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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Standings

O Standings
 1. Philip.Patriots 13-3 
 2. Petron Blaze 13-4 
 3. Satria Muda 8-9 
 4. KL Dragons 7-9 
 5. Saigon H. 6-9 
 6. Singapore S. 6-9 
 7. Bangkok C. 5-9 
 8. Thailand S. 5-11 

Regular Season: Round 16

Apr. 14: Satria Muda - KL Dragons 98-80
Apr. 14: Petron Blaze - Philip.Patriots 93-78
Apr. 15: Bangkok C. - Thailand S.


Indonesia Warriors land Evan Brock and Stanley Pringle - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors reinforced their squad. They landed Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) and Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.).
Evan Brock started the season in Dominican Republic. The forward played for Leones de Santo Domingo. His stats read 20.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Later Evan Brock signed with Quilmes in Argentina. The forward delivered 8.2 points, 3.3 rebounds per game in LigaA. Eventually Evan Brock moved to Puerto Rico to ink deal with Brujos de Guayama. His stats read 9.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per appearance in BSN. Previously Evan Brock had stints in the WBA, South Korea, Venezuela, D-League and Mexico. He was named WBA Rookie of the Year in 2007.
Stanley Pringle arrived from Ukraine. The guard played for DniproAzot Dniprodzerzhinsk. Stanley Pringle averaged 15.0 points, 4.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance in Superleague. Previously the guard had spells in Poland and Belgium.



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 4

BIG V

Apr. 14: Corio Bay - Diamond V.E.
Apr. 14: Sherbrooke S. - Hume City
Apr. 14: Eltham W. - Melbourne
Apr. 14: Bulleen B. - Ringwood H.
Apr. 15: Waverley F. - Bulleen B.

Central ABL

Apr. 14: N.Adelaide R. - Norwood F.
Apr. 14: S.Adelaide P. - South.Tigers
Apr. 14: W.Adelaide B. - Woodville W.
Apr. 14: C.District L. - Eastern M.
Apr. 14: Forestville E. - Sturt S.

SEABL

Apr. 12: Dandenong - Knox R. 87-84
Apr. 13: Ballarat M. - Bendigo B. 84-70
Apr. 13: Hobart C. - Geelong S. 74-93
Apr. 13: Canberra G. - Mt Gambier 71-82
Apr. 14: Brisbane S. - Mt Gambier
Apr. 14: Frankston B. - Ballarat M.
Apr. 14: NW Tasmania - Geelong S.
Apr. 14: Knox R. - Sandringham S.
Apr. 14: Kilsyth C. - Nunawading S.
Apr. 15: Bendigo B. - Albury W.B.
Apr. 15: Nunawading S. - Frankston B.

WARATAH

Apr. 14: Parramatta W. - Illawarra H.
Apr. 14: Hills H. - Norths Bears
Apr. 14: Sutherland S. - Cent.Coast C.
Apr. 14: Colonial Hotel - Manly Warr.
Apr. 14: Maitland M. - Sydney C.
Apr. 15: Hills H. - Manly Warr.
Apr. 15: Bankstown B. - Norths Bears


Standings - SBL

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Apr. 13: Perth R. - East Perth E. 97-110
Apr. 14: Stirling S. - Wanneroo W. 95-109
Apr. 14: Goldfield G. - Willetton T. 94-86
Apr. 14: East Perth E. - Geraldton B. 87-96
Apr. 14: SW Slammers - Kalamunda E.S. 81-68
Apr. 14: Mandurah M. - Rockingham F. 111-75
Apr. 13: Cockburn C. - SW Slammers 107-72
Apr. 13: Lakeside L. - Perry Lakes H. 104-92
Apr. 15: Rockingham F. - Geraldton B.



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 18-7 
 2. Antwerp 17-8 
 3. Oostende 17-8 
 4. Aalstar 14-11 
 5. Leuven 12-12 
 6. M.Hainaut 12-13 
 7. Gent 9-17 
 8. Liege 8-16 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 5-20 

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 14: Gent - Liege 82-55
Apr. 14: Oostende - M.Hainaut 78-54
Apr. 12: Spirou - Antwerp 70-61
Apr. 14: Verviers-Pep. - Aalstar 69-63

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 18: M.Hainaut - Verviers-Pep.
Apr. 18: Gent - Oostende
Apr. 18: Liege - Spirou
Apr. 18: Leuven - Aalstar


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Copeland, Aalstar20.2 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.4 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende15.3 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.3 
 5. Black, Antwerp13.9 
 6. Haynes, Gent13.8 
 7. Broyles, Spirou13.6 
 8. Love, Verviers-Pep.13.4 
 9. Freeman, Leuven13.3 
 10. Green, Spirou13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Graham BROWN
  Gent
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Brown, Gent8.0 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.6 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.5 
 4. Young, Aalstar7.0 
 5. McLean, Leuven7.0 
 6. Merriex, Verviers.6.7 
 7. Mukubu, Verviers.6.4 
 8. Booker, Oostende6.0 
 9. Jackson, Aalstar5.9 
 10. Bostic, Liege5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Waters, Liege4.1 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.5 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven3.5 
 4. Bosco, Gent3.1 
 5. Black, Antwerp3.1 
 6. Slaughter, M.Hai.3.0 
 7. Bostic, Liege2.8 
 8. Steinbach, Aalstar2.6 
 9. Winston, Oostende2.6 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Adeola DAGUNDURO
  Leuven
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dagunduro, Leuven2.4 
 2. Mukubu, Verviers.2.1 
 3. Black, Antwerp2.1 
 4. Bosco, Gent1.9 
 5. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 6. Hopkins, Antwerp1.8 
 7. Muya, Liege1.7 
 8. Bostic, Liege1.6 
 9. Slaughter, M.Hai.1.5 
 10. Steinbach, Aalstar1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.5 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.8 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.6 
 4. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.7 
 7. Vaughn, Antwerp0.6 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 9. Mukubu, Verviers.0.5 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar0.5 


D1 Round 28: Antwerp Giants lose #1 position - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Round 28 in D1 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Charleroi where host Spirou Charleroi (18-7) beat league's leader Antwerp Giants (17-8) 70-61 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Antwerp Giants. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Antwerp Giants won third quarter 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Spirou Charleroi won last quarter 22-14. American swingman Dwayne Broyles (196-82, college: JMU, agency: Higher Vision Sports) fired 17 points for the winners. International forward Christophe Beghin (207-80, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Antwerp Giants at the other side dropped to the second place with eight games lost. They share the position with Oostende. They were replaced at the leadership position by Spirou. Antwerp Giants will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Spirou Charleroi will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Belgacom Liege on the road.
Bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the four-game losing streak. This time they won against fourth-ranked Okapi Aalstar 69-63. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Bingo Merriex (204-80, college: TCU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Jason Love contributed with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Okapi Aalstar. VOO Verviers-Pepinster maintains ninth position with 5-20 record. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against higher ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Quaregnon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Okapi Aalstar will play on the road against Leuven Bears and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Gent supposed to be also quite interesting. 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (8-16) played at the court of eighth ranked Optima Gent (9-17). Optima Gent smashed Belgacom Liege 82-55 on Saturday. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of Graham Brown who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 rebounds. Optima Gent's coach Yves Defraigne felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side Josh Bostic responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Optima Gent moved-up to seventh place. Loser Belgacom Liege dropped to the eighth position with 16 games lost. Optima Gent will meet at home higher ranked Base Oostende (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Belgacom Liege will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.

In the last game of round 28 M.Hainaut was crushed by Oostende in a road game 78-54.
The best stats of 28th round was 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Matt Lojeski of Oostende.


Verviers-Pep. - Aalstar 69-63

Bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the four-game losing streak. This time they won against fourth-ranked Okapi Aalstar 69-63. Okapi Aalstar was ahead by 10 points at the halftime before a 34-18 second half run of VOO Verviers-Pepinster. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Okapi Aalstar to just 5 points in third quarter. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Bingo Merriex (204-80, college: TCU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Jason Love (206-87, college: Xavier) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Stefon Jackson (196-85, college: UTEP) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Okapi Aalstar. VOO Verviers-Pepinster maintains ninth position with 5-20 record. Okapi Aalstar at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against higher ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Quaregnon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Okapi Aalstar will play on the road against Leuven Bears and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: B.Merriex 21+10reb+2ast, J.Love 15+11reb, W.Boss Mukubu 12+4reb+2ast, T.Thompson 8+7reb+4ast, M.De Zeeuw 8+1reb+2ast, S.Moris 5+3reb
Aalstar: C.Copeland 18+10reb+1ast, S.Jackson 12+6reb+3ast, A.Gaddefors 10+3reb, K.Kruger 9+4reb+3ast, J.Steinbach 7+3reb+3ast, C.Young 6+9reb
gschID: 132443


Oostende - M.Hainaut 78-54

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (12-13) was crushed on the road by third ranked Base Oostende (17-8) 78-54 on Saturday. The game without a history. Base Oostende led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue) who added 10 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Base Oostende players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Justin Cage (198-85, college: Xavier, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and forward Ahmad Nivins (206-87, college: St.Joseph's) scored 17 points. Belfius Mons-Hainaut's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Base Oostende moved-up to second place, which they share with Antwerp. Loser Belfius Mons-Hainaut dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. Base Oostende will meet Optima Gent (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Oostende: M.Lojeski 19+8reb+4ast, D.Drobnjak 13+1reb+3ast, D.Djordjevic 12+3reb+3ast, C.Booker 10+7reb+2ast, K.Winston 10+3reb+3ast, Q.Serron 6+2reb+2ast
M.Hainaut: A.Nivins 17+3reb+1ast, J.Cage 14+6reb+3ast, Q.Taylor 8+4reb+1ast, A.Slaughter 5+1ast, I.Maras 5+6reb+1ast, S.Bellin 2+2reb
gschID: 132444


Spirou - Antwerp 70-61

Round 28 in D1 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Charleroi where host Spirou Charleroi (18-7) beat league's leader Antwerp Giants (17-8) 70-61 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Antwerp Giants. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Antwerp Giants won third quarter 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Spirou Charleroi won last quarter 22-14. American swingman Dwayne Broyles (196-82, college: JMU, agency: Higher Vision Sports) fired 17 points for the winners. International forward Christophe Beghin (207-80, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and Tunisian center Salah Mejri (216-86) added 11 points, 11 rebounds and 7 blocks respectively for lost side. Four Antwerp Giants players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Antwerp Giants at the other side dropped to the second place with eight games lost. They share the position with Oostende. They were replaced at the leadership position by Spirou. Antwerp Giants will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Spirou Charleroi will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Belgacom Liege on the road.
Top scorers:
Spirou: D.Broyles 17+3reb, C.Beghin 13+5reb+1ast, T.Huffman 13+4reb+1ast, C.Hill 9+1reb+1ast, C.Green 5+5reb+3ast, J.Hamilton 5+1reb+2ast
Antwerp: M.Roll 17+6reb+1ast, R.Moors 13+1reb+3ast, S.Mejri 11+11reb, T.Black 10+4reb+2ast, R.Biggs 5+1reb, B.Hopkins 3+2reb
gschID: 132441


Gent - Liege 82-55

The game in Gent supposed to be also quite interesting. 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (8-16) played at the court of eighth ranked Optima Gent (9-17). Optima Gent smashed Belgacom Liege 82-55 on Saturday. The game without a history. Optima Gent led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Belgacom Liege to just 4 points in second quarter. Optima Gent dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Belgacom Liege's 28. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of center Graham Brown (205-84, college: Michigan) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 rebounds and center Brian Heinle (207-78, college: CS Northridge, agency: Court Side) who added 7 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Optima Gent players scored in double figures. Optima Gent's coach Yves Defraigne felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) scored 8 points and 5 assists. Optima Gent moved-up to seventh place. Loser Belgacom Liege dropped to the eighth position with 16 games lost. Optima Gent will meet at home higher ranked Base Oostende (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Belgacom Liege will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Gent: G.Brown 14+7reb+3ast, L.Bosco 14+2reb+2ast, M.Haynes 14+3reb+1ast, L.Louves 10+3reb, M.Jenkins 10+4reb+2ast, S.Geukens 8+5reb+2ast
Liege: J.Bostic 16+10reb+2ast, G.Muya 11+6reb, P.Gillet 9+2reb, D.Waters 8+4reb+5ast, T.Jennings 6+7reb, G.Hockins 3+4reb
gschID: 132442



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

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

Second Stage: Round 7

Apr. 14: Siroki WWin - Capljina 96-64
Apr. 14: Bosna - Igokea 67-82
Apr. 14: Varda HE - Mladost 66-58

Second Stage: Round 8

Apr. 17: Igokea - Varda HE
Apr. 17: Mladost - Siroki WWin
Apr. 17: Capljina - Bosna



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  BRAZIL   


Winner/Limeira edge Joinville in eighth-final opener - by Eurobasket News

Winner/Limeira recorded the first win over Joinville in the NBB eighth-final series. Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) and Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) posted 17 points each to lead the winners.
Joinville eked out a narrow 15:13 lead ten minutes into the game. The teams exchanged baskets throughout intense second quarter. Joinville managed to remain on top taking a 39:37 halftime lead. The visitors stretched the margin in the third term. They piled up a 5-point lead before the fourth frame 59:54. But Winner/Limeira turned things around in the final stanza. The hosts went on a stunning 23:10 run to surge ahead and sealed the victory. Diego Pinheiro (195-F/G-80) and Jhonatan Luz dos Santos (196-F/G-87) provided 9 points each for Winner/Limeira. Kojo Mensah (185-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duquesne) answered with 30 points for Joinville. Luiz Felipe Lemes (193-G-80, college: BYU) had 11 points in the loss.



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 24-3 
 2. Levski Sofia 21-5 
 3. Rilski Sportist 16-10 
 4. Tundja Yambol 16-10 
 5. Cherno More 10-16 
 6. Balkan 9-17 
 7. Spartak Pleven 6-20 
 8. Chernomorets 3-24 

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 14: Lukoil Academik - Chernomorets 87-53
Apr. 17: Rilski Sportist - Levski Sofia
Apr. 17: Tundja Yambol - Balkan
Apr. 17: Cherno More - Spartak Pleven


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Harper, Levski S.20.3 
 2. Durchev, Tundja Y.17.8 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More17.7 
 4. Stankov, Spartak17.4 
 5. Pavlovski, Chernom.15.9 
 6. Govedarov, Tundja15.6 
 7. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.3 
 8. Vukosavljevi., Ril.15.0 
 9. Mirkovic, Rilski S.15.0 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.11.1 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.9.7 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.9 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.8 
 5. Todorov, Spartak6.6 
 6. Marojevic, Balkan6.6 
 7. Marintchechk., Bal.6.4 
 8. Georgiev, Levski S.6.3 
 9. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.1 
 10. Zahariev, Rilski5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.7 
 2. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.5 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.0 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.7 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.2 
 6. Howell, Levski Sof.3.8 
 7. Filipov, Balkan3.5 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja3.3 
 9. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.3 
 10. Hall, Levski Sofia3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.1 
 3. Dunovic, Chernomo.2.0 
 4. Roshmanov, Cherno.2.0 
 5. Harper, Levski S.1.9 
 6. Howell, Levski Sof.1.9 
 7. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.8 
 8. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 9. Zhelev, Cherno M.1.6 
 10. Petkov, Tundja Y.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kiril PAVLOVSKI
  Chernomo.
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.1 
 2. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 3. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.0 
 4. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 5. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.7 
 6. Martin, Balkan0.7 
 7. Aleksov, Chernomo.0.6 
 8. Marojevic, Balkan0.6 
 9. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 
 10. Gocevski, Tundja0.6 



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 8

Championship

Apr. 14: Jolly - KK Zagreb CO 87-95
Apr. 14: KK Split - Cedevita 80-78
Apr. 14: Cibona - Svjetlost 79-64
Apr. 14: Zabok - Zadar 73-82

Play-Out

Apr. 14: Darda - Kvarner 2010 66-54
Apr. 15: Dubrovnik - Alkar Sinj
Apr. 15: Borik - Krizevci


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Mimica, KK Split19.5 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner18.1 
 3. Ross, Jolly17.6 
 4. Simovic, Kvarner15.7 
 5. Vrbanc, Zadar15.3 
 6. Stimac, Svjetlost15.1 
 7. Sobin, KK Split14.6 
 8. Kruslin, Zabok14.3 
 9. Grgat, Krizevci14.1 
 10. Peraica, Darda13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ive IVANOV
  Zadar
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Ivanov, Zadar7.5 
 2. Stimac, Svjetlost7.3 
 3. Simovic, Kvarner7.3 
 4. Sobin, KK Split6.7 
 5. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.7 
 6. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.6 
 7. Peraica, Darda6.5 
 8. Grgat, Krizevci5.8 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar5.8 
 10. Vrsaljko, Jolly5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci4.9 
 2. Ross, Jolly4.5 
 3. Blajic, Kvarner4.1 
 4. Subotic, KK Split4.1 
 5. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.8 
 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: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Kostomaj, Svjet.2.1 
 3. Blajic, Kvarner2.0 
 4. Bicvic, Darda2.0 
 5. Ceskovic, Kvarner1.5 
 6. Zadnik, Zadar1.5 
 7. Sarlija, Borik1.5 
 8. Stimac, Svjetlost1.5 
 9. Puljko, Jolly1.5 
 10. Mimica, KK Split1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.5 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.4 
 3. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 4. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Buva, Krizevci0.8 
 6. Vukovic, KK Split0.8 
 7. Kastropil, Zadar0.6 
 8. Sobin, KK Split0.6 
 9. Diminic, Dubrovnik0.5 
 10. Babic, KK Split0.5 



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Peter SEDMAK
  USK Praha
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Sedmak, USK Praha19.7 
 2. Pope, Chomutov19.6 
 3. McFadden, Usti n.18.5 
 4. Grant, Levice18.5 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov17.6 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha17.1 
 7. Houska, BK Decin15.2 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.15.0 
 9. Meno, Svitavy14.8 
 10. Wilson, CEZ N.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.9 
 2. Meno, Svitavy8.4 
 3. Pesic, Inter B.8.1 
 4. Gottselig, Usti n.8.0 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.8 
 6. Naymick, CEZ N.7.7 
 7. Peterson, BK Prost.7.4 
 8. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.4 
 9. Modric, Levice6.9 
 10. Houska, BK Decin6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.3 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy5.1 
 3. Sotnar, USK Praha4.7 
 4. Vrubl, Plzen4.6 
 5. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 6. Wright, NH Ostrava4.6 
 7. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.2 
 8. Barnes, BC Kolin4.0 
 9. Sirina, B&W Opava4.0 
 10. Pope, Chomutov3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaan AMES
  BC Kolin
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ames, BC Kolin2.6 
 2. Ubilla, Inter B.2.5 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.2 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.0 
 6. Klecka, B&W Opava1.9 
 7. Sirina, B&W Opava1.9 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 9. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 10. Longmire, Usti n.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.4 
 3. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.3 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.2 
 5. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 6. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.9 
 7. Reese, Usti n.0.9 
 8. Grant, Levice0.9 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.8 
 10. Meno, Svitavy0.8 



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  D-LEAGUE   

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. Efevberha, Iowa E.19.6 
 6. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 7. Costner, Los A.19.5 
 8. Millsap, Los A.19.3 
 9. Ubiles, Dakota W.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, Canton12.4 
 3. Dawson, Austin T.10.5 
 4. Butch, Bakersfi.10.0 
 5. Foote, Springfield9.2 
 6. Thomas, Los A.9.2 
 7. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 8. Williams, Texas L.8.9 
 9. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
 10. Horner, Springfi.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.0 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 4. Wise, Bakersfield6.3 
 5. Curry, Springfield6.2 
 6. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.5.8 
 8. Bailey, Idaho S.5.8 
 9. Baker, Dakota W.5.7 
 10. Johnson, Austin5.6 
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, Springfield2.2 
 4. Hannah, Dakota W.2.1 
 5. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 6. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 7. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 8. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 9. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
 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.2.0 
 7. Hill, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.7 
 9. Dawson, Austin T.1.6 
 10. Strong, Iowa E.1.6 


Cavs recall Luke Harangody from D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled forward Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) from the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today.

Harangody was assigned to Canton on March 6th and played in 16 regular season games (all starts) with the Charge, averaging 19.4 points on .486 shooting, including .413 from three-point range, and 12.6 rebounds in 36.0 minutes per game. In the Charges first-ever playoff game last night, Harangody totaled 16 points on 6-12 shooting (.500), nine rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes in Cantons 108-93 victory over the Springfield Armor. He is available for the Cavaliers game tonight at Washington.

The 6-foot-8 forward has appeared in 15 games with Cleveland this season, posting averages of 1.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



D-Fenders advance past Energy - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles D-Fenders edged the Iowa Energy 94-92 on Saturday night at Toyota Sports Center and advanced to the second round of the NBA Development League Playoffs.

Despite trailing 56-51 after the first two quarters of play, the D-Fenders turned their deficit into a two-point lead at the end of the third after holding the Energy to 29.4 percent shooting from the field and forcing seven turnovers. With eight lead changes and four ties occurring in the final quarter, the D-Fenders managed to go up by three points with 56 seconds remaining before closing out the win on a late-game defensive possession.

Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-C-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: San Diego St.) totaled a team-high 20 points (6-9 FG, 8-8 FT), Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) recorded 19 points along with six rebounds and two steals, and Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) tallied 14 points, six assists and a game-high five steals for the D-Fenders. Additionally, Mardy Collins finished with 13 points and five assists off the bench in the win.

Iowa (0-2), who was the defending D-League champion, was paced by Curtis Stinson (6'3''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) (22 points [10-18 FG], 7 assists), Mike Efevberha (19 points, 7 rebounds) and Ben Strong (14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks). Meanwhile, Andrew Drevo pitched in 10 points along with six assists to round out the Energy players who registered double-digit scoring efforts.

In a game that saw 17 lead changes and 13 ties, the D-Fenders outscored the Energy 22-8 on the fast break and forced 23 turnovers.

The D-Fenders will start the second round on the road versus the winner of the Bakersfield-Dakota series after finishing the regular season as the top team in the league with a D-League all-time best 38-12 record.

Courtesy of D-League



Day #2 - The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) - Thursday, April 12, 2012 - Portsmouth, Virginia - by Adam Prossin

Day 2 Scores - Thursday, April 12, 2012:

Game #3 - Norfolk Sports Club (80) vs. K & D Rounds Landscaping (67) (Consolation Round)
Game #4 Roger Browns (74) vs. Sales System LTD (71) (OT)
Game #5 Portsmouth Partnership (85) vs. Mike Duman (79)

Game #3 Summary - Norfolk Sports Club (80) vs. . K & D Rounds Landscaping (67) (Consolation Round)

Day 2 of the 60th Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) commenced with the first Consolation Round game. The 2 teams that lost their opening games the prior night faced off in a game that would seed them for the final days games on Saturday April 14, 2012.

Norfolk Sports Club (NSC) & K & D Rounds Landscaping (K&D) squared off and battled throughout the first half. The two teams traded the lead throughout the half and went to the locker room with K&D up on NSC by 1 point at 35-34. Mitchell Watt (6'10''-F-89) of K&D had a very strong first half with 12 points on 5-8 shooting, 5 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal. Both teams struggled from long range with NSC hitting 1-9 from 3 point range and K&D making only 1-8 before halftime.

In the 2nd the teams kept it close until about the 5:00 minute mark when NSC started to extend their lead and put the game away. NSC held a 5 point lead at 64-59 at that point. The NSC team, in the red jerseys, then scored 3 straight baskets helped by 2 consecutive blocked shots by Augustus Gilchrist (6'10''-F/C-89) and NSC were leading 70-59 with 3:30 to play. At the 2:20 mark, with K&D pressing, NSCs solid defense led to a long outlet pass to Wendell McKines (6'6''-F-88) who took it to the hoop and slammed it home with authority leaving the score at 74-61. Shortly thereafter NSC came up with the ball again on defense and another long outlet pass, this time to Charlie Westbrook (6'4''-G), led to uncontested slam followed immediately by Westbrook going one on one for another score. This had NSC leading 78-61 with only 1:45 left. K&D scored the final 2 baskets of the game but it was not enough as NSC ended with a 13 point win at 80-67.

The scoring for NSC was spread out fairly evenly amongst their top 5 scorers who were all in double figures. Charlie Westbrook and Alex Young (6'6''-G/F) finished with 15 points each, Mitchell Watt finished with 14 while Wendell McKines and Dominique Morrison (6'6''-F) ended with 12 points each. Augustus Gilchrist had a monster game on the boards finishing with a game high 17 rebounds while Wendell McKines added 14 boards for NSC who held a 69-43 advantage over K&D on the glass for the game.

K&Ds effort was paced by Rakim Sanders (6'5''-G/F-89) with a game high 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Overall the shooting in this game was poor with NSC going 34-88 for 38.6FG% and only 2-16 from the 3 point line. K&D shot only 27-77 for 35.1 FG% and only 2-17 from behind the 3 point arc. They were only 11-20 from the foul line as well.

The win by NSC advanced them into the 5th place game while K&D were relegated to the 7th place game on Saturday.

Norfolk Sports Club (80) Westbrook 15, Young 15, Watt 14, McKines 12, Morrison 12, Gilchrist 8, Jones 4, Hobbs 0
K & D Rounds Landscaping (67) Sanders 18, Dendy 9, Hinkle 8, Bazemore 8, Bryant 8, Rosen 6, Jones 6, Moore 4

Game #4 Summary - Roger Browns (74) vs. Sales System LTD (71) (OT)

The 2nd game of this 2nd day started with Sales Systems LTD (SSL)s Matt Gatens (6'5''-G-89) hitting a 3 pointer followed by Gatens scoring on a short range shot for a 5-0 lead by SSL at the 18:36 mark. The 1st half was a close affair after that with Roger Browns (RB) tying it at 9-9 with 13:16 left in the half. SSL jumped out to a 7 point lead at 18-11 with 9:15 on the clock and again up by 7 with 0:38 left at 31-24. However RB did not give up as the fought down the stretch in the first to close the gap before they went to the locker room for halftime. Terrance Henry (6'10''-F-89) took it to the hoop strong on a fastbreak followed by solid defense by RB. Henry then scored again on a nice drive along the baseline to end the half down by only 1 point at 37-36. At this point Henry looked like he was starting to take over the game for RB.

The 2nd half was close. Henry scored with 14:20 left to give RB their first lead of the game at 43-42. The teams traded the lead a few times after that and were tied at 62 with 5:00 minutes to play. SSL took a 4 point lead at 66-62 with 3:32 left but they could not score again in the game and RB was able to tie it on the final play of the game with Carlon Brown (6'5''-G-89)'s slam to end regulation time tied at 66.

In overtime the teams traded baskets and RB was up by 1 point with 0:18 left. SSL had a chance to take the lead with 15 seconds to play but missed the shot and the game ended with a slam by Carlon Brown that gave RB a 3 point 74-71 overtime victory sending RB to the semi-final on Friday night and SSL relegated to the consolation round.

Roger Browns had a nice team effort with 4 players in double figures and 3 players with 9 points. Ricardo Ratliffe (6'8''-F-89) led the way with 13 points on 6-13 shooting and added 10 rebounds & 2 blocked shots. Ken Horton (6'6''-F) had 12 points to go with 8 rebounds. Terrance Henry and Carlon Brown each contributed 10 points as well for RBs. Garrett Stutz (7'0''-C-90) had a game high of 14 rebounds for RBs and Wesley Witherspoon (6'9''-G/F-90) had 4 blocks.

Sales Systems LTD was led by Chris Johnson (6'6''-F-90) with a game high 18 points on 7-12 shooting and 4-9 from behind the 3 point arc. Tsung-Hsien Chang (6'4''-G-88) added 13 points on 3-12 shooting. Matt Gatens and Eric Griffin (6'8''-F) contributed 12 points each as well for SSL.

