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  AUSTRALIA   



Time to recharge - by Eurobasket News

THINGS are clearly not running smoothly on the court for the Hobart Chargers and coach Anthony Stewart has admitted it is time for expectations on the team to be tempered.

For a man who loves the game with a passion and is used to sustained success, it is a tough pill to swallow.

But, unfortunately, the reality is the squad is well and truly in a transitional phase and consistent performances will not be as frequent.

Up until last season, Hobart had played in six consecutive SEABL finals series, resulting in one championship, a grand final loss and two preliminary final exits.

Winning became a habit, with the likes of Stewart, Mark Banovic (183-PG-81) and Mark Nash all in their prime.

The same can no longer be said. Stewart retired at the end of last year, Banovic has battled calf problems for the past 12 months, which has hindered his ability to be the player he can be, and, after coming out of retirement himself, Nash is now a role player off the bench and can't be expected to post big numbers.

Hobart has some exciting youngsters, with Tiri Masunda, BJ Radcliffe, Josh Youl and Tanner Krebs all possessing great talent.

They, however, must be given time to mature, with fans and sponsors perhaps asking for too much too soon.

New addition Sam Armstrong showed last Friday night his shooting touch is still in tact. But, at 33, he has been brought in more as a mentor than a man to be relied on to provide 25 points a night.

And it is easy to forget import Jordan Gregg (201-C, college: E.Oregon) is still only 23 and coming off playing in division two in NSW.

Arguably the greatest issue for Stewart is finances.

He is working on a budget which is half that of some interstate powerhouses such as Geelong and Knox.

So when Kilsyth, who has missed the play-offs just twice in the past 13 seasons and remains one of the teams to beat, rolls into Aurora Sports Stadium this Friday night, hopefully the fans do the same and continue to support the Chargers despite their early 2012 struggles.

IF there was any better example of the financial discrepancy between the Chargers and the likes of Geelong, it was on show last Friday night.

Due to costs both Hobart teams usually take just eight players on a weekend road trip to remain under budget.

The Supercats, however, not only travelled with extended benches for both men's and women's matches, they also brought their cheerleading squad of at least a dozen girls.

That was more than the home side has each week.

THE struggles of the men hasn't filtered through to the women, who are purring along at 3-2 and sitting inside the top four. The performance of import Caila Desroches against Geelong was a pleasing sight for coach Dan Krebs, with fellow American Lindsay Laur making all the headlines in the first month of the season.

DESROCHES was extremely unlucky to not win player of the week.

She turned in a 24-point (62 per cent from the field), 13-rebound, one-assist, one-steal and one-block effort, but the league instead awarded it to Bendigo's Renee Camino.
Courtesy of: http://www.themercury.com.au



SEABL Mid Week previews-Round 5 - by Eurobasket News

SEABL MEN GAME OF THE WEEK

ALBURY-WODONGA vs DANDENONG

Friday 20th April 8:30pm @ Lauren Jackson Sports Centre


For Albury/Wodonga, the road back to success passes through several checkpoints. Some are real, others are perceptual. Real checkpoints include winning games repeatedly, first at home and then on the road. Another is having players that can step up against tough opposition and get recognised for it, such as earning a Player of the Week award. Perceptual checkpoints can only be passed when the vernacular used to describe the team reflects their standing relative to the competition. When terms such as apathetic, porous and inexcusable are replaced by respectable, competitive and dominant, the Bandits will have arrived. They are not quite dominant yet, but they are on their way.

Dandenong are an exciting team. The new imports have given the team an athleticism that was previously lacking. Leadership from Andrew Harms and Brent Hobba is not always eye-catching, but it is reliable and reassuring. Boundless energy comes from the young players who now look comfortable at this level. The ability to close out games and dispatch lesser opponents, a trait virtually absent over the last two years, has also been impressive. The only questions that remain are these: do they have the capacity to repeat their efforts, week in, week out, and can they perform regardless of playing home or away? Win these types of games and playoffs will seem a certainty instead of a possibility.

After being a mid-table team over the last few years, Dandenong are pushing to be a legitimate playoff threat. Albury-Wodonga meanwhile are probably trying to not only make the playoffs, but to also shake off the tag as cellar dwellers. With plenty to motivate the two teams, this should be a pulsating game played at an elevated intensity.

Prediction: Albury/Wodonga by 2.

HOBART vs KILSYTH

Friday 20th April 8:00pm


With time running out to find the right formula for 2012, Hobart will be desperate to put in a more competitive effort this week. Kilsyth will also want to bounce back after a loss, so this should be a hotly contested affair. Perhaps Kilsyth just.

MT GAMBIER vs SANDRINGHAM

Friday 20th April 8:00pm


The Pioneers have lost three games by 3 points or less, so are probably a better team than their 1-5 record suggests. On their home court against a Sabres team that have dropped three straight, Mt Gambier should be favourites.

BRISBANE vs KNOX

Saturday 21st April 7:15pm


Brisbane started the year with a makeshift team, but have recently welcomed Tommy Ammar and Dean Brebner (200-F-84, college: Augusta St.) into the fold. Knox are more settled and experienced, but with a nothing-to-lose attitude the Spartans will push Knox all the way.

FRANKSTON vs GEELONG

Saturday 21st April 7:30pm


The Blues are playing disciplined basketball that strangles the opposition, while Geelong are undefeated yet still seem to be improving every week. If you can, get along to what should be a cracking game at Frankston Stadium on Saturday.

NW TASMANIA vs KILSYTH

Saturday 21st April 7:30pm


A frontcourt battle looms, as Kilsyths Tim Lang and Auryn MacMillan prepare to do battle with the Thunders many talls. NW Tasmanias poor record will see the Cobras start favourites, but the home team are a good chance for an upset.

DANDENONG vs BENDIGO

Saturday 21st April 7:30pm


The Rangers have held the wood over Bendigo recently, beating them twice last year and again in the pre-season. The Braves may still be 4-6 weeks away from their best as their line-up settles, so Dandenong could build on their streak over Bendigo this week.

BALLARAT vs CANBERRA

Saturday 21st April 7:45pm


In their win over Bendigo last week, Ballarat played possibly their best basketball for several years, but the loss to Frankston suggested there is still work to do. Back on home court, the Miners should be too strong for the 1-4 Gunners.

NUNAWADING vs ALBURY/WODONGA

Saturday 21st April 8:30pm


Nunawading are not often beaten on their home court, and they will surely be smarting after the humbling loss to Frankston last round. The Bandits are far better in 2012, but Nunawading should be rearing to go this week.

SANDRINGHAM vs CANBERRA

Sunday 22nd April 2:30pm


Both teams come into this game having played previously in the round, so fatigue could be a factor, but the Sabres depth, home court advantage, and quality of imports should see them comfortable winners on Sunday afternoon. Courtesy of: http://www.seabl.com.au



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  AUSTRIA   


UBSC Graz signs Mike Dale - by Stefan Prager

After a disappointing season, not reaching the playoffs and finshing the season in 10th place the UBSC Graz is already working on next seasons roster. As a first step Graz announced the signing of Michael Anthony Dale (197-G/F-84, college: S.Illinois). Dale already played in Graz in 2007/2008 and was the ABLs topscorer of that seasons first stage before transferring to the Furstenfeld Panthers. With the Panthers he won an ABL championship in 2008. Dale last played in Canada for the Summerside Storm but left after the pre season.


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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
Championship
 1. Minsk-2006 27-1 
 2. Grodno-93 24-4 
 3. Rubon 13-15 
 4. Minsk-2006 II 10-18 
Play-Out
 1. BGUIR-RTI 12-16 
 2. SBK Osipovichi 11-15 
 3. Sozh Gomel 0-28 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 4

Championship

Apr. 17: Rubon - Minsk-2006 94-100
Apr. 17: BGUIR-RTI - Sozh Gomel 64-48

Play-Out

Apr. 17: Minsk-2006 II - Grodno-93 74-96

Second Stage: Round 5

Championship

Apr. 20: Grodno-93 - Rubon
Apr. 20: Minsk-2006 - Minsk-2006 II

Play-Out

Apr. 20: BGUIR-RTI - SBK Osipovichi
Apr. 21: BGUIR-RTI - SBK Osipovichi


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.19.5 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.16.8 
 3. Matyukevych, Grod.15.5 
 4. Ignatchik, Minsk-.14.8 
 5. Maze, Minsk-200614.4 
 6. Mishukov, SBK O.14.4 
 7. Patupchyk, Sozh G.14.0 
 8. Sugoniako, BG.13.7 
 9. Knox, Minsk-200613.7 
 10. Charykau, SBK O.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.11.8 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.9.4 
 3. Zakhar, BG.8.8 
 4. Krisevich, Minsk-.7.9 
 5. Mishukov, SBK O.7.7 
 6. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.7 
 7. Ovsepian, Rubon6.6 
 8. Kojenets, Minsk.6.4 
 9. Matyukevych, Grod.6.3 
 10. Knox, Minsk-20065.9 
Assists Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  SBK O.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Charykau, SBK O.5.3 
 2. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.1 
 3. Akulich, Rubon4.8 
 4. Kudrautsau, Minsk.4.0 
 5. Maze, Minsk-20063.9 
 6. Ignatchik, Minsk-.2.9 
 7. Papruha, BG.2.8 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-932.6 
 9. Shestilovski., Soz.2.2 
 10. Sitnik, SBK O.2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Siarhei CHARYKAU
  SBK O.
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Charykau, SBK O.2.8 
 2. Akulich, Rubon2.3 
 3. Zakhar, BG.2.3 
 4. Ovsepian, Rubon2.1 
 5. Papruha, BG.2.0 
 6. Sitnik, SBK O.1.9 
 7. Patupchyk, Sozh G.1.8 
 8. Sapegin, Rubon1.8 
 9. Yafremov, Grodn.1.6 
 10. Malkov, Rubon1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Vadim MATYUKEVYCH
  Grodn.
  (208-C-80)
  Avg: 0
 1. Matyukevych, Grod.0.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Mastou, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Vasilevich, Grodno.0.0 
 5. Malyavko, Minsk-20.0.0 
 6. Trastsinetsk., Min.0.0 
 7. Malkov, Rubon0.0 
 8. Svirydov, SBK O.0.0 
 9. Malakhau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 10. Strukov, BG.0.0 


Premier League Round 4: BGUIR-RTI keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News

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

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BGUIR-RTI as it allowed them to take a leadership position in League. BGUIR-RTI defeated 3rd ranked Sozh Gomel in Minsk 64-48. The game was mostly controlled by BGUIR-RTI. Sozh Gomel managed to win second period 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sozh Gomel to just 6 points in third and fourth quarters. BGUIR-RTI forced 32 Sozh Gomel turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Evgeniy Sugoniako (198-92) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Aliaksandr Kuzmitski (198-92) who added 14 points during the contest. At the losing side point guard Yahor Patupchyk (186-94) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Sozh Gomel at the other side still closes the standings with 28 games lost. Sozh Gomel will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. BGUIR-RTI will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked SBK Osipovichi at home.
Very significant was Minsk-2006's (#1, 27-1) victory against 3rd ranked Rubon (13-15) 100-94. The winners were led by American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and Aliaksei Lashkevich supported him with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Even 19 points by point guard Artem Malkov (185-88) did not help to save the game for Rubon. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 27-1 record. Rubon at the other side keeps the third place with 15 games lost. Minsk-2006's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Minsk-2006 II.
Very significant was Grodno-93's (#2, 24-4) victory against 4th ranked Minsk-2006 II (10-18) 96-74. Grodno-93 maintains second position in League with 24-4 record having just three points less than leader Minsk-2006. Newly promoted Minsk-2006 II keeps the fourth place with 18 games lost. Grodno-93 will meet at home Rubon (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Minsk-2006 II's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena Minsk-2006.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds by Ronaldas Rutkauskas of Minsk-2006 II.


Championship
BGUIR-RTI - Sozh Gomel 64-48

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked BGUIR-RTI as it allowed them to take a leadership position in League. BGUIR-RTI defeated 3rd ranked Sozh Gomel in Minsk 64-48. The game was mostly controlled by BGUIR-RTI. Sozh Gomel managed to win second period 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sozh Gomel to just 6 points in third and fourth quarters. BGUIR-RTI forced 32 Sozh Gomel turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Evgeniy Sugoniako (198-92) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Aliaksandr Kuzmitski (198-92) who added 14 points during the contest. At the losing side point guard Yahor Patupchyk (186-94) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and center Pavel Bliznets (205-94) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Sozh Gomel at the other side still closes the standings with 28 games lost. Sozh Gomel will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. BGUIR-RTI will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked SBK Osipovichi at home.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: Y.Patupchyk 20+13reb+3ast, P.Bliznets 17+8reb+1ast, I.Drobyshevskiy 4+13reb+2ast, N.Samusenko 3+1reb, D.Fedorovskiy 2+1ast, A.Shemet 2
BGUIR-RTI: E.Sugoniako 20+6reb+2ast, A.Kuzmitski 14+2reb, A.Hrumiantsau 8+7reb, Y.Ignatiev 5+2reb, G.Zakhar 4+9reb+1ast, D.Azaare 4+2reb
gschID: 173756


Rubon - Minsk-2006 94-100

Very significant was Minsk-2006's (#1, 27-1) victory against 3rd ranked Rubon (13-15) 100-94. Rubon was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 50-42 second half run of Minsk-2006. They outrebounded Rubon 47-27 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Rubon was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Aliaksei Lashkevich (204-78) supported him with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Knox is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 19 points by point guard Artem Malkov (185-88) did not help to save the game for Rubon. The former international guard Dmitri Akulich (192-86) added 14 points and 6 assists for lost side. Four Minsk-2006 and five Rubon players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first position in League with 27-1 record. Rubon at the other side keeps the third place with 15 games lost. Minsk-2006's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Minsk-2006 II.
Top scorers:
Rubon: A.Malkov 19+3reb+3ast, S.Sapegin 15+2reb+2ast, D.Shilovich 14+4reb+2ast, D.Akulich 14+1reb+6ast, D.Sivalko 12+5reb, M.Ovsepian 9+4reb+2ast
Minsk-2006: J.Knox 21+13reb+1ast, A.Trastsinetski 20+3reb+5ast, A.Lashkevich 20+12reb+2ast, A.Kudrautsau 14+7reb+5ast, A.Fomin 9+2reb+2ast, B.Maze 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 173757


Play-Out
Minsk-2006 II - Grodno-93 74-96

Very significant was Grodno-93's (#2, 24-4) victory against 4th ranked Minsk-2006 II (10-18) 96-74. Grodno-93 maintains second position in League with 24-4 record having just three points less than leader Minsk-2006. Newly promoted Minsk-2006 II keeps the fourth place with 18 games lost. Grodno-93 will meet at home Rubon (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Minsk-2006 II's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Minsk to the arena Minsk-2006.
gschID: 173758



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  BOSNIA   


Edin Bavcic moves to Bennet Cantu - by Eurobasket News

Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) moves to Bennet Cantu to help the players during the practices. The Italian team is not able to sign any new player but the club has a lot of injured as Shermadini, Micov, Scekic.
In the beginning of this season Vanoli Cremona signed Bosnian Edin Bavcic for the upcoming season. The team announced the agreement with the player from Bosnia and Herzegovina who finished last season with Aris. Last season Edin Bavcic replaced Dejan Borovnjak at the teams front line, till the end of the season. The 26-year-old Bosnian forward-center was let free by his previous team, Khimik-OPZ Yuzny and the Greek club immediately proposed a contract to him, which he accepted. Later in December however Vanoli-Braga Cremona released Edin Bavcic . Bavcic played only 3 games averaging 3 points and 3,6 boards in 16 minutes per game.
Edin Bavcic is a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team. At the European Championships in Lithuania -11 after 5 games he averaged 1.8ppg, 2.4rpg.



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  BOTSWANA   

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Spartans 6-0
 2. Dolphins 2-0
 3. Police 2-0
 4. Troopers 2-1
 5. Flames 1-1
 6. BDF V 1-3
 7. Cadets 0-1
 8. Bullets 0-2
 9. Saints 0-3
 10. Splinters 0-3



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/news/dancing-dunking-and-dribbling - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI The Hoop It Up Foundations Basketball Showcase that concluded last Thursday, April 12, 2012 was heralded as a great success by the visiting coaches from schools and colleges across the United States of America.

Over 50 boys and girls from both the United States Virgin Islands and the Virgin Islands attended not only the Showcase Finale, but also the week- long preparation camp which was also attended by Coach Quinn from Oklahoma Seminole State, Coach Joe Redmond also from the Oklahoma area, Coach Sam Rhymes from the Rise Academy and Coach Kennedy from North Carolina.

As President of the Hoop It Up Foundation, Steve Parillon, commented, This is the most we have ever had at the camp.

The showcase was split into a skill segment and then two games, one for the High School age group and one for Junior College.

Parillon also said that although there wasnt a barrage of coaches at the showcase, he had a full inbox of emails from coaches looking for players.

Coach Quinn ran a 3 on 2 on 1 session which looked to identify ability to pass and decision making in a game situation.

Ive seen a few that can play at junior college level, he said. We will have to develop their skill level a little bit, but for sure Ive some who are of interest and can play.

Coach Redmond took care of individual ball skills. On the high end there were a few I was really impressed with. Some of the guys who showed good promise are only 14 or 15, so they have a couple years to keep improving but are already at a good level.

All the coaches agreed that some of the players could definitely play college ball, but it will come down to how hard they are willing to work.

If they get more strength, drill hard and continue to develop then they could definitely play low to mid major division, concluded Redmond.

Redmond also had special praise for one of the girls at the Showcase, Sheldeen Joseph. She had a fantastic work ethic, he said. Shes real impressive. If she was in the States she would have several opportunities to play as a guard with her athletic ability, strength and her mindset. Ive seen her in camp all week and we are going to do our very best to get her a placement where she can earn a degree and play basketball.

Coach Rhymes took a shooting and moving drill and was impressed with the forms he saw and also the athletic and shooting ability.

There is definitely more than one or two Im interested in, he commented. They have the ability and also the basketball IQ to succeed.

Coach Kennedy who took the Post Drill, which is what he described as the sweet science of the game, said, Its basics like dance moves, you dont have to be the biggest, but need footwork and the ability to get all parts of your body in alignment.

He too was impressed with the talent on show. The BVI definitely has a lot of talent. Obviously they have a great desire to play the game at a higher level. The Foundation has been doing great work to mine that talent and the enthusiasm is amazing. There are definitely some guys who can play at College level or higher.

For those players who dont make it, there is plenty of more opportunity with ongoing programmes such as the Future Stars camp and Word and Ball run by Keith 88 Malone and Coach Mike. The Minister Responsible for Sport, Myron Walwyn has also sat down with all the Heads on the various programmes to see how they can best come together to dovetail their efforts and chart the best way forward for the development of the young players.



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 24-3 
 2. Levski Sofia 22-5 
 3. Tundja Yambol 17-10 
 4. Rilski Sportist 16-11 
 5. Cherno More 10-17 
 6. Balkan 9-18 
 7. Spartak Pleven 7-20 
 8. Chernomorets 3-24 

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 17: Tundja Yambol - Balkan 92-61
Apr. 14: Lukoil Academik - Chernomorets 87-53
Apr. 17: Cherno More - Spartak Pleven 80-94
Apr. 17: Rilski Sportist - Levski Sofia 75-80

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 28: Chernomorets - Rilski Sportist
Apr. 28: Balkan - Lukoil Academik
Apr. 28: Levski Sofia - Cherno More
Apr. 28: Spartak Pleven - Tundja Yambol


Revenge for Levski in Samokov, good test before the Final Four in Israel - by Valentin Anguelov

Levski took revenge for the last two defeats from Rilski Sportist and beat them in Samokov by the score of 80-75 with one round to go in the NBL. The match was crucial for the hosts as they are fighting for third place in the final standings. However, the match for Levski was their last test before leaving for Israel for Final Four of the Balkan League, which starts on the upcoming Saturday.

Levski led throughout the whole match and had a control even in the last moments of the game when the players of Rilski Sportist were trying to turn the things around. Victory for Levski sent Rilski Sportist on the fourth place in the standings, as Yambol is already third. the Yambol. Success of Yambol in Pleven next week almost certainly means that Rilski Sportist and Levski will not meet anymore until the end of season 2011/12. Levski win was their 22 for the season in the National League, but it doesn't change the position of the team in the standings. They are second and will play against Spartak Pleven in the first round of the playoffs.

Levski played excellent first quarter, after which the score was 24-9 in their favor. The hosts responded in the second part and cut the deficit to only nine point at the half time break - 45-36. Levski were able to maintain the difference after the third quarter - 61-52 and in the last ten minutes they held well deserved victory and walked away with success after today's derby. Final score 80-75.

Very strong game for the captain of the Levski Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78), who finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Marcus Hall added 22 points and dished five assists while Dimitar Angelov scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.

For the hosts again top scorer was Branko Mirkovic with 19 points. Filip Vukosavlevic and Hristo Zahariev added 14 points apiece.



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

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

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.). He led Bayern Muenchen to an overtime victory over the league leader Brose Baskets (28-4) 107-103 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Homan was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 39 minutes on the court. FC Bayern Muenchen (20-12) is placed fifth in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Homan's first season with the team. Homan is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders with 7.5rpg. He also averaged so far 14.0ppg, 1.9apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 46.8% and FT: 53.5% in the 23 games he played so far. Homan is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Homan played also for the Bulgarian national team in 2010. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Ilian Evtimov
Ilian Evtimov
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.). Evtimov led Chalon/Saor to a victory against the closely-ranked Sluc Nancy (16-10) 84-79 in the French ProA last Friday. He scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (21-5) is placed second in the ProA. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Evtimov averages: 9.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3FGP: 41.1% and FT: 93.3%(28-30). He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and French. Despite Evtimov played previously for the French national team, he played also for the Bulgarian national team in 2010.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St.). Blakney contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Zalgiris (9-7) 80-71 in the VTB United League on Tuesday night. He scored 10 points and added 5 passes in 33 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (9-7) is placed fourth in group B. This year Blakney's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 35.0%, 3FGP: 41.5% and FT: 76.7% in the 12 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Blakney played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the Bulgarian national team in 2007. Apparently Blakney has never played in Bulgaria.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #4. Forward Pero Antic (210-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Ilysiakos (7-17) crushing them 83-57 in a derby game in the Greek A1 in Wednesday night's game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (23-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 20th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Antic's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Despite Antic played previously for the FYR Macedonian national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #5. International power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (11-16) in their last game. Despite Ivanov's good performance Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost 92-98 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) Armani Milano. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds in 29 minutes. Ivanov is currently third on the list of best rebounders with 7.8rpg. This year he also averages: 12.6ppg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg in the 27 games. Despite Ivanov played previously for the FYR Macedonian national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Kee Kee Clark
Kee Kee Clark
   #6. Point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked CS Bologna (15-12) 71-66 in the Italian SerieA on Monday night. Clark recorded 8 points and added 5 passes. Umana Venezia (16-11) is placed sixth in the SerieA. Clark has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg. Clark is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Clark is also an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #7. International guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) was not able to help Unicaja Malaga (14-15) in their game against UCAM Murcia (11-18) in the Spanish ACB. Rowland scored 5 points and added 4 assists in 23 minutes. Unicaja Malaga lost 77-86 in Murcia to the lower-ranked (#14) UCAM. It was Unicaja Malaga's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Rowland's total stats are: 5.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.6apg in the 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Rowland is also Bulgarian national team player. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #8. Forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86) was not able to secure a victory for Meridiano Alicante (15-13) in their game against Real Madrid (22-7) in the Spanish ACB. Ivanov scored 8 points. Meridiano Alicante was defeated 91-87 in Madrid by the second-ranked Real. Ivanov is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.4apg. Despite Ivanov played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #9. International swingman Filip Videnov (196-80, another player represented by Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky), who plays in the Turkish TBL couldn't help Olin Edirne (7-21) in their last game. Despite Videnov's good performance Olin Edirne lost 62-75 at home to the higher-ranked (#12) Erdemir. He scored 10 points and added 4 assists in 39 minutes. It was Olin Edirne's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Videnov has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.0apg in the 21 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Videnov is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Chavdar Kostov
Chavdar Kostov
   #10. Guard Chavdar Kostov (196-88, another player represented by Interperformances) contributed to Kavala's victory against the closely-ranked Panionios (14-10) 75-68 in the Greek A1 in Wednesday night's game. He scored 7 points. Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (13-11) is placed sixth in the A1. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Kostov has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 2.8rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Kostov is also an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza), who plays in the FYR Macedonian Superleague couldn't help Torus Skopje (15-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Torus Skopje lost 68-77 in a derby game to the leading MZT Skopje. Karadzovski was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 6 assists in 36 minutes. Karadzovski is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg in the 29 games. Despite Karadzovski played previously for the FYR Macedonian national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

   #12. Former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana) managed to help Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla to win against the 16th-ranked Blusens Monbus crushing them 79-59 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Calloway scored only 4 points. He has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg. Calloway is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former international swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, another player represented by Global Sports Plaza, college: Louisville) couldn't help Stade Clermont in their game against Sorgues in the French NM1 (third division), despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Naydenov also added 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. But his team lost 88-96. This year he has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg and 2.5rpg in the 30 games. Despite Naydenov played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

   #14. International power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed to an Asefa Estudiantes' victory against the closely-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 61-52 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Simmons scored only 2 points. He has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 4.1rpg. Simmons is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.



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Standings

D1 Standings
 1. BEAC 0-0
 2. Condor 0-0
 3. Fap 0-0
 4. Injs 0-0
 5. Montagne 0-0
 6. Phoenix Ebwa 0-0
 7. Universite de Douala 0-0
 8. Volcanic W. 0-0


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

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

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (28-31) to beat the New York Knicks (31-29). Mbah a Moute scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 32 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks lost 107-111 on the road to the Knicks. It's Mbah a Moute's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 7.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 50.9% and FT: 65.0% in the 40 games he played so far. Mbah a Moute is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown), who plays in the French ProA. He was not able to help Sluc Nancy (16-10) in their last game on Friday. Despite Samnick's good performance Sluc Nancy was defeated 84-79 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Samnick averages: 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 55.6%(94-169), 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 66.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Despite Samnick played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (188-77). Ekanga-Ehawa was the major contributor in Aix-Maurienne's victory against the 15th-ranked Denain Voltaire (10-20) 90-81 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (19-11) is placed fourth in the ProB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Ekanga-Ehawa has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 41.2%, 3FGP: 45.8%(76-166) and FT: 86.3% in the 30 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Despite Ekanga-Ehawa played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #4. Forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) was not able to secure a victory for Ilysiakos (7-17) in their game against Olympiakos (18-2) in the Greek A1. NaNa scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. But Ilysiakos was crushed 83-57 in a derby game by the second-ranked Olympiakos. It was Ilysiakos' sixth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's NaNa's first season with the team. NaNa is currently third on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg and 7.5rpg. Despite NaNa played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #5. International power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA), who plays in the Turkish TB2L (second division) couldn't help Final Genclik (24-12) in their last game. Despite Aboya's good performance Final Genclik lost 73-85 at home to the lower-ranked (#10) Balikesir. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Aboya also added 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Aboya has reliable stats this year: 13.9ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.2spg in the 10 games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Aboya is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Brice Vounang
Brice Vounang
   #6. Power forward Brice Vounang (202-82, college: San Diego), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) couldn't help Etendard de Brest (16-15) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Etendard de Brest was edged 86-83 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Roche (#5). Vounang was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Vounang's stats this season are: 10.9ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.3apg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Vounang is also an international player who is currently on the senior Cameroonian National Team roster.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #7. International guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89) couldn't help STB Le Havre (8-17) in their game against Gravelines-Dunkerque (23-3) in the French ProA. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. STB Le Havre was crushed 80-57 on the opponent's court by the leading Gravelines-Dunkerque. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Pitard has been at the team for five years. This season Pitard's overall stats are: 1.1ppg and 1.2rpg in the 23 games. Despite he played previously for the French U18 national team, Pitard is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Gaston Moliva
Gaston Moliva
   #8. Forward Gaston Moliva (202-85, college: Richmond) led Chiba Jets to a victory against the seventh-ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (21-27) 96-88 in the Japanese BJ League last Saturday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Chiba Jets (18-30) are placed eighth in Eastern group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Moliva's total stats this season are: 4.9ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3bpg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Moliva is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Paul Biligha
Paul Biligha
   #9. International center Paul Biligha (200-90, agency: Players Group) contributed to Casalpusterlengo's victory against the leader Chieti (17-17) 90-76 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. He recorded 7 points in 20 minutes. Assigeco Casalpusterlengo (19-15) is placed fourth in North-West Division. The Regular Season already ended. This year Biligha's total stats are: 5.8ppg and 4.8rpg in the 34 games. Despite he played previously for the Italian U20 national team, Biligha is currently in the Cameroonian national team roster.

Yves Mekongo
Yves Mekongo
   #10. Forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: La Salle) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Etzella (20-6) crushing them 91-70 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League in Saturday night's game. Mekongo recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 2 blocks (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group 1-6 places. Amicale Steinsel (11-13) is placed first. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Mekongo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg, 12.0rpg and 1.8apg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite Mekongo played previously for the Italian national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Cameroonian National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Jacques Wampfler (194-83) couldn't help SPO Rouen in their game against Nantes in the French ProB (second division). Wampfler scored only 4 points in 12 minutes. His team lost 88-95. This year Wampfler averages just 1.6ppg in the seven games. He plays currently for the Cameroonian national team.

   #12. International power forward Yann Zonnet (197-89) couldn't help Saint Vallier in their game against Le Portel in the French ProB (second division). Zonnet cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 91-85. Zonnet has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 3.0rpg. He is also in the roster of the Cameroonian national team.

   #13. International center Junior MBida (206-90) couldn't help Lille Metropole in their game against Chalons-Reims in the French ProB (second division). MBida cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 1 points in 7 minutes on the court. His team lost 69-82. MBida has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 1.9rpg in the 27 games. He is also Cameroonian national team player.



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

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

Steve Nash
Steve Nash
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Steve Nash (190-74, college: Santa Clara). He led Phoenix Suns to a victory against the Houston Rockets (32-29) 112-105 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Nash had a double-double by scoring 18 points and making 10 passes (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in 34 minutes on the court. The Phoenix Suns have 32-29 record this season. It's Nash's eighth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nash averages: 12.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 10.9apg, 2FGP: 58.0%(224-386) and FT: 89.0% in the 57 games he played so far. He played for the Canadian senior national team nine years ago.

Joel Anthony
Joel Anthony
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Joel Anthony (206-82, college: UNLV). Anthony contributed to an easy victory against the Charlotte Bobcats (7-52) crushing them 105-82 in the NBA last Friday. He scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 4 blocks. The Miami Heat has a solid 43-17 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Anthony has been at the team for four years. Anthony's overall stats this season are: 3.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 54.6% and FT: 70.1%. He is in the roster of the Canadian senior national team.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona). Landry was the major contributor in a Triumph Lyubertsy's victory against the closely-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (8-9) 82-73 in the Russian PBL on Wednesday night. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 33 minutes. Triumph Lyubertsy (11-5) is placed third in the PBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Landry is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders with 6.5rpg. This year his other stats are: 10.5ppg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 34.9% and FT: 71.1% in the 15 games. Landry played for the Canadian national team three years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #4. Forward Tristan Thompson (203-91, college: Texas) contributed to a Cleveland Cavaliers' victory against the Washington Wizards (15-46) 98-89 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He scored 14 points and blocked 2 shots; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Thompson's third season in pro basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers have rather weak 20-39 record this season. It's Thompson's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 7.9ppg and 6.2rpg. Thompson used to play for the Canadian U19 national team back in 2009.

Samuel Dalembert
Samuel Dalembert
   #5. Former international center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall), who plays in the NBA could not help the Houston Rockets (32-29) to beat the Denver Nuggets (34-26). He scored 5 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 7 blocks in 24 minutes. The Houston Rockets were edged 105-102 on the road by the Nuggets. It was Rockets' fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Dalembert's first season with the team. This year Dalembert has relatively solid stats: 7.7ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.8bpg in the 61 games. He has a dual citizenship: Haitian and Canadian. Dalembert used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

Matt Bonner
Matt Bonner
   #6. Forward Matt Bonner (206-80, college: Florida), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the San Antonio Spurs (43-16) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance the San Antonio Spurs were defeated 91-84 in Salt Lake City by the Utah Jazz. Bonner recorded 10 points. Bonner is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Spurs' roster. He has reliable stats this season: 7.1ppg and 3.3rpg. Bonner is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Bonner is also a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team four years ago.

Garry Gallimore
Garry Gallimore
   #7. Former University international guard Garry Gallimore (192-84) led CSM Bucuresti to a victory over the second-ranked Timisoara (21-7) 97-84 in the Romanian Division A in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Gallimore recorded 27 points (!!!) and added 4 assists in 35 minutes. CS Municipal Bucuresti (19-9) is placed seventh in the Division A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Gallimore is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league with 18.4ppg. He also averaged so far 4.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg in the 31 games. Despite Gallimore played previously for the Jamaican national team, he is currently in the Canadian university national team roster.

Jermaine Bucknor
Jermaine Bucknor
   #8. Forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond) was the main contributor in a s Oliver Baskets' victory against the 16th-ranked LTi 46ers (9-23) 68-57 in the German BBL last Saturday. Bucknor was the best player in that game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (20-12) is placed sixth in the BBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Bucknor's overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg and 2.8rpg. Despite he played previously for the Jamaican national team, Bucknor is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Andrew Rautins
Andrew Rautins
   #9. International point guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse) was not able to secure a victory for Meridiano Alicante (15-13) in their game against Real Madrid (22-7) in the Spanish ACB, despite his good performance on Sunday night. He scored 12 points in a mere 19 minutes. But Meridiano Alicante lost 87-91 in Madrid to the second-ranked Real. This year Rautins' overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.3apg in the 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Rautins played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Omar El Turk
Omar El Turk
   #10. Guard Omar El Turk (188-81, college: Dawson Coll.) helped his Lebanese team Al Riyadi win their game against the closely-ranked Mahram (22-7) 101-93 in the Division A in Tuesday night's game. El Turk recorded 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (4-0) is placed first in the Division A. So far his team won all four games in the Finals. El Turk plays eighth season for the team. His total stats this year are: 7.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.3apg. Despite El Turk played previously for the Lebanese national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) helped Leiden win their game against the second-ranked Weert crushing them 81-54 in the Dutch Eredivisie last Saturday. Shepherd scored 14 points in a mere 19 minutes. He averaged so far 13.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.3apg in the 23 games. Despite Shepherd played previously for the Lebanese national team, he is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

   #12. Former University international forward Ross Bekkering (203-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) helped Nijmegen win their game against the leader Groningen 83-76 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Monday night. Bekkering recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. He belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #5) and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). Bekkering has very reliable stats this season: 11.4ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.1apg. Despite he played previously for the Lebanese national team, Bekkering is currently in the Canadian university national team roster.

