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  ANGOLA   



1 De Agosto Through National Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

Luanda 1 de Agosto lost on Friday to Petro de Luanda by 71-78, in the semi-finals second leg match of Angola senior males basketball cup at Luanda's Cidadela pavilion.

Despite the loss, 1 de Agosto qualified for the final of the referred cup due to their first leg victory last Tuesday over Petro de Luanda by 98-82 at Luanda's Rio Seco pavilion.

In the first half, 1 de Agosto were already losing the game by 31-36.

Petro de Luanda's player terminou o primeiro quarto vencendo por 19-11, num perodo em que o norte-americano Roderick Nealy, com 10 pontos, foi o principal destaque.

1 de Agosto's player Reggie Moore (203-PF-81, college: ORU) was the best scorer of the match with 23 points.

1 de Agosto will face Interclube in the final.
Courtesy of: Angola Press



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Smith, La Union17.3 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras16.7 
 3. Villegas, Sionista16.6 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.16.3 
 5. Matthews, Quilm.16.0 
 6. OBannon, Boca Jrs15.9 
 7. DeGroat, Olimpico.15.8 
 8. Martinez, San M.15.6 
 9. Pittman, Libertad.15.4 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Martinez, San M.12.4 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.9.9 
 3. Davis, GECR I.9.5 
 4. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 5. Sandes, Sionista9.1 
 6. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras8.4 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 9. DeGroat, Olimpico.7.5 
 10. Truscott, Quilm.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.3 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.6 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.5 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista4.8 
 5. Martinez, Regat.4.8 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Victoriano, San M.3.7 
 8. Sucatzky, Atenas3.7 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.5 
 10. Labaque, Atenas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  Atenas
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.1.8 
 4. Moldu, Olimpico LB1.7 
 5. McHopson, Quilm.1.6 
 6. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.5 
 7. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.5 
 8. Treise, Libertad S.1.4 
 9. Torre, Club 91.4 
 10. DeGroat, Olimpico.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 2. Clancy, Club 91.2 
 3. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 4. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Matthews, Quilm.1.0 
 7. Roe, Regatas C.1.0 
 8. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 9. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 10. Ayarza, Club 90.9 


Liga A: Libertad is the first semifinalist - by Eurobasket News

Liga A Quarterfinals, Game 4: GECR Indalo - Libertad 74-81 (1-3)

Libertad celebrated 74-81 road victory against GECR Indalo closing the series with almost perfect 1-3. It means that Libertad became the first team who booked a spot for the Liga A Semifinals. Libertad now waits for the winner of Obras - Boca Junios series. Obras currently has 2-1 lead. It looked good early as GECR Indalo took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Libertad Sunchales took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. They also forced 19 GECR Indalo turnovers. GECR Indalo was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Will Graves (198-F/G-88, college: N.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Jonatan Treise (186-PG-85) who added 20 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) during the contest. At the losing side Fernando Funes (192-SG-83) responded with 24 points and American power forward Kahiem Seawright (203-C/F-86, agency: Edge Sports, college: Rhode Island) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. GECR Indalo's coach Marcelo Richotti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Libertad skipped 1/8 Finals and joined directly in the Quarters. GECR Indalo is out of the competition. They eliminated La Union with 3-2 in 1/8 Finals.

Libertad S.: W.Graves 24+9reb+1ast, J.Treise 20+5reb+1ast, J.Pittman 11+1reb, S.Ginobili 7+3reb, J.Emiliano Fernandez 6+3reb+2ast, J.Benitez 5+2reb
GECR Indalo: F.Funes 24+2reb, D.Ciorciari 12+2reb+2ast, K.Seawright 12+12reb, D.Davis 8+8reb+2ast, C.McGowan 7+7reb+1ast, D.Romero 5+4reb



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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. Singapore S. 6-9 
 6. Bangkok C. 6-9 
 7. Saigon H. 6-9 
 8. Thailand S. 5-12 

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. 83-78

Regular Season: Round 17

Apr. 21: Philip.Patriots - Satria Muda
Apr. 21: KL Dragons - Saigon H.
Apr. 22: Thailand S. - Petron Blaze
Apr. 22: Singapore S. - Bangkok C.


Round 16: Leader Philippine Patriots lose to Petron Blaze - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Philippine Patriots (13-3) recorded its third loss in Manila on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Petron Blaze (13-4) 93-78. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Philippine Patriots. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Petron Blaze. Philippine Patriots managed to win third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Petron Blaze made 8 blocks. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Guard Leo Avenido (186-78) chipped in 23 points. American swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) produced 30 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petron Blaze have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Philip.Patriots. Philippine Patriots at the other side still keep top place with three games lost. Petron Blaze are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Thailand Slammers (#8) in Bangkok in the next round where they are favorite. Philippine Patriots will play at home against Satria Muda (#3) in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
One of the most interesting games of round 16 was a derby match between two teams from Thailand. Seventh ranked Bangkok Cobras won against visiting Thailand Slammers (5-12) 83-78. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Gentry Lewis (206-81, college: Philander Smith) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Jai Reyes contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. American center Christopher Garnett (211-80, college: Indiana SE) replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Thailand Slammers. Thailand Slammers' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Bangkok Cobras (6-9) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Singapore S. and Saigon H. Thailand Slammers lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Bangkok Cobras will play against Singapore Slingers (#5) on the road in the next round. Thailand Slammers will play against the league's second-placed Petron Blaze in Manila and hope to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Jakarta. Third ranked Indonesian Satria Muda faced one of their biggest challengers Malaysian KL Dragons. Host Satria Muda (8-9) defeated guests from Kuala Lumpur (7-9) 98-80. Worth to mention a great performance of Steve Thomas who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 22 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the losing side Jonathan Smith responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Satria Muda maintains third position with 8-9 record having four points less than leader Philip.Patriots. KL Dragons lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with nine games lost. Satria Muda will meet league's leader Philippine Patriots in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KL Dragons will play against Saigon Heat and hope to secure a win.



Satria Muda - KL Dragons 98-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Jakarta. Third ranked Indonesian Satria Muda faced one of their biggest challengers Malaysian KL Dragons. Host Satria Muda (8-9) defeated guests from Kuala Lumpur (7-9) 98-80. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. KL Dragons managed to win third quarter 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded KL Dragons 48-26 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 22 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Filipino-American point guard Stanley Pringle (184-87, college: Penn St.) who added 24 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Jonathan Smith (206-82, college: Bowie St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Tiras Wade (200-81, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Satria Muda maintains third position with 8-9 record having four points less than leader Philip.Patriots. KL Dragons lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with nine games lost. Satria Muda will meet league's leader Philippine Patriots in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KL Dragons will play against Saigon Heat and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: S.Pringle 24+4reb+6ast, E.Brock 18+4reb+3ast, S.Thomas 17+22reb+1ast, M.Wuysang 12+4reb+3ast, A.Salangsang 9+1reb, A.Prihantono 8+2reb
KL Dragons: T.Wade 22+5reb+4ast, J.Smith 21+10reb+1ast, B.Guganeswaran 11+4reb+3ast, P.Cabahug 10+1ast, C.Pacana 8+3reb+1ast, N.Belasco 4+2reb
gschID: 174693


Petron Blaze - Philip.Patriots 93-78

Top ranked Philippine Patriots (13-3) recorded its third loss in Manila on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Petron Blaze (13-4) 93-78. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Philippine Patriots. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Petron Blaze. Philippine Patriots managed to win third quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Petron Blaze made 8 blocks. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Guard Leo Avenido (186-78) chipped in 23 points. Four Petron Blaze players scored in double figures. American swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) produced 30 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import center Chris Alexander (216-80, college: Iowa St., agency: Priority Sports) added 16 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Petron Blaze have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Philip.Patriots. Philippine Patriots at the other side still keep top place with three games lost. Petron Blaze are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Thailand Slammers (#8) in Bangkok in the next round where they are favorite. Philippine Patriots will play at home against Satria Muda (#3) in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Petron Blaze: L.Avenido 23+4reb+1ast, D.Crews 23+5reb, N.Fazekas 16+16reb+3ast, C.Banchero 11+2reb+6ast, B.Fernandez 8+2reb+1ast, J.Mar Fajardo 5+5reb
Philip.Patriots: A.Johnson 30+7reb+3ast, C.Alexander 16+12reb+3ast, A.Larong 9+1reb+1ast, W.Ybanez 6+1reb+4ast, F.Adriano 5+3reb+1ast, J.Fernandez 4
gschID: 174694


Bangkok C. - Thailand S. 83-78

One of the most interesting games of round 16 was a derby match between two teams from Thailand. Seventh ranked Bangkok Cobras won against visiting Thailand Slammers (5-12) 83-78. Thailand Slammers were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of Bangkok Cobras, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Thailand Slammers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Gentry Lewis (206-81, college: Philander Smith) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds. Filipino guard Jai Reyes (173) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists for the winners. Lewis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Bangkok Cobras players scored in double figures. American center Christopher Garnett (211-80, college: Indiana SE) replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Calvin Williams (206-87, college: SE Missouri St.) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Thailand Slammers. Thailand Slammers' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Bangkok Cobras (6-9) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Singapore S. and Saigon H. Thailand Slammers lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Bangkok Cobras will play against Singapore Slingers (#5) on the road in the next round. Thailand Slammers will play against the league's second-placed Petron Blaze in Manila and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bangkok C.: J.Reyes 18+3reb+4ast, T.George 18+7reb, R.Kruatiwa 17+1reb+4ast, G.Lewis 13+13reb+2ast, M.Cruz 11+1reb+3ast, C.Klahan 4+3ast
Thailand S.: C.Garnett 22+9reb+2ast, C.Williams 19+9reb+1ast, A.Angeles 17+3reb+1ast, R.Leynes 6+1reb+6ast, A.Lertmalaiporn 5+1reb+2ast, D.Apiromvilaichai 4+2reb
gschID: 174695



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Ringwood H. 4-0 
 2. Hume City 4-1 
 3. Diamond V.E. 3-1 
 4. Eltham W. 3-1 
 5. Corio Bay 2-2 
 6. Waverley F. 2-2 
 7. Sherbrooke S. 2-4 
 8. Melbourne 0-4 
 9. Bulleen B. 0-5 
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. 6-0 
 2. Frankston B. 4-1 
 3. Dandenong 3-2 
 4. Sandringham S. 3-3 
 5. Brisbane S. 2-2 
 6. Bendigo B. 2-3 
 7. Canberra G. 1-4 
SEABL-South
 1. Knox R. 4-1 
 2. Nunawading S. 4-2 
 3. Albury W.B. 3-2 
 4. Kilsyth C. 3-2 
 5. Ballarat M. 2-3 
 6. Hobart C. 1-4 
 7. Mt Gambier 1-5 
 8. NW Tasmania 0-5 
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. 93-80
Apr. 14: Eltham W. - Melbourne 87-74
Apr. 14: Sherbrooke S. - Hume City 62-76
Apr. 14: Bulleen B. - Ringwood H. 60-75
Apr. 15: Waverley F. - Bulleen B. 103-66

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. 14: Knox R. - Sandringham S. 91-84
Apr. 14: NW Tasmania - Geelong S. 89-98
Apr. 12: Dandenong - Knox R. 87-84
Apr. 14: Kilsyth C. - Nunawading S. 84-99
Apr. 13: Ballarat M. - Bendigo B. 84-70
Apr. 15: Bendigo B. - Albury W.B. 76-85
Apr. 13: Hobart C. - Geelong S. 74-93
Apr. 14: Frankston B. - Ballarat M. 73-61
Apr. 13: Canberra G. - Mt Gambier 71-82
Apr. 14: Brisbane S. - Mt Gambier 67-55
Apr. 15: Nunawading S. - Frankston B. 56-76

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. Geraldton B. 4-3 
 7. Goldfield G. 3-3 
 8. Perry Lakes H. 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. 0-7 

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. 15: Rockingham F. - Geraldton B. 86-111
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


Ringwood add American Skyler Bowlin - by Eurobasket News

Ringwood add American Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, college: Missouri So.) for the rest of the season. Skyler Bowlin is an explosive scorer with great quickness and leaping ability. Skyler is a great playmaker who can score at a very high level.
In 2007-2008 he started for Missouri So. (NCAA2) and after 28 games averaged 9.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 36.7%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 78.2%. In his last year there his stats read 18.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.7apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 82.7%. In 2011-2012 moved to BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProA, starting five) and averaged 12.4 points per game.
Only last year he became MIAA Regular Season Champion -11, MIAA Tournament Finalist -11, All-MIAA Player of the Year -11, All-MIAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year -11, All-MIAA 1st Team -11, MIAA All-Tournament Team -11, NABC Division II All-South Central Region 1st Team -11, Daktronics Division II All-America 3rd Team -11, NABC Division II All-America Team -11 and NABC Division II All-Star Game -11.
More impressively, and clearly something that caught Harringtons attention, is that Bowlin was selected as defensive player of the year in his last two seasons of college basketball. Ringwoods next match will be against Bulleen at the Templestowe Leisure Centre on Saturday. Skyler Bowlin is ready to continue his career in Australia.



SBL: Lightning strike downs Hawks (Friday Night Wrap) - by Eurobasket News

Lakeside Lightning have continued their undefeated season against Perry Lakes Hawks 104-92 in Friday night's clash at the Lakeside Recreation Centre.

Lakesides dominant first half resulted in a 24 point lead over the Hawks and although they gradually shrunk the deficit in the second half, Perry Lakes still succumbed to a 12 point loss.

The Hawks were superior in both field goal and three point shooting accuracy with the help of star import Matthew Rosinski (188-G-87, college: Regis Univ.), a key offensive player who managed nearly 43 minutes of game time with 27 points, six assists and eight rebounds.

Bottom four team East Perth Eagles had a shock victory against second top side Perth Redbacks 110-97 in a surprising but well deserved upset.

The Eagles had a consistent lead on the score board the entire game and a far greater shooting accuracy in free throws, three points and field goals.

Centre Tom Jervis (213-C-89, college: Troy) was a standout for the Eagles with 34 points, 19 rebounds and three assists, clearly a dominant force in East Perth's second win of the season.

The Cockburn Cougars have smashed the South West Slammers 107-72 thanks to their far superior field goal accuracy.

Although the Slammers had more shots at goal their 37 percent shooting average was clearly the team's downfall.

Cockburn had a lead of 17 points by half time and increased that to 35 points by the siren, with the help of Brian Carlwell (211-C-87, college: San Diego St.) (22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) and Sheldon McIntyre (10 rebounds and 8 assists).

In the women's league the Slammers defeated the Cougars 71-64, while Lakeside defeated the Perry Lakes 68-55.

Perth defeated the Eagles by nine points with star player Marita Payne (22 points, 18 rebounds and three assists) to thank.

Article by Hannah Coleman
Courtesy of: SBL



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna25.8 
 2. Drenovac, Arkadia23.0 
 3. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 4. Shavies, Furstenf.18.3 
 5. Shaw, Oberwart18.3 
 6. Fears, Kapfenberg17.2 
 7. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.17.1 
 8. Grum, UBSC G.17.1 
 9. Curry, Gmunden17.0 
 10. Djuric, Gussing16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joe WERNER
  Wels
  (201-C-84)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Werner, Wels9.6 
 2. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.6 
 3. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 4. Oppland, Gmunden7.7 
 5. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.2 
 6. Ware, Furstenfeld7.1 
 7. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 8. Robinson, Furstenf.7.0 
 9. Nelson, Kapfenberg6.9 
 10. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.9 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg6.4 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.5.9 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.3 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing5.0 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.8 
 7. Curry, Gmunden4.5 
 8. Schaal, UBSC G.4.4 
 9. Lanegger, Klostern.3.9 
 10. Grum, UBSC G.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.5 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.4 
 3. Pryor, Wels2.0 
 4. Toroman, BC Vienna1.9 
 5. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.9 
 6. Brown, Wels1.8 
 7. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.5 
 8. Mayer, Gmunden1.5 
 9. Danek, Arkadia1.4 
 10. Milosevic, St.Pol.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary WARE
  Furstenfeld
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 2. Scott, Gussing0.9 
 3. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.8 
 4. Kohlmaier, Wels0.7 
 5. Brown, Wels0.7 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden0.7 
 7. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 8. Rizvic, Oberwart0.6 
 9. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.0.5 


A Bundesliga: Wels takes first Semifinals ticket - by Eurobasket News

Oberwart - Wels 80-83 (0-3)
Wels grabbed 80-83 road win against Oberwart closing the series with perfect 0-3. It means that Wels became the first team who booked a spot for the Semifinals. They now wait for the winner of BC Vienna - Gmunden series. The score is currently 1-1. Oberwart were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 19-14 charge of Raiffeisen Wels, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American swingman Quentin Pryor (193-83, college: Morehead St., agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 5 assists. American-Iranian point guard Ali Farokhmanesh (183-88, college: N.Iowa, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) helped adding 21 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Vernard Hollins (190-80, college: Wright St.) with 20 points and 6 assists and naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Oberwart Gunners players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: J.Dean Shaw 21+2reb+2ast, V.Hollins 20+2reb+6ast, J.Johnson 16+9reb+1ast, H.Artner 11+1reb, D.Jandl 5+3reb, H.Ochsenhofer 3+1reb+1ast
Wels: A.Farokhmanesh 21+5reb+1ast, Q.Pryor 20+3reb+5ast, J.Werner 13+1reb, T.Brown 8+8reb+4ast, D.Lamesic 8+9reb+4ast, L.Stutz 8+1reb
gschID: 174190


Gussing - Kapfenberg 90-92 (1-2)
Kapfenberg is 1-2 up against Gussing and needs one more win for the Semis. Fourth game is scheduled for April 19 and Gussing will be the host again. Gussing Knights were ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 32-21 third quarter run of Kapfenberg Bulls. They made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 5 assists. The former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Thomas Klepeisz (188-91) added 16 points and 8 assists in the effort for Gussing Knights. Four Kapfenberg Bulls and five Gussing Knights players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Gussing: E.Kadic 21+1ast, A.Djuric 17+7reb+3ast, T.Klepeisz 16+2reb+8ast, C.Scott 13+7reb, S.Koch 11+4reb, M.Heard 6+1reb+2ast
Kapfenberg: D.Mayes 23+2ast, C.Gray 20+2reb+1ast, J.Fears 20+3reb+5ast, T.Schreiner 13+1reb+4ast, D.Nelson 8+8reb+3ast, L.Gordon 6+12reb

Furstenfeld - Klosterneub. 72-79 (1-2)
Visitors took 1-2 lead in this best-of-five series. Furstenfeld will be the host of Game Four - April 19. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Xion Dukes outrebounded Furstenfeld Panthers 38-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward Jason Chappell (208-83, college: Wisconsin) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) who recorded 25 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and the other American import power forward Gary Ware (205-83, college: Purdue, agency: TSS Management) added 16 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: A.Shavies 25+8reb+7ast, G.Ware 16+4reb+1ast, L.O'Neal 11+4reb+3ast, K.Payton 10+3reb+5ast, J.Robinson 7+6reb, M.Graf 3+1reb
Klosterneub.: J.Chappell 18+8reb+1ast, R.Suljanovic 16+10reb+3ast, C.Bobb 13+5reb, C.Nagler 10+4reb+3ast, M.Lanegger 9+9reb+5ast, L.Sallomon 6+1reb+1ast



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Matt Lojeski claims Belgian D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Oostende and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 26-year old guard had the game-high 19 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Oostende in his team's victory, helping them to crush M.Hainaut (#6, 12-13) with 24-point margin 78-54. Oostende maintains the 3rd position in Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Oostende will need more victories to improve their 17-8 record. Lojeski has many years of experience at Oostende, through which he has constantly improved. University of Hawaii graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lojeski is in league's top in points (3rd best: 15.3ppg) and averages solid 64.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American forward Bingo Merriex (204-F-80) of Verviers-Pep.. Merriex impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Verviers-Pep. to edge the higher-ranked Aalstar (#4, 14-11) by 6 points 69-63. Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Verviers-Pep. managed to get this year. Merriex is a newcomer at Verviers-Pep. and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American Josh Bostic (196-F-87) of Liege (#8). Bostic scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Bostic's great performance Liege lost 55-82 to slightly higher-ranked Gent (#7, 9-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Liege not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bostic could try to bring Liege's a little bit higher in the standings. Bostic has individually a great season in Belgium. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.4ppg (2nd best) and assists with 2.8apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) of Aalstar - 18 points and 10 rebounds
5. Michael Roll (196-G-87) of Antwerp - 17 points and 6 rebounds
6. Graham Brown (205-C-84) of Gent - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Justin Cage (198-F-85) of M.Hainaut - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Salah Mejri (216-C-86) of Antwerp - 11 points and 11 rebounds
9. Trevor Huffman (185-PG-79) of Spirou - 13 points and 4 rebounds
10. Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77) of Oostende - 13 points and 3 assists

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



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Wins for Tijuca, Vivo/Franca and Itabom/Bauru - by Eurobasket News

Tijuca opened win count in the eighth-final series versus Uberlandia. They claimed a 75:67 win at home court in the opener. Uberlandia strongly started the game taking a 24:16 lead after ten minutes. But Tijuca gradually picked up the tempo. They narrowed the margin by six points in the next two periods. The hosts went on a decisive 24:14 run in the final frame to seal the victory. Andre Luiz Brugger (192-G-81) posted 15 points to lead the hosts. Diego Conceicao (200-F-87) added 13 points in the victory. Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan) answered with 16 points for Uberlandia. Lucas Cipolini (206-F/C-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) finished with 15 points in defeat.
Itabom/Bauru prevailed against Liga Sorocaba 82:76 on the road. The teams were tied at 54 after three quarters but Itabom/Bauru used all of their experience to pull away with a tough win at the end. Gaucho Zilmer (197-G/F-86) chipped in 24 points for Itabom/Bauru. Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) added 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the win. Liga Sorocaba answered with 20 points from Kenny Dawkins (175-G-87, college: Lamar).
Vivo/Franca snatched a narrow 91:89 home win over Paulistano. Kevin Sowell (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances) finished with 23 points to lead the charge. Helinho Garcia (186-G-75) contributed 17 points for Vivo/Franca. Alex Oliveira (194-F-83) accounted for 20 points in defeat.



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Stephon Marbury: Big in Beijing - by Eurobasket

Usually when you think of basketball and China you think of Chinese stars playing in the United States, like former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming.
At the moment, however, its a cultural exchange going the other way thats making waves, namely, former NBA star Marbury Stephon (188-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) leading the Beijing Ducks to their first ever CBA title.
The Brooklyn native originally arrived in China in January 2010 to play for Shanxi. After falling out with that team at the end of last season, Marbury signed with the Beijing Ducks during the offseason.
He led the team to its first-ever CBA title on Friday, putting up a team-high 41 points in Beijings 124-121 victory over defending champions the Guangdong Tigers to clinch the title. The Ducks took the best-of-seven series in just five games.
This has been incredible; it has been an incredible experience,' Marbury said, according to ESPN. This shows what this team is made up of, everyone stepped up and everyone played their role. We have been blessed as a team.'
Marbury cried tears of joy after the victory his first major prize in a career that has, at times, been controversial.
Not in the Chinese capital however. After his fantastic performance, Marburys teammates tossed him into the air while the fans chanted his name. I still cant believe we won the title, and I need some time to accept the fact. Before the new season was launched, the team had been confident in playing better, but it's been a mere dream to win the title for us,' Beijings head coach Min Lulei said after the game.
Beijing has gone basketball crazy, with 425,000 fans reportedly trying to buy tickets online to the final game, which sold out in less than two minutes. As one might expect, scalpers had a field day with the game, reportedly selling their $100 tickets for five times that amount.
Such stories will only bring a smile to the faces of NBA bosses. With Yao Mings recent retirement and the sudden riches in Chinese soccer, basketball in China was facing some challenges. This undoubtedly helps redress the balance.
But ultimately what makes Marburys story so amazing has less to do with the sport itself, and more to do with the fact that the New Yorker has captured the hearts of the people in Beijing.
When he first arrived in the Middle Kingdom back in 2010, Marbury said: I'll communicate with the fans through my basketball. I think this will be a unique experience. To go overseas to play ball, to live, for me its a challenge.
And its one he has risen to.

Courtesy of The Diplomat



CBA Stars shining in the NBA - by Alex Yam

The CBA season is now a thing of the past, as a new CBA champion was crowned, the Beijing Ducks. Back in the states, the NBA season is winding down, and the playoffs are about to continue.

A few CBA stars are shining on NBA rosters currently, Cartier Martin and James Singleton have brought some new life to a otherwise dismal Washington Wizards team, both have been energizers off of the bench, and look more NBA ready then most players being called up from the D League or mid level overseas.

Lester Hudson has had a torrid stretch with the Cleveland Cavaliers averaging over 20ppg in his last 4 games, helping ailing Cleveland with their injuries to probably ROY Kyrie Irving and Daniel Gibson.

Congratulations to these 3 CBA call ups, as they look to extend their careers in the NBA.



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U-18 Afro-Basket Zone 4: DRC beat Red Devils to qualify - by Eurobasket News

The Congolese U-18 national basketball team has qualified for the 2012 Afro-basket championship billed for August in Mozambique or Gabon.

The Congolese U-18 national basketball team has qualified for the 2012 Afro-basket championship billed for August in Mozambique or Gabon.

The junior leopards obtained their ticket after defeating the Red Devils of Congo/Brazza in both the away and the return legs (65-59, 65-43) qualifiers for the championship. The matches took place under the close watch of the Secretary General at the ministry of sports and leisure, Bathlmy Okito Oleka representing the minister.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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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 10-6 
 2. Krizevci 10-6 
 3. Kvarner 2010 9-7 
 4. Darda 7-9 
 5. Borik 6-10 
 6. Dubrovnik 6-10 
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. 15: Dubrovnik - Alkar Sinj 78-88
Apr. 15: Borik - Krizevci 67-76
Apr. 14: Darda - Kvarner 2010 66-54

Second Stage: Round 9

Apr. 17: Jolly - Cibona
Apr. 17: KK Zagreb CO - Zabok
Apr. 17: Zadar - KK Split
Apr. 17: Cedevita - Svjetlost


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. Simovic, Kvarner7.3 
 3. Stimac, Svjetlost7.3 
 4. Sobin, KK Split6.7 
 5. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.7 
 6. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.6 
 7. Peraica, Darda6.5 
 8. Grgat, Krizevci5.9 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar5.8 
 10. Mrva, 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. Bicvic, Darda2.0 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner2.0 
 5. Stimac, Svjetlost1.5 
 6. Zadnik, Zadar1.5 
 7. Mimica, KK Split1.5 
 8. Ceskovic, Kvarner1.5 
 9. Puljko, Jolly1.5 
 10. Kruslin, Zabok1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.5 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.3 
 3. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 4. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Buva, Krizevci0.8 
 6. Vukovic, KK Split0.8 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.6 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar0.6 
 9. Cakarun, Borik0.5 
 10. Babic, KK Split0.5 


A1 Round 8: KK Split beats Cedevita by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Group Championship
KK Split - Cedevita 80-78
The most exciting game of round 8 in the A1 took place in Split. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Cedevita (6-2) to third ranked KK Split (6-2) 80-78 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Cedevita. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Cedevita helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points. The former international guard Srdan Subotic (193-80) contributed with 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Miro Bilan (213-89) replied with 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American-Panamanian forward Levour Warren (196-81, college: S.Carolina, agency: SportsTalent) added 18 points in the effort for Cedevita. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. KK Split moved-up to second place in Championship Group, which they share with defeated Cedevita. KK Split is looking forward to face Zadar (#4) on the road in the next round. Cedevita will play against Svjetlost in Slavonski Brod and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bilan 19+3reb+1ast, L.Warren 18+3reb, D.Draper 14+3reb+3ast, H.Owens 12+3reb+1ast, M.Bazdaric 6+4reb+2ast, M.Car 3+1reb+1ast
KK Split: I.Mimica 16+4reb+2ast, L.Babic 14+6reb, J.Sobin 12+4reb+3ast, S.Subotic 11+4reb+6ast, T.Dijan 9+6reb+2ast, N.Vujcic 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 171819


Zabok - Zadar 73-82
The game in Zabok was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Zadar (5-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Zabok (1-7). Zadar managed to secure a 9-point victory 82-73. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Zabok won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Zabok 35-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Zabok helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Ive Ivanov (201-85) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Swingman Ante Delas (201-88) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Filip Kraljevic (214-89, agency: PEPI SPORT) produced 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international guard Ivan Tomas (193-81) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Zadar have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position in Championship Group with 5-3 record. Zabok lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with seven games lost. Zadar's next round opponent will be higher ranked KK Split (#3) at home and it may be the game of the week. Zabok will play against KK Zagreb CO and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zabok: F.Kraljevic 18+9reb+1ast, I.Tomas 12+2reb+3ast, D.Basic 11+1reb+1ast, R.Lez 11+2ast, S.Jankovic 9+3reb, I.Perincic 8+4reb+1ast
Zadar: I.Ivanov 20+9reb+3ast, G.Vrbanc 17+1reb+4ast, A.Delas 17+5reb+2ast, A.Krapic 13+8reb, U.Zadnik 6+1reb+1ast, D.Reed 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 171820


Jolly - KK Zagreb CO 87-95
The game in Sibenik was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked KK Zagreb CO (4-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Jolly (1-7). KK Zagreb CO managed to secure a 8-point victory 95-87 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Jolly was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Dario Saric (208-94) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). The former international forward Krunoslav Simon (197-85) contributed with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Mate Mrva (195-83) replied with 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) added 16 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for Jolly. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains fifth position in Championship Group with 4-4 record. Jolly lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. KK Zagreb CO will face Zabok (#6) in Zabok in the next round. Jolly will play at home against the league's leader Cibona in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Jolly: M.Mrva 35+5reb+4ast, H.Puljko 18+3reb+2ast, R.Ross 16+14reb+9ast, P.Vrlika 6+7reb, L.Katura 4+2reb, D.Vrsaljko 2+1reb
KK Zagreb CO: D.Saric 29+10reb+1ast, K.Simon 29+6reb+4ast, D.Markota 16+8reb+1ast, P.Babic 6+3ast, D.Mavra 6+1reb+3ast, S.Ozbolt 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 171821


Cibona - Svjetlost 79-64
A1 top team - Cibona (8-0) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked Svjetlost (1-7) in Zagreb 79-64. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-64. Cibona forced 20 Svjetlost turnovers. The winners were led by the former international forward Marin Rozic (201-83, agency: PEPI SPORT) who scored that evening 15 points and international forward Damjan Rudez (206-86) supported him with 17 points. Cibona's coach Jasmin Repesa used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 21 points and 9 rebounds by power forward Andrej Stimac (204-79) did not help to save the game for Svjetlost. Guard Pankracije Barac (196-81, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Cibona have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Championship Group with 8-0 record. Svjetlost at the other side dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Jolly and Zabok. Cibona will meet Jolly (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Svjetlost will play against the league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Svjetlost: A.Stimac 21+9reb+2ast, M.Batina 13+2reb+1ast, P.Barac 11+5reb+1ast, M.Matasovic 7+2reb+4ast, T.Kostomaj 6+3reb+5ast, L.Samadan 6+3reb
Cibona: D.Rudez 17+1reb+2ast, M.Rozic 15+4reb+2ast, A.Zizic 10+4reb+2ast, T.Zubcic 8+2reb, Z.Wright 8+5reb+2ast, H.Kovacevic 7+3ast
gschID: 171818


