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  ABA   



Jackson Showboats hire former NFL wide receiver - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA Jackson Showboats, expansion team that begins play in November, welcomes former NFL wide receiver Brennan Marion to its staff as Director of Player Strength and Conditioning. Brennan, a Virginia native, will work directly with the players in weight-lifting, plyometic and overall physical conditioning. On the arrival of Brennan, team GM Grant Worsley said, 'We are excited to have Brennen as part of the Showboat family. We look forward to his expertise in conditioning and strength science. His athletic skills and know-how will be a tremendous benefit to our organization.:'
Marion, who relocated to Jackson from LA, earned a Division 1 scholarship to the University of Tulsa, where in 2007 he set an NCAA record for most yards per catch. After graduating in 2008 with a bachelor's in sociology, he went on to sign in 2009 as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins. 'I look forward to helping the community of Jackson and helping players get to the next level,' said Brennan. 'I'm excited to be in Mississippi and start working with the Jackson Showboats.'
For more information, please call 601 630 6776 or email Manivanh Chanprasith at mchan@jacksonshowboats.com or visit www.jacksonshowboats.com



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  ANGOLA   


1 de Agosto clinch Angola Cup - by Eurobasket News

1 de Agosto-Interclube 80:77

1 de Agosto clinch Angola Cup in the country. The team overcame Interclube 80:77 in Game 2 to win both games.
It was a tough start for both teams and the board showed 15:13 after the first period for the winners. They increased the lead to 10 points when they enjoyed 35:25 advantage. Interclube climbed back and reduced to 51:47 dominating the court at that time. 1 de Agosto however stayed cool and won the game.
Reggie Moore (203-PF-81, college: ORU) was named MVP of the Finals. He poured in 24 points to bring his side the trophy. Domingos Bonifacio netted 13 and Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87) delivered 12. Carlos Almeida scored 11, while Mario Correia (189-G-78, college: Bryant) netted 8. Milton Barros (184-G-84) replied with 22 points in the losing effort, while Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79), Jorge Tati and Francisco Machado (205-F/C-81) had 12 apiece. Adilson Ramos followed them with 9 points.

1 de Agosto: Domingos Bonifacio (13), Filipe Abraao (00), Armando Costa (03), Mario Correia (08), Felizardo Ambrosio (12), Kikas Gomes (02), Gerson Monteiro (00), Carlos Almeida (11), Miguel Lutonda (00), Leonel Paulo (07), Hermenegildo Santos (00), Reggie Moore (24).
Interclube: Edmundo Ventura (08), Matthew Shaw (04), Francisco Machado (12), Jorge Tati (12), Muamba Ilunga (00), Lifetu Selengue (04),Yubi Major (00), Eduardo Mingas (12), Milton Barros (22), Simao Joao (00) Adilson Ramos (09), Joaquim Xavier (02).



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. Petron Blaze 14-4 
 2. Philip.Patriots 13-4 
 3. Satria Muda 9-9 
 4. KL Dragons 8-9 
 5. Singapore S. 7-9 
 6. Bangkok C. 6-10 
 7. Saigon H. 6-10 
 8. Thailand S. 5-13 

Regular Season: Round 17

Apr. 22: Singapore S. - Bangkok C. 95-78
Apr. 21: KL Dragons - Saigon H. 95-75
Apr. 21: Philip.Patriots - Satria Muda 79-104
Apr. 22: Thailand S. - Petron Blaze 76-103

Regular Season: Round 18

Apr. 25: Philip.Patriots - Saigon H.
Apr. 25: Bangkok C. - KL Dragons
Apr. 25: Petron Blaze - Singapore S.


Round 17: Satria Muda defeats leader Philippine Patriots - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Filipino Philippine Patriots (13-4) in Manila on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by third ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (9-9) 104-79. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Philippine Patriots managed to win third quarter 28-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satria Muda looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Evan Brock (204-84, college: Alabama) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) answered with 32 points and 9 rebounds for Philippine Patriots. Satria Muda have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 9-9 record having five points less than leader Petron Blaze. Philippine Patriots at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Philippine Patriots will play at home against Saigon Heat and are hoping to win this game.
ASEAN League top team - Filipino Petron Blaze (14-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (5-13) in Bangkok 103-76. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) stepped up and scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Duke Crews chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Petron Blaze's coach Ato Agustin felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Calvin Williams (206-87, college: SE Missouri St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds. Petron Blaze have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-4 record. Thailand Slammers lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Petron Blaze will play against Singapore Slingers (#5) at home in the next round. Thailand Slammers will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 17 Saigon H. were smashed by KL Dragons on the road 95-75. Singapore S. won against Bangkok C. on its own court 95-78.


KL Dragons - Saigon H. 95-75

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (8-9) crushed 7th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (6-10) in Kuala Lumpur 95-75. The game without a history. KL Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KL Dragons maintains fourth place with 8-9 record. Saigon Heat at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Bangkok C.. KL Dragons will play against Bangkok Cobras (#6) on the road in the next round. Saigon Heat will play against the league's second-placed Philippine Patriots in Manila and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Thailand S. - Petron Blaze 76-103

ASEAN League top team - Filipino Petron Blaze (14-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Thailand Thailand Slammers (5-13) in Bangkok 103-76. Petron Blaze forced 20 Thailand Slammers turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Thailand Slammers' players. American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) stepped up and scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import forward Duke Crews (203-88, college: Bowie St.) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Petron Blaze's coach Ato Agustin felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Calvin Williams (206-87, college: SE Missouri St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds and guard Darongpan Apiromvilaichai (185-85) scored 18 points. Five Petron Blaze and four Thailand Slammers players scored in double figures. Petron Blaze have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-4 record. Thailand Slammers lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Petron Blaze will play against Singapore Slingers (#5) at home in the next round. Thailand Slammers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Petron Blaze: N.Fazekas 22+7reb+5ast, L.Avenido 15+2reb+2ast, C.Banchero 15+7ast, D.Crews 14+5reb+4ast, B.Fernandez 10+1reb+3ast, R.Yap 7+2reb+1ast
Thailand S.: C.Williams 20+17reb+1ast, D.Apiromvilaichai 18+2reb+1ast, C.Garnett 14+5reb+1ast, R.Leynes 11+1reb+7ast, A.Lertmalaiporn 6+3reb+1ast, A.Angeles 5+1ast
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Singapore S. - Bangkok C. 95-78

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers and 6th ranked Thailand Bangkok Cobras had identical 6-9 record. This time Singapore Slingers used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Bangkok 95-78. The game was mostly controlled by Singapore Slingers. Bangkok Cobras was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bangkok Cobras to just 7 points in second quarter. Singapore Slingers dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Bangkok Cobras' 34 and made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Singapore Slingers forced 24 Bangkok Cobras turnovers. Bangkok Cobras were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Kyle Jeffers (207-85, college: Oregon St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Louis Graham (205-84) chipped in 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Singapore Slingers players scored in double figures. American power forward Gentry Lewis (206-81, college: Philander Smith) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and Filipino guard Jai Reyes (173) scored 21 points and 4 assists. Bangkok Cobras' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Singapore Slingers maintains fifth place with 7-9 record. Bangkok Cobras at the other side keep the sixth position with ten games lost. They share it with Saigon H.. Singapore Slingers will play against league's leader Petron Blaze in Manila in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bangkok Cobras will play at home against KL Dragons (#4) in Kuala Lumpur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: K.Jeffers 25+11reb, L.Graham 21+10reb+4ast, D.Dulay 19+6reb+5ast, W.Long Wong 18+2reb+6ast, V.Canta 6+1reb+1ast, S.Yu Lim 4+1reb
Bangkok C.: J.Reyes 21+2reb+4ast, G.Lewis 15+13reb, M.Cruz 14+6reb+5ast, T.George 9+10reb, K.Wanna 8+1reb+1ast, R.Kruatiwa 6+3reb
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Philip.Patriots - Satria Muda 79-104