   #13. International forward Aaron Doornekamp (198-85, agency: Interperformances) helped Otto Caserta win their game against the ninth-ranked Air Avellino 76-67 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year Doornekamp's total stats are: 6.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.4spg in the 26 games. Despite he played previously for the Dutch national team, Doornekamp is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

   #14. Former University international guard Tristan Blackwood (183-85) helped Phoenix Hagen win their game against the 13th-ranked BBC Bayreuth 94-76 in the German BBL last Saturday. He scored 20 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. Blackwood has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.9apg. Despite he played previously for the Dutch national team, Blackwood is currently in the Canadian university national team roster.

   #15. Former international center Jasonn Hannibal (208, college: Portland) helped Polzela win their game against the sixth-ranked Parklji crushing them 96-48 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Wednesday night. He scored 11 points, had 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 22 minutes. Hannibal has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 5.2rpg in the 25 games. Despite he played previously for the Dutch national team, Hannibal is currently in the Canadian national team roster.



Toronto Raptors sign Anderson and Uzoh for remainder of NBA season - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors signed swingman Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) and guard Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) for the remainder of the 2011-12 season on Monday.

Anderson has averaged 8.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 12 games with Toronto. Uzoh is averaging 4.1 points and 2.8 assists over 11 games.

Both players concluded consecutive 10-day contracts with the club Sunday. Anderson was signed to his original 10-day deal March 26, a day before Uzoh signed. Both inked their second 10-day contracts April 6.

The Raptors also announced the 10-day contract of guard Justin Dentmon was not renewed.

Courtesy of www.thestar.com



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

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

Michael Mokongo
Michael Mokongo
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Michael Mokongo (180-86). He contributed to a Chorale de Roanne's victory against the closely-ranked Le Mans (16-10) 73-69 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Mokongo scored 8 points in 16 minutes on the court. Chorale de Roanne Basket (14-12) is placed seventh in the ProA. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Mokongo's first season with the team. This year he averages: 3.0ppg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 46.0%, 3FGP: 23.8% in the 22 games he played so far. Mokongo has a dual citizenship: Central African and French. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Mokongo is currently a member of the Central African senior national team.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79). He helped Strasbourg IG win their game against the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (16-10) 88-76 in the French ProA last Saturday. Zianveni scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Strasbourg IG (12-14) is placed ninth in the ProA. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Zianveni's overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 48.3%. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Despite Zianveni played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Central African senior national team.

James Mays
James Mays
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson). Mays helped Mersin win their double overtime (!!!) game against the league leader Galatasaray (23-5) 106-99 in the Turkish TBL on Saturday night. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi (12-10) is placed fourth in the TBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Mays has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 30.4% and FT: 63.6% in the 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Mays played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Central African senior national team. Strangely Mays has never played in Central Africa.

Stephane Dondon
Stephane Dondon
   #4. Forward Stephane Dondon (203-77, college: Virginia), who plays in the French ProB (second division) could not help JA Vichy (7-23) to beat Limoges CSP Elite (24-6). He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. But JA Vichy was defeated 82-72 on the road by the leading Limoges CSP Elite. It was JA Vichy's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Dondon's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 3.9rpg. He has both Central African and French nationalities. Despite Dondon played previously for the French national team, he is currently in the Central African national team roster.

Martial Gotagni
Martial Gotagni
   #5. International forward Martial Gotagni (190-79), who plays in the French NM1 (third division) was not able to help Le Puy ASMB (5-26) in their last game. Despite Gotagni's good performance Le Puy ASMB was crushed 84-62 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#12) Rueil. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Gotagni also added 6 steals in 38 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Gotagni has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg in the 27 games. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Gotagni is currently in the Central African national team roster.

Lionel Bomayako
Lionel Bomayako
   #6. Guard Lionel Bomayako (196-78, college: Fair Dickinson) helped Orchesien BC win their game against the tenth-ranked Angers BC 49 (14-17) crushing them 83-59 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He recorded 6 points. Orchesien BC (23-8) is placed second in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Bomayako's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg and 1.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the French national team, Bomayako is also an international player who is currently on the senior Central African National Team roster.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Romain Sato (194-G/F-81) plays for Panathinaikos in Greek A1
Max Kouguere (198-F-87) plays for Le Mans in French ProA
Anicet Lavodrama (203-F-63) plays for Blancos de Rueda in Spanish ACB
Jimmy Djimrabaye (203-F/C-92) plays for JA Vichy in French ProB
Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-F-83) plays for Le Puy ASMB in French NM1
Benjamin M'Boli (199-F-88) plays for Ouest Lyonnais in French NM2
Salomon Sami (190-G-77) plays for Golfe Juan in French NM2
Francois Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi (196-F-83) plays for Marmande in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Pornic in French NM2

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



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  COLOMBIA   


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

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

Luis Julio
Luis Julio
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Luis Julio (201-80), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB. He could not help Bucaneros (14-16) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Julio's good performance Bucaneros was edged 68-65 on the road by the higher-ranked Guaiqueries (#5). He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Julio also added 5 rebounds. This season Julio averages: 8.8ppg, 6.3rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Venezuelan. Despite Julio played previously for the Venezuelan national team, he played also for the Colombian national team in 2010.

Eduardo Torres
Eduardo Torres
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Eduardo Torres (195-81), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB. Torres was not able to help Panteras (9-25) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Panteras lost 90-105 in Valencia to the higher-ranked (#3) Trotamundos. Torres was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was Panteras' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Torres' overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.2spg in the 27 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan. Despite Torres played previously for the Venezuelan national team, he played also for the Colombian national team in 2009.

Fernando Lucena
Fernando Lucena
   #3. The Colombian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Fernando Lucena (185-86), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB. Lucena was not able to secure a victory for Toros (6-28) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Toros was defeated in an overtime 130-119 at home by the higher-ranked Guaros (#6). Lucena scored 16 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Lucena's total stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 1.1rpg. Similarly like Torres and Julio above he has both Colombian and Venezuelan nationalities. Despite Lucena played previously for the Venezuelan national team, he played also for the Colombian national team in 2009.

   #4. An experienced forward Jorge Diaz (195-77), who plays in the Venezuelan LPB couldn't help Gigantes (19-15) in their last game. Despite Diaz's good performance Gigantes lost 76-87 in Barquisimeto to the lower-ranked (#6) Guaros. He scored 10 points in 17 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Diaz averages only 2.5ppg in the 29 games. Similarly like three previous players above, he also holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan. Despite Diaz played previously for the Venezuelan national team, he is currently in the Colombian national team roster.

Cesar Silva
Cesar Silva
   #5. Former international swingman Cesar Silva (190-81) faced previously mentioned Luis Julio in the Venezuelan LPB last game. Silva contributed to a 3-point Guaiqueries' victory against the closely-ranked Bucaneros (14-16) 68-65. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended. Silva's total stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. He has Colombian and Venezuelan nationalities. Despite Silva played previously for the Venezuelan national team, he is currently in the Colombian national team roster.

Jorge Leon
Jorge Leon
   #6. Guard Jorge Leon (188-79) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jorge Diaz. But that was another game of his team in Venezuelan LPB which we would like to mention. Leon, who plays in the Venezuelan LPB couldn't help Gigantes (19-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance Gigantes lost 74-78 in Maracaibo to the lower-ranked (#8) Gaiteros. Leon scored 10 points in 21 minutes. This year Leon's total stats are: 3.8ppg and 1.6apg in the 18 games. Despite he played previously for the Venezuelan national team, Leon is also a former international player as he played for the Colombian senior team two years ago.

Deivis Ananguren
Deivis Ananguren
   #7. Former international forward Deivis Ananguren (192-85) faced previously mentioned Jorge Diaz in the Venezuelan LPB last game. Ananguren contributed to Guaros' victory against the closely-ranked Gigantes (19-15) 87-76. He scored 6 points. Ananguren's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Ananguren has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 3.2rpg. Despite he played previously for the Venezuelan national team, Ananguren is currently in the Colombian national team roster.

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

   #1. Jesus Urbina (201-F-84, college: George Mason) led Toros to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Panteras (9-25) 94-85 in the Venezuelan LPB in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Urbina recorded 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Toros de Aragua (6-28) is located at the very bottom in the LPB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Urbina belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4 with 8.5rpg. He also averaged so far 15.2ppg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg in the 32 games he played so far. Urbina has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Venezuelan. Despite his Colombian passport, Urbina previously played for the Venezuelan national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Colombian team.

Other top Colombian players, who play abroad:

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

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



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  CROATIA   

A1 Standings

A1 Standings
Championship Group
 1. Cibona 9-0 
 2. Cedevita 7-2 
 3. Zadar 6-3 
 4. KK Split 6-3 
 5. KK Zagreb CO 5-4 
 6. Zabok 1-8 
 7. Jolly 1-8 
 8. Svjetlost 1-8 
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 10

Championship

Apr. 20: Cibona - Cedevita
Apr. 21: Svjetlost - Zadar
Apr. 21: Zabok - Jolly

Play-Out

Apr. 21: Darda - Dubrovnik
Apr. 21: Kvarner 2010 - Borik
Apr. 21: Krizevci - Alkar Sinj


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, Jolly17.8 
 4. Simovic, Kvarner15.7 
 5. Vrbanc, Zadar14.8 
 6. Stimac, Svjetlost14.8 
 7. Sobin, KK Split14.8 
 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, Svjetlost7.1 
 4. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.7 
 5. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.6 
 6. Sobin, KK Split6.6 
 7. Peraica, Darda6.5 
 8. Grgat, Krizevci5.9 
 9. Vujcic, KK Split5.9 
 10. Kastropil, Zadar5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola VUJCIC
  KK Split
  (211-C-78)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Vujcic, KK Split4.9 
 2. Glavinic, Krizevci4.9 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.5 
 4. Subotic, KK Split4.1 
 5. Blajic, Kvarner4.1 
 6. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.9 
 7. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.3 
 8. Tomas, Zabok3.0 
 9. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.7 
 10. Kruslin, Zabok2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Bicvic, Darda2.0 
 3. Blajic, Kvarner2.0 
 4. Kostomaj, Svjet.1.9 
 5. Ivanov, Zadar1.6 
 6. Mimica, KK Split1.5 
 7. Ceskovic, Kvarner1.5 
 8. Puljko, Jolly1.4 
 9. Stimac, Svjetlost1.4 
 10. Zadnik, Zadar1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.6 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.3 
 3. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 4. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Vujcic, KK Split1.0 
 6. Buva, Krizevci0.8 
 7. Vukovic, KK Split0.8 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar0.7 
 9. Sobin, KK Split0.6 
 10. Babic, KK Split0.5 


Roko-Leni Ukic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84). He led Fenerbahce Ulker to a victory over the 11th-ranked Hacettepe University (11-17) 81-68 in the Turkish TBL in Saturday night's game. Ukic was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points and added 6 passes in 29 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul (20-8) is placed fifth in the TBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Ukic has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 67.3% in the 20 games he played so far. He played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Kresimir Loncar
Kresimir Loncar
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Kresimir Loncar (210-83, agency: Alti Sport). Loncar was the major contributor in Khimky's victory against the leader Spartak St.Petersburg (5-1) 77-73 in the Eurocup last Saturday. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group J. BC Khimky Moscow Region (5-1) is placed second. This season Loncar has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 53.6% and FT: 84.4%. He played for the Croatian national team in 2010.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Ante Tomic (217-87). Tomic contributed to a Real Madrid's victory against the eighth-ranked Meridiano Alicante (15-13) 91-87 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Real Madrid (22-7) is placed second in the ACB. This year Tomic averages: 8.0ppg, 4.1rpg and FT: 60.3% in the 27 games. He is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Luksa Andric
Luksa Andric
   #4. Center Luksa Andric (210-85, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help Galatasaray (23-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Andric's good performance the league leader Galatasaray was defeated in a double overtime (!!!) 106-99 on the road by the much lower-ranked Mersin (#10). He recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Andric's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg and 3.8rpg. He is also Croatian national team player.

Jure Lalic
Jure Lalic
   #5. Former U20 international center Jure Lalic (212-86) helped Krka win their game against the sixth-ranked Sentjur (0-7) 88-69 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Tuesday. Lalic recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (made all of his five free throws) in 23 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (5-2) is placed third in Championship Group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. This year Lalic's overall stats are: 9.3ppg and 3.0rpg in the seven games. He used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

Luka Zoric
Luka Zoric
   #6. Power forward Luka Zoric (211-84), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to help Unicaja Malaga (14-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Zoric's good performance Unicaja Malaga was defeated 86-77 in Murcia by the lower-ranked UCAM (#14). He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Zoric also added 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Zoric has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg and 4.2rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Jurica Golemac
Jurica Golemac
   #7. An experienced international forward Jurica Golemac (209-77, also represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to secure a victory for Air Avellino (13-14) in their last game. Despite Golemac's very good performance Air Avellino lost 67-76 in Caserta to the lower-ranked (#13) Otto. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Golemac also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. Golemac's stats this year are: 12.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in the 27 games. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian national team, Golemac is currently in the Croatian national team roster.

Bruno Sundov
Bruno Sundov
   #8. Center Bruno Sundov (221-80, another player represented by Alti Sport) helped Lukoil Academik win their game against the league outsider Chernomorets (3-24) crushing them 87-53 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. He scored 11 points, had 8 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 3 blocks. Lukoil Academik Sofia (24-3) is placed first in the NBL. Sundov's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Sundov belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.9ppg and 5.6rpg. Despite Sundov played previously for the Slovenian national team, he is currently in the Croatian U21 national team roster.

Drazen Bubnic
Drazen Bubnic
   #9. Former U20 international forward Drazen Bubnic (205-86) helped Helios win their n overtime game against the sixth-ranked Sentjur (0-7) 106-93 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Wednesday night. Bubnic scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 39 minutes. Helios Domzale (5-1) is placed second in Championship Group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. Bubnic belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #9 with 13.1ppg. This year his other stats are: 5.1rpg and 2.0apg in the 24 games. Despite Bubnic played previously for the Slovenian national team, he is currently in the Croatian U20 national team roster.

Igor Milicic
Igor Milicic
   #10. Guard Igor Milicic (194-76, another player represented by Alti Sport) helped AZS Koszalin win their game against the fifth-ranked Polpharma (14-23) 87-74 in the Polish PLK in Sunday night's game. Milicic recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and making 10 passes. He also added 4 rebounds. AZS Koszalin (22-16) is placed second in Group B. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. It's Milicic's fourth season with the team. Milicic is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league. His total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 5.1apg. Despite Milicic played previously for the Polish national team, he is also a former international player as six years ago he still played for the Croatian senior national team.

   #11. International guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC) managed to help B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in a victory against the fifth-ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes crushing them 81-55 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday. Popovic scored 5 points and added 3 assists in 17 minutes. He is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers with 3.8apg. This year Popovic also averages: 8.1ppg and 1.6rpg in the 17 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #12. Former U21 international guard Petar Cosic (186-85, agency: Interperformances) helped Svit win their game against the closely-ranked Nitra 93-74 in the Slovakian Extraliga on Tuesday night. Cosic scored 21 points and added 8 passes. He is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers. This season Cosic has very good stats: 11.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 5.3apg and 1.5spg. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Cosic is currently in the Croatian U21 national team roster.

   #13. International point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86), who plays in the Italian SerieA couldn't help Cimberio Varese (14-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Cimberio Varese lost 63-67 in Pesaro to the higher-ranked (#4) Scavolini. Stipcevic was the second best scorer with 13 points in 21 minutes. He is currently seventh on the league's list of best passers with 3.7apg. Stipcevic also averaged so far 12.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.4spg in the 27 games. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Stipcevic is currently in the Croatian national team roster.

   #14. International forward Igor Maric (196-85) faced previously mentioned Drazen Bubnic in the Slovenian Telemach League last game. Maric couldn't help the league outsider Sentjur in their game against Helios. Despite his very good performance last Wednesday He scored 15 points. Maric is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league. He has very solid stats this season: 13.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5spg. Despite Maric played previously for the Polish national team, he is currently in the Croatian national team roster.

   #15. Former international forward Marko Banic (205-84) helped Gescrap BB win their game against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda 89-77 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Banic scored only 4 points in 20 minutes. He averaged so far 11.7ppg and 4.4rpg in the 27 games. Banic used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.



Croatian A1 round 9 (Second Stage) best performance: Dario Saric - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for KK Zagreb CO, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
The 17-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 17 rebounds, while his team outclassed Zabok (#6, 1-8) with 38-point margin 96-58. KK Zagreb CO maintains the 5th position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. KK Zagreb CO will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. It's Saric's second year at KK Zagreb CO and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Dario Saric averages this season 13.1ppg and 8.7rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Ive Ivanov (201-C-85) of Zadar. Ivanov had a very good evening with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Of course Zadar cruised to a 78-69 relatively comfortable win over KK Split (6-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Zadar consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 6-3 record is not bad at all. Ivanov is well-known at Zadar and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly JBS (#7). Ross showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, five rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Ross' great performance Jolly lost 74-111 to the league's current leader Cibona (#1, 9-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Jolly can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Ross he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ross has individually a great season in Croatia. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (3rd best) and assists with 4.5apg (3rd best). He also has 2.9spg and FGP: 51.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Miro Bilan (213-F-89) of Cedevita - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tomislav Zubcic (214-C/F-90) of Cibona - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Davor Kus (191-G-78) of Cibona - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Robert Rikic (217-C-90) of KK Zagreb CO - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marin Rozic (201-F-83) of Cibona - 17 points and 2 rebounds
10. Dontaye Draper (180-PG-84) of Cedevita - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 5 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)



A1 Round 9: KK Split is defeated by Zadar - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked KK Split (6-3) and fourth ranked Zadar (6-3) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. KK Split was defeated by Zadar in a tough game in Zadar 69-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KK Split. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-69. Zadar outrebounded KK Split 43-21 including a 14-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Ive Ivanov (201-C-85) (201-85) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and swingman Ante Delas (201-88) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Zadar's coach Ales Pipan used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) with 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Zadar have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated KK Split. Zadar is looking forward to face Svjetlost (#8) in Slavonski Brod in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. KK Split will have a break next round.
A1 top team - Cibona (9-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Jolly (1-8) in Sibenik 111-74. The former international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (214-90, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and Davor Kus accounted for 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) came up with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for Jolly in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Cibona have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-0 record. Jolly lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Svjetlost and Zabok. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cedevita.
Fifth ranked KK Zagreb CO (5-4) crushed at home 6th ranked Zabok (1-8) by 38 points 96-58, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The best player for the winners was Dario Saric who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Domagoj Basic who recorded 23 points. 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. Defending champion maintains fifth place with 5-4 record. Zabok lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Jolly and Svjetlost. KK Zagreb CO's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena .

In the last game of round 9 Svjetlost was destroyed by Cedevita on the opponent's court 90-63.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points and 9 assists by Ivan Tomeljak of Svjetlost.



Cedevita - Svjetlost 90-63
Very expected game in Zagreb where 8th ranked Svjetlost (1-8) was crushed by second ranked Cedevita (7-2) 90-63 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. Svjetlost managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cedevita shot 60.4 percent from the field and made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Miro Bilan (213-89) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. International point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Cedevita's coach Drazen Anzulovic felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Pankracije Barac (196-81, agency: Court Side) who recorded 18 points and the former international power forward Ljubo Samadan (208-83) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Cedevita maintains second place with 7-2 record having just two points less than leader Alkar Sinj. Svjetlost lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Jolly and Zabok. Cedevita's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena Cibona.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bilan 16+6reb+3ast, D.Draper 16+2reb+5ast, I.Opacak 13+2reb+1ast, L.Warren 9+3reb+1ast, M.Bazdaric 8+5reb+1ast, M.Car 8+1reb+2ast
Svjetlost: P.Barac 18+3reb+1ast, A.Stimac 11+4reb+1ast, M.Batina 10+3reb+1ast, L.Samadan 9+7reb+2ast, P.Zivkovic 6+1reb, T.Kostomaj 5+6ast


gschID: 171825


Jolly - Cibona 74-111
A1 top team - Cibona (9-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked Jolly (1-8) in Sibenik 111-74. The game without a history. Cibona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.2 percent from the field. Cibona outrebounded Jolly 40-19 including a 27-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Cibona players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Jolly's players. The former international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (214-90, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and the former international guard Davor Kus (191-78, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Cibona players scored in double figures. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) came up with 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and forward Mate Mrva (195-83) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Jolly in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cibona have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-0 record. Jolly lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Svjetlost and Zabok. Cibona's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Zagreb Cedevita.
Top scorers:
Cibona: M.Rozic 17+2reb+1ast, A.Barbour 17+3reb+3ast, D.Rudez 16+2reb, T.Zubcic 15+5reb+6ast, D.Kus 14+6reb+5ast, P.Marcinkovic 13+4reb+2ast
Jolly: R.Ross 24+5reb+6ast, M.Mrva 20+5reb, L.Katura 13+4reb+3ast, T.Gabric 7+1ast, I.Josipovic 4+1reb, H.Puljko 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 171822


KK Zagreb CO - Zabok 96-58
Fifth ranked KK Zagreb CO (5-4) crushed at home 6th ranked Zabok (1-8) by 38 points 96-58, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The game without a history. KK Zagreb CO led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Zabok to just 7 points in second quarter. KK Zagreb CO dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Zabok's 28. They outrebounded Zabok 48-25 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Dario Saric (208-94) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds. Naturalized Bosnian center Robert Rikic (217-90) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Domagoj Basic (190-86) who recorded 23 points and forward Filip Kraljevic (214-89, agency: PEPI SPORT) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively. 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. Defending champion maintains fifth place with 5-4 record. Zabok lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with Jolly and Svjetlost. KK Zagreb CO's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Zagreb to the arena .
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: D.Saric 19+17reb+3ast, R.Rikic 14+7reb+2ast, D.Markota 11+7reb+1ast, K.Simon 9, D.Mavra 9+1reb+1ast, P.Babic 8+1reb+1ast
Zabok: D.Basic 23+3reb, F.Kraljevic 11+8reb+1ast, R.Lez 9+2reb+3ast, A.Crnjevic 4+2reb+2ast, I.Tomas 3+2reb+3ast, I.Perincic 3+1reb
gschID: 171823


Zadar - KK Split 78-69
The game between third ranked KK Split (6-3) and fourth ranked Zadar (6-3) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. KK Split was defeated by Zadar in a tough game in Zadar 69-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of KK Split. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-69. Zadar outrebounded KK Split 43-21 including a 14-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Ive Ivanov (201-85) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and swingman Ante Delas (201-88) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Zadar's coach Ales Pipan used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was swingman Josip Sobin (203-89) with 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) scored 19 points. Zadar have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated KK Split. Zadar is looking forward to face Svjetlost (#8) in Slavonski Brod in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. KK Split will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Zadar: I.Ivanov 21+8reb+1ast, A.Delas 18+6reb+1ast, D.Reed 8+3ast, M.Ramljak 7+4reb+1ast, F.Kastropil 7+8reb, A.Kuso 6+7reb
KK Split: J.Sobin 19+4reb+3ast, I.Mimica 19+2reb, L.Babic 10+2reb+1ast, A.Grgurevic 7+3reb+1ast, N.Vujcic 6+6reb+5ast, T.Dijan 3+2ast



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Peter SEDMAK
  USK Praha
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Sedmak, USK Praha19.6 
 2. Pope, Chomutov19.6 
 3. Grant, Levice18.5 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.18.5 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov17.6 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha16.8 
 7. Houska, BK Decin15.4 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.14.9 
 9. Wilson, CEZ N.14.8 
 10. Meno, Svitavy14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.8 
 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.7.5 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.7.4 
 9. Houska, BK Decin6.9 
 10. Modric, Levice6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.3 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy5.1 
 3. Sotnar, USK Praha4.7 
 4. Vrubl, Plzen4.6 
 5. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 6. Wright, NH Ostrava4.6 
 7. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.2 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava4.0 
 9. Pope, Chomutov3.9 
 10. Barnes, BC Kolin3.9 
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. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 7. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 8. Klecka, B&W Opava1.9 
 9. Sirina, B&W Opava1.9 
 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. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.9 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.9 
 8. Grant, Levice0.9 
 9. Reese, Usti n.0.9 
 10. Meno, Svitavy0.8 


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

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Jan Vesely (211-90), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Washington Wizards (15-46) in their last game. Despite Vesely's good performance the Washington Wizards lost 89-98 on the road to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 36 minutes on the court. It's Vesely's first season with the team. This year Vesely averages: 4.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 51.4% and FT: 52.5% in the 52 games he played so far. He played for the Czech Republic senior national team two years ago.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center Ondrej Starosta (215-79). Starosta was the major contributor in a Grupo Iruna Navarra's victory against one of league's weakest teams CB Granada (7-25) 104-90 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He scored 18 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Grupo Iruna Navarra (5-21) is placed first in the LEB Gold. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Starosta is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 57.2%(179-313) and FT: 43.4%. Starosta played for the Czech Republic national team in 2008.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard David Jelinek (196-90). He led FIATC Joventut to an easy victory against the closely-ranked CAI Zaragoza (14-15) crushing them 85-63 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Jelinek scored 12 points in 26 minutes. FIATC Joventut Badalona (13-16) is placed 12th in the ACB. This year Jelinek's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 1.2rpg, 2FGP: 38.9%, 3FGP: 32.7% and FT: 74.4% in the 29 games. He played for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

David Steffel
David Steffel
   #4. Power forward David Steffel (212-85), who plays in the Romanian Division A was not able to help Rovinari (16-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Steffel's good performance Rovinari was defeated 84-69 in Medias by the leading Gaz Metan. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Steffel also added 7 rebounds. Steffel has relatively good stats this season: 13.2ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2010.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #5. Former international guard Tomas Satoransky (200-91) managed to help Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla in a victory against the 16th-ranked Blusens Monbus (10-19) crushing them 79-59 in the Spanish ACB last Saturday. Satoransky scored only 4 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 21 minutes. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (16-13) is placed seventh in the ACB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Satoransky's total stats are: 4.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg in the 29 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

Jan Kratochvil
Jan Kratochvil
   #6. Forward Jan Kratochvil (200-82) contributed to Komarno's victory against the closely-ranked Prievidza (22-10) 83-77 in the Slovakian Extraliga on Saturday night. Kratochvil recorded 8 points and added 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. MBK Rieker Komarno (22-10) is placed first in the Extraliga. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Kratochvil has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.7apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Czech Republic senior team two years ago.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #7. International center Tomas Hampl (215-88) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Svjetlost (1-8) 79-64 in the Croatian A1 in Saturday night's game. Hampl scored only 2 points in 1 minutes on the court. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (9-0) is placed first in Championship Group. So far his team won all nine games in the Second Stage. Hampl has averaged so far 0.4ppg and 2.0rpg in the five games. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Jakub Kudlacek
Jakub Kudlacek
   #8. Guard Jakub Kudlacek (193-90) contributed to an Otto Caserta's victory against the ninth-ranked Air Avellino (13-14) 76-67 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Kudlacek scored 6 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Otto Caserta (11-16) is placed 13th in the SerieA. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Kudlacek has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 1.3rpg. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Ondrej Kohout
Ondrej Kohout
   #9. U20 international forward Ondrej Kohout (204-91) contributed to a 1-point Fontedoso Carrefour's victory against the closely-ranked Aurteneche Maquinaria Araberri (12-11) 48-47 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Kohout scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. Fontedoso Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila (10-12) is placed ninth in the LEB Silver. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kohout has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 4.6rpg in the 22 games. He is also in the roster of the Czech Republic U20 national team.

Jiri Welsch
Jiri Welsch
   #10. Forward Jiri Welsch (201-80) contributed to a Spirou Charleroi's victory against the closely-ranked Antwerp Giants (17-8) 70-61 in the Belgian D1 in Thursday night's game. Welsch recorded only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Belgacom Spirou (18-7) is placed first in the D1. Welsch has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Czech Republic senior national team.



Nymburk bring Chester Simmons back to the roster - by Eurobasket News

Nymburk bring Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) back to the roster. Yesterday Emporio Armani have agreed on terms of contract termination with Chester Simmons. The guard signed the deal with the team just over a week ago. However Emporio Armani have decided to enter the market once again following the injury of Ernest Bremer. They will be looking for point guard. Chester Simmons will receive compensation for contract termination.
Chester Simmons posted 17.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in Euroleague Qualifying Round with Nymburk. In VTB League the guard posted 16.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists. In EuroCup Chester Simmons delivered 15.1 points, 3.6 boards and 2.9 assists per appearance. The guard also produced 12.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in Czech Republic NBL. Last season Chester Simmons also spent with Nymburk. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic League Guard of the Year. Chester Simmons also made it into All-EuroCup 3rd Team. He was trumped Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Guard of the Year back in 2007.



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  D-LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 2. Almond, Maine RC23.4 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.1 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.6 
 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, Canton11.7 
 3. Dawson, Austin T.10.6 
 4. Butch, Bakersfi.10.4 
 5. Thomas, Los A.9.2 
 6. Foote, Springfield9.0 
 7. Williams, Texas L.8.9 
 8. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 9. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
 10. Horner, Springfi.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.0 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 4. Wise, Bakersfield6.3 
 5. Curry, Springfield6.3 
 6. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 7. Stinson, Iowa E.5.8 
 8. Bailey, Idaho S.5.8 
 9. Baker, Dakota W.5.7 
 10. Johnson, Austin5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  Sioux F.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Blakely, Sioux F.2.2 
 2. Coleman, Sioux F.2.2 
 3. Smith, Springfield2.2 
 4. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 5. Hannah, Dakota W.2.0 
 6. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 7. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 8. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
 9. Millsap, Los A.1.9 
 10. Bobbitt, Idaho S.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Maine R.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. N''Diaye, Maine R.3.2 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 3. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Thomas, Los A.2.0 
 7. Hill, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.7 
 9. Dawson, Austin T.1.6 
 10. Strong, Iowa E.1.6 


Maine's Morris Almond signs with Washington Wizards - by Eurobasket News

The Washington Wizards today signed Maine Red Claws guard Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice) for the record 54th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2011-12 NBA Development League season. Almond joins more than 100 NBA players with NBA D-League experience currently on 2011-12 rosters.

Almond (6-5, 210, Rice) appeared 29 games, 28 starts, for the Red Claws this season, averaging a team-high 23.4 points to go with 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 37.9 minutes. He scored in double figures in 28 games, amassing 30 or more points in seven outings.

Originally selected in the first round (25th overall) in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz, Almond appeared in 34 games in Utah during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, averaging 3.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 8.6 minutes.

Almond is expected to join the Wizards today and be available tonight when the team travels to face the Chicago Bulls.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Charge advance with 115-106 win over Armor - by Eurobasket News

ABBA's Dancing Queen played as the Charges starting lineup was introduced prior to Monday nights decisive Game 3. It was a playful jab by the Armors game-day staff at the visitors from Canton.

Dance the Charge did, all over the Armor and all the way to the semifinals of the NBA Development League playoffs.

Canton led by double figures for most of the second half in a 115-106 win against the Armor at Springfields MassMutual Center.

In their first year of existence, the No. 7 seed Charge move on to the D-Leagues final four to face No. 3 seed Austin in another best-of-three series. Game 1 will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Civic Center.

It means a lot, especially coming from where we started, said Charge guard Antoine Agudio, who scored 11 of his team-high 24 points in the fourth quarter. People didnt really give us a chance. Springfield picked us because they thought they could beat us easily, but we showed them it wasnt going to be that way.

The obstacles were stacked against the Charge, who battled back from a big deficit Sunday night in Game 2, but lost in overtime. Without injured shooting guard Josh Akognon and with Cavaliers assignee Luke Harangody (6'7''-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) playing a game for the fourth straight night Monday, it was difficult to guess what kind of effort the Charge could put together.

But the Charge were the more energetic, more aggressive team on the Armors home court. The Charge shot 56.2 percent from the floor and outrebounded the No. 2 seed Armor 48-31.

That was a huge character game for our guys, Charge head coach Alex Jensen said. To come back tonight and not blame anything or make excuses for last night, I have to give all the credit to our guys. They were tired and they played through it.

The starting backcourt of Agudio, Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech) (23 points, eight rebounds) and TJ Campbell (5'9''-PG-88, college: Portland) (19 points, eight assists) combined for 66 points on 22-of-37 shooting from the floor and 19-of-20 shooting from the foul line. Tyrell Biggs (6'8''-F-86, college: Pittsburgh) scored 21 points off the bench, and reserve Trent Strickland (6'5''-G-84, college: Wake Forest), a guy who played less than two minutes in Game 1, added 13 points.

Harangody gutted out 25 minutes, finishing with seven points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Agudio and Gibson seemed to take the challenge of being more aggressive offensively.

We knew he was going to be pretty exhausted, Agudio said of Harangody. Kyle and I go at each other every day in practice. We talked about coming out and attacking tonight.

As the third quarter progressed, the Charge looked like the fresher team. When Gibson finished an alley-oop bucket off a pass from Harangody, the Charge led 82-61 with 2:57 left in the quarter. Behind some full-court pressure and seven points from L.D. Williams, the Armor cut it to 84-70 entering the fourth.

Canton kept the Armor at arms length for most of the final period.

