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  ALGERIA   



Afro-Basket zone I Qualifiers: Tournament kicks off July in Alger - by Eurobasket News

Qualifiers for the 2013 Afro Basket tournament to take place in Ivory Coast have been scheduled to begin July in Alger

Qualifiers for the 2013 Afro Basket tournament to take place in Ivory Coast have been scheduled to begin July in Alger. The pre tournament brings together three zone 1 countries such as Algeria, Libya and Morocco. Title holders, Tunisia are automatically qualified for the big continental basketball show.

Some 15 Algerian athletes have been called up to defend the countrys colors. Meanwhile, the training camp announced recently in Serbia has been adjourned to an unknown date due some difficulties to obtain visas.

The list
Nedjmeddine Belkacemi, Abdelhalim Kaouane (180-G-81), Mohamed Harrat, Touhami Ghazoul, Yanis Mostefai, Hicine Gaham, Djilali Canon, Nabil Saidi, Seddik Touati, Mohamed Zerouali, Faycal Belkhodja (192-G-88), Adel Yeza, Mohamed Lamine Esseghir and Amir Boucena.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  ANGOLA   


1 De Agosto Beat Interclube in Angola Cup - by Eurobasket News

Luanda The senior males basketball team of 1 de Agosto defeated on Tuesday evening Interclube by 94-56 at Luanda's 28 de Fevereiro pavilion, in the first leg match of Angola cup.

In the first half, 1 de Agosto were already winning the game by 52-37.

1 de Agosto's player Reggie Moore (203-PF-81, college: ORU) was the best scorer of the match with 25 points.

Should Interclube with the second leg match on Friday, both teams will play a third game to find the winner of the cup.

Recreativo do Libolo are the title holders.
Courtesy of: Angola Press



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  ARGENTINA   

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Smith, La Union17.3 
 2. Gutierrez, Obras16.8 
 3. Villegas, Sionista16.6 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.16.3 
 5. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.1 
 6. DeGroat, Olimpico.15.8 
 7. Martinez, San M.15.6 
 8. Pittman, Libertad.15.4 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.15.2 
 10. Meyinsse, Wuber-.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  San M.
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Martinez, San M.12.4 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.9.9 
 3. Davis, GECR I.9.5 
 4. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 5. Sandes, Sionista9.1 
 6. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras8.4 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.6 
 9. DeGroat, Olimpico.7.5 
 10. Truscott, Quilm.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.3 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.5.6 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.5 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista4.8 
 5. Martinez, Regat.4.8 
 6. Laprovittola, Lanus3.9 
 7. Victoriano, San M.3.7 
 8. Sucatzky, Atenas3.7 
 9. Osimani, Obras3.4 
 10. Labaque, Atenas3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  Atenas
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.3 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.1.8 
 4. Moldu, Olimpico LB1.7 
 5. McHopson, Quilm.1.6 
 6. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.5 
 7. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.5 
 8. Treise, Libertad S.1.4 
 9. Torre, Club 91.4 
 10. DeGroat, Olimpico.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 2. Clancy, Club 91.2 
 3. Rollins, Sionista1.2 
 4. Meyinsse, Wuber-.1.2 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.1 
 6. Matthews, Quilm.1.0 
 7. Roe, Regatas C.1.0 
 8. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 9. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 10. Ayarza, Club 90.9 


Buenos Aires Regional League 2012 - by Facundo Iatzky

this weekend will start the 2012 edition of Metropolitan league of Buenos Aires. the champion of this tournament will promote to Torneo Federal (third division of argentinean basketball). That is why many teams have important players on their rosters.

Platense: Matias Novoa (198-F-80), Leonardo Daniel Ricci (191-G-79, agency: Players Group), Radbel Hechavarria (188-G-75), Marco Zoric (201-F-79, college: Anderson, SC), Guido Accardi (200-C), Agustin Pirovani (196-F-91), Fabian Gabriel (192-F-90), Ignacio Romani (181-G-90), Santiago Iglesias (183-G-89)
Huracan san justo: Bruno Estala (204-C-89), Matias Aluzzo (176-G-84), Maximiliano Segon (200-F),
los indios moreno: Alejandro Fidalgo (180-G-82), Mariano Piaggio (195-F), Nicolas Suarez (200-C-74), Miguel Ricci (183-G-82), Cristian Arias), Rafael Carbone (192-G-89, agency: World Sport Agency), Matias Bertoglio (197-F-90)
Pinocho: Eloy Martin (186-G-80), Dante Predazzi (195-F-85), Gabriel Sapochnik (200-C-81), Benjamin Pereyra (197-F-75), Mariano Latorre (196-F-71)
AFALP: Jonathan Kralj, Federico Villagran (90), Matias Paciotti (180-G-91)
River Plate: Pedro Barcelona (194-F-88), Guillermo Crespo (196-F-85), Pablo Noy (204-C-88), Mauro Daira, Nicolas Amaya (200-C-90)
Racing Club Avellaneda: Maximiliano Bertolino (180-G-81), Nicolas Gonzalez, Martin Zekas (200-F/C-87), David Cabezas (197-F/C-88), Maximiliano Maneiro (196-F-84), Nicolas Rolandi (182-G-90)
Club Moron: Javier Montero (200-F/C-71), Fernando Lamela (184-G-76), Martin Terzi (203-C-83)
Sociedad hebraica: Alejandro Camargo (199-F-80, agency: Players Group), Nahuel Asinsten (192-G), Franco Tonelli (188-G), Facundo Flores
Nautico hacoaj: Juan Alzaga, Leandro Heffes, Maximiliano Fernandez (190-F/C-82), Javier Luchansky, Federico Glinberg (201-C-90), Diego Rios
Ciudad buenos Aires: Gabriel Cocha (194-G-71), Joaquin Olmedo (185-G-85)
San antonio de Padua: Leonardo Rodriguez (183-G-84), Santiago Ferrario (208-C-79), Juan Dameli
tres de Febrero: Andres Lopresti (175-G-76), Leonardo Miranda (199-C-76), Pablo Zaldo (186-F-81), Facundo Menini (191-F-90)
Independiente avellaneda: Daniel Lares (187-F-79), Alejo Meire (178-G-86), Matias Kunkel (197-F-83), Jorge Martocci (188-G-86)
jose hernandez: Leandro Barreiro (187), Mauro Sierra (198-F/C-80), Nicolas Ballicora (198-F/C-81)
Temperley: Gabriel Fernandez (204-C-76), Alejandro Eiguren (185-G-86), Matias Fernandez (200-F-88), German Fernandez (199-G/F-91), Julian Aguirre (180-PG-92)
Argentinos Juniors: Santiago Haag (182-G-85), Javier Peredo (186-G-83), Fernando Zekas (191-F-90), Sebastian Bogado (G)
GEBA: Juan Ignacio Guildris (194-F-84), Facundo Lapadula (202-C), Rafael Rubado (200-F-88), Demian Portela (184-G-89), Gerardo Anegon (195-F), Gonzalo Peralta, Alberto Farre (C)



TNA: Obera and Argentino advance to North and South Finals - by Eurobasket News

Crucial fifth games of the TNA North and South Semifinals are completed last night.
Argentino handed 72-67 loss to Alianza Viedma winning the series with 3-2. It means that Argentino advanced to Group South Finals, where they will meet MH Basket. Chuck Robinson (201-F-72, agency: Dream Team Management, college: E.Carolina) led Argentino in scoring 16 points, while Juan Cangelosi (195-G-81) followed him with two less. Eduardo Spalla (197-F-89, agency: Dream Team Management) was the MVP in this victory with 11 points, 8 rebs and 6 assists. He reached valuation 25.
In Group North, Obera was too strong for Union Sunchales 93-70 for 3-2 victory in the series. Obera will take on Union Progresista in the Finals. Ije Nwankwo (201-F-85, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Cleveland St.) (6 rebs) and Lucas Gornatti (188-G-82) (7 as) shined for the winners with 17 points each.
Schedule for Group North and South finals is not announced yet.



Obras eliminates Boca Juniors, advances to Liga A Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Liga A Quarterfinals, Game 4: Boca Jrs - Obras 78-83 (1-3)

Obras became the second semifinalist of Liga A. They celebrated 78-83 road victory against Boca Juniors in Game Four closing the series with almost perfect 1-3. It means that Obras advanced to the Semis, where they will meet Lanus or Regatas. The score is 2-2 at this moment and the winner of this series will be known tonight. Boca Juniors was ahead by 1 point at the halftime, but Obras made 36-42 in the second half to win this game. They made 26-of-30 charity shots (86.7 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Boca Juniors helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Tony Washam (200-F-82, college: St.Vincent) fired 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners (made all of his seven free throws). International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Larry O'Bannon (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) produced 26 points and his fellow American import power forward Derrick Alston (207-C/F-72, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duquesne) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Obras skipped 1/8 Finals and joined directly in the Quarterfinals. The season is over for Boca Juniors.

Boca Jrs: L.O'Bannon 26+2reb+2ast, D.Alston 15+5reb+2ast, A.Diez 9+2reb, J.Brussino 8+2reb+1ast, F.Martina 7+6reb+1ast, M.Stanic 7+3reb+7ast
Obras: T.Washam 19+7reb+1ast, J.Gutierrez 17+7reb, M.Osimani 11+2reb+2ast, J.Mazzaro 10+2reb, D.Fells 9+7reb, A.Konsztatd 8+1ast



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  AUSTRALIA   


Virus scare for Breakers - by Eurobasket News

The National Basketball Leagues New Zealand Breakers have suffered a setback to their preparations for Friday nights Game Two of the 2012 iiNet NBL Championship Grand Final series against the Perth Wildcats with illness preventing three of their players from training earlier today.

The Breakers currently lead the best-of-three NBL Grand Final series 1-0 after winning Game One in Auckland last Thursday 104-98 in overtime, but must travel to Perth to face the Wildcats on the road on Friday night at Challenge Stadium (AKA The Jungle).

Already dealing with a serious ankle injury to star player Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.) that forced the athletic forward to miss Game One, centre Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82, college: Utah St.), veteran reserve Dillon Boucher (196-F-75) and development player Dion Prewster (195-G/F-91, college: SF Austin) all missed practice this morning due to what was being described as a stomach virus.

'As if there are not enough challenges in a week like this we seem to have been hit with a bit of a stomach virus,' Breakers head coach Andrej Lemanis told Fairfax News NZ. 'Hopefully it's just a 24-hour thing and they'll all be good to have a good session tomorrow because we need one.'

With Abercrombie and man backup power forward BJ Anthony (stress reaction in ankle) also unable to train, Lemanis was left with just six players for training and had to draft club staff members Hayden Allen and Mike Fitchett to fill in. Despite the adversity, Lemanis was happy with the session.

'We still had a good session and the guys that practised got something out of it. We went for an hour and went pretty hard,' Lemanis said.

The good news for the Breakers is that Abercrombie appears likely to suit up for Game Two if he can prove his fitness.

'If he can play he'll play, that's the bottom line, we'll give him as much time as required obviously, it would be nice if he could practice, but if he can't it's no big deal,' said Lemanis.

Awaiting them in Perth is a Wildcats team smarting from their narrow Game One loss and buoyed by the recent news that critical big man Matt Knight is expected to play on Friday night despite suffering a dislocated finger in the series opener.

'You always go with the player and Matty said he feels good,' Perth head coach Rob Beveridge told The West Australian. 'He's an integral part of the group and he's been massive for us over the last few weeks.

'He's big and tough and when he's playing like that it gives us a massive boost.'

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)



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  AUSTRIA   


Gmunden takes 2-1 lead against Vienna - by Eurobasket News

A Bundesliga Quarterfinals, Game 3: BC Vienna - Gmunden 79-94 (1-2)

Second game of the A Bundesliga Quarterfinals between BC Vienna and Gmunden was played on Monday night. Visitors celebrated 79-94 victory for 1-2 lead in the series. The format is best-of-five and fourth game is scheduled for Thursday. Vienna will be the host again. Vienna was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 38-54 second half run of Gmunden Swans. 29 personal fouls committed by BC Vienna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for the former international power forward Matthias Mayer (204-C/F-81) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Robert Arnold (198-F-88, college: Boise St.) accounted for 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) came up with 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists and American swingman Bryant Matthews (201-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Virginia Tech) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for BC Vienna in the defeat. Gmunden now needs just one more win for the Semis. As mentioned above, teams will meet on Thursday in Game Four and if necessary they will play again on Sunday.

BC Vienna: S.Stazic 33+7reb+5ast, B.Matthews 20+6reb+1ast, J.Francois 18+2reb+3ast, P.Csar 3+5reb, T.Gaspar 3+3reb+1ast, M.Carr 2+1reb
Gmunden: E.Murati 20+3reb+2ast, M.Mayer 20+9reb+2ast, D.Oppland 18+5reb, R.Arnold 15+11reb+2ast, M.Curry 9+5reb+9ast, F.Schoeninger 6+1reb+2ast



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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: 19.7
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.19.7 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.16.8 
 3. Matyukevych, Grod.15.8 
 4. Ignatchik, Minsk-.14.8 
 5. Mishukov, SBK O.14.4 
 6. Maze, Minsk-200614.4 
 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.9.3 
 3. Zakhar, BG.8.8 
 4. Krisevich, Minsk-.7.8 
 5. Mishukov, SBK O.7.7 
 6. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.7 
 7. Ovsepian, Rubon6.6 
 8. Kojenets, Minsk.6.4 
 9. Matyukevych, Grod.6.4 
 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-935.2 
 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-932.7 
 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. Malkov, Rubon1.6 
 10. Shestilovski., So.1.5 
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 


Belarusian Premier League round 4 (Second Stage) best performance: Justin Knox - by Eurobasket News

American forward Justin Knox (205-F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Minsk-2006, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Rubon (#3, 13-15) 100-94. It allowed Minsk-2006 to consolidate first place in the Belarusian Premier League. Minsk-2006 has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 27-1. Knox turned to be Minsk-2006's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of North Carolina star has very solid stats this year. Knox is in league's top in points (9th best: 13.7ppg) and averages impressive 64.6% FGP. Worth to mention Knox played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was young Lithuanian Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-F-92) of Minsk-2006 II. Rutkauskas had a very good evening with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Minsk-2006 II lost that game 74-96 to slightly higher-ranked Grodno-93 (#2, 24-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Play-Out. Minsk-2006 II still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-18 record. Rutkauskas is one of the most experienced players at Minsk-2006 II and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.5ppg (#1). He also registered 9.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-C-80) of league's second-best Grodno-93. Matyukevych scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Grodno-93, leading his team to a 96-74 easy win against #4 ranked Minsk-2006 II. Grodno-93 is closer and closer to the top of the standings in Play-Out. They will still need more victories. But 24-4 record is not that bad... Matyukevych has a great season in Belarus. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.5ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 6.3rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aliaksei Lashkevich (204-F-78) of Minsk-2006 - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Evgeniy Sugoniako (198-F-92) of BGUIR-RTI - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Yahor Patupchyk (186-PG-94) of Sozh Gomel - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-F-86) of Minsk-2006 - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Pavel Bliznets (205-C-94) of Sozh Gomel - 17 points and 8 rebounds
9. Artem Malkov (185-PG-88) of Rubon - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Maksim Shustau (184-G-86) of Minsk-2006 II - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Standings - Division I

D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 19-7 
 2. Antwerp 17-8 
 3. Oostende 17-9 
 4. Aalstar 14-12 
 5. Leuven 13-12 
 6. M.Hainaut 13-13 
 7. Gent 10-17 
 8. Liege 8-17 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 5-21 

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 18: Liege - Spirou 93-95 OT
Apr. 18: M.Hainaut - Verviers-Pep. 92-67
Apr. 18: Leuven - Aalstar 91-81
Apr. 18: Gent - Oostende 73-65

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 21: M.Hainaut - Antwerp
Apr. 21: Aalstar - Liege
Apr. 21: Verviers-Pep. - Leuven
Apr. 21: Oostende - Spirou


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Copeland, Aalstar20.2 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.5 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende15.0 
 4. Broyles, Spirou14.8 
 5. Taylor, M.Hainaut14.3 
 6. Black, Antwerp13.9 
 7. Haynes, Gent13.7 
 8. Freeman, Leuven13.7 
 9. Love, Verviers-Pep.13.4 
 10. Green, Spirou13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Graham BROWN
  Gent
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Brown, Gent8.0 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.6 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp7.5 
 4. Young, Aalstar7.2 
 5. McLean, Leuven6.9 
 6. Merriex, Verviers.6.8 
 7. Mukubu, Verviers.6.6 
 8. Bostic, Liege6.0 
 9. Jackson, Aalstar5.9 
 10. Booker, Oostende5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Waters, Liege4.2 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.5 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven3.4 
 4. Black, Antwerp3.1 
 5. Bosco, Gent3.0 
 6. Slaughter, M.Hai.3.0 
 7. Bostic, Liege2.8 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.8 
 9. Winston, Oostende2.6 
 10. Steinbach, Aalstar2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Adeola DAGUNDURO
  Leuven
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dagunduro, Leuven2.5 
 2. Black, Antwerp2.1 
 3. Mukubu, Verviers.2.1 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 5. Bosco, Gent1.9 
 6. Muya, Liege1.8 
 7. Hopkins, Antwerp1.8 
 8. Bostic, Liege1.7 
 9. Haynes, Gent1.5 
 10. Slaughter, M.Hai.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.5 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.8 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.5 
 4. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar0.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.7 
 7. Vaughn, Antwerp0.6 
 8. Copeland, Aalstar0.6 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 10. De Zeeuw, Vervier.0.5 


D1 Round 29 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Eighth-ranked Belgacom Liege (8-17) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Spirou Charleroi (19-7) on Wednesday. The visitors from Charleroi managed to secure only two-point victory 95-93. However their fans expected much easier game. American players dominated the game. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 4 steals. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Spirou Charleroi have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-7 record. Belgacom Liege at the other side keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will face Base Oostende (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Belgacom Liege will play against Okapi Aalstar (#4).

The most impressive performance of 29th round was 32 points and 6 assists by Dominic Waters of Liege.


Leuven - Aalstar 91-81
We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Leuven Bears (13-12) beat at home 4th placed Okapi Aalstar (14-12) 91-81 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Leuven Bears. Okapi Aalstar was better in third quarter 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leuven Bears dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Okapi Aalstar's 24. American guard Brandon Freeman (191-83, college: UALR, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points. Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) contributed with 16 points and 6 steals for the winners. American forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds and American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) added 8 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Okapi Aalstar. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Leuven Bears maintains fifth place with 13-12 record. Okapi Aalstar lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. Leuven Bears will face bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#9) on the road in the next round. Okapi Aalstar will play against Belgacom Liege (#8).
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Copeland 20+7reb+3ast, K.Kruger 16+2reb+2ast, J.Steinbach 12+1reb+4ast, J.Holiday 11+4reb, C.Young 8+13reb, S.Jackson 6+5reb+2ast
Leuven: B.Freeman 22+2reb+2ast, A.Dagunduro 16+3reb+3ast, J.McLean 12+5reb+2ast, J.Tofi 11+1reb+2ast, N.Marnegrave 10+5reb+2ast, I.Hanavan 9+7reb
gschID: 132448


M.Hainaut - Verviers-Pep. 92-67
Rather expected game when 9th ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (5-21) was smashed by sixth ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (13-13) in Quaregnon 92-67 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Belfius Mons-Hainaut. VOO Verviers-Pepinster was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Belfius Mons-Hainaut made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. American guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. His fellow American import swingman Shan Foster (198-86, college: Vanderbilt) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized DR Congolese swingman Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB, agency: SportsTalent) answered with 13 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Jason Love (206-87, college: Xavier) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Five Belfius Mons-Hainaut and four VOO Verviers-Pepinster players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Belfius Mons-Hainaut maintains sixth place with 13-13 record. VOO Verviers-Pepinster at the other side stay dead last with 21 lost games. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will face league's second-placed Antwerp Giants at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Leuven Bears (#5).
Top scorers:
Verviers-Pep.: J.Love 13+7reb, W.Boss Mukubu 13+9reb+1ast, B.Merriex 11+7reb+1ast, T.Thompson 11+4reb+3ast, S.Moris 8+2reb, M.De Zeeuw 8+4reb
M.Hainaut: S.Foster 17+5reb+2ast, Q.Taylor 15+7reb+7ast, A.Slaughter 14+1reb+3ast, A.Nivins 12+5reb+2ast, J.Cage 10+1reb, I.Maras 10+9reb+3ast
gschID: 132445


Gent - Oostende 73-65
There was a surprise result when seventh ranked Optima Gent (10-17) won against at home 3rd placed Base Oostende (17-9) 73-65 on Wednesday. Base Oostende was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 20-10 charge of Optima Gent, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Michael Haynes (203-81, college: Fordham) contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) answered with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian-Montenegrin guard Dusan Djordjevic (195-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 14 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in the effort for Base Oostende. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Optima Gent have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 10-17 record. Base Oostende at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Optima Gent will have a break next round. Base Oostende will play at home against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Oostende: D.Djordjevic 14+5reb+3ast, K.Winston 14+7reb+4ast, C.Booker 11+3reb+1ast, M.Lojeski 10+3reb, B.Wright 8+6reb+2ast, Q.Serron 4+3reb
Gent: M.Jenkins 16+10reb+2ast, L.Bosco 13+2reb, G.Brown 11+6reb+1ast, M.Haynes 10+8reb+5ast, S.Geukens 9+1reb, L.Louves 6+4reb
gschID: 132446


Liege - Spirou 93-95 OT
Eighth-ranked Belgacom Liege (8-17) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Spirou Charleroi (19-7) on Wednesday. The visitors from Charleroi managed to secure only two-point victory 95-93. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 20-13 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. American players dominated the game. Swingman Dwayne Broyles (196-82, college: JMU) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 4 steals. Center Andre Riddick (208-73, college: Kentucky) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Spirou Charleroi's coach Giovanni Bozzi used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) answered with 32 points and 6 assists and forward Josh Bostic (196-87, college: Findlay, OH) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Belgacom Liege. Four Belgacom Liege players scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-7 record. Belgacom Liege at the other side keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. Spirou Charleroi will face Base Oostende (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Belgacom Liege will play against Okapi Aalstar (#4).
Top scorers:
Liege: D.Waters 32+3reb+6ast, J.Bostic 19+8reb+2ast, G.Muya 15+6reb+1ast, P.Gillet 11+5reb+1ast, T.Jennings 9+4reb, X.Collette 3
Spirou: D.Broyles 32+4reb+1ast, A.Riddick 13+6reb, C.Hill 12+2reb+1ast, T.Huffman 9+3reb+2ast, C.Green 9+4reb+3ast, C.Beghin 8+2reb+1ast



Semifinals are set in D2 - by Eurobasket News

The Semifinals are set in the Belgian second division for men. Waregem outplayed Spirmont 75-69 in crucial Game Three of the Quarterfinals, while Fleurus was too strong for St-Niklase 72-58. It means that Waregem will meet Excelsior in the Semis, while Fleurus will take on Gembo. Earlier, Excelsior eliminated Kangoeroes-Boom with perfect 2-0. They celebrated 74-67 home and 76-78 road wins. Gembo knocked down Essor Charleroi also with 2-0 in the Quarterfinals. Gembo celebrated 75-92 victory on the road in Game One and after that was too strong for Essor Charleroi at home 96-80. Semifinals start tonight. The format is best-of-three. Waregem was the regular season champion with 20-6 record.

Quarter-Finals - Game 1
Apr. 10, 2012 Sprimont-Waregem 106-95
Apr. 11, 2012 Essor Charleroi-Gembo 75-92
Apr. 11, 2012 St-Niklase-Fleurus 68-69
Apr. 11, 2012 Excelsior-Kangor.-Boom 74-67

Quarter-Finals - Game 2
Apr. 13, 2012 Waregem-Sprimont 95-70
Apr. 13, 2012 Gembo-Essor Charleroi 96-82
Apr. 13, 2012 Fleurus-St-Niklase 70-78
Apr. 13, 2012 Kangor.-Boom-Excelsior 76-78

Quarter-Finals - Game 3
Apr. 15, 2012 Waregem-Sprimont 75-69
Apr. 15, 2012 Fleurus-St-Niklase 72-58

Semi-Finals - Game 1
Apr. 18, 2012 Excelsior-Waregem
Apr. 18, 2012 Fleurus-Gembo



Charleroi News - by Peter Buyse

Last year's Ethias League MVP Demond Mallet (186-G-78, college: McNeese St.) is headed back to Spirou Charleroi for the rest of the season. According to the team's site he is to arrive back in Charleroi on Thursday and play his first game on Saturday. When he left in January Mallet was at first replaced by Trevor Huffman before former Maccabi player Andrew Wisniewski was signed.
Wisniewski got injured later and replaced himself by Trevor Huffman. Mallet who was rarely used by Maccabi is now headed back to the team he took to the Championship last year.



Dwight Buycks lands in Oostende - by Eurobasket News

Oostende strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette). The guard is meant to replace Dusan Katnic. Dwight Buycks started the season in D-League. The guard played for the Tulsa 66ers. He averaged 15.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance. It is the first pro season for Dwight Buycks. He graduated from Matquette in 2011. The guard posted 8.8 points, 3.4 assists, 3.1 boards and 1.1 steals per game in his senior season. Buycks was drafted by the Tulsa 66ers in the second round of D-League Draft.


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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

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

Second Stage: Round 8

Apr. 18: Capljina - Bosna 91-79
Apr. 17: Igokea - Varda HE 75-48
Apr. 18: Mladost - Siroki WWin 55-87

Second Stage: Round 9

Apr. 21: Capljina - Igokea
Apr. 21: Bosna - Mladost
Apr. 21: Siroki WWin - Varda HE



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Joinville draw things level, Vivo/Franca take 2-0 lead - by Eurobasket News

Joinville levelled the NBB eighth-final series versus Winner/Limeira. Joinville celebrated an 89:84 home win to earn the first win. Rashad Bishop (198-F-88, college: Cincinnati) unleashed 29 points and 15 rebounds to pace the hosts. Joinville aggressively started the game taking a 34:25 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the next two periods claiming a 72:58 lead with one quarter remaining. Winner/Limeira however went on a massive rally in the fourth term and almost denied the deficit but Joinville withheld the challenge and escaped with an import win at the end. Andre Bresolin (195-G/F-87) added 16 points for the winners. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) answered with 22 points for Winner/Limeira. Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) posted 14 points in the loss.
Vivo/Franca cruised past Paulistano for the second straight win in the series. The visitors dominated in the first half. Vivo/Franca registered a 41:28 halftime advantage. The margin grew at 15-point mark at the final intermission. Paulistano woke up in the fourth frame and tried to erase the deficit but it was too late as Vivo/Franca marched to the victory. William Drudi (206-C/F-81) had 18 points, while Kevin Sowell (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances) contributed 16 points in the winning case. Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-G/F-88) accounted for 15 points for Paulistano.



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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. 25: Chernomorets - Rilski Sportist
Apr. 25: Balkan - Lukoil Academik
Apr. 25: Levski Sofia - Cherno More
Apr. 25: Spartak Pleven - Tundja Yambol


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Harper, Levski S.19.8 
 2. Yanev, Cherno More17.7 
 3. Durchev, Tundja Y.17.7 
 4. Stankov, Spartak17.4 
 5. Pavlovski, Chernom.15.9 
 6. Govedarov, Tundja15.6 
 7. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.5 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.15.2 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Ril.15.0 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.11.0 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.9.7 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.9 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.9 
 5. Gugino, Tundja Y.7.4 
 6. Todorov, Spartak6.6 
 7. Marojevic, Balkan6.4 
 8. Georgiev, Levski S.6.4 
 9. Marintchechk., Bal.6.2 
 10. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.7 
 2. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.6 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.2 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.7 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.1 
 6. Howell, Levski Sof.3.8 
 7. Filipov, Balkan3.4 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja3.3 
 9. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.3 
 10. Hall, Levski Sofia3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.1 
 3. Roshmanov, Cherno.2.0 
 4. Dunovic, Chernomo.2.0 
 5. Harper, Levski S.1.9 
 6. Howell, Levski Sof.1.9 
 7. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.8 
 8. Gugino, Tundja Y.1.8 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 10. Filipov, Balkan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GUGINO
  Tundja Y.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Gugino, Tundja Y.1.5 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.1 
 3. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.0 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 6. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.7 
 7. Martin, Balkan0.7 
 8. Gocevski, Tundja Y.0.6 
 9. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 
 10. Aleksov, Chernomo.0.6 


Div A stats leaders

Men First A-1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Horozov, Ac.Pl 27.8
2 Kasabov, Dunav 24.2
3 Tsonkov, Cherno More 21.3
4 Boyanov, Overgas 21.1
5 Hristov, Chavdar 21.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Boyanov, Overgas 12.9
2 Mladenov, Ac.Bl 10.0
3 Tilev, Overgas 10.0
4 Horozov, Ac.Pl 10.0
5 Marincheshki, Balkan 9.6
Assists Per Game
1 Marinov, Balkan 7.3
2 Kasabov, Dunav 7.1
3 Nikolov, Ac.Pl 6.6
4 Petkov, Ac.Bl 5.8
5 Minkov, Dunav 5.8
Steals Per Game
1 Marinov, Balkan 3.0
2 Boyanov, Overgas 2.9
3 Minkov, Dunav 2.7
4 Marinov, Balkan 2.6
5 Kasabov, Dunav 2.6
Blocks Per Game
1 Arabadjiyski, Vidab 1.4
2 Boyanov, Overgas 1.1
3 Mladenov, Ac.Bl 1.0
4 Dimitrov, Chavdar 1.0
5 Radev, Cherno More 0.9


Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian Division A Awards 2011-12 - by Maria Mitzova

Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian Division A 1st Team 2012
#s#
Martin Horozov
Horozov
Ventsislav Petkov
Petkov
Sergey Tsvetkov
Tsvetkov
Atanas Radev
Radev
Ivan Tilev
Tilev
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Player of the Year: Martin Horozov (200-F-86) of Academik PL
Guard of the Year: Ventsislav Petkov (188-G-91) of Levski Sofia
Forward of the Year: Milen Dimitrov (204-F/C-88) of Beroe
Center of the Year: Ivan Tilev (204-F/C-79) of Overgas
Defensive Player of the Year: Georgi Boyanov (195-F-93) of Overgas
Coach of the Year: Georgi Mladenov of Beroe

1st Team
G: Ventsislav Petkov (188-91) of Levski Sofia
G/F: Sergey Tsvetkov (196-88) of Beroe
F: Martin Horozov (200-86) of Academik PL
F: Atanas Radev (200-81) of Beroe
F/C: Ivan Tilev (204-79) of Overgas

2nd Team
PG: Planimir Dafinov (181-92) of Beroe
PG: Darin Ivanov (184-91) of Rilski Sportist
F/C: Petar Zagorov (202-86) of Beroe
F: Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) of Cherno More
F: Georgi Boyanov (195-93) of Overgas

Honorable Mention
Boyko Milenkov (197-F-83) of Beroe
Boyko Pangarov (183-G-88) of Vidabasket
Mihail Tanev (197-G/F-90) of Academik PL
Vasil Aleksandrov (188-G-90) of Levski Sofia
Rayko Dundalov (199-F/C-93) of Balkan 2
Yanko Yankov (196-F-88) of Shumen
Julian Kolev (194-F-80) of Vidabasket
Nikolay St. Nikolov (195-F-94) of Dunav 2007
Kristiyan Borisov (188-G-88) of Academik PL
Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) of Levski Sofia
Kalin Hristov (191-G-90) of Spartak Pleven
Damyan Stoyanov (192-G/F-93) of Overgas
Ivaylo Kasabov (190-G-89) of Balkan



Euroins Cherno more released its head coach - by Christomir Rackov

Euroins Cherno More is looking for a new head coach. Yesterday after the team's loss at home against Spartak Pleven, the board decided to release Lubomir Minchev from his position.

The name of the new head coach will be announced on Monday, April 23. Until then Denislav Kotsev - one of the coaches of the youth teams - will conduct all the training sessions.

This was Minchev's second season with Cherno More. With the Varna team he took the bronze medals in the Cup of Bulgaria back in February. Subsequently the team was left by one of its best players Aleksandar Yanev and has a record of 1 win and 9 losses, while also having problems with injuries and other health issues of various players.