Roger Browns (74) Ratliff 13, Horton 12, Henry 10, Brown 10, Robinson 9, Stutz 9, Witherspoon 9, Gutierrez 2
Sales System LTD (71) Johnson 18, Chang 13, Gatens 12, Griffin 12, Gibson 6, Fogg 6, Pope 4, Sanders 0

Game #5 Summary - Portsmouth Partnership (85) vs. Mike Duman (79)

The 5th game of the PIT was all Portsmouth Partnership (PP) in the 1st half. The first 4 minutes were close with PP leading Mike Duman (MD) by 1 at 6-5 with 15:50 to play. PP then took control and jumped out to leads of 27-14 after a successful 3 point attempt by David Michaels (6'7''-GF-90) at the 8 minute mark. PP were up by 17 points by the 2:39 mark at 42-25. PP ended the 1st half with a 12 point 45-33 lead. Jamychal Green (6'8''-F-90) had a monster 1st half scoring 12 points on 6-9 shooting for PP.

Mike Duman came out in the 2nd half with something to prove and after shooting only 37.9 FG% in the 1st half they shot 47.4 FG% in the 2nd. By the 12:00 minute mark MD had narrowed the 12 point halftime deficit down to only 1 point and were trailing 56-55. With 9:03 left in the game Ashton Gibbs (6'2''-G-90) 3 pointer gave MD their first lead at 60-59 since they scored the games 1st basket to make it 2-0. The teams traded scores the rest of the way in a close battle. With 3:20 left Jamychal Green's dunk broke a 73-73 tie. PP stayed in control the rest of the way & held MD to only 2 scored baskets in the final 2 minutes to pull out an 85-79 victory.

The victory propels PP into the semi-Finals and sends Mike Duman to the consolation round.

Jamychal Green was the story of this game. Green had a game high total of 29 points on 14-18 shooting to go with his 10 rebounds for Portsmouth Partnership. Jordan Theodore (6'0''-G) added 14 points and Nick Barbour (6'3''-G-89) and David Michaels contributed 10 each for PP.

Ashton Gibbs led the way for Mike Duman with 23 points while shooting 8-12, 3-5 from the 3 and 4-5 from the foul line. Kim English (6'6''-G/F-88) scored 22 for MD and Julian Mavunga (6'8''-F-90) added 15.

Portsmouth Partnership (85) Green 29, Theodore 14, Barbour 10, Michaels 10, Burgess 9, Gates 7, Bellfield 3, Idlet 3
Mike Duman (79) Gibbs 23, English 22, Mavunga 15, Weems 8, Robinson 7, Kuric 2, Hyman 2, Fernandez 0



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  ESTONIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.9 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.1 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.3 
 4. Cipruss, Tarvas16.8 
 5. Soo, Rapla16.7 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.2 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 8. Pilk, TTU15.3 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.7 
 10. Akenparg, TTU14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.2 
 2. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.2 
 4. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.6 
 6. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.4 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla7.1 
 8. Pilk, TTU6.6 
 9. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.4 
 10. Allingu, Tartu U.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.3 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.9 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 5. Sirsnins, Tarvas3.6 
 6. Pilk, TTU3.6 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas3.4 
 8. Raap, Parnu3.3 
 9. Keedus, TTU3.0 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.2 
 3. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 4. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 5. Kaldre, Rapla2.1 
 6. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas2.0 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 9. Raap, Parnu1.8 
 10. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.4 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 6. Hallik, Tarvas0.5 
 7. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.5 
 8. Veski, Tarvas0.5 
 9. Keedus, TTU0.4 
 10. Makke, TTU0.4 


KML Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Rapla advance into semifinals - by Eurobasket News

TTU - Rapla 62-68

Rapla sealed their semifinal appearance after edging TTU on the road in Game 4. TTU was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 23-16 charge of Rapla, which allowed them to win the game. They made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game, while TTU only scored seven points from the stripe. Rapla forced 20 TTU turnovers. Strangely TTU outrebounded Rapla 44-26 including a 21-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. 30 personal fouls committed by TTU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Andre Parn (200-F-77) fired 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93) chipped in 15 points. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) produced 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
TTU: K.Makke 16+5reb, K.Keres 12+3reb+1ast, I.Pilk 12+7reb+6ast, K.Akenparg 10+6reb+2ast, J.Puidet 4+9reb+1ast, M.Kaja 4+2reb+3ast
Rapla: R.Laane 15+3reb+2ast, A.Parn 14+7reb+1ast, J.Soo 13+2reb+2ast, S.Kaldre 11+2reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 8+4reb+1ast, A.Antson 4+2reb
gschID: 174110



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  EUROCUP   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ramel CURRY
  BC Donetsk
  (192-G-80)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Curry, BC Donetsk16.4 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv15.9 
 3. Traore, Lokomotiv15.3 
 4. Simmons, CEZ N.15.1 
 5. Seibutis, Lietuv.14.3 
 6. Wood, ALBA14.2 
 7. Beverley, Spart.13.5 
 8. Davis, Banvit BK13.1 
 9. Caner-Medley, Vale.12.8 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv8.4 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.3 
 3. Traore, Lokomotiv7.1 
 4. Roberts, Lietuvos.6.6 
 5. Francis, ALBA6.3 
 6. Caner-Medley, Vale.6.0 
 7. Radenovic, BC Do.6.0 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.5.9 
 9. Kerusch, Aris5.8 
 10. Kavaliauskas, VEF5.8 
Assists Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  ALBA
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Wood, ALBA5.4 
 2. Halperin, Spart.5.3 
 3. Planinic, Khimky4.9 
 4. Rice, Lietuvos.4.7 
 5. Ermis, Banvit BK4.5 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.2 
 7. Markovic, Valencia4.2 
 8. Becirovic, Benetto.4.0 
 9. De Colo, Valencia3.7 
 10. Avdalovic, BC Do.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 2. Ermis, Banvit BK1.9 
 3. Albicy, Gravelines1.8 
 4. Davis, Banvit BK1.8 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.8 
 6. Claver, Valencia1.6 
 7. De Colo, Valencia1.6 
 8. Massey, Lokomotiv1.6 
 9. Weaver, ALBA1.6 
 10. Caner-Medley, Val.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Aris
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Muldrow, Aris2.3 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.7 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 4. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.5 
 5. Armstrong, AS.1.3 
 6. Issa, Gravelines1.1 
 7. Fofana, AS.1.1 
 8. Roberts, Lietuvos.0.9 
 9. Likhodey, Spart.0.9 
 10. Monya, Khimky0.8 


Khimky and Valencia reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Spartak SP - Khimky 73-77
Khimky will play in the EuroCup Final. They defeated Spartak Saint Petersburg in a heart-stopping semifinal battle tonight. Khimky will take on Valencia in the title game tomorrow. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up with 16 points to lead the winners. Khimky gave a warm welcome to the visiting Spartak in the first term. The hosts rushed ahead and built a 13-point lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 14-point mark early in the second quarter. But Spartak gradually woke up and narrowed the deficit at 4-point mark at halftime 38:42. Spartak took over in the third term. The Saint Petersburg team erased the deficit and even pulled in front for a 10-point advantage. But Khimky returned into the game setting up a nail-biting finale. The hosts pulled in front for a narrow 74:73 lead within last minute of regulation. Zoran Planinic got fouled and sank just one free throw to make it 75:73 with 26 seconds remaining. However Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) made a turnover in the next possession. Zoran Planinic nailed just one free throw again to give Spartak Saint Petersburg a chance. Kashirov tried to draw things level with a three-pointer but was blocked by Vitaly Fridzon and Khimky celebrated a tough win at the end. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Zoran Planinic finished with 12 points for the winners. Yotam Halperin and Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) answered with 15 points apiece for Spartak Saint Petersburg.

Valencia - Lietuvos rytas 80-70
Valencia sealed the EuroCup Final appearance. They overcame Lietuvos Rytas in Khimky. Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Maryland) scored 12 points each to pace well-balanced effort from the Spanish team. Valencia jumped to an early lead. They stayed aggressive offensively in the opening quarter and poured in 29 points. The Spaniards piled up a 14-point lead ten minutes into the game. Lietuvos Rytas however stiffened their defence in the second frame. They limited Valencia to 13 points in the quarter to narrow the deficit at 10-point mark 32:42 at halftime. Valencia got back in control in the third frame. Lietuvos Rytas were plagued by misses from behind the arc and Valencia gradually restored a comfortable 13-point lead at the final intermission. Moreover Lietuvos Rytas lost Jonas Valanciunas after he committed the fifth foul. But the Lithuanian powerhouse still fought hard. Babrauaskas knocked down 9 points in a row to narrow the gap at just 6 points 63:69. But three-pointers from Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) and Nando De Colo (202-G-87) kept Valencia in charge. The Spanish team did not allow Lietuvos Rytas within striking distance and rolled to the victory at the end. Victor Claver, Vitor Faverani and Nando De Colo produced 10 points each in the victory. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) provided 21 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Renaldas Seibutis had 15 points in the loss.



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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Blue, KTP22.8 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons20.1 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.1 
 4. Crocker, KTP19.0 
 5. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.9 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 7. Hannah, Kauhajoki18.4 
 8. Holloway, Salon V.18.3 
 9. Hawkins, ToPo18.3 
 10. Newson, Kataja18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.12.2 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.11.2 
 3. Blue, KTP10.4 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.8 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.6 
 6. Newson, Kataja8.7 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.6 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.4 
 9. Brown, Kouvot8.1 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  Namika L.
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Moore, Namika L.5.2 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.8 
 3. Haynes, LrNM.4.8 
 4. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.4 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto4.2 
 6. Sarcevic, KTP4.2 
 7. Virtanen, Kataja3.9 
 8. Walker, Kataja3.8 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.4 
 2. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.2 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, KTP1.7 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 8. Jordan, Kouvot1.6 
 9. Newson, Kataja1.6 
 10. Moore, Namika L.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki1.9 
 2. Fields, Salon Vilp.1.8 
 3. Blue, KTP1.4 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto0.9 
 6. Hamm, LrNM.0.8 
 7. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.8 
 8. Mottola, ToPo0.8 
 9. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.7 
 10. Ahvenniemi, Pyrin.0.7 


Joensuun Kataja and Nilan Bisons swept the Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Pyrinto - KTP 77-70 (2-1)

The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-13. But KTP-Basket won third quarter 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tampereen Pyrinto made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. KTP-Basket was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) who led the winners and scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) accounted for 8 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) came up with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-89) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for KTP-Basket in the defeat. Four KTP-Basket players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 15+7reb+4ast, A.Williams 14+3reb+1ast, A.Nikkila 12+6reb, A.Lehto 9+3reb+2ast, O.Ahvenniemi 8+1reb, D.Williams 8+11reb+2ast
KTP: J.Matinen 15+3reb, B.Sarcevic 13+2reb+3ast, J.Lehtoranta 12+6reb+1ast, T.Blue 12+8reb+4ast, T.Crocker 9+4reb, M.Pounds 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 174490


Kauhajoki - ToPo 85-57 (1-2)

The game without a history. Kauhajoen Karhu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kauhajoen Karhu forced 22 Torpan Pojat turnovers. Strangely Torpan Pojat outrebounded Kauhajoen Karhu 40-27 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led the winners and scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. His fellow American import point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) accounted for 18 points and 8 assists for the winning side. American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and international forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-81, college: UALR) added 10 points respectively for Torpan Pojat 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:
Kauhajoki: K.Beidler 21+9reb+3ast, C.Hannah 18+1reb+8ast, C.Reed 11+1reb, A.Huuskonen 10, E.Skamo 8+6reb+1ast, I.Vuori 5+5reb+2ast
ToPo: C.Griffin 13+6reb+2ast, K.Muurinen 10+2reb, C.Lindbom 9+2reb, T.Heinonen 8+2reb, E.Lehtinen 5+5reb, J.Kyllonen 5+1ast
gschID: 174491


Kataja - Salon Vilpas 85-68 (3-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. Salon Vilpas managed to win fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Joensuun Kataja had a 29-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Salon Vilpas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American forward Jeremy Price (203-88, college: Georgia, agency: Strategic Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). His fellow American import swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) helped adding 16 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and the former international forward Jukka Kataja (197-82) scored 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Kataja: J.Price 23+6reb+1ast, J.Newson 16+4reb+1ast, S.Haanpaa 11+5reb, S.Lehtoranta 8+5reb, P.Virtanen 8+3reb+4ast, A.Kanervo 6+1reb+1ast
Salon Vilpas: A.Durham 19+12reb+1ast, J.Kataja 13+4reb+2ast, A.Vaenerberg 11+1reb+4ast, T.Huolila 6+2reb, S.Kaaresvirta 6+3reb+1ast, M.Ahokas 5
gschID: 174488


Nilan Bisons - LrNMKY 86-81 (3-0)

It looked good early as LrNMKY took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Loimaan Korikonkarit took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 5 points. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Forward Ryan McDade (201-80, college: N.Arizona) accounted for 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Five Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) came up with 28 points and 8 rebounds and forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) added 23 points and 8 rebounds respectively for LrNMKY in the defeat. LrNMKY's coach Lassi Tuovi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 22+10reb+6ast, J.Ivey 17+1reb+3ast, M.Koivisto 16+2reb+1ast, M.Nuutinen 15+4reb+2ast, R.McDade 11+6reb+5ast, C.Jones 3+2reb
LrNMKY: T.Tiedeman 28+8reb+2ast, L.Hamm 23+8reb+2ast, D.Haynes 11+8reb+5ast, J.Jarvinen 5+2reb, P.Riihela 5+2reb, V.Vanjoki 4
gschID: 174489



KORISLIIGA: Bear woke up - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, quarter-finals game # 3: Regular season winner Kataja (Joensuu) is ready for the semi-finals. Kataja won three games in a row in the quarter-finals vs Vilpas (Salo). Tonight Kataja defeated Vilpas Vikings 85-68 (46-31). Vilpas summer vacation has started, even it's far away from summer when looking out of the window. Jeremy Price (203-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) led this time Kataja with 23 points. Allen Durham (198-F-88, college: Grace Bible) (Vilpas) had a double-double 19pts/12rbs. Kataja - Vilpas 3-0.
Also Bisons (Loimaa) can concentrate to the semi-finals. Bisons beat YMCA Lappeennranta by seven/by one/by five points. Today's figures were 86-81 (45-50). Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) and Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) were once again Bisons leading scorers. Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Boise St.) (YMCA LPR) scored game high 28 pts. Bisons - YMCA Lappeenranta 3-0.
Pyrinto (Tampere) saved the home court advantage by winning over KTP (Kotka) 77-70 (43-31). KTP key players were early in foul troubles and that helped Pyrinto during the second half. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) led the hosts with 15pts/7rbs. Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) led KTP with 15pts. Pyrinto - KTP 2-1.
Karhu (Bear), Kauhajoki woke up in game 3 vs Torpan Pojat (Helsinki). ToPo had won the two first contests with 28 and 19 points, but today Karhu crushed ToPo by 28 pts 85-57 (45-32). ToPo shot 2/12 from behind the arc (Karhu 13/31) and ToPo's three American players combined 18 points! Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Mt.St.Mary's) led Karhu with 21pts. Karhu - ToPo 1-2.
Games # 4 on Monday, April 16: KTP - Pyrinto and ToPo - Karhu.
Kataja - Vilpas 85-68 (46-31). (Jeremy Price 23, Jared Newson 16, Samuel Haanpaa 11 - Allen Durham 19/12, Jukka Kataja 13, Alex Vaenerberg 11. A: 1251).
Bisons - YMCA LPR 86-81 (45-50). (Martin Zeno 22/10/6a, Jeb Ivey 17, Mikko Koivisto 16 - Tyler Tiedeman 28/8, Lawrence Hamm 23, DeAndre Haynes 11/5a).
Pyrinto - KTP 77-70 (43-31). (Kenneth Lowe 15/7, Antwine Williams 14, Antti Nikkila 12 - Jukka Matinen 15, Bojan Sarcevic 13, Tim Blue 12/8. A: 1147).
Karhu - ToPo 85-57 (45-32). (Kelly Beidler 21/9, Clevin Hannah 18/8a, Casey Reed 11 - Chase Griffin 13, Kimmo Muurinen 10, Carl Lindbom 9. A: 718).




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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Gravelines 23-3 
 2. Chalon 21-5 
 3. Orleans 18-8 
 4. Nancy 16-10 
 5. Le Mans 16-10 
 6. Paris-Levallois 16-10 
 7. Roanne 14-12 
 8. Cholet 13-13 
 9. Strasbourg 12-14 
 10. Dijon 12-14 
 11. Nanterre 12-14 
 12. ASVEL 11-15 
 13. Poitiers 8-18 
 14. Le Havre 8-18 
 15. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 6-20 
 16. Hyeres-Toulon 2-24 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 14: Cholet - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 93-85
Apr. 14: Strasbourg - Paris-Levallois 88-76
Apr. 14: Nanterre - Poitiers 86-75
Apr. 14: Dijon - ASVEL 84-71
Apr. 14: Gravelines - Le Havre 80-57
Apr. 14: Hyeres-Toulon - Orleans 80-105
Apr. 13: Nancy - Chalon 79-84
Apr. 14: Roanne - Le Mans 73-69

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 21: Chalon - Le Havre
Apr. 21: Le Mans - Hyeres-Toulon
Apr. 21: Orleans - Nanterre
Apr. 20: Paris-Levallois - Cholet
Apr. 21: Poitiers - ASVEL
Apr. 21: Strasbourg - Dijon
Apr. 21: Roanne - Nancy
Apr. 21: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Gravelines


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.20.1 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans17.8 
 3. Hughes, Hyeres-T.17.4 
 4. Williams, Paris-.17.3 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.3 
 6. Hamilton, Paris-.16.6 
 7. Causeur, Cholet16.2 
 8. Schilb, Chalon16.0 
 9. Delaney, Chalon15.8 
 10. Cox, Le Havre15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chinemelu ELONU
  Pau-Lacq.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.2 
 2. Hamilton, Paris-.8.1 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy7.8 
 4. Greer, Strasbourg7.4 
 5. Armstrong, AS.7.0 
 6. Vebobe, Cholet7.0 
 7. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.6.8 
 8. Aminu, Chalon6.8 
 9. Labeyrie, Hyeres-T.6.5 
 10. Falker, Cholet6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon7.6 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.5 
 3. Wise, Le Havre5.6 
 4. Pellin, Orleans5.3 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.1 
 6. Dixon, Dijon5.0 
 7. Barrett, Roanne4.9 
 8. Schilb, Chalon4.8 
 9. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.6 
 10. Tchicamboud, Cha.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Gravelines
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Albicy, Gravelines2.5 
 2. Wise, Le Havre2.0 
 3. Riley, Nanterre2.0 
 4. Linehan, Nancy1.9 
 5. Pellin, Orleans1.8 
 6. Dixon, Dijon1.7 
 7. Nelson, Cholet1.7 
 8. Shuler, Nancy1.7 
 9. Melody, Dijon1.7 
 10. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexis AJINCA
  Strasbourg
  (215-C-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ajinca, Strasbourg2.2 
 2. Gobert, Cholet1.4 
 3. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy1.2 
 5. Hamilton, Paris-.1.1 
 6. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 7. Akpomedah, Grave.0.9 
 8. Williams, Paris-.0.9 
 9. Issa, Gravelines0.9 
 10. Samnick, Nancy0.8 


Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Limoges 24-6 
 2. Boulazac 22-8 
 3. Chalons-Reims 21-9 
 4. Maurienne 19-11 
 5. Fos Ouest 19-11 
 6. Boulogne 17-13 
 7. Bordeaux 17-13 
 8. Lille 16-14 
 9. Bourg 14-16 
 10. St Vallier 14-16 
 11. Antibes 14-16 
 12. Evreux 14-16 
 13. Nantes 13-17 
 14. Le Portel 11-19 
 15. Denain 10-20 
 16. Rouen 10-20 
 17. Quimper 8-22 
 18. Vichy 7-23 
 19. St Etienne 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 13: Bordeaux - Bourg 98-87
Apr. 13: Nantes - Rouen 95-88
Apr. 13: Le Portel - St Vallier 91-85
Apr. 13: Antibes - Boulazac 82-77
Apr. 13: Chalons-Reims - Lille 82-69
Apr. 13: Denain - Maurienne 81-90
Apr. 14: Vichy - Limoges 72-82
Apr. 14: Quimper - Boulogne 68-89
Apr. 13: Evreux - Fos Ouest 64-68

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 20: Boulazac - Bordeaux
Apr. 21: Boulogne - Maurienne
Apr. 20: Fos Ouest - Nantes
Apr. 20: Lille - Bourg
Apr. 21: Limoges - Antibes
Apr. 20: Chalons-Reims - Evreux
Apr. 21: Rouen - Le Portel
Apr. 21: St Vallier - Vichy
Apr. 21: Quimper - Denain


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Rouen
  (189-SG-85)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Siggers, Rouen18.3 
 2. Davis, Le Portel17.3 
 3. Brown, Maurienne16.8 
 4. Wood, Evreux16.5 
 5. McCray, Boulogne16.1 
 6. Denave, St Vallier15.8 
 7. Paelay, Quimper15.7 
 8. Osby, Maurienne15.7 
 9. Monroe, Boulazac15.5 
 10. Prowell, St Valli.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Massie, Limoges11.6 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.3 
 3. Rossiter, Denain9.8 
 4. Monroe, Boulazac9.6 
 5. Osby, Maurienne9.5 
 6. Daniels, Chalons-.8.7 
 7. Barro, Bourg8.6 
 8. Allen, Antibes8.3 
 9. Badiane, Nantes8.3 
 10. Brown, Maurienne7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Taylor, Le Portel6.8 
 2. Mullins, Chalons-.5.7 
 3. Rowland, Evreux5.5 
 4. Copeland, Bourg5.3 
 5. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.2 
 6. Darrigand, Bordeaux5.0 
 7. Patiejunas, Rouen4.9 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.8 
 9. Mouillard, Quimper4.6 
 10. Eito, Vichy4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris MCCRAY
  Boulogne
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. McCray, Boulogne2.4 
 2. Charles, Nantes2.4 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.0 
 4. Paelay, Quimper1.9 
 5. Eito, Vichy1.9 
 6. Rowland, Evreux1.9 
 7. Mullins, Chalons-.1.9 
 8. Craven, Vichy1.8 
 9. Allen, Antibes1.8 
 10. Denave, St Vallier1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.8 
 2. Jefferson, Vichy1.7 
 3. Badiane, Antibes1.7 
 4. Osby, Maurienne1.4 
 5. Ford, Bordeaux1.0 
 6. Fields, Nantes1.0 
 7. Massie, Limoges1.0 
 8. Daniels, Chalons-.0.9 
 9. McKenzie, Boulazac0.9 
 10. Rossiter, Denain0.8 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. St Quentin 24-7
 2. Orchy 23-8
 3. Souffel 23-8
 4. Charleville 23-8
 5. Roche 22-9
 6. Blois 21-10
 7. Cognac 19-12
 8. Sorgues 18-13
 9. Brest 16-15
 10. Angers BC 49 14-17
 11. Lievin 14-17
 12. Rueil 14-17
 13. Challans 14-17
 14. Chartres 12-18
 15. Clermont 8-23
 16. Montbrison 6-25
 17. Le Puy 5-26
 18. CFBB 2-28

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 14: Cognac - Lievin 94-68
Apr. 14: Clermont - Sorgues 88-96
Apr. 13: Roche - Brest 86-83
Apr. 14: Rueil - Le Puy 84-62
Apr. 14: Orchy - Angers BC 49 83-59
Apr. 14: St Quentin - Charleville 81-80
Apr. 14: Blois - Montbrison 72-57
Apr. 14: Challans - Souffel 63-70

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 21: Angers BC 49 - Cognac
Apr. 21: Sorgues - Roche
Apr. 20: Brest - CFBB
Apr. 21: Lievin - Rueil
Apr. 21: Sorgues - St Quentin
Apr. 21: Chartres - Clermont
Apr. 21: Le Puy - Challans
Apr. 21: Montbrison - Orchy
Apr. 21: Charleville - Blois


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.4 
 2. Bigote, Cognac17.5 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest16.8 
 4. Petrovic, Orchy16.8 
 5. Pearson, Angers B.16.3 
 6. Almanson, Challans16.3 
 7. Thomas, Roche16.1 
 8. Bluntt, Orchy16.0 
 9. Herard, Challans15.8 
 10. Belser, Charlevil.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.7 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.1 
 3. Caskill, Cognac9.6 
 4. Pearson, Angers B.8.6 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin8.1 
 6. Aubry, Montbrison8.0 
 7. Toney, Charleville7.8 
 8. Lesieu, St Quentin7.8 
 9. Avramovic, Chart.7.8 
 10. Pridotkas, Brest7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.5 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.3 
 3. Godin, Cognac5.2 
 4. Daube, Le Puy5.0 
 5. Tillon, Montbrison4.9 
 6. Brochard, Blois4.7 
 7. Ball, St Quentin4.5 
 8. Barbry, Orchy4.4 
 9. Dessart, Lievin4.2 
 10. Cortey, Clermont4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.3 
 2. Pistre, Charleville2.1 
 3. Calvez, Charleville2.1 
 4. Bichard, St Quentin1.8 
 5. Ball, St Quentin1.8 
 6. Davis, Blois1.8 
 7. Daube, Le Puy1.7 
 8. Godin, Cognac1.6 
 9. Dessart, Lievin1.6 
 10. Gotagni, Le Puy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.6 
 3. Davis, Blois1.4 
 4. Caskill, Cognac1.4 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin1.4 
 6. Morin, CFBB1.3 
 7. Diame, Rueil1.2 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 9. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 
 10. Tornato, Blois1.0 


Roanne land Gani Lawal - by Eurobasket News

Roanne strengthened their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Gani Lawal (206-F-88, college: Georgia Tech). He is meant to replace injured Rick Jackson (206-F-89, college: Syracuse) on the squad. The forward started the season in Poland. He played for Zastal Zielona Gora. Gani Lawal posted 14.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in PLK. The forward also had a stint in China. Gani Lawal played for Xinjang Gyang Hui Flying Tigers. His stats read 18.4 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per appearance in CBA. Last season Gani Lawal spent in D-League. The forward tallied 11.2 points and 6.0 boards for the Iowa Energy.


Mannheim 2012: USA rally past France - by Eurobasket News

USA U18 - France U18 87:81

USA clinched the seventh place at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. They toppled France on the final day of the competition. Derrick Walton (6'0''-G-95) posted 20 points to lead the charge.
France stormed into the game. They gained a 13:2 lead midway through the opening quarter. But USA bounced back immediately. The North American side gained a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. USA started to get away in the second quarter. They piled up a 48:43 halftime advantage. The margin grew at 13-point mark midway through the third frame. USA entered the fourth frame up by 10 points 67:57. Les Bleus cut the deficit to single digits but the USA stayed calm and raced to the win at the end. Darryl Hicks (6'3''-G-94) and Steve Haney (6'6''-F-95) provided 11 points each in the victory. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (6'7''-F/C-94) had 25 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists for France. Louison Thomas (6'9''-F-94) had 18 points in the loss.

