win their n overtime game against the 13th-ranked Angelico Biella (11-16) 89-82 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Diawara recorded 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Cimberio Varese (14-12) is placed eighth in the SerieA. This season Diawara has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.6spg. Despite Diawara played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as four years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, also represented by Beo Basket) helped Krka win their game against the leader Union Olimpija 58-47 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Sunday. Nissim scored 11 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes. This year Nissim's total stats are: 8.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 4.0apg in the five games. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Nissim is currently in the French national team roster.

   #12. Former international center Johan Petro (214-86), who plays in the NBA could not help the New Jersey Nets (21-38) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the New Jersey Nets were badly defeated 107-88 on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers. Petro scored 12 points. Petro has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 3.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Petro is currently in the French national team roster.

   #13. International forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, another player represented by Court Side) helped Khimky win their game against the eighth-ranked Unics Kazan 73-65 in the Russian PBL in Thursday night's game. He recorded 8 points in 16 minutes. Gelabale has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.9rpg in the eight games. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Gelabale is currently in the French national team roster.

   #14. International power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rodrigue Beaubois. However that was another game of his team in NBA which brought him to that list. Mahinmi managed to help Dallas Mavericks to win against the Memphis Grizzlies 95-85. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Mahinmi has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 4.8rpg. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #15. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nando De Colo and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Pietrus helped Valencia Basket win their game against the 12th-ranked FIATC Joventut crushing them 90-67. He recorded only 4 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 13 minutes. Pietrus has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 3.2rpg in the 26 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.



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  FYR MACEDONIA   

Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Dime TASOVSKI
  Lirija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Tasovski, Lirija19.2 
 2. Radunovic, Lirija17.7 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 4. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 5. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 6. Gecevski, MZT S.16.3 
 7. Karadzovski, Torus15.9 
 8. Janjusevic, Kuman.15.3 
 9. Trajkovski, Torus15.1 
 10. Georgievski, Vard.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dustin MITCHELL
  Lirija
  (206-F/C-)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.8.1 
 3. Reynolds, Torus S.7.6 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija7.3 
 5. Cekovski, MZT S.7.1 
 6. Dahlman, MZT S.7.0 
 7. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.9 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 9. Mikic, Kumanovo6.6 
 10. Knezevic, Feni I.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Morban, Lirija4.4 
 2. Karadzovski, Torus3.8 
 3. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.7 
 4. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.6 
 5. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.4 
 6. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.2 
 7. Tasevski, Vardar3.2 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.2 
 9. Dimitrovski, Kozuv3.0 
 10. Tomasevic, Kozuv2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.0 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija1.8 
 4. Tasovski, Lirija1.5 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 6. Dimitrovski, Kozuv1.3 
 7. Tasevski, Vardar1.2 
 8. Filipovic, Lirija1.2 
 9. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.2 
 10. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Kumanovo
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 3. Kralevski, Vardar1.1 
 4. Trajkovski, Torus1.1 
 5. Avramovski, Lirija1.0 
 6. Reynolds, Torus S.0.9 
 7. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 8. Simic, Lirija0.7 
 9. Tasovski, Rabotnic.0.7 
 10. Mitchell, Lirija0.7 


MZT Skopje advances to Superleague Finals after 8 years - by Eurobasket News

MZT Skopje - Torus Skopje 77-68 (3-1)

Third game of the Superleague Semifinals between MZT and Torus just ended. The home squad celebrated 77-68 for 3-1 victory in the series. MZT started it with 1-0 due to better result in the regular season. In the Playoff Finals, MZT will meet the defending champion Feni Industri. The team from Kavadarci eliminated Lirija in the Semis with 3-0. MZT Skopje was the regular season champ with 22-4 record and will start the Finals with 1-0 lead. Schedule is not announced yet, but most probably first game will be played next Wednesday. Torus Skopje trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 20-9 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 68-77 at the end of the game. MZT Skopje made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. MZT Skopje outrebounded Torus Skopje 39-21 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international center Todor Gecevski (209-77, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. American forward Noah Dahlman (200-89, college: Wofford) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Justin Reynolds (204-88, college: Texas A&M-CC) who recorded 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 14-of-17 shooting from the field) and the former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 11 points and 6 assists respectively.

MZT Skopje: N.Dahlman 19+7reb+1ast, C.Davis 18+3reb+1ast, T.Gecevski 15+16reb, G.Cekovski 10+5reb+1ast, O.Stojanovski 9+3reb+2ast, I.Mijajlovic 6+1reb+6ast
Torus Skopje: J.Reynolds 32+5reb, D.Karadzovski 11+2reb+6ast, P.Blazevski 10+4reb+2ast, I.Dimcevski 6+3reb+1ast, J.Boswell 4+1reb+2ast, K.Bradley 3+1reb+2ast



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Zaza Pachulia's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Georgians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Zaza Pachulia (212-84). He led Atlanta Hawks to an easy victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (7-48) crushing them 116-96 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Pachulia had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 38 minutes on the court. The Atlanta Hawks have 33-23 record this season. Pachulia has relatively good stats this year: 7.8ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 49.1% and FT: 75.2% in the 56 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports). Tskitishvili led his Iranian team Mahram to a victory over the closely-ranked Al Riyadi (7-48) 67-59 in the Superleague last Tuesday. He was MVP of the game. Tskitishvili recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Mahram Tehran (4-0) is placed sixth in the Superleague. So far his team won all four games in the Finals. It's Tskitishvili's first season with the team. This year Tskitishvili averages: 7.8ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 49.1% and FT: 75.2%. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Quinton Hosley
Quinton Hosley
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.). Hosley was the main contributor in a Banco di Sardegna Sassari's victory against the 12th-ranked Benetton Treviso (11-15) 89-77 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Hosley recorded 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals (made all of his seven free throws) in 37 minutes. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (16-10) is placed fifth in the SerieA. Hosley belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #5 with 2.3spg. This year his other stats are: 15.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 69.8% in the 26 games. Hosley is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Hosley is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #4. Guard Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Novipiu CM (6-20) 70-55 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Markoishvili recorded 7 points. Bennet Cantu (17-9) is placed second in the SerieA. This season Markoishvili has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Markoishvili is currently in the Georgian national team roster.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #5. International forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, agency: World Sport Agency), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help CS Bologna (15-11) to beat Umana Venezia (16-10). He recorded only 4 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists in 35 minutes. CS Bologna lost 66-71 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Umana Venezia. Sanikidze is currently first on the list of best rebounders with 10.7rpg. This year he also averages: 12.4ppg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg in the 24 games. Sanikidze plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Melvin Sanders
Melvin Sanders
   #6. Swingman Melvin Sanders (196-81, agency: FCM, college: Oklahoma St.), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help Hacettepe University (11-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Hacettepe University was crushed 90-62 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked Besiktas (#4). Sanders was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 8 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sanders is ranked fourth on the list of the best rebounders in the league. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg. Sanders is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Sanders is also an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #7. Former international center Georges Mdivani (205-85) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Etendard de Brest (16-14) 81-64 in the French NM1 (third division) in Tuesday night's game. Mdivani was the top player that evening. He scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes. Rueil Athletic Club (13-17) is placed 13th 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. Mdivani has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg in the 30 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Mdivani is currently in the Georgian national team roster.

Other top Georgian players, who play abroad:

Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) plays for Bennet Cantu in Italian SerieA
Nika Metreveli (212-C/F-91) plays for Banco di Sardegna Sassari in Italian SerieA
Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77) plays for Meridiano Alicante in Spanish ACB
Vladimir Boisa (209-C/F-81) plays for Panionios in Greek A1
Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) plays for Spirou Charleroi in Belgian D1
Besik Lezhava (191-G-86) plays for Apollon in Cypriot Division A
Niko Chkhatarashvili (203-G/F-86) plays for ENAD in Cypriot Division A
Beka Burjanadze (201-F-94) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA

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



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 28-3 
 2. Ratiopharm 25-6 
 3. ALBA 24-7 
 4. Art.Dragons 21-10 
 5. B.Muenchen 19-12 
 6. s.Oliver Baskets 19-12 
 7. NY Phantoms 16-14 
 8. Fraport SKY 16-15 
 9. Telekom Baskets 15-15 
 10. Bremerhaven 15-16 
 11. EWE Baskets 14-17 
 12. Walter Tigers 14-17 
 13. Bayreuth 12-19 
 14. TBB Trier 10-21 
 15. EnBW L'burg 9-22 
 16. LTi 46ers 9-22 
 17. Phoenix Hagen 8-23 
 18. Goettingen 4-27 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 11: Fraport SKY - Phoenix Hagen 92-47
Apr. 11: Ratiopharm - ALBA 91-72
Apr. 11: EnBW L'burg - Art.Dragons 89-95 OT
Apr. 11: NY Phantoms - B.Muenchen 88-91
Apr. 11: Bayreuth - EWE Baskets 88-81
Apr. 11: Brose Baskets - s.Oliver Baskets 83-67
Apr. 11: Telekom Baskets - Walter Tigers 80-82
Apr. 11: Goettingen - Bremerhaven 80-82
Apr. 11: LTi 46ers - TBB Trier 80-66

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 15: Bremerhaven - EnBW L'burg
Apr. 14: Art.Dragons - NY Phantoms
Apr. 15: EWE Baskets - Ratiopharm
Apr. 15: TBB Trier - Fraport SKY
Apr. 15: Telekom Baskets - Goettingen
Apr. 14: Phoenix Hagen - Bayreuth
Apr. 14: Walter Tigers - ALBA
Apr. 14: s.Oliver Baskets - LTi 46ers
Apr. 15: B.Muenchen - Brose Baskets


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets17.2 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.15.6 
 3. Wood, ALBA15.5 
 4. Swann, Ratiopharm15.5 
 5. Carter, Phoenix15.3 
 6. Ensminger, Teleko.15.1 
 7. Tucker, Brose B.15.1 
 8. Jonusas, Phoenix14.8 
 9. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.7 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.6 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.3 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.8.0 
 4. Homan, B.Muenchen7.5 
 5. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.2 
 6. Evans, Goettingen6.9 
 7. Troutman, B.Mue.6.8 
 8. Tucker, Brose B.6.8 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
 10. Davidson, Fraport6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.3 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.8 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Everett, Bremerha.4.9 
 5. Wood, ALBA4.9 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 7. Joyce, TBB Trier4.5 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.3 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.1 
 10. Bauscher, Goett.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris KRAMER
  s.Oliv.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.7 
 2. Linhart, TBB Trier1.7 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 4. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.5 
 5. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 6. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 7. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 8. Gaffney, Teleko.1.3 
 9. Tucker, Brose B.1.3 
 10. Trice, Ratiopharm1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.0 
 2. Davidson, Fraport1.7 
 3. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.7 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 5. Homan, B.Muenchen1.3 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.1.3 
 7. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.2 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 9. Slaughter, Brose B.1.2 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe20.8 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf18.8 
 4. Alexander, ETB W.18.5 
 5. Reid, MBC17.7 
 6. Hassan, Leitersh.17.6 
 7. Roessler, Karlsruhe17.1 
 8. Mason, Webmoebel16.9 
 9. Brooks, Kirchheim16.9 
 10. Stommes, Webmoeb.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.3 
 2. Alawoya, Braves8.5 
 3. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.3 
 4. Richardson, Leiter.7.9 
 5. Black, Jena7.7 
 6. Gerwig, Cuxhaven7.6 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz7.6 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 9. Webb, Crailsheim7.2 
 10. Moore, Karlsruhe7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.4 
 2. Jeka, Braves5.2 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz5.0 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven4.9 
 5. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 6. Chavis, NBC4.3 
 7. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.2 
 8. Reese, Duesseldorf4.0 
 9. Williamson, Ehingen3.9 
 10. Hill, Crailsheim3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Gary JOHNSON
  Chemnitz
  (188-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Johnson, Chemnitz2.1 
 2. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.0 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen1.9 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim1.9 
 5. Rice, Cuxhaven1.8 
 6. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 7. Smith, Kirchheim1.5 
 8. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
 9. Williamson, Ehingen1.4 
 10. Alawoya, Braves1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Williamson, Ehingen1.2 
 4. Zipser, Heidelberg1.0 
 5. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.0 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 7. Howard, Karlsruhe0.9 
 8. Lawson, Chemnitz0.9 
 9. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 
 10. Schoo, Heidelberg0.8 


Mannheim 2012: Germany nip France - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18 - France U18 66:64

Germany escaped with a narrow win over France at the start of the second stage of Albert Schweitzer Tournament. The hosts thus improved at 2-0 record, leaving France at 0-2 in Group E. Kalidou Diouf (198-F/C-94) posted 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
It was a tough battle from start to finish. The teams stressed defence in the opening frame. Germany limited their opponents to 11 points to take a 4-point lead at the first intermission. Germany and France exchanged baskets throughout the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 32:28 halftime lead. Germany managed to keep Les Bleus at distance in the third term. The home side boosted the gap to as many as 8 points at the final break 56:48. But France got within a single point with just over two minutes to go 62:63. Gavin Schilling (205-PF-95) and Boris Dallo (193-G-94) traded points as Les Bleus remained within a striking distance. But France went scoreless in the last 100 seconds of the game and Germany escaped with a tough win at the end. Stefan Wess (203-F) and Gavin Schilling chipped in 11 points each for the winners. Alexandre Chassang (199-C-94) answered with 15 points for France. Boris Dallo had 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in defeat.

Germany U18: Kalidou Diouf 11+10 boards, Stefan Wess 11, Gavin Schilling 11
France U18: Alexandre Chassang 15, Boris Dallo 13



ProA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Kirchheim - ETB Wohnbau 98-88

The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 35-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kirchheim Knights made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Kirchheim Knights outrebounded ETB Wohnbau 37-19 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. ETB Wohnbau was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Cedric Brooks (185-80, college: Pittsburg St.) who scored 36 points (!!!) (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) who recorded 32 points and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Joseph Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four ETB Wohnbau players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: C.Brooks 36+4reb+2ast, D.Uskoski 15+6reb, A.Smith 11+7reb+7ast, N.Menck 9+5reb, R.Tomasevic 8+2ast, D.Schneider 7+6reb
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 32+2reb+6ast, J.Henley 15+5reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 11+1reb+1ast, M.Buljevic 11+2ast, D.Kapelan 7+3reb+3ast, P.Carney 7
gschID: 174163


Chemnitz - Duesseldorf 74-83 OT

The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 23-11 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 23-14. The best player for the winners was American guard Aubrey Reese (183-78, college: Murray St., agency: Interperformances) who scored 18 points and 4 assists. Estonian forward Rait Keerles (201-80) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Gloria Giants' coach Murat Didin used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and center Joleik Schaffrath (206-88, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: A.Reese 18+4reb+4ast, R.Keerles 17+7reb+1ast, C.Pfeil 14+1reb+4ast, M.Petric 13+9reb+2ast, C.Bennett 6, M.Liyanage 5+6reb
Chemnitz: P.Stachula 16+3ast, G.Johnson 15+11reb+4ast, J.Schmidt 13+7reb+1ast, J.Schaffrath 11+10reb+3ast, T.Shaw 8+9reb+1ast, T.Ishizaki 6+2reb
gschID: 174164


Crailsheim - Webmoebel 97-95

The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 28-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Crailsheim Merlins made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Billy Baptist (196-87, college: Quincy) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized American swingman Jeremy Dunbar (195-88, college: Arkansas Tech) chipped in 18 points. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Ingo Enskat used entire bench in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jefferson Mason (198-88, college: Minnesota St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who recorded 17 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Jamar Diggs (187-88, college: Wofford) added 18 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively. Five Crailsheim Merlins and four Webmoebel Baskets players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: B.Baptist 22+9reb+1ast, J.Dunbar 18+2reb+1ast, J.Stohl 12+1ast, B.Lischka 12+2reb, J.Buck 11+3reb, D.Webb 10+8reb+1ast
Webmoebel: J.Diggs 18+4reb+4ast, J.Mason 17+8reb+2ast, M.Fleischmann 15+3reb, J.Stommes 15+1reb+2ast, B.Spoeler 9+3reb+1ast, N.Freer 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 174165


MBC - Jena 88-60

The game without a history. Mitteldeutscher BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) who scored 17 points. Forward Sascha Leutloff (202-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) who recorded 16 points and 4 assists and center Johannes Voigtmann (210-92, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively. 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:
MBC: A.Reid 17+4reb+2ast, S.Leutloff 14+6reb+1ast, J.Collins 11+5reb+1ast, S.Wachalski 10+7reb+1ast, R.Holcomb Faye 9+3ast, J.Lange 8+5reb+1ast
Jena: K.Barker 16+2reb+4ast, J.Black 10+5reb, T.Schwartz 10+5reb, T.Kepkay 8+3reb, J.Voigtmann 8+9reb+1ast, E.Reyes-Napoles 5+1ast
gschID: 174162



BBL Round 31: Bayern Muenchen defeats New Yorker Phantoms in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 31 in the BBL took place in Braunschweig. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (16-14) to sixth ranked Bayern Muenchen (19-12) 91-88 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of New Yorker Phantoms. New Yorker Phantoms were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 26-18 charge of Bayern Muenchen, which allowed them to win the game. They made 28-of-31 free shots (90.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Bayern Muenchen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. 27 personal fouls committed by New Yorker Phantoms helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!). American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Bayern Muenchen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with s.Oliver Baskets. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Bayern Muenchen is looking forward to face league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. New Yorker Phantoms will play on the road against Artland Dragons (#4) in Quakenbrueck and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Ulm. Third ranked host ratiopharm Ulm (25-6) smashed their biggest opponent ALBA Berlin (24-7) 91-72. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. It was a key game for the second position in the league. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Per Guenther accounted for 14 points and 7 assists. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) came up with 18 points and 5 assists for ALBA Berlin in the defeat. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. ratiopharm Ulm moved-up to second place. ALBA Berlin at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will play against EWE Baskets (#11) in Oldenburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin will play on the road against Walter Tigers (#12) in Tuebingen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
BBL top team - Brose Baskets (28-3) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked s Oliver Baskets (19-12) in Bamberg 83-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of s Oliver Baskets. Anthony Leon Tucker fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Oliver Clay produced 13 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 28-3 record. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with B.Muenchen. Brose Baskets will meet Bayern Muenchen (#5) on the road in the next round. s Oliver Baskets will play against LTi 46ers in Giessen and hope to secure a win.
Fifteenth-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (9-22) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Artland Dragons (21-10). The visitors from Quakenbrueck managed to secure only six-point victory 95-89. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Nathan Peavy who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 9 rebounds. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Artland Dragons maintains fourth place with 21-10 record. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Artland Dragons' next round opponent will be New Yorker Phantoms (#7) in Braunschweig. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play on the road against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#10).
Important game to mention about took place in Bonn. Twelfth ranked Walter Tigers (14-17) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Telekom Baskets (15-15) 82-80 on Wednesday evening. It was a great evening for Louis Campbell who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Telekom Baskets' coach Michael Koch let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Walter Tigers moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with EWE Baskets. Telekom Baskets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. Walter Tigers will face higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 31: Bremerhaven won against Goettingen on the opponent's court 82-80. Bayreuth managed to outperform EWE Baskets in a home game 88-81. Phoenix Hagen were rolled over Fraport SKY on the road 92-47. LTi 46ers defeated TBB Trier on its own court 80-66.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points and 7 rebounds by Tony Gaffney of Telekom Baskets.


Goettingen - Bremerhaven 80-82

Very expected game when 18th ranked BG Goettingen (4-27) was edged at home by eleventh ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (15-16) 82-80 on Wednesday. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws). His fellow American import forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side Zimbabwean power forward Vitalis Chikoko (207-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Matt Bauscher (188-85, college: Boise St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) scored 13 points and 6 assists (made all of his twelve free throws !!!). Five Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and four BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to tenth place. BG Goettingen lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#15) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BG Goettingen will play against Telekom Baskets in Bonn.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: T.Everett 20+5reb+6ast, A.Smith 18+4reb+3ast, Z.Peacock 14+9reb+2ast, M.Smith 12+6reb+4ast, C.McNaughton 11+7reb+1ast, J.Raffington 3
Goettingen: V.Chikoko 18+11reb+1ast, M.Bauscher 13+4reb+6ast, S.Evans 13+7reb+1ast, M.Weber 12+3reb+3ast, P.Horne 9+4reb+5ast, D.Tucker 6
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Bayreuth - EWE Baskets 88-81

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (12-19) defeated at home 10th ranked EWE Baskets (14-17) 88-81 on Wednesday. EWE Baskets trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-88 at the end of the game. BBC Bayreuth made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. EWE Baskets were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana, agency: Limelight Hoops) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Estonian guard Rain Veideman (192-91) helped adding 17 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the losing side American guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 20 points and 9 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and the other American import guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 15 points. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. EWE Baskets' coach Ralph Held let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. BBC Bayreuth maintains thirteenth place with 12-19 record. Loser EWE Baskets dropped to the eleventh position with 17 games lost. BBC Bayreuth will face Phoenix Hagen (#17) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: D.Gibson 20+3reb+4ast, R.Veideman 17+4reb+4ast, T.Smith 14+7reb+2ast, T.Spoeler 10+2reb, E.Ibekwe 9+7reb, B.Wyrick 8+6reb
EWE Baskets: B.Brown 20+4reb+9ast, R.Paulding 15+2reb+2ast, D.Bahiense de Mello 14+2reb+1ast, R.Smeulders 12+2reb, A.Chubb 8+5reb, M.Majstorovic 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 133371


Brose Baskets - s.Oliver Baskets 83-67

BBL top team - Brose Baskets (28-3) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked s Oliver Baskets (19-12) in Bamberg 83-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of s Oliver Baskets. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. s Oliver Baskets managed to win fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brose Baskets made 8 blocks. American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard Brian Roberts (188-85, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points. Power forward Oliver Clay (205-87) produced 13 points and forward Maximilian Kleber (196-92) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 28-3 record. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with B.Muenchen. Brose Baskets will meet Bayern Muenchen (#5) on the road in the next round. s Oliver Baskets will play against LTi 46ers in Giessen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: A.Leon Tucker 20+10reb+1ast, B.Roberts 16+2reb+3ast, J.Jenkins 12+1reb+3ast, C.Jacobsen 9+4reb+3ast, T.Pleiss 9+5reb, A.Gavel 7+2reb+3ast
s.Oliver Baskets: O.Clay 13+3reb, M.Kleber 11+3reb, C.Kramer 9+2reb+1ast, J.Bucknor 8+2reb+1ast, J.Little 6+5reb+2ast, A.King 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 133363


Fraport SKY - Phoenix Hagen 92-47

Not a big story in a game in Frankfurt where 17th ranked Phoenix Hagen (8-23) was rolled over by ninth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (16-15) 92-47 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Deutsche Bank Skyliners 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 Phoenix Hagen's 40. Deutsche Bank Skyliners forced 19 Phoenix Hagen turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for guard Devin Gibson (182-89, college: UTSA) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 4 assists. Forward Jermareo Davidson (208-84, college: Alabama) helped adding 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Jordan Hasquet (206-85, college: Montana, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with 8 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and forward Adam Constantine (206-88, college: Elon, agency: Strategic Sports) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place. Phoenix Hagen lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 23 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will face TBB Trier (#14) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Phoenix Hagen will play against BBC Bayreuth.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: D.Gibson 16+4reb+4ast, J.Davidson 14+8reb, T.Ohlbrecht 13+8reb, M.Thompson 11+1reb+3ast, J.Herber 10+2reb+2ast, M.Nolte 9+3reb
Phoenix Hagen: D.White 9+3reb+1ast, A.Constantine 8+5reb, J.Hasquet 8+5reb+2ast, B.Kruel 6+5reb+1ast, M.Antonio Carter 5+2reb+1ast, E.Seward 4+6reb
gschID: 133364


Telekom Baskets - Walter Tigers 80-82

Important game to mention about took place in Bonn. Twelfth ranked Walter Tigers (14-17) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Telekom Baskets (15-15) 82-80 on Wednesday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-16. But Telekom Baskets won second period 23-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Walter Tigers especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. Telekom Baskets were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) helped adding 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Tony Gaffney (204-84, college: Massachusetts) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) scored 23 points and 5 assists. Telekom Baskets' coach Michael Koch let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Walter Tigers moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with EWE Baskets. Telekom Baskets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 15 games lost. Walter Tigers will face higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: V.Duggins 13+3reb, L.Campbell 13+6reb+5ast, R.Redding 12+5reb+5ast, P.Cukinas 10+4reb+1ast, A.Hodzic 9+6reb, J.Young 8+1reb+4ast
Telekom Baskets: T.Gaffney 23+7reb+2ast, B.Veikalas 23+2reb+5ast, C.Ensminger 12+11reb+1ast, J.Jordan 8+1reb+7ast, S.Serapinas 8+3reb+3ast, T.Battle 4+1reb
gschID: 133365


NY Phantoms - B.Muenchen 88-91

The most exciting game of round 31 in the BBL took place in Braunschweig. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 7th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (16-14) to sixth ranked Bayern Muenchen (19-12) 91-88 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of New Yorker Phantoms. New Yorker Phantoms were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 26-18 charge of Bayern Muenchen, which allowed them to win the game. They made 28-of-31 free shots (90.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Bayern Muenchen especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. 27 personal fouls committed by New Yorker Phantoms helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!). American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 21 points. Five New Yorker Phantoms players scored in double figures. Bayern Muenchen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with s.Oliver Baskets. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Bayern Muenchen is looking forward to face league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. New Yorker Phantoms will play on the road against Artland Dragons (#4) in Quakenbrueck and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: J.Wallace 22+1reb+3ast, J.Foster 20+2reb+2ast, J.Homan 19+5reb+1ast, C.Troutman 9+9reb+1ast, R.Benzing 8+5reb+1ast, S.Hamann 6+2reb+2ast
NY Phantoms: B.Jorovic 21+3reb+2ast, M.Umeh 19+7reb+2ast, L.Greer 11+1reb+2ast, I.Milosevic 11+1reb+7ast, K.Visser 11+8reb+2ast, R.Melzer 6+3reb
gschID: 133366