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Filipino Philippine Patriots (13-4) in Manila on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by third ranked Indonesian Satria Muda (9-9) 104-79. The game was mostly controlled by Satria Muda. Philippine Patriots managed to win third quarter 28-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satria Muda looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Evan Brock (204-84, college: Alabama) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Steve Thomas (204-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Five Satria Muda players scored in double figures. American swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) answered with 32 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Aldrech Ramos (198-88) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Philippine Patriots. Satria Muda have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 9-9 record having five points less than leader Petron Blaze. Philippine Patriots at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Philippine Patriots will play at home against Saigon Heat and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: E.Brock 23+12reb+3ast, S.Pringle 22+4reb+4ast, S.Thomas 18+13reb+1ast, A.Salangsang 13+5reb+4ast, J.Uy 10+1reb+7ast, M.Wuysang 10+1reb+3ast
Philip.Patriots: A.Johnson 32+9reb+2ast, A.Ramos 14+8reb, E.Laure 8+1ast, A.Raymundo 6+1reb, R.Wainwright 5+3reb+2ast, J.Fernandez 4+2reb
gschID: 166967



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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - ABA

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

Regular Season: Round 5

BIG V

Apr. 21: Melbourne - Sherbrooke S. 92-85
Apr. 22: Corio Bay - Waverley F. 87-103
Apr. 22: Diamond V.E. - Ringwood H. 76-73
Apr. 21: Ringwood H. - Eltham W. 73-95
Apr. 21: Hume City - Bulleen B. 101-79

Central ABL

Apr. 21: S.Adelaide P. - W.Adelaide B. 84-70
Apr. 21: Norwood F. - South.Tigers 83-82
Apr. 21: Woodville W. - Forestville E. 73-72
Apr. 21: Sturt S. - C.District L. 72-59
Apr. 21: Eastern M. - N.Adelaide R. 63-80

SEABL

Apr. 20: Hobart C. - Kilsyth C. 87-80
Apr. 21: Dandenong - Bendigo B. 85-73
Apr. 20: Albury W.B. - Dandenong 82-89
Apr. 21: Nunawading S. - Albury W.B. 80-83
Apr. 21: Ballarat M. - Canberra G. 79-59
Apr. 21: Brisbane S. - Knox R. 76-71
Apr. 21: NW Tasmania - Kilsyth C. 64-83
Apr. 20: Mt Gambier - Sandringham S. 63-67
Apr. 21: Frankston B. - Geelong S. 61-78
Apr. 22: Sandringham S. - Canberra G. 100-63

WARATAH

Apr. 21: Norths Bears - Cent.Coast C. 87-59
Apr. 20: Parramatta W. - Hills H. 86-97
Apr. 21: Hills H. - Bankstown B. 83-96
Apr. 22: Cent.Coast C. - Newcastle H. 82-70
Apr. 22: Illawarra H. - Sutherland S. 80-58
Apr. 21: Manly Warr. - Sydney C. 79-71
Apr. 21: Newcastle H. - Parramatta W. 78-74
Apr. 21: Colonial Hotel - Sutherland S. 75-51
Apr. 21: Illawarra H. - Maitland M. 70-73

Regular Season: Round 6

BIG V

Apr. 28: Corio Bay - Hume City
Apr. 28: Bulleen B. - Melbourne
Apr. 28: Waverley F. - Diamond V.E.
Apr. 29: Diamond V.E. - Eltham W.
Apr. 29: Sherbrooke S. - Ringwood H.

Central ABL

Apr. 25: Forestville E. - W.Adelaide B.
Apr. 28: Eastern M. - South.Tigers
Apr. 28: N.Adelaide R. - Sturt S.
Apr. 28: Norwood F. - S.Adelaide P.
Apr. 28: C.District L. - Woodville W.
Apr. 29: Eastern M. - Norwood F.
Apr. 29: S.Adelaide P. - Forestville E.
Apr. 29: Sturt S. - South.Tigers
Apr. 29: W.Adelaide B. - C.District L.

SEABL

Apr. 27: Brisbane S. - NW Tasmania
Apr. 28: Canberra G. - NW Tasmania
Apr. 28: Sandringham S. - Geelong S.
Apr. 28: Bendigo B. - Hobart C.
Apr. 28: Knox R. - Frankston B.
Apr. 28: Albury W.B. - Ballarat M.
Apr. 28: Nunawading S. - Mt Gambier
Apr. 29: Dandenong - Sandringham S.
Apr. 29: Frankston B. - Hobart C.
Apr. 29: Geelong S. - Mt Gambier
Apr. 29: Kilsyth C. - Bendigo B.

WARATAH

Apr. 28: Bankstown B. - Parramatta W.
Apr. 28: Manly Warr. - Hills H.
Apr. 28: Cent.Coast C. - Colonial Hotel
Apr. 28: Newcastle H. - Sydney C.
Apr. 28: Sutherland S. - Maitland M.
Apr. 28: Norths Bears - Illawarra H.


Big V: Weekend Wrap- Round 5 - by Eurobasket News

The Hawks got clipped twice, Qaafow ignited the Tigers over the fading Suns, while the Wildcats, Falcons and Broncos have plenty to smile about. Did round 5 start to sort out the contenders from the pretenders?

Whats going on at Sherbrooke? This usually tight and co-hesive unit has fallen flat in recent weeks, accumulating four successive losses, the latest to previously winless Mel-bourne, and right now its the Suns that resemble a cellar dweller. The fact the Tigers won was the first arrow to Sherbrookes heart, but to go down in overtime might just signal the start of the end for Sherbrookes playoffs aspira-tions this season.
Ringwood welcomed new import Skylar Bowlin to its squad, but it mattered little as the Hawks dropped to both Eltham and Diamond Valley, resulting in a slide down the ladder to fourth place. Eltham looked sharp and with Scott Cuffe (triple-double), Matt Fennell (22pts, 12rbs) and Liam Norton (187-G-83) (22pts) all firing, the Hawks floundered by 22pts. The Hawks took 15 more shots and went heavily from the arc (7/32), yet Elthams (55%) shooting performance was the key here. Sundays game saw Diamond Valley over-come a 12-21 first quarter to eventually clip the Hawks with a 22-17 last quarter to grab a thrilling 76-73 win. All up six players were fouled out in this game, Bowling stepped up in his second game and scored 20pts, but the win went the way of the Eagles in fine style.

Hume City sits on top of the ladder following another big win, this time against the struggling Boomers, who once again let in a big score. Following a tough first half, the Broncos eased away with Jamal Brown (16pts, 19rbs), Jermaine Maybank (193-G-82, college: Kansas St.) (22pts) and Shaun Prendergast (22pts) all delivering, while in a promis-ing sign the Boomers had five players in double fig-ures.
Meanwhile, Corio Bay came up short in its biggest test to date, falling at home to Waverley by 16pts, certainly not a massive dent, but certainly a clear sign of what it takes to be a genuine frontrunner. The Falcons had six players in double digits, Ivan Platenik (201-F-83, college: Alaska-Anch.) netted 28pts and Threatt dished out 12 assists, while for the Stingrays there was a lot to like about Rear-dons 32pts, 12rbs and 5 treys.