USA U18: Derrick Walton 20, Darryl Hicks 11, Steve Haney 11
France U18: Mouhammadou Jaiteh 24+14 boards, Louison Thomas 18



2012 Bellegarde-Sur-Valserine: Turkey surprise France in opener - by Eurobasket News

France U16 - Turkey U16 49:61

Turkey victoriously opened the Bellegarde-Sur-Valserine tournament. They overcame hosting France in the opener. Ediz Oktay posted 15 points to lead the winners.
Turkey went on a 13:2 run late in the first period to gain an 11-point lead. But France reacted with a 12:1 rally of their own to level things at 18 midway through the second quarter. Turkey managed to eke out a 23:21 lead at halftime. The visitors maintained the lead throughout an intense third quarter. Turkey headed into the final frame up by a single point 35:34. The teams were tied at 46 midway through the fourth quarter but then Turkey burst out with a 15:3 run and sealed the victory. Mert Cevik (195-G-96) accounted for 13 points, while Mehmet Alemdaroglu (205-F-96) added 11 points for the winners. Stephane Gombauld (200-PF-97) responded with 8 points and 9 rebounds for France. Bradley Jomard (188-PG-96), Lucas Dussoulier (196-PG-96) and Erwan Ruiz (191-PG-96) had 7 points each in the loss.

France U16: Stephane Gombauld 8, Bradley Jomard 7, Lucas Dussoulier 7, Erwan Ruiz 7
Turkey U16: Ediz Oktay 15, Mert Cevik 13, Mehmet Alemdaroglu 11



NM1 Round 31: Charleville-Mezieres lose #1 position - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NM1 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

Round 31 in NM1 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Saint-Quentin where host Saint-Quentin (24-7) edged league's leader Charleville-Mezieres (23-8) 81-80 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Charleville-Mezieres. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 25-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Saint-Quentin outrebounded Charleville-Mezieres 44-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-F-83) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Fabien Calvez (187-84, college: Evansville) produced 18 points and 7 assists for lost side. Saint-Quentin have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side dropped to the second place with eight games lost. They share the position with Souffel and Orchy. They were replaced at the leadership position by St Quentin. Charleville-Mezieres will play next round against Blois trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Saint-Quentin will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Sorgues on the road.
Ninth-ranked Etendard de Brest (16-15) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Roche (22-9). Roche managed to secure only three-point victory 86-83. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Moustafa Diallo (200-86) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. Lavar Simmons contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Cameroonian power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for Etendard de Brest. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Roche. They maintain fifth place with 22-9 record. Etendard de Brest at the other side keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. Roche will play against Sorgues (#8) on the road in the next round. Etendard de Brest will play against CFBB in Paris and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Cognac. Local Cognac (19-12) outscored 10th ranked Lievin Basket (14-17) 94-68 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Nicolas Kaczmarow who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Cognac's coach Philippe Maucourant felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Simon Cretaux responded with 22 points. Newly promoted Cognac maintains seventh place with 19-12 record. Lievin Basket lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cognac will meet Angers BC 49 (#10) on the road in the next round. Lievin Basket will play against Rueil and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 31 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Souffel defeated Challans in Souffel. 70-63. Clermont was beaten by Sorgues at home 88-96. Montbrison lost to Blois on the opponent's court 57-72. Orchy outscored Angers BC 49 in a home game 83-59. Le Puy was rolled over Rueil on the road 62-84.




Challans - Souffel 63-70

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Vendee Challans (14-17) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Souffelweyersheim (23-8) 70-63 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vendee Challans won third quarter 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for guard Frederic Broliron (193-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points. Swingman Jessie Begarin (190-88, agency: Court Side) helped adding 12 points and 5 assists. At the losing side point guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-84) responded with 21 points and forward Fabien Herard (198-79) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Souffelweyersheim. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Charleville and Orchy. Vendee Challans lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Souffelweyersheim will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vendee Challans will play against Le Puy ASMB (#17) in Le Puy en Velay and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Souffel: F.Broliron 17+3reb+1ast, J.Alingue 13+3reb+1ast, J.Begarin 12+3reb+5ast, J.Tschamber 8+6reb+1ast, J.Bach 6+2reb, A.N'Diaye 5+4reb
Challans: S.Cherasse 21+3reb+3ast, F.Herard 18+7reb, J.Almanson 16+4reb, N.Gouacide 4+3reb, J.Geay 2+3reb+1ast, M.Boutry 2+3reb


gschID: 147187


Clermont - Sorgues 88-96

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Sorgues (18-13) defeated on the road 15th ranked Stade Clermont (8-23) 96-88 on Saturday. Stade Clermont trailed by 22 points after 3 quarters before a 28-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 88-96 at the end of the game. Sorgues looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a great evening for Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Samir Mekdad (188-86) helped adding 9 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Sorgues players scored in double figures. At the losing side Bulgarian swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, college: Louisville, agency: Global Sports Plaza) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and guard Bianco Matanga (188-87) scored 20 points and 4 assists. Sorgues maintains eighth place with 18-13 record. Stade Clermont lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 23 games lost. Sorgues will meet at home league's leader Saint-Quentin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stade Clermont will play against Chartres (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: S.Ocokoljic 15+6reb+3ast, V.Ateba 15+5reb+2ast, X.Pasut 14+4reb+2ast, D.Griffin 12+4reb, A.Thinon 10+2reb+2ast, S.Mekdad 9+6reb+8ast
Clermont: S.Naydenov 21+6reb+2ast, B.Matanga 20+2reb+4ast, M.Jackson 10+3reb+1ast, J.Beugnot 10+5reb+3ast, X.Delarue 9+3ast, J.Cortey 9+1reb+9ast
gschID: 147188


Roche - Brest 86-83

Ninth-ranked Etendard de Brest (16-15) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Roche (22-9). Roche managed to secure only three-point victory 86-83. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-22. But Etendard de Brest won second period 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Roche made 25-of-30 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game, while Etendard de Brest only scored six points from the stripe. Etendard de Brest was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Moustafa Diallo (200-86) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Cameroonian power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Antoine Liorel (181-89) added 13 points and 7 assists in the effort for Etendard de Brest. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Roche. They maintain fifth place with 22-9 record. Etendard de Brest at the other side keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. Roche will play against Sorgues (#8) on the road in the next round. Etendard de Brest will play against CFBB in Paris and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Roche: M.Diallo 23+4reb+4ast, L.Simmons 19+6reb+1ast, B.Thomas 15+1reb+6ast, A.Toto N'Kote 14+6reb+1ast, S.Hermenier 8+5reb+2ast, F.Bateko 5+1ast
Brest: B.Vounang 19+5reb+2ast, A.Liorel 13+1reb+7ast, V.Pridotkas 13+3reb+3ast, R.Lopez 10+4reb+1ast, J.Lupot 9+3reb+4ast, Z.Alao 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 147189


Cognac - Lievin 94-68

The game with biggest result difference took place in Cognac. Local Cognac (19-12) outscored 10th ranked Lievin Basket (14-17) 94-68 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-68. Cognac dominated on the defensive end, holding Lievin Basket to just 7 points in second quarter. They were well out of reach of Lievin Basket shooting 71.7 percent from the field. Cognac looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of center Nicolas Kaczmarow (204-83) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Naturalized Mali guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87) helped adding 17 points and 4 assists. Four Cognac players scored in double figures. Cognac's coach Philippe Maucourant felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Simon Cretaux (190-89) responded with 22 points and naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Newly promoted Cognac maintains seventh place with 19-12 record. Lievin Basket lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Cognac will meet Angers BC 49 (#10) on the road in the next round. Lievin Basket will play against Rueil and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cognac: I.Saounera 17+4ast, N.Kaczmarow 16+8reb+2ast, I.Caskill 14+6reb, C.Bertorelle 12+2reb+2ast, S.Doucoure 11+2reb+3ast, M.Buval 8+6reb
Lievin: S.Cretaux 22+4reb+3ast, A.Hoard 15+8reb+3ast, T.Sanborn 6+7reb, A.Pierre-Joseph 6+2reb+2ast, J.Dessart 6+3ast, V.Lehut 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 147190


St Quentin - Charleville 81-80

Round 31 in NM1 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Saint-Quentin where host Saint-Quentin (24-7) edged league's leader Charleville-Mezieres (23-8) 81-80 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Charleville-Mezieres. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 25-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Saint-Quentin outrebounded Charleville-Mezieres 44-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Guard Fabien Calvez (187-84, college: Evansville) produced 18 points and 7 assists and forward Nicolas Racon (194-85) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Saint-Quentin have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side dropped to the second place with eight games lost. They share the position with Souffel and Orchy. They were replaced at the leadership position by St Quentin. Charleville-Mezieres will play next round against Blois trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Saint-Quentin will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Sorgues on the road.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: J.Ball 16+5reb+4ast, J.Lesieu 15+11reb+1ast, K.Bichard 15+5reb+2ast, G.Sylvain 10+4reb+1ast, D.Williams 10+7reb, K.Howell 8+6reb+1ast
Charleville: F.Calvez 18+2reb+7ast, N.Racon 16+7reb+1ast, C.Guillarme 14+4reb+1ast, F.Bourdillon 8+2reb, D.Pistre 8+1reb, T.Toney 8+6reb
gschID: 147183


Blois - Montbrison 72-57

Very expected game when 16th ranked Montbrison (6-25) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Blois (21-10) 72-57 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Blois. Montbrison managed to win fourth quarter 30-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Blois forced 19 Montbrison turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Mali forward Tahirou Sani (204-85) helped adding 16 points. At the losing side swingman Gregory Filet (197-91) responded with 13 points and guard Clement Pegon (186-88) scored 4 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Blois. They maintain sixth place with 21-10 record. Newly promoted Montbrison keeps the sixteenth position with 25 games lost. Blois will meet higher ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montbrison will play against the league's second-placed Orchesien BC (#2) in Orchies and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Blois: T.Sani 16+3reb, V.Kaunisto 11+10reb+2ast, B.Recoura 10+2reb+1ast, D.Davis 8+3reb+3ast, K.Boistard 6+1ast, P.Brochard 5+6reb+6ast
Montbrison: G.Filet 13+2reb+2ast, S.Salvis 12+2reb, K.Mondesir 10, J.St Robert 8+3reb, A.Dumoulin 4, C.Pegon 4+7reb+5ast
gschID: 147184


Orchy - Angers BC 49 83-59

Very predictable result in Orchies where third ranked Orchesien BC (23-8) outscored 11th ranked Angers BC 49 (14-17) 83-59 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-59. Orchesien BC made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Orchesien BC outrebounded Angers BC 49 41-29 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St., agency: David Lee services) helped adding 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and guard Olivier Sulpice (192-77) scored 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Orchesien BC. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Charleville and Souffel. Angers BC 49 lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Orchesien BC will meet Montbrison (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Angers BC 49 will play against Cognac (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Orchy: J.Bluntt 20+5reb+1ast, D.Petrovic 16+11reb+3ast, A.Belkessa 13+1reb+3ast, O.Gouez 9+5reb, J.Verbeke 9+7reb+4ast, D.Cilly 8+6reb+2ast
Angers BC 49: T.Pearson 14+5reb, A.Fellah 10+1reb+3ast, T.Ramphort 9+4reb, T.Lonzieme 8+3reb, O.Sulpice 6+5reb+4ast, M.Chupin 6+4reb
gschID: 147185


Rueil - Le Puy 84-62

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked Le Puy ASMB (5-26) was outplayed on the road by thirteenth ranked Rueil (14-17) 84-62 on Saturday. The game without a history. Rueil led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Rueil outrebounded Le Puy ASMB 39-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a great evening for forward Karim Gourari (195-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Gilles Duro (190-88) helped adding 14 points and 5 assists. Coach Julien Hervy's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side guard Adrien Daube (193-89) responded with 11 points and 6 assists and power forward Yohann Jacques (204-90) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Rueil moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Le Puy ASMB keeps the seventeenth position with 26 games lost. Rueil will meet Lievin Basket (#11) on the road in the next round. Le Puy ASMB will play against Vendee Challans (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rueil: K.Gourari 16+9reb+5ast, G.Duro 14+3reb+5ast, C.Mansare 12+2reb+1ast, M.Niakate 11+5reb+1ast, G.Mdivani 11+8reb+2ast, T.Chevigny 5+2reb+2ast
Le Puy: Y.Jacques 13+6reb+1ast, M.Gotagni 11+2reb, A.Daube 11+4reb+6ast, Y.Smail 10+6reb+2ast, S.Borval 10+1reb+2ast, G.Sene 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 147186



ProA Round 26: Sluc Nancy loses to Chalon/Saor in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Nancy. 4th ranked host Sluc Nancy (16-10) lost to second ranked Chalon/Saor (21-5) 84-79. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sluc Nancy won third quarter 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Chalon/Saor's coach Gregor Beugnot used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) responded with 24 points and 4 steals. Chalon/Saor maintains second position with 21-5 record having just two points less than leader Gravelines. Defending champion Sluc Nancy keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Paris-Levallois and Le Mans. Chalon/Saor are looking forward to face STB Le Havre (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sluc Nancy will play against Chorale de Roanne (#7) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Le Mans (#4) was upset in Roanne by seventh ranked Chorale de Roanne 73-69. American swingman John Holland (195-88, college: Boston U.) notched 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Dylan Page supported him with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Even 18 points and 8 rebounds by international forward Charles Kahudi (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Le Mans. Chorale de Roanne maintains seventh position with 14-12 record. Le Mans at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Paris-Levallois and Nancy. Chorale de Roanne will play against higher ranked Sluc Nancy (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Le Mans will play against Hyeres-Toulon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ProA top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (23-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked STB Le Havre (8-18) 80-57. The best player for the winners was Rudy Jomby who scored 18 points and 4 assists. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Alan Wiggins produced 10 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-3 record. Loser STB Le Havre dropped to the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Poitiers. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. STB Le Havre will play against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Strasbourg where higher ranked Paris-Levallois (16-10) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Strasbourg IG (12-14) 88-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Paris-Levallois. Abdoulaye M'Baye orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. Paris-Levallois' coach Christophe Denis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Strasbourg IG maintains ninth position with 12-14 record, which they share with Dijon and Nanterre. Paris-Levallois at the other side dropped to the fourth place with ten games lost. Strasbourg IG's next round opponent will be JDA Dijon (#10) at home. Paris-Levallois will play against Cholet (#8).
16th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (2-24) was outscored at home by third ranked Entente Orleans 45 (18-8) with the biggest margin this round 105-80 on Saturday night. Cedrick Banks scored 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Entente Orleans 45 have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-8 record having five points less than leader Gravelines. Hyeres-Toulon lost eighteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Entente Orleans 45 will face JSF Nanterre (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Le Mans (#5).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 26: Poitiers lost to Nanterre on the opponent's court 75-86. Dijon managed to outperform ASVEL in a home game 84-71. Pau-Lacq-Orthez recorded a loss to Cholet on the road 93-85.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 21 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists by Bobby Dixon of Dijon.


Nanterre - Poitiers 86-75

Rather expected game when 13th ranked Poitiers (8-18) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked JSF Nanterre (12-14) 86-75 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. American forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. International swingman Evan Fournier (199-92) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Pape Badiane (207-80, college: Cleveland St.) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. JSF Nanterre have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Dijon and Strasbourg. Poitiers lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 18 games lost. JSF Nanterre will face higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Poitiers will play against ASVEL (#12) in Villeurbanne and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: R.Covile 14+8reb, W.Daniels 14+7reb+3ast, X.Corosine 14, M.Diarra 11, D.Garrett 10+2reb+1ast, J.Passave-Ducteil 9+3reb+1ast
Poitiers: E.Fournier 16+7reb+3ast, P.Badiane 16+6reb, A.Grant 10+6reb+1ast, R.Wright 8+3reb+1ast, J.J.J. Miller 7+3ast, K.Younger 6+2reb+2ast
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Roanne - Le Mans 73-69

Le Mans (#4) was upset in Roanne by seventh ranked Chorale de Roanne 73-69. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Le Mans won third quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chorale de Roanne made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. American swingman John Holland (195-88, college: Boston U.) notched 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) supported him with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 8 rebounds by international forward Charles Kahudi (197-86, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Le Mans. American point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) added 9 points and 12 assists for the guests. Chorale de Roanne maintains seventh position with 14-12 record. Le Mans at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Paris-Levallois and Nancy. Chorale de Roanne will play against higher ranked Sluc Nancy (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Le Mans will play against Hyeres-Toulon and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Roanne: U.Nsonwu-Amadi 16+3reb, J.Holland 14+9reb+1ast, D.Page 13+6reb+3ast, M.Diabate 11+2reb+3ast, M.Mokongo 8+1ast, P.Braud 6+1reb
Le Mans: C.Kahudi 18+8reb, A.Koffi 11+2reb, T.Bryant 10+3reb+1ast, T.Rochestie 9+2reb+12ast, M.Sommerville 7+6reb+1ast, H.Kahudi 6+2reb
gschID: 133696


Nancy - Chalon 79-84

The game between Top Four teams took place in Nancy. 4th ranked host Sluc Nancy (16-10) lost to second ranked Chalon/Saor (21-5) 84-79. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sluc Nancy won third quarter 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Chalon/Saor's coach Gregor Beugnot used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) responded with 24 points and 4 steals and Nigerian center Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Five Sluc Nancy players scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor maintains second position with 21-5 record having just two points less than leader Gravelines. Defending champion Sluc Nancy keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Paris-Levallois and Le Mans. Chalon/Saor are looking forward to face STB Le Havre (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sluc Nancy will play against Chorale de Roanne (#7) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Chalon: B.Schilb 20+7reb+6ast, M.Delaney 17+1reb+2ast, I.Evtimov 11+4reb+3ast, A.Michel Jean-Baptiste 8+7reb, S.Tchicamboud 8+2reb+6ast, B.Smith 7+2ast
Nancy: J.Shuler 24+3reb+1ast, P.Amagou 12+2reb+3ast, J.Linehan 11+4reb, V.Samnick 11+4reb+2ast, A.Akingbala 11+13reb, R.Kurz 5+7reb+1ast
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Hyeres-Toulon - Orleans 80-105

16th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (2-24) was outscored at home by third ranked Entente Orleans 45 (18-8) with the biggest margin this round 105-80 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Entente Orleans 45. Hyeres-Toulon was better in fourth quarter 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Entente Orleans 45 looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. American guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) chipped in 19 points during the contest. The former international guard Paccelis Morlende (189-81) responded with 18 points and 4 assists and American power forward Rick Hughes (204-73, college: Thomas More, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Entente Orleans 45 and four Hyeres-Toulon players 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. Entente Orleans 45 have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-8 record having five points less than leader Gravelines. Hyeres-Toulon lost eighteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Entente Orleans 45 will face JSF Nanterre (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Le Mans (#5).
Top scorers:
Orleans: A.Sy 19+4reb+1ast, C.Banks 18+7reb+1ast, M.N'Doye 17+2reb+2ast, B.Greene 15+6reb+1ast, G.Joseph 12+5reb+1ast, D.Monds 10+1reb
Hyeres-Toulon: P.Morlende 18+4reb+4ast, R.Hughes 16+5reb+1ast, S.Cisse 14+1reb+1ast, S.Fein 12+3ast, L.Labeyrie 8+7reb+1ast, T.Terrell 7+2reb+2ast
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Dijon - ASVEL 84-71

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked JDA Dijon and 11th ranked ASVEL had identical 11-14 record. This time JDA Dijon used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Villeurbanne 84-71 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by JDA Dijon. ASVEL was better in third quarter 23-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JDA Dijon looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: Beo Basket) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard David Melody (184-77) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Four JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. The former international forward Kim Tillie (210-88, college: Utah, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman Dijon Thompson (201-83, college: UCLA) scored 13 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. ASVEL's coach Pierre Vincent tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. JDA Dijon (12-14) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Strasbourg and Nanterre. Loser ASVEL dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. JDA Dijon will face Strasbourg IG (#9) on the road in the next round. ASVEL will play against Poitiers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dijon: B.Dixon 21+5reb+8ast, D.Melody 19+2reb+3ast, J.Leloup 14+2reb+4ast, A.Harris 11+3reb+2ast, Z.Moss 7+7reb+1ast, S.Marshall 6+3ast
ASVEL: K.Tillie 21+8reb+1ast, D.Thompson 13+3reb+6ast, H.Armstrong 12+7reb+3ast, D.Haritopoulos 9+1reb+2ast, L.Westermann 6+5reb+7ast, B.Fofana 4
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Strasbourg - Paris-Levallois 88-76

An interesting game took place in Strasbourg where higher ranked Paris-Levallois (16-10) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Strasbourg IG (12-14) 88-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Paris-Levallois. Paris-Levallois was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 51-32 second half run of Strasbourg IG. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Strasbourg IG especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The former international point guard Abdoulaye M'Baye (189-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. The former international center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American forward Jawad Williams (204-83, college: N.Carolina) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois) added 17 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Paris-Levallois. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. Paris-Levallois' coach Christophe Denis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Strasbourg IG maintains ninth position with 12-14 record, which they share with Dijon and Nanterre. Paris-Levallois at the other side dropped to the fourth place with ten games lost. Strasbourg IG's next round opponent will be JDA Dijon (#10) at home. Paris-Levallois will play against Cholet (#8).
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: A.M'Baye 20+2reb+2ast, A.Ajinca 16+2reb+3ast, N.de Jong 13+6reb, K.Anderson 10+3reb+3ast, R.Greer 9+3reb+6ast, M.Zianveni 8+8reb+2ast
Paris-Levallois: J.Williams 22+10reb, T.Meacham 17+2reb+4ast, D.Noel 13+3reb+1ast, E.Chatfield 11+4reb+1ast, L.Hamilton 4+4reb+1ast, J.Aka 4+3reb+1ast
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Cholet - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 93-85

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (6-20) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Cholet (13-13) 93-85 on Saturday. Pau-Lacq-Orthez trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 28-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-93 at the end of the game. Cholet made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard DeMarcus Nelson (191-85, college: Duke) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Luc-Arthur Vebobe (203-80, college: Hawaii) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Cholet players scored in double figures. American guard Teddy Gipson (193-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) responded with 25 points and Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Jean-Francois Laulhe tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Cholet maintains eighth position with 13-13 record. Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 20 games lost. Cholet will face higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against the league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Cholet: D.Nelson 21+7reb+4ast, P.Christopher 19+2reb, F.Causeur 16+3reb+2ast, L.Vebobe 12+10reb+2ast, W.Gradit 11+2reb, R.Dozier 7+8reb+3ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: T.Gipson 25+2reb+3ast, C.Elonu 19+8reb, A.Ray 15+2reb+4ast, J.Morency 7+6reb, R.Lesca 7+1reb+3ast, C.Marquis 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 133690


Gravelines - Le Havre 80-57

ProA top team - Gravelines-Dunkerque (23-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked STB Le Havre (8-18) 80-57. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-57. Gravelines-Dunkerque forced 19 STB Le Havre turnovers. The best player for the winners was swingman Rudy Jomby (197-88) who scored 18 points and 4 assists. The former international guard Yannick Bokolo (190-85) chipped in 10 points and 5 assists. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) produced 10 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Karim Souchu (198-79, college: Furman) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Gravelines-Dunkerque have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-3 record. Loser STB Le Havre dropped to the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Poitiers. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. STB Le Havre will play against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: R.Jomby 18+4reb+4ast, P.Sy 12+2reb, A.Albicy 10, Y.Bokolo 10+3reb+5ast, D.Issa 8+2reb, J.Edwards 7+7reb+2ast
Le Havre: K.Souchu 13+3reb+1ast, A.Wiggins 10+7reb+1ast, J.Cox 9+2reb+1ast, K.Houston 9+4reb+1ast, G.Pitard 6+6reb+2ast, G.Jenkins 4+3reb
gschID: 133691



ProB: Round 30 review - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ProB is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

Round 30 in ProB means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Antibes where host Olympique Antibes (14-16) beat league's leader Boulazac Basket (22-8) 82-77 on Friday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Boulazac Basket won third quarter 27-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympique Antibes made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Lesly Bengaber (197-79) who scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American Amadi McKenzie (201-86) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds. Olympique Antibes moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Boulazac Basket at the other side dropped to the second position with eight games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Limoges. Boulazac Basket will play next round against Bordeaux trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Olympique Antibes will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Limoges CSP Elite on the road.
Leader Limoges CSP Elite delivered the twentieth fourth victory. This time they beat 18th ranked JA Vichy (7-23) 82-72. It was a good game for American guard Kyle McAlarney (185-87, college: Notre Dame) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 4 assists. Raphael Desroses contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Limoges CSP Elite's coach Frederic Sarre allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Daniel Coleman (206-85, college: Minnesota) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for JA Vichy. Limoges CSP Elite maintains first position with 24-6 record. JA Vichy lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth place with 23 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Olympique Antibes (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JA Vichy will play against Saint Vallier (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Le Portel, where higher ranked Saint Vallier (14-16) lost to fifteenth ranked Le Portel (11-19) in a road game 85-91 on Friday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Saint Vallier. Mehdi Labeyrie scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Kyle Shiloh with 17 points and 8 assists. Le Portel moved-up to fourteenth place. Loser Saint Vallier keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Le Portel will meet SPO Rouen (#16) on the road in the next round. Saint Vallier will play against JA Vichy (#18) and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Quimper. Local Quimper UJAP (8-22) was outscored by seventh ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (17-13) 89-68. James Mathis notched 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. SO Maritime Boulogne's coach Germain Castano felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SO Maritime Boulogne have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bordeaux. Quimper UJAP at the other side keeps the seventeenth position with 22 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne's next round opponent will be higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (#4) in Aix-les-Bains and it may be quite challenging game. Quimper UJAP will play at home against Denain Voltaire (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 30 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Maurienne defeated Denain in Aix-les-Bains 90-81. Bordeaux beat Bourg at home 98-87. Fos Ouest won against Evreux on the opponent's court 68-64. Nantes managed to outperform Rouen in a home game 95-88. Lille recorded a loss to Chalons-Reims on the road 82-69.
The best stats of 30th round was 26 points by John Ford of Bordeaux.