LTi 46ers - TBB Trier 80-66

There was a small surprise in Giessen where sixteenth ranked LTi 46ers (9-22) beat 14th ranked TBB Trier (10-21) 80-66 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 43-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. LTi 46ers shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. It was a great evening for American guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!). His fellow American import guard Wayne Bernard (190-81, college: Davidson, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 22 points. Four LTi 46ers players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85) responded with 14 points and the former international center Maik Zirbes (205-90) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. LTi 46ers moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with EnBW L'burg. TBB Trier lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. LTi 46ers will face higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (#6) in Wuerzburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
LTi 46ers: W.Bernard 22+2reb+1ast, B.Stewart 20+6reb+5ast, E.Ovcina 17+5reb, K.Archibong 11+9reb+3ast, A.Zazai 4+1reb+7ast, A.Nolen 3+1reb+3ast
TBB Trier: P.Zwiener 14+4reb+2ast, M.Zirbes 11+8reb, D.Joyce 10+2reb+4ast, N.Linhart 9+5reb+4ast, D.Dojcin 7+4reb+1ast, J.Washington 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 133367


EnBW L'burg - Art.Dragons 89-95 OT

Fifteenth-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (9-22) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Artland Dragons (21-10). The visitors from Quakenbrueck managed to secure only six-point victory 95-89. However their fans expected much easier game. EnBW Ludwigsburg was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 26-17 third quarter run of Artland Dragons. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period 24-18. Artland Dragons made 31-of-39 charity shots (79.5 percent) during the game. 31 personal fouls committed by EnBW Ludwigsburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 9 rebounds. American guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) contributed with 32 points for the winners. Antiguan-American power forward Kurt Looby (208-84, college: Iowa) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Matt Howard (203-89, college: Butler) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Four EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Artland Dragons maintains fourth place with 21-10 record. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Artland Dragons' next round opponent will be New Yorker Phantoms (#7) in Braunschweig. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play on the road against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#10).
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: D.Holston 32+2reb+2ast, N.Peavy 28+9reb+3ast, B.Thomas 13+10reb, J.Strasser 6, B.Bailey 6+1reb+1ast, D.Fenn 6+8reb
EnBW L'burg: K.Looby 18+12reb, J.Greer 15+6reb+2ast, A.Fisher 15+3reb+5ast, M.Howard 15+6reb+3ast, J.Green 10+1ast, M.Dorris 7+5reb+5ast
gschID: 133368


Ratiopharm - ALBA 91-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Ulm. Third ranked host ratiopharm Ulm (25-6) smashed their biggest opponent ALBA Berlin (24-7) 91-72. It ended at the same time the 13-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by ratiopharm Ulm. ALBA Berlin was better in fourth quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ratiopharm Ulm made 16-of-17 charity shots (94.1 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. ratiopharm Ulm players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. International guard Per Guenther (185-88) accounted for 14 points and 7 assists for the winning side. Five ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) came up with 18 points and 5 assists and the other American import forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for ALBA Berlin in the defeat. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. ratiopharm Ulm moved-up to second place. ALBA Berlin at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will play against EWE Baskets (#11) in Oldenburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin will play on the road against Walter Tigers (#12) in Tuebingen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: D.Watts 21+5reb, P.Guenther 14+7ast, S.Esterkamp 14+5reb+2ast, J.Bryant 12+5reb+1ast, I.Swann 11+5reb+5ast, K.Nankivil 9+5reb+3ast
ALBA: D.Wood 18+2reb+5ast, D.Allen 14+6reb, B.Taylor 10+3reb+1ast, K.Weaver 8+6reb+3ast, T.Francis 8+6reb, Y.Idbihi 6+4reb
gschID: 133369



German BBL round 31 best performance: Anthony Leon Tucker - by Eurobasket News

American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Brose Baskets, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed s.Oliver Baskets (#6, 19-12) with 16-point margin 83-67. It allowed Brose Baskets to consolidate first place in the German BBL. Brose Baskets has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 28-3. In the team's last game Tucker had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Brose Baskets' top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Texas star has very solid stats this year. Tucker is in league's top in points (7th best: 15.1ppg), rebounds (8th best: 6.8rpg) and averages impressive 61.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Antiguan Kurt Looby (208-F/C-84) of EnBW L'burg. Looby had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as EnBW L'burg lost that overtime game 89-95 to the higher-ranked Art.Dragons (#4, 21-10). EnBW L'burg is still in a red zone at 15th spot in the standings. 22 lost games are too many comparing to just nine victories EnBW L'burg managed to get this year. Looby is a newcomer at EnBW L'burg and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Nathan Peavy (203-F-85) of Art.Dragons (#4). Peavy scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Art.Dragons, leading his team to a 95-89overtime win against the lower-ranked EnBW L'burg (#15, 9-22). Art.Dragons needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 21 victories and 10 lost games. Peavy has a great season in Germany. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.7ppg (9th best). He also has FGP: 59.0% and 3PT: 43.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tony Gaffney (204-F-84) of Telekom Baskets - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Vitalis Chikoko (207-F/C-91) of Goettingen - 18 points and 11 rebounds
6. Tyler Smith (201-F-86) of Bayreuth - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. David Holston (170-G-86) of Art.Dragons - 32 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Barry Stewart (191-G-88) of LTi 46ers - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Michael Umeh (188-PG-84) of NY Phantoms - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84) of Art.Dragons - 13 points and 10 rebounds

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



Dirk Nowitzki's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Germans playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (32-26) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks were edged in an overtime 99-97 on the road by the Portland Trail Blazers. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 14 rebounds in 43 minutes on the court. It's Nowitzki's 14th season with the team. Nowitzki has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 21.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 88.4% in the 54 games he played so far. Nowitzki is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan). He was the major contributor in a New Orleans Hornets' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (26-32) 99-90 in the NBA last Saturday. Kaman recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 4 blocks. The New Orleans Hornets have not so impressive 15-42 record this season. This year Kaman has very high stats. He averages: 13.3ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.2apg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 44.6% and FT: 77.8%. Kaman is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Kaman is currently a member of the German senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

Julian Sensley
Julian Sensley
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Julian Sensley (206-82, agency: VVG Sports, college: Hawaii). Sensley led Caciques to an overtime victory over the fourth-ranked Mets (10-9) 90-88 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Tuesday night. He was MVP of the game. Sensley had a double-double by scoring 39 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 42 minutes. Caciques de Humacao (4-14) is located at the very bottom in the BSN. Sensley is currently second on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 23.0ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 40.6% and FT: 74.2% in the 11 games. Sensley is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Sensley is currently a member of the German senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

Urule Igbavboa
Urule Igbavboa
   #4. Center Urule Igbavboa (205-87, college: Valparaiso), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help LF Basket (20-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Igbavboa's very good performance LF Basket was defeated 89-78 in Sodertalje by the leading Kings. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Igbavboa also added 6 rebounds. Igbavboa has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg and 5.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Igbavboa played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the German national team roster. Igbavboa used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

Nikita Khartchenkov
Nikita Khartchenkov
   #5. Former U20 international forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-87), who plays in the Romanian Division A was not able to secure a victory for CSU Sibiu (13-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance CSU Sibiu was edged 89-87 at home by the much higher-ranked (#3) U-Mobitelco. Khartchenkov was the top scorer with 30 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 40 minutes. It was CSU Sibiu's sixth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Khartchenkov's first season with the team. Khartchenkov has very impressive stats this year: 17.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in the 27 games. He has a dual citizenship: Russian and German. Despite Khartchenkov played previously for the Russian national team, he is currently in the German U20 national team roster.

Konrad Wysocki
Konrad Wysocki
   #6. Forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton), who plays in the Polish PLK couldn't help PGE Turow (2-7) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Wysocki's good performance the sixth-placed PGE Turow was badly defeated 85-65 in Gdynia by the leading Asseco Prokom in the Group A. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Wysocki's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Wysocki's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg and 3.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Wysocki is also an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster.

Robert Sarovic
Robert Sarovic
   #7. International forward Robert Sarovic (205-78), who plays in the Romanian Division A couldn't help Timisoara (21-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Timisoara lost 84-97 on their home court in Timisoara to the lower-ranked (#7) CSM Bucuresti. Sarovic recorded 14 points in 26 minutes. This year Sarovic's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.6apg in the 11 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Sarovic is currently in the German national team roster.

Sergio Kerusch
Sergio Kerusch
   #8. Forward Sergio Kerusch (195-89, college: W.Kentucky) couldn't help Aris (11-13) in their game against Peristeri GS (7-17) in the Greek A1. He was the second best scorer with 8 points. Aris was defeated 78-63 in Athens by the one of league's weakest teams Peristeri GS (#12). They ended the series of five consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kerusch's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 4.4rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Kerusch played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the German national team roster. Interesting that Kerusch has never played in Germany.

Joachim Thoss
Joachim Thoss
   #9. International center Joachim Thoss (203-81) led Alaska Aces to a victory against the closely-ranked Barako Bull (4-5) 99-92 in the Filipino PBA on Wednesday night. He scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 39 minutes. Alaska Aces (5-4) are placed fourth in the PBA. Thoss is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his eighth year in Alaska Aces' roster. This season Thoss has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1bpg in the 12 games. Despite he played previously for the Filipino national team, Thoss is currently in the German national team roster.

Kiril Wachsmann
Kiril Wachsmann
   #10. Power forward Kiril Wachsmann (203-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona) contributed to a 2-point Melilla Baloncesto's victory against the closely-ranked UB La Palma (19-12) 72-70 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded 8 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Melilla Baloncesto (18-13) is placed seventh in the LEB Gold. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Wachsmann's total stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 6.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the Filipino national team, Wachsmann is also a former international player as three years ago he still played for the German senior national team.

   #11. Former international guard Cody Toppert (193-83, college: Cornell) managed to help Logitravel Mallorca in a victory against the closely-ranked CB Clavijo 80-76 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 12 minutes. This year Toppert's total stats are: 4.3ppg and 2.9rpg in the seven games. He is a naturalized American. Toppert used to play for the German national team three years ago. He played also for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #12. Former international guard Dorian Baclawski (189-86) couldn't help Inter Parts AZS UWM Olsztyn in their game against Ksiezak Lowicz in the Polish 2Liga (third division). Baclawski cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 1 points. His team was crushed by 24 points 108-84. Baclawski has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg. He used to play for the German national team back in 2009.



Another Phoenix In Der Asche Type Of Season For Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



After Brandt Hagen went bankrupt and had to close down shop on December 29th, 2003, not seeing BBL games from 2004-2009 for the most hardcore Hagen fans must have been as difficult for them as animal rights activists seeing Donald Trump junior slaughter some exotic animals on a safari in Africa or famous American fashion designer Dona Karan seeing a total fashion disaster with Rihanna who recently was seen wearing unflattering baggy men's jeans, a pair of construction boots and a braless and see-through mesh top. Like a Phoenix out of the ashes that seemed lost, but reappears again, the team returned back to the Beko BBL in 2009 as Phoenix Hagen. However since their return, the club has been struggling and after a poor 2009-2010 season where they were saved at the end of the season from regulation, the team could be filming a sequel of Phoenix in der asche part 2 this season as they are stuck in the relation fight. Who could forget the classic scene from the documentary phoenix in der asche where Michael hakim Jordan lets loose an Oscar worth tirade at a halftime locker room talk in Frankfurt in 2010. Maybe the team should fly in Jordan for a repeat performance to try to get the team going or get Adam Constatine his MR T mohawk back again so he could put some fear into his teammates. Well maybe a guy like Michael Hakim Jordan (183-PG-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Pennsylvania) is missing there who will open his mouth,but then again once that happens you get labeled as the bad boy, stressed Lti Giessen 46ers Achmadscah Zazai. Alba Berlin rocked the world of Phoenix Hagen a few weeks ago scoring over 100 points and 2011 Beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood was a gracious winner possibly not noticing the score at the end his 27 point performance not bashing the play of the opponent. Phoenix Hagen didnt play that and. We just played very well, warned Alba Berlin guard Dashaun Wood.

This is the third season in the Beko BBL for Phoenix Hagen. They entered the German top league in 2009-2010 and Phoenix Hagen finished the year in 16th place just staying in the BEKO BBL by 0ne point as they had a record of 9-25. The two biggest problems of the team was a lack of defense and a thin rotation. If the club had not gotten Michael hakim Jordan in the stretch run, then the club might be visiting towns like Kirchheim, Cuxhaven and Kaiserslautern in the PRO A. The club started solid with a 2-2record beating Giessen and Ratiopharm Ulm, but then went 1-8 and landing in the BEKO BBL cellar. The team lost by more than 20 points five times and the Artland Dragons poured in over 100 points. The club then reacted bringing in Jordan and the team prompt went on a three game winning streak beating TBB Trier, The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and sweeping the season series at home against Giessen where Jordan was the hero with a game winning shot. However then as if Jordan had turned invisible, the team went on a 10 game losing streak. They finished the season with a 3-6 record beating Duesseldorf, EnBW Ludwigsburg and Paderborn, but were never able to beat a playoff team.

In their second season in the Beko BBL, the club improved vastly finishing in 11th place with a 15-19 record. Phoenix Hagen started the season very well winning four of their first six games scoring 107 points against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, but then getting hit for 103 points the next weekend against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. The team was averaging 83 points in the first month a game in comparison to scoring only 72 points last season. Their up and down style can be a hazard to at times. 'The way Phoenix Hagen plays, it can be a hit or miss. They are capable of going minutes scoring in buckets and then also minutes without getting buckets', warned John Bynum. 'We are an undersized team on the blocks. We just have to get back to defending like we been practicing for the last few months. Its on everyone to be accountable on that end because its more about heart than ability!, added Quentin Pryor. However since the strong start, Phoenix Hagen hit a slump losing nine of the next 10 games and were under 500 since the lightening start with a record of 9-15. Some people were whispering playoffs in the first weeks, but that dream was quickly doused. However they finished the season strong with a 6-4 record beating teams like ratiopharm Ulm and the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. That the club could score was no surprise, but their biggest problem was their defense. Even if they were able to put up 80-85 points, they still lost by more points. In games where Phoenix Hagen scored 80 points or more and still lost happened 12 times. They gave up 80 or more points 24 times. Why did the team give up so many points on a consistent rate? 'I think once again it had to do with there interior defense. They play at a fast pace and they are a team of runs, but even so they have the guards that can play defense, but if you made them play defense I dont think it was a high priority on their list', added John Bynum. Teams also have hurt them much under the boards. 'I think in the inside because I think the only down low defender is Eddie Seward and without him I think they struggle. They can put points up but he does so many little things for them', warned John Bynum.

This season, Phoenix Hagen were forced to do a sort of house cleaning simply because guys like Jacob Burtschi, Mark Dorris and Quentin Pryor were to expensive to hold. With costs on making more seating capacity possible in their old arena Ischeland arena, the team had hug expenses which didnt help for the player budget for this season. It also isnt easy when players see Hagen as a town where they can make a name for themselves and then get better offers from other teams the next season. Eight players left the club including scoring guard David Bell as well as young German talents Andreas Buchert and Malte Schwarz. Important was that the team was able to hold three important players with experienced German Bernd Kruel, versatile inside out player Zygimantas Jonusas and inside beast Edward Seward. The club knows the money is scarce, so they had a lot of home work to do last summer in getting the best possible players for the cheapest price. The team returned two ex Beko BBL players with Brandon Brooks who got his feet wet with the Eisbaeren playing a solid rookie season under Doug Spradley learning the ropes from stra point guard Louis Campbell and Marc Carter who had played in Duesseldorf and on any night can light up scoreboards in the Beko BBL with the best of them. The team also brought in Tristian Blackwood who made a name for himself in Holland, second year man Jordan Hasquet who is there to help under the boards and veteran Jason Crowe who is playing his 13th professional season and Germany is the 11th country where he has played. Crowe left the team earlier in the season. The team recently picked up Davin White who brings experience to the point guard position at 30 years old and 186cm. The team had ex Tuebingen player Patrick Sparks earlier, but released him as he couldnt find his rhythm White who played preseason for the Phoenix Suns has shown in 7 games that he can play point guard averaging 16,4ppg and 5,4apg. He has shown that he can score in the weaker Mexican league where he averaged 28,0ppg recently for Mineros de Cananea (Mexico-CIBACOPA):

This season hasnt been pretty for Phoenix Hagen as they show glimpses of brilliance, but then again play horrible basketball. They had a 3-7 record as the two teams met for the first time in December and defense continued to be a problem as they allowed an average of 93 points in the first ten games. It seems, like the team is content just to outscore their opponents with defense being out on the back burner. Hagen seem to have a major focus on the offensive end and not so much on the defensive end. There isnt much help side and their pick and role defense isnt great eitherIf their quick shots dont fall, it can lead to easy fast break points for the opponent. Due to their athleticism, they should be able to get more steals, warned Tiger guard Josh Young. Ingo Freyer prides offense and that is something that works most of the time for the team. They are an extremely dangerous offensive team. They have so many weapons. They are great in transition and very good on one on one. Their biggest strength is their three point shooting, offensive rebounding and speeding up the game. You have to watch Carter and Jonusas very much, warned Josh Young. Since the loss to Frankfurt in December, nothing has really gone right as the team They had a good span around Christmas winning three in a row including against the always tough s.Oliver baskets Wurzburg, but since then have a 2-12 record and in danger of being deregulated to the PRO A if they dont produce some wins. Their biggest win was against Alba Berlin which they have beaten twice in a row at home in the last two seasons.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners swept the season series in 2009-2010 with Phoenix Hagen stomping all over them in Hagen 93-64 as Derrick Allen led all scorers with 22 points, Aubrey Resse chipped in with 18 points and Grayson Moyer had one of his best games as a Skyliner with 15 points and five assists. In the return game in Frankfurt, Phoenix Hagen lost 89-76. Skyliner captain Pascal Roller led Frankfurt with 18 points and five assists and Derrick Allen produced 17 points. Last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 66-49 in both games. Last season, the Skyliners also won the season series with a 90-85 win as Jermaine Bucknor led the team with 19 points and six rebounds and 92-53 romp at home getting 24 points and eight rebounds from Roger Powell and only six points and seven assists from Dashaun Wood. In the first game this season, the Fraport Skyliners romped Phoenix Hagen 83-65 as fans saw the last Beko BBL game of Jon Leuer who erupted for 27 points and Jimmy Mckinney had 21 points.
This is a must win for the Fraport Skyliners in their quest for the 2012 Beko BBL playoffs as they have never lost at home before against Phoenix HagenFrankfurt has to control the pace of the game. Hagen likes to run. Hagen is very good at getting offensive rebounds. Frankfurt cant allow open looks and stop their strong dribble penetration, stated Josh Young. Frankfurt hasnt been able to play a solid game for 40 minutes and cant afford not to in Hagen. Hagen is the most fast paced team in league. Frankfurt has to play very good defense and stay with them until the final buzzer. It doesnt matter if your up or down by 20 points. They always keep coming. Frankfurt has to stay consistent, warned Lebron James friend Dru Joyce. Frankfurt might only be averaging a paltry 63 points per game, but they have the talent to outscore Phoenix Hagen. Hagen is tough to beat at home, because they play with much confidence. Once Hagen makes shots, they really get going. But I believe that Frankfurt has the firepower to stay with them, stressed EJ Gallup. The tempo will be key for Frankfurt. They have to stop their transition and get them in a half court game, stressed John Bynum. It will be good to seeing the coaching staff again. Phoenix Hagen was my first pro family. This will be an emotional game. They are a run and gun team. We have to be sure not to be flat, stressed Jacob Burtschi. This will not be a pretty game. We will need to fight even more than in Oldenburg. They are a very unorthodox team that have many one on one players. We will have to keep them in front of us on defense, stated German national player Tim Ohlbrecht.

Phoenix Hagen is led by Marc Carter who is a 26 year old 191cm guard from Mechanicsville, Mary land. He played at NC-Wilmington (NCAA) from 2003-2007 playing 121 NCAA games. He started his professional basketball career in 2008 for the Duesseldorf Giants playing there until 2010. He played a total of 68 games for Duesseldorf. Last season, he played briefly for Proteas Danoi AEL (Cyprus-Division A). Despite not playing much last season, he has returned strong to the Beko BBL and is averaging 18,0ppg, 4.9rpg and 2,4apg. Zgyimantas Jonusas is playing his third season for Phoenix Hagen and sixth in the BEKO BBL. He is a 30 year old 200cm forward from Lithuania. He is a very dangerous three pointer that can beat his defender off the dribble. He can score in many ways and can get to the rim of make the deadly pass. He also knows how to get o the free throw line and is a very good free throw shooter. He already played professionally in Poland for MKS Pruszkow (Poland-PLK) at the age of 20. He played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven from 2006-2009. His best season was his first season as he played 38 games: 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 40.1%, FT: 79.8%. In 2009-2010, he played 13 games for Phoenix Hagen averaging 12,8ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 69.0%. Last season, he played 32 games: 13.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 74.7%. Currently, he is averaging 15,1ppg, 5,3rpg and 2,4apg.

Brandon Brooks is a 24 year old 188cm guard from Dallas, Texas that is playing his third professional season and second in the Beko BBL. He played at Alabama (NCAA) and in his senior year played 32 games: 13.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 6.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3Pts: 36.9%, FT: 77.1%. In 2009-2010, he was a rookie for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing 44 games: 7.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 72.8%. Last season he played for the Tulsa 66ers (D-League) playing 36 games: 4.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.3apg. I was impressed by his play. He can score, penetrate and sets his teammates up well, stressed Josh Young. Currently he is averaging 14,5ppg, 4.6rpg and 2,5apg. Jordan Hasquet is a 26 year old 206cm forward from Montana that is playing his first season with Phoenix Hagen. He played at Montana (NCAA) from 2005-2009 and in his senior year played 29 games: 11.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3Pts: 39.2%, FT: 71.4%. In 2009-2010 as a rookie he played for Starwings Basket Regio Basel (Switzerland-LNA): 32 games: 10.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 71.4%. He won the Swiss cup with the Starwings. Last season, he played only preseason with Hasapis Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A). Despite being another player like Carter who didnt play much last season, he has gotten used to the Beko BBL as he is averaging 11,3ppg, 2,9rpg and 1,7apg.

35 year old 210 cm center Bernd Kruel has played most of his career in Hagen starting with Brandt in 1993, but leaving in January 2004 as the team folded. He got rewarded by winning a BBL title with the Opel Skyliners. After playing some years in Frankfurt and Bonn, he came back to Hagen in 2008-2009 helping the team get back into the BEKO BBL. He may not be the youngest anymore, but he will bang with anyone and can still play at a very high level. In 2009-2010 he played 32 games averaging 7.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 8.3%, FT: 69.0%.His quickness, leaping ability, shot selection and rebounding are his main strength. He is a good athlete, can shoot, can dribble and plays inside and outside. He played in the BEKO BBL Allstar game in 2000, reached the BEKO BBL Cup final in 2002 and 2004 and was a BEKO BBL finalist in 2005 and 2008 with The Telekom Baskets Bonn. Last season, he played 33 games: 6.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 57.2%, FT: 70.8%. Currently he is averaging 7,0ppg, 3,6rpg and 1,5apg. The glue that keeps Phoenix Hagen together under the basket is 33 year old 206cm center Eddie Seward. He played at Norfolk State and then started his professional basketball career in Germany. He toiled around in the German Regionaliga for Aschersleben Tigers BC from 2004-2007 before moving up to the PRO A playing for BG Karlsruhe, Cuxhaven and BBC Bayreuth. In the 2008-2009 season, he showed that he could play at the PRO A level playing for Cuxhaven and making great stats of 11.3ppg, Reb-1 (10.4rpg), Blocks-4 (1.4bpg), FGP-1 (70.6%), FT: 56.9% in 30 games. In 2009-2010 for BBC Bayreuth, he played games 30 games averaging 8.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 60.9%, FT: 62.2. Last season for Phoenix Hagen he played 22 games: 4.2ppg, 5.0rpg, Blocks-5 (1.1bpg). Currently, he is averaging 5,0ppg and 6,4rpg. Tristan Blackwood is a 27 year old 183cm guard from Toronto, Canada. He played at Cent.Conn.St. (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 16.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 86.4%: Finished career at CCSU ranked sixth all-time in scoring (1,605), second in assists (506), and first in three-pointers made (328). In 2009-2010, he played in Holland for DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 25 games: 14.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT-3 (42.9%), FT: 84.2%; in Feb.'10 moved to Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): Dutch League: 13 games: 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 32.3%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 92.9%; EuroChallenge: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.5apg, 1.0spg. Last season, he played for JL Bourg Basket (France-ProB), in Dec.'10 moved to s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): 12 games: 3.3ppg, 1.5apg, in March'11 signed at GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck (Germany-ProA, starting five): 5 games: 11.6ppg, 1.2rpg, 5.8apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%. Currently he is averaging 4,9ppg, 1,7rpg and 1,0apg. The team also is supported by young Germans Dominik Spohr and Dominik Wilkins.





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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 23-1
 2. Panathinaikos 22-2
 3. Kolossos 16-8
 4. AGOR 15-9
 5. Panionios 14-10
 6. Kavala 13-11
 7. Aris 11-13
 8. PAOK 10-14
 9. KAOD 9-15
 10. Ikaros 8-16
 11. Ilysiakos 7-17
 12. Peristeri GS 7-17
 13. Marousi 1-23

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 11: AGOR - KAOD 98-67
Apr. 11: Marousi - Ikaros 79-104
Apr. 11: Peristeri GS - Aris 78-63
Apr. 11: Kavala - Panionios 75-68
Apr. 11: Ilysiakos - Olympiakos 57-83
Apr. 10: Panathinaikos - Kolossos 100-57

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 18: Kolossos - Kavala
Apr. 18: AGOR - Panionios
Apr. 19: Olympiakos - PAOK
Apr. 19: Panathinaikos - Aris


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.2 
 3. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.15.6 
 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.7.2 
 5. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 6. Tapoutos, Aris6.3 
 7. Symtsak, Kavala6.2 
 8. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 9. Ceranic, KAOD5.7 
 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.4.3 
 5. James, Aris4.1 
 6. Wright, AGOR4.1 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.5 
 9. Christmas, AGOR3.1 
 10. Calathes, Panathi.3.1 
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. Thompson, Ilysi.1.7 
 5. Logan, Panathin.1.7 
 6. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 7. Perperoglou, Panat.1.6 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 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, AGOR1.3 
 4. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 5. Hines, Olympiakos1.0 
 6. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 7. Vougioukas, Panat.0.9 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.8 
 9. Tsontzos, Marousi0.7 
 10. Giddens, PAOK0.7 


The end of an era for Marousi - by George Fragkos

The words of Lefteris Akepsemaidis (192-G-87) after the last game of Marousi BC in the A1 league give the full image of the situation at the club from Athens. This is the end of this team, said the 25 year-old guard and thats something that everybody knows it is true.