NBL: Round 27 review - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in NBL. Lukoil Academik already secured first place before the Playoffs.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Samokov. 3rd placed host Rilski Sportist (16-11) lost to second ranked Levski Sofia (22-5) 80-75. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-9. But Rilski Sportist won second period 27-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levski Sofia made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Levski Sofia outrebounded Rilski Sportist 41-30 including 26 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Rilski Sportist helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Marcus Hall (185-85, college: Colorado) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 assists. International power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) helped adding 14 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 19 points and 5 assists. Levski Sofia have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 22-5 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Rilski Sportist at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. Levski Sofia are looking forward to face Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna in the next round. Rilski Sportist will play on the road against Chernomorets in Burgas and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (24-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Chernomorets (3-24) in Sofia 87-53. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston) (193-80, college: Houston) who led the winners and scored 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Bruno Sundov accounted for 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds for Chernomorets 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. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-3 record. Chernomorets lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Lukoil Academik will play against Balkan (#6) in Botevgrad in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Chernomorets will play at home against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 27 Balkan was destroyed by Tundja Yambol on the opponent's court 92-61. Cherno More unfortunately lost to Spartak Pleven in a home game 80-94.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points and 13 rebounds by John Ofoegbu of Tundja Yambol.



Tundja Yambol - Balkan 92-61
Rather expected game when 6th ranked Balkan (9-18) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Tundja Yambol (17-10) 92-61. The game was mostly controlled by Tundja Yambol. Balkan was better in second period 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Balkan 36-24 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Tundja Yambol especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Julian Radionov (188-79) accounted for 17 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side. Five Tundja Yambol players scored in double figures. Guard Stanimir Marinov (191-91) came up with 14 points and forward Lubomir Lilov (198-87) added 9 points respectively for Balkan 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. Tundja Yambol have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Balkan at the other side keeps the sixth position with 18 games lost. Tundja Yambol will play against Spartak Pleven (#7) on the road in the next round. Balkan will play against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tundja Yambol: J.Ofoegbu 20+13reb+2ast, M.Durchev 17+4reb+2ast, J.Radionov 17+5reb+9ast, S.Govedarov 14+4reb+1ast, M.Jefferson 13+3ast, T.Gugino 4+6reb+1ast
Balkan: S.Marinov 14+2reb+3ast, I.Martin 10+3reb, D.Marintchechki 10+2reb, L.Lilov 9+3reb+3ast, D.Filipov 4+3reb+1ast, D.Marojevic 4+4reb


gschID: 140045


Cherno More - Spartak Pleven 80-94
There was a small surprise in Varna where seventh ranked Spartak Pleven (7-20) defeated 5th ranked Euroins Cherno More (10-17) 94-80. The game without a history. Spartak Pleven led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Spartak Pleven shot 27 for 38 from the free-throw line, while Euroins Cherno More only scored ten points from the stripe. Spartak Pleven players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Euroins Cherno More was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for forward Todor Todorov (198-82) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Simeon Tsenov (196-82) accounted for 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. The former international guard Plamen Aleksiev (180-87) came up with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and international guard Tihomir Zhelev (192-90) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively for Euroins Cherno More in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Euroins Cherno More's coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spartak Pleven maintains seventh place with 7-20 record. Euroins Cherno More lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 17 games lost. Spartak Pleven will play against higher ranked Tundja Yambol (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Euroins Cherno More will play against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: T.Todorov 20+7reb, I.Stankov 19+2reb+1ast, R.Sofroniev 17+6reb+1ast, S.Tsenov 14+9reb+3ast, V.Georgiev 9+1reb+4ast, T.Ostrev 8+3reb+7ast
Cherno More: P.Aleksiev 18+3reb+2ast, G.Davidov 11+5reb+2ast, N.Kolev 10+4reb, T.Zhelev 10+4reb+5ast, M.Borisov 9+3reb, J.Hunt 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 140046


Lukoil Academik - Chernomorets 87-53
NBL top team - Lukoil Academik (24-3) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Chernomorets (3-24) in Sofia 87-53. The game without a history. Lukoil Academik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Chernomorets' players. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston) who led the winners and scored 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Five Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Slovenian guard Dejan Dunovic (193-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 11 points respectively for Chernomorets 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. Defending champion maintains first place with 24-3 record. Chernomorets lost third consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Lukoil Academik will play against Balkan (#6) in Botevgrad in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Chernomorets will play at home against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: A.Owens 19+3reb+3ast, L.Mack 13+7reb+3ast, P.Marinov 11+2reb+2ast, B.Sundov 11+8reb+4ast, D.Stojanovski 10+4reb+2ast, T.Stoykov 6+3ast
Chernomorets: K.Pavlovski 16+5reb, D.Dunovic 11+3reb, T.Zahariev 7+1reb+1ast, M.Zahariev 5+2reb+1ast, A.Saraliyski 4+5reb+1ast, H.Gospodinov 3+4reb
gschID: 140043


Rilski Sportist - Levski Sofia 75-80
The game between Top Four teams took place in Samokov. 3rd placed host Rilski Sportist (16-11) lost to second ranked Levski Sofia (22-5) 80-75. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-9. But Rilski Sportist won second period 27-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levski Sofia made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Levski Sofia outrebounded Rilski Sportist 41-30 including 26 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Rilski Sportist helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Marcus Hall (185-85, college: Colorado) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 5 assists. International power forward Stefan Georgiev (206-78) helped adding 14 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 19 points and 5 assists and Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. Levski Sofia have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 22-5 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Rilski Sportist at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 11 games lost. Levski Sofia are looking forward to face Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna in the next round. Rilski Sportist will play on the road against Chernomorets in Burgas and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Levski Sofia: M.Hall 22+2reb+5ast, S.Georgiev 14+8reb+1ast, A.Harper 9+7reb+4ast, H.Dimitrov 8+1reb, D.Anguelov 7+8reb+2ast, P.Ivanov 6+1reb
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 19+3reb+5ast, F.Vukosavljevic 14+6reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 14, M.Marinov 10+5reb+4ast, S.Vaklinov 5+7reb, A.Velikov 5+1reb+2ast



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Watkins moves to the NBA - by Dr. Nasios Orinos

Darryl Watkins, the man who stepped up at the playoffs and won the Cyprus Championship with Etha is moving to the NBA and to New Orleans Hornets.

Eurobasket.com noted early this year that Darryl Watkins was a great Center. He can not shoot from outside, but he is unbeatable inside. He can rebound well and he is unstoppable when dunking the ball. Add to that that he can also pass the ball well.

Eurobasket.com awarded Darryl Watkins with 3 awards this year: player, domestic player and center of the year.

Eurobasket.com wishes Darryl good luck.



Transfer news from Cyprus league - by Michael Aristidou


The season is over in Cyprus league and despite the fact that we have at least five months till the new season some teams had some activities mostly with renewals in their roster

The most active team is Petrolina AEK Larnaca who renews contract with head coach Nikolas Papadopoulos for another year. The Cypriot coach makes a fine work this year in the team and has an excellent relationship with the committee.

Also four players from the team renew for another year. Those are Cypriot guard Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85), Cypriot center JoJo Garcia (206-C-75, agency: Interperformances, college: UTEP) and Americans Jarrett Hart (194-G-80, college: Kansas St.) and Michael Harrison (206-F/C-84, agency: Interperformances).

In other news champions InterCollege Etha Engomis renew with Serbian power forward Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) and American shooting guard Joshua Jackson (189-SG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Warner Pacific).



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Patrick POPE
  Chomutov
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Pope, Chomutov19.6 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha19.6 
 3. McFadden, Usti n.18.5 
 4. Grant, Levice18.2 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov17.6 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha16.8 
 7. Houska, BK Decin15.4 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.15.0 
 9. Meno, Svitavy14.8 
 10. Stanek, Chomutov14.7 
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. Naymick, CEZ N.7.7 
 6. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.7 
 7. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.5 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.7.4 
 9. Modric, Levice7.2 
 10. Houska, BK Decin6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.3 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy5.1 
 3. Sotnar, USK Praha4.7 
 4. Wright, NH Ostrava4.6 
 5. Vrubl, Plzen4.6 
 6. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 7. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.1 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava4.0 
 9. George, Svitavy3.9 
 10. Barnes, BC Kolin3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaan AMES
  BC Kolin
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ames, BC Kolin2.7 
 2. Ubilla, Inter B.2.5 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.2 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.0 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava1.9 
 7. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 8. Klecka, B&W Opava1.9 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.8 
 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. Reese, Usti n.0.9 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.9 
 8. Grant, Levice0.9 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.8 
 10. Houska, BK Decin0.8 


NBL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

BC Kolin - BK Pardubice 83-76

The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 26-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BC Kolin made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. BC Kolin outrebounded BK Pardubice 50-27 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward David Machac (204-80) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. American point guard Rashaan Ames (184-78, college: Shaw) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four BC Kolin players scored in double figures. American Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Two Points) produced 15 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) added 17 points respectively for the guests. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: M.Arnold 17+4reb+2ast, M.Hampton 15+4reb+5ast, J.Cernosek 9+2reb+1ast, C.Muirhead 8+10reb, P.Bohacik 7+3reb, L.Kotas 7
BC Kolin: D.Machac 21+14reb+2ast, R.Ames 13+8reb+3ast, S.Licartovsky 12+1ast, R.Field 12+11reb+1ast, C.Barnes 11+3reb+4ast, M.Hubalek 6+2reb
gschID: 174142


NH Ostrava - BK Prostejov 61-90

The game was mostly controlled by BK Prostejov. NH Ostrava managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Prostejov dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to NH Ostrava's 30. They outrebounded NH Ostrava 47-32 including 34 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. Center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Jamar Smith (191-87, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Five BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. Guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) responded with 14 points and 4 assists and center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: D.Wright 14+4ast, J.Hughes 11+5reb, A.Ciz 10+1reb, R.Luettgerodt 9+4reb+1ast, M.Gniadek 7+4reb+1ast, S.Manousos 6+8reb
BK Prostejov: J.Smith 19+3reb+1ast, P.Slezak 15+2reb+5ast, K.Svrdlik 10+4reb+1ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 10+13reb+2ast, T.Peterson 10+9reb+1ast, M.Venta 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 174140


USK Praha - BK Decin 59-70

The game was mostly controlled by BK Decin. USK Praha was better in fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. International power forward Pavel Houska (204-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points. American power forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Burke is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) replied with 18 points and point guard Michal Sotnar (189-92) added 10 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for USK Praha. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: P.Sedmak 18+2reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 10+6reb+5ast, S.Votroubek 9+5reb+2ast, M.Mares 7+3reb, V.Hruban 6+2reb+2ast, J.Slavik 4+4reb
BK Decin: P.Houska 20+4reb+1ast, L.Sanders 11+2reb+7ast, D.Burke 10+12reb, L.Stria 10, T.Pomikalek 8+4reb+1ast, A.Alic 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 174141


Levice - CEZ Nymburk 64-76

CEZ Nymburk made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Levice outrebounded CEZ Nymburk 40-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. The former international power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) notched 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard A.J. Abrams (180-86, college: Texas, agency: Two Points) supported him with 17 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds by Croatian-Slovenian forward Stipe Modric (206-79) did not help to save the game for Levice. American-German forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, college: Florida St., agency: Court Side) added 20 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Levice: A.Waleskowski 20+6reb, S.Modric 13+13reb, K.Grant 8+6reb+3ast, E.Sanchez 7+3reb+1ast, D.Marek 7+2ast, M.Bernard 4+2reb+1ast
CEZ Nymburk: P.Benda 20+9reb+2ast, A.Abrams 17+1reb+4ast, L.Sokolovsky 13+3reb, P.Pumprla 9+7reb+2ast, L.Wilson 7+2reb+1ast, M.Lenzly 5+2ast
gschID: 174139



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Mad Ants shop for coach again - by Eurobasket News

The Mad Ants are in search of a head coach again.

Less than two weeks after completing the worst record in franchise history, team president and general manager Jeff Potter on Tuesday announced that he would begin a search for a head coach for the 2012-13 NBA Development League season.

If former assistant Steve Gansey, who was given the title of interim head coach after veteran Joe Meyer was fired in early January, is not retained, the next coach will be the fifth in six seasons.

Meyer, who led the Ants to a 24-26 record in the 2010-11 season, was released after a 5-10 start last year and was replaced by the 26-year-old Gansey, who had no head coaching experience.

Under Gansey, the team struggled even more, going winless in 10 games in February and going 2-9 in March. Gansey was 9-26 in his 35-game tenure, and the Ants finished 14-36, last in the D-League and the worst team record since it was 17-33 in 2007-08, their first season.

I think Steve has done some good things, and there are some areas where he struggled, Potter said. With those struggles and with the record he ended up with, we cant just hand over the keys. We need to do some investigating to make sure is he the right choice. And get the best person possible to lead the team.

Gansey wants to be that person. I want the job, he said. I want to start anew. I dont want to start in the middle. I dont want to start halfway. I want to start right now and prepare for it and have a draft with guys that I like and have a training camp so I can go through all the principles and all the fundamentals that need to be set in stone that I want to do. This past year I wasnt prepared for it. Now its different. Now I am experienced.

Potter said he hoped to have a head coach on board prior to scouting players at the NBA summer leagues, which will be held in July.

Were looking for someone who is really good in game preparation, relates to the players well, recognizes in-game patterns and things like that, Potter said. Make sure (of) accountability for the players, and all the other little things that go along with this job. How they work with the office. They are going to be active in the community, as often as we get out and do clinics and do other community events; knowledge of players.

Potter said that Gansey will be considered for the head coaching job but added that assistant Christian Laettner, who became Ganseys assistant, would be considered if Laettner applied for the position.

If Christian would like to get his name in, we would certainly consider him, Potter said. Hes got a wealth of knowledge. What he doesnt have, though, is a ton of coaching experience outside of the games he had here in Fort Wayne. I definitely would prefer someone who does have some head coaching experience.

Courtesy of www.journalgazette.net



Charge reacquire Blake before Austin series - by Eurobasket News

One of the original Charge players is back as Canton readies for the NBA Development League semifinals.

The Charge reacquired forward Jonathan Blake (6'7''-F-87, college: Texas Wesleyan) on Tuesday to take the place of injured guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (5'11''-G-86, college: CS Fullerton). Akognon was injury-waived because of a right calf strain that he suffered in a Game 1 quarterfinal win against Springfield on Friday.

The Charge won the Springfield series 2-1 and will open a best-of-three semifinal series at home against Austin on Thursday. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Civic Center.

Canton drafted Blake, a 6-foot-7 Texan, in the eighth round. He made the roster out of training camp and played 11 games, averaging 7.1 points on 49.2 percent shooting, before being waived on Dec. 28 to make room for Manny Harris.

Akognons time with the Charge was short, but memorable. He played in three regular seasons games and one playoff game. One of the regular season games was a 33-point explosion at Erie in a win that clinched the Charge a playoff berth.

Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com



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Standings - LIDOBA

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

Second Stage: Round 2

Apr. 15: Plaza - CDP 94-82
Apr. 16: Capitanes - GUG 107-100 OT


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

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul). Mejia contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (7-10) crushing them 90-66 in the Russian PBL last Tuesday. He scored 6 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. CSKA Moscow (15-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was his team's 11th 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 Mejia's first season with the team. This year Mejia averages: 4.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 56.3%(9-16). He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team seven years ago.

Charlie Villanueva
Charlie Villanueva
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Charlie Villanueva (209-84, college: Connecticut). Villanueva contributed to an easy victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (20-40) crushing them 116-77 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes. The Detroit Pistons have 23-38 record this season. This year Villanueva's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 2FGP: 42.9% in the eight games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Villanueva played previously for the USA U21 national team, he played also for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Strangely Villanueva has never played in Dominican Republic.

Luis Flores
Luis Flores
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Budivelnyk (30-9) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Flores' good performance Budivelnyk was badly defeated 86-70 at home by the leading BC Donetsk. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Flores also added 3 steals. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Flores has relatively good stats this season: 13.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3FGP: 45.5% and FT: 72.0%. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Flores played also for the Dominican Republic national team in 2004.

Emmanuel Quezada
Emmanuel Quezada
   #4. Point guard Emmanuel Quezada (188-85, college: USF) led Baloncesto Leon to a victory over the eighth-ranked Leche Rio Breogan (17-15) crushing them 94-74 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Quezada scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Baloncesto Leon (15-17) 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. Quezada is currently fourth on the list of top scorers with 16.8ppg. This year he also averages: 3.0rpg and 3.5apg in the 32 games. Quezada is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite he played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, Quezada is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

James Feldeine
James Feldeine
   #5. Former international guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) faced previously mentioned Emmanuel Quezada in the Spanish LEB Gold last game. Feldeine, who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to help Leche Rio Breogan (17-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Leche Rio Breogan was badly defeated 94-74 on the road by the lower-ranked Baloncesto_Leon (#13). Feldeine was the top scorer with 26 points. He also added 4 steals. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Feldeine is currently third on the league's list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Feldeine averages: 17.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Despite Feldeine played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Interesting that Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

Damien McSwine
Damien McSwine
   #6. An experienced guard Damien McSwine (193-78, college: Loyola, IL), who plays in the Mexican CIBACOPA was not able to secure a victory for Garra Canera de Navolato (7-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Garra Canera de Navolato lost 77-84 in Guasave to the higher-ranked (#7) Frayles de. McSwine was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 39 minutes. McSwine is ranked fifth on the list of the best passers in the league with 3.5apg. He also averaged so far 16.0ppg and 3.8rpg in the 21 games. McSwine also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, McSwine is also a former international player as he played for the Dominican Republic senior team eight years ago. He used to play for Reales de La Vega in Dominican Republic league.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #7. Former international power forward Josh Asselin (211-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) contributed to an Assignia Manresa's surprising victory against the third-ranked Caja Laboral (20-9) 72-70 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Asselin scored 8 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Assignia Manresa (14-15) is placed ninth in the ACB. This season Asselin has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1bpg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Despite Asselin played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Asselin used to play for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

Ricardo Greer
Ricardo Greer
   #8. Swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (16-10) 88-76 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He scored 9 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals in 36 minutes. Strasbourg IG (12-14) is placed ninth in the ProA. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Greer belongs to league's best rebounders and is ranked #4 with 7.4rpg. This year his other stats are: 13.8ppg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg in the 26 games. Greer holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Despite he played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, Greer is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. However he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #9. Former international swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers), who plays in the German BBL couldn't help EnBW Ludwigsburg (9-23) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Greer's very good performance EnBW Ludwigsburg was defeated in an overtime 95-89 in Quakenbrueck by the much higher-ranked Artland Dragons (#4). He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Greer's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.0apg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Despite Greer played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Greer used to play for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Tjoe de Paula
Tjoe de Paula
   #10. Guard Tjoe de Paula (185-81, agency: Court Side), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie couldn't help Leeuwarden (0-0) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Leeuwarden was badly defeated 97-79 in Den Bosch by the lower-ranked (#3) Den Bosch in the Group A. de Paula was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added made 7 passes and 3 steals in 36 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year de Paula's total stats are: 9.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in the 26 games. Despite he played previously for the Dutch national team, de Paula is also a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Dominican Republic senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Larry Turner (210-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Tennessee St.), who plays in the Japanese BJ League couldn't help Toyama Grouses (24-24) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Toyama Grouses (#6) were edged 81-78 on their home court in Toyama by the second-ranked Osaka Evessa in the Eastern group. Turner scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Turner has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.1bpg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Despite Turner played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster.

   #12. Former international guard Ruben Guillandeaux (198-88, college: La Salle) helped Ourense win their game against the seventh-ranked Leyma Basquet 75-66 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 12 points in 20 minutes. Guillandeaux has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.7apg in the 21 games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Despite Guillandeaux played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster.

   #13. Former international forward Eulis Baez (201-82, college: W.Illinois) managed to help FIATC Joventut Badalona to win against the closely-ranked CAI Zaragoza crushing them 85-63 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored only 3 points. Baez has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international guard Sean Ogirri (188-86, college: Wyoming) is a teammate of previously mentioned James Feldeine and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Ogirri couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan in their game against Baloncesto Leon. He scored 7 points in 25 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 94-74. Ogirri has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.6apg in the 32 games. Despite he played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, Ogirri is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster.

   #15. Former international guard Edgar Lugo (189-82, college: Lehman) helped Guaros win their game against the closely-ranked Gigantes 87-76 in the Venezuelan LPB in Tuesday night's game. He scored only 1 points. This season Lugo averages just 2.2ppg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) led his Venezuelan team Cocodrilos to a double overtime (!!!) victory over the closely-ranked Capitanes (1-2) 97-96 in the Liga Americas in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Martinez had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 46 minutes. Cocodrilos de Caracas (1-2) is placed third in group F. The Second Stage already ended in the Liga Americas. Martinez has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 11.3rpg and 2.7apg in the three games he played so far.



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Rain Veideman selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rain Veideman
Rain Veideman
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Rain Veideman (192-91). He was the major contributor in a BBC Bayreuth's victory against the closely-ranked EWE Baskets (15-17) 88-81 in the German BBL in Wednesday night's game. Veideman recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 27 minutes on the court. BBC Bayreuth (12-20) is placed 13th in the BBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Veideman averages: 8.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 65.5% in the 12 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Renato Lindmets
Renato Lindmets
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St.), who plays in the Icelandic Express League. Lindmets could not help Stjarnan (14-8) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Stjarnan was defeated 83-74 on the road by the leading Grindavik. Lindmets was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Lindmets belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #4. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Lindmets averages: 16.2ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 71.2%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Lindmets played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team. Lindmets used to play for BC Rakvere Tarvas in Estonian league.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82). He was not able to help Cimberio Varese (14-13) in their game against Scavolini Pesaro (17-10) in the Italian SerieA. Kangur scored only 4 points in 25 minutes. Cimberio Varese lost 63-67 in Pesaro to the higher-ranked (#4) Scavolini. Kangur has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 80.9% in the 27 games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Janar Talts
Janar Talts
   #4. Center Janar Talts (206-83) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kristjan Kangur and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Talts was not able to secure a victory for Cimberio Varese (14-13) in their game against Scavolini Pesaro (17-10). His contribution was not very remarkable in Sunday's game. Talts scored only 2 points. Cimberio Varese was defeated 67-63 in Pesaro by the higher-ranked Scavolini (#4). Talts' overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 3.7rpg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Rait Keerles
Rait Keerles
   #5. Former international forward Rait Keerles (201-80) contributed to a Gloria Giants' victory against the 11th-ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (7-15) 92-83 in the German ProA (second division) last Friday. Keerles recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes. Gloria Giants Duesseldorf (15-13) is placed sixth in the ProA. It's Keerles' first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.4apg in the 32 games. Despite Keerles played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Estonian national team roster.

Artur Surov
Artur Surov
   #6. Center Artur Surov (216-83) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Torpan Pojat (21-19) in their game against Kauhajoen Karhu (23-17) in the Finnish Korisliiga. Surov did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. He scored only 2 points. Torpan Pojat was crushed 85-57 in Kauhajoki by the higher-ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (#4). Surov's overall stats this season are: 1.2ppg and 1.8rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Estonian senior team two years ago.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

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



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Justin Knox is Top ex-ESL player for this week - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Eurobasket Summer League players who are playing pro basketball and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. The ESL summer camps for pro and semi-pro players looking for pro contracts are located in various places in the States and Italy. The first camp will start in May and there are few others following in summer months. Click here to find out more.
And our Top 10 for last week:

#1. Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina) (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina) led Minsk-2006 to a victory over the third-ranked Rubon (13-15) 100-94 in the Belarusian Premier League in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Knox had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 13 rebounds in 28 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Championship. BK Minsk-2006 (27-1) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Knox's first year with the team. Knox is currently ninth on the list of top scorers with 13.7ppg. He also averaged so far 5.9rpg and 1.1spg in the 25 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2011 Knox went to the ESL camp in Cologne, Germany playing for Team Munich.

#2. John Millsap (198-F-82, college: UTSA) was the main contributor in an overtime Guaros' victory against the league outsider Toros (6-28) 130-119 in the Venezuelan LPB last Friday. Millsap was MVP of the game. He scored 30 points (!!!), grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Guaros de Lara (17-19) is placed sixth in the LPB. Millsap's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Millsap has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.4apg. Worth to mention Millsap played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Three years ago he took part in the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Monaco.

#3. Pierce Caldwell (191-G-88, agency: Alti Sport, college: Incarnate Word) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Mykolaiv (11-28) 85-70 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Thursday night. Caldwell was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 40 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Caldwell's second season in pro basketball. Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih (15-24) is placed tenth in the Superleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended. It's Caldwell's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.1apg in the 27 games. Caldwell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Two years ago he played at the ESL camp in Las Vegas playing for Team Lugano.

#4. Joshua Brown (187-G-88, college: Towson), who plays in the Icelandic Express League could not help KR (15-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Brown's very good performance KR was defeated 100-86 at home by the lower-ranked Thor Thorl (#3). He was the top scorer with 34 points. Brown also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!). Brown belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #9. This season he has very high stats. Brown averages: 20.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.8spg. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2011 he attended the ESL camp in Cologne, Germany playing for Team Munich.

#5. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) contributed to an overtime Rayos de Hermosillo's victory against one of league's weakest teams Garra Canera de Navolato (7-14) 100-92 in the Mexican CIBACOPA last Wednesday. Little scored 20 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 34 minutes. Rayos de Hermosillo (17-4) is placed first in the CIBACOPA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Little has relatively good stats this year: 14.9ppg, 6.9rpg and 2.7apg in the 21 games. He played in 2008at the Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago for London.

#6. Kleon Penn (213-C-86, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: McNeese St.) was the major contributor in Caciques' victory against the fourth-ranked Capitanes 98-90 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Thursday night. Penn recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks. This season Penn averages: 9.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.1bpg. He attended three years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in Las Vegas.

#7. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Targu Mures 76-58 in the Romanian Division A in Thursday night's game. Dykes scored 14 points and added 6 passes in 35 minutes. Dykes is currently fifth on the list of top scorers with 20.4ppg. He also averaged so far 5.5rpg, 2.7apg and 2.0spg in the 29 games. Worth to mention he played also for Team Naples at the ESL in Malaga, Spain in 2009.

#8. Charles Moore (201-F-86, college: S.Arkansas) contributed to a Frayles de Guasave's victory against one of league's weakest teams Garra Canera de Navolato 84-77 in the Mexican CIBACOPA last Tuesday. He was MVP of the game. Moore recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 14 rebounds. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.2apg. Moore played last year at the ESL in Las Vegas for Team Monaco.

#9. Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar.), who plays in the Argentinian LigaA was not able to help Lanus (2-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance Lanus lost 74-85 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#10) Regatas Corrientes. Brown recorded 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. This year he averages: 9.2ppg and 5.3rpg in the 12 games. Brown attended in 2010 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

#10. Riley Luettgerodt (196-G/F-85, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Hawaii) was not able to secure a victory for NH Ostrava in their game against BK Prostejov in the Czech Republic NBL. Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game He was the top scorer with 17 points. Luettgerodt also added 5 rebounds. He has relatively good stats this season: 13.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.9apg. Worth to mention Luettgerodt played also for Team Geneva at the ESL in Las Vegas three years ago.



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Madrid's Mirotic is coaches' Rising Star choice again - by Eurobasket News

The Euroleague Rising Star Trophy has a repeat winner for the first time! Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91), whose breakout a year ago earned him the vote of Turkish Airlines Euroleague head coaches, is the Rising Star Trophy winner once again after dramatically improving his output this season. If last season Mirotic rose from a prospect to an important contributor for Los Blancos, this season he took the next step as a full-time starter and bona fide star. It was a season full of firsts for the 21-year-old forward. After just 10 weeks, Mirotic had notched his first Euroleague double-double, his first weekly bwin MVP honor and his first bwin MVP of the month award, for December. Despite being its youngest regular player, Mirotic led Madrid in performance index rating, 14.6 per game, and ranked among the team's top three in scoring, shooting percentage from all ranges, rebounding, steals and fouls drawn. Moreover, he was the Euroleague's single best free throw shooter, making 56 of 61 tries for a 91.8% accuracy rate, while ranking ninth overall in performance index rating. Mirotic won the award despite stiff competition from a strong crop of young talents. His emergence as one of the best young talents in the world and a leader on one of basketball's historic clubs convinced Euroleague head coaches to make Mirotic their choice again as the Rising Star Trophy winner for the 2011-12 season!

The Rising Star Trophy recognizes the best Euroleague player who was under the age of 22 on July 1 of the summer before the season started. Mirotic was one of several young stars of whom this year's Euroleague head coaches thought highly. Partizan mt:s big man Milan Macvan finished second in the voting, while center Furkan Aldemir of Galatasaray Medical Park and Olympiacos Piraeus guard Kostas Sloukas also garnered votes. Amazingly, both Mirotic and Aldemir will by age be eligible for the 2013 Rising Star Award, too. The Rising Star Trophy is one of several end-of-season honors awarded by Euroleague Basketball. Earlier in the week, the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy was credited to Montepaschi Siena playmaker Bo McCalebb. Still to be announced are the winner of the Best Defender Trophy and the nominees for the All-Euroleague team. The All-Euroleague first and second teams, plus the Euroleague MVP, will be revealed 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. Two other awards, the Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year Trophy and the Euroleague Club Executive of the Year, are post-season awards.

Mirotic got off to a slow start to the season, but once he got going, there was no stopping him. He made his first start of his Euroleague career in Week 2, but had little impact. Through four games, Madrid was 2-2 and Mirotic had yet to score in double figures and was shooting far below his normal numbers. He got going in Week 5 with 17 points in a win against Anadolu Efes. Two games later game came his first Euroleague double-double: 11 points and 10 rebounds in a road win at EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. Mirotic followed that with one of the best games of any player this season. He scored 12 of his career-high 26 points in the first quarter alone to lead his team to an 88-64 rout of Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and into first place in Regular Season Group C. Mirotic added 21 points on 10-of-10 free throw shooting and 8 rebounds against Partizan and then 16 points against Efes as Madrid clinched first place with six straight wins to close that stage of the season. Mirotic was rewarded with the bwin MVP award for December. In the Top 16, he picked up where he left off, dropping in an exquisite shot with 0.5 seconds left to give Madrid a thrilling 80-81 road victory over fellow Spanish club Unicaja. Mirotic added 18 points in two more games, including the second against Unicaja, when he also had 10 rebounds for his second double-double. In the end, Madrid missed out on the playoffs due to a tiebreaker, but with Mirotic just starting out, the team appears to be in great shape for years to come. For the season, he finished with 12.5 points on 57% two-point and 43.9% three-point shooting plus 4.5 rebounds over 16 games.

As the first two-time winner of the prestigious award, Mirotics name now eclipses some of the other European basketball greats to receive the honor. Erazem Lorbek, then of Climamio Bologna, was the recipient of the inaugural Rising Star Award in 2005. He was followed by Andrea Bargnani of Benetton Treviso in 2006, Rudy Fernandez of DKV Joventut in 2007, Danilo Gallinari of Armani Jeans Milano in 2008, Novica Velickovic of Partizan, who is now Mirotics teammate in Madrid, in 2009 and Ricky Rubio of FC Barcelona Regal in 2010. Mirotic will be honored as the Rising Star Trophy winner at the Euroleague Awards Ceremony during the 2012 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four.

Courtesy of Euroleague



Maccabi Sends Demond Mallet Back to Belgium - by David Pick

After leaving Belgium's Belgacom Spirou this past December for a late career stint in Tel-Aviv, the last thing Demond Mallet predicted was that he would become the very last player on David Blatt's demanding rotation and that before he knew it, he'd be heading back to Belgium on a one-way-ticket.

Mallet, who earlier this season signed a two-year extension with Spirou, joined Maccabi in attempt to help the Israelis reach back-to-back Euroleague finals appearances. In reality, the 34-year-old point guard saw his hopes of reaching his first ever Euroleague final four slip away in an epic five-game-series against Panathinaikos, and with them, his impressive Euroleague numbers, dropping from 34.7 minutes and 18.7 points per game with Spirou, to a mere 12.8 minutes and 4.6 points in Israel.

Despite Mallet's intentions of remaining in Israel throughout the season, Maccabi's coaching staff decided it be best to end the relationship earlier than expected.