Quimper - Boulogne 68-89

The game with biggest result difference took place in Quimper. Local Quimper UJAP (8-22) was outscored by seventh ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (17-13) 89-68. The game was mostly controlled by SO Maritime Boulogne. Quimper UJAP was better in second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SO Maritime Boulogne dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Quimper UJAP's 28. SO Maritime Boulogne players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American power forward James Mathis (200-84, college: Niagara, agency: Court Side) notched 13 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Zainoul Bah (188-84) supported him with 14 points and 5 assists. SO Maritime Boulogne's coach Germain Castano felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 23 points and 4 assists by American guard Adam McCoy (195-86, college: N.Texas) did not help to save the game for Quimper UJAP. His fellow American import forward Nathaniel Roche (203-88, college: Belhaven) added 8 points and 11 rebounds. Four Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures. SO Maritime Boulogne have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bordeaux. Quimper UJAP at the other side keeps the seventeenth position with 22 games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne's next round opponent will be higher ranked Aix-Maurienne (#4) in Aix-les-Bains and it may be quite challenging game. Quimper UJAP will play at home against Denain Voltaire (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: T.Stanley 15+2reb+1ast, Z.Bah 14+1reb+5ast, J.Mathis 13+7reb+1ast, C.Rouse 9+7reb+1ast, C.McCray 8+2reb+3ast, J.Leria 8+3reb+2ast
Quimper: A.McCoy 23+4reb+4ast, P.Paelay 12+3reb+3ast, A.Salmon 10+7reb, W.Molas 10+3reb+2ast, N.Roche 8+11reb+1ast, G.Lessort 3


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Vichy - Limoges 72-82

Leader Limoges CSP Elite delivered the twentieth fourth victory. This time they beat 18th ranked JA Vichy (7-23) 82-72. JA Vichy was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 45-30 second half run of Limoges CSP Elite. It was a good game for American guard Kyle McAlarney (185-87, college: Notre Dame) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 4 assists. Raphael Desroses (199-80) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Limoges CSP Elite's coach Frederic Sarre allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Daniel Coleman (206-85, college: Minnesota) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and American-Ivorian guard Errick Craven (188-83, college: USC) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for JA Vichy. Limoges CSP Elite maintains first position with 24-6 record. JA Vichy lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth place with 23 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Olympique Antibes (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JA Vichy will play against Saint Vallier (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Limoges: K.McAlarney 29+4ast, R.Desroses 14+7reb+2ast, L.Milbourne 12+4reb, S.Traore 8+4reb, J.Gomis 7+2reb+3ast, J.Mipoka 7
Vichy: D.Coleman 20+10reb+2ast, M.Guichard 17+1ast, E.Craven 12+8reb+3ast, S.Dondon 9+4reb+1ast, A.Eito 7+4reb+7ast, M.Jefferson 4+2reb
gschID: 140218


Denain - Maurienne 81-90

There was no surprise when 16th ranked Denain Voltaire (10-20) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Aix-Maurienne (19-11) 90-81. It looked good early as Denain Voltaire took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Aix-Maurienne had a 30-8 second period charge getting the lead and Denain Voltaire was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 81-90. American-DR Congolese power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) notched 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and American Wilbert Brown (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) supported him with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Osby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Aix-Maurienne's coach Antoine Michon used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 22 points and 7 rebounds by Lamine Kante (200-87) did not help to save the game for Denain Voltaire. American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) added 10 points and 15 rebounds. Four Aix-Maurienne and five Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fos Ouest. Denain Voltaire lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifteenth position with 20 games lost. Aix-Maurienne's next round opponent will be SO Maritime Boulogne (#6) on the road. Denain Voltaire will play against Quimper UJAP (#17) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: B.Osby 18+8reb+1ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 15+4reb+1ast, D.Tucker 14+2reb+2ast, W.Brown 11+7reb+2ast, M.Houmounou 8+5reb+1ast, S.Darnauzan 8+4ast
Denain: L.Kante 22+7reb, J.James 14+6reb+2ast, X.Gaillou 14+3reb+3ast, R.Rossiter 10+15reb+1ast, N.Rohnert 10+3reb+2ast, F.Minet 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 151910


Bordeaux - Bourg 98-87

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Bordeaux (17-13) defeated at home 10th ranked JL Bourg (14-16) 98-87. JL Bourg was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 57-45 second half run of Bordeaux. They made 40-of-45 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game, while JL Bourg only scored six points from the stripe. 32 personal fouls committed by JL Bourg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) notched 26 points to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Kurt Cunningham (204-87, college: Boise St.) supported him with 16 points and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists by Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (207-84, college: Marquette) did not help to save the game for JL Bourg. Power forward Ibrahima Koma (202-87) added 18 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Bordeaux moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Boulogne. JL Bourg at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. Bordeaux's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Boulazac Basket on the road and it may be quite challenging game. JL Bourg will play against Lille Metropole (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: J.Ford 26+4reb+1ast, O.Bassett 20+2reb+1ast, K.Cunningham 16+4reb+5ast, G.Darrigand 15+1reb+3ast, M.Doubal 11+1reb, S.Driss 6+2reb+1ast
Bourg: I.Koma 18+4reb+2ast, O.Barro 17+11reb+5ast, C.Ferchaud 15, J.Volcy 14+2reb+2ast, J.Baxter 14+1reb+7ast, J.Delhomme 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 140212


Evreux - Fos Ouest 64-68

Very expected game when 11th ranked ALM Evreux (14-16) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Fos Ouest (19-11) 68-64. ALM Evreux was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 24-9 charge of Fos Ouest, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Edouard Choquet (187-88) notched 19 points to lead the effort and Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) supported him with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Even 18 points and 6 assists by American point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for ALM Evreux. His fellow American import power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) added 16 points and 7 rebounds. Fos Ouest maintains fourth position with 19-11 record, which they share with Maurienne. ALM Evreux at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 16 games lost. Fos Ouest's next round opponent will be Nantes (#13) at home and are hoping to win another game. ALM Evreux will play against Chalons-Reims (#3).
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: E.Choquet 19+4reb+2ast, S.Gay 12+10reb+1ast, M.Dia 12+4reb+1ast, R.Roby 9+1ast, B.Clark 8+4reb, K.Atamna 4+4reb+7ast
Evreux: A.Rowland 18+2reb+6ast, J.Wood 16+7reb+2ast, L.Konate 11+5reb+1ast, D.Reed 9+9reb, S.Ho You Fat 6+4reb, G.Costentin 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 140213


Le Portel - St Vallier 91-85

We should mention about the upset which took place in Le Portel, where higher ranked Saint Vallier (14-16) lost to fifteenth ranked Le Portel (11-19) in a road game 85-91 on Friday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Saint Vallier. Le Portel looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Mehdi Labeyrie (202-78) scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Senegalese Moustapha N'Diaye (202-84) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) with 17 points and 8 assists and his fellow American import LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) scored 19 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Five Le Portel and four Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. Le Portel moved-up to fourteenth place. Loser Saint Vallier keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Le Portel will meet SPO Rouen (#16) on the road in the next round. Saint Vallier will play against JA Vichy (#18) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: M.Labeyrie 18+5reb+4ast, N.Wyatte 16+7reb, R.Taylor 14+4reb+5ast, M.N'Diaye 13+6reb+4ast, B.Mangin 10+2reb+6ast, I.Sy 10+4reb+1ast
St Vallier: L.Prowell 19+2reb+1ast, K.Shiloh 17+3reb+8ast, H.Disy 12+3reb, D.Diarra 12+3reb, D.Denave 9+5reb+5ast, F.Tortosa 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 140214


Nantes - Rouen 95-88

The game between closely ranked teams ended with thirteenth ranked Nantes' (13-17) home victory over 14th ranked SPO Rouen (10-20) 95-88. SPO Rouen was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 28-18 charge of Nantes, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to SPO Rouen's 38. Nantes players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Senegalese forward Elson Mendy (200-85) notched 25 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and naturalized American guard David Fergerson (185-78, college: St.Louis) supported him with 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 27 points by American Jason Siggers (189-85, college: Albany) did not help to save the game for SPO Rouen. Guard Pierric Poupet (191-84) added 10 points and 7 assists. Four SPO Rouen players scored in double figures. Nantes maintains thirteenth position with 13-17 record. SPO Rouen at the other side dropped to the fifteenth place with 20 games lost. Nantes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Fos Ouest (#5) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. SPO Rouen will play against Le Portel (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nantes: E.Mendy 25+9reb, D.Fergerson 19+3reb+3ast, J.Fields 12+5reb+3ast, M.Drame 8+4reb+6ast, O.Bardet 8+1reb+3ast, A.Charles 8+5reb+4ast
Rouen: J.Siggers 27+2reb+3ast, S.Dia 14+3reb, T.Maizeroi 12+4reb, P.Poupet 10+1reb+7ast, C.Bronchard 8+4reb+1ast, K.Patiejunas 6+1ast
gschID: 140215


Chalons-Reims - Lille 82-69

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Lille Metropole (16-14) was defeated on the road by third ranked Chalons-Reims (21-9) 82-69. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Chalons-Reims's pressure prevailed and they won that period 27-18 extending their advantage to 13 points. 25 personal fouls committed by Lille Metropole helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Rodrigue Mels (188-85, college: CS Northridge, agency: Court Side) notched 30 points to lead the effort and American Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agency: Limelight Hoops) supported him with 5 points and 14 rebounds. Even a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds by American power forward Steffon Bradford (199-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) did not help to save the game for Lille Metropole. point guard Aurelien Rigaux (178-88) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Chalons-Reims have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 21-9 record having just three points less than leader Limoges. Lille Metropole at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 14 games lost. Chalons-Reims' next round opponent will be ALM Evreux (#12) at home and are hoping to win another game. Lille Metropole will play against JL Bourg (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: R.Mels 30+3reb+3ast, N.Carter 13+2reb, K.Corre 10+6reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 9+5reb+1ast, K.Joss-Rauze 9+2reb+2ast, C.Daniels 5+14reb+1ast
Lille: S.Bradford 21+10reb+2ast, A.Rigaux 13+7reb+7ast, M.Camara 11+1ast, M.Tensorer 9+2reb+1ast, B.Gillet 8+1reb+5ast, N.Taccoen 6+4reb
gschID: 140216


Antibes - Boulazac 82-77

Round 30 in ProB means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Antibes where host Olympique Antibes (14-16) beat league's leader Boulazac Basket (22-8) 82-77 on Friday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Boulazac Basket won third quarter 27-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympique Antibes made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Lesly Bengaber (197-79) who scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American Amadi McKenzie (201-86) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Two Points) added 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Olympique Antibes moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Boulazac Basket at the other side dropped to the second position with eight games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Limoges. Boulazac Basket will play next round against Bordeaux trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Olympique Antibes will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Limoges CSP Elite on the road.
Top scorers:
Antibes: L.Bengaber 14+6reb+5ast, M.Badiane 13+4reb, F.Prenom 12+8reb+4ast, S.Essart 11+2reb+2ast, J.Allen 11+9reb+4ast, C.Brown 7+2ast
Boulazac: A.McKenzie 20+8reb+3ast, R.Ayers 17+3reb+1ast, D.Monroe 15+10reb+6ast, Y.Gaillou 8+2reb+1ast, I.Soumahoro 7+1reb+1ast, F.Adjiwanou 4+2reb
gschID: 140211



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BC Kutaisi signed Darko Cohadarevic for the rest of the season - by Geo Basket

BC Kutaisi strengthened their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Serbian power forward Darko Cohadarevic (206-F-86, college: Texas Tech). The player finished the season in Ilysiakos Athens where he averaged 6.0ppg, 3.7rpg in 15.4 minutes. Earlier this season, Cohadarevic played for Zlatorog Lasko and averaged 5.8ppg, 3.3rpg in 15.4 minutes on the Adriatic League. Last season he joined AEK Athens as a rookie out of Texas Tech averaging 8.5ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 70.0% in Greek A1.


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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 28-3 
 2. Ratiopharm 25-6 
 3. ALBA 25-7 
 4. Art.Dragons 22-10 
 5. s.Oliver Baskets 20-12 
 6. B.Muenchen 19-12 
 7. Fraport SKY 16-15 
 8. NY Phantoms 16-15 
 9. Telekom Baskets 15-15 
 10. Bremerhaven 15-16 
 11. EWE Baskets 14-17 
 12. Walter Tigers 14-18 
 13. Bayreuth 12-20 
 14. TBB Trier 10-21 
 15. EnBW L'burg 9-22 
 16. LTi 46ers 9-23 
 17. Phoenix Hagen 9-23 
 18. Goettingen 4-27 

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 14: Phoenix Hagen - Bayreuth 94-76
Apr. 14: s.Oliver Baskets - LTi 46ers 68-57
Apr. 14: Walter Tigers - ALBA 62-91
Apr. 14: Art.Dragons - NY Phantoms 101-80
Apr. 15: Bremerhaven - EnBW L'burg
Apr. 15: EWE Baskets - Ratiopharm
Apr. 15: TBB Trier - Fraport SKY
Apr. 15: Telekom Baskets - Goettingen
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. Swann, Ratiopharm15.5 
 4. Wood, ALBA15.5 
 5. Ensminger, Teleko.15.1 
 6. Tucker, Brose B.15.1 
 7. Carter, Phoenix15.1 
 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. Davidson, Fraport6.6 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
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. Wood, ALBA5.0 
 5. Everett, Bremerha.4.9 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 7. Joyce, TBB Trier4.5 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.3 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.0 
 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. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.5 
 4. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 5. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 6. Dorris, EnBW L.1.4 
 7. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 8. Gaffney, Teleko.1.3 
 9. Trice, Ratiopharm1.3 
 10. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
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 


Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) Anytime You Play An Aggressive Defensive Team, Baskets Can Come At A Premium - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket before the game against the Lti Giessen 46ers April 14th.

A tough 83-67 loss in Bamberg. How has the team got better from the first meeting this season?

They got contributions from more players this time around. They are one of, if not, the deepest team in the league and everyone on the floor for them plays extremely hard.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg led 41-23 at halftime. What was giving the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg the biggest problems with getting points on the board?


They jumped out to a big lead early so we tried to slow the game down a little but unfortunately were not able to make shots. When you are on the road against one of the best teams in Europe and you are missing shots, it's going to be extremely hard to win the game.

PJ Tucker keeps having very strong games. Is he ready for a return to the NBA?


I'm not sure. You never know how European success will transfer to NBA success, but then again you see guys getting a chance and performing well all the time. And even though he'd have difficulty at the 3, he could be an undersized 4 that brings aggressiveness and energy.

The next game is against the LTi Giessen 46ers at home. What is your memory of the 85-60 win earlier in the season?


We played them on my birthday back in October and it was our first road win. Those were pretty hard to come by for us early in the season.

This will be another match ball type of game for Giessen with their fight to stay in the league. What will Wurzburg have to be most watchful in this game?

Anytime you play an aggressive defensive team, baskets can come at a premium. We need to make sure we execute offensively to the best of our ability. I feel like we can always rely on our defense to win us games, but we're going to have to put the ball in the basket against Giessen.

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

Anytime the teams best player (let alone the best player in the NBA) misses a game his team is going to be at a disadvantage. Chicago has been able to survive without Rose because they have more of a 'team' but the Lakers will be okay.

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

I think Howard denied that. It seems like it can be a distraction but they were adamant about the issue being resolved. But I think the franchise would side with the franchise player over the coach.

If the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg had an Easter egg hunt which player would find the most eggs?


John Little, he's the most competitive person I know. And it's clear when you see him as the top defender on the best defensive team for three consecutive years. He doesn't accept losing. In anything.

Thanks Jason for the chat.



Malte Kramer will join fellow German Jan Maehlen at Pepperdine University - by Moritz Korff

Malte Kramer (198-F-89) will continue his college career at NCAA D1 program Pepperdine. He signed a national letter-of-intent with the Waves, according to the university website. Kramer, a native of Freiburg, Germany, comes off a two year stint at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California, and made himself a name as one of the top outside shooters in California. Throughout the 2011-12 season he averaged 16.5 points per contest, while hitting 47.2% of his shots from beyond the arc.
At Pepperdine Kramer will meet Jan Maehlen (213-C), who was born in Siegen, Germany, and moved to the United States with his parents as a child.



Till Gloger to attend University of Maine - by Moritz Korff

Till Gloger (201-F-93) is going to enroll at the University of Maine in fall, as europeanprospects.com reported recently. Gloger hails from Paderborn and is producing outstanding statistics in the 2011-12 NBBL season. Gloger has played 15 games for Paderborn thus far, averaging 25.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per contest and attended the 2012 NBBL Allstar Game. He also saw action in the 1. Regionalliga West at TV Salzkotten in this current campaign. In 21 games played he scored 4.5 points per outing and pulled down 2.8 boards a game.


Gotha achieve ProB-Final-opener victory - by Eurobasket News

Gotha - Vechta 79-64 (1-0)

The game was mostly controlled by Oettinger Rockets Gotha. SC Rasta Vechta managed to win fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oettinger Rockets Gotha made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 SC Rasta Vechta turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Torvoris Baker (203-83, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Oettinger Rockets Gotha players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds and forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Gotha: M.Monk 19+5reb+3ast, K.Klein 17+2reb+2ast, L.Niebuhr 14+3reb+2ast, T.Baker 12+8reb+2ast, A.Kuppe 6+2reb, D.Watson 5
Vechta: M.Smallwood 15+16reb, B.Fumey 10+4reb, M.Reid 9+3ast, A.Rudowitz 8+7reb+1ast, D.Madrich 7+5reb, M.Boadu 5+1ast
gschID: 174468



Mannheim 2012: Turkey celebrate Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Germany U18 - Turkey U18 85:90

Turkey clinched the Bronze medals at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. The hosts overcame Germany in the consolation final tonight. Tayfun Erulku (188-G/F-94) posted 24 points to lead the charge.
Turkey led throughout the bigger part of the opening quarter. But Germany surged ahead late in the quarter and secured a 23:21 lead. The hosts maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Germany piled up a 45:38 halftime lead. The margin kept on growing in the third term. Germany piled up a comfortable 65:55 advantage at the final intermission. But Turkey exploded in the fourth stanza. They unloaded 35 points and kept the home team scoreless for five last minutes of the encounter to celebrate victory. Burak Yildizli (200-F-94) scored 17 points, while Metecan Birsen (205-F/G-95) added 13 points in the win. Dominic Lockhart (193-F-94) and Gavin Schilling (205-PF-95) answered with 15 points each for Germany.

Germany U18: Dominic Lockhart 15, Gavin Schilling 15
Turkey U18: Tayfun Erulku 24, Burak Yildizli 17, Metecan Birsen 13



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2012 Bellegarde-Sur-Valserine: Greece romp past Serbia - by Eurobasket News

Greece U16 - Serbia U16 84:66

Greece opened the 26th Bellegarade-Sur-Valserine tournament campaign with victory. They rallied past Serbia. Vasileios Charalampopoulos (197-F-97) came up with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the winners.
Greece surged ahead right from the start. They piled up a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 13-point mark midway through the second term. Serbia however managed to narrow the gap at 7 points at halftime 32:39. Greece regained control in the third term. They opened a double-digit lead and entered the fourth period up by 13 points 60:47. Serbia could not get within striking distance in the fourth frame and had to surrender at the end. Kostas Mitoglou posted 16 points and 15 boards, while Vassilis Toliopoulos accounted for 15 points in the victory. Nikola Pavlovic (204-PF-96) answered with 16 points for Serbia. Jovan Starincevic (188-PG-96) posted 12 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in the loss.

Greece U16: Vasileios Charalampopoulos 19, Kostas Mitoglou 16+15 boards Vassilis Toliopoulos 15
Serbia U16: Nikola Pavlovic 16, Jovan Starincevic 12



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Leiden 22-6 
 2. Groningen 21-7 
 3. Den Bosch 21-7 
 4. Nijmegen 17-11 
 5. Zwolle 12-16 
 6. Leeuwarden 10-18 
 7. Weert 5-23 
 8. Rotterdam 4-24 

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 12: Den Bosch - Leeuwarden 97-79
Apr. 14: Zwolle - Nijmegen 89-86
Apr. 14: Leiden - Weert 81-54
Apr. 14: Groningen - Rotterdam 67-53


Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 24-1 
 2. Amsterdam 20-5 
 3. De Hoppers 18-7 
 4. Cangeroes 18-7 
 5. Leiden 2 16-8 
 6. Red Giants 14-10 
 7. Goba 10-14 
 8. Almonte 10-15 
 9. De Groene 9-14 
 10. Akrides 9-16 
 11. Punch 9-16 
 12. Rotterdam 2 6-19 
 13. Hoofddorp 6-19 
 14. Jugglers 3-21 

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 14: Almonte - Hoofddorp 89-75
Apr. 14: De Hoppers - Rotterdam 2 88-67
Apr. 14: De Groene - Akrides 77-51
Apr. 14: Amsterdam - Punch 71-60
Apr. 1: Almonte - Leiden 2 70-63
Apr. 14: Binnenland - Leiden 2 70-61
Mar. 31: Akrides - Red Giants 69-85
Apr. 14: Red Giants - Cangeroes 67-79
Apr. 15: Leiden 2 - De Groene



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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 Thorl23.6 
 3. Echols, Njardvik22.4 
 4. Walkup, Fjolnir22.2 
 5. Holmes, Njardvik21.9 
 6. Cole, Keflavik21.0 
 7. Bullock, Grindavik20.8 
 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, Stjarnan8.5 
 10. Ferguson, KR8.1 
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. Fridriksson, Njard.4.5 
 7. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.5 
 8. Brown, KR4.4 
 9. Parker, Keflavik4.0 
 10. Gunnarsson, Kefla.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Holmes, Njardvik2.9 
 2. Allen, Tindastoll2.8 
 3. Cothran, Stjarnan2.6 
 4. Gunnarsson, Kefla.2.3 
 5. Hall, Snaefell2.2 
 6. Parker, Keflavik2.2 
 7. Miller, Tindastoll2.2 
 8. Shouse, Stjarnan2.1 
 9. Govens, Thor Thorl2.0 
 10. Brown, KR1.9 
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, Stjarnan1.3 
 5. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.0 
 6. Cole, Keflavik1.0 
 7. Valdimarsson, Stja.1.0 
 8. Holmes, Njardvik1.0 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Gri.0.9 
 10. Barja, Haukar0.9 


Express L. Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Thor Thorl - KR 94-76

Thor Thorl recorded the first win against KR to level the series. The game was mostly controlled by Thor Thorl. KR was better in fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Thor Thorl players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by KR's players. American players dominated also this game. Guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) scored 30 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and forward Joseph Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Thor Thorl players scored in double figures. Power forward Robert Ferguson (203-85, college: St.Joseph's) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Joshua Brown (187-88, college: Towson) scored 19 points. KR's coach Hrafn Kristjansson rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: D.Govens 30+5reb+5ast, G.Jonsson 17+2reb+1ast, B.Janev 14+7reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 14+3reb+4ast, J.Henley 13+6reb+3ast, G.Erlendsson 4+9reb+3ast
KR: J.Brown 19+1reb+2ast, R.Ferguson 15+13reb+5ast, D.Sencanski 8+6reb+1ast, H.Magnusson 8+3reb, M.Hermannsson 7+1ast, F.Magnusson 6+7reb
gschID: 173937


Stjarnan - Grindavik 68-71

Grindavik took 2-0 lead over Stjarnan following a road win. Stjarnan was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 20-15 charge of Grindavik, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Stjarnan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. Guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Grindavik's coach Helgi Jonas Gudfinnsson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) replied with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Keith Cothran (193-86, college: Rhode Island) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Stjarnan.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: G.Watson 24+6reb+8ast, J.Bullock 13+10reb+1ast, T.Olafsson 10+5reb+1ast, S.Thorsteinsson 7+10reb+1ast, O.Olafsson 7+3reb, J.Olafsson 5+6reb+1ast
Stjarnan: J.Shouse 16+8reb+6ast, J.Zdravevski 15+6reb+2ast, K.Cothran 14+9reb+2ast, G.Larusson 6+1reb+1ast, M.Valdimarsson 6+4reb+1ast, R.Lindmets 6+10reb+5ast
gschID: 173938



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  INDONESIA   


ASEAN League: Warriors too good for Dragons - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - Westports KL Dragons 98:80

Indonesia Warriors celebrated the eighth win in the season as they outscored visiting Westports KL Dragons. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) came up with 24 points to lead the winners.
Indonesia Warriors unleashed 32 points in the first term to clear off. They earned a 12-point lead at the end of the first period. The Warriors stayed dominant in the second quarter. They established a 58:36 halftime advantage. The Dragons tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They cut the distance by 4 points. But it was not nearly enough. The Warriors stayed comfortably in front and rolled to the victory at the end. Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) accounted for 18 points, while Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) posted 17 points and 22 rebounds for the winners. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) answered with 22 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for KL Dragons. Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.) provided 21 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Indonesia Warriors: Stanley Pringle 24, Evan Brock 18, Steve Thomas 17+22 boards
Westports Dragons: Tiras Wade 22, Jonathan Smith 21+10 boards



Indonesia Warriors land Evan Brock and Stanley Pringle - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors reinforced their squad. They landed Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) and Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.).
Evan Brock started the season in Dominican Republic. The forward played for Leones de Santo Domingo. His stats read 20.0 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Later Evan Brock signed with Quilmes in Argentina. The forward delivered 8.2 points, 3.3 rebounds per game in LigaA. Eventually Evan Brock moved to Puerto Rico to ink deal with Brujos de Guayama. His stats read 9.6 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per appearance in BSN. Previously Evan Brock had stints in the WBA, South Korea, Venezuela, D-League and Mexico. He was named WBA Rookie of the Year in 2007.
Stanley Pringle arrived from Ukraine. The guard played for DniproAzot Dniprodzerzhinsk. Stanley Pringle averaged 15.0 points, 4.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance in Superleague. Previously the guard had spells in Poland and Belgium.



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Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani is out for the season - by Eurobasket News

This comes as no surprise: Andrea Bargnani's (6'10''-F/C-85) season is done.

The Raptors forward will be shut down for the seasons final seven games, starting Friday against Boston, because of the third occurrence of a strained left calf this year. On Friday morning, head coach Dwane Casey said the teams management was scheduled to have a meeting on Friday afternoon to discuss Bargnanis fate. Bargnani had diagnostic testing - public relations-speak for a hastily arranged MRI - on Thursday afternoon.

In total, Bargnani will lose 35 games to the injury this year: six from Jan. 13-22, 20 from Jan. 27-March 10, and the final nine games of the year. Bargnani re-injured the calf on April 8 in Oklahoma City.

In a statement, the team said that based on tests taken [Thursday} on his left calf and the reoccurrence of previous symptoms, Bargnani will be sidelined to eliminate any further risk. The statement did not expand on what the results of the testing were.

Bargnani led the Raptors in scoring this year, averaging 19.5 points per game on 43% shooting. He had a great start to the season, but he never produced as well following his extended absence from the lineup. The Raptors owe Bargnani US$33-million over the next three seasons.

Before the game, Casey spoke about Bargnani's season.

On the decision to shut Bargnani down: Logical, yes, for us as our organization because the injury is still there and the risks versus the rewards of him continuing to play, possibly tearing it, Id much rather, and our organization would much rather him get well completely. Rest is the only way youre going to do it. In this league, theres no such animal [as that much rest]. The recovery time is even less this year than it has been in years past. The doctors and the organization have decided to shut him down and let him get complete rest, to get fully healthy coming into next year. Next year is a different animal. The things that we probably missed games for now cant happen during the season next year.

On assessing Bargnanis year: Believe me, pre-injury, he was rolling. He played like an all-star. I said that. I meant it. Offensively and defensively. He was a great surprise to me at the beginning of the year, just the way he played. He played at a high level. Then the injury happened and he never really came back 100%. He started getting his stride going a little bit offensively. Defensively, he really wasnt the same guy when he first came back. Then, just as soon as he started to turn the corner both ways with his timing, thats when he re-injured it again. Its been an up-and-down roller coaster for him this year.

On the biggest surprise: His defence, his ability to play defence, his quickness and speed on the defensive end, to move his feet, take charges, impact the ball on pick-and-roll coverages and just using his length on the defensive end: That was surprising. I had never seen it. I saw it. He showed it. As my grandfather said, he told himself [he could do it.] I know now he can do it. So, thats going to be the command coming back next year, to give us the same performance, that same effort and performance on the defensive end. We know what he can do offensively. And then the more we add offensive players, the more our guys add here, DeMar [DeRozan], Eddie [Davis], the more our guys develop offensively, its going to enhance his game because now its going to open him up more. They just cant just key in on him.

On having faith that Bargnani is the player who started the season: Thats all I have to go on. I wish I had more. Thats all I have to go on. Its enough for me. I know Andrea can play. He can play. He can do things offensively. He can do things defensively. Weve just got to improve our players around him. They must get better. They will get better.

Courtesy of http://sports.nationalpost.com



Mannheim 2012: Italy pip Russia, clinch 5th place - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18 - Russia U18 69:68

Italy eked a tough narrow win over Russia on the final day of Albert Schweitzer Tournament. The victory means Italy have claimed the fifth position in the standings. Mirco Turel (192-G-94) posted 20 points to lead the effort.
It was a tough battle from start to finish. Russia got the upper hand in the opening quarter. Alexander Chernov gained a 20:13 lead at the first break. Russia stretched the margin in the second quarter. They piled up a 43:33 halftime advantage. But the Azzurri turned things around in the third term. Italy denied the deficit and surged ahead for a 56:53 lead with ten minutes remaining. Russia and Italy stayed neck and neck throughout the fourth frame. It all came down to the final seconds but a turnover from Mikhail Kulagin decided the outcome as Italy sealed the win. Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) finished with 15 points, while Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) delivered 9 points for the Azzurri. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-F-94) posted 19 points for Russia. Igor Kanygin (204-F-94) had 18 points in the loss.