The financial problems the club faces after the decision of its owner, Babis Vovos, to stop investing, are huge and it is almost certain that next year Marousi will not participate in the A2 league and will get relegated to the semi-professional division. This is the only possible solution for the time being, considering that this season the team did not withdraw from the league just because the players decided to go all the way up to the end and play for a whole year without being paid.

For Greek basketball this is for sure an extremely sad thing to happen. During the past 15 years Marousi had been one of the most important teams in the league that represented the country almost every year in the European cups. Its biggest success was the win of the Saporta cup in 2001 against Elan Chole but this was not the only remarkable moment for the fans of this team to remember. Marousi got to the final of the FIBA Europe League in 2004, where they lost the title to a very powerful Unics Kazan. On the other hand in Greece the team from Athens got close to glory three times, one for the league and two for the cup, but none of those times those trophies ended up at the suburb of the Greek capital.

Now, all of those are nothing but memories of a small empire that a club with a few fans and not very much money managed to set up. Though, the good days of Marousi are over and Greek basketball loses one more team that made it proud, as it happened with AEK, Iraklis and Panellinios. The question is who will be next, given the financial situation of almost all the Greek clubs, even those that made history in the past!



Mannheim 2012: China U18 beat Greek side to tie the records in Group H - by Eurobasket News

Greece U18-China U18 59:72

China U18 beat Greek side to tie the records in Group H at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament 2012. The Asian team celebrated the initial 72:59 victory in Germany.
Both teams nailed 12 points each in the first five minutes and then Greece took 22:21 lead. China looked better in the start of the second frame and took 37:28 advantage midway through the period. China led 41:38 after the first half and then increased to 11 points early in the third. The Asian team had also 59:51 and kept 8-point difference with 5 minutes remaining. They increased to 13 at the end of the game and celebrate the initial victory.
Zhou Qi (215-C-96) erupted with 30 points for the winners. Liu Bo (204-F-96) collected 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Luo Kaiwen (198-F-95) posted 9. Eleftherios Bochoridis (194-G-94) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Alexandros Mitsialos (201-F-94) notched 13. Lampros Tsontzos (208-F-94) followed them with 7 points in a loss.

Greece U18: Eleftherios Bochoridis 17, Alexandros Mitsialos 13, Lampros Tsontzos 7
China U18: Zhou Qi 30, Liu Bo 18+12 rebs, Luo Kaiwen 9



Antonis Fotsis selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81). He led Armani Milano to a victory over the 11th-ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (11-15) 98-92 in the Italian SerieA in Monday night's game. Fotsis was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 34 minutes on the court. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (16-10) is placed fourth in the SerieA. It's Fotsis' first season with the team. This year Fotsis averages: 9.7ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 63.6%(56-88), 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 77.6% in the 26 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM). Vasiliadis was the main contributor in a Gescrap BB's victory against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus (10-18) 79-71 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Vasiliadis recorded 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (made all of his six free throws). Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (16-12) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Vasiliadis has relatively good stats this season: 11.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 63.9%(46-72), 3FGP: 29.0% and FT: 91.0%(91-100). He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Ioannis Bourousis
Ioannis Bourousis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, also represented by FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antonis Fotsis and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Bourousis was the major contributor in a Armani Milano's victory against the 11th-ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (11-15) 98-92. He recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks (made all of his five free throws) in 20 minutes. This year Bourousis has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 2FGP: 61.1%(91-149), 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 70.7% in the 25 games. He is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #4. Center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St.), who plays in the NBA could not help the Denver Nuggets (31-25) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Koufos' good performance the Denver Nuggets were defeated 112-97 on the road by the Golden State Warriors. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Koufos' overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 5.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Koufos played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Greek national team roster. Strangely Koufos has never played in Greece.

Alexey Savrasenko
Alexey Savrasenko
   #5. An experienced international center Alexey Savrasenko (215-79), who plays in the Russian PBL was not able to help Unics Kazan (5-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance Unics Kazan was badly defeated 75-58 in Khimki by the leading Khimky. Savrasenko was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was Unics Kazan's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Savrasenko's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 4.2rpg in the 14 games. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Russian. Despite Savrasenko played previously for the Russian national team, he is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sten-Timmu Sokk
   #6. Guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) contributed to a 2-point Tartu Ulikool's victory against the closely-ranked Kalev/Cramo (23-5) 76-74 in the Estonian KML on Wednesday night. Sokk was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Tartu Ulikool (25-3) is placed first in the KML. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Sokk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Tartu Ulikool's roster. Sokk is currently third on the list of best passers. His total stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.9apg. Despite Sokk played previously for the Estonian national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Greek senior team four years ago.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #7. International swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) was not able to secure a victory for Gran Canaria 2014 (11-17) in their game against Cajasol (15-13) in the Spanish ACB, despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Bramos was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 29 minutes. But Gran Canaria 2014 lost 66-74 in Sevilla to the higher-ranked (#8) Cajasol. This year Bramos' total stats are: 9.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg in the 28 games. Despite he played previously for the Estonian national team, Bramos is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis
Sofoklis Schortsanitis
   #8. Center Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-85) couldn't help Maccabi T-A (3-3) in their game against Panathinaikos (4-2) in the Euroleague. He scored 8 points. The second-placed Maccabi T-A was edged 86-85 in Athens by the leading Panathinaikos in the group H of Euroleague. Schortsanitis has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 3.0rpg. Despite he played previously for the Estonian national team, Schortsanitis is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Theodoros Papaloukas
Theodoros Papaloukas
   #9. Former international point guard Theodoros Papaloukas (200-77, another player represented by FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sofoklis Schortsanitis. But that was another game of his team in Israeli Premier League which we would like to mention. Papaloukas managed to help Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in a 3-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Maccabi Rishon (14-9) 77-74. He recorded only 4 points and added 7 assists in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (20-2) is placed first in the Premier League. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Papaloukas has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 5.5apg and 1.2spg in the six games. He used to play for the Greek national team four years ago.

Nick Livas
Nick Livas
   #10. Guard Nick Livas (198-88, college: Ill.-Springfield) contributed to Prievidza's victory against the closely-ranked Nitra (21-11) 87-74 in the Slovakian Extraliga in Saturday night's game. Livas was the top player that evening. He recorded 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Livas' third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Prievidza (22-10) is placed second in the Extraliga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Livas has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Livas played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team. Apparently Livas has never played in Greece.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket) couldn't help New Yorker Phantoms in their game against Bayern Muenchen in the German BBL, despite his good performance last Wednesday. He recorded 11 points and added 7 assists in 22 minutes. But his team was edged 91-88. Milosevic has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 1.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg in the nine games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Milosevic is currently in the Greek U20 national team roster.

   #12. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) contributed to Canarias' victory against the closely-ranked Lleida Basquet 91-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Lampropoulos recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Lampropoulos has averaged so far 7.1ppg and 3.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Lampropoulos is currently in the Greek U18 national team roster.

   #13. Former international center Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, agency: Interperformances) contributed to an Lottomatica Roma's victory against the closely-ranked Air Avellino 88-82 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. He recorded 10 points in 27 minutes. Kakiouzis has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 4.4rpg in the 17 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Kakiouzis is currently in the Greek national team roster.

   #14. International center Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-85, another player represented by FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Vasiliadis and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Mavroeidis contributed to a Gescrap BB's victory against the 15th-ranked Blusens Monbus 79-71. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Mavroeidis has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 3.7rpg. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

   #15. International center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (209-84) couldn't help Spartak St.Petersburg in their game against Triumph Lyubertsy in the Russian PBL. Mavrokefalidis recorded only 4 points in 11 minutes. His team lost 73-82. Mavrokefalidis has reliable stats this year: 10.6ppg and 4.1rpg in the 14 games. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.



A1: Regular season is over, Reds are No.1 - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A1 just ended. Olympiakos is No.1 with almost perfect 23-1 record. Eight teams advanced to Playoff Quarterfinals, which start on April 18 (best-of-three). Pairs are Olympiakos - PAOK, Panathinaikos - Aris, Kolossos - Kavala and AGOR - Panionios.

A1 Standings
1. Olympiakos 23-1
2. Panathinaikos 22-2
3. Kolossos 16-8
4. AGOR 15-9
5. Panionios 14-10
6. Kavala 13-11
7. Aris 11-13
8. PAOK 10-14
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9. KAOD 9-15
10. Ikaros 8-16
11. Ilysiakos 7-17
12. Peristeri GS 7-17
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13. Marousi 1-23



Peristeri GS - Aris 78-63
It looked good early as Aris took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Peristeri GS took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 15 points. They made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Peristeri GS outrebounded Aris 42-26 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Aris' players. 28 personal fouls committed by Aris helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Bosko Jovovic (205-83) who scored 23 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Forward Haralampos Giannopoulos (206-89, agency: FCM) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international swingman Dimitrios Tsaldaris (195-80) produced 15 points and American forward Sam Muldrow (205-88, college: S.Carolina) added 6 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Aris: D.Tsaldaris 15+2reb+3ast, S.Kerusch 8+3reb, G.Bogris 8+3reb, R.Davis 8+2ast, D.Verginis 7+1reb+2ast, C.Tapoutos 7+4reb+1ast
Peristeri GS: B.Jovovic 23+4reb, H.Giannopoulos 16+7reb+2ast, G.Edwards 9+8reb+1ast, N.Papantoniou 8+5reb+1ast, A.Petroulas 7+2reb+4ast, S.Psaropoulos 7+3reb+6ast


gschID: 152500


AGOR - KAOD 98-67
The game without a history. AGOR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Dionte Christmas (196-86, college: Temple) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists. The other American import forward Brent Petway (204-85, college: Michigan) chipped in 25 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Serbian center Dragan Ceranic (212-76, agency: Beo Basket) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and Bosnian power forward Edin Bavcic (210-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
KAOD: K.Kakaroudis 17+2reb, E.Bavcic 16+3reb+1ast, D.Ceranic 12+8reb+2ast, M.Rakic 6+2reb+2ast, T.Zaras 5+2reb+1ast, K.Charalampidis 5+2reb+2ast
AGOR: B.Petway 25+9reb+5ast, D.Christmas 23+6reb+12ast, S.Motsenigos 9+2reb, G.Dedas 8, D.Latovic 8, J.Coleman 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 152501


Marousi - Ikaros 79-104
Ikaros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Marousi's 30. They outrebounded Marousi 41-30 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ikaros players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Marousi's players. The best player for the winners was center Gaios Skordilis (206-87) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Vaggelis Karaboulas (198-81, agency: FCM) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Naturalized Cypriot forward Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-78, agency: Interperformances) produced 28 points and 6 rebounds and forward Andreas Kanonidis (198-91) added 12 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Marousi: P.Nikolaidis 28+6reb+1ast, A.Kanonidis 12+12reb, G.Demertzis 12+3reb+5ast, L.Akepsemaidis 8+1reb+4ast, V.Sakellariou 7+3reb+2ast, G.Yiannis 6+4reb
Ikaros: G.Skordilis 19+13reb+2ast, V.Karaboulas 17+5reb, M.Polytarchou 11+3reb+2ast, M.Ljubicic 9+4reb+6ast, %PlayerNameByLink% 9+1reb+1ast, S.Vasiljevic 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 152502


Ilysiakos - Olympiakos 57-83
The game was mostly controlled by Olympiakos. Ilysiakos was better in second period 17-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympiakos players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Ilysiakos' players. American forward Kyle Hines (198-F-86) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Olympiakos' coach Dusan Ivkovic felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Darryl Thompson (173-85, college: Appalachian St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) responded with 19 points and Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Ilysiakos: D.Thompson 19+3reb+2ast, N.Papanikolopoulos 11+2reb, H.NaNa 9+6reb, G.Galiotos 7+2reb, L.Kaselakis 4+6reb, G.Apostolidis 3+5reb+1ast
Olympiakos: K.Hines 12+7reb+1ast, M.Keselj 11+3reb+2ast, L.Papadopoulos 10+6reb+3ast, E.Mantzaris 9+3reb+2ast, A.Law 7+1ast, G.Printezis 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 152503


Panathinaikos - Kolossos 100-57
Panathinaikos forced 19 Kolossos turnovers and outrebounded them 37-19 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Panathinaikos shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Kolossos' players. American-Polish guard David Logan (184-82, college: Indianapolis) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. American guard Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) replied with 16 points and guard Angelos Tsamis (192-81) added 14 points in the effort for Kolossos.
Top scorers:
Kolossos: S.Hopson 16+3reb+1ast, A.Tsamis 14+2reb+1ast, N.Liakopoulos 7+2reb+1ast, K.Charissis 7+3reb, S.Panos 7+2reb, A.Asimakopoulos 4+2reb
Panathinaikos: D.Logan 22+5reb+4ast, S.Smith 15+11reb+1ast, I.Vougioukas 14+6reb, P.Kalathis 12+4reb+2ast, A.Kiritsis 10+2reb+4ast, N.Calathes 9+1reb+5ast
gschID: 152498


Kavala - Panionios 75-68
Kavala managed to secure a 7-point victory 75-68 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 28-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Panionios outrebounded Kavala 43-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Point guard Christoforos Stefanidis (185-80) notched 24 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Sotiris Karapostolou (194-78, college: S.New Hampshire, agency: FCM) supported him with 18 points. Even a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Alex Stepheson (205-87, college: USC) did not help to save the game for Panionios. His fellow American import guard Jon Diebler (198-88, college: Ohio St.) added 15 points for the guests.
Top scorers:
Panionios: J.Diebler 15+3reb+2ast, A.Stepheson 13+12reb+1ast, G.Athanasoulas 10+3reb+1ast, V.Xanthopoulos 8+1reb+3ast, W.Keys 7+3reb+3ast, V.Kavvadas 5+4reb
Kavala: C.Stefanidis 24+4reb+4ast, S.Karapostolou 18+3reb+2ast, M.Pasalic 16+2reb+2ast, C.Kostov 7+3reb, V.Symtsak 5+11reb+1ast, A.Damjanovic 5+2reb



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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


Eredivisie Round 31: Groningen is upset by Nijmegen - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Eredivisie.

The game between second ranked Groningen (20-7) and fourth ranked Nijmegen (17-10) was the most important one in the last round on Monday night. Groningen was defeated by Nijmegen in a tough game in Nijmegen 76-83. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Groningen won third quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 33 personal fouls committed by Groningen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Lucas Hargrove (198-88, college: Auburn) fired 26 points for the winners. Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. American guard David Bell (186-81) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Groningen's coach Hakim Salem rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Nijmegen maintains fourth place with 17-10 record. Groningen at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Den Bosch. Nijmegen are looking forward to face Zwolle (#5) on the road in the next round. Groningen will play against Rotterdam and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Weert was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Den Bosch (20-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Weert (5-22). Den Bosch managed to secure a 9-point victory 82-73. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard David Gonzalvez (193-87, college: Richmond) who helped to win the game recording 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Rogier Jansen contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. American center Yamene Coleman (206-86, college: Troy, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for Weert. Den Bosch moved-up to second place, which they share with Groningen. Weert at the other side keeps the seventh position with 22 games lost. Den Bosch will play against Leeuwarden (#6) at home in the next round. Weert will play against the league's leader Leiden and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Leeuwarden. Local Leeuwarden (10-17) outscored 8th ranked Rotterdam (4-23) 85-61 on Monday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Mark Sanchez who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). At the losing side Nick Oudendag responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Rotterdam's coach Randy Wiel gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Leeuwarden maintains sixth place with 10-17 record. Loser Rotterdam stay dead last with 23 lost games. Leeuwarden will meet higher ranked Den Bosch (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rotterdam will play against the league's second-placed Groningen (#2) in Groningen and hope to secure a win.



Nijmegen - Groningen 83-76

The game between second ranked Groningen (20-7) and fourth ranked Nijmegen (17-10) was the most important one in the last round on Monday night. Groningen was defeated by Nijmegen in a tough game in Nijmegen 76-83. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Groningen won third quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 33 personal fouls committed by Groningen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Lucas Hargrove (198-88, college: Auburn) fired 26 points for the winners. Canadian forward Ross Bekkering (203-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. American guard David Bell (186-81) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import power forward Avis Wyatt (211-84, college: Virginia St.) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Groningen's coach Hakim Salem rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Nijmegen maintains fourth place with 17-10 record. Groningen at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Den Bosch. Nijmegen are looking forward to face Zwolle (#5) on the road in the next round. Groningen will play against Rotterdam and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Nijmegen: L.Hargrove 26+4reb+2ast, R.Bekkering 16+7reb+1ast, M.Humphrey 16+6reb+1ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwam 9+7reb, D.Van Der Horst 8+9reb+2ast, H.Bekkering 7+3reb+2ast
Groningen: A.Wyatt 19+5reb+1ast, D.Bell 16+7reb+2ast, J.Voorn 9+2ast, J.Dourisseau 9+9reb+3ast, A.Wesby 7+2reb+2ast, T.Koenis 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 170053


Weert - Den Bosch 73-82

The game in Weert was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Den Bosch (20-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Weert (5-22). Den Bosch managed to secure a 9-point victory 82-73. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Weert won third quarter 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard David Gonzalvez (193-87, college: Richmond) who helped to win the game recording 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The former international guard Rogier Jansen (188-84, agency: Court Side) contributed with 12 points and 4 assists for the winners. American center Yamene Coleman (206-86, college: Troy, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Weert. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Den Bosch moved-up to second place, which they share with Groningen. Weert at the other side keeps the seventh position with 22 games lost. Den Bosch will play against Leeuwarden (#6) at home in the next round. Weert will play against the league's leader Leiden and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: D.Gonzalvez 20+4reb+2ast, K.Akerboom 14+4reb, S.Wessels 13+5reb+2ast, R.Jansen 12+4reb+4ast, T.Wesley 9+4reb+2ast, P.Van Paassen 6+8reb+2ast
Weert: Y.Coleman 17+12reb, R.Harman 15+3reb+5ast, K.van Kempen 14+11reb+2ast, R.Fletcher 10+1reb+2ast, D.Minter 6, S.Besseling 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 170054


Leeuwarden - Rotterdam 85-61

The game with biggest result difference took place in Leeuwarden. Local Leeuwarden (10-17) outscored 8th ranked Rotterdam (4-23) 85-61 on Monday night. The game without a history. Leeuwarden led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Leeuwarden had a 28-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Nigerian forward Manny Adako (203-87, college: Northeastern, agency: Court Side) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side the former international power forward Nick Oudendag (210-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Serbian guard Stefan Mladenovic (190-90, agency: Court Side) scored 20 points. Rotterdam's coach Randy Wiel gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Leeuwarden maintains sixth place with 10-17 record. Loser Rotterdam stay dead last with 23 lost games. Leeuwarden will meet higher ranked Den Bosch (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rotterdam will play against the league's second-placed Groningen (#2) in Groningen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Leeuwarden: M.Sanchez 19+11reb+4ast, M.Adako 15+8reb, B.Rozzell 13+3reb+5ast, S.Poels 10+3reb+1ast, L.Jeter 9+3reb+2ast, M.Hof 7+4reb+3ast
Rotterdam: S.Mladenovic 20+2reb+2ast, N.Oudendag 17+10reb, L.Williams 13+1reb+4ast, R.de Pagter 7+7reb, G.Slagter 2+2reb+1ast, S.De Haas 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 170052



Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 31 - by Eurobasket News

American-Mexican Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side) had an amazing evening in the last round for Leeuwarden and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 19 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed Rotterdam (#8, 4-23) with 24-point margin 85-61. Leeuwarden maintains the 6th position in Dutch Eredivisie. Leeuwarden is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-17 record. It's Sanchez's second year at Leeuwarden and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Boise State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sanchez is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 8.9rpg) and averages solid 59.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American center Yamene Coleman (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) of Weert. Coleman impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Weert lost that game 73-82 to the higher-ranked Den Bosch (#3, 20-7). Weert managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 22 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Weert managed to get this year. Coleman is a newcomer at Weert and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Weert's star - international center Kenneth van Kempen (208-C-87, agency: Court Side). van Kempen scored 14 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite van Kempen's great performance Weert lost 73-82 to the higher-ranked Den Bosch (#3, 20-7). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Weert can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-22 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for van Kempen he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. van Kempen has a very solid season. In 25 games in Holland he scored 9.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Manny Adako (203-F-87) of Leeuwarden - 15 points and 8 rebounds
5. Nick Oudendag (210-C/F-87) of Rotterdam - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Lucas Hargrove (198-F-88) of Nijmegen - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. David Gonzalvez (193-G-87) of Den Bosch - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84) of Groningen - 19 points and 5 rebounds
9. Stefan Mladenovic (190-G-90) of Rotterdam - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Nijmegen - 16 points and 6 rebounds

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



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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, Grindavik21.1 
 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, Stjarnan8.4 
 10. Magnusson, KR8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan7.2 
 2. Watson, Grindavik6.8 
 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. Arnarson, IR3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Holmes, Njardvik2.9 
 2. Allen, Tindastoll2.8 
 3. Cothran, Stjarnan2.7 
 4. Gunnarsson, Kefla.2.3 
 5. Hall, Snaefell2.2 
 6. Parker, Keflavik2.2 
 7. Miller, Tindastoll2.2 
 8. Shouse, Stjarnan2.1 
 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. Barja, Haukar0.9 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Gri.0.9 
 10. Ferguson, KR0.9 


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

KR - Thor Thorl 82-79

KR surged ahead in the semifinal series after beating Thor Thorl at home court. Thor Thorl was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Joshua Brown (187-88, college: Towson) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 assists. Serbian forward Dejan Sencanski (198-84, college: Abil.Christian) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) answered with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Gretar Erlendsson (200-83) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Thor Thorl.
Top scorers:
KR: J.Brown 22+2reb+5ast, D.Sencanski 18+5reb+3ast, F.Magnusson 13+6reb+1ast, M.Hermannsson 7+3reb, J.Kristjansson 7+5reb, R.Ferguson 6+9reb+1ast
Thor Thorl: D.Govens 24+6reb+5ast, G.Erlendsson 20+7reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 10+3reb+4ast, J.Hairston 8+3reb, B.Janev 7+2reb+1ast, G.Jonsson 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 173935


Grindavik - Stjarnan 83-74

Grindavik toppled Stjarnan to take 1-0 lead in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-18. But Stjarnan won second period 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Stjarnan 45-27 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and the former international swingman Thorleifur Olafsson (192-84) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the losing side American guard Keith Cothran (193-86, college: Rhode Island) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and American-Estonian forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St.) scored 14 points and 6 assists. Four Stjarnan players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: J.Bullock 24+10reb+2ast, T.Olafsson 16+7reb+1ast, G.Watson 10+4reb+7ast, O.Olafsson 9+2reb, S.Thorsteinsson 7+8reb+2ast, R.Pettinella 7+6reb+1ast
Stjarnan: K.Cothran 22+6reb, R.Lindmets 14+4reb+6ast, J.Zdravevski 11+2reb+2ast, J.Shouse 11+4reb+8ast, F.Helgason 9+5reb+1ast, M.Valdimarsson 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 173936



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Standings - BSL

Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 20-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 15-8 
 3. Maccabi Rishon 14-9 
 4. Hapoel J-M 13-10 
 5. Hapoel Holon 13-10 
 6. Maccabi Ashdod 11-11 
 7. Ironi Ashkelon 10-12 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 9-14 
 9. B.C. Habikaa 8-14 
 10. Bnei Hasharon 7-15 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 4-19 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 11: Galil Gilboa - Ironi Ashkelon 83-66
Apr. 11: Maccabi Ashdod - Elitzur Netanya 77-87
Apr. 11: Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi T-A 74-77
Apr. 11: Maccabi Haifa - B.C. Habikaa 70-87
Apr. 11: Hapoel Holon - Hapoel J-M 70-80

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 15: B.C. Habikaa - Maccabi Ashdod
Apr. 15: Ironi Ashkelon - Hapoel J-M
Apr. 16: Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi Haifa
Apr. 15: Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Rishon
Apr. 15: Maccabi T-A - Hapoel Holon


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur .
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Banks, Elitzur21.0 
 2. Crawford, Maccab.20.5 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.20.5 
 4. Landesberg, Macca.20.3 
 5. Lewis, Hapoel Holon19.6 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur18.0 
 7. Travis, Galil Gilb.18.0 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.17.5 
 9. Bradley, Maccabi17.4 
 10. Duncan, Maccabi17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.4 
 2. Rosefelt, Bnei H.8.6 
 3. Bowman, Maccabi8.2 
 4. Tyus, Maccabi8.1 
 5. Duncan, Maccabi8.1 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur7.7 
 7. Killingswort., Iro.7.4 
 8. Kitchen, Maccabi7.2 
 9. Hendrix, Maccabi7.2 
 10. Dowell, B.C. H.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon7.9 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.4 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.6.9 
 4. Jackson, Maccabi5.5 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.1 
 6. Ohayon, Maccabi4.9 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.8 
 8. Lifshitz, Elitzu.4.7 
 9. Limonad, Ironi A.4.3 
 10. Delaney, B.C. H.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Raviv LIMONAD
  Ironi A.
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Limonad, Ironi A.2.1 
 2. Kitchen, Maccabi1.9 
 3. Campbell, Elitzu.1.9 
 4. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.8 
 5. Robinson, B.C. H.1.8 
 6. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.1.8 
 7. Berkowitz, Ironi A.1.8 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi1.7 
 9. Lifshitz, Elitzu.1.7 
 10. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Hapoel J.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.0 
 2. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.9 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.7 
 4. James, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 5. Hendrix, Maccabi1.2 
 6. Tyus, Maccabi1.2 
 7. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.1 
 8. Sullivan, Hapoel H.1.0 
 9. Campbell, Elitzu.1.0 
 10. Powell, Maccabi H.0.9 


Premier League Round 25: Maccabi T-A defeats Maccabi Rishon in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

Third-ranked Maccabi Rishon (14-9) gave a tough game to first ranked Maccabi T-A (20-2) in Rishon Le-Zion on Wednesday. The visitors from Tel-Aviv managed to secure only three-point victory 77-74. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi Rishon was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward David Blu (201-80, college: USC) chipped in 15 points. At the losing side American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-2 record. Maccabi Rishon at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Maccabi T-A are looking forward to face Hapoel Holon (#5) at home in the next round. Maccabi Rishon will play against the league's second-placed Galil Gilboa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
11th ranked Maccabi Haifa (4-19) was outscored at home by ninth ranked B.C. Habikaa (8-14) with the biggest margin this round 87-70. American guard Frank Robinson (193-84, college: CS Fullerton) nailed 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Dion Dowell accounted for 11 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized American swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) came up with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Maccabi Haifa in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. B.C. Habikaa maintains ninth place with 8-14 record. Maccabi Haifa at the other side stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. B.C. Habikaa will play against higher ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Haifa will play against Bnei Hasharon (#10) in Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 25: Hapoel J-M won against Hapoel Holon on the opponent's court 80-70. Galil Gilboa managed to outperform Ironi Ashkelon in a home game 83-66. Elitzur Netanya managed to beat Maccabi Ashdod on the road 87-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 37 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by D.J. Strawberry of Hapoel J-M.