Lance Hurdles 3-pointer with 2:18 left cut Springfields deficit to single digits for the first time in the second half. Later, Jerry Smiths steal led to a breakaway hoop for JamesOn Curry, and Springfield trailed 111-104 with 45.2 seconds left.

But Campbell made a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession and the Charge put the game away from there.

Williams led Springfield with 27 points, while Curry had 24 and Dennis Horner 21.

The Charge committed 22 turnovers, some of them at inopportune times as the Armor rallied. But Jensen wasnt going to get picky on this night.

We made some mental mistakes, but it wasnt heart and soul, he said. It wasnt effort. Thats a great thing for a coach. You want to coach the cerebral part of the game, not effort.

Six straight points from Biggs early in the second pushed the Charge lead into double digits for the first time. He reached the 20-point mark for the first time since Jan. 14, and the Charge desperately needed it.

I told him it was the old Rell out there, Agudio said.

Courtesy of www.indeonline.com



Toros win series against Erie - by Eurobasket News

Austin's inside presence and superior depth, featuring the added surprise appearance by guard Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington), proved to be the difference on Monday as the Toros defeated Erie 99-85 at Cedar Park Center to capture the deciding game of the two teams' NBA Development League's opening-round series.

The Toros advance to play Canton, who beat Springfield in a series-deciding game on Monday, in a best-of-three-game series beginning either Wednesday or Thursday in Canton.

The first two games of the between Austin and Erie featured big early leads by the home team, but the rubber game of the series came down to execution in the fourth quarter and that's when Dentmon began to shine.

Dentmon, who was the Toros' offensive leader before a series of 10-day NBA contracts with San Antonio and Toronto (where he played Sunday and scored 10 points and had four assists against Atlanta), left Canada Monday morning after not being picked up for the rest of the NBA season by the Raptors.

He flew all day and, after his delayed flight didn't land at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport until 7:18 p.m., hopped in a car and made it to Cedar Park by midway through the second quarter.

Dentmon entered the game with 6:53 to play in the third quarter and instantly energized the Toros' attack, eventually scoring 12 points on 5 for 6 shooting (including 2-of-3 on 3-pointers) and dished out three assists in just 16 minutes of play.

The Toros were led by forward Julian Wright (6'8''-F-87, college: Kansas) 25 points and 14 rebounds and 23 points and a game-high 16 boards from center Eric Dawson (6'9''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.). Ronald Murray (6'4''-G-79, college: Shaw) hit for 13 points and former Texas Longhorn guard Cory Joseph scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

Courtesy of www.statesman.com



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Standings - LIDOBA

SRT Stage Two Standings
Places 1-4
 1. CDP 1-0
 2. GUG 1-0
 3. Capitanes 0-1
 4. Plaza 0-1
Places 5-6
 1. Cupes 6-8
 2. Sameji 3-10
Stage One Standings



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Bismack Biyombo selected the top Congolese playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bismack Biyombo
Bismack Biyombo
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Bismack Biyombo (207-92), who plays in the NBA. Biyombo could not help the Charlotte Bobcats (7-52) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Charlotte Bobcats lost 90-103 on the road to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Biyombo scored 12 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 37 minutes on the court. It was Bobcats' 16th consecutive loss in a row. It's Biyombo's first season with the team. This year he averages: 5.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7bpg, 2FGP: 47.3% and FT: 49.2% in the 57 games he played so far. Despite Biyombo played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the DR Congolese senior national team.

Yannick Bokolo
Yannick Bokolo
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Yannick Bokolo (190-85). Bokolo contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked STB Le Havre (8-17) crushing them 80-57 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points and added 5 passes. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (23-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Bokolo is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Gravelines-Dunkerque's roster. Bokolo's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 41.0%. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and French. Despite Bokolo played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the DR Congolese senior national team.

Bambale Osby
Bambale Osby
   #3. The DR Congolese player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland). He led Aix-Maurienne to a victory over the 15th-ranked Denain Voltaire (10-20) 90-81 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. Osby was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (19-11) is placed fourth in the ProB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Osby belongs to league's top scorers (ranked #8) and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Osby averages: 15.7ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 60.3%(188-312) and FT: 56.5% in the 30 games. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Osby played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Despite Osby played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the DR Congolese senior national team. Strangely Osby has never played in DR Congo.

Wen Boss Mukubu
Wen Boss Mukubu
   #4. Swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB) contributed to a VOO Verviers-Pepinster's victory against the fourth-ranked Okapi Aalstar (14-11) 69-63 in the Belgian D1 on Saturday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (made all of his six free throws). VOO Verviers-Pepinster (5-20) closes the standings in the D1. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of four consecutive loses. Mukubu is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (second place). His overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg and 2.1spg. Mukubu is another player who holds two passports: DR Congolese and Belgian. Despite he played previously for the Belgian national team, Mukubu is currently in the DR Congolese national team roster.

   #5. International guard Webber Lufanga (188-94) managed to help Baloncesto Leon in a victory against the eighth-ranked Leche Rio Breogan (17-15) crushing them 94-74 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 5 points. It was his first game for Baloncesto Leon this season. His team is placed 13th in the LEB Gold. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Lufanga plays currently for the DR Congolese national team.

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

   #1. Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, college: Princeton) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Lagun Aro GBC (16-13) 77-61 in the Spanish ACB in Sunday night's game. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. Regal FC Barcelona (24-5) is placed first in the ACB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Wallace averages: 5.1ppg and 4.3rpg in the 24 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Wallace has never played in DR Congo.

   #2. Charles Kahudi (197-F-86, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the French ProA could not help Le Mans (16-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Le Mans was defeated 73-69 on the road by the lower-ranked Chorale de Roanne (#7). Kahudi was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kahudi has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and French. Despite Kahudi's DR Congolese passport, he currently plays for the French national team and is not eligible to play for the DR Congolese team.

Other top DR Congolese players, who play abroad:

Igor Ibaka (203-F/C-92) plays for Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB
Bienvenue Letuni (227-C-94) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Kevin Tumba (192-F/G-91) plays for Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Belgian D1
Ken Bongo Nsoli (204-C/F-91) plays for Poitiers in French ProA
Kris Morlende (182-PG-79) plays for Boulazac Basket in French ProB
Olivier Ilunga (185-G-84) plays for 08 Stockholm in Swedish Basketligan
Albert Ngoy (178-G-93) plays for Kapfenberg Bulls in Austrian A Bundesliga
Samba Oppizzi-Nakalamb (198-F-79) plays for Fribourg in Swiss LNA

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



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Ex-player of Al Ettihad Jamarr Hardy confess - by Eurobasket News

Ex-player Jamarr Hardy of Al Ettihad confess on situation within Egyptian basketball: 'I wanted to say that the coach and club from AL Ettihad of egypt is a very unprofessional club and the coach Abouelkhir Amr is Cheated the last 3 American Professional players out of over 20,000 usd each. He edited my contract and turned it in to the federation and forged my signature at the bottom of every page and also he removed some of the clauses in the contract which states__ 'If the player is not given full salary after 15 day then him and his agent can choose to withdraw the player from any part of the clubs events until salary is fully paid, and after 30 days the player and his agent can terminate the contract at any given time in which the player and agent chooses'.__ So with this tooken out of my contract by the coach the club was not responsible for not paying me for 3 months pay in which they did not pay me. LATER I found out that the club didn't even know of the coaches wrong doing. I was later informed by the former American professional player (prior to the year I was there)of the club that this also happened to him, and to another a few years back. I just wanted the American players/Arab basketball world to know this because I would'nt wish this on any athlete. We work so hard to be cheated out of our money know matter how much it is but in my case 22,500 usd'.


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Simmons returns to Nybmurk - by Uygar Karaca

The Italy adventure did not last long for Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington). The US swingman is coming back for Nymburk. According to the statement from AJ Milano, JR Bremer healed quite fast beyond their expectations and therefore they had to thank for his replacement, who they call 'a perfect player for team chemistry'. As club International Relations Director Jiri Zidek has confirmed, Simmons will return to 'kind' of home. Ex Hapoel Jerusalem player, had been playing for the CEZ since 2010 and was their promonent scoring weapon. He did not manage to play a game for AJ Milano.


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Montepaschi Siena eye Jonas Maciulis - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi Siena eye Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85) to add to the roster. The Lithuanian player arrived to Italy to negotiate a contract with Mens Sana.
Early in February Jonas Maciulis was back to Lithuania. The 27-year-old G/F penned a deal with Baltai Kaunas for rest of the season. Maciulis recovered from serious knee injury (ACL torn), which he suffered last year. Maciulis played for Armani Jeans Milano. He had 9.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg for 25 games in SerieA before the injury. In Euroleague, Maciulis added 10.8 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 6 games. Jonas Maciulis joined Milano in 2009. Before that, he spent four years with Zalgiris Kaunas.
This season for Baltai Kaunas he averaged 19.6 points per game. In Baltic league his stats read 11.4 points per game.



Emporio Armani release Chester Simmons - by Eurobasket News

Emporio Armani have agreed on terms of contract termination with Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington). The guard signed the deal with the team just over a week ago. However Emporio Armani have decided to enter the market once again following the injury of Ernest Bremer (194-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure). They will be looking for point guard. Chester Simmons will receive compensation for contract termination. The guard is expected to return to Nymburk. Chester Simmons posted 17.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in Euroleague Qualifying Round with Nymburk. In VTB League the guard posted 16.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists. In EuroCup Chester Simmons delivered 15.1 points, 3.6 boards and 2.9 assists per appearance. The guard also produced 12.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in Czech Republic NBL. Last season Chester Simmons also spent with Nymburk. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic League Guard of the Year. Chester Simmons also made it into All-EuroCup 3rd Team. He was trumped Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Guard of the Year back in 2007.


Montepaschi Siena's Bo McCalebb wins Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy - by Eurobasket News

The 2012 Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy has been won by Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) of Montepaschi Siena, the first point guard to win the award. The Top Scorer Trophy is the first Turkish Airlines Euroleague post-season award, given annually to the Euroleague player with the most points averaged over a minimum number of games. This season, McCalebb earned what is the Euroleague's only post-season award based solely on statistics thanks to his scoring average of 16.88 points over a total of 17 games. He scored in double digits in all of his 17 Euroleague games this season and went beyond the 20-point mark four times. McCalebb made 52.6% of his three-pointers this season, tied with teammate Tomas Ress for the highest accuracy rate among all Euroleague players. He also had eighth-best two-point shooting rate, 63.7%, first among all guards. His scoring average was McCalebb's best yet in three Euroleague seasons. The winner of the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy will be honored at the Efes Pilsener Euroleague Awards Ceremony on the evening of May 12 at Ciragan Palace in Istanbul during the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four.

Just like his team, McCalebb opened the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season in style with 17 points in an opening night road win against Unics. He added 17 on 8-of-8 shooting against Union Olimpija and 19 against Galatasaray Medical Park as Montepaschi got to 3-0. McCalebb raised the bar even higher to score 20 against FC Barcelona Regal and 22 against Unics, both of then eventual playoff teams. He averaged 17.9 points in seven regular season games and ranked fourth in the competition at the end of this phase. McCalebb started the Top 16 in even better shape, scoring 18 points against Gescrap BB and a season-high 25 in a big road win against Real Madrid, for which he earned Top 16, Game 2 bwin MVP honors. McCalebb remained consistent to average 16.8 points and become the Top 16 scoring champion. Once in the playoffs, McCalebb had a 21-point effort in Game 2 against Olympiacos, leading Montepaschi to its only victory in the series. He was the playoffs' fourth-best scorer at 15.3 points per game. By the time he and Montepaschi were eliminated, McCalebb had made 86 of 135 two-point shots, 20 of 38 three-pointers and 55 of 68 free throws to total 294 points in 17 games. Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos was second in the top scoring race with 16.53 points on average, followed by Sonny Weems of Zalgiris (15.53 ppg.), Henry Domercant of Unics (15.47 ppg.) and Nenad Krstic of CSKA Moscow (14.65 ppg.).

McCalebb joins three-time Ford Trophy winner Igor Rakocevic (2007, 2009, 2011), Linas Kleiza of Olympiacos (2010), Marc Salyers of Chorale Roanne (2008), Drew Nicholas of Benetton Treviso (2006) and the trophy's first winner, Charles Smith of Scavolini Pesaro (2005), to become the sixth player to win the award in eight years. Alphonso Ford died of leukemia in September 2004 after a career in which he was the competition's top scorer twice, in 2000-01 and 2001-02, both seasons with Olympiacos. He subsequently led Montepaschi Siena in scoring as it reached the 2003 Final Four in its debut Euroleague season. The Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy is the first in a series of Euroleague end-of-season honors. Other to be announced shortly include: the Euroleague Best Defender Trophy, the Euroleague Rising Star Trophy, and the All-Euroleague first and second team nominees. The All-Euroleague teams and the Sportingbet MVP for 2010-11 will be revealed at the Efes Pilsener Euroleague Awards Ceremony on May 12. The Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year Trophy and the Euroleague Club Executive of the Year are post-season awards.

His first Top Scorer Trophy is mere confirmation for what basketball fans have known; McCalebb has developed into an unstoppable scoring presence. His explosiveness, one-on-one skills and incredible quickness have turned him into a nightmare matchup. McCalebb played college basketball in his hometown at the University of New Orleans, where he averaged 20.9 points in 128 NCAA games through 2008. McCalebb moved overseas that summer for his first European basketball experience with Turkish side Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi. He averaged 17.7 points in a great season that paved the way for him to sign with Partizan. Once in the Euroleague, McCalebb made the most out of his opportunity, averaging 13.4 points and 3.4 assists and earning All-Euroleague second team honors. He helped Partizan win the Serbian League, the Serbian Cup and the Adriatic League titles and reach the Euroleague Final Four for the first time since 1998. In his two seasons with Montepaschi, McCalebb has been to another Final Four, lifted the Italian League trophy once so far and won back-to-back Italian Cup titles. McCalebb, who turns 27 days before the 2012 Euroleague Final Four, is a regular member of the FYROM national team and led the country it to its best result ever, fourth place at EuroBasket 2011.

Courtesy of Euroleague



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Velimir Radinovic Announces Official Retirement From Professional Basketball (I Would Like Basketball Fans To Remember That I Always Played A s Hard as I Could) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Velimir Radinovic (212-C-81, agency: The House of Baller!Stars, college: Ohio St.) is a 31 year old 212cm center that was born in Canada, but also has the Serbian citizenship as he has Serbian parents. He played at Ohio State from 2000-2004. He turned professional in 2004 and played for Reflex Beograd (SCG-1A): ULEB Cup: 10 games: 4.4ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 51.7%; Adriatic League: 30 games: 6.0ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 56.0%; 1A League: 14 games: 5.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 0.3apg. In 2005-2006, he played for FMP Zeleznik Beograd (SCG-1A): ULEB Cup: 4 games: 1.0ppg; Adriatic League: 10 games: 2.1ppg, 1.4rpg, in Dec.'05 signed at KK Hemofarm Vrsac (SCG-1A): ULEB Cup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 2FGP: 88.9%; Adriatic League: 14 games: 3.1ppg, 1.8rpg; SCG Superleague: 5 games: 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 0.8apg. In 2006-2007, he played for KK Hemofarm Vrsac (SCG-A): Adriatic League: 26 games: 4.9ppg, 2.6rpg; ULEB Cup: 12 games: 9.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 64.1%, 3FGP: 0%, FT: 66.7%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProA, starting five): 28 games: 5.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 57.3%, FT: 79.6%. In 2008-2009, he played in Greece for Iraklis Thessaloniki (Greece-A2): 29 games: 7.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 87.0. He played for MBC from 2009-2011. Last season, for MBC, he played 27 games: 6.6ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 52.6%, FT: 68.8%. He spoke to eurobasket about his career and issued this statement. 'I officially announce my retirement from professional basketball. At this time I think it's best for my family and myself that I walk away, and concentrate on moving forward with a more sustainable career path. Unfortunately I cannot continue to endure the rigours that is required of a professional athlete, and to compete at a high level. I want to thank all my former coaches, teammates, Managers for all the opportunities that the game of basketball has provided me.'

The last team that you played for was the Walter Tigers Tuebingen leaving in November 2011. How tough is it in general not playing looking for a new job and seeing other guys playing?

It's surprisingly not that tough. Don't get me wrong, I loved playing but I definitely don't miss practicing. I enjoy watching the game, I've been following the NCAA tournament pretty closely and cringe at the thought of running up and down the floor right now.

You are 31 years old now and are going to hang up your sneakers after 7 professional seasons.
You probably wanted to keep playing, but injuries and your body have put a dent into your career. What physically is hindering you from continuing your basketball career?

Unfortunately I am suffering from a degenerative right knee. I had torn my meniscus while playing for MBC right before the season started, and I probably came back to play a little too soon, which really wasn't good for my knee. The end result is a pretty beat up right knee.

Did you have a feeling in the last few years that your body might not be on the same page as you in terms of playing?

Kind of, but you fight through it. The mind can be a powerful tool. They always say 'mind over matter' and it's true to an extent. No matter how much pain I was in on a daily basis, once I got loose and warmed up I sometimes forgot about the pain and just played. After practice was a different story. It was hard to do daily chores, walking up and down stairs was even tough, but I was able to run up and down the court during practice. I guess that's what our bodies are trained to do.

How tough was it making this decision to hang up the sneakers? Did you seek any advice from family, friends and players in the last months? If yes how did they help you best?

I didn't really seek any advice, it was more like a voice inside saying it was time, but I wanted to see if I could get back to a level I was previously at. Once you realize you can't then it can be pretty tough.

Could you still have continued your basketball career or was it best for you and your body to retire now?

I had a procedure done in December, and I'm still rehabbing. There are days I feel like I can go out onto the court and run up and down and just play, but I know it's not that easy. I would probably have a good day once every two weeks at this point.

You played parts of three seasons in the Beko BBL in Germany. What are your fondest memories from this time?

Fortunately I had the opportunity to play with a lot of good guys. I'll miss hanging out in the locker room before and after practice, cracking jokes w/ teammates. Also I'll miss the Haribo 'smurfs' candy. I don't think they have those here.

You played two seasons for the Mitteldeutscher BC. The MBC family is very special. Do you still follow them? They are going back to the Beko BBL after a season in the PRO A.

I am very happy for them, and have kept an eye on their progress. It's too bad they had to go through the process of dropping down and fighting to get back into the BEKO BBL, but the GM Martin Geissler has done a great job with that club in a small market, and he's shown a commitment to putting out a quality product for the people of that community (Weissenfels).

With MBC, you played together with Anatoly Kashirov. You saw him develop. How were you able to help his game best?

I think I was able to keep his competitive juices flowing. I joined the team later in the year and I think the team had hit a bit of a rough patch, but I focused on coming to practice every day with a smile on my face and a positive attitude. Doing that every day can be contagious and it can help you to work harder and eventually adopting a winning attitude.

You started the season with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. After starting with a 6 game losing streak, they have playoff ambitions now. How proud are you of the team and how important is coach Igor Perovic for the success?

- I'm very happy that the team was able to bounce back from adversity and show their true character. It's not easy losing a lot of close games, especially early in the season, and then to bounce back the way they have is really special. I think Igor's attitude went a long way in helping the team achieve their success. He's a very calm and easygoing person, so it's good that he didn't get rattled early on and just approached every practice day by day, just like chipping away at a large deficit in a game. You don't get it all back at once, you have to remain patient and continue working, and that's exactly what they have done.

Besides in Germany, you also played in countries like Serbia, France and Greece. What was your favorite destination that you played at in your 7 year career?

I enjoyed my time in Serbia because I was able to reconnect with a lot of my family, some of whom I hadn't seen or even spoken to since I was a child. That was pretty neat, as well as being able to brush up on my language skills.

You played together with Predrag Suput at KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac. Did you ever think that the Serb would become such a dominant player in the Beko BBL?

-Definitely. He was probably our best player while we were together in Hemofarm, and coming from an institution in that country like Partizan, you know he is equipped with a good work ethic as well as high basketball IQ which he has shown throughout his time with Bamberg. He makes the game look very easy, but that is probably the hardest thing to do in any sport.

What are your fondest memories of ex Tiger Michael Haynes who you played a season with at : Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France)? What was the most amazing thing that you saw him do in a game or practice?

-Taking care of his dog while we played together in France. My wife would watch the dog while we went on the road, and I spent some time with him as well, he was a pretty hyper guy (it was a boxer) and had a lot of energy. Mike is a great athlete and would routinely throw down windmills and dunk over people in practice. If you saw him driving down the lane you'd get out of his way b/c he might break your hand when he went up to dunk.

Is there anything that you regret that you couldnt do as well on the court which you would have liked to have done better?

Not really, I had fun when I played and was always a 'team first' kind of guy. I would always try and help the team win in any way necessary. If I need to rebound more, play defense and take charges, score, set screens, or just foul, I would do what was necessary. Maybe I could have been more selfish, but that wasn't the type of player I was.

You played at Ohio State from 2000-2004. As a freshman, ex NBA player Ken Johnson was a senior. What do you remember most from his blocking ability?

-He had great timing. He would never leave his feet on shot fakes, and whenever you went up for a shot over him he would be there to meet you at the peak of your jump and be able to block the shot due to his athleticism and length.

Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA or in Europe that you will never forget?

I don't know if he was the best player I went up against but I won't forget playing against Kris Humphries while he was at Minnesota and I was at Ohio State. It was always physical and I felt like I wanted to fight him, and I'm sure he felt the same way. I remember my then-teammate Terence Dials had a similar opinion at the time, but it was all in good fun and in the spirit of competitiveness.

What game will you never forget and why?

I think playing in the ULEB Cup (Euro cup now) semi-final against ARIS while I was with Hemofarm. I didn't get a whole lot of playing time, but it was a great atmosphere in Thessaloniki, and the game went down to the wire with their point guard Terrel Castle hitting a layup in the lane in the final seconds to send their team to the final. We just fell short of reaching the final game, but it was a great experience nonetheless.

What plans do you have now? You just became a dad. Will your role as a dad be your biggest priority at the moment?

It definitely is at the moment, and for the foreseeable future as well. Right now, I'm just enjoying spending time with my wife and son, and keeping my options open as far as the next step career-wise.

What would you like basketball fans to remember most when they hear the name Velimir Radinovic (212-C-81, agency: The House of Baller!Stars, college: Ohio St.)?

That I always played as hard as I could and tried to have while doing so.

Thanks Velimir for the chat. Good luck for your future.





PRO A / PRO B Transaction News - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


PRO A team Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn have announced that Michael Fleischmann (205-F-86) will return next season. Fleischmann is a 25 year old 205cm forward that will be playing his second seaosn in Paderborn. Last season, he played 32 games avergaing 9,7ppg and 3,0rpg and hitting 48,5% of his shots. 'Michael established himself into an important player last season and established himself in the PRO A. We are happy that we can keep the thre epoint specialist as he fits to us', said sport director Dirk Happe. 'I can make the next step in Paderborn. My family is comfortable which was an importnat factor for me staying', said Michael Fleischmann.

PRO B team announced today that Igor Starcevic will return as head coach next season and be starting his third season as head coach. The 39 year old Craotian led the team past SSV Lok Bernau in the play downs as the team was able to remain in the PRO B. 'We learned a lot this season and I am sure that next season we will be able to be at the top with a strong roster', stated Igor Starcevic .

PRO B club BG Dorsten announced today that Tom Lipke (194-G/F-86, agency: Court Side) wont be returning next season. Lipke is a 26 year old swing man that averaged 12,3ppg, 4,3rpg and 1,9 apg. 'We tried all that we could to keep him. It is a pity that he decided against us', stressed Torsten Schierenbeck .





Regionalliga stars: Marc Campbell - by Moritz Korff

Marc Campbell (180-G-86, college: N.Carolina) knows the big stage. He has been there. In April 2008 the leading scorer of the Baskets Vilsbiburg (1. Regionalliga South-East) went through his pregame routine in front of 43.718 people at the gigantic Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, preparing for a Final Four clash with Kansas. If North Carolina graduate Campbell would visit the Alamodome today, accompanied by every single citizen of his current home Vilsbiburg, the travel group would feel lost in the colossal building. Multiply the population of this small Bavarian town by four and you'll have the number of people, who came to see Campbell and his UNC teammates play back then. The game ended with the Tar Heels being ousted by the Jayhawks and without a single second of game action for Campbell. But the memory remains.

The 25-year-old Raleigh, North Carolina, native can state without exaggeration to have learned from the best: 'All of the guys I played with at UNC are really special players. In my 4 years there I will have played with over 20 pro players, either in the NBA or overseas, so needless to say that the competition in practice is sometimes higher than in games. I took away lot of things from lots of players. I think I learned the most playing versus Ty [Lawson] everyday in practice for 3 years. He is quicker than you can imagine and is so sound in every area of the game. I tried to add a little bit of how he changes pace into my game. He is so quick, but what makes him even quicker and harder to guard is the way he can change his speed from fast to slow or slow to fast. It's something I try to work into my game', Campbell says. Though he received only very little playing time during his UNC career, Chapel Hill was the spot he wanted to be: 'Carolina is the best place in the world. The campus, the people, the basketball and the coaches. It will always be home to everyone who has played there and never did I think about leaving the Carolina family.' Learning from some of the most talented players in the game was one thing, the other working with Coach Roy Williams: 'At Carolina we always have a thought for the day before every practice. It is usually a metaphor or a quote, something that Coach wants us to think about and how it can relate to basketball and our team. During the first practice of every season we have the same quote: 'It's amazing what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit.' Coach Williams would say this all the time during the season too. Coach wanted us to know that to accomplish what we wanted to do as a team we had to all play together and not worry about who will make 1st team ACC or All American or score the most points. To me it means that together we are greater than we could ever be individually and to always play together.'

While Campbell scored 16 points in 51 games played during his three years as a Tar Heel and had to wait patiently to get on the court once in a while, his role turned into the opposite in his first season in Germany. The 25-year-old is ranked second in the 1. Regionalliga South-East in scoring (26.4ppg), dishes out a league best 7.4 assists per contest and buries 4.2 three pointers a game - more than anybody else in the RLSO. Campbell: 'It was not hard to adjust from my role at UNC to here in Vilsbiburg. I just try to go out on the court every time and give my team what it needs to win. Sometimes that's offense in terms of scoring, sometimes assist and ball movements, when teams really key on me, and sometimes it's defense. This year my team has needed me to do a lot of scoring and playmaking.' And before he had arrived to Vilsbiburg and were given the opportunity to showcase his skills, he had to overcome some adversity, even though (or because?) he attended such a storied program like North Carolina. 'It's always a hard thing to get anyone to take a chance on you. I was in Italy with Sant Antimo for a try out period in October and turned down some jobs while there to try to stay in A2 Italy, but that did not work out. I have never been short on doubters, this makes me one of the hardest workers I know, since I never lack any motivational material. A month after I got the call from Vilsbiburg and have been excited to be here since. I thought I wasn't going to get a chance to play this year, but I am thankful for Coach Holger and the club taking a chance on me and I think it has worked out well for all parties involved', he states. Campbell had an immediate impact on the Vilsbiburg team and has helped the RLSO to get established in the league since day one: 'Vilsbiburg was in danger of moving dow,n when I got here and we have found a way to come together as a team and move into the top 5 in our league. During the year we had a 9 game win streak which will keep everyone personally and collectively happy. I have truly enjoyed my time here off the court as well, the people are great and have welcomed me with open arms', he says.

Campbell and Canadian Justin Halleran (186-G-84) form arguably the best backcourt duo in the RLSO. They combine for 45 points and seven threes made per outing with Campbell being the constant motor of the Vilsbiburg squad: 'I like to pride myself on being a complete point guard. I like to see what my team needs from me that day and provide it. Sometimes it's scoring and sometimes passing. I think the biggest thing about a point guard is: Does he win? To me if people walk away from watching me play and they say: That guy is a winner, I know I have done my job', he explains. Another fact the Vilsbiburg fans like about their leading scorer: He helps them to relax, even in the heat of the game. And that is each time Campbell steps to the sharity stripe. In the course of this current season, he has converted 68 of his 71 attempts from the line, making it an almost impeccable 95.8%. Campbell: 'My father coached me when I was younger and he told me that the basket will always be 10 feet high and you will always be 15 feet away, so just block everything else out. He said, there was a reason they were called 'free' throws, cause you shouldn't miss them, no one is guarding you. Then he proceed to make 98 in a row in our back yard, while I did my best cameron crazy impression to try to make him miss.'

While he calls Raleigh, North Carolina, home, Campbell also has Italian blood running through his veins: 'My mother's family is Italian and she has always encouraged me to explore our family and find out more about them. When I realized that I could hold a passport I said: why not. Having spent time in Caserta, Biella, Sant Antimo and Bologna I can say without a doubt that my mother makes some of the best Italian dishes I have ever had, by far the best perk about being Italian.'
And due to restrictions in many European league as far as the number of 'import players' is concerned, holding a EU passport does not hurt at all from a basketball stand point. Considering his stellar campaign with the Baskets Vilsbiburg, Campbell has certainly established a sound basis for his further overseas career: 'I feel like I can play in much higher levels, I believe my time at UNC has prepared me to play versus the best of the best and I am just hoping to have a chance to continue to prove myself', he says.



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Seamus Boxley, Most Valuable Player of the DBL - by Fred Roggen

ZZ Leiden Forward Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) was crowned Most Valuable Player of the DBL.

Most Valuable Player (MVP): Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) (ZZ Leiden)

All Star Team:
Thomas Jackson (175-PG-80, college: Butler) (ZZ Leiden)
Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) (GasTerra Flames)
Markel Humphrey (198-F-87, college: Marshall) (Magixx for KidsRights),
Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) (ZZ Leiden)
Tai Wesley (200-F-86, college: Utah St.) (EiffelTowers Den Bosch)

Coach of the year: Toon Van Helfteren (agency: R.H.Consultancy ) (ZZ Leiden)
Rookie of the year: Valentijn Lietmeijer (191-G-91, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) (Lasaulec Aris)
MVP under 23: Thomas Koenis (207-F/C-89, agency: Court Side) (GasTerra Flames)
Most Improved Player: Leon Williams (183-PG-91, agency: R.H.Consultancy) (Challenge Sports Rotterdam)
Referee of the year: Suat Goeydeniz



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Yamhill will be flying high at home in June - by Kip Leonetti

The International Basketball League is proud to announce the return of the Yamhill Highflyers. Following successful seasons in 2009 and 2010, culminating in a trip to the 2010 IBL semi-finals, the Highflyers, based in the Yamhill Valley 40 miles Southwest of Portland, and the IBL announce the return of Yamhill Countys first sports franchise for the 2012 IBL season.

In addition to a trip to the semi-finals, the 2010 Highflyers, under returning Head Coach Bruce ''Bubba'' Jones, had four players, Jason Hartford, Curtis Nash, Nate Bowie, and Durrell Nevels become IBL All-Stars. As they plan for the 2012 season, the team is set to have a five game branding season, which should excite the Highflyers' fan base.

'This is a very exciting day for our organization and for the entire Yamhill Valley community. The 2010 season was highly successful, as we came very close to getting a shot to play for the IBL Championship. We also had 4 players named IBL All-Stars and a talent rich roster from top to bottom. Our goal for 2012 will be to bring back that same exciting brand of basketball that led to our 2010 success. The International Basketball League is a high-scoring, visually-stimulating style of basketball unmatched by other leagues in North America, and were very happy to bring this high level of basketball back to the Yamhill Valley,' stated Highflyers General Manager Eric Bailey emphatically.

The Highflyers are hoping a pair of NCAA Division-I seven footers will anchor the Highflyers in 2012 as their roster takes shape. Signed Chris Botez (7'0''-C-84) out of the University of Hawaii, and Ben Logan (7'0''-C-84) out of Brown University, who played for the 2010 Highflyers is a hopeful to join Botez this season.

It wont just be two potential twin towers on the court, Gina Regalado will serve as dance team coach, putting together the first ever dance team for the Highflyers, reflecting the more beautiful side of basketball. Bailey agrees, ''Having a dance team will add to the already high-quality, family-fun atmosphere found at Highflyers games. Coach Regalado is putting together an exciting team with dance training experience that will help get our crowd involved and cheer our Highflyers on to victory.''

Since joining the IBL in 2009, the Highflyers have strived to give back to the local community by donating to the McMinnville Parks and Recreation Youth Sports Department, assisting local schools via 'Operation Backpack', and much more. Look for the Highflyers to announce the creation of a college scholarship program this season which will go to a local high school student planning to attend college within the Yamhill Valley.

The new home of the Highflyers is Linfield College's pristine Ted Wilson Gymnasium with tickets available online soon Tickets hosting the Japan Nippon Tornadoes Friday June 15 and June 22 taking on the defending 2011 IBL Champion Vancouver Volcanoes.

The IBL opens the 2012 season on April 20 when the Bellingham Slam visits the Olympia Reign. To view the league's entire schedule, visit their website at www.ibl.com.