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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Blue, KTP23.2 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons20.1 
 3. Crocker, KTP19.3 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.2 
 5. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.9 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 7. Holloway, Salon V.18.3 
 8. Newson, Kataja18.3 
 9. Hannah, Kauhajoki18.3 
 10. Hawkins, ToPo18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.12.2 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.11.2 
 3. Blue, KTP10.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto10.0 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.8 
 6. Newson, Kataja8.7 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.6 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.4 
 9. Brown, Kouvot8.1 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  Namika L.
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Moore, Namika L.5.2 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.8 
 3. Haynes, LrNM.4.8 
 4. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.5 
 5. Sarcevic, KTP4.3 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 7. Virtanen, Kataja3.9 
 8. Walker, Kataja3.8 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
 10. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 2. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.2 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, KTP1.7 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 8. Newson, Kataja1.6 
 9. Jordan, Kouvot1.6 
 10. Moore, Namika L.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki1.9 
 2. Fields, Salon Vilp.1.8 
 3. Blue, KTP1.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 6. Hamm, LrNM.0.8 
 7. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.8 
 8. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.7 
 9. Mottola, ToPo0.7 
 10. McDade, Nilan B.0.6 


FINAL FOUR: Kataja vs ToPo and Bisons vs Pyrinto - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, quarter-finals, game # 5: Pyrinto (Tampere) continues to the semi-finals, KTP (Kotka) got the beachballs. Pyrinto defeated tonight KTP in Tampere 97-83 (52-39). Quarters:25-19, 27-20, 20-25, 25-19. Pyrinto - KTP 3-2. There were five lead changes and nine ties and one 0-15 run in the beginning of the third quarter as Pyrinto lost a 13-point-lead (52-39) in 3:13 minutes and KTP was leading by two (52-54). But Pyrinto came back to the game and took the control soon again. The rebounds were one key factor for the result. Pyrinto won them 45-27. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) led the hosts with 26pts and six assists. Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) added 21pts and Damon Williams (201-F-73, agency: Two Points, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) had a double-double 19pts/16rbs. Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) was KTP leading scorer and rebounder (24/9). So, there are four teams left in the semi-finals: It will be Kataja (Joensuu) vs ToPo (Helsinki) and Bisons (Loimaa) vs Pyrinto (Tampere). Three victories will be needed to make the finals. Semi-finals will start on Saturday, April 21.
Pyrinto - KTP 97- 83 (52-39). (Kenneth Lowe 26/6a, Antwine Williams 21/8, Damon Williams 19/16/6a - Tim Blue 24/9, Bojan Sarcevic 18/7a, Tony Crocker 17. A: 1147).



Sasu Salin selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Sasu Salin (190-91). He led Union Olimpija to a victory against the fifth-ranked Elektra (2-4) 72-68 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Thursday night's game. Salin scored 12 points in a mere 16 minutes on the court. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (5-1) is placed first in Championship Group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Salin averages: 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 66.7%, 3FGP: 38.1% and FT: 71.4% in the six games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Petteri Koponen (194-88), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Koponen could not help CS Bologna (15-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance CS Bologna was defeated 63-59 on the road by the lower-ranked Benetton Treviso (#11). Koponen was the top scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 rebounds. It's Koponen's fourth season with the team. Koponen has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 34.7% and FT: 78.6%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso). Huff was not able to help MarcoPoloShop.it (7-18) in their game against Enel Brindisi (17-9) in the Italian Lega2 (second division), despite his very good performance on Sunday night. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Huff also added 7 rebounds in 41 minutes. But the bottom-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it lost 86-94 in Brindisi to the much higher-ranked (#3) Enel. It was MarcoPoloShop.it's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Huff has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 73.8% in the 25 games. Huff is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #4. Forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) was not able to secure a victory for Prima Veroli (11-14) in their game against Tuscany Pistoia (17-9) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Lee also added 9 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This season Lee has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Lee played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Finnish national team roster. Strangely Lee has never played in Finland.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #5. International guard Teemu Rannikko (188-80) couldn't help Cimberio Varese (14-13) in their game against Scavolini Pesaro (17-10) in the Italian SerieA. He scored 6 points and had 3 steals in 21 minutes. Cimberio Varese lost 63-67 in Pesaro to the higher-ranked (#4) Scavolini. This year Rannikko's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.2apg and 1.5spg in the 24 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Rannikko is currently in the Finnish national team roster.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #6. Power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) couldn't help Aget Imola (9-16) in their game against Centrale Latte (14-11) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Aget Imola was edged 63-62 in Brescia by the much higher-ranked Centrale Latte (#6). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Kotti's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.4spg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Kotti is also an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Mikko Riipinen
Mikko Riipinen
   #7. International point guard Mikko Riipinen (177-87) managed to help Norrkoping Dolphins in a victory against the closely-ranked Boras Basket (21-15) 92-85 in the Swedish Basketligan in Sunday night's game. He scored only 1 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Norrkoping Dolphins (23-13) is placed second in the Basketligan. Riipinen has been at the team for four years. This season Riipinen averages just 0.9ppg in the 22 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Raymond Hinge plays for Galil Gilboa in Israeli Premier League
Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Kristjan Rinaldo (195-G/F-91) plays for BC Rakvere in Estonian KML
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) plays for AEK in Cypriot Division A
Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) plays for Blois in French NM1
Rasmus Roslund (192-G-88) plays for Srbija in Swedish Basketettan
Antti Ranta (190-F-87) plays for Nottingham Hoods in British EBL3



Tampereen Pyrinto complete the Semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Pyrinto - KTP 97-83 (3-2)

Tampereen Pyrinto complete the Semifinal picture. The game was mostly controlled by Tampereen Pyrinto. KTP-Basket managed to win third quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded KTP-Basket 42-27 including 17 on the offensive glass. American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks for the winners and his fellow American import guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) chipped in 26 points and 6 assists. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with 24 points and 9 rebounds and Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) scored 18 points and 7 assists. Four KTP-Basket players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 26+3reb+6ast, A.Williams 21+8reb+3ast, D.Williams 19+16reb+6ast, O.Ahvenniemi 8+5reb, A.Nikkila 8+5reb, A.Lehto 7+4reb
KTP: T.Blue 24+9reb+2ast, B.Sarcevic 18+2reb+7ast, T.Crocker 17+3reb+1ast, J.Williams 10+7reb+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 9+3reb+1ast, M.Pounds 5+3reb
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Tony Parker's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among French playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (183-82). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (39-23) crushing them 112-91 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 29 points and making 13 passes in 31 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 44-16 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Parker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 7.7apg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 80.2% in the 56 games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida). He was the major contributor in an overtime Chicago Bulls' victory against the Detroit Pistons (23-38) 100-94 in the NBA last Sunday. Noah recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. The Chicago Bulls have a very solid 46-15 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Noah's fifth year with the team. Noah has relatively good stats this season: 10.0ppg, 9.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 50.1% and FT: 75.0%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Noah played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the French senior national team. Strangely Noah has never played in France.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Kevin Seraphin (205-89). He was the main contributor in a Washington Wizards' victory against the Orlando Magic (35-25) 93-85 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Seraphin was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 13 rebounds. Seraphin also added 4 blocks in 40 minutes. The Washington Wizards have rather weak 15-46 record this season. It's Seraphin's first year with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 7.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 53.1% and FT: 66.1% in the 52 games. Seraphin has a dual citizenship: Guyanese and French. Despite he played previously for the Guyanese national team, Seraphin is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #4. Forward Nicolas Batum (201-88), who plays in the NBA could not help the Portland Trail Blazers (27-34) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Portland Trail Blazers were edged 97-94 on the road by the Dallas Mavericks. Batum was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Batum has very high stats. He averages: 14.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.4apg. Despite Batum played previously for the Guyanese national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #5. International center Ali Traore (207-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Zalgiris (9-7) 80-71 in the VTB United League last Tuesday. Traore had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds in 29 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (9-7) is placed fourth in group B. It's Traore's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 12.5ppg and 4.8rpg in the 18 games. Despite Traore played previously for the Guyanese national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #6. Guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side) contributed to a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Sacramento Kings (20-41) 110-100 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Beaubois scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). The Dallas Mavericks have 34-28 record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Beaubois' stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the Guyanese national team, Beaubois is also an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Mickael Pietrus
Mickael Pietrus
   #7. International swingman Mickael Pietrus (198-82, also represented by Court Side) helped Boston Celtics win their game against the Charlotte Bobcats (7-52) 94-82 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. The Boston Celtics have 36-26 record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Pietrus' overall stats are: 6.8ppg and 3.1rpg in the 41 games. Despite he played previously for the Guyanese national team, Pietrus is currently in the French national team roster.

Afik Nissim
Afik Nissim
   #8. Point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, another player represented by Beo Basket) helped Krka win their game against the sixth-ranked Sentjur (0-7) 88-69 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Tuesday. He recorded 13 points and added 6 assists. Krka Novo Mesto (5-2) is placed second 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 extremely important. Nissim's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.9apg. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Nissim is currently in the French national team roster.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #9. International guard Nando De Colo (202-87) helped his Spanish team Valencia Basket win their game against the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas (4-2) 80-70 in the Eurocup on Saturday night. He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group I. Valencia Basket (6-0) is placed first. So far his team won all six games in the Semi-Finals. De Colo's stats this year are: 11.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.6spg in the 16 games. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, De Colo is currently in the French national team roster.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #10. Power forward Boris Diaw (203-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Diaw managed to help San Antonio Spurs to win against the Golden State Warriors (21-38) crushing them 120-99. He scored 5 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 44-16 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Diaw's total stats this season are: 4.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

   #11. Former international center Johan Petro (214-86), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the New Jersey Nets (22-40) in their last game. Despite Petro's good performance the New Jersey Nets were badly defeated 107-88 in Philadelphia by the 76ers. He scored 12 points in only a mere 14 minutes. This year Petro's total stats are: 4.0ppg and 3.7rpg in the 55 games. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Petro is currently in the French national team roster.

   #12. An experienced former international forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona) helped Asefa Estudiantes win their game against the closely-ranked Gran Canaria 2014 61-52 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Kirksay scored 20 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Kirksay has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Kirksay played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the French national team roster. Kirksay used to play for Mulhouse in French league.

   #13. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nando De Colo and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Pietrus helped his Spanish team Valencia Basket win their game against the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas 80-70. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. Pietrus has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 3.5rpg in the 13 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Pietrus is currently in the French national team roster.

   #14. International power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rodrigue Beaubois. However that was another game of his team in NBA which brought him to that list. Mahinmi was not able to secure a victory for the Dallas Mavericks in their game against the Utah Jazz. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team were edged in a triple overtime 123-121 in the NBA. Mahinmi has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 4.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Mahinmi is currently in the French national team roster.

   #15. International center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso), who plays in the Spanish ACB couldn't help Meridiano Alicante (15-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Meridiano Alicante lost 87-91 in Madrid to the second-ranked Real. Kone scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes. Kone has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 3.6rpg in the 27 games. Despite he played previously for the Ivorian national team, Kone is currently in the French national team roster.



Alexandre Chassang will join ASVEL - by Eurobasket News

Alexandre Chassang (199-C-94) will change the team next season. The young centre has agreed in principal on terms of contract with ASVEL. He will join the team starting from the next season. Alexandre Chassang played for Centre Federal du Basket-Ball this season. He averaged 6.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in NM1. Alexandre Chassang used to play for U16 French National Team. He has been the member of U18 National Team since 2011. The centre has recently participated at Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Germany. Alexandre Chassang delivered 8.7 points, 4.5 boards, 1.3 steals and 1.0 assist per appearance. He is expected to participate at U18 European Championship in Lithuania this summer.


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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Dime TASOVSKI
  Lirija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Tasovski, Lirija19.2 
 2. Radunovic, Lirija17.7 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 4. Radulovic, Vardar17.5 
 5. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 6. Gecevski, MZT S.16.0 
 7. Karadzovski, Torus15.9 
 8. Janjusevic, Kuman.15.3 
 9. Georgievski, Vardar15.1 
 10. Trajkovski, Torus15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dustin MITCHELL
  Lirija
  (206-F/C-)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.8.0 
 3. Reynolds, Torus S.7.6 
 4. Radunovic, Lirija7.3 
 5. Cekovski, MZT S.7.2 
 6. Dahlman, MZT S.6.8 
 7. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.8 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 9. Mikic, Kumanovo6.6 
 10. Knezevic, Feni I.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Morban, Lirija4.4 
 2. Karadzovski, Torus3.8 
 3. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.7 
 4. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.6 
 5. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.4 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar3.2 
 7. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.2 
 8. Samardziev, Feni I.3.1 
 9. Dimitrovski, Kozuv3.0 
 10. Tomasevic, Kozuv2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.0 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 3. Radunovic, Lirija1.8 
 4. Tasovski, Lirija1.5 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.4 
 6. Dimitrovski, Kozuv1.3 
 7. Tasevski, Vardar1.2 
 8. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
 9. Filipovic, Lirija1.2 
 10. Dimcevski, Torus1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Kumanovo
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 3. Kralevski, Vardar1.1 
 4. Trajkovski, Torus1.1 
 5. Avramovski, Lirija1.0 
 6. Reynolds, Torus S.0.9 
 7. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 8. Mitchell, Lirija0.7 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.0.7 
 10. Tasovski, Rabotni.0.7 


MZT Skopje takes 2-0 lead in the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Superleague Finals, Game 1: MZT Skopje - Feni Indistrija 80-78 (2-0)

First game of the Superleague Finals just ended. MZT Skopje celebrated 80-78 thriller win taking 2-0 lead in the series. MZT was the regular season champion, so they entered to Finals with 1-0. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-78. 26 personal fouls committed by Feni Indistrija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (203-79, agency: New Trend Agency) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Serbian guard Igor Mijajlovic (193-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 23 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. International power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) produced 26 points and Bulgarian swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. MZT Skopje will have week and a half to prepare for the second game. At the other hand, Feni goes to Israel for the Balkan league Final Four. Feni is the defending champion in both BIBL and FYROM leagues. Teams are expected to meet in Game Two on Saturday, April 28.

MZT Skopje: I.Mijajlovic 23+1reb+3ast, G.Cekovski 17+10reb+4ast, O.Stojanovski 15+2reb+4ast, T.Gecevski 10+7reb, C.Davis 6+5reb+1ast, N.Vucurovic 5+2reb
Feni Indistrija: K.Nikolovski 26+4reb+2ast, I.Lilov 18+6reb+2ast, M.Simonovski 9+2reb, D.Radulovic 8+4reb+1ast, D.Knezevic 8+5reb+3ast, M.Gjurov 3+1reb



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Highest League Standing

Superleague Standings
 1. Armia 19-0 
 2. Olimpi 16-3 
 3. Kutaisi 16-4 
 4. MIA Academy 11-8 
 5. Dinamo Tbilisi 10-9 
 6. Sokhumi 10-9 
 7. TSU Tbilisi 7-12 
 8. Samedicino 7-13 
 9. STU Tbilisi 5-14 
 10. Rustavi 3-16 
 11. Batumi 2-18 

Regular Season: Round 22

Apr. 10: Kutaisi - Batumi
Apr. 21: MIA Academy - Rustavi
Apr. 21: Armia - Olimpi
Apr. 21: TSU Tbilisi - Dinamo Tbilisi
Apr. 21: Sokhumi - STU Tbilisi


Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Blair, MIA Academy26.2 
 2. Carter, Dinamo T.22.6 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.6 
 4. Patsatsia, Sokhumi20.9 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi17.3 
 6. Thomas, Armia17.1 
 7. Khmelidze, Rustavi16.6 
 8. Niniashvili, TSU T.16.4 
 9. Sanadze, Dinamo T.16.1 
 10. Barbakadze, Kutai.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.13.4 
 2. Patsatsia, Sokhumi9.9 
 3. Milutinovic, Olimpi9.4 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.9.1 
 5. Hoger, Olimpi9.0 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi8.6 
 7. Machaladze, STU T.8.3 
 8. Niniashvili, TSU T.8.1 
 9. Kjellbom, Armia7.5 
 10. Atuashvili, Sokhu.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olimpi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olimpi8.9 
 2. Chitashvili, TSU T.6.6 
 3. Blair, MIA Academy6.4 
 4. Mikeladze, Batumi5.5 
 5. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.4 
 6. Artsividze, Rustavi5.0 
 7. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.8 
 8. Pashayev, Kutaisi4.2 
 9. Matiashvili, Kutai.3.7 
 10. Patsatsia, Sokhu.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Academy
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Blair, MIA Academy3.5 
 2. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.5 
 3. Ramishvili, Batumi2.5 
 4. Patsatsia, Sokhumi2.0 
 5. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 6. Diaz, Armia2.0 
 7. Chitashvili, TSU T.1.9 
 8. Antadze, STU T.1.9 
 9. Mikeladze, Batumi1.8 
 10. Carter, Dinamo T.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kjellbom, Armia1.8 
 2. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.2 
 3. Milutinovic, Olimpi1.2 
 4. Matiashvili, Kutai.1.2 
 5. Hoger, Olimpi1.1 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.1.0 
 7. Shermadini, TSU T.0.9 
 8. Ilic, Samedicino0.8 
 9. Eliashvili, Batumi0.8 
 10. Antadze, STU T.0.8 


Nikoloz Tskitishvili wins the title in with Mahram - by Eurobasket News

Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) wins the title in with Mahram in Iran that climbed back on top of WABA League summit. The Iranian powerhouse held off Riyadi in the decisive fifth game of the championship series to clinch the crown. Samad Nik Khakhbahrami stepped up with 28 points, 6 boards and 3 assists to lead the winners, while the Georgian player added 17 points.
Mahram stormed into the game taking a 19:4 lead midway through the first term. The Iranian team stretched the margin to as many as 18 points at the first intermission 31:13. The Iranian team maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They piled up a 50:34 halftime advantage. Riyadi lagged behind in the third term. Mahram stayed dominant posting an 80:68 cushion with ten minutes remaining. The hosts did not slow down in the final stanza cruising to a well-deserved win at the end. Hamed Afagh nailed 20 points, while Nikoloz Tskitishvili accounted for 17 points in the winning effort. Jean Abdel Nour and Dewarick Spencer finished with 24 points each for Riyadi.
The season 2011-2012 he started fro signed at Mahram Tehran (Iran-Superleague, starting five) and in WABA League after 13 games he averaged high 17.2ppg, Reb-3 (10.2rpg), 1.2apg, Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP: 99.1%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 75.0%. Nikoloz Tskitishvili was named into Eurobasket.com All-WABA League Awards 2011-12 1st team.



Manuchar Markoishvili selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86), who plays in the Italian SerieA. He could not help Bennet Cantu (18-10) in their last game. Despite Markoishvili's very good performance Bennet Cantu lost 64-72 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Armani Milano. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Markoishvili also added 5 rebounds in 34 minutes on the court. It was Bennet Cantu's first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Markoishvili has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 75.9% in the 28 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Zaza Pachulia (212-84), who plays in the NBA. Pachulia was not able to help the Atlanta Hawks (35-25) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Atlanta Hawks were edged in an overtime 88-86 in Boston by the Celtics. Pachulia scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. This season Pachulia has relatively solid stats: 7.8ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 49.7% and FT: 74.1%. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Quinton Hosley
Quinton Hosley
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.). Hosley led Banco di Sardegna Sassari to a 2-point victory over the 12th-ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (11-16) 79-77 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Hosley scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 36 minutes. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (17-10) is placed fifth in the SerieA. Hosley is ranked fourth on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.3spg. This year his other stats are: 15.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 42.4%, 3FGP: 33.8% and FT: 70.7% in the 27 games. Hosley is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Hosley is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Nikoloz Tskitishvili
   #4. Power forward Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) was not able to secure a victory for Mahram (4-0) in their game against Al Riyadi (11-16) in the Superleague. Despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game Tskitishvili recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. It's Tskitishvili's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Tskitishvili averages: 15.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.2apg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Tskitishvili is currently in the Georgian national team roster.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #5. International forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, agency: World Sport Agency) couldn't help CS Bologna (15-12) in their game against Benetton Treviso (12-15) in the Italian SerieA, despite his good performance last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 34 minutes. But CS Bologna lost 59-63 in Treviso to the lower-ranked (#11) Benetton. Sanikidze is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders with 10.6rpg. This year he also averages: 12.3ppg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in the 25 games. Despite Sanikidze played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster.

Melvin Sanders
Melvin Sanders
   #6. Swingman Melvin Sanders (196-81, college: Oklahoma St.) couldn't help Hacettepe University (11-17) in their game against Fenerbahce Ulker (20-8) in the Turkish TBL. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Sanders was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 8 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Sanders is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. Sanders is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Sanders is also an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Tyrone Ellis
Tyrone Ellis
   #7. An experienced former international guard Tyrone Ellis (193-77, college: S.Nazarene) couldn't help Meridiano Alicante (15-13) in their game against Real Madrid (22-7) in the Spanish ACB. Ellis scored 9 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes. But Meridiano Alicante lost 87-91 in Madrid to the second-ranked Real. This year Ellis' overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in the 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Ellis played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster. Interesting that Ellis has never played in Georgia.

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #8. Forward Tornike Shengelia (207-91) managed to help Belgacom Spirou to win against the closely-ranked Antwerp Giants (17-8) 70-61 in the Belgian D1 last Thursday. He recorded only 3 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Belgacom Spirou (19-7) is placed first in the D1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Shengelia's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #9. Former international center Georges Mdivani (205-85) led Rueil to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Le Puy ASMB (5-26) crushing them 84-62 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Mdivani recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. Rueil Athletic Club (14-17) is placed 12th in the NM1. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Mdivani has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.5apg in the 31 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Mdivani is currently in the Georgian national team roster.



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Dirk Nowitzki's 40 points make him top German player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (34-28) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks were edged in a triple overtime (!!!) 123-121 on the road by the Utah Jazz. He was the top scorer with 40 points. Nowitzki also added 9 rebounds and dished 6 assists (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) in 53 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Nowitzki's 14th season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 21.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 89.1% in the 58 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Chris Kaman
Chris Kaman
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Chris Kaman (213-82, college: Cent.Michigan). Kaman was the major contributor in a New Orleans Hornets' victory against the Utah Jazz (32-30) 96-85 in the NBA last Friday. He scored 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The New Orleans Hornets have not so impressive 19-42 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Kaman has very high stats. He averages: 13.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 44.6% and FT: 78.5%. Kaman is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Kaman is currently a member of the German senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

Robert Sarovic
Robert Sarovic
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Robert Sarovic (205-78). Sarovic led Timisoara to a victory over the seventh-ranked CSM Bucuresti (19-9) 75-56 in the Romanian Division A on Thursday night. He was MVP of the game. Sarovic had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds in 32 minutes. BC Timisoara (21-7) is placed second in the Division A. It's Sarovic's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 82.4% in the 13 games. Sarovic has a dual citizenship: Serbian and German. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Sarovic is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Urule Igbavboa
Urule Igbavboa
   #4. Center Urule Igbavboa (205-87, college: Valparaiso), who plays in the Swedish Basketligan was not able to help LF Basket (20-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance LF Basket was defeated 89-78 in Sodertalje by the leading Kings. Igbavboa was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Igbavboa has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg and 5.2rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Igbavboa played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the German national team roster. Igbavboa used to play for MEG Goettingen in German league.

Keith Waleskowski
Keith Waleskowski
   #5. International power forward Keith Waleskowski (204-80, college: Dayton) was the main contributor in an overtime Tezenis Verona's victory against the closely-ranked Assi Ostuni (10-15) 71-70 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. Waleskowski had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 35 minutes. Tezenis Verona (12-13) is placed ninth in the Lega2. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Waleskowski is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.3rpg. This year he also averages: 10.4ppg and 1.4spg in the 16 games. Waleskowski is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Waleskowski is currently in the German national team roster. Apparently he has never played in Germany.

Julian Sensley
Julian Sensley
   #6. Forward Julian Sensley (206-82, agency: VVG Sports, college: Hawaii), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Caciques (6-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Sensley's very good performance the bottom-ranked Caciques was defeated 84-72 in Guayama by the one of league's weakest teams Brujos (#7). He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. Sensley also added 4 assists. Sensley is ranked second on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). This season he has very high stats. Sensley averages: 21.5ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Sensley played previously for the USA national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster. Interesting that Sensley has never played in Germany.

Konrad Wysocki
Konrad Wysocki
   #7. International forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton), who plays in the Polish PLK couldn't help PGE Turow (2-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed PGE Turow was badly defeated 85-65 in Gdynia by the leading Asseco Prokom in the Group A. Wysocki was the second best scorer with 10 points in 19 minutes. It was PGE Turow's third consecutive loss 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 Wysocki's total stats are: 9.1ppg and 3.7rpg in the 32 games. Despite he played previously for the Polish national team, Wysocki is currently in the German national team roster.

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

Adam Waleskowski
Adam Waleskowski
   #9. International forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, agency: Court Side, college: Florida St.) couldn't help Levice (18-22) in their game against CEZ Nymburk (34-2) in the Czech Republic NBL, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Waleskowski also added 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in 23 minutes. But Levice (#2) lost 64-76 at home to the leading CEZ Nymburk in the A2 group. This year Waleskowski has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1spg in the eight games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Waleskowski played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the German national team roster. Waleskowski used to play for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule in German league.

Mike Dejworek
Mike Dejworek
   #10. Center Mike Dejworek (210-87, college: Citadel) couldn't help Bakken (25-2) in their game against Svendborg (23-4) in the Danish Ligaen. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The league leader Bakken was defeated 61-52 on their home court in Aarhus by the second-ranked Svendborg. Dejworek has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 4.7rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Dejworek is also a former U18 international player as seven years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. Former international swingman Mario Stojic (198-80, agency: Interperformances) couldn't help Meridiano Alicante in their game against Real Madrid in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Stojic scored only 2 points in 13 minutes. His team lost 87-91. Stojic has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 2.1rpg in the 28 games. He used to play for the German national team seven years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Cody Toppert (193-83, college: Cornell) couldn't help Basquet Mallorca in their game against Girona FC in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Toppert cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 81-73. Toppert has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 3.0rpg. He is a naturalized American. Toppert used to play for the German national team back in 2009. He played also for MEG Goettingen in German league.

   #13. Former international forward Adam Sean Mink (196-91) couldn't help Pavia in their game against Anagni in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). Mink cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 79-62. This year Mink averages just 1.0ppg in the 21 games. He used to play for the German national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Kiril Wachsmann (203-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona) couldn't help Melilla Baloncesto in their game against CB Clavijo in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Wachsmann cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 1 points. His team was defeated 80-76. Wachsmann has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 6.2rpg. He used to play for the German national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international power forward Michael Matzeder couldn't help Reading Rockets in their game against Bristol Acadamy Flyers in the British EBL (second division). Matzeder cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 71-52. Matzeder has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 3.2rpg in the 13 games. He used to play for the German national team three years ago.



Ismet Akpinar (I Will Never Forget My First National Team Dunk Against New Zealand) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95, agency: Beo Basket) is a 16 year old 182cm point guard from Hamburg that recently completed his first season in the Pro B for SC Rist Wedel and the Albert Schweitzer tournament in Mannheim. He played 24 games averaging 5,9ppg, 1,5rpg and 2,3apg. He started his basketball career for : BC Hamburg Tigers junior team in 2009 and last year played for the Oberliga team. Last summer, he took part at the European Championships U16 in Czech Republic -11: 9 games: 13.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 63.9%. He recently spoketo Eurobasket about his experience at the 2012 Albert Schweitzer tournament in Mannheim, Germany.

Congrats on finishing in 4th place at the Albert Schweitzer tournament in mannheim. If some one had told you that Germany would finish in 4th place before the tournament started, what would you have said?


We are completely satisfied with our performance !I would believe that but I think the most people out there wouldn't. We proved ourselves and made some noise So people need to be aware of us. I think untill the European championship in the summer we will be even a more complete team

Germany beat USA quite easily in a exhibition game. Were you sure after this win that Germany would have a successful tournament?

We had a couple of preparation games against New Zealand Australia and the USA . After all these wins we had more self confidence and started motivated into the tournament

The United States finished only in 7th place. How much did this surprise you? Was there talent level not as strong this year?

After our first meeting I was a bit sad about their game I was completely surprised how they ended this tournament. I would have wished that the USA would have been a more stronger team

What was your impression of American Austin Nichols? Are there any players on that team that could become NBA players in the future?


All players have much potential. Some Player more some less. But the Most Important thing is that every player has to work hard to reach this goal. Austin Nichols is a very complete player.

You had a solid tournament averaging 8,4ppg, 3,0rpg and 1,7apg. How happy were you with your play?


I am not satisfied with my performance. Even though I am a year younger than the most guys there I could have played better. I had a couple of good games but also a couple of not so good. I will work hard until the summer and hopefully have some good games in the European championships.

How much could you learn from this week of international play?

During these days you can learn very much !You have the opportunity to compare yourself with the best players of the world. And I did it. I learned very much during my game time.

Germany lost to Serbia which didnt let them get a medal. What would have gotten Germany past the hump to win this game. What would Germany would have done better to win?

We really could have won this game. If we would have stopped their players in the one on one game And if we would have played better help side and rotated better . All in all we were to weak in the defensive game.

You had some good games against New Zealand, Turkey and Serbia. What game will you remember the most?


Every game has this special feeling. You don't get often the chance to play against New Zealand and see the Haka. Against Serbia it's always dynamic and I played against the MVP of the tournament. But I think the game I will not forget is against turkey. The Turkish fans were very loud and energetic. Also it had a complete other atmosphere. What also counts is that it's always something special when you play against you fatherland


What was your personal favorite play in a game that you will remember for a while?

My personal play I will not forget is my first national team dunk against New Zealand.

German Paul Zipser made a name for himself. He averaged 14,6ppg, 5,0rpg and 2,3apg. Do you think that in the future that he will continue to be a point guard or play more the forward position?



I think Paul is also a very completed player. He can play the point position but I think he will prefer the small forward spot.

Gavin Schilling also had a productive tournament averaging 10,7ppg and 5,4rpg. Where do you see his route going in the next years. Could he become a solid NCAA player?

Gavin will be a great NCAA player. He has a lot of potential. He is very athletic and is perfect for the American basketball.

What was the most important thing that you learned form coach Kay Blumel in this week?


I think the most important thing is that he always believed in us. Doesn't matter how much points we were down he stayed the most of time very calm and made the right decision. So to be direct ' believe in yourself and never give up '

You saw many players last week in the tournament. Who will be the stars of tomorrow?


Its very hard to say it right now. The most of the players are still improving themselves. But great players were Radiceciv, Perez , Erlk, Ristic, and Diop

Spain won the 2012 Albert Schweitzer tournament. What keeps Spain still steps in front of Germany in young player development?


Spain plays very good as a unit. There are no selfish players that make very little mistakes and everybody does his job perfect in the team. I think everybody in Spain is the leader of his own club-team but in the national team they fit perfectly together and play very fast (typical for Spain teams) and they dominate most of their opponents.

What are your plans for the summer?


I am gonna plan my summer in the upcoming days together with my coaches. I want to improve my little mistakes in my game like something of my shooting form my passing my ball handling reading situations and so on. I will work hard everyday and a lot of individual things. My goal is to play a very good European championships and I will start from now on.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Haha the last DVD I have watched is honestly the old but gold film Space Jam, but I realized that I am a bit to grown up for this film, but I still loved it.

Thanks Ismet for the chat



Ahmad Smith (Kirchheim Knights) I Am Not Worrying About A Triple Double, But The Most Important Thing Is That We Win - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) is a 27 year old 194cm guard from Virginia that is playing fort he Kirchheim Knights. He played at St.Bonaventure (NCAA) from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played 28 games: ScoreA10-8 (14.2ppg), RebA10-10 (6.2rpg), AssistsA10-9 (3.5apg), FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 59.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for Mardyke UCC Demons Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague): 9 games: 18.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 60.8%. In 2007-2008, he played for SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga): 6 games: 30.2ppg. In 2008-2009, he played for : BSV Wulfen (Germany-Regionalliga) 23.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 6.0apg, 3PT: 35.2%. In 2009-2010, he played for Hertener Loewen (Germany-ProB)29 games: 18.2ppg, Reb-2 (8.7rpg), Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 69.5%. Last season, he played for s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): left before the season started, then moved to SVD 49 Dortmund (Germany-Regionalliga): 6 games: 12.8ppg, waived in Nov.'10, in Jan.'11 signed at Nuernberger Basketball Club (Germany-ProB, starting five): 15 games: 8.3ppg, 6.8rpg, Assists-1 (7.1apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 39.1%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 69.1%. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

You are playing your first season for the Kirchheim Knights in the German PRO A. What has been the secret of the success of the team?

We have experience and we all get along well on the team. We also like to make the extra pass and play good defense.

Who has been the most improved player on the team?

Nils Menck. He didnt get as much minutes last season, but he is showing what he can do this season.

Besnik Bekteshi is your teammate. What can he achieve as a player?

I think when he gets a bit older, that he can become a solid Beko BBL player. If he continues to work hard, sky is the limit.

One can call your mr potential triple double. This season, you have been close with 5,9,9 against Ehingen, 12,9,9 agaisnt Essen and 11,8 10 against Cuxhaven. Will you get a triple double this season?

I think I could, but I am not worrying about that. The most important thing is that we win.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt get noticed right away?

My defense gets overlooked. I have been working on it a lot in the off season.

You are playing your 5th season in Germany. Is there much disappointment that you havent reached the Beko BBL yet?