Hapoel Holon - Hapoel J-M 70-80

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed Hapoel Holon (13-10) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Hapoel J-M (13-10) 80-70. Hapoel Holon was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 23-12 charge of Hapoel J-M, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Holon was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) nailed 37 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side and American-Romanian swingman Dan Grunfeld (198-84, college: Stanford) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds. Hapoel J-M's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Hapoel Holon in the defeat. Four Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. Hapoel J-M moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Hapoel Holon. Hapoel J-M will play against Ironi Ashkelon (#7) on the road in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: R.Lewis 17+6reb+3ast, B.Dunston 14+2reb, T.Mitchell 11+11reb+2ast, O.Shaashoua 10+1reb+3ast, M.Roth 9+3reb+5ast, S.Daniel 5+6reb+1ast
Hapoel J-M: D.Strawberry 37+7reb+2ast, D.Grunfeld 14+6reb, B.Randle 7+10reb, M.Mizrahi 5+1reb+2ast, Y.Naimy 4+2reb+7ast, J.Thomas 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 173577


Maccabi Haifa - B.C. Habikaa 70-87

11th ranked Maccabi Haifa (4-19) was outscored at home by ninth ranked B.C. Habikaa (8-14) with the biggest margin this round 87-70. The game was mostly controlled by B.C. Habikaa. Maccabi Haifa was better in fourth quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. B.C. Habikaa dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Haifa's 34 and made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Maccabi Haifa was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Frank Robinson (193-84, college: CS Fullerton) nailed 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman Dion Dowell (200-85, college: Houston) accounted for 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four B.C. Habikaa players scored in double figures. Naturalized American swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) came up with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Maccabi Haifa in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. B.C. Habikaa maintains ninth place with 8-14 record. Maccabi Haifa at the other side stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. B.C. Habikaa will play against higher ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Haifa will play against Bnei Hasharon (#10) in Hod Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: S.Landesberg 16+8reb+4ast, T.Wilkerson 12+3reb, J.Smith 12+6reb+3ast, A.Ben-Chimol 7+4ast, C.Powell 7+4reb+5ast, T.Ariely 6+1reb+3ast
B.C. Habikaa: F.Robinson 15+6reb+2ast, T.Gillenwater 15+2reb, P.Delaney 14+1reb+5ast, D.Dowell 11+8reb+1ast, N.Cohen 9+5reb, E.Skverer 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 173578


Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi T-A 74-77

Third-ranked Maccabi Rishon (14-9) gave a tough game to first ranked Maccabi T-A (20-2) in Rishon Le-Zion on Wednesday. The visitors from Tel-Aviv managed to secure only three-point victory 77-74. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Maccabi Rishon. Maccabi Rishon was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward David Blu (201-80, college: USC) chipped in 15 points. At the losing side American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) scored 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 20-2 record. Maccabi Rishon at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Maccabi T-A are looking forward to face Hapoel Holon (#5) at home in the next round. Maccabi Rishon will play against the league's second-placed Galil Gilboa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: B.Bowman 19+10reb+1ast, D.Kitchen 15+8reb+3ast, A.Uter 14+8reb+4ast, N.Hanochi 12+3reb+2ast, I.Nesterenko 6+2reb+1ast, E.Shulman 5+1ast
Maccabi T-A: K.Langford 20+5reb+1ast, D.Blu 15+4reb+2ast, G.Pnini 13+3reb+1ast, L.Eliyahu 13+4reb+3ast, S.James 8+4reb+1ast, R.Hendrix 4+9reb+1ast
gschID: 173575


Galil Gilboa - Ironi Ashkelon 83-66

Very predictable result when second ranked Galil Gilboa (15-8) defeated at home 7th ranked Ironi Ashkelon (10-12) 83-66. It looked good early as Ironi Ashkelon took an 16-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Galil Gilboa took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 17 points. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Galil Gilboa players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Dagan Yavzuri (193-85) accounted for 21 points. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) came up with 16 points and 7 assists and the other American import power forward Marco Killingsworth (202-82, college: Indiana, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Ironi Ashkelon in the defeat. Galil Gilboa maintains second place with 15-8 record having four points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Ironi Ashkelon lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 12 games lost. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Rishon (#3) in Rishon Le-Zion in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ironi Ashkelon will play at home against Hapoel J-M (#4) in Jerusalem and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ashkelon: M.Killingsworth 17+6reb, D.Mitchell 16+3reb+7ast, T.Skinn 13+1reb+3ast, J.Skeen 8+8reb+3ast, N.Berkowitz 7+5reb+4ast, A.Simhon 3+1reb
Galil Gilboa: R.Travis 24+11reb, D.Yavzuri 21+2reb+2ast, J.Jones 12+3reb+2ast, C.Fells 12+5reb+5ast, C.Thomas 9+1reb+6ast, A.Gordon 3+1reb+2ast
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Maccabi Ashdod - Elitzur Netanya 77-87

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (11-11) was defeated at home by eighth ranked Elitzur Netanya (9-14) 87-77. The game without a history. Elitzur Netanya led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Maccabi Ashdod's players. Point guard Lior Lifshitz (178-84) nailed a double-double by scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists for the winning side and American power forward Warren Carter (205-85, college: Illinois) accounted for 20 points and 10 rebounds. American swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) came up with 20 points and the other American import forward Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida) added 14 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Maccabi Ashdod in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Elitzur Netanya maintains eighth place with 9-14 record. Maccabi Ashdod at the other side keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Elitzur Netanya will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Maccabi Ashdod will play on the road against B.C. Habikaa (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Carter 20+3reb+2ast, J.Duncan 15+4reb, A.Tyus 14+11reb, M.Tapiro 12+4reb+8ast, D.Hagag 9+4reb, I.Iram 4+2reb+3ast
Elitzur Netanya: W.Carter 20+10reb+2ast, Y.Orland 19+2reb, B.Asbury 16+6reb+3ast, L.Lifshitz 12+6reb+14ast, E.Campbell 10+2reb+1ast, A.Banks 8+3reb+7ast
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Mannheim 2012: Israel rally past New Zealand - by Eurobasket News

Israel U18 - New Zealand U18 100:66

Israel opened the second stage of Albert Schweitzer Tournament with victory. They cruised past New Zealand to 2-0 record in Group G. New Zealand fell at 0-2 after the loss. Yaniv Solomon (196-F-94) accounted for 20 points and 13 rebounds to pace Israel.
Israeli youngsters got to a flying start. They unloaded 30 points in the first term to build a 12-point advantage. Israel kept New Zealand at distance throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 53:30 halftime lead. The Kiwis managed to straighten their game in the third period. They narrowed the margin to 18 points with one quarter to go. But Israel were back in control in the final stanza. They erupted for 31 points and drove to the win. Maayan Shraga (191-G-94) had 19 points, while Rafael Menco (198-F-94) added 15 points in the victory. Tai Jack Webster (183-G-95) responded with 19 points for New Zealand. Reuben Te Rangi (201-F-94) produced 10 points in the loss.

Israel U18: Yaniv Solomon 20+13 boards, Maayan Shraga 19, Rafael Menco 15
New Zealand U18: Tai Jack Webster 19, Reuben Te Rangi 10



Best players of Israeli National League round 26 - by Eurobasket News

American Nate Miller (193-G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Macc.B.Yaakov and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 24-year old guard had a double-double of 32 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Lev Hasharon (#14, 7-19) with 20-point margin 98-78. Macc.B.Yaakov maintains the 2nd position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Macc.B.Yaakov will need more victories to improve their 20-6 record. In the team's last game Miller had a remarkable 72.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Macc.B.Yaakov's top player in his first season with the team. Bowling Green State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Miller is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.4ppg) and averages solid 2.9spg and 56.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Lenny Daniel (201-F-87) of Ironi K-A. Daniel impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Ironi K-A to edge the higher-ranked Hod Hasharon (#7, 13-13) by 5 points 101-96. Ironi K-A's 11th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-16 record. Daniel is a newcomer at Ironi K-A and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.5ppg (#7). He also registered 9.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Ironi K-A's star - American Tony Younger (200-F-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA). Younger scored 26 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Ironi K-A, helping his team with a 101-96 win against the higher-ranked Hod Hasharon (#7, 13-13). The chances of Ironi K-A not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Younger could try to bring Ironi K-A's a little bit higher in the standings. Younger has a very solid season. In 25 games in Israel he scored 19.0ppg. He also has 7.6rpg and FGP: 50.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ilan Nanikashvili (187-G-79) of Ironi K-A - 20 points and 12 assists
5. Gregg Thondique (201-F-87) of Hapoel Afula - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Dori Assaf (178-PG-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Elad Eliyah (193-F/G-85) of Hapoel Afula - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Errick McCollum (185-G-88) of Hapoel K/S - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87) of Ironi Nahariya - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Chris Watson (200-C/F-75) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Israeli Premier League round 25 best performance: D.J. Strawberry - by Eurobasket News

American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Hapoel J-M, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (37 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Hapoel Holon (13-10) 80-70. Hapoel J-M is placed at 4th position in Israeli Premier League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hapoel J-M will need more victories to improve their 13-10 record. In the team's last game Strawberry had a remarkable 68.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hapoel J-M's top player in his first season with the team. D.J. Strawberry averages this season 15.9ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Romeo Travis (200-PF-84) of league's second-best Galil Gilboa. Travis had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Galil Gilboa to another comfortable win 83-66 over the lower-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#7, 10-12) being unquestionably team leader. Galil Gilboa's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 15-8 record is not bad at all. Travis is a newcomer at Galil Gilboa, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#7). He also registered 6.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Warren Carter (205-F/C-85) of Elitzur Netanya (#8). Carter scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Elitzur Netanya, leading his team to a 87-77 win against slightly higher-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#6, 11-11). The chances of Elitzur Netanya not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Carter could try to bring Elitzur Netanya's a little bit higher in the standings. Carter has individually a great season in Israel. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.5ppg (3rd best) and assists with 2.5apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Adrian Uter (201-F/C-84) of Maccabi Rishon - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Lior Lifshitz (178-PG-84) of Elitzur Netanya - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 14 assists
6. Brandon Bowman (204-F-84) of Maccabi Rishon - 19 points and 10 rebounds
7. Alex Tyus (203-F-88) of Maccabi Ashdod - 14 points and 11 rebounds
8. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83) of Maccabi T-A - 20 points and 5 rebounds
9. Brian Asbury (200-F-86) of Elitzur Netanya - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) of Maccabi Haifa - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Mannheim 2012: Turkey hand Italy their first loss - by Eurobasket News

Turkey U18-Italy U18 91:77

Turkey hand Italy their first loss at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament 2012. The Turkish side won 91:77 to tie both records at 1-1 in Group E.
Italy was the favorite of the game and started the game with 27-17 at the end of the first period. They led by 10 points at the halftime, but lost the game. Turkey dominated the second half and grabbed the important victory. They needed 22-9 in the third quarter to take the lead and won the game due to 23-12 in the last stanza.
Cedi Osman (195-PG-95) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Burak Yildizli (200-F-94) notched 19. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) delivered 18, while Gulmez added 13. Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) collected 18 points and 10 rebounds and Vincenzo Pipitone (202-C-94) scored 16. Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) produced 14, whilst Camillo Bianchi (194-F-94) netted 10.

Turkey U18: Cedi Osman 20, Burak Yildizli 19, Tayfun Erulku 18, Gulmez 13
Italy U18: Matteo Imbro 18+10 rebs, Vincenzo Pipitone 16, Simone Fontecchio 14, Camillo Bianchi 10



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Standings - Premier League

Premier League Round 6 Standings
 1. Kofer Yoba 13-1
 2. ASU 12-2
 3. Orthodox 10-4
 4. Al Riyadi 8-6
 5. Al Wehdat 5-9
 6. College SC 5-9
 7. Al Jalil 3-11
 8. Al Ashrafiyah 0-14



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NJCAA D2 Awards 2012 - by Eurobasket

NJCAA D2 All-America 1st Team 2011-2012
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Davorn Bryant
Bryant
Brendan Cooper
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Glenn Cosey
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Michael Craig
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Ryun Davis
Davis
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All-Tournament MVP: John Taylor (6'1''-G) of Mott CC
Jack Cistriano Best Small Man Award: Bryce Walker (5'9''-G) of S.Suburban JC
Sportsmanship Award: Bryan Yarce (5'10''-G) of Rhode Island CC
Coach of the Tournament: Steve Schmidt of Mott CC

1st Team
Davorn Bryant of Essex CC
Brendan Cooper of Lakeland CC
Glenn Cosey of Columbus St. CC
Michael Craig of S.Mountain CC
Ryun Davis of St.Louis CC
Richaun Holmes of Moraine Valley CC
Edward Jenkins of Patrick Henry CC
Bryant Orange of Triton JC
John Taylor of Mott CC
Desmond Williams of Rhode Island CC

2nd Team
Christian Bower of Phoenix CC
Khaalis Coppock-Bey of Cecil CC
Royal Crouch of Brown Mackie
Nathan Duhon of Lansing CC
Quasim Jones of Johnson CCC
Dejuan McGaughy of Mercyhurst NE
Tenale Roland of Rend Lake CC
Carlos Smith of Baltimore CCC
Michael Weber of Kirkwood CC
Venton Wilder of Tex.A&M-Kingsv.

3rd Team
Kenton Chan-Man of Genesee CC
Mario Donaldson of Ellsworth CC
Jody Hill of Delta CC
Dequan Jones of Erie CC
Maurice Lewis-Briggs of Beaver County CC
Nate Mason of Des Moines Area CC
Sultan Muhammad of S.Suburban JC
Brandon Pullman of Lincoln CC
Kevin Thompson of Morgan St.
Malik Wood of Bismarck St. CC

All-Tournament Team
Sean Farr of Baltimore CCC
Justin Leathers of Johnson CCC
Michael Craig of S.Mountain CC
Bryce Walker of S.Suburban JC
Dequan Jones of Erie CC
Shea Sumpter of Danville Area CC
Antonio Robinson of Louisburg JC
Chaz Rollins of Lakeland CC
Rogerio Livramento of Rhode Island CC
Darryl Marshall of Mott CC
Desmond Williams of Rhode Island CC
Ralph Eason of Mott CC



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BC Astana reach D1 Finals - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana became the first finalists of D1 championship. They swept their semifinal series against Tobol. BC Astana celebrated a 90:61 win in the third game to enter the title series. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Oakland) stepped up with 22 points to lead the winners.
BC Astana entered the game aggressively. They ran away for a 26:13 lead after ten minutes. Tobol managed to slow their opponents down in the second term. They cut the distance 12 points at halftime 35:47. But BC Astana were back in control in the third term. The regular season champions outgunned Tobol to post a 20-point lead with one period remaining. BC Astana easily maintained the advantage throughout the fourth term rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest) scored 18 points, while Luka Drca (195-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket, college: Utah) added 14 points in the victory. Vyacheslav Bogdanov (200-F-83) answered with 12 points for Tobol. Giedrius Kurtinaitis (192-G-86) netted 11 points in the loss.



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Best players of Latvian LBL round 27 - by Eurobasket News

American Tyler Cain (203-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best VEF Riga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 16 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Jurmala (#7, 9-17) with 56-point margin 117-61. VEF Riga maintains the 2nd position in Latvian LBL. VEF Riga has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 15-1. It's Cain's second year at VEF Riga and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Tyler Cain averages this season 8.8ppg and 5.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another VEF Riga's star - young guard Ivars Zvigurs (195-G-95). Zvigurs impressed basketball fans with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course together with Cain he helped VEF Riga with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Jurmala (#7, 9-17) 117-61. VEF Riga's second position in the standings has not changed. His team belongs to top of the standings with 15-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Zvigurs is one of the most experienced players at VEF Riga and similarly like Tyler Cain has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another VEF Riga's star - Janis Berzins (201-F/G-93, agency: Players Group). Berzins scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of VEF Riga, helping his team with a 117-61 easy win against the lower-ranked Jurmala (#7, 9-17). Many experts and fans count VEF Riga as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 15 victories and only one lost games.. Berzins has a great season in Latvia. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 3.6rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) of Ventspils - 24 points and 6 rebounds
5. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92) of Liepaja - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Janis Timma (201-F/G-92) of Liepaja - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Josh Mayo (182-G-87) of Liepaja - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Davis Geks (183-G-95) of VEF Riga - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) of VEF Riga - 8 points and 5 rebounds
10. Arturs Strelnieks (196-SG-85) of Ventspils - 14 points and 3 rebounds

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



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MUST READ: Truth and Facts about the game where Akkari scored 113 points. - by Rabih Khoury

Mohamad Akary (188-G-85) scoring 113pts in a single game.... This sentence has been the headline for the last 2 weeks in Asia, Europe, America more than it was in Lebanon.... you guys out there looked at this as a big acheivement and after seeing the footage, you just thought that our Lebanese league is trash... This is not true at all... I will tell you what happened exactly in this game and how Akkari scored these points.
To begin, well Akkari's team had a game against Bejjeh, ranked 7th in the league. Earlier on, in the start of Final 8, Bejjeh had many financial problems which lead them to release their foreign coach and their two american imports.... They started losing each game when they played with locals only... In this game against Mouttahed, Bejjeh's starting locals decided not to play the game because they didn't get their salaries for the last 2 months...So team was forced to play with their junior players which were exactly 5 players... As for Akkari team, Al Moutahed Tripoli, the team was ready and in full power with their 2 americans.... The game started and there was no intentions from Bejjeh to win, they just run to end the 40 minute game, with no defense... The game turned out to be a joke, where every team was scoring without any single defense.... Now the federation banned Bejjeh and canceled all their results for what they did, especially that they made a bad reputation about the Lebanese league and the Lebanese basketball in General...
What you saw on youtube, is not our league guys.... We have one of the best leagues in Asia..... We the best foreigners in the regions... the best locals in the regions.... Riyadi are asian champions... Anibal are Dubai Tournament Champions... Our national team beat France, Venezuela, Canada and many other big NT's... What u saw on this footage and scoring those 113pts was just a game with some special circumstances... Don't judge Lebanese Basketball from this......
Hope that you got my message welll..........



The Battle for the 4th spot in the Final Four is still ON - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

The race for the 4th spot in the final 4 is still on , Moutahed created a big upset last Monday by beating the hot team in this period Anibal on the score of 85-83. Tripoli hosted Anibal Zahle in a very exciting game , The first half of the game saw a very equal tempo , Moutahed had the supremacy in the first quarter which finished 22-19 , the second quarter saw the wake up of Anibal who outscored the home team 23 to 14 to lead at the half 42-36. The second half saw Moutahed regaining back the rhythm and imposing its game though the great performance of Bassem Balaa (195-F-81) who finished the game with 23 points scoring 4 out of 7 3 pointers attempts, Moutahed led as much as 10 points in the 2nd half but Anibal who was playing for the 2nd concsecutive game without its 2 stars Rodrigue AKL and Ghaleb REDA was managing to come back in the game and keep tier hopes high to score another win and this through Jay Youngblood who one more time had a monstrous game with 32 points , 8 rebounds and 5 assists , he received a big help from Leroy Hurd who finished the game with 25 points and 6 rebounds, but despite the big efforts made by Anibal Moutahed managed to score a very important win which suddenly gave them a big hope to why not qualify to the Final 4. Bassel Bawji in his comeback scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Anibals defense somehow shut down Austin Johnson in the game, he finished the game with only 11 points in 32 minutes of action. As for Micah Brand he had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Bachir Ammoury had a good game with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The battle for the fourth spot in the final 4 will be very fierce in the coming rounds between Sagesse and Moutahed , Moutahed is now 11-16 and Sagesse 14-14.
Moutahed still have 3 more game against Hoops, Byblos and Sagesse in the last round as For Sagesse they still have Champville and Moutahed.
The teams are 2-1 in their direct confrontation in this season in favor of Sagesse, a win against Champville for Sagesse will secure its 4th place, As for Moutahed to hope to qualify for the final 4 they will have to win their coming 3 games and especially the one against Sagesse by more than 9 points.
The battle will be very big and the previous years battles between these two teams will continue but this time will be for the qualification to the Final 4 and not in the Final 4.



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Best players of Lithuanian LKL Round 22 - by Eurobasket News

Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Neptunas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Naglis Palangos (#12, 4-17) 109-101. Neptunas is placed at 6th position in Lithuanian LKL. Neptunas 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 9-12 record. Mikalauskas turned to be Neptunas' top player in his first season with the team. The University of Virginia graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mikalauskas is league's best scorer averaging so far 17.1ppg. Mikalauskas is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.2rpg) and averages solid 64.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American center Dane Johnson (208-C-86) of Naglis Palangos. Johnson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Naglis Palangos lost that game 101-109 to the higher-ranked Neptunas (#6, 9-12). Naglis Palangos are still at the very bottom. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Naglis Palangos managed to get this year. Johnson is a newcomer at Naglis Palangos and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.8ppg (#2). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Arnas Butkevicius (199-F-92) of Sakalai (#10). Butkevicius scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Butkevicius' great performance Sakalai lost 66-84 to the higher-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (#5, 12-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sakalai can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Butkevicius he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Butkevicius has individually a great season in Lithuania. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 10.1ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 4.1rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marko Popovic (185-G-82) of Zalgiris - 17 points and 8 assists
5. Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85) of Baltai Kaunas - 22 points and 12 rebounds
6. Cam Long (193-G-88) of Siauliai - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Cam Long (193-G-88) of Siauliai - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C-89) of Lietkabelis - 16 points and 11 rebounds
9. Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86) of Zalgiris - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Edgaras Ulanovas (198-G-92) of Baltai Kaunas - 23 points and 7 rebounds

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



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Malaysia held Sultan Azlan Shah Cup - by Eurobasket News

Malaysia held Sultan Azlan Shah Cup with 8 participating teams. The home side Perak Selection finished on the 5th place. In the last game they edged Royal Thai Navy 102:58 to end the tournament as the 5th best team. Perak made a tournament record 15 three pointers in a single game, led by sharpshooting Tong Wen Yung who had 5 treys for his 23 points. Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84, college: Jacksonville) also shot 3/5 from downtown and contributed 24 points, 14 boards and 3 blocks. Wen Keong Tong (180-G-92) and Soo Eng Heng (182-G-84) added 13 and 11 points respectively. Perak led 26:16 after the first period and continued the hot streak and never looked back, increasing the lead to 52:28 during halftime. Perak seems enjoying the game and showed no mercy by extended the lead to 83:49 entering the final period.
China Xiamen meanwhile wins Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia. In the Final game China Xiamen defeated Philippine Far Eastern University 90:64 to claim the title of the inaugural Sultan Azlan Shah Cup International Basketball Invitation Championship.



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T-Rex BC Champions - 6th MBA Invitational Championship - by Eurobasket News

T-Rex BC beat Red Line Club in the final of the 6th MBA Invitational Championship held at Youth Center Indoor today at 16:15 and became the Champions for the consecutive second time. Mohamed Muhusin of T-Rex BC scored 28 points for his team was declared as the best player of the final match. Mohamed Zilaal of Red Line Club scored 27 points, highest in his team. Zakariyya Abdul Latheef of T-Rex BC was awarded the Man of the Tournament. Match was shown LIVE on MNBC One.
President of National Olympic Committee Mr. Ibrahim Ismail distributed the trophies and the certificates for the winners.
Courtesy of: mba.org.mv



Dep of Immigration are the Champions of Div 1 - by Eurobasket News

Department of Immigartion and Emigration beat Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) by 107 points to 95 points in the Mens Division-1 Finals played tonight at Ekuveni Out-door Basketball Court and became the Champions of Mens Division-1 for the second time. Ahamed Ifsaah scored 44 points for his team was declared the Best Player of the Match. The highest scores were Ahmed Afsan Rashad of Immigartion (scored 49 points) and Mohamed Mahudhee of MNDF (scored 38 points).
Ahamed Afsan Rashad, Ahmed Ifsaah of Immgration, Mohamed Mahudhee and Ali Isham of MNDF and Mohamed Khuwailid of GMIAL were selected as the Best-5 Players of the Tournament.
The Trophies and the Certificates for the winners were distributed by the Chief Guest Mr. Ahmed Sameer.
Courtesy of: mba.org.mv



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Standings - 1A

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

Second Stage: Round 6

Play-Out

Apr. 11: Danilovgrad - ABS Primorje 77-99
Apr. 11: Centar BP - Jedinstvo 72-79
Apr. 11: Mogren - KK Podgorica 0-20

S-League

Apr. 11: Sutjeska - Mornar Bar 78-89
Apr. 11: Ulcinj - Buducnost 60-102
Apr. 13: Teodo Tivat - Lovcen



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 34-24 
 2. Philadelph.76 31-26 
 3. New York K. 30-28 
 4. New Jersey N. 21-38 
 5. Toronto R. 20-39 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 44-14 
 2. Indiana P. 36-22 
 3. Milwaukee B. 27-30 
 4. Detroit P. 21-36 
 5. Cleveland C. 19-37 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 40-16 
 2. Atlanta H. 33-24 
 3. Orlando M. 33-24 
 4. Washington W. 14-44 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-48 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 42-16 
 2. Denver N. 32-25 
 3. Utah Jazz 31-28 
 4. Portland TB 27-31 
 5. Minnesota T. 26-33 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 37-22 
 2. LA Clippers 35-23 
 3. Phoenix Suns 30-28 
 4. Golde State W. 21-35 
 5. Sacramento K. 19-40 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 40-16 
 2. Memphis G. 34-23 
 3. Dallas M. 32-26 
 4. Houston R. 32-26 
 5. N.Orleans H. 16-42 

Regular Season: Round 105

Apr. 11: Cleveland C. - Indiana P. 98-104 OT
Apr. 11: Oklah.City T. - LA Clippers 98-100
Apr. 11: Houston R. - Utah Jazz 91-103
Apr. 11: Boston C. - Atlanta H. 88-86 OT
Apr. 11: San Antonio S. - LA Lakers 84-98
Apr. 11: Toronto R. - Philadelph.76 75-93
Apr. 11: Portland TB - Golde State W. 118-110
Apr. 11: Denver N. - Minnesota T. 113-107
Apr. 11: Milwaukee B. - New York K. 107-111
Apr. 11: N.Orleans H. - Sacramento K. 105-96
Apr. 11: Memphis G. - Phoenix Suns 104-93

Regular Season: Round 106

Apr. 12: Charlotte B. - Detroit P.
Apr. 12: Minnesota T. - LA Clippers
Apr. 12: Golde State W. - Dallas M.
Apr. 12: Chicago B. - Miami Heat
Apr. 12: San Antonio S. - Memphis G.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.1 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.5 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.9 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..24.2 
 6. Rose, Chicago B.23.0 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.6 
 8. Anthony, New Y.21.9 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers12.2 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.11.1 
 5. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.9 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 8. Chandler, New Y.10.0 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix9.8 
 10. Smith, Atlanta H.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.4 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.1 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers8.9 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 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.7.7 
 10. Lowry, Houston R.7.0 
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. Iguodala, Philadel.1.8 
 6. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 7. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 8. Shumpert, New Y.1.8 
 9. Lowry, Houston R.1.7 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.6 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 4. Jordan, LA Clippers2.1 
 5. Bynum, LA Lakers2.0 
 6. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.0 
 7. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 8. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 9. Dalembert, Houst.1.7 
 10. Kaman, N.Orlean.1.7 


Kobe Bryant likely out Wednesday vs Spurs - by Eurobasket News

Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) will not play Wednesday night in San Antonio, missing his third consecutive game because of an inflamed tendon sheath in his left shin.