Hume City 101 defeated Bulleen 79 Eltham 95 defeated Ringwood 73 Melbourne 92 defeated Sherbrooke 85 Waverley 103 defeated Corio Bay 87 D Valley 76 defeated Ringwood 73
Eltham continues to look like a solid unit, working well together and sharing the love. Liam Norton is firing and with great numbers you cant help but think he was held back last season, Scott Cuffe has fitted in nicely, as has Matt Fennell. But are we about to see another new name for the Wildcats, or maybe even two? Stay tuned.
Why Yusuf Qaafow had some indecision about Melbourne during the pre-season is a mystery, but it matters little now that the classy guard is back in the den and firing for the Tigers. The speedster was unstoppable in round 5, torching the Suns for 35pts to lead the Tigers to win number one of the season.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au



SEABL: Round 5 results - by Eurobasket News

FRIDAY 20th APRIL

HOBART 87 (Polk 26, Armstrong 20)

def

KILSYTH 80 (Blair 21, Malvik 20)


Hobart got their second home victory for the season, but had to work hard to get the win. Chargers Import Polk produced a quality game and was able to dominate inside the paint due to the Cobras Lang and Macmillan spending considerable time on the bench in foul trouble.

MVP Brandon Polk (Hobart)

MT GAMBIER 63 (Burdon 17, McAllister 17)

Lost to

SANDRINGHAM 67 (Wilcher 20, Cooperwood 18)


Both teams were inconsistent on the offensive end, but the Sabres were able to snatch the win thanks largely to the efforts of young point guard Joshua Wilcher (178-G-91, college: Cent.Wyoming).

MVP Joshua Wilcher (Sandringham)

ALBURY/WODONGA 82 (Duck 22, Ferguson 20)

Lost to

DANDENONG 89 (Lewis 30, Montreal 14)


Fantastic match was played by both teams, but Dandenong produced a better game when it mattered most to steal the victory. Dandenong shot a superb 55% from the field and out rebounded the Bandits by 17 rebounds. The Bandits held a 1pt lead with 5mins to play but the Rangers grabbed the lead seconds later and the Rangers punished them from the foul line as Albury/Wodonga were forced to foul.

MVP Tony Lewis (Dandenong)

SATURDAY 21st APRIL

BRISBANE 76 (Kenny 24, Ammar 12)

def

KNOX 71 (Massingale 18, Strong 14)


Brisbane started the game at a blistering pace, getting out to a 15-8 lead early in the game. The Raiders Philip and Massingale were inconsistent at the offensive end, but Knox got back to within four points late in the third quarter. Spartans Kenny, Gameron and George remained composed and guided them home to victory.

MVP Scott Kenny (Brisbane)

FRANKSTON 61 (Chapman 14,Witherden 10)

Lost to

GEELONG 78 (Barrett 30, Medved 17)


Bad turnovers at costly stages of the game hurt the Blues. Frankston started well, but poor decision making and silly mistakes crept into their game in the second quarter, and Geelong took full advantage. Supercats import Kimmani Barrett (196-F-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: La Salle) once again scored at a consistent rate and kept his team in the game.

MVP Kimmani Barrett (Geelong)

NW TASMANIA 64 (Gaff 17, Gary 13)

def

KILSYTH 83 (Blair 24, Lang 19, Malvik 19)


Tom and Gaff dominated inside the paint in the first term, helping their team to a light 2pt advantage. Kilsyth then dominated the remainder of the game as Thunder Import Shawntes Gary once again struggled at the offensive end shooting a poor 23% from the field.

MVP Zach Malvik (188-G-84, agency: JEMsports, college: Winona St.) (Kilsyth)

DANDENONG 85 (Lewis 20, Harms 16)

def

BENDIGO 73 (Yearby 25, Garlepp 18)


Rangers led for all but 5mins of the game and dominated at both ends of the floor. The Rangers out rebounded the Braves by 10 and shot the ball better. Bendigo never gave up despite trailing by 15pts at three quarter time.

MVP Tony Lewis (Dandenong)

BALLARAT 79 (Joyce 20, Coenraad 20)

def

CANBERRA 59 (Miller 14, Gynes 13)


The addition of Tim Coenraad was a welcome addition to the Miners this week, providing great leadership and another offensive threat. Miners Import Kodi Augustus also had a better game and showcased to his new fans what to expect for the remainder of the season.

MVP Daniel Joyce (194-G-87) (Ballarat)

NUNAWADING 80 (McDonald 21, Caspersz 17, Hicks 17)

Lost to

ALBURY/WODONGA 83 (Ferguson 24, Opacic 13)


Nunawading produced two solid quarters of basketball to set up a 11pt advantage at the half. Albury/Wodonga never gave up and decreased the margin to 7pts with a quarter to play. The Bandits had the momentum early in the fourth and grabbed the lead as Nunawading went scoreless for 5mins. Bandits sealed the win from the free throw line as Nunawading were forced to foul late in the game.

MVP Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-G, college: Indiana SE) (Albury/Wodonga)

SUNDAY 22nd APRIL

SANDRINGHAM 100 (Cooperwood 34, Wilcher 20)

def

CANBERRA 63 (Gynes 14, Miller 13)


With 11pts from import Cory Cooperwood (201-F-88, college: Wright St.) in the first quarter the Sabres got out to a 22-16 lead. Sandringham kept the pressure on in the second quarter to increase their lead to 15. The Sabres were in control for the entire match as Gunners struggled on offence.

MVP Cory Cooperwood (Sandringham)
Courtesy of: seabl.com.au



Bogut withdraws from Boomers Olympic campaign - by Eurobasket News

Basketball Australia has confirmed that superstar centre Andrew Bogut (212-C-84, college: Utah) has withdrawn from the Boomers' 2012 London Olympic Games team.

Scans of his rehabilitating ankle, which he injured in the current NBA season after landing awkwardly on an opponents foot, revealed that additional arthroscopic surgery will be required for the injury to heal properly, and therefore, there will be insufficient time prior to the Olympic Games for him to become fully fit.

Australian Boomers head coach Brett Brown said that the announcement was a significant blow to the teams Olympic aspirations, but strongly reinforced his belief in the current group of prospective Boomer Olympians. The Boomers coach was particularly disappointed for Bogut as this was the second unfortunate injury to again keep him out of a major tournament.

Three years ago, when I was interviewing for this position, I flew to Dallas when the [Milwaukee] Bucks were playing the [Dallas] Mavericks and I sat down with him and asked him 'in the event that I was offered the Boomers job, what are your playing intentions going forward with the Boomers program?',' said coach Brown.

He enthusiastically declared to me that he was 'all in' and with that news I went even more aggressively after the job and tried to become the next Boomers coach. I was offered the job but sadly, three years later, through great misfortune, Andrews injuries have prevented him from playing a single Boomers game since I have been the coach.

'I was with Andrew last week when the [San Antonio] Spurs played his [Golden State] Warriors and I have been aware of this unfortunate news for a while. He has always been honest with me. I feel for him. He has experienced some very ordinary luck during my tenure and particularly this time around, where it will prohibit him from playing with his teammates and representing his country at the Olympic Games. I will personally miss the opportunity to coach him. When he is healthy, I believe that he is one of the best three centers in the world, a true game changer on many levels, he said.

Brown said the loss of Bogut will mean that the style of play the Boomers will take into London will need to be adjusted, with the team now needing to play a more fast-paced and up-tempo style.