It was disappointing early in my career. If the day does come where I get there, then I will be satisfied. I am all right where I am now. I will continue to work hard.

What is still missing in your game for the next step?

My shooting. I continue to work hard on my shooting.

What was your childhood like?

I had a normal childhood. Hung around with my friends and played a lot of sports. I also supported the Washington Red Skins.

Who were your NBA idols as a kid?

Michael Jordan and Penny Hardaway.

What was your fondest memory in the NCAA with St Bonaventure?

Just the time with my teammates in the locker room.

When you were a freshman Marques Green had a 14 assist effort in a game against La Salle. Did you pick something up with his passing game?

The most important thing that I learned from him was how to prepare for a game on and off the court. He was the best passer that I ever played against. He has had a great career in Europe.

Who was your toughest opponent in the NCAA that might be in the NBA now?

Jahmer Nelson.

You came to Europe as a rookie and played for Cork in Ireland. What do you still remember from this experience?

That experience was totally new for me. The basketball was ok, but it rained every day.

Do you feel as if your talent as a basketball player has been overlooked?

Yes it has. I have had some bad luck. Last season I was with Wurzburg and they moved up after I left. I have met good people in my 5 years in Germany and dont regret anything. I will continue to work hard and I believe that it will pay off some day.

What were the most free throws that you made in a practice?

30

What was your most crazy shot in a game or practice?

I hit a half court shot in high school to win a game.

Who has been the toughest opponent for you in the PRO A?

Justin Stommes from Paderborn.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Scarface with Al Pacino.

Thanks Ahmad for the chat.



Hornets' Kaman done for remainder of season - by Eurobasket News

Hornets center Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) will miss New Orleans' final five games because of a bruised left tibia.

The Hornets say the injury occurred during New Orleans' victory over Memphis on Sunday night.

The 7-foot Kaman missed the Hornets' win at Charlotte on Monday night.

Kaman, a ninth-year pro who'll be a free agent this summer, was acquired by New Orleans - along with Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu and a first-round draft pick - in a deal that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers before the regular season.

In 47 games, including 33 starts, Kaman averaged 13.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and a team-leading 1.6 blocks per game. He led the team in rebounding 21 times and in scoring 10 times.

Kaman also had a team-leading 15 double-doubles.

Courtesy of www.wbrz.com



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Nestoras KOMMATOS
  Marousi
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kommatos, Marousi20.4 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.2 
 3. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.6 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.15.6 
 5. Dikoudis, PAOK15.0 
 6. Beck, Ikaros14.8 
 7. James, Aris14.5 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris14.3 
 9. Taylor, Kavala13.9 
 10. Baynes, Ikaros13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.7 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.7.6 
 3. NaNa, Ilysiakos7.5 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.7.4 
 5. Kommatos, Marousi6.6 
 6. Symtsak, Kavala6.2 
 7. Tapoutos, Aris6.2 
 8. O''Bryant, Kavala5.9 
 9. Ceranic, KAOD5.7 
 10. Scott, Peristeri5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi6.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.9 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.4.6 
 4. Charalampidi., KAO.4.3 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Pani.4.3 
 6. Wright, AGOR4.1 
 7. James, Aris4.1 
 8. Thompson, Ilysi.3.5 
 9. Mocnik, Perister.3.1 
 10. Calathes, Panathi.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wright, AGOR2.5 
 2. James, Aris1.9 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.1.8 
 4. Logan, Panathin.1.7 
 5. Thompson, Ilysi.1.7 
 6. Perperoglou, Panat.1.6 
 7. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
 8. Gagaloudis, Marousi1.5 
 9. Christmas, AGOR1.5 
 10. Davis, Aris1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.5 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.4 
 3. Petway, AGOR1.4 
 4. Elegar, Marousi1.1 
 5. Hines, Olympiakos1.0 
 6. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 7. Stepheson, Panio.0.9 
 8. Vougioukas, Panat.0.9 
 9. Tsontzos, Marousi0.7 
 10. Giddens, PAOK0.7 


Ioannis Bourousis' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Greeks playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ioannis Bourousis
Ioannis Bourousis
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM). He was the major contributor in a Armani Milano's victory against the closely-ranked Bennet Cantu (18-10) 72-64 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Bourousis had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (17-10) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Bourousis has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 60.8%(96-158), 3FGP: 42.5% and FT: 72.2% in the 26 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Kostas Vasiliadis
Kostas Vasiliadis
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, also represented by FCM). Vasiliadis led Gescrap BB to a victory against the league outsider Blancos de Rueda (7-22) 89-77 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 17 points. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (17-12) is placed fourth in the ACB. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This season Vasiliadis has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 64.0%(48-75) and FT: 89.6%. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St.). Koufos contributed to an easy victory against the Houston Rockets (32-29) 101-86 in the NBA on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. The Denver Nuggets have 34-26 record this season. This year Koufos averages: 5.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(100-170) and FT: 58.8% in the 43 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Koufos played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the Greek senior national team. Strangely Koufos has never played in Greece.

Theodoros Papaloukas
Theodoros Papaloukas
   #4. An experienced point guard Theodoros Papaloukas (200-77, another player represented by FCM) managed to help Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv to win against the closely-ranked Maccabi Rishon (14-10) 77-74 in the Israeli Premier League in Wednesday night's game. He recorded only 4 points and added 7 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (21-2) is placed first in the Premier League. It was his team's ninth 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. Papaloukas' overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 5.4apg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2008.

Alexey Savrasenko
Alexey Savrasenko
   #5. Former international center Alexey Savrasenko (215-79) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-10) 84-68 in the Russian PBL last Tuesday. Savrasenko scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Unics Kazan (7-10) is placed sixth in the PBL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Savrasenko's first season with the team. This year Savrasenko's overall stats are: 5.5ppg and 4.1rpg in the 16 games. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Russian. Despite Savrasenko played previously for the Russian national team, he is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #6. Guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83), who plays in the Italian SerieA could not help Montepaschi Siena (19-7) to beat Bennet Cantu (18-10). Zisis did not beat the league record on Thursday evening. He scored only 3 points and added 5 assists. The league leader Montepaschi Siena was edged in an overtime 95-94 on the road by the second-ranked Bennet Cantu. Zisis' total stats this season are: 5.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis
Sofoklis Schortsanitis
   #7. International center Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-85) is a teammate of previously mentioned Theodoros Papaloukas. But that was another game of his team in Israeli Premier League which we would like to mention. Schortsanitis contributed to a Maccabi T-A's victory against the fifth-ranked Hapoel Holon (13-11) 80-70. He scored 5 points in 13 minutes. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (21-2) is placed first in the Premier League. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This year Schortsanitis' total stats are: 9.2ppg and 4.1rpg in the nine games. He is also Greek national team player.

Dusan Sakota
Dusan Sakota
   #8. Small forward Dusan Sakota (209-86, agency: Beo Basket), who plays in the Russian PBL was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Enisey Krasnoyarsk (2-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sakota's very good performance the bottom-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk was edged 99-97 in Nizhny Novgorod by the one of league's weakest teams BC Nizhny Novgorod (#9). He was the second best scorer with 17 points. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Sakota has reliable stats this season: 10.9ppg and 3.0rpg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Sakota is currently in the Greek U20 national team roster.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #9. International swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) was not able to secure a victory for Gran Canaria 2014 (11-18) in their game against Asefa Estudiantes (8-20) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Gran Canaria 2014 lost 52-61 in Madrid to the one of league's weakest teams (#17) Asefa Estudiantes. It was Gran Canaria 2014's third consecutive loss in a row. Bramos has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.3apg in the 29 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Bramos is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Igor Milosevic
Igor Milosevic
   #10. Guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, another player represented by Beo Basket), who plays in the German BBL couldn't help New Yorker Phantoms (16-15) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance New Yorker Phantoms was edged 91-88 in Muenchen by the higher-ranked Bayern (#5). Milosevic recorded 11 points and added 7 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Milosevic has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg. Despite he played previously for the Serbian national team, Milosevic is also a former U20 international player as six years ago he still played for the Greek national team.

   #11. Former international guard Nick Livas (198-88, college: Ill.-Springfield) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Prievidza in their game against Komarno in the Slovakian Extraliga, despite his good performance last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds in 29 minutes. But his team lost 77-83. Livas has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2spg in the 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Livas played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Greek national team roster. Apparently Livas has never played in Greece.

   #12. Former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-83, agency: Interperformances) couldn't help ASVEL in their game against JDA Dijon in the French ProA. He scored 9 points. His team was defeated 84-71. Haritopoulos has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Haritopoulos is currently in the Greek national team roster.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) couldn't help Canarias in their game against Palencia Baloncesto in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division), despite his good performance in Friday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. But his team lost 84-92. Lampropoulos has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 3.8rpg in the 32 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Lampropoulos is currently in the Greek U18 national team roster.

   #14. International center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (209-84) couldn't help Spartak St.Petersburg in their game against Triumph Lyubertsy in the Russian PBL. He recorded only 4 points. His team was defeated 82-73. Mavrokefalidis averaged so far 10.6ppg and 4.1rpg. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

   #15. International forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ioannis Bourousis and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Fotsis helped Armani Milano win their game against the closely-ranked Bennet Cantu 72-64. He scored only 2 points in 24 minutes. Fotsis has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 4.7rpg in the 27 games. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.



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Eredivisie Round 32: The end of the first stage - by Eurobasket News

The first stage in Eredivisie is over. Leiden ended as No.1 with 22-6 record. Six teams advanced to the second stage, which includes two groups. Participants of Group A are Leiden, Den Bosch and Leeuwarden. Groningen, Nijmegen and Zwolle are placed to Group B. The second stage starts tomorrow and two best teams from each pool will book a spot for the Playoff Semifinals.

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



Zwolle - Nijmegen 89-86
Gerald Robinson (204-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Cameron Wells (185-88, college: Citadel, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 15 points, 6 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Five Zwolle players scored in double figures. American forward Lucas Hargrove (198-88, college: Auburn) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Markel Humphrey (198-87, college: Marshall) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Nijmegen.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: G.Robinson 17+10reb, C.Wells 15+3reb+6ast, N.Hulzebos 14+4reb+1ast, A.Saaka 14+4reb+2ast, D.Huffman 14+5reb+4ast, K.Zondervan 10+11reb
Nijmegen: L.Hargrove 21+14reb+2ast, M.Humphrey 20+6reb+1ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwam 13+7reb, M.Aarts 9+4reb, M.Acker 9+1reb+9ast, D.Van Der Horst 8+2reb+4ast


gschID: 170058


Den Bosch - Leeuwarden 97-79
It was a great shooting night for Den Bosch especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Kees Akerboom (200-83, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) who added 11 points and 7 assists during the contest. Naturalized Dominican guard Tjoe de Paula (185-81, agency: Court Side) responded with 16 points and 7 assists and American guard Brandon Rozzell (187-89, college: VCU) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five Den Bosch and four Leeuwarden players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: K.Akerboom 20+5reb+3ast, T.Wesley 14+4reb+4ast, S.Wessels 14+5reb+1ast, F.Turner 11+4reb+7ast, R.Jansen 10+5reb+6ast, P.Van Paassen 9+2reb
Leeuwarden: T.de Paula 16+2reb+7ast, B.Rozzell 14+5reb+2ast, S.Poels 13+7reb, M.Adako 11+2reb+1ast, L.Jeter 10+1reb+3ast, M.Sanchez 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 170055


Groningen - Rotterdam 67-53
The game was mostly controlled by Groningen. Rotterdam managed to win fourth quarter 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Rotterdam 53-31 including a 39-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Groningen made 7 blocks. The winners were led by international guard Jessey Voorn (193-90, agency: Court Side) who scored that evening 17 points and 5 rebounds and Surinamese forward Sergio de Randamie (201-84, college: Houston, agency: R.H.Consultancy) supported him with 8 points and 10 rebounds. Groningen's coach Hakim Salem used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds by the former international power forward Nick Oudendag (210-87) did not help to save the game for Rotterdam. Forward Ralf de Pagter (200-89, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests.
Top scorers:
Groningen: J.Voorn 17+5reb, A.Wesby 15+3reb, S.de Randamie 8+10reb, J.Dourisseau 8+6reb+3ast, D.Bell 6+4reb, B.Defares 5+4reb+6ast
Rotterdam: N.Oudendag 23+12reb+1ast, R.de Pagter 11+9reb+4ast, L.Williams 7+2reb+2ast, S.Mladenovic 5+4reb+3ast, G.Slagter 5+2reb, S.De Haas 2+1reb
gschID: 170056


Leiden - Weert 81-54
The game was mostly controlled by Leiden. Weert was better in second period 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Weert to just 5 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Weert 55-33 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import power forward Gabe Kennedy (205-81, college: UAB, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. Leiden's coach Toon Van Helfteren felt very confident that he used 10 players saving starting five for next games. International center Kenneth van Kempen (208-87, college: Ohio, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and American point guard Rahmon Fletcher (177-88, college: Wisc.-Green Bay, agency: Court Side) added 9 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Leiden: S.Boxley 16+11reb+3ast, J.Shepherd 14+3reb, T.Sas 12+3reb+1ast, G.Kennedy 9+10reb, W.de Jong 6+4reb+2ast, P.Hilliman 6+11reb
Weert: K.van Kempen 10+12reb+2ast, R.Harman 10+1reb+2ast, D.Minter 10+3reb+2ast, R.Fletcher 9+4reb+3ast, Y.Coleman 6+7reb+1ast, M.Kouwijzer 5+1reb



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.24.6 
 2. Ciric, PVSK P.22.0 
 3. Timberlake, Falco-.21.6 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari21.1 
 5. Austin, Jaszberenyi20.8 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak20.4 
 7. Schachtner, FS Deb.20.1 
 8. Doyne, PVSK P.20.1 
 9. Levy, Szedeak19.1 
 10. Dramicanin, Jaszb.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miklos SZABO
  FS Debrecen
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.4 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.9.6 
 3. Fey, Kaposvari9.1 
 4. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.8.9 
 5. Bader, Szolnok8.7 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari8.7 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak8.6 
 8. Townes, Kormend8.6 
 9. Egemonye, Soproni8.1 
 10. Austin, Jaszberen.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.0 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari5.9 
 3. Simon, Albacomp5.8 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu5.7 
 5. Ingram, FS Debre.5.7 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok5.4 
 7. Thomas, Soproni4.7 
 8. Fekete, Marso N.4.6 
 9. Drahos, Szedeak4.3 
 10. Hodges, Jaszbere.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fekete, Marso N.2.7 
 2. Drahos, Szedeak2.6 
 3. Austin, Jaszberenyi2.5 
 4. Ingram, FS Debre.2.4 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.4 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari2.3 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak2.2 
 8. Toth, PVSK P.2.2 
 9. Perine, ZTE K.2.2 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Townes, Kormend2.0 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.6 
 3. Keller, Albacomp1.5 
 4. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 
 5. Levy, Szedeak1.0 
 6. Chism, Albacomp0.9 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak0.9 
 8. Morgen, Atomeromu0.9 
 9. Miskovic, Marso N.0.8 
 10. Fey, Kaposvari0.8 


A Division Quarterfinals: Second games - by Eurobasket News

Second games of the Playoff Quarterfinals in Hungary were played last night. Szolnok and Albacomp celebrated road wins against their rivals for 2-0 lead in the series. The format is best-of-five, so they need just one more win for the Semis. Also last night, Soproni and Atomeromu celebrated tying the score to 1-1 against Falco and Kormend. Third games are scheduled for Saturday. Falco, Kormend, Albacomp and Szolnok will be the hosts.

Kecskemeti - Szolnok 79-83 OT (0-2)
Overtime win for Szolnok, who got 18 points from Obie Trotter (186-PG-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) and 17 from Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.). Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) helped his team with double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Marko Derasimovic (200-F/G-84) shined with 21 points.
Top scorers:
Kecskemeti: M.Derasimovic 21+3reb+1ast, M.Csorvasi 17+4reb, K.Wittmann 14+6reb+3ast, B.Perine 9+2reb+1ast, G.Denes 7+5reb+2ast, Z.Bencze 6+3reb
Szolnok: O.Obie Trotter 18+3reb+3ast, J.Julien Mills 17+4reb+1ast, M.Bader 13+10reb, A.Horvath 12+5reb+3ast, H.Nikolov 10+6reb+2ast, Z.Trepak 6+1reb
gschID: 174074


Atomeromu - Kormend 86-80 (1-1)
Kormend was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 27-14 charge of Atomeromu, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was center Timothy Frost (208-80, college: Utah) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. Nick Williams (192-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists. Swingman Mike English (194-82, college: UMKC) produced 24 points and 4 assists and forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Kormend's coach Zoran Martic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Kormend: M.English 24+4reb+4ast, C.Ferencz 16+3reb+2ast, R.Bell 16+7reb+3ast, D.Townes 8+6reb+3ast, I.Nemeth 8+4reb, A.Rujak 4+1reb+1ast
Atomeromu: T.Frost 25+9reb+2ast, D.Vojvoda 23+2reb+1ast, N.Williams 21+4reb+5ast, A.Kovacs 7+3reb+4ast, T.Kaman 4+6reb+1ast, A.Toth 4+1reb
gschID: 174072


PVSK Pannon - Albacomp 79-83 (0-2)
The guests trailed by 11 points at the halftime before their 26-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: G.Washington, agency: Two Points) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. The former international point guard Balazs Simon (188-80, agency: Court Side) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Four Albacomp players scored in double figures. Albacomp's coach Branislav Dzunic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) produced 25 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: J.Doyne 25+7reb, A.Ciric 19+3reb, N.Toth 14+10reb, N.Vasojevic 7+4reb+2ast, P.Kovacs 5+3reb, A.Deak 5+1reb
Albacomp: D.Hollis 22+8reb, M.El Amin 20+2reb, B.Simon 15+3reb+5ast, F.Bodi 13+2reb+1ast, W.Chism 7+5reb, A.Keller 4+9reb+1ast
gschID: 174073


Soproni - Falco-Szova 69-47 (1-1)
The game without a history. Soproni led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA, agency: Two Points) who scored 20 points. The former international swingman Andras Molnar (195-83, agency: TSS Management) chipped in 7 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Tamas Will (196-87, agency: TSS Management) produced 8 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Laszlo Simon (193-86, agency: TSS Management) added 13 points and 4 steals respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: L.Simon 13+4reb, B.Jancikin 12+2reb, T.Will 8+7reb+3ast, R.Jarosevits 8+3reb, Z.Szabo 6+7reb+2ast, C.Timberlake 0
Soproni: J.Rubin 20+3reb+1ast, Z.Vesztergom 12+3reb+3ast, D.Thomas 10+2reb+4ast, B.Egemonye 9+8reb, A.Molnar 7+8reb+5ast, N.Takacs 7
gschID: 174071



Playout: JKSE tied the series - by Tamas Deri

Tonight the team of JKSE could win in Zalaegerszeg and tie the best-of-three series against ZTE KK.
American guard Jibril Hodges had an amazing evening scoring 35 points including 7 threes, Kyle Austin helped the winners with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds, serbian forward Rastko Dramicanin added 16 points for the winners. Esian Henderson finished the game with 18 points, David Gaspar scored also 18 in the losing effort.

Zalakeramia ZTE KK - Jaszberenyi KSE 74-87
(21-32, 18-13, 19-14, 16-28)
Zalaegerszeg, Att.: 2.400, Referees: dr. Valovics I., Kapitany G., Jakab L. (Pali dr.)
ZTE KK: Thomas Kelley (188-G-77, agency: TSS Management, college: Michigan St.) 16/3, Esian Henderson (204-F/C-86, college: Central Mo.) 18/6,
David Gaspar 18/6, Whitworth 13/9, Toth G. 3, Kinter 6, Vertetics -, Bodor -, Baki -
JKSE: Kyle Austin (203-F-88, college: Cal-Riverside) 15/9, Jibril Hodges (188-G-84, college: Long Beach St.) 35/21, Medve 4, Horti 6, Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) 16/6, Fulop 2, Szogi 4, Helmeczi -, Borszeki 3/3, Wehner 2




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Thor to the finals - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Thor keeps on write a new history in Iceland Express league. Rookie team in the league, first they make it to the play-offs then they beat Snaefell who where Champions two years ago then the face KR last year Cup and Championship winner and beat them 3-1. This is new history in Iceland basketball. Congratulation Thor. Well done
Last game was close one from beginning, Thor though leading more. KR playing harder defense or at least they had 28 fouls to 15 Thor had. KR shooting better over all and rebounding better but that was not enough.
Final score Thor 83 KR 80
Scorers for Thor. Darrin Govens (185-G-88, college: St.Joseph's) 22. Joseph Henley 16. Gudmundur Jonsson 16. Gretar Erlendsson 12. Blagoj Janev 8. Darri Hilmarsson 7. Baldur Ragnarsson2.
For KR. Joshua Brown 19. Robert Ferguson 17. Finnur Magnusson 15. Hreggvidur Magnusson 12. Dejan Sencanski 10. Martin Hermannsson 5. Skarphedinn Ingason 2



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Maccabi Sends Demond Mallet Back to Belgium - by David Pick

After leaving Belgium's Belgacom Spirou this past December for a late career stint in Tel-Aviv, the last thing Demond Mallet predicted was that he would become the very last player on David Blatt's demanding rotation and that before he knew it, he'd be heading back to Belgium on a one-way-ticket.

Mallet, who earlier this season signed a two-year extension with Spirou, joined Maccabi in attempt to help the Israelis reach back-to-back Euroleague finals appearances. In reality, the 34-year-old point guard saw his hopes of reaching his first ever Euroleague final four slip away in an epic five-game-series against Panathinaikos, and with them, his impressive Euroleague numbers, dropping from 34.7 minutes and 18.7 points per game with Spirou, to a mere 12.8 minutes and 4.6 points in Israel.

Despite Mallet's intentions of remaining in Israel throughout the season, Maccabi's coaching staff decided it be best to end the relationship earlier than expected.





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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 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. Voskuil, Morpho B.18.0 
 7. McConnell, Fileni18.0 
 8. Taylor, Trenkwal.17.3 
 9. Whiting, Aget Imola16.7 
 10. Brooks, Fileni BPA16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.8 
 2. Jones, Giorgio8.0 
 3. Anderson, Morpho B.8.0 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.9 
 5. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.7 
 6. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.7 
 7. Waleskowski, Tezen.7.3 
 8. Brooks, Fileni BPA7.2 
 9. Diliegro, Assi Ost.7.0 
 10. Huff, MarcoPol.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mike GREEN
  Sigma B.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Green, Sigma B.5.1 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.4.7 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.6 
 4. Kelley, Biancobl.3.6 
 5. McConnell, Fileni3.4 
 6. Marigney, Givova S.3.3 
 7. Renfroe, Enel B.3.3 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola3.3 
 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. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.2 
 9. Ghersetti, Centra.2.2 
 10. Marigney, Givova2.2 
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. DiGiuliomari., Tez.0.6 
 8. Zerini, Enel Brind.0.6 
 9. Renzi, Tezenis0.6 
 10. Campbell, S.Antimo0.5 


Dimitrios Tsaldaris joins Reyer Venezia - by Eurobasket News

Dimitrios Tsaldaris (195-G/F-80) has officially become the player of Reyer Venezia. The Greece swingman started the season in Greece. He played for Aris Thessaloniki. Dimitrios Tsaldaris averaged 5.0 points, 2.4 boards and 1.4 assists per game in EuroCup. In Greek A1 League his stats read 8.2 points, 2.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds per appearance. Dimitrios Tsaldaris is not new to Italy. He used to play for Sassari, Napoli and Montegranaro. Eurobasket.com named Dimitrios Tsaldaris into All-Greeks Abroad Team in 2011. The swingman was the member of Greek National Team in 2009. Dimitrios Tsaldaris participated at 2008 and 2009 A1 League All-Star Games.


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  IVORY COAST   


Christophe Denis takes over Cote d'Ivoire National Team - by Eurobasket News

Christophe Denis will be the next Cote d'Ivoire National Team head coach. The specialist has just agreed on terms of contract with the National Federation of the country. He will be preparing the team for the upcoming 2013 AfroBasket. The event will take place in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Christophe Denis will be assisted by Thomas Drouot , Olivier Pierot and his father Francis Denis . Christophe Denis is not new to Cote d'Ivoire as he spent part of his childhood in the country. The specialist has been recently working with Paris-Levallois. He also had stints with Paris Basket Racing U20 team and Antibes. Christophe Denis led his teams to French ProB regular season crown as well as ProB semifinals.
Cote d'Ivoire reached semifinals at the 2011 African Championship in Madagascar.



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  JAPAN   

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi20.4 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.6 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.17.3 
 4. Orimo, Hokkaido L.16.3 
 5. Kanamaru, Panasoni.15.7 
 6. McFarlin, Tochigi15.6 
 7. Lewis, Hokkaido L.14.2 
 8. Igarashi, Mitsubis.13.9 
 9. Gibbs, Toyota A.12.8 
 10. Moss, Toshiba BT12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.7 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi9.7 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.5 
 4. Moss, Toshiba BT8.5 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.4 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.2 
 7. Allen, Mitsubis.7.4 
 8. Hale, Mitsubis.7.2 
 9. Lewis, Hokkaido L.7.0 
 10. Takeuchi, Toyota6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi4.5 
 2. Igarashi, Mitsubis.4.0 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.8 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.7 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.0 
 6. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
 7. Watanabe, Panason.2.7 
 8. Kashiwakura, Hitac.2.7 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi2.5 
 10. Kinoshita, Panaso.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi1.8 
 2. Sato, Hitachi SR1.7 
 3. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.6 
 4. Hirose, Panasoni.1.6 
 5. Hale, Mitsubis.1.5 
 6. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.5 
 7. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.5 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.4 
 9. Sakuragi, Aishin SH1.3 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitac.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.6 
 2. Richardson, Aishin1.4 
 3. Takeuchi, Toyota1.1 
 4. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.1 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.0.9 
 6. Merritt, Toshi.0.8 
 7. O''Bannon, Panason.0.8 
 8. Moss, Toshiba BT0.8 
 9. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 
 10. Aono, Panasonic0.8 


Aishin celebrate win in Finals opener - by Eurobasket News

Aishin SH - Toyota Alvark 73-70

Aishin celebrate win in Finals opener over Toyota. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 26-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) fired 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Anthony Richardson (201-83, college: Florida St., agency: TSS Management) chipped in 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Toyota Alvark's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 20+7reb+2ast, A.Richardson 17+8reb+4ast, S.Kashiwagi 12+6reb+1ast, K.Young 8+6reb+1ast, T.Furukawa 8+3reb, S.Asayama 6+2reb
Toyota Alvark: P.Ricci 14+7reb, Y.Okada 12+1reb, J.Gibbs 10+9reb+2ast, K.Tanaka 9+5reb+4ast, T.Ito 8+1reb+3ast, K.Takeuchi 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 174066



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  KENYA   


Champs Tigoni Crushed By Shimba - by Eurobasket News

Defending national secondary schools boys' and girls' basketball champions started with mixed results in the opening matches as the event got under way at Maseno High School on Tuesday.

Laiser Boys who are the titleholders in the boys' category won their opening game against the hosts Maseno while Tigoi Girls lost to Coast's Shimba Hills.

Laiser edged out host Maseno 61-42 in a hotly and tension packed match watched by a sizeable number of supporters.

The crown holders easily won the first set 25-6 but Maseno came back in the second rejuvenated and narrowly went down 10-8. In the third Laiser again had a daunting task by winning 14-12 while in the final quarter, the teams tied 14-14.

Vanon Obonyo of Maseno scored the highest with 18 points while Oscar Muge was second for the same team with nine. Heri Mwalimu was Laiser's top scorer with 17 followed by Rodgers Kauma on 13.

In another boy's match, Shimba Hills from Coast thrashed Garissa Boys 139-12.

In the girl's division, defending champions Tigoi started their defense on a losing note going down 102-22 to rivals Shimba Hills in a one sided game which failed to live up to expectations.

Shimba won 31-7 in the first quarter, 17-12 in the second, 36-11 in the third and 18-12 in the fourth.

The winning coach Phillip Onyango says his side has the best players and will work hard to get the trophy.

In another clash, Buruburu Girls walloped NEP Girls a record 136-2 while Kapkolei from Rift Valley beat Barazani 60-37.
Courtesy of: Capital FM (Nairobi)



Laiser Boys won against the Maseno - by Eurobasket News

Defending national secondary schools boys' and girls' basketball champions started with mixed results in the opening matches as the event got under way at Maseno High School on Tuesday.

Laiser Boys who are the titleholders in the boys' category won their opening game against the hosts Maseno while Tigoi Girls lost to Coast's Shimba Hills.

Laiser edged out host Maseno 61-42 in a hotly and tension packed match watched by a sizeable number of supporters.

The crown holders easily won the first set 25-6 but Maseno came back in the second rejuvenated and narrowly went down 10-8. In the third Laiser again had a daunting task by winning 14-12 while in the final quarter, the teams tied 14-14.

Vanon Obonyo of Maseno scored the highest with 18 points while Oscar Muge was second for the same team with nine. Heri Mwalimu was Laiser's top scorer with 17 followed by Rodgers Kauma on 13.

In another boy's match, Shimba Hills from Coast thrashed Garissa Boys 139-12.
Courtesy of: Capital FM (Nairobi)



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  LATVIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (203-G-90)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Peiners, LU19.1 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja18.4 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera16.7 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala16.4 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava15.8 
 7. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 8. Young, Ventspils14.3 
 9. Bankevics, Valmiera14.3 
 10. Timma, Liepaja13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.3 
 2. Willard, Ventspils8.4 
 3. Rozitis, Valmiera8.0 
 4. Dargais, LU7.9 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga7.7 
 6. Mednis, Turiba6.7 
 7. Timma, Liepaja6.4 
 8. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 9. Cain, VEF Riga5.8 
 10. Nelson, Jelgava5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.0 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.4 
 3. Kravcenko, Liepaja4.0 
 4. Coders, Jurmala3.6 
 5. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.5 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava3.3 
 7. Gray, Ventspils3.0 
 8. Peiners, LU2.9 
 9. Silavs, Jelgava2.9 
 10. Valters, VEF Riga2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kristaps KANBERGS
  Jelgava
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.9 
 2. Peiners, LU1.8 
 3. Timma, Liepaja1.7 
 4. Mayo, Liepaja1.7 
 5. Osins, LU1.7 
 6. Gray, Ventspils1.6 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala1.4 
 8. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.4 
 9. Piternieks, Turiba1.4 
 10. Krumins, Jelgava1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.5 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.4 
 3. Leiteris, Liepaja1.0 
 4. Cain, VEF Riga0.9 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala0.9 
 6. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 7. Plivda, LU0.7 
 8. Meiers, Ventspils0.6 
 9. Duselis, Jelgava0.6 
 10. Berzins, Ventspils0.5 



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  LEBANON   

Standings - Division A

Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 26-3 
 2. Al Riyadi 25-3 
 3. Anibal 18-11 
 4. Sagesse 15-14 
 5. Moutahed 13-16 
 6. Byblos 10-19 
 7. Bejjeh 8-18 
 8. Hoops 6-23 

Second Stage: Round 15

Apr. 17: Hoops - Anibal 55-76


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Penigar, Byblos28.5 
 2. Khatib, Champville27.3 
 3. Spencer, Al Riyadi25.8 
 4. Gray, Byblos24.6 
 5. Youngblood, Anibal22.2 
 6. Johnson, Sagesse22.0 
 7. Johnson, Moutahed21.3 
 8. Hoskin, Champville19.6 
 9. Souaid, Bejjeh18.9 
 10. Khoury, Sagesse18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Byblos
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Penigar, Byblos12.1 
 2. Crump, Sagesse11.5 
 3. Ismail, Al Riyadi11.4 
 4. Thompson, Champvil.11.1 
 5. Hoskin, Champville10.0 
 6. Trim, Moutahed9.2 
 7. Hamdar, Hoops8.9 
 8. Bawji, Moutahed8.3 
 9. Bou Abboud, Bejjeh7.6 
 10. Fakhreddine, Hoo.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ali MAHMOUD
  Al Riyadi
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi6.3 
 2. Akl, Anibal6.0 
 3. Johnson, Moutahed5.8 
 4. Ismail, Al Riyadi5.6 
 5. Gray, Byblos5.5 
 6. Khatib, Champville5.3 
 7. Johnson, Sagesse4.7 
 8. Spencer, Al Riyadi4.4 
 9. Barada, Byblos4.3 
 10. Youngblood, Anibal3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jasmon YOUNGBLOOD
  Anibal
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Youngblood, Anibal3.0 
 2. Johnson, Moutahed2.7 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.5 
 4. Estephane, Champvi.2.2 
 5. Spencer, Al Riyadi2.1 
 6. Akl, Anibal1.7 
 7. Johnson, Sagesse1.7 
 8. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.6 
 9. Souaid, Bejjeh1.6 
 10. Bou Abboud, Bejj.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ahmad ISMAIL
  Al Riyadi
  (205-F-76)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.8 
 2. Hamdar, Hoops1.6 
 3. Thompson, Champvil.1.5 
 4. Crump, Sagesse1.5 
 5. Vogel, Al Riyadi1.5 
 6. Sabra, Byblos1.4 
 7. Youngblood, Anibal1.2 
 8. Tabet, Anibal1.1 
 9. Hoskin, Champville1.1 
 10. Bou Abboud, Bejj.1.0 


Johnson's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old guard Austin Johnson (191-G-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Moutahed and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 14 (Second Stage).
He got a double-double of 40 points and 11 assists, while his team crushed Byblos (#6, 10-19) with 23-point margin 127-104. Moutahed maintains the 5th position in Lebanese league. Moutahed is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 16th lost game this season out of 29 games. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's his second year at Moutahed and it's hard to imagine this team without him. The University of Oklahoma graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (6th best: 23.2ppg), assists (3rd best: 6.3apg) and averages solid 2.7spg and 54.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports) of league's second-best Al Riyadi. He is American guard in his first season at Al Riyadi. In the last game Spencer recorded impressive 35 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for Al Riyadi to edge slightly lower-ranked Anibal (#3, 17-11) by 3 points 84-81. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Al Riyadi consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. His team lost just three games this Second Stage, while they won 25 matches. Spencer is a newcomer at Al Riyadi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.8ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 5.7rpg and 4.4apg.