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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  IR
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Jarvis, IR24.0 
 2. Govens, Thor Thorl23.8 
 3. Echols, Njardvik22.4 
 4. Walkup, Fjolnir22.2 
 5. Holmes, Njardvik21.9 
 6. Cole, Keflavik21.0 
 7. Sovic, IR20.5 
 8. Bullock, Grindavik20.5 
 9. Brown, KR20.3 
 10. O''Neil, Fjolnir20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quincy HANKINS-COLE
  Snaef.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hankins-Cole, Snae.13.0 
 2. Hairston, Thor T.12.3 
 3. Echols, Njardvik11.1 
 4. Smith, Haukar10.7 
 5. Tratnik, Valur10.4 
 6. Cole, Keflavik10.3 
 7. Walkup, Fjolnir10.1 
 8. Bullock, Grindavik9.8 
 9. Lindmets, Stjarnan8.5 
 10. Magnusson, KR8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan7.1 
 2. Watson, Grindavik6.8 
 3. Miller, Tindastoll6.0 
 4. Hall, Snaefell5.5 
 5. Govens, Thor Thorl4.8 
 6. Fridriksson, Njard.4.5 
 7. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.5 
 8. Brown, KR4.4 
 9. Parker, Keflavik4.0 
 10. Gunnarsson, Kefla.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Holmes, Njardvik2.9 
 2. Allen, Tindastoll2.8 
 3. Cothran, Stjarnan2.6 
 4. Gunnarsson, Kefla.2.3 
 5. Miller, Tindastoll2.2 
 6. Hall, Snaefell2.2 
 7. Parker, Keflavik2.2 
 8. Shouse, Stjarnan2.1 
 9. Govens, Thor Thorl2.0 
 10. Watson, Grindavik1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Thor T.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Hairston, Thor T.3.7 
 2. Smith, Haukar3.6 
 3. Tratnik, Valur2.2 
 4. Lindmets, Stjarnan1.3 
 5. Holmes, Njardvik1.0 
 6. Valdimarsson, Stja.1.0 
 7. Cole, Keflavik1.0 
 8. Ferguson, KR1.0 
 9. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.0 
 10. Magnusson, KR0.9 


Standings - D1 League

D1 League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Sloan, Hottur 29.5
2 Palm, Thor 26.1
3 Watson, Akranes 24.4
4 Miller-Williams, KFI 22.2
5 Harrison, UMF 21.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Watson, Akranes 15.1
2 Gunnlaugsson, Brei. 13.6
3 Miller-Williams, KFI 12.7
4 Flake, UMF 11.8
5 Bryant, Hottur 11.4
Assists Per Game
1 Schoen, KFI 7.4
2 Harrison, UMF 5.1
3 Sloan, Hottur 5.1
4 Watson, Akranes 5.0
5 Sigurdsson, Armann 4.7
Steals Per Game
1 Harrison, UMF 3.1
2 Schoen, KFI 2.9
3 Sloan, Hottur 2.9
4 Thorlaksson, Armann 2.6
5 Kjartansson, FSU 2.6
Blocks Per Game
1 Johannesso, IG 5.8
2 Jonsson, FSU 4.3
3 Bjarnason, FSU 3.9
4 Sigurdsson, Armann 3.3
5 Bjornsson, Brei. 3.3


Express L. Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

KR - Thor Thorl 86-100

Thor Thorl earned the second straight win and surged ahead in the series versus KR. The game without a history. Thor Thorl led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KR was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Darri Hilmarsson (191-87) helped adding 14 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Joshua Brown (187-88, college: Towson) with 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!) and center Finnur Magnusson (206, college: Catawba) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Five Thor Thorl and four KR players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
KR: J.Brown 34+5reb+4ast, D.Sencanski 13+7reb+2ast, F.Magnusson 11+14reb+1ast, H.Magnusson 11+4reb+1ast, J.Kristjansson 6+4reb, M.Hermannsson 5+2ast
Thor Thorl: D.Govens 29+13reb+9ast, B.Janev 18+3reb+2ast, G.Jonsson 16+2reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 14+9reb+3ast, J.Henley 12+6reb+2ast, B.Ragnarsson 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 174670


Grindavik - Stjarnan 65-82

Stjarnan avoided elimination claiming a comfortable road win over Grindavik and narrowing the deficit at 1-2. The game was mostly controlled by Stjarnan. Grindavik managed to win fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 assists. Swingman Marvin Valdimarsson (198-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Stjarnan players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Thorleifur Olafsson (192-84) answered with 16 points and 6 steals and American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Grindavik. Grindavik's coach Helgi Jonas Gudfinnsson rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: T.Olafsson 16+4reb+2ast, J.Bullock 12+6reb+3ast, G.Watson 9+3reb+7ast, O.Saevarsson 6+5reb, O.Olafsson 5+3reb, P.Axel Vilbergsson 5+1reb+1ast
Stjarnan: J.Zdravevski 18+5reb+1ast, J.Shouse 16+4reb+6ast, R.Lindmets 14+9reb, K.Cothran 14+3reb+4ast, M.Valdimarsson 12+11reb+3ast, S.Larusson 6+2reb
gschID: 174671



Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic D1 Awards 2011-12 - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic D1 1st Team 2012
#s#
Terrence Watson
Watson
Lloyd Harrison
Harrison
Michael Sloan
Sloan
Chris Miller-Williams
Miller-Williams
Stefan Torfason
Torfason
#e#5

Player of the Year: Terrence Watson (196-F-87) of IA
Guard of the Year: Lloyd Harrison (185-G) of Skallagrimur
Forward of the Year: Michael Sloan (196-G/F-84) of Hottur
Center of the Year: Chris Miller-Williams (198-F/G-87) of KFI
Bosman player of the Year: Darco Milosevic (196-F) of Thor AK
Import player of the Year: Terrence Watson (196-F-87) of IA
Domestic player of the Year: Stefan Torfason (195-F-93) of Thor AK
Coach of the Year: Petur Sigurdsson of KFI

1st Team
G: Lloyd Harrison (185) of Skallagrimur
G/F: Michael Sloan (196-84) of Hottur
F: Terrence Watson (196-87) of IA
F: Stefan Torfason (195-93) of Thor AK
F/G: Chris Miller-Williams (198-87) of KFI

2nd Team
G: Craig Schoen (178-83) of KFI
G: Eric Palm (188-87) of Thor AK
G: Kristjan Andresson (188-91) of KFI
F: Darrell Flake (193-80) of Skallagrimur
C: Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91) of Hamar

Honorable Mention
Askell Jonsson (185-G-86) of IA
Thorsteinn Gunnlaugsson (190-F-82) of Breidablik
Vidar Orn Hafsteinsson (190-F/G-85) of Hottur
Halldor Jonsson (80) of Hamar
Jon Baldvinsson (91) of IA

All-Domestic Players Team
F: Stefan Torfason (195-93) of Thor AK
G: Kristjan Andresson (188-91) of KFI
C: Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91) of Hamar
F: Darrell Flake (193-80) of Skallagrimur
G: Askell Jonsson (185-86) of IA

All-Imports Team
F: Terrence Watson (196-87) of IA
G/F: Michael Sloan (196-84) of Hottur
G: Lloyd Harrison (185) of Skallagrimur
G: Eric Palm (188-87) of Thor AK
F/G: Chris Miller-Williams (198-87) of KFI
G: Craig Schoen (178-83) of KFI



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Foolad Mahan and Azad advanced to the semis - by Eurobasket News

Foolad Mahan and Azad advanced to the semis sweeping the Quarterfinal series against their opponents. Foolad Mahan edged M.H.Ahvaz 95:65 in Game 2 to win the series 2-0. Azad overcame Zob Ahan 81:76 and also advanced to the semis with 2-0 record. Petrochimi meanwhile lost to Sanaye Petrochimi 70:71 as the series is tied at 1-1. The second game between Mahram and Gorgan is postponed as Mahram Mahram climbed back on top of WABA League summit.


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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

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 22: Assi Ostuni - S.Antimo
Apr. 22: Givova Scafati - Giorgio Tesi PT
Apr. 22: Biancoblu BO - Trenkwalder
Apr. 22: MarcoPoloShop - Tezenis Verona
Apr. 22: Prima Veroli - Sigma Barcel.
Apr. 22: Aget Imola - Fileni BPA
Apr. 22: Morpho Basket - Centrale Latte


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. McConnell, Fileni18.0 
 7. Voskuil, Morpho B.18.0 
 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. Whiting, Aget Imola3.3 
 7. Marigney, Givova S.3.3 
 8. Renfroe, Enel B.3.1 
 9. Goldwire, Centra.3.0 
 10. Freeman, MarcoPol.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. Green, Sigma B.2.3 
 6. Baldassarre, Bianc.2.3 
 7. Goldwire, Centra.2.3 
 8. Anderson, Morpho B.2.2 
 9. Porta, Tezenis2.2 
 10. Ghersetti, Centra.2.2 
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. Campbell, S.Antimo0.5 
 10. Chiacig, Trenkwal.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


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Musso, Napoli19.8 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.17.5 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.4 
 4. Poltroneri, Perugia16.2 
 5. Prandin, Casalp.15.4 
 6. Ferrarese, Castell.14.9 
 7. Rugolo, San Severo14.8 
 8. Mei, Comsum.it SI14.5 
 9. Tagliabue, Ruvo14.4 
 10. Amici, Firenze14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Rossi, Chieti12.7 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.9 
 3. Tagliabue, Ruvo8.5 
 4. Borra, Treviglio8.2 
 5. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.1 
 6. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.0 
 7. Gandini, Trieste7.9 
 8. Simeoli, Comsum.i.7.9 
 9. Tessitori, Comsum..7.6 
 10. Iannuzzi, Ferenti.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Musso, Napoli4.2 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.2 
 3. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 4. Circosta, Anagni3.5 
 5. Guarino, Ferentino3.3 
 6. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 7. Traini, Recanati3.2 
 8. Vico, Matera3.1 
 9. Ferrarese, Castell.3.1 
 10. Parente, Torino2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Roberto MAGGIO
  Pavia
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Maggio, Pavia3.0 
 2. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
 3. Rivali, Santarcang.2.9 
 4. Bertolazzi, Omegna2.9 
 5. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.8 
 6. Rossi, Chieti2.8 
 7. Iardella, Fabriano2.8 
 8. Musso, Napoli2.7 
 9. Portannese, Torino2.7 
 10. Maiocco, Pavia2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.2.1 
 2. Ancellotti, Santar.1.7 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.6 
 4. Cazzaniga, Pavia1.1 
 5. Pascolo, Trento1.1 
 6. Candido, San Seve.1.0 
 7. Raminelli, Castell.1.0 
 8. Cotani, Castelletto1.0 
 9. Benevelli, Orlandi.0.9 
 10. Rossi, Chieti0.9 


Montepaschi Siena's Bo McCalebb wins Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy - by Eurobasket News

The 2012 Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy has been won by Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) of Montepaschi Siena, the first point guard to win the award. The Top Scorer Trophy is the first Turkish Airlines Euroleague post-season award, given annually to the Euroleague player with the most points averaged over a minimum number of games. This season, McCalebb earned what is the Euroleague's only post-season award based solely on statistics thanks to his scoring average of 16.88 points over a total of 17 games. He scored in double digits in all of his 17 Euroleague games this season and went beyond the 20-point mark four times. McCalebb made 52.6% of his three-pointers this season, tied with teammate Tomas Ress for the highest accuracy rate among all Euroleague players. He also had eighth-best two-point shooting rate, 63.7%, first among all guards. His scoring average was McCalebb's best yet in three Euroleague seasons. The winner of the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy will be honored at the Efes Pilsener Euroleague Awards Ceremony on the evening of May 12 at Ciragan Palace in Istanbul during the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four.

Just like his team, McCalebb opened the 2011-12 Turkish Airlines Euroleague season in style with 17 points in an opening night road win against Unics. He added 17 on 8-of-8 shooting against Union Olimpija and 19 against Galatasaray Medical Park as Montepaschi got to 3-0. McCalebb raised the bar even higher to score 20 against FC Barcelona Regal and 22 against Unics, both of then eventual playoff teams. He averaged 17.9 points in seven regular season games and ranked fourth in the competition at the end of this phase. McCalebb started the Top 16 in even better shape, scoring 18 points against Gescrap BB and a season-high 25 in a big road win against Real Madrid, for which he earned Top 16, Game 2 bwin MVP honors. McCalebb remained consistent to average 16.8 points and become the Top 16 scoring champion. Once in the playoffs, McCalebb had a 21-point effort in Game 2 against Olympiacos, leading Montepaschi to its only victory in the series. He was the playoffs' fourth-best scorer at 15.3 points per game. By the time he and Montepaschi were eliminated, McCalebb had made 86 of 135 two-point shots, 20 of 38 three-pointers and 55 of 68 free throws to total 294 points in 17 games. Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos was second in the top scoring race with 16.53 points on average, followed by Sonny Weems of Zalgiris (15.53 ppg.), Henry Domercant of Unics (15.47 ppg.) and Nenad Krstic of CSKA Moscow (14.65 ppg.).

McCalebb joins three-time Ford Trophy winner Igor Rakocevic (2007, 2009, 2011), Linas Kleiza of Olympiacos (2010), Marc Salyers of Chorale Roanne (2008), Drew Nicholas of Benetton Treviso (2006) and the trophy's first winner, Charles Smith of Scavolini Pesaro (2005), to become the sixth player to win the award in eight years. Alphonso Ford died of leukemia in September 2004 after a career in which he was the competition's top scorer twice, in 2000-01 and 2001-02, both seasons with Olympiacos. He subsequently led Montepaschi Siena in scoring as it reached the 2003 Final Four in its debut Euroleague season. The Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy is the first in a series of Euroleague end-of-season honors. Other to be announced shortly include: the Euroleague Best Defender Trophy, the Euroleague Rising Star Trophy, and the All-Euroleague first and second team nominees. The All-Euroleague teams and the Sportingbet MVP for 2010-11 will be revealed at the Efes Pilsener Euroleague Awards Ceremony on May 12. The Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year Trophy and the Euroleague Club Executive of the Year are post-season awards.

His first Top Scorer Trophy is mere confirmation for what basketball fans have known; McCalebb has developed into an unstoppable scoring presence. His explosiveness, one-on-one skills and incredible quickness have turned him into a nightmare matchup. McCalebb played college basketball in his hometown at the University of New Orleans, where he averaged 20.9 points in 128 NCAA games through 2008. McCalebb moved overseas that summer for his first European basketball experience with Turkish side Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi. He averaged 17.7 points in a great season that paved the way for him to sign with Partizan. Once in the Euroleague, McCalebb made the most out of his opportunity, averaging 13.4 points and 3.4 assists and earning All-Euroleague second team honors. He helped Partizan win the Serbian League, the Serbian Cup and the Adriatic League titles and reach the Euroleague Final Four for the first time since 1998. In his two seasons with Montepaschi, McCalebb has been to another Final Four, lifted the Italian League trophy once so far and won back-to-back Italian Cup titles. McCalebb, who turns 27 days before the 2012 Euroleague Final Four, is a regular member of the FYROM national team and led the country it to its best result ever, fourth place at EuroBasket 2011.

Courtesy of Euroleague



Serie A, market rumors - by Giovanni Bargna

Regular season is coming to an end soon and many italian teams are looking for roster additions as per the rumors.

Montepaschi Siena was said to be interested in a comeback of Henry Domercant last week, but nothing official came out. Now it seems that the team is in talks with Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85). The Lithuanian forward is currently playing in his home country with KK Baltai Kaunas averaging 11.4ppg in the baltic league and 19.6 ppg in the LKL. Maciulis spent last two seasons in Italy with Milano, but suffered from an injury that prevent him from playing in the final part of last tournament.

Rumors coming from Milano too. The team coached by Scariolo inked Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) and Juan Fernandez (193-G-90) last week. The youngster from Argentina has got an italian passport and its sign anticipated the new torunament rules that will be announced soon. Fernandez will be considered as an italian player in the future because inked before the new rule announcement. After that all of the players born abroad but having an italian passport will be inserted into a special category and every team will have the chance to keep only one of them in its roster. Talking about Simmons his contract seems freezed because of the injury occured to JR Bremer. Milano is considering the opportunity of landing a combo guard and free Chester Simmons.

Virtus Bologna denied all of the rumors regarding a deal with Papaloukas. The greek point-guard is leaving Maccabi and someone talked about a possible contract with Bologna. Latest news is about a chance of calling Gerald Fitch back to Italy. The US player had an experience with Bennet Cantu in season 2007-2008 and is currently a free agent after spending last season with Unicaja Malaga.



Italian SerieA round 29 best performance: Ioannis Bourousis - by Eurobasket News

Greek center Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Armani Mit, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Bennet Cantu (#2, 18-10) 72-64. Armani Mit is placed at 3rd position in Italian SerieA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Armani Mit will need more victories to improve their 17-10 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Bourousis as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Ioannis Bourousis averages this season 11.8ppg and 6.7rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Linton Johnson (203-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports) of Sidigas AV. Johnson had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 22 rebounds. Bad luck as Sidigas AV lost that game 67-76 to the lower-ranked Otto Caserta (#13, 11-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in . Sidigas AV keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-14 record. Johnson is well-known at Sidigas AV and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85) of league's top team Montepaschi. McCalebb scored 19 points and passed eleven assists (!!!). Despite McCalebb's great performance Montepaschi lost 94-95in overtime to #2 ranked Bennet Cantu. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Montepaschi needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Round 26. Their record is 19 victories and 7 lost games. McCalebb has a very solid season. In 25 games in Italy he scored 13.6ppg. He also has 3.1apg and FGP: 59.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) of Umana Venezia - 27 points and 7 rebounds
5. Andre Smith (203-F-85) of Otto Caserta - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Marko Milic (201-F-77) of Vanoli CR - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Montepaschi - 16 points and 6 rebounds
8. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Montepaschi - 21 points and 5 rebounds
9. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85) of Bennet Cantu - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Dee Brown (185-PG-84) of Banca Tercas - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 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)



Emporio Armani release Chester Simmons - by Eurobasket News

Emporio Armani have agreed on terms of contract termination with Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington). The guard signed the deal with the team just over a week ago. However Emporio Armani have decided to enter the market once again following the injury of Ernest Bremer (194-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure). They will be looking for point guard. Chester Simmons will receive compensation for contract termination. The guard is expected to return to Nymburk. Chester Simmons posted 17.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in Euroleague Qualifying Round with Nymburk. In VTB League the guard posted 16.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists. In EuroCup Chester Simmons delivered 15.1 points, 3.6 boards and 2.9 assists per appearance. The guard also produced 12.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists in Czech Republic NBL. Last season Chester Simmons also spent with Nymburk. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic League Guard of the Year. Chester Simmons also made it into All-EuroCup 3rd Team. He was trumped Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Guard of the Year back in 2007.


Edin Bavcic moves to Bennet Cantu - by Eurobasket News

Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) moves to Bennet Cantu to help the players during the practices. The Italian team is not able to sign any new player but the club has a lot of injured as Shermadini, Micov, Scekic.
In the beginning of this season Vanoli Cremona signed Bosnian Edin Bavcic for the upcoming season. The team announced the agreement with the player from Bosnia and Herzegovina who finished last season with Aris. Last season Edin Bavcic replaced Dejan Borovnjak at the teams front line, till the end of the season. The 26-year-old Bosnian forward-center was let free by his previous team, Khimik-OPZ Yuzny and the Greek club immediately proposed a contract to him, which he accepted. Later in December however Vanoli-Braga Cremona released Edin Bavcic . Bavcic played only 3 games averaging 3 points and 3,6 boards in 16 minutes per game.
Edin Bavcic is a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team. At the European Championships in Lithuania -11 after 5 games he averaged 1.8ppg, 2.4rpg.



Jameson Curry moves to Sigma Barcellona - by Eurobasket News

Sigma Barcellona strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Jameson Curry (193-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Oklahoma St.). The deal is meant till the end of season. The guard started the season in D-League. He played for the Springfield Armor. Jameson Curry posted 17.8 points, 6.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in D-League. Previously Jameson Curry had stints in Venezuela, Cyprus, France, D-League and NBA. The guard participated at D-League All-Star Game in 2012.


Italian Nazionale A round 34 best performance: Andrea Iannilli - by Eurobasket News

Center Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Napoli, receiving a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Trento (#2, 23-11) 81-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Napoli to consolidate first place in the Italian Nazionale A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Napoli has a very solid 27-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It was one of impressive evenings for Iannilli as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Andrea Iannilli has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.9rpg) and averages impressive 52.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Alessandro Amici (200-G/F-91) of Firenze. Amici had a very good evening with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Firenze to another comfortable win 86-69 over slightly higher-ranked Bari (#3, 15-19) being unquestionably team leader. Firenze's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-22 record. Amici is a newcomer at Firenze, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Valerio Circosta (188-G-87, agency: Two Points) of Anagni (#5). Circosta got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He was a key player of Anagni, leading his team to a 79-62 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Pavia (#5, 17-17). The chances of Anagni ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just fifteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Circosta could help Anagni to bring them higher in the standings. Circosta has a great season in Italy. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.5apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of Chieti - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marco Portannese (192-G-89) of Torino - 22 points and 14 rebounds
6. Jacopo Borra (212-C-90) of Treviglio - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Marko Micevic (198-F-89) of Latina Basket - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) of Casalpusterlengo - 27 points and 5 rebounds
9. Gabriele Spizzichini (195-G-92) of Comsum.it SI - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Davide Bozzetto (207-C-89) of Pavia - 14 points and 12 rebounds

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



Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost Sean May - by Eurobasket News

Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) as the latter fractured his left foot and is done for the season. The American Forward can not help his Italian team.
The season 2011-2012 he started for KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje (Croatia-A1, starting five), but in Feb.'12 moved to Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (Italy-SerieA, starting five). He averaged 12.4 points per game.
Early in February Sean May became a new member of Sutor Montegranaro. The American center left Zagreb to join the Italian squad. He had 11.7 ppg and 6.4 rpg for 9 Euroleague games with Zagreb. In Adriatic league, May registered 12.4 and 5.1 ppg for 17 games. Sean May spent last season with Fenerbahce Ulker helping them to win the TBL title. From 2005 to 2010 May played in the NBA. He spent four years with the Charlotte Bobcats and one with Sacramento Kings.



Montepaschi Siena eye Jonas Maciulis - by Eurobasket News

Montepaschi Siena eye Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85) to add to the roster. The Lithuanian player arrived to Italy to negotiate a contract with Mens Sana.
Early in February Jonas Maciulis was back to Lithuania. The 27-year-old G/F penned a deal with Baltai Kaunas for rest of the season. Maciulis recovered from serious knee injury (ACL torn), which he suffered last year. Maciulis played for Armani Jeans Milano. He had 9.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg for 25 games in SerieA before the injury. In Euroleague, Maciulis added 10.8 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 6 games. Jonas Maciulis joined Milano in 2009. Before that, he spent four years with Zalgiris Kaunas.
This season for Baltai Kaunas he averaged 19.6 points per game. In Baltic league his stats read 11.4 points per game.



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  IVORY COAST   

Standings

National 1A Standings
 1. ABC 0-0
 2. Africa 0-0
 3. Assaoufoue 0-0
 4. EBY 0-0
 5. Ermess 0-0
 6. Generation 0-0
 7. Ivestp 0-0
 8. JCA 0-0
 9. Phoenix 0-0
 10. Sewe 0-0
 11. SOA 0-0
 12. Zenith 0-0



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 26-3 
 2. Al Riyadi 25-3 
 3. Anibal 17-11 
 4. Sagesse 15-14 
 5. Moutahed 13-16 
 6. Byblos 10-19 
 7. Bejjeh 8-18 
 8. Hoops 6-22 

Second Stage: Round 14

Apr. 15: Champville - Sagesse 84-93
Apr. 14: Anibal - Al Riyadi 81-84
Apr. 15: Moutahed - Byblos 127-104



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  LITHUANIA   

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Laurynas MIKALAUSKAS
  Neptu.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Mikalauskas, Neptu.17.7 
 2. Mazeika, Neptunas14.7 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietu.14.7 
 4. Johnson, Naglis P.14.6 
 5. Hughes, Pieno Z.14.0 
 6. Cepukaitis, Lietka.13.9 
 7. Seibutis, Lietuv.13.5 
 8. Long, Siauliai13.4 
 9. Urbonas, Juventus13.3 
 10. Reminas, Naglis P.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.3 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.7.7 
 3. Mikalauskas, Neptu.7.3 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai7.0 
 5. Butkevicius, Rudup.6.5 
 6. Cepukaitis, Lietka.6.5 
 7. Petrukonis, Juven.6.4 
 8. Valeika, Neptunas6.2 
 9. Adomaitis, Kedaini.5.8 
 10. Katelynas, Lietuv.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Dainys, Neptunas5.5 
 2. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.8 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.4.5 
 4. Kadziulis, Rudupis4.2 
 5. Broadus, Siauliai4.1 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.0 
 7. Popovic, Zalgiris3.8 
 8. Maceina, Juventus3.6 
 9. Ezerskis, Lietkabe.3.5 
 10. Samenas, Sakalai3.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.2 
 2. Long, Siauliai1.9 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai1.7 
 4. Roberts, Lietuvos.1.6 
 5. Vasiliauskas, Liet.1.6 
 6. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.6 
 7. Ginevicius, Kedain.1.6 
 8. Salenga, Zalgiris1.5 
 9. Juskevicius, Rudup.1.4 
 10. Dainys, Neptunas1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.0 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.8 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 4. Staniulis, Lietkab.1.0 
 5. Zelionis, Rudupis1.0 
 6. Samardziski, Lietu.0.9 
 7. McClure, Kedainiai0.9 
 8. Cepukaitis, Lietka.0.9 
 9. Morgan, Pieno Z.0.9 
 10. Javtokas, Zalgiris0.8 


Kemzura announces preliminary squad - by Eurobasket News

Kestutis Kemzura announced preliminary list of candidates for the Lithuanian National Team for the pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which will be held in Venezuela this summer. In a press conference in Vilnius, the coach confirmed the extended list of players, but also said that only 15 of them will be invited to the first training camp. I wanted to let all these players know that they can be of use to the national team and they can end up being invited, but we just dont have enough time to test them all before the pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament, said Kemzura. According to the coach, it is still unclear whether Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) will put on a Lithuanian jersey this summer, as the player hasnt made a final decision about the coming to the national team. There are also some doubts about the two Montepaschi players, as Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) has admitted back pains and openly doubted whether hell be available for selection in the summer and Rimantas Kaukenas (192-G-77, college: Seton Hall) has just returned from a serious injury, but should start playing soon. Four players got the first call-up to the national team, amongst which are the names of Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav), Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89), Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) and Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M).

Preliminary candidate list for the national team:
Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances), Zalgiris Kaunas
Sarunas Jasikevicius, Panathinaikos Athens
Rolandas Alijevas, Krasnye Krylia Samara
Adas Juskevicius, Rudupis Prienai
Zygimantas Janavicius, Zalgiris Kaunas
Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88), Olympiacos Piraeus
Rimantas Kaukenas, Montepaschi Siena
Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85), Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke), Real Madrid
Deividas Dulkys (195-G-88), Florida State Seminoles
Simas Jasaitis (201-SF-82), Turk Telekom Ankara
Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85), Baltai Kaunas
Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri), Toronto Raptors
Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89), Zalgiris Kaunas
Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84), Zalgiris Kaunas
Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga), Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest), Blancos de Rueda
Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances), Zalgiris Kaunas
Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances), Asseco Prokom Gdynia
Ksistof Lavrinovic, Montepaschi Siena
Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona), Zalgiris Kaunas
Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92), Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Antanas Kavaliauskas, VEF Riga.

Courtesy of: lithuaniabasketball.com



LKL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis - Pieno Zvaigzdes 94-64

Rudupis eased past Pieno Zvaigzdes in the quarterfinal series opener. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-64. 24 personal fouls committed by Pieno Zvaigzdes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Arnas Labuckas (205-87, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Valdas Dabkus (204-84) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) responded with 16 points and Brazilian center Paulo Prestes (210-88) scored 6 points and 9 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:
Rudupis: A.Labuckas 16+6reb+3ast, A.Juskevicius 14+2reb+2ast, V.Dabkus 13+6reb, A.Milaknis 11+1reb+1ast, E.Zelionis 11+2ast, G.Orelikas 9+3reb+1ast
Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Hughes 16+3reb, E.Bendzius 10+5reb, S.Morgan 9+2reb, Z.Kelys 7+2reb+4ast, P.Prestes 6+9reb+1ast, L.Nobles 5+3reb
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Siauliai - Neptunas 89-74

Siauliai held off Neptunas to take 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. The game without a history. Siauliai 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 Neptunas' 38 and made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Neptunas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason, agency: KMG Sports Management) stepped up and scored 22 points and 4 assists for the winners and center Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-82) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Four Siauliai players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Mantas Ruikis (197-85) responded with 23 points and forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-85, college: Virginia) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: C.Long 22+4reb+4ast, J.Jucikas 11+9reb, D.Gvezdauskas 11+4reb+2ast, V.Sarakauskas 11+6reb+3ast, V.Vasylius 10+1reb+1ast, V.Liutych 9+3reb
Neptunas: M.Ruikis 23+3reb, L.Mikalauskas 17+6reb+2ast, A.Viskontas 10+4reb+1ast, M.Mazeika 7+4reb+3ast, A.Brunins 5+2reb, R.Danys 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 174569



Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL 1st Team 2012
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Sarunas Vingelis
Vingelis
Matas Sapiega
Sapiega
Vidmantas Sragauskis
Sragauskis
Audrius Mineikis
Mineikis
Tomas Urbonas
Urbonas
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Player of the Year: Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) of LKKA-Atletas
Guard of the Year: Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) of LKKA-Atletas
Forward of the Year: Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) of LKKA-Atletas
Center of the Year: Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) of Nafta Universitetas
Defensive Player of the Year: Tomas Urbonas (218-C-92) of LKKA-Atletas
Coach of the Year: Edas Nickus of LKKA-Atletas

1st Team
PG: Matas Sapiega (179-90) of LKKA-Atletas
G: Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) of LKKA-Atletas
F: Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) of LKKA-Atletas
F: Audrius Mineikis (201-77) of Radviliskis
C: Tomas Urbonas (218-92) of LKKA-Atletas
C: Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) of Nafta Universitetas

2nd Team
G: Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) of Statyba
G: Tomas Rakauskas (183-81) of Radviliskis
G: Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) of Kedainiai
F: Darius Tarvydas (200-91) of Statyba
C: Tautvydas Slezas (207-90) of Delikatesas

Honorable Mention
Aurimas Birgelis (190-G-88) of Matinga-Juod.
Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-G-85) of Matinga-Juod.
Parrish Brown (185-G-84) of Mazeikiai
Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-G-85) of Delikatesas
Tauras Jogela (201-F-93) of Zalgiris-Sabonio
Nerijus Varnelis (200-F-78) of S.Marciulionio
Darius Griskenas (194-F-84) of Meresta
Tautvydas Slezas (207-C-90) of Delikatesas
Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) of S.Marciulionio
Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) of Nafta Universitetas
Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) of Siauliai

All-Defensive Team
Parrish Brown (185-G-84) of Mazeikiai
Ignas Razutis (185-G-87) of Silute
Gintautas Vileita (193-G-75) of Perlas-MRU
Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) of S.Marciulionio
Tomas Urbonas (218-C-92) of LKKA-Atletas



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Athleta draw first blood in Final - by Eurobasket News

Athleta - Depiro 70:54

Athleta opened the championship series victoriously. They overcame Depiro in the opener. Marko Todorovic (204-F/C-85) posted 20 points to lead the effort.
Athleta entered the game aggressively. They built a 16:9 lead after ten minutes. Athleta maintained the lead throughout the second frame. The hosts established a 34:23 halftime advantage. Depiro tried to turn things around in the third quarter. The visitors limited Athleta to just 7 points and cut the deficit at just 3-point mark. But Athleta were back in control in the fourth frame. They unleashed 29 points in the final quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Steve Schembri (187-SF-79) accounted for 19 points, while Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) provided 10 points in the win. Roderick Vella (PG-85) answered with 20 points for Depiro. Nigel Sultana (191-F-91) netted 13 points in the loss.

Athleta: Marko Todorovic 20, Steve Schembri 19, Michael Naudi 10
Depiro: Roderick Vella 20, Nigel Sultana 13



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 17-4 
 2. Tijuana 16-5 
 3. Guaymas 16-5 
 4. Nogales 12-9 
 5. Los Mochis 9-11 
 6. Cananea 9-12 
 7. Culiacan 8-12 
 8. Guasave 8-12 
 9. Navolato 7-13 
 10. Tepic 1-20 

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 17: Tijuana - Tepic 95-88
Apr. 17: Guaymas - Nogales 91-84
Apr. 17: Navolato - Guasave 77-84
Apr. 17: Cananea - Hermosillo 77-82
Apr. 17: Culiacan - Los Mochis 110-112
Apr. 16: Tijuana - Tepic 107-71

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 18: Tijuana - Tepic
Apr. 18: Guaymas - Nogales
Apr. 18: Cananea - Hermosillo
Apr. 18: Los Mochis - Culiacan
Apr. 18: 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, Tijuana17.9 
 8. Gibson, Navolato17.8 
 9. Habel, Guaymas17.7 
 10. Johnson, Guaymas17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Riley, Tepic12.1 
 2. Selleaze, Navolato9.0 
 3. Sanders-F., Nogales8.9 
 4. Robinson, Culiacan8.7 
 5. Lopez, Hermosillo7.9 
 6. Zamora, Culiacan7.5 
 7. Strobbe, Nogales7.4 
 8. Wiley, Los Mochis7.1 
 9. McCullough, Nogales6.9 
 10. Little, Hermosillo6.8 
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. McSwine, Navolato3.5 
 5. Harris, Cananea3.5 
 6. Quintero, Tijuana3.4 
 7. Pulido, Culiacan3.4 
 8. Riley, Tepic3.3 
 9. Buelna, Guasave3.1 
 10. Heredia, Nogales3.1 
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. Riley, Tepic1.5 
 5. Carter, Guasave1.4 
 6. Giron, Guasave1.3 
 7. Pulido, Culiacan1.3 
 8. Heredia, Nogales1.3 
 9. Monreal, Hermosillo1.2 
 10. Robinson, Culiacan1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Riley, Tepic3.8 
 2. Seay, Tijuana1.8 
 3. Zamora, Culiacan1.3 
 4. Habel, Guaymas1.1 
 5. Robinson, Culiacan1.0 
 6. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 7. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 8. Johnson, Guaymas0.8 
 9. Verdugo, Navolato0.7 
 10. Carrillo, Guaymas0.6 



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Nikola Pekovic will have postseason ankle surgery - by Eurobasket News

Wolves center Nikola Pekovic (6'11''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) has decided to have postseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle.

He has not decided when he will have the surgery or who will perform it. But his plans are to return home to Europe for two weeks immediately after the season ends before returning to the United States to have the surgery. Pekovic said he will split his rehab between here and Europe.

Until then, Pekovic said, he will finish this season playing in the Wolves final games. He had 10 points and four rebounds Monday in a 111-88 loss to Indiana.

Its something that will help me to be healthy next season, he said. It will help me and my team and everything. I know without that trouble, Ill be more calm, not thinking about it. And hopefully, not miss any games.