Italy U18: Mirco Turel 20, Matteo Imbro 15, Simone Fontecchio 9
Russia U18: Stanislav Ilnitskiy 19, Igor Kanygin 18



Day #2 - The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) - Thursday, April 12, 2012 - Portsmouth, Virginia - by Adam Prossin

Day 2 Scores - Thursday, April 12, 2012:

Game #3 - Norfolk Sports Club (80) vs. K & D Rounds Landscaping (67) (Consolation Round)
Game #4 Roger Browns (74) vs. Sales System LTD (71) (OT)
Game #5 Portsmouth Partnership (85) vs. Mike Duman (79)

Game #3 Summary - Norfolk Sports Club (80) vs. . K & D Rounds Landscaping (67) (Consolation Round)

Day 2 of the 60th Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) commenced with the first Consolation Round game. The 2 teams that lost their opening games the prior night faced off in a game that would seed them for the final days games on Saturday April 14, 2012.

Norfolk Sports Club (NSC) & K & D Rounds Landscaping (K&D) squared off and battled throughout the first half. The two teams traded the lead throughout the half and went to the locker room with K&D up on NSC by 1 point at 35-34. Mitchell Watt (6'10''-F-89) of K&D had a very strong first half with 12 points on 5-8 shooting, 5 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal. Both teams struggled from long range with NSC hitting 1-9 from 3 point range and K&D making only 1-8 before halftime.

In the 2nd the teams kept it close until about the 5:00 minute mark when NSC started to extend their lead and put the game away. NSC held a 5 point lead at 64-59 at that point. The NSC team, in the red jerseys, then scored 3 straight baskets helped by 2 consecutive blocked shots by Augustus Gilchrist (6'10''-F/C-89) and NSC were leading 70-59 with 3:30 to play. At the 2:20 mark, with K&D pressing, NSCs solid defense led to a long outlet pass to Wendell McKines (6'6''-F-88) who took it to the hoop and slammed it home with authority leaving the score at 74-61. Shortly thereafter NSC came up with the ball again on defense and another long outlet pass, this time to Charlie Westbrook (6'4''-G), led to uncontested slam followed immediately by Westbrook going one on one for another score. This had NSC leading 78-61 with only 1:45 left. K&D scored the final 2 baskets of the game but it was not enough as NSC ended with a 13 point win at 80-67.

The scoring for NSC was spread out fairly evenly amongst their top 5 scorers who were all in double figures. Charlie Westbrook and Alex Young (6'6''-G/F) finished with 15 points each, Mitchell Watt finished with 14 while Wendell McKines and Dominique Morrison (6'6''-F) ended with 12 points each. Augustus Gilchrist had a monster game on the boards finishing with a game high 17 rebounds while Wendell McKines added 14 boards for NSC who held a 69-43 advantage over K&D on the glass for the game.

K&Ds effort was paced by Rakim Sanders (6'5''-G/F-89) with a game high 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Overall the shooting in this game was poor with NSC going 34-88 for 38.6FG% and only 2-16 from the 3 point line. K&D shot only 27-77 for 35.1 FG% and only 2-17 from behind the 3 point arc. They were only 11-20 from the foul line as well.

The win by NSC advanced them into the 5th place game while K&D were relegated to the 7th place game on Saturday.

Norfolk Sports Club (80) Westbrook 15, Young 15, Watt 14, McKines 12, Morrison 12, Gilchrist 8, Jones 4, Hobbs 0
K & D Rounds Landscaping (67) Sanders 18, Dendy 9, Hinkle 8, Bazemore 8, Bryant 8, Rosen 6, Jones 6, Moore 4

Game #4 Summary - Roger Browns (74) vs. Sales System LTD (71) (OT)

The 2nd game of this 2nd day started with Sales Systems LTD (SSL)s Matt Gatens (6'5''-G-89) hitting a 3 pointer followed by Gatens scoring on a short range shot for a 5-0 lead by SSL at the 18:36 mark. The 1st half was a close affair after that with Roger Browns (RB) tying it at 9-9 with 13:16 left in the half. SSL jumped out to a 7 point lead at 18-11 with 9:15 on the clock and again up by 7 with 0:38 left at 31-24. However RB did not give up as the fought down the stretch in the first to close the gap before they went to the locker room for halftime. Terrance Henry (6'10''-F-89) took it to the hoop strong on a fastbreak followed by solid defense by RB. Henry then scored again on a nice drive along the baseline to end the half down by only 1 point at 37-36. At this point Henry looked like he was starting to take over the game for RB.

The 2nd half was close. Henry scored with 14:20 left to give RB their first lead of the game at 43-42. The teams traded the lead a few times after that and were tied at 62 with 5:00 minutes to play. SSL took a 4 point lead at 66-62 with 3:32 left but they could not score again in the game and RB was able to tie it on the final play of the game with Carlon Brown (6'5''-G-89)'s slam to end regulation time tied at 66.

In overtime the teams traded baskets and RB was up by 1 point with 0:18 left. SSL had a chance to take the lead with 15 seconds to play but missed the shot and the game ended with a slam by Carlon Brown that gave RB a 3 point 74-71 overtime victory sending RB to the semi-final on Friday night and SSL relegated to the consolation round.

Roger Browns had a nice team effort with 4 players in double figures and 3 players with 9 points. Ricardo Ratliffe (6'8''-F-89) led the way with 13 points on 6-13 shooting and added 10 rebounds & 2 blocked shots. Ken Horton (6'6''-F) had 12 points to go with 8 rebounds. Terrance Henry and Carlon Brown each contributed 10 points as well for RBs. Garrett Stutz (7'0''-C-90) had a game high of 14 rebounds for RBs and Wesley Witherspoon (6'9''-G/F-90) had 4 blocks.

Sales Systems LTD was led by Chris Johnson (6'6''-F-90) with a game high 18 points on 7-12 shooting and 4-9 from behind the 3 point arc. Tsung-Hsien Chang (6'4''-G-88) added 13 points on 3-12 shooting. Matt Gatens and Eric Griffin (6'8''-F) contributed 12 points each as well for SSL.

Roger Browns (74) Ratliff 13, Horton 12, Henry 10, Brown 10, Robinson 9, Stutz 9, Witherspoon 9, Gutierrez 2
Sales System LTD (71) Johnson 18, Chang 13, Gatens 12, Griffin 12, Gibson 6, Fogg 6, Pope 4, Sanders 0

Game #5 Summary - Portsmouth Partnership (85) vs. Mike Duman (79)

The 5th game of the PIT was all Portsmouth Partnership (PP) in the 1st half. The first 4 minutes were close with PP leading Mike Duman (MD) by 1 at 6-5 with 15:50 to play. PP then took control and jumped out to leads of 27-14 after a successful 3 point attempt by David Michaels (6'7''-GF-90) at the 8 minute mark. PP were up by 17 points by the 2:39 mark at 42-25. PP ended the 1st half with a 12 point 45-33 lead. Jamychal Green (6'8''-F-90) had a monster 1st half scoring 12 points on 6-9 shooting for PP.

Mike Duman came out in the 2nd half with something to prove and after shooting only 37.9 FG% in the 1st half they shot 47.4 FG% in the 2nd. By the 12:00 minute mark MD had narrowed the 12 point halftime deficit down to only 1 point and were trailing 56-55. With 9:03 left in the game Ashton Gibbs (6'2''-G-90) 3 pointer gave MD their first lead at 60-59 since they scored the games 1st basket to make it 2-0. The teams traded scores the rest of the way in a close battle. With 3:20 left Jamychal Green's dunk broke a 73-73 tie. PP stayed in control the rest of the way & held MD to only 2 scored baskets in the final 2 minutes to pull out an 85-79 victory.

The victory propels PP into the semi-Finals and sends Mike Duman to the consolation round.

Jamychal Green was the story of this game. Green had a game high total of 29 points on 14-18 shooting to go with his 10 rebounds for Portsmouth Partnership. Jordan Theodore (6'0''-G) added 14 points and Nick Barbour (6'3''-G-89) and David Michaels contributed 10 each for PP.

Ashton Gibbs led the way for Mike Duman with 23 points while shooting 8-12, 3-5 from the 3 and 4-5 from the foul line. Kim English (6'6''-G/F-88) scored 22 for MD and Julian Mavunga (6'8''-F-90) added 15.

Portsmouth Partnership (85) Green 29, Theodore 14, Barbour 10, Michaels 10, Burgess 9, Gates 7, Bellfield 3, Idlet 3
Mike Duman (79) Gibbs 23, English 22, Mavunga 15, Weems 8, Robinson 7, Kuric 2, Hyman 2, Fernandez 0



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (203-G-90)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Peiners, LU18.8 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja18.4 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera16.5 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala16.4 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava15.8 
 7. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 8. Young, Ventspils14.3 
 9. Timma, Liepaja13.7 
 10. Kravcenko, Liepaja13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.3 
 2. Willard, Ventspils8.4 
 3. Rozitis, Valmiera8.1 
 4. Dargais, LU7.9 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga7.6 
 6. Mednis, Turiba6.7 
 7. Timma, Liepaja6.4 
 8. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 9. Butjankovs, Valmi.5.9 
 10. Nelson, Jelgava5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.0 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Kravcenko, Liepaja4.0 
 4. Coders, Jurmala3.6 
 5. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.5 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava3.3 
 7. Gray, Ventspils3.0 
 8. Peiners, LU3.0 
 9. Silavs, Jelgava2.9 
 10. Antrops, Turiba2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kristaps KANBERGS
  Jelgava
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 2. Peiners, LU1.9 
 3. Timma, Liepaja1.7 
 4. Mayo, Liepaja1.7 
 5. Osins, LU1.7 
 6. Gray, Ventspils1.6 
 7. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.4 
 8. Piternieks, Turiba1.4 
 9. Ozols, Jurmala1.4 
 10. Krumins, Jelgava1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.6 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.2 
 3. Leiteris, Liepaja1.0 
 4. Ozols, Jurmala0.9 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 6. Plivda, LU0.7 
 7. Meiers, Ventspils0.6 
 8. Duselis, Jelgava0.6 
 9. Peiners, LU0.5 
 10. Willard, Ventspils0.5 


Liepaja reach Semifinals, Valmiera tie the series - by Eurobasket News

Jelgava - Liepaja 60-71 (0-2)

Liepaja made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Jelgava turnovers. Jelgava was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. Liepaja's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Sandis Silavs (194-88) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and forward Andris Justovics (198-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: A.Justovics 14+6reb, S.Silavs 12+5reb+3ast, K.Krumins 9+5reb+2ast, E.Krumins 7+3reb, K.Kanbergs 7+8reb+3ast, L.Mizis 6+7reb
Liepaja: J.Mayo 21+6reb+3ast, J.Timma 21+13reb, A.Helmanis 10+6reb+1ast, M.Kravcenko 7+5reb+4ast, T.Leiteris 4+6reb, K.Miglinieks 4
gschID: 174492


LU - Valmiera 94-110 (1-1)

The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 59-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Valmiera made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. The former international forward Janis Porzingis (201-82, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) contributed with 24 points and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) replied with 27 points and point guard Marcis Vitols (190-92) added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Latvijas Universitate. Five Valmiera and four Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures. Latvijas Universitate's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 27+1reb+3ast, M.Vitols 21+5reb+4ast, Z.Plivda 17+6reb, A.Osins 15+4reb+1ast, H.Rubenis 6+3reb, R.Zebergs 4+1reb
Valmiera: J.Porzingis 29+5reb+5ast, J.Lucas 24+2reb+6ast, M.Ziedins 17+4reb, I.Bankevics 17+3reb+2ast, A.Butjankovs 12+4reb+1ast, O.Virsis 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 174493



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Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 2

Apr. 14: Arecibo - Cocodrilos 96-97 2OT
Apr. 14: La Union - Uniceub/BRB 93-71
Apr. 13: Cocodrilos - Uniceub/BRB 80-81
Apr. 13: La Union - Arecibo 68-72
Apr. 15: Arecibo - Uniceub/BRB
Apr. 15: Cocodrilos - La Union


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tony WASHAM
  Obras
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Washam, Obras22.6 
 2. Smith, La Union18.2 
 3. Ayuso, Arecibo18.2 
 4. Hickerson, Bucan.16.3 
 5. Nunes, Itabom/B.16.2 
 6. Hornsby, Pioneros16.0 
 7. Harris, Pioneros16.0 
 8. Silva, Un.15.0 
 9. Lewis, La Union14.8 
 10. Dos Santos, Unic.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregory LEWIS
  La Union
  (198-F-78)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Lewis, La Union10.8 
 2. Garces, Arecibo8.6 
 3. Giovannoni, Unice.7.6 
 4. Hickerson, Bucan.7.3 
 5. Nunes, Itabom/B.7.3 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras7.0 
 7. Graterol, Cocodril.7.0 
 8. Washam, Obras6.8 
 9. Colmenares, Cocod.6.4 
 10. Field, Obras6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Unice.
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Dos Santos, Unice.6.3 
 2. Konsztatd, Obras5.7 
 3. Pinnock, Arecibo5.4 
 4. Ribeiro, Un.5.0 
 5. Taylor, Itabom/B.4.2 
 6. Farabello, La Union4.0 
 7. Elliott, Cocodrilos3.6 
 8. Guevara, Bucaneros3.5 
 9. Smith, La Union3.4 
 10. Cedeno, Bucaneros2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alexis ELSENER
  Obras
  (195-G-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Elsener, Obras3.2 
 2. Dos Santos, Unice.2.3 
 3. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.0 
 4. Washam, Obras1.8 
 5. Colmenares, Cocod.1.8 
 6. Deodato, Itabom/B.1.7 
 7. Lewis, La Union1.6 
 8. Taylor, Itabom/B.1.4 
 9. Pinnock, Arecibo1.4 
 10. Ribeiro, Un.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Danilo PINNOCK
  Arecibo
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Pinnock, Arecibo1.4 
 2. Graterol, Cocodril.1.2 
 3. de Souza, Un.1.2 
 4. Bayona, Bucaneros1.2 
 5. Wolkowyski, La Uni.1.0 
 6. Hickerson, Bucan.0.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras0.8 
 8. Garces, Arecibo0.8 
 9. de Sousa, Itabom/.0.8 
 10. Hornsby, Pioneros0.8 



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 21-1 
 2. Lietuvos rytas 18-4 
 3. Siauliai 16-6 
 4. Rudupis 16-6 
 5. Pieno Zvaigzdes 13-9 
 6. Neptunas 10-12 
 7. Baltai Kaunas 9-13 
 8. Kedainiai 9-13 
 9. Juventus 6-16 
 10. Sakalai 5-17 
 11. Lietkabelis 5-17 
 12. Naglis Palangos 4-18 

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 13: Sakalai - Neptunas 97-98 OT
Apr. 13: Kedainiai - Lietkabelis 88-68
Apr. 13: Naglis Palangos - Pieno Zvaigzdes 77-83
Apr. 13: Baltai Kaunas - Siauliai 75-86
Apr. 13: Juventus - Rudupis 70-87
Apr. 14: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Zalgiris 55-81

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 16: Siauliai - Neptunas
Apr. 17: Rudupis - Pieno Zvaigzdes


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Laurynas MIKALAUSKAS
  Neptu.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Mikalauskas, Neptu.17.7 
 2. Mazeika, Neptunas15.0 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietu.14.7 
 4. Johnson, Naglis P.14.6 
 5. Cepukaitis, Lietka.13.9 
 6. Hughes, Pieno Z.13.9 
 7. Seibutis, Lietuv.13.5 
 8. Urbonas, Juventus13.3 
 9. Vasylius, Siauliai13.0 
 10. Reminas, Naglis P.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.3 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.7 
 3. Mikalauskas, Neptu.7.4 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai7.0 
 5. Butkevicius, Rudup.6.6 
 6. Cepukaitis, Lietka.6.5 
 7. Petrukonis, Juven.6.4 
 8. Bowles, Siauliai6.4 
 9. Valeika, Neptunas6.1 
 10. Barinov, Naglis P.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Dainys, Neptunas5.6 
 2. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.8 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.4.5 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai4.3 
 5. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.0 
 6. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.9 
 7. Popovic, Zalgiris3.8 
 8. Maceina, Juventus3.6 
 9. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.3.5 
 10. Samenas, Sakalai3.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 2. Long, Siauliai1.9 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai1.7 
 4. Ginevicius, Kedain.1.6 
 5. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.6 
 6. Roberts, Lietuvos.1.6 
 7. Vasiliauskas, Liet.1.6 
 8. Salenga, Zalgiris1.5 
 9. Weems, Zalgiris1.4 
 10. Juskevicius, Rudu.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.0 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.8 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 4. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.0 
 5. Zelionis, Rudupis1.0 
 6. Morgan, Pieno Z.0.9 
 7. Samardziski, Lietu.0.9 
 8. Cepukaitis, Lietka.0.9 
 9. McClure, Kedainiai0.9 
 10. Javtokas, Zalgiris0.8 


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  LKKA-.
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Vingelis, LKKA-.21.6 
 2. Uzkuraitis, Delika.18.9 
 3. Birgelis, Matinga-.18.4 
 4. Rakauskas, Radvili.18.1 
 5. Jucikas, AB.17.8 
 6. Maneikis, Meresta17.4 
 7. Varnelis, S.Marc.17.3 
 8. Sragauskis, LKKA-.17.3 
 9. Giedraitis, ABRO-.16.1 
 10. Lengvinas, Nafta15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tautvydas SLEZAS
  Delikatesas
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Slezas, Delikatesas11.0 
 2. Gudaitis, Gargzdai10.8 
 3. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.8.1 
 4. Mineikis, Radvilis.8.0 
 5. Urbonas, LK.7.8 
 6. Mockevicius, S.Mar.7.6 
 7. Linkevicius, Triob.7.4 
 8. Kazakauskas, Naft.7.4 
 9. Jucikas, AB.7.4 
 10. Pikalavicius, Del.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Matas SAPIEGA
  LK.
  (179-PG-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Sapiega, LK.8.0 
 2. Kurauskas, AB.5.3 
 3. Razutis, Silute5.1 
 4. Semaska, Perla.4.7 
 5. Malasauskas, LKKA.4.5 
 6. Kuklierius, Mating.4.4 
 7. Bitinas, S.Marciu.4.4 
 8. Vasiliauskas, Trio.4.3 
 9. Vileita, Perla.4.3 
 10. Birgelis, Matinga.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Silute
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Razutis, Silute2.9 
 2. Vileita, Perla.2.4 
 3. Brown, Mazeikiai2.3 
 4. Slivka, Meresta2.1 
 5. Paliukenas, S.Marc.1.9 
 6. Uzkuraitis, Delika.1.9 
 7. Jogela, Zalgir.1.8 
 8. Budzinauskas, Sta.1.8 
 9. Birgelis, Matinga-.1.8 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Tri.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Urbonas, LK.2.7 
 2. Mockevicius, S.Mar.1.9 
 3. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.7 
 4. Gudaitis, Nafta U.1.6 
 5. Ramanauskas, Garg.1.4 
 6. Kaubrys, Silute1.3 
 7. Kymantas, Zalgir.1.2 
 8. Jucikas, AB.1.1 
 9. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.1 
 10. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.0 


Statyba and LKKA-Atletas will play in NKL Final - by Eurobasket News

NKL Final Four is taking place in Garliava. Two semifinals were played today at the local Sports Centre. LKKA-Atletas and Statyba celebrated victories and advanced into the championship game.
LKKA-Atletas prevailed against Nafta-Universitetas 89:73. Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) came up with game-high 29 points to lead the effort. LKKA-Atletas led from the start. They built a 52:32 halftime lead. Nafta-Universitetas took over in the second half but could not deny a huge deficit and came up short of victory at the end. Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) finished with 21 points for the winners. Paulius Zurna (195-F-87) answered with 14 points for Nafta Universitetas. Deivydas Anuzis (182-G-92) accounted for 13 points in the loss.
In the meantime Statyba took care of Zalgiris-Sabonio 77:73. Darius Tarvydas (200-F-91) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners. Statyba also started the game strongly. They established a 44:34 halftime lead. Zalgiris-Sabonio limited their opponents to just 9 points in the third term and cut the deficit to just five points. But Statyba hung on in the final frame to escape with a narrow win at the end. Martynas Paliukenas (195-G-93) netted 12 points for the winning side. Marius Grigonis (194-F-94) and Rolandas Jakstas (200-F-92) replied with 13 points each in the loss.



LKL Round 23: Zalgiris wins regular season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LKL just ended.

LKL top team - Zalgiris (21-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (13-9) in Pasvalys 81-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pieno Zvaigzdes. The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-82, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Brazilian center Paulo Prestes (210-88) answered with 11 points and 7 rebounds for Pieno Zvaigzdes. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zalgiris have an impressive series of twenty one victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 21-1 record. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes keeps the fifth position with nine games lost.
Tenth-ranked Sakalai (5-17) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked Neptunas (10-12) in Vilnius. The visitors from Klaipeda managed to secure only one-point victory 98-97. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-85, college: Virginia) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Martynas Mazeika helped adding 22 points and 7 rebounds. Neptunas' coach Paulius Juodis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) responded with 20 points and 6 assists. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Neptunas. They maintain sixth place with 10-12 record. Sakalai at the other side keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Lietkabelis.
The game in Kaunas was also quite interesting. Third ranked Siauliai (16-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Baltai Kaunas (9-13). Siauliai defeated Baltai Kaunas 86-75 on Friday. It was an exceptional evening for Cam Long who led the winners and scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Jonas Maciulis came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds for Baltai Kaunas in the defeat. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Siauliai. They maintain third place with 16-6 record having five points less than leader Zalgiris, which they share with Rudupis. Baltai Kaunas lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Kedainiai.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 23: Pieno Zvaigzdes beat Naglis Palangos on the road 83-77. Kedainiai destroyed Lietkabelis on its own court 88-68. Rudupis managed to outperform Juventus in Prienai 87-70.


Naglis Palangos - Pieno Zvaigzdes 77-83

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (13-9) beat bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (4-18) in Palanga 83-77 on Friday. Naglis Palangos trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 21-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-83 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Naglis Palangos 40-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for forward Eimantas Bendzius (203-90) who led the winners and scored 18 points. Brazilian center Paulo Prestes (210-88) accounted for 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Roberts Stelmahers used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Mantas Mockevicius (189-93, college: Olney Central CC) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Naglis Palangos in the defeat. Four Naglis Palangos players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes maintains fifth place with 13-9 record. Naglis Palangos lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Naglis Palangos: M.Mockevicius 20+5reb, R.Pickett 14+3reb+1ast, M.Reminas 13+1reb+4ast, D.Johnson 12+11reb, T.Rinkevicius 7+3reb+2ast, A.Montrimavicius 4+3reb+1ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: E.Bendzius 18+4reb+1ast, P.Prestes 12+5reb, Z.Kelys 9+2reb, T.Hughes 8+3reb+2ast, S.Morgan 8+5reb, E.Kairys 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 165861


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Zalgiris 55-81

LKL top team - Zalgiris (21-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes (13-9) in Pasvalys 81-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pieno Zvaigzdes. The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-82, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 9 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Brazilian center Paulo Prestes (210-88) answered with 11 points and 7 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) added 8 points in the effort for Pieno Zvaigzdes. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zalgiris have an impressive series of twenty one victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 21-1 record. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes keeps the fifth position with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: P.Prestes 11+7reb+2ast, D.Leonard 8+1reb+1ast, T.Hughes 8+4reb+1ast, E.Bendzius 7+3reb, S.Morgan 6+3reb, L.Nobles 6+1reb
Zalgiris: M.Kuzminskas 13+4reb+1ast, M.Rakovic 12+3reb+1ast, T.Delininkaitis 10+1reb+1ast, T.Klimavicius 9+8reb+2ast, P.Jankunas 9+2reb, R.Javtokas 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 174568


Kedainiai - Lietkabelis 88-68

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Lietkabelis (5-17) was smashed on the road by eighth ranked Kedainiai (9-13) 88-68 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Kedainiai. Lietkabelis managed to win second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kedainiai looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for the former international point guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) who led the winners and scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. point guard Tomas Cerneckis (190-88) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Kedainiai's coach Gediminas Petrauskas used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Adomas Drungilas (203-90) came up with 10 points and 9 rebounds and center Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Lietkabelis in the defeat. Four Kedainiai and five Lietkabelis players scored in double figures. Kedainiai moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Baltai Kaunas. Loser Lietkabelis dropped to the tenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Sakalai.
Top scorers:
Lietkabelis: S.Kulevicius 11+1reb+1ast, S.Vasiliauskas 11+2reb+2ast, K.Babkauskas 11+4reb+1ast, A.Drungilas 10+9reb+1ast, V.Cepukaitis 10+7reb+1ast, J.Zurna 8+1reb+2ast
Kedainiai: L.Kisielius 14+2reb+5ast, T.Cerneckis 13+7reb+2ast, D.McClure 13+5reb, E.Dimsa 12+8reb+1ast, V.Sulskis 10+1reb, V.Jasikevicius 9+7reb+7ast
gschID: 165858


Sakalai - Neptunas 97-98 OT

Tenth-ranked Sakalai (5-17) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked Neptunas (10-12) in Vilnius. The visitors from Klaipeda managed to secure only one-point victory 98-97. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 29-22 run, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-14. Neptunas had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Sakalai was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-85, college: Virginia) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Martynas Mazeika (193-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) helped adding 22 points and 7 rebounds. Neptunas' coach Paulius Juodis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) responded with 20 points and 6 assists and forward Evaldas Baniulis (201-87, college: S.Carolina) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Neptunas and five Sakalai players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Neptunas. They maintain sixth place with 10-12 record. Sakalai at the other side keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Lietkabelis.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: L.Samenas 20+2reb+6ast, E.Baniulis 14+5reb+2ast, V.Sirvydis 14+4reb+1ast, A.Peciukevicius 13+4reb+1ast, A.Butkevicius 13+4reb+1ast, A.Gydra 10+3reb
Neptunas: L.Mikalauskas 27+10reb+2ast, M.Mazeika 22+7reb, E.Dainys 14+4reb+4ast, M.Girdziunas 10+1reb+2ast, M.Ruikis 8+4reb, A.Viskontas 8+1reb+5ast
gschID: 165859


Baltai Kaunas - Siauliai 75-86

The game in Kaunas was also quite interesting. Third ranked Siauliai (16-6) played at the court of 7th ranked Baltai Kaunas (9-13). Siauliai defeated Baltai Kaunas 86-75 on Friday. The game without a history. Siauliai led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) who led the winners and scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Samoan point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, college: BYU) accounted for 13 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and center Mindaugas Kupsas (214-91) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Baltai Kaunas in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Siauliai. They maintain third place with 16-6 record having five points less than leader Zalgiris, which they share with Rudupis. Baltai Kaunas lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. They share it with Kedainiai.
Top scorers:
Baltai Kaunas: J.Maciulis 28+10reb+2ast, U.Petrovic 11+2reb+1ast, M.Kupsas 11+11reb, K.Vecvagars 10+5ast, E.Ulanovas 9+4reb+4ast, V.Cizauskas 6+3reb+2ast
Siauliai: V.Liutych 15+2reb+2ast, A.Siksnius 14+3reb+2ast, C.Long 13+7reb+4ast, R.Broadus 13+1reb+6ast, V.Vasylius 10+2reb+1ast, R.Grafs 8+5reb
gschID: 165860


Juventus - Rudupis 70-87

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Rudupis (16-6) won against 9th ranked Juventus (6-16) in Utena 87-70 on Friday. The game without a history. Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Gediminas Orelikas (198-90) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Arnas Labuckas (205-87, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. Center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) came up with 21 points (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) and the former international forward Zydrunas Urbonas (198-76) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Juventus in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Rudupis moved-up to third place, which they share with Siauliai. Juventus lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Juventus: K.Petrukonis 21+2reb, V.Volkus 10+1reb+2ast, D.Pakamanis 9+3reb+1ast, R.Gumeniuk 9+2reb, G.Matulis 9+6reb, Z.Urbonas 8+6reb+4ast
Rudupis: A.Milaknis 15+2reb+1ast, G.Orelikas 14+5reb+3ast, A.Labuckas 12+7reb+2ast, G.Kadziulis 11+4ast, A.Juskevicius 9+4reb+3ast, S.Buterlevicius 7+2reb
gschID: 165857



EuroCup: Valencia survive Lietuvos Rytas challenge to reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Lietuvos Rytas 80:70

Valencia sealed the EuroCup Final appearance. They overcame Lietuvos Rytas in Khimky. Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Maryland) scored 12 points each to pace well-balanced effort from the Spanish team.
Valencia jumped to an early lead. They stayed aggressive offensively in the opening quarter and poured in 29 points. The Spaniards piled up a 14-point lead ten minutes into the game. Lietuvos Rytas however stiffened their defence in the second frame. They limited Valencia to 13 points in the quarter to narrow the deficit at 10-point mark 32:42 at halftime. Valencia got back in control in the third frame. Lietuvos Rytas were plagued by misses from behind the arc and Valencia gradually restored a comfortable 13-point lead at the final intermission. Moreover Lietuvos Rytas lost Jonas Valanciunas after he committed the fifth foul. But the Lithuanian powerhouse still fought hard. Babrauaskas knocked down 9 points in a row to narrow the gap at just 6 points 63:69. But three-pointers from Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) and Nando De Colo (202-G-87) kept Valencia in charge. The Spanish team did not allow Lietuvos Rytas within striking distance and rolled to the victory at the end. Victor Claver, Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) and Nando De Colo produced 10 points each in the victory. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) provided 21 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) had 15 points in the loss.