Third place about best performers goes to another Moutahed's star - forward Bassel Bawji (203-F/C-89, agency: Pro Management Agency). Bawji showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Moutahed, helping his team with a 127-104 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Byblos (#6, 10-19). The chances of Moutahed ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bawji could help Moutahed to bring them higher in the standings. Bawji has a great season in Lebanon. After 33 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.8rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elie Estephane (195-G-86) of Champville - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Yehia Sabra (196-F-85) of Byblos - 22 points and 11 rebounds
6. Nadim Hawe (205-C-83) of Champville - 13 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84) of Anibal - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83) of Al Riyadi - 17 points and 10 rebounds
9. Chudney Gray (188-G-78) of Byblos - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ahmad Ismail (205-F-76) of Al Riyadi - 11 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  LITHUANIA   


Lietuvos Rytas earned the first win versus Khimky - by Eurobasket News

VTB League
Lietuvos Rytas - Khimky 82:71


Lietuvos Rytas earned the first win in the best-of-three series versus Khimky in Vilnius. The Lithuanian team celebrated a 82:71 victory.
The game was mostly controlled by Lietuvos Rytas. Khimky was better in second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Khimky 36-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. Khimky was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Lithuanian guard Renaldas Seibutis (195-G-85) stepped up and scored 25 points for the winners and Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) posted 15 and Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85) netted 9.
At the losing side guard Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 15 points and 5 assists and Jeff Adrien (201-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) followed them with 10 points. Khimky's coach Rimas Kurtinaitis rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.

Lietuvos Rytas: Renaldas Seibutis 25, Jonas Valanciunas 15, Mindaugas Katelynas 14, Arturas Jomantas 9
Khimky: Vitaly Fridzon 15, Jeff Adrien 12, Chris Quinn 10



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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 10-11 
 6. Cananea 9-12 
 7. Guasave 9-12 
 8. Culiacan 8-13 
 9. Navolato 7-14 
 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 23

Apr. 20: Tepic - Guasave
Apr. 20: Nogales - Tijuana
Apr. 20: Navolato - Cananea
Apr. 20: Culiacan - Guaymas
Apr. 20: Hermosillo - Los Mochis


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Rob ROBINSON
  Culiacan
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 23
 1. Robinson, Culiacan23.0 
 2. McCullough, Nogales22.1 
 3. Thomas, Cananea20.7 
 4. Selleaze, Navolato20.2 
 5. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
 6. Carter, Guasave19.5 
 7. Johnson, Guaymas18.0 
 8. Habel, Guaymas17.8 
 9. Quintero, Tijuana17.7 
 10. Harris, Cananea17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Riley, Tepic11.8 
 2. Selleaze, Navolato8.9 
 3. Sanders-F., Nogales8.9 
 4. Robinson, Culiacan8.6 
 5. Lopez, Hermosillo7.8 
 6. Strobbe, Nogales7.4 
 7. Zamora, Culiacan7.4 
 8. Wiley, Los Mochis7.1 
 9. McCullough, Nogales7.0 
 10. Little, Hermosillo6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tayloe TAYLOR
  Los Mochis
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Taylor, Los Mochis6.2 
 2. Nungaray, Guaymas5.5 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.2 
 4. Harris, Cananea3.7 
 5. McSwine, Navolato3.5 
 6. Riley, Tepic3.5 
 7. Pulido, Culiacan3.4 
 8. Quintero, Tijuana3.3 
 9. McCullough, Nogales3.2 
 10. Heredia, Nogales3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  Navolato
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gibson, Navolato1.8 
 2. Thomas, Cananea1.8 
 3. Buelna, Guasave1.5 
 4. Pulido, Culiacan1.4 
 5. Heredia, Nogales1.4 
 6. Riley, Tepic1.4 
 7. Giron, Guasave1.3 
 8. Carter, Guasave1.3 
 9. Reatiga, Navolato1.2 
 10. Monreal, Hermosil.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Riley, Tepic3.7 
 2. Seay, Tijuana1.8 
 3. Zamora, Culiacan1.3 
 4. Habel, Guaymas1.2 
 5. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan1.0 
 7. Johnson, Guaymas0.8 
 8. Verdugo, Navolato0.8 
 9. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 10. Giron, Guasave0.7 


Fuerza Guinda de Nogales sign Elgrace Wilborn - by Eurobasket Center

Fuerza Guinda de Nogales signed 29-year old American forward Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky). In his first game he scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Guaymas 84-91. Wilborn played most recently at Anastasia de Fray Bentos (Uruguay). He is a very experienced player. Wilborn played also pro basketball in Argentina, Spain and Uruguay. He graduated Western Kentucky University in 2006 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Robinson number one in Mexico for round 21 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Rob Robinson (203-F-87, agency: SDJ Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Culiacan, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (39 points, seven rebounds and six assists) to as his team Culiacan moved-up to the 8th position in the Mexican CIBACOPA. Culiacan is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 13th lost game this season out of 21 games. Robinson just recently signed at Culiacan, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Robert Morris University star has very solid stats this year. Robinson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.2ppg), rebounds (4th best: 8.7rpg) and averages impressive 58.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of league's second-best Tijuana. Morrison had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Tijuana cruised to a 95-88 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Tepic (#10, 1-20). Tijuana's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 16-5 record is not bad at all. Morrison is one of the most experienced players at Tijuana and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Seth Scott (206-F-81, agency: Court Side) of Los Mochis (#5). Scott got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for seventeen rebounds . He was a key player of Los Mochis, leading his team to a 112-110 win against the lower-ranked Culiacan (#8, 8-13). The chances of Los Mochis ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Scott could help Los Mochis to bring them higher in the standings. Scott has a very solid season. In 4 games in Mexico he scored 20.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ray Reese (196-F-87) of Tepic - 40 points and 7 rebounds
5. Myron Allen (182-PG-79) of Guaymas - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists
6. Charles Moore (201-F-86) of Guasave - 19 points and 14 rebounds
7. Devon Pearson (198-F-84) of Los Mochis - 37 points and 11 rebounds
8. Eric Cuen (196-F) of Los Mochis - 23 points and 10 rebounds
9. Franco Harris (183-G-83) of Cananea - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Tijuana - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



CIBACOPA Round 21: Pioneros Los Mochis defeat Caballeros de Culiacan in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 21 in the CIBACOPA took place in Culiacan. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 7th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (8-13) to fifth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (10-11) 112-110 on Tuesday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Caballeros de Culiacan won third quarter 28-27. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pioneros Los Mochis made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Pioneros Los Mochis outrebounded Caballeros de Culiacan 45-30 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Seth Scott (206-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Portland St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) chipped in 37 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) with 39 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 18-of-20 shooting from the field). Caballeros de Culiacan's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Pioneros Los Mochis maintains fifth place with 10-11 record. Caballeros de Culiacan lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caballeros de Culiacan will play again on the road against Pioneros Los Mochis (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Guaymas. Third ranked host Ostioneros de Guaymas (16-5) defeated 4th placed Fuerza Guinda Nogales (12-9) 91-84. American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists for the winning side and Haakim Johnson accounted for 28 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) came up with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for Fuerza Guinda Nogales in the defeat. Ostioneros de Guaymas moved-up to second place, which they share with Tijuana. Fuerza Guinda Nogales lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with nine games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will again play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) at home in the next round. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round.
CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (17-4) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Mineros de Cananea (9-12) 82-77. The best player for the winners was Emmanuel Little who scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Franco Harris who recorded 20 points and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-4 record. Defending champion Mineros de Cananea dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Guasave. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mineros de Cananea will play again against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Second ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (16-5) crushed at home 10th ranked Coras de Tepic (1-20) by 36 points 107-71, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Omar Quintero who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach Luis Lopez felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Tijuana Zonkeys. They maintain second place with 16-5 record behind leader Hermosillo, which they share with Guaymas. Coras de Tepic lost their third game in a row. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Tijuana Zonkeys' next round opponent will be again bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game.

In the last two games of round 21 Guasave won against Navolato on the opponent's court 84-77. Tijuana managed to outperform Tepic in a home game 95-88.



Culiacan - Los Mochis 110-112

The most exciting game of round 21 in the CIBACOPA took place in Culiacan. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 7th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (8-13) to fifth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (10-11) 112-110 on Tuesday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Caballeros de Culiacan won third quarter 28-27. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pioneros Los Mochis made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Pioneros Los Mochis outrebounded Caballeros de Culiacan 45-30 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Seth Scott (206-81, college: Portland St., agency: Court Side) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) chipped in 37 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) with 39 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 18-of-20 shooting from the field) and swingman Mychal Henderson (198-85, college: Ks Wesleyan) scored 19 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Caballeros de Culiacan's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Pioneros Los Mochis maintains fifth place with 10-11 record. Caballeros de Culiacan lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Pioneros Los Mochis will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Caballeros de Culiacan will play again on the road against Pioneros Los Mochis (#5) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: D.Pearson 37+11reb, S.Scott 32+17reb, E.Cuen 23+10reb+1ast, C.M. Toussaint 10+3reb+7ast, T.Taylor 7+2reb+6ast, J.Favela 3+2reb+2ast
Culiacan: R.Robinson 39+7reb+6ast, M.Henderson 19+4reb+4ast, R.Lopez 13+2reb+5ast, V.Avila 12+4reb, R.Zamora 9+5reb+1ast, L.Pulido 8+3reb+4ast


gschID: 171177


Navolato - Guasave 77-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Garra Canera de Navolato's (7-14) home loss to eighth ranked Frayles de Guasave (9-12) 77-84. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Garra Canera de Navolato won third quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Frayles de Guasave made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Garra Canera de Navolato helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American forward Charles Moore (201-86, college: S.Arkansas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Moore is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Dominican-American guard Damien McSwine (193-78, college: Loyola, IL) answered with 24 points and American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Garra Canera de Navolato. Frayles de Guasave moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cananea. Garra Canera de Navolato at the other side keeps the ninth position with 14 games lost. Frayles de Guasave will have a break next round. Garra Canera de Navolato will play again on the road against Frayles de Guasave (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guasave: C.Moore 19+14reb+1ast, A.Izaguirre 18+4reb, R.Carter 15+5reb+3ast, G.Giron 15+1reb+3ast, V.Buelna 15+2reb+2ast, S.Spicer 2+1reb
Navolato: D.McSwine 24+4reb+3ast, F.Verdugo 20+4reb, R.Selleaze 18+7reb+1ast, J.Angel Reatiga 8+3reb+5ast, M.Gibson 5+4reb+6ast, A.Chan 2
gschID: 171178


Tijuana - Tepic 95-88

Very predictable result when second ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (16-5) defeated at home bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (1-20) 95-88. It looked good early as Coras de Tepic took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tijuana Zonkeys had a 36-19 second period charge getting the lead and Coras de Tepic was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 88-95. Tijuana Zonkeys dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Coras de Tepic's 46. Tijuana Zonkeys forced 23 Coras de Tepic turnovers. It was a good game for American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. The former international power forward Arim Solares (202-83) contributed with 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Ray Reese (196-87, college: Tulsa, agency: David Lee services) answered with 40 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and the other American import center Deangelo Riley (205, college: Azusa Pacific) added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Coras de Tepic. Five Tijuana Zonkeys and four Coras de Tepic players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Tijuana Zonkeys. They maintain second place with 16-5 record behind leader Hermosillo, which they share with Guaymas. Coras de Tepic lost their third game in a row. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Tijuana Zonkeys' next round opponent will be again bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: M.Morrison 25+14reb+3ast, D.Hugee 19+5reb+2ast, A.Solares 18+2reb+6ast, O.Quintero 14+2ast, C.Tate 12+7reb+1ast, L.Ramirez 3
Tepic: R.Reese 40+7reb+1ast, D.Riley 14+8reb+6ast, E.Swanson 13+4reb+1ast, K.Young 13+6reb+2ast, S.Lugo 6+1reb+2ast, H.Torres 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 171174


Guaymas - Nogales 91-84

The game between Top Four teams took place in Guaymas. Third ranked host Ostioneros de Guaymas (16-5) defeated 4th placed Fuerza Guinda Nogales (12-9) 91-84. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 25-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. Ostioneros de Guaymas players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American point guard Myron Allen (182-79, college: Lee JC) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) accounted for 28 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) came up with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and international forward Michael Strobbe (201-85) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Fuerza Guinda Nogales in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ostioneros de Guaymas moved-up to second place, which they share with Tijuana. Fuerza Guinda Nogales lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with nine games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will again play against Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) at home in the next round. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guaymas: H.Johnson 28+5reb, J.Habel 21+5reb+1ast, M.Allen 18+8reb+13ast, F.Benitez 10+7reb+2ast, H.Carrillo 7+4reb+4ast, H.Nungaray 5+2reb+2ast
Nogales: M.Strobbe 20+7reb+3ast, O.McCullough 19+8reb+7ast, R.Jarvis 19+2reb+3ast, E.Wilborn 13+6reb, B.Heredia 5+2reb+3ast, J.Mercado 4+3reb
gschID: 171175


Cananea - Hermosillo 77-82

CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (17-4) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Mineros de Cananea (9-12) 82-77. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) who scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Brian Hamilton (198-82, college: La-Lafayette) chipped in 16 points. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) who recorded 20 points and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American guard Roburt Sallie (196-86, college: Memphis) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Mineros de Cananea players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-4 record. Defending champion Mineros de Cananea dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Guasave. Rayos de Hermosillo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mineros de Cananea will play again against the league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hermosillo: B.Hamilton 16+2reb+2ast, E.Little 15+8reb+3ast, J.Lopez 13+5reb, J.Manuel Esteva 13+1reb, S.Monreal 11+1reb+6ast, P.Sanders 9+1reb+1ast
Cananea: R.Sallie 20+5reb+2ast, F.Harris 20+4reb+6ast, A.Pettaway 17+7reb+1ast, D.Thomas 12+6reb+5ast, J.Verdugo 4+4reb, J.Arturo Farrera Chantiri 4+3reb
gschID: 171176


Tijuana - Tepic 107-71

Second ranked Tijuana Zonkeys (16-5) crushed at home 10th ranked Coras de Tepic (1-20) by 36 points 107-71, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Tijuana Zonkeys. Coras de Tepic was better in second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tijuana Zonkeys dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Coras de Tepic's 36. They outrebounded Coras de Tepic 42-27 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Tijuana Zonkeys especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Coras de Tepic's players. It was a good game for the former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Tijuana Zonkeys players scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys' coach Luis Lopez felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kavin Young answered with 29 points and American center Deangelo Riley (205, college: Azusa Pacific) added 13 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks in the effort for Coras de Tepic. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Tijuana Zonkeys. They maintain second place with 16-5 record behind leader Hermosillo, which they share with Guaymas. Coras de Tepic lost their third game in a row. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Tijuana Zonkeys' next round opponent will be again bottom-ranked Coras de Tepic (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Tijuana: C.Tate 19+6reb, M.Morrison 17+8reb+2ast, L.Ramirez 15+1reb+1ast, A.Solares 13+3reb+3ast, L.Rodriguez Sainz 12+3reb+1ast, O.Quintero 10+7reb+10ast
Tepic: K.Young 29+1reb+1ast, R.Reese 14+5reb, D.Riley 13+11reb+5ast, A.Velarde 6+2reb+2ast, D.Chicati 3, P.Gomez 2+1reb
gschID: 171173



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1A

1A Standings
S-League
 1. Buducnost 7-1 
 2. Mornar Bar 6-2 
 3. Sutjeska 4-3 
 4. Lovcen 3-5 
 5. Teodo Tivat 2-5 
 6. Ulcinj 1-7 
Play-Out
 1. KK Podgorica 5-2 
 2. Jedinstvo 5-2 
 3. ABS Primorje 5-2 
 4. Danilovgrad 3-3 
 5. Centar BP 2-4 
 6. Mogren 0-7 
Erste Basketball League Standings

Second Stage: Round 8

Play-Out

Apr. 18: KK Podgorica - ABS Primorje 61-69
Apr. 18: Jedinstvo - Mogren 20-0
Apr. 19: Centar BP - Danilovgrad

S-League

Apr. 18: Buducnost - Lovcen 85-60
Apr. 18: Ulcinj - Mornar Bar 57-98
Apr. 19: Sutjeska - Teodo Tivat



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  MOROCCO   


Final Four of the throne Cup in Morocco - by Eurobasket News

Final Four of the throne Cup in Morocco found out the participating teams. The defending champions ASS, Wydad Casablanca, Sports Plaza and Renaissance Berkane sports will compete for the title.
In the second games against their opponents they did not have any difficulties reaching the semifinals. ASS overcame MAS 79:51 despite the loss in the first game 74:80. Wydad Casablanca won both games against FUS. At first they celebrated a 56:51 win and then added 75:70 in Game 2. Sports Plaza edged RST in game 1 79:76 and then celebrated an easy 89:44 victory. Renaissance Berkane sports lost to CRA 75:79 in Game 1, but then stormed past the opponent with a confident 73:59 win.
In the Semifinals Wydad Casablanca will take on Renaissance Berkane sports. The defending champions ASS will play against Sports Plaza.



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  NAMIBIA   


NBF Host Successful Under-20 Trials in Windhoek - by Eurobasket News

Windhoek The Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF) in conjunction with the Directorate of Sport in the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture successfully continued with their U-20 regional trials, in Windhoek on Saturday.

More than 30 players from the Khomas and Hardap Regions went through dribbling, passing and shooting drills and had the chance to showcase their playing skills in scrimmage games.

A horde of talented youngsters led by Fillemon Auwanga, Pedro Joao, Uakazapi Karuuombe, Andrew Oletu, Raphael Paulus, Reginald Sisande and Uerihorora Tjivikua were selected after the trials and were invited to take part in the upcoming trials to be hosted on 26th to 28th, also in Windhoek.

In the girls' category, Saima Sakaria, Alma Samuel, Victoria Shilongo, Hertha Shimuketa and Nina Simoa were selected. Through the unconditional support of the German Olympic Sports Confederation and the German Federal Foreign Office, the NBF was able to handover basketballs to the players and coaches in order for them to continue working on the drills.
Courtesy of: New Era



Basketball Unearths More Talent - by Eurobasket News

THE Namibian Basketball Federation, in conjunction with the Ministry of Sport, on Saturday continued their search for emerging talent with the under-20 regional trials held in Windhoek.

More than 30 players from Khomas and Hardap went through dribbling, passing and shooting drills and had the chance to showcase their playing skills in scrimmage games.

In the boys' category Fillemon Auwanga, Pedro Joao, Uakazapi Karuuombe, Andrew Oletu, Raphael Paulus, Reginald Sisande and Uerihorora Tjivikua were all invited to attend the national trials in Windhoek from April 26-28.

In the girls' section, Saima Sakaria, Alma Samuel, Victoria Shilongo, Hertha Shimuketa and Nina Simoa were selected.

Through the support of the German Olympic Sports Confederation and the German Federal Foreign Office, NBF also handed over balls to the players and coaches in order to continue working on their drills.

The next trials will be held in Tsumeb for the Caprivi, Kavango, Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa regions on Saturday.
Courtesy of: Namibian



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 37-26 
 2. New York K. 33-29 
 3. Philadelph.76 32-29 
 4. New Jersey N. 22-41 
 5. Toronto R. 22-41 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 47-15 
 2. Indiana P. 40-22 
 3. Milwaukee B. 28-32 
 4. Detroit P. 23-39 
 5. Cleveland C. 20-41 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 44-17 
 2. Atlanta H. 36-25 
 3. Orlando M. 35-26 
 4. Washington W. 16-46 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-53 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 45-17 
 2. Denver N. 34-27 
 3. Utah Jazz 33-30 
 4. Portland TB 27-35 
 5. Minnesota T. 26-37 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 40-23 
 2. LA Clippers 39-23 
 3. Phoenix Suns 32-30 
 4. Golde State W. 21-39 
 5. Sacramento K. 20-42 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 45-16 
 2. Memphis G. 37-25 
 3. Dallas M. 35-28 
 4. Houston R. 32-30 
 5. N.Orleans H. 19-43 

Regular Season: Round 112

Apr. 18: Denver N. - LA Clippers 98-104
Apr. 18: Phoenix Suns - Oklah.City T. 97-109
Apr. 18: Miami Heat - Toronto R. 96-72
Apr. 18: New Jersey N. - New York K. 95-104
Apr. 18: Portland TB - Utah Jazz 91-112
Apr. 18: Golde State W. - LA Lakers 87-99
Apr. 18: Cleveland C. - Philadelph.76 87-103
Apr. 18: Charlotte B. - Chicago B. 68-100
Apr. 18: Washington W. - Milwaukee B. 121-112
Apr. 18: Dallas M. - Houston R. 117-110
Apr. 18: Atlanta H. - Detroit P. 116-84
Apr. 18: Memphis G. - N.Orleans H. 103-91
Apr. 18: Boston C. - Orlando M. 102-98
Apr. 18: Sacramento K. - San Antonio S. 102-127

Regular Season: Round 113

Apr. 19: Indiana P. - Milwaukee B.
Apr. 19: N.Orleans H. - Houston R.
Apr. 19: Phoenix Suns - LA Clippers
Apr. 19: Detroit P. - Minnesota T.
Apr. 19: Miami Heat - Chicago B.


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..23.9 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat22.6 
 7. Anthony, New Y.22.6 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.22.5 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas21.8 
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, Phoenix9.9 
 10. Monroe, Detroit P.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.6 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.8 
 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. Parker, San A.7.7 
 9. Wall, Washington W.7.7 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.6.8 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.2 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 5. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 6. Shumpert, New Y.1.8 
 7. Iguodala, Philadel.1.8 
 8. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..1.7 
 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. Jordan, LA Clippers2.1 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.0 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 7. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 9. Jefferson, Utah J.1.7 
 10. O''Neal, Boston C.1.7 


Celtics' Big Three nearly split at trade deadline - by Eurobasket News

As the NBA trade deadline lurched into its final hour a month ago, league sources say the call Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) long feared had come: Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was on the line, telling him he had been traded. Allen had been sent to the Memphis Grizzlies for a package including O.J. Mayo and a draft pick, and the Celtics' Big Three had come to a most brusque ending.

For 20 minutes or so, Allen had to process the information. They traded me to Memphis? And yet, as the disappointment dissolved to anger, Rivers returned with a messengers nightmare: Never mind. The deal fell apart. Take a deep breath and lets go back to work again.

Before the Big Three could make it past the trade deadline, Allen-to-the-Grizzlies had to fall apart and discussions on a deal that would have sent Paul Pierce to the New Jersey Nets for an expiring Mehmet Okur contract and a lottery pick never reached completion, league sources said. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge loves the talent in the 2012 NBA draft, but he still gets one more run, one more chance with this group in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

This had been a wild night at the Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, the New York Knicks unloading a Carmelo Anthony masterpiece 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists with a devastating barrage of 3-pointers for a 118-110 victory. Nevertheless, the Celtics are still close to clinching the Atlantic Division title and still promise to be a tough out in the playoffs.

I think weve become a really good basketball team over the course of the year, Rivers said Tuesday night. Its just taken some time.

Allen still couldnt return Tuesday night with that sore ankle, but hell be back soon. He isnt thrilled with the sixth-man role behind emerging young guard Avery Bradley, sources said, but will be a pro. He got over the Grizzlies trade and hell deal with this demotion as long as it lasts. There are vulnerabilities in the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, and Rajon Rondo, Pierce and Kevin Garnett are playing too well to be discounted.

Miami and Chicago are the favorites, but I like us, Rivers said.

The Celtics always wondered what wouldve happened had Rondo stayed healthy, had they been able to exert pressure on the Heat. Miami is still the best team in the Eastern Conference, especially with the relentless injuries to Derrick Rose in Chicago this season. The Bulls have needed much more consistent scoring out of Richard Hamilton, and far less telling everyone in the locker room what they need to do to be champions. Several sources say it grated on some Bulls since Hamilton's arrival in December, but eventually subsided.

The Bulls will have the best record in the East, and Tom Thibodeau will still sell that locker room as underdogs. Hell win the Coach of the Year again, and hell bring something of a personal ferocity into the playoffs. He isnt happy the Bulls havent addressed a contract extension and his relationship with GM Gar Forman remains tepid, sources said.

In the end, Rose has had one pestering injury after another, and privately the Bulls pray he can stay healthy for the playoffs. They cant win without his greatness. In the regular season, the Bulls survived 25 games without Rose, because they play so hard every night, so well defensively. Thats a testament to Thibodeau, but its an edge that gets negated in the postseason.

The Celtics have superb survival instincts, muscle memory when times are toughest. Ainge had been ripped for drafting Bradley out of Texas two years ago, but people needed to have patience with him. He was a teenager, one year out of high school. Suddenly, now everyone can see how talented he is, how vital hell be in the postseason. Yes, Allen would love to get his starting job back, but Bradley has made a stunning case for himself.

For the Knicks, this was a terrific victory, a chance for Anthony to make a triple-double case for his maturing game. The Knicks are a problem for everyone with Anthony playing so well, with Amare Stoudemire on his way back to the lineup later in the week. Linsanity came and went for the Knicks, and it strangely feels like little more than a mirage now.

It took a lot to beat these guys, Anthony said.

It always does and always will as long as the Celtics are together. Theyre a tough out, and that never changes. Soon, Allen will be back, and thats an opportunity he thought he'd lost back in mid-March. For a few disconcerting minutes, Allen was gone, Pierce was on the brink of a deal and these Celtics were on the cusp of fading into a historical footnote. Yet, one deal fell apart, one never came together. Here come these Boston Celtics one final time in the Eastern Conference, one more run for old time's sake.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Tuesday's games review (5): Spurs rout Lakers, improve spot atop West - by Eurobasket News

New York K. - Boston C. 118-110
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) had 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double, and the New York Knicks made 19 3-pointers to preserve their Atlantic Division title hopes with a 118-110 victory over the Boston Celtics [team stats] on Tuesday night. J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) and Steve Novak both scored 25 points for the Knicks, who overcame a season-high 43 points from Paul Pierce [stats] and moved into sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference while trimming Boston's division lead to 3 1/2 games. The Celtics would have wrapped up their fifth straight Atlantic title with a victory. Instead, the Knicks staggered them with a record-tying 14 3-pointers in a 72-point first half and equaled their season high by finishing 19 of 32 behind the arc. They improved to 14-5 under interim coach Mike Woodson. *Courtesy of http://bostonherald.com

Minnesota T. - Memphis G. 84-91
Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) had 28 points and nine rebounds to help Memphis withstand a weak start to the fourth quarter and beat Minnesota for the eighth straight time. Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-PG-84, college: Northeastern) scored a season-high 28 points on 5-for-9 shooting from 3-point range to go with eight assists and five rebounds, but the Timberwolves lost their 11th straight - and their 27th consecutive game in April. They have three more tries this season to stop that streak. Zach Randolph added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who moved within two games of the Los Angeles Clippers for fourth place in the Western Conference and crept closer toward clinching a playoff spot. *Courtesy of http://bostonherald.com

LA Lakers - San Antonio S. 91-112
Tony Parker (6'0''-PG-82) had 29 points and 13 assists, Tim Duncan (6'11''-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) had 19 points and eight rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs handed the Los Angeles Lakers their worst loss of the season, 112-91 on Tuesday night. Manu Ginobili scored 15 points as the Spurs improved their spot atop the Western Conference with their fourth straight win. They also snapped Los Angeles' four-game winning streak while dominating a meeting of division leaders - albeit with Kobe Bryant sitting out his sixth straight game to rest his bruised shin. Andrew Bynum had 21 points and seven rebounds for the Lakers, whose Pacific Division lead over the Clippers dwindled to a half-game, although the Lakers hold the tiebreaker. Matt Barnes and Pau Gasol scored 16 points apiece, but with Bryant watching from the bench in a sharp suit, Los Angeles couldn't match the depth of the Spurs, who got at least four points from 10 players. *Courtesy of http://bostonherald.com

Detroit P. - Cleveland C. 116-77
Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) had 28 points and seven assists, and Detroit routed Cleveland in one of the NBA's most lopsided games of the season. Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) added 15 points for the Pistons and Jonas Jerebko scored 14. Detroit led 61-38 at halftime and scored the first 16 points of the third quarter. It was 100-50 after three. The Cavaliers were without rookie point guard Kyrie Irving, who was out with a right shoulder problem and hasn't played since April 3. Irving could return Wednesday night against Philadelphia. Cleveland forward Alonzo Gee was a late scratch because of a left ankle sprain. According to STATS LLC, the biggest blowout of the season was Portland's 44-point victory over Charlotte on Feb. 1. Manny Harris led the Cavaliers with 18 points, *Courtesy of http://bostonherald.com

Philadelph.76 - Indiana P. 97-102
Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 24 points, and Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) had 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead Indiana to its sixth straight win. The Pacers won their fifth straight road game and 10th of 11 overall and seem to be hitting their stride as the postseason nears. The Pacers play their final four games at home and, barring a complete collapse, should earn the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Andre Iguodala scored 23 points for the Sixers in their third straight loss as they continue their late-season fade. They lead idle Milwaukee by only 1 games for the eighth and final spot in the East. The Sixers play their final five games on the road, including April 25 at Milwaukee. *Courtesy of http://bostonherald.com



Paul Silas, Tyrus Thomas have altercation in Bobcats' locker room - by Eurobasket News

Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas shoved 6-foot-10 forward Tyrus Thomas (6'8''-F-86, college: LSU) after a postgame screaming match Sunday night, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Several players intervened immediately and separated the coach and player, and no punches were thrown, sources said.

Silas, 68, had been incensed with Thomas chatting with some Boston Celtics players on the court, and lashed out at him in the losing locker room afterward. Eventually, Thomas snapped back at Silas, and the coach warned him to say no more or risk a suspension.

Once Thomas stood up, Silas pushed him toward his locker stall, sources said.

Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins met with Silas and Thomas, and both have been fined, a source said.

'There was an incident,' Higgins told Y! Sports. 'We handled it internally and talked to both the player and the coach and moved on. End of story.'

Thomas played 20 minutes Monday night in a loss to the New Orleans Hornets, the Bobcats' 17th straight.

Charlotte has spiraled to a 7-53 record, and the Boston loss had been especially embarrassing for Silas, who played for the Celtics during his career. The Celtics sat out Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, and still won easily.

Silas hates losing to the Celtics, and Paul was even angrier that he thought [Thomas] was acting buddy-buddy with some of their guys, one source said. Thats what got it going. But Paul was yelling at him over his salary, over what they have left to pay him. But it started with him saying, hey, he could live with the losing, but youre going to be buddy-buddy as theyre beating your ass too?

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Delonte West fined $25K for 'wet willie' - by Eurobasket News

The NBA on Wednesday fined Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's) $25,000 for his finger-poke taunt of Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) in the second quarter of Utah's 123-121 triple-overtime win Monday.

West, who scored 16 points in 27 minutes of the loss, will not be suspended and is next scheduled to play tonight when the defending champion Mavericks take on the visiting Houston Rockets, both teams fighting to make the playoffs.