Courtesy of The Minneapolis Star Tribune (via www.insidehoops.com)



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Standings - Men

D1 Stage Two Standings
Group A
 1. ASS Sale 1-0
 2. MAF Fez 0-0
 3. PCS Plazza C. 0-1
Group B
 1. WAC Casabl. 1-0
 2. CRA Hoceima 0-0
 3. RSB Berkane 0-1
Places 7-10
 1. FUS Rabat 6-11
 2. IRT Tanger 5-13
 3. KAC 3-15
 4. RCA Casabl. 2-16
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 2

Apr. 18: WAC Casabl. - CRA Hoceima
Apr. 18: PCS Plazza C. - MAF Fez



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 36-26 
 2. New York K. 32-29 
 3. Philadelph.76 31-29 
 4. New Jersey N. 22-40 
 5. Toronto R. 22-40 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 46-15 
 2. Indiana P. 40-22 
 3. Milwaukee B. 28-31 
 4. Detroit P. 23-38 
 5. Cleveland C. 20-40 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 43-17 
 2. Atlanta H. 35-25 
 3. Orlando M. 35-25 
 4. Washington W. 15-46 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-52 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 44-17 
 2. Denver N. 34-26 
 3. Utah Jazz 32-30 
 4. Portland TB 27-34 
 5. Minnesota T. 26-37 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 39-23 
 2. LA Clippers 38-23 
 3. Phoenix Suns 32-29 
 4. Golde State W. 21-38 
 5. Sacramento K. 20-41 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 44-16 
 2. Memphis G. 36-25 
 3. Dallas M. 34-28 
 4. Houston R. 32-29 
 5. N.Orleans H. 19-42 

Regular Season: Round 111

Apr. 17: Philadelph.76 - Indiana P. 97-102
Apr. 17: LA Lakers - San Antonio S. 91-112
Apr. 17: Minnesota T. - Memphis G. 84-91
Apr. 17: New York K. - Boston C. 118-110
Apr. 17: Detroit P. - Cleveland C. 116-77

Regular Season: Round 112

Apr. 18: Charlotte B. - Chicago B.
Apr. 18: Cleveland C. - Philadelph.76
Apr. 18: Miami Heat - Toronto R.
Apr. 18: Boston C. - Orlando M.
Apr. 18: Dallas M. - Houston R.
Apr. 18: Phoenix Suns - Oklah.City T.
Apr. 18: Sacramento K. - San Antonio S.
Apr. 18: Washington W. - Milwaukee B.
Apr. 18: New Jersey N. - New York K.
Apr. 18: Atlanta H. - Detroit P.
Apr. 18: Memphis G. - N.Orleans H.
Apr. 18: Denver N. - LA Clippers
Apr. 18: Portland TB - Utah Jazz
Apr. 18: Golde State W. - LA Lakers


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 Heat27.1 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..24.1 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat22.6 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.22.5 
 8. Anthony, New Y.22.4 
 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 Lakers12.1 
 4. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.11.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.9 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
 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.7.7 
 10. Lowry, Houston R.6.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.4 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 5. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 6. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 8. Iguodala, Philadel.1.8 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.7 
 10. Ariza, N.Orleans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.6 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 4. Jordan, LA Clippers2.0 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.0 
 6. Gasol, Memphis G.1.9 
 7. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 8. Dalembert, Houst.1.8 
 9. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 10. Biyombo, Charlott.1.7 


Monday's games review (11): Jazz outlast Nowitzki, Mavericks 123-121 in 3OT - by Eurobasket News

Houston R. - Denver N. 102-105
The Denver Nuggets are already in playoff mode, even though they're still fighting for a postseason berth. Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA) scored 26 points, Ty Lawson had 25 and the Nuggets continued their push up the standings with a 105-102 victory over the fading Houston Rockets on Monday night. Al Harrington added 15 points and Andre Miller had 13 assists for the Nuggets, who swept back-to-back games with the Rockets, the team that was directly behind them in the Western Conference. 'Our awareness of where we are in the season is really starting to heighten now,' said Afflalo, who went 10 for 16 from the field. 'Before, we used to go out there and compete and play the games. Now, we have an ulterior motive almost, in terms of understanding playoff positioning. That's good for a young team.' Denver began the night holding the No. 7 spot in the West, one game ahead of the Rockets. The Nuggets have won four of their last five, and snapped a three-game road losing streak. 'We had opportunities to give up on the game and we didn't do it,' Denver coach George Karl said. 'It's a huge win for us.' Houston, meanwhile, was only one game ahead of Phoenix and 1 1/2 games ahead of Utah, who were both playing later Monday. Goran Dragic and Chandler Parsons scored 21 points apiece for the Rockets, who have dropped four straight after a four-game road winning streak. 'We were right there,' Dragic said. 'We knew we had to get that game if we want to win a tiebreaker against Denver. We cannot think backwards, we have to think forward.' The Rockets play at Dallas on Wednesday night, a virtual must-win game if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. 'We were sitting good a few games ago, and now we're not sitting so good,' Houston coach Kevin McHale said. 'We've just got to go in and take care of ourselves.' Denver led 75-74 after three quarters, and the fourth was tight all the way to the end. The Nuggets took a 99-98 lead into the final 2 minutes, and Afflalo found Harrington with a wraparound pass for an easy layup with 1:19 left to make it 101-98. Parsons rattled in a jumper from the free-throw line, but with all the Nuggets standing on the sideline, Lawson hit a 3-pointer from the corner with 45 seconds left to silence the noisy crowd. 'We could've easily come in here and settled (for a loss),' Miller said. 'It definitely showed some character, coming in here (and winning), especially against a team that's fighting for a playoff spot.' Patrick Patterson hit a short jumper, and Luis Scola had a chance to tie it, but his runner in the lane rattled out with 6 seconds left. Afflalo, a 79 percent free-throw shooter, split two free throws with 3.9 seconds remaining, giving the Rockets a chance to tie it. But Parsons' desperation 3-pointer hit off the front of the rim, and Denver sent Houston to its fourth straight home loss, a season high. 'We can't afford to play like this,' Parsons said. 'We're letting it slip away.' Corey Brewer scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter, and the Nuggets finished 9 for 18 from 3-point range to win in Houston for the first time since October 2010. 'We just played hard to the end,' Brewer said, 'and we were able to get one.' Houston shot well at the start, led by as many as 11 in the first half and was up 51-44 at halftime. The Nuggets made 9 of their first 14 shots out of the break. Harrington made two 3s, and Afflalo scored in the lane to put Denver up 67-66. Courtney Lee swept in for a layup, and Houston moved back in front with 3:49 left in the quarter. The teams swapped the lead five more times in the quarter, and Denver took a one-point lead to the final 12 minutes. The lead changed hands 16 times in all before the Nuggets finally put it away. 'Our mental toughness was pretty good,' Afflalo said. 'They gave us some tough hits. Every time we fought back, they would make plays.' *Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com

Utah Jazz - Dallas M. 123-121 3OT
Al Jefferson (6'10''-F/C-85) scored 28 points and tied a career-high with 26 rebounds as the Utah Jazz defeated Dallas 123-121 Monday night in triple-overtime to halt a seven-game losing streak against the Mavericks and preserve their slim playoff hopes. Utah began the day 10th in the Western Conference but pulled one-half game behind Phoenix and Houston for the eighth and final spot with four games remaining. The loss dropped Dallas to seventh in the West, one-half game behind Denver. Dirk Nowitzki scored 40 points against Utah for the second straight time. His 3-pointer forced the second overtime, but he couldn't convert late in the third extra period. The Jazz forced overtime on Paul Millsap's put-back dunk with 2.2 seconds remaining in regulation. Jefferson hit a jumper in the third overtime, then blocked Ian Mahinme's shot, setting up Millsap for a fast-break score and 115-113 lead. Devin Harris hit a 3-pointer and Jefferson's 6-foot running jumper after Nowitzki's missed 3 gave Utah a 120-115 lead with 1:08 remaining. Delonte West sank a 3 with 56 seconds left to get Dallas back within two points Millsap made 1 of 2 free throws with 14.9 seconds left and Utah led 121-118. Jason Terry and Nowitzki both missed 3s in the final 10 seconds. Harris' free throws provided Utah's final points, before West hit a 3 that was too little too late. Terry finished with 27 points for Dallas, including four 3s. Gordon Hayward added 24 points for Utah and Harris had 23, with five 3s. Jefferson made two long jumpers in the second overtime, including one with 29 seconds left, to keep Utah alive. The teams combined for 26 3s, with Utah hitting 12 of 28 and Dallas 14 of 34. Terry scored the first five points of the first overtime, including his fourth 3, but the Jazz regained the lead on back-to-back 3s by Hayward and Harris with 2:06 remaining. Harris' 9-foot running jumper bumped Utah's lead to 100-96 but the Jazz missed three free throws to keep Dallas in the game. Mahinmi's dunk brought the Mavs to 101-99 with 42 seconds left in OT, but Millsap hit a step-back 16-footer with 21.5 seconds left as Utah increased its lead to four. Terry converted a three-point play with 15.5 seconds left to make it a one-point game. Hayward made a pair of free throws with 13.4 seconds left for a 105-102 lead, but Nowitzki made his second 3 of the night to tie it again with 3.9 seconds left. Jefferson's tip at the buzzer bounced around and out, forcing a second extra period. Utah led by nine to start the fourth and by as many as 11 overall. The Jazz were still up 76-66 with 7:41 remaining when Hayward made a free throw after Terry was called for a technical - the second of the night for Dallas. Jamaal Tinsley's 3 - Utah's ninth on the night - put Utah ahead 79-70 with 5:41 remaining. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Nowitzki and Terry pulled Dallas to 83-78 with 3:52 left and Vince Carter's two free throws got the Mavs within three nearly 1 1/2 minutes later. Vince Carter's 3 with 39 seconds left pulled the Mavs to 87-86. After Devin Harris shot an airball 3-pointer with 15 seconds left, Carter made his second straight 3 with 8.5 seconds left to put Dallas ahead 89-87, setting up Millsap's putback. The Jazz have four games remaining and hold tiebreakers by virtue of head-to-head meetings with Houston and Denver, but not Phoenix. The Jazz play at Portland on Wednesday, then finish the season with home games against Orlando, Phoenix and Portland. Houston still must play at Dallas, New Orleans and Miami. Phoenix has Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver and San Antonio remaining, in addition to the road game next week in Utah. Dallas has remaining games against Houston, Golden State, Chicago and Atlanta. The Mavs were wrapping up a four-game road series, playing four in five days, while the Jazz were returning home after three on the road. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

LA Clippers - Oklah.City T. 92-77
With some help, the Los Angeles Clippers had already clinched their first playoff berth in five years before they tipped off against Oklahoma City. Then they went out and earned it. Nick Young (6'6''-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) scored 19 points off the bench, Blake Griffin added 17 and Randy Foye 13 to beat the Thunder 92-77 on Monday night. 'It is something that we're happy about, but by no means is that all we want,' said Griffin, who like a lot of his teammates will be in the postseason for the first time. 'That was one of our goals coming in, but it goes farther than that.' Houston lost to Denver by three points earlier Monday night, ensuring the Clippers would end the second-longest active postseason drought in the league. 'I'm happy we can get Blake on TV in May,' DeAndre Jordan said. Griffin had 11 rebounds and Jordan grabbed 12 in the Clippers' fourth straight victory and 12th in their last 14 games. Their 38 wins are the most since the franchise had 40 in 2006-07. 'This is a great feeling,' said Paul, whose acquisition shortly before the lockout ended has played a key role in the Clippers' changing fortunes. 'We can celebrate it, be excited about it tonight but tomorrow we're back at work.' Kevin Durant led Oklahoma City with 24 points, Serge Ibaka and James Harden added 12 points each, and Russell Westbrook was held to nine as the Thunder's two-game winning streak ended. San Antonio beat Golden State to move percentage points ahead of the Thunder in the race for the No. 1 seed in the West. *Courtesy of http://abcnews.go.com

Toronto R. - Atlanta H. 87-109
Jeff Teague (6'2''-G-88, college: Wake Forest) had 19 points and 10 assists, Ivan Johnson scored 21 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat Toronto 109-87 on Monday night, their seventh win in eight games against the Raptors. Joe Johnson scored 18 points and Josh Smith had 15 points and nine rebounds as the Hawks avenged Sunday's 102-86 home loss to Toronto, a game in which the Raptors never trailed. Marvin Williams scored 16 for Atlanta and former Raptors star Tracy McGrady scored nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter. The victory allowed the Hawks to remain tied with Orlando, which earned a home win over Philadelphia earlier Monday, for fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Atlanta, which finishes its season with five home games, owns the tiebreaker with the Magic. DeMar DeRozan scored 22 points to lead Toronto, James Johnson had 18 and Alan Anderson added 12. Leading 79-68 to begin the fourth, the Hawks pulled further away with an 8-0 run to start the final quarter, including three points from Tract McGrady and a 3 by Joe Johnson. Anderson stopped the run with a 3 but Toronto never recovered and was unable to get the deficit below 15 points the rest of the way. DeRozan had 11 points in the first quarter and James Johnson came off the bench to score seven, but Williams hit a 3 with less than a second left to pull the to 32-30 after 12 minutes. James Johnson scored eight points in a dunk-filled second quarter, with the teams combining for six slams, four by the Raptors. Teague answered with eight points and Ivan Johnson and Williams each had six for Atlanta, which led 54-51 at halftime. Toronto scored just four points in the final 3:12 of the third as Atlanta turned a 67-64 edge into a 79-68 lead heading into the fourth. Teague scored eight points in the third and Ivan Johnson had seven. Seldom-used Toronto center Solomon Alabi set career highs with eight points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Indiana P. - Minnesota T. 111-88
A clearly unhappy Rick Adelman sounded like a fellow running out of things to say Monday night. The Minnesota Timberwolves coach had just watched his team spend the first two quarters of its game with the Indiana Pacers in a trance. Bricklayers on one end, ushers at the other. The result: a 111-88 loss, the Wolves' 10th in a row. The downward momentum that is the end of the Wolves' season appears to have reached critical mass. 'It was over at halftime,' Adelman said. 'They shot it well, but we just didn't come out and play. I don't know why.' This was not the Wolves' worst loss of the season, at least on paper. But the Pacers came out in the first half and put such a whipping on Minnesota that it took an 18-0 fourth-quarter run - one led by Wolves reserves - to change this game from an embarrassment to simply a disappointment. Could this have been the team that played Oklahoma City nearly straight up only a couple of nights before? 'No sense of urgency,' Wolves guard Martell Webster said. 'We got our tails handed to us in that first half.' The Wolves posted season lows in scoring for both the first quarter (13) and for the first half (30). That plus a lack of effort on defense translated to a 32-13 Pacers lead after one quarter, one that stretched to 64-30 by halftime. Four of the Pacers' five starters were in double figures by halftime. The Wolves spent the first 24 minutes shooting 27.5 percent (11-for-40). The team couldn't get on track. Adelman adjusted his starting lineup by putting Anthony Randolph in for Derrick Williams. That didn't work, with Randolph getting in early foul trouble. 'You have to come out and compete, and we didn't compete,' Adelman said. 'It's a glaring problem. We know we have all these injuries and everything like that. But come on; you're better than that. It's inexcusable, the way we played in the first half.' And in the second? It's hard to gauge because after maintaining a 30-plus-point lead for much of the third quarter, Pacers coach Frank Vogel went deep into his bench. In the fourth quarter Michael Beasley scored 9 and Williams 8. The Wolves used that 18-0 run to pull within 14 on Malcolm Lee's drive with 5:26 left. But A.J. Price's 3-pointer stemmed that tide. The playoff-bound Pacers set the physical tone, and the Wolves didn't match it. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) (22 points, 10 rebounds) led the way for Indiana. J.J. Barea (14), Beasley and Williams (13 each) led the Wolves. 'They were tougher than we were, simple as that,' Adelman said. 'We didn't push back. ... We had trouble (with) everything. We got to the gym OK. But after that? Everything ended.' *Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com

Chicago B. - Washington W. 84-87
Kevin Seraphin (6'9''-F/C-89) had 21 points and 13 rebounds, John Wall scored 16 points, and the Washington Wizards beat the short-handed Chicago Bulls 87-84 on Monday night. Richard Hamilton scored 22 points to lead the Bulls, who played without stars Derrick Rose and Luol Deng. Rose was out with a sore right foot as he missed his 24th game of the season, and Deng sat out due to sore right ribs. After two straight games of clutch 3-pointers in the finals seconds to force overtime in wins against Miami and Detroit, the Bulls missed a third chance when Hamilton's 3-pointer was blocked by James Singleton with 5.9 seconds left and C.J. Watson missed in the final seconds. The Bulls' lead on Miami in the Eastern Conference dropped to 2 1/2 games with five games remaining. The Heat beat New Jersey earlier Monday night. Rose injured his foot in Sunday's win at Detroit, when he bounced back from a dismal two-point performance against the Heat on Thursday by scoring 24 points and making a 3 in the final seconds to force overtime. Deng also injured his ribs Sunday. Trailing 68-57 early in the fourth quarter, the Wizards got back in the game with a 13-0 run. Maurice Evans hit a jumper over Hamilton then he made a 3, Brian Cook tied the game at 68 with another 3 and Shelvin Mack's jumper gave the Wizards a 70-68 lead. Wall found Singleton for a dunk to put Washington up 82-77 with 1:40 left. Watson answered with a jumper for Chicago and then appeared to have a steal but referee Tony Brothers called a foul on Watson to the dismay of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. After Wall made one of two at the line, Watson hit another jumper to get Chicago to 83-81. After Mack turned it over, the Bulls failed to take advantage, committing a turnover on the offensive end. Wall then made two free throws to put the Wizards up 85-81, but Watson made a 3 to get Chicago back within one with 16.5 left. Evans finished with 14 points, 10 in the fourth quarter. The Wizards led 43-40 at the half. Seraphin had 10 points and six rebounds in the first two quarters. Boozer and Hamilton each had nine points for the Bulls. *Courtesy of www.newsobserver.com

Phoenix Suns - Portland TB 125-107
Down to the final games of the season, the Phoenix Suns are playing with a greater sense of urgency. In securing their fourth victory in their last six games, Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84) had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Steve Nash had 13 assists to pace the Suns to a 125-107 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. The Suns had six players score in double figures, built a 20-point lead by the end of the third quarter and cruised to the win. 'The sense of urgency has been here since the All-Star game,' said Nash, who is 14 assists from passing Oscar Robertson for fifth on the all-time list. 'I think we're playing that way every game, and have felt that through the last few weeks.' Channing Frye added 19 points for Phoenix and Jared Dudley had 18. With their win and a victory by Denver over Houston, the Suns and Rockets have identical records. At this point, the Suns would get the tiebreaker and move into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Phoenix gets the edge over Houston by virtue of a season-series tie and a better conference record. Phoenix has a 22-21 record against Western Conference teams and the Rockets have a 21-23 mark. 'Offensively, we're playing a high level,' Dudley said. 'When we play unselfish and move the ball like we did and shoot the ball from 3, it's hard to beat us.' J. J. Hickson and Jamal Crawford both had 22 points for Portland, which dropped its third straight and fifth of six. 'We could never get over the hump,' Crawford said. 'That's a team playing for playoff position and they've been one of the best teams since the All-Star break. I think they'll continue to treat every game like a playoff game and they did that again (Monday night).' After straining his right hip last week against Memphis, Nash played less than 6 minutes in the Suns' loss to San Antonio last Saturday. After a day off, Nash started against the Blazers and he had eight assists in the first quarter as the Suns took a nine-point lead. Gortat scored 10 points in the first quarter, had 15 at halftime and finished with his 29th double-double of the season.. When Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry rested Nash late in the opening half, the Suns were ahead by nine points. When he returned the Suns were up by five with 5:39 left in the half and they went on a 19-8 run. The Suns led 66-53 at halftime. 'There's no question we're stronger when Steve is healthy,' Gentry said. 'He felt good (Monday night) and easily created the flow we needed.' Paced by two 3-pointers from Shannon Brown, and four points each from Frye and Markieff Morris, Phoenix broke the game open late in the third quarter. When Michael Redd made two free throws and Morris followed with a dunk, the Suns led 101-80 less than a minute into the final quarter. With the loss, Portland dropped to 8-22 on the road and only Sacramento, with five road wins, has fewer. 'I can't remember if we ever had three or four consecutive stops,' Portland coach Kaleb Canales said. 'They shot a season-high 60 percent from the field, and we can't allow that. Our defense needs and will continue to get better.' *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Golde State W. - San Antonio S. 99-120
Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) scored 13 points in his shortest night of work this season, Tiago Splitter added 15 points and eight rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Golden State Warriors 120-99 on Monday night to move into the top spot in the Western Conference. Gary Neal added 17 points and Manu Ginobili scored 12 points with four assists for the Spurs, winners of 17 of their last 20. San Antonio moved percentage points ahead of Oklahoma City in the race for the No. 1 seed in the West. The Thunder lost 92-77 to the Los Angeles Clippers. Duncan played just 12 minutes and took only eight shots, part of coach Greg Popovich's plan to keep his starters fresh for the postseason. Tony Parker (eight points, five assists) and Ginobili joined Duncan on the bench for most of the second half when the Spurs led by as many as 32 points. Nate Robinson had a season-high 30 points and Klay Thompson scored 29 for Golden State, which has lost 14 straight to San Antonio. Popovich said before the game he was more concerned with his team's health than he was in trying to get a better seeding in the West, especially with the Spurs playing the first of three games in three nights. 'Trying to win is part of it, trying to stay healthy is part of it,' said Popovich, who called this his deepest team ever in San Antonio. 'That's got to be our main concern, not positioning.' Duncan and Parker started but went to the bench late in the first quarter after San Antonio scored 14 straight points to take a comfortable lead. It helped that the Spurs were playing a Golden State team that is limping to the finish. The short-handed Warriors, who became the first team in more than nine years to start four rookies, didn't put up much of a fight in losing their fifth straight. Already without injured point guard Stephen Curry for the past month, Golden State played without starting forward David Lee (strained groin, stress fracture), center Andris Biedrins (mild concussion) and backup forward Richard Jefferson (knee). That forced coach Mark Jackson to start all three of the team's draft picks this year along with reserve center, Mickell Gladness, who was originally signed to a 10-day contract in late March. San Antonio led by 15 points at the end of the first quarter and was ahead 51-30 early in the second before Golden State's best run of the game nearly cut the gap in half and forced Popovich to put Duncan and Parker back in. Duncan quickly made a layup and two long jumpers, Parker added two free throws and the Spurs went up 70-49 at halftime. Even with most of the starters back the bench, San Antonio continued to pull away in the second half. Neal, Danny Green and Matt Bonner made consecutive 3s to make it 80-55. Two free throws by Patty Mills later pushed the Spurs lead to 94-62. Green finished with 11 points and five rebounds, one of six San Antonio players in double figures. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Charlotte B. - N.Orleans H. 67-75
Forward Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) hit two free throws with 24 seconds left for a six-point lead, securing the New Orleans Hornets' 75-67 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. Gerald Henderson had 27 points for the Bobcats. The loss was the Bobcats' 17th straight, breaking a team record set earlier this season. At 7-53, the Bobcats would finish with the worst winning percentage in NBA history if they lose their remaining six games. The third quarter was remarkable for its lack of scoring. The teams combined for 20 points as the Bobcats and Hornets entered the fourth quarter tied at 47-47. The two teams shot a combined 6 of 40 in the third. The 20 combined points were the fewest in one quarter in the NBA since 2004. That put them on a pace where it was conceivable to break the record for fewest combined points in NBA history (119). New Orleans made up a five-point deficit in the quarter's last three minutes. The Bobcats led 39-35 at halftime, after assembling an 18-4 run in the first half's last five minutes. New Orleans had built a 29-21 lead on the jump-shooting of Marco Belinelli, but the Bobcats came back with a 7-0 run completed on Kemba Walker's running 6-foot jump shot. Rookie Walker was a late addition to the starters after D.J. Augustin was scratched with ongoing tendinitis in his right knee. Augustin shot 2 of 12 in his previous two games and coach Paul Silas said pre-game he felt Augustin's knee was affecting his play again. Augustin has been taking off practices to rest the injury. Injuries heavily struck both teams. The Hornets sat shooting guard Eric Gordon and center Chris Kaman. In all, nine players were ruled out between the two teams. Earlier in the day the Bobcats ruled out shooting guard Reggie Williams, who suffered a concussion Sunday, when he was elbowed in the mouth during the loss to the Boston Celtics [team stats]. The first-half shooting reflected two teams headed for the draft lottery, not the playoffs. The Hornets shot 38 percent from the field and the Bobcats shot 37 percent. Starting guards Henderson (12 points) and Walker (10) kept together Charlotte's offense. The Bobcats continued their run late in the second quarter with a baseline drive by Tyrus Thomas and Walker's buzzer-beating jump shot to retain the lead. The Bobcats continue their homestand Wednesday against the Eastern Conference-leading Chicago Bulls. *Courtesy of http://news.bostonherald.com

Orlando M. - Philadelph.76 113-100
The Orlando Magic sent Philadelphia to its sixth loss in eight games, dropping the 76ers behind the New York Knicks for the final playoff spot in the National Basketball Association's Eastern Conference. Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) had 26 points and 16 rebounds last night as the Magic won 113-100 in Orlando, Florida. J.J. Redick added 18 points for Orlando (36-25), which was without All-Star center Dwight Howard for the fifth straight game because of a herniated disc in his back. The Magic, who hold the sixth playoff spot in the East, have a 3-4 record this season without Howard, who is out indefinitely. The 76ers fell to 31-29, tied with New York for the seventh-best record in the East. The Knicks hold the tiebreaker advantage by winning two of three meetings between the teams this season. The top eight teams in each conference make the NBA playoffs. Philadelphia has six regular-season games remaining, including at home today against the Indiana Pacers before a season-ending five-game road trip. The Pacers (39-22) are in third place in the East after last night's 111-88 rout of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Knicks also have six games left and are home tonight against the Boston Celtics (36-25), who are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. New York will play four of its final five regular-season games on the road. The Atlanta Hawks clinched a playoff berth yesterday with a 109-87 win against the Toronto Raptors. The Hawks improved to 36-25 -- the same record as the Magic and Celtics -- and play their final five regular-season games at home. The Phoenix Suns beat the Portland Trail Blazers 125-107 to move into the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Suns climbed past the Houston Rockets, who lost their fourth straight game, 105-102 to the Denver Nuggets. Phoenix and Houston are tied with 32-29 records, a half-game ahead of the Utah Jazz (32-20). The Suns hold a tiebreaker advantage with a better record against conference opponents. The Nuggets (34-27) jumped into the sixth playoff spot in the West, a half-game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks (34-28), who lost to the Jazz 123-121 in triple overtime. *Courtesy of www.bloomberg.com

New Jersey N. - Miami Heat 98-101
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) scored Miami's final 17 points in a furious one-man rally, finishing with 37 as the Heat pulled out a 101-98 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Monday night. In a game the Heat never led until the final 51 seconds, James willed them to their 10th straight victory over the Nets. With Dwyane Wade resting, James scored those 17 points over the last 4:48. Chris Bosh had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Heat, carrying them early in the fourth until James checked back in midway through the period and turned what appeared a certain loss into a stunning victory. Kris Humphries scored 29 points and MarShon Brooks had 24 for the Nets, who played without Deron Williams and lacked the finisher they needed against one of the NBA's best. Miami won for the sixth straight time in New Jersey, a road game in name only. James heard loud 'MVP! MVP!' chants, and he earned all of them no matter where the game was. The Nets led by 13 points in the third quarter and were still up seven with under 2 1/2 minutes left, but James was almost midway through his finishing kick. He finally gave the Heat a lead with a driving basket that made it 97-96 with 51 seconds left, then followed with a short jumper for a 99-96 edge with the crowd chanting 'Let's go Heat!' Two free throws with 10.6 seconds followed for a five-point lead before a meaningless basket by Brooks with 0.4 seconds to play. The Heat, also resting Shane Battier and Ronny Turiaf, won their third straight after consecutive losses. The Nets held a small lead for the first two-plus quarters before seizing control with a 16-5 burst. Humphries made a couple of jumpers, Gerald Green hit two 3-pointers, and it was 74-61 on Brooks' jumper with 3:10 remaining in the third period. The Heat answered with nine straight points to cut it to four, but the Nets came right back with five straight, with Green nailing a turnaround 3-pointer from the corner just before the buzzer to send New Jersey to the fourth quarter with a 79-70 lead. Bosh scored Miami's first eight points of the fourth as James sat the first half of the period, giving him all the energy he needed for the final stretch. The Nets were also without Gerald Wallace (strained left hamstring) and turned to a lineup heavy with NBA Development League experience that was nearly good enough. Smoke lingered over the court during the game's opening minutes after fireworks, but it was the Heat who were in a fog. New Jersey made seven of its first 11 shots and took a six-point lead, holding on for a 34-29 advantage after one even though Miami shot 71 percent from the field. The Nets never gave up the lead in the first half, taking a 55-52 lead into the break behind 17 points from Humphries and 13 from Brooks. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



Toronto Raptors sign Anderson and Uzoh for remainder of NBA season - by Eurobasket News

The Toronto Raptors signed swingman Alan Anderson (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) and guard Ben Uzoh (6'3''-PG-88, college: Tulsa) for the remainder of the 2011-12 season on Monday.

Anderson has averaged 8.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 12 games with Toronto. Uzoh is averaging 4.1 points and 2.8 assists over 11 games.

Both players concluded consecutive 10-day contracts with the club Sunday. Anderson was signed to his original 10-day deal March 26, a day before Uzoh signed. Both inked their second 10-day contracts April 6.

The Raptors also announced the 10-day contract of guard Justin Dentmon was not renewed.

Courtesy of www.thestar.com



Nikola Pekovic will have postseason ankle surgery - by Eurobasket News

Wolves center Nikola Pekovic (6'11''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) has decided to have postseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle.

He has not decided when he will have the surgery or who will perform it. But his plans are to return home to Europe for two weeks immediately after the season ends before returning to the United States to have the surgery. Pekovic said he will split his rehab between here and Europe.

Until then, Pekovic said, he will finish this season playing in the Wolves final games. He had 10 points and four rebounds Monday in a 111-88 loss to Indiana.

Its something that will help me to be healthy next season, he said. It will help me and my team and everything. I know without that trouble, Ill be more calm, not thinking about it. And hopefully, not miss any games.

Courtesy of The Minneapolis Star Tribune (via www.insidehoops.com)



Warriors sign free agent center Mikki Moore - by Eurobasket News

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent center Mikki Moore (6'11''-C-75, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nebraska) to a contract, the team announced Monday. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

Moore, a 12-year NBA veteran, is being called-up from the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League, where he has appeared in 33 games this season and averaged 11.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.06 blocks in 28.1 minutes per contest.

The seven-foot center last played in the NBA with the Warriors during the 2009-10 season, when he appeared in 23 games (20 starts) and averaged 5.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 17.7 minutes. His 2009-10 season was cut short when he underwent season-ending surgery to remove bone spurs in his right heel on Dec. 18, 2009.

For his career, Moore has appeared in 557 NBA games with nine teams (Detroit, Boston, Atlanta, New Jersey, Utah, L.A. Clippers, Seattle, Sacramento and Golden State) over 12 seasons, averaging 5.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest.

Moore, who will wear uniform No. 31, is scheduled to be in uniform for the Warriors' home game Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs.

Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com



Wizards waive Roger Mason Jr, sign James Singleton for season - by Eurobasket News

Roger Mason (6'5''-G/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Virginia) played his best game of the season on March 15, scoring 19 points off the bench, but during that tilt he also injured his finger, and as a result will now have season-ending surgery and lose his roster spot. In a seemingly related matter, the Wizards have signed James Singleton (6'8''-F-81, college: Murray St.) for the remainder of the year. More via the Washington Post: Roger Mason. had waited too long for an opportunity to make his second stint with the Wizards worthwhile. Seldom-used under Flip Saunders and starting to make headway around the all-star break, Mason suffered a setback on the same day he received the ultimate opening and Nick Young was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. Mason scored a season-high 19 points and helped guide the Wizards to a 99-89 win over the New Orleans Hornets - but he also suffered an avulsion fracture in his left index finger. He played the next 18 games despite the injury, wearing tape over his injured finger and scoring in double digits eight times, but the pain suddenly became too unbearable. After scoring just three points in a loss to Cleveland on Saturday, Mason elected to have surgery to and effectively end his season. Mason said he would have the procedure on Monday in New York, while the Wizards plan to waive the eight-year veteran shooting guard and use his roster spot to add another back-court player for the final six games of the season. The Wizards (14-46) also signed forward James Singleton for the remainder of the season. Singleton signed a 10-day contract on April 5 and averaged 9.8 points and 7.7 rebounds in six games for the team.

Courtesy of www.slamonline.com



Maine's Morris Almond signs with Washington Wizards - by Eurobasket News

The Washington Wizards today signed Maine Red Claws guard Morris Almond (6'6''-F/G-85, college: Rice) for the record 54th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2011-12 NBA Development League season. Almond joins more than 100 NBA players with NBA D-League experience currently on 2011-12 rosters.

Almond (6-5, 210, Rice) appeared 29 games, 28 starts, for the Red Claws this season, averaging a team-high 23.4 points to go with 6.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 37.9 minutes. He scored in double figures in 28 games, amassing 30 or more points in seven outings.

Originally selected in the first round (25th overall) in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz, Almond appeared in 34 games in Utah during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, averaging 3.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 8.6 minutes.

Almond is expected to join the Wizards today and be available tonight when the team travels to face the Chicago Bulls.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Rockets sign Earl Boykins for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News

The Houston Rockets announced they signed guard Earl Boykins (5'6''-PG-76, college: E.Michigan) for the rest of the season.

Boykins' agent, Mark Termini, had confirmed for FOX 26 Sports earlier on Sunday that his client would sign with the Rockets for the rest of the season.

Boykins was at the end of his second 10-day contract.

The Rockets had to sign him for the rest of the season or let him go.

Boykins has played in six games, averaging 5.7 points, 2.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds.

Courtesy of www.myfoxhouston.com



Pacers continue to roll, Sixers fall again, 102-97 - by Daniel Gibson

PHILADELPHIA---Tonight's match up between the Indiana Pacers and the Philadelphia 76ERS was a tale of two teams heading in opposite directions. The Pacers are heating up at the right time and have now won six straight games. The Sixers have lost three straight and over the course of the last month have plummeted down the Eastern Conference standings.