Group Play-Out
Dubrovnik - Alkar Sinj 78-88
No shocking result in a game when second ranked Alkar Sinj (10-6) beat on the road 5th ranked Dubrovnik (6-10) 88-78 on Sunday. Alkar Sinj keeps a position of Play-Out leader, which they share with Krizevci. Loser Dubrovnik keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 171861


Borik - Krizevci 67-76
Rather expected game when 5th ranked Borik Puntamika (6-10) lost to second ranked Krizevci (10-6) in Zadar 67-76 on Sunday. The game without a history. Krizevci led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Krizevci had a 26-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Luka Zitko (201-81) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Krizevci players scored in double figures. Marijan Cakarun (-90) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian forward Petar Maric (206-87, college: Lincoln Trail CC) added 13 points in the effort for Borik Puntamika. Borik Puntamika's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Krizevci have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of Play-Out leader, which they share with Alkar Sinj. Loser Borik Puntamika keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Borik: M.Cakarun 15+6reb, P.Maric 13+3reb+2ast, M.Sarlija 9+2reb+1ast, L.Drezga 7+3reb, M.Jurjevic 7, T.Drazovic 6
Krizevci: I.Grgat 14+7reb, I.Buva 12+2reb+1ast, L.Zitko 11+7reb+2ast, J.Glavinic 10+4reb+5ast, F.Gacesa 9, M.Gligora 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 171862


Darda - Kvarner 2010 66-54
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kvarner 2010 (9-7) against fifth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (7-9) on Saturday night. Visiting Kvarner 2010 was defeated by Vrijednosnice OS in Darda 66-54. The game was mostly controlled by Vrijednosnice OS. Kvarner 2010 was better in third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kvarner 2010 to just 6 points in first quarter. Vrijednosnice OS made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Kvarner 2010 41-26 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kvarner 2010 was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Veljko Budimir (199-85, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and guard Luka Panduric (192-93) who added 16 points during the contest. Bosnian center Teo Simovic (205-84, agency: Interperformances) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and forward Dino Cinac (198-88) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Kvarner 2010's coach Aramis Naglic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vrijednosnice OS moved-up to fourth place in Play-Out. Kvarner 2010 lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: T.Simovic 15+5reb, A.Boban 14+3reb, D.Cinac 11+8reb, J.Blajic 8+3reb+7ast, M.Juricic 2+2reb, J.Surina 2+2reb
Darda: V.Budimir 18+14reb+1ast, L.Panduric 16+3reb+2ast, A.Bicvic 13+4reb+1ast, I.Milenkovic 8+6reb+3ast, M.Peraica 5+8reb+2ast, F.Kordic 4+2reb



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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.14.9 
 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. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.4 
 8. Peterson, 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. Wright, NH Ostrava4.6 
 5. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen4.6 
 7. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.2 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava4.0 
 9. Pope, Chomutov3.9 
 10. George, Svitavy3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaan AMES
  BC Kolin
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ames, BC Kolin2.6 
 2. Ubilla, Inter B.2.5 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.2 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.0 
 6. Klecka, B&W Opava1.9 
 7. Sirina, B&W Opava1.9 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 9. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 10. Deloach, Svitavy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Miklosik, B&W O.1.4 
 3. 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. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.9 
 9. Grant, Levice0.9 
 10. Meno, Svitavy0.8 


NBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

BK Pardubice - BC Kolin 89-57

The game was mostly controlled by BK Pardubice. BC Kolin managed to win second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Pardubice dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to BC Kolin's 28 and made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. BK Pardubice had a 32-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. International forward Petr Bohacik (204-85) fired 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Jiri Cernosek (200-81) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. American point guard Rashaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) produced 9 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: P.Bohacik 17+6reb+1ast, M.Hampton 14+3reb+2ast, M.Arnold 13+5reb, J.Cernosek 11+6reb+3ast, Z.Pospisil 8+5reb+1ast, M.Peterka 7+5reb
BC Kolin: C.Barnes 12+3reb+2ast, U.Benacek 10+5reb, R.Ames 9+4reb+4ast, S.Zuzak 8+4reb, M.Hubalek 3+5reb, D.Machac 3+2reb
gschID: 174107


BK Decin - USK Praha 71-58

The game was mostly controlled by BK Decin. USK Praha managed to win fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Decin looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by USK Praha's players. Bosnian forward Admir Alic (198-84) fired 16 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. USK Praha's coach Ken Scalabroni rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: A.Alic 16+2reb+6ast, L.Stria 15+3reb+4ast, L.Sanders 10+6reb+6ast, P.Houska 10+6reb+2ast, D.Burke 8+7reb+1ast, T.Pomikalek 6+7reb+2ast
USK Praha: P.Sedmak 15+6reb, V.Hruban 12+4reb, J.Slavik 10+1reb, S.Votroubek 10+6reb+2ast, M.Soukup 5+2reb+1ast, M.Sotnar 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 174105


CEZ Nymburk - Levice 83-52

The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Levice's 22. CEZ Nymburk forced 24 Levice turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The former international forward Radek Necas (204-80) nailed 15 points for the winning side and the former international power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) accounted for 11 points and 10 rebounds. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Croatian-Slovenian forward Stipe Modric (206-79) came up with 7 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Levice in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: R.Necas 15+4reb+3ast, M.Kremen 12+2reb+2ast, A.Abrams 12+1reb+2ast, P.Benda 11+10reb, L.Wilson 10+4reb, M.Lenzly 8+1reb+2ast
Levice: K.Grant 9+5reb+3ast, S.Modric 7+13reb, D.Marek 7+1reb+2ast, J.Vojtek 6+5reb+1ast, M.Bernard 4+2reb, R.Urland 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 174106


BK Prostejov - NH Ostrava 94-63

The game was mostly controlled by BK Prostejov. NH Ostrava managed to win second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. BK Prostejov outrebounded NH Ostrava 48-32 including 33 on the defensive glass. Slovakian forward Dusan Pandula (196-84) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and American power forward Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: I.D.S. Law) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: D.Pandula 16+10reb+2ast, T.Peterson 15+9reb, B.Gadri-Nicholson 13+7reb+1ast, P.Slezak 12+1reb+1ast, J.Smith 12+3reb+5ast, V.Bratcenkov 8+3reb
NH Ostrava: R.Luettgerodt 17+5reb, D.Wright 14+5reb+1ast, S.Manousos 10+1reb+1ast, J.Hughes 8+7reb, A.Ciz 4+5reb+6ast, L.Jurecka 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 174104



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 2. Almond, Maine RC23.4 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.1 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.8 
 5. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 6. Efevberha, Iowa E.19.6 
 7. Costner, Los A.19.5 
 8. Millsap, Los A.19.3 
 9. Ubiles, Dakota W.19.2 
 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, Canton11.8 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.10.4 
 4. Dawson, Austin T.10.4 
 5. Thomas, Los A.9.2 
 6. Foote, Springfield9.1 
 7. Williams, Texas L.8.9 
 8. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 9. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
 10. Horner, Springfi.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.0 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 4. Curry, Springfield6.3 
 5. Wise, Bakersfield6.3 
 6. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 7. Bailey, Idaho S.5.8 
 8. Stinson, Iowa E.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. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 5. Hannah, Dakota W.2.0 
 6. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 7. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 8. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
 9. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 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 


Harangody back to Charge, available for playoff game - by Eurobasket News

The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) back to the Canton Charge on Sunday and the former Notre Dame star is expected to play in tonight's NBA Development League playoff game at Springfield, Mass.

It's been a whirlwind three days for Harangody, who went for 16 points and nine rebounds in the Charge's Game 1 win against Springfield on Friday night in Canton.

The Cavaliers then recalled him for their game Saturday night in Washington D.C. since they were shorthanded on the front line. Not only did he play, he registered his first career NBA start in place of Antawn Jamison and posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds in 37 minutes in leading the Cavs to a 98-89 win against the Wizards.

'He was the MVP tonight,' Cavaliers Head Coach Byron Scott told the Cleveland Plain Dealer after Saturday's game. 'For him to play in a D-League game (Friday) and then to come here and start for us was really great. You really have to give him a lot of credit. He was definitely ready to play.'

Now the 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward finds himself traveling back to the Charge for tonight's Game 2 in the best-of-three first-round series. Tip is set for 7. Game 3, if necessary, is Monday, also at Springfield's MassMutual Center, starting at 7.

Harangody is the Charge's leading scorer and rebounder. He averaged 19.4 points and 12.6 rebounds while shooting 41.3 percent from 3-point range in 16 regular season games with Canton. This is his third assignment to the Charge this year, which is the maximum. If the Cavaliers recall him again, he cannot be assigned again to Canton this season.

Harangody's size and strength will be needed against Springfield's big front line of 7-footer Jeff Foote and 6-9 Dennis Horner.

The Charge will be without shooting guard Josh Akognon tonight. Akognon suffered a right calf strain during Friday's win and did not make the trip to Springfield.

The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned Luke Harangody back to the Canton Charge on Sunday and the former Notre Dame star is expected to play in tonight's NBA Development League playoff game at Springfield, Mass. It's been a whirlwind three days for Harangody, who went for 16 points and nine rebounds in the Charge's Game 1 win against Springfield on Friday night in Canton. The Cavaliers then recalled him for their game Saturday night in Washington D.C. since they were shorthanded on the front line.

Not only did he play, he registered his first career NBA start in place of Antawn Jamison and posted a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds in 37 minutes in leading the Cavs to a 98-89 win against the Wizards. 'He was the MVP tonight,' Cavaliers Head Coach Byron Scott told the Cleveland Plain Dealer after Saturday's game.

'For him to play in a D-League game (Friday) and then to come here and start for us was really great. You really have to give him a lot of credit. He was definitely ready to play.' Now the 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward finds himself traveling back to the Charge for tonight's Game 2 in the best-of-three first-round series. Tip is set for 7. Game 3, if necessary, is Monday, also at Springfield's MassMutual Center, starting at 7. Harangody is the Charge's leading scorer and rebounder. He averaged 19.4 points and 12.6 rebounds while shooting 41.3 percent from 3-point range in 16 regular season games with Canton.

This is his third assignment to the Charge this year, which is the maximum. If the Cavaliers recall him again, he cannot be assigned again to Canton this season. Harangody's size and strength will be needed against Springfield's big front line of 7-footer Jeff Foote and 6-9 Dennis Horner. The Charge will be without shooting guard Josh Akognon tonight. Akognon suffered a right calf strain during Friday's win and did not make the trip to Springfield.

Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com



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  EBA   


Wizards forced to forfeit to Hawks - by Eurobasket News

The New York Wizards were forced to forfeit their playoff game to the NoVa Hawks when their facility, The Fundamental Sports Complex, cancelled their gym time due to an overbooking. After an exhaustive search for another facility proved unsuccessful, Greg Cerillo, owner of the Wizards, regrettably was forced to forfeit the game. The NoVa Hawks will now move onto the EBA semi-finals to face the Metropolitan All-Stars on Saturday, April 21 at the Elmcor Gym in Corona, N.Y.

The NoVa Hawks finished regular season as the last ranked team in Southern Division. They had 4-6 record.

Courtesy of www.easternbasketballalliance.com



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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.14.8 
 6. Wood, ALBA14.2 
 7. Beverley, Spart.13.8 
 8. Caner-Medley, Vale.13.5 
 9. Davis, Banvit BK13.1 
 10. Loncar, Khimky12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv8.4 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.6 
 3. Traore, Lokomotiv7.1 
 4. Caner-Medley, Vale.6.4 
 5. Roberts, Lietuvos.6.4 
 6. Radenovic, BC Do.6.0 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.5.9 
 8. Kerusch, Aris5.8 
 9. Kavaliauskas, VEF5.8 
 10. Muldrow, Aris5.7 
Assists Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  ALBA
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Wood, ALBA5.4 
 2. Halperin, Spart.5.2 
 3. Planinic, Khimky4.9 
 4. Rice, Lietuvos.4.7 
 5. Ermis, Banvit BK4.5 
 6. Markovic, Valencia4.2 
 7. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.2 
 8. Becirovic, Benetto.4.0 
 9. De Colo, Valencia3.7 
 10. Beverley, Spart.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.1 
 2. Ermis, Banvit BK1.9 
 3. Davis, Banvit BK1.8 
 4. Albicy, Gravelines1.8 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.8 
 6. Weaver, ALBA1.6 
 7. De Colo, Valencia1.6 
 8. Caner-Medley, Vale.1.6 
 9. Massey, Lokomotiv1.6 
 10. Claver, Valencia1.5 
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.1.6 
 5. Armstrong, AS.1.3 
 6. Issa, Gravelines1.1 
 7. Likhodey, Spart.0.9 
 8. Vaty, Gravelines0.8 
 9. Monya, Khimky0.8 
 10. Traore, Lokomotiv0.8 


Khimky conquer the title - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Khimky - Valencia 77-68
Khimky celebrated the EuroCup title at home court tonight. They outscored Valencia in a thrilling Final. Khimky also booked the Euroleague ticket for the next season. Khimky and Valencia tried to stay safe in the opening period. They stayed neck and neck throughout the first ten minutes. Khimky eked out a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. Khimky extended the lead in the second quarter. The hosts boosted the margin to as many as 7 points at the interval 37:30. But Valencia managed to revive the intrigue in the third frame. The Spaniards erased the deficit. Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down eight points to put Valencia in charge 44:45. But Chris Quinn answered with a three-pointer to return the lead to Khimky. The home team managed to secure a 52:50 lead into the fourth frame. Claver hit a trey to put Valencia back in charge early in the final stanza. Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) returned the lead to Khimky in the next possession. But Valencia stayed close. Niklas Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Maryland) drained a three-pointer to tie things up at 66 with just over two minutes left. However it was the last success for the Spanish team. Khimky proved determination and calm in the key moments of the game. The home team capped regulation on an 11:2 run and sealed a triumphant victory at the end. Zoran Planinic accounted for 19 points, while Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) added 14 points in the winning effort. Niklas Caner-Medley answered with 23 points and 11 rebounds for Valencia. Serhiy Lishchuk added 16 points in the loss.

3rd Place
Spartak SP - Lietuvos rytas 61-72
Lietuvos Rytas clinched the third position in EuroCup tournament. They overcame Spartak Saint Petersburg in the consolation final in Khimky tonight. Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Lietuvos Rytas took care of sloppy Spartak attitude in the first frame. The Lithuanian team stormed into the game taking a 24:10 lead after ten minutes. Spartak woke up in the second quarter. They stiffened their defence and started their comeback. The Russian team cut the deficit to 10 points at halftime 30:40. Lietuvos Rytas stayed alert in the third term keeping Spartak at distance. The Vilnius team secured a comfortable 11-point lead at the final intermission 55:44. Spartak got as close as four points 51:55 in the final frame but Renaldas Seibutis stepped up for the Lithuanian side and Lietuvos Rytas escaped with a tough win at the end. Aleksandar Rasic (194-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 12 points, while Mindaugas Katelynas and Jonas Valanciunas posted 10 points each for the winners. Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) answered with 18 points for Spartak SP. Vladimir Dragicevic had 17 points in the loss.



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  FRANCE   


French ProA round 26 best performance: Bobby Dixon - by Eurobasket News

American point guard Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Dijon, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, five rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat ASVEL (#12, 11-15) 84-71. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Dijon is placed at 10th position in French ProA. Dijon is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-14 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Dixon as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Former Troy University star has very solid stats this year. Dixon is in league's top in assists (6th best: 5.0apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Jawad Williams (204-F-83) of Paris-Levallois. Williams had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Paris-Levallois lost that game 76-88 to the lower-ranked Strasbourg (#9, 12-14). This loss caused Paris-Levallois to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Williams is a newcomer at Paris-Levallois, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#4). He also registered 5.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard DeMarcus Nelson (191-G-85) of Cholet (#8). Nelson showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Cholet, leading his team to a 93-85 win against the lower-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#15, 6-20). Cholet needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 13 lost games. Nelson has a very solid season. In 20 games in France he scored 15.0ppg. He also has 3.4apg and FGP: 58.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83) of Chalon - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85) of Le Mans - 9 points, 2 rebounds and 12 assists
6. Akinlolu Akingbala (208-C-83) of Nancy - 11 points and 13 rebounds
7. Kim Tillie (210-F-88) of ASVEL - 21 points and 8 rebounds
8. Cedrick Banks (190-G-81) of Orleans - 18 points and 7 rebounds
9. Luc-Arthur Vebobe (203-F-80) of Cholet - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Teddy Gipson (193-G-80) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Djordje Petrovic claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Djordje Petrovic (202-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Orchy and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 16 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed Angers BC 49 (#10, 14-17) with 24-point margin 83-59. Orchy is placed at 2nd position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Orchy will need more victories to improve their 23-8 record. Petrovic turned to be Orchy's top player in his first season with the team. Petrovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.8ppg) and averages solid 57.4% FGP and 44.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old forward Moustafa Diallo (200-F-86) of Roche. Diallo impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Roche to edge the lower-ranked Brest (#9, 16-15) by 3 points 86-83. Roche's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 22-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Diallo is one of the most experienced players at Roche and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Finnish Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Blois (#6). Kaunisto scored 11 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Blois, leading his team to a 72-57 easy win against the lower-ranked Montbrison (#16, 6-25). Blois needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 21 victories and 10 lost games. Kaunisto has a great season in France. After 31 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.4ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 11.7rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonathan Godin (185-G-82) of Cognac - 8 points and 11 assists
5. Karim Gourari (195-F-89) of Rueil - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Lavar Simmons (201-F/C-83) of Roche - 19 points and 6 rebounds
7. Julien Lesieu (199-F-83) of St Quentin - 15 points and 11 rebounds
8. Jahsha Bluntt (198-G-84) of Orchy - 20 points and 5 rebounds
9. Brice Vounang (202-F/C-82) of Brest - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nicolas Kaczmarow (204-C-83) of Cognac - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



John Ford claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American John Ford (207-C/F-78) had an amazing evening in the last round for Bordeaux and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 33-year old had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds for Bordeaux in his team's victory, helping them to beat Bourg (#9, 14-16) 98-87. Bordeaux is placed at 7th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bordeaux will need more victories to improve their 17-13 record. It's Ford's second year at Bordeaux and it's hard to imagine this team without him. John Ford averages this season 13.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old American power forward Steffon Bradford (199-F/C-78, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of Lille. Bradford impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Lille lost that game 69-82 to the higher-ranked Chalons-Reims (#3, 21-9). This loss caused Lille to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 16-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bradford is a newcomer at Lille and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Senegalese Ousmane Barro (207-C/F-84) of Bourg (#9). Barro showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Barro's great performance Bourg lost 87-98 to slightly higher-ranked Bordeaux (#7, 17-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Bourg ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Barro could help Bourg to bring them higher in the standings. Barro has a great season in France. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.6rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elson Mendy (200-F-85) of Nantes - 25 points and 9 rebounds
5. O'Darien Bassett (191-G-86) of Bordeaux - 20 points and 2 rebounds
6. Jason Siggers (189-SG-85) of Rouen - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Rodrigue Mels (188-G/F-85) of Chalons-Reims - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Amadi McKenzie (201-PF-86) of Boulazac - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86) of Maurienne - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Daniel Coleman (206-F-85) of Vichy - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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



2012 Bellegarde-Sur-Valserine: France U16 lost all three games - by Eurobasket News

France U16 lost all three games at the 2012 Bellegarde-Sur-Valserine tournament. In Day 2 they were beaten by Greece and then Serbia edged France 68:53 in the last day of the competition.
Serbia started with 13:11 but could not keep the lead at the end of the half. France responded 15-12 and grabbed 26:25 halftime advantage. The second half however belonged to the Serbian side. The latter produced a 21-17 in the third quarter and then finished with 22-10 in the last stanza.
Starincevic paced all the winners with 14 points, while Stefan Peno (190-G-97), Ivan Daskalovic (199-SG-96) and Pavlovic netted 9 apiece. Stefan Lazarevic (193-SG-96) followed them with 8 points. Mandi replied with 12 points in the losing effort and Vale had 11. Misel and Ruiz ended up with 7 points each in defeat.



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Standings - 1. Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 15: Telekom Baskets - Goettingen 99-63
Apr. 14: Phoenix Hagen - Bayreuth 94-76
Apr. 15: EWE Baskets - Ratiopharm 84-80
Apr. 15: Bremerhaven - EnBW L'burg 79-74
Apr. 14: s.Oliver Baskets - LTi 46ers 68-57
Apr. 14: Walter Tigers - ALBA 62-91
Apr. 15: TBB Trier - Fraport SKY 52-72
Apr. 15: B.Muenchen - Brose Baskets 107-103 OT
Apr. 14: Art.Dragons - NY Phantoms 101-80

Regular Season: Round 33

Apr. 21: Brose Baskets - ALBA
Apr. 21: Fraport SKY - Walter Tigers
Apr. 21: Bremerhaven - Art.Dragons
Apr. 21: NY Phantoms - EWE Baskets
Apr. 21: LTi 46ers - Telekom Baskets
Apr. 21: EnBW L'burg - s.Oliver Baskets
Apr. 21: Ratiopharm - TBB Trier
Apr. 21: Goettingen - Phoenix Hagen
Apr. 21: Bayreuth - B.Muenchen


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets17.1 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.15.6 
 3. Wood, ALBA15.5 
 4. Carter, Phoenix15.1 
 5. Swann, Ratiopharm15.1 
 6. Ensminger, Teleko.15.0 
 7. Tucker, Brose B.15.0 
 8. Jonusas, Phoenix14.8 
 9. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.7 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.4 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.5 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.8.0 
 4. Homan, B.Muenchen7.5 
 5. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.1 
 6. Troutman, B.Mue.7.0 
 7. Tucker, Brose B.6.9 
 8. Evans, Goettingen6.8 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.6 
 10. Watts, Ratiopharm6.5 
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.4.8 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.7 
 7. Joyce, TBB Trier4.5 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.4 
 9. Bauscher, Goett.4.1 
 10. Campbell, Walter4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.7 
 2. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.7 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 4. Dorris, EnBW L.1.5 
 5. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 6. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 7. Trice, Ratiopharm1.4 
 8. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.4 
 9. Gaffney, Teleko.1.3 
 10. Carter, Phoenix1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.1.9 
 2. Davidson, Fraport1.7 
 3. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.7 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.6 
 5. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.1.3 
 7. Homan, B.Muenchen1.3 
 8. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.2 
 9. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.1.0 


John Bynum (TBB Trier) We Have To Make The Fraport Skyliners Work For A Full 24 And Not Be Impatient - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 34 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that will commence his second season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with eurobasket before the game against the Fraport Skyliners April 15th.

A tough 80-66 loss in Giessen. Are TBB Trier now in danger of possibly falling into the cellar with Hagen, Giessen and Ludwigsburg?

Yes we are in danger but it is in our hands to get a win so it can't happen. I am confident that we will handle business and stay in the league.

The LTi Giessen 46ers had the 54-52 lead after three quarters. TBB TRier was right there, but allowed 26 points in the fourth quarter. Why couldnt TBB Trier buckle down on defense in the last 10 minutes?


It seemed like they made shots that they were not hitting earlier in the game and made a key run and we couldn't recover. They had their key players step up and that's what good players do.

What was it like playing against ex TBB Trier American Barry Stewart. He has had a strong season in Giessen. How has he improved this season?

It was good seeing him but he didn't have not to miss a three against us. I'm happy that he is playing well and I wish he would still be here because he made our team better and was a great teammate as well as friend. I think he has just been giving more freedom in there style of offense and there is no doubt in my mind he could have had these numbers in Trier last season.

The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners. What is your memory of the 64-54 win in Frankfurt?


Well Frankfurt was on a major losing streak and had some different players and had a key injury. I just remember it was a hard fought game and it was a game we actually played well together.

The Fraport Skyliners held Phoenix Hagen to 47 points. Not many teams have been able to crack the Skyliners defense this season. What will be key in getting the win on Sunday?

I think we have to make them work for a full 24 and not be impatient. They are a great defensive team but we can't let them take us out of our sets and take good shots.

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?


The Lakers need Kobe plain and simple and without him they aren't a contender but then again they aren't one with him.

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


Yes I think he does especially if they want to or have a chance to keep him. It's a sad business but usually it's the coach that takes the heat and usually has to make that move.

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

If we had an Easter egg hunt, I think either Nate Linhart or Dru Joyce would win. Nate because he just has a knack for finding things and Dru because he is competitive but I might gain too but I would cheat of course.

Thanks John for the chat.





Will This Be The Last Time The Fraport Skyliners Experience Maik Zirbes In The Green Of TBB Trier? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


There always comes a time when young German players will move from lesser teams and smaller markets to bigger teams and bigger markets. For some players like Tibor Pleiss or German wunderkind Dirk Nowitzki going from a Cologne-Bamberg-Oklahoma City or Wurzburg-Dallas happens quicker than for other players. Players like heiko Give me the ball at Ostbahnhof if you want Schaffartzik going through six Beko BBL teams to finally land back where he started at with 8 time Beko BBL team Alba Berlin and finally getting minutes or German national player Philipp Schwethelm landing with the most famous German sports name FC Bayern Munich via Rhein Energy Cologne and Bremerhaven take a little longer to get to that most desired luxury address. There is one Giant German talent who wears the green and happens to seem to be almost as big as the famous American jolly green giant who is the symbol for a Minnesota valley canning company is TBB Trier 205cm center beats Maik Zirbes (205-C-90). There have been rumors that he may be headed to Bamberg next season if Tibor Pleiss goes to the NBA. With only a few games left in the beko BBL regular season, many diehard TBB Trier fans who will miss the playoffs will be enjoying every last moment with Zirbes in the paint as Bamberg fans will with Tibor Pleiss. The 22 year old German is playing his third season with TBB Trier and has increased his minutes, points and rebounds from last season. Maik has developed the most for sure. He works extremely hard and has gotten results. He is getting better with his back to the basket but his pick and roll defense is getting better as well, stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum. Pleiss made the adjustment from Cologne to Bamberg, but could Zirbes also make the adjustment to a bigger market? I think Maik can do whatever he puts his mind to. He has a great work ethic and I am sure he will succeed where ever he goes. In my opinion he just has to stay patient and continue to improve each aspect of his game and don't listen to what everyone is saying about his game.he can and will succeed no matter where he decides to play at next season, expressed John Bynum. If Zirbes does depart, he will be dearly missed and always remembered as a guy who always came to play and wanted to learn, but Bynum doesnt believe the rumor until something is official is stated. My nicest memory on the court has to be his block last season against Bonn. And as far as off the court, he was my personal driver for the whole season when I had trouble with my license and he is always smiling for sure. He is a great teammate on and off the floor and he works hard and has gotten the results this season because of his work. As far as the rumor goes I don't know anything about the rumor. They are good as nothing until it happens, warned John Bynum. The question is, can Zirbes follow Pleiss one day to the NBA? I think he has potential to play in the NBA but it is up to him how far he wants to take it. He has caught attention of people this season and now it is up to him to not just be satisfied but to get better and take advantage of the door possibly being opened, stressed John Bynum. Zirbes helped his market value today as he got two Beko BBL awards as Best German budding star and most improved.

Before coach Henrik Roedl came in 2010, TBB Trier had been known to be a team that likes to acquire Americans, have talented stars like Tommy Adams, Caleb Green or Chris Copeland, but unable to put it together as a team. The team was lucky not to be deregulated in 2008 as they finished in 17th place. From 2006-2010, TBB Trier averaged to import six Americans each season, but in the 2009-2010 season, the club had only five Americans as if they had some premonition that a tall skinny German ex Tar Heel was going to come and show special and not always seen love for German players giving them impact opportunities on his team. TBB Trier always had very skilled American players, but the teams didnt play as much team basketball. We have never had a kind of team like we had last season and this season. We have had good people the last two years that have known how to play with each other. It is very important that each player can play with each other. We didnt have that before Rodel came, warned Maik Zirbes (205-C-90). The ex North Carolina Tar Heel also has showed his heart for developing German talent like Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) who is on his way to becoming the top German center in the future. Since Rodel came coach, the team has learned to play defense and play more team basketball despite a slimmer budget and talent than in recent years. Coach Roedel has done a great job giving young German players playing time which I profit from. I think that every coach in the Beko BBL should work like that. I have learned so much from him. He gave me the chance to play and let my self confidence grow. I like how he talks with me and treats me, added Maik Zirbes (205-C-90).

Last season TBB Trier were on course for a playoff spot, but had some misfortune in the latter part of the season finishing in 10th place with a 17-17 record. The club lost five of their last seven games which was vital for them not reaching the promised land. Their biggest win of the season was against Oldenburg and Braunschweig and they were able to sweep The Telekom Baskets Bonn. Their biggest strength was their defense as they were able to keep the opponent to 70 points or less in 17 games. The team didnt have the most talent or have the deepest roster, but they played with a lot of heart and never wanted to leave the court as the loser. The big strength of head coach Henrik Roedel was that he was able to utilize the most out of each player to give to the success of the team.

TBB Trier built some positive team chemistry last season and Henrik Rodel did a smart thing by keeping seven players from last season with top scorer Phillipp Zwiener, Lebron James friend Dru Joyce, the heart and soul of the team John Bynum, Serb inside out terror Dragan Dojcin, German beats Maik Zirbes (205-C-90), Oskar Fassler and Luxemburg product Samy Picard. With a few vital components missing, TBB Trier added American forward Nate Linhart, three point snipper EJ Gallup who will play his last game against the Fraport Skyliners as he heads back to the States to go into coaching and young German talents Andreas Seiferth and Joshiko Saibou. TBB Trier have an overall good team. Zirbes was a beast on the offensive glass and seemed to get his hands on every ball. He is a stud that could be an NBA player. Joyce controlled the tempo of the game and was good on ball screens and Gallup really can shoot the ball and spreads the floor well with Joyce penetrating and Zirbes down low, warned s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg guard Chris Kramer. With a less stocked line up this season, TBB Trier is careful about making any defined predictions. Our goal is to equal the success of last season, stressed TBB Trier board of directors Ralph Moog. The question will be can TBB Trier match their success from last season? We will not give a standings goal for this season.The league is a lot stronger than last season so it would be wrong to talk about the playoffs. The most important thing for us keep developing as teamstressed Henrik Roedel. TBB Trier has got off to a slow start at 3-6 and were resting in 15th place when they met Frankfurt at the end of November 2011. They have beaten Bremerhaven, Bayreuth and BG Goettingen. They let two games get away as the lost In Hagen and gave Giessen an early Christmas present by seemingly handing them a win in their own living room. After their win against Frankfurt, they suffered a five game losing streak losing some close games against Alba Berlin, Bamberg and FC Bayern Munich losing by only a combined total of 15 points. In 2012, they have been playing like a team stuck in the middle of the standings and even for a time were near the bottom, but the team got some big wins against playoff teams FC Bayern Munich and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg.Positive continues to be that they defend for a passion and continue to give up little points, but often have problems finding ways to put points on the boards. I think our biggest problem has been notable to put points on the board. We haven't been able to score on a consistent basis, because our defense has been solid but if you can't score somewhat then your not going to win games, warned TBB Trier guard John Bynum. Our strength is our defense. We know each other so well on the court and everyone wants to defend well. If you dont play defense then you sit on the bench. Nobody wants to disappoint coach, because we know how important defense is for him. That is why we give so much effort on defense, warned Maik Zirbes (205-C-90). Even with the slow start, TBB Trier have a strong will to win and could be a thorn in the side of most teams on any given night. Our goal is like last season, just taking it one game at a time and giving all we have to win each game, warned Maik Zirbes (205-C-90).