Andrews departure will force our coaching staff to revisit particularly our offensive style, said Brown. I believe that the group that we now have will be more effective in an open court type of game and the responsibility to put them in their best environment to succeed rests with me.

The group that we have has been fantastic and, ironically, because Andrew has not been a part of the group in recent years, in an unusual way, it will help us as it has forced us to get used to playing without him. It has allowed us to build a core group of players that have played at a high level of international competition, the 2010 World Championship and most recently at the FIBA Oceania Olympic Qualifying series against New Zealand. This has enabled us to have consistency over those three years that Andrew was not a part of us, he said.

Despite the loss of one of the premier big men in basketball, Brown believes that the Boomers still have the talent, balance and depth to do something special at the London Games.

I have great faith and belief in our current group. I think we are well-balanced in terms of positions on the floor. I believe there has been continued improvement in the targeted players that we identified three years ago and I am beyond excited to come back to Australia and work with a very committed and prideful group of Boomers again, he said.
Courtesy of: basketball.net.au



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  AUSTRIA   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.3 
 2. Drenovac, Arkadia23.0 
 3. Reed, Oberwart19.9 
 4. Shaw, Oberwart18.3 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.18.1 
 6. Djuric, Gussing17.2 
 7. Matthews, BC Vi.17.2 
 8. Fears, Kapfenberg17.2 
 9. Grum, UBSC G.17.1 
 10. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joe WERNER
  Wels
  (201-C-84)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Werner, Wels9.6 
 2. Gordon, Kapfenberg8.7 
 3. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 4. Oppland, Gmunden7.6 
 5. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.2 
 6. Ware, Furstenfeld7.2 
 7. Moric, UBSC G.7.1 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg6.9 
 9. Robinson, Furstenf.6.8 
 10. Lamesic, Wels6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.9 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg6.4 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.5.9 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.4 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing5.1 
 6. Curry, Gmunden5.0 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.7 
 8. Schaal, UBSC G.4.4 
 9. Grum, UBSC G.3.9 
 10. Milosevic, St.Pol.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg2.5 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Pryor, Wels2.0 
 4. Matthews, BC Vi.2.0 
 5. Schreiner, Kapfe.2.0 
 6. Toroman, BC Vienna1.9 
 7. Brown, Wels1.8 
 8. O''Neal, Furstenfeld1.5 
 9. Mayer, Gmunden1.4 
 10. Danek, Arkadia1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary WARE
  Furstenfeld
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Ware, Furstenfeld1.1 
 2. Scott, Gussing0.9 
 3. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.8 
 4. Kohlmaier, Wels0.7 
 5. Koch, Gussing0.7 
 6. Arnold, Gmunden0.7 
 7. Brown, Wels0.7 
 8. Rizvic, Oberwart0.6 
 9. Moric, UBSC G.0.6 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.0.5 


A Bundesliga: Klosterneuburg completes Semifinals picture - by Eurobasket News

Quarterfinals, Game 5: Klosterneuburg - Furstenfeld 70-44 (3-2)

Fifth crucial game of the A Bundesliga Quarterfinals between Klosterneuburg and Furstenfeld just ended. The home squad celebrated huge 70-44 victory and booked a spot for the Semis. There Klosterneuburg will meet Kapfenberg Bulls. It will be another best-of-five series. The first game is scheduled for April 26. After that teams will meet on April 29 and May 3. If necessary, they will play again on May 6 and 9. Klosterneuburg will have a home court advantage in this series. The game without a history. Xion Dukes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Furstenfeld Panthers to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Furstenfeld Panthers 53-26 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. American power forward Jason Chappell (208-83, college: Wisconsin) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Xion Dukes' coach Werner Sallomon felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international guard Lorenzo O'Neal (188-88) produced 13 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) added 13 points respectively for the guests.

Klosterneub.: C.Nagler 15+11reb+3ast, J.Chappell 14+8reb+4ast, D.Hamidovic 10+4reb, D.Zeleznik 8+7reb+3ast, C.Bobb 7+9reb+2ast, R.Suljanovic 6+7reb
Furstenfeld: A.Shavies 13+4reb+3ast, L.O'Neal 13+7reb+1ast, K.Payton 6+1ast, J.Robinson 5+5reb, G.Ware 4+7reb, P.Radakovics 3



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  BELGIUM   


Belgian D1 round 30 best performance: Matt Lojeski - by Eurobasket News

American guard Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Oostende, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Spirou (#1, 19-8) 85-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Oostende maintains the 3rd position in Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Oostende will need more victories to improve their 18-9 record. In the team's last game Lojeski had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Oostende, through which he has constantly improved. Former University of Hawaii star has very solid stats this year. Lojeski is in league's top in points (3rd best: 15.3ppg) and averages impressive 65.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Georgian Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) of league's leader Spirou. Shengelia had a very good evening with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Spirou was edged by slightly lower-ranked Oostende (#3, 18-9) 85-81. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Spirou still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team has currently 19-8 record. Shengelia is a newcomer at Spirou and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jason Love (206-F/C-87) of Verviers-Pep. (#9). Love scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Love's great performance Verviers-Pep. lost 88-95 to the higher-ranked Leuven (#5, 14-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Verviers-Pep. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 5-22 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Love he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Love has individually a great season in Belgium. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.7ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 7.7rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89) of Aalstar - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) of Aalstar - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Timothy Black (178-PG-81) of Antwerp - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Adeola Dagunduro (196-G-86) of Leuven - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Wen Boss Mukubu (198-G/F-83) of Verviers-Pep. - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Justin Holiday (198-F-89) of Aalstar - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jamel McLean (203-F-88) of Leuven - 16 points and 7 rebounds

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



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  BELIZE   


National Junior Basketball Head Coach and President of the BBF meet Minister of Education, Sports & Youth!!! - by David Magana

In 2011, National Junior basketball team Head Coach Matthew Smiling received a coaching scholarship to attend the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP) conducted by the US Olympic Committee in the United States. A major component of this program is for Coach Smiling to develop a project that will benefit basketball in Belize. Coach Smilings project is the development of a Coaching education Program for elementary, High School and Grassroots basketball in Belize.

On Wednesday April 18, Coach Smiling and the President of the Belize Basketball Federation met with Minister Patrick Faber to discuss the project and to seek the Ministry of Educations support for this program to be implemented in Elementary schools across the country. The Minister gave his support for the program and will organize subsequent meetings with the relevant personnel within the Ministry.

In the coming week, Coach Smiling will travel to Switzerland to make a final presentation of his project to a panel of experts.



BECOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT HEATS UP!!!! - by David Magana

On Friday night at Falcon Field in San Ignacio Town, the BECOL Basketball Tournament continued with 3 games. In Game 1, the Under 21 team, Flames (2 1) shelled the winless Ghetto Heats (0 4) by the score of 71 - 28. Flames was lead by Trevaughn Usher who sank 15 points, while Shelton Defour and Vandell Fuller scored 12 points apiece. In a losing effort, Ghetto Heats top scorers were Michael Lyons and Ragie Reneau who sank 9 and 7 points respectively. The second game witnessed the old guys in action in the Over 35 Division, as JCF (3 1) narrowly handed Buca Belmopan (2 1) their first loss of the season, winning 56 - 51 . JCF was lead by the trio of Lupito Acosta, Karim Juan and Desmond Decky Berry who tallied 19, 16 and 15 points respectively. Buca Belmopan was lead by big man, Byron Shackles Flowers who had the game high 21 points, while Clifford King chipped in with 11 points. In the nightcap, E-3 (3 2) defeated the short handed Hydro (4 1) by the score of 64 45 in the Seniors division, handing Hydro their first loss of the season. E-3 was lead by Kurt Burgess (196-F) who had the game high with 25 points, while Elroy Shabba Willis and Emil Grinage helped out with 11 and 10 points respectively. In a losing effort, Hydro was lead by Garrett Bermudez and Marlon Andrewin who scored 11 and 9 points respectively.