West, 28, in his eighth NBA season but first with Dallas, is drawing the veteran's minimum of $1.15 million. He has had incidents in the past on and off the court, including a gun possession charge on a motorcycle in Maryland in September 2009 while a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He drew chants in Monday's game of 'Throw Him Out' after he was called for a technical in the second quarter after fouling Hayward away from the ball before giving what West described as a 'wet willie.'

West had acknowledged he might be hearing from the NBA in the form of a fine: 'If they do, they do. If they don't, they don't.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com



Wilson Chandler out for season for Nuggets - by Eurobasket News

Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler tried to play with his injured hip on Sunday and afterward described it as 'no explosiveness and playing with pain.'

On Wednesday, the team decided it was best that Chandler sit out the rest of the season, preparing for surgery on the labral tear in his left hip.

Chandler averaged 9.4 points in eight games with the Nuggets this season. He signed midseason after playing in China.

The Nuggets said they expect Chandler will be available next season.

'I think Wilson is disappointed and sad - he came back here hoping to give us a big boost,' Nuggets coach George Karl said. 'I heard the rehab takes a long time too, so we just have to be patient, and hopefully he'll get back on the court. I hear it's four, five months of rehab, but I'm not sure.'

Courtesy of www.denverpost.com



Wednesday's games review (14): Knicks beat Nets 104-95 to stay seventh in race for playoff spot - by Eurobasket News

Golde State W. - LA Lakers 87-99
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) walked out of the visitor's locker room to a few dozen fans waiting with hugs and handshakes for the Los Angeles Lakers' star and a circle of reporters ready to stick a microphone near his face. Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber also took his turn to smile for a photo with No. 24. Even when he doesn't play, everything in Lakerland still revolves around Bryant. Soon, it really will again. Andrew Bynum had 31 points and nine rebounds, Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) recorded a triple-double and Los Angeles beat the undermanned Warriors 99-87 Wednesday night in what should be its last game without the injured Bryant. The Lakers' franchise player pronounced himself pain-free and ready to return Friday night at surging San Antonio - which handed the Lakers their worst loss of the season a night earlier -and his team better for his seven-game absence because of a bruised left shin. 'It's been good to see how much the guys have progressed in doing things they ordinarily would not try to do,' Bryant said. 'Now when I'm not out there, you have to do other things. You have to experiment with your game, and they had a great deal of success with that and their confidence is at a high level, which is great.' Los Angeles aced its last test - albeit an easy one - without its star. Gasol finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to help the Lakers build a 17-point lead by the second quarter and cruise to the win - and much-needed after Tuesday's 112-91 home loss to San Antonio. The victory kept the Lakers a half-game ahead of the Clippers in the Pacific Division. 'I'm so happy to have Kobe back - if he comes back,' said teammate Metta World Peace, who had 18 points and nine assists. 'Get him back in shape. I came here to play with Kobe. I know what type of player Kobe is, and I want to win some rings.' Los Angeles still had several lapses and often looked lethargic playing the second night in a row. But Bynum and Gasol dominated whenever the twin 7-footers wanted against Golden State's fraud of a frontline, tipping balls around the rim - it seemed they were playing volleyball against each other at times. Bynum scored 17 points in the first quarter, including a one-handed dunk off an uncontested lob from Steve Blake. Bynum and Gasol combined to go 15 for 15 on free throws. Blake's reverse layup highlighted a 15-4 run to start the second quarter, giving the Lakers a 47-30 lead that allowed them to coast the rest of the way. Golden State had brief bursts, slicing the lead to only eight at the half, but Los Angeles never had to be at its best - or full strength - to complete a sweep of the teams' four-game season series. The Lakers finished with a season-high 34 assists. 'That's always a point of emphasis,' Lakers coach Mike Brown said. 'For us, we don't always have guys who can create off the dribble, so we try to go through our bigs and get some guys some looks if the ball goes inside-out. Our guys did a great job of sharing the ball all night.' Just the kind of performance Los Angeles has been striving for all season. With no chance of catching Oklahoma City or San Antonio for the Western Conference's second seed, holding off its Staples Center co-tenants and getting Bryant ready for the playoffs is paramount. Bryant did some shooting and running drills about three hours before tipoff, saying he's 'full-weight bearing. I'm good.' The Lakers landed in just the right place for a turnaround game. Golden State scored the final seven points against the Lakers' third-string to make the final score seem close. Klay Thompson scored 17 points and Dorell Wright had 12 points and seven rebounds for a Warriors team wrapping up the end of another sorry season. Despite rookie coach Mark Jackson's playoff promise, Golden State has lost 18 of its past 22 games. The Warriors played without starters David Lee (strained groin) and Andris Biedrins (mild concussion) and backup point guard Nate Robinson (right hamstring). Andrew Bogut (fractured left ankle) and Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) have long been out for the season. That forced Jackson - who started all three of the team's draft picks this season along with reserve center Mickell Gladness, who was originally signed to a 10-day contract in late March - to refute questions again about the franchise intentionally losing to protect its first-round draft pick. Utah holds the pick this year as part of a previous trade, and the only way the Warriors keep it is if they finish in the bottom seven of the league after the draft lottery. Golden State entered the night in eighth. 'I'm a man with tremendous faith. I don't look at where I'm at I look at where I'm going and where I'm going to be,' Jackson said. 'As long as you don't get caught up in where you are then it's very easy to stay excited about the promise (of the future). I know where I'm headed.' *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Memphis G. - N.Orleans H. 103-91
Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) scored 26 points and Mike Conley added 20 as the Memphis Grizzlies clinched a playoff berth for the second straight season with a 103-91 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night. Gay was on 9 of 14 from the field and Conley hit 8 of 11 as the Grizzlies shot 51 percent overall. O.J. Mayo scored 15 points and Zach Randolph added 10 for Memphis, which won for the 10th time in 13 games. Rookie Jerome Dyson led the Hornets with a career-high 24 points, while Carl Landry finished with 16, hitting all four of his shots from the field and going 8 of 9 from the line. Marco Belinelli matched Landry's 16 points, and Jason Smith finished with 12. The loss snapped New Orleans' four-game winning streak. With the victory, Memphis maintained its hold on the fifth playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies' start was hardly representative of a team trying to clinch a playoff berth. They struggled and seemed content to ignore their offensive plans, relying more on a one-on-one mentality. Only a ramped-up defensive approach in the closing minutes of the first half kept Memphis close. Memphis opened the third quarter on a 20-4 run, hitting its first nine shots in the period. Meanwhile, the defense forced six turnovers and allowed New Orleans only five shots in the first 6 minutes of the quarter. The rally gave Memphis a 67-52 lead midway through the third quarter. The Grizzlies would continue to build the lead to as many as 24 points as they outscored the Hornets 37-12. Gay had 13 in the quarter, and the Grizzlies forced 11 turnovers in the third alone. That was enough for the smiles to emerge from the Memphis bench, and the reserves to get extended minutes, playing the bulk of the fourth quarter. Belinelli's 3-pointer with just over a second left in the half gave him 14 points and the Hornets a 48-47 lead. Belinelli connected on 6 of 11 shots in the half, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range, part of the Hornets shooting 54 percent. Memphis, which has a reputation as one of the league's strongest inside teams, decided to rely on long-range shooting, hitting only one of its eight shots from outside the arc. Still, Memphis had a 34-18 advantage in the paint, and the Hornets were hindered by nine turnovers. Memphis ended the game outscoring the Hornets 56-34 in the paint, and New Orleans committed 24 turnovers. *Courtesy of www.startribune.com

Denver N. - LA Clippers 98-104
Kenyon Martin (6'9''-F-77, college: Cincinnati) spent seven seasons patrolling the paint in Denver. He gave the Pepsi Center crowd something else to remember him by Wednesday night. Martin helped beat his old team with a tip-in and blocked shot in the final half-minute, leading the Los Angeles Clippers past the Nuggets 104-98 in a crucial game between teams jockeying for playoff position. 'It's about winning basketball,' Martin said. 'Just never quit playing no matter what the situation is, always put yourself in a position to make plays. Just trying to get a 'W.' We're fighting for playoff position. We did an excellent job as a unit just staying with it.' Martin, especially. He tipped in Chris Paul's missed jumper with 27 seconds left and the game tied at 96. 'That was my only rebound tonight,' said Martin, who logged 30 minutes. 'So, it was perfect timing.' He wasn't finished. Kenyon Martin spent seven seasons patrolling the paint in Denver. He gave the Pepsi Center crowd something else to remember him by Wednesday night. Martin helped beat his old team with a tip-in and blocked shot in the final half-minute, leading the Los Angeles Clippers past the Nuggets 104-98 in a crucial game between teams jockeying for playoff position. 'It's about winning basketball,' Martin said. 'Just never quit playing no matter what the situation is, always put yourself in a position to make plays. Just trying to get a 'W.' We're fighting for playoff position. We did an excellent job as a unit just staying with it.' Martin, especially. He tipped in Chris Paul's missed jumper with 27 seconds left and the game tied at 96. 'That was my only rebound tonight,' said Martin, who logged 30 minutes. 'So, it was perfect timing.' He wasn't finished. Kenyon Martin spent seven seasons patrolling the paint in Denver. He gave the Pepsi Center crowd something else to remember him by Wednesday night. Martin helped beat his old team with a tip-in and blocked shot in the final half-minute, leading the Los Angeles Clippers past the Nuggets 104-98 in a crucial game between teams jockeying for playoff position. 'It's about winning basketball,' Martin said. 'Just never quit playing no matter what the situation is, always put yourself in a position to make plays. Just trying to get a 'W.' We're fighting for playoff position. We did an excellent job as a unit just staying with it.' Martin, especially. He tipped in Chris Paul's missed jumper with 27 seconds left and the game tied at 96. 'That was my only rebound tonight,' said Martin, who logged 30 minutes. 'So, it was perfect timing.' He wasn't finished. Kenyon Martin spent seven seasons patrolling the paint in Denver. He gave the Pepsi Center crowd something else to remember him by Wednesday night. Martin helped beat his old team with a tip-in and blocked shot in the final half-minute, leading the Los Angeles Clippers past the Nuggets 104-98 in a crucial game between teams jockeying for playoff position. 'It's about winning basketball,' Martin said. 'Just never quit playing no matter what the situation is, always put yourself in a position to make plays. Just trying to get a 'W.' We're fighting for playoff position. We did an excellent job as a unit just staying with it.' Martin, especially. He tipped in Chris Paul's missed jumper with 27 seconds left and the game tied at 96. 'That was my only rebound tonight,' said Martin, who logged 30 minutes. 'So, it was perfect timing.' He wasn't finished. Kenyon Martin spent seven seasons patrolling the paint in Denver. He gave the Pepsi Center crowd something else to remember him by Wednesday night. Martin helped beat his old team with a tip-in and blocked shot in the final half-minute, leading the Los Angeles Clippers past the Nuggets 104-98 in a crucial game between teams jockeying for playoff position. 'It's about winning basketball,' Martin said. 'Just never quit playing no matter what the situation is, always put yourself in a position to make plays. Just trying to get a 'W.' We're fighting for playoff position. We did an excellent job as a unit just staying with it.' Martin, especially. He tipped in Chris Paul's missed jumper with 27 seconds left and the game tied at 96. 'That was my only rebound tonight,' said Martin, who logged 30 minutes. 'So, it was perfect timing.' He wasn't finished. Martin hustled back down court and blocked Ty Lawson at the other end with 20 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Paul drew what the Nuggets thought was a phantom foul and made two free throws with 18.3 seconds left to make it a four-point game. The Nuggets got back within two on Lawson's free throws with 16 seconds left, but Mo Williams, who scored 19 points and came up huge in the fourth quarter, replied with two free throws and Paul capped the game with an uncontested dunk to finish with 24 points. Martin wasn't exactly welcomed back by the crowd that used to cheer his every move. 'It's cool, whatever. It's about winning, it's not about anything else,' Martin said. 'They are cheering for their team, which I expect them to do. I had a good seven years here and they cheered for me every time I was here. I was here for a long time, played a lot of winning basketball, made the playoffs seven years, seven out of seven.' Martin and the Nuggets went their separate ways after last season. Martin played in China briefly during the NBA lockout, then signed a one-year deal with the Clippers, whose coach, Vinny Del Negro, is now enjoying the many things the veteran forward brings to his lineup. 'He has instincts for the ball with his athleticism and quickness. He can read situations because he has that experience,' Del Negro said. 'He made a big tip-in, had a big block. He helps us anchor our defense because he can switch out at the end of games and guard guards, 2s, 3s and you don't have to double at all with him. He just gives you more versatility.' And game-winning plays in crunch time. That it was Martin who beat them made this loss all the more painful for the Nuggets, who are 1 games ahead of eighth-place Utah. 'He made some big plays down the stretch,' guard Arron Afflalo said. 'You hate to single out one singular play as to why you lose a basketball game, but the rebound and the block were huge for them.' With their 13th win in 15 games, the Clippers kept pressure on the Lakers as the two L.A. teams took their fight for first place in the Pacific Division down to the wire. Despite 24 points from Lawson, the Nuggets lost at home for the first time since March 19, and slipped into seventh place in the West, a half-game behind Dallas, which beat Houston 117-110 on Wednesday. The Nuggets have four games left, three on the road, as they try to secure their ninth straight trip to the playoffs. 'We're going to have to win a couple more games,' Denver coach George Karl said. The Clippers matched their season-high with 14 3-pointers, including four each from Caron Butler and Williams and three from Nick Young. Two of Williams' 3s came during a 10-0 run the Clippers used to turn an 87-82 deficit into a 92-87 lead. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Portland TB - Utah Jazz 91-112
Devin Harris (6'3''-PG-83, college: Wisconsin) had 27 points, including a career-high six 3-pointers, and the Utah Jazz continued to jockey for a playoff spot with a 112-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. The Jazz, with just three games to play, are locked in a battle for the remaining playoff spots in the Western Conference with Houston, Phoenix, Dallas and Denver. Gordon Hayward added 23 points for the Jazz, who led by as many as 31 points. Al Jefferson had 11 points and 10 rebounds for his team-high 29th double-double this season. Wesley Matthews had 21 points for the Blazers, who had already been eliminated from the playoffs. Midway through the final quarter Utah's Derrick Favors and DeMarre Carroll bumped heads. Carroll stayed prone on the court for several moments after the collision, but walked to the bench. The nature of the injury was not immediately known. Utah was coming off a 123-121 triple-overtime win over Dallas on Monday night. Earlier Wednesday, the NBA fined Delonte West $25,000 for jabbing his finger into Hayward's ear during the game. The league called the action a 'physical taunt.' Utah finishes the season with games at home against Orlando, Phoenix and the Blazers. It was the home finale for the Blazers, who have had a turbulent season that started with the surprise retirement of All-Star Brandon Roy and included the dismissal of popular coach Nate McMillan at the trade deadline. The Blazers, playing under interim head coach Kaleb Canales, were formally eliminated from the playoffs after a 125-107 loss to Phoenix on Monday. Portland was playing without starters Joel Przybilla (bronchitis) and Raymond Felton (right Achilles). The Blazers also sat shooter Jamal Crawford. Last week, Portland shut down LaMarcus Aldridge for the rest of the season with a right hip injury. The All-Star forward will have arthroscopic surgery in the coming weeks. Portland started Hasheem Thabeet at center and rookie Nolan Smith at guard. Smith, J.J. Hickson and Luke Babbitt had 16 points apiece for the Blazers. The Jazz led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter but Portland closed the gap to 32-30 in the second on Nicolas Batum's dunk. It was as close as the Blazers would get, and the Jazz went on to lead 57-39 at halftime. Harris had all six of his 3-pointers and 25 points in the first half. Paul Millsap's driving layup made it 68-45 midway through the third quarter. Alec Burks' jumper put the Jazz up 92-68 with 8:52 left in the game. 'This is where we want to be. We've got a great chance of making the playoffs and we want to take advantage of it,' Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Washington W. - Milwaukee B. 121-112
Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) equaled a season-high with 32 points, and John Wall had 14 points and 10 assists Wednesday night as the Washington Wizards dealt the Milwaukee Bucks a crucial 121-112 defeat in their attempt for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee began the day 1 1/2 games behind Philadelphia for eighth place in the East, but lost a game as the Sixers won in Cleveland. The Bucks had the previous three days off while the Sixers were completing their third game in three nights. Monta Ellis had 31 points for Milwaukee, which has lost four of five, while Brandon Jennings had 25 points and Drew Gooden added 21 points and 12 rebounds. Nene and Kevin Seraphin both had 14 points for Washington, which has won four of six. On Monday, the Wizards beat Eastern Conference-leading Chicago on the road. Nene missed the previous 10 games with a left foot injury. His return was announced by the team on Twitter 10 minutes before the game. He converted a three-point play with 7:50 to play to give Washington a 99-87 lead. The Bucks closed within 112-109 on Jennings' 3-pointer with 1:14 to play, but the Wizards held on. Ersan Ilyasova had 13 points and Ellis scored 10 in the first quarter to help Milwaukee take a 31-28 lead. Ilyasova was held to one free throw over the final three quarters. In the second quarter, Jennings had 12 points to help the Bucks to a 62-60 halftime lead. Gooden made a unique three-point play with 8:06 to play in the second quarter. He threw a ball against the backboard, caught his own rebound, laid the ball in, was fouled by Washington's Cartier Martin and made the free throw. The Wizards took the lead with a 10-0 run that bridged the end of the second and beginning of the third quarters to take a 67-62 lead. They increased it to 81-72 and led 88-81 after three. Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles was fully aware of the implications of the game. The Bucks and Sixers meet in one week. Milwaukee finishes with six games in eight nights. 'We have one fortunate thing going for us in that we do play Philadelphia,' Skiles said. 'There is a night coming up here where we have full control. We need to make sure that we're in position for that night.' *Courtesy of www.boston.com

New Jersey N. - New York K. 95-104
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 33 points and the New York Knicks defeated the New Jersey Nets 104-95 to hold on to the seventh playoff spot in the National Basketball Association's Eastern Conference. The Knicks (33-29) are a game ahead of the Philadelphia 76ers (32-30), who remain in the eighth and final playoff spot after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-87. The Milwaukee Bucks (29-32) are ninth, 3 1/2 games behind New York after a 121-112 loss to the Washington Wizards. With four games remaining in the regular season, the Knicks are 3 1/2 games behind the Atlantic Division lead held by the Boston Celtics, who topped the Orlando Magic 102-98. Tyson Chandler had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks last night at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Knicks are playing without Amar'e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin, who are injured. Gerald Wallace scored 21 points and Sundiata Gaines contributed 18 for the Nets (22-41). *Courtesy of www.bloomberg.com

Atlanta H. - Detroit P. 116-84
Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) led six players in double figures and the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks built a 37-point lead in the first half on the way to a 116-84 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. With their highest-scoring half of the season, the Hawks were up 72-42 at the break in the first of five straight home games to close the regular season. Atlanta is battling with Boston and Orlando to be the final Eastern Conference team with home-court advantage. The Hawks sure played like it mattered in this one, getting contributions from everyone in what was essentially a mirror image of the 116-77 beatdown that the Pistons handed Cleveland the previous night. Detroit had nothing left for the Hawks, who got a season-high 72 points from their bench. McGrady scored a season-high 17 points, flipping a wristband into the crowd as he walked off the court to a big cheer in the fourth quarter. Ivan Johnson added 16 points, Joe Johnson had 13, Josh Smith chipped in 12, while Marvin Williams and Willie Green scored 10 apiece. Jannero Pargo had nine points and eight assists, many leading to dunks and easy baskets. The Hawks led by as many as 41 points but couldn't quite hold on for its biggest win of the season, which remained a 36-point blowout at New Jersey in late December. But this is just what Atlanta needed late in the season, an easy game that essentially gave the starters a night off with a grueling season winding down and the most important games still to come. Joe Johnson played more than any of the starters, less than 23 minutes, and Jeff Teague was the only other member of the first five to go as many as 20 minutes. Detroit, which shot a dismal 35 percent (32 of 92), was led by Greg Monroe's 17 points. The Hawks led 39-20 at the end of the first quarter and really turned it on in the second, even with the entire starting lineup watching it all from the bench. Williams scored eight points, McGrady had six, Pargo and Green five apiece, and Ivan Johnson four. Jerry Stackhouse and Vladimir Radmanovic also knocked down shots, meaning every available Atlanta player was on the score sheet by halftime. Once things got out of hand, it was nothing more than a dunkfest for Atlanta. Pargo set up many of those gimme baskets, including three slams in the second quarter. At one point, he dribbled from one side of the court to the other, luring most of the Pistons defense, before he flipped a pass to Green, who whipped it over to Williams all alone under the basket. The Hawks didn't even mind when McGrady reached up to pick up off a jumper that was clearly on its way down. The starters got a good chuckle from that one as they watched from the bench. Atlanta shot a season-high 62 percent from the field in the first half. *Courtesy of www.boston.com

Phoenix Suns - Oklah.City T. 97-109
James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) scored a career-high 40 points, including making 5 of 8 3-pointers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder dealt Phoenix a blow in its scramble to make the playoffs with a 109-97 victory over the Suns on Wednesday night. Kevin Durant added 29 points and Russell Westbrook 15 for the Thunder, who stayed a half-game behind San Antonio for the top playoff seed in the Western Conference. Phoenix's loss, coupled with Utah's' victory over Portland, moved the Jazz a half-game ahead of the Suns for the West's eighth and final playoff spot. Jared Dudley scored 21 points for Phoenix. Harden, who starred at nearby Arizona State, made 12 of 17 shots overall and was 11 of 11 from the free throw line. His previous high was 33 against Charlotte earlier this season. *Courtesy of www.myfoxphoenix.com

Sacramento K. - San Antonio S. 102-127
Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) and Gary Neal scored 17 points each, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 127-102 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win. Using their reserves extensively all game, the Spurs beat the Kings in Sacramento for an eighth straight time and remained a half-game in front of Oklahoma City for the top seed in the Western Conference. The Thunder won at Phoenix on Wednesday night. San Antonio, playing its third game in three nights, won decisively without veteran center Tim Duncan, who was given the night off to rest. The Spurs were coming off two 21-point victories at Golden State and the Lakers the previous two days. Isaiah Thomas had 21 points and eight assists for the Kings, who have dropped eight of nine. *Courtesy of www.kolotv.com

Miami Heat - Toronto R. 96-72
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) scored 28 points before taking the fourth quarter off, Mike Miller added 13 points and the Miami Heat continued tuning up for the postseason by pulling away in the second half to beat the Toronto Raptors 96-72 on Wednesday night. James made 12 of his 15 shots for Miami, which also got 10 points from Udonis Haslem. The Heat played without Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, both given the night off. James Johnson scored 18 points, Alan Anderson added 15 and DeMar DeRozan had 12 for Toronto, which managed only 23 points in the second half - tying a franchise-low - and fell for the sixth time in eight games. Up next for Miami: A showdown at home Chicago on Thursday night. The Bulls (47-15) hold a 2-game lead over the Heat (44-17) in the Eastern Conference standings. *Courtesy of http://miami.cbslocal.com

Boston C. - Orlando M. 102-98
Need a big basket? Give the ball to Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas). Sharp passes and solid foul shooting? He provides that, too. Pierce did all that for the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, expanding his role on an injury-depleted lineup and lifting them to a 102-98 win over the Orlando Magic that clinched the Atlantic Division title. It came one night after he scored 43 points. 'I wanted to just be aggressive, looking to score, and when they collapse I just wanted to make the easy pass,' said Pierce, who had 29 points and a career-high 14 assists with Rajon Rondo sidelined with a sore lower back. 'I just wanted to make the right plays when the ball's in my hand down the stretch.' He did that with 7.6 seconds left with a 16-footer from the right elbow. He sank it even though he slipped, giving the Celtics a 100-96 lead as the 24-second clock was about to expire. 'This is unscriped,' Pierce said. 'I'm not thinking. 'Woo, I slipped let me go take the shot.' It's just something that happens. You play off instincts.' For the second straight night he drove hard to the basket, repeatedly drawing fouls. He sank 17-of-18 free throws in a 118-110 loss to the New York Knicks on Tuesday night then made 11 of 12 against the Magic. 'That's huge for our team,' Boston coach Doc Rivers said. 'It allows us to set our defense and it's something that we really haven't done well this year.' Boston (37-26) has a 3 1-2-game lead over New York (33-29). Both can end the regular season tied at 37-29, but the Celtics would finish first with a better conference record, the second tiebreaker behind head-to-head matchups. After the game, Rivers said he told his players, 'We were two games under .500 at the All-Star break and the fact that you did it and did it this early I think is very impressive.' Division winners are guaranteed to be seeded no worse than fourth in the conference and wouldn't have to face Chicago or Miami in the first round. Avery Bradley started for Rondo and finished with 23 points. Brandon Bass added 21. Glen Davis, starting in place of Dwight Howard, led Orlando with 27 points. Jameer Nelson had 19 points and nine assists. 'There's been multiple games where we've been down and we just went away,' Davis said. 'I like how we fought today but, at the end of the day, we need to win the game.' Howard missed his sixth consecutive game because of a herniated disc and the Magic missed his defense as the Celtics hit 54.3 percent of their shots. 'Our effort was great. We just can't guard anybody,' Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said. 'Our 3-point shooting again was horrendous. We had the one possession to tie in (the last) two minutes and we missed two open ones.' The Magic cut a 91-78 lead to 91-90 on a layup by Nelson with 3:04 left. But they came no closer as Pierce and Ryan Anderson traded one free throw each. Pierce hit a short jumper in the lane, Bass caught Pierce's shot that missed the rim and put in an easy layup and Kevin Garnett made a free throw for a 98-92 lead with 1:31 remaining. But Orlando, sixth in the Eastern Conference at 36-26, fought back on baskets by J.J. Redick and Davis, making it 98-96 with 31 seconds to play. Pierce then hit his 16-footer. After a basket by Nelson, Pierce sealed the victory with two free throws. 'Paul is not flashy,' Rivers said. 'I don't even know how Paul scores sometimes. He doesn't look like he's that quick but he is. He's got a gift. He's a professional scorer.' The Celtics played without their starting backcourt. Point guard Rondo, who has at least 10 assists in each of his last 23 games, had a sore lower back after landing hard on it Tuesday night. Pierce also fell hard in the game, hurting his elbow but said he knew Wednesday morning he would play. Ray Allen missed his sixth straight game with a right ankle injury. Pierce tied his career high with his 13th assist with 4:37 still left in the third quarter. He got his 14th with 9.5 seconds left in the period, feeding Bass for a jumper from the left corner. Trailing 67-59, Orlando scored the next nine points to take its first lead since 6-5. It stayed on top 70-69 before the Celtics finished the third quarter with a 10-0 run that gave them a 79-70 lead. Bass scored six points and Pierce had four in that comeback. The Celtics led 33-22 after one quarter, starting the game with nine baskets on their first 11 shots. But the Magic cut that to 55-51 at halftime with the help of their 3-point baskets - three by Nelson and one by J.J. Redick. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Dallas M. - Houston R. 117-110
Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) scored 21 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter as the Dallas Mavericks rallied Wednesday night for 117-110 victory over the Houston Rockets, whose playoff hopes took another blow. Jason Terry put the Mavericks ahead to stay with a 3-pointer that made it 93-92 with 7:37 left. By the time Nowitzki completed a three-point play 3 1/2 minutes later, the Mavericks led 102-94. That wrapped up a 20-6 run their 11-time All-Star forward started with consecutive 3-pointers. The Rockets lost their fifth straight game, matching their longest losing streak of the season. That dropped Houston a half-game behind Phoenix for the eighth and final playoff spot with four games left. Vince Carter added 23 points and Jason Terry 19 for the defending NBA champion Mavericks, who can clinch a playoff berth with a win over Golden State in their regular-season home finale Friday night. *Courtesy of www.startribune.com

Charlotte B. - Chicago B. 68-100
Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) scored 22 points in just 24 minutes as the Chicago Bulls took a step closer to wrapping up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with a 100-68 rout of the dreadful Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. Hamilton made his first seven shots from the field, including four from beyond the arc and the outcome was never in doubt. Despite playing without leading scorers Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, the Bulls shot 48 percent from the floor and connected on 9 of 19 shots from 3-point range to bounce back from Tuesday night's surprising 87-84 loss to the Washington Wizards. Kemba Walker scored 16 points for the Bobcats, who've lost a franchise-record 18 straight games. If the Bobcats lose their final five games they will finish with the worst winning percentage in NBA history. *Courtesy of http://chicago.cbslocal.com

Cleveland C. - Philadelph.76 87-103
Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) made five 3-pointers and scored 19 of his 24 points in the third quarter as the Philadelphia 76ers kept their hold on the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot with a 103-87 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Holiday dropped four of his 3s during a stunning 24-2 run when the Sixers blew open a tight game. Andre Iguodala added 19 points as Philadelphia snapped a three-game losing streak, won for just the third time in 10 games and increased their lead over Milwaukee to 2 1-2 games. The Sixers play their final four on the road, including a matchup against the Bucks, who lost to Washington, next week. Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving scored 9 points in his first game back after missing nine straight with a sprained shoulder. Samardo Samuels and Lester Hudson scored 15 apiece for Cleveland, which has lost 18 of 22. Iguodala added 13 rebounds and Elton Brand had 12 points for the Sixers, who came in just 11-21 since Feb. 13 when they are among the Eastern Conference's top teams. It's been all downhill since. However, Holiday applied the brakes for one night. Antawn Jamison's basket with 7:53 left in the third brought the Cavs, who lost by 39 on Tuesday night in Detroit and have been getting blown out regularly, even at 57-all. Moments later, Cleveland trailed by 22, shot down by Holiday. His 3-pointer made it 62-59 and the third-year guard made three more long-range shots as the Sixers went on their 24-2 run over a 5:21 stretch to open an 81-59 lead. Philadelphia scored 19 straight with ease during the shocking outburst before Cleveland's Samardo Samuels finally ended the Cavs' drought. Then, like a cold-blooded assassin, Holiday drilled another 3 for good measure, making it 84-64. Goodnight, Cleveland. Drive safely. Holiday went 6 of 6 on 3-pointers and didn't play in the fourth quarter as coach Doug Collins got some needed rest for his starters, playing their third game in three nights and faced with playing their last four on the road. The Cavs ended a stretch of seven games in nine nights and look exhausted. They did get Irving back, but only for 19 minutes. Cavs coach Byron Scott admitted having some serious apprehension about letting Irving play, but relented to the 20-year-old's wishes and after the presumptive NBA rookie of the year was cleared by team doctors. 'He's a competitor. He wants to play,' Scott said. 'He wants to be out there with his teammates. The one thing I did tell him is that doesn't mean you're going to play the rest of the season. There's still some games I still might shut him down. But I do want to see him get out there and enjoy being with his teammates and continue to get better as a basketball player.' Irving didn't wear a protective sleeve on his shoulder, which he first hurt on March 30. He gave the shoulder a good test in the second quarter, when he was sent sprawling into the padded basket stanchion after missing a layup. Irving spent a moment laying on his back before being helped to his feet, a sight that drew a smile from Scott. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



David Stern confirms Utah Jazz nickname will stay in Utah - by Eurobasket News

The Jazz will stay in Utah, after all.

NBA commissioner David Stern put an end to New Orleans' new owner's hopes of reacquiring the nickname from the Beehive State's pro basketball team.

'It belongs to Utah,' Stern said Monday of the Jazz name, as reported by The Times-Picayune. 'I wouldn't make it such an important point. There are many things that are indigenous to the area. I'm sure there will be some wonderful (suggested) nicknames.'

After announcing he'll be buying the Hornets, Saints owner Tom Benson declared his intentions to pursue renaming New Orleans' NBA squad.

His No. 1 wish: Jazz.

The Big Easy first had the Jazz from 1974-79 until the team, name and all, relocated to Salt Lake City.

On Monday, Benson told fans he wants their help to find a new nickname 'that means New Orleans and Louisiana. The Hornets doesn't mean anything.'

To his chagrin, the New Orleans Jazz will remain a thing of the past.

On Saturday, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said, 'He can't have it back.'

On Monday, he smiled about the Jazz keeping their nickname. 'I didn't think they had a chance of getting the name back.'

Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com



Hornets' Kaman done for remainder of season - by Eurobasket News

Hornets center Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) will miss New Orleans' final five games because of a bruised left tibia.

The Hornets say the injury occurred during New Orleans' victory over Memphis on Sunday night.

The 7-foot Kaman missed the Hornets' win at Charlotte on Monday night.

Kaman, a ninth-year pro who'll be a free agent this summer, was acquired by New Orleans - along with Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu and a first-round draft pick - in a deal that sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers before the regular season.

In 47 games, including 33 starts, Kaman averaged 13.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and a team-leading 1.6 blocks per game. He led the team in rebounding 21 times and in scoring 10 times.

Kaman also had a team-leading 15 double-doubles.