In the last Six years, The Skyliners have a record of 7-6 against TBB Trier with 2-2 at home and 2-2 on the road. Frankfurt lost the last two games in Trier 74-64 in 2008 on the last day of the season where teams were jockeying for playoff places and Frankfurt ended up getting The Bayer Giants Leverkusen in the quarterfinals. In 2009-2010, TBB Trier played a very energetic and spirited game winning 78-70 despite a monster game by American Derrick Allen who registered 29 points and 10 boards. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost the first game of the season in Trier 71-67 as Jimmy Mckinney and Qarraan Calhoun were missing due to injury. It was your typical season opening game as both teams were nervous and missing way too many shots. The game was tied at halftime 26 all. Frankfurt had fire power in the third quarter, but went down in the fourth quarter scoring only nine points as Frankfurt had no nerves in crunch time to win. Derrick Allen had 19 points and eight rebounds and despite TBB Trier was without top scorer Chrs Copeland, the team got needed production form Jamal Shuler, Brian Brown and George Evans to conserve the win. Last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost the first game ion Trier71-67 as Ex Skyliner Derrick Allen contributed 19 points and eight rebounds and Frankfurt won at home 71-69 winning the game with Pascal Roller free throws. Derrick Allen led Frankfurt with 17 points. Last season, Frankfurt swept the season series. They won at home 72-55 as Pascal Roller led the home team with 17 points. The return date in Trier was an exciting battle as Frankfurt clawed out a 69-61 win as they came from behind going on a 10-0 run in crunch time to prevail. Dashaun Wood led the charge with 18 points and Jimmy Mckinney added 11 points. In their first meeting this season, TBB Trier came out with a 64-54 victory as defense played a key role. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jon Leuer and Jimmy Mckinney with 14 points a piece. The Fraport Skyliners enter the game against TBB Trier looking to win their fifth game in a row while TBB Trier is looking to snap their four game winning streak. TBB Trier is in 14th place and need to be careful not to land in the basement as EnBW Ludwigsburg and the Lti Giessen 46ers only have one win less. This will be a game that will feature one thing. This will be a defensive battle, warned Sklyiner guard Jimmy mCkinney. It is always tough to play Trier at home. They have lost some close games at home as well as won a few close games. We will have to stop what they like to do and play for 40 minutes, stressed Jacob Burtschi.

The name Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) has always been seen as a guy that could develop into one of the top German centers and currently he is showing how strong he as he is third leading TBB Trier in scoring. He was born in Traben-Trarbach is a huge talent and has been able to increase his playing time each season. He started his basketball career in the TBB Trier youth programs and in 2008-2009 he played 12 games averaging 1.3ppg and in the summer of 2009 played at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) playing 6 games averaging 5.5ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 44.0%, FT: 64.7%. Last season, he averaged 7.4ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 60.9%, FT: 73.3% He is a big body with soft hands and will help them under the boards. He is very talented, warned ex TBB Trier forward Chris Copeland. Dru Joyce is a 26 year old 183cm point guard. He is the typical floor general who supplies leadership, court vision and points when needed. He returns back to the BEKO BBL after playing for Ratiopharm Ulm from 2007-2009. Each season, he was the second best assist man in the BEKO BBL. His best season in Ulm was 2008-2009 as he led the club into the playoffs playing 34 games averaging 10.1ppg, 1.8rpg, Assists-2 (4.5apg), FGP: 42.8%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 73.0%. He is best known for playing along side NBA superstar Lebron James at St Marys and winning three high school titles. He played at Akron from 2003-2007 as in his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3Pts: 39.6%, FT: 65.6%. In 2009-2010, he played in Poland forEnerga Czarni Slupsk (Poland-PLK, starting five), Polish League: 6 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg; in Nov.'09 moved to Anwil Wloclawek (Poland-PLK): 27 games: 7.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 75.9%. I played for two very good coaches. One was from Latvia and the other was from Belarus. It was a new situation for me since I had always played for American coaches. They both had different styles. I had some ups and downs in Poland, but I learned to always keep fighting when I was going through a rough time. You always have to be ready when called upon, stressed Dru Joyce. Last season for TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 12.9ppg, 3.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.5apg), FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 74.4%.

Phillip Zwiener is a 26 year old 198cm forward who started his basketball career as a 17 year old in 2002 for TSV Lesum-Bremen (2Bundealiga). In 2004-2005, in his last season for TSV Lesum, he played 29 games averaging 14.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 57%, 3FGP: 28.1%, FT: 77.3%. He then got rewarded by getting signed by German power house Alba Berlin. Zwiener didnt take off like an Albatros as he played on the Spree for five years playing only 114 BEKO BBL games, 15 ULEB Cup games, 4 Eurocup games and 2 Euroleague games. He never was able to develop into a important player because the club had so many talented players and always had the pressure to have to win. He was able to win 2 BEKO BBL cups and 1 BEKO BBL championship with Alba Berlin. Despite not playing so much in Berlin, German national coach Dirk Bauerman always had an eye on him and invited him to play at the 2008 Olympics in Bejing. I am not surprised by the development of Phil. He just didnt get much time in Berlin. He got valuable experience and now is getting his chance to shine in Trier. His time in Berlin was very valuable as he was playing for one of the most respected teams in Europe and was able to play behind some great players and learn from them and play Euroleague. He will only get better, warned John Bynum. Phil never had a real chance in Berlin, because there were so many talented players there. He is a good player and is proving it now with TBB Trier. If he keeps working then he will improve. I am sure his goal is to return back to the German national team, warned Dru Joyce. Zwiener is currently one of the best in the league. He is running the team and has done a good job. He just needed the chance to play which he didnt get in Berlin and now he is getting that chance, commented Quentin Pryor. Last season for TBB Trier, the German played 30 games: 12.8ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 74.2%.

Dragan Dojcin is a 35 year old 205cm power forward from Serbia. He is playing his second season with TBB Trier and his fifth season in the BEKO BBL. He is a Left handed power forward that is very quick. He has a very good shoot from the distance and can play under the basket. He played in Slovenia and Serbia before going to Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): EuroCup Challenge: 10 games: 10.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg, FG: 50%, 3PT: 40%, FT: 82.1%; Ukrainian League: 30 games: 9.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 76.7%. In 2006-2007, he played for Panionios Forthnet Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): FIBA EuroCup: 15 games: 8.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 37.8%, FT: 64.3%; Greek League: 26 games: 8.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 59.0%, 3FGP: 46.0%, FT: 56.0%. He played for Alba Berlin from 2007-2010. His best season was 2009-2010 where he played EuroCup: 14 games: 4.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg; German League: 36 games: 5.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 67.6%. He won the Slovenian cup in 2004, BEKO BBL title in 2008, BEKO BBL cup in 2009 and reached the Eurocup final in 2010 with Alba Berlin. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 34 games: 7.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 56.9%.

Nate Linhart is a 25 year old 201cm forward from Gahanna, Ohio that is playing his third professional basketball season and first with TBB Trier. He played at Akron (NCAA) from 2005-2009 and played with TBB Trier teammate Dru Joyce. In his senior year, he played 36 games: 10.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 44.3%, 3Pts: 32.8%, FT: 81.3%. In 2009-2010, he played for BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): 44 games: 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 76.1%. Last season, he played for the Erie Bay Hawks (D-League): 50 games: 10.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.8%. John Bynum is a 33 year old 191cm guard from Visalia, California. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is tremendous defender on the ball and is looking (class act off the floor). He has played in countries like England (All Star slam dunk winner 2002), Norway and Cyprus, but his heart has belonged to Germany the most as he is starting his seventh season in Germany. He has played for clubs like BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga), COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga), USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA) and Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA). He also has had BEKO BBL experience playing for Bremerhaven and Paderborn where he played a total of 65 games before coming to TBB Trier. In 2009-2010, he played for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season for TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%.

Oskar Fassler is a 23 year old 198cm guard who also comes from the Alba Berlin fraction. He played for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (Regionalliga) from 2004-2006. He joined Alba Berlin in 2006 and played there until 2009. He also was a young player that didnt get a real chance as he was sitting on the bench. He only played 22 BEKO BBL games. In 2009-2010, he started with Alba Berlin and then moved to Science City Jena (ProA, starting five): 12 games: 9.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 77.8%, also played at Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (1.Bundesliga): 4 games: 4.3ppg, 2.0rpg. Last season for TBB Trier he played 25 games: 5.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 33.3%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 59.1%He was a part of the German U-18 and U-20 teams and played at the European Championships U20 Division B in Targu Mures (Romania) -08: (Champion): 7 games: 3.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg. The club picked up big German talent Andreas Seiferth who comes form the Alba Berlin school. Seiferth is a 22 year old 206cm power forward/center. Last season he played for : ALBA Berlin (1.Bundesliga): German League: 5 games: 0.6ppg; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 1 game: 0pts, 1reb; EuroCup: 5 games: 1.0ppg, 1.4rpg, had also a license to play at ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga): 20 games: 15.4ppg, Reb-2 (10.7rpg), 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 67.4%. Samy Picard is a 23 year old 195cm forward from Luxemberg who is playing his playing his third season with TBB Trier. Last season, he played 25 games averaging 2,8ppg. He started his career with the Musel Pikes (DBBL) in 2005 where he played until 2009.This past summer, he played the Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011 -10: 3 games: 15.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT-2 (89.5%). The team brought in Beko BBL rookie James Washington who is a 24 year old 187cm guard from St Louis, Missouri and is friends with Skyliner Jimmy Mckinney. He played at W.Illinois (NCAA), Indian Hills CC and at Middle Tenn.St. (NCAA) the last two years. Last season as a senior, he played 32 games: 14.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 86.4%





Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) We Cant Let Bobby Brown Have Hot Stretches At Home - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before the next game against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg on April 15th.

Congrats Dane on the big 91-72 win against 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin. How big was this win concerning the fight for second place?

This was a big game because it was a direct comparison with Berlin for 2nd place. Now we are 1 game ahead and need to finish out our last 3 games.

ratiopharm Ulm had the commanding 48-35 lead at halftime. The team showed from the start who was master in the house. What was key for being able to have this lead?

We played with a high intensity from the start and did a good job sharing the ball, when we have multiple people in double figure scoring we are tough to beat.

Ex Skyliners Dashaun Wood and Derrick Allen had solid offensive efforts, but everyone else was kept in check?. What was key for 40 minutes for getting the win?

Those two guys are hard to stop, DA is so active and Wood hit shots and got himself to the line. I thought the team did a collective job of limiting the other players looks from the perimeter.

Did you even notice that you were top scorer since it is usually Swann or Bryant? How good does it feel to be top scorer?

It felt the best to get the W and claim 2nd place.

The next game is against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. What is your memory of the 101-83 win at home?

I remember it was the opening of the Ratiopharm Arena, first sold out game and the atmosphere was excellent.

Oldenburg is one of the disappointments of the season. However they can still explode for a big game when they want. Will keeping Bobby Brown in check be half of the rent for the win?

He has been scoring consistently all season, we did a good job limiting him for 3 quarters in Ulm, then he got hot in the 4th, we can't let him have stretches like that at home.

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

They are suspect with Kobe but without him they are not gonna win many games.

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

Dwight has as much power as the management allows, we will see who stays and who goes, my guess is SVG before Dwight.

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

They are all pretty quick so they could all could do well, but then Boone could D Bo whosever he wanted.

Thanks Dane for the chat.





Philipp Mazur Remains With BSV Munsterland Baskets Wulfen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO B team BSV Munsterland Baskets Wulfen announced today that Philipp Mazur (203-C-90) will return for another season with the team. Mazur who is a 22 year old 203 cm center will be starting his fourth season next season after averaging 2,6ppg and 2,3rpg in 10,8 minutes per game. He got into 24 games and is happy about returning. 'I feel very comfortable in Wulfen. Of course the atmosphere with the great fans is fantastic at home and away games', stressed Mazur.

Source:
BSV Wulfen





BBL Round 32: Leader Brose Baskets lose to Bayern Muenchen - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in BBL. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Brose Baskets (28-4) recorded its fourth loss on the court of sixth ranked Bayern Muenchen on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Bayern Muenchen in overtime 107-103. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 20-13 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Bayern Muenchen made 29-of-34 free shots (85.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Brose Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Marcus Slaughter (204-85, college: San Diego St.) produced 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the guests. Bayern Muenchen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with s.Oliver Baskets. Defending champion Brose Baskets still keep top position with four games lost. Bayern Muenchen is looking forward to face BBC Bayreuth (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brose Baskets will play against ALBA Berlin (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 32 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
LTi 46ers were defeated by s.Oliver Baskets in Wuerzburg 68-57. Bremerhaven beat EnBW L'burg at home 79-74. NY Phantoms was destroyed by Art.Dragons on the opponent's court 101-80. EWE Baskets managed to outperform Ratiopharm in a home game 84-80. Fraport SKY rolled over TBB Trier on the road 72-52. Telekom Baskets crushed Goettingen on its own court 99-63. Bayreuth was beaten by Phoenix Hagen in a road game 94-76. Walter Tigers was destroyed by ALBA at home 62-91.
The best stats of 32th round was 30 points and 15 rebounds by Adam Chubb of EWE Baskets.


s.Oliver Baskets - LTi 46ers 68-57

There was no surprise in Wuerzburg where 16th ranked LTi 46ers (9-23) were defeated by sixth ranked s Oliver Baskets (20-12) 68-57 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by s Oliver Baskets. LTi 46ers was better in third quarter 20-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding LTi 46ers to just 5 points in second quarter. They outrebounded LTi 46ers 38-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond) who scored 16 points. American guard Chester Frazier (188-86, college: Illinois) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. Four s Oliver Baskets players scored in double figures. s Oliver Baskets' coach John Patrick allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (210-76, college: Syracuse, agency: Interperformances) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) added 13 points respectively for the guests. s Oliver Baskets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with B.Muenchen. LTi 46ers at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with 23 games lost. s Oliver Baskets will face EnBW Ludwigsburg (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LTi 46ers will play against Telekom Baskets in Bonn.
Top scorers:
LTi 46ers: B.Stewart 13+2ast, E.Ovcina 10+6reb+1ast, A.Zazai 10+3reb+1ast, W.Bernard 9+3reb+1ast, K.Archibong 9+4reb, R.Pilcevic 3+1reb+1ast
s.Oliver Baskets: J.Bucknor 16+4reb+1ast, J.Boone 12+7reb, M.Kleber 12+4reb+1ast, C.Frazier 11+4reb+5ast, J.Little 6+7reb+3ast, C.Kramer 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 133379


B.Muenchen - Brose Baskets 107-103 OT

Top ranked Brose Baskets (28-4) recorded its fourth loss on the court of sixth ranked Bayern Muenchen on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Bayern Muenchen in overtime 107-103. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 20-13 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Bayern Muenchen made 29-of-34 free shots (85.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Brose Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Marcus Slaughter (204-85, college: San Diego St.) produced 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Bayern Muenchen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with s.Oliver Baskets. Defending champion Brose Baskets still keep top position with four games lost. Bayern Muenchen is looking forward to face BBC Bayreuth (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brose Baskets will play against ALBA Berlin (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: M.Slaughter 23+8reb+2ast, J.Jenkins 22+1reb+1ast, A.Gavel 17+5reb+3ast, A.Leon Tucker 13+9reb+3ast, C.Jacobsen 11+2ast, B.Roberts 10+2reb+2ast
B.Muenchen: J.Homan 21+7reb+2ast, C.Troutman 20+11reb, J.Wallace 20+3reb+3ast, J.Foster 19+3reb+3ast, R.Benzing 11+6reb+2ast, S.Hamann 6+4reb+8ast
gschID: 133380


Bremerhaven - EnBW L'burg 79-74

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (16-16) defeated at home 15th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (9-23) 79-74 on Sunday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 46-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven made 29-of-32 free shots (90.6 percent) during the game. EnBW Ludwigsburg was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St.) who scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 18 points. Four Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. Antiguan-American power forward Kurt Looby (208-84, college: Iowa) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and American forward Matt Howard (203-89, college: Butler) added 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 16-16 record. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with 23 games lost. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will face higher ranked Artland Dragons (#4) in Quakenbrueck in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play at home against s Oliver Baskets (#6) in Wuerzburg.
Top scorers:
EnBW L'burg: K.Looby 25+13reb+1ast, M.Howard 12+12reb+4ast, M.Dorris 12+1reb, J.Greer 9+3reb+3ast, A.Fisher 7+2ast, D.McCray 4+3reb
Bremerhaven: Z.Peacock 18+4reb, A.Smith 15+1ast, J.Cain 13+5reb+1ast, C.McNaughton 11+6reb+1ast, M.Smith 11+6reb+6ast, T.Everett 8+5reb+4ast
gschID: 133372


Art.Dragons - NY Phantoms 101-80

Rather expected game in Quakenbrueck where 7th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (16-15) were rolled over by fourth ranked Artland Dragons (22-10) 101-80 on Saturday. Artland Dragons made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH) who scored 17 points and 6 assists. American guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) chipped in 17 points and 7 assists. Five Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) produced 15 points and 6 assists and American power forward Rich Melzer (203-79, college: Wisc.-RiverFal., agency: Court Side) added 18 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Artland Dragons maintains fourth position with 22-10 record. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side dropped to the eighth place with 15 games lost. Artland Dragons will face Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#10) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. New Yorker Phantoms will play against EWE Baskets in Oldenburg.
Top scorers:
NY Phantoms: R.Melzer 18+3reb+1ast, B.Jorovic 15+1reb+6ast, M.Umeh 10+2reb+3ast, K.Visser 9+6reb+1ast, I.McElroy 6+5reb+1ast, L.Greer 6+5ast
Art.Dragons: D.Holston 17+2reb+7ast, N.Peavy 17+4reb+6ast, B.Bailey 16+2reb+5ast, A.Hess 13+3reb, B.Thomas 12+6reb+2ast, D.Fenn 11+3reb+3ast
gschID: 133373


EWE Baskets - Ratiopharm 84-80

There was a surprise result in Oldenburg where eleventh ranked EWE Baskets (15-17) beat second-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (25-7) 84-80 on Sunday. ratiopharm Ulm was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. EWE Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to ratiopharm Ulm's 22. The best player for the winners was American power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds. The other American import guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Four EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. American forward Steven Esterkamp (198-81, college: Ohio, agency: Limelight Hoops) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and international guard Per Guenther (185-88) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. EWE Baskets maintains eleventh position with 15-17 record. ratiopharm Ulm at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. EWE Baskets will face higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (#8) in Braunschweig in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. ratiopharm Ulm will play at home against TBB Trier (#14).
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: S.Esterkamp 23+5reb+1ast, P.Guenther 18+3reb+5ast, R.Trice 9+3reb+1ast, J.Bryant 9+5reb, D.Watts 6+9reb, K.Torbert 6+1reb
EWE Baskets: A.Chubb 30+15reb+3ast, R.Paulding 15+3reb+2ast, B.Brown 14+2reb+4ast, K.Hasbrouck 11+1reb+1ast, M.Majstorovic 7+8reb+1ast, R.Smeulders 4+5reb
gschID: 133374


TBB Trier - Fraport SKY 52-72

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked TBB Trier (10-22) was outplayed at home by seventh ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (17-15) 72-52 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-52. Deutsche Bank Skyliners dominated on the defensive end, holding TBB Trier to just 7 points in third quarter. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Jermareo Davidson (208-84, college: Alabama) who scored 19 points. Forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) produced 11 points and 4 assists and guard James Washington (182-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.) added 9 points respectively for the hosts. Deutsche Bank Skyliners have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 17-15 record. TBB Trier lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 22 games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will face Walter Tigers (#12) in Tuebingen in the next round where they are favorite. TBB Trier will play on the road against the league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: D.Joyce 11+4reb+4ast, J.Washington 9+4reb, N.Linhart 8+3reb, M.Zirbes 7+4reb, D.Dojcin 5+3reb+2ast, P.Zwiener 5+2reb+1ast
Fraport SKY: J.Davidson 19+3reb+1ast, J.McKinney 18+2reb, J.Burtschi 14+8reb, M.Thompson 8+1reb+2ast, Q.Robertson 7+5reb+2ast, M.Nolte 2+2reb
gschID: 133375


Telekom Baskets - Goettingen 99-63

Everything went according to plan in Bonn where ninth ranked Telekom Baskets (16-15) outleveled bottom-ranked BG Goettingen (4-28) 99-63 on Sunday. The game without a history. Telekom Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Telekom Baskets outrebounded BG Goettingen 38-20 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American point guard Talor Battle (183-88, college: Penn St.) who scored 24 points. The other American import center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Zimbabwean power forward Vitalis Chikoko (207-91) produced 12 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Sean Evans (203-88, college: St.John's) added 11 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Telekom Baskets moved-up to eighth place, which they share with NY Phantoms. BG Goettingen lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. Telekom Baskets will face LTi 46ers (#16) in Giessen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Goettingen will play at home against Phoenix Hagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: V.Chikoko 12+5reb, P.Horne 12+2reb+2ast, S.Evans 11+4reb+1ast, M.Weber 9+3ast, R.Sykes 8, J.Allen 7+2reb+2ast
Telekom Baskets: T.Battle 24+1ast, S.Serapinas 14+4reb+1ast, C.Ensminger 13+7reb+2ast, B.Veikalas 12+2reb, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 12+5reb+1ast, T.Gaffney 7+12reb
gschID: 133376


Phoenix Hagen - Bayreuth 94-76

There was an upset when higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (12-20) was defeated on the road by seventeenth ranked Phoenix Hagen (9-23) 94-76 on Saturday. BBC Bayreuth was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Phoenix Hagen forced 21 BBC Bayreuth turnovers. BBC Bayreuth was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) who scored 24 points and 5 steals. Canadian guard Tristan Blackwood (183-85) chipped in 20 points. Nigerian-American forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and Estonian guard Rain Veideman (192-91) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Phoenix Hagen moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with EnBW L'burg and LTi 46ers. BBC Bayreuth at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Phoenix Hagen will face bottom-ranked BG Goettingen (#18) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: E.Ibekwe 19+5reb+1ast, R.Veideman 14+4reb+4ast, D.Gibson 14+1reb+3ast, T.Smith 10+7reb+2ast, B.Wyrick 8+6reb+4ast, S.Schmitz 7+3reb
Phoenix Hagen: D.White 24+2reb+3ast, T.Blackwood 20+1reb+3ast, Z.Jonusas 15+3reb+3ast, M.Antonio Carter 10+4reb+4ast, B.Kruel 8+2reb+2ast, D.Spohr 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 133377


Walter Tigers - ALBA 62-91

No shocking result in a game in Tuebingen where third ranked ALBA Berlin (25-7) smashed 12th ranked Walter Tigers (14-18) 91-62 on Saturday. The game without a history. ALBA Berlin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. ALBA Berlin outrebounded Walter Tigers 34-22 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Bryce Taylor (196-86, agency: Priority Sports) who scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. Guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) chipped in 14 points and 9 assists. Five ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. point guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 18 points and 6 assists and guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. ALBA Berlin moved-up to second place, which they share with Ratiopharm. Walter Tigers at the other side keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost. ALBA Berlin will face league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Walter Tigers will play on the road against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#7) in Frankfurt.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: J.Young 18+3reb+6ast, R.Redding 13+3reb+3ast, A.Hodzic 9+3reb+1ast, V.Duggins 7+1reb+2ast, T.Nash 5+2reb+1ast, L.Campbell 4+5reb+1ast
ALBA: B.Taylor 26+5reb+3ast, T.Francis 14+4reb, D.Wood 14+2reb+9ast, Y.Idbihi 11+7reb, K.Weaver 11+10reb+4ast, H.Schaffartzik 6+2ast
gschID: 133378



Adam Chubb claims German BBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for EWE Baskets and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 30-year old power forward had a double-double of 30 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team edged out Ratiopharm (#2, 25-7) 84-80. EWE Baskets maintains the 11th position in German BBL. EWE Baskets is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-17 record. Chubb turned to be EWE Baskets' top player in his first season with the team. University of Pennsylvania graduate has very impressive stats this year. Chubb is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 8.5rpg) and averages solid 64.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Antiguan power forward Kurt Looby (208-F/C-84) of EnBW L'burg. Looby impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as EnBW L'burg lost that game 74-79 to the higher-ranked Bremerhaven (#10, 16-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. EnBW L'burg keeps 15th position. 23 lost games are too many comparing to just nine victories EnBW L'burg managed to get this year. Looby is a newcomer at EnBW L'burg and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85) of top-ranked Brose Baskets. Slaughter scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Slaughter's great performance Brose Baskets lost 103-107in overtime to the lower-ranked B.Muenchen (#5, 20-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Brose Baskets had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 4th lost game is hopefully really an accident. Slaughter's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Slaughter has a very solid season. In 32 games in Germany he scored 9.8ppg. He also has 5.1rpg, 1.3bpg and FGP: 69.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bryce Taylor (196-G-86) of ALBA - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81) of B.Muenchen - 20 points and 11 rebounds
6. Davin White (186-G-81) of Phoenix Hagen - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kyle Weaver (198-G-86) of ALBA - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85) of Art.Dragons - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Talor Battle (183-PG-88) of Telekom Baskets - 24 points
10. Joshua Young (185-PG-88) of Walter Tigers - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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  HOLLAND   

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 16-9 
 6. Red Giants 14-10 
 7. De Groene 10-14 
 8. Goba 10-14 
 9. Almonte 10-15 
 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 51-80

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 21: Akrides - De Hoppers
Apr. 21: Punch - Almonte
Apr. 21: Cangeroes - Hoofddorp
Apr. 21: Jugglers - Red Giants
Apr. 21: De Groene - Binnenland
Apr. 22: Amsterdam - Rotterdam 2
Apr. 22: Leiden 2 - Goba



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.24.6 
 2. Ciric, PVSK P.22.1 
 3. Timberlake, Falco-.21.6 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.1 
 5. Austin, Jaszberenyi20.8 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak20.4 
 7. Schachtner, FS Deb.20.1 
 8. Doyne, PVSK P.19.9 
 9. Levy, Szedeak19.1 
 10. Bell, Kormend18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miklos SZABO
  FS Debrecen
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.4 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.9.6 
 3. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.9.2 
 4. Fey, Kaposvari9.1 
 5. Townes, Kormend8.7 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari8.7 
 7. Bader, Szolnok8.6 
 8. Ivosev, Szedeak8.6 
 9. Austin, Jaszberenyi8.1 
 10. Egemonye, Soproni8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.0 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Simon, Albacomp5.8 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.7 
 5. Ingram, FS Debre.5.7 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok5.5 
 7. Thomas, Soproni4.8 
 8. Fekete, Marso N.4.6 
 9. Drahos, Szedeak4.3 
 10. Hodges, Jaszbere.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fekete, Marso N.2.7 
 2. Drahos, Szedeak2.6 
 3. Austin, Jaszberenyi2.5 
 4. Ingram, FS Debre.2.4 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.4 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari2.3 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak2.2 
 8. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.2 
 9. Perine, ZTE K.2.2 
 10. Kelley, Kecskemeti2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Townes, Kormend2.0 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.6 
 3. Keller, Albacomp1.5 
 4. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 
 5. Levy, Szedeak1.0 
 6. Chism, Albacomp0.9 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak0.9 
 8. Morgen, Atomeromu0.9 
 9. Miskovic, Marso N.0.8 
 10. Fey, Kaposvari0.8 



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Standings - BSL

Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 21-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 16-8 
 3. Maccabi Rishon 14-10 
 4. Hapoel J-M 13-10 
 5. Hapoel Holon 13-11 
 6. Maccabi Ashdod 11-12 
 7. Ironi Ashkelon 10-12 
 8. B.C. Habikaa 9-14 
 9. Elitzur Netanya 9-14 
 10. Bnei Hasharon 7-15 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 4-19 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 15: B.C. Habikaa - Maccabi Ashdod 87-70
Apr. 15: Maccabi T-A - Hapoel Holon 80-70
Apr. 15: Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Rishon 74-67
Apr. 16: Ironi Ashkelon - Hapoel J-M
Apr. 16: Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi Haifa


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur .
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Banks, Elitzur21.0 
 2. Crawford, Maccab.20.5 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.20.5 
 4. Landesberg, Macca.20.3 
 5. Lewis, Hapoel Holon19.6 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur18.0 
 7. Travis, Galil Gilb.18.0 
 8. Duncan, Maccabi17.4 
 9. Bradley, Maccabi17.4 
 10. Dunn, Bnei Hasha.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.4 
 2. Rosefelt, Bnei H.8.6 
 3. Duncan, Maccabi8.4 
 4. Bowman, Maccabi8.2 
 5. Tyus, Maccabi8.1 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur7.7 
 7. Killingswort., Iro.7.4 
 8. Hendrix, Maccabi7.2 
 9. Kitchen, Maccabi7.2 
 10. Uter, Maccabi7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon7.9 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.4 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.6.9 
 4. Jackson, Maccabi5.5 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.1 
 6. Ohayon, Maccabi4.9 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.8 
 8. Lifshitz, Elitzu.4.7 
 9. Delaney, B.C. H.4.4 
 10. Limonad, Ironi A.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Raviv LIMONAD
  Ironi A.
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Limonad, Ironi A.2.1 
 2. Kitchen, Maccabi1.9 
 3. Campbell, Elitzu.1.9 
 4. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.8 
 5. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.1.8 
 6. Berkowitz, Ironi A.1.8 
 7. Robinson, B.C. H.1.8 
 8. Powell, Maccabi Ha.1.7 
 9. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.7 
 10. Ohayon, Maccabi1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Hapoel J.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.0 
 2. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.9 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.7 
 4. James, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 5. Hendrix, Maccabi1.2 
 6. Tyus, Maccabi1.2 
 7. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.1 
 8. Sullivan, Hapoel H.1.0 
 9. Campbell, Elitzu.1.0 
 10. Powell, Maccabi H.0.9 