Lakers coach Mike Brown huddled with athletic trainer Gary Vitti after practice in San Antonio about it. Bryant was at practice for medical treatment - and Vitti reported further improvement in Bryants condition, which made notable progress through Monday - but declined to comment. Bryant had ice over his shin during practice but left without the protective boot he has been wearing.

Bryants track record is that he will play in games if he is physically capable - and he could play now if the situation mandated it - but the issue is that the situation with his shin will likely recur if he does not rest until it is pain free. The Lakers dont want this to be an issue that crops back up with the playoffs coming up (the Lakers first playoff game is expected to be April 29).

Courtesy of The Orange County Register (via www.insidehoops.com)



Lamar Odom and Mark Cuban involved in heated exchange at halftime of Mavericks' loss against Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News

Mark Cuban had seen enough after Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) logged one missed shot and one rebound in a subpar first-half effort of the Dallas Mavericks' loss to Memphis on Saturday.

The Mavericks owner entered the locker room at intermission to confront Odom about his committment to the team in a heated exchange, according to reports.

Following the locker room incident, Odom had played the last four minutes of his tenure with the Mavericks, as the the 13-year-veteran and Mavs agreed to split for the remainder of the season.

'Well, yeah,' Cuban told reporters on Tuesday when asked whether Saturday's fallout sparked the decision to deactivate Odom. 'Just his response to it. Everybody goes through ups and downs. Every player does. We tried to put him in a position to succeed. You guys saw it, saw what we did. It didn't work.

'And 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.'

The two butted head earlier this season, according to Daily News Knicks beat writer Frank Isola, who tweeted about the in-game incident during the Knicks' 95-85 road loss on Mar. 6.

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com



Stoudemire to assume normal role right away upon return. - by Bryan Floyd

Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) is inching closer to returning to the lineup for the playoff push. The Knicks are in a dog fight and will need Stoudemire to come in and immediately step back into the starting lineup and assume his normal role. Head coach Mike Woodson told reporters yesterday when he's healthy enough to play, he will be out there playing his usual minutes. Stoudemire has been ruled out of tonights game, but with every day that passes he is getting closer to being out there.


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Mannheim 2012: Spain hold off USA - by Eurobasket News

Spain U18 - USA U18 92:81

Spain remained undefeated at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. They knocked down the USA team at the start of the second round. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95) posted 18 points and 6 boards to lead well-balanced effort from the winners. USA fell at 0-2 record in Group F.
Spain stayed in control throughout the opening quarter. They registered a 25:13 lead after ten minutes. The Europeans stretched the margin in the second quarter. They registered a 49:27 halftime advantage. The USA improved their performance after the big break. The North American youngsters exploded with 29 points in the third quarter to narrow the margin at 16-point mark. They got within just four points late in regulation but Spain stayed calm and rolled to the victory at the end. Albert Homs (199-F-94, agency: Interperformances) posted 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Guillermo Hernangomez (203-C-94) and Javier Marin (195-G-94) contributed 11 points each in the winning case. Stevie Clark (180-G-94) answered with 25 points for the USA. Austin Nichols (206-F-94) and Derek Willis (206-F-95) had 11 points apiece in defeat.

Spain U18: Ilimane Diop 18, Albert Homs 17, Guillermo Hernangomez 11, Javier Marin 11
USA U18: Stevie Clark 25, Austin Nichols 11, Derek Willis 11



Miller staying at Baylor to play as sophomore - by Eurobasket News

Quincy Miller-Scott (6'9''-F-92) has decided to stay at Baylor to play his sophomore season.

Miller, one of the Big 12's top freshmen last season, announced his decision Tuesday.

His announcement came a day after Perry Jones III said he was bypassing his final two seasons of eligibility with the Bears for early entry into the NBA draft after his sophomore season.

Jones last year skipped the chance to be Baylor's first one-and-done player. Miller had considered doing that this time.

Miller averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds while starting 35 of 37 games as Baylor advanced to the NCAA round of 16 for the second time in three seasons.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Duquesne hires Ferry as coach - by Eurobasket News

Jim Ferry, who led Long Island University to consecutive appearances in the NCAA tournament, is the new head men's basketball coach at Duquesne.

Ferry, 44, replaces Ron Everhart (agency: KMG Sports Management ), who was fired last month after six seasons at the Atlantic-10 school. According to a source close to the negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because terms were not released, Ferry agreed to a seven-year deal with an annual base of $600,000.

Ferry, a native of Elmont, N.Y., spent 10 seasons with the Blackbirds, and won the Northeast Conference Tournament title the past two seasons. In the last four years at the Brooklyn, N.Y., school, Ferry was 55-17. LIU had a couple of tough draws in the NCAA, losing, 89-67, to Michigan State this year, and dropping a 102-87 decision to North Carolina in 2011.

'Jim Ferry has been a winner at every level,' Duquesne athletic director Greg Amodio said. 'Through a combination of hard work, strong character and outstanding leadership, he experienced unprecedented success at LIU. I look forward to him using those same qualities to make his mark on the Duquesne basketball program. He is an aggressive recruiter whose teams are known for tough, physical play.

'Jim is the right fit for Duquesne right now.'

Everhart spent six seasons with the Dukes, went 99-89, and took the embattled program to postseason play three times. But questions began to surface last month, when three members of the team - including sophomore point guard T.J. McConnell, the team's best overall player - announced intentions to transfer.

Everhart's best season came in 2008-09, when the Dukes advanced to the Atlantic 10 tournament title game, before falling to Temple. They landed in the NIT that season, losing to Virginia Tech, and would go on to make a postseason tournament the next two years.

Duquesne finished 16-15 this season, and lost to UMass in the first round of the conference tournament.

Everhart was a Division I coach for 18 seasons, and received serious interest from Penn State last June, before withdrawing his name from consideration. The Dukes finished .500 or better in his last five seasons on the bench.

But McConnell's decision stunned the school. A Pittsburgh native who committed to Duquesne early in his high school career, McConnell averaged 34.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 9.1 assists while at Chartiers Valley High and was viewed as the key piece to continuing Duquesne's ascension in the conference.

As a freshman with the Dukes, he was as advertised. He started 30 games, averaging 10.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.8 steals. He was named 2011 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, as a result.

But McConnell, like most of the team, struggled at key times this season. He finished third on the team in scoring, at 11.4 points per game, and without a strong rebounding presence down low, the Dukes finished 7-9 in league play. Senior guard B.J. Monteiro led the team in rebounding at just 5.4 per game. That ranked 27th individually in the Atlantic 10.

In addition to McConnell, sophomore guard Mike Talley and freshman forward Danny Herrera also were granted releases from the team.

McConnell this week decided to transfer to Arizona, a team that defeated Duquesne, 67-59, this season.

Ferry is another in a long line of coaches to exit the NEC, traditionally known as a steppingstone conference, for a larger league. Last month, Wagner lost Dan Hurley to Rhode Island, like Duquesne, an A-10 school. And two years ago, Robert Morris lost Mike Rice to Rutgers of the Big East.

Ferry was 150-149 with the Blackbirds, after inheriting a team that went 5-22 the season before he arrived.

'I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to coach at Duquesne,' Ferry said. 'I look forward to the challenge of taking this program to the next level.'

Duquesne last made the NCAA tournament in 1977.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Zeller, Watford to return to IU - by Eurobasket News

Christian Watford (6'9''-F-91) and Cody Zeller (6'11''-F-92) will play basketball next season at Indiana.

The school made the announcement in a release Tuesday morning after both players considered leaving early for the NBA.

The return of Watford and Zeller means Indiana will have all five starters back from a team that reached the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament. Several publications have predicted Indiana to open as the preseason favorite next season.

Watford, who will be a senior, says he's returning to earn his degree and add another chapter to the Hoosiers' comeback from NCAA sanctions. He averaged 13.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in his first three seasons at Indiana.

Zeller averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds as a freshman and was an honorable mention All-American selection.

Courtesy of www.mydesert.com



Plumlee will return to Duke - by Eurobasket News

Despite indications that he could be a first-round pick in the NBA draft, Duke post player Mason Plumlee (6'10''-F-90) has decided to return to the Blue Devils for his senior season.

And his former coach at Christ School disagrees with that decision.

Plumlee, the 6-10, 235-pound forward and former Christ School standout, pondered leaving the program following his junior season after averaging 11.1 points and 9.2 rebounds last season.

Plumlee couldnt be reached for comment Tuesday.

David Gaines, his coach at Christ School, said he was surprised that the middle of three Plumlee brothers from Indiana who played for him and ended up at Duke didnt leave early for the NBA.

Hes gotten pretty good (information) from Miles agent (older brother Miles Plumlee, who finished his eligibility with Duke this season) and all but one source said he would be a first-round pick, said Gaines.

Last year I told him he shouldnt go, (but) in my opinion he should go now. I disagree with how (Duke) is using Mason as (primarily) a screen-setter, shot blocker and rebounder. ... If they are not going to develop him more as a total player, I think he should go to the NBA and learn that as a pro.

Several mock drafts have Plumee slotted as a late first-round selection. Draftexpress.com has him 26th in the first round, mynbadraft.com at No. 28.

First-round picks receive guaranteed, multiyear contracts. Second-round players dont get guaranteed deals.

Plumlees father told the Durham Herald-Sun that Mason agonized over the decision.

Its not an easy decision for Mason, said Perky Plumlee.

Hes well-regarded by NBA scouts. He actually is at a point where he would have a bright future with either direction (Duke or the NBA).

Gaines, who had at least one Plumlee on his roster for four of his five state title teams at Christ School, said a deciding factor about returning to Durham could have been Masons loyalty to the program.

I know hes had numerous meetings with the Duke staff, and hes really been conflicted, said Gaines. Its not a lack of confidence that he can play in the NBA, (but) I think he is a very loyal person who thinks he should finish what hes started.

I dont think coming back just so he can play with (younger brother Marshall) was an overriding factor in his decision.

Marshall, who also played at Christ School, sat out last season and will be a redshirt freshman for Duke this upcoming season.

Miles averaged 6.6 points and 7.1 rebounds while playing 20 minutes a game last season.

With Mason returning, Miles and freshman Austin Rivers are the only two players from the top nine in Dukes rotation who wont be back next season.

The Blue Devils finished 27-7 last season, 13-3 and in second place in the ACC.

Courtesy of www.citizen-times.com



Jeremy Lamb leaving UConn to enter NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92) has departed from UConn, declaring his intention to enter the NBA draft. Now the men's basketball program is waiting on Andre Drummond.

Lamb, having completed his sophomore season, ended what minimal suspense there was and announced through the school he was leaving. He is uncomfortable with media attention and declined to have a press conference.

'It was a difficult decision,' Lamb said in a statement released by UConn, 'but after much prayer and discussion with my parents, I feel that it's in the best interest of me and my family to declare myself eligible for the upcoming NBA draft and pursue my dream of playing professional basketball.

'I have very much enjoyed my two years at UConn, especially getting to experience one of the greatest feelings that a college player can have, winning the national championship.'

Now the men's basketball program is waiting on Drummond, who is from Middletown.

'Right now, I'm here, that's all that matters,' Drummond said as he walked out of Gampel Pavilion at 5 p.m. 'I'm working on my game. I'm heading to class right now.'

Although industry sources anticipate that Drummond, who just completed his freshman season, will enter the draft and may have already decided to do so, he remains non-committal. He has until April 29 to decide to go to the NBA.

'And I may not even make a decision then,' he said, meaning he could stay. But since he is projected as a top-10 draft choice, the guaranteed $4 million to $6 million he could make over the next two years would be very tough to turn down.

Even though Lamb's sophomore season was somewhat disappointing compared to preseason expectations he was an AP Preseason All-American, but honorable mention on the postseason squad he attracted attention from scouts all season and various experts have had him going anywhere from fifth to 14th in the June draft.

He averaged 17.7 points, scoring 30 against Columbia on Nov. 11 and 32 against Villanova on Feb. 20. Lamb, 19, from Norcross, Ga., started every game, scored in double figures 31 times and led the Huskies in scoring 17 times. He is the sixth sophomore in school history to reach 1,000 career points.

In many games, though, he seemed hesitant to take his shot and did not seem to click with point guard Shabazz Napier. Also, UConn often had trouble scoring inside, allowing defenses to focus more on Lamb's perimeter shooting.

Lamb and his father, Rolando, who was drafted by the Pistons in 1985, spoke with UConn coach Jim Calhoun last Friday and the decision was all but made. Lamb is the 14th UConn player under Calhoun to leave school early to enter the NBA draft.

'It's never easy to lose a great player from your program, but Jeremy has a unique opportunity that he needs to take advantage of,' Calhoun said. 'He's been a great kid to coach for the past two years. His teams have won 52 games, been to two NCAA Tournaments, and won a national championship. I look forward to him developing into a terrific player in the NBA and secondly, as he's promised me, to come back and finish his degree.'

Lamb will not play another game for UConn, but his academic work becomes important to the future of the program. If he remains academically eligible to play through the end of the spring semester, the basketball team will not lose a point toward its Academic Progress Rate (APR) score for the year. If he does come back and completes his degree, the program would earn a bonus APR point. Drummond, who is not on scholarship, would not affect UConn's APR score in any event.

'I have learned a lot, both on and off the basketball court as well as in the classroom,' Lamb said. 'And I feel as if I'm ready to take the next step in my basketball career. I intend to successfully complete the current semester academically as I get prepared for the draft.

'I want to thank God for blessing me with the ability to play this great game. I want to thank Coach Calhoun for giving me the opportunity to play at UConn and I want to thank the entire coaching staff and all my teammates for helping me improve enough to hopefully be successful at the next level.'

Lamb played a critical role in UConn's run to the 2011 championship, averaging 16.2 points and shooting 58 percent in the NCAA Tournament. He scored 24 against San Diego State in the Round of 16.

'I am proud that I will always be part of the Connecticut basketball family,' he said.

Drummond, 6-10, decided to come to UConn on Aug. 26 and arrived with great expectations. He proved to be a talented athlete but raw basketball player, averaging 10 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots. He reached double figures in points and rebounds in the same game nine times, a UConn freshman record.

Because of his rare combination of size and speed, Drummond is expected to be a high draft pick and a developmental project. Drummond and his family have had several discussions with Calhoun and the UConn coaches.

UConn, now all but certain to be ineligible for the NCAA Tournament in 2013 because of sub-par APR scores, has lost starting power forward Alex Oriakhi, who is transferring, and Lamb. If the Huskies lose Drummond, their front court would be thin and inexperienced.

Courtesy of www.courant.com



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Standings

D1 Standings
 1. AS 6km 0-0
 2. CS Poindimie 0-0
 3. Faka Ilo Kava 0-0
 4. JSVDT 0-0
 5. MDBC 0-0



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Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Apr. 9: Bay Hawks - OceanaGold N. 99-76
Apr. 11: Auckland P. - Hub Jets 96-83
Apr. 13: OceanaGold N. - Bay Hawks
Apr. 13: Wellington S. - Nelson G.
Apr. 14: Southland S. - Bay Hawks
Apr. 14: Hub Jets - Nelson G.


Mannheim 2012: Israel rally past New Zealand - by Eurobasket News

Israel U18 - New Zealand U18 100:66

Israel opened the second stage of Albert Schweitzer Tournament with victory. They cruised past New Zealand to 2-0 record in Group G. New Zealand fell at 0-2 after the loss. Yaniv Solomon (196-F-94) accounted for 20 points and 13 rebounds to pace Israel.
Israeli youngsters got to a flying start. They unloaded 30 points in the first term to build a 12-point advantage. Israel kept New Zealand at distance throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 53:30 halftime lead. The Kiwis managed to straighten their game in the third period. They narrowed the margin to 18 points with one quarter to go. But Israel were back in control in the final stanza. They erupted for 31 points and drove to the win. Maayan Shraga (191-G-94) had 19 points, while Rafael Menco (198-F-94) added 15 points in the victory. Tai Jack Webster (183-G-95) responded with 19 points for New Zealand. Reuben Te Rangi (201-F-94) produced 10 points in the loss.

Israel U18: Yaniv Solomon 20+13 boards, Maayan Shraga 19, Rafael Menco 15
New Zealand U18: Tai Jack Webster 19, Reuben Te Rangi 10



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  NIGERIA   


Rowe Park comes alive as 14 youth teams jostle for LSBBA Classics - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The basketball club of the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Yaba Lagos will be a beehive of activities as the Lagos State Basketball Association stage a 2-Day Basketball Classics aimed at discovering and nurturing basketball talents from the grass-root.

The 2-Day action packed event open tomorrow (Thursday) with fourteen youth teams in the men and women categories drawn from across the state.

The event according to the 4-man organizing committee of the LSBBA will feature eight teams in the Men category and six in the women.

The eight men team are divided into two equal groups of four teams each while the women group is made up of three teams per group.

Preliminary round of the classics will be decided Thursday while the semi finals, third place and grand finale hold Friday with a mixture an exhibition game by two U14 teams.

Some of the Thursday fixtures will see Eko Fliers taking on Freedom Rains; Customs Versus Hope 4 Girls in the women cadre while Eko Fliers will do battle against Warlords; Raptors will take to the floor against Warriors Academy; Police Rookies versus UNILAG International School and Lagos Flames battling it out against Bounce 9ja in the men category.

According to the technical director of the LSBBA, Gbade Olatona, the 2-Day Classics is aimed at jump-starting competitive basketball activities of the association in view of the huge programmes ahead of the association.


F
ull Schedule:


Women
Eko Fliers Versus Freedom Rains
Customs Versus Hope 4 Girls
Freedom Rains Versus Police Rookies
Lagos Flames Versus Customs
Eko Fliers Versus Police Rookies
Hope 4 Girls Versus Lagos Flames
Men
Eko Fliers Versus Warlords
Raptors Versus Warriors Academy
Police Rookies Versus ISL
Lagos Flames Versus Bounce 9ja
Police Rookies Versus Eko Fliers
Lagos Flames Versus Warriors Academy
Warlords Versus ISL
Raptors Versus Bounce 9ja
ISL Versus Eko Fliers
Warriors Academy Versus Bounce 9ja
Police Rookies Versus Warlords
Lagos Flames Versus Raptors




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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


British Basketball announce Men's roster - by Eurobasket News

British Basketball today unveiled their strongest ever preliminary Standard Life GB Men's squad consisting of 21 hopefuls looking for a place in London 2012, including three NBA players and a notable presence of young talent making the grade.

NBA stars Luol Deng (206-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) (Chicago Bulls), Ben Gordon (188-G-83, college: Connecticut) (Detroit Pistons) and Byron Mullens (213-C-89, college: Ohio St.) (Charlotte Bobcats) have all confirmed their availability and commitment to pull on the GB jersey this summer.

Although it will be the first time Gordon and Mullens have been available to play for GB, Deng has long been a prominent and consistent figure in the squad since 2007 when he helped the side qualify for Division A basketball for the first time since 1981. In 2011 he provided a timely reminder of his talent at EuroBasket in Lithuania where he averaged a huge 24.6 points per game and 9.4 rebounds, coming second overall in the tournament for double-doubles.

Gordon has voiced his desire to be part of the British Basketball programme for a number of years, and visited the team during the 2011 EuroBasket qualifiers but has yet to step on court for his country, primarily as a result of some unfortunate injuries. Today's announcement confirms his commitment to the side; Gordon commented: 'I am very excited to pull on the GB jersey this summer and play for my country. To be invited into camp is the first step in that journey and I am immensely proud to have the opportunity.

'I am totally committed to playing with the Standard Life GB team this year and look forward to being part of the squad hoping to make 2012 a year to remember for British basketball fans.'

Also returning to action for GB is power forward, Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington), who is having a brilliant season in Turkey with Besiktas. He is averaging a huge 30 minutes per game and 18.3 points. Pops has helped his team to National Cup glory as well as to the EuroChallenge final four. Joining him in the preliminary GB squad, and hoping to be part of the team's training camp in Houston this summer are established national team players Joel Freeland (208-F-87) and Robert Archibald (212-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) who have also enjoyed fantastic seasons in Spain's top flight and will be aiming for a final berth in Finch's squad.

With today's announcement, Finch has once again shown his belief in the wealth of young players that have been working their way up through GB's performance pathway. 2011 alumni, Kyle Johnson (195-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn), Andrew Lawrence (187-G-90), Alex Marcotullio (190-G-91), Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances) and Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93) also make it into the preliminary squad and will want to demonstrate their credentials on the big stage.

British Basketball's 2011 Emerging Athlete of the Year, Van Oostrum, played a personal tournament-high 23 minutes against Spain in the EuroBasket finals in Lithuania, and will be hoping to emulate this on the Olympic stage.

Former Under 20 player, Ovie Soko (203-F-91), is also included in the preliminary squad. Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, college: Wash.Adventist) who plays with Prievidza in Slovakia is a new addition to the roster; he has been twice Defensive Player of the Year in his stints with teams in both Hungary and Cyprus and could prove to be a fascinating prospect among the initial players invited into camp.

Standard Life GB head coach, Finch commented: 'The GB basketball programme has come a long way since 2006 and the blend we have now of experienced talent with the younger guys is fantastic to see. We have the potential for a world class team who will surprise a few people this summer. The commitment from all our players to the programme once again is great and it's also good to see our strength and depth continuing to increase year on year.'

The preliminary squad of 21 players will be cut down to 16 at the beginning of May with two additional places available for GB Futures squad members. The final roster of 12 players heading to the Olympic Games this summer will then be announced early in July when the team returns to the UK from preparation camp in the USA.


Full details of the 21 players in the preliminary squad are:
Name Home Nation Club
Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) Scotland Manresa, Spain
Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Bonaventure) England APOEL, Cyprus
Robert Archibald Scotland Zaragoza, Spain
Eric Boateng (208-C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona St.) England Peristeri, Greece
Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington) England Hacettepe, Turkey
Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) England Estudiantes, Spain
Luol Deng England Chicago Bulls, USA
Joel Freeland England Unicaja, Spain
Ben Gordon England Detroit Pistons, USA
Kyle Johnson England APOEL, Cyprus
Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) England CEZ Nymburk, Czech Republic
Andrew Lawrence England College of Charleston, USA
Alex Marcotullio Scotland Northwestern University, USA
Pops Mensah-Bonsu England Besiktas, Turkey
Byron Mullens England Charlotte Bobcats, USA
Sullivan Phillips England Prievidza, Slovakia
Nathan Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.) England Sheffield Sharks
Ryan Richards England unattached
Ovie Soko England University of Alabama-Birmingham, USA
Andrew Sullivan England Leicester Riders
Devon Van Oostrum England Tarragona, Spain

Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk



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  PALESTINE   

Standings - Men

PBBA Standings
 1. De La Salle 8-1 
 2. Ibdaa D. 8-1 
 3. Sarriyet 7-2 
 4. Beit Sahour 7-2 
 5. Hiteen 6-3 
 6. Orthodox R. 4-5 
 7. Beit Jala 4-5 
 8. Berzeit Club 4-5 
 9. Bethlehem 3-6 
 10. Rameen 2-7 
 11. Al Ahli 1-8 
 12. Ebal 0-9 



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  PBL   


Drive and RazorSharks set for championship Game 1 Thursday - by Eurobasket News

The Central Division Champion Central Illinois Drive, presented by Sonic, will play the Rochester RazorSharks this week for the PBL Championship. It all starts with Game 1 in Rochester on Thursday night at 6:05 pm. Then the two teams will return to Bloomington for game 2 and 3 if necessary. The Drive are the #1 seed after finishing the Regular season 18-1 and winning the Central Division.

Rochester went 17-2 and won the East to take the #2 seed. This was a matchup that many saw coming halfway through the season. The league's two best teams will now face-off for the big prize.

The Drive swept the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Steamers last week in round 1 to advance to the PBL Championship Series. Game 1 at Scranton was all Drive. Both teams showed their offensive muscle early but eventually the Drive stretched the gap and won 132-103. In game 2 the Steamers stayed with the Drive in the opening quarter but then Central Illinois took off with a 44 point 2nd quarter. Most of the 2nd half was spent playing solid defense and capitalizing on turnovers. The Drive won 125-108 to advance to the PBL Championship Series.

For most of the season the RazorSharks were in second place behind the Drive because Central Illinois was unbeaten and Rochester had lost one game to. Then when the Drive lost to Sauk Valley the two teams were tied. Things untied with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Steamers beat the RazorSharks on April 1 by a score of 120-117 at Rochester. These two were only lost a combined three games. Now they get to test their skills against each other. Rochester has a history of championships, winning four championships in their six year history. In year seven they square off with Central Illinois.

The Drive are in their first season looking for their first title.