Courtesy of www.wbrz.com



Knicks center Chandler likely to make Team USA - by Eurobasket News

With the announcement five days ago LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) will undergo season-ending hip injury, Knicks center Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) has become a favorite to make the U.S. Olympic team, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Chandler was named as one of the 20 finalists for the Olympic Team named in January. Team USA has just one center on the roster, Dwight Howard, and hes out indefinitely with a bulging disk. That also bodes well for Chandlers presence on the club.

Chandler, who had 20 points and seven rebounds in the Knicks 118-110 victory over the Celtics Tuesday night at the Garden, is a candidate for the defensive player of the year award and roundly saluted for his leadership on Dallas NBA championship-winning team and this seasons Knicks club. Chandler also has a great supporter in former Knicks coach Mike DAntoni, who will return as Team USA assistant.

Team USA CEO Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski are evaluating the 20 players during their regular season and Chandler fits the bill in every category, especially intangibles and character. Chandler had a good showing on Team USA in the 2010 World Championships. The 12 roster members will be selected in late May.

I feel like I have a great opportunity to play, Chandler told The Post. It all comes down to what they feel jells and fits with each other.

The Blazers Aldridge would have been the favorite as Howards backup, if he was healthy. Last week, it was announced he would need arthroscopic surgery to repair a slight labral tear. A surgery date has not been set, but sources said it takes two to four months to heal.

The Olympic team will assemble in Las Vegas for training camp the first week in mid-July and the Games begin in late July.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com



NBPA committee cancels internal audit - by Eurobasket News

In a pushback against National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR), union executive director Billy Hunter convinced members of the NBPA's executive committee to kill an independent audit of the union's finances and practices, Yahoo! Sports has learned.

Hunter had his legal team send a brief memo to players Tuesday night, telling them the audit voted upon on Friday by the executive committee had been cancelled. The memo was obtained by Yahoo! Sports.

Fisher had pushed for an internal audit of Hunter's New York offices, and gathered the necessary votes on a conference call Friday to proceed with the inquiry, sources said.

'The executive committee recognized that the review was unnecessary since there had been a recent independent audit of the NBPA's finances which raised no issues,' the NBPA's memo said.

Acrimony had grown between Hunter and Fisher during the NBA's lockout, with players choosing sides between the two. Players with knowledge of the dispute told Yahoo! Sports that Hunter convinced the executive committee which includes, among other players, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, Washington Wizards guards Maurice Evans and Roger Mason and Boston Celtics guard Keyon Dooling that Fisher's push for an audit had no merit, and that it was inspired by personal animus.

Fisher, a veteran guard with the Oklahoma City Thunder, has more than two years left on his appointment as NBPA president. Hunter has three-plus years left on his contract.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com



Jim Buss talks Kobe, Phil Jackson - by Eurobasket News

Earlier in the season after Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) had publicly called out Los Angeles Lakers management for leaving teammate Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) dangling in the trade winds for too long, Magic Johnson weighed in on the situation from afar.

Johnson, an NBA analyst for ESPN/ABC, suggested that Bryant should sit down with Lakers executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss to smooth the rift over because, Johnson said, 'Jim Buss is running the team.'

Buss, the son of Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss, addressed his relationship with Bryant in a wide-ranging sit-down interview with ESPNLosAngeles.com this week.

'Yes, we had dinner,' Buss said when asked if he heeded Johnson's advice to connect with Bryant. 'We talk all the time now. What it is is, be it my fault, I should communicate more with the players in a certain way. I've always felt that when it comes to (player movement) decisions that it changes every 10 minutes when it's actually going to happen. To inform a player or ask a player's opinion about this guy or that guy, it would bore them to death and drive them crazy. So, I was under the impression that it was better to wait until the very last moment and then talk to him.'

Buss also said that, in retrospect, he would have reached out to Bryant during the Lakers' coaching search this past summer when the team hired Mike Brown to replace Phil Jackson .

Despite the hiccups in communication in the past, Buss maintained that he and Bryant have established an understanding.

'Kobe is cool about it,' Buss said. ' (Bryant) said, 'Just let me know.' Keep-me-in-the-loop kind of thing. And I said, 'OK, I have no problem with that.''

Buss also talked to ESPNLosAngeles.com about his personal relationship, or lack thereof, with Jackson. Jackson dates Jim Buss' sister, Lakers executive vice president of business operations Jeanie Buss.

At Jackson's exit interview with the media last May, his last public remarks before retiring from the Lakers, the Hall of Fame coach said, 'I haven't spoken to Jimmy Buss this year.' Jackson later said in the exit interview that 'there's really not a relationship' between him and the Lakers' management.

'My response to that is, my job is if there is a problem and Phil has a problem with a player or another coach or this or that then I step in and we have meetings,' Buss said. 'So, for me not to see him means that there were no problems, and that's the way that I conduct myself. I don't know why he would say that he didn't see me, because we saw each other, let me count them ... seven times ... 15 times. ... You don't stop in the hall and say, 'Let's talk so that we can say that we talked.'

'He used to have lunches (in the Lakers' meeting room) and I'd be in there having a lunch. I'm not sure why he said that. He's very cryptic in his way of doing things, so maybe he just didn't want to act like we have this tight relationship. You know, I don't socialize with him unless my sister is there and that kind of thing. It's not like we go to the movies together. But no, I have no problems with Phil Jackson . I have a relationship that to me, it's a relationship. He might not look at it that way.'

Courtesy of ESPN



JR Smith expected to test free agency - by Eurobasket News

When the New York Knicks signed J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) in February, they knew they were getting a steal. The 26-year-old returned from his lockout stint in China and signed for the room exception worth $2.5 million. Thats one-third of what Smith made last season with the Denver Nuggets, but the shooting guard didnt have many options given his midseason return to the NBA.

This offseason, Smith will have many more options. Hes expected to opt-out of the final year of his contract and hopes to sign a multi-year deal this summer, according to sources close to the situation. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando Magic are among the teams expected to express interest in Smith if he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Teams are always looking for players who are able to create their own shot and Smith can do exactly that. Since joining the Knicks, he has provided plenty of offense off of the bench, averaging 12 points per game. While Smith has a reputation for being somewhat high maintenance, he wont have any problem finding a potential suitor this offseason. There are plenty of executives who believe his on-court contributions are worth his sometimes questionable decisions off the court.

The Knicks will have a difficult time re-signing Smith this summer. Re-signing Jeremy Lin will likely be the teams top priority. Because Lin hasnt been in New York for two seasons, they dont hold his Early Bird Rights, which means the Knicks are not allowed to go over the cap to re-sign him. That means the Knicks will have to use their mid-level exception to keep Lin, who can sign for a maximum starting salary of $5 million due to the Gilbert Arenas Provision. Landry Fields, Steve Novak, Baron Davis and Jared Jeffries will also be free agents this offseason.

If Smith opts out, as expected, it likely closes the door on a future with the Knicks.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com



Warriors' Stephen Curry done for season - by Eurobasket News

With six games left in the season, the Golden State Warriors have shut down guard Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson).

Curry visited a specialist for his troublesome right ankle in Los Angeles two weeks ago and was evaluated again Monday night at their Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Tuesday, the Warriors (22-38) concluded that Curry is still not 100% and 'doubtful' for the rest of the way.

Curry has missed the last 22 games with a sprained right ankle, and 34 games overall because of injury.

He had surgery on the ankle during the offseason but rolled it or injured his foot several times, including in a Dec. 20 preseason game. Six days later Curry stepped on an opponent's foot and hurt the ankle again.

The third-year point guard averaged a career-low 14.7 points, 5.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds, and shot 49% from the field.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com



Gordon Hayward wanted to fight Delonte West - by Eurobasket News

Utah Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler) said he initially felt like ripping Delonte West's (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's) finger off and fighting him after he jabbed it into Hayward's right ear during the second quarter of Monday nights triple-overtime win against Dallas.

I wanted to fight right there, but you cant do that, Hayward said before Tuesdays practice. It wouldnt have been the smart idea. Id risk getting a technical foul, getting suspended for the season, whatever. Theres more important things than fighting someone out on the court. The more important thing was getting the win and we were able to do that.

Hayward acknowledged Tuesday that many of his teammates might have reacted differently.

But Hayward, who raised both arms and walked away, said he got the last laugh as the Jazz prevailed 123-121 to keep their slim playoff hopes alive with four games remaining.

Courtesy of The Associated Press (via www.insidehoops.com)



New Orleans Hornets sign center Darryl Watkins to 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

The New Orleans Hornets announced Wednesday they have signed center Darryl Watkins (6'11''-C-84, college: Syracuse) to a 10-day contract.

Watkins, 6 feet 11, is in his second NBA season, originally appearing in nine games for the Sacramento Kings during the 2007-08 season, averaging 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game.

With only four games remaining after tonight, the Hornets signed Watkins because centers Chris Kaman (left tibia) and Emeka Okafor (knee) are not expected to return before the season ends.

''We just needed bodies,'' Hornets Coach Monty Williams said. ''We have so many guys who are a bit banged up.''

Undrafted out of Syracuse in 2007 after four seasons with the Orange, Watkins has appeared in preseason games for the Kings (2007-08), San Antonio Spurs (2008-09), Cleveland Cavaliers (2009-10) and most recently the Hornets in 2010-11, where he played three games, scoring 2.0 points and pulling down 3.0 rebounds in 9.0 minutes of action.

To make room for Watkins, the Hornets waived center Chris Johnson (6'11''-C-85, college: LSU). Johnson has missed the last eight games with a concussion, suffered April 1 against the Phoenix Suns. The Hornets roster now stands at 15.

Courtesy of www.nola.com



Jeremy Lin one of TIME's 100 most influential people - by Eurobasket News

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) is included in TIME Magazines list of 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Lin is the only NBA player included on the list.

Jeremy Lins story is a great lesson for kids everywhere, because it debunks and defangs so many of the prejudices and stereotypes that unfairly hold children back, US Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote in the TIME piece about Lin.

Hes dispelled the idea that Asian-American guards somehow couldnt hack it in the NBA and that being a world-class athlete on the court is somehow at odds with being an excellent student off the court, Duncan added.

Lin became a worldwide sensation in February and March when he almost single-handedly revived the Knicks season, leading them to a string of wins because of his impressive performance on the court.

Lins on-court performance combined with his inspiring story off the court triggered a wave of Linsanity all over the basketball world, but Duncan noted that the Asian-American guards rise to prominence was not an accident.

Contrary to what you might read, Jeremy, 23, is no overnight sensation. In fact, he achieved success the old-fashioned way: he earned it, Duncan said. He worked hard and stayed humble. He lives the right way, he plays the right way.

Its great to see good values rewarded in professional sports because thats not always the case. Often, its the bling, the glam, the individual that gets celebrated not the team and working together to advance a goal bigger than oneself, he added.

Jeremy cares only about one thing winning. And I dont care whether you are an Asian-American kid, white, black or Hispanic, Jeremys story tells you that if you show grit, disicpline and integrity, you too can get an opportunity to overcome the odds.

ESPN basketball blog True Hoop said that it is eay to see that Lin does have tremendous influence, and could have far more should he want it.

He is exceptionally well positioned to make powerful use of the platform that comes with international icon status: he builds relationships easily, for instance, with teammates, he has a Harvard brain and powerful convictions which, so far, he has only deployed in measured doses, True Hoop blogger Henry Abbott noted.

Lin is the first NBA player to appear on TIMEs list since Phoenix point guard Steve Nash, who appeared in the 2006 edition.

Aside from Lin, other athletes included on the list are: tennis superstar Novak Djokovic, World Footballer of the Year Lionel Messi, sprinter Oscar Pistorious, golf star Yani Tseng and fellow sensation Tim Tebow, the quarterback of the New York Jets.

Lin wrote the TIME feature on Tebow, wherein he notes: As athletes, we pour our hearts into winning games. Tim is a reminder that life is about much more than that.

Lin is currently in the Knicks injured list after having surgery to repair a torn cartilage in his left knee. His team is currently sitting in second place at the Atlantic Division with a 32-29 record. They are in 7th place in the Eastern Conference standings and have a shot at making the NBA playoffs.

Courtesy of www.abs-cbnnews.com



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Larry Brown has finalized an agreement to coach SMU - by Eurobasket News

Larry Brown has reached an agreement to coach SMU, a person familiar with negotiations between the sides told USA TODAY Sports.

ESPN.com was the first to report Brown, 71, had agreed to become SMU's coach.

He will replace Matt Doherty, who went 80-109 in six seasons at SMU.

Brown has coached college and pro teams in his career and is the only person to win titles at both levels.

But he hasn't coached in college since 1988 when he led Kansas to a championship. The Jayhawks subsequently were placed on probation and were banned from the NCAA tournament the following seasons for violations committed when Brown was the coach.

Brown, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, has been out of coaching since being fired by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010. He has a long history of changing jobs and his prospects for a long tenure at SMU appear remote. He will turn 72 before his first game this fall.

The Mustangs are preparing a succession plan. According to ESPN.com's report, Illinois State coach Tim Jankovich, who has close ties with Brown, is expected to join the staff as a coach-in-waiting.

Former Illinois assistant Jerrance Howard and former Kentucky assistant Rod Strickland are all expected to be hired.

Howard, respected young recruiter, told The News-Gazette of Champaign, Ill., that he had agreed to become an assistant under Brown.

His hiring makes sense to help the Mustangs acquire talent as it prepares to transition into the Big East in the 2013-14 season.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com



Coach K: NBA 'controls college basketball' - by Eurobasket News

The NBAs rule that a player must be a year removed from his high school graduation to be eligible for the NBA Draft - commonly referred to as one-and-done - is hurting the college game, conventional wisdom says. The best players leave school after just one year, the notion goes, leaving college basketball with little opportunity to build stars of its own. This thinking, of course, ignores the way things used to be - before there was one-and-done there was none-and-done, and many players simply skipped college altogether and went straight to the NBA after high school.

In an interview with The Sports Animal in Oklahoma City (transcribed by Sports Radio Interviews), Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, when asked what can be done to fix the game of college basketball, put the onus on the NBA.

'First of all college basketball doesn't control college basketball. The NBA controls college basketball,' Krzyzewski said. 'They are the ones, along with the players union, that sets the rule. College basketball just reacts to what the NBA does to include the early entry date. College basketball put out April 10th (as the date by when players must declare their intention to enter the draft). Well, that date doesnt mean anything. April 29th (the NBAs deadline) is when guys have a chance to put their names in the NBA Draft.

I think one of the main things that has to happen is college basketball has to have a relationship with the NBA. There should be someone in charge of college basketball who, on a day-to-day basis, sets an agenda for our great sport. We dont have anything like that. As a result, we dont have a voice with the NBA or the players union, and thats just kind of sad.

NBA commissioner David Stern maintains that it his league's job to watch over college basketball. The rule is 'not geared to whether it's a good thing for the colleges,' Stern said earlier this month.

While Austin Rivers will leave Duke after his freshman year to enter the draft, Krzyzewski said Duke puts a greater emphasis on recruiting guys wholl stick around for a few years.

We cant go after every one-and-done guy because a lot of the guysand they are great players and great kidsbut school isnt as important (to them). A lot of those guys a number of years ago didnt have to go to college. Dwight Howard. Kobe Bryant. LeBron James. ...

Its not even going one year. They are going to spend maybe six-seven months (at school). ... We have a great school, but its not as attractive as going someplace else, so we have to be careful with who we get involved with because it could be a monumental waste of time for us.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



Kentucky's starting 5 declares for NBA draft - by Eurobasket News

Kentucky's starting lineup of three freshmen and two sophomores did most everything together. Now, they will go their separate ways in the NBA.

Freshmen Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6'7''-F-93) and Marquis Teague (6'2''-G-93), and sophomores Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92) and Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91) declared for the draft in a nationally televised news conference Tuesday night.

'We made it work,' Jones said. 'We all wanted to be there and do it together like we've done everything else together.'

The group, all clad in similar blue UK golf shirts, came into the season largely untested before ascending to No. 1, winning the Southeastern Conference in dominating fashion and capping an NCAA tournament run with a 67-59 victory over Kansas in the title game for the school's eighth championship.

'It's been a great opportunity playing here, I'll miss this team, the way we played together. We all love each other,' said Davis, who picked up every major player of the year award and is likely the No. 1 pick in June's draft. 'I'm just going to miss this place. We won an NCAA championship here and did a lot. We all did a lot for this school and I'm going to miss it.'

The five join seniors Darius Miller, who is also projected to be drafted, and Eloy Vargas in leaving the program.

'This is a players' first program. I said it three years ago. During the season, it's about our team. You saw it in this year's team, they were about each other,' coach John Calipari said. 'When the season is over, it's about moments like this.'

The departures mean only freshman Kyle Wiltjer remains from the rotation with a new class of highly touted recruits joining Calipari next season. Calipari said he had never watched the final game of a season until this one.

Kidd-Gilchrist appeared emotional for a few moments at the podium and later said his mother, Cindy Richardson, wanted him to return to school since he was one of the youngest players in Division I after turning 18 in September. Instead, he has other plans for her.

'I want to spoil my mom. I think I'm going to spoil my mom to death. That's one thing I'm looking forward to,' said Kidd-Gilchrist, who plans to buy her a watch for starters. 'I'm ready, I think. I'm ready for anything that comes my way now.'

Teague, the point guard, seemed to be the only player who might be a questionable first-round pick in Calipari's effort to match his 2010 draft class that saw five players go in the first round led by the No. 1 overall pick, John Wall. Teague said he felt like he did enough to be drafted in the first round by leading a 'great team that's kind of like an NBA team' to a national championship.

'This is my lifelong dream to play in the NBA and to be doing it with these guys, we're all just making the decision together just makes it that much more special,' Teague said. 'I love every day knowing I played with these guys and that not being an option any more is tough to deal with. But we all decided we needed to move on, so this is something we've got to do.'

Lamb said he really had only one goal after both he and Jones were projected first-round picks last season.

'The reason I stayed was to win a national championship,' Lamb said. 'Me and Terrence we talked together last year and we decided to come back this year to win a national championship and we did that. Our dreams came true.'

Wiltjer, who said earlier this year the thought of his teammates leaving was 'scary,' and the rest of the bench made up just 6 percent of the total minutes played this season. But the group will quickly be getting help as Calipari closes in on his fourth straight No. 1 recruiting class.

Kentucky already signed Willie Cauley, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin in the early period. Top prospect Nerlens Noel committed to the Wildcats on national television last week by shaving the school's initials in the back of his signature flat top hairstyle. Transfer Ryan Harrow is expected to take over as point guard with Wiltjer, giving the Wildcats the same projected starting mix of two sophomores and three freshmen.

The team is in the hunt for a few of the remaining top prospects who have until May 16 to make their final decisions.

All of Kentucky's new players will be thrust into major roles because with the departures, the Wildcats will lose 93.3 percent of their points, 94.5 percent of their individual rebounds and 96.2 percent of their assists.

Meanwhile, this group is about to begin their heady new lifestyle, something Davis couldn't help laughing about when he was reminded of his upcoming payday.

'I actually haven't thought about that yet. That's right, I am going to be rich,' Davis said. 'You've just got to manage your money well. Good thing is I like math. So I should be fine.'

Courtesy of www.seattlepi.com



Smotrycz transferring to Maryland from Michigan - by Eurobasket News

Evan Smotrycz (6'9''-F-91) has decided where he's going to play basketball next season.

Smotrycz announced on his Twitter account Monday that he's heading to the University of Maryland.

The 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward said he was leaving Michigan's program earlier this month.

Smotrycz averaged 7.7 points and 4.9 rebounds as a sophomore last season, starting the first 18 games and coming off the bench for the final 16 games. He scored 15 points -- making 6 of 7 shots, including a pair of 3-pointers -- in an NCAA tournament loss to Ohio.

Smotrycz, from Reading, Mass., averaged 6.3 points as a freshman and started in 24 of 35 games.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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Standings Men

NBL Standings
 1. Auckland P. 8-2 
 2. Bay Hawks 7-1 
 3. Wellington S. 5-3 
 4. Taranaki MA 4-7 
 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 114-88
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. Leasure, Taranaki.22.0 
 7. Tisby, OceanaGo.21.8 
 8. Pace, Hub Jets21.7 
 9. Hudson, Taranaki.20.9 
 10. Tait, Auckland P.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. Wright, OceanaGo.9.0 
 8. Muhammad, Aucklan.8.9 
 9. Young, Bay Hawks8.0 
 10. Pace, Hub Jets7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jason CROWE
  Wellington S.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Crowe, Wellington9.9 
 2. Tait, Auckland P.8.0 
 3. Dickel, OceanaGo.6.4 
 4. Jones, Nelson G.5.8 
 5. Bailey, Harbour H.4.6 
 6. Wright, OceanaGo.4.0 
 7. Kenny, Bay Hawks3.8 
 8. Pace, Hub Jets3.8 
 9. Hudson, Taranaki.3.8 
 10. Braswell, Southla.3.7 
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. Bailey, Harbour H.2.0 
 7. Gurley, Wellington2.0 
 8. Dickel, OceanaGo.1.9 
 9. Muhammad, Aucklan.1.8 
 10. Tait, Auckland P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Antoine TISBY
  OceanaGo.
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Tisby, OceanaGo.2.0 
 2. Wright, OceanaGo.1.3 
 3. Trousdell, Wellin.1.3 
 4. Abney, Southland1.1 
 5. Atkinson, Harbo.1.0 
 6. Muhammad, Aucklan.1.0 
 7. Frank, Wellington1.0 
 8. Newbold, Auckland.0.7 
 9. Cartwright, Auckla.0.7 
 10. Dempster, Nelson0.6 


Virus scare for Breakers - by Eurobasket News

The National Basketball Leagues New Zealand Breakers have suffered a setback to their preparations for Friday nights Game Two of the 2012 iiNet NBL Championship Grand Final series against the Perth Wildcats with illness preventing three of their players from training earlier today.

The Breakers currently lead the best-of-three NBL Grand Final series 1-0 after winning Game One in Auckland last Thursday 104-98 in overtime, but must travel to Perth to face the Wildcats on the road on Friday night at Challenge Stadium (AKA The Jungle).

Already dealing with a serious ankle injury to star player Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.) that forced the athletic forward to miss Game One, centre Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82, college: Utah St.), veteran reserve Dillon Boucher (196-F-75) and development player Dion Prewster (195-G/F-91, college: SF Austin) all missed practice this morning due to what was being described as a stomach virus.

'As if there are not enough challenges in a week like this we seem to have been hit with a bit of a stomach virus,' Breakers head coach Andrej Lemanis told Fairfax News NZ. 'Hopefully it's just a 24-hour thing and they'll all be good to have a good session tomorrow because we need one.'

With Abercrombie and man backup power forward BJ Anthony (stress reaction in ankle) also unable to train, Lemanis was left with just six players for training and had to draft club staff members Hayden Allen and Mike Fitchett to fill in. Despite the adversity, Lemanis was happy with the session.

'We still had a good session and the guys that practised got something out of it. We went for an hour and went pretty hard,' Lemanis said.

The good news for the Breakers is that Abercrombie appears likely to suit up for Game Two if he can prove his fitness.

'If he can play he'll play, that's the bottom line, we'll give him as much time as required obviously, it would be nice if he could practice, but if he can't it's no big deal,' said Lemanis.

Awaiting them in Perth is a Wildcats team smarting from their narrow Game One loss and buoyed by the recent news that critical big man Matt Knight is expected to play on Friday night despite suffering a dislocated finger in the series opener.

'You always go with the player and Matty said he feels good,' Perth head coach Rob Beveridge told The West Australian. 'He's an integral part of the group and he's been massive for us over the last few weeks.

'He's big and tough and when he's playing like that it gives us a massive boost.'

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)



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

25-year old forward Terry Evans (196-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for St. Louis P. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 41 points and 18 rebounds, while his team beat Indiana D. (#5, 4-14) in overtime 130-125. St. Louis P. is placed at 4th position in PBL league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 13 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Evans had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range and got nine three-pointers out of 13 attempts. He just recently signed at St. Louis P., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Terry Evans averages this season 17.6ppg and 9.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Christopher Ames (191-G/F-84) of Indiana D.. He is a swingman in his second season at Indiana D.. In the last game Ames recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 21 rebounds. Bad luck as Indiana D. lost that overtime game 125-130 to slightly higher-ranked St. Louis P. (#4, 4-13). This loss caused Indiana D. to drop to 5th position in Central. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Indiana D. managed to get this year. Ames is well-known at Indiana D. and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another St. Louis P.'s star - guard Lonnell Johnson (188-G). Johnson got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and six assists. He was another key player of St. Louis P., helping his team with a 130-125overtime win against slightly lower-ranked Indiana D. (#5, 4-14). St. Louis P. can only dream about fighting for top spots in Central. They have rather bad season and 4-13 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Johnson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Johnson has a very solid season. In 17 games in PBL he scored 11.4ppg. He also has 4.3rpg and FGP: 52.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Keith Radcliff (186-G-86) of Indiana D. - 38 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Joscar Demby (203-C) of Chicago M. - 21 points and 14 rebounds
6. Corey Hill (193-G/F) of St. Louis P. - 30 points and 10 rebounds
7. Perry Petty (185-G-88) of Cent.Illinois D. - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Herman Favors (174-G-84) of Sauk Valley P. - 27 points and 8 assists
9. William Harris (201-F-87) of Dayton A.S. - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Anthony Slack (202-F/C-84) of Cent.Illinois D. - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Earl BARRON
  Meralco .
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Barron, Meralco29.5 
 2. David, Powerade T.27.1 
 3. Crews, Rain o.27.0 
 4. Bowles, B-Meg L.25.1 
 5. Douthit, Air21 E.20.3 
 6. Parada, Alaska Ac.19.3 
 7. Harvey, Talk N Te.18.5 
 8. Baguio, Alaska Ac.18.2 
 9. Cardona, Meralco17.8 
 10. Lassiter, Powerad.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  Air21 E.
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Douthit, Air21 E.20.3 
 2. Jones, Powerade T.17.9 
 3. Harvey, Talk N Te.17.0 
 4. Barron, Meralco15.6 
 5. Crews, Rain o.15.4 
 6. Parada, Alaska Ac.14.1 
 7. Vroman, Ginebra12.0 
 8. Bowles, B-Meg L.11.9 
 9. Santos, Petron B.11.1 
 10. Thoss, Alaska Ac.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Ross, Meralco7.8 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.7.2 
 3. Cabagnot, Petron6.4 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.6.0 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.6 
 6. Cortez, Ginebra5.4 
 7. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.2 
 8. Hubalde, Air21 E.4.8 
 9. Vroman, Ginebra4.1 
 10. Yeo, Petron Blaze3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco .
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ross, Meralco1.8 
 2. Reyes, Talk N Text1.5 
 3. Vroman, Ginebra1.4 
 4. Helterbrand, Gineb.1.3 
 5. Lassiter, Powerade.1.3 
 6. Harvey, Talk N Te.1.3 
 7. Custodio, Alaska A.1.3 
 8. Cabagnot, Petron1.2 
 9. Douthit, Air21 E.1.2 
 10. Tenorio, Alaska A.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Powerade T.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jones, Powerade T.2.8 
 2. Vroman, Ginebra2.4 
 3. Douthit, Air21 E.2.2 
 4. Parada, Alaska Ac.2.0 
 5. Santos, Petron B.1.8 
 6. Bowles, B-Meg L.1.6 
 7. Crews, Rain o.1.6 
 8. Eman, Alaska Aces1.3 
 9. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.1 
 10. Barron, Meralco1.1 



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2Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jakub KAROLAK
  Novum Lublin
  (196-G/F-93)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Karolak, Novum Lub.21.9 
 2. Kowalewski, AZS U.21.4 
 3. Peciak, MKS L.19.9 
 4. Lapinski, Zyrardow.19.8 
 5. Sobilo, Pulaski Wa.19.7 
 6. Swiech, MKS S.19.4 
 7. Kuczynski, Tur B.19.3 
 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.11.8 
 3. Cygan, Unia Tarnow10.8 
 4. Niedzwiedzki, WKK10.4 
 5. Mis, Handlopex AZS10.3 
 6. Kwandrans, MKS L.9.8 
 7. Fras, Trefl I.9.8 
 8. Kuczynski, Tur B.9.3 
 9. Zurawski, Open F.9.3 
 10. Sobkowiak, AZS P.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.6.7 
 3. Wluczynski, Ksieza.6.6 
 4. Paszkiewicz, PWiK6.5 
 5. Jarosz, MKS S.5.8 
 6. Gospodarek, Novum5.5 
 7. Grzelinski, WKK O.5.4 
 8. Rapucha, Tur B.5.4 
 9. Kindlik, MKS L.5.2 
 10. Lipinski, Nysa K.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.5.1 
 2. Rapucha, Tur B.4.5 
 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.2.7 
 3. Szewczyk, Unia T.2.3 
 4. Kunc, Staco M.2.2 
 5. Misztela, UMKS P.2.2 
 6. Fediuk, UKS S.2.2 
 7. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.1 
 8. Szwed, Zyrardow.2.1 
 9. Labedz, Rosa I.2.1 
 10. Bojko, Wilki Mors.2.1 


2Liga Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Ksiezak Lowicz - AZS UWM Olsz. 93-82

Ksiezak Lowicz advanced to the semis after they defeated AZS Olsztyn in the decisive third game in the series. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 49-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ksiezak Lowicz made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 AZS UWM Olsz. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ksiezak Lowicz made 11 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Bartosz Wluczynski (176-88) who scored 22 points and 6 assists. Forward Tomasz Nogalski (192-79) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Four Ksiezak Lowicz players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Marcin Kowalewski (200-86) who recorded 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and forward Krzysztof Kawalek (196-86) added 13 points and 13 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Ksiezak Lowicz: B.Wluczynski 22+4reb+6ast, T.Nogalski 19+7reb+2ast, D.Janiak 15+7reb+1ast, K.Kromer 13+4reb+4ast, R.Wojciechowski 9+3ast, K.Rydlewski 8+4reb
AZS UWM Olsz.: M.Kowalewski 35+8reb, K.Kawalek 13+13reb+2ast, J.Chojnacki 11+3reb+2ast, J.Andrusiewicz 8+3reb+1ast, P.Spica 7+2reb+2ast, P.Rosinski 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 174882


Astoria Bydg. - Zuraw Gniewno 75-60

Astoria Bydgoszcz clinched the next round appearance edging Zuraw Gniewno. The game was mostly controlled by Astoria Bydg.. Zuraw Gniewno managed to win second period 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Astoria Bydg. looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Astoria Bydg. made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) who scored 28 points. Guard Adam Szopinski (190-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Four Astoria Bydg. players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Marcin Wilk (202-77) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Bartosz Kobus (195-83) added 11 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: M.Bierwagen 28+4reb+3ast, S.Laydych 14+6reb+1ast, A.Szopinski 10+7reb+12ast, A.Barszczyk 10+2reb+3ast, D.Szyttenholm 8+7reb, W.Pagacz 3+2reb
Zuraw Gniewno: M.Wilk 13+10reb, B.Kobus 11+4reb+2ast, L.Zimniewicz 11+2reb, P.Pawlowski 8+3reb+2ast, K.Mudlaf 7+1reb, P.Matysiak 2+2reb
gschID: 174880


AZS PP Poznan - Korsarz Gdansk 86-68

AZS Poznan cruised past Korsarz Gdansk into the semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by AZS PP Poznan. Korsarz Gdansk managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS PP Poznan forced 22 Korsarz Gdansk turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS PP Poznan made 15 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Pawel Stankiewicz (195-82) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Michal Szydlowski (198-87) chipped in 24 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Piotr Konsek (208-89) who recorded 8 points and 10 rebounds and guard Piotr Renkiel (190-87) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
AZS PP Poznan: M.Szydlowski 24+6reb+2ast, P.Stankiewicz 18+12reb+3ast, T.Gierwazik 11+1reb+3ast, T.Baszak 9+3reb+3ast, M.Piazdecki 8+9reb, P.Hybiak 7+4reb+9ast
Korsarz Gdansk: K.Sadowski 11+2reb+3ast, J.Zalucki 10+2reb+3ast, P.Renkiel 10+5reb+2ast, M.Skiba 10+2reb+2ast, P.Konsek 8+10reb, B.Sarzalo 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 174881


Group C
UMKS Kielce - Wisla AWF Kr. 64-62

UMKS Kielce escaped with a narrow home win over Wisla Krakow to seal the next round appearance. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 15-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. UMKS Kielce forced 20 Wisla AWF Kr. turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UMKS Kielce made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was swingman Marcin Wrobel (200-87) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Pawel Bacik (187-88) chipped in 17 points. Four UMKS Kielce players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Grzegorz Radwan (200-80) who recorded 24 points and 7 rebounds and guard Jakub Dwernicki (180-86) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
UMKS Kielce: P.Bacik 17+3reb+1ast, M.Wrobel 15+10reb+1ast, A.Busz 13+3reb+1ast, H.Makuch 11+4reb+3ast, L.Fafara 6+3reb+3ast, J.Lewandowski 2
Wisla AWF Kr.: G.Radwan 24+7reb+1ast, J.Dwernicki 13+5reb+3ast, P.Czepczyk 10+4reb+1ast, D.Depta 6+10reb, M.Piech 4+6reb+2ast, K.Pilch 3+2reb
gschID: 174885


Handlopex AZS - MKS Limbach 78-62

Handlopex AZS toppled MKS Limbach for the spot in the semis. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Handlopex AZS dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to MKS Limbach's 34. They outrebounded MKS Limbach 54-28 including a 37-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Handlopex AZS looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was power forward Piotr Mis (204-77) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Jakub Musijowski (175-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists. Four Handlopex AZS players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Andrzej Peciak (195-78) who recorded 18 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Piotr Kindlik (166-84) added 13 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Handlopex AZS: P.Mis 22+17reb+5ast, S.Biela 17+3reb+1ast, J.Musijowski 11+8reb+11ast, M.Sowa 10+13reb+3ast, K.Banys 9+7reb+1ast, M.Osiniak 4+1ast
MKS Limbach: A.Peciak 18+6reb, P.Kindlik 13+4reb+3ast, P.Kwandrans 10+5reb+2ast, W.Rykala 8+3reb+4ast, W.Hasior 5+2reb+1ast, J.Dudek 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 174883


Tur Bielsk Pdl. - Novum Lublin 111-84

Tur Bielsk Pdl. bruised Novum Lublin to march into the next round of playoffs. The game without a history. Tur Bielsk Pdl. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Tur Bielsk Pdl. forced 22 Novum Lublin turnovers and outrebounded them 46-32 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Tur Bielsk Pdl. especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Arkadiusz Zabielski (195-84) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Swingman Piotr Brzozowski (191-85) chipped in 23 points. Tur Bielsk Pdl.'s coach Andrej Sinielnikow felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Michael Gospodarek (186-91) who recorded 19 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and swingman Jakub Karolak (196-93) added 18 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five Tur Bielsk Pdl. and four Novum Lublin players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Tur Bielsk Pdl.: P.Brzozowski 23+4reb+3ast, A.Weres 21+4reb+2ast, A.Zabielski 16+11reb+5ast, M.Rapucha 16+6reb+5ast, L.Kuczynski 11+8reb+1ast, M.Wysocki 10+10reb+2ast
Novum Lublin: M.Gospodarek 19+2reb+7ast, J.Karolak 18+6reb+1ast, P.Bajtus 14+8reb+1ast, B.Ciechocinski 12+6reb+2ast, B.Karolak 7+2reb, M.Wisniewski 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 174884



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  PUERTO RICO   

Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Thornton, Guayama24.9 
 2. Sensley, Humacao21.5 
 3. Harris, San German21.1 
 4. Ayuso, Arecibo19.9 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon18.9 
 6. Ramos, Quebradillas18.6 
 7. Vassallo, Guaynabo16.4 
 8. Maye, Guaynabo16.0 
 9. Galindo, Guayama15.8 
 10. Rivera, San German15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Harris, San German10.3 
 2. Thornton, Guayama9.4 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas9.2 
 4. Sensley, Humacao9.1 
 5. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 6. Shannon, Quebradil.8.1 
 7. O''Bryant, Mayaguez7.8 
 8. Sweetney, Bayamon7.6 
 9. Narvaez, Guaynabo7.6 
 10. Pinkney, San G.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Filiberto RIVERA
  San German
  (190-PG-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Rivera, San German5.9 
 2. Smith, Mayaguez5.6 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.4 
 4. Pagan, Guayama4.9 
 5. Pinnock, Arecibo4.7 
 6. Cruz, Quebradillas4.3 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon4.1 
 8. Williams, Quebradi.4.1 
 9. Garcia, Humacao4.1 
 10. Rodriguez, San G.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.3 
 2. Pinnock, Arecibo2.0 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.6 
 4. Cotto, Mayaguez1.5 
 5. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.5 
 6. Thornton, Guayama1.4 
 7. Williams, Quebradi.1.3 
 8. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 9. Lamizana, Bayamon1.2 
 10. Rivera, Mayaguez1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.3 
 2. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.7 
 3. Thornton, Guayama1.7 
 4. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 5. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 6. Harris, San German1.2 
 7. Ramos, Quebradillas1.0 
 8. Santiago, Arecibo1.0 
 9. Sweetney, Bayamon0.9 
 10. Sensley, Humacao0.9 


Indios sign, Franklin, Clemente and Hamilton: - by Marcos Carlo

Indios de Mayaguez signed Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross), Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85, college: Wichita St.) and Alexander Franklin (196-PF-88, college: Siena) before the signing deadline. They are expected to join the team later this season.