Wiliam Hatcher is a newcomer at Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket Center

Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa added to their roster 28-year old American Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84, college: Miami, OH). In his first game he scored 14 points and added 5 assists helping his new team beat Maccabi Rishon 74-67. Hatcher played most recently at Keravnos Strovolou (Cyprus). While playing 6 games for Keravnos this season he averaged 13.5ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg. Hatcher is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Cyprus, Czech Rep., Germany, Romania and USA. Hatcher graduated Miami University, Ohio in 2006 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ITALY   

Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 19-7 
 2. Bennet Cantu 18-10 
 3. Armani Mit 17-10 
 4. Scavolini PS 17-10 
 5. Banco di Sard. 17-10 
 6. Umana Venezia 16-11 
 7. CS Bologna 15-12 
 8. Cimberio VA 14-13 
 9. Acea Roma 13-14 
 10. Sidigas AV 13-14 
 11. Benetton TV 12-15 
 12. Fabi Shoes 11-16 
 13. Otto Caserta 11-16 
 14. Angelico BI 11-16 
 15. Vanoli CR 11-17 
 16. Banca Tercas 9-18 
 17. Novipiu CM 6-21 

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 15: Vanoli CR - Umana Venezia 89-80
Apr. 15: Banco di Sard. - Fabi Shoes 79-77
Apr. 15: Novipiu CM - Montepaschi 76-82
Apr. 15: Otto Caserta - Sidigas AV 76-67
Apr. 15: Armani Mit - Bennet Cantu 72-64
Apr. 15: Cimberio VA - Scavolini PS 63-67
Apr. 15: Benetton TV - CS Bologna 63-59
Apr. 16: Acea Roma - Banca Tercas

Round 26

Apr. 12: Bennet Cantu - Montepaschi 95-94 OT


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Otto C.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Smith, Otto C.18.5 
 2. Coleman, Angelico.17.9 
 3. White, Scavolin.16.5 
 4. Dean, Sidigas AV16.3 
 5. Diener, Banco d.16.2 
 6. Hickman, Scavolin.15.9 
 7. Pullen, Angelico BI15.8 
 8. Shakur, Novipiu CM15.7 
 9. Andersen, Montepa.15.5 
 10. Hosley, Banco d.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.6 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas10.3 
 3. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes7.8 
 4. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 5. Smith, Otto C.7.6 
 6. Jones, Scavolini PS7.4 
 7. Chiotti, Novip.7.1 
 8. Gigli, CS Bologna6.8 
 9. Bourousis, Armani6.7 
 10. Miralles, Angelic.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.3 
 2. Diener, Banco d.5.3 
 3. Collins, Otto Case.5.2 
 4. Cook, Armani Mit4.9 
 5. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.4 
 6. Poeta, CS Bologna4.1 
 7. Stipcevic, Cimberi.3.7 
 8. Mekel, Benetton TV3.5 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI3.4 
 10. Brown, Banca T.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.3 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 3. Green, Sidigas AV2.5 
 4. Hosley, Banco d.2.3 
 5. Hackett, Scavolin.2.3 
 6. Di Bella, Fabi S.2.0 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV2.0 
 8. Pullen, Angelico BI1.9 
 9. Poeta, CS Bologna1.8 
 10. Johnson, Sidigas1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marco CUSIN
  Scavolini PS
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.5 
 2. Easley, Banco d.1.4 
 3. Johnson, Sidigas1.1 
 4. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.1 
 5. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 6. Brunner, Bennet C.1.0 
 7. Slokar, Acea Roma0.9 
 8. Viggiano, Benetton.0.9 
 9. Sanikidze, CS Bo.0.8 
 10. Bourousis, Armani0.8 


Standings - Lega 2

Lega2 Standings
 1. Trenkwalder 18-7 
 2. Giorgio Tesi PT 17-9 
 3. Enel Brindisi 17-9 
 4. Givova Scafati 16-9 
 5. Sigma Barcel. 15-11 
 6. Centrale Latte 14-11 
 7. Fileni BPA 13-12 
 8. Morpho Basket 12-13 
 9. Tezenis Verona 12-13 
 10. Prima Veroli 11-14 
 11. Assi Ostuni 10-15 
 12. S.Antimo 9-16 
 13. Aget Imola 9-16 
 14. Biancoblu BO 9-16 
 15. MarcoPoloShop 7-18 

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 15: Morpho Basket - Biancoblu BO 96-83
Apr. 15: Enel Brindisi - MarcoPoloShop 94-86
Apr. 15: Giorgio Tesi PT - Prima Veroli 78-66
Apr. 15: Trenkwalder - Fileni BPA 78-65
Apr. 15: Tezenis Verona - Assi Ostuni 71-70 OT
Apr. 15: Centrale Latte - Aget Imola 63-62
Apr. 15: S.Antimo - Sigma Barcel. 100-85


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Dwight HARDY
  Giorgio .
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Hardy, Giorgio22.4 
 2. Marigney, Givova S.21.2 
 3. Freeman, MarcoPol.20.9 
 4. Robinson, Trenkwal.18.6 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.18.1 
 6. Voskuil, Morpho B.18.0 
 7. McConnell, Fileni18.0 
 8. Taylor, Trenkwal.17.3 
 9. Whiting, Aget Imola16.7 
 10. Brooks, Fileni BPA16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.8 
 2. Anderson, Morpho B.8.0 
 3. Jones, Giorgio8.0 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.9 
 5. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.7 
 6. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.6 
 7. Waleskowski, Tezen.7.3 
 8. Brooks, Fileni BPA7.2 
 9. Diliegro, Assi Ost.7.0 
 10. Huff, MarcoPol.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mike GREEN
  Sigma B.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Green, Sigma B.5.1 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.4.7 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.6 
 4. Kelley, Biancobl.3.6 
 5. McConnell, Fileni3.4 
 6. Marigney, Givova S.3.3 
 7. Whiting, Aget Imola3.3 
 8. Goldwire, Centra.3.1 
 9. Renfroe, Enel B.3.1 
 10. Blizzard, Biancob.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Mario WEST
  Tezenis .
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. West, Tezenis3.1 
 2. Thompson, Centra.2.9 
 3. Radulovic, Givova2.7 
 4. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.5 
 5. Baldassarre, Bianc.2.3 
 6. Goldwire, Centra.2.3 
 7. Green, Sigma B.2.3 
 8. Ghersetti, Centra.2.3 
 9. Marigney, Givova S.2.2 
 10. Anderson, Morpho2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder2.1 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.5 
 3. Radulovic, Givova0.9 
 4. Thomas, Givova S.0.8 
 5. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 6. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.7 
 7. Renzi, Tezenis0.6 
 8. DiGiuliomari., Tez.0.6 
 9. Chiacig, Trenkwald.0.5 
 10. Jurevicus, Assi O.0.5 


Standings - B1

Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trieste 24-10 
 2. Trento 23-11 
 3. Perugia 17-17 
 4. Santarcangelo 13-21 
 5. Firenze 12-22 
 6. Comsum.it SI 12-22 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 30-4 
 2. Torino 21-13 
 3. Treviglio 20-14 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 19-15 
 5. Pavia 17-17 
 6. Castelletto 13-21 
Div.South-East
 1. Chieti 17-17 
 2. Recanati 17-17 
 3. Bari 15-19 
 4. San Severo 14-20 
 5. Fabriano 8-26 
 6. Ruvo 3-31 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 27-7 
 2. Ferentino 21-13 
 3. Orlandina 20-14 
 4. Latina Basket 16-18 
 5. Anagni 15-19 
 6. Matera 15-19 

Regular Season: Round 34

Apr. 15: Casalpusterlengo - Chieti 90-76
Apr. 15: Perugia - Fabriano 87-52
Apr. 15: Firenze - Bari 86-69
Apr. 15: Comsum.it SI - Recanati 84-59
Apr. 15: Omegna - Orlandina 82-59
Apr. 15: Castelletto - Ruvo 81-59
Apr. 15: Trento - Napoli 79-81
Apr. 15: Torino - San Severo 75-71
Apr. 15: Trieste - Matera 73-62
Apr. 15: Treviglio - Latina Basket 71-67
Apr. 15: Pavia - Anagni 62-79
Apr. 15: Santarcangelo - Ferentino 56-68


Lega2 Round 27: Top-ranked Trenkwalder RE wins another game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. Coincidentally all hosts won their games, including even overtime victory of Tezenis Verona at home.

Lega2 top team - Trenkwalder RE (18-7) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat seventh ranked Fileni BPA (13-12) in Reggio Emilia 78-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fileni BPA. Fileni BPA was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-10 charge of Trenkwalder RE, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 25 Fileni BPA turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points and 4 steals for the winners. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jeff Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for Fileni BPA. Trenkwalder RE have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-7 record. Fileni BPA at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Trenkwalder RE are looking forward to face Biancoblu BO (#14) in Bologna in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fileni BPA will play on the road against Aget Imola (#13) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Assi Ostuni (#11) forced the game against Tezenis Verona (#10) into an overtime, but lost by one point 70-71. It was a great evening for American-German power forward Keith Waleskowski (204-80, college: Dayton) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Antonio Porta helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Tommaso Rinaldi (206-85) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Tezenis Verona (12-13) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Morpho Basket. Assi Ostuni lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Tezenis Verona will play against bottom-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (#15) in Forli in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Assi Ostuni will play at home against S.Antimo (#12) in Sant'Antimo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Thirteenth-ranked Aget Imola (9-16) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Centrale Latte (14-11) in Brescia on Sunday. Centrale Latte managed to secure only one-point victory 63-62. However their fans expected much easier game. Centrale Latte have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 14-11 record. Loser Aget Imola dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Biancoblu BO and S.Antimo. Centrale Latte will meet Morpho Basket (#8) in the next round. Aget Imola will play against Fileni BPA (#7) in Jesi and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sigma Barcellona (15-11) and S.Antimo (9-16), which took place in Sant'Antimo. Higher ranked Sigma Barcellona lost to fourteenth ranked S.Antimo in a road game 85-100. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sigma Barcellona. The best player for the winners was Folarin Campbell who scored 32 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). S.Antimo moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Biancoblu BO and Aget Imola. Sigma Barcellona at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. S.Antimo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Assi Ostuni (#11) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sigma Barcellona will play against Prima Veroli (#10).

There were no big surprises in other games of round 27: Biancoblu BO was beaten by Morpho Basket on the road 96-83. Giorgio Tesi PT won against Prima Veroli on its own court 78-66. Bottom-ranked MarcoPoloShop unfortunately lost to Enel Brindisi in a road game 86-94.


Morpho Basket - Biancoblu BO 96-83

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Morpho Basket (12-13) beat 12th ranked Biancoblu BO (9-16) in Piacenza 96-83. The game was mostly controlled by Morpho Basket. Biancoblu BO was better in fourth quarter 30-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Morpho Basket forced 21 Biancoblu BO turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Biancoblu BO helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Marque Perry (185-81, college: St.Louis, agency: N.E.T.) who recorded 18 points and 5 assists and power forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Morpho Basket maintains eighth place with 12-13 record, which they share with Tezenis Verona. Biancoblu BO at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Morpho Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Centrale Latte (#6) in Brescia and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Biancoblu BO will play at home against the league's leader Trenkwalder RE (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Morpho Basket: D.Anderson 23+10reb+4ast, A.Voskuil 20+3reb, C.Cotis Harrison 13+7reb+2ast, L.Infante 13+4reb, R.Amoroso 7+2reb, R.Perego 6+2reb
Biancoblu BO: M.Perry 18+4reb+5ast, P.Baldassarre 16+6reb, G.Yango 15+5reb, T.Kelley 13+3reb+4ast, B.Blizzard 7+4reb, M.Canavesi 6+3reb
gschID: 167423


Tezenis Verona - Assi Ostuni 71-70 OT

Assi Ostuni (#11) forced the game against Tezenis Verona (#10) into an overtime, but lost by one point 70-71. Assi Ostuni was tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they could not keep up in overtime eventually losing that period 8-9. Assi Ostuni was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American-German power forward Keith Waleskowski (204-80, college: Dayton) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Tommaso Rinaldi (206-85) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Aaron Johnson (172-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) scored 16 points. Tezenis Verona (12-13) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Morpho Basket. Assi Ostuni lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Tezenis Verona will play against bottom-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (#15) in Forli in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Assi Ostuni will play at home against S.Antimo (#12) in Sant'Antimo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: K.Waleskowski 18+18reb, A.Porta 14+7reb+5ast, M.West 14+3reb, D.McGrath 9+3reb+1ast, A.Renzi 6+5reb, G.Boscagin 5+1reb+1ast
Assi Ostuni: A.Johnson 16+2reb+3ast, T.Rinaldi 12+10reb, M.Jurevicus 10+4reb, J.Klobucar 9+3reb, F.Basei 9+7reb, G.Carenza 7+1reb
gschID: 167420


Giorgio Tesi PT - Prima Veroli 78-66

Very expected game when 9th ranked Prima Veroli (11-14) lost on the road to second ranked Tuscany Pistoia (17-9) 78-66. Prima Veroli was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 43-28 second half run of Tuscany Pistoia. 24 personal fouls committed by Prima Veroli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) chipped in 20 points. Four Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Barry Elder (193-82, college: Georgia Tech) added 15 points respectively. Prima Veroli's coach Fernando Gentile rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tuscany Pistoia maintains second place with 17-9 record behind leader Trenkwalder, which they share with Enel Brindisi. Prima Veroli at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 14 games lost. Tuscany Pistoia's next round opponent will be Givova Scafati (#4) on the road. Prima Veroli will play against Sigma Barcellona (#5).
Top scorers:
Giorgio Tesi PT: B.Jones 22+12reb+1ast, D.Hardy 20+3ast, J.Tavernari 11+7reb+2ast, G.Galanda 10+5reb+1ast, L.Saccaggi 6+1reb+1ast, F.Toppo 5+2reb
Prima Veroli: B.Elder 15+4reb+1ast, G.Lee 13+9reb+2ast, J.Jackson 10+5reb+1ast, D.Brkic 9+2reb+1ast, A.Giovacchini 7+6reb+1ast, R.Rullo 5+3reb
gschID: 167421


Centrale Latte - Aget Imola 63-62

Thirteenth-ranked Aget Imola (9-16) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Centrale Latte (14-11) in Brescia on Sunday. Centrale Latte managed to secure only one-point victory 63-62. However their fans expected much easier game. Centrale Latte have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 14-11 record. Loser Aget Imola dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Biancoblu BO and S.Antimo. Centrale Latte will meet Morpho Basket (#8) in the next round. Aget Imola will play against Fileni BPA (#7) in Jesi and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 167422


Trenkwalder - Fileni BPA 78-65

Lega2 top team - Trenkwalder RE (18-7) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat seventh ranked Fileni BPA (13-12) in Reggio Emilia 78-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fileni BPA. Fileni BPA was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-10 charge of Trenkwalder RE, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 25 Fileni BPA turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points and 4 steals for the winners. Trenkwalder RE's coach Massimiliano Menetti used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jeff Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) added 19 points in the effort for Fileni BPA. Trenkwalder RE have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-7 record. Fileni BPA at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Trenkwalder RE are looking forward to face Biancoblu BO (#14) in Bologna in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fileni BPA will play on the road against Aget Imola (#13) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: D.Robinson 22+6reb+2ast, D.Filloy 15+4reb+2ast, M.Antonutti 10+3reb, R.Chiacig 8+4reb, D.Taylor 7, F.Ruini 7+3ast
Fileni BPA: M.Maggioli 19+4reb, J.Brooks 15+11reb+1ast, R.McConnell 12+3reb+1ast, F.Migliori 7+6reb+1ast, J.Valentini 6+3reb, R.Hoover 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 167418


Enel Brindisi - MarcoPoloShop 94-86

Very predictable result when third ranked Enel Brindisi (17-9) won against at home bottom-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (7-18) 94-86. Enel Brindisi moved-up to second place, which they share with Giorgio Tesi PT. MarcoPoloShop.it lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Enel Brindisi will have a break next round. MarcoPoloShop.it will play at home against Tezenis Verona (#9).
gschID: 167419


S.Antimo - Sigma Barcel. 100-85

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sigma Barcellona (15-11) and S.Antimo (9-16), which took place in Sant'Antimo. Higher ranked Sigma Barcellona lost to fourteenth ranked S.Antimo in a road game 85-100. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sigma Barcellona. Sigma Barcellona was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 60-43 second half run of S.Antimo. They shot 61.1 percent from the field and made 27-of-30 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game, while Sigma Barcellona only scored seven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Sigma Barcellona 34-16 including a 26-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Sigma Barcellona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Folarin Campbell (192-86, college: George Mason) who scored 32 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import point guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) chipped in 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) who recorded 17 points and American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) added 11 points and 7 assists respectively. Four Sigma Barcellona players scored in double figures. S.Antimo moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Biancoblu BO and Aget Imola. Sigma Barcellona at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. S.Antimo's next round opponent will be higher ranked Assi Ostuni (#11) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sigma Barcellona will play against Prima Veroli (#10).
Top scorers:
S.Antimo: T.Bell 33+6reb, F.Campbell 32+8reb+3ast, A.Cittadini 14+13reb, M.Rossi 7+1reb+3ast, N.Kommatos 6+6reb+1ast, O.Petrazzuoli 3
Sigma Barcel.: M.Lukauskis 17+4reb+2ast, R.Bucci 15+1reb+2ast, M.Hicks 13+2reb, M.Green 11+7ast, M.Mocavero 8+2reb+1ast, P.Martin 8+1reb
gschID: 167417



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Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 32-14 
 2. Akita NH 28-21 
 3. Yokohama BC 26-21 
 4. Niigata Albirex 25-21 
 5. Toyama Grouses 24-23 
 6. Sendai 89ers 24-23 
 7. Shinshu BW 18-29 
 8. Chiba Jets 18-29 
 9. Saitama Bron. 14-32 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 14-32 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 35-13 
 2. Osaka Evessa 32-15 
 3. Shiga L-Stars 31-16 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 31-16 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 29-18 
 6. Shimane SM 25-23 
 7. Miyazaki SS 20-27 
 8. Oita H.Devils 19-27 
 9. Takamatsu FA 2-47 

Regular Season: Round 53

Apr. 13: Yokohama BC - Takamatsu FA 98-78
Apr. 14: Chiba Jets - Miyazaki SS 96-88
Apr. 14: Shimane SM - Akita NH 96-100
Apr. 14: Oita H.Devils - Hamamatsu P. 90-93
Apr. 14: Yokohama BC - Takamatsu FA 87-58
Apr. 14: Shiga L-Stars - Shinshu BW 86-59
Apr. 14: Toyama Grouses - Osaka Evessa 81-85
Apr. 14: Saitama Bron. - Fukuoka Rizing 78-97
Apr. 14: Sendai 89ers - Iwate Big Bulls 72-80

Regular Season: Round 55

Apr. 20: Yokohama BC - Sendai 89ers
Apr. 21: Iwate Big Bulls - Akita NH
Apr. 21: Niigata Albirex - Shiga L-Stars
Apr. 21: Toyama Grouses - Miyazaki SS
Apr. 21: Shinshu BW - Fukuoka Rizing
Apr. 21: Yokohama BC - Sendai 89ers
Apr. 21: Hamamatsu P. - Takamatsu FA
Apr. 21: Osaka Evessa - Kyoto Hannar.
Apr. 21: Oita H.Devils - Saitama Bron.
Apr. 21: Okinawa GK - Chiba Jets


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.1 
 2. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.7 
 3. Palmer, Fukuoka21.4 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets21.1 
 5. Cummings, Oita H.20.7 
 6. Flowers, Saitama20.1 
 7. Woods, Akita NH19.2 
 8. Fitzgerald, Sendai19.0 
 9. Burrell, Yokohama.18.7 
 10. Raivio, Shinshu BW18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.8 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.11.5 
 3. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.9 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets10.8 
 5. Searcy, Toyama G.10.5 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 7. Malloy, Iwate B.10.3 
 8. Roberts, Shins.10.2 
 9. Blackledge, Osaka10.0 
 10. Newton, Okinawa9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.7 
 2. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 3. Takushi, Oita H.5.6 
 4. Shimura, Sendai5.5 
 5. Dixon, Hamamats.5.3 
 6. Yamamoto, Shima.4.9 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.6 
 8. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.5 
 9. Staten, Chiba Jets4.2 
 10. Namizato, Okina.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets2.8 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka2.5 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.4 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.1 
 5. Smith, Takamats.2.1 
 6. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 7. Klaiber, Iwate B.2.0 
 8. Joho, Toyama G.1.9 
 9. Dixon, Hamamats.1.8 
 10. Arnold, Hamamats.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.8 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai3.0 
 4. Broxsie, Chiba Jets2.6 
 5. Blackledge, Hamama.2.3 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 7. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.6 
 8. Marshall, Osaka E.1.5 
 9. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.3 
 10. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 


Burrell's double-double lands him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old forward Justin Burrell (235-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Yokohama BC and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 53.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Takamatsu FA (#9, 2-47) with 29-point margin 87-58. Yokohama BC is placed at 3rd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Yokohama BC will need more victories to improve their 26-21 record. Burrell turned to be Yokohama BC's top player in his first season with the team. St.John's University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Burrell is in league's top in points (9th best: 18.7ppg) and averages solid 52.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM. He is American forward in his first season at Shimane SM. In the last game Parker recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Shimane SM was edged by the higher-ranked Akita NH (#2, 28-21) 100-96. Shimane SM managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 25-23 record is not bad and everything may still change. Parker is a newcomer at Shimane SM and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.1ppg (#1). He also registered 9.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Wendell White (198-G-84, agency: Top Notch Sports) of Oita H.Devils (#8). White showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. Despite White's great performance Oita H.Devils lost 90-93 to the higher-ranked Hamamatsu P. (#1, 32-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Oita H.Devils ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 27 games, recording just nineteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, White could help Oita H.Devils to bring them higher in the standings. White has a very solid season. In 38 games in Japan he scored 18.3ppg. He also has 9.3rpg and FGP: 51.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kevin Palmer (198-G/F-87) of Fukuoka Rizing - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Rashaad Singleton (213-C-87) of Sendai 89ers - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Brian Harper (206-F/G-85) of Toyama Grouses - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jamel Staten (198-G-83) of Chiba Jets - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Thomas Kennedy (201-F-87) of Iwate Big Bulls - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nyika Williams (203-C-87) of Takamatsu FA - 17 points and 12 rebounds
10. Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84) of Akita NH - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists

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



BJ League Round 53: Hamamatsu Phoenix beats Oita Heat Devils by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

Eighth-ranked Oita Heat Devils (19-27) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (32-14) on Saturday. The visitors from Mikawa managed to secure only three-point victory 93-90. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Oita Heat Devils won third quarter 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamamatsu Phoenix looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. Forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Dynamics Global Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for Oita Heat Devils. Defending champion maintains first place with 32-14 record. Oita Heat Devils at the other side keep the eighth position with 27 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) in Mikawa and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game in Shimane was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Akita Happinets (28-21) played at the court of 6th ranked Shimane Magic (25-23). Akita Happinets managed to secure a 4-point victory 100-96. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners and Kyle Swanston chipped in 32 points. American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists. Akita Happinets maintains second place with 28-21 record having six points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the sixth position with 23 games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shimane Magic will play again at home against the league's second-placed Akita Happinets (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Toyama was also quite interesting. Second ranked Osaka Evessa (32-15) played at the court of 5th ranked Toyama Grouses (24-23). Osaka Evessa managed to secure a 4-point victory 85-81 on Saturday. Michael Bell nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Brian Harper came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds for Toyama Grouses in the defeat. Osaka Evessa maintains second place with 32-15 record having four points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the fifth position with 23 games lost. They share it with Sendai 89ers. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyama Grouses will play again against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa (#2) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Chiba was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (20-27) played at the court of eighth ranked Chiba Jets (18-29). Chiba Jets managed to secure a 8-point victory 96-88. The best player for the winners was Jamel Staten who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Chiba Jets' coach Eric Gardow allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Chiba Jets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Shinshu BW. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 27 games lost. Chiba Jets' next round opponent will be again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) at home.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sendai 89ers (24-23) and Iwate Big Bulls (14-32), which took place in Sendai. 6th ranked Sendai 89ers lost at home to ninth ranked Iwate Big Bulls 72-80 on Saturday. American players dominated also this game. Thomas Kennedy orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 4 assists. Iwate Big Bulls maintains ninth place with 14-32 record, which they share with Saitama Bron. Loser Sendai 89ers dropped to the fifth position with 23 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round. Sendai 89ers will play again at home against Iwate Big Bulls (#10).

There were no big surprises in other games of round 53: Shinshu BW were smashed by Shiga L-Stars on the road 86-59. Saitama Bron. was destroyed by Fukuoka Rizing on its own court 78-97. Takamatsu FA was outscored by Yokohama BC in a road game 87-58. Yokohama BC rolled over Takamatsu FA at home 98-78.


Shiga L-Stars - Shinshu BW 86-59

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Shiga L-Stars (31-16) crushed at home 7th ranked Shinshu BW (18-29) 86-59 on Saturday. The game without a history. Shiga L-Stars led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Shinshu BW's 32. Shiga L-Stars forced 24 Shinshu BW turnovers. American forward Bryant Markson (198-83, college: Utah) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Panamanian forward Dionisio Gomez Camargo (203-80, college: Arkansas) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga) answered with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Shinshu BW. Four Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Loser Shinshu BW keeps the seventh position with 29 games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face again Shinshu BW (#7) in Nagano in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: D.Raivio 12+5reb+5ast, T.Hughes 10+8reb+1ast, L.Roberts 10+10reb, S.Yosuke 10, T.Utsunomiya 7+1reb, T.Saito 4+5reb+1ast
Shiga L-Stars: B.Markson 20+7reb+2ast, J.Peppers 12+1reb, D.Gomez Camargo 12+9reb+1ast, J.Ashby 8+2reb, Y.Okada 8+3reb+2ast, R.Nixon 7+7reb+3ast
gschID: 142290


Shimane SM - Akita NH 96-100

The game in Shimane was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Akita Happinets (28-21) played at the court of 6th ranked Shimane Magic (25-23). Akita Happinets managed to secure a 4-point victory 100-96. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 35-25. But Shimane Magic won second period 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Akita Happinets won last quarter 25-22. They made 24-of-26 charity shots (92.3 percent) during the game. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners and American-Kittitian forward Kyle Swanston (201-86, college: JMU, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 32 points. American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 18 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St., agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Akita Happinets maintains second place with 28-21 record having six points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Shimane Magic at the other side keeps the sixth position with 23 games lost. Akita Happinets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shimane Magic will play again at home against the league's second-placed Akita Happinets (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 22+18reb+6ast, B.Puckett 18+4reb+1ast, M.Williams 16+3reb+2ast, E.Yamamoto 10+4reb+1ast, J.Nakama 9+1reb+4ast, J.Davis 8+11reb+1ast
Akita NH: K.Swanston 32+2reb+1ast, R.Woods 21+12reb+8ast, E.Drayton 14+6reb+3ast, Y.Kikuchi 12+2reb, S.Taguchi 8+1reb, L.Green 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 142291


Oita H.Devils - Hamamatsu P. 90-93

Eighth-ranked Oita Heat Devils (19-27) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (32-14) on Saturday. The visitors from Mikawa managed to secure only three-point victory 93-90. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Oita Heat Devils won third quarter 24-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamamatsu Phoenix looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. Forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Dynamics Global Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV, agency: Top Notch Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists and forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) added 21 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Oita Heat Devils. Five Hamamatsu Phoenix and four Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place with 32-14 record. Oita Heat Devils at the other side keep the eighth position with 27 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) in Mikawa and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: W.White 25+11reb+6ast, T.Cummings 21+13reb+1ast, K.Mitomo 17+2reb+4ast, T.Finger 10+9reb+2ast, M.Lottich 8+5reb, N.Takushi 7+1reb+9ast
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 18+3reb+3ast, M.Ohguchi 16+1reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 13+8reb+1ast, W.Arnold 13+1reb+6ast, J.Dixon 12+6reb+5ast, L.Pomare 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 142292


Toyama Grouses - Osaka Evessa 81-85

The game in Toyama was also quite interesting. Second ranked Osaka Evessa (32-15) played at the court of 5th ranked Toyama Grouses (24-23). Osaka Evessa managed to secure a 4-point victory 85-81 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Strangely Toyama Grouses outrebounded Osaka Evessa 41-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and guard Cohey Aoki (167-80) accounted for 22 points. American swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga, agency: SDJ Sports) added 15 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for Toyama Grouses in the defeat. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa maintains second place with 32-15 record having four points less than leader Hamamatsu P. Loser Toyama Grouses keep the fifth position with 23 games lost. They share it with Sendai 89ers. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toyama Grouses will play again against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 26+11reb+3ast, M.Joho 21+3reb+3ast, I.Brown 15+15reb+4ast, L.Turner 11+10reb+3ast, T.Mito 6+2reb+1ast, B.Gillespie 2
Osaka Evessa: C.Aoki 22+1reb+3ast, M.Bell 19+13reb+3ast, B.St.Preux 15+3reb+2ast, W.Marshall 9+6reb, S.Konno 7+1ast, S.Takeda 6+4reb
gschID: 142286


Saitama Bron. - Fukuoka Rizing 78-97

Very expected game when 9th ranked Saitama Broncos (14-32) were smashed at home by fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (29-18) 97-78 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 65-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Fukuoka Rizing outrebounded Saitama Broncos 51-35 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American players dominated also this game. Swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Swingman Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) answered with 25 points and 6 rebounds and forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Saitama Broncos. Fukuoka Rizing maintains fifth place with 29-18 record. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the ninth position with 32 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Saitama Broncos will play again at home against Fukuoka Rizing (#5).
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 25+6reb+3ast, J.Flowers 18+6reb+1ast, Y.Kitamuki 14+4ast, J.Porter 8+7reb, M.Haraguchi 5+2reb, J.Miller 3+7reb+1ast
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 28+6reb+8ast, C.Dixon 21+6reb+4ast, A.Takeno 14+1reb+4ast, J.Dearman 12+11reb+2ast, G.Hamilton 10+19reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 142287


Chiba Jets - Miyazaki SS 96-88

The game in Chiba was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (20-27) played at the court of eighth ranked Chiba Jets (18-29). Chiba Jets managed to secure a 8-point victory 96-88. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-15. But Miyazaki Shining Suns won second period 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chiba Jets players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Miyazaki Shining Suns helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St., agency: SDJ Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Chiba Jets' coach Eric Gardow allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Lewis Witcher (206-87, college: Virginia Tech) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Chiba Jets and five Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. Chiba Jets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Shinshu BW. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 27 games lost. Chiba Jets' next round opponent will be again Miyazaki Shining Suns (#7) at home.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: L.Witcher 19+9reb, T.Shimizu 17+7reb+3ast, D.Lyons 14+8reb+5ast, T.Ito 12+2reb+5ast, Y.Kojima 12+7reb+1ast, O.Shinnosuke 8+1reb+3ast
Chiba Jets: J.Staten 27+11reb+5ast, M.Hargrow 23+6reb+5ast, A.Broxsie 16+10reb+2ast, G.Moliva 11+8reb+1ast, T.Ishida 6+2reb+3ast, Shouta 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 142288


Yokohama BC - Takamatsu FA 87-58

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Yokohama BC (26-21) rolled over at home 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-47) 87-58 on Saturday. American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. STVn center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Yokohama BC have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Takamatsu FA lost fifteenth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 47 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: N.Williams 17+12reb+1ast, P.Butorac 14+9reb+2ast, S.Takada 6+1reb, K.Tsutsumi 6+4reb+6ast, Y.Kurihara 5+3reb, H.Kikuchi 4+2reb+2ast
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 23+10reb+2ast, D.Burns 15+4reb+3ast, M.Kabaya 12+2reb+3ast, M.Simmons 10+3reb+1ast, P.Faye 8+9reb+1ast, C.McFarland 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 142289


Yokohama BC - Takamatsu FA 98-78

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-47) was outscored on the road by fourth ranked Yokohama BC (26-21) 98-78 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 55-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Yokohama BC outrebounded Takamatsu FA 40-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) answered with 26 points and 6 rebounds and STVn center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) added 19 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Yokohama BC have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Takamatsu FA lost fifteenth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 47 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 26+6reb+3ast, N.Williams 19+10reb+2ast, M.Kita 10+1reb+2ast, H.Kikuchi 9+6reb, S.Takada 5+1reb+3ast, K.Tsutsumi 4+3reb+2ast
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 20+7reb+2ast, M.Kabaya 18+1reb+4ast, D.Burns 18+4reb+3ast, T.Hotta 11, P.Faye 8+5reb+1ast, C.McFarland 8+9reb+3ast
gschID: 142284


Sendai 89ers - Iwate Big Bulls 72-80

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Sendai 89ers (24-23) and Iwate Big Bulls (14-32), which took place in Sendai. 6th ranked Sendai 89ers lost at home to ninth ranked Iwate Big Bulls 72-80 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 28-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated also this game. Forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: SDJ Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points and 4 assists. Forward Jamal Boykin (203-87, college: California) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Center Rashaad Singleton (213-87, college: Florida Southern) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) added 19 points in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Four Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Iwate Big Bulls maintains ninth place with 14-32 record, which they share with Saitama Bron. Loser Sendai 89ers dropped to the fifth position with 23 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round. Sendai 89ers will play again at home against Iwate Big Bulls (#10).
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: D.Fitzgerald 19+2reb, R.Singleton 15+14reb+2ast, K.Takahashi 14+1reb, J.Dukes 13+4reb+4ast, T.Komoda 7+3reb+4ast, F.Toncinic 4+8reb
Iwate Big Bulls: T.Kennedy 28+4reb+4ast, J.Boykin 16+9reb+2ast, G.Klaiber 12+9reb+2ast, Y.Yamamoto 7+1reb+6ast, H.Kantake 7+3reb+2ast, M.Sawaguchi 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 142285



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Barsy Atyrau advance into D1 Final - by Eurobasket News

Barsy Atyrau joined BC Astana in the D1 title series. They overcame Kaspiy twice at home court to seal 3-1 victory in the series. Barsy claimed a 79:69 win in Game 3.
The fourth game turned into a tough battle. Kaspiy played aggressively having their backs against the wall. But Barsy still were up by two after the opening quarter 18:16. The teams went neck and neck throughout the second frame. Barsy managed to secure a 31:29 halftime advantage. Barsy toiled in the third term to extend their lead to three points 48:45 at the final intermission. The game was tough until the very end but Barsy stayed in control posting a 67:60 victory at the end. Maris Laksa (207-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Providence) finished with 19 points for the hosts. Dmitri Dyatlovsky (195-G-85) added 16 points in the victory. Dzhanysh Adiev and Kyle William Pape (183-G, college: Colorado Mines) accounted for 16 points each in the losing effort.