Series Recap

Game 1: Drive at Rochester April 12, 6:05 pm CDT

Game 2: Rochester at Drive April 14, 7:05 pm CDT

*Game 3: Rochester at Drive April 15, 4:05 pm CDT

(*if necessary)

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Drive time changed for possible third game - by Eurobasket News

There has been an adjustment in the time schedule for the Central Illinois Drives Premier Basketball League championship series against the Rochester (N.Y.) RazorSharks.

If a third game is necessary in the best-of-3 series, it would tip off at 4:05 p.m. Sunday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum, not 7:05 as previously announced by the league.

The series opens at 6:05 p.m. Thursday at Rochester, with game two set for 7:05 p.m. Saturday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.

Central Illinois eliminated Scranton/W-B in the Semifinals. It was a perfect 2-0 win in the series.

Courtesy of www.pantagraph.com



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  POLAND   

Standings - DBE

PLK Standings
Group A
 1. Asseco Prokom 7-2 
 2. Trefl Sopot 6-3 
 3. Zastal ZG 6-3 
 4. Anwil 4-5 
 5. Energa Czarni 2-7 
 6. PGE Turow 2-7 
Group B
 1. Slask Wroclaw 24-13 
 2. AZS Koszalin 21-16 
 3. Kotwica 18-19 
 4. Siarka Jezioro 16-21 
 5. Polpharma 14-22 
 6. AZS PW 11-25 
 7. PBG Basket 11-26 
 8. LKS Lodz 7-30 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 9

Group A

Apr. 11: Zastal ZG - Trefl Sopot 90-81
Apr. 11: Asseco Prokom - PGE Turow 85-65
Apr. 11: Anwil - Energa Czarni 71-55

Group B

Apr. 11: Slask Wroclaw - Siarka Jezioro 90-80
Apr. 11: PBG Basket - LKS Lodz 88-94
Apr. 11: AZS PW - Polpharma 88-83
Apr. 11: AZS Koszalin - Kotwica 85-68

Second Stage: Round 10

Group A

Apr. 15: Energa Czarni - Zastal ZG
Apr. 15: PGE Turow - Anwil
Apr. 15: Trefl Sopot - Asseco Prokom

Group B

Apr. 15: Kotwica - PBG Basket
Apr. 15: Polpharma - AZS Koszalin
Apr. 15: Siarka Jezioro - AZS PW
Apr. 15: LKS Lodz - Slask Wroclaw


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG18.6 
 2. Corbett, Siarka J.16.1 
 3. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.9 
 4. Miller, Siarka J.15.8 
 5. Micic, PBG Basket15.8 
 6. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 7. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.4 
 8. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
 9. Brown, Kotwica15.2 
 10. Kickert, PGE Turow15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Harris, Kotwica11.5 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG10.2 
 3. Dluski, LKS Lodz8.1 
 4. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 5. Archibeque, Zastal7.4 
 6. Eziukwu, AZS K.7.4 
 7. Simmons, Polpharma7.3 
 8. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.2 
 9. Doaks, Siarka J.7.1 
 10. Bartosz, PBG Bas.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Skibniewski, Slask7.4 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.0 
 3. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.2 
 4. Wilczek, AZS P.5.2 
 5. Milicic, AZS K.5.0 
 6. Moore, PGE Turow4.9 
 7. Miller, Siarka J.4.7 
 8. Burrell, Energa C.4.6 
 9. Micic, PBG Basket4.5 
 10. Sapp, Kotwica4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Szubarga, Anwil1.8 
 2. Skibniewski, Slask1.6 
 3. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.4 
 5. Kinnard, Anwil1.4 
 6. Brown, Kotwica1.4 
 7. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 8. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 9. Nikolic, PBG Basket1.4 
 10. Tiller, Siarka J.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eziukwu, AZS K.1.8 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 3. Kesicki, Kotwica1.4 
 4. Harris, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.2 
 6. Morrison, Energa C.1.2 
 7. Karnowski, Siarka1.1 
 8. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 9. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.1 
 10. Doaks, Siarka J.1.0 


2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub KAROLAK
  Novum Lublin
  (196-G/F-93)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Karolak, Novum Lub.21.8 
 2. Kuczynski, Tur B.20.4 
 3. Kowalewski, AZS U.20.3 
 4. Peciak, MKS L.20.2 
 5. Lapinski, Zyrardow.19.8 
 6. Sobilo, Pulaski Wa.19.7 
 7. Swiech, MKS S.19.4 
 8. Ejsmont, GKK G.18.6 
 9. Zurawski, Open F.18.4 
 10. Majewski, PWiK P.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mateusz SZWED
  Zyrardow.
  (197-C-91)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Szwed, Zyrardow.12.8 
 2. Zabielski, Tur B.12.1 
 3. Cygan, Unia Tarnow10.8 
 4. Niedzwiedzki, WKK10.4 
 5. Mis, Handlopex AZS10.3 
 6. Kwandrans, MKS L.10.2 
 7. Fras, Trefl I.9.8 
 8. Kuczynski, Tur B.9.4 
 9. Zurawski, Open F.9.3 
 10. Kowalewski, AZS U.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.11.2 
 2. Wluczynski, Ksieza.6.7 
 3. Hybiak, AZS P.6.6 
 4. Paszkiewicz, PWiK6.4 
 5. Jarosz, MKS S.5.8 
 6. Grzelinski, WKK O.5.4 
 7. Gospodarek, Novum5.4 
 8. Rapucha, Tur B.5.4 
 9. Kindlik, MKS L.5.3 
 10. Lipinski, Nysa K.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 5
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.5.0 
 2. Rapucha, Tur B.4.4 
 3. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.4.3 
 4. Jarosz, MKS S.4.2 
 5. Misztela, UMKS P.4.0 
 6. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.8 
 7. Chojecki, Zyrardow.3.8 
 8. Adamczyk, Pulaski3.8 
 9. Wrobel, GTK G.3.5 
 10. Hybiak, AZS P.3.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomasz ZYCH
  Unia Tarnow
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.0 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.8 
 3. Szewczyk, Unia T.2.3 
 4. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.2 
 5. Fediuk, UKS S.2.2 
 6. Misztela, UMKS P.2.2 
 7. Labedz, Rosa I.2.2 
 8. Kunc, Staco M.2.2 
 9. Szwed, Zyrardow.2.1 
 10. Bojko, Wilki Mors.2.1 


2Liga Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Group A
AZS PP Poznan - Korsarz Gdansk 104-66

The game without a history. AZS PP Poznan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Korsarz Gdansk's 34. AZS PP Poznan forced 25 Korsarz Gdansk turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. AZS PP Poznan brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-PG-89) nailed 22 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and guard Tomasz Baszak (182-82) accounted for 14 points. The former international guard Bartosz Sarzalo (197-83) came up with 14 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and forward Marcin Chudy (200-86) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Korsarz Gdansk 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:
AZS PP Poznan: P.Hybiak 22+6reb+9ast, P.Stankiewicz 17+2reb+1ast, T.Baszak 14+4reb+2ast, P.Ziolkowski 9+2reb, T.Gierwazik 8+1reb+2ast, K.Rzeczkowski 6+3reb+1ast
Korsarz Gdansk: M.Chudy 15+5reb+1ast, B.Sarzalo 14+7reb+2ast, J.Zalucki 14+3reb+4ast, P.Renkiel 8+5reb, M.Skiba 4+1reb, J.Golebiewski 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 173668


Open Florentyna - KK Swiecie 108-67

It looked good early as KK Swiecie took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Open Florentyna took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 41 points. They shot 66.2 percent from the field. Open Florentyna outrebounded KK Swiecie 39-23 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Open Florentyna players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by KK Swiecie's players. Power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Marcin Stoklosa (188-77) accounted for 16 points and 14 assists. Five Open Florentyna players scored in double figures. Open Florentyna's coach Andrzej Kowalczyk felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Piotr Robak (192-91) came up with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Mikolaj Grod (194-89) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for KK Swiecie in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Open Florentyna: W.Zurawski 22+12reb+2ast, S.Buczyniak 20+3reb+1ast, M.Stoklosa 16+1reb+14ast, R.Niesobski 14+1reb+2ast, K.Debski 10+10reb+2ast, K.Michalek 10+3reb+2ast
KK Swiecie: P.Robak 21+5reb+4ast, M.Grod 13+5reb+1ast, S.Galecki 12+4reb, Z.Malinowski 9+2reb+3ast, K.Kowalski 6+3reb, T.Herman 5+3reb
gschID: 173665


Astoria Bydg. - Zuraw Gniewno 71-70

The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 19-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Astoria Bydg. made 9 blocks. Guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) fired 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Adam Szopinski (190-89) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Marcin Wilk (202-77) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and forward Lukasz Zimniewicz (192-79) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Zuraw Gniewno players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: A.Szopinski 21+6reb+2ast, M.Bierwagen 17+9reb+4ast, P.Lewandowski 12+4reb+7ast, S.Laydych 9+6reb+1ast, P.Rapalski 6+3reb, W.Pagacz 2+5reb
Zuraw Gniewno: P.Pawlowski 15+3reb+1ast, L.Zimniewicz 13+5reb+3ast, P.Strychalski 12+4reb+4ast, M.Wilk 11+11reb+2ast, D.Grujic 6+6reb, B.Kobus 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 173666


Ksiezak Lowicz - AZS UWM Olsz. 108-84

The game without a history. Ksiezak Lowicz led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Ksiezak Lowicz forced 23 AZS UWM Olsz. turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 15 blocks. Guard Bartosz Wluczynski (176-88) nailed 21 points and 6 assists for the winning side and guard Damian Janiak (191-89) accounted for 21 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Pawel Spica (185-93) came up with 22 points and 4 assists and Marcin Kowalewski (200-86) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for AZS UWM Olsz. in the defeat. 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.
Top scorers:
Ksiezak Lowicz: B.Wluczynski 21+1reb+6ast, D.Janiak 21+5reb+2ast, T.Nogalski 19+6reb+2ast, K.Kromer 19+6reb+2ast, A.Rajkowski 9+10reb, R.Wojciechowski 7+3reb+2ast
AZS UWM Olsz.: P.Spica 22+3reb+4ast, M.Kowalewski 14+7reb+2ast, J.Chojnacki 12+4reb+5ast, J.Andrusiewicz 12+4reb, K.Obarek 9+1reb+1ast, K.Kawalek 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 173667


Group B
Pogon Prudnik - WKK Obiekty 83-42

Pogon Prudnik dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to WKK Obiekty's 30. Pogon Prudnik forced 19 WKK Obiekty turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 12 blocks. Swingman Marcin Lakis (196-80) nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and forward Jaroslaw Pawlowski (194-80) accounted for 21 points and 6 rebounds. Center Bartlomiej Bojko (202-92) came up with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Artur Suchodolski (192-94) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively for WKK Obiekty 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:
Pogon Prudnik: M.Lakis 23+5reb+2ast, J.Pawlowski 21+6reb+1ast, K.Bolibrzuch 9+6reb+2ast, S.Kucia 8+2reb+4ast, B.Trytek 8, J.Oleksy 6+1reb+3ast
WKK Obiekty: B.Bojko 12+7reb+1ast, A.Suchodolski 7+6reb+2ast, T.Jozefiak 6+1reb, N.Zuber 4+2reb+1ast, D.Martyniak 4+1reb, A.Mazur 4+1reb
gschID: 173672


BM Wegiel Stal - AZS AGH Alstom 85-66

The game was mostly controlled by BM Wegiel Stal. AZS AGH Alstom was better in second period 26-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BM Wegiel Stal dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to AZS AGH Alstom's 40. BM Wegiel Stal brought some defensive toughness making 14 blocks. Forward Jakub Dryjanski (201-82) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and the former international forward Tomasz Cielebak (203-76, college: Marist, agency: Limelight Hoops) accounted for 10 points and 8 rebounds. Tomasz Orlicki (188-89) came up with 17 points and power forward Lukasz Pajak (205-86) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for AZS AGH Alstom in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BM Wegiel Stal: M.Kalowski 16+1ast, J.Dryjanski 16+12reb+1ast, W.Szawarski 10+4reb+5ast, T.Cielebak 10+8reb+1ast, L.Olejnik 9+4reb, M.Zebski 8+2reb+1ast
AZS AGH Alstom: T.Orlicki 17+3reb, L.Warmuz 14+1reb+4ast, L.Pajak 12+8reb, M.Hajduk 10+6reb+2ast, K.Kolber 6+1ast, P.Gworek 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 173670


AZS AWF K-ce - Alba Chorzow 105-103

AZS AWF K-ce made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Alba Chorzow turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Alba Chorzow's players. AZS AWF K-ce brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Mateusz Dziemba (194-92) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 assists. Forward Kamil Nowak (196-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Forward Tomasz Gembus (198-87) answered with 26 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Adam Spychala (197-84) added 19 points in the effort for Alba Chorzow. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Alba Chorzow's coach Rafal Sobecki rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
AZS AWF K-ce: M.Dziemba 27+4reb+5ast, K.Nowak 23+13reb, M.Ecka 13+3reb+6ast, P.Jurczynski 12+1reb+4ast, T.Milewski 11+6reb+2ast, D.Tokarski 8+3reb+3ast
Alba Chorzow: T.Gembus 26+5reb+1ast, A.Spychala 19+4reb+3ast, L.Wojcik 15+6reb+1ast, M.Weselak 13+5reb, P.Podbial 10+5reb+1ast, K.Tyborowski 9+1reb
gschID: 173671


Slask II W. - GTK Gliwice 93-51

The game without a history. Slask II W. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to GTK Gliwice's 26. Slask II W. forced 25 GTK Gliwice turnovers and had a 26-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 16 blocks. The former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winning side and the former international power forward Miroslaw Lopatka (213-77) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Slask II W. players scored in double figures. Forward Przemyslaw Malona (198-85) came up with 5 points and 13 rebounds and power forward Lukasz Nawrot (200-83) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for GTK Gliwice 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:
Slask II W.: R.Hyzy 24+10reb+5ast, A.Grygiel 18+2reb, M.Lopatka 17+7reb+3ast, P.Bochenkiewicz 13+6reb, M.Platek 6+4reb+1ast, N.Kulon 6+2reb+3ast
GTK Gliwice: T.Wrobel 11+2reb+1ast, L.Nawrot 9+7reb, T.Stankala 8+4reb, K.Leszczynski 8, D.Kubista 5+1ast, P.Malona 5+13reb
gschID: 173669


Group C
Tur Bielsk Pdl. - Novum Lublin 81-85

The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-81. Novum Lublin made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Tur Bielsk Pdl. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Novum Lublin made 8 blocks. Swingman Jakub Karolak (196-93) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for the winners and point guard Michael Gospodarek (186-91) chipped in 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the losing side forward Lukasz Kuczynski (194-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Aaron Weres (196-91) scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Four Novum Lublin and five Tur Bielsk Pdl. players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Novum Lublin: J.Karolak 30+11reb+1ast, M.Gospodarek 25+7reb+2ast, P.Bajtus 14+6reb, B.Karolak 12+1reb+3ast, B.Ciechocinski 2, M.Wisniewski 2+9reb
Tur Bielsk Pdl.: L.Kuczynski 24+11reb+4ast, A.Weres 20+7reb, P.Brzozowski 11+4reb+1ast, A.Zabielski 11+8reb+2ast, M.Rapucha 10+6reb+8ast, M.Wysocki 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 173675


Handlopex AZS - MKS Limbach 90-66

The game was mostly controlled by Handlopex AZS. MKS Limbach was better in fourth quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Handlopex AZS dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to MKS Limbach's 32. They outrebounded MKS Limbach 46-25 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Handlopex AZS players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by MKS Limbach's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Power forward Marek Osiniak (200-80) nailed 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and forward Mikolaj Sowa (198-85) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Handlopex AZS players scored in double figures. Handlopex AZS's coach Mariusz Michalczyk felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Andrzej Peciak (195-78) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and point guard Wojciech Rykala (180-76) added 13 points respectively for MKS Limbach in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Handlopex AZS: M.Sowa 16+6reb+1ast, M.Osiniak 15+9reb+5ast, J.Musijowski 13+2reb+2ast, P.Mis 10+8reb+2ast, Z.Dolinski 10+5reb+2ast, K.Banys 8+1reb+1ast
MKS Limbach: A.Peciak 21+10reb, W.Rykala 13+3reb+2ast, M.Strzelec 6, P.Kindlik 6+2reb+3ast, J.Dudek 6+2reb, W.Hasior 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 173676


PWiK Piaseczno - Rosa II Radom 93-60

The game without a history. PWiK Piaseczno led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Rosa II Radom's 34. PWiK Piaseczno forced 20 Rosa II Radom turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Rosa II Radom's players. PWiK Piaseczno brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. Center Wojciech Bocianowski (206-86, college: Caldwell) nailed 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Andrzej Paszkiewicz (180-79) accounted for 16 points and 6 assists. Four PWiK Piaseczno players scored in double figures. Guard Pawel Piros (180-88) came up with 16 points and Dominik Wolczynski (-90) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Rosa II Radom in the defeat. 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.
Top scorers:
PWiK Piaseczno: W.Bocianowski 20+4reb, A.Paszkiewicz 16+2reb+6ast, D.Zapert 13+6reb+4ast, D.Majewski 13+2reb+2ast, M.Wojtynski 9+2reb, T.Borkowski 7+5reb+2ast
Rosa II Radom: P.Piros 16+3ast, D.Wolczynski 9+5reb+2ast, L.Sobuta 7+5reb, K.Labedz 7+4reb+1ast, K.Michalski 6+1reb, M.Zweglinski 4+1ast
gschID: 173673


UMKS Kielce - Wisla AWF Kr. 77-64

Wisla AWF Kr. was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 30-16 charge of UMKS Kielce, which allowed them to win the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Guard Artur Busz (194-88) nailed 32 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winning side and swingman Marcin Wrobel (200-87) accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jakub Dwernicki (180-86) came up with 20 points and 6 steals (made all of his eight free throws) and forward Szymon Czepiec (197-88) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Wisla AWF Kr. in the defeat.
Top scorers:
UMKS Kielce: A.Busz 32+9reb+3ast, M.Wrobel 12+10reb+1ast, L.Fafara 10+4reb+6ast, H.Makuch 8+4ast, J.Lewandowski 7+1reb, P.Bacik 6+5reb+2ast
Wisla AWF Kr.: J.Dwernicki 20+4reb+2ast, S.Czepiec 12+10reb, K.Pilch 11+2reb+2ast, D.Depta 6+4reb+1ast, P.Czepczyk 5+4reb+1ast, G.Radwan 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 173674



PLK Round 9 (Second Stage): Zastal ZG beats Trefl Sopot in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in PLK.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Zielona Gora. Third ranked Zastal ZG faced second-best Trefl Sopot. Host Zastal ZG (6-3) defeated guests from Sopot (6-3) 90-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Trefl Sopot. Trefl Sopot was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 28-14 charge of Zastal ZG, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Ivorian-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) who scored 19 points and 5 assists. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) who recorded 25 points. Zastal ZG moved-up to second place in Group A, which they share with defeated Trefl Sopot. Zastal ZG is looking forward to face Energa Czarni (#5) in Slupsk in the next round. Trefl Sopot will play at home against the league's leader Asseco Prokom in Gdynia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Wroclaw. First ranked Slask Wroclaw faced 4th placed Siarka Jezioro. Host Slask Wroclaw (24-13) defeated guests from Tarnobrzeg (16-21) 90-80. It was a good game for American-Puerto Rican guard Paul Graham (196-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Aleksandar Mladenovic contributed with 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Slask Wroclaw's coach Miodrag Rajkovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-87, college: Chattanooga, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for Siarka Jezioro. Slask Wroclaw have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Slask Wroclaw maintains first place in Group B with 24-13 record. Siarka Jezioro at the other side keeps the fourth position with 21 games lost. Slask Wroclaw will play against LKS Sphinx (#8) in Lodz in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Siarka Jezioro will play at home against AZS Politechnika Warszawska (#6) in Warszawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Koszalin. Second ranked AZS Koszalin faced 3rd placed Kotwica. Host AZS Koszalin (21-16) defeated guests from Kolobrzeg (18-19) 85-68. Marcin Dutkiewicz stepped up and scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. AZS Koszalin's coach Andrej Urlep used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Oded Brandwein with 20 points and 6 assists. AZS Koszalin have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group B with 21-16 record having just three points less than leader Slask Wroclaw. Loser Kotwica keeps the third position with 19 games lost. AZS Koszalin will meet Polpharma (#5) in the next round. Kotwica will play against PBG Basket in Poznan and hope to secure a win.
Leader Asseco Prokom delivered the seventh victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked PGE Turow (2-7) 85-65 in Gdynia. Adam Hrycaniuk nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Asseco Prokom. Defending champion maintains first place in Group A with 7-2 record. PGE Turow at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Asseco Prokom's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Trefl Sopot on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. PGE Turow will play against Anwil in Wloclawek and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Warszawa was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Polpharma (14-22) played at the court of seventh ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (11-25). AZS Politechnika Warszawska managed to secure a 5-point victory 88-83 on Wednesday. The best player for the winners was Lukasz Wilczek who scored 14 points and 9 assists. AZS Politechnika Warszawska moved-up to sixth place in Group B. Loser Polpharma keeps the fifth position with 22 games lost. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will face higher ranked Siarka Jezioro (#4) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Polpharma will play at home against the league's second-placed AZS Koszalin.

In the last two games of round 9 In Group A Energa Czarni was defeated by Anwil in Wloclawek 71-55.
In Group B PBG Basket was beaten by LKS Lodz at home 88-94.
The best stats of 9th round was 28 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists by Jessie Sapp of Kotwica.


Group A
Asseco Prokom - PGE Turow 85-65

Leader Asseco Prokom delivered the seventh victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked PGE Turow (2-7) 85-65 in Gdynia. The game without a history. Asseco Prokom led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Asseco Prokom outrebounded PGE Turow 36-23 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. International center Adam Hrycaniuk (206-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Alti Sport) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Lithuanian power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 11 points and 9 rebounds. Australian-Dutch center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) came up with 11 points and American guard David Jackson (193-86, college: W.Illinois) added 8 points respectively for PGE Turow in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Asseco Prokom. Defending champion maintains first place in Group A with 7-2 record. PGE Turow at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Asseco Prokom's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Trefl Sopot on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. PGE Turow will play against Anwil in Wloclawek and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prokom: A.Hrycaniuk 14+11reb+3ast, L.Seweryn 12+1reb, D.Motiejunas 11+9reb, J.Blassingame 9+3reb+5ast, P.Szczotka 8+1reb+3ast, R.Witka 8+2reb+2ast
PGE Turow: D.Kickert 11+4reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 10+2reb, A.Cel 9+1reb, D.Kulig 9+1reb, D.Jackson 8+4reb+1ast, M.Chylinski 7+1reb
gschID: 169053


Anwil - Energa Czarni 71-55

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Energa Czarni's (2-7) road loss to fourth ranked Anwil (4-5) 55-71 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-55. The best player for the winners was international guard Dardan Berisha (192-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) who scored 25 points and 5 rebounds. The former international guard Krzysztof Szubarga (182-84) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Anwil's coach Krzysztof Szablowski used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) who recorded 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Canadian center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St.) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Anwil maintains fourth place in Group A with 4-5 record. Energa Czarni lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Anwil will face PGE Turow (#6) in Zgorzelec in the next round. Energa Czarni will play at home against Zastal ZG in Zielona Gora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anwil: D.Berisha 25+5reb+1ast, K.Szubarga 12+5reb+4ast, J.Allen 11+6reb+2ast, C.Edwards 9+1reb+1ast, S.Hajric 6+5reb, N.Lewis 5+2reb
Energa Czarni: S.Burrell 13+9reb+4ast, M.Cesnauskis 12+2ast, P.Leonczyk 8+3reb, S.Morrison 8+7reb, Z.Bialek 7+3reb+2ast, K.Roszyk 5+4reb
gschID: 169054


Zastal ZG - Trefl Sopot 90-81

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Zielona Gora. Third ranked Zastal ZG faced second-best Trefl Sopot. Host Zastal ZG (6-3) defeated guests from Sopot (6-3) 90-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Trefl Sopot. Trefl Sopot was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 28-14 charge of Zastal ZG, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Ivorian-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) who scored 19 points and 5 assists. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Five Zastal ZG players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) who recorded 25 points and American power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Zastal ZG moved-up to second place in Group A, which they share with defeated Trefl Sopot. Zastal ZG is looking forward to face Energa Czarni (#5) in Slupsk in the next round. Trefl Sopot will play at home against the league's leader Asseco Prokom in Gdynia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zastal ZG: W.Hodge 19+3reb+5ast, U.Mirkovic 16+5reb+2ast, K.Archibeque 14+10reb+3ast, P.Stelmach 11+5reb+3ast, T.Mobley 10+6reb+2ast, K.Chanas 9+2reb+2ast
Trefl Sopot: F.Dylewicz 25+3reb+2ast, J.Turek 17+10reb+2ast, J.Mallett 14+9reb+1ast, L.Wisniewski 9+2reb+1ast, L.Koszarek 8+2reb+7ast, M.Stefanski 4+3reb
gschID: 169055


Group B
PBG Basket - LKS Lodz 88-94

There was a small surprise in Poznan where eighth ranked LKS Sphinx (7-30) defeated 6th ranked PBG Basket (11-26) 94-88 on Wednesday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-16. But PBG Basket won third quarter 29-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LKS Sphinx made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for LKS Sphinx especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. PBG Basket was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Michal Michalak (194-93) who scored 27 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Jakub Dluski (200-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five LKS Sphinx players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian guard Djordje Micic (195-83) who recorded 33 points (!!!) and forward Mateusz Bartosz (203-87) added 6 points and 13 rebounds respectively. PBG Basket's coach Milija Bogicevic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted LKS Sphinx maintains eighth place in Group B with 7-30 record. Loser PBG Basket dropped to the seventh position with 26 games lost. LKS Sphinx will face league's leader Slask Wroclaw at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
LKS Lodz: M.Michalak 27+6reb+3ast, J.Zyskowski 25+5reb+2ast, J.Dluski 16+12reb+5ast, B.Szczepaniak 13+5reb+2ast, K.Sulima 13+5reb+2ast, P.Malesa 0
PBG Basket: D.Micic 33+2reb+2ast, A.Lichodzijewski 15+2reb+1ast, Z.Comagic 10+3reb+3ast, N.Nikolic 9+3reb+5ast, M.Bartosz 6+13reb+1ast, F.Szydlowski 5
gschID: 169059