Valencia: Brad Newley 12, Niklas Caner-Medley 12, Victor Claver 10, Vitor Faverani 10, Nando De Colo 10
Lietuvos Rytas: Steponas Babrauskas 21, Renaldas Seibutis 15



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  LUXEMBOURG   

Standings

Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. T71 22-4 
 2. Sparta 20-6 
 3. Musel Pikes 14-12 
 4. Residence 13-13 
 5. Amicale 13-13 
 6. Etzella 11-15 
7-10 places
 1. Basket Esch 15-9 
 2. Soleuvre 12-12 
 3. BBC Nitia 3-21 
 4. Heffingen 3-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 8

1-6 places

Apr. 14: Amicale - Etzella 91-70
Apr. 14: Residence - Musel Pikes 80-68
Apr. 14: T71 - Sparta 70-65

7-10 places

Apr. 14: BBC Nitia - Heffingen 85-70
Apr. 14: Soleuvre - Basket Esch 65-86

Second Stage: Round 9

Apr. 20: Sparta - Amicale
Apr. 22: Etzella - Residence
Apr. 22: Musel Pikes - T71



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  MALAYSIA   


ASEAN League: Warriors too good for Dragons - by Eurobasket News

Indonesia Warriors - Westports KL Dragons 98:80

Indonesia Warriors celebrated the eighth win in the season as they outscored visiting Westports KL Dragons. Stanley Pringle (184-PG-87, college: Penn St.) came up with 24 points to lead the winners.
Indonesia Warriors unleashed 32 points in the first term to clear off. They earned a 12-point lead at the end of the first period. The Warriors stayed dominant in the second quarter. They established a 58:36 halftime advantage. The Dragons tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third term. They cut the distance by 4 points. But it was not nearly enough. The Warriors stayed comfortably in front and rolled to the victory at the end. Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) accounted for 18 points, while Steve Thomas (204-C/F-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) posted 17 points and 22 rebounds for the winners. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) answered with 22 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for KL Dragons. Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.) provided 21 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Indonesia Warriors: Stanley Pringle 24, Evan Brock 18, Steve Thomas 17+22 boards
Westports Dragons: Tiras Wade 22, Jonathan Smith 21+10 boards



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 16-4 
 2. Guaymas 15-5 
 3. Tijuana 14-5 
 4. Nogales 12-8 
 5. Cananea 9-11 
 6. Los Mochis 9-11 
 7. Culiacan 8-12 
 8. Guasave 8-12 
 9. Navolato 7-13 
 10. Tepic 1-18 

Regular Season: Round 20

Apr. 14: Los Mochis - Guasave 99-91
Apr. 14: Hermosillo - Nogales 96-80
Apr. 14: Culiacan - Tijuana 80-87
Apr. 14: Tepic - Navolato 51-75
Apr. 14: Guaymas - Cananea 118-109 OT

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 16: Tijuana - Tepic
Apr. 17: Tijuana - Tepic
Apr. 17: Guaymas - Nogales
Apr. 17: Cananea - Hermosillo
Apr. 17: Los Mochis - Culiacan
Apr. 17: Guasave - Navolato


CIBACOPA Round 20 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Fifth-ranked Mineros de Cananea (9-11) was very close to win a game against second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (15-5) on Saturday. Ostioneros de Guaymas managed to secure only nine-point victory 118-109. However their fans expected easier game. Haakim Johnson (201-G-87, college: Pikeville) orchestrated the victory by scoring 40 points (!!!) (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains second position with 15-5 record behind leader Hermosillo. Defending champion Mineros de Cananea keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will face Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) at home in the next round. Mineros de Cananea will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo.

Los Mochis - Guasave 99-91
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis and 7th ranked Frayles de Guasave had identical 8-11 record. This time Pioneros Los Mochis used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Guasave 99-91 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-91. Pioneros Los Mochis had a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Frayles de Guasave was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import guard Tayloe Taylor (191-86, college: Livingstone) contributed with 20 points and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Victor Buelna (192-78) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Sylvester Spicer (198-86, college: Rogers St.) added 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Frayles de Guasave. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Frayles de Guasave's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pioneros Los Mochis (9-11) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cananea. Frayles de Guasave at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis will face Caballeros de Culiacan (#7) at home in the next round. Frayles de Guasave will play against Garra Canera de Navolato and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 28+14reb+3ast, T.Taylor 20+4reb+8ast, S.Scott 16+13reb+2ast, J.Favela 11+4reb+1ast, E.Cuen 11+4reb+2ast, L.Felipe Diaz 11+4reb+2ast
Guasave: S.Spicer 19+7reb, G.Giron 18+1reb+5ast, V.Buelna 17+7reb+3ast, C.Moore 12+2reb+1ast, R.Carter 11+8reb+3ast, A.Izaguirre 11+5reb+1ast
gschID: 171171


Tepic - Navolato 51-75
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Coras de Tepic's (1-18) home loss to ninth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (7-13) 51-75 on Saturday. The game without a history. Garra Canera de Navolato led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American players dominated the game. Forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Guard Matthew Gibson (196-84) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Garra Canera de Navolato players scored in double figures. Center Deangelo Riley (205, college: Azusa Pacific) replied with 16 points and 9 rebounds and forward Ray Reese (196-87, college: Tulsa, agency: David Lee services) added 9 points and 5 assists in the effort for Coras de Tepic. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Garra Canera de Navolato maintains ninth position with 7-13 record. Coras de Tepic at the other side stay dead last with 18 lost games. Garra Canera de Navolato will face higher ranked Frayles de Guasave (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Coras de Tepic will play against Tijuana Zonkeys.
Top scorers:
Navolato: R.Selleaze 21+11reb+4ast, M.Gibson 18+2reb+4ast, D.McSwine 10+6reb+7ast, J.Pablo Mora 10+3reb+1ast, F.Verdugo 8+1reb+3ast, C.Dominguez 4+1reb
Tepic: D.Riley 16+9reb+1ast, K.Young 9+1reb, R.Reese 9+2reb+5ast, H.Torres 4+1reb+2ast, J.Orduno 4+2reb, E.Swanson 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 171172


Culiacan - Tijuana 80-87
Very predictable result when third ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (14-5) won against on the road 8th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (8-12) 87-80 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Caballeros de Culiacan won third quarter 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tijuana Zonkeys made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American forward Darnell Hugee (201-85, college: Prairie View A&M) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds. The former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Mychal Henderson (198-85, college: Ks Wesleyan) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Caballeros de Culiacan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tijuana Zonkeys have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-5 record having just three points less than leader Hermosillo. Caballeros de Culiacan lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 12 games lost. Tijuana Zonkeys will face bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Pioneros Los Mochis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: D.Hugee 23+6reb+2ast, A.Solares 18+1reb, C.Tate 16+5reb, O.Quintero 13+6reb+2ast, M.Morrison 9+6reb+2ast, E.Medina 6+4ast
Culiacan: R.Robinson 24+9reb+3ast, V.Avila 14+4reb+1ast, R.Zamora 12+5reb+1ast, M.Henderson 12+9reb, R.Navarro 7+2reb+2ast, L.Pulido 6+4reb
gschID: 171168


Hermosillo - Nogales 96-80
Not a big story in a game when 4th ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (12-8) lost on the road to first ranked Rayos de Hermosillo (16-4) 96-80 on Saturday. Rayos de Hermosillo have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-4 record. Fuerza Guinda Nogales at the other side keep the fourth place with eight games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will face Mineros de Cananea (#5) on the road in the next round. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against the league's second-placed Ostioneros de Guaymas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 171169


Guaymas - Cananea 118-109 OT
Fifth-ranked Mineros de Cananea (9-11) was very close to win a game against second ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (15-5) on Saturday. Ostioneros de Guaymas managed to secure only nine-point victory 118-109. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime then Mineros de Cananea managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Ostioneros de Guaymas who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-5. They were well out of reach of Mineros de Cananea shooting 79.6 percent from the field and made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while Mineros de Cananea only scored twelve points from the stripe. Ostioneros de Guaymas shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Mineros de Cananea was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) orchestrated the victory by scoring 40 points (!!!) (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). The other American import point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Naturalized American guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) replied with 29 points and 9 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American forward Derek Thomas (193-84, college: Appalachian St.) added 30 points and 7 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) in the effort for Mineros de Cananea. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains second position with 15-5 record behind leader Hermosillo. Defending champion Mineros de Cananea keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will face Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) at home in the next round. Mineros de Cananea will play against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: H.Johnson 40+1reb+3ast, J.Habel 25+1reb+4ast, M.Allen 23+10ast, F.Benitez 13+2ast, J.Sanchez 9+2ast, H.Carrillo 6+2ast
Cananea: D.Thomas 30+1reb+7ast, F.Harris 29+1reb+9ast, A.Pettaway 22+1ast, J.Casillas 13+1reb+3ast, A.Mojardin 5, J.Arturo Farrera Chantiri 4+3ast



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 35-25 
 2. Philadelph.76 31-27 
 3. New York K. 31-28 
 4. New Jersey N. 22-39 
 5. Toronto R. 21-39 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 45-14 
 2. Indiana P. 38-22 
 3. Milwaukee B. 28-31 
 4. Detroit P. 22-37 
 5. Cleveland C. 20-38 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 41-17 
 2. Atlanta H. 34-24 
 3. Orlando M. 33-25 
 4. Washington W. 14-46 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-50 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 44-16 
 2. Denver N. 32-26 
 3. Utah Jazz 31-30 
 4. Portland TB 27-32 
 5. Minnesota T. 26-35 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 38-22 
 2. LA Clippers 37-23 
 3. Phoenix Suns 31-29 
 4. Golde State W. 21-37 
 5. Sacramento K. 19-41 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 42-16 
 2. Memphis G. 35-24 
 3. Dallas M. 34-26 
 4. Houston R. 32-27 
 5. N.Orleans H. 17-42 

Regular Season: Round 108

Apr. 14: Milwaukee B. - Indiana P. 99-105
Apr. 14: Washington W. - Cleveland C. 89-98
Apr. 14: New Jersey N. - Boston C. 82-94
Apr. 14: LA Clippers - Golde State W. 112-104
Apr. 14: Minnesota T. - Oklah.City T. 110-115
Apr. 14: San Antonio S. - Phoenix Suns 105-91
Apr. 14: Memphis G. - Utah Jazz 103-98

Regular Season: Round 109

Apr. 15: New York K. - Miami Heat
Apr. 15: Atlanta H. - Toronto R.
Apr. 15: Detroit P. - Chicago B.
Apr. 15: Charlotte B. - Boston C.
Apr. 15: Denver N. - Houston R.
Apr. 15: LA Lakers - Dallas M.
Apr. 15: Cleveland C. - Orlando M.
Apr. 15: Sacramento K. - Portland TB
Apr. 15: N.Orleans H. - 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.27.8 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.8 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..24.3 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat22.5 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.22.4 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 9. Anthony, New Y.21.8 
 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 Lakers12.1 
 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.10.1 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix9.8 
 10. Smith, Atlanta H.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.5 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.9 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers9.0 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 5. Williams, New J.8.7 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
 8. Wall, Washington W.7.7 
 9. Parker, San A.7.6 
 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.2.3 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 5. Shumpert, New Y.1.8 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 7. Iguodala, Philadel.1.8 
 8. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 9. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 10. Ariza, N.Orleans1.7 
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. Udoh, Golde S.1.7 


Dunigan to NBA - by Julius Johnson

It is being reported in Ukraine media that the Ukraine Basketball Federation has received a Letter of Clearance request via FIBA Americas for Dnipro-Azots's Michael Dunigan.
Speculation is that an NBA team is preparing to sign the young center. Dunigan arrived early in the season from Italy after being one of the top undrafted NBA prospects. Although still somewhat raw, Dunigan had a consistent season and appears to have made improvements on both ends of the court.



Deal for new Sacramento Kings arena falls through - by Eurobasket News

The Kings' future in Sacramento is uncertain again.

A tentative deal for a new arena has fallen apart, leaving open the possibility the team's owners could again try to move from California's capital.

'Is the deal dead? As we know it, absolutely,' Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson (6'1''-G-66, college: California) said Friday.

The Maloof family has balked at terms of the agreement reached last month, and though they say they want to remain in Sacramento, Johnson isn't so sure after meeting with them Friday and hearing their list of concerns he said hadn't previously been disclosed.

'It just feels like they were coming up with reasons of why not to do the deal,' Johnson said.

So a year after Johnson came to New York to begin his fight to save the team, his city is in jeopardy of losing it all over again.

Admitting he was angry and questioning the Maloofs' trustworthiness, Johnson praised his city's efforts but said he doesn't know what will happen now.

'They are now saying they don't want to do the deal, which essentially means they don't want to be in Sacramento, and that's very, very disappointing,' he said.

The Kings say otherwise.

'We are committed to remaining the Sacramento Kings,' the team said in a statement.

But it stressed -- as did commissioner David Stern -- that the deal was 'always nonbinding,' and the Maloofs always had the right to decide it was no longer comfortable with the terms.

'The negotiations that have occurred surrounding, as commissioner Stern said repeatedly today during his news conference, a 'non-binding framework,' never resulted in a deal that was good for the city or good for the team,' the Kings said.

It was a stunningly swift and disappointing result for Sacramento officials who thought they were on their way to holding onto the team just weeks ago.

They had met with the Maloofs and league officials during the NBA's All-Star weekend in Orlando in February, celebrating a tentative deal to fund the estimated $391 million arena that would open for the 2015-16 season in the downtown Sacramento rail yards.

Co-owner Gavin Maloof was in tears then during a joint announcement of the deal, which the Sacramento City Council passed its end of in early March. The deal was brokered by the league -- with the Maloofs' permission, according to Johnson -- and tentatively agreed to by the Kings.

But Joe, Gavin and George Maloof had since taken issue with some of the terms -- particularly environmental and pre-development costs that Johnson said made up less than 1 percent of the project's cost. Under the agreement, the Kings and arena operator AEG each agreed to pay about $3.25 million in pre-development costs with the city paying the remaining $6.5 million.

'I think it's fair for the Maloofs to say they don't want to do that,' Stern said during a news conference after two days of owners' meetings. 'If they had done it simpler, earlier or more directly, it could have saved a lot of angst and trouble.'

The Maloofs made a presentation to owners Thursday, which they shared at a separate news conference Friday. They then met with Johnson for about two hours, a meeting Johnson called 'relatively civil' but ultimately pointless -- and throws open further questions about the Maloofs' financial capabilities.

'It just became clear that they're not willing to honor what we laid out,' Johnson said.

During their news conference, the Maloofs said they liked Sacramento but insisted the arena project was too expensive. George Maloof said they had given the city a list of their concerns that needed to be addressed before they could commit to such a major deal.

Maloof even floated the idea of renovating Power Balance Pavilion. Stern said he didn't know if that was possible, but Johnson strongly said he wouldn't support the plan and that if the Maloofs wanted to do it, it would come without financial support from the city.

'Regardless of where you stand on the arena the facts are clear: The city stepped up and the Maloofs did not,' state senator Darrell Steinberg said in a statement. 'Sacramento deserves partners who will live by their word. I stand with the mayor and the city to do everything possible to protect Sacramento's interest. I hope the NBA and its owners do not allow this kind of bad behavior to occur without consequences. I look forward to meeting with Mayor Johnson and city officials to consider next steps.'

The Kings appeared set to move to Anaheim after last season, but Johnson flew to New York the day after the season ended and convinced owners to give the city one last shot. Johnson said the city had since reached 'every benchmark, every milestone' in showing it could raise the necessary costs.

The NBA tried to make it work. Stern said the league advanced a $67 million loan from its league credit facility and he then authorized a further contribution of $7 million on top of that. He said the league was perhaps 'over-optimistic.'

'I am extremely disappointed on behalf of both the Maloofs and the city of Sacramento, but I think that there's nothing further to be done and this is a situation that the Maloofs will have to make judgments on and the city will have to make judgments on, because I think we have done as much as we can do,' Stern said.

Stern largely defended the Maloofs, though he took issue with assertions about the plan's viability made by an economist during their news conference, calling his role 'ill grace.'

Johnson has said Sacramento would be interested in keeping the Kings under another owner, but the Maloofs have repeatedly said they aren't interested in selling, even as they have faced financial difficulties that left the family with only 2 percent of their ownership of the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.

The Kings are scheduled to play at Power Balance Pavilion next season. Stern wouldn't speculate where they would play beyond that, and said if they sought to relocate, approval would be left to the relocation committee headed by Oklahoma City owner Clay Bennett. Kings coach Keith Smart said they won't worry about that.

'You know what they say: As a coach and a player in this business, nothing is done until the paperwork is all signed. Nothing is done until all that is there,' Smart said before a game in Oklahoma City. 'Right now, a lot of talk and a lot of different things going forward, but our focus is still on the game itself. We can't control that. It's in the right hands of people who are going to try to make the right decision from there. We'll be ready to play, keep this team functioning and prepared to play every game.'

Anaheim is still interested in luring a team to the city-owned Honda Center with the backing of Henry Samueli, the billionaire technology executive who owns the NHL's Anaheim Ducks. Samueli recently embarked on a $20 million improvement project to add several amenities to the well-maintained arena by early 2013.

Anaheim mayor Tom Tait issued a statement late Friday confirming the city's interest.

'Like most NBA fans, I've been watching the recent developments with the Kings, and if they do leave Sacramento, they should know that we would welcome them here,' Tait said. 'Anaheim is NBA-ready. We have great fans and a first-class facility.'

During Anaheim's previous flirtation with the Kings, Samueli agreed to loan $50 million to the Maloofs for relocation expenses. The Kings also seem likely to make much more money in television and corporate sponsorship in Orange County than in Sacramento, particularly with the television opening created when the Lakers move next season from Fox Sports West to Time Warner.

If the Kings attempt to move to Orange County, the Lakers and Clippers likely would voice objections to a third team invading their geographic territory. Honda Center is 35 miles from Staples Center, but Orange County residents insist they are in a distinct area of Southern California.

'With more than 3 million people in Orange County and millions more in the Inland Empire, we have the fan base and the enthusiasm to certainly support a team,' Tait said.

Courtesy of ESPN



Blazers' Shawne Williams plans to opt in - by Eurobasket News

Portland Trail Blazers' forward Shawne Williams (6'9''-F/C-86, college: Memphis) made his first appearance in the locker room before the team faced off against the Dallas Mavericks tonight.

Williams was acquired in the Gerald Wallace deal at the trade deadline. Since then, Williams has been in New Jersey rehabbing after having surgery on his left foot in late February. Three screws were inserted into his foot to repair a prior fracture and two fragments of the bone were taken out.

This is where things get interesting.

Williams has a player option for next year that pays him $3.1 million and he tells CSNNW.com he will opt in.

It's all on me. Just to be honest, to me, I'll feel like I'm going to opt in, Williams said. I don't have no reason not to.

Although Williams' deal isn't anything major, it does have implications on what the Trail Blazers choose to do this summer.

When the Trail Blazers attained Williams, acting GM Chad Buchanan stated they would attempt to negotiate a buyout of Williams, but Williams' agent told CSNNW.com they would not agree to one.

Williams will not play this season and he said he just got off crutches a couple of days ago. His agent said he'll be one hundred percent sometime this summer.

This season, Williams averaged 4.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, and shot 28.6 percent from the field and 24.1 percent from long distance.

Courtesy of www.csnnw.com



Saints owner Tom Benson buys Hornets from league - by Eurobasket News

Tom Benson brought stability to the Saints nearly three decades ago and now plans to do the same for the Hornets in small-market New Orleans.

The Saints' owner agreed Friday to purchase the Hornets from the NBA.

'We expect this club to be one of the most outstanding clubs in the league, otherwise I don't want to get involved,' Benson said. 'This is just a good thing and I'm just glad to be a part of it.'

A person familiar with the deal says the purchase price is $338 million. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the financial terms have not been announced.

The NBA has been trying to sell the Hornets since buying the club from founder George Shinn in December 2010. While preparing the team for sale the league negotiated a new lease for the Hornets to remain in the state-owned New Orleans Arena through 2024.

The sale of the team to Benson has to be approved by the NBA's Board of Governors, which was meeting in New York on Friday.

'The city is one of the country's treasures and we really have found the perfect owner,' Commissioner David Stern said. 'Our goal all along has been to get the Hornets bought by somebody whose commitment to New Orleans would be unrivaled.'

The framework of ownership negotiations were handled in a way that a new Hornets owner would have to accept the lease worked out between the NBA and Gov. Bobby Jindal. The lease agreement also called for $50 million in improvements to the basketball stadium, which sits right across the street from the Superdome.

Once the NBA approves the sale of the team to Benson, the next step is for the state Legislature to approve the arena lease deal because of the funding needed for stadium improvements. But legislative leaders already have publicly voiced support for the proposed lease deal, which would take effect in July.

The 84-year-old Benson, a New Orleans-native, has owned the Saints since 1985, when he stepped in to block efforts by other prospective investors to move the NFL franchise to Jacksonville, Fla. Now Benson has made another major investment to stabilize the NBA's presence in the Big Easy on the same day that the Hornets were hosting the Utah Jazz, the very team New Orleans lost to relocation in 1979.

Benson helped bring the Saints their first playoff appearance in 1987 and finally a Super Bowl title in 2010. His ownership of the Hornets means the two small-market franchises both will be locally owned and now can work as partners in their efforts to attract corporate sponsorships, and Hornets fans can at least hope that will translate to a better product on the hardwood.

'When you have somebody like Mr. Benson, I think it makes it a ton easier because you have stability and you have a foundation,' Hornets coach Monty Williams said before Friday night's tip-off. 'It can only be good for me as a coach, our players and especially our city.'

Hornets forward Carl Landry, who signed only a one-year deal with New Orleans this season in part because of the ownership situation, said Benson's involvement 'definitely will help.'

'That was definitely a question mark this past summer, not knowing if the team was going to stay, not having an owner,' Landry said. 'Being a free agent again this summer, the Hornets are a team I've been with the last two years and have grown accustomed to, and with the owner now, that definitely will help with resigning with the team.'

At the very least, the move provided Benson with some refreshingly positive publicity on the heels of the Saints' bounty scandal, which led the NFL to suspend head coach Sean Payton for the entire 2012 season the same season that will see New Orleans host the Super Bowl.

Courtesy of www.vancouversun.com



Dwight Howard has herniated disc in back - by Eurobasket News

Magic center Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) was diagnosed by a doctor in Los Angeles with a herniated disc in his lower back, a team spokesman said.

Howard sat out the Magic's 109-81 loss to the Atlanta Hawks Friday night, the fifth game he's missed in Orlando's last seven outings.

Magic spokesman Joel Glass said Howard was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins after Howard flew out there earlier Friday for a second opinion for what had previously been called back spasms since he injured his back at the end of March.

There is no timetable for his return. It will be based on how he responds to treatment.

Howard is scheduled to fly back to Orlando on Saturday.

The Magic are now 1-4 without him this season.

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy says Howard was in pain following the team's practice Thursday, and the coach wasn't optimistic of him being ready to play at Cleveland on Sunday or against Philadelphia on Monday.

The Magic entered Friday tied in place in the Eastern Conference with Atlanta, though the Hawks hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. They remained in the same spot following the loss.

Sitting out his fifth game, Howard set a new personal high for missed games in a season. He missed four games last year.

Prior to this season, Howard had only missed two games in his career due to injury. The rest were either because of illness or suspension.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com



Soon-to-be free agent Michael Beasley says he's eager to return to Timberwolves next season - by Eurobasket News

As the Timberwolves wonder if Kevin Love will play in the team's final six games, Michael Beasley (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) made it clear he wants to play with the all-star forward next season.

Beasley is a restricted free agent after the season, and the Wolves have yet to decide if they will offer him an extension or pick up the $8.172 million he is due in the final year of his contract, in 2012-13.

'I would love to come back and be a Timberwolf,' Beasley said Thursday night, April 12, before a 95-82 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at Target Center. 'I love it here. I can genuinely say that from the bottom of my heart....From my teammates, to the city, the coaches, the staff. Everybody is so welcoming here. I'm just going to let the situation play out.'
Beasley appeared to be upset after the Wolves' 113-107 loss at Denver on Wednesday night. He played only nine minutes, 56 seconds, and sat out the entire second half when the Wolves' reserves, led by Anthony Randolph (28 points), battled back from a 24-point deficit and were in position to win.

Beasley went scoreless and had no rebounds but was not critical of Wolves coach Rick Adelman.

'One thing I've learned about being in this league a couple of years is that your minutes are not decided by you,' Beasley said. 'The coach plays who he feels comfortable with. Those guys made a run last night (Wednesday), and they kept the run going. He went with the chemistry and the flow of the game.'

Beasley, nearing the end of his third season in the league, had been starting for the Wolves until a foot injury in January cost him 11 games and led Adelman to bring him off the bench. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes Thursday.



Beasley is averaging 11.2 points and 4.3 rebounds and shooting 43.8 percent from the floor.

Courtesy of www.twincities.com



Cavs recall Luke Harangody from D-League - by Eurobasket News

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled forward Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) from the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today.

Harangody was assigned to Canton on March 6th and played in 16 regular season games (all starts) with the Charge, averaging 19.4 points on .486 shooting, including .413 from three-point range, and 12.6 rebounds in 36.0 minutes per game. In the Charges first-ever playoff game last night, Harangody totaled 16 points on 6-12 shooting (.500), nine rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes in Cantons 108-93 victory over the Springfield Armor. He is available for the Cavaliers game tonight at Washington.

The 6-foot-8 forward has appeared in 15 games with Cleveland this season, posting averages of 1.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani is out for the season - by Eurobasket News

This comes as no surprise: Andrea Bargnani's (6'10''-F/C-85) season is done.

The Raptors forward will be shut down for the seasons final seven games, starting Friday against Boston, because of the third occurrence of a strained left calf this year. On Friday morning, head coach Dwane Casey said the teams management was scheduled to have a meeting on Friday afternoon to discuss Bargnanis fate. Bargnani had diagnostic testing - public relations-speak for a hastily arranged MRI - on Thursday afternoon.