The Pacers held on after a late Sixers rally to win 102-97, giving them their fifth straight win on the road. Danny Granger led the Pacers in scoring again with 23 points on 8-of-19 shooting. Granger knocked down timely baskets and free-throws and was 6-of-8 from the three-point line.

An encouraging sign for the Pacers was the balanced effort they got on the offensive end. Four players scored in double-figures and four others scored nine points. Roy Hibbert scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the double-double. David West scored 13 points and George Hill scored 12.

The Sixers were led by Andre Iguodala's 23 points and Thaddeus Young scored 19. Lou Williams scored 18 points off the bunch but the Sixers weren't able to get stops when the needed too, and when they did they weren't able to convert it into points.

At one point in the season the Sixers were in the fourth seed and cruising along. They were beating the teams they were supposed to beat but struggling against teams with winning records. Now they're currently the eight seed with their final five games all on the road.

The Indiana Pacers were on the same path as the Sixers early but lately they have been beating teams with winning records. The Pacers have beaten the Knicks, Thunder and Heat all in convincing fashion. Their final games are all at home so they should be in a zone as they play out the final couple weeks of the season and head into the playoffs.



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Report: Alabama's Tony Mitchell enters NBA draft - by Eurobasket News

After a tumultuous two months, Tony Mitchell's (6'6''-F) college career is over.

The Alabama junior will enter the NBA Draft, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Mitchell received his release from the Crimson Tide two weeks ago, and he was up in the air whether to transfer or enter the draft. A source told CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman at the time that Mitchell would have work to do academically in order to transfer.

Head coach Anthony Grant suspended Mitchell on Feb. 11 for conduct detrimental to the team. After missing three games, Mitchell was then suspended for the rest of the season.

The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 13.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



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Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 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. Gurley, Wellington24.0 
 3. Wright, OceanaGo.23.9 
 4. Horvath, Hub Jets23.3 
 5. Braswell, Southlan.22.8 
 6. Tisby, OceanaGo.21.8 
 7. Pace, Hub Jets21.7 
 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: 16.7
 1. Horvath, Hub Jets16.7 
 2. Tisby, OceanaGo.12.3 
 3. Atkinson, Harbo.10.0 
 4. Johnson, Bay Hawks9.6 
 5. Abney, Southland9.2 
 6. Frank, Wellington9.1 
 7. Muhammad, Aucklan.9.1 
 8. Wright, OceanaGo.9.0 
 9. Young, Bay Hawks8.0 
 10. Harrison, Nelson7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Crowe, Wellington9.9 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.7.6 
 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. Kenny, Bay Hawks3.8 
 10. Hudson, Taranaki.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Crowe, Wellington2.9 
 2. Braswell, Southlan.2.6 
 3. Pace, Hub Jets2.2 
 4. Leasure, Taranaki.2.2 
 5. Wright, OceanaGo.2.1 
 6. Gurley, Wellington2.0 
 7. Bailey, Harbour H.2.0 
 8. Muhammad, Aucklan.1.9 
 9. Tait, Auckland P.1.9 
 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. Frank, Wellington1.0 
 7. Atkinson, Harbo.1.0 
 8. Muhammad, Aucklan.0.9 
 9. Mitchell, Hub Jets0.8 
 10. Cartwright, Auckl.0.8 


Player of the Week Awards so far - by Hugh McAuliffe

As of Round 7 of the New Zealand NBL, here are each rounds' POTWs.

Round 1. Akeem Wright: 40 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
Round 2. Jason Crowe: 22 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists
Round 3. Nick Horvath: 26 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists
Round 4. Lindsay Tait: 27 points, 9 rebounds, 11 assists
Round 5. Anthony Gurley: 33 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists
Round 6. Antoine Tisby: 23 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist
Round 7. Jack Leasure: 30 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists



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  NIGERIA   

DStv PBL Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Atlantic

Apr. 14: Islanders - Union Bank 90-76
Apr. 15: Police Baton - Chariots 77-58
Apr. 14: Comets - D.Warriors 64-89

Savannah

Apr. 15: Kano Pillars - Niger Potters 89-62
Apr. 14: Yelwa Hawks - Immigration 76-62
Apr. 14: Rockets - Defenders 66-63
Apr. 15: Kada Stars - Bauchi Nets 57-51

Regular Season: Round 9

Atlantic

Apr. 28: Union Bank - Islanders
Apr. 28: Royal Hoopers - Comets
Apr. 29: Customs - D.Warriors
Apr. 29: Chariots - Police Baton

Savannah

Apr. 28: Immigration - Rockets
Apr. 28: Niger Potters - Yelwa Hawks
Apr. 29: Bauchi Nets - Kano Pillars
Apr. 29: Defenders - Kada Stars


DStv PBL: Pillars, Warriors continue dominance - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Three-time champion of the DStv Premier Basketball League Kano Pillars basketball club at the weekend continue it great form in the 2011/2012 season with an 89-62 points emphatic win over Niger Potters basketball club of Minna at the weekend in Kano.

Pillars thus took it lead to 8-0 records in the Savannah conference of the league while Dodan Warriors basketball club continue its dominance of the Atlantic conference with an emphatic 89-64 points win over Comets basketball club in a local derby on Saturday.

Warriors who were the away side in the derby won in all four quarters by 18-16, 22-19, 21-12 and 28-17 to continue its unbeaten run in the race for final-8 playoffs coming up in June this year.

Islanders basketball club maintain its hold on the third spot on the log of the Atlantic conference with a 76-62 points victory over Union Bank basketball club (16-15, 34-23, 17-24 and 23-14).

Police Baton basketball club of Lagos brightened it chances of escaping the drop with a 77-58 points victory over Chariot basketball club at the national stadium, Lagos on Sunday.

The Coach Mark Balogun tutored Police team were occupying the rear on the conference log before the week-8 battle against the Chariot who were just a step ahead on the conference log showed more determination to carry the day from the jump-ball to the buzzer.

Other games decided at the weekend, Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos showed some promises in the Savannah conference week-8 pairing with a 66-63 points win over Civil Defenders at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi had the better of Immigration basketball club of Kano when both sides clashed in Bauchi on Saturday with a 76-62 points victory while last season fourth place finisher Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna was 57-51 points better than visiting Bauchi Nets basketball club.

DStv PREMIER BASKETBALL LEAGUE: WEEK-8 RESULS
ATLANTIC CONFERENCE
ISLANDERS 90 76 UNION BANK
COMETS 64 89 DODAN WARRIORS
POLICE BATON 77 58 CHARIOTS

SAVANNAH CONFERENCE
TAPGUN ROCKETS 66 63 DEFENDERS
YELWA HAWKS 76 62 IMMIGRATION
KANO PILLARS 89 62 NIGER POTTERS
KADA STARS 57 51 BAUCHI NETS



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  OLYMPIC GAMES   


Kemzura announces preliminary squad - by Eurobasket News

Kestutis Kemzura announced preliminary list of candidates for the Lithuanian National Team for the pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament, which will be held in Venezuela this summer. In a press conference in Vilnius, the coach confirmed the extended list of players, but also said that only 15 of them will be invited to the first training camp. I wanted to let all these players know that they can be of use to the national team and they can end up being invited, but we just dont have enough time to test them all before the pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament, said Kemzura. According to the coach, it is still unclear whether Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) will put on a Lithuanian jersey this summer, as the player hasnt made a final decision about the coming to the national team. There are also some doubts about the two Montepaschi players, as Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) has admitted back pains and openly doubted whether hell be available for selection in the summer and Rimantas Kaukenas (192-G-77, college: Seton Hall) has just returned from a serious injury, but should start playing soon. Four players got the first call-up to the national team, amongst which are the names of Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav), Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89), Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) and Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M).

Preliminary candidate list for the national team:
Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances), Zalgiris Kaunas
Sarunas Jasikevicius, Panathinaikos Athens
Rolandas Alijevas, Krasnye Krylia Samara
Adas Juskevicius, Rudupis Prienai
Zygimantas Janavicius, Zalgiris Kaunas
Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88), Olympiacos Piraeus
Rimantas Kaukenas, Montepaschi Siena
Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85), Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke), Real Madrid
Deividas Dulkys (195-G-88), Florida State Seminoles
Simas Jasaitis (201-SF-82), Turk Telekom Ankara
Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85), Baltai Kaunas
Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri), Toronto Raptors
Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89), Zalgiris Kaunas
Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84), Zalgiris Kaunas
Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga), Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest), Blancos de Rueda
Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances), Zalgiris Kaunas
Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances), Asseco Prokom Gdynia
Ksistof Lavrinovic, Montepaschi Siena
Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona), Zalgiris Kaunas
Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92), Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Antanas Kavaliauskas, VEF Riga.

Courtesy of: lithuaniabasketball.com



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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Semis Roundup: April 16-17, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo

B-MEG LLAMADOS over BGY. GINEBRA KINGS, 108-84
After a slow start, the B-MEG Llamados turned things around with a strong seven-minute stretch in the second period where they held the Barangay Ginebra Kings without a field goal. That set the tone for B-MEGs impressive Game Four triumph Tuesday night to barge their way into the finals of the 2012 PBA Commissioners Cup.

Denzel Bowles bounced back with a strong game, while Marc Pingris anchored the Llamados defense as B-MEG finished the semifinals with their most decisive win of the series.

After Jayjay Helterbrand hit a three-pointer at the 7:28 mark of the second period, the Llamados defense worked double time, not allowing the Gin Kings a single shot from the field. That allowed B-MEG to make a blistering 21-4 run to turn a 42-37 deficit to a 58-46 halftime advantage. It was an all Llamados show from there, with James Yap joining in the scoring fray in the third quarter, wherein he score 9 of his 16 points. His three-pointer at the 4:02 mark of the quarter gave the Llamados a 78-59 lead..

The closest the Gin Kings could come was 13 points on a basket by Mike Cortez early in the fourth quarter, but Ginebra couldnt sustain its rally, especially with import Jackson Vroman in foul trouble. The end came for Vroman and the Gin Kings when the import picked up his sixth and final foul with 5:56 left on a loose ball scramble against Pingris.

Bowles, who had a measly 11-point output in Game 3s loss, bounced back with a 34-point, 14-rebound performance. Joe Devance added 18 points while Peter June Simon chipped in 11.

BML 108- Bowles 34, Devance 18, Yap 16, Simon 11, Pingris 7, Barroca 5, Intal 5, Villanueva 5, De Ocampo 4, Reavis 2, Urbiztondo 1, Acuna 0, Gaco 0.
BGK 84- Ababou 17, Vroman 14, Cortez 13, Canaleta 12, Helterbrand 10, Hatfield 8, Raymundo 5, Labagala 3, Mamaril 2, Wilson 0, Villanueva 0.
QS: 24-31; 58-46; 86-71; 108-84

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY, 108-90
With their backs against the wall, the Talk N Text Tropang Texters showed poise inside the court, letting their game do the talking. The defending champions blew past Barako Bull in Game Four of their semifinals series Monday night to force a do-or-die fifth game.

Despite receiving a boxers cut near his right eyebrow after an accidental elbow by Don Allado, Ranidel de Ocampo finished with 23 points to lead the Tropang Texters assault.

Their lead went up by as much as 29 points, 80-51, in the third quarter. Each of the 14 Talk N Text players scored for coach Chot Reyes, who warned that the series is far from over. Reyes said his wards need to be ready for the knockout match, which is expected to be a physical affair.

Apart from shooting well, Talk N Text also mustered great defensive effort to contain Barako Bull import Gabe Freeman, who scored just six points. It was the lowest output for the two-time Best Import in his 59-game PBA career dating back to 2009.

TNT 108- De Ocampo 23, Harvey 12, Dillinger 12, Castro 12, Williams 11, Peek 8, Gamalinda 7, Fonacier 7, Aguilar 4, Carey 4, Raymundo 2, Reyes 2, Alvarez 2, Alapag 2.
BBE 90- Seigle 20, Miller 10, Allado 10, Pennisi 9, Aquino 7, Najorda 7, Salvador 7, Tubid 7, Freeman 6, Gatumbato 5, Arboleda 2, Sorongon 0, Cervantes 0, Weinstein 0, Pena 0.
QS: 30-23; 55-42; 89-64; 108-90

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




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  POLAND   

2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub KAROLAK
  Novum Lublin
  (196-G/F-93)
  Avg: 22
 1. Karolak, Novum Lub.22.0 
 2. Kowalewski, AZS U.20.9 
 3. Peciak, MKS L.20.0 
 4. Lapinski, Zyrardow.19.8 
 5. Sobilo, Pulaski Wa.19.7 
 6. Kuczynski, Tur B.19.7 
 7. Swiech, MKS S.19.4 
 8. Ejsmont, GKK G.18.6 
 9. Zurawski, Open F.18.4 
 10. Majewski, PWiK P.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mateusz SZWED
  Zyrardow.
  (197-C-91)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Szwed, Zyrardow.12.8 
 2. Zabielski, Tur B.11.9 
 3. Cygan, Unia Tarnow10.8 
 4. Niedzwiedzki, WKK10.4 
 5. Mis, Handlopex AZS10.0 
 6. Kwandrans, MKS L.10.0 
 7. Fras, Trefl I.9.8 
 8. Zurawski, Open F.9.3 
 9. Kuczynski, Tur B.9.3 
 10. Kowalewski, AZS U.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.11.2 
 2. Hybiak, AZS P.6.6 
 3. Wluczynski, Ksieza.6.6 
 4. Paszkiewicz, PWiK6.5 
 5. Jarosz, MKS S.5.8 
 6. Grzelinski, WKK O.5.4 
 7. Rapucha, Tur B.5.4 
 8. Gospodarek, Novum5.4 
 9. Kindlik, MKS L.5.3 
 10. Lewandowski, Asto.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.5.1 
 2. Rapucha, Tur B.4.6 
 3. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.4.3 
 4. Jarosz, MKS S.4.2 
 5. Misztela, UMKS P.4.0 
 6. Chojecki, Zyrardow.3.8 
 7. Adamczyk, Pulaski3.8 
 8. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.8 
 9. Gospodarek, Novum3.6 
 10. Wrobel, GTK G.3.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomasz ZYCH
  Unia Tarnow
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.0 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.8 
 3. Szewczyk, Unia T.2.3 
 4. Fediuk, UKS S.2.2 
 5. Misztela, UMKS P.2.2 
 6. Kunc, Staco M.2.2 
 7. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.1 
 8. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.2.1 
 9. Labedz, Rosa I.2.1 
 10. Szwed, Zyrardow.2.1 


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

Group A
Zuraw Gniewno - Astoria Bydg. 90-85

Zuraw Gniewno overcame Astoria to force the decider. Astoria Bydg. was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 32-22 charge of Zuraw Gniewno, which allowed them to win the game. They made 30-of-36 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Zuraw Gniewno forced 29 Astoria Bydg. turnovers. Guard Pawel Strychalski (189-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 6 assists. Forward Lukasz Zimniewicz (192-79) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Strychalski is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) replied with 26 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Sebastian Laydych (203-87) added 21 points in the effort for Astoria Bydg.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: M.Bierwagen 26+6reb, S.Laydych 21+1reb+1ast, P.Lewandowski 12+1reb+8ast, A.Szopinski 12+4reb+4ast, D.Szyttenholm 7, P.Rapalski 3+6reb
Zuraw Gniewno: P.Strychalski 25+3reb+6ast, B.Kobus 16+4reb+2ast, L.Zimniewicz 16+7reb+3ast, M.Wilk 12+12reb, P.Pawlowski 9, P.Matysiak 6+1reb
gschID: 173678


AZS UWM Olsz. - Ksiezak Lowicz 109-86

AZS Olsztyn avoided elimination beating Ksiezak Lowicz at home court. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. AZS UWM Olsz. made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Ksiezak Lowicz turnovers and outrebounded them 44-20 including a 22-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS UWM Olsz. made 7 blocks. Marcin Kowalewski (200-86) scored 35 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Krzysztof Kawalek (196-86) chipped in 23 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. AZS UWM Olsz.'s coach Rafal Kacprzak felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Kacper Kromer (204-87) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Bartosz Wluczynski (176-88) scored 16 points. Four AZS UWM Olsz. and five Ksiezak Lowicz players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ksiezak Lowicz: K.Kromer 18+7reb+1ast, B.Wluczynski 16+2reb+3ast, D.Janiak 16+1reb+1ast, A.Rajkowski 13+3reb+2ast, T.Nogalski 10+1ast, A.Goluch 6+3reb+1ast
AZS UWM Olsz.: M.Kowalewski 35+9reb+4ast, K.Kawalek 23+11reb+3ast, P.Spica 20+3reb+3ast, J.Andrusiewicz 11+7reb, J.Chojnacki 8+5reb+4ast, P.Rosinski 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 173679


Korsarz Gdansk - AZS PP Poznan 96-78

Korsarz Gdansk sent the series into the third game celebrating victory in the second one. The game was mostly controlled by Korsarz Gdansk. AZS PP Poznan was better in third quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Korsarz Gdansk forced 24 AZS PP Poznan turnovers and outrebounded them 40-27 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Korsarz Gdansk looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by AZS PP Poznan's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Korsarz Gdansk made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Bartosz Sarzalo (197-83) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Jakub Zalucki (194-89) chipped in 28 points and 5 steals. Forward Michal Szydlowski (198-87) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Pawel Stankiewicz (195-82) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Korsarz Gdansk and four AZS PP Poznan players scored in double figures. AZS PP Poznan's coach Waldemar Mendel tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
AZS PP Poznan: M.Szydlowski 19+5reb+1ast, P.Stankiewicz 18+5reb+1ast, T.Gierwazik 14+1reb, T.Baszak 10+2reb+2ast, K.Rzeczkowski 9+1reb+1ast, M.Piazdecki 4+3reb
Korsarz Gdansk: J.Zalucki 28+1ast, B.Sarzalo 19+13reb+6ast, M.Chudy 14+1reb+3ast, J.Golebiewski 11+7reb+1ast, P.Renkiel 10+6reb+6ast, P.Konsek 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 173680


KK Swiecie - Open Florentyna 46-114

Open Florentyna earned a comfortable win and sealed the next round appearance. The game without a history. Open Florentyna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding KK Swiecie to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Open Florentyna held KK Swiecie to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 60.8 percent accuracy of the winners. Open Florentyna forced 22 KK Swiecie turnovers and outrebounded them 47-27 including a 36-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Open Florentyna looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by KK Swiecie's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Open Florentyna made 13 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Marcin Stoklosa (188-77) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 assists and 6 steals. Power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Open Florentyna players scored in double figures. Coach Andrzej Kowalczyk's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Mikolaj Grod (194-89) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Pawel Poliwka (200-87) added 14 points respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
KK Swiecie: P.Poliwka 14+2reb+1ast, M.Grod 10+6reb+1ast, T.Herman 8+6reb+2ast, P.Robak 6+7reb+2ast, Z.Malinowski 4+5reb+2ast, K.Kowalski 2
Open Florentyna: M.Stoklosa 23+4reb+13ast, W.Zurawski 17+10reb+5ast, J.Sulowski 17+4reb, R.Niesobski 17+1reb+3ast, K.Debski 14+8reb+1ast, A.Kaczmarzyk 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 173677


Group B
Alba Chorzow - AZS AWF K-ce 74-85

AZS Katowice advanced into Group B semifinals. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-74. AZS AWF K-ce made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Alba Chorzow turnovers. It was a great shooting night for AZS AWF K-ce especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS AWF K-ce made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Tomasz Milewski (202-78) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Marcin Ecka (184-78) chipped in 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four AZS AWF K-ce players scored in double figures. Forward Tomasz Gembus (198-87) produced 18 points and power forward Marcin Weselak (204-79) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Alba Chorzow's coach Rafal Sobecki let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Alba Chorzow: T.Gembus 18+4reb+1ast, L.Wojcik 14+3reb+1ast, P.Podbial 14+4reb+1ast, M.Weselak 9+9reb+1ast, A.Spychala 8+3reb, K.Wozniak 5+7reb
AZS AWF K-ce: P.Jurczynski 19, T.Milewski 18+18reb+2ast, M.Ecka 15+2reb+5ast, M.Dziemba 11+1reb+2ast, K.Nowak 9+5reb+2ast, D.Tokarski 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 173683


WKK Obiekty - Pogon Prudnik 38-85

Pogon Prudnik had little problems sweeping the series versus WKK Obiekty. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 18-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-38. Pogon Prudnik dominated on the defensive end, holding WKK Obiekty to just 3 points in second quarter. They held WKK Obiekty to an opponent 22.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 56.2 percent accuracy of the winners. Pogon Prudnik forced 19 WKK Obiekty turnovers and outrebounded them 45-24 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Pogon Prudnik looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by WKK Obiekty's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pogon Prudnik made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Tomasz Madziar (195-92) who scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Szymon Kucia (190-83) chipped in 16 points. Guard Tomasz Jozefiak (190-93) produced 20 points and 7 steals and forward Artur Suchodolski (192-94) added 6 points and 5 steals 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.
Top scorers:
WKK Obiekty: T.Jozefiak 20+2reb+1ast, A.Suchodolski 6+3reb, J.Kilian 4+2reb+2ast, M.Gluchowicz 4+2reb, S.Dusilo 2+1reb, B.Bojko 2+2reb+1ast
Pogon Prudnik: T.Madziar 18+9reb+1ast, S.Kucia 16+4reb, B.Trytek 10+4reb+2ast, T.Lakis 10+2reb+2ast, J.Pawlowski 9+9reb+1ast, K.Bolibrzuch 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 173684


GTK Gliwice - Slask II W. 63-79

Slask II Wroclaw toppled GTK Gliwice to reach the semis. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-63. Slask II W. made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 GTK Gliwice turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Slask II W. made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Miroslaw Lopatka (213-77) who scored 21 points and 4 steals. Forward Mateusz Platek (193-86) chipped in 7 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard Tomasz Wrobel (180-85) produced 17 points, 5 assists and 7 steals and guard Karol Leszczynski (194-87) added 8 points respectively for the hosts. GTK Gliwice's coach Jacek Adamczak let to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
GTK Gliwice: T.Wrobel 17+3reb+5ast, P.Szymanski 10+1reb, G.Podulka 9+1reb+1ast, K.Leszczynski 8+4reb+1ast, L.Nawrot 7+2reb+1ast, P.Malona 6+5reb+2ast
Slask II W.: M.Lopatka 21+3reb, A.Mroczek-Truskowski 11+4reb+2ast, N.Kulon 9, R.Glapinski 9+5reb+7ast, A.Grygiel 9+2reb+2ast, P.Bochenkiewicz 8+2reb
gschID: 173681


AZS AGH Alstom - BM Wegiel Stal 52-78

BM Wegiel Stal toppled AZS Alstom and won the series 2-0. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 49-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BM Wegiel Stal made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BM Wegiel Stal made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was power forward Lukasz Olejnik (203-79) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Marcin Dymala (185-90) chipped in 15 points and 4 steals. Four BM Wegiel Stal players scored in double figures. Marek Hajduk (195-80) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and guard Tomasz Bryzek (194-86) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
AZS AGH Alstom: M.Hajduk 14+6reb+1ast, T.Bryzek 10+5reb+2ast, P.Gworek 7+3reb+1ast, G.Dudzik 7+6reb+1ast, L.Pajak 5+3reb, T.Orlicki 4+1reb+1ast
BM Wegiel Stal: M.Dymala 15+3reb+3ast, L.Olejnik 13+8reb+2ast, M.Matczak 13+2reb+2ast, W.Szawarski 10+4reb+4ast, J.Dryjanski 8+9reb+1ast, M.Kalowski 8+2ast
gschID: 173682


Group C
MKS Limbach - Handlopex AZS 78-71

MKS Limbach escaped elimination by beating Handlopex AZS at home court. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 48-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. MKS Limbach forced 21 Handlopex AZS turnovers. The best player for the winners was point guard Piotr Kindlik (166-84) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Andrzej Peciak (195-78) chipped in 15 points. Guard Jakub Musijowski (175-87) produced 21 points and power forward Piotr Mis (204-77) added 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Handlopex AZS's coach Mariusz Michalczyk let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Handlopex AZS: J.Musijowski 21+4reb+2ast, P.Mis 15+5reb, K.Banys 10+3reb+1ast, M.Sowa 6+6reb, M.Osiniak 6+5reb, D.Kielar 5+2reb
MKS Limbach: P.Kindlik 19+6reb+6ast, A.Peciak 15+3reb, L.Zajac 12+2reb, P.Kwandrans 9+6reb+3ast, W.Rykala 9+2reb+2ast, J.Dudek 8+4reb
gschID: 173688


PWiK Piaseczno - Rosa II Radom 102-76

PWiK Piaczno overcame Rosa II Radom and breezed into the semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by PWiK Piaseczno. Rosa II Radom was better in second period 28-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PWiK Piaseczno dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Rosa II Radom's 42. PWiK Piaseczno forced 22 Rosa II Radom turnovers and outrebounded them 40-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Rosa II Radom's players. The best player for the winners was guard Dominik Majewski (185-83) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Damian Zapert (196-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Five PWiK Piaseczno players scored in double figures. Forward Konrad Labedz (187-86) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and forward Konrad Kapturski (197-83) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. 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:
Rosa II Radom: K.Labedz 19+6reb, P.Piros 13+1ast, K.Kapturski 10+6reb+2ast, L.Sobuta 8+5reb+1ast, K.Mamcarczyk 8+4reb+3ast, J.Wrobel 7+2reb+3ast
PWiK Piaseczno: D.Majewski 21+8reb+5ast, W.Bocianowski 17+3reb+2ast, P.Andres 15+4reb+1ast, M.Wojtynski 13+3reb+2ast, D.Zapert 10+10reb+2ast, T.Wojcikowski 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 173685


Wisla AWF Kr. - UMKS Kielce 71-59

Wisla AWF Krakow outgunned UMKS Kielce to draw things level in the series. Wisla AWF Kr. forced 22 UMKS Kielce turnovers and outrebounded them 42-26 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Wisla AWF Kr. brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. The former international swingman Grzegorz Radwan (200-80) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Jakub Dwernicki (180-86) supported him with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 14 points and 5 rebounds by forward Grzegorz Kij (200-73) did not help to save the game for UMKS Kielce. Swingman Marcin Wrobel (200-87) added 9 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. UMKS Kielce's coach Rafal Gil rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
UMKS Kielce: H.Makuch 14+2reb+2ast, G.Kij 14+5reb+1ast, M.Wrobel 9+10reb+1ast, P.Bacik 7, A.Busz 6+7reb+4ast, J.Lewandowski 4
Wisla AWF Kr.: G.Radwan 20+10reb+3ast, J.Dwernicki 14+5reb+4ast, K.Pilch 13+4reb+1ast, P.Czepczyk 8+12reb+2ast, D.Depta 7+5reb+1ast, M.Kepka 4+1ast
gschID: 173686


Novum Lublin - Tur Bielsk Pdl. 69-81

Tur Bielsk bounced back from a home loss and surprised Novum Lublin away from home. The game was mostly controlled by Tur Bielsk Pdl.. Novum Lublin was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tur Bielsk Pdl. forced 24 Novum Lublin turnovers and outrebounded them 50-33 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Tur Bielsk Pdl. made 12 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Mariusz Rapucha (189-90) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks. Forward Aaron Weres (196-91) chipped in 29 points. Four Tur Bielsk Pdl. players scored in double figures. Swingman Jakub Karolak (196-93) produced 28 points and 6 blocks and forward Bartosz Ciechocinski (201-91) added 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Novum Lublin: J.Karolak 28+4reb+1ast, B.Ciechocinski 16+7reb+4ast, M.Wisniewski 8+12reb+4ast, M.Gospodarek 8+5ast, P.Bajtus 5+5reb+1ast, B.Karolak 4+3reb+2ast
Tur Bielsk Pdl.: A.Weres 29+4reb, A.Zabielski 14+6reb+5ast, M.Rapucha 14+15reb+6ast, P.Brzozowski 11+3reb+1ast, L.Kuczynski 6+8reb, M.Wysocki 5+9reb+1ast
gschID: 173687



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  PORTUGAL   


Calvin Clemmons to Illiabum - by Bruno Baltazar

Calvin Clemmons (203-F/C-81, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Charlotte) is the newest player for Illiabum ,he played in the portuguese league before for Vitoria Guimaraes and Ginasio in different years ,so he knows the basketball played in Portugal ,he played in Mexico as his last team in March for Mineros de Cananea in 10 games ,averaged 11.3PPG,29.4MPG, and helped them inside with 6 rebounds as his average ,
He will bring inside power and presence and help them to compete in the Proligo playoffs where they face Galitos in the first round that starts on the 21st.



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Mayaguez 16-5 
 2. Bayamon 12-9 
 3. San German 12-10 
 4. Arecibo 11-9 
 5. Quebradillas 11-10 
 6. Guaynabo 11-11 
 7. Guayama 6-15 
 8. Humacao 6-16 

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 17: Guayama - Humacao 81-85
Apr. 17: Guaynabo - Arecibo 63-85
Apr. 16: San German - Mayaguez 107-75
Apr. 18: Quebradillas - Bayamon


Capitanes keep Diogu, release Garces: - by Luis Modestti

Capitanes de Arecibo added former NBA forward Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) and released Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, college: Providence) in BSN.

At first the Diogu signing was just for the FIBA-Americas League but after his great performance they decided to keep him.

Arecibo is the only team in BSN that has a right to just two imports and one of them have to be Latin-American. Because of that they moved Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, college: G.Washington) to the Latin-American spot.

Diogu averaged 19.3 points and 9.6 rebounds in three games during the FIBA-Americas League.



Wins for Capitanes and Caciques: - by Luis Modestti

Capitanes de Arecibo and Caciques de Humacao won on Tuesday over Mets de Guaynabo and Brujos de Guayama, respectively.

Arecibo came from their loss in the FIBA-Americas League and crushed Mets de Guaynabo 85-63 as they did a great defensive job against one of the top offensive teams in the league.

Ike Diogu (204-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) made his debut in BSN with 19 points and 6 rebounds. David Cortes added 17 and Danilo Pinnock had 15. Larry Ayuso missed the game because of an illness.
Capitanes dominated the first half 39-28 as Diogu led the way with 13 points.

Mets tried to make a comeback in the second half but Arecibo was more consistent and kept the defensive pressure.

Ansel Guzman had 13 and AD Vassallo 12 for Mets who are 11-11.

Caciques de Humacao defeated Brujos de Guayama 85-81 as Gilbert Brown (198-F-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Pittsburgh) had 21 points and Noe Alonzo (200-F-83, college: Grand Canyon) 19.

Caciques are still in last place with a 6-16 record and Brujos are seventh with a 6-15 mark.



Arecibo release Donald Copeland - by Eurobasket News

Capitanes de Arecibo parted ways with Donald Copeland (177-PG-84, college: Seton Hall). The guard joined the team in March. He appeared in 9 BSN games. His stats read 2.3 points and 1.2 assists per game. Donald Copeland started the season in France. He played for JL Bourg. The guard tallied 10.7 points, 5.3 assists, 2.4 rebounds per game in ProB. Previously Donald Copeland had stints in Puerto Rico, Germany, Bosnia, Poland, Philippines. He participated at Puerto Rican BSN All-Star Game in 2007 and 2010. Latinbasket.com gave Donald Copeland All-Puerto Rican BSN Honourable Mention in 2010.


Donald Copeland replaces Julius Hodge in Bayamon - by Eurobasket News

Donald Copeland (177-PG-84, college: Seton Hall) did not spend much time without the team. After being released by Arecibo Donald Copeland has inked a deal with Bayamon. He is meant to replace Julius Hodge (201-G-83, agency: Scenic Sports Group, LLC., college: N.Carolina St.) on the roster. The guard averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 assists per game for Capitanes de Arecibo. Donald Copeland started the season in France. He played for JL Bourg. The guard tallied 10.7 points, 5.3 assists, 2.4 rebounds per game in ProB. Previously Donald Copeland had stints in Puerto Rico, Germany, Bosnia, Poland, Philippines. He participated at Puerto Rican BSN All-Star Game in 2007 and 2010. Latinbasket.com gave Donald Copeland All-Puerto Rican BSN Honourable Mention in 2010.


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Rayyan and Sadd enter Emir Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

Rayyan booked their spot in the Emir Cup Final. They overcame Gharrafah 80:71 in the fourth game of the series to seal 3-1 victory. Erfan Ali (198-PF-83) posted 17 points to lead the winners. Gharrafah led by a single point after ten minutes 17:16. But Rayyan took over in the second quarter. They established a 37:27 halftime lead. Rayyan maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They headed into the fourth stanza up by 8 points 53:45. Rayyan stayed aggressive in the final minutes and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, college: Iowa) and Tanguy Ngombo (197-F-84) added 14 points each for the winners. The latter one adding 10 rebounds for Rayyan. Jamarr Hardy (191-G-83, college: Lenoir CC) answered with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Gharrafah. Suleiman Braimoh (203-F-89, college: Rice) finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Sadd toppled Arabi 73:58 in the fourth game and advanced into Final. Michael Benjamin provided 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge. Arabi were up by six points after the opening quarter 20:14. But Sadd responded with a strong rally in the second term to take a 40:30 halftime advantage. Sadd never looked back afterwards staying on top throughout the second half and clinching victory at the end. Daoud Mousa (193-G-82) posted 17 points, while Djibril Abdoulaye and Jason Fontenet had 10 points each in the victory. William Byrd (201-G/F-85, college: Ark.-Pine Bluff) responded with 17 points for Arabi.