Hamilton played in Germany and he only appeared in two games with Bayreuth. He averaged 12.5 points and 4.5 assists.

Clemente is playing in the Israeli National League and is putting 21.6 points and 14.6 rebounds with Kiryat Tibon.

Finally Franklin is playing in the Spanish LEB with Huesca and averaged 16.4 points with 6.3 rebounds.

Mayaguez also announced the release of Alejandro Carmona to make room for these players in the roster. Carmona is serving a suspension until September of this year.




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  ROMANIA   

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu23.5 
 2. Martinic, CSM B.23.3 
 3. Durham, Dinamo B.23.3 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.21.0 
 5. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.2 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan18.8 
 7. Gallimore, CSM B.18.5 
 8. Sims, Giurgiu18.3 
 9. Ross, Craiova18.0 
 10. Haymon, Dinamo B.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.13.7 
 2. Kinloch, Pitesti9.3 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.9 
 4. Carutasu, CSM B.8.9 
 5. McKenzie, CSM B.8.8 
 6. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.4 
 7. Dies, Perla Harghi.8.4 
 8. Steffel, Rovinari8.3 
 9. Riley, CSU Sibiu8.1 
 10. Vlaicu, Giurgiu7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu7.3 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.6.2 
 3. Maric, Oradea6.1 
 4. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.5 
 5. Sims, Giurgiu5.5 
 6. Nikolic, Rovinari5.5 
 7. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 8. Martinic, CSM B.5.2 
 9. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.2 
 10. Tomeljak, Gaz M.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu2.9 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.2.6 
 3. Tucker, Perla H.2.1 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.0 
 6. Nicolae, Politehni.1.9 
 7. Hargrove, Ploiesti1.9 
 8. Dykes, U.Mobite.1.9 
 9. Hurjui, Politehnica1.8 
 10. Seals, Craiova1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaylone RILEY
  CSU Sibiu
  (203-C-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.8 
 2. Tibirna, Otopeni1.7 
 3. McKenzie, CSM B.1.7 
 4. Dies, Perla Harghi.1.5 
 5. Kinloch, Pitesti1.4 
 6. Durham, Dinamo B.1.1 
 7. Mijovic, U.Mobite.1.1 
 8. Albijanic, Ploiesti0.9 
 9. McCulloch, Dinamo0.9 
 10. Dragusin, Gaz M.0.9 


Virgil Carutasu is back to CS Municipal Bucuresti - by Eurobasket News

Virgil Carutasu (203-C-76) is back to CS Municipal Bucuresti after the injury. The Romanian Center missed 12 games.
Virgil Carutasu returned to the court last night in the Quarterfinal round Game 3. CSM Bucuresti overcame Timisoara 92:80. CSM Bucuresti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Virgil Carutasu spent only 6 minutes in the court.
In his last game before the injury Virgil Carutasu helped CS Municipal Bucuresti to beat Giurgiu 81:76. At that game he poured in 10 points and had 8 rebounds.
Tonight CS Municipal Bucuresti will face Timisoara in Game 4.



Chris Terrell will continue with CSS Giurgiu - by Eurobasket News

Chris Terrell will continue with CSS Giurgiu also next season. The experienced American Specialist remains in Romania.
Chris Terrell became a new Head Coach of CSS Giurgiu to start with the team in January 2012. The American specialist arrived from Mexico. He started his career as a coach Assistant with Pierce College 2003 and then Brookhaven College. In 2005 he moved to Dallas Diesel (USBL) and showed 26-7 record with his team. In 2006 coached Marineros de Guaymas (Mexico-CIBACOPA). In 2006 he was the Director of Basketball Operations at the World Basketball Association (WBA).
This season CSS Giurgiu finished with 8-20 record on the 12th place. In the last game of the Regular Season the team beat Perla 96:86. Perla Harghitei was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 58-46 second half run of Giurgiu.



Quarterfinals Round 3: Ploiesti reach the semis - by Eurobasket News

Targu Mures - U.Mobitel.CN 82-76 (1-2)

U-Mobitelco was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 45-35 second half run of Targu Mures. U-Mobitelco was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Calvin Watson (197-85, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward Virgil Stanescu (208-77, college: S.Alabama, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 16 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (204-82) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) and American forward David Lawrence (200-85, college: Charleston, agency: TSS Management) scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Targu Mures: C.Watson 26+2reb+4ast, V.Stanescu 16+8reb+1ast, M.Pekovic 13+5reb+3ast, J.Forte 13+10reb+1ast, M.Aliakseyeu 6+1reb, L.Dumitru 3+8reb
U.Mobitel.CN: Z.Krstanovic 20+10reb+1ast, V.Mijovic 18+2reb+4ast, K.Dykes 15+6reb+1ast, D.Lawrence 11+8reb+6ast, M.Paul 8+1reb+2ast, P.Chetreanu 2
gschID: 174504


Oradea - Ploiesti 74-79 (0-3)

The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Ploiesti dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Oradea's 32. The best player for the winners was the former international center Catalin Burlacu (210-77, agency: Court Side) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian power forward Vladimir Tica (208-81, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Milos Pesic (205-84) who recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: C.Burlacu 21+6reb+3ast, V.Tica 20+7reb, A.Vlahovic 19+3reb+4ast, A.Cepulis 7+3reb+2ast, L.Szijarto 5+1reb, A.Santana 5+6reb+1ast
Oradea: N.Maric 15+3reb+3ast, M.Pesic 15+6reb+5ast, M.Markovic 13+6reb+6ast, S.Topchov 8+4reb, L.Lazar 8+1reb, G.Navickas 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 174505


Rovinari - Gaz Metan 89-69 (1-2)

The game was mostly controlled by Rovinari. Gaz Metan managed to win third quarter 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rovinari looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Gaz Metan's players. It was a good game for American guard Louis Darby (196-84, college: Long Beach St.) who led his team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. His fellow American import guard Porter Troupe (196-83, college: Portland, agency: Strategic Sports) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five Rovinari players scored in double figures. American forward Deven Mitchell (197-84, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Croatian guard Ivan Tomeljak (194-79) added 17 points and 6 assists in the effort for Gaz Metan.
Top scorers:
Rovinari: L.Darby 24+11reb+11ast, B.Kabengele-Kalala 17+1reb+1ast, P.Troupe 17+5reb+7ast, S.Nikolic 11+3reb+8ast, D.Steffel 10+12reb+4ast, V.Mocanu 7+2reb+3ast
Gaz Metan: I.Tomeljak 17+1reb+6ast, D.Mitchell 15+10reb+1ast, I.Ivanovic 11+5reb+1ast, T.Nicoara 9+5reb, I.Zigeranovic 6+7reb, T.Jucan 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 174502


CSM Bucuresti - Timisoara 92-80 (2-1)

The game without a history. CSM Bucuresti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (184-87, agency: BeoExcell) who led the winners and scored 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Jamaican-Canadian guard Garry Gallimore (192-84) accounted for 21 points for the winning side. Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 11 points and 5 assists and the former international center Dan Paltinisanu (208-79, agency: Court Side) added 14 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) respectively for Timisoara in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CSM Bucuresti: G.Martinic 29+5reb+6ast, G.Gallimore 21+4reb+2ast, E.Rhinehart 13+4reb+2ast, I.Bosnjak 11+3reb+1ast, C.Fometescu 9+3reb+5ast, B.McKenzie 9+5reb
Timisoara: D.Paltinisanu 14+4reb, I.Siriscevic 13+1reb, Z.Jovanovic 11+3reb+5ast, B.Popescu 10+2reb+3ast, R.Sarovic 9+3reb+1ast, D.Archie 9+6reb+2ast
gschID: 174503


Group Play-out
Politehnica - Perla Harghitei 95-89

The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 30-23 run, which allowed them to win the game. Politehnica forced 23 Perla Harghitei turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Madalin Nicolae (197-84) who scored 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Vlad Popovici (200-94) chipped in 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Emmanuel Dies (204-77, college: Kansas St., agency: Interperformances) who recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Christopher Long (187-87, college: Elon, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Politehnica: M.Nicolae 34+6reb+4ast, V.Popovici 19+7reb+4ast, C.Amarghioalei 18+8reb+2ast, V.Cobzaru 13+8reb+1ast, D.Anghel 8+3reb+1ast, I.Hurjui 3+2reb+7ast
Perla Harghitei: E.Dies 28+13reb+1ast, C.Long 24+5reb+6ast, A.Champion 17+10reb+1ast, Z.Samuila 11+1reb+2ast, D.Erceg 5+4reb+1ast, V.Pora 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 175043



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  RUSSIA   

Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.19.5 
 2. Gordon, Ural E.15.3 
 3. Ageev, Ruskon-M.15.0 
 4. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.14.6 
 5. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan13.8 
 6. Sotnikov, TE.13.8 
 7. Lekavicius, Univ.S.13.5 
 8. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.13.1 
 9. Aleksandrov, Univ..12.2 
 10. Kirjanov, TE.12.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.8.0 
 2. Petukhov, Spart.7.3 
 3. Zaykin, TE.7.3 
 4. Ivlev, Rjazan7.1 
 5. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.2 
 6. Trushkin, Spart.6.2 
 7. Nikolaev, Ural E.5.9 
 8. Gordon, Ural E.5.9 
 9. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.5.8 
 10. Gresev, Ataman5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  Ural E.
  (182-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Glazunov, Ural E.5.4 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.1 
 3. Zibirov, Ataman4.0 
 4. Aleksandrov, Sojuz4.0 
 5. Tokarev, TE.3.9 
 6. Bartunov, Rjazan3.7 
 7. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.3.1 
 8. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.3.1 
 9. Chernov, Ruskon-M.2.9 
 10. Vzdykhalkin, Rjaz.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.2 
 2. Zibirov, Ataman2.1 
 3. Glazunov, Ural E.1.9 
 4. Bartunov, Rjazan1.7 
 5. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.7 
 6. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.5 
 7. Ageev, Ruskon-M.1.4 
 8. Ivlev, Rjazan1.4 
 9. Kubrakov, Ataman1.3 
 10. Vzdykhalkin, Rjaz.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.1.6 
 2. Gresev, Ataman1.2 
 3. Rindin, Univ.Surgut1.0 
 4. Varlamov, Ural E.1.0 
 5. Tsvetkov, Severst.1.0 
 6. Petukhov, Spart.0.9 
 7. Goritskov, Sever.0.9 
 8. Polyakov, Severstal0.8 
 9. Sleta, Sojuz Z.0.7 
 10. Kondrashin, Sojuz0.7 


Superleague Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

TEMP-SUMZ - Severstal 69-73

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But TEMP-SUMZ Revda won fourth quarter 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Aleksandr Lunev (201-80, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) stepped up and scored 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and power forward Aleksey Tsvetkov (207-84) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. Severstal's coach Sergei Mokin allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side forward Aleksey Kirjanov (206-81) responded with 13 points and forward Dmitry Gordeev (198-89) scored 12 points.
Top scorers:
Severstal: R.Nazmiev 14+2reb+1ast, A.Lunev 13+5reb, A.Tsvetkov 10+5reb+2ast, S.Zakharov 9+3reb+2ast, S.Zinchenko 9+8reb, M.Polyakov 8+4reb
TEMP-SUMZ: A.Kirjanov 13+2reb+2ast, D.Gordeev 12+3reb, S.Sotnikov 10+2reb+1ast, A.Komarov 8+4reb+2ast, A.Vokhmianine 8+2reb+3ast, S.Khlopov 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 155478


Univ.Surgut - Ruskon-Mord. 83-69

The game was mostly controlled by Universitet-Yugra. Ruskon-Mordovia was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Universitet-Yugra players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Ruskon-Mordovia's players. Point guard Gannadi Zelenskiy (186-82, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) stepped up and scored 15 points and 9 assists for the winners and guard Vladimir Shevel (200-84, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 17 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Universitet-Yugra's coach Sergei Olhov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and forward Roman Semerninov (200-81) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Univ.Surgut: V.Shevel 17+2reb, G.Zelenskiy 15+3reb+9ast, A.Ekimov 10+3reb+1ast, V.Dyachok 8+3reb+3ast, I.Aleksandrov 8+2reb+1ast, A.Savkov 8+2reb+4ast
Ruskon-Mord.: A.Kuznetsov 16+8reb+1ast, A.Ageev 14+2reb+2ast, R.Semerninov 11+8reb+2ast, A.Varnakov 7+2reb+1ast, P.Zakamov 6, P.Aghapov 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 155479


Ataman - Rjazan 51-63

The game was mostly controlled by Rjazan. Ataman managed to win second period 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rjazan forced 20 Ataman turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Vladimir Ivlev (207-90) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 8 rebounds. Center Nikita Stepanenkov (208-87) contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Igor Smygin (197-87, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds and forward Nikita Gresev (204-88) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ataman.
Top scorers:
Rjazan: V.Ivlev 13+8reb+2ast, A.Kirdyachkin 8+8reb+1ast, N.Stepanenkov 8+9reb, A.Vzdykhalkin 8+1reb+6ast, T.Bekkiev 8+2ast, R.Khamitov 6+1ast
Ataman: N.Gresev 14+5reb, I.Smygin 12+8reb, D.Zagnoyko 6+3reb, V.Kubrakov 6+1reb, I.Oleynikov 5, D.Zibirov 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 155476


Ural Ekaterinb. - Spartak V. 74-59

It looked good early as Spartak V. took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ural Ekaterinburg had a 20-15 second period charge getting the lead and Spartak V. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 59-74. American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) stepped up and scored 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and forward Semen Shashkov (205-89) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. Four Ural Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Viktor Zaryazhko (194-92) responded with 26 points and 4 assists and forward Andrey Petukhov (207-86, agency: RU-Basket Management) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Spartak V.'s coach Rolandas Radvila rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ural Ekaterinb.: L.Gordon 17+7reb+1ast, N.Lepojevic 16+3reb+1ast, S.Shashkov 12+3reb+6ast, D.Nikolaev 12+5reb+2ast, M.Dybovskiy 9+3reb+1ast, V.Ionov 7+3reb+1ast
Spartak V.: V.Zaryazhko 26+4reb+4ast, A.Petukhov 15+7reb, O.Bokov 6+5reb+1ast, G.Goldyrev 5+3reb+2ast, D.Zakharov 4+3reb+1ast, D.Pastukhov 1
gschID: 155477



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DUC and Mermoz advanced to Saint-Michel Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

DUC and Mermoz advanced to Saint-Michel Cup Final. Both teams won the semifinal games over their opponents. The defending champions Mermoz qualified for the 2012 edition beating Customs 62:38. Dakar University Club overcame SIBAC 66:61 to join them in the Final. The final is schedule for June 2.


Pape Sow wins the title with Mahram Tehran - by Eurobasket News

Pape Sow (207-F-81, college: CS Fullerton) wins the title with Mahram Tehran that climbed back on top of WABA League summit. The Iranian powerhouse held off Riyadi in the decisive fifth game of the championship series to clinch the crown. Samad Nik Khakhbahrami stepped up with 28 points, 6 boards and 3 assists to lead the winners, while Pape Sow had 4 points and 11 rebounds.
Mahram stormed into the game taking a 19:4 lead midway through the first term. The Iranian team stretched the margin to as many as 18 points at the first intermission 31:13. The Iranian team maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They piled up a 50:34 halftime advantage. Riyadi lagged behind in the third term. Mahram stayed dominant posting an 80:68 cushion with ten minutes remaining. The hosts did not slow down in the final stanza cruising to a well-deserved win at the end. Hamed Afagh nailed 20 points, while Nikoloz Tskitishvili accounted for 17 points in the winning effort. Jean Abdel Nour and Dewarick Spencer finished with 24 points each for Riyadi.
The season 2011-2012 he started for FIATC Joventut Badalona (Spain-ACB), but left in Nov.'11. In Dec.'11 moved to Mahram Tehran (Iran-Superleague, starting five) and in WABA League averaged 11.7ppg, Reb-4 (10.2rpg), Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 98.5%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 75.0%.



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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 2-5 
 8. Hemofarm 1-7 
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 109-105 OT

Round 9

Apr. 14: Partizan - Hemofarm 83-48

Second Stage: Round 8

Apr. 21: Hemofarm - Crvena Zvezda
Apr. 21: Radnicki K. - Vojvodina
Apr. 21: Radnicki Basket - BKK Radnicki
Apr. 21: Partizan - Mega Vizura


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Milos BOJOVIC
  Zeleznicar
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Bojovic, Zeleznicar23.5 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.21.2 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac20.5 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo20.0 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.1 
 6. Cupkovic, Napredak16.5 
 7. Miljenovic, Mega V.16.3 
 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.7.8 
 4. Cupkovic, Napredak7.6 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.7.2 
 6. Petrovic, BKK R.7.1 
 7. Misanovic, OKK B.6.6 
 8. Kuburovic, Slobod.6.0 
 9. Canak, Zeleznicar6.0 
 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.4.3 
 6. Miljenovic, Mega V.4.1 
 7. Stefanovic, Smede.4.1 
 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. Bojovic, Zeleznicar2.0 
 6. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.0 
 7. Vulin, Prolet.1.9 
 8. Miljenovic, Mega V.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 


Superleague: Dejan Musli is MVP of Round 7 - by Eurobasket News

Center Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Mega Vizura, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7 (Superleague). The 20-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Hemofarm (#8, 1-7) in overtime 109-105. Mega Vizura maintains the 7th position in Superleague with 2-5 record. Musli just recently signed at Mega Vizura, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Dejan Musli averages this season 7.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) of Hemofarm. Gagic had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Hemofarm was edged in overtime by slightly higher-ranked Mega Vizura (#7, 2-5) 109-105. Hemofarm has poor 1-7 record. Gagic is a newcomer at Hemofarm and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Mega Vizura's star - guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket). Milisavljevic got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for six assists. He was another key player of Mega Vizura, helping his team with a 109-105 overtime win against slightly lower-ranked Hemofarm. Milisavljevic has a great season. In 28 games in Serbia he scored 21.2ppg. He also has 4.3apg and FGP: 55.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89) of Partizan - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mike Scott (203-F-86) of Radnicki K. - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Aleksandar Petrovic (206-C-87) of BKK Radnicki - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89) of Partizan - 15 points and 2 rebounds
8. Milos Dimic (195-G-89) of Radnicki Basket - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Bojan Bakic (197-G-83) of Hemofarm - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Milan Milovanovic (205-C/F-91) of Radnicki Basket - 14 points and 5 rebounds

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



Superleague Round 7: Mega Vizura beats Hemofarm in OT, 109-105 - by Eurobasket News

Radnicki K. - Crvena Zvezda 80-68
Everything could happen in Kragujevac at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Radnicki K. and one of their biggest opponents Zvezda had identical 4-2 record. This time Radnicki K. used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Beograd 80-68 on Tuesday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Zvezda was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Radnicki K. made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Zvezda was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Australian guard Steven Markovic (190-85) helped adding 21 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). At the losing side the former international guard Bojan Popovic (191-83) responded with 13 points and 6 assists and power forward Sava Lesic (205-88) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Radnicki K. (5-2) moved-up to second place. Zvezda at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Radnicki K. will face Vojvodina (#4) in Novi Sad in the next round. Zvezda will play on the road against Hemofarm in Vrsac.
Top scorers:
Radnicki K.: S.Markovic 21+1reb, M.Scott 20+7reb+2ast, D.Simon 13+5reb+2ast, S.Bircevic 7+5reb, M.Pavkovic 7+3reb+8ast, S.Sinovec 6+5reb
Crvena Zvezda: N.Nedovic 14+2reb+2ast, B.Popovic 13+1reb+6ast, A.Cvetkovic 10+1reb+1ast, S.Lesic 9+9reb, O.Thomas 9+5reb+1ast, P.Popovic 5+4reb
gschID: 171734


Partizan - BKK Radnicki 86-63
Rather predictable result in Beograd where first ranked Partizan (6-2) smashed 5th ranked BKK Radnicki (3-4) 86-63 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Partizan. BKK Radnicki was better in fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BKK Radnicki 41-26 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Partizan looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. BKK Radnicki was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Danilo Andjusic (197-91, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 13 points. At the losing side center Aleksandar Petrovic (206-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Marko Boltic (193-87) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 6-2 record. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Partizan will face Mega Vizura (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BKK Radnicki's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Radnicki Basket.
Top scorers:
Partizan: V.Lucic 16+11reb+2ast, D.Andjusic 13+4reb+2ast, M.Raduljica 12+6reb, M.Macvan 8+3reb+4ast, R.Katic 8+2reb, B.Bogdanovic 6+1reb+1ast
BKK Radnicki: A.Petrovic 18+10reb+2ast, M.Boltic 14+3reb+3ast, N.Gacic 8+1ast, S.Lalic 8+1reb+1ast, D.Balaban 8+4reb+1ast, Z.Osmokrovic 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 171732


Radnicki Basket - Vojvodina 94-73
There was a minor upset in Beograd where 4th placed Vojvodina (4-3) was rolled over by sixth ranked Radnicki Basket (4-3) 94-73 on Tuesday. Radnicki Basket made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. Vojvodina was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Milos Dimic (195-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Power forward Milan Milovanovic (205-91) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Four Radnicki Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Strahinja Milosevic (203-85) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and guard Radovan Markovic (194-82) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Radnicki Basket moved-up to third place, which they share with Vojvodina and Crvena Zvezda. Radnicki Basket's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd BKK Radnicki.
Top scorers:
Radnicki Basket: M.Dimic 16+3reb+5ast, M.Milovanovic 14+5reb, D.Djokic 12+2reb+1ast, I.Smiljanic 11+2ast, A.Dzakovic 9+3reb, D.Tubak 8+3reb
Vojvodina: D.Bunic 14+4reb, R.Markovic 14+2reb+2ast, S.Milosevic 12+6reb+1ast, S.Stojacic 9+4reb+2ast, D.Zekovic 9+4reb+1ast, S.Dundjerski 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 171733


Mega Vizura - Hemofarm 109-105 OT
Hemofarm (#8) forced the game against Mega Vizura (#7) into an overtime, but lost by four points 105-109 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 17 points after three quarters before their 34-17 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Mega Vizura made 27-of-32 free shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Hemofarm was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points and 6 assists. Center Dejan Musli (213-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 20 points and 12 rebounds. Mega Vizura's coach Vlada Vukoicic used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side center Djordje Gagic (210-90, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Bojan Bakic (197-83, agency: Alti Sport) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Five Mega Vizura and four Hemofarm players scored in double figures. Mega Vizura maintains seventh place with 2-5 record. Hemofarm lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. Mega Vizura will face league's leader Partizan in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hemofarm will play at home against Zvezda (#3) in Beograd.
Top scorers:
Mega Vizura: B.Milisavljevic 31+4reb+6ast, D.Musli 20+12reb+1ast, P.Reljic 16+2reb+3ast, N.Miljenovic 13+2reb+5ast, D.Cvetkovic 10+7reb+1ast, N.Jaramaz 8+2reb+1ast
Hemofarm: D.Gagic 26+14reb+1ast, B.Bakic 19+4reb+4ast, M.Sutalo 19+2reb, M.Jeremic 19+2reb+4ast, B.Lalovic 9+9reb, N.Otasevic 9+1reb+7ast
gschID: 171731


Round 9
Partizan - Hemofarm 83-48
Everything went according to plan in Beograd where first ranked Partizan (6-2) outscored 8th ranked Hemofarm (1-7) 83-48 on Saturday. The game without a history. Partizan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hemofarm to just 4 points in first quarter. Partizan dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Hemofarm's 24. Partizan forced 28 Hemofarm turnovers. It was a great evening for international guard Dragan Milosavljevic (198-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 10 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) helped adding 15 points. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. At the losing side Montenegrin center Boris Lalovic (206-81) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and guard Nemanja Dangubic (196-93) scored 5 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 6-2 record. Hemofarm lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. Partizan will face Mega Vizura (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Hemofarm will play against Zvezda in Beograd.
Top scorers:
Partizan: V.Lucic 15+2reb+1ast, D.Andjusic 12+1reb+4ast, B.Bogdanovic 10+3reb+2ast, D.Milosavljevic 10+8reb, M.Raduljica 7+5reb, D.James 7+1reb+5ast
Hemofarm: B.Lalovic 12+5reb, M.Jeremic 8+2reb+1ast, L.Mitrovic 6+1reb, N.Krstic 6, N.Dangubic 5+5reb+3ast, D.Milosevic 4+3reb+2ast



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Extraliga Round 2 of Finals. Prievidza strike back - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Prievidza - Komarno 84-70

Prievidza celebrated the first win in the title series as they rallied past Komarno at home court. Komarno was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 46-27 second half run of Prievidza. They also forced 20 Komarno turnovers and outrebounded them 41-30 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Komarno was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. British swingman Paul Guede (195-87, college: Portland St., agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds. Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American guard Johnathon Jones (183-88, college: Oakland, agency: TSS Management) replied with 17 points and 4 assists and Slovenian forward Sinisa Bilic (201-89) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Komarno. Four Komarno players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Prievidza: P.Guede 29+10reb+1ast, S.Phillips 21+2reb+2ast, D.Godbold 11+8reb+2ast, B.Davis 7+10reb, N.Livas 7+6reb+2ast, L.Potter 5+2reb
Komarno: J.Jones 17+1reb+4ast, S.Bilic 13+7reb+1ast, L.Johnson 11+4reb+1ast, L.Dubovsky 11+2reb+1ast, D.Keller 6+3reb+1ast, M.Jurik 5+1reb
gschID: 174574
3rd Place
Svit - Nitra 93-74

Svit defeated Nitra at home court to level the consolation final series. The game without a history. Svit led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Svit especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Nitra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Latvian forward Martins Berkis (198-85) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Croatian guard Petar Cosic (186-85, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 21 points and 8 assists. The former international center Branislav Tomek (205-83) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and international guard Milan Ziak (190-88) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Svit: M.Berkis 26+10reb, P.Cosic 21+3reb+8ast, J.Jefferson 15+9reb+1ast, V.Polakovic 14+5reb+1ast, K.Henderson 11+3reb+1ast, I.Cvitanovic 4+4reb+4ast
Nitra: M.Ziak 19+2reb+2ast, B.Tomek 13+13reb+1ast, D.Clemente 11+2reb+4ast, A.Majok 10+5reb+3ast, M.Jass 10+4reb+2ast, R.Nuber 8
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  SLOVENIA   

Standings - 1A

Telemach Standings
Championship Group
 1. Helios 6-1 
 2. Krka 5-2 
 3. Union Olimpija 5-2 
 4. Zlatorog 3-4 
 5. Elektra 2-5 
 6. Sentjur 0-7 
Play-out
 1. Polzela 17-9 
 2. Maribor Messer 16-10 
 3. Rogaska 13-13 
 4. Geoplin Slovan 10-16 
 5. LTHcast Mercator 4-22 
 6. Parklji 1-25 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 7

Championship

Apr. 17: Krka - Sentjur 88-69
Apr. 18: Helios - Elektra 81-59
Apr. 18: Zlatorog - Union Olimpija 59-50

Play-out

Apr. 18: LTHcast Mercator - Polzela 75-80
Apr. 18: Maribor Messer - Rogaska 74-65
Apr. 18: Parklji - Geoplin Slovan 53-88

Second Stage: Round 8

Championship

Apr. 21: Sentjur - Zlatorog
Apr. 21: Union Olimpija - Helios
Apr. 21: Elektra - Krka

Play-out

Apr. 21: Parklji - Maribor Messer
Apr. 21: Geoplin Slovan - LTHcast Mercator
Apr. 21: Polzela - Rogaska


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Travis NELSON
  Sentjur
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Nelson, Sentjur17.9 
 2. Prepelic, Helios16.6 
 3. Tomic, Rogaska14.9 
 4. Mahkovic, LTHcas.14.2 
 5. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.14.0 
 6. Hohler, Polzela13.7 
 7. Maric, Sentjur13.7 
 8. Rembert, Sentjur13.1