On Saturday night, Game 1 kicked off with an Under 18 game, as Hydro (1 2) was able to record their first win of the season, against the still winless Mount Carmel (0 4) squad, by the score of 48 - 38. Hydros top scorers were Cardinal Lopez with 14 points, Rony Rodriguez with 12 points and Alex Flowers with 10 points, while Mount Carmel was lead by their captain, Charles Ponce, who netted 14 points. This was then followed by an Under 14 exhibition game as a San Ignacio Selection tried to defend their home turf against Belize Bank Bulldogs, who travelled all the way from Belize City for this game. Belize Bank controlled both the tempo and the lead in the game up to the middle of the fourth quarter, when the San Ignacio Team gave a run to pull the game within 1 point with 54 seconds remaining. However, after two costly turnovers, Belize Bank Bulldogs was able to seal the game, winning 69 60, as they pulled away down the stretch. Belize Bank Bulldogs were lead by their two captains, Clency Lopez and Shaquille Crawford, who scored 26 and 19 points respectively, while Tevone Phillips chipped in with 7 points. For the home team, Jamie Carbajal was the top scorer with 20 points, while Raheem Crawford and Rene Quewell sank 13 points apiece. In the nightcap, defending champs Western Warriors (2 2) narrowly defeated the still winless BNE Oilers (0 4) by the score of 60 - 59. Western Warriors was lead by Keith Acosta (193-G/F-76, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) who lead the way with 21 points, while Mark Gentle and Emerson King netted 14 and 13 points respectively. In the loss, BNE Oilers was lead by Trevaughn Usher who had the game high with 29 points, while Jamie Gillett and Neon Harris tallied 13 and 11 points respectively.

Games for this weekend are below.

Friday Night, April 20

Game 1 (U18) - 6:30 p.m. S.I. Spurs vs. Hydro

Game 2 (O35) - 7:30 p.m. Hydro vs. Buca Belmopan

Game 3 (Seniors) - 9:00 p.m. Hydro vs. Galen

Saturday Night, April 21

Game 1 (U18) - 6:30 p.m. JDB Ballers vs. Ghetto Heats

Game 2 (U21) - 7:30 p.m. Flames vs. Young Money

Game 3 (Seniors) - 9:00 p.m. Western Warriors vs. BNE Oilers



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  BOTSWANA   


Three teams remained undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Three teams remained undefeated in the League. Spartans improved to 7-0 record on top beating BDF V 67:50. Police has 4-0 record after 81:54 win over BC Saints. Dolphins is another team with a perfect (2-0) record, however the team did not play last weekend.
In another games Bullets lost to Troopers 49:60, but then beat Splinters 72:58. Cadets celebrated a 58:51 win over Splinters and then a 60:55 victory over Troopers.



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


District 6, 4 & 9 share the spoils in BD Basketball Championship - by David Edole

ROAD TOWN, Tortola,VI-- Another year, another successful day for the Tre Erickson BD Basketball District King League, concluding with the 14-16 age group of District 6, 11-13 age group of District 4,and Under 10 of District 9, winning their respective divisions.

The finals of the Tre Ericson BD Basketball District King League took place at the Multipurpose Sports Complex, Road Town, on April 21, 2012.

Amongst the overall team prizes, individual team members received awards for their skills displayed on the court.

In the age category 14-16, Mickey Joseph of District 6, was awarded for most rebounds as well as Most Valuable Player (MVP) for both the league and the championship. Jkwan Frett of District 5 received his award for having the most steals and the most assists. District 2 Romain Minot received the last award for most points in the league.

District 4 was awarded the most awards in the 11-13 years old division, with Jackoy Walwyn most steals, Kedrick Mathew- most assists and Ryan Richardson- Most Valuable Player in the championships. Dmoi Hodge of District 2 received awards for scoring the most points in the league and Most Valuable Player for the League, which left the award for most rebounds in the game going to Akeem Bradshaw of District 8.

The tournament focuses on kids from 7-16 years of age. There was nothing creative for the youths to do in Tortola, so this activity we created for them. The league is from village to village to ensure that everyone gets to meet one another, said Mr. Brian Bash Brewley, Organizer of the League.

Mr. Brewley stated that the government has actually plugged into the programme. It is really important to be interested in the youths and the way they are going.

This is the 3rd year of the Tre Erickson BD Basketball District King League.



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  CAMEROON   


Cameroon nominates the Best Players - by Eurobasket News

Cameroon nominates the Best Players in the League. In the Seniors awards BOGMIS Felix, EGOLE Hyppolite, ESSALA Auguste, NGAMOU Gilles and WADJA Herve were announced. In the Junior category AZANGUE Arnold, AZANGUE Brice, DANGMO, KENGNI Paulin and TOGUEM were mentioned.

BEST PLAYER JUNIORS :
1- AZANGUE Arnold (FLUS-ACADEMY)13
2- AZANGUE Brice (FLUX-ACADEMY)09
3- DANGMO (SNOUP BC)
4- KENGNI Paulin (SNOUP BC)
5- TOGUEM (LMS)08

BEST PLAYER SENIORS:
1- BOGMIS Felix (ECOLE DE BASKET)88
2- EGOLE Hyppolite (PHOENIX ESPOIRS)11t
3- ESSALA Auguste (ZE MARDI)09
4- NGAMOU Gilles (ECOLE DE BASKET)55
5- WADJA Herv (UDLA)06



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  CROATIA   


Ronald Ross claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Ronald Ross (188-G-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Jolly JBS and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10 (Second Stage).
The 28-year old guard had a double-double of 23 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Zabok (#8, 1-9) 89-78. Jolly is placed at 6th position in Croatian A1. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Jolly have already lost 8 games and recorded just two victories. In the team's last game Ross had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Jolly's top player in his first season with the team. Texas Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ross is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.0ppg), assists (3rd best: 4.5apg) and averages solid 2.9spg and 51.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old former international guard Ivan Tomas (193-G-81) of Zabok. Tomas impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Zabok lost that game 78-89 to slightly higher-ranked Jolly (#6, 2-8). This loss caused Zabok to drop to 8th position in Championship. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Zabok managed to get this Second Stage. Tomas is one of the most experienced players at Zabok and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Bosnia and Herzegovina center Goran Suton (209-C-85) of top-ranked Cibona. Suton scored 15 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Cibona, leading his team to a 79-76 win against #2 ranked Cedevita in a game of the week. Cibona have amazing season winning all 10 games without a single defeat in Championship. Suton turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Suton has a very solid season. In 10 games in Croatia he scored 9.6ppg. He also has 7.5rpg and FGP: 57.6%. Goran Suton has also Croatian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Filip Kraljevic (214-F-89) of Zabok - 15 points and 6 rebounds
5. Antonio Bicvic (199-F-82) of Darda - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) of Dubrovnik - 25 points and 4 rebounds
7. Luka Zitko (201-F-81) of Krizevci - 23 points and 2 rebounds
8. Josip Blajic (192-G-87) of Kvarner 2010 - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Andro Anzulovic (193-G-91) of Alkar Sinj - 15 points and 3 rebounds
10. Veljko Budimir (199-G/F-85) of Darda - 20 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)