In total, Bargnani will lose 35 games to the injury this year: six from Jan. 13-22, 20 from Jan. 27-March 10, and the final nine games of the year. Bargnani re-injured the calf on April 8 in Oklahoma City.

In a statement, the team said that based on tests taken [Thursday} on his left calf and the reoccurrence of previous symptoms, Bargnani will be sidelined to eliminate any further risk. The statement did not expand on what the results of the testing were.

Bargnani led the Raptors in scoring this year, averaging 19.5 points per game on 43% shooting. He had a great start to the season, but he never produced as well following his extended absence from the lineup. The Raptors owe Bargnani US$33-million over the next three seasons.

Before the game, Casey spoke about Bargnani's season.

On the decision to shut Bargnani down: Logical, yes, for us as our organization because the injury is still there and the risks versus the rewards of him continuing to play, possibly tearing it, Id much rather, and our organization would much rather him get well completely. Rest is the only way youre going to do it. In this league, theres no such animal [as that much rest]. The recovery time is even less this year than it has been in years past. The doctors and the organization have decided to shut him down and let him get complete rest, to get fully healthy coming into next year. Next year is a different animal. The things that we probably missed games for now cant happen during the season next year.

On assessing Bargnanis year: Believe me, pre-injury, he was rolling. He played like an all-star. I said that. I meant it. Offensively and defensively. He was a great surprise to me at the beginning of the year, just the way he played. He played at a high level. Then the injury happened and he never really came back 100%. He started getting his stride going a little bit offensively. Defensively, he really wasnt the same guy when he first came back. Then, just as soon as he started to turn the corner both ways with his timing, thats when he re-injured it again. Its been an up-and-down roller coaster for him this year.

On the biggest surprise: His defence, his ability to play defence, his quickness and speed on the defensive end, to move his feet, take charges, impact the ball on pick-and-roll coverages and just using his length on the defensive end: That was surprising. I had never seen it. I saw it. He showed it. As my grandfather said, he told himself [he could do it.] I know now he can do it. So, thats going to be the command coming back next year, to give us the same performance, that same effort and performance on the defensive end. We know what he can do offensively. And then the more we add offensive players, the more our guys add here, DeMar [DeRozan], Eddie [Davis], the more our guys develop offensively, its going to enhance his game because now its going to open him up more. They just cant just key in on him.

On having faith that Bargnani is the player who started the season: Thats all I have to go on. I wish I had more. Thats all I have to go on. Its enough for me. I know Andrea can play. He can play. He can do things offensively. He can do things defensively. Weve just got to improve our players around him. They must get better. They will get better.

Courtesy of http://sports.nationalpost.com



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Mannheim 2012: USA rally past France - by Eurobasket News

USA U18 - France U18 87:81

USA clinched the seventh place at the Albert Schweitzer Tournament. They toppled France on the final day of the competition. Derrick Walton (6'0''-G-95) posted 20 points to lead the charge.
France stormed into the game. They gained a 13:2 lead midway through the opening quarter. But USA bounced back immediately. The North American side gained a 19:17 lead after ten minutes. USA started to get away in the second quarter. They piled up a 48:43 halftime advantage. The margin grew at 13-point mark midway through the third frame. USA entered the fourth frame up by 10 points 67:57. Les Bleus cut the deficit to single digits but the USA stayed calm and raced to the win at the end. Darryl Hicks (6'3''-G-94) and Steve Haney (6'6''-F-95) provided 11 points each in the victory. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (6'7''-F/C-94) had 25 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists for France. Louison Thomas (6'9''-F-94) had 18 points in the loss.

USA U18: Derrick Walton 20, Darryl Hicks 11, Steve Haney 11
France U18: Mouhammadou Jaiteh 24+14 boards, Louison Thomas 18



Florida freshman Bradley Beal declares for NBA draft - by Eurobasket News

Florida freshman guard Bradley Beal (6'3''-G-93) said Friday that his dream is 'sitting right here in front of me' and it was too much to turn down. He announced he will enter the NBA draft.

'It was the right time for me,' Beal said. 'Coach (Billy Donovan) told me whatever you decide, when you decide make sure you're at peace with it. I wanted to make sure I was comfortable with the decision, comfortable telling coach and making the final decision because I knew there was no turning back.'

He is the first one-and-done player for the Gators since Donnell Harvey departed following the 2000 season, in which Florida reached the national championship game for the first time in school history.

The one-and-done is a huge topic right now in college basketball, led mostly by Kentucky coach John Calipari's strategy of signing future NBA players for one season so they can become eligible for the draft under current rules. Several of his key players that helped Calipari win his first national title recently in New Orleans were freshmen who signed with UK planning to stay in school just one year.

Two of those, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, are forecast to go 1-2 in the NBA draft, which will be held June 28 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., starting at 7 p.m. on ESPN. It's starting to look like Beal could be right after them -- potentially making it the first time the draft is led off by three straight one-and-done players.

The NCAA is currently trying to convince the NBA to work to make some changes in the current policy. But the NBA Players Association's agreement with the league allows college freshmen to leave after just one year for the pros and no real concessions are currently in sight.

While Harvey never lived up to huge expectations in the pros, Beal's situation is much different. He was a starter for all 37 games this past season and was arguably the best player on the Gators.

Donovan said he gave Beal 'space' to make his own decision, the two meeting three times to talk about the decision.

'Since the end of the season Brad and I have had a chance to meet several times and really talk about this decision,' Donovan said. 'I have to say that maybe more than any other player that I have coached, he may have been as mature as any player I've ever been around in terms of how he's looking at this decision and this process.

'It was well thought out by him. I don't think he was influenced by anybody. He had great support. And people really gave him space to make his decision. On Monday he and I had a good long talk.'

Beal said telling Donovan he was leaving was worse than losing to Louisville in the Elite Eight.

'This place is great, I love my teammates, I love this school,' he said. 'Everything about this place is beautiful. I'm really sad that I have to leave but I have bigger things to accomplish in my life.'

The decision looks like a good one, too good to pass up on. Beal would be the Gators' eighth player taken in the first round of the NBA draft since 2000 -- second only to Kentucky in the SEC. Neal Walk was the highest UF selection in the draft's history, going No. 2 to Phoenix in 1969. Al Horford went third overall to Atlanta in 2007.

Various services have Beal forecast as one of the top five selections. Beal, listed at 6-foot-3 by the Gators, averaged 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his only college season. A bonus: He said in Phoenix that he's actually closer to 6-5 and has been told by doctors he could actually grow another inch or two as he mature physically.

Beal also led the Gators in minutes played (34.2), shot 44.5 percent from the floor and 34.2 from the 3-point line.

'Selfishly, I'm going to miss not having a chance to coach him,' Donovan said. 'No question based on the info I was able to gather, no question he's going to be in the top 10, in the lottery. And no question he's going to have a chance to move up. A lot of people are not privy to the information I am. There is a definite possibility he will be a top five pick. And once these NBA people get a chance to see what I know, (there is) no question.'

Donovan added: 'He has all the intangibles to be a great, great pro and play for a long time.'

Asked various times during the tournament, Beal declined to discuss the decision but it has been pretty much a foregone conclusion his high draft status would force him to make the move.

NBA Draft Net has Beal going seventh in the draft while Hoops Report currently has him as the No. 5 selection. ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford projects Beal to go third overall behind the Kentucky duo.

'I personally feel like he's ready for the next step in his life,' Donovan said. 'I think he'll be totally fine. I don't feel like there is anything that will be thrown his way next year that he won't be able to handle.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com



UConn F Oriakhi transferring to Missouri - by Eurobasket News

Alex Oriakhi (6'9''-F/C-90), a 6-foot-9 power forward who played the past three seasons at Connecticut, is transferring to Missouri.

The Tigers announced the transfer late Friday. He will have one season of eligibility remaining.

Oriakhi helped lead the Huskies to the 2011 NCAA championship as a sophomore. He has averaged 7.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in 109 games over the past three seasons at UConn. He also has 166 blocked shots.

The Tigers were 30-5 in the first year under Frank Haith, the AP coach of the year.

The Huskies are expected to be barred from the NCAA tournament next season because of low APR scores. Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond have announced they will enter the NBA draft.

Courtesy of www.boston.com



Former LSU player, assistant Jones takes over as head coach - by Eurobasket News

Johnny Jones now has the coaching job he has coveted for years, and LSU hopes his passion for his alma mater re-invigorates the Tigers' fan base and keeps Louisiana's top high school basketball players from leaving the state.

Jones, who coached North Texas for the past 11 seasons, has agreed to take over the Tigers, returning to where he played his college ball and was an assistant coach.

'I am pleased to welcome Johnny Jones back to Baton Rouge where he helped build a winner and where I am confident he will once again build a winner and bring excitement back,' LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said Friday night. 'He is the solid coach and recruiter that we need and I am particularly impressed with his passion for LSU. It is his passion that I know will translate into success on and off the court for our student-athletes.'

The 51-year-old Jones played in the 1981 Final Four for then-LSU coach Dale Brown. In 1986, he was one of Brown's assistants with another Final Four squad.

'This is certainly a dream come true to return to a place that has so many memories for me,' Jones said. 'I want to reconnect with the fans in Baton Rouge that pushed us and gave our basketball team so much energy through the years when I was there as a part of the program.'

Jones went 190-146 with North Texas, winning the Sun Belt Conference tournament title twice. In the past six seasons, Jones' squads have averaged about 21 victories.

Jones will replace Trent Johnson, who left LSU last weekend after four seasons to become TCU's head coach.

Jones' hiring is subject to the approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors. Stanley Jacobs, a former LSU player and the LSU board's current athletics committee chairman, didn't seem to think that would be a problem when he spoke to The Associated Press by phone from LSU's baseball stadium on Friday night.

'To use a baseball analogy, Joe Alleva hit a home run by hiring Johnny,' Jacobs said. 'He has incredible contacts in the state. He has the support of the LSU basketball alumni, as well as former coaches, and I like the hire. I think he's a difference maker.

'If we had brought in someone who didn't understand Louisiana it would have taken time to get familiar with the state, but he's going to hit the ground running,' Jacobs continued. 'The reason why I'm so enthused about him is I think he'll do just like (LSU football coach) Les Miles - he'll get top players in the state. We're not Duke. We're not Kentucky. We're not Kansas. But if we get top players in this state we can compete with them.'

Jones was a high school star in the small Louisiana town of DeRidder before coming to LSU as a player. As an LSU assistant, he helped recruit former stars Shaquille O'Neal, Chris Jackson and Randy Livingston.

Jones left LSU for Memphis after Brown retired in 1997. His stint at Memphis included a short stint as interim coach. He then spent a season as an Alabama assistant before taking over at North Texas.

Jones was a candidate for the LSU job after John Brady was fired four years ago, but Alleva instead went with Johnson, who was coming off an NCAA tournament appearance at Stanford. Johnson won the Southeastern Conference regular season in his first year, but struggled for much of the past three seasons as fan support for the program dwindled.

Jacobs said that if Jones could turn North Texas into a regular contender in the Sun Belt, he should be able to do even better at LSU, where he will have more resources and the opportunity to recruit more talent.'

'At North Texas, you don't get the players like you do at LSU,' Jacobs said. 'We're the flagship school (in Louisiana). Being a coach is important, but players are important, and I just think he'll get a lot better players at LSU.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. Bay Hawks 7-1 
 2. Auckland P. 7-2 
 3. Wellington S. 5-3 
 4. Taranaki MA 4-6 
 5. Hub Jets 3-3 
 6. Nelson G. 3-5 
 7. OceanaGold N. 3-5 
 8. Southland S. 3-6 
 9. Harbour H. 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 72-82
Apr. 14: Hub Jets - Nelson G. 71-77
Apr. 13: Wellington S. - Nelson G. 102-95
Apr. 14: Southland S. - Bay Hawks 102-87
Apr. 13: Taranaki MA - Harbour H. 100-77

Regular Season: Round 8

Apr. 18: Auckland P. - Taranaki MA
Apr. 20: Bay Hawks - Harbour H.
Apr. 20: Hub Jets - OceanaGold N.
Apr. 21: Nelson G. - OceanaGold N.
Apr. 21: Southland S. - Wellington S.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith RADCLIFF
  Indiana D.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Radcliff, Indiana23.8 
 2. Favors, Sauk V.20.5 
 3. Simpson, Scranton.19.6 
 4. Inabnit, Indiana D.19.3 
 5. Commons, Scranton.19.3 
 6. Love, Chicago M.19.2 
 7. Hill, St. Louis P.18.3 
 8. Harris, Dayton A.S.17.5 
 9. Petty, Cent.Ill.17.0 
 10. Hill, Chicago M.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy PETTIFORD
  India.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Pettiford, India.12.5 
 2. Hill, Chicago M.10.8 
 3. Fay, Sauk Valley P.8.4 
 4. Slack, Cent.Ill.7.5 
 5. Davis, Rochester R.7.5 
 6. Harris, Sauk V.7.1 
 7. Hill, St. Louis P.6.9 
 8. Harris, Dayton A.S.6.8 
 9. Russ, Dayton A.S.6.6 
 10. Love, Chicago M.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Herman FAVORS
  Sauk V.
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Favors, Sauk V.8.2 
 2. Simpson, Scranton.6.6 
 3. Snow, Lake M.5.4 
 4. Ruffin, Cent.I.4.9 
 5. Petty, Cent.Ill.4.7 
 6. Crouch, Rocheste.4.7 
 7. Smith, Dayton A.S.4.1 
 8. Anderson, Chica.4.0 
 9. Polk, St. Louis P.3.9 
 10. Council, Rocheste.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcel ANDERSON
  Chica.
  (175-PG-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Anderson, Chica.1.9 
 2. Rose, Sauk V.1.6 
 3. Pettiford, India.1.5 
 4. Polk, St. Louis P.1.5 
 5. Ruffin, Cent.I.1.4 
 6. Snow, Lake M.1.3 
 7. Favors, Sauk V.1.3 
 8. Crouch, Rocheste.1.3 
 9. Bobo, Lake M.1.2 
 10. Smith, Dayton A.S.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shagari ALLEYNE
  Lake M.
  (221-C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Alleyne, Lake M.2.5 
 2. Commons, Scranton.1.9 
 3. Slack, Cent.Ill.1.8 
 4. Webster, Rocheste.1.2 
 5. Pettiford, India.1.1 
 6. Davis, Rochester R.1.0 
 7. Hill, Chicago M.0.9 
 8. Hipp, Sauk V.0.8 
 9. Gorman, Scranton.0.7 
 10. Giddings, Rochest.0.7 


Rochester RazorSharks in must-win situation in PBL finals - by Eurobasket News

The Rochester RazorSharks limited the Central Illinois Drive to 38 points in the first half of Game 1 of the Premier Basketball League championship series. Now, the RazorSharks must now focus on carrying that intensity and focus into a full game.

And if they dont, the season will be over for the defending champions as the best-of-3 series shifts to Bloomington, Ill., for Saturdays 8:05 p.m. Game 2. Game 3, if necessary, will be at 8:05 p.m. on Sunday in Illinois.

Its not about them, its about us, Rochester guard Tasheed Carr said. As a unit, we didnt give our best effort. We knew coming into this game that we needed to win two games to win the championship and as a cohesive unit, we didnt give it all that we had. We didnt play hard defensively for 48 minutes. In Game 2, everybody needs to come in and give it all theyve got. We will be fine.

The Drive shot 58 percent from the field in the second half of their Game 1 victory. They did an effective job of creating opportunities off opportunistic defense. That included 17 turnovers from the RazorSharks.

We just came out and played our game, especially in the second half, Central Illinois guard Nathan Fuqua said. We are good at getting up and down the court. We used that to our advantage with their bigs. We tried to open it up as much as possible and get them tired quickly.

Courtesy of www.democratandchronicle.com



Petty's 21 steers Drive to PBL title - by Eurobasket Center

Cent.Illinois D. - Rochester R. 101-80 (2-0)
Perry Petty (6'1''-G-88, agency: SDJ Sports, college: UTPA) scored 21 points, hitting 8 of 11 shots from the field, to lead the Central Illinois Drive to a 101-80 victory and a 2-game sweep of Rochester to capture the Premier Basketball League title in their first year of existance. The Drive snapped a 17-all tie when Nathan Fuqua tipped in a shot by Daniel Ruffin (5'10''-G-84, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC., college: Bradley) at the first quarter buzzer starting a 10-0 Central Illinois run that gave them the lead for good. Jemal Farmer (6'5''-G/F-89, college: Arkansas) finished with 18 points and Pekin native Todd Peterson registered a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Rochester, which had claimed the PBL title 3 of the last 4 years, was led by Jerice Crouch (6'0''-G-84, college: Chattanooga) with 27. The Drive opened a 14-point lead in the third quarter before evenutally winning by 21. They outshot the Razorsharks 54-percent to 44-percent and outrebounded them 39-27. The sweep of the best-of-3 finals continued the dominance the Drive displayed during the regular season in which they won their first 15 games. They finish the season 22-1 coach A.J. Guyton (agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC. ), the former Peoria High School standout who played college basketball for Bobby Knight at Indiana University. *Courtesy of www.cinewsnow.com



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  PHILIPPINES   

PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Earl BARRON
  Meralco .
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Barron, Meralco29.5 
 2. David, Powerade T.27.1 
 3. Crews, Rain o.27.0 
 4. Bowles, B-Meg L.25.5 
 5. Douthit, Air21 E.20.3 
 6. Harvey, Talk N Te.19.3 
 7. Parada, Alaska Ac.19.3 
 8. Baguio, Alaska Ac.18.2 
 9. Vroman, Ginebra17.9 
 10. Cardona, Meralco17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  Air21 E.
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Douthit, Air21 E.20.3 
 2. Harvey, Talk N Te.18.1 
 3. Jones, Powerade T.17.9 
 4. Barron, Meralco15.6 
 5. Crews, Rain o.15.4 
 6. Parada, Alaska Ac.14.1 
 7. Vroman, Ginebra12.8 
 8. Bowles, B-Meg L.11.9 
 9. Santos, Petron B.11.1 
 10. Thoss, Alaska Ac.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Ross, Meralco7.8 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.7.2 
 3. Cabagnot, Petron6.4 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.6.1 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.6 
 6. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.3 
 7. Cortez, Ginebra4.8 
 8. Hubalde, Air21 E.4.8 
 9. Vroman, Ginebra4.2 
 10. Yeo, Petron Blaze3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 2. Vroman, Ginebra1.4 
 3. Lassiter, Powerade.1.3 
 4. Custodio, Alaska A.1.3 
 5. Cabagnot, Petron1.2 
 6. Douthit, Air21 E.1.2 
 7. Reyes, Talk N Text1.2 
 8. Castro, Talk N Te.1.2 
 9. Harvey, Talk N Te.1.1 
 10. Urbiztondo, B-Meg1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Powerade T.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jones, Powerade T.2.8 
 2. Vroman, Ginebra2.7 
 3. Douthit, Air21 E.2.2 
 4. Parada, Alaska Ac.2.0 
 5. Santos, Petron B.1.8 
 6. Bowles, B-Meg L.1.7 
 7. Crews, Rain o.1.6 
 8. Eman, Alaska Aces1.3 
 9. Harvey, Talk N Te.1.3 
 10. Thoss, Alaska Ac.1.1 


ASEAN League: Blaze fire past Patriots - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Philippine Patriots 93:78

Petron Blaze registered the 13th win in the season as they knocked down their rivals Philippine Patriots at home court tonight. The Blaze now improved at 13-4 record, while the Patriots are at 13-3 at the moment. Duke Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) and Leo Avenido (186-G-78) posted 23 points each to lead the winners.
The Blaze gained a 22:18 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The hosts piled up a 47:37 halftime advantage. The Patriots seemed to start adjusting their game in the third quarter. The visitors cut the deficit back to single digits. They trailed by nine points at the final pause 55:64. But the Blaze exploded with 29 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85, college: Nevada) banked 16 points and 16 rebounds for the Blaze. Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) answered with 30 points and 7 rebounds for the Patriots. Chris Alexander (216-C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) notched 16 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Petron Blaze: Duke Crews 23, Leo Avenido 23, Nick Fazekas 16+16 boards
Philippine Patriots: Anthony Johnson 30, Chris Alexander 16+12 boards



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  POLAND   

Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS S.
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.18.5 
 2. Woloszyn, MKS D.18.1 
 3. Niesobski, Sudety16.7 
 4. Kostrzewski, Start16.2 
 5. Jarecki, P.Cuk.15.3 
 6. Mazur, Polonia14.8 
 7. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.14.0 
 8. Zytko, P..13.6 
 9. Kukielka, Sportino13.6 
 10. Pluta, MOSiR K.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Krzysztof MIELCZAREK
  AZS S.
  (198-G/F-81)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Mielczarek, AZS S.11.8 
 2. Luszczewski, Start9.8 
 3. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.9.3 
 4. Mikolajko, Polonia7.9 
 5. Radke, Rosa Radom7.4 
 6. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.3 
 7. Wilusz, Sudety7.1 
 8. Malewski, Znicz B.7.0 
 9. Perka, AZS Kutno6.9 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Michal MUSIJOWSKI
  Polonia
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Musijowski, Polonia5.5 
 2. Grochowski, MKS D.5.0 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 4. Zytko, P..4.6 
 5. Michalski, Start L.4.1 
 6. Ochonko, Spojnia4.0 
 7. Kardas, Rosa Radom4.0 
 8. Brek, AZS Kutno3.8 
 9. Wojcicki, SKK S.3.6 
 10. Szumelda-K., Znic.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz ZYTKO
  P..
  (181-G-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Zytko, P..3.5 
 2. Mielczarek, AZS S.3.1 
 3. Sulinski, Znicz B.3.0 
 4. Niesobski, Sudety2.9 
 5. Szumelda-K., Znicz2.8 
 6. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.2.8 
 7. Szpyrka, Start G.2.6 
 8. Basinski, SKK S.2.5 
 9. Czubek, Znicz B.2.5 
 10. Pisarczyk, Sokol2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Artur DONIGIEWICZ
  Rosa R.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Donigiewicz, Rosa2.0 
 2. Zytko, P..1.8 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.8 
 4. Niesobski, Sudety1.8 
 5. Oczkowicz, MOSiR K.1.7 
 6. Zmarlak, MKS D.1.6 
 7. Marciniak, AZS K.1.6 
 8. Aleksandrowi., Sta.1.6 
 9. Malecki, AZS Kutno1.6 
 10. Wojcicki, SKK S.1.6 


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. Rapucha, Tur B.5.4 
 8. Gospodarek, Novum5.4 
 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
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.5.1 
 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. Adamczyk, Pulaski3.8 
 8. Chojecki, Zyrardow.3.8 
 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 


David Logan selected the top Polish players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Logan
David Logan
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard David Logan (184-82, college: Indianapolis). He led Panathinaikos to a victory over the closely-ranked Kolossos (16-8) crushing them 100-57 in the Greek A1 in Tuesday night's game. Logan was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 23 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Panathinaikos Athens (22-2) is placed second in the A1. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Logan's first season with the team. Logan belongs to league's most steals and is ranked #4 with 1.7spg. He also averaged so far 9.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 81.4% in the 23 games he played so far. Logan is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Logan played also for the Polish national team in 2009. He used to play for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.

Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Marcin Gortat (213-84). Gortat was the main contributor in a Phoenix Suns' victory against the Houston Rockets (32-27) 112-105 in the NBA last Friday. He was the best player in that game. Gortat recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. The Phoenix Suns have 31-28 record this season. Gortat has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 9.9rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 57.2%(395-690) and FT: 64.8%. Despite Gortat played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Polish senior national team.

Bradd Wierzbicki
Bradd Wierzbicki
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Bradd Wierzbicki (191-85, college: Queens, NY). Wierzbicki contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Plymouth Raiders (20-7) crushing them 96-72 in the British BBL on Wednesday night. He was the top player that evening. Wierzbicki scored 30 points (!!!), had 4 boards, passed 4 assists and added 3 steals in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders (20-7) is placed fourth in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Wierzbicki has very impressive stats this year: 17.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3FGP: 39.7% and FT: 70.6% in the 30 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Wierzbicki played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Polish senior national team.

Maciej Lampe
Maciej Lampe
   #4. Center Maciej Lampe (210-85) was the major contributor in a 1-point Caja Laboral's victory against the closely-ranked Real Madrid (21-7) 67-66 in the Spanish ACB in Monday night's game. Lampe recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Caja Laboral Vitoria (20-8) is placed third in the ACB. Lampe's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 3.9rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish. Despite Lampe played previously for the Swedish national team, he is currently in the Polish national team roster.

Szymon Szewczyk
Szymon Szewczyk
   #5. International center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the seventh-ranked CS Bologna (15-11) 71-66 in the Italian SerieA last Monday. Szewczyk was the top player that evening. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. Umana Venezia (16-10) is placed third in the SerieA. Szewczyk is currently fourth on the list of best blockers with 1.0bpg. This year he also averages: 12.1ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1apg in the 26 games. Despite Szewczyk played previously for the Swedish national team, he is currently in the Polish national team roster.

Gal Mekel
Gal Mekel
   #6. Point guard Gal Mekel (192-88, college: Wichita St.), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Benetton Treviso (11-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Mekel's good performance Benetton Treviso was defeated 89-77 on the road by the much higher-ranked Banco di Sardegna Sassari (#5). He recorded 10 points and added 5 passes. Mekel's overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.6apg. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Mekel is also an international player who is currently on the senior Polish National Team roster.

Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas
   #7. International point guard Chris Thomas (186-82, college: Notre Dame) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (10-12) 83-66 in the Israeli Premier League in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 9 points and added 6 assists in 21 minutes. Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (15-8) is placed second in the Premier League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Thomas is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league with 5.1apg. He also averaged so far 8.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.5spg in the 18 games. Thomas is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Thomas is currently in the Polish national team roster. He used to play for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.

Michal Ignerski
Michal Ignerski
   #8. Forward Michal Ignerski (207-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) managed to help Lokomotiv Kuban to win against the closely-ranked Zalgiris (9-7) crushing them 72-44 in the VTB United League last Sunday. Ignerski recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Lokomotiv Kuban (9-7) is placed fourth in group B. Ignerski's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 2.8rpg. He plays currently for the Polish national team.

Robert Tomaszek
Robert Tomaszek
   #9. Former international forward Robert Tomaszek (204-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech) was not able to help s Oliver Baskets (19-12) in their game against Brose Baskets (28-3) in the German BBL. Tomaszek recorded only 4 points in 5 minutes on the court. s Oliver Baskets was badly defeated 83-67 in Bamberg by the leading Brose Baskets. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Tomaszek's overall stats are: 3.3ppg and 2.5rpg in the 31 games. He used to play for the Polish national team eight years ago.

Anatoliy Shundel
Anatoliy Shundel
   #10. Point guard Anatoliy Shundel (190-93) was not able to secure a victory for Mykolaiv (11-28) in their game against Kryvbasbasket (15-24) in the Ukrainian Superleague. Shundel recorded only 4 points. Mykolaiv was defeated 85-70 at home by the higher-ranked Kryvbasbasket (#10). It was Mykolaiv's 12th consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This season Shundel averages just 3.6ppg. He is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Polish senior national team.

   #11. Former international guard Michal Ciesla (191-81) contributed to a Bradford Dragons' victory against the seventh-ranked Reading Rockets 77-73 in the British EBL (second division) last Saturday. Ciesla scored 7 points and added 7 assists in 37 minutes. Ciesla is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league with 4.4apg. This year he also averages: 9.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2spg in the 19 games. Despite Ciesla played previously for the German national team, he is currently in the Polish national team roster.