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Longest serving KBF official throws in towel - by Eurobasket News

The longest serving Kenya Basketball (KBF) official Henry Shihemi would not be gunning in for re-election during the polls scheduled for Saturday.


The longest serving Kenya Basketball (KBF) official Henry Shihemi would not be gunning in for re-election during the polls scheduled for Saturday.


Shihemi has been the first vice chairman of the KBF for seventeen years and feels it is now time to step down for others.


'I will not seek re-elections during this weekend's polls. I am asking the voters to choose wisely as basketball is not just about clubs. It must start at the grass roots because that is where the talent is found,' he said.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 23-3 
 2. Trepca 23-3 
 3. Peja 17-9 
 4. Bashkimi 15-11 
 5. Kolegji Univer. 9-17 
 6. Kosova 7-19 
 7. Futura 6-20 
 8. Drita 4-22 

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 15: Trepca - Peja 87-73
Apr. 15: Futura - Drita 83-70
Apr. 15: Kolegji Univer. - Sigal Prishtina 79-103
Apr. 15: Bashkimi - Kosova 104-57

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 19: Futura - Bashkimi
Apr. 19: Drita - Trepca
Apr. 19: Peja - Kolegji Univer.
Apr. 19: Sigal Prishtina - Kosova


Trepca defeats Peja for the 4th time - by Dren Shporta

Trepca's players have become the medicine for Peja ones. Ilir Selmani's lads, have shown very good and constant play in the match to register their 23rd victory of the season. In Minatori court of Mitrovica, above 1500 spectators had a chance to watch Jaleel Nelson show who scored 22 points and registered some attractive ones. He was helped from captain, Drilon Hajrizi (208-C-91), that played with 19 points and 11 rebounds to register a double-double.

On the other hand, Peja, played without injured Mirza Ahmetbasic, and they had problems in organizing the game. Mario Edwards and Blerim Mazreku were the main players in Ivica Maric's team helped by Dustin Scott who scored 24 points on the night. Mario Edwards registered a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists while center Blerim Mazreku added 22 points.

In the other match Kolegji Univers lost at home against reigning champions Sigal Prishtina 79-103. Sigal Prishtina and Trepca are heading securely for the leadership while the regular season will finish aftere three more rounds. The other matches of the day Bashkimi - Kosova V and Futura - Drita will be played later tonight.



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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. La Union 2-1 
 2. Uniceub/BRB 2-1 
 3. Arecibo 1-2 
 4. Cocodrilos 1-2 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

Apr. 14: Arecibo - Cocodrilos 96-97 2OT
Apr. 14: La Union - Uniceub/BRB 93-71
Apr. 15: Cocodrilos - La Union 89-99
Apr. 13: Cocodrilos - Uniceub/BRB 80-81
Apr. 15: Arecibo - Uniceub/BRB 72-74
Apr. 13: La Union - Arecibo 68-72


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tony WASHAM
  Obras
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Washam, Obras22.6 
 2. Ayuso, Arecibo18.7 
 3. Smith, La Union17.2 
 4. Lewis, La Union16.8 
 5. Hickerson, Bucan.16.3 
 6. Nunes, Itabom/B.16.2 
 7. Harris, Pioneros16.0 
 8. Hornsby, Pioneros16.0 
 9. Giovannoni, Unice.15.2 
 10. Elliott, Cocodril.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregory LEWIS
  La Union
  (198-F-78)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Lewis, La Union9.8 
 2. Garces, Arecibo8.3 
 3. Giovannoni, Unice.7.8 
 4. Nunes, Itabom/B.7.3 
 5. Hickerson, Bucan.7.3 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras7.0 
 7. Washam, Obras6.8 
 8. Colmenares, Cocod.6.4 
 9. Field, Obras6.3 
 10. Graterol, Cocodri.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Unice.
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Dos Santos, Unice.6.6 
 2. Konsztatd, Obras5.7 
 3. Pinnock, Arecibo5.0 
 4. Ribeiro, Un.4.8 
 5. Taylor, Itabom/B.4.2 
 6. Smith, La Union3.7 
 7. Elliott, Cocodrilos3.5 
 8. Guevara, Bucaneros3.5 
 9. Farabello, La Union3.3 
 10. Perez, La Union2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Alexis ELSENER
  Obras
  (195-G-88)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Elsener, Obras3.2 
 2. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.5 
 3. Dos Santos, Unice.2.0 
 4. Colmenares, Cocod.1.8 
 5. Washam, Obras1.8 
 6. Lewis, La Union1.7 
 7. Deodato, Itabom/B.1.7 
 8. Pinnock, Arecibo1.5 
 9. Taylor, Itabom/B.1.4 
 10. Konsztatd, Obras1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Alirio DE SOUZA
  Un.
  (208-C-77)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. de Souza, Un.1.3 
 2. Pinnock, Arecibo1.3 
 3. Bayona, Bucaneros1.2 
 4. Graterol, Cocodril.1.0 
 5. Lewis, La Union0.8 
 6. de Sousa, Itabom/.0.8 
 7. Wolkowyski, La Uni.0.8 
 8. Hickerson, Bucan.0.8 
 9. Gutierrez, Obras0.8 
 10. Hornsby, Pioneros0.8 



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  LITHUANIA   

Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  LKKA-.
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Vingelis, LKKA-.21.5 
 2. Uzkuraitis, Delika.18.9 
 3. Birgelis, Matinga-.18.4 
 4. Rakauskas, Radvili.18.1 
 5. Jucikas, AB.17.8 
 6. Sragauskis, LKKA-.17.5 
 7. Maneikis, Meresta17.4 
 8. Varnelis, S.Marc.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. Jucikas, AB.7.4 
 9. Kazakauskas, Naft.7.4 
 10. Kalvelis, Matinga.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Matas SAPIEGA
  LK.
  (179-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Sapiega, LK.8.1 
 2. Kurauskas, AB.5.3 
 3. Razutis, Silute5.1 
 4. Semaska, Perla.4.7 
 5. Bitinas, S.Marciu.4.4 
 6. Kuklierius, Mating.4.4 
 7. Malasauskas, LKKA.4.4 
 8. Vileita, Perla.4.3 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Trio.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. Vasiliauskas, Trio.1.8 
 10. Birgelis, Matinga.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. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.1 
 9. Jucikas, AB.1.1 
 10. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.0 


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

26-year old forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Neptunas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Sakalai (#10, 5-17) in overtime 98-97. Neptunas maintains the 6th position in Lithuanian league. Neptunas is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-12 record. Mikalauskas turned to be Neptunas' top player in his first season with the team. The University of Virginia graduate has very impressive stats this year. Mikalauskas is league's best scorer averaging so far 17.7ppg. Mikalauskas is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.4rpg) and averages solid 65.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85) of Baltai Kaunas. He is former international swingman in his first season at Baltai Kaunas. In the last game Maciulis recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Baltai Kaunas lost that game 75-86 to the higher-ranked Siauliai (#3, 16-6). Baltai Kaunas managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-13 record. Maciulis is one of the most experienced players at Baltai Kaunas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Cam Long (193-G-88, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Siauliai (#3). Long showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Siauliai, leading his team to a 86-75 win against the lower-ranked Baltai Kaunas (#7, 9-13). Siauliai needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 6 lost games. Long has a very solid season. In 20 games in Lithuania he scored 13.0ppg. He also has 3.3apg, FGP: 50.7% and 3PT: 42.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mantas Mockevicius (189-G-93) of Naglis Palangos - 20 points and 5 rebounds
5. Karolis Petrukonis (212-C-87) of Juventus - 21 points and 2 rebounds
6. Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) of Sakalai - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) of Kedainiai - 12 points and 8 rebounds
8. Mindaugas Kupsas (214-C-91) of Baltai Kaunas - 11 points and 11 rebounds
9. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) of Pieno Zvaigzdes - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-PG-85) of Kedainiai - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists

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



EuroCup: Lietuvos Rytas earn EuroCup Bronze - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - Spartak SP 71:62

Lietuvos Rytas clinched the third position in EuroCup tournament. They overcame Spartak Saint Petersburg in the consolation final in Khimky tonight. Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) scored 21 points to lead the winners.
Lietuvos Rytas took care of sloppy Spartak attitude in the first frame. The Lithuanian team stormed into the game taking a 24:10 lead after ten minutes. Spartak woke up in the second quarter. They stiffened their defence and started their comeback. The Russian team cut the deficit to 10 points at halftime 30:40. Lietuvos Rytas stayed alert in the third term keeping Spartak at distance. The Vilnius team secured a comfortable 11-point lead at the final intermission 55:44. Spartak got as close as four points 51:55 in the final frame but Renaldas Seibutis stepped up for the Lithuanian side and Lietuvos Rytas escaped with a tough win at the end. Aleksandar Rasic (194-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 12 points, while Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) and Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) posted 10 points each for the winners. Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) answered with 18 points for Spartak SP. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) had 17 points in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas: Renaldas Seibutis 21, Aleksandar Rasic 12, Mindaugas Katelynas 10, Jonas Valanciunas 10
Spartak SP: Patrick Beverley 18, Vladimir Dragicevic 17



LKKA-Atletas celebrate NKL title - by Eurobasket News

LKKA-Atletas - Statyba 93:82

LKKA-Atletas clinched NKL title. They outgunned Statyba in the championship game tonight. Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) stepped up with 27 points to lead the winners.
LKKA-Atletas grabbed the lead just several minutes into the game and led from then on. They built a 22:17 lead after ten minutes. Statyba gained a narrow 23:22 lead early in the second quarter. However LKKA-Atletas quickly regained control and raced to a 43:36 halftime advantage. Tamosiunas and Vidmantas Sragauskis stretched the margin to 11 points early in the third frame. Statyba cut the deficit back to three points but LKKA-Atletas strongly finished the quarter restoring an 8-point advantage 63:55. The teams were divided by just three points with under four minutes remaining 68:71 however LKKA-Atletas did not give a chance for Statyba late in regulation. They opened a double-digit lead and marched to the victory at the end. Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) finished with 21 points, while Matas Sapiega (179-PG-90) accounted for 16 points and 12 assists in the victory. Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-G-91) answered with 19 points for Statyba. Mindaugas Budzinauskas (198-G-73) had 17 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

LKKA-Atletas: Vidmantas Sragauskis 27, Sarunas Vingelis 21, Matas Sapiega 16
Statyba: Ovidijus Varanauskas 19, Mindaugas Budzinauskas 17



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Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre26.2 
 2. Arre, BBC Nitia25.7 
 3. Raji, Etzella23.5 
 4. Schumacher, T7122.8 
 5. Kennedy, Residence22.4 
 6. McNutt, Heffingen22.2 
 7. Muller, T7121.0 
 8. Rajniak, Basket E.20.4 
 9. Smith, Sparta20.0 
 10. Perre, Musel Pikes20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre12.5 
 2. Gary, Musel Pikes12.3 
 3. McNutt, Heffingen12.0 
 4. Stephens, T7111.3 
 5. Svitek, Basket Es.10.9 
 6. Poznaks, BBC Nitia10.1 
 7. Kennedy, Residence9.9 
 8. Smith, Sparta9.9 
 9. Raji, Etzella9.8 
 10. Carvalho, Heffing.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Ulin, Sparta4.6 
 2. Schartz, Amicale4.1 
 3. Schumacher, T713.8 
 4. Arre, BBC Nitia3.7 
 5. Rajniak, Basket E.3.6 
 6. Delgado, Etzella3.3 
 7. Biever, Basket Es.3.3 
 8. Ruffato, T713.0 
 9. Koster, Residence2.9 
 10. Jones, Amicale2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jones, Amicale2.5 
 2. Arre, BBC Nitia2.2 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.1 
 4. Carvalho, Heffingen1.7 
 5. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.6 
 6. Perre, Musel Pikes1.5 
 7. Gary, Musel Pikes1.3 
 8. Schumacher, T711.3 
 9. Ruffato, T711.2 
 10. McNutt, Heffingen1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes2.1 
 2. McNutt, Heffingen1.5 
 3. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.3 
 4. Hoffmann, Sparta1.1 
 5. Carvalho, Heffingen0.9 
 6. Jorssen, Soleuvre0.9 
 7. Djerman, Amicale0.6 
 8. Svitek, Basket Es.0.5 
 9. Poznaks, BBC Nitia0.5 
 10. Arre, BBC Nitia0.5 


Diekirch League Round 8 (Second Stage): Musel Pikes lose to Residence - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Second Stage in Diekirch League.

The most important game in the last round took place in Bereldange between third ranked Musel Pikes (14-12) and fourth ranked Residence (13-13) on Saturday night. Musel Pikes was defeated by Residence on the road 68-80. The game was mostly controlled by Residence. Musel Pikes managed to win third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U.S. Virgin Islands forward Jerome Gumbs (194-82, college: USF) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Guy Schmit (187-80) replied with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Musel Pikes. Musel Pikes' coach Frank Baum rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Residence maintains fourth position in League with 13-13 record. Musel Pikes at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Residence are looking forward to face Etzella (#6) in Ettelbruck in the next round. Musel Pikes will play at home against the league's leader T71 in Dudelange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Heffingen (3-21) against fourth ranked BBC Nitia (3-21) on Saturday night. Visiting Heffingen was defeated by BBC Nitia in Bettembourg 85-70. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward William Arre (199-86, college: Lock Haven) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 13 rebounds, 13 assists and 10 steals and Janis Poznaks who added 15 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Canadian forward Billy McNutt (203-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Heffingen's coach Joao Costa tested twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BBC Nitia moved-up to third place in League. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for T71 (22-4) which hosted in Dudelange second-ranked Sparta (20-6). First ranked T71 managed to get a 5-point victory 70-65. The winners were led by Tom Schumacher who scored that evening 23 points. Even 27 points by Kasey Ulin did not help to save the game for Sparta. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 22-4 record. Loser Sparta keeps the second place with six games lost. T71 will meet Musel Pikes (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sparta will play against Amicale in Steinsel and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game for Basket Esch (15-9) which played road game in Belvaux against second-ranked Soleuvre (12-12). First ranked Basket Esch had an easy win 86-65. The best player for the winners was Stefan Svitek who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Basket Esch's coach Franck Meriguet felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Basket Esch maintains first position in League with 15-9 record. Soleuvre at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 8
In League Etzella was smashed by Amicale on the road 91-70.


1-6 places
Residence - Musel Pikes 80-68

The most important game in the last round took place in Bereldange between third ranked Musel Pikes (14-12) and fourth ranked Residence (13-13) on Saturday night. Musel Pikes was defeated by Residence on the road 68-80. The game was mostly controlled by Residence. Musel Pikes managed to win third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. U.S. Virgin Islands forward Jerome Gumbs (194-82, college: USF) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds. American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Guy Schmit (187-80) replied with 22 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) added 12 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Musel Pikes. Musel Pikes' coach Frank Baum rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Residence maintains fourth position in League with 13-13 record. Musel Pikes at the other side keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Residence are looking forward to face Etzella (#6) in Ettelbruck in the next round. Musel Pikes will play at home against the league's leader T71 in Dudelange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Musel Pikes: G.Schmit 22+7reb+2ast, P.Perre 13+8reb+1ast, B.Gary 12+14reb, J.De Marchi 7+1reb, L.Schwartz 6+2ast, R.Dentzer 2+1reb
Residence: J.Gumbs 27+14reb+2ast, M.Kennedy 20+12reb+1ast, M.Schmit 16+4reb+1ast, T.Abdiu 9+3reb+1ast, P.Koster 8+4reb+2ast, T.Becker 0
gschID: 169447


Amicale - Etzella 91-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Amicale's (13-13) home victory over 6th ranked Etzella (11-15) in Steinsel 91-70. The game without a history. Amicale led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Amicale maintains fifth position in League with 13-13 record. Etzella at the other side keeps the sixth place with 15 games lost. Amicale's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sparta in Bertrange and it may be quite challenging game. Etzella will play at home against Residence (#4) in Bereldange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 169445


T71 - Sparta 70-65

An interesting game for T71 (22-4) which hosted in Dudelange second-ranked Sparta (20-6). First ranked T71 managed to get a 5-point victory 70-65. Sparta was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 17-10 charge of T71, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. T71 forced 22 Sparta turnovers. The winners were led by international guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) who scored that evening 23 points and point guard Gilles Ruffato (181-85) supported him with 19 points and 4 assists. Even 27 points by American point guard Kasey Ulin (184-82, college: Dickinson St.) did not help to save the game for Sparta. The former international forward Larrie Smith (198-75, college: Tenn Tech) added 19 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 22-4 record. Loser Sparta keeps the second place with six games lost. T71 will meet Musel Pikes (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sparta will play against Amicale in Steinsel and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sparta: K.Ulin 27+4reb+2ast, L.Smith 19+9reb+1ast, J.Hublart 11+5reb+2ast, E.Ukeagu 4+5reb, P.Arbaut 4+4reb, X.Engel 0
T71: T.Schumacher 23+3reb+2ast, G.Ruffato 19+3reb+4ast, B.Kieffer 9, F.Muller 8+10reb+1ast, D.Stephens 8+8reb, J.Delgado 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 169446


7-10 places
BBC Nitia - Heffingen 85-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Heffingen (3-21) against fourth ranked BBC Nitia (3-21) on Saturday night. Visiting Heffingen was defeated by BBC Nitia in Bettembourg 85-70. The game was mostly controlled by BBC Nitia. Heffingen was better in third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BBC Nitia players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward William Arre (199-86, college: Lock Haven) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 13 rebounds, 13 assists and 10 steals and Latvian power forward Janis Poznaks (202-83) who added 15 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Canadian forward Billy McNutt (203-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and Portuguese power forward Helder Carvalho (205-84) scored 7 points and 12 rebounds. Heffingen's coach Joao Costa tested twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BBC Nitia moved-up to third place in League. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Heffingen: B.McNutt 23+11reb+1ast, D.Benseghir 10+4reb+1ast, C.Weyrich 10+3reb+2ast, T.Schmit 9+2reb, H.Carvalho 7+12reb+3ast, D.Weyrich 7+2reb+1ast
BBC Nitia: W.Arre 34+13reb+13ast, L.Ruppert 18+2reb+6ast, J.Poznaks 15+14reb+3ast, J.Furpass 8+5reb+1ast, J.Bintz 6+4reb+1ast, T.Kaiser 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 169448


Soleuvre - Basket Esch 65-86

An interesting game for Basket Esch (15-9) which played road game in Belvaux against second-ranked Soleuvre (12-12). First ranked Basket Esch had an easy win 86-65. Soleuvre was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Soleuvre 43-21 including a 29-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Serbian forward Marko Latinovic (202-87, college: Erskine) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Basket Esch's coach Franck Meriguet felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Belgian power forward Dimitri Jorssen (212-79, college: Utah St.) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and swingman David Controguerra (194-86) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. Basket Esch maintains first position in League with 15-9 record. Soleuvre at the other side keeps the second place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Soleuvre: D.Jorssen 22+10reb+1ast, C.Weisen 13+1reb, D.Controguerra 12+4reb+2ast, D.Berthle 9+4reb+1ast, M.Weyland 6+1reb+3ast, B.Hemmen 3+1reb+2ast
Basket Esch: M.Latinovic 19+7reb+1ast, S.Svitek 16+11reb+2ast, M.Rajniak 11+7reb+4ast, A.Rodenbourg 8+10reb, T.Donnersbach 7, P.Biever 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 169449



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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 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 O''Louis MCCULLOUGH
  Nogales
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. McCullough, Nogales22.3 
 2. Robinson, Culiacan22.2 
 3. Thomas, Cananea21.2 
 4. Selleaze, Navolato20.4 
 5. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
 6. Carter, Guasave19.8 
 7. Quintero, Tijuana18.3 
 8. Gibson, Navolato17.8 
 9. Habel, Guaymas17.7 
 10. Johnson, Guaymas17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronald SELLEAZE
  Navolato
  (197-F-76)
  Avg: 9
 1. Selleaze, Navolato9.0 
 2. Sanders-F., Nogales8.9 
 3. Robinson, Culiacan8.7 
 4. Lopez, Hermosillo7.9 
 5. Zamora, Culiacan7.5 
 6. Strobbe, Nogales7.4 
 7. Wiley, Los Mochis7.1 
 8. McCullough, Nogales6.9 
 9. Little, Hermosillo6.8 
 10. Habel, Guaymas6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tayloe TAYLOR
  Los Mochis
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Taylor, Los Mochis6.3 
 2. Nungaray, Guaymas5.8 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.2 
 4. Harris, Cananea3.5 
 5. McSwine, Navolato3.5 
 6. Pulido, Culiacan3.4 
 7. Buelna, Guasave3.1 
 8. Heredia, Nogales3.1 
 9. Quintero, Tijuana3.0 
 10. McCullough, Nogal.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Derek THOMAS
  Cananea
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Thomas, Cananea1.9 
 2. Gibson, Navolato1.8 
 3. Buelna, Guasave1.6 
 4. Carter, Guasave1.4 
 5. Heredia, Nogales1.3 
 6. Giron, Guasave1.3 
 7. Pulido, Culiacan1.3 
 8. Monreal, Hermosillo1.2 
 9. Verdugo, Navolato1.0 
 10. Nungaray, Guaymas1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sylvester SEAY
  Tijuana
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Seay, Tijuana1.8 
 2. Zamora, Culiacan1.3 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.1 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 5. Robinson, Culiacan1.0 
 6. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 7. Johnson, Guaymas0.8 
 8. Verdugo, Navolato0.7 
 9. Cuen, Los Mochis0.6 
 10. Giron, Guasave0.6 


Johnson's 40-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old guard Haakim Johnson (201-G-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Guaymas and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 40 points adding three assists for Guaymas in his team's victory, helping them to beat Cananea (#5, 9-11) in overtime 118-109. Guaymas maintains the 2nd position in Mexican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guaymas will need more victories to improve their 15-5 record. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He just recently signed at Guaymas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Haakim Johnson averages this season 17.4ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Strobbe (201-F-85) of Nogales. He is naturalized American forward in his first season at Nogales. In the last game Strobbe recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Nogales lost that game 80-96 to the higher-ranked Hermosillo (#1, 16-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Nogales still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 12-8 record is not bad at all. Strobbe is one of the most experienced players at Nogales and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Guaymas' star - guard Myron Allen (182-PG-79). Allen scored 23 points and passed ten assists (!!!). He was another key player of Guaymas, helping his team with a 118-109overtime win against the lower-ranked Cananea (#5, 9-11). Guaymas needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 5 lost games. Allen has a very solid season. In 2 games in Mexico he scored 17.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Derek Thomas (193-F-84) of Cananea - 30 points and 7 assists
5. Devon Pearson (198-F-84) of Los Mochis - 28 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Franco Harris (183-G-83) of Cananea - 29 points and 9 assists
7. Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76) of Navolato - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jerome Habel (208-F-85) of Guaymas - 25 points and 4 assists
9. Steve Monreal (180-PG-86) of Hermosillo - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Darnell Hugee (201-F-85) of Tijuana - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Easter Interview with Savo Djikanovic, 2012 Cypriot League Champion with Intercollege Etha Engomis - by Darko Pekic

The veteran Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) won another title in his successful career a week ago. His team Etha defeated Keravnos in the league final series (3-1) and took the 2nd title in a row in Cyprus. Savo is talking for Eurobasket.com about the very successfull season in Cyprus and past events that marked his career.

Savo, congratulations on your first title in Cyprus! Your team Etha defeated Keravnos in the finals, the team that completed the regular season in first place. In that way you won the championship of Cyprus for the second consecutive year. What are your impressions after winning the trophy?

Thank you for the kind wishes. We repated the same success from last year when Etha finished the regular season at the 4th place but won the title anyway. We eliminated the 2nd ranked Apollon in the semifinals and clashed with Keravnos in the finals. They were the favorites because they had only one defeat in the regular season but we won the title! I think my team showed to everybody how important is the team spirit if you want to win the championship.

You started the season in Marussi (Greece) but you decided to leave the team in December and move to Cyprus. In the meantime, the former Euroleague member experienced a real shipwreck and ended competition in the last place with 1- 23 record. It is now clear that you made the right decision, but I would like to know how hard was to make that decision at that time, knowing the history of Marussi and their importance in Greek basketball?

Marussi was a well organized and good team with great tradion. But things changed this season when the club president and main sponsor left them. The club also had problems with FIBA because they owed money to Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) and it only made the things worse. Unfortunately, it was impossible to find a solution so many players decided to leave after just a couple of games. I am known as a tough competitor who does not like to leave the unsolved problems behind but I had no choice. I had to leave them and I do not regret now.

Could you recall the beginnings of your career for the for readers of Eurobasket ? Why did you decide to play basketball?

I have started my basketball career at the age of 14 when I enrolled in Buducnost Podgorica youth team. I was the tallest one in my generation and after some time I joined the first team of Buducnost. We won the first trophy in the clubs history when we defeated Partizan in a great Cup Final. I decided to start playing basketball because I knew it would help me to develop as a person and live a healthy life.

Basketball fans in the former Yugoslavia remembered you well in the season 2000-2001 season when the team led by you, Ranko Carapic (185-G-70, agency: Beo Basket), Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza), Zoran Milovic (204-C/F-77) reached the semifinals of YUBA League, which was back then a very competitive league. What type of memories link you to that period of your career, considering that the team was very young and talented but also succesfull?

I am really proud on my years in Lovcen. It was a well organized club with many good players and coaches and it was hard to beat us in Cetinje. We worked very hard in each practice trying to make a name for ourselves and the club. That club was the first important step in many successful careers, including mine.

In 2003 you moved from Lovcen to the giant from Athens, Olympiakos, and debuted in the Euroleague. Now, as you are an experienced player you can objectively answer this question-How does it feel when a team like Olympiakos show interest in you? Although you must be aware that its hard to get enough space to prove yourself its hard to say no to such an important club, right?

When my agent Misko Raznatovic told me that such a strong club would like to hire me I was excited because everybody know what the name Olympiakos means in Europe. It did not take me long to recall all the great names that passed through the history of basketball club Olympiakos. Thanks to the coach of Lovcen Goran Bojanic who convinced the club's mangement to let me go I got a chance to join the great club from Athens. Of course, I did not think twice. It was a dream come true.

How important was for you to work out and play with well known players like Nenad Markovic (195-G-68), Maurice Evans (195-G-78, college: Texas) and DeMarco Johnson (204-F-75, college: Charlotte)? Each of them already had in his C.V. many successfull seasons at the highest level.

Olympiakos was for me a big experience because it was my first season abroad. At that time the club from Athens had a team full of veterans and it was hard for me to get a lot of playing time. Thanks to Nenad Markovic and Milan Tomic I passed successfully some hard moments there and I am very grateful to them although as a team we did not have a great season.

After only one season in Greece you came back to Serbia& Montenegro and joined Hemofarm where you career reached its peak. With Hemofarm you won the Adriatic League for the first (and only ..) time in their history, made the ULEB Cup semifinals and finals of the domestic championship twice. A great generation of the team from Vrsac was led by you, Nebojsa Bogavac (199-G-73, agency: BeoExcell), Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) etc. What was the key to your success in those years and what do you think about the latest finacial difficulties of the team from Vrsac, knowing the fact that you spent three very successful seasons there?