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  D-LEAGUE   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 2. Almond, Maine RC23.4 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.1 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.22.0 
 5. Millsap, Los A.19.7 
 6. Mitchell, Sioux F.19.6 
 7. Efevberha, Iowa E.19.6 
 8. Gilder, Sioux F.19.2 
 9. Ubiles, Dakota W.19.2 
 10. Smith, Springfiel.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.7 
 2. Harangody, Canton11.7 
 3. Dawson, Austin T.10.5 
 4. Butch, Bakersfi.10.4 
 5. Thomas, Los A.9.3 
 6. Foote, Springfield9.0 
 7. Williams, Texas L.8.9 
 8. Criswell-L., Austi.8.9 
 9. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.6 
 10. Horner, Springfi.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.9 
 2. Conroy, Rio G.9.0 
 3. Daniels, Texas L.8.7 
 4. Curry, Springfield6.3 
 5. Wise, Bakersfield6.2 
 6. Fortson, Los A.5.9 
 7. Bailey, Idaho S.5.8 
 8. Stinson, Iowa E.5.8 
 9. Baker, Dakota W.5.7 
 10. Bozeman, Reno B.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marqus BLAKELY
  Sioux F.
  (196-F-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Blakely, Sioux F.2.2 
 2. Coleman, Sioux F.2.2 
 3. Smith, Springfield2.2 
 4. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 5. Hannah, Dakota W.2.0 
 6. Millsap, Los A.2.0 
 7. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
 8. Curry, Springfield1.9 
 9. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 10. Bobbitt, Idaho S.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamady N''DIAYE
  Maine R.
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. N''Diaye, Maine R.3.2 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.2.9 
 3. Williams, Texas L.2.5 
 4. Saunders, Rio G.2.3 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.2.1 
 6. Thomas, Los A.1.9 
 7. Hill, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.7 
 9. Dawson, Austin T.1.6 
 10. Strong, Iowa E.1.6 


D-Fenders sweep Jam to reach the Finals; Toros win Game 2 of playoff series - by Eurobasket News

Austin T. - Canton C. 118-104
The Austin Toros kept their championship hopes alive on Saturday night at the Cedar Park Center, defeating the Canton Charge 118-104 in the second game of their D-League semifinal series. The Toros outscored Canton 20-9 to start the fourth quarter after taking the lead in the third. But coach Brad Jones said the momentum changed with a 15-2 run to end the third quarter, started largely by bench players. 'Our depth was a huge factor in the second half,' he said. 'We asked (Flip Murray) to come off the bench tonight, and he's a nine-year veteran. I thought he came in and dominated that third quarter. That started the separation for us.' Down 72-69 with four minutes remaining in the third quarter, Brad Wananmaker hit a game-tying three-pointer for the Toros. Luke Zeller (6'11''-F/C-87, college: Notre Dame) followed with back-to-back shots and Austin never lost the lead again. Seven players reached double-digit points for the Toros, and the team shot 56 percent from the field. Terrance Woodbury had 18 points - 13 in the second quarter, including a layup to give the Toros their first lead of the contest. Canton started the game with a 16-8 lead, dominating the low post and collecting the majority of the foul calls. The Toros were down 29-25 to end the first quarter, but lost the lead just once in the third quarter after Woodbury's bucket. Murray finished with 12 points and six assists. Eric Dawson (6'9''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) had 18 points and six rebounds. Cardell 'Squeaky' Johnson was the sparkplug off the bench, scoring 16 points to go with six assists and three steals. The Toros were outrebounded 48-35, but Canton had 15 turnovers to Austin's seven. The league's 2012 Most Valuable Player, Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington), had 13 points, four assists and five rebounds. Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech) led Canton with 26 points, followed by Tyrell Biggs (6'8''-F-86, college: Pittsburgh) and Antoine Agudio, who both had 18. The final contest of the three-game series is tonight at Cedar Park Center (6 p.m.). Jones said he is emphasizing the importance of what it takes to win the league crown. 'We have to take care of business at home,' he said. Courtesy of www.statesman.com

Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J. 109-90
The Los Angeles D-Fenders toppled the Bakersfield Jam 109-90 to complete the series sweep and advance to the NBA Development League Finals for the first time in franchise history . After getting outscored by 10 points in the first quarter, the D-Fenders (2-0) limited the Jam to 35.7 percent shooting and forced 8 turnovers in the second quarter to enter the half with a 52-50 lead. The D-Fenders defensive intensity carried into the second half as they never trailed and led by as many as 26 points in the series clinching victory at Toyota Sports Center. Mardy Collins (6'6''-G-84, college: Temple) finished with 23 points (10-15 FG), nine assists, five rebounds and four steals, Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) totaled 23 points, five rebounds and four steals, and Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, college: La-Lafayette) tallied 16 points, nine assists and three steals for the D-Fenders. Additionally, Otis George scored 14 points (7-10 FG), Malcolm Thomas recorded a 12-point (6-8 FG), 11-rebound double-double, while Andre Ingram contributed 11 points [4-7 FG]) for the D-Fenders, who shot 57.1 percent from the field on Saturday night. Bakersfield (0-2) was paced by Derrick Byars (6'7''-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt) (18 points), Adam Koch (6'8''-F-88, college: N.Iowa) (13 points, 7 rebounds) and Brian Butch (12 points, 12 rebounds). Meanwhile, Juan Pattillo registered 10 points along with 11 rebounds, and Trey Johnson pitched in 10 points for the Jam team that was limited to 40.5 percent from the floor and forced into 18 turnovers. Los Angeles' NBA D-League Finals opponent will be the winner of the Austin-Canton series. After finishing as the top seed in the regular season with a record of 38-12 (best in league history), the D-Fenders will have home court advantage in the best-of-three series. The D-Fenders will play Game 1 on the road before returning home for Game 2 and 3 (if necessary). *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Ubiles named Rookie of the Year - by Eurobasket News

Edwin Ubiles (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Siena) needed a mulligan.

A four-year standout at Siena, who concluded his college career in 2010, Ubiles sat out what was to be his rookie season after having surgery to fix a stress fracture in his right tibia.

He split the fairway with his next drive, capturing 2012 NBA Development League Rookie of the Year honors as a member of the Dakota Wizards. The award recognizes the first-year professional who most significantly contributed to his team's success during the course of the season.

Ubiles, a 6-6, 204-pound forward, played in 41 regular season games, all starts, for the Wizards, averaging a team-high 19.6 points to go with 5.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 34.3 minutes. He led the team in scoring 17 times, scoring in double figures 39 times. He scored an NBA D-League career-high 41 points on 18-of-26 shooting on Feb. 28 to defeat the Iowa Energy 127-110 in Bismarck. A 2012 NBA D-League All-Star, Ubiles earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Washington Wizards, becoming the first Siena player to see NBA minutes. In four NBA games this season, he averaged 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 13.0 minutes. In two postseason games for the Wizards, Ubiles averaged 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 30.5 minutes as Dakota fell to the Bakersfield Jam in the first round of the 2012 NBA D-League Playoffs presented by BBVA.

'Edwin had an impressive first season in Dakota this year,' said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Operations and Player Personnel for the NBA D-League. 'His skills as a 2012 NBA D-League All-Star and GATORADE Call-Up speak for themselves -- he is one of the brightest young prospects in our league. I congratulate him on a memorable start to his professional career.'