Slask Wroclaw - Siarka Jezioro 90-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Wroclaw. First ranked Slask Wroclaw faced 4th placed Siarka Jezioro. Host Slask Wroclaw (24-13) defeated guests from Tarnobrzeg (16-21) 90-80. The game was mostly controlled by Slask Wroclaw. Siarka Jezioro was better in third quarter 26-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Siarka Jezioro 45-34 including 16 on the offensive glass. Slask Wroclaw players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for American-Puerto Rican guard Paul Graham (196-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Slask Wroclaw's coach Miodrag Rajkovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-87, college: Chattanooga, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import point guard Josh Miller (169, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for Siarka Jezioro. Four Siarka Jezioro players scored in double figures. Slask Wroclaw have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted Slask Wroclaw maintains first place in Group B with 24-13 record. Siarka Jezioro at the other side keeps the fourth position with 21 games lost. Slask Wroclaw will play against LKS Sphinx (#8) in Lodz in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Siarka Jezioro will play at home against AZS Politechnika Warszawska (#6) in Warszawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: P.Graham 27+5reb+5ast, A.Mladenovic 23+12reb, P.Buczak 14+10reb+6ast, R.Skibniewski 8+3reb+7ast, B.Bochno 6+4reb, P.Niedzwiedzki 6+2reb
Siarka Jezioro: N.Doaks 24+10reb+1ast, J.Miller 15+1reb+5ast, J.Tiller 14+2reb+4ast, M.Piechowicz 10+10reb, P.Karnowski 8+5reb+2ast, P.Pyszniak 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 169056


AZS PW - Polpharma 88-83

The game in Warszawa was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Polpharma (14-22) played at the court of seventh ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (11-25). AZS Politechnika Warszawska managed to secure a 5-point victory 88-83 on Wednesday. Polpharma trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 26-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 83-88 at the end of the game. Polpharma was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was point guard Lukasz Wilczek (189-86) who scored 14 points and 9 assists. Forward Patryk Pelka (202-89) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Michael Hicks (193-83, college: Central Mo.) who recorded 24 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Piotr Dabrowski (192-86) added 15 points respectively. Five AZS Politechnika Warszawska and four Polpharma players scored in double figures. AZS Politechnika Warszawska moved-up to sixth place in Group B. Loser Polpharma keeps the fifth position with 22 games lost. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will face higher ranked Siarka Jezioro (#4) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Polpharma will play at home against the league's second-placed AZS Koszalin.
Top scorers:
AZS PW: M.Kucharek 18+2reb+1ast, J.Mokros 14+10reb+1ast, L.Wilczek 14+4reb+9ast, M.Nowakowski 12+2reb+1ast, P.Pelka 12+9reb+5ast, S.Kowalczyk 10+2reb+2ast
Polpharma: M.Hicks 24+6reb+1ast, P.Dabrowski 15+4reb+3ast, B.Hazzard 12+1reb+1ast, J.Simmons 10+8reb, M.Nowakowski 7+2reb+2ast, T.Snieg 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 169057


AZS Koszalin - Kotwica 85-68

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Koszalin. Second ranked AZS Koszalin faced 3rd placed Kotwica. Host AZS Koszalin (21-16) defeated guests from Kolobrzeg (18-19) 85-68. The game was mostly controlled by AZS Koszalin. Kotwica managed to win fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS Koszalin dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Kotwica's 28. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS Koszalin made 8 blocks. Guard Marcin Dutkiewicz (196-86) stepped up and scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners and naturalized Croatian guard Igor Milicic (194-76, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four AZS Koszalin players scored in double figures. AZS Koszalin's coach Andrej Urlep used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was naturalized Israeli guard Oded Brandwein (188-88, agency: N.E.T.) with 20 points and 6 assists and American power forward Darrell Harris (208-84, college: Rhode Island) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. AZS Koszalin have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group B with 21-16 record having just three points less than leader Slask Wroclaw. Loser Kotwica keeps the third position with 19 games lost. AZS Koszalin will meet Polpharma (#5) in the next round. Kotwica will play against PBG Basket in Poznan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
AZS Koszalin: J.Montgomery 16+2reb, P.Pamula 15+2ast, M.Dutkiewicz 15+5reb+4ast, C.Eziukwu 10+5reb, I.Milicic 9+6reb+5ast, G.Surmacz 7+1reb+1ast
Kotwica: O.Brandwein 20+2reb+6ast, S.Rduch 12+2reb+1ast, D.Harris 11+12reb, L.Wichniarz 10+1ast, L.Diduszko 7+4reb+2ast, M.Djuric 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 169058



Beginning of Play-off round in 2 liga - three chief favorites - by Maciej Paszyn

With the today a play-off phase started in 2 liga. It qualified for her 8 teams from every of three groups. In every of group play-off phase is being played independently than remaining. After her 3 stages winners of every of group will get the direct promotion to 1 liga. Teams which will loose the final round, will play additional tournament for the last place awarded a promotion. One outright favorite and a few teams willing for the second place are in every group.

Who can get the promotion?

Group A

This group the most from everyone was dominated by one team. KS Open Florentyna Pleszew didn't lose a single one match in this season and still should stay to the end of play-off. The team having first league roster has very firmly filled every position on the court both in starting five as well as on the substitute's bench. The fight for the second place should also not bring surprises and should be decided among teams KPSW Astoria Bydgoszcz and KS Ksiezak Lowicz.

Group B

In this group we have one favorite and two strong teams from places 2-3. Slask II Wroclaw team finished regular season with 23-3 record and should win play-off phase. Team led by experienced post-up players with the past in the national team should be over the range of rivals. The fight for the second place in the end should take place between BM Wegiel Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski and AZS AWF Katowice. Both teams finished the season with 19-7 record and both are characterized by strong starting five and short bench. The winner of this duel will be a additional tournament.

Group C

The most unpredictable from every group. The winner of regular season PWiK Piaseczno finished with 22-2 record achieved this result thanks to run and gun style with lot of 3 point shoots. Universally it is known how big problems in the play-off phase have teams playing in this way, but in this case difference in basketball skills level between Piaseczno and rest of group is so big that this team should calmly win the final. There is a few candidates for the second place and it is hard to single one favorite out now.

First play-off round is playing in Best-of-three system.




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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Mayaguez 15-4 
 2. Arecibo 10-8 
 3. San German 10-9 
 4. Guaynabo 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: Mayaguez - Guaynabo 79-77
Apr. 10: Humacao - Guayama 72-84
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, Guaynabo17.3 
 8. Galindo, Guayama16.9 
 9. Smith, Mayaguez16.5 
 10. Vassallo, Guayna.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Harris, San German10.1 
 2. Sensley, Humacao9.4 
 3. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas9.2 
 5. Burgess, Guaynabo8.8 
 6. Narvaez, Guaynabo8.3 
 7. O''Bryant, Mayaguez8.2 
 8. Shannon, Quebradil.8.1 
 9. Sweetney, Bayamon8.1 
 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, Guaynabo5.4 
 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. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 4. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.4 
 5. Sensley, Humacao1.4 
 6. Strong, San German1.3 
 7. Williams, Quebradi.1.3 
 8. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 9. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.4 
 2. Thornton, Guayama1.8 
 3. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.7 
 4. Burgess, Guaynabo1.6 
 5. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 6. Harris, San German1.2 
 7. Ramos, Quebradillas1.1 
 8. Santiago, Arecibo1.0 
 9. Sensley, Humacao1.0 
 10. Aubry, Arecibo0.9 


Indios continue their run, Guayama dominates Humacao: - by Luis Modestti

Donta Smith (201-G-83, college: SE Illinois JC) scored a two-pointer with 0.6 seconds left to give Indios de Mayaguez a 79-77 win over Mets de Guaynabo.

Smith scored 25 points and Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) 21 for Mayaguez who continues on top of the standings with a 15-4 record.

Guaynabo was led by Gabriel Colon (200-G/F-84) who netted 22 points and Angel Daniel Vassallo (198-G/F-86, college: Virginia Tech) added 18.

Brujos de Guayama dominated Caciques de Humacao 84-72 led by Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) who scored 28 points and Al Thornton (203-F-83, college: Florida St.) followed by making 26.

Guayama is seventh with a 6-12 record while Humacao is in last place with a 4-14 mark.



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Rayyan and Sadd celebrate wins in Emir Cup semifinal openers - by Eurobasket News

Rayyan came from behind to take down Gharrafah 87:79 in the first game of Emir Cup semifinal series. Gharrafah enjoyed an early lead. But Erfan Saeed came up when it mattered the most for Rayyan scoring 15 points in the third term and leading Rayyan in front. The Qatari powerhouse never loosened the grasp afterwards cruising to the victory. Tanguy Ngombo (197-F-84) topscored for Rayyan. DeVon Hardin (211-C-86) added 13 points, while Erfan Saeed contributed 15 points for the winners. Omar Salem (190-G) answered with 15 points for Gharrafah.
Sadd escaped with a 72:65 win over Arabi. Arabi used a 16:0 run in the second quarter to gain the lead and eventually won the first half by six points 37:31. But Sadd came from behind in the fourth term to seal the victory. Michael Benjamin posted 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Daoud Mousa (193-G-82) contributed 16 points for Sadd. Arabi answered with 20 points and 12 rebounds from Alvin Mofunanya (203-F-87, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Fair Dickinson).



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  ROMANIA   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu23.5 
 2. Durham, Dinamo B.23.3 
 3. Martinic, CSM B.23.0 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.21.1 
 5. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.6 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan18.6 
 7. Gallimore, CSM B.18.5 
 8. Sims, Giurgiu18.3 
 9. Ross, Craiova18.0 
 10. Haymon, Dinamo B.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.13.7 
 2. Carutasu, CSM B.9.3 
 3. Kinloch, Pitesti9.3 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.9.0 
 5. McKenzie, CSM B.9.0 
 6. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.6 
 7. Dies, Perla Harghi.8.3 
 8. Riley, CSU Sibiu8.1 
 9. Steffel, Rovinari8.1 
 10. Vlaicu, Giurgiu7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu7.3 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.6.2 
 3. Maric, Oradea6.1 
 4. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.7 
 5. Sims, Giurgiu5.5 
 6. Nikolic, Rovinari5.4 
 7. Tomeljak, Gaz M.5.3 
 8. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 9. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.2 
 10. Martinic, CSM B.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu2.9 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.2.6 
 3. Howell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 4. Tucker, Perla H.2.1 
 5. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.0 
 6. Hurjui, Politehnica1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Gaz Metan1.9 
 8. Hargrove, Ploiesti1.8 
 9. Nicolae, Politehni.1.8 
 10. Martinic, CSM B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaylone RILEY
  CSU Sibiu
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 2. McKenzie, CSM B.1.8 
 3. Tibirna, Otopeni1.7 
 4. Kinloch, Pitesti1.4 
 5. Dies, Perla Harghi.1.4 
 6. Mijovic, U.Mobite.1.2 
 7. Durham, Dinamo B.1.1 
 8. Albijanic, Ploiesti1.0 
 9. Dragusin, Gaz M.1.0 
 10. Archie, Timisoara0.9 


Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

U.Mobitel.CN - Targu Mures 74-72

The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 27-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (204-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Mihail-Octavian Paul (191-82) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Calvin Watson (197-85, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) answered with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international power forward Virgil Stanescu (208-77, college: S.Alabama, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Targu Mures. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
U.Mobitel.CN: Z.Krstanovic 18+12reb, D.Lawrence 13+7reb+2ast, K.Dykes 12+6reb+4ast, M.Paul 11+6reb+6ast, V.Mijovic 9+3reb+2ast, J.LaGrange 8+2reb+3ast
Targu Mures: C.Watson 22+7reb+6ast, M.Pekovic 12+2reb, L.Dumitru 12+5reb+1ast, V.Stanescu 12+6reb+1ast, J.Forte 9+5reb+3ast, F.Lapuste 5+1ast
gschID: 173785


Ploiesti - Oradea 71-63

Oradea trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 21-10 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 63-71 at the end of the game. American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union, agency: Strategic Sports) nailed 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Serbian power forward Vladimir Tica (208-81, agency: BeoExcell) accounted for 16 points. Center Bogdan Tibirna (210-91) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Oradea in the defeat. Oradea's coach Christian Achim rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: V.Tica 16+4reb+1ast, D.Hargrove 15+7reb+2ast, A.Vlahovic 10+3reb+4ast, L.Szijarto 7+3reb, A.Cepulis 6+4reb, D.Albijanic 5+1reb
Oradea: B.Tibirna 15+8reb, M.Markovic 11+8reb+2ast, G.Navickas 9+5reb, S.Lupusavei 9+1reb+1ast, M.Pesic 8+6reb+2ast, N.Maric 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 173786


Gaz Metan - Rovinari 84-69

The game was mostly controlled by Gaz Metan. Rovinari managed to win fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gaz Metan dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Rovinari's 42. They outrebounded Rovinari 50-29 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Deven Mitchell (197-84, agency: Interperformances) nailed 20 points for the winning side and Serbian center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds. Gaz Metan's coach Ovidiu Teleaba used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Louis Darby (196-84, college: Long Beach St.) came up with 20 points and Czech power forward David Steffel (212-85) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Rovinari in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Gaz Metan: D.Mitchell 20+3reb+3ast, T.Nicoara 15+7reb, I.Zigeranovic 13+10reb, I.Tomeljak 13+2reb+1ast, I.Dragusin 9+9reb, I.Ivanovic 7+8reb+1ast
Rovinari: L.Darby 20+3reb, D.Steffel 14+7reb+1ast, S.Nikolic 9+3reb+3ast, V.Mocanu 9+6reb+3ast, P.Troupe 6+4reb+1ast, A.Gliga 5+1ast
gschID: 173783


Timisoara - CSM Bucuresti 84-97

The game was mostly controlled by CSM Bucuresti. Timisoara was better in second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSM Bucuresti dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Timisoara's 40. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (184-87, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up and scored 23 points and 8 assists for the winners and Jamaican-Canadian guard Garry Gallimore (192-84) chipped in 27 points and 4 assists. At the losing side Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 19 points and 8 assists and American forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CSM Bucuresti: G.Gallimore 27+3reb+4ast, G.Martinic 23+4reb+8ast, B.McKenzie 20+10reb, E.Rhinehart 12+5reb+2ast, A.Vizitiu 6+3reb, C.Fometescu 5+4reb+6ast
Timisoara: Z.Jovanovic 19+1reb+8ast, D.Archie 16+7reb+1ast, B.Popescu 16+6reb, R.Sarovic 14+2reb+2ast, I.Siriscevic 10+3reb+2ast, B.Cuic 6+9reb+6ast
gschID: 173784



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague A

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

Regular Season: Round 19

Apr. 5: Spartak-Prim. - N.Novgorod 91-80
Apr. 5: Spartak SP - Krasnie Krilya 86-63
Apr. 11: Triumph - Spartak SP 82-73
Apr. 8: Spartak SP - CSKA 78-88
Apr. 9: Khimky - Unics 75-58
Apr. 6: Enisey - Triumph 73-91
Apr. 5: Unics - Khimky 65-73

Regular Season: Round 20

Apr. 15: Lokomotiv - Triumph
Apr. 24: Enisey - Spartak SP
Apr. 24: CSKA - Khimky
Apr. 13: Unics - Spartak-Prim.
Apr. 14: N.Novgorod - Enisey


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Jefferson, Triumph20.7 
 2. Rush, Krasnie Kril.17.2 
 3. Thomas, Spartak-.16.3 
 4. Beverley, Spart.16.1 
 5. Massey, Lokomotiv14.8 
 6. Victor, Spartak-.14.5 
 7. McKee, Triumph14.2 
 8. Fridzon, Khimky13.9 
 9. Karasev, Triumph13.7 
 10. Bykov, Lokomotiv13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cuthbert VICTOR
  Spartak-.
  (197-F-83)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Victor, Spartak-.8.6 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv8.3 
 3. Jefferson, Triumph7.6 
 4. Landry, Triumph6.6 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA6.3 
 6. Kirilenko, CSKA6.2 
 7. Savenkov, Spartak.6.1 
 8. Baxter, Enisey6.0 
 9. Beverley, Spart.5.9 
 10. Monya, Khimky5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.0 
 2. Beverley, Spart.5.1 
 3. Thomas, Spartak-.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA4.8 
 5. Halperin, Spart.4.6 
 6. McKee, Triumph4.5 
 7. Planinic, Khimky4.4 
 8. Samoylenko, Unics4.1 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.3.6 
 10. Khryapa, CSKA3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.4 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv2.3 
 3. Baburin, Spartak-.2.1 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.2.0 
 5. Jefferson, Triumph1.8 
 6. Planinic, Khimky1.7 
 7. Halperin, Spart.1.7 
 8. Rush, Krasnie Kril.1.5 
 9. Victor, Spartak-.1.5 
 10. Chalmers, Lokom.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA1.3 
 2. Jefferson, Triumph1.3 
 3. Likhodey, Spart.1.0 
 4. Vasiliev, Krasni.0.9 
 5. Savenkov, Spartak.0.9 
 6. Traore, Lokomotiv0.8 
 7. Balashov, Krasni.0.7 
 8. Monya, Khimky0.7 
 9. Baxter, Enisey0.7 
 10. Lavrinovic, CSKA0.7 


Standings - Superleague B

Superleague Standings
 1. Ural Ekaterinb. 24-8 
 2. Ataman 19-11 
 3. Univ.Surgut 18-12 
 4. TEMP-SUMZ 16-14 
 5. Severstal 15-15 
 6. Rjazan 13-15 
 7. Ruskon-Mord. 13-17 
 8. Spartak V. 9-19 
 9. Sojuz Zaretchny 7-23 

Regular Season: Round 37

Apr. 11: Spartak V. - Sojuz Zaretchny 87-69
Apr. 11: Rjazan - Univ.Surgut 75-85
Apr. 11: Ataman - TEMP-SUMZ 62-72
Apr. 11: Severstal - Ruskon-Mord. 57-44

Regular Season: Round 38

Apr. 14: Ataman - Univ.Surgut
Apr. 14: Rjazan - TEMP-SUMZ
Apr. 14: Severstal - Sojuz Zaretchny
Apr. 14: Spartak V. - Ruskon-Mord.


Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.19.6 
 2. Gordon, Ural E.15.3 
 3. Ageev, Ruskon-M.15.0 
 4. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.14.6 
 5. Sotnikov, TE.14.0 
 6. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan14.0 
 7. Lekavicius, Univ.S.13.5 
 8. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.13.1 
 9. Zibirov, Ataman12.4 
 10. Aleksandrov, Univ.12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.8.0 
 2. Petukhov, Spart.7.3 
 3. Zaykin, TE.7.3 
 4. Ivlev, Rjazan7.0 
 5. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.2 
 6. Trushkin, Spart.6.2 
 7. Nikolaev, Ural E.6.0 
 8. Gordon, Ural E.5.8 
 9. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.5.7 
 10. Gresev, Ataman5.5 
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. Aleksandrov, Sojuz4.0 
 4. Zibirov, Ataman4.0 
 5. Tokarev, TE.3.9 
 6. Bartunov, Rjazan3.7 
 7. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.3.1 
 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, Ataman2.1 
 3. Glazunov, Ural E.1.8 
 4. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.7 
 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. Ivlev, Rjazan1.4 
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. Varlamov, Ural E.1.0 
 5. Rindin, Univ.Surgut1.0 
 6. Goritskov, Sever.0.9 
 7. Polyakov, Severstal0.8 
 8. Petukhov, Spart.0.8 
 9. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.0.7 
 10. Trushkin, Spart.0.7 


Aleksandr Rindin gets MVP of the Week award for Russian Superleague - by Eurobasket News

Azerbaijani Aleksandr Rindin (225-C-85, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Univ.Surgut and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 37.
The 26-year old center had the game-high 22 points adding nine rebounds for Univ.Surgut in his team's victory, helping them to beat Rjazan (#6, 13-15) 85-75. Univ.Surgut maintains the 3rd position in Russian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Univ.Surgut will need more victories to improve their 18-12 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Rindin as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Aleksandr Rindin averages this season 5.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances) of Rjazan. Vzdykhalkin impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Rjazan lost that game 75-85 to the higher-ranked Univ.Surgut (#3, 18-12). Rjazan managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-15 record. Vzdykhalkin is a newcomer at Rjazan and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.0ppg (#6). He also registered 5.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Nikita Gresev (204-F-88) of second-ranked Ataman. Gresev scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Gresev's great performance Ataman lost 62-72 to #4 ranked TEMP-SUMZ. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Ataman needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 19 victories and 11 lost games. Gresev has a very solid season. In 30 games in Russia he scored 8.4ppg. He also has 5.5rpg and 1.1bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrey Petukhov (207-F-86) of Spartak V. - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Aleksandr Karpukhin (191-G-90) of Spartak V. - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Vitaly Kuznetsov (196-F-88) of Sojuz Zaretchny - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Gannadi Zelenskiy (186-PG-82) of Univ.Surgut - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Ilia Aleksandrov (194-G-81) of Univ.Surgut - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Aleksandr Zaykin (208-F/C-84) of TEMP-SUMZ - 11 points and 12 rebounds
10. Vladimir Shevel (200-G-84) of Univ.Surgut - 12 points and 7 rebounds

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



Mannheim 2012: Serbia continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18-Russia U18 65:64

Serbia U18 continue their winning streak at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament 2012. They won over Russia 65:64 in Group F opener to take 2-0 record. Russia U18 meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Both teams entered the new group with the desire to win. Russia dominated the first period and took 14:8 at the end of the first 10 minutes. Moreover they added 18-17 in the second frame and had 7-point lead at the halftime. Serbia however played better in the third stanza and needed 21-13 to take the lead. Both teams scored 19 points in the last quarter and Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) made two free throws at the very end for the final success.
Nikola Radicevic (196-G-94) paced all the winners with 22 points and Nikola Rebic nailed 17. Nikola Milutinovic (206-C-94) collected 15 points and 11 boards, whilst Marko Guduric (193-G-95) added 5. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-F-94) delivered 19 for Russia and Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) scored 13.

Serbia U18: Nikola Radicevic 22, Nikola Rebic 17, Nikola Milutinovic 15+11 rebs, Marko Guduric 5
Russia U18: Stanislav Ilnitskiy 19, Mikhail Kulagin 13



Gresev number one in Russian Superleague for round 36 - by Eurobasket News

Forward Nikita Gresev (204-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Ataman, receiving a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 36.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, six rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out TEMP-SUMZ (#4, 15-14) 79-78. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Ataman maintains the 2nd position in Russian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ataman will need more victories to improve their 19-10 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Gresev as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Nikita Gresev averages this season 8.2ppg and 5.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Aleksandr Zaykin (208-F/C-84) of TEMP-SUMZ. Zaykin had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as TEMP-SUMZ was edged by slightly higher-ranked Ataman (#2, 19-10) 79-78. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. TEMP-SUMZ still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 15-14 record is not bad at all. Zaykin is well-known at TEMP-SUMZ and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Ataman's star - guard Dramir Zibirov (187-PG-86). Zibirov scored 19 points and passed five assists. He was another key player of Ataman, helping his team with a 79-78 win against #4 ranked TEMP-SUMZ. Ataman needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 10 lost games. Zibirov has a great season in Russia. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.8ppg (9th best) and assists with 4.0apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Denis Novikov (200-F-85) of Sojuz Zaretchny - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Stanislav Zinchenko (203-F-87) of Severstal - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-G-85) of Rjazan - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Pavel Aleksandrov (196-G-89) of Sojuz Zaretchny - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Pavel Zakamov (192-F/G-80) of Ruskon-Mord. - 16 points
9. Vladimir Shevel (200-G-84) of Univ.Surgut - 16 points and 4 rebounds
10. Aleksandr Karpukhin (191-G-90) of Spartak V. - 20 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)



Superleague Round 37: Ataman is upset by TEMP-SUMZ Revda - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between second ranked Ataman (19-11) and fourth ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (16-14) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Ataman was defeated by TEMP-SUMZ Revda in Rostov 72-62. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (208-84) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Igor Samsonov (202-89) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Nikita Gresev (204-88) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TEMP-SUMZ Revda maintains fourth place with 16-14 record. Newly promoted Ataman keeps the second position with 11 games lost. TEMP-SUMZ Revda are looking forward to face Rjazan (#6) on the road in the next round. Ataman will play against Universitet-Yugra (#3) in Surgut and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Rjazan was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Universitet-Yugra (18-12) played at the court of 6th ranked Rjazan (13-15). Universitet-Yugra defeated Rjazan 85-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rjazan. Worth to mention a great performance of Azerbaijani center Aleksandr Rindin (225-85, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Gannadi Zelenskiy contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) answered with 26 points for Rjazan. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Universitet-Yugra maintains third place with 18-12 record having just -11 point less than leader Ural Ekaterinb. Rjazan at the other side keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Universitet-Yugra will play against league's second-placed Ataman in Rostov in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rjazan will play at home against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Moscow. Local Spartak V. (9-19) beat 9th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (7-23) 87-69 on Wednesday night. Andrey Petukhov stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Spartak V.'s coach Rolandas Radvila used entire bench saving starting five for next games. At the losing side Aleksander Pushkin responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Newly promoted Spartak V. maintains eighth place with 9-19 record. Loser Sojuz Zaretchny stay dead last with 23 lost games. Spartak V. will meet at home higher ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sojuz Zaretchny will play against Severstal in Cherepovec and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 37 Ruskon-Mord. was defeated by Severstal in Cherepovec 57-44.