I can say now that three seasons in Hemofarm were the best years in my career. Every finals against Partizan was a story in itself, and nobody forced them to fight so hard in the finals series like we did. Of course, I still regret because we did not win the domestic championship title although we had a very good team and a nice budget. But we won the Adriatic League final game against Partizan in Belgrade and nobody can take that away from us. Besides that, we also had a lot of success in Europe. The key of our success was in the great team chemistry and good organization on and off the court. I think my former club will soon return where it belongs because it is a serious project where a lot of money has been invested. Hemofarms youth teams are still among the best in the country and youth coaches are very good so I am not affraid for Hemofarms future.

In the 2006-2007 season you tried your luck for the second time in Greece, but this time as a mature player, a leader. And you did not make a mistake. For Olimpia GE Larisa you averaged 10.9 ppg and 6.5rpg while shooting 55.0% from the field. My question is- Why Greece? It was your desire to prove yourself there after the episode in Olympiakos, or simply it was the best offer at that point of your career?

I chose again to go to Greece because I was familiar with that style of play. I like to play hard basketball and Greece fits well to my style of play. I probably could have chosen some other country to test my skills but I did not want to take any chances. And I was right. The year after I left Hemofarm was one of my most successful seasons abroad.

Your career after Hemofarm was mainly related to Greece and Cyprus, where you lived last year a basketball renaissance at the age of 36 (averaged double-double in the first part of the Championship- 14.8ppg, 10.3rpg). To be the best rebounder in that league is no small thing, knowing that the League is full of American players. Have you found peace in that part of the Mediterranean, and how long do you plan to play professional basketball?

Everyone who has lived or travelled to Greece or Cyprus knows how close they are to our culture and mentality. After many years abroad I have met many friends there. I hear often the question: How long are you going to play basketball? but I always reply that I would play one more season...but after that season there is another one etc. Honestly, I do not know. I can say that I am grateful to my fitness coach and friend Dejan Jasovic who met me when I played for Lovcen and we still have a wonderful collaboration. Dejan works with me every summer and helps me to get ready for the hard challenges.

Do you have time to follow basketball in Montenegro? Does our basketball league have a future?

I follow the basketball league in Montenegro and as I can see the league has made no progress. Actually, it is worse than it was a couple of years ago. The only good thing that I noticed is that some clubs are trying to promote junior players and give them a chance at the highest stage in Montenegro. I think that we need a strong Buducnost but also strong basketball centers with tradition such as Lovcen, Sutjeska, Mornar, Jedinstvo, Berane, Herceg Novi etc. Only if we make efforts to revive those cities our league will gain respect abroad.

Thank you Savo for this interview! Eurobasket.com would like to wish you a nice off-season. Rest well after the exhausting season!

Thank you once again for the kind wishes. I wish you all the best!



Rejhan Palamar hired in Kosovo to help BC Bashkimi in the play-offs - by Darko Pekic

Rejhan Palamar , the young coach from Montenegro who has just won promotion to the EBL with Ibar Rozaje, joined KB Bashkimi Prizren to help them in final battles for the play-offs. Palamar made an extraordinary result with the young Ibar squad and obviously it was a good reference for the ambitious club located in Prizren.

The club from Kosovo, founded in 1945, won the national cup once in 2001. They have already replaced three coaches this season- Sasha Katalinic (agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC. ), Arben Nixha and Naser Oskacek and hope that the young Montenegrin coach will bring them more success in the upcoming challanges. KB Bashkimi Prizren has a couple of Americans in its roster and a well known name to the basketball fans in Montenegro- Samir Shaptahovic (174-G-81) who was raised in Primorka Bar at the end of the 90's and in the meantime became one of the legends in newly born Kosovo basketball league.



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Morocco/ national Cup: Wydads Harras Rida scores 26 pts, Wydad wins 56/51 - by Eurobasket News

Wydad Athletic clubs prodigy, Reda Ali Harras (198-G-93) , exuded his talent at the away leg of the quarter finals of the national basketball cup last Saturday. Reda Ali Harras scored 26, points permitting his club to win 56/51 against FUS de Rabat.
In the other matches of the quarter finals, S. Plazza won RS Tanger 66/69; MAS defeated ASS 80/74 in Fs; while Chabab out played RSB 75/69 at Al Hoceima.
Courtesy of: www.starafrica.com



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 36-25 
 2. Philadelph.76 31-27 
 3. New York K. 31-29 
 4. New Jersey N. 22-39 
 5. Toronto R. 22-39 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 46-14 
 2. Indiana P. 38-22 
 3. Milwaukee B. 28-31 
 4. Detroit P. 22-38 
 5. Cleveland C. 20-39 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 42-17 
 2. Atlanta H. 34-25 
 3. Orlando M. 34-25 
 4. Washington W. 14-46 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-51 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 44-16 
 2. Denver N. 33-26 
 3. Utah Jazz 31-30 
 4. Portland TB 27-33 
 5. Minnesota T. 26-35 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 39-22 
 2. LA Clippers 37-23 
 3. Phoenix Suns 31-29 
 4. Golde State W. 21-37 
 5. Sacramento K. 20-41 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 42-16 
 2. Memphis G. 35-25 
 3. Dallas M. 34-27 
 4. Houston R. 32-28 
 5. N.Orleans H. 18-42 

Regular Season: Round 109

Apr. 15: Detroit P. - Chicago B. 94-100 OT
Apr. 15: N.Orleans H. - Memphis G. 88-75
Apr. 15: Atlanta H. - Toronto R. 86-102
Apr. 15: New York K. - Miami Heat 85-93
Apr. 15: Cleveland C. - Orlando M. 84-100
Apr. 15: Charlotte B. - Boston C. 82-94
Apr. 15: LA Lakers - Dallas M. 112-108 OT
Apr. 15: Sacramento K. - Portland TB 104-103
Apr. 15: Denver N. - Houston R. 101-86

Regular Season: Round 110

Apr. 16: Charlotte B. - N.Orleans H.
Apr. 16: Orlando M. - Philadelph.76
Apr. 16: New Jersey N. - Miami Heat
Apr. 16: Chicago B. - Washington W.
Apr. 16: Phoenix Suns - Portland TB
Apr. 16: Golde State W. - San Antonio S.
Apr. 16: Toronto R. - Atlanta H.
Apr. 16: Indiana P. - Minnesota T.
Apr. 16: Houston R. - Denver N.
Apr. 16: Utah Jazz - Dallas M.
Apr. 16: LA Clippers - Oklah.City T.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kobe BRYANT
  LA Lakers
  (198-G-78)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Bryant, LA Lakers28.1 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.8 
 3. James, Miami Heat26.9 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..24.3 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat22.6 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.22.5 
 8. Anthony, New Y.22.2 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers12.2 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 5. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.9 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.5 
 8. Chandler, New Y.10.0 
 9. Gortat, Phoenix9.8 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.6 
 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. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 6. Iguodala, Philadel.1.8 
 7. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 8. Shumpert, New Y.1.8 
 9. Ariza, N.Orleans H.1.7 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.6 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 4. Jordan, LA Clippers2.1 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.0 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 7. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 8. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.7 
 10. Dalembert, Houst.1.7 


Saturday's games review (7): Spurs down Suns, clinch Southwest Division - by Eurobasket News

Washington W. - Cleveland C. 89-98
Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Anthony Parker (6'5''-G/F-75, college: Bradley) scored 15 points and Tristan Thompson added 14 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 98-89 win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. Donald Sloan had a career-high 13 points to help the Cavaliers win a game featuring teams that had combined to lose 23 of their 28 coming in. John Wall scored 19 points to lead the Wizards, one night after missing 10 of 12 shots in a 103-65 loss at New York. Jordan Crawford had 18 points and Kevin Seraphin added 15. The score was tied at 73 early in the fourth quarter before Cleveland took over. Parker made two free throws with 4:24 to go, giving the Cavaliers a 93-83 lead. *Courtesy of www.cbc.ca

Minnesota T. - Oklah.City T. 110-115
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 43 points and Russell Westbrook had 35 and eight assists to keep the Oklahoma City Thunder atop the Western Conference with a 115-110 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. Durant scored 16 in the final seven minutes for the Thunder (44-16), who started the day one game ahead of the Spurs - but tied in the loss column - for the top seed in the West. Anthony Randolph (6'11''-F/C-89, college: LSU) had 22 points and 11 rebounds and Michael Beasley scored 26 for the Timberwolves, who lost their ninth straight game and 25th in a row in April dating to 2009. The Wolves were playing without All-Star Kevin Love, who missed his second straight game with a concussion. *Courtesy of www.cbc.ca

Milwaukee B. - Indiana P. 99-105
Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) had 23 points and 14 rebounds, including six free throws in the final 74 seconds, to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 105-99 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 21 points and George Hill added 13 points for Indiana, which has won four straight.. Monta Ellis had 20 points and Brandon Jennings added 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for Milwaukee. The Bucks lost for the third time in four games to fall 2 1/2 games behind New York and Philadelphia for one of the last two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Neither team could make baskets in the final minutes, with Indiana missing its last nine shots and Milwaukee five straight before Ellis hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to pull the Bucks to 103-99 with 11 seconds left. Hibbert then made two free throws for the final margin, and Ellis missed a 3 with 5 seconds left. With Indiana leading 99-93, Mike Dunleavy hit a 3 for the Bucks with 4:02 to go. That's when lids seemed to go on both baskets. Neither team could score until Hibbert's two free throws with 1:14 left, giving the Pacers a 101-96 lead. Milwaukee's Larry Sanders then missed two free throws, and Hibbert made two more for Indiana. Ellis then hit his 3 and Hibbert made two more from the line to close the scoring. With the Bucks trailing 82-80 early in the fourth quarter, Dunleavy missed a 26-foot 3-point attempt. Leandro Barbosa then made an open 3 for the Pacers for an 85-80 lead. Dunleavy missed two free throws and Barbosa hit another 3 to give Indiana an eight-point lead with 9:39 to go. Before the game, Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles said his team would have little chance of winning unless it outrebounded the Pacers. Indiana was 29-5 when outrebounding its opponents coming in. 'You only have about a 13 percent chance of winning if you don't out-rebound them,' Skiles said. 'So, it's a pretty simple game for us. We better not only get stops, but we better get on the glass. That will be a huge factor.' The bigger Pacers, though, had no trouble dominating the boards against Milwaukee, holding a 54-43 advantage in the game. Indiana had 17 second-chance points to Milwaukee's nine. Indiana is third in the East and can play spoiler, still playing the Bucks another time, and Philadelphia twice in its final six games. Milwaukee scored the final seven points of the third quarter and pulled to 80-78 on Dunleavy's 3 with 45 seconds left in the quarter. Ellis missed a jumper in the lane with 2 seconds to go that would have tied it heading into the fourth. The Pacers used a 20-9 run to end the second quarter and led 59-48 at halftime. Indiana made 12 of its first 14 shots, but missed its next five. The cold streak allowed Milwaukee to tie it 27-27 at the end of the first quarter. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

New Jersey N. - Boston C. 82-94
The days of Avery Bradley (6'2''-G-90, college: Texas) being just defensive guard for the Boston Celtics are seemingly over. Bradley hit three straight 3-pointers and scored 11 of his 18 points in a game-deciding third quarter as the surging Celtics defeated the New Jersey Nets 94-82 Saturday night. 'No one is talking about it but he is probably the most improved since he has been in the lineup, ' point guard Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) said after the Celtics won for the 10th time in 13 games and the 20th in 28. 'I know he hasn't done it all year but the time he has been given, we haven't had a lot of practice time, but once Doc (Rivers) threw him in he was ready to go. He has never looked back and he has continued to grow. He is playing well every game and he is always positive and it shows on the floor.' The 21-year-old Bradley hit 7 of 14 shots, including 3 of 4 from long range. Prior to this game, he had never hit more than one 3-pointer in a game and had made only 9 of 30 all season. 'We know what he can do,' veteran Paul Pierce said of Bradley. 'It's just about him developing his confidence and I said it over and over again, the more he plays and the more we show confidence in him. This kid was highly touted out of high school and was one year and out out of college. We know he can play. It's just about developing him and working his confidence. You see it night in and night out how it has grown.' Kevin Garnett had 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Celtics, whose magic number for winning the Atlantic Division was reduced to four. Rondo added 15 assists, Brandon Bass had 18 points and Pierce 17 points for Boston, which limited New Jersey to 34 second-half points in beating the Nets for the third time in three games this season. The Celtics dropped a game in Toronto on Friday night with a bad second half and they were not about to let it happen on Saturday. 'We came out a lot more aggressive,' Garnett said. 'We ran our system and our things and defensively we slowed them down a bit and never looked back.' Gerald Green had 15 points to lead New Jersey, while rookie Jordan Williams had 12 points and career-best 14 rebounds in recording his first double-double. Deron Williams had 12 points and 14 assists for the Nets, who had won six of their last nine in their best run of the season. MarShon Brooks added 13 points. New Jersey was in position to add another win after tying the game at 48-all on a buzzer beater by Green at halftime. The second half, however, was all Boston, much to the delight of the many green-clad fans in the sellout crowd of 18,711. 'They played harder and played better,' Deron Williams said. 'They took us out of our rhythm, and then we couldn't stop them at the other end.' The third quarter decided the game with the Celtics outscoring New Jersey 26-13. Bradley was the catalyst in a late 13-4 spurt in which he hit three straight 3s from the right corner, inches from the Nets' bench. 'Avery got hot and we rode him,' Garnett said. 'He gave us three big threes in that stretch to open the game, and on top of that he was playing defense and initiating a lot of energy off some of the turnovers we were getting. You couldn't ask for anything better.' New Jersey made 6 of 25 shots in the third quarter and didn't do much better in the fourth, scoring one basket in the opening 4 minutes as the Celtics led by 17 points. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Memphis G. - Utah Jazz 103-98
The Utah Jazz fell to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night, putting their playoff hopes further out of reach. The Jazz (31-30) entered the game in 10th place in the Western Conference, 1.5 games behind Denver and the last playoff spot. The Grizzlies (35-24) currently sit at number 5 in the West. They hold a 7-game home winning streak. Memphis held a 1-point lead at the half and the Jazz were able to turn it around, leading 76-70 at the end of the third quarter, but the Grizzlies were able to negate that margin and pull ahead for a 103-98 victory. Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) led the Grizzlies with 26 points and 12 rebounds. O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) added 20 points off the bench. Marc Gasol had 17 points and 9 rebounds and Mike Conley added 17 more points. Devin Harris and Al Jefferson each had 20 points for the Jazz. Paul Millsap and Gordon Hawyard added 17 apiece. Derrick Favors grabbed 14 rebounds and 10 points. The Jazz will host the Dallas Mavericks (34-26) on Monday. *Courtesy of http://fox13now.com

San Antonio S. - Phoenix Suns 105-91
Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) had 19 points and 10 rebounds, Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) scored 14 and the San Antonio Spurs coasted past the Phoenix Suns 105-91 on Saturday night. The Spurs officially clinched the Southwest Division, but more importantly, stayed neck-and-neck with Oklahoma City for the No. 1 playoff seed in the Western Conference. San Antonio remains a game behind the Thunder with eight games to go. Sebastian Telfair scored 21 points for Phoenix, which simply wants to make the post-season. Yet the Suns never looked ready to play from the start and slipped 1 1/2 games behind Denver and Houston for the West's eighth and final playoff spot. Phoenix trailed by 17 before the first quarter was even halfway finished, and Steve Nash and Grant Hill sat out the entire second half. *Courtesy of www.cbc.ca

LA Clippers - Golde State W. 112-104
Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) 's clutch play in the fourth quarter is a big reason why the Los Angeles Clippers are closing in on a rare playoff berth. Paul scored 12 of his 28 points in the final period and added 13 assists in a 112-104 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday that brought the Clippers within a game of the Lakers for the Pacific Division lead. The Clippers have won 11 of 13, inching closer to their first playoff appearance since the 2005-06 season. 'It's all about locking up a playoff spot. You got to get in,' Paul said. 'Anything can happen when you get to the playoffs. The sky's the limit. When we play the way we're capable of playing, we've already beaten some of the best teams in the league.' Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) added 20 points, DeAndre Jordan 18 and Mo Williams 14 in the Clippers' third straight win. They also are chasing the idle Lakers for the third seed in the Western Conference with six games remaining. 'We know what our goal is and it's not to be ahead of the Lakers once the playoffs start,' Jordan said. The Clippers' 36 wins are their most since they won 40 games in 2006-07. They next play West-leading Oklahoma City on Monday with a chance to win that season series. 'We would love to win the division,' Paul said. 'In order to do that, we would need to win out.' Reserve Nate Robinson led injury-riddled Golden State with 28 points, including four 3-pointers. Klay Thompson added 24 points, Dorell Wright scored 23 and Brandon Rush 22 in the Warriors' third consecutive loss and 11th in their last 13 games. David Lee and Richard Jefferson have been sidelined since Friday with injuries, joining Andrew Bogut and Stephen Curry. 'We're undermanned and undersized, but we fought. There's no quit in us,' Thompson said. 'We've been short-handed all year, so it's a learning experience, especially for us rookies. We're getting better, but we've got to get a lot better defensively. Even though we're undersized, we've got to do a better job of boxing out and keeping them from getting second chances.' Golden State, the NBA's leading 3-point shooting team, made 15 from long range - one off its season high. Wright and Thompson had four 3s each. The Warriors were 15 of 21 from the free-throw line, compared to 14 for 30 for the Clippers. 'It was kind of like a snowball effect,' Jordan said. 'I missed a couple and then Blake missed a couple and then Kenyon (Martin) did, and they just started fouling us, but we got the win. We all have confidence in each other that in the clutch we'll knock those down.' Without Lee down low to guard Griffin, the Clippers dominated the paint. But Golden State stayed in the game with its strong outside shooting. 'Slow starts like that have killed us. It's inexcusable,' Thompson said. 'It's on us rookies to come out and play with a lot of energy. But we showed a lot of heart though.' Nick Young hit a timely 3-pointer that gave Los Angeles its only double-digit lead of the fourth. From there, the Warriors got within six several times, but the Clippers made a series of defensive stops in the closing minute. Paul hit a 3 with 9 seconds left to preserve the win, although Thompson ended the game by making Golden State's last 3. 'We understand we couldn't win a checkers match right now, we are not good enough,' Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. The Warriors tied it twice in the third quarter but never managed to take the lead despite the Clippers' missed free throws. They were 10 of 19 from the line in the period. Martin finally made a pair to send the Clippers into the fourth ahead 86-82. The Clippers raced to a 24-5 lead to start the game, shooting 59 percent in the opening quarter when Paul and Jordan scored 12 points each. The Warriors hit seven 3-pointers in the second quarter to trail 59-58 at the break. Rush and Robinson made three apiece in the period as Golden State shot 61 percent from long range in the half. *Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



David Lee may be finished for season - by Eurobasket News

Rookies Charles Jenkins, Klay Thompson and Jeremy Tyler are already in the starting lineup, and coach Mark Jackson is toying with the idea of moving Tyler to power forward and playing more with a fourth rookie, center Mickell Gladness.

The potential lineup adjustment comes in light of two possibly season-ending injuries the Warriors announced Friday. David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) is out with groin pain caused by a hip problem, and Richard Jefferson is out with a swollen right knee, according to the team.

The Warriors know this looks like a tank job since they need to have a top-seven draft choice or they lose the pick the Utah. But general manager Larry Riley said that's not the case.

'I know the negative thinkers will think that way,' Riley said. 'As long as we're doing the right thing by the players, that's the main issue.'

Lee has been logging heavy minutes with a gash above his eye, bruises up and down both arms and a painful hip and back. Seeing that Lee's hip had caused his lateral movement to become nonexistent, team doctors requested an MRI exam after Thursday's loss to Dallas. The exam Friday revealed a strained groin and a stress reaction, and the doctors told Lee that continuing to play would risk substantial injury.

Once Riley got that news Friday morning, he walked down the stairs at the team's downtown Oakland practice facility and saw Jefferson on the trainer's table. Jefferson's knee had doubled in size, and he was sent in for an MRI exam.

The Warriors' doctors are still evaluating Stephen Curry, who hoped to return in the season's final weeks from continued problems with his surgically repaired right ankle. Riley said he thinks the team will have a complete diagnosis for Curry on Monday or Tuesday.

'We're going to have to slug this out,' Riley said. 'Somehow.'

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Wizards G Roger Mason done for season, will be released by team, according to report - by Eurobasket News

Washington Wizards guard Roger Mason (6'5''-G/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Virginia) will have season-ending finger surgery on Monday, and will be released by the team. Via Marc Spears Of Yahoo! Sports:

After playing in pain, Wizards guard Roger Mason to have season ending finger surgery Monday, source tells Y! Sports. Wiz will waive Mason.

Mason had played in 52 games this season for the Wizards, averaging 5.5 points and 38.3 percent shooting from behind the three point line in 13.4 minutes per game. In case you're curious why a team as woeful as Washington would simply release a player who has some value, Bullets Forever has the simple explanation:

You're probably wondering why the Wizards are waiving Mason instead of just keeping him around to be a veteran presence of sorts. The cold, harsh reality is that this is a numbers game. Thanks to recent signings of Cartier Martin and James Singleton, the Wizards have 15 guys on their roster, the maximum number allowed.

Martin and Singleton have played well of late, Mason is in the last year of his contract; add the two together and it's not hard to see why Mason is gone.

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Mavs confident they can make another title run - by Eurobasket News

Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) is confident the Dallas Mavericks will make the playoffs. And he's confident their experience will prove valuable once the postseason begins. But Nowitzki also understands the reality facing his team:

Repeating as NBA champions isn't going to be easy for the Mavs, who have dug themselves quite the hole this season.

'It's tough,' Nowitzki said. 'If you are bottom four, you are basically starting out on the road right away. Last year, we at least had home court through the first round. So, basically, if we want to go to the Western Conference finals, we have to win a lot of road games and we haven't won a lot of games on the road.

'Hey, but it is what it is. Rested, I still like our chances.'

The Mavericks (34-26) sit in sixth place in the West with a 2-game lead over the ninth-place Phoenix Suns. Their season has been filled with challenges from the start. Dallas officials didn't re-sign starting center Tyson Chandler, starting guard DeShawn Stevenson and reserve guard J.J. Barea in the offseason, allowing the franchise to maintain financial flexibility for this summer when New Jersey Nets All-Star Deron Williams, a Dallas native, can become a free agent. All-Star center Dwight Howard also looked like he would be available until he opted at the trade deadline to stay another season with the Orlando Magic.

Jason Kidd (6'4''-PG-73, college: California), Jason Terry (6'2''-PG-77, college: Arizona), Delonte West, Kelenna Azubuike, Vince Carter, Brandan Wright, Yi Jianlian, Brian Cardinal and Ian Mahinmi could all become free agents for the Mavericks this summer. Terry said the uncertain future has weighed on the players.

'I go out there every day with that on my mind,' Terry said. 'It's reality. I could possibly not be in this uniform next year. It affects a lot of us.

'Over 50 percent of our team will be [free agents] next year. It's tough.'

And that doesn't include Lamar Odom, who is already gone from the team and will likely be traded or bought out this summer. The Mavs had high hopes for Odom after acquiring him from the Los Angeles Lakers for an $8.9 million trade exception and a protected first-round pick. But Odom reported to the Mavericks in poor shape, struggled on the court and never adjusted. He took a leave of absence midway through the season, but his play never improved after he returned to the team.

Mavs owner Mark Cuban chided Odom for his listless play at halftime of a game this month, and the two decided it would be best to part ways.

'It's over with,' Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said.

'We tried to make it work, obviously, but sometimes it just doesn't work,' said Nowitzki, who said he wouldn't 'bash' his former teammate. 'He even tried. But, ultimately, we got to move on.'

The Mavs admit they're still adjusting to each other. Kidd has missed 16 games this season. West and center Brendan Haywood, new additions to the starting lineup, have missed 22 and 11 games, respectively.

The Mavs have used 12 different starting lineups but appear to be gaining some traction as the playoffs near.

'We are getting better,' Kidd said. 'We understand each other. We have a couple new guys in positions where we are asking them to do what J.J., Tyson and D-Steve have done. I think guys are starting to feel a little bit more comfortable and are playing a little bit better.'

Only two of Dallas' final six regular-season games are at home. But the Mavs will get a chance to rest before the playoffs: They have four days off before their April 26 regular-season finale in Atlanta.

And Cuban doesn't think the Mavs are in all that different a position than they were last season. They also struggled a year ago and went on to beat the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, sweep the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round, beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the West finals and knock off the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

'It was a year ago this week that the coach of the [Denver] Nuggets was saying he wanted to play the Mavs in the playoffs,' Cuban said. 'At this point last year it wasn't like everyone was saying, 'This is a dominant team,' or, 'They're the team to beat.' It was the exact opposite.

'They were saying, 'These guys have no chance.' That's what everyone is saying right now.'

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Paul Millsap open to contract extension - by Eurobasket News

Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) has spent his entire six-year career with the Jazz.

If everything between Millsap and Utah continues to work out, the steadily improving power forward wants to extend his stay in Salt Lake City.

Millsap said Saturday hes open to signing a long-term extension with the Jazz this summer.

His contract with Utah expires at the end of the 2012-13 season.

'Its [the] team that drafted me. Id love to finish my career here. But if it dont work out, so be it,' said Millsap, prior to the Jazzs 103-98 loss to the Grizzlies.

The No. 47 overall pick of the 2006 NBA Draft entered Saturday ranked second on the Jazz in average points (16.6), rebounds (8.7) and minutes (32.2). Millsap, 27, has missed only one game this season and has started the other 60. He ranks fourth in the NBA in average steals (1.78), has improved everything from his ballhandling to his defense, and rivals Al Jefferson as Utahs MVP in a lockout-shortened campaign.

Despite being willing to slide down from power forward to small forward and continuing to improve his overall attack, Millsap is aware he faces an uncertain future with the Jazz. Backup power forward Derrick Favors, 20, entered Saturday averaging 8.6 points and 6.4 rebounds, and hes recorded a double-double in four of five games.

Utah will have to make a decision about Devin Harris, Raja Bell, Al Jefferson and Millsap four regular starters who hold expiring contracts next season.

Millsap understands his situation and said hell continue to do what hes always done: control what he can control, while letting the business side of the game take care of itself.

'Certain stuffs out of your hands,' Millsap said. 'Get out there and play basketball. Youre paid to play basketball; get out there and do my job.'

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Gerald Wallace likes Nets future - by Eurobasket News

The view has not been exactly scintillating on the surface. Since he became a Net, Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) has yet to see Brook Lopez play a game. He has seen more defeats than victories. He has seen the stunning injury curse claim more Nets victims, including himself.

But while stressing nothing has been decided, Wallace, who could opt out of the final season of his contract and into free agency, can see himself in a Nets uniform next season.

Yes, sure, Wallace said about Brooklyn in his future. Me and my agent have begun to talk about it, but right now were just going to wait till the offseason.

At least he didnt run screaming toward the exit over the notion of staying a Net. Wallace, who sat a second straight game last night with a strained left hamstring, has seen the positives like the 95-89 Kiddie Korps-led victory over Philly that damaged the Sixers playoff plans.

The loss dropped the 76ers (31-28) into a virtual tie with the Knicks (31-28) for the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but the Knicks own the tie-breaker.

Gerald Green scored 23 points, MarShon Brooks had 22, Jordan Williams had 13 in support of an 18-point, 13-rebound Kris Humphries double-double on a night when Deron Williams shot 4-of-14.

Wallace, who sat for a second straight game last night with a strained left hamstring, has seen the positives. He discussed the future of the organization in an upbeat, hopeful vein with owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who was in town this week for the Board of Governors meeting where yesterday by unanimous vote the Nets move to Brooklyn formally was approved.

Yeah, I met with him. It went great.Hes a great guy, loves the game of basketball, wants to be competitive. He wants to do great things for the team and hell be well appreciated by the organization, Wallace said.

Were still missing Brook, a dominant big guy, but other than that, were playing well. We have a really good starting five when we have Brook back. Hump [Kris Humphries] has been playing great all season at the four, rebounding, playing his butt off. Just given an opportunity to have everybody healthy will be great for us.

Theres that health stuff again. Wallace played just 13 games before he went down after averaging 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.77 steals as a Net. His leadership is unquestioned. He just sort of wishes he had a full team to lead. Consider that Deron Williams, the Nets key figure on the free-agency front, and Lopez have played together for just 17 games.

Thats a big difference right there, those guys. Theyre still going to be around, Wallace said.The Nets hope that about Wallace, who coach Avery Johnson calls a game-changer. How does Net life change without him?

Drastically, Johnson said. He gives us a lot of size and athleticism at the 3-spot. He forces us to not have to overuse some of our guys on the bench.

Said Philly coach Doug Collins, Hes just a tough, tough player.

The Nets would love his toughness for six more games this season, including tonight at home against Boston, and beyond.The biggest thing for this team is going to be training camp keeping guys accustomed to having that real training camp, Wallace said. Coming back next year, were able to get adjusted to being together.And being healthy. With, the Nets hope, Wallace. And he can see that happening.

The Nets released a joint statement by Prokhorov and Barclays Center majority owner Bruce Ratner, who both expressed heartfelt thanks to David Stern and the NBA team owners for their role in making the Nets move to Brooklyn a reality.

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Bobcats sign forward Jamario Moon - by Eurobasket News

Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that the team has signed forward Jamario Moon (6'8''-F-80, college: Meridian CC). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Moon will wear No. 9.

A four-year NBA veteran, the 6-8 Moon has played in 278 career games for the Raptors, Heat, Clippers and Cavaliers, with career averages of 6.4 points and 4.3 rebounds. He was signed by the Raptors as a rookie free agent prior to the 2007-08 season and went on to earn Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honors for January 2008 before being selected to the All-Rookie Second Team following the season. Moon also participated in the Rookie-Sophomore Challenge and the Slam Dunk Contest during the 2008 NBA All-Star Weekend.

In 2010-11, Moon averaged 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 59 total games split between the Cavaliers and the Clippers. He saw action in 40 games for Cleveland, averaging 4.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 19.1 minutes, before being traded to the Clippers along with Mo Williams in exchange for Baron Davis and a first-round draft pick. With the Clippers, he averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 19 games played.

Moon becomes the 52nd player this season called up from the NBA D-League, where he played for the Los Angeles D-Fenders. In 12 games this season, Moon averaged 17.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.3 blocks in 37.8 minutes.

After playing one season at Meridian Community College in Mississippi, Moon began his professional career in 2001-02 with the Mobile Revelers of the NBA D-League. He also played for teams in the USBL, ABA, WBA and CBA, as well as in Mexico during the six-year period before he joined the Raptors in 2007-08.