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague A

PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 15-1 
 2. Khimky 15-2 
 3. Triumph 11-5 
 4. Lokomotiv 9-8 
 5. Spartak SP 8-9 
 6. Unics 7-10 
 7. Krasnie Krilya 7-10 
 8. Spartak-Prim. 7-10 
 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. 17: Krasnie Krilya - Unics 68-84
Apr. 17: Spartak-Prim. - CSKA 66-90

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 19: N.Novgorod - Triumph
Apr. 20: CSKA - Krasnie Krilya
Apr. 22: Spartak-Prim. - Triumph
Apr. 22: Enisey - Spartak SP


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Jefferson, Triumph20.9 
 2. Rush, Krasnie Kril.17.0 
 3. Thomas, Spartak-.16.3 
 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. Veremeenko, Unics5.9 
 9. Beverley, Spart.5.9 
 10. Savenkov, Sparta.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.6.0 
 2. Teodosic, CSKA5.4 
 3. Beverley, Spart.5.1 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.4.9 
 5. Halperin, Spart.4.6 
 6. Samoylenko, Unics4.5 
 7. Planinic, Khimky4.4 
 8. McKee, Triumph4.3 
 9. Khryapa, CSKA3.4 
 10. Rush, Krasnie Kri.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick BEVERLEY
  Spart.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Beverley, Spart.2.4 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv2.2 
 3. Thomas, Spartak-.2.2 
 4. Baburin, Spartak-.1.9 
 5. Jefferson, Triumph1.8 
 6. Planinic, Khimky1.7 
 7. Halperin, Spart.1.7 
 8. Victor, Spartak-.1.5 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.1.5 
 10. Miles, Krasnie Kr.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA1.3 
 2. Jefferson, Triumph1.2 
 3. Likhodey, Spart.1.0 
 4. Vasiliev, Krasni.0.9 
 5. Lavrinovic, CSKA0.8 
 6. Traore, Lokomotiv0.8 
 7. Savenkov, Spartak.0.8 
 8. Monya, Khimky0.7 
 9. Baxter, Enisey0.7 
 10. Wilkinson, Unics0.6 


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

24-year old guard Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team CSKA and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He got a double-double of 15 points and 13 assists, while his team crushed Spartak-Prim. (#8, 7-10) with 24-point margin 90-66. It allowed CSKA to take over top position in the Russian league. CSKA has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 15-1. In the team's last game Teodosic had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Teodosic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 5.4apg).

Second best performed player last round was Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of N.Novgorod. He is Slovenian forward in his first season at N.Novgorod. In the last game Brezec recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for N.Novgorod to edge slightly lower-ranked Enisey (#10, 2-15) by 2 points 99-97. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But N.Novgorod left the very bottom place moving slightly to 9th position. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories N.Novgorod managed to get this year. Brezec is one of the most experienced players at N.Novgorod and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84, agency: RU-Basket Management) of Unics (#6). Veremeenko scored 22 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Unics, leading his team to a 84-68 easy win against Krasnie Krilya (7-10). The chances of Unics ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Veremeenko could help Unics to bring them higher in the standings. Veremeenko has a great season in Russia. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 5.9rpg (8th best). Vladimir Veremeenko has also Russian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) of Triumph - 23 points and 7 rebounds
5. Elmedin Kikanovic (211-C-88) of Enisey - 23 points and 6 rebounds
6. Torey Thomas (180-PG-85) of Spartak-Prim. - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) of N.Novgorod - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79) of Unics - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) of CSKA - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79) of Unics - 16 points, 4 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)



PBL Round 20: CSKA and Unics won on Tuesday - by Eurobasket News

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

An interesting game for Triumph Lyubertsy (11-5) which played road game in Kuban against one of their biggest challengers Lokomotiv (9-8). Third ranked Triumph Lyubertsy had an easy win 87-69. The game without a history. Triumph Lyubertsy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Lokomotiv helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Maxim Grigoryev (195-90) replied with 12 points and 6 assists for Lokomotiv. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Triumph Lyubertsy have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-5 record having four points less than leader CSKA. Lokomotiv at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Triumph Lyubertsy are looking forward to face league's second-placed Khimky in Khimki in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lokomotiv will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod managed to get a third victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they edged ninth-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk 99-97. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Ivan Paunic who added 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds. BC Nizhny Novgorod (3-14) moved-up to ninth place. Enisey Krasnoyarsk at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Vladivostok supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked CSKA Moscow (15-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Spartak-Prim. (7-10). CSKA Moscow smashed Spartak-Prim. 90-66 on Tuesday. The winners were led by Milos Teodosic who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 assists. Even a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds by Torey Thomas did not help to save the game for Spartak-Prim.. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CSKA Moscow have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Newly promoted Spartak-Prim. dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Krasnie Krilya and Unics. CSKA Moscow will meet Spartak St.Petersburg (#5) on the road in the next round. Spartak-Prim. will have a break next round.
The game in Kazan was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Spartak-Prim. (7-10) played at the court of eighth ranked Unics Kazan (7-10). Unics Kazan did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 81-64. The best player for the winners was Terrell Lyday who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Unics Kazan moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Krasnie Krilya and Spartak-Prim. Unics Kazan's next round opponent will be Krasnie Krilya (#7) in Samara.

In the last game of round 20 Unics beat Krasnie Krilya on the road 84-68.


Spartak-Prim. - CSKA 66-90

The game in Vladivostok supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked CSKA Moscow (15-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Spartak-Prim. (7-10). CSKA Moscow smashed Spartak-Prim. 90-66 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA Moscow. Spartak-Prim. managed to win third quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CSKA Moscow dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak-Prim.'s 36. CSKA Moscow forced 21 Spartak-Prim. turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Spartak-Prim.'s players. The winners were led by Serbian guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 assists and the former international guard Alexey Shved (196-88, agency: Alti Sport) supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four CSKA Moscow players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds by American point guard Torey Thomas (180-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Spartak-Prim.. The former international guard Nikolay Padius (197-80) added 17 points and 5 rebounds 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. CSKA Moscow have an impressive 11-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Newly promoted Spartak-Prim. dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Krasnie Krilya and Unics. CSKA Moscow will meet Spartak St.Petersburg (#5) on the road in the next round. Spartak-Prim. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
CSKA: D.Lavrinovic 18+4reb+1ast, A.Shved 17+8reb+3ast, M.Teodosic 15+3reb+13ast, S.Kaun 11+1reb, V.Khryapa 10+6reb+2ast, S.Mejia 6+4reb+4ast
Spartak-Prim.: N.Padius 17+5reb+2ast, T.Thomas 15+10reb+3ast, S.Denison 9+5reb, A.Savenkov 7+5reb, A.Pavlov 5+4reb, A.Golyakhov 4+1reb
gschID: 151248


Krasnie Krilya - Unics 68-84

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Unics Kazan (7-10) beat 6th ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-10) in Samara 84-68. The game was mostly controlled by Unics Kazan. Krasnie Krilya was better in third quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Unics Kazan made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Krasnie Krilya helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized Belarusian forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, agency: RU-Basket Management) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. American guard Terrell Lyday (190-79, college: BYU) chipped in 16 points and 8 assists. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Unics Kazan moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Krasnie Krilya and Spartak-Prim. Krasnie Krilya lost fifth consecutive game. Unics Kazan will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Unics: V.Veremeenko 22+15reb+1ast, T.Lyday 16+4reb+8ast, H.Domercant 14, A.Savrasenko 9+4reb+1ast, B.Nachbar 8+2reb, P.Samoylenko 8+1reb+5ast
Krasnie Krilya: D.Labovic 19+7reb+1ast, B.Rush 14+3reb, A.Surovtsev 11+2reb+1ast, Y.Vasiliev 6+4reb, F.Likholitov 6+3reb, A.Miles 5+6reb+6ast
gschID: 151249


Unics - Spartak-Prim. 81-64

The game in Kazan was also worth to mention about. 7th ranked Spartak-Prim. (7-10) played at the court of eighth ranked Unics Kazan (7-10). Unics Kazan did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 81-64. The game was mostly controlled by Unics Kazan. Spartak-Prim. was better in second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Unics Kazan dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak-Prim.'s 26. Unics Kazan had a 35-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Terrell Lyday (190-79, college: BYU) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American-Bosnian guard Henry Domercant (192-80, college: E.Illinois) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American point guard Torey Thomas (180-85, college: Holy Cross, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the former international guard Nikolay Padius (197-80) added 10 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Unics Kazan moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Krasnie Krilya and Spartak-Prim. Unics Kazan's next round opponent will be Krasnie Krilya (#7) in Samara.
Top scorers:
Unics: T.Lyday 19+6reb+6ast, H.Domercant 15+5reb+5ast, N.Jawai 14+5reb, A.Savrasenko 10+3reb, K.McCarty 7+9reb, P.Samoylenko 6+1reb+9ast
Spartak-Prim.: T.Thomas 17+10reb+5ast, A.Golyakhov 10+1reb+1ast, N.Padius 10+3reb+4ast, A.Pavlov 6+7reb+1ast, S.Denison 6+3reb, I.Pavlov 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 151250


N.Novgorod - Enisey 99-97

Bottom-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod managed to get a third victory, breaking the two-game losing streak. This time they edged ninth-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk 99-97. Enisey Krasnoyarsk was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 28-18 third quarter run of BC Nizhny Novgorod. They outrebounded Enisey Krasnoyarsk 29-18 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was a great shooting night for BC Nizhny Novgorod especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Serbian guard Ivan Paunic (194-87, agency: Beo Basket) who added 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-83) scored 14 points and 6 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. BC Nizhny Novgorod (3-14) moved-up to ninth place. Enisey Krasnoyarsk at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
N.Novgorod: I.Paunic 22+5reb+4ast, P.Brezec 20+11reb+1ast, S.Antonov 15+5reb+2ast, D.Golovin 14+3reb, I.Savelyev 13+3ast, A.Ivanov 9+2reb+3ast
Enisey: E.Kikanovic 23+6reb+1ast, D.Sakota 17+2reb, M.Marinovic 14+2reb+6ast, S.Toporov 14+4reb+2ast, A.Komarovskiy 10+1reb+5ast, V.Zaytsev 8+1ast
gschID: 174034


Lokomotiv - Triumph 69-87

An interesting game for Triumph Lyubertsy (11-5) which played road game in Kuban against one of their biggest challengers Lokomotiv (9-8). Third ranked Triumph Lyubertsy had an easy win 87-69. The game without a history. Triumph Lyubertsy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Lokomotiv helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import point guard Tywain McKee (188-86, college: Coppin St.) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Triumph Lyubertsy players scored in double figures. Guard Maxim Grigoryev (195-90) replied with 12 points and 6 assists and French center Ali Traore (207-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lokomotiv. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Triumph Lyubertsy have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-5 record having four points less than leader CSKA. Lokomotiv at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Triumph Lyubertsy are looking forward to face league's second-placed Khimky in Khimki in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lokomotiv will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Triumph: D.Jefferson 23+7reb+1ast, T.McKee 18+5reb+2ast, V.Zvarykin 17+2reb+2ast, S.Karasev 15+4reb+2ast, K.Landry 10+5reb+1ast, A.Kuzyakin 2+1ast
Lokomotiv: A.Traore 14+5reb, J.Massey 12+5reb+1ast, M.Grigoryev 12+3reb+6ast, M.Sheleketo 9+3reb+1ast, K.Rivers 6+4reb, G.Shukhovtsov 5+6reb
gschID: 151246



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  SCOTLAND   


Junior Rocks aim for Cup win over Glasgow rivals - by Eurobasket News

The Glasgow Rocks under 18s had a mixed season finishing 4th in the National League division 2 and ending up runners up in the Strathclyde League. With 7 of the current squad moving up to play senior next season, this will be their last chance of silverware and success at the Junior level.

The Rocks take on Cuckoo Basketball Club who clinched the league with an unbeaten record. The Rocks only losses were to them however at one point they had the league in their hands. After losing the first encounter between the teams by 19 points, at half time of the return game at Shawlands Academy, the rocks were leading by 27 points and in league clinching position. However, the sheer tenacity and pressure by the Cuckoo players in the 3rd and 4th quarter resulted in a 9 point loss for the Rocks and their dream of winning the league 2 years in a row was gone.

The Rocks players have been working really hard over the past month to improve their fitness as well as their overall performance with the aim of winning the Cup.

The Final will take place at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisely on Saturday the 28th of April. Tip off is 2pm.

Come along and watch the pros of the future and show your support.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk



Rocks lose to the Jets gifting them a playoff spot, 80-68 - by Eurobasket News

Cheshire Jets 80 (20,46,67) (OReilly 29, Brown 17, Schneck 11, Cole11)

Glasgow Rocks 68 (17,32,48) (Harrison 17, Huffor 10, Green 10)

Cheshire Jets booked their spot in the end of season play-offs with an excellent 80-64 success at Northgate Arena against Glasgow Rocks.

Always on the front foot, the Jets took the initiative in a super second quarter and never looked back as they eased their way to a vital victory in a must-win game.

There was a touch of nerves from Jets in the opening exchanges as they missed a number of easy looks at the basket but with Rocks starting slowly, the home team still managed to get their noses in front 20-17 after the first ten minutes.

It was during the second period when Jets really began to shift through the gears thanks mainly to the fantastic play of Irish national team star Colin OReilly. He exploded and that led to Jets building up a double digit lead at 32-21 as they began making outside shots.

Defensively the Jets were also doing a good job, holding the Rocks to just 15 points meaning they headed into the second half leading by 46-32.

The visitors rallied when they returned to the floor with seven unanswered points but OReilly found his shooting touch again to keep them at bay as Jets put one foot in the play-offs after romping their way to a 67-48 advantage at the end of the third quarter.

While nerves of home fans jangled slightly as Rocks threatened to launch a fight back at the start of the fourth, the Jets held their nerve to make sure they got themselves over the line and extend their season past next weekend.

Adam Brown (193-G-88, college: Houston) gave great support to top scorer Colin OReilly with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Matt Schneck (203-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: St.Cloud St.) also impressed with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk



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  SENEGAL   

Standings

D1 Stage Two Standings
Playoffs
 1. DUC Dakar 11-3
 2. UGB 11-4
 3. SLBC 10-5
 4. Douanes 9-6
 5. Rail 9-6
 6. Mermoz 9-6
 7. Louga 7-8
 8. USO 7-8
Stage One
 1. Goree 6-5
 2. BOPP 5-7
 3. ASFA 4-8
 4. Sibac Dakar 4-8
 5. JA Dakar 1-11
 6. Mbour 1-11
Stage One Standings



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  SERBIA   

Standings - A Liga

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

Second Stage: Round 7

Apr. 17: Radnicki Basket - Vojvodina 94-73
Apr. 17: Partizan - BKK Radnicki 86-63
Apr. 17: Radnicki K. - Crvena Zvezda 80-68
Apr. 18: Mega Vizura - Hemofarm

Round 9

Apr. 14: Partizan - Hemofarm 83-48


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Milos BOJOVIC
  Zeleznicar
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Bojovic, Zeleznicar23.5 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.20.8 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac20.5 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo20.0 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.1 
 6. Miljenovic, Mega V.16.5 
 7. Cupkovic, Napredak16.5 
 8. Dimic, Radnicki.16.2 
 9. Svilar, Smederevo15.5 
 10. Drca, OKK Beograd14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darko BALABAN
  Smederevo
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Balaban, Smederevo8.8 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac8.2 
 3. Cantekin, Mega V.8.0 
 4. Cupkovic, Napredak7.6 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.7.2 
 6. Petrovic, BKK R.7.1 
 7. Misanovic, OKK B.6.6 
 8. Canak, Zeleznicar6.0 
 9. Kuburovic, Slobod.6.0 
 10. Dramicanin, Borac5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marko BOLTIC
  BKK R.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Boltic, BKK R.5.7 
 2. Osmokrovic, BKK R.4.9 
 3. Dundjerski, Vojvo.4.8 
 4. Jovic, Sloga4.3 
 5. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.2 
 6. Stefanovic, Smede.4.1 
 7. Miljenovic, Mega V.4.0 
 8. Mitrovic, OKK B.3.8 
 9. Rakic, Sloboda Uzi.3.8 
 10. Drca, OKK Beograd3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki3.2 
 2. Jovic, Sloga2.6 
 3. Boltic, BKK R.2.3 
 4. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.1 
 5. Miljenovic, Mega V.2.1 
 6. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.0 
 7. Bojovic, Zeleznicar2.0 
 8. Vulin, Prolet.1.9 
 9. Majstorovic, Tamis1.8 
 10. Kitanovic, BKK R.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.1.5 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac1.2 
 3. Balaban, Smederevo1.2 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 5. Bojic, Mega Vizura0.9 
 6. Todorovic, Borac0.8 
 7. Majkic, Prolet.0.8 
 8. Petronic, BKK R.0.8 
 9. Milovanovic, Radni.0.7 
 10. Dramicanin, Borac0.7 



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  SLOVENIA   

Standings - 1A

Telemach Standings
Championship Group
 1. Union Olimpija 5-1 
 2. Helios 5-1 
 3. Krka 5-2 
 4. Zlatorog 2-4 
 5. Elektra 2-4 
 6. Sentjur 0-7 
Play-out
 1. Polzela 16-9 
 2. Maribor Messer 15-10 
 3. Rogaska 13-12 
 4. Geoplin Slovan 9-16 
 5. LTHcast Mercator 4-21 
 6. Parklji 1-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 7

Championship

Apr. 17: Krka - Sentjur 88-69
Apr. 18: Zlatorog - Union Olimpija
Apr. 18: Helios - Elektra

Play-out

Apr. 18: Maribor Messer - Rogaska
Apr. 18: Parklji - Geoplin Slovan
Apr. 18: LTHcast Mercator - Polzela


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Travis NELSON
  Sentjur
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Nelson, Sentjur17.9 
 2. Prepelic, Helios16.7 
 3. Tomic, Rogaska15.0 
 4. Mahkovic, LTHcas.14.7 
 5. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.14.0 
 6. Hohler, Polzela13.7 
 7. Maric, Sentjur13.7 
 8. Rembert, Sentjur13.1 
 9. Bubnic, Helios13.1 
 10. Julevic, Elektra13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos MILJKOVIC
  Rogaska
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.7 
 2. Djugum, Geoplin7.8 
 3. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.7.4 
 4. Nelson, Sentjur6.9 
 5. Sviridov, Polzela6.8 
 6. Omic, Zlatorog6.8 
 7. Nuhanovic, Elektra6.8 
 8. Mucic, Maribor6.8 
 9. Soldo, LTHcast6.7 
 10. Zolotic, Maribor6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  Geoplin .
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Rupnik, Geoplin5.2 
 2. Rembert, Sentjur5.1 
 3. Hohler, Polzela4.4 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.3.9 
 5. Tomic, Rogaska3.8 
 6. Prepelic, Helios3.7 
 7. Jovanovic, Maribo.3.7 
 8. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.4 
 9. Zagorc, Elektra3.2 
 10. Gay, Helios3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Tomic, Rogaska1.8 
 2. Vasl, Polzela1.8 
 3. Gay, Helios1.7 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.1.6 
 5. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.6 
 6. Rupnik, Geoplin1.5 
 7. Maric, Sentjur1.5 
 8. Urbas, Parklji1.5 
 9. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.5 
 10. Skific, Zlatorog1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.4 
 2. Nelson, Sentjur1.3 
 3. Sviridov, Polzela1.1 
 4. Omic, Zlatorog1.1 
 5. Cresnar, Helios0.9 
 6. Djugum, Geoplin0.8 
 7. Hannibal, Polzela0.8 
 8. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 
 9. Bajramlic, Elektra0.6 
 10. Miljkovic, Rogaska0.6 



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  SWEDEN   

Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 Evaldas ZABAS
  Jamtland
  (188-PG-88)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Zabas, Jamtland21.9 
 2. Sigurdarson, Sunds.19.2 
 3. Flowers, Solna19.0 
 4. Relphorde, LF Ba.18.9 
 5. Krayem, Boras18.6 
 6. Smith, Sodertalje18.4 
 7. Palm, Boras16.9 
 8. McKnight, Boras16.8 
 9. Watt, Eco Orebro16.6 
 10. Zamroz, Boras16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Delvon JOHNSON
  Uppsala
  (206-F/C-89)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Johnson, Uppsala10.2 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.1 
 3. Palm, Boras9.8 
 4. Toombs, Eco Orebro9.6 
 5. Ramsey, LF Basket9.2 
 6. Simms, Sodertalje8.8 
 7. Watt, Eco Orebro8.5 
 8. Lalugba, Jamtland8.4 
 9. Stamper, Jamtland8.0 
 10. McKnight, Boras7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew PLEICK
  Eco Orebro
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.4 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket6.3 
 3. Krayem, Boras6.1 
 4. Carter, Uppsala5.7 
 5. Ermolinskij, Sunds.5.0 
 6. Beck, Solna4.6 
 7. Zabas, Jamtland4.6 
 8. Chuk, Sodertalje4.5 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkopi.4.1 
 10. Jeromanovs, Norrk.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jonte FLOWERS
  Solna
  (196-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Flowers, Solna2.8 
 2. Smith, Sodertalje2.8 
 3. Carter, Uppsala2.5 
 4. Tyndale, Sundsvall2.2 
 5. Mbemba, LF Basket2.2 
 6. Krayem, Boras2.0 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkopi.1.9 
 8. Ramsey, LF Basket1.9 
 9. Johnson, Sundsvall1.8 
 10. Ermolinskij, Sund.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dino GREGORY
  Sundsvall
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Gregory, Sundsvall1.5 
 2. Simms, Sodertalje1.5 
 3. Johnson, Uppsala1.5 
 4. Ramsey, LF Basket1.5 
 5. Toombs, Eco Orebro1.3 
 6. Lalugba, Jamtland1.1 
 7. Watt, Eco Orebro1.0 
 8. Palm, Boras1.0 
 9. Doychinov, Solna1.0 
 10. Nystrom, 080.7 



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  TURKEY   


Vladimir Stimac gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish TBL - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Vladimir Stimac (208-C-87, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Olin Edirne and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 24-year old center had a double-double of 26 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Aliaga (#7, 14-14) 72-77. Olin Edirne maintains the 14th position in Turkish TBL. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Olin Edirne have already lost 21 games and recorded just seven victories. Stimac turned to be Olin Edirne's top player in his first season with the team. Stimac has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.8rpg) and averages solid 58.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old American point guard Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports) of Karsiyaka. Chatman impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 12 points and 15 assists. Of course Karsiyaka cruised to a 95-85 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Antalya (#13, 8-20). Karsiyaka's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 18-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Chatman is a newcomer at Karsiyaka and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 5.5rpg and 6.5apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Scottie Reynolds (188-G-87) of Antalya (#13). Reynolds scored 28 points and passed four assists. Despite Reynolds' great performance Antalya lost 85-95 to the higher-ranked Karsiyaka (#6, 18-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Antalya can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 8-20 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Reynolds he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Reynolds has individually a great season in Turkey. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.2ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darius Washington (188-PG-85) of Turk Telekom - 34 points
5. Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) of Besiktas - 23 points and 9 rebounds
6. Anthony Grundy (189-G-79) of Mersin - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Mutlu Demir (210-C-87) of Mersin - 15 points and 12 rebounds
8. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-G-84) of Fener.Ulker - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Charles Davis (202-F-84) of Banvit BK - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Elton Brown (206-C-83) of Trabzonspor - 14 points, 10 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)



Arthur Johnson gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish TB2L - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Arthur Johnson (206-F/C-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Maliye Milli and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 37.
The 30-year old power forward had a double-double of 21 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Vestel (#5, 24-12) in overtime 102-95. Maliye Milli maintains the 4th position in Turkish TB2L. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Maliye Milli will need more victories to improve their 25-11 record. Johnson turned to be Maliye Milli's top player in his first season with the team. Arthur Johnson averages this season 13.7ppg and 6.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Charles Jackson (203-F-87, agency: Court Side) of Balikesir. Jackson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Balikesir cruised to a 85-73 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Final Genclik (#7, 24-12). This victory allowed Balikesir to move up to 10th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 16-20 record. Jackson is a newcomer at Balikesir and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#2). He also registered 11.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Recai Ozturk (198-F-82) of Baskent Genclik (#16). Ozturk got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . He was a key player of Baskent Genclik, leading his team to a 88-82 win against the higher-ranked Darussafaka (#11, 15-21). The chances of Baskent Genclik not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 24 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ozturk could try to bring Baskent Genclik's a little bit higher in the standings. Ozturk has a very solid season. In 36 games in Turkey he scored 14.3ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 56.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Akhisar Bld - 22 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Yunus Akcay (G-89) of Balikesir - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Ahmet Yolcu (184-G-78) of Tire Gucu - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Mustafa Gucyetmez (188-G-80) of Selcuk Univ. - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Azmi Turgut (192-G-88) of Usak - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Ramazan Tekin (212-C-93) of Pertevniyal - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Troy Barnies (200-F-89) of Istanbulspor - 17 points and 14 rebounds

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



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In San Antonio, a Coachs Player, a Players Coach - by David Edole

By HARVEY ARATON
Published: April 14, 2012

SAN ANTONIO-- Gregg Popovich has never worried that Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) will lobby management to get rid of him behind his back. They are as tethered to each other as this city is to the Alamo. For 15 of his 16 years as the Spurs coach, Popovich has told assistants, We have the easiest job in the N.B.A. because of Tim Duncan, because of who he is and the way he conducts himself.

But here in the land that N.B.A. time forgot where there is no I in team, only in Tim folks still face a universal chronological challenge. If growing apart is not a problem, growing old is. Duncan, the most minimalist superstar of the modern professional basketball era, will turn 36 on April 25. Popovich, the only N.B.A. coach Duncan has had and with whom he has won four championships, is 63.

Though reports of the Spurs competitive death were greatly exaggerated after they lost in the first round of the playoffs to Memphis last spring after a 61-victory regular season, the question persists even as their quest for a fifth title continues: how much life do they really have left in them?

As for us being dead, its that way every year, Duncan said with a shrug. For a while now, its been, Were getting too old. I guess its going to happen eventually. Somebodys going to be right.

Duncan sat down to talk last week a few minutes after the doors to the Spurs practice center opened on the morning of their first meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers this season. A handful of reporters strolled in and scattered to various players and coaches, leaving Duncan to a rare visitor from out of town at the far side of the court.

After the interview, Tom James, the Spurs director of media services, said it had been the longest Duncan had done in a while. It had lasted 10 minutes.

Such is life with No Drama Duncan, who has become such a predictably understated fixture for this franchise that on some days he might as well be one of the basket stanchions. He has never sought attention or glory. When he considered leaving San Antonio as a free agent in 2001 for Orlando he did so without fanfare or folly.

Ultimately, Duncan stayed in San Antonio, where he lives year round, and seems overwhelmingly likely to finish his career as that rarest of N.B.A. commodities: a leading man who never forced change on himself (to another city) or on the franchise (by demanding a new coach).

On both of these issues, why would he have had to? Since Duncan has been here, patrolling the paint, the Spurs have never won fewer than 50 games in a nonlockout season and have the best winning percentage just short of .700 among franchises in the four major North American team sports.

Unlike some other guys, Ive been lucky, he said. With the teams weve had, with the focus of the people here wanting to put winning teams together, of having a system and sticking to it. Theres no better way to do it. Its a special situation, obviously, and everybody cant have it.

In other places, coaches come in and out, and there are guys who have four or five in the same amount of years, and thats a situation I can see why youd want to get out of. But people changing for size of market? That I really dont understand.

When Duncan was asked if any of the young N.B.A. power brokers for instance, Dwight Howard, who reportedly went backdoor in an attempt to oust Coach Stan Van Gundy in Orlando while refusing to commit to the franchise beyond next season had ever sought his counsel on the benefits of laying deep roots, he shook his head and said, simply, Nope.

Told of the exchange, R. C. Buford, the Spurs general manager, laughed and said, Very few people can have a conversation with Tim that would last long enough for them to get that much out of it.

A star player does not have to be a lifer to develop a strong relationship with a coach that positively affects his team. A new coach can draw the very best from a player, as Phil Jackson proved in Chicago and Los Angeles with Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille ONeal. Perhaps Carmelo Anthony is on the way to establishing that brand of simpatico with Mike Woodson in New York.

But given the length of the Popovich-Duncan marriage, two competitive souls together for 15 years in so pressurized an environment, Buford called the dynamic almost too good to be true and virtually unheard of in the N.B.A. John Stockton and Karl Malone come to mind, but they did not play for Jerry Sloan during their early years in Utah, and Bill Russell not Red Auerbach coached himself during his last three years with the Celtics.

I think this term is often overused, but there are very few relationships where the relationship between player and coach can be described as a real soulmate, Buford said. But weve been fortunate enough that Pop and Tim are connected that way. When things are tough, theyve got that. Thats their rock.

It is not because Popovich, an acerbic Air Force veteran, has not had his less amicable moments with Duncan.

I probably get on him more than I get on, say, Gary Neal, Popovich said, referring to a Spurs reserve guard. Timmy, you getting a rebound tonight or are we just going to leave and go to dinner? Hell look at me say, Hey, Im trying, but he can be criticized. Hes not embarrassed to be called out in front of the team.

Over the years, Duncan has been granted some roster input, especially as the Spurs have overhauled a supporting cast for him, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker that had become long in the tooth and heavy in the legs. The additions of young players like Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and DeJuan Blair all starters in a deep, minutes-sharing rotation stitched together by Buford have allowed Popovich to limit the minutes of Duncan and Ginobili, 34, while not missing a regular-season beat.

But is it enough for the Spurs with their lack of high-wire skills and reliance on an international blend of team-first players to survive two playoff months?

After his team briefly supplanted Oklahoma City as the Western Conference leader, Popovich unapologetically left Duncan, Parker and Ginobili home for a road game in Utah, where the Spurs 11-game winning streak ended. Three nights later, in what Popovich called an embarrassing loss, the Bryant-less Lakers dominated the Spurs with Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol making them appear small, earthbound and creaky.

The next night, Duncan put up vintage numbers ( 28 points and 12 rebounds) in a 107-97 victory over the Grizzlies, moving Popovich to gush, He was a monster.

Duncans contract is up after this season, and he dismisses talk of retirement.

As long as Im healthy, as long as Im effective, Im taking it as it comes, he said. Its been a great year for me. Minutes are down. As a competitor, I want to play more, but honestly, I cant beat feeling as healthy as I do. Thats why Pop regulates my time and being the bad guy at times when I want to be out there. In the long run, it helps me.

And there lies the basis for longevity: a fundamental trust that can be confounding and elusive to some, not all, of the young and the restless.

Hes got that kind of character, and a lot of people dont understand what that means life-wise, Popovich said. Youre taking on a personal challenge. You put it on yourself. No, I dont need to be with so-and-so, and I dont need to go someplace else. Im going to do what I have to do, and I want to get it done here.

Here in south Texas, where Duncan has followed David Robinsons lead of staying put, where the public-address announcer simply says Tim at the line when he shoots free throws and where even Popovich becomes misty-eyed when he takes a moment to consider the eventual end of the era.

As to its lasting effect on him, Popovich said, Its been an incredible opportunity, an incredible responsibility and an unbelievable gift to have somebody who is not just that good a basketball player, but is so respectful of the process that he trusts and allows us to coach.

To which the beleaguered fraternity of X-and-O N.B.A. lifers would say, amen.



St. Croix Boys, St. Thomas Girls Win V.I. Hoops Classic - by David Edole

BY DAVE DAVIS APRIL 16, 2012
The St. Croix Boys All Stars and the St. Thomas Girls All Stars were the winners at the 14th annual Sun Stroke All V.I. Basketball championships played at the Ronald Charles gymnasium on the St. Croix Central High campus on Saturday.

While the St. Thomas girls dominated from the onset in blowing out their St. Croix counterparts, 90-45, the boys contest was a vastly different story, especially in the waning moment of the game.

Spurred on by the overwhelming support of the hometown crowd, the St. Croix Boys All Stars exploded for 28 fourth-quarter points, most of which came with less than four minutes to play in the contest, to pull out the victory to jubilation in the stands.

Stephaun Adams was huge for the St. Croix squad in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 of his 13 points in the period to help carry his team to the 75-69 win. The Classic MVP, Shomari Francis, added seven points for St. Croix in the period.

The St. Croix boys now have a 9-5 all-time series lead on St. Thomas, while the St. Thomas girls victory brought then on even terms with the lady Crucians at seven games apiece.

St. Croix Boys were led offensively, by Francis who finished with 20 points, Razeem Huggins had 14 and Adams netted 13 for the champs. St. Thomas boys had two players to reached double figures led by 18 points from Sekayi Petersen and 11 points and 11 rebounds from Dornel Weaver.

In the girls contest, Edidiong Eddie Utibe was a force in the middle as she led her team to the lopsided victory, harnessing the MVP trophy along the way.

Utibe dropped in 17 points, grabbed 17 rebounds and blocked three shots for the St. Thomas girls. Teammate Kelsey Trass also netted 17 point and Germequa Bell dropped in 13.

Kadisha Barry was the only St. Croix player double figures with 14 points. Raemisha Claxton and Jlene Martinez had nine points apiece for the Lady Crucians.

To Relive the moment..
Girls Game: http://www.ihigh.com/prinfo/broadcast_221335.html?silverlight=1
Boys Game: http://www.ihigh.com/prinfo/broadcast_221334.html?silverlight=1



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Barnes post monster game in San Pedro (Dominican Rep.) debut - by Travis McAvene


UBA all-stars Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Atlanta Christian) and Anthony Joseph (6'8''-F/C-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Emporia St.) debut in the San Pedro league in the Dominican Republic Sunday night. Barnes continued his offensive onslaught by scoring 28 points and pulling down a team best 17 rebounds. Joseph added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Titanes de Miramar. Titanes de Miramar will play again tonight at 8:30 vs. Centro and big time point guard Courtney Nelson (6'1''-G-85, college: William Pater.) who was 2010 San Pedro Player of the Year.



Barnes post monster game in San Pedro (Dominican Rep.) debut - by Travis McAvene


UBA all-stars Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Atlanta Christian) and Anthony Joseph (6'8''-F/C-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Emporia St.) debut in the San Pedro league in the Dominican Republic Sunday night. Barnes continued his offensive onslaught by scoring 28 points and pulling down a team best 17 rebounds. Joseph added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Titanes de Miramar. Titanes de Miramar will play again tonight at 8:30 vs. Centro and big time point guard Courtney Nelson (6'1''-G-85, college: William Pater.) who was 2010 San Pedro Player of the Year.