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  PORTUGAL   

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Terceira.
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bowie, Terceira.19.1 
 2. Murphy, Terceira.18.6 
 3. Addison, Sampaense18.2 
 4. Franklin, Lusitania17.7 
 5. Scott, Benfica17.5 
 6. Morris, Vitoria SC17.2 
 7. Stempin, Porto F.17.0 
 8. Nevels, Terceira.16.9 
 9. Oruche, Academica16.0 
 10. Balseiro, Sampa.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MORRIS
  Vitoria SC
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Morris, Vitoria SC11.0 
 2. Lee, Ovarense10.0 
 3. Nevels, Terceira.9.6 
 4. Fonseca, Vitoria SC9.2 
 5. Addison, Sampaense8.3 
 6. Djukic, Ginasio8.2 
 7. Momplasir, Lusitan.8.0 
 8. Gunter, CAB M.7.9 
 9. Cunha, Vitoria SC7.6 
 10. Coll, Barcelos7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mario FERNANDES
  CAB M.
  (176-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Fernandes, CAB M.6.4 
 2. Sing, Sampaense5.9 
 3. Reveles, Sampaense5.3 
 4. Blanks, Vitoria SC5.3 
 5. Manarte, Ovarense4.4 
 6. Ferreira, Ginasio4.4 
 7. Barbosa, Ovarense4.4 
 8. Minhava, Benfica4.2 
 9. Mota, Vitoria SC4.1 
 10. Fechas, Barcelos4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jaime SILVA
  CAB Madeira
  (187-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Silva, CAB Madeira2.9 
 2. Balseiro, Sampa.2.3 
 3. Fernandes, CAB M.2.2 
 4. Kenon, CAB Madeira2.0 
 5. Cunha, Vitoria SC2.0 
 6. Andrade, Porto F.2.0 
 7. Silva, Barcelos1.8 
 8. Jackson, CAB M.1.7 
 9. Shetzer, CAB M.1.7 
 10. Bowie, Terceira.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Durrell NEVELS
  Terceira.
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nevels, Terceira.2.8 
 2. Momplasir, Lusitan.1.6 
 3. Johnson, Porto F.1.3 
 4. Gunter, CAB M.1.0 
 5. Silva, Barcelos1.0 
 6. Lindmets, Lusitania0.8 
 7. Ehiagwina, Ginasio0.8 
 8. Addison, Sampaense0.8 
 9. Fonseca, Vitoria SC0.7 
 10. Stempin, Porto F.0.7 


Standings - Proliga

Proliga Standings
 1. Alges 20-2 
 2. Illiabum 15-7 
 3. Angra 14-8 
 4. Oliveirense 13-9 
 5. Electrico FC 12-10 
 6. Sangalhos 11-11 
 7. Fisica 11-11 
 8. Galitos-Tley 11-11 
 9. Maia Basket 11-11 
 10. Guifoes 6-16 
 11. Povoa 5-17 
 12. Gaeirense 3-19 

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 14: Alges - Povoa 98-83
Apr. 14: Illiabum - Maia Basket 89-83
Apr. 14: Oliveirense - Electrico FC 86-64
Apr. 14: Guifoes - Angra 66-81
Apr. 14: Gaeirense - Galitos-Tley 57-68
Apr. 14: Sangalhos - Fisica 55-56


LPB Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Barreirense - CAB Madeira 72-82

CAB Madeira surprised Barreirense on the road to surge ahead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by CAB Madeira. Barreirense was better in second period 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CAB Madeira forced 21 Barreirense turnovers. The former international point guard Mario Fernandes (176-82) stepped up and scored 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Jaime Silva (187-80) chipped in 24 points and 6 assists. Four CAB Madeira players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward David Jackson (201-88, college: Penn St.) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Pedro Pinto (186-88) scored 12 points. Barreirense's coach Antonio Herrera rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
CAB Madeira: M.Fernandes 27+5reb+2ast, J.Silva 24+1reb+6ast, J.Coelho 12+6reb+1ast, S.Jackson 10+6reb+2ast, F.Lima 7+10reb+1ast, A.Kenon 2
Barreirense: D.Jackson 14+8reb+1ast, J.Silva 12+3reb+2ast, P.Pinto 12+3reb+2ast, C.Witter 8+3reb+1ast, J.Fernandes 8+1ast, A.Hill 7+4reb+4ast
gschID: 173999


Benfica - Academica 81-58

Benfica experienced little problems against Academica in the opener. Benfica forced 21 Academica turnovers and outrebounded them 46-33 including 18 on the offensive glass. American guard Ted Scott (188-85, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) stepped up and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American-Croatian guard Marcus Norris (185-74, college: Ball St., agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 7 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side international center Marco Goncalves (208-84) responded with 11 points and 6 rebounds and Nigerian-American Richard Oruche (191-87, college: Ill.-Springfield, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Benfica: T.Scott 26+6reb+1ast, S.Doliboa 11+3reb+1ast, J.Gomes 7+10reb+1ast, D.Carreira 7+1ast, H.Evans 7+3reb+1ast, M.Norris 7+7reb+4ast
Academica: R.Oruche 12+3reb, C.Barroca 12+1ast, M.Goncalves 11+6reb, A.Hallman 7+5reb+2ast, R.Howell 6+7reb+2ast, F.Sousa 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 173997


Ovarense - Lusitania 66-81

Lusitania showed their highest ambitions for the playoffs as they stunned Ovarense away from home. The game without a history. Lusitania led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Ricky Franklin (185-87, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. Forward Mohamed Camara (196-83) contributed with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Lusitania players scored in double figures. American center Christopher Lee (206-84, college: S.Carolina St., agency: SDJ Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Austen Powers (203-87, college: Seattle) added 20 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Ovarense.
Top scorers:
Lusitania: R.Franklin 24+3reb+3ast, B.Mills 16+6reb+1ast, M.Camara 12+8reb+4ast, M.Momplasir 12+7reb, D.Monteiro 9+3reb+1ast, A.Sobrinho 8+3reb+4ast
Ovarense: C.Lee 26+14reb+5ast, A.Powers 20+9reb, N.Cortez 10+5reb, A.Pinto 6+2reb+1ast, F.Neves 3+3reb+2ast, N.Manarte 1
gschID: 173998


Porto Ferpinta - Vitoria SC 77-59

Porto Ferpinta prevailed against Vitoria in the first game. FC Porto Ferpinta dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Vitoria SC's 30. American power forward Robert Johnson (203-81, college: Oregon) stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Carlos Andrade (197-78, college: Queens, NC) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. FC Porto Ferpinta's coach Moncho Lopez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Brian Morris (205-87, college: Humboldt St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and the former international swingman Paulo Cunha (199-80) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Vitoria SC players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Porto Ferpinta: R.Johnson 19+5reb+1ast, C.Andrade 15+5reb+1ast, G.Stempin 12+8reb, R.Jackson 8+1reb+5ast, M.Miranda 7+3reb+2ast, J.Costa 5+1reb+3ast
Vitoria SC: P.Cunha 13+9reb, R.Mota 12+2reb+1ast, J.Blanks 11+2reb+6ast, B.Morris 10+13reb+2ast, M.Gulbis 7+6reb, A.Bessa 6+1ast
gschID: 173996



Philippe Da Silva selected the top Portuguese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Philippe Da Silva
Philippe Da Silva
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international guard Philippe Da Silva (192-79). Da Silva contributed to Paris-Levallois' victory against the 13th-ranked Poitiers (8-17) 87-73 in the French ProA last Saturday. He recorded 9 points and added 4 assists. Paris-Levallois (16-9) is placed fifth in the ProA. This season Da Silva averages: 2.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 78.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Portuguese and French. Despite Da Silva played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Portuguese senior national team.

Robert Fultz
Robert Fultz
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Robert Fultz (189-82, agency: Interperformances). Fultz contributed to a Banca Tercas' victory against the closely-ranked Otto Caserta (10-16) 86-78 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points and added 4 passes in 27 minutes. Banca Tercas Teramo (9-18) is placed second from the bottom (#16) in the SerieA. It's Fultz's first season with the team. This year Fultz's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 38.3% and FT: 89.3% in the 21 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Portuguese and Italian. Despite Fultz played previously for the Italian national team, he is currently a member of the Portuguese senior national team.

Fernando Raposo Laurencio
Fernando Raposo Laurencio
   #3. The Portuguese player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Fernando Raposo Laurencio (206-89). Raposo Laurencio helped SO Maritime Boulogne win their game against the 14th-ranked Le Portel (11-19) 65-54 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. SO Maritime Boulogne (16-13) is placed seventh in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Raposo Laurencio has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 2FGP: 52.8% and FT: 52.7%. He has both Portuguese and French nationalities. Despite Raposo Laurencio played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Portuguese national team in 2001.

Nuno Pedroso
Nuno Pedroso
   #4. Guard Nuno Pedroso (187-79), who plays in the British BBL could not help Milton Keynes Lions (8-19) in their last game. Despite Pedroso's good performance Milton Keynes Lions lost 93-100 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) Plymouth Raiders. He scored 13 points and added 6 passes in 34 minutes. It was Milton Keynes Lions' fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Pedroso's total stats are: 8.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.9apg in the 29 games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Pedroso is currently in the Portuguese national team roster.

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

   #1. Experienced Diego Cavaco (200-F-79), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA could not help Regatas Corrientes (15-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Regatas Corrientes was edged 92-91 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Lanus. Cavaco was the second best scorer with 22 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. It's Cavaco's first season with the team. This year Cavaco averages: 6.8ppg and 2.6rpg in the 48 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Portuguese and Argentinian. Despite Cavaco's Portuguese passport, he previously played for the Argentinian national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Portuguese team.

Other top Portuguese players, who play abroad:

Keith Williams (195-F-67) plays for Air Avellino in Italian SerieA
Luis Costa (193-F-78) plays for Libolo in Angolan D1
Armando Costa (192-G-83) plays for 1 De Agosto in Angolan D1
Arnaldinho Filho (187-G-78) plays for Tijuca TC in Brazilian NBB
Calvin Clemmons (203-F/C-81) plays for Mineros de Cananea in Mexican CIBACOPA
Manuil De Souza (212-C-79) plays for Vila Velha in Brazilian NBB
Jonathan Fedor (205-C-68) plays for Olympique Antibes in French ProB
Jonah Callenbach (192-C/F-93) plays for Fontedoso Carrefour in Spanish LEB Silver
Mark Ramos (182-G-76) plays for Snaefell in Icelandic Express L.
Claudio Fonseca (206-C-89) plays for Plasencia Extremadura in Spanish LEB Silver

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



Proliga Round 22: Fisica edges Sangalhos by one point - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Proliga just ended.

The most exciting game of round 22 in the Proliga took place in Sangalhos. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked Sangalhos (11-11) to eighth ranked Fisica (11-11) 56-55 in the game for the sixth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sangalhos won third quarter 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized Guinea-Bissau forward Josimar Cardoso (201-87) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Carlos Dias (197-79) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Jorge Seabra (174-81) produced 15 points and 4 assists for lost side. Fisica moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Sangalhos. Sangalhos lost third consecutive game.
Leader Alges delivered the twentiethth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Povoa (5-17) 98-83. Alges (20-2) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Povoa at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost.
The game in Oliveira supposed to be also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Electrico FC (12-10) played at the court of fifth ranked Oliveirense (13-9). Oliveirense smashed Electrico FC 86-64 on Saturday. Spencer Johnson had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Oliveirense's coach Sergio Salvador felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Mario Neves responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Oliveirense have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Electrico FC dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost.

Rest of the games of round 22 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Maia Basket were defeated by Illiabum in Ilhavo 89-83. Bottom-ranked Gaeirense was beaten by Galitos-Tley at home 57-68. Angra won against Guifoes on the opponent's court 81-66.
The best stats of 22th round was 21 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists by Dain Swetalla of Illiabum.


Illiabum - Maia Basket 89-83

There was no surprise in Ilhavo where 7th ranked Maia Basket (11-11) was defeated by second ranked Illiabum (15-7) 89-83 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Maia Basket was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 28-21 charge of Illiabum, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Maia Basket's 32. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Illiabum made 7 blocks. American center Dain Swetalla (206-86, college: Augustana, IL) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Joao Figueiredo (183-79) chipped in 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Pedro Catarino (184-90) responded with 25 points and center Paulo Diamantino (203-85) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Illiabum maintains second position with 15-7 record having five points less than leader Alges. Loser Maia Basket dropped to the sixth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams.
Top scorers:
Maia Basket: P.Catarino 25+2reb+2ast, P.Diamantino 14+10reb+2ast, R.Sousa 14+2reb, J.Diamantino 13+6reb+2ast, P.Tavares 9+2reb+4ast, A.Dara 6+4reb+3ast
Illiabum: J.Figueiredo 23+6reb+4ast, D.Swetalla 21+15reb+5ast, K.Richard 18+8reb+2ast, P.Morgado 10+1reb, J.David 9+1reb, P.Azevedo 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 132922


Gaeirense - Galitos-Tley 57-68

No shocking result in a game in Gaeiras where ninth ranked Galitos-Tley (11-11) defeated bottom-ranked Gaeirense (3-19) 68-57 on Saturday. Galitos-Tley moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Gaeirense lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 19 lost games.
gschID: 132923


Alges - Povoa 98-83

Leader Alges delivered the twentieth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Povoa (5-17) 98-83. Alges (20-2) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Povoa at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost.
gschID: 132924


Oliveirense - Electrico FC 86-64

The game in Oliveira supposed to be also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Electrico FC (12-10) played at the court of fifth ranked Oliveirense (13-9). Oliveirense smashed Electrico FC 86-64 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-64. Oliveirense dominated on the defensive end, holding Electrico FC to just 7 points in second quarter. American forward Spencer Johnson (198-87, college: UMKC) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Renato Azevedo (186-91) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Oliveirense's coach Sergio Salvador felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side naturalized Cape Verdean swingman Mario Neves (190-77) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds and guard Joao Lanzinha (188-89) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Oliveirense have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser Electrico FC dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Electrico FC: J.Lanzinha 17+7reb+2ast, T.Pinto 13+4reb+1ast, M.Neves 12+12reb+3ast, T.Brito 9+2reb+4ast, P.Raminhos 6+1reb, J.Andre 5+3reb
Oliveirense: S.Johnson 26+11reb, R.Azevedo 18+5reb+3ast, N.Freitas 12+3reb+5ast, M.Pinto 7+1reb+3ast, J.Abreu 7+1reb+5ast, N.Costa 6+2reb
gschID: 132925


Sangalhos - Fisica 55-56

The most exciting game of round 22 in the Proliga took place in Sangalhos. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 6th ranked Sangalhos (11-11) to eighth ranked Fisica (11-11) 56-55 in the game for the sixth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sangalhos won third quarter 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Naturalized Guinea-Bissau forward Josimar Cardoso (201-87) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Carlos Dias (197-79) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Jorge Seabra (174-81) produced 15 points and 4 assists and forward Luis Fonte (191-79) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Fisica moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Sangalhos. Sangalhos lost third consecutive game.
Top scorers:
Sangalhos: J.Seabra 15+2reb+4ast, A.Duarte 11+1reb+2ast, J.Carmo 9+4reb+1ast, L.Fonte 8+11reb+1ast, E.Silva 7+6reb+1ast, N.Bizarro 5+4reb+1ast
Fisica: C.Dias 14+7reb+1ast, J.Cardoso 13+12reb, E.Rosario 10+1reb, R.Rodrigues 9+4reb+3ast, B.Freire 7+7reb+1ast, M.Salvador 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 132926


Guifoes - Angra 66-81

Very expected game when 10th ranked Guifoes (6-16) were defeated at home by third ranked Angrabasket (14-8) 81-66 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Angrabasket's pressure prevailed and they won that period 21-11 extending their advantage to 15 points. American power forward Terrence Mack (198-84, college: Rhode Island) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Drew Gibson (188-85, college: Wofford) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists during the contest. Gibson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side forward Jose Almeida (199-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and Angolan forward Joao Gaspar (196-89) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Angrabasket have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-8 record having six points less than leader Alges. Loser Guifoes keep the tenth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Guifoes: J.Gaspar 18+10reb+2ast, J.Almeida 18+10reb+7ast, V.Felix 11+1reb+1ast, O.Conceicao 6+1reb, D.Correia 4+3reb+7ast, A.Libanio 4+4reb
Angra: T.Mack 26+14reb+1ast, J.Pereira 18+3reb+2ast, D.Gibson 15+1reb+7ast, F.Gomes 9+6reb+1ast, P.Loth 9+3reb+2ast, J.Paulo Avila 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 132921



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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Mayaguez 16-4 
 2. Bayamon 11-9 
 3. Guaynabo 11-10 
 4. San German 11-10 
 5. Quebradillas 11-10 
 6. Arecibo 10-9 
 7. Guayama 6-14 
 8. Humacao 5-15 

Regular Season: Round 20

Apr. 14: Guaynabo - San German 80-87
Apr. 15: Bayamon - Humacao
Apr. 15: Arecibo - Guayama


Carlos Arroyo selected the top Puerto Rican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Carlos Arroyo
Carlos Arroyo
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international guard Carlos Arroyo (188-79, college: FIU). He led Besiktas to a victory over the tenth-ranked Hacettepe University (11-16) crushing them 90-62 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Arroyo was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and added 3 passes in 31 minutes on the court. Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul (20-7) is placed fourth in the TBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Arroyo's first season with the team. Arroyo has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.4apg, 2FGP: 35.1% and FT: 88.7% in the 13 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team.

Nathan Peavy
Nathan Peavy
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH). Peavy was the major contributor in an overtime Artland Dragons' victory against the 15th-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (9-22) 95-89 in the German BBL last Wednesday. He recorded 28 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (21-10) is placed fourth in the BBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Peavy is currently ninth on the list of top scorers. He has very reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 59.0%(102-173), 3FGP: 43.0% and FT: 74.4%. Peavy has a dual citizenship: Puerto Rican and American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Peavy played also for the Puerto Rican national team in 2010. He used to play for Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican league.

Jose Juan Barea
Jose Juan Barea
   #3. The Puerto Rican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Jose Juan Barea (181-84, college: Northeastern), who plays in the NBA. Barea could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (26-34) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves lost 107-113 on the road to the Denver Nuggets. Barea had a double-double by scoring 12 points and making 15 passes. He also added 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. It was Timberwolves' sixth consecutive loss in a row. This year Barea has relatively solid stats: 10.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.0apg, 2FGP: 39.9%, 3FGP: 36.3% and FT: 79.2% in the 35 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Barea is currently a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team.

Paul Graham
Paul Graham
   #4. Guard Paul Graham (196-85, college: Florida Atlantic) was the main contributor in a Slask Wroclaw's victory against the fourth-ranked Siarka Jezioro (16-21) 90-80 in the Polish PLK in Wednesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Graham scored 27 points (!!!), had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line); quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. WKS Slask Wroclaw (24-13) is placed first in Group B. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is quite important. Graham has reliable stats this season: 14.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Despite Graham played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster. Graham used to play for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican league.

TreVon Hughes
TreVon Hughes
   #5. International point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Sakalai (5-17) 84-66 in the Lithuanian LKL last Tuesday. He was the top player that evening. Hughes recorded 23 points and had 3 steals in 26 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (13-8) is placed fifth in the LKL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Hughes belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #5) and also on the list of most steals (first place). This year he has very good stats: 14.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.2apg and 2.3spg in the 18 games. Hughes has both American and Puerto Rican nationalities. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Hughes is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster. Strangely he has never played in Puerto Rico.

Walter Hodge
Walter Hodge
   #6. Point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) contributed to a Zastal ZG's victory against the fourth-ranked Anwil (4-5) 75-69 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. Hodge was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals. Zastal Zielona Gora (6-3) is placed third in Group A. Hodge's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Hodge is currently first on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Hodge averages: 18.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.0apg and 1.4spg. Despite he played previously for the Ivorian national team, Hodge is also an international player who is currently on the senior Puerto Rican National Team roster.

Denis Clemente
Denis Clemente
   #7. International point guard Denis Clemente (185-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Kansas St.) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Nitra (21-11) in their game against Prievidza (22-10) in the Slovakian Extraliga, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Clemente also added 6 rebounds in 37 minutes. But Nitra lost 74-87 at home to the second-ranked Prievidza. Clemente belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #3 with 18.6ppg. He also averaged so far 3.3rpg, 3.7apg and 1.5spg in the 32 games. Despite Clemente played previously for the Ivorian national team, he is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster.

Guillermo Diaz
Guillermo Diaz
   #8. Shooting guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami, FL) helped Armia win their game against the sixth-ranked Sokhumi (10-9) crushing them 89-69 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague last Friday. Diaz scored 17 points. BC Armia Tbilisi (19-0) is placed first in the Superleague. So far his team won all nineteen games in the Regular Season. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Diaz is currently fifth on the list of most steals. He has very solid stats this season: 12.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg and 2.0spg. Despite Diaz played previously for the Ivorian national team, he is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster.

Ricardo Sanchez
Ricardo Sanchez
   #9. International center Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) was not able to secure a victory for Wuber-Est.Bahia (13-17) in their game against Penarol (21-9) in the Argentinian LigaA, despite his very good performance on Friday night. Sanchez was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 34 minutes. But Wuber-Est.Bahia lost 71-75 in Mar del Plata to the leading Penarol. Sanchez belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #2 with 1.9apg. This year his other stats are: 12.8ppg and 5.1rpg in the 50 games. Despite Sanchez played previously for the Ivorian national team, he is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster.

Rafael Perez
Rafael Perez
   #10. Swingman Rafael Perez (193-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) helped Trotamundos win their game against one of league's weakest teams Panteras (9-24) 105-90 in the Venezuelan LPB in Friday night's game. Perez scored 15 points and had 3 steals. Trotamundos de Carabobo (19-16) is placed fourth in the LPB. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Perez has very high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.8spg. Despite Perez played previously for the Venezuelan national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Puerto Rican National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) couldn't help Kiryat Tivon in their game against Ironi Ramat Gan in the Israeli National League (second division), despite his very good performance last Tuesday. Clemente scored 14 points, grabbed 9 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots in 36 minutes. But his team lost 83-88. Clemente is currently eighth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). He has very impressive stats this year: 21.1ppg, 14.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.4bpg and 1.3spg in the 26 games. Clemente also holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Clemente is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster. He used to play for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican league.

   #12. International point guard Andres Rodriguez (184-81, college: American) couldn't help Blusens Monbus in their game against Gescrap BB in the Spanish ACB. Rodriguez cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. His team was defeated 79-71. Rodriguez is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league. His overall stats this season are: 3.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.7apg and 1.2spg. Rodriguez is also in the roster of the Puerto Rican national team.

   #13. International point guard Javier Gonzalez (182-89, college: N.Carolina St.) couldn't help Hod Hasharon in their game against Ironi Kiryat Ata in the Israeli National League (second division). He scored 8 points in 15 minutes. His team lost 96-101. Gonzalez has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.9apg and 2.3spg in the 25 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Gonzalez is currently in the Puerto Rican national team roster.



Capitanes beat La Union de Formosa to start semifinals: - by Luis Modestti

Capitanes de Arecibo defeated La Union de Formosa 72-68 to start the semifinals in the FIBA-Americas League.

Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) had a great debut for Arecibo with 23 points and 8 rebounds. David Cortez added 13 while Larry Ayuso and Danilo Pinnock added 12 each.

Diogu was key in the second half performance of Arecibo on both sides. Defensively Arecibo held the Argentineans to just nine points and did just enough to win.

Anibal Marin had 19 points and Greg Lewis 17 for Formosa.

Arecibo will play tonight against Cocodrilos de Caracas.



Vaqueros won second straight: - by Luis Modestti

Vaqueros de Bayamon defeated Brujos de Guayama 79-72 at Roque Nido Coliseum.

The winners had five players in double figures led by Javier Mojica (190-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who netted 18 points while Miguel Ali Berdiel added 13.

Al Thornton led Guayama with 23 points and Josh Powell scored 19 for Guayama who is still in seventh place.

Indios de Mayaguez dominated Caciques de Humacao 89-74 led by Carlos Rivera who scored 17 points.

Mets de Guaynabo crushed Piratas de Quebradillas 106-84 led by Ansel Guzman who had 28 points and 10 assists. Johwen Villegas scored 16 and Angel Daniel Vassallo 15 for the winners.

The only game for Saturday is Mets de Guaynabo at Atleticos de San German.



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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. Krasnie Krilya 7-9 
 7. Spartak-Prim. 7-9 
 8. Unics 6-10 
 9. N.Novgorod 3-14 
 10. Enisey 2-15 

Regular Season: Round 20

Apr. 14: N.Novgorod - Enisey 99-97
Apr. 13: Unics - Spartak-Prim. 81-64
Apr. 15: Lokomotiv - Triumph
Apr. 24: Enisey - Spartak SP
Apr. 24: CSKA - Khimky


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-.16.4 
 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. Baxter, Enisey6.0 
 8. Beverley, Spart.5.9 
 9. Savenkov, Spartak.5.8 
 10. Monya, Khimky5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.0 
 2. Beverley, Spart.5.1 
 3. Thomas, Spartak-.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA4.8 
 5. Halperin, Spart.4.6 
 6. Samoylenko, Unics4.5 
 7. McKee, Triumph4.5 
 8. Planinic, Khimky4.4 
 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. Thomas, Spartak-.2.0 
 4. Baburin, Spartak-.1.9 
 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. Lyday, Unics1.4 
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. Lavrinovic, CSKA0.7 
 8. Balashov, Krasni.0.7 
 9. Baxter, Enisey0.7 
 10. Monya, Khimky0.7 


Standings - Superleague B

Superleague Standings
 1. Ural Ekaterinb. 24-8
 2. Ataman 20-12
 3. Univ.Surgut 19-13
 4. TEMP-SUMZ 18-14
 5. Severstal 17-15
 6. Ruskon-Mord. 15-17
 7. Rjazan 13-19
 8. Spartak V. 11-21
 9. Sojuz Zaretchny 7-25

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 18: Ataman - Rjazan
Apr. 18: Ural Ekaterinb. - Spartak V.
Apr. 18: TEMP-SUMZ - Severstal
Apr. 18: Univ.Surgut - Ruskon-Mord.


Mannheim 2012: Italy pip Russia, clinch 5th place - by Eurobasket News

Italy U18 - Russia U18 69:68

Italy eked a tough narrow win over Russia on the final day of Albert Schweitzer Tournament. The victory means Italy have claimed the fifth position in the standings. Mirco Turel (192-G-94) posted 20 points to lead the effort.
It was a tough battle from start to finish. Russia got the upper hand in the opening quarter. Alexander Chernov gained a 20:13 lead at the first break. Russia stretched the margin in the second quarter. They piled up a 43:33 halftime advantage. But the Azzurri turned things around in the third term. Italy denied the deficit and surged ahead for a 56:53 lead with ten minutes remaining. Russia and Italy stayed neck and neck throughout the fourth frame. It all came down to the final seconds but a turnover from Mikhail Kulagin decided the outcome as Italy sealed the win. Matteo Imbro (190-PG-94) finished with 15 points, while Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) delivered 9 points for the Azzurri. Stanislav Ilnitskiy (200-F-94) posted 19 points for Russia. Igor Kanygin (204-F-94) had 18 points in the loss.

Italy U18: Mirco Turel 20, Matteo Imbro 15, Simone Fontecchio 9
Russia U18: Stanislav Ilnitskiy 19, Igor Kanygin 18



EuroCup: Khimky overcome Spartak SP in thriller - by Eurobasket News

Khimky - Spartak SP 77:73

Khimky will play in the EuroCup Final. They defeated Spartak Saint Petersburg in a heart-stopping semifinal battle tonight. Khimky will take on Valencia in the title game tomorrow. Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up with 16 points to lead the winners.
Khimky gave a warm welcome to the visiting Spartak in the first term. The hosts rushed ahead and built a 13-point lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 14-point mark early