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Ramon Sessions to decline player option, but wants to stay with the Lakers - by Eurobasket News

Ramon Sessions (6'3''-PG-86, college: Nevada) isn't planning on exercising his $4.6 million player option to lock in with the Lakers next season. But he wants to make it very, very, extremely clear -- he wants to stay with the team. Via the L.A. Times:

Sessions is expected to decline a player option for $4.6 million next season and become an unrestricted free agent.

He said he didn't want to move again, not with so much clarity in his basketball career. A return to the Lakers would seem logical if the sides worked out a multiyear deal.

'These fans really believe in me in this place and they really know basketball. They've seen the greatest of greats come through here,' he said. 'It's unreal. In my whole career, it's never been like this, being noticed. You're on ESPN every night or TNT. You're with Kobe Bryant out there in the backcourt.

'I want to be here. I don't know what that means or how that's going to happen. It ain't no secret. I'll tell anybody that. I tell [Lakers General Manager] Mitch Kupchak. I tell my agent. I want to be here. Period. For a long time.'

There are some options for the Lakers next season as they could move players around to build flexibility and make a run at someone (Steve Nash?), they could make a trade, or they could just re-sign Sessions.

Sessions has immediately become one of the most popular players on the team as he's injected life into the team at the point guard position. The Lakers acquired him at the deadline but in the process had to clear a path that involved parting ways with longtime Laker Derek Fisher. It's obviously been for the best as the team is 11-6 since the trade and has jumped into the third spot in the West appearing to be in contention for a championship again.

Sessions is just 26 and has the potential to be a special point guard. He's averaging 11.3 points and 5.7 assists this season, but since joining the Lakers is putting up 13.1 points and 7.1 assists in 17 games. Obviously, he's been a welcome addition and an asset to the team.

He's declining the option because he sees the value he has and feels he could grab more in the open market. He says he wants to stay with the Lakers and more than likely, Mitch Kupchak will give him the opportunity. The ball is in Sessions' court. He's unrestricted, so it'll be his call. In the end, if he wants to stick with the Lakers, Sessions will probably have to put his money where his mouth is.

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Kobe Bryant might not return until playoffs - by Eurobasket News

Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78), his injured left shin improving daily, walked into Staples Center on Friday without the protective boot he had been wearing, but that was the extent of his activity. The star sat out his fourth consecutive game because of the ailment and could miss more if the shin doesn't quickly show more improvement.

Lakers spokesman John Black said Bryant can walk without pain but has not tried running or jumping. There isn't any timetable for him to bump up his activity level, and he will have missed a week of games. It is possible Bryant will sit out the Lakers' final six games and return for the playoffs.

Coach Mike Brown said he would not allow himself to think about finishing the season without his best player, even though the Lakers managed to knock off San Antonio on Wednesday while Bryant watched from the bench.

The Lakers overall are 62-37 without Bryant on the floor, but 25-27 since 2004 without him.

'I don't know if we have any other options because I know another Kobe isn't going to walk through the door,' Brown said. 'So you go with what you have and you feel confident with the group you have and go play the game the best you can the right way.

'If you do that, this group is talented enough to go get some wins.'

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Norfolk State's O'Quinn gains MVP honors, but Ratliffe's team takes PIT title - by Eurobasket News

Ricardo Ratliffe (6'8''-F-89) got his payback sort of.

Ratliffe, a Kecoughtan High graduate from the University of Missouri, had 16 points and 12 rebounds Saturday night at Churchland High to lead his team, Roger Brown's, to the championship of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

Roger Brown's won 92-87 in the title game, but post player Kyle O'Quinn (6'10''-F-90) from the losing team, Portsmouth Sports Club, was named the Most Valuable Player in a four-day event that attracted dozens of pro basketball scouts.

O'Quinn had 12 rebounds, eight points and six blocks in the championship game.

Many people knew O'Quinn around the area during the season because of his stellar play for Norfolk State, but most of the nation wasn't introduced to him until he sparked the 15th-seeded Spartans past Ratliffe and No. 2 seed Missouri in the NCAA tournament's round of 64.

In Saturday's earlier games:

VCU's Bradford Burgess scored 19 points to lead Portsmouth Partnership to a 78-75 win over Cherry, Bekaert & Holland in the third-place game. ...

South Florida star Augustus Gilchrist's (6'10''-F/C-89) 21 rebounds and 19 points led Norfolk Sports Club past Sales Systems Ltd. 88-71 for fifth place. ...

Missouri State's Kyle Weems (6'6''-F-89) had 20 points to guide Mike Duman past K&D Round's Landscaping 88-78 for seventh place.

More information is available at portsmouthinvitational.com

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Report: FIU hires Pitino's son to replace Isiah Thomas - by Eurobasket News

Louisville assistant Richard Pitino , the son of Cardinals coach Rick Pitino, will replace Isiah Thomas as head coach at Florida International, CBS Sports Network reported, confirming the original report early today by AllKyHoops.com.

Thomas compiled a 26-65 record in three seasons at FIU, including 8-21 this season, yet his firing April 6 not only caught him by surprise, he said, but also led to the Golden Panthers team's making headlines last week when it walked out of an awards banquet in protest of the firing.

CBS Sports Networks John Rothstein tweeted his confirmation of Pitinos hiring today, writing: Sources confirm that Louisville Associate Head Coach Richard Pitino will be the next head coach at Florida International. AllKyHoops.com's original report cited an unidentified 'reliable source' as saying Pitino, 29, would be the new FIU coach.

Since beginning his coaching career in 2004, Pitino has been an assistant at Florida, Duquesne, Northeastern and College of Charleston, as well as working under his for a total of three seasons in two stints with the Cardinals. He has never been a head coach.

Pitino is a graduate of Providence College, where he was the mens basketball teams manager under then-head coach Tim Welsh.

Louisville reached the Final Four this March in New Orleans, where it lost to eventual national champion Kentucky.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



Reports: SMU to interview Larry Brown for hoops vacancy - by Eurobasket News

Southern Methodist is looking at coaching vagabond and Hall of Famer Larry Brown for its men's basketball vacancy.

The Mustangs have been searching for a coach since firing Matt Doherty last month after he went 80-109 in six seasons.

Multiple media reports, from The Dallas Morning News to The Daily Campus, SMU's student newspaper, have SMU athletics Steve Orsini interviewing Brown, 71, on Sunday.

Brown last coached with the NBA Charlotte Bobcats in the 2010-11 season. He has spent the last couple of days as a studio analyst with NBA TV and said on the air Saturday that he would be interested in the opening but would not confirm that any conversation with SMU was scheduled.

The Bobcats are one of nine NBA teams that Brown has coached. He took the Detroit Pistons to the NBA title in 2004, making him the only head coach with NBA and NCAA titles. He last coached a college team in 1987-88, taking Kansas to the national title.

SMU will move from Conference USA to the Big East starting with the 2013-14 season. The Mustangs have not made the NCAA tournament since 1993.

Courtesy of http://content.usatoday.com



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  NEW ZEALAND   

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.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Phill JONES
  Nelson G.
  (196-G-74)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Jones, Nelson G.25.4 
 2. Horvath, Hub Jets24.8 
 3. Gurley, Wellington24.0 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.23.9 
 5. Pace, Hub Jets23.0 
 6. Braswell, Southlan.22.8 
 7. Tisby, OceanaGo.21.8 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki.21.4 
 9. Hudson, Taranaki.21.3 
 10. Winitana, Bay H.20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nick HORVATH
  Hub Jets
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 16
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets16.0 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.12.3 
 3. Atkinson, Harbo.10.0 
 4. Johnson, Bay Hawks9.6 
 5. Muhammad, Aucklan.9.3 
 6. Abney, Southland9.2 
 7. Frank, Wellington9.1 
 8. Wright, OceanaGo.9.0 
 9. Young, Bay Hawks8.0 
 10. Pace, Hub Jets7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Crowe, Wellington9.9 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.7.3 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.4 
 4. Jones, Nelson G.5.8 
 5. Bailey, Harbour H.4.6 
 6. Bloxham, Nelson G.4.2 
 7. Wright, OceanaGo.4.0 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki.3.9 
 9. Hudson, Taranaki.3.8 
 10. Kenny, Bay Hawks3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Crowe, Wellington2.9 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.2.6 
 3. Leasure, Taranaki.2.2 
 4. Tait, Auckland P.2.1 
 5. Muhammad, Aucklan.2.1 
 6. Wright, OceanaGo.2.1 
 7. Pace, Hub Jets2.0 
 8. Bailey, Harbour H.2.0 
 9. Gurley, Wellington2.0 
 10. Dickel, OceanaGo.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  Nelson G.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Harrison, Nelson G.2.8 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.0 
 3. Trousdell, Wellin.1.3 
 4. Wright, OceanaGo.1.3 
 5. Abney, Southland1.1 
 6. Atkinson, Harbo.1.0 
 7. Frank, Wellington1.0 
 8. Cartwright, Auckla.0.9 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.0.6 
 10. Smith, Harbour H.0.6 


NBL Round 7: Southland S. hands first loss to Bay Hawks - by Eurobasket News

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Bay Hawks (7-1) on the court of ninth ranked Southland S. on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Southland S. 102-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bay Hawks. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Southland S.'s pressure prevailed and they won that period 33-23 extending their advantage to 15 points. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game, while Bay Hawks only scored six points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by Bay Hawks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kevin Braswell (188-79, college: Georgetown, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Swingman Dan Peck (196-88) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Paora Winitana (196-76) answered with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Bay Hawks. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Southland S. (3-6) moved-up to eighth place. Bay Hawks at the other side still keep top position with one game lost. Southland S. are looking forward to face higher ranked Wellington S. (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bay Hawks will play against Harbour H. in Auckland and are hoping to win this game.
NBL top team - Bay Hawks (7-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked OceanaGold N. (3-5) in Dunedin 82-72. It was a great evening for Canadian-American forward Galen Young (198-75, college: Charlotte) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. Paora Winitana helped adding 24 points. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American power forward Antoine Tisby (203-83, college: S.Carolina) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds. Bay Hawks maintains first place with 7-1 record. OceanaGold N. at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Nelson G.. Bay Hawks will play against bottom-ranked Harbour H. (#9) in Auckland in the next round and are hoping to win another game. OceanaGold N. will play on the road against Nelson G. in Stoke and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - Bay Hawks (7-1) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed fifth ranked OceanaGold N. (3-5) in Tamatea 99-76. It was a quality performance for Paora Winitana who led the winners and scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Antoine Tisby came up with 28 points and 8 rebounds for OceanaGold N. in the defeat. Bay Hawks maintains first place with 7-1 record. Loser OceanaGold N. dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Nelson G.. Bay Hawks will meet at home bottom-ranked Harbour H. (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. OceanaGold N. will play against Nelson G. in Stoke and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between sixth ranked Taranaki MA (4-6) and 8th ranked Harbour H. (2-6) in New Plymouth ended with biggest points difference. Taranaki MA outscored guests from Auckland 100-77. Jack Leasure fired 30 points, 7 assists and 5 steals 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. Taranaki MA moved-up to fourth place. Harbour H. at the other side dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Taranaki MA's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Auckland P. on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Harbour H. will play against the league's leader Bay Hawks (#1) in Tamatea.

Other games in round 7 were not that significant. Nelson G. beat Hub Jets on the road 77-71. Wellington S. won against Nelson G. on its own court 102-95. Hub Jets unfortunately lost to Auckland P. in a road game 83-96.
The most impressive performance of 7th round was 22 points, 5 rebounds and 16 assists by Jason Crowe of Wellington S..


Southland S. - Bay Hawks 102-87

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Bay Hawks (7-1) on the court of ninth ranked Southland S. on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Southland S. 102-87. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bay Hawks. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Southland S.'s pressure prevailed and they won that period 33-23 extending their advantage to 15 points. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game, while Bay Hawks only scored six points from the stripe. 25 personal fouls committed by Bay Hawks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kevin Braswell (188-79, college: Georgetown, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Swingman Dan Peck (196-88) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Southland S. players scored in double figures. The former international guard Paora Winitana (196-76) answered with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and international guard Everard Bartlett (198-86) added 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bay Hawks. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Southland S. (3-6) moved-up to eighth place. Bay Hawks at the other side still keep top position with one game lost. Southland S. are looking forward to face higher ranked Wellington S. (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bay Hawks will play against Harbour H. in Auckland and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Southland S.: K.Braswell 36+8reb+2ast, D.Peck 21+6reb+3ast, C.Bradshaw 19+4reb+1ast, L.Abney 17+6reb+2ast, S.Tilby 5+4reb+2ast, D.Prewster 2+4reb+1ast
Bay Hawks: E.Bartlett 33+5reb+1ast, P.Winitana 28+6reb+5ast, M.Natanahira 6+4reb, A.Daly 5+3reb+2ast, K.Johnson 5+10reb+1ast, G.Young 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 168114


Hub Jets - Nelson G. 71-77

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Nelson G. (3-5) beat 5th ranked Hub Jets (3-3) in Palmerston North 77-71. Hub Jets were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 26-17 third quarter run of Nelson G.. They also forced 21 Hub Jets turnovers. Strangely Hub Jets outrebounded Nelson G. 47-28 including 17 on the offensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. The former international guard Phill Jones (196-74) fired 19 points and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Joshua Bloxham (186-90) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Nick Horvath (208-81, college: Duke) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 16 rebounds and American swingman Josh Pace (198-83, college: Syracuse) added 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Nelson G. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with OceanaGold N. Hub Jets lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with three games lost. Nelson G.'s next round opponent will be OceanaGold N. (#7) in Dunedin. Hub Jets will play at home against OceanaGold N. in Dunedin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nelson G.: P.Jones 19+1reb+6ast, J.Bloxham 12+5reb+2ast, B.Beri 12+5reb+1ast, P.Campbell 12+5reb, S.Dempster 9+4reb+2ast, M.Harrison 8+7reb+2ast
Hub Jets: N.Horvath 29+16reb+2ast, J.Pace 18+10reb+5ast, D.Mitchell 12+9reb, Z.Meehl 11+7reb+1ast, M.Pearce 1+2reb+1ast, M.Te Huna 0+3reb+1ast
gschID: 168115


Taranaki MA - Harbour H. 100-77

The game between sixth ranked Taranaki MA (4-6) and 8th ranked Harbour H. (2-6) in New Plymouth ended with biggest points difference. Taranaki MA outscored guests from Auckland 100-77. The game without a history. Taranaki MA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Taranaki MA outrebounded Harbour H. 45-27 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Jack Leasure (191-86, college: Co.Carolina) fired 30 points, 7 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Naturalized American forward Link Abrams (195-73) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Justin Bailey (188-77, college: Hartford) produced 22 points and naturalized American forward Kevin Smith (196-79, college: Lee) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Taranaki MA moved-up to fourth place. Harbour H. at the other side dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Taranaki MA's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Auckland P. on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Harbour H. will play against the league's leader Bay Hawks (#1) in Tamatea.
Top scorers:
Taranaki MA: J.Leasure 30+4reb+7ast, D.Hudson 18+2reb+2ast, L.Abrams 13+9reb, C.Daniel 11+4reb+3ast, M.Abdelhamid 9+9reb, A.Bailey-Nowell 8+9reb+4ast
Harbour H.: J.Bailey 22+3reb+3ast, K.Smith 19+5reb+2ast, I.Solufuti 9+6reb+3ast, Z.Atkinson 9+6reb+1ast, J.Ashby 6+1reb, C.Piho 4+1reb
gschID: 174567


OceanaGold N. - Bay Hawks 72-82

NBL top team - Bay Hawks (7-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked OceanaGold N. (3-5) in Dunedin 82-72. OceanaGold N. was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 47-31 second half run of Bay Hawks. It was a great evening for Canadian-American forward Galen Young (198-75, college: Charlotte) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Paora Winitana (196-76) helped adding 24 points. Four Bay Hawks players scored in double figures. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American power forward Antoine Tisby (203-83, college: S.Carolina) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import swingman Akeem Wright (200-84, college: Kansas St.) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Bay Hawks maintains first place with 7-1 record. OceanaGold N. at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Nelson G.. Bay Hawks will play against bottom-ranked Harbour H. (#9) in Auckland in the next round and are hoping to win another game. OceanaGold N. will play on the road against Nelson G. in Stoke and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bay Hawks: P.Winitana 24+2reb, E.Bartlett 17+5reb+4ast, K.Johnson 12+10reb, G.Young 10+14reb+3ast, J.Kenny 9+7reb, M.Natanahira 4+4reb+1ast
OceanaGold N.: A.Wright 24+6reb+2ast, A.Tisby 21+16reb+3ast, R.Buckrell 7+2reb, S.King 7+2reb+1ast, J.Ross 6+2reb, M.Dickel 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 168112


Wellington S. - Nelson G. 102-95

Very expected game when 7th ranked Nelson G. (3-5) lost on the road to third ranked Wellington S. (5-3) 102-95. The hosts were already 19 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-18 Nelson G.'s run in the last quarter cut the lead to 102-95 at the end of the game. Wellington S. made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American guard Jason Crowe (193-76, college: CS Northridge) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 16 assists for the winners. The former international forward Casey Frank (203-77, college: N.Arizona) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Wellington S.'s coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The former international guard Phill Jones (196-74) produced 30 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and American power forward Michael Harrison (206-84, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains third place with 5-3 record having just two points less than leader Bay Hawks. Nelson G. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Wellington S.'s next round opponent will be Southland S. (#8) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Nelson G. will play against OceanaGold N. in Dunedin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wellington S.: J.Crowe 22+5reb+16ast, C.Frank 20+11reb+3ast, A.Trousdell 19+2reb+1ast, E.Scott 13+4reb+2ast, J.Kench 13+1reb+1ast, T.McLean 7+2reb
Nelson G.: P.Jones 30+7reb+9ast, M.Harrison 19+9reb+2ast, G.Dawson 17+2reb+1ast, J.Bloxham 12+5reb+7ast, P.Campbell 10+2reb+2ast, B.Wright 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 168113


Bay Hawks - OceanaGold N. 99-76

NBL top team - Bay Hawks (7-1) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed fifth ranked OceanaGold N. (3-5) in Tamatea 99-76. The game was mostly controlled by Bay Hawks. OceanaGold N. managed to win second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bay Hawks looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Paora Winitana (196-76) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. International swingman Morgan Natanahira (198-91) accounted for 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four Bay Hawks players scored in double figures. Bay Hawks' coach Paul Henare felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Antoine Tisby (203-83, college: S.Carolina) came up with 28 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import swingman Akeem Wright (200-84, college: Kansas St.) added 19 points and 11 rebounds respectively for OceanaGold N. in the defeat. Bay Hawks maintains first place with 7-1 record. Loser OceanaGold N. dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Nelson G.. Bay Hawks will meet at home bottom-ranked Harbour H. (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. OceanaGold N. will play against Nelson G. in Stoke and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bay Hawks: P.Winitana 20+5reb+5ast, M.Natanahira 19+5reb+1ast, E.Bartlett 15+2reb+6ast, K.Johnson 10+8reb+1ast, J.Kenny 9+3reb+5ast, A.Burton 6+1reb+1ast
OceanaGold N.: A.Tisby 28+8reb, A.Wright 19+11reb+3ast, M.Dickel 15+6reb+6ast, J.Ross 6+1ast, S.King 4+2reb, R.Buckrell 2+1reb
gschID: 168110


Auckland P. - Hub Jets 96-83

Rather predictable result when second ranked Auckland P. (7-2) won against at home 5th ranked Hub Jets (3-3) 96-83. The game was mostly controlled by Auckland P.. Hub Jets was better in second period 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Auckland P. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Bay Hawks. Hub Jets lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with three games lost. Auckland P.'s next round opponent will be Taranaki MA (#4) in New Plymouth. Hub Jets will play at home against OceanaGold N. in Dunedin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 168111



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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. Parada, Alaska Ac.19.3 
 7. Harvey, Talk N Te.19.2 
 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.6.2 
 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. Miller, Barako Bu.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 2. Vroman, Ginebra1.4 
 3. Reyes, Talk N Text1.4 
 4. Harvey, Talk N Te.1.3 
 5. Lassiter, Powerade.1.3 
 6. Custodio, Alaska A.1.3 
 7. Douthit, Air21 E.1.2 
 8. Cabagnot, Petron1.2 
 9. Helterbrand, Gineb.1.1 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.1.1 
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. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.1 
 10. Harvey, Talk N T.1.1 


PBA Roundup: April 13-15, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

B-MEG LLAMADOS over BGY. GINEBRA KINGS, 83-77
Peter June Simon took over on offense late, while Marc Pingris made the defensive play of the game to lead B-MEG to a hard-earned victory over Ginebra in Game Two of their Commissioners Cup best-of-five semis series Friday.

Simon scored eight of his 15 points in the games final two minutes, while Pingris had a monster block on a fastbreak layup attempt by Dylan Ababou to preserve the win for the Llamados, who moved a win away from sweeping the series and securing a championship berth.

Simon shattered the games final deadlock with a breakaway lay up after a miscue by Ginebras Jayjay Helterbrand and Rudy Hatfield, giving B-MEG a 77-75 lead with 2:01 left in the match. After the teams exchanged empty possessions, Simon picked up a foul off KG Canaleta and made two free throws to pad the Llamados lead to four points. Two plays later, Pingris turned back Ababous shot off an ill-advised pass by Jackson Vroman to save the win for B-MEG.

Denzel Bowles and James Yap led the scoring for B-MEG with 21 and 16 points, respectively. Canaleta (19 points) and Mike Cortez (17) carried the fight for Ginebra, which drew a sub-par effort from import Jackson Vroman, who finished with just 10 points.

BML 83- Bowles 21, Yap 16, Simon 15, Urbiztondo 12, Pingris 12, Intal 3, Devance 2, Reavis 2, Barroca 0, Burtscher 0, Villanueva 0, De Ocampo 0.
BGK 77- Canaleta 19, Cortez 17, Vroman 10, Helterbrand 8, Hatfield 8, Ababou 6, Raymundo 5, Wilson 3, Wilson, W. 1, Labagala 0, Mamaril 0.
QS: 23-19; 37-41; 63-59; 83-77.

BARAKO BULL ENERGY over TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS, 85-81
Mick Pennisi and Barako Bulls Manong Brigade moved one step closer to the finals, hacking out a big win over the Talk N Text Tropang Texters in Game Three of their Commissioners Cup semifinals series Sunday night.

Pennisis hit a crucial three-pointer late in the game, before splitting free throws with 26 seconds left to preserve the win for Barako Bull. His clutch shot came after Talk N Text cut the Barako Bull lead to two points, 79-77,courtesy of Jayson Castros two free throws.

Although the Tropang Texters came to within one point, 82-81, after two free throws by Kelly Williams, Miller and Pennisi combined for three of four free throws by Barako Bull in the final 43 seconds.

Barakos defense held the Tropang Texters to their season-low output in the first half at 31 points.

The Tropang Texters rallied back and made a game out of it in the fourth period, but Talk N Texts comeback was hampered by the ejection of Jimmy Alapag, who was ejected after his second technical foul with 4:37 left in the game. The reigning Most Valuable Player had been getting chippy with Barako Bull defender Ronald Tubid. Alapags first technical foul came after he elbowed Tubid, who reacted by talking trash his opponent

BBE 85- Freeman 27, Miller 17, Pennisi 15, Seigle 14, Tubid 8, Salvador 2, Pena 2, Aquino 0, Najorda 0, Allado 0, Arboleda 0.
TNT 81- Harvey 19, Carey 15, Alapag 14, Castro 11, Williams 7, Fonacier 7, Dillinger 3, Reyes 3, De Ocampo 2, Gamalinda 0.
QS: 19-17; 42-31; 67-57; 85-81

BGY. GINEBRA KINGS over B-MEG LLAMADOS, 88-79
KG Canaleta triggered Ginebras big fourth-quarter breakaway, while Mike Cortez delivered the knockout blow to B-MEG.

Ginebra fought with a sense of urgency in Sundays Game Three of the PBA Commissioners Cup best-of-five semis series, ripping the B-Meg Llamados, 88-79.

A sellout crowd of 10,674 came to witness the Gin Kings revival of hope. Down 2-0, the team refused to roll over, denying the Llamados a sweep and a finals berth.

Canaleta drilled in all of four of his three-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 23 points. Cortez, on the other hand, was brilliant all game, dishing out the first triple-double performance of his career. He finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Canaletas three-pointers came in a two-minute stretch in the fourth period, including three straight, that gave the Gin Kings a 78-65 lead with 7:03 left in the match. And when the Llamados cut the deficit to just four points, Cortez hit five straight to give Ginebra an 83-74 advantage with only 2:12 left in the game.

The Llamados were affected by the ejection of Marc Pingris, who was thrown out after a flagrant foul he issued against Canaleta in the early part of the second period. He was assessed a technical foul in the earlier play, leading to his ejection. Apart from losing their most energetic player, the Llamados also drew a subpar effort from import Denzel Bowles, who only scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

BGK 88- Canaleta 23, Cortez 17, Ababou 13, Helterbrand 12, Hatfield 9, Vroman 8, Labagala 3, Raymundo 3, Wilson 0, Mamaril 0.
BML 79- Intal 18, Simon 15, Yap 14, Bowles 11, Urbiztondo 8, Devance 7, Reavis 6, Barroca 0, Burtscher 0, Villanueva 0, Pingris 0, De Ocampo 0.
QS: 17-12; 37-37; 61-57; 88-79

Source: Game recaps were compressed and compiled from interaksyon.com/interAKTV




Asean Basketball League Roundup: April 12-15, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

INDONESIA WARRIORS over WESTPORTS MALAYSIA DRAGONS, 98-80
It didnt take long for Stanley Pringle and Evan Brock to excite the Indonesia Warriors home crowd. Pringles killer crossovers and Brocks powerful dunks had all the Warriors fans off their seats. Pringle finished with 24 points and Brock added 18 points in their debut to help the Warriors beat Westports Malaysia Dragons at Mahaka Square.

Pringle made an immediate impact in the first quarter, making 6 of his first 7 shots and going on to finish the quarter with 14 points. Brock, meanwhile, continued to entertain the fans with his array of dunks. Warriors fans were on their feet after Brock caught an alley-oop from Mario Wuysang early in the third quarter. On the next possesion, Brock hit a jumper to give Warriors their biggest lead in the game 62-36 with 9:13 left in the third.

The Dragons, however, made a 20-6 run to trim their deficit to 56-68 after a three-point shot by Tiras Wade. Back-to-back three point shots by Amin Prihantono and a lay-up by Rony Gunawan quashed their attempt, though, and the Warriors led 81-61 with 1:17 left in the third canto.

The Warriors dominated the boards as they outrebounded the Dragons 48-26. Steven Thomas finished with 22 rebounds for the Warriors. The Dragons leading rebounder Brian Williams still sat out the game, but the Dragons expect him to come back next weekend.

Tiras Wade had 22 points and former Indonesia Warriors import Jonathan Smith added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Dragons. Chemistry has been an issue for the Dragons lately, and it showed late in the first quarter when Wade and Nic Belasco got into a heated discussion on the court.

After this win, the Warriors moved up to the third position with a record of 8 wins and 9 losses.

INW 98- Pringle 24, Brock 18, Thomas 17, Wuysang 12, Salangsan 9, Prihantono 8, Canada 6, Ristanto 2, Gunawan 2
WMD 80- Wade 22, Smith 21, Batumalai 11, Cabahug 10, Pacana 8, Belasco 4, Kuppusamy 3, Ng 1
QS: 32-20, 58-36, 81-63, 98-80

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over AIRASIA PHILIPPINE PATRIOTS, 93-78
San Miguel Beermen put on a solid performance to complete the three-game sweep over their local rivals, the AirAsia Philippine Patriots, with a huge 92-78 win.

Leo Avenido and Duke Crews led their team in points with 23 apiece followed by Nick Fazekas, who contributed 16. This game also saw the much anticipated debut of SMBs Chris Banchero, who finished the game with 11 points.

This game also marked the debut of Chris Alexander for the Patriots, following Nakiea Millers release. Alexander had a decent start for his team, completing his first game in with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Both teams have already earned their playoff spots, but this game determined which team would close out the regular season atop the standings. The Beermen started to pull away in the second quarter, even managing to erect a 13-point lead.

The Patriots were trying hard to regain control of the game in the second half, but they were unable to find an answer for the Beermens unstoppable due of Crews and Avenido. In the end, despite a valiant effort from Anthony Johnson, who topped the scoring with 30 points, the Patriots saw themselves losing their third game this season to the Beermen.

SMB 93- Crews 23, Avenido 23, Fazekas 16, Banchero 11, Fernandez 8, Fajardo 5, Yap 3, Dimaunahan 3, Cabatu 1
APP 78- Johnson 30, Alexander 16, Larong 9, Ybanez 6, Adriano 5, Fernandez 4, Laure 3, Wainwright 2, Raymundo 2, Ramos 1
QS: 22-18, 47-37, 64-55, 93-78

BANGKOK COBRAS over CHANG THAILAND SLAMMERS, 83-78
It was a game both teams needed to win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Chang Thailand Slammers started off well and led after every quarter, but the Bangkok Cobras kept cutting into their lead and made good in the final quarter to take the win.

After a tight start, the Slammers took the first substantial lead of the game after an 8-point run to end the first quarter leading, 19-15. Calvin Williams made his mark early in the game, scoring 10 of the Slammers points in this period. The Cobras were having problems finding their range, completing just 26% of their field goal attempts and managing just one shot from the beyond arc out of 8 tries.

Things looked up for the Cobras in the second quarter as Jai Reyes put himself on the score sheet in a big way, making a field goal following a successful three-pointer to bring the Cobras within one point of the Slammers. The Slammers, however, answered with back-to-back threes from Attaporn Lertmalaiporn and Rexander Leynes with less than two minutes to go till the halftime buzzer to extend their lead to 9 points. Fortunately for the Cobras, the quarter concluded with a couple of fouls called against the Slammers, which sent Marvin Cruz to the line for multiple attempts. He stepped up to the line and calmly converted all his free throws, sending the Cobras into the second half trailing by just 4 points.

Both teams came in firing for the second half of this game and after chasing the lead for most of the third quarter, Ratdech Kruatiwa had the opportunity to send the Cobras into the fourth with a lead, but missed his three-point shot with 0:06 on the clock. The quarter then ended with the Slammers still hanging onto a lead, albeit a small one at 60-58.

Kruatiwa made up for his miss by hitting another trey midway through the fourth that sparked an 11-point run, giving the Cobras their biggest lead at 76-66 with 02:23 remaining. The Slammers were unable to regain control after that.

The Cobras will need to grab a win in their next game against the JobStreet.com Singapore Slingers if they are to stay in the running for a playoffs position.