Ubiles joins DeShawn Sims (Maine, 2010-11), Cleveland Cavaliers guard Alonzo Gee (Austin, 2009-10), Othyus Jeffers (Iowa, 2008-09), Utah Jazz guard Blake Ahearn (Dakota, 2007-08), Indiana Pacers forward Louis Amundson (Colorado, 2006-07), Detroit Pistons guard Will Bynum (Roanoke 2005-06), James Thomas (Roanoke 2004-05), Desmond Penigar (Asheville, 2003-04), Devin Brown (Fayetteville, 2002-03) and Fred House (Charleston, 2001-02) as winners of the annual award.

Courtesy of www.sienasaints.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


LNB NEWS : HURRACANES NAME NEW COACH - by Ozell Wells

Puerto Plata, R.D.- El consejo directivo de la franquicia de baloncesto Huracanes del Atlntico, anuncia la llegada a esta ciudad del dirigente boricua Carlos Mario Rivera , procedente desde Puerto Rico.
Rivera Muoz arriba este viernes a suelo Dominicano, para agotar una agenda de actividades que ya estn pautadas en Puerto Plata y Santiago, junto a los ejecutivos del equipo de baloncesto Huracanes del Atlntico.
Tthe management of Hurracanes del Atlantico recently named the Head Coach for this season in the LNB. They named Puerto Rican expert Carlos Mario Rivera to the post.
Having landed in Dominican Republic this Friday, he will be presented to the press and then travel to Puerto Plata to address the local media and also to interact with local coaches in both cities before embarking on his new challenge in Dominican Republic.




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Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. St Quentin 25-7 
 2. Orchy 24-8 
 3. Souffel 23-8 
 4. Charleville 23-9 
 5. Roche 22-9 
 6. Blois 22-10 
 7. Cognac 20-12 
 8. Sorgues 18-14 
 9. Brest 17-15 
 10. Lievin 15-17 
 11. Challans 15-17 
 12. Angers BC 49 14-18 
 13. Rueil 14-18 
 14. Chartres 13-18 
 15. Clermont 8-24 
 16. Montbrison 6-26 
 17. Le Puy 5-27 
 18. CFBB 2-29 

Regular Season: Round 32

Apr. 21: Chartres - Clermont 95-61
Apr. 20: Brest - CFBB 88-71
Apr. 21: Sorgues - St Quentin 80-95
Apr. 22: Souffel - Roche 78-62
Apr. 21: Charleville - Blois 77-85
Apr. 21: Montbrison - Orchy 71-94
Apr. 21: Lievin - Rueil 68-65
Apr. 21: Angers BC 49 - Cognac 62-68
Apr. 21: Le Puy - Challans 57-68

Regular Season: Round 33

Apr. 28: Orchy - Charleville
Apr. 28: CFBB - Souffel
Apr. 28: St Quentin - Chartres
Apr. 28: Cognac - Montbrison
Apr. 28: Challans - Rueil
Apr. 27: Roche - Le Puy
Apr. 27: Clermont - Brest
Apr. 28: Blois - Sorgues
Apr. 27: Angers BC 49 - Lievin

Round 31

Apr. 24: CFBB - Chartres


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 18
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.0 
 2. Bigote, Cognac17.3 
 3. Petrovic, Orchy16.8 
 4. Pridotkas, Brest16.8 
 5. Bluntt, Orchy16.3 
 6. Herard, Challans16.2 
 7. Thomas, Roche16.1 
 8. Pearson, Angers B.16.1 
 9. Almanson, Challans16.0 
 10. Belser, Charlevil.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.5 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.1 
 3. Caskill, Cognac9.7 
 4. Pearson, Angers B.8.6 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin8.1 
 6. Aubry, Montbrison8.0 
 7. Lesieu, St Quentin7.9 
 8. Avramovic, Chart.7.8 
 9. Pridotkas, Brest7.7 
 10. Toney, Charleville7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.5 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.3 
 3. Godin, Cognac5.1 
 4. Tillon, Montbrison5.1 
 5. Daube, Le Puy5.1 
 6. Brochard, Blois4.8 
 7. Ball, St Quentin4.5 
 8. Barbry, Orchy4.4 
 9. Dessart, Lievin4.2 
 10. Cortey, Clermont4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.3 
 2. Calvez, Charleville2.1 
 3. Pistre, Charleville2.1 
 4. Bichard, St Quentin1.8 
 5. Daube, Le Puy1.7 
 6. Davis, Blois1.7 
 7. Ball, St Quentin1.7 
 8. Dessart, Lievin1.6 
 9. Godin, Cognac1.6 
 10. Cretaux, Lievin1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Alingue, Souffel1.8 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.7 
 3. Caskill, Cognac1.4 
 4. Davis, Blois1.4 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin1.4 
 6. Diame, Rueil1.2 
 7. Morin, CFBB1.2 
 8. Traore, Angers B.1.1 
 9. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 
 10. Tornato, Blois1.0 


Baxter's 27 points and 6 rebounds give him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old guard Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game in the last round for Bourg and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 31.
He had the game-high 27 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Bourg in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lille (#8, 16-15) 85-83. Thanks to this victory Bourg moved-up to the 10th position in the French ProB. Bourg is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-16 record. In the team's last game Baxter had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Bourg, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jimmy Baxter averages this season 16.5ppg and 4.8apg.

Second best performed player last round was Christophe Massie (206-C/F-77, agency: Court Side) of top-ranked Limoges. He is American in his second season at Limoges. In the last game Massie recorded impressive double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Limoges cruised to a 92-82 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Antibes (#12, 14-17). Of course Limoges still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just six games this season, while they won 25 matches. Massie is well-known at Limoges and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to Alex Dunn (210-C/F-82) of Rouen (#15). Dunn scored 16 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Rouen, leading his team to a 85-82 win against Le Portel (11-20). The chances of Rouen not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 20 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dunn could try to bring Rouen's a little bit higher in the standings. Dunn has a very solid season. In 31 games in France he scored 12.2ppg. He also has 7.6rpg and FGP: 61.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mory Correa (204-C/F-79) of Evreux - 22 points and 8 rebounds
5. Nate Rohnert (197-G-87) of Denain - 29 points and 5 rebounds
6. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82) of Fos Ouest - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. Wilbert Brown (199-PF-84) of Maurienne - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Chris Daniels (200-PF-82) of Chalons-Reims - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Amadi McKenzie (201-PF-86) of Boulazac - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mickael Toti (181-PG-87) of St Vallier - 14 points, 3 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)



Blake Schilb claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Chalon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 28-year old swingman had the game-high 32 points adding four rebounds and five assists for Chalon in his team's victory, helping them to beat Le Havre (#14, 8-19) 89-78. Chalon maintains the 2nd position in French ProA. They are still close to the very top. Chalon would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 22-5 record. In the team's last game Schilb had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Chalon, through which he has constantly improved. Loyola University of Chicago graduate has very impressive stats this year. Schilb is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.6ppg), assists (7th best: 4.9apg) and averages solid 58.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American point guard Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket) of Dijon. Dixon impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. It was enough for Dijon to edge slightly lower-ranked Strasbourg (#11, 12-15) by 4 points 83-79. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Dijon keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-14 record. Dixon is a newcomer at Dijon and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American John Cox (195-G-81) of Le Havre (#14). Cox scored 23 points and passed nine assists. Despite Cox's great performance Le Havre lost 78-89 to the higher-ranked Chalon (#2, 22-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Le Havre can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 8-19 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Cox he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Cox has individually a great season in France. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.9ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Dobbins (194-G-81) of Poitiers - 8 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. John Holland (195-G/F-88) of Roanne - 22 points and 3 rebounds
6. Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82) of Le Mans - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85) of Le Mans - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Dylan Page (204-F-82) of Roanne - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) of Nancy - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Paris-Levallois - 16 points, 6 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)



NM1 Round 32: Top-ranked Saint-Quentin wins another game - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in NM1.