Spartak V. - Sojuz Zaretchny 87-69

The game with biggest result difference took place in Moscow. Local Spartak V. (9-19) beat 9th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (7-23) 87-69 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 18-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-69. Spartak V. outrebounded Sojuz Zaretchny 49-33 including a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Forward Andrey Petukhov (207-86, agency: RU-Basket Management) stepped up and scored 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and guard Aleksandr Karpukhin (191-90, agency: RU-Basket Management) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Spartak V. players scored in double figures. Spartak V.'s coach Rolandas Radvila used entire bench saving starting five for next games. At the losing side forward Aleksander Pushkin (203-87) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and forward Vitaly Kuznetsov (196-88) scored 16 points. Newly promoted Spartak V. maintains eighth place with 9-19 record. Loser Sojuz Zaretchny stay dead last with 23 lost games. Spartak V. will meet at home higher ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sojuz Zaretchny will play against Severstal in Cherepovec and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Spartak V.: A.Petukhov 19+7reb+2ast, A.Karpukhin 17+7reb+2ast, V.Voronchikhin 15+4reb+1ast, O.Bokov 12+7reb+1ast, V.Zaryazhko 7+2reb+4ast, G.Goldyrev 6+5reb
Sojuz Zaretchny: A.Pushkin 20+9reb, V.Kuznetsov 16+3reb+3ast, S.Karpov 9+4reb, P.Aleksandrov 9+2reb+4ast, R.Vasilev 4+3reb, K.Slepukha 4+3reb+5ast
gschID: 155475


Ataman - TEMP-SUMZ 62-72

The game between second ranked Ataman (19-11) and fourth ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (16-14) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Ataman was defeated by TEMP-SUMZ Revda in Rostov 72-62. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (208-84) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Igor Samsonov (202-89) chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Nikita Gresev (204-88) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and swingman Igor Smygin (197-87, agency: Alti Sport) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. TEMP-SUMZ Revda maintains fourth place with 16-14 record. Newly promoted Ataman keeps the second position with 11 games lost. TEMP-SUMZ Revda are looking forward to face Rjazan (#6) on the road in the next round. Ataman will play against Universitet-Yugra (#3) in Surgut and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TEMP-SUMZ: A.Kirjanov 14+3reb, A.Zaykin 11+12reb+1ast, A.Brevnov 9, D.Gordeev 8+3reb+2ast, I.Samsonov 8+9reb+2ast, A.Komarov 8+1reb
Ataman: N.Gresev 15+7reb+1ast, I.Smygin 9+5reb+2ast, D.Zagnoyko 9+6reb, A.Voron 8+3reb, I.Kaytnov 6+3reb+1ast, V.Zuev 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 155472


Rjazan - Univ.Surgut 75-85

The game in Rjazan was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Universitet-Yugra (18-12) played at the court of 6th ranked Rjazan (13-15). Universitet-Yugra defeated Rjazan 85-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rjazan. The game was mostly controlled by Universitet-Yugra. Rjazan was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Universitet-Yugra made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Rjazan was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Azerbaijani center Aleksandr Rindin (225-85, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). point guard Gannadi Zelenskiy (186-82, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Universitet-Yugra players scored in double figures. Guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) answered with 26 points and center Nikita Stepanenkov (208-87) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Rjazan. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Universitet-Yugra maintains third place with 18-12 record having just -11 point less than leader Ural Ekaterinb. Rjazan at the other side keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost. Universitet-Yugra will play against league's second-placed Ataman in Rostov in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Rjazan will play at home against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Univ.Surgut: A.Rindin 22+9reb+1ast, G.Zelenskiy 18+3reb+5ast, I.Aleksandrov 14+7reb+3ast, V.Shevel 12+7reb, D.Hloponin 8+2reb+2ast, D.Beliaev 4+2reb
Rjazan: A.Vzdykhalkin 26+4reb+3ast, N.Stepanenkov 12+5reb, A.Mateyunas 9+1ast, R.Khamitov 6+3reb+1ast, V.Kazakov 6+4reb+1ast, K.Babynin 5+3reb
gschID: 155473


Severstal - Ruskon-Mord. 57-44

There was no surprise in Cherepovec where 7th ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (13-17) was defeated by fifth ranked Severstal (15-15) 57-44 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Severstal. Ruskon-Mordovia managed to win third quarter 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ruskon-Mordovia to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Guard Sergei Zakharov (194-86) stepped up and scored 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and power forward Anatoliy Goritskov (211-83, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) chipped in 6 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side forward Roman Semerninov (200-81) responded with 9 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Pavel Krykov (210-84) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Severstal maintains fifth place with 15-15 record. Loser Ruskon-Mordovia keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. Severstal will meet at home bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (#9) in the next round. Ruskon-Mordovia will play against Spartak V. in Moscow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Severstal: S.Zakharov 15+5reb+1ast, Y.Grebelnyy 9+3reb+2ast, S.Zinchenko 9+7reb+2ast, M.Polyakov 6+8reb, A.Goritskov 6+12reb+1ast, A.Amirkhanov 6+1reb+2ast
Ruskon-Mord.: P.Krykov 13+5reb, R.Semerninov 9+10reb+1ast, A.Krylov 8+3reb, A.Kuznetsov 6+4reb+3ast, I.Krivko 6+6reb+1ast, P.Aghapov 2+2reb
gschID: 155474



PBL Round 19: Triumph continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

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

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Khimky as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Khimky defeated 8th ranked Unics Kazan in Khimki 75-58. 25 personal fouls committed by Unics Kazan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut, agency: Priority Sports) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International guard Vitaly Fridzon (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 13 points. The former international center Alexey Savrasenko (215-79) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Khimky (15-2) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Unics Kazan lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with ten games lost. Unics Kazan will play next round against Spartak-Prim. trying to get back on the winning streak. Khimky will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked CSKA Moscow on the road.
The game in Kazan was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Khimky (15-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Unics Kazan (5-10). Khimky managed to secure a 8-point victory 73-65. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian-Bosnian guard Zoran Planinic (199-82) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 5 assists. Thomas Kelati contributed with 12 points for the winners. Power forward Artem Yakovenko (205-88, agency: RU-Basket Management) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Unics Kazan. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Khimky. They keep a position of league leader. Unics Kazan lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighth place with ten games lost. Khimky will play against league's second-placed CSKA Moscow on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Unics Kazan will play against Spartak-Prim. (#6) in Vladivostok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in St.Petersburg was also quite interesting. Second ranked CSKA Moscow (14-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (8-9). CSKA Moscow defeated Spartak St.Petersburg 88-78 on Sunday. It was a great evening for Andrei Kirilenko who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side Patrick Beverley responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for CSKA Moscow. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-1 record behind leader Khimky. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. CSKA Moscow will meet at home league's leader Khimky in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spartak St.Petersburg will play against Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#9) and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in St.Petersburg. Local Spartak St.Petersburg (8-9) outscored 6th ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-9) 86-63. It was a quality performance for Patrick Beverley who led the winners and scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spartak St.Petersburg maintains fifth place with 8-9 record. Krasnie Krilya lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Spartak St.Petersburg's next round opponent will be Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#9) on the road.

Other games of round 19 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked N.Novgorod was defeated by Spartak-Prim. in Vladivostok 91-80. Enisey was beaten by Triumph at home 73-91. Spartak SP lost to Triumph on the opponent's court 73-82.


Spartak SP - Krasnie Krilya 86-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in St.Petersburg. Local Spartak St.Petersburg (8-9) outscored 6th ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-9) 86-63. Krasnie Krilya was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 48-24 second half run of Spartak St.Petersburg. It was a quality performance for American point guard Patrick Beverley (185-88, college: Arkansas) who led the winners and scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Valery Likhodey (205-86) accounted for 19 points for the winning side. Five Spartak St.Petersburg players scored in double figures. American guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Beo Basket) came up with 22 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Aaron Miles (186-83, college: Kansas) added 4 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Krasnie Krilya 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. Spartak St.Petersburg maintains fifth place with 8-9 record. Krasnie Krilya lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Spartak St.Petersburg's next round opponent will be Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#9) on the road.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: V.Likhodey 19+4reb, P.Beverley 17+7reb+5ast, Y.Halperin 15+1reb+7ast, V.Dragicevic 12+6reb, J.Strelnieks 11+1reb+3ast, M.Zupan 5+2reb
Krasnie Krilya: B.Rush 22+3reb+3ast, N.Balashov 9+3reb+1ast, D.Labovic 8+4reb, Y.Vasiliev 7+1reb, A.Surovtsev 5+2reb+2ast, R.Alijevas 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 151244


Spartak-Prim. - N.Novgorod 91-80

There was no surprise in Vladivostok where 10th ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (2-14) was defeated by seventh ranked Spartak-Prim. (7-8) 91-80. BC Nizhny Novgorod was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 53-36 second half run of Spartak-Prim.. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by BC Nizhny Novgorod helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Nikolay Padius (197-80) who led the winners and scored 21 points. American point guard Torey Thomas (180-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 6 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists for the winning side. Spartak-Prim.'s coach Boris Livanov used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Guard Dmitry Golovin (193-88) came up with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for BC Nizhny Novgorod in the defeat. Four BC Nizhny Novgorod players scored in double figures. Spartak-Prim. moved-up to sixth place. BC Nizhny Novgorod at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Spartak-Prim.'s next round opponent will be Unics Kazan (#8) on the road. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play against Enisey Krasnoyarsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak-Prim.: N.Padius 21+4reb+2ast, S.Denison 19+7reb, E.Baburin 15+4reb+3ast, A.Pavlov 8+5reb+1ast, T.Thomas 6+9reb+11ast, A.Golyakhov 6
N.Novgorod: P.Brezec 15+8reb, A.Pustahvar 14+4reb, D.Golovin 13+9reb+5ast, S.Antonov 13+5reb+2ast, V.Yurchyk 9+4reb+1ast, I.Paunic 7+7reb
gschID: 151245


Unics - Khimky 65-73

The game in Kazan was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Khimky (15-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Unics Kazan (5-10). Khimky managed to secure a 8-point victory 73-65. Khimky made 24-of-25 charity shots (96.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Unics Kazan turnovers. Strangely Unics Kazan outrebounded Khimky 41-29 including a 18-7 advantage in defensive rebounds. Unics Kazan was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian-Bosnian guard Zoran Planinic (199-82) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 5 assists. Eritrean-Polish swingman Thomas Kelati (195-82, college: Washington St., agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Four Khimky players scored in double figures. Power forward Artem Yakovenko (205-88, agency: RU-Basket Management) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Australian power forward Nathan Jawai (208-86, college: Midland CC) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Unics Kazan. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for Khimky. They keep a position of league leader. Unics Kazan lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighth place with ten games lost. Khimky will play against league's second-placed CSKA Moscow on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Unics Kazan will play against Spartak-Prim. (#6) in Vladivostok and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Khimky: T.Kelati 12+3reb+3ast, Z.Planinic 12+2reb+5ast, K.Loncar 11, S.Monya 10+6reb+2ast, V.Fridzon 8+4reb+2ast, M.Gelabale 8+3reb
Unics: A.Yakovenko 16+9reb+2ast, N.Jawai 12+11reb, T.Lyday 10+4reb, L.Greer 9+3reb+3ast, V.Veremeenko 8+6reb, H.Domercant 5
gschID: 173853


Enisey - Triumph 73-91

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (10-5) defeated on the road 9th ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (2-14) 91-73. The game was mostly controlled by Triumph Lyubertsy. Enisey Krasnoyarsk was better in fourth quarter 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Triumph Lyubertsy made 21-of-22 charity shots (95.5 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Enisey Krasnoyarsk helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) (204-86, college: USC) accounted for 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Four Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures. American point guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) came up with 28 points and 6 rebounds and Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points respectively for Enisey Krasnoyarsk in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Triumph Lyubertsy. They maintain third place with 10-5 record having seven points less than leader Khimky. Enisey Krasnoyarsk at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Triumph Lyubertsy's next round opponent will be Lokomotiv (#4) in Kuban. Enisey Krasnoyarsk will play on the road against BC Nizhny Novgorod (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Triumph: D.Jefferson 25+8reb, T.McKee 20+6reb+7ast, K.Landry 17+6reb, S.Karasev 17+6reb, A.Kuzyakin 8, E.Valiev 4+2reb
Enisey: B.Chase 28+6reb+2ast, E.Kikanovic 15+4reb, M.Marinovic 13+3ast, S.Toporov 6+3reb+1ast, D.Sakota 5+3reb, A.Trushkin 4+2reb
gschID: 173859


Spartak SP - CSKA 78-88

The game in St.Petersburg was also quite interesting. Second ranked CSKA Moscow (14-1) played at the court of 5th ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (8-9). CSKA Moscow defeated Spartak St.Petersburg 88-78 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. Spartak St.Petersburg managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSKA Moscow made 31-of-37 free shots (83.8 percent) during the game, while Spartak St.Petersburg only scored fifteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Spartak St.Petersburg 37-15 including a 32-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. CSKA Moscow looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a great evening for the former international forward Andrei Kirilenko (205-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Serbian guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) helped adding 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. At the losing side American point guard Patrick Beverley (185-88, college: Arkansas) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Israeli guard Yotam Halperin (196-84) scored 12 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the tenth consecutive win for CSKA Moscow. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-1 record behind leader Khimky. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. CSKA Moscow will meet at home league's leader Khimky in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spartak St.Petersburg will play against Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
CSKA: A.Kirilenko 27+11reb+3ast, N.Krstic 15+2reb, M.Teodosic 14+5reb+9ast, A.Shved 10+5reb+6ast, V.Khryapa 8+11reb+7ast, E.Voronov 6+1ast
Spartak SP: P.Beverley 18+5reb+5ast, V.Keyru 16+2reb, Y.Halperin 12+2reb+6ast, V.Likhodey 11+1reb, V.Dragicevic 9+2reb+1ast, A.Kashirov 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 173939


Triumph - Spartak SP 82-73

Rather expected game in Lubertsy where 5th ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (8-9) was defeated by third ranked Triumph Lyubertsy (10-5) 82-73. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Spartak St.Petersburg won third quarter 24-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Triumph Lyubertsy won last quarter 26-19. They made 31-of-37 charity shots (83.8 percent) during the game, while Spartak St.Petersburg only scored seven points from the stripe. 32 personal fouls committed by Spartak St.Petersburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) who led the winners and scored 28 points and 6 rebounds. Canadian power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. American point guard Patrick Beverley (185-88, college: Arkansas) came up with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Israeli guard Yotam Halperin (196-84) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for Spartak St.Petersburg in the defeat. Spartak St.Petersburg's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Triumph Lyubertsy. They maintain third place with 10-5 record having seven points less than leader Khimky. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Triumph Lyubertsy's next round opponent will be Lokomotiv (#4) in Kuban. Spartak St.Petersburg will play on the road against Enisey Krasnoyarsk.
Top scorers:
Triumph: D.Jefferson 28+6reb+3ast, K.Landry 14+5reb+1ast, T.McKee 12+2reb+4ast, A.Kuzyakin 9+2reb+2ast, V.Zvarykin 8+2reb+1ast, S.Karasev 7+2reb+4ast
Spartak SP: M.Zupan 16+2reb, A.Kashirov 13+6reb, Y.Halperin 13+3reb+5ast, P.Beverley 9+7reb+7ast, V.Dragicevic 7+4reb, A.Zozulin 7+3reb+3ast
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Khimky - Unics 75-58

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Khimky as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Khimky defeated 8th ranked Unics Kazan in Khimki 75-58. 25 personal fouls committed by Unics Kazan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Jeff Adrien (201-86, college: Connecticut, agency: Priority Sports) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International guard Vitaly Fridzon (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 13 points. The former international center Alexey Savrasenko (215-79) produced 11 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Terrell Lyday (190-79, college: BYU) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Khimky (15-2) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Unics Kazan lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with ten games lost. Unics Kazan will play next round against Spartak-Prim. trying to get back on the winning streak. Khimky will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked CSKA Moscow on the road.
Top scorers:
Khimky: J.Adrien 14+8reb, V.Fridzon 13+3reb+2ast, E.Vyaltsev 10+2reb+3ast, M.Nielsen 8+5reb+2ast, Z.Planinic 8+2reb+2ast, K.Loncar 7+3reb+2ast
Unics: T.Lyday 12+1reb+1ast, A.Savrasenko 11+8reb, K.McCarty 10+2reb+1ast, P.Samoylenko 6+3reb+5ast, V.Veremeenko 6+6reb, N.Jawai 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 173941



Andrei Kirilenko gets MVP of the Week award for Russian PBL - by Eurobasket News

Experienced naturalized American forward Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best CSKA and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 30-year old forward had a double-double of 27 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Spartak SP (#5, 8-9) 88-78. CSKA maintains the 2nd position in American PBL. CSKA has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 14-1. Kirilenko turned to be CSKA's top player in his first season with the team. Kirilenko has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 6.2rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 61.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) of Triumph. Jefferson impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Of course he lead Triumph to another comfortable win 91-73 over the lower-ranked Enisey (#9, 2-14) being unquestionably team leader. Triumph's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-5 record is not bad at all. Jefferson is a newcomer at Triumph and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.7ppg (#1). He also registered 7.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Triumph's star - American Davon Jefferson (204-F-86). Jefferson scored 28 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Triumph, helping his team with a 82-73 win against slightly lower-ranked Spartak SP (#5, 8-9). Triumph needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 5 lost games. Jefferson has a great season in Russia. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.7ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 7.6rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 54.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brian Chase (178-PG-81) of Enisey - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88) of Spartak SP - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86) of Triumph - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of N.Novgorod - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88) of Spartak SP - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) of CSKA - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) of Spartak SP - 15 points and 7 assists

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



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Standings - A Liga

A Standings
SuperLiga
 1. Vojvodina 4-2 
 2. Radnicki K. 4-2 
 3. Partizan 4-2 
 4. Crvena Zvezda 3-2 
 5. Radnicki Basket 3-2 
 6. BKK Radnicki 3-3 
 7. Hemofarm 1-5 
 8. Mega Vizura 1-5 
Places 9-18
 1. OKK Beograd 15-11 
 2. Tamis 15-11 
 3. Sloga 13-13 
 4. Borac 12-14 
 5. Smederevo 12-212 
 6. Sloboda Uzice 11-15 
 7. Metalac 10-16 
 8. Napredak 8-18 
 9. Zeleznicar 6-20 
 10. Proleter Naftagas 2-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

Apr. 11: Vojvodina - Partizan 95-85
Apr. 11: BKK Radnicki - Mega Vizura 83-90
Apr. 11: Hemofarm - Radnicki K. 80-91
Apr. 12: Crvena Zvezda - Radnicki Basket


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Milos BOJOVIC
  Zeleznicar
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Bojovic, Zeleznicar23.5 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.20.8 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac20.5 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo20.0 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.1 
 6. Miljenovic, Mega V.16.5 
 7. Dimic, Radnicki.16.5 
 8. Cupkovic, Napredak16.5 
 9. Svilar, Smederevo15.5 
 10. Drca, OKK Beograd14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darko BALABAN
  Smederevo
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Balaban, Smederevo8.8 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac8.2 
 3. Cantekin, Mega V.8.0 
 4. Cupkovic, Napredak7.6 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.7.2 
 6. Petrovic, BKK R.7.0 
 7. Misanovic, OKK B.6.6 
 8. Canak, Zeleznicar6.0 
 9. Kuburovic, Slobod.6.0 
 10. Dramicanin, Borac5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marko BOLTIC
  BKK R.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Boltic, BKK R.5.8 
 2. Dundjerski, Vojvo.4.9 
 3. Osmokrovic, BKK R.4.9 
 4. Jovic, Sloga4.3 
 5. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.2 
 6. Stefanovic, Smede.4.1 
 7. Miljenovic, Mega V.4.0 
 8. Drca, OKK Beograd3.8 
 9. Rakic, Sloboda Uzi.3.8 
 10. Mitrovic, OKK B.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki3.2 
 2. Jovic, Sloga2.6 
 3. Boltic, BKK R.2.4 
 4. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.2 
 5. Miljenovic, Mega V.2.1 
 6. Bojovic, Zeleznicar2.0 
 7. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.0 
 8. Vulin, Prolet.1.9 
 9. Majstorovic, Tamis1.8 
 10. Drca, OKK Beograd1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.1.5 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac1.2 
 3. Balaban, Smederevo1.2 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 5. Bojic, Mega Vizura0.9 
 6. Todorovic, Borac0.8 
 7. Petronic, BKK R.0.8 
 8. Majkic, Prolet.0.8 
 9. Milovanovic, Radni.0.7 
 10. Draskovic, Metalac0.7 


Mannheim 2012: Serbia continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News

Serbia U18-Russia U18 65:64

Serbia U18 continue their winning streak at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament 2012. They won over Russia 65:64 in Group F opener to take 2-0 record. Russia U18 meanwhile fell at 0-2 record.
Both teams entered the new group with the desire to win. Russia dominated the first period and took 14:8 at the end of the first 10 minutes. Moreover they added 18-17 in the second frame and had 7-point lead at the halftime. Serbia however played better in the third stanza and needed 21-13 to take the lead. Both teams scored 19 points in the last quarter and Nikola Rebic (186-PG-95) made two free throws at the very end for the final success.
Nikola Radicevic (196-G-94) paced all the winners with 22 points and Nikola Rebic nailed 17. Nikola Milutinovic (206-C-94) collected 15 points and 11 boards, whilst Marko Guduric (193-G-95) added 5. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-F-94) delivered 19 for Russia and Mikhail Kulagin (188-G-94) scored 13.

Serbia U18: Nikola Radicevic 22, Nikola Rebic 17, Nikola Milutinovic 15+11 rebs, Marko Guduric 5
Russia U18: Stanislav Ilnitskiy 19, Mikhail Kulagin 13



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Standings - 1A

Telemach Standings
Championship Group
 1. Helios 5-1 
 2. Union Olimpija 4-1 
 3. Krka 3-2 
 4. Zlatorog 2-3 
 5. Elektra 2-3 
 6. Sentjur 0-6 
Play-out
 1. Polzela 16-9 
 2. Maribor Messer 15-10 
 3. Rogaska 13-12 
 4. Geoplin Slovan 9-16 
 5. LTHcast Mercator 4-21 
 6. Parklji 1-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

Championship

Apr. 11: Sentjur - Helios 93-106 OT
Apr. 12: Union Olimpija - Elektra
Apr. 12: Zlatorog - Krka

Play-out

Apr. 11: Polzela - Parklji 96-48
Apr. 11: Rogaska - LTHcast Mercator 81-59
Apr. 11: Geoplin Slovan - Maribor Messer 55-79


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Travis NELSON
  Sentjur
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 18
 1. Nelson, Sentjur18.0 
 2. Prepelic, Helios16.7 
 3. Tomic, Rogaska15.0 
 4. Mahkovic, LTHcas.14.7 
 5. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.14.0 
 6. Maric, Sentjur13.9 
 7. Hohler, Polzela13.7 
 8. Rembert, Sentjur13.4 
 9. Bubnic, Helios13.1 
 10. Rupnik, Geoplin12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos MILJKOVIC
  Rogaska
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.7 
 2. Djugum, Geoplin7.8 
 3. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.7.4 
 4. Nuhanovic, Elektra7.0 
 5. Nelson, Sentjur6.9 
 6. Sviridov, Polzela6.8 
 7. Mucic, Maribor6.8 
 8. Soldo, LTHcast6.7 
 9. Omic, Zlatorog6.5 
 10. Zolotic, Maribor6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Patrick REMBERT
  Sentjur
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Rembert, Sentjur5.3 
 2. Rupnik, Geoplin5.2 
 3. Hohler, Polzela4.4 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.0 
 5. Tomic, Rogaska3.8 
 6. Prepelic, Helios3.7 
 7. Jovanovic, Maribo.3.7 
 8. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.4 
 9. Zagorc, Elektra3.3 
 10. Gay, Helios3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Tomic, Rogaska1.8 
 2. Vasl, Polzela1.8 
 3. Gay, Helios1.7 
 4. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.6 
 5. Vujasinovic, Zlato.1.6 
 6. Urbas, Parklji1.5 
 7. Rupnik, Geoplin1.5 
 8. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.5 
 9. Maric, Sentjur1.5 
 10. Lelic, Elektra1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Travis NELSON
  Sentjur
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Nelson, Sentjur1.2 
 2. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.2 
 3. Omic, Zlatorog1.1 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela1.1 
 5. Cresnar, Helios0.9 
 6. Djugum, Geoplin0.8 
 7. Hannibal, Polzela0.8 
 8. Miljkovic, Rogaska0.6 
 9. Bajramlic, Elektra0.6 
 10. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 


1B Stats Leaders

D2 Standings
 1. Grosuplje 20-5
 2. Postojna 19-6
 3. Sencur CP 19-6
 4. Splosna plovba 17-9
 5. Triglav Strazisce 16-9
 6. Branik 14-11
 7. Terme Olimia 13-12
 8. Hrastnik 11-14
 9. Medvode 10-15
 10. Radenska 10-16
 11. Jance Prit 9-16
 12. Konjice 8-15
 13. Litija 8-17
 14. Nova Gorica 0-26

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 7: Medvode - Sencur CP 82-77
Apr. 7: Litija - Konjice 72-79
Apr. 7: Splosna plovba - Hrastnik 67-94
Apr. 7: Grosuplje - Postojna 66-62
Apr. 7: Triglav Strazisce - Terme Olimia 58-63
Apr. 10: Jance Prit - Branik 105-108 OT


Dejan Mlakar gets MVP of the Week award for Slovenian D2 - by Eurobasket News

Dejan Mlakar (192-G-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Jance Prit and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com D2 Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 35 points adding nine rebounds and eight assists for Jance Prit as his team was edged out by Branik (#6, 14-11) in overtime 108-105. Jance Prit maintains the 12th position in Slovenian D2. Jance Prit is currently ranked second from the bottom. But it was their 16th lost game this season out of 25 games. In the team's last game Mlakar had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Jance Prit and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mlakar has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.1ppg), assists (2nd best: 4.8apg) and averages solid 52.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old guard Matic Ribic (186-G-85) of Konjice. Ribic impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 4 rebounds. Of course Konjice cruised to a 79-72 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Litija (#13, 8-17). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Konjice managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 11th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-15 record. Ribic is a newcomer at Konjice and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Matic Babic (90) of Hrastnik (#8). Babic showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Hrastnik, leading his team to a 94-67 easy win against the higher-ranked Splosna plovba (#4, 17-9). The chances of Hrastnik ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Babic could help Hrastnik to bring them higher in the standings. Babic has a very solid season. In 23 games in Slovenia he scored 6.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milan Klepo (211-C-80) of Postojna - 20 points and 8 rebounds
5. Davorin Skornik (211-C-81) of Konjice - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Matic Korosec (194-F-89) of Triglav Strazisce - 24 points and 9 rebounds
7. Jan Tratnik (190-G-89) of Branik - 20 points and 3 rebounds
8. Beno Pungartnik (192-G-82) of Terme Olimia - 15 points and 12 rebounds
9. Davor Barovic (211-C-90) of Branik - 14 points and 10 rebounds
10. Klemen Panic (180-PG-91) of Litija - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Mannheim 2012: Spain hold off USA - by Eurobasket News