BKC 83- George 18, Reyes 18, Kruatiwa 17, Lewis 13, Cruz 11, Klahan 4, Wanna 2
CTS 78- Garnett 22, Williams 19, Angeles 17, Leynes 6, Lertmalaiporn 5, Apiromvilaichai 4, Pinitpatcharalert 3, Jantuma 2
QS: 15-19, 34-39, 58-60, 83-78

*Game Recaps compiled and compressed from AseanBasketballLeague.com




Barako Bull a win from ousting TNT - by Eurobasket News

Using a great defensive effort in the first half and playing steadily down the stretch, Barako Bull upended Talk N Text, 85-81, in another physical contest last night that moved the Energy within another win of the franchises second PBA title series stint.

The Energy held the star-studded Tropang Texters to 31 points in the first two periods and built leads of as large as 21 points in the third to pull out the win at the Cuneta Astrodome and earn two chances at making the Commissioners Cups Last Dance.

With a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, coach Junel Baculi said he believes that the key to wrapping it all up lies in Game 4 tomorrow.

'We'll try to slay a giant on Monday', Baculi told reporters after getting 27 points, 14 rebounds, and a lot of intangibles from Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) in the upset win. Because if they (Texters) win on Monday, I think well be in trouble.

Teams taking a 2-1 lead after a 1-1 tie have won 19 of the past 27 times that it happened.

Willie Miller (180-PG-77) fired 17 markers and had six assists, and Mick Pennisi had a crucial triple and a free throw that sealed the deal with 26.1 seconds left as the underdog Energy pushed the defending champions backs hard to the wall.

Talk N Texts cause was not helped any by the ejection of Jimmy Alapag (177-PG-77, college: CS San Bernar.) with 4:37 left because of a second technical foul for a second motion on Ronald Tubid. Alapag scored 10 points in the third and was instrumental in the TNT comeback.

We needed to show the intensity, effort and desire on both ends tonight and they showed it, Baculi said as his charges rebounded from a 25-point Game 2 blowout on Thursday.

A Miller layup that capped a 12-2 run with 8:55 left in the third period bloated a 42-31 halftime lead for the Energy to 54-33. But Barako Bull still needed to weather a late Talk N Text storm to move in position for a second crack at a PBA title.

The Barako Buill franchise made the finals for the only time in the 2008 Fiesta Conference as Air21, and was within a win of clinching the best-of-seven series opposite Ginebra only to lose the last two games under Bo Perasol.

Those 31 points in the first half were a conference-low for the Texters as import Donnell Harvey was held to just four in that stretch.



The scores:

BARAKO 85 - Freeman 27, Miller 17, Pennisi 15, Seigle 14, Tubid 8, Salavador 2, Pena 2, Aquino 0, Najorda 0, Allado 0, Arboleda 0.

TALK N TEXT 81 - Harvey 19, Carey 15, Alapag 14, Castro 11, Williams 7, Fonacier 7, Dillinger 3, Reyes 3, De Ocampo 2, Gamalinda 0.

Quarters: 19-17, 42-31, 67-57, 85-81

Courtesy of http://sports.inquirer.net



Ginebra trumps B-MEG, lives to fight anew - by Eurobasket News

With the possibility of elimination looking likely, the never-say-die attitude of Ginebra emerged and took over.

The Barangay Ginebra Kings refused to be swept, pulling off an 88-79 victory over the B-MEG Llamados that kept them alive in their semifinals series of the PBA Commissioner's Cup, Sunday at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Back to back scores by import Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89, college: JMU) had B-MEG threatening to overtake Ginebra and close out the series, as his baskets cut the Llamados' deficit to three, 64-61 with 9:57 remaining in the final period. The Kings responded with a 14-4 run that featured four triples by Nino Canaleta (196-F-82), restoring their double-digit lead, 78-65.

In response, Peter Simon (186-G-82) JC Intal and Josh Urbiztondo exploded for nine unanswered, 78-74, drawing a timeout from the Ginebra coaching staff at the 2:46 mark.

With momentum ready to shift over to the other side completely, 'Cool Cat' Mike Cortez (183-G-80, college: CS Los Angeles) took over and rifled in five straight. Joe Devance countered with a deuce off a B-MEG timeout, but Jayjay Helterbrand put the finishing touches on the game by taking it strong to the hoop twice times in succession, making it 88-76 with a little over half a minute remaining, preventing any chance of a comeback by B-MEG.

Barangay Ginebra shot 41 percent from the field in the first quarter, helping them erect a 17-12 lead, but they got a huge break when Llamados big man Marc Pingris got ejected at the 10:29 mark of the second period, thanks to a technical foul, followed by a flagrant foul the next time down the floor.

Still, both teams entered the second half with a clean slate, after James Yap (191-F/G-82) knotted things up at 37-all, courtesy of a triple with two seconds remaining on the clock, right before the halftime break. Unfortunately, all 14 of his markers came in the game's first 24 minutes, leaving it up to his teammates to mount the comeback late.

In spite of that tied score, Ginebra was able to build several double-digit leads, only to have B-MEG topple each down, right up until the twilight of the fourth period when the Kings' firepower ultimately proved to be too much for the Llamados to handle.

Nino Canaleta led all scorers with 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting, 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, while Cortez notched a triple-double of 17 markers, 11 boards and 10 dimes. Rookie Dylan Ababou scored 13 and veteran Jayjay Helterbrand stuffed the stat sheet with 12 markers, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals for Ginebra, which got an automatic trip to the semis after beating B-MEG in a tiebreaker game.

With Pingris out and Yap ineffective, B-MEG needed scoring from other sources, and they got that from JC Intal, who led his side with 18 points, a conference-best for him and just the second time that the former Ginebra King notched double-digit points in the tourney. Nino Canaleta added 15 points and 10 rebounds, while import Denzel Bowles was largely held in check, contributing only 11 on 3-of-14 shooting.

Ginebra's victory means they live to try to tie the best-of-five series up on Tuesday, while B-MEG will get another chance to eliminate their sister squad and advance to the Finals of the import-reinforced conference.



The scores:

GINEBRA 88 - Nino Canaleta 23, Cortez 17, Ababou 13, Helterbrand 12, Hatfield 9, Vroman 8, Labagala 3, Raymundo 3, J. Wilson 0, Mamaril 0.

B-MEG 79 - Intal 18, Peter Simon 15, Yap 14, Bowles 11, Urbiztondo 8, Devance 7, Reavis 6, Barroca 0, Burtscher 0, Villanueva 0, De Ocampo 0.

Quarter scoring: 17-12, 37-37, 61-57, 88-79

Courtesy of www.gmanetwork.com



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  POLAND   

Standings - DBE

PLK Standings
Group A
 1. Asseco Prokom 8-2 
 2. Trefl Sopot 6-4 
 3. Zastal ZG 6-4 
 4. Anwil 5-5 
 5. Energa Czarni 3-7 
 6. PGE Turow 2-8 
Group B
 1. Slask Wroclaw 25-13 
 2. AZS Koszalin 22-16 
 3. Kotwica 19-19 
 4. Siarka Jezioro 17-21 
 5. Polpharma 14-23 
 6. AZS PW 11-26 
 7. PBG Basket 11-27 
 8. LKS Lodz 7-31 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

Group A

Apr. 15: Energa Czarni - Zastal ZG 83-81
Apr. 15: PGE Turow - Anwil 76-79
Apr. 15: Trefl Sopot - Asseco Prokom 73-77

Group B

Apr. 15: Siarka Jezioro - AZS PW 92-81
Apr. 15: LKS Lodz - Slask Wroclaw 78-94
Apr. 15: Polpharma - AZS Koszalin 74-87
Apr. 15: Kotwica - PBG Basket 73-60

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 22: Zastal ZG - Energa Czarni
Apr. 22: Asseco Prokom - AZS Koszalin
Apr. 23: Anwil - PGE Turow
Apr. 23: Trefl Sopot - Slask Wroclaw


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG18.9 
 2. Michalak, LKS Lodz17.2 
 3. Corbett, Siarka J.16.1 
 4. Miller, Siarka J.15.9 
 5. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.8 
 6. Micic, PBG Basket15.7 
 7. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 8. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.3 
 10. Kickert, PGE Turow15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Harris, Kotwica11.6 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG10.2 
 3. Dluski, LKS Lodz8.1 
 4. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 5. Archibeque, Zastal7.5 
 6. Eziukwu, AZS K.7.3 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.7.3 
 8. Simmons, Polpharma7.2 
 9. Bartosz, PBG Bask.7.1 
 10. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Skibniewski, Slask7.4 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.0 
 3. Wilczek, AZS P.5.2 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.2 
 5. Milicic, AZS K.5.1 
 6. Moore, PGE Turow4.8 
 7. Miller, Siarka J.4.7 
 8. Burrell, Energa C.4.5 
 9. Micic, PBG Basket4.5 
 10. Szubarga, Anwil4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Szubarga, Anwil1.9 
 2. Skibniewski, Slask1.6 
 3. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 4. Tiller, Siarka J.1.5 
 5. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.4 
 6. Dabrowski, Polph.1.4 
 7. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 8. Kinnard, Anwil1.4 
 9. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 10. Miller, Siarka J.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eziukwu, AZS K.1.8 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 3. Harris, Kotwica1.6 
 4. Kesicki, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Morrison, Energa C.1.2 
 6. Karnowski, Siarka1.2 
 7. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.1 
 8. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 9. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.1 
 10. Doaks, Siarka J.1.0 


PLK Round 10: Energa Czarni beats Zastal ZG by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in PLK just ended.

The most exciting game of round 10 in the PLK took place in Slupsk. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd ranked Zastal ZG (6-4) to fifth ranked Energa Czarni (3-7) 83-81 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zastal ZG. The hosts trailed by 17 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-81. Energa Czarni made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Zastal ZG outrebounded Energa Czarni 31-19 including 20 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Zastal ZG helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. Naturalized Lithuanian guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds for Zastal ZG. Energa Czarni maintains fifth position in Group A with 3-7 record. Zastal ZG at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Trefl Sopot.
Important game to mention about took place in Zgorzelec. Fourth ranked Anwil (5-5) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked PGE Turow (2-8) 79-76 on Sunday evening. American power forward Nick Lewis (207-83, college: San Diego) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and John Allen chipped in 19 points during the contest. At the losing side Australian-Dutch center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 16 points. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Anwil maintains fourth position in Group A with 5-5 record. PGE Turow lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with eight games lost.
An interesting game for Asseco Prokom (8-2) which played road game in Sopot against their biggest opponent Trefl Sopot (6-4). First ranked Asseco Prokom managed to get a 4-point victory 77-73. Donatas Motiejunas notched a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort. Asseco Prokom's coach used entire bench in such tough game. Even 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by Filip Dylewicz did not help to save the game for Trefl Sopot. Asseco Prokom have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in Group A with 8-2 record. Loser Trefl Sopot keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Zastal ZG.
PLK top team - Slask Wroclaw (25-13) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eighth ranked LKS Sphinx (7-31) in Lodz 94-78. Robert Skibniewski fired 19 points and 8 assists for the winners. Slask Wroclaw's coach Miodrag Rajkovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Slask Wroclaw have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Slask Wroclaw maintains first position in Group B with 25-13 record. LKS Sphinx at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth place with 31 games lost.
The game in Starogard was also quite interesting. Second ranked AZS Koszalin (22-16) played at the court of 5th ranked Polpharma (14-23). AZS Koszalin defeated Polpharma 87-74 on Sunday. It was a very good performance for George Reese who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Polpharma's coach Wojciech Kaminski let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. AZS Koszalin have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group B with 22-16 record having just three points less than leader Slask Wroclaw. Polpharma lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 23 games lost.

In the last two games of round 10
In Group B AZS PW was beaten by Siarka Jezioro on the road 92-81. Kotwica won against PBG Basket on its own court 73-60.


Group Group A
Trefl Sopot - Asseco Prokom 73-77

An interesting game for Asseco Prokom (8-2) which played road game in Sopot against their biggest opponent Trefl Sopot (6-4). First ranked Asseco Prokom managed to get a 4-point victory 77-73. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-73. Lithuanian power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) supported him with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Asseco Prokom's coach used entire bench in such tough game. Even 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by the former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) did not help to save the game for Trefl Sopot. The former international guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) added 13 points and 4 assists for lost side. Five Trefl Sopot players scored in double figures. Asseco Prokom have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position in Group A with 8-2 record. Loser Trefl Sopot keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Zastal ZG.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: A.Waczynski 17+3reb+1ast, L.Koszarek 13+4reb+4ast, J.Mallett 12+7reb, F.Dylewicz 12+8reb+5ast, M.Stefanski 10+6reb+1ast, J.Turek 7+3reb
Asseco Prokom: D.Motiejunas 23+13reb, L.Seweryn 14+1reb+2ast, J.Blassingame 13+5reb+7ast, M.Kuebler 9+2reb, P.Frasunkiewicz 6+7reb+4ast, A.Hrycaniuk 4+7reb
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Energa Czarni - Zastal ZG 83-81

The most exciting game of round 10 in the PLK took place in Slupsk. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd ranked Zastal ZG (6-4) to fifth ranked Energa Czarni (3-7) 83-81 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zastal ZG. The hosts trailed by 17 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-81. Energa Czarni made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Zastal ZG outrebounded Energa Czarni 31-19 including 20 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Zastal ZG helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. Naturalized Lithuanian guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81) contributed with 14 points and 4 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and Ivorian-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) added 27 points and 7 assists in the effort for Zastal ZG. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Energa Czarni maintains fifth position in Group A with 3-7 record. Zastal ZG at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Trefl Sopot.
Top scorers:
Zastal ZG: K.Archibeque 27+11reb, W.Hodge 27+2reb+7ast, K.Chanas 13+1reb+4ast, T.Mobley 10+1reb+1ast, M.Flieger 2, M.Sroka 2+5reb
Energa Czarni: S.Burrell 17+2reb+3ast, D.Hinson 16+2reb, M.Cesnauskis 14+3reb+4ast, D.Weaver 12+1reb+1ast, P.Leonczyk 8+1reb, P.Kikowski 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 169060


PGE Turow - Anwil 76-79

Important game to mention about took place in Zgorzelec. Fourth ranked Anwil (5-5) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked PGE Turow (2-8) 79-76 on Sunday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-20. But PGE Turow won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Anwil won last quarter 16-15. American power forward Nick Lewis (207-83, college: San Diego) scored 18 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman John Allen (194-82, college: Seton Hall, agency: Court Side) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Four Anwil players scored in double figures. At the losing side Australian-Dutch center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 16 points and the former international guard Michal Chylinski (199-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 9 points and 5 assists. PGE Turow's coach Jacek Winnicki tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Anwil maintains fourth position in Group A with 5-5 record. PGE Turow lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: D.Kickert 16+3reb+1ast, G.Gustas 12+1reb+2ast, D.Jackson 11+2ast, A.Mielczarek 10+2reb+2ast, M.Chylinski 9+4reb+5ast, A.Cel 5+7reb+1ast
Anwil: J.Allen 19+2reb+2ast, N.Lewis 18+4reb+2ast, K.Szubarga 10+3reb+8ast, L.Majewski 10+1reb+1ast, C.Edwards 8+7reb, L.Kinnard 7+1ast
gschID: 169061


Group Group B
Siarka Jezioro - AZS PW 92-81

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Siarka Jezioro (17-21) beat 6th ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (11-26) in Tarnobrzeg 92-81 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 48-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Siarka Jezioro dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to AZS Politechnika Warszawska's 48. Siarka Jezioro forced 22 AZS Politechnika Warszawska turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. AZS Politechnika Warszawska was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for center Przemyslaw Karnowski (214-93) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (on 17-of-19 shooting from the field). American forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-87, college: Chattanooga, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Michal Nowakowski (202-88) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and international forward Jaroslaw Mokros (201-90) added 15 points in the effort for AZS Politechnika Warszawska. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. AZS Politechnika Warszawska's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Siarka Jezioro maintains fourth position in Group B with 17-21 record. Newly promoted AZS Politechnika Warszawska keeps the sixth place with 26 games lost.
Top scorers:
AZS PW: M.Nowakowski 18+5reb, J.Mokros 15+3reb+3ast, M.Kucharek 11+3reb+2ast, S.Kowalczyk 10+3reb+2ast, P.Pelka 6+4reb+2ast, C.Zieba 6
Siarka Jezioro: P.Karnowski 35+6reb, J.Miller 18+1reb+7ast, N.Doaks 16+14reb+4ast, J.Tiller 14+1reb+7ast, M.Piechowicz 6+7reb+3ast, D.Wyka 3+2reb
gschID: 169065


LKS Lodz - Slask Wroclaw 78-94

PLK top team - Slask Wroclaw (25-13) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eighth ranked LKS Sphinx (7-31) in Lodz 94-78. It looked good early as LKS Sphinx took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Slask Wroclaw took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 16 points. Slask Wroclaw outrebounded LKS Sphinx 42-27 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international guard Robert Skibniewski (182-83) fired 19 points and 8 assists for the winners. American-Puerto Rican guard Paul Graham (196-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 25 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Slask Wroclaw's coach Miodrag Rajkovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Jakub Dluski (200-87) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds and guard Michal Michalak (194-93) added 12 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Four LKS Sphinx players scored in double figures. Slask Wroclaw have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Slask Wroclaw maintains first position in Group B with 25-13 record. LKS Sphinx at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth place with 31 games lost.
Top scorers:
LKS Lodz: J.Dluski 20+9reb+1ast, J.Zyskowski 15+3reb+1ast, M.Michalak 12+6reb+11ast, B.Bartoszewicz 11+2reb+2ast, K.Sulima 9+4reb, B.Szczepaniak 8+2reb
Slask Wroclaw: P.Graham 25+2reb+1ast, R.Skibniewski 19+2reb+8ast, S.Bogavac 16+6reb+1ast, K.Sek 12+2reb, A.Mladenovic 8+9reb, P.Niedzwiedzki 7+3reb
gschID: 169066


Kotwica - PBG Basket 73-60

Very expected game when 7th ranked PBG Basket (11-27) lost to third ranked Kotwica (19-19) in Kolobrzeg 60-73 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Kotwica outrebounded PBG Basket 43-23 including a 25-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kotwica made 7 blocks. It was a very good performance for American power forward Darrell Harris (208-84, college: Rhode Island) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks. Forward Lukasz Diduszko (197-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Kotwica players scored in double figures. Serbian guard Djordje Micic (195-83) replied with 15 points and 5 assists and naturalized Belgian center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84) added 16 points in the effort for PBG Basket. PBG Basket's coach Milija Bogicevic let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kotwica maintains third position in Group B with 19-19 record having six points less than leader Slask Wroclaw. PBG Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 27 games lost.
Top scorers:
PBG Basket: A.Lichodzijewski 16+1reb+1ast, D.Micic 15+2reb+5ast, J.Nowak 8+3reb+3ast, J.Parzenski 8+6reb, M.Bartosz 7+7reb+1ast, Z.Comagic 4+3reb+1ast
Kotwica: D.Harris 18+13reb+4ast, O.Brandwein 14+1reb+1ast, L.Diduszko 12+11reb, L.Wichniarz 10+4reb, S.Rduch 8+3reb+1ast, M.Djuric 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 169063


Polpharma - AZS Koszalin 74-87

The game in Starogard was also quite interesting. Second ranked AZS Koszalin (22-16) played at the court of 5th ranked Polpharma (14-23). AZS Koszalin defeated Polpharma 87-74 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by AZS Koszalin. Polpharma was better in third quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Polpharma 40-25 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American forward George Reese (201-77, college: Ohio St., agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Croatian guard Igor Milicic (194-76, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists for the winners. Four AZS Koszalin players scored in double figures. American forward Jeremy Simmons (203-89, college: Charleston, agency: Interperformances) replied with 16 points and swingman Grzegorz Arabas (190-78) added 15 points in the effort for Polpharma. Polpharma's coach Wojciech Kaminski let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. AZS Koszalin have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position in Group B with 22-16 record having just three points less than leader Slask Wroclaw. Polpharma lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 23 games lost.
Top scorers:
Polpharma: J.Simmons 16+4reb+1ast, G.Arabas 15+2reb, T.Snieg 12+2reb+3ast, D.Wall 9+3reb, M.Hicks 9+3reb+1ast, B.Hazzard 7+1reb+2ast
AZS Koszalin: G.Reese 20+7reb+3ast, M.Dutkiewicz 14+6reb, I.Milicic 13+4reb+10ast, C.Eziukwu 13+5reb, J.Montgomery 9+5reb+2ast, R.Bigus 7+10reb+1ast
gschID: 169064



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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. Stempin, Porto F.17.7 
 5. Franklin, Lusitania17.5 
 6. Scott, Benfica17.4 
 7. Nevels, Terceira.16.9 
 8. Morris, Vitoria SC16.5 
 9. Balseiro, Sampa.15.5 
 10. Oruche, Academica15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MORRIS
  Vitoria SC
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Morris, Vitoria SC11.0 
 2. Lee, Ovarense9.9 
 3. Nevels, Terceira.9.6 
 4. Fonseca, Vitoria SC9.2 
 5. Addison, Sampaense8.3 
 6. Djukic, Ginasio8.2 
 7. Gunter, CAB M.7.9 
 8. Momplasir, Lusitan.7.9 
 9. Cunha, Vitoria SC7.6 
 10. Coll, Barcelos7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mario FERNANDES
  CAB M.
  (176-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Fernandes, CAB M.6.3 
 2. Sing, Sampaense5.9 
 3. Blanks, Vitoria SC5.4 
 4. Reveles, Sampaense5.3 
 5. Barbosa, Ovarense4.5 
 6. Ferreira, Ginasio4.4 
 7. Manarte, Ovarense4.3 
 8. Minhava, Benfica4.2 
 9. Bowie, Terceira.4.1 
 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. Andrade, Porto F.2.0 
 6. Cunha, Vitoria SC2.0 
 7. Silva, Barcelos1.8 
 8. Shetzer, CAB M.1.7 
 9. Bowie, Terceira.1.7 
 10. Sousa, Academica1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Durrell NEVELS
  Terceira.
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nevels, Terceira.2.8 
 2. Momplasir, Lusitan.1.7 
 3. Johnson, Porto F.1.2 
 4. Silva, Barcelos1.0 
 5. Gunter, CAB M.1.0 
 6. Addison, Sampaense0.8 
 7. Ehiagwina, Ginasio0.8 
 8. Coelho, CAB M.0.8 
 9. Fonseca, Vitoria SC0.7 
 10. Doliboa, Benfica0.7 


LPB Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Ovarense - Lusitania 63-65

Lusitania shocked Ovarense for the second time in a row and stepped closer to the semis. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 21-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lusitania forced 19 Ovarense turnovers. American forward Brian Mills (203-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 6 assists. Forward Mohamed Camara (196-83) contributed with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Lusitania players scored in double figures. American forward Austen Powers (203-87, college: Seattle) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Andre Pinto (200-80) added 14 points in the effort for Ovarense. Ovarense's coach Mario Leite rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Lusitania: B.Mills 17+3reb+6ast, M.Camara 15+6reb+4ast, R.Franklin 14+5reb+5ast, A.Sobrinho 10+2reb+1ast, M.Freitas 5, M.Momplasir 4+5reb
Ovarense: A.Powers 18+7reb+3ast, A.Pinto 14+4reb+1ast, F.Neves 12+2reb+1ast, M.Goncalves 6, C.Lee 4+9reb, C.Cordeiro 3+3reb
gschID: 174002


Barreirense - CAB Madeira 72-76

CAB Madeira earned the second consecutive road win over Barreirense to take 2-0 lead in the series. Barreirense was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 39-33 second half run of CAB Madeira. The former international point guard Mario Fernandes (176-82) scored 22 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Shawn Jackson (203-71, college: Johnson C. Smith) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four CAB Madeira players scored in double figures. The former international forward Jose Silva (194-89) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Anthony Hill (204-88, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Top scorers:
CAB Madeira: M.Fernandes 22+4reb+5ast, S.Jackson 17+9reb+1ast, J.Coelho 12+4reb, F.Lima 11+7reb+2ast, A.Kenon 8+2reb+2ast, J.Silva 6+4reb+8ast
Barreirense: J.Silva 19+6reb+1ast, P.Pinto 11+3reb+1ast, A.Hill 11+10reb+2ast, C.Witter 9+1reb+3ast, M.Queiroz 9+4reb+2ast, D.Jackson 8+3reb
gschID: 174003


Porto Ferpinta - Vitoria SC 78-70

Porto Ferpinta are now one step away from the semifinals after beating Vitoria SC. The hosts were ahead by 12 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 25-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. FC Porto Ferpinta outrebounded Vitoria SC 48-27 including a 22-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Gregory Stempin (203-79, college: Toledo, agency: Duran International) had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Carlos Andrade (197-78, college: Queens, NC) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. FC Porto Ferpinta's coach Moncho Lopez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Latvian forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) responded with 28 points and guard Andre Bessa (179-89) scored 15 points.
Top scorers:
Porto Ferpinta: G.Stempin 31+14reb+2ast, C.Andrade 13+8reb+3ast, J.Soares 9+4reb, R.Johnson 8+8reb+5ast, R.Jackson 8+7reb+2ast, J.Santos 3+3reb+1ast
Vitoria SC: M.Gulbis 28+2reb+2ast, A.Bessa 15+4reb+1ast, P.Cunha 11+7reb, J.Blanks 9+2reb+6ast, B.Morris 7+11reb, J.Fernandes 0
gschID: 174000


Benfica - Academica 65-49

Benfica celebrated another home win over Academica. It looked good early as Academica took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Benfica had a 11-6 second period charge getting the lead and Academica was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 49-65. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Academica to just 6 points in second quarter. American guard Ted Scott (188-85, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 16 points to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Seth Doliboa (203-80, college: Wright St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Rolando Howell (206-82, college: S.Carolina) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and American-Spanish forward Arnette Hallman (199-88) scored 3 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Benfica: T.Scott 16+2reb+3ast, H.Evans 10+5reb+1ast, S.Doliboa 9+7reb+1ast, J.Gomes 7+4reb+1ast, D.Carreira 6+3reb+1ast, M.Norris 6+1reb+2ast
Academica: R.Howell 14+6reb+3ast, F.Sousa 10+2reb+2ast, C.Barroca 7+1reb+1ast, D.Simoes 6+1reb+2ast, M.Goncalves 6+5reb+1ast, R.Oruche 3+1reb
gschID: 174001



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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Mayaguez 16-4 
 2. Bayamon 12-9 
 3. Guaynabo 11-10 
 4. San German 11-10 
 5. Quebradillas 11-10 
 6. Arecibo 10-9 
 7. Guayama 6-14 
 8. Humacao 5-16 

Regular Season: Round 20

Apr. 14: Guaynabo - San German 80-87
Apr. 15: Bayamon - Humacao 74-71

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 16: San German - Mayaguez
Apr. 17: Guaynabo - Arecibo
Apr. 17: Guayama - Humacao
Apr. 18: Quebradillas - Bayamon


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Thornton, Guayama24.7 
 2. Harris, San German21.6 
 3. Sensley, Humacao21.5 
 4. Ayuso, Arecibo19.9 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon18.9 
 6. Ramos, Quebradillas18.6 
 7. Galindo, Guayama16.8 
 8. Vassallo, Guaynabo16.6 
 9. Maye, Guaynabo16.4 
 10. Smith, Mayaguez16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Harris, San German10.1 
 2. Thornton, Guayama9.6 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas9.2 
 4. Sensley, Humacao9.1 
 5. Burgess, Guaynabo8.8 
 6. Shannon, Quebradil.8.1 
 7. O''Bryant, Mayaguez8.0 
 8. Narvaez, Guaynabo7.9 
 9. Sweetney, Bayamon7.6 
 10. Pinkney, San G.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  San German
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Rivera, San German6.0 
 2. Smith, Mayaguez5.8 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.4 
 4. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 5. Pinnock, Arecibo4.6 
 6. Cruz, Quebradillas4.3 
 7. Williams, Quebradi.4.1 
 8. Dalmau, Bayamon4.1 
 9. Garcia, Humacao4.0 
 10. Rodriguez, San G.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.4 
 2. Pinnock, Arecibo1.7 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.6 
 4. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.5 
 5. Thornton, Guayama1.4 
 6. Cotto, Mayaguez1.4 
 7. Williams, Quebradi.1.3 
 8. Rivera, Mayaguez1.3 
 9. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 10. Ortiz, Mayaguez1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.3 
 2. Thornton, Guayama1.8 
 3. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.7 
 4. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 5. Burgess, Guaynabo1.5 
 6. Harris, San German1.2 
 7. Ramos, Quebradillas1.0 
 8. Smith, Mayaguez1.0 
 9. Sweetney, Bayamon0.9 
 10. Sensley, Humacao0.9 


Capitanes lost in double overtime against Cocodrilos: - by Luis Modestti

Capitanes de Arecibo fell to host Cocodrilos de Caracas 97-96 in double overtime as part of the semifinal round in the FIBA-Americas League.

Cocodrilos dominated the first 20 minutes 46-30 after a great first quarter which they won 27-12.

The second half was for Arecibo as they made some key adjustments on defense and were led by David Cortez on the perimeter and Ike Diogu along with Daniel Santiago on the paint. The first 40 minutes ended tied at 77.

In the first overtime Cocodrilos regained the lead but Cortez was once again key with a three-pointer to send the game into a second overtime tied at 85.

Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) led Cocodrilos in the second overtime and secured the win.

Martinez led the Venezuelans with 23 points; Leandro Garcia Morales added 19 and Luis Bethelmy 18.

In the loss Ike Diogu had 27 points and 12 rebounds.



Atleticos survive against Mets: - by Luis Modestti

Atleticos de San German defeated Mets de Guaynabo 87-80 in an up and down game played at Arquelio Torres Coliseum.

Mike Harris (198-F-83, college: Rice) led the way with 30 points and Carlos Strong added 22 for Atleticos who now have a 11-10 record.

San German dominated the first quarter 29-12 but Guaynabo came back slowly led by Angel Daniel Vassallo. Vassallo finished with 29 points but it wasnt enough as Guaynabo didnt have a consistent second voice offensively.

Guaynabo now has a 11-10 mark and have a tough schedule ahead with games against Arecibo, Bayamon and Mayaguez.



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague A

PBL Standings
 1. Khimky 15-2 
 2. CSKA 14-1 
 3. Triumph 11-5 
 4. Lokomotiv 9-8 
 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 69-87
Apr. 24: Enisey - Spartak SP
Apr. 24: CSKA - Khimky


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Jefferson, Triumph20.9 
 2. Rush, Krasnie Kril.17.2 
 3. Thomas, Spartak-.16.4 
 4. Beverley, Spart.16.1 
 5. Massey, Lokomotiv14.6 
 6. Victor, Spartak-.14.5 
 7. McKee, Triumph14.4 
 8. Fridzon, Khimky13.9 
 9. Karasev, Triumph13.8 
 10. Bykov, Lokomotiv13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cuthbert VICTOR
  Spartak-.
  (197-F-83)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Victor, Spartak-.8.6 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv8.1 
 3. Jefferson, Triumph7.6 
 4. Landry, Triumph6.5 
 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. Planinic, Khimky4.4 
 8. McKee, Triumph4.3 
 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, Lokomotiv2.2