Below you can follow the news from San Pedro de Macoris. Courtesy of http://basketdominicano.com/

SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS.- En el primer choque de la cartelera de inauguracin del XXIX Torneo de Baloncesto Superior de San Pedro de Macors los subcampeones Correcaminos de Quisqueya (1-0) se desquitaron y derrotaron a los campeones Titanes de Miramar (0-1), con pizarra 117 x 101 e...n el Palacio de los Deportes del Complejo Deportivo de esta ciudad.

El refuerzo norteamericano de los Quisqueyanos Jermaine Abraham anot 27 puntos, captur 18 rebotes y otorgo 2 asistencias para ser el ms sobresaliente. Shawn Aponte tambin contribuy con la victoria anotando 22 puntos, con 6 rebotes, 2 asistencias y 3 robos. Otro con destacada actuacin fue Luis Martnez con 28 puntos, 11 rebotes, 3 asistencias y 5 robos. Jorge Wilson con 17 tantos y Junior Zamora con 15 puntos, tambin aportaron a la victoria.

Por los Titanes de Miramar se destacaron, uno de sus dos refuerzos norteamericanos Jermaine Barnes anotando 28 puntos, con 17 rebotes, 3 asistencias y 3 robos. Mauro Gil aport a la causa perdida 30 puntos, 2 rebotes, 5 asistencias y 2 robos.

Anthony Joseph, refuerzo norteamericano, tambin anot 14 puntos y captur 13 rebotes con 3 bloqueos y Csar Minaya marc 13 tantos con 3 rebotes.



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy22.1 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.20.8 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro18.9 
 4. Deane, BC Odessa18.4 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.17.9 
 6. King, BC Odessa17.8 
 7. Guinn, Fe.17.3 
 8. Mitchell, Khimik17.2 
 9. Green, Mykolaiv16.9 
 10. Harris, Halychyna16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.9 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.8 
 3. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.9 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 5. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 6. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.0 
 7. Drozdov, Azovmash7.9 
 8. Davis, Kryvbasb.7.6 
 9. Todic, Halychyna7.4 
 10. Pupovic, Cherkasy7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Khimik
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Mitchell, Khimik5.9 
 2. Deane, BC Odessa5.8 
 3. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv5.6 
 4. Ewing, Azovmash5.2 
 5. Burtt, Dnipro5.1 
 6. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.1 
 7. Randle, Azovmash4.8 
 8. Vaughn, Mykolaiv4.6 
 9. Pringle, DniproAzot4.6 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy CHAPPELL
  Fe.
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 2. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.9 
 3. House, Dnipro1.9 
 4. Minard, Azovmash1.7 
 5. Mitchell, Khimik1.7 
 6. Solomon, Cherkasy1.7 
 7. Ewing, Azovmash1.6 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.6 
 9. Culpepper, Fe.1.6 
 10. Deane, BC Odessa1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  BC Kyiv
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Goodridge, BC Kyiv2.6 
 2. King, BC Odessa2.4 
 3. McClintock, Mykola.1.8 
 4. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.8 
 5. Dunigan, DniproAzot1.7 
 6. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.5 
 7. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 8. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 9. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Parakhouski, Budi.1.2 


Hoverla extend contracts of Yaroslav Lemyk and Olexander Osnach - by Eurobasket News

Hoverla extended the contracts with two Ukrainian players Olexander Osnach (201-C-90) and Yaroslav Lemyk (204-C-85, agency: New Trend Agency). The new deals are meant for the next season.
Olexander Osnach joined the team at the start of the season. The centre averaged 9.0 points, 1.0 board per game in EuroChallenge. In Superleague Olexander Osnach posts 2.5 points per appearance. Previously the centre had spells for BK Khimik, BC Donetsk and Azovmash. He played for Ukrainian U18 and U20 National Teams.
Yaroslav Lemyk also joined the Ivano-Frankivsk team at the start of the season. The centre posted 6.5 points and 4.0 boards per EuroChallange game. In Superleague his stats read 7.5 points, 4.0 boards and 1.1 assists per appearance. Yaroslav Lemyk previously played in Grodno-93, Lvovskaya Politekhnika and Sumykhimprom. The centre participated at Superleague All-Star Game in 2012.



Sergiy Gorbenko returns to Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News

Sergiy Gorbenko (202-F-85) is returning to Budivelnyk. The forward signed a deal with the Kyiv team. The contract is meant for three seasons. Sergiy Gorbenko will become the player of the Kyib outfit starting from the next season. Last two seasons Sergiy Gorbenko spent with DniproAzot. In current Superleague season his stats read 9.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He participated at 2012 Superleague All-Star Game. Sergiy Gorbenko used to play for Budivelnyk in 2005/2009 seasons. He also had a stint with BC Odessa. Sergiy Gorbenko was the member of Ukrainian University National Team. He participated at 2007 World Universiade in Bangkok.


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Home Sweet Home..for now. - by Jean-Paul Marcellus

Ayeup and good afternoon (evening to everybody back in England) to all. I am currently back and Boston and the weather has been pretty lovely thus far. The only complaint I can muster up is the fact that my parents have decided to take it upon themselves to steal my air conditioner. This selfish act has left me with no choice but to create and use a paper fan which frankly, might go down as the top 10 worst arts and craft creation ever. Moving on.. The season ended a few weeks ago and we ended up just short of making the playoffs. Would of liked nothing else more than to have a crack at winning it all since we really started to pick things up in the later parts of the season. But alas, too little too late. I still wouldnt trade this past season with my teammates and club family for anything. I had a solid year, picked up a lttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUHIhqCXePgot, and managed to make a second home in Mansfield. In the meanwhile, Im excited to use the summer to work on my game and get ready for the journey ahead.

If you want to check out my highlights from this past season in England with the Giants, here is the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUHIhqCXePg&feature=relmfu

Jean-Paul Marcellus (196-G/F-86, college: E.Nazarene)

Hope everybody had a blessed Easter! Stay classy San Diego.


PS Shoutouts to
Sherrad Prezzie-Blue and David Watts (206-F-83) and their club. Hope yall hold in down in the playoffs!
Gaz, Ned The Knob and Watts- Miss you guys too. Also my other teammates of African American Decent - AJ (kinda) Calvin (kinda) and Matt. And everybody else back in Mansfield.



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Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Trouville
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 24
 1. Brown, Trouville24.0 
 2. Keenan, Larre B.23.9 
 3. Humphrey, Bigua23.8 
 4. Crews, Cader23.5 
 5. Herring, Bohemios22.7 
 6. McCullough, Un.Atl.21.2 
 7. Johnson, Olimpia21.0 
 8. Jennings, Cordon20.9 
 9. Garcia Moral., Big.20.7 
 10. Gale, Olimpia20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan HUMPHREY
  Bigua
  (203-C/F-79)
  Avg: 43.8
 1. Humphrey, Bigua43.8 
 2. Allen, Bohemios15.5 
 3. Polk, Montevideo14.1 
 4. Shellman, Sayago12.8 
 5. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.12.8 
 6. Passos, Hebraica11.5 
 7. Keenan, Larre B.10.8 
 8. Crews, Cader10.7 
 9. Douglas, Bohemios9.5 
 10. Haller, Montevideo9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Barrera, Hebraica8.2 
 2. Gonzalez, Aguada5.9 
 3. Fitipaldo, Malvin5.6 
 4. Taboada, Larre B.5.0 
 5. Muro, Aguada5.0 
 6. Vidal, Bigua4.9 
 7. Silvarrey, Sayago4.8 
 8. Jennings, Cordon4.8 
 9. Garcia Moral., Big.4.6 
 10. de Gouveia, Mont.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terence SHELLMAN
  Sayago
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Shellman, Sayago2.5 
 2. Clarkson, Larre B.2.4 
 3. Garcia Moral., Big.2.3 
 4. Barrera, Hebraica2.3 
 5. Aguilera, Trouville2.2 
 6. Tornaria, Trouville2.2 
 7. Brown, Trouville2.1 
 8. Silvarrey, Sayago2.1 
 9. Silveira, Welcome2.0 
 10. Vazquez, Olimpia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Rammel ALLEN
  Bohemios
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Allen, Bohemios3.8 
 2. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.2.2 
 3. Humphrey, Bigua1.9 
 4. Polk, Montevideo1.8 
 5. Herring, Bohemios1.7 
 6. Clarkson, Larre B.1.7 
 7. Crews, Cader1.6 
 8. Augustus, Hebraica1.5 
 9. Newsome, Malvin1.5 
 10. Suarez, Cordon1.4 


Hebraica tied 1-1 the final serie against Malvin - by Hector Lopez

Hebraica Macabi tied 1-1 the best of five final series for the Uruguayan League after beating Malvin, the defending champions, 77-71. Joaquin Izuibejeres (184-G-82) with 23 poins our of 28 (6/7, 2/3 and 1/1) was the best scorer for Hebraica, while Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) added 16 points, Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) 14, Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 13 and 5 rebounds, and Matthew Freije (207-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) 4 and 11 rebounds. For Malvin Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) 24 points and 11 rebounds, Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 11 points 11 rebounds, Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) 13 points and 8 assists and Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 11 points 7 rebounds. The third game will be played Friday 20th


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Trey Gilder joined Trotamundos de Carabobo - by Eurobasket News

Trey Gilder (206-F-85, college: Northwestern St.) joined Trotamundos de Carabobo. The American Forward landed in Venezuela.
In 2010-2011 he signed at KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje (Croatia-A1) and in Adriatic League averaged only 1.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg. In Dec.'10 moved to Sydney Kings (Australia-NBL, starting five) and showed 13.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 70.7%.
The season 2011-2012 signed with Utah Jazz (NBA), and in Jan.'12 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League, starting five). He averaged high 19.2 points per game with his team. Trey Gilder recorded 33 points as Springfield A. beat Sioux Falls S. 115:113 at the end of March. Jerry Smith knocked down three free throws with 0.3 seconds left in double overtime to lift the Springfield Armor to a 115-113 victory over the Sioux Falls Skyforce inside the MassMutual Center. Behind Trey Gilder's 14 first-quarter points (6-6 FG), Sioux Falls led 27-26 after one quarter. Springfield led by as many as six points in the first overtime, but Sioux Falls' Gabe Pruitt hit a pair of three-pointers to keep the Skyforce within striking distance. Gilder led the Skyforce with a season-high 33 points.




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Women News


SEABL Mid Week previews-Round 5 - by Eurobasket News

SEABL WOMEN GAME OF THE WEEK

DANDENONG vs BENDIGO

Saturday 21st April 5:30pm @ Dandenong Stadium


The Rangers are not the team they were in 2011. In fact, championship favouritism has shifted squarely to Knox after the Raiders, even without Amy Denson, comfortably defeated Dandenong last week. No doubt this team is still loaded with talent and are bound for playoffs, but surely they have been exposed for their reliance on Elyse Penaluna last year. The excuse of a WNBL hangover for the playing group is also wearing thin. Other teams can now smell blood in the water and are jumping at the opportunity to take down the champions. The next few weeks will tell if this group has the mental capacity to stand up to those repeated challenges. If not, it could be a long, long season for such a once proud team.

When wholesale changes were made at Bendigo over the summer, many questions were raised. How long would it take for the new team to gel? Who would be the leaders? Who would replace the star power of Kelly Wilson and Lauren King? Those questions have been answered. Bendigo have steadily gelled and been more impressive with each outing. As for leadership and star power, Renae Camino (177-G-86) looks revitalised and Mia Newley (184-G-88) is amongst the top bigs in the league, while Jane Chalmers has emerged as a gun in her own right. It seemed unlikely at the start of the year, but the team that steps out to play Dandenong this weekend is probably already better than the team that finished fourth in 2011.

A really big win over Bendigo and all the doubts about Dandenongs capacity to chase a third-straight title will evaporate. But the new Lady Braves look hungry, fresh, and motivated. The simple question of who wants it more will be answered over 40 minutes of tough, exciting basketball on Saturday night.

Prediction: Bendigo by 5.

HOBART vs KILSYTH

Friday 20th April 6:00pm


Third-placed Hobart host second-placed Kilsyth in the South conference. Both teams are coming off good wins last week the Lady Chargers arrived with victory over Geelong, and the Lady Cobras dispatched Nunawading by 20. Should be a close one.

ALBURY-WODONGA vs DANDENONG

Friday 20th April 6:30pm


Albury-Wodongas suffering looks likely to continue this week. The 0-4 Lady Bandits average losing margin has been nearly 23 points per game, and a similar result looms when they face the defending champions on Friday night.

BRISBANE vs KNOX

Saturday 21st April 5:30pm


Knox will clearly be favourites after their dominant showing against Dandenong last week, and Brisbane have started slowly, going 1-2 so far. But fatigue on the trip to Brisbane is always a factor, so may not be completely one-sided.

FRANKSTON vs GEELONG

Saturday 21st April 5:45pm


Frankston are far stronger in 2012, but their capitulation in the third quarter last week against Nunawading suggests they are still well behind the top teams. Geelong is looking to establish themselves as powerhouses, and will be favourites.

BALLARAT vs CANBERRA

Saturday 21st April 6:00pm


The Rush are usually competitive for about a half of basketball until they get exposed for lack of height as fatigue sets in. Canberra has genuine talls in Abbie Davis and Alyce Shearing, but Ballarats experience and home court advantage should see them get home.

NUNAWADING vs ALBURY-WODONGA

Saturday 21st April 6:30pm


Nunawading showed their potential against Frankston last week, outscoring the Lady Blues 27-7 in the third quarter. The Spectres can build on the confidence gained from that performance with a win over the 0-4 Lady Bandits.

LAUNCESTON vs KILSYTH

Saturday 21st April 7:30pm


Launceston came within two baskets of a win over Geelong last week, and with Kilsyth due to play Hobart the night before, the Tornadoes have a real opportunity to upset the Lady Cobras and record their second win of the year.

SANDRINGHAM vs CANBERRA

Sunday 20th April 12:30pm


The Sabres have dropped three in a row, and an air of disappointment has replaced their early season buoyancy. Canberra must see this game as their better opportunity to record a win on their road double this weekend.
Courtesy of: http://www.seabl.com.au



Spartans basketballer Shona O'Bree retires after 20-year playing career - by Eurobasket News

SPARTANS basketballer Shona O'Bree (170-G-84) will draw the curtain on 20 years of playing when the Lady Spartans play the Knox Raiders on Saturday.

O'Bree, who has played within and for the Southern Districts Basketball Association since she was six told team-mates and management this week the Clem Jones Centre clash would be her last.

'Shona is what we are about,' Southern Districts basketball general manager Allan Ladewig said.

'Her family has always been involved and Shona has led from the front. She is like a daughter to me and others in the Spartan family'.

O'Bree, who is expecting her second child later this year followed in the footsteps of her brothers Lee and Corey when she took up basketball at the Clem Jones Youth Centre.

She has played representative basketball for the Lady Spartans every year she was eligible and represented Queensland in every age group possible.

A member of the first ever Queensland Primary School team she was picked up by Queensland and Australian powerhouse basketball program, John Paul College, where she led the team to the national championship.

Members of the National Championship winning team of 1999 and the 2009 South East Australian Basketball League Championship winning team will also be in attendance this Saturday night at 5:30pm when O'Bree will take the court with her team for the last time.
Courtesy of: http://www.couriermail.com.au



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Adrienne JOHNSON
  Dunav 8806
  (182-F-89)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Johnson, Dunav 88.25.7 
 2. Ward, Levski23.3 
 3. Dorogobuzova, Nef.21.8 
 4. Topalova-S., Monta.19.1 
 5. Pasheva, Slavia18.8 
 6. Makarieva, Montana16.3 
 7. Allen, Dunav 880615.9 
 8. Dubrovina, Neftoch.15.6 
 9. Farrell, Rilski S.15.3 
 10. Zhelyazkova, Nef.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anne FARRELL
  Rilski S.
  (187-C-88)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Farrell, Rilski S.9.6 
 2. Dorogobuzova, Nef.9.5 
 3. Johnson, Dunav 88.9.0 
 4. Topalova-S., Monta.8.6 
 5. Makarieva, Montana8.5 
 6. Doychinova, Levski8.1 
 7. Ward, Levski7.6 
 8. Delcheva, Slavia7.3 
 9. Voynova, Dunav 88.6.6 
 10. Simeonova, Monta.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Diana NAYDENOVA
  Levski
  (171-G-73)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Naydenova, Levski5.2 
 2. Vrancheva, Montana5.0 
 3. Dubrovina, Neftoch.4.7 
 4. Pasheva, Slavia4.6 
 5. Peeva, Neftochimic4.2 
 6. Djikova, Rilski S.3.6 
 7. Kostova, Dunav 88.3.3 
 8. Djambazka, Levski3.3 
 9. Stanoeva, Beroe 073.0 
 10. Allen, Dunav 88062.8 
Steals Per Game
 Olga DUBROVINA
  Neftochi.
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Dubrovina, Neftoch.2.7 
 2. Naydenova, Levski1.9 
 3. Vrancheva, Montana1.9 
 4. Kostova, Dunav 88.1.8 
 5. Koeva, Beroe 071.7 
 6. Nikolova, Slavia1.7 
 7. Rudeva, Rilski S.1.7 
 8. Johnson, Dunav 88.1.7 
 9. Djikova, Rilski S.1.7 
 10. Allen, Dunav 88061.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalia TOPALOVA-SHOPOVA
  Montan.
  (186-F-80)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Topalova-S., Monta.0.9 
 2. Makarieva, Montana0.9 
 3. Dorogobuzova, Nef.0.7 
 4. Asenova, Slavia0.6 
 5. Mihalkova, Montana0.6 
 6. Voynova, Dunav 88.0.6 
 7. Johnson, Dunav 88.0.5 
 8. Ward, Levski0.5 
 9. Ivanova, Levski0.5 
 10. Kaloferova, Beroe0.5 


Milena Tomova's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Bulgarians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Milena Tomova
Milena Tomova
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Milena Tomova (189-82, college: FIU). She led Napoli BK Women to a victory over the 11th-ranked Pomezia (7-16) crushing them 73-47 in the Italian A2 (12th division) in Saturday night's game. Tomova was MVP of the game. She had a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 11 rebounds. Tomova also added and 5 steals in 35 minutes on the court. Napoli Basket Women (11-14) is placed ninth in South group. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Tomova is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (first place). She has individually a very good year with high stats. Tomova averages: 16.5ppg, 11.1rpg, 2.5spg, 2FGP: 48.9%, 3FGP: 28.4% and FT: 67.6% in the 23 games she played so far. She played for the Bulgarian senior national team three years ago.

Doneeka Hodges-Lewis
Doneeka Hodges-Lewis
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU), who plays in the Turkish TKBL. Hodges-Lewis could not help Kayseri (14-8) in their last game on Monday. Despite her very good performance Kayseri was crushed 100-64 at home by the leading Galatasaray. Hodges-Lewis was the top scorer with 18 points. She also added 3 assists. Hodges-Lewis is currently sixth on the list of best passers. She has very reliable stats this season: 14.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 33.7% and FT: 86.8%. Hodges-Lewis is a naturalized American. Despite she played previously for the USA national team, Hodges-Lewis is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely she has never played in Bulgaria.

Daniela Peteva
Daniela Peteva
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Daniela Peteva (179-89, also represented by Josep and Nicolas), who plays in the Spanish LF2 (12th division). Peteva was not able to help Arxil Pontevedra (9-15) in their last game. Despite her very good performance the tenth-placed Arxil Pontevedra lost 62-69 on the road to the second-ranked Socinsa Bembibre in the Group A. Peteva was the top scorer with 23 points. She also added 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Peteva's first season with the team. Peteva has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 49.6%, 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 86.2% in the 24 games. Despite she played previously for the USA national team, Peteva is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Lydia Milkova
Lydia Milkova
   #4. An experienced center Lydia Milkova (192-70), who plays in the Greek A1 was not able to secure a victory for Panionios (16-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite her very good performance Panionios was crushed 81-54 in a derby game by the leading Athinaikos. Milkova was the top scorer with 16 points. She also added 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. This season Milkova has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.8apg. Despite she played previously for the USA national team, Milkova is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Radoslava Bachvarova
Radoslava Bachvarova
   #5. Former U20 international forward Radoslava Bachvarova (183-87, agency: LBM Management, college: VCU) was the major contributor in an Union Hainaut's victory against the tenth-ranked Villeneuve D'Asco (11-15) 61-56 in the French LFB last Wednesday. She scored 13 points in 30 minutes. Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (14-12) is placed sixth in the LFB. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Bachvarova's overall stats are: 7.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.7apg in the 11 games. Despite she played previously for the USA national team, Bachvarova is currently in the Bulgarian U20 national team roster.

Gergana Slavcheva
Gergana Slavcheva
   #6. Forward Gergana Slavcheva (186-79), who plays in the Italian A1 couldn't help Basket Parma (10-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite her good performance Basket Parma was defeated 83-73 on their home court in Parma by the second-ranked Familia Schio. Slavcheva scored 11 points and had 3 steals. Slavcheva's total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.9spg. Despite she played previously for the USA national team, Slavcheva is also a former international player as she played for the Bulgarian senior team three years ago.

Vera Perostiyska
Vera Perostiyska
   #7. Former international center Vera Perostiyska (196-82, college: FIU) faced previously mentioned Lydia Milkova in the Greek A1 last game. Perostiyska contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Panionios (14-10) crushing them 81-54 in a derby game. She recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 26 minutes. Perostiyska is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.2bpg. She also averaged so far 9.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg in the 15 games. Despite Perostiyska played previously for the USA national team, she is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Roksana Yordanova
Roksana Yordanova
   #8. Forward Roksana Yordanova (184-84) couldn't help Viterbo (5-20) in their game against Ancona (12-12) in the Italian A2 (12th division). Despite her very good performance last Saturday Yordanova was the top scorer with 19 points. She also added 6 steals. Yordanova's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Yordanova has reliable stats this season: 14.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.9spg. Despite she played previously for the USA national team, Yordanova is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Radostina Slavova-Naneva
Radostina Slavova-Naneva
   #9. Former international power forward Radostina Slavova-Naneva (188-86) couldn't help Alghero (8-18) in their game against San Martino (19-6) in the Italian A2 (12th division), despite her good performance on Saturday night. She had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. Slavova-Naneva also added and 3 steals in 41 minutes. But Alghero (#12) was edged in a double overtime (!!!) 58-56 in San Martino di L by the much higher-ranked (#3) San Martino in the North group. It was Alghero's third consecutive loss in a row. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Slavova-Naneva's stats this year are: 13.4ppg, 9.5rpg and 2.5spg in the 24 games. Despite she played previously for the USA national team, Slavova-Naneva is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

Anna Rimpova
Anna Rimpova
   #10. Forward Anna Rimpova (183-82) couldn't help Marghera (12-11) in their game against Biassono (7-17) in the Italian A2 (12th division). Despite her very good performance in Saturday night's game She was the top scorer with 13 points. Rimpova also added 4 rebounds. Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This season Rimpova has very high stats. She averages: 15.2ppg, 8.6rpg and 2.2spg. Despite Rimpova played previously for the USA national team, she is also a former international player as five years ago she still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Radostina Dimitrova (185-85) couldn't help Conquero in their game against Las Gaunas in the Spanish LF2 (12th division). Dimitrova recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Her team was badly defeated by 17 points 84-67. Dimitrova averaged so far 14.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.8apg in the 26 games. Despite she played previously for the USA national team, Dimitrova is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

   #12. International forward Elena Yankova (180-86) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Alvargomez Guadalajara crushing them 75-54 in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) on Saturday night. She recorded 7 points. Yankova's total stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.2spg. Despite she played previously for the USA national team, Yankova is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster.

   #13. International guard Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-87) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres in their game against Arras in the French LFB. She cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Dimitrova scored only 1 points, made 3 passes and 4 steals in 20 minutes. Her team lost 67-71. This year Dimitrova's total stats are: 4.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.6spg in the 26 games. She is also Bulgarian national team player.

   #14. International swingman Daniela Georgieva (184-86) faced previously mentioned Milena Tomova in the Italian A2 last game. Georgieva couldn't help Pomezia in their game against Napoli BK Women. She recorded 5 points. Her team was crushed by 26 points 73-47. This season Georgieva has very high stats. She averages: 15.5ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.4spg. Georgieva plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #15. International center Lilyana Ilieva (191-88) couldn't help Il Fotoamatore Firenze in their game against Napoli S.Dike in the Italian A2 (12th division). She cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Ilieva recorded only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. Her team was crushed by 22 points 81-59. Ilieva has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 4.1rpg in the 24 games. She is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.



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Courtnay Pilypaitis selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Courtnay Pilypaitis
Courtnay Pilypaitis
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-88, college: Vermont), who plays in the Lithuanian LMKL. She could not help VICI Aistes (28-0) in their last game. Despite Pilypaitis' very good performance the league leader VICI Aistes lost in an overtime 72-76 at home to the second-ranked Kibirkstis-Tiche. She was the top scorer with 19 points. Pilypaitis also added 7 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only her second season in pro basketball. Pilypaitis is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). She has very reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.1apg, 3.0spg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 84.8% in the 23 games she played so far. Pilypaitis is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Jenifer Nadalin
Jenifer Nadalin
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jenifer Nadalin (187-83, college: Furman). She was the major contributor in a Familia Schio's victory against the sixth-ranked Basket Parma (10-12) 83-73 in the Italian A1 last Wednesday. Nadalin scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Famila Wuber Schio (18-4) is placed second in the A1. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Nadalin averages: 6.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 2FGP: 50.4% and FT: 70.4%. She has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Italian. Despite Nadalin played previously for the Italian national team, she is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Tamara Tatham
Tamara Tatham
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Tamara Tatham (187-85, college: Massachusetts). Tatham led SV Halle Lions to a victory against the closely-ranked TSV 1880 Wasserburg (11-11) 65-59 in the German DBBL on Sunday night. She had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. Tatham also added 7 assists in 36 minutes. SV Halle Lions (11-11) is placed seventh in the DBBL. Tatham is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). She has individually a very good year with high stats. Tatham averages: 20.5ppg, 10.2rpg, 2.5apg, 3.1spg, 2FGP: 59.7%(151-253) and FT: 75.3% in the 22 games. Despite she played previously for the Italian national team, Tatham is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Shona Thorburn
Shona Thorburn
   #4. Guard Shona Thorburn (178-82, college: Utah), who plays in the Spanish LFB was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Argon Uni Girona (18-8) in their last game on Friday. Despite her good performance Argon Uni Girona was defeated 69-58 on the road by the higher-ranked Perfumerias Avenida (#3). Thorburn scored 10 points and added 4 passes. It's Thorburn's first season with the team. Her overall stats this year are: 8.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.9apg. Thorburn is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and British. Despite she played previously for the British national team, Thorburn is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Olayinka Olorunnife
Olayinka Olorunnife
   #5. International center Olayinka Olorunnife (182-90, college: Idaho) was not able to secure a victory for Forssan Alku (15-13) in their game against Peli-Karhut (20-8) in the Finnish SM-sarja, despite her very good performance last Saturday. She had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds. Olorunnife also added 3 assists and 4 steals in 34 minutes; not bad, considering it's only her third season in pro basketball. But Forssan Alku was badly defeated 109-89 in Kotka by the second-ranked Peli-Karhut. Olorunnife is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of most steals (second place). This year she has very good stats: 13.0ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.2apg and 2.5spg in the 21 games. Olorunnife has both Canadian and Nigerian nationalities. Despite she played previously for the Nigerian national team, Olorunnife is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Lizanne Murphy
Lizanne Murphy
   #6. Forward Lizanne Murphy (185-84, college: Hofstra) managed to help Tarbes Gespe Bigorre to win against one of league's weakest teams Nantes Reze (13-17) 68-58 in the French LFB on Wednesday night. She scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (14-12) is placed fifth in the LFB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Murphy has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.2apg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

May Kay Kotsopoulos
May Kay Kotsopoulos
   #7. International guard May Kay Kotsopoulos (178-88, college: Vermont) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Panionios (14-10) crushing them 81-54 in a derby game in the Greek A1 in Wednesday night's game. Kotsopoulos recorded 9 points in 21 minutes. Sony Athinaikos (22-0) is placed first in the A1. So far her team won all twenty two games in the Semi-Finals. This year Kotsopoulos has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in the 21 games. Despite she played previously for the Greek national team, Kotsopoulos is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Nicole Anne Johnson
Nicole Anne Johnson
   #8. An experienced forward Nicole Anne Johnson (180-76) couldn't help Baskets Grunberg (14-6) in their game against Goettingen (4-28) in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division). She scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The second-placed Baskets Grunberg was defeated 76-69 on the opponent's court by the much lower-ranked Goettingen (#18) in the North group. Johnson's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4bpg and 1.8spg. Despite she played previously for the Greek national team, Johnson is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Krysten Boogaard
Krysten Boogaard
   #9. Former U21 international center Krysten Boogaard (195-88, college: Kansas) contributed to Nice's victory against the closely-ranked Aix-en-Provence (7-19) 74-70 in the French LFB on Wednesday night. She scored only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court. Cavigal Nice Basket 06 (5-21) is located at the very bottom in the LFB. The Regular Season already ended. This year Boogaard's overall stats are: 6.0ppg and 3.5rpg in the 21 games. She used to play for the Canadian U21 national team five years ago.

Melissa Colborne
Melissa Colborne
   #10. Swingman Melissa Colborne (183-88, college: Yale) contributed to a TSV Amicitia's victory against the third-ranked Friendsfactory Germering (13-7) 71-64 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) in Saturday night's game. Colborne scored 5 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group South. TSV Amicitia Viernheim (14-6) is placed second. Colborne has reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. She is a former international player as five years ago she still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former international swingman Taryn Turnbull (178-78, college: Tulane) couldn't help SG BBZ Opladen in their game against Herner TC in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division). Turnbull cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 2 points and had 3 steals in 18 minutes. Her team lost 55-64. This year Turnbull's total stats are: 2.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2spg in the 18 games. She used to play for the Canadian national team five years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Renata Adamczyk (175) helped T71 Dudelange win their game against the sixth-ranked AB Contern 86-67 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League on Saturday night. Adamczyk recorded 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Adamczyk averaged so far 13.2ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.1apg and 2.6spg. Despite she played previously for the Polish national team, Adamczyk is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

   #13. Former international forward Rhona McKenzie (183-76, agency: LBM Management) couldn't help Riva Basket in their game against Nyon in the Swiss LNA, despite her very good performance in Tuesday night's game. She had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. McKenzie also added and 3 steals in 40 minutes. But her team was crushed by 24 points 62-38. McKenzie belongs to league's best rebounders (ranked #2) and also on the list of most steals (third place). She has very solid stats this year: 10.5ppg, 11.1rpg, 1.3apg and 3.7spg in the 22 games. Despite McKenzie played previously for the Jamaican national team, she is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

   #14. International forward Dale-Marie Cumberbatch (180-88, also represented by LBM Management) couldn't help the league outsider Telstar in their game against Racing in the Luxembourg Diekirch League. Despite her very good performance last Saturday Cumberbatch was the top scorer with 29 points. She also added 9 rebounds. Cumberbatch is currently fifth on the list of top scorers. This season she has very high stats. Cumberbatch averages: 22.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.4apg and 2.2spg. Despite she played previously for the Jamaican national team, Cumberbatch is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

   #15. Former U20 international swingman Katie Donovan (182-82) helped Basket Esch win their game against the third-ranked Etzella 87-78 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League on Saturday night. She had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Donovan also added 4 assists in 33 minutes. Donovan is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). She has very impressive stats this year: 16.6ppg, 8.2rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg in the 19 games. Despite Donovan played previously for the Jamaican national team, she is currently in the Canadian U20 national team roster.



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

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

Sonja Kireta
Sonja Kireta
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Sonja Kireta (198-76), who plays in the Italian A1. She could not help Basket Parma (10-12) in their last game. Despite Kireta's very good performance Basket Parma lost 73-83 at home to the second-ranked Familia Schio. She was the second best scorer with 17 points. Kireta also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 28 minutes on the court. It was Basket Parma's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Kireta has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 15.5ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 48.8% and FT: 76.1% in the 11 games she played so far. Kireta played for the Croatian senior national team five years ago.

Iva Ciglar
Iva Ciglar
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Iva Ciglar (170-85, agency: Data Plus Group). She led UNI SEAT to a victory over the closely-ranked Pecs 2010 (18-4) 74-59 in the Hungarian A last Wednesday. Ciglar was MVP of the game. She scored 15 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 9 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. UNI SEAT Gyor (20-2) is placed second in the A. Ciglar is currently first on the list of best passers. She has very reliable stats this season: 11.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.2apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 56.7%(76-134), 3FGP: 32.9% and FT: 73.2%. Ciglar is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Ana Lelas
Ana Lelas
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Ana Lelas (183-83). She contributed to a Lattes Montpellier's victory against one of league's weakest teams Lyon (7-19) 78-69 in the French LFB on Wednesday night. Lelas scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (21-5) is placed second in the LFB. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Lelas has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 46.3%(31-67) and FT: 73.9% in the 25 games. She is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Andja Jelavic
Andja Jelavic
   #4. Guard Andja Jelavic (172-80) was not able to help Kayseri (14-8) in their game against Galatasaray (23-5) in the Turkish TKBL. Jelavic scored 5 points. Kayseri was crushed 100-64 on their home court in Kayseri by the leading Galatasaray. Jelavic's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.7spg. She is also Croatian national team player.

Other top Croatian players, who play abroad:

Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85) plays for Taranto in Italian A1
Emilija Podrug (190-C-79) plays for Challes-les-Eaux in French LFB
Iva Sliskovic (194-F-84) plays for Rivas Ecopolis in Spanish LFB
Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) plays for Adelaide Lightning in Australian WNBL
Petra Stampalija (189-C-80) plays for Union Hainaut in French LFB
Lisa Karcic (182-F-86) plays for Cajarural in Spanish LFB
Natalia Terglav-Tratsiak (195-C-80) plays for Botas in Turkish TKBL
Marta Cakic (175-G-82) plays for Navarra Pamplona in Spanish LFB
Amra Dapo (184-G/F-76) plays for Navarra Pamplona in Spanish LFB
Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85) plays for Sp.Studentesc in Romanian D1
Neda Djuric (172-PG-80) plays for Partizan in Serbian A League

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



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Stats Leaders - Women

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