NM1 top team - Saint-Quentin (25-7) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked Sorgues (18-14) 95-80. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-80. Saint-Quentin made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Sorgues helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-F-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Guard Samir Mekdad (188-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Sorgues. Saint-Quentin have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-7 record. Sorgues at the other side keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. Saint-Quentin are looking forward to face Chartres (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sorgues will play against Blois (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Lievin. Eleventh ranked Lievin Basket (15-17) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 12th ranked Rueil (14-18) 68-65 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Vincent Mendy who added 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Forward Cedric Mansare (196-85) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Lievin Basket moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Challans. Newly promoted Rueil keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Angers BC 49. Lievin Basket will play against Angers BC 49 (#12) on the road in the next round. Rueil will play against Vendee Challans and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fourteenth ranked Chartres (13-18) and 15th ranked Stade Clermont (8-24) in Chartres on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Chartres outscored guests from Clermont 95-61. The winners were led by Milan Vasic who scored that evening 29 points. Even 10 points and 7 rebounds by Marcus Jackson did not help to save the game for Stade Clermont. Newly promoted Chartres maintains fourteenth position with 13-18 record. Stade Clermont lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 24 games lost. Chartres will meet league's leader Saint-Quentin on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Stade Clermont will play against Etendard de Brest (#9) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 32: Orchy smashed Montbrison on the road 94-71. Charleville lost to Blois on its own court 77-85. Bottom-ranked CFBB unfortunately lost to Brest in a road game 71-88. Le Puy recorded a loss to Challans at home 57-68. Cognac defeated Angers BC 49 on the opponent's court 68-62. Souffel beat Roche in a home game 78-62.
The most impressive performance of 32th round was 27 points and 10 rebounds by Fabien Herard of Challans.


Montbrison - Orchy 71-94

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Orchesien BC (24-8) crushed on the road 16th ranked Montbrison (6-26) 94-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Orchesien BC. Montbrison managed to win second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Orchesien BC looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists. The winners were led by American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St., agency: David Lee services) who scored that evening 24 points and 4 assists and Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Orchesien BC's coach Philippe Namyst felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Regis Aubry (199-82) did not help to save the game for Montbrison. American power forward James St Robert (203-86, college: Dowling) added 17 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Orchesien BC have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 24-8 record behind leader St Quentin. Montbrison lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth place with 26 games lost. Orchesien BC will meet at home Charleville-Mezieres (#4) in the next round. Montbrison will play against Cognac (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Orchy: J.Bluntt 24+2reb+4ast, D.Petrovic 16+7reb+2ast, A.Belkessa 14+3reb+2ast, A.Gacko 11+5reb+5ast, R.Malet 9+2reb+5ast, J.Verbeke 8+9reb+6ast
Montbrison: J.St Robert 17+5reb+1ast, R.Aubry 13+10reb+4ast, K.Mondesir 13+2reb, B.Tillon 10+1reb+11ast, C.Pegon 5+2reb+4ast, L.Gimenez 4+1reb
gschID: 147198


Charleville - Blois 77-85

There was a minor upset when 4th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (23-9) lost at home to sixth ranked Blois (22-10) 85-77 on Saturday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Blois shot 26 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Charleville-Mezieres only scored eight points from the stripe. The winners were led by center Jonathan Tornato (210-89) who scored that evening 17 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Pierre Brochard (185-80) supported him with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Blois players scored in double figures. Even 25 points and 8 rebounds by guard Damien Pistre (190-83) did not help to save the game for Charleville-Mezieres. American forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Blois have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 22-10 record. Loser Charleville-Mezieres keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Blois will meet at home Sorgues (#8) in the next round. Charleville-Mezieres will play against the league's second-placed Orchesien BC (#2) in Orchies and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blois: B.Recoura 18+1reb+2ast, J.Tornato 17+6reb+1ast, D.Davis 17+1ast, P.Brochard 10+5reb+7ast, T.Sani 8+3reb, V.Kaunisto 7+6reb
Charleville: D.Pistre 25+8reb+2ast, N.Racon 13+2reb, C.Belser 11+6reb+5ast, T.Toney 10+3reb, F.Calvez 9+4reb+4ast, C.Guillarme 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 147199


Brest - CFBB 88-71

Very predictable result when ninth ranked Etendard de Brest (17-15) won against at home bottom-ranked CFBB (2-29) 88-71 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Etendard de Brest. CFBB managed to win fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Etendard de Brest looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) who scored that evening 16 points and 6 rebounds and forward Julien Doreau (200-83) supported him with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) by power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-94) did not help to save the game for CFBB. Guard Anthony Racine (190-94) added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Etendard de Brest maintains ninth position with 17-15 record. Loser CFBB stay dead last with 29 lost games. Etendard de Brest will meet Stade Clermont (#15) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. CFBB will play against Souffelweyersheim in Souffel. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Brest: Z.Alao 16+5ast, V.Pridotkas 16+6reb+2ast, A.Liorel 14+2reb+4ast, J.Doreau 14+5reb+4ast, R.Lopez 9+8reb+3ast, B.Vounang 8+9reb
CFBB: M.Jaiteh 18+10reb+2ast, O.Yao-Delon 14+3reb+3ast, A.Racine 13+7reb+2ast, B.Dallo 11+3reb+7ast, Y.Morin 9+3reb, J.Basileu 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 147193


Lievin - Rueil 68-65

Important game to mention about took place in Lievin. Eleventh ranked Lievin Basket (15-17) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 12th ranked Rueil (14-18) 68-65 on Saturday evening. Rueil was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 22-17 charge of Lievin Basket, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Senegalese power forward Vincent Mendy (204-83) who added 13 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Forward Cedric Mansare (196-85) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Mali guard Modibo Niakate (185-81, college: Cleveland St.) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Lievin Basket moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Challans. Newly promoted Rueil keeps the twelfth position with 18 games lost. They share it with Angers BC 49. Lievin Basket will play against Angers BC 49 (#12) on the road in the next round. Rueil will play against Vendee Challans and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lievin: A.Hoard 16+10reb+1ast, V.Mendy 13+5reb, A.Pierre-Joseph 10+3reb+3ast, S.Cretaux 8+3reb+3ast, V.Lehut 7+1reb+1ast, J.Dessart 6+3reb+3ast
Rueil: C.Mansare 18+7reb+6ast, G.Duro 12+3reb+2ast, M.Niakate 11+6reb+1ast, S.Cabarkapa 7+7reb+2ast, E.Driss 6+3reb+2ast, G.Mdivani 5+7reb
gschID: 147194


Sorgues - St Quentin 80-95

NM1 top team - Saint-Quentin (25-7) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked Sorgues (18-14) 95-80. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-80. Saint-Quentin made 26-of-34 free shots (76.5 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Sorgues helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron, agency: ACMT) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Guard Samir Mekdad (188-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sorgues. Five Saint-Quentin and four Sorgues players scored in double figures. Saint-Quentin have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-7 record. Sorgues at the other side keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. Saint-Quentin are looking forward to face Chartres (#14) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Sorgues will play against Blois (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: J.Lesieu 21+10reb+5ast, J.Ball 19+2reb+3ast, O.Romain 17+2reb+2ast, D.Williams 15+5reb+1ast, K.Howell 12+3reb, K.Bichard 5+3reb
Sorgues: S.Mekdad 18+10reb, Y.Bassine 11+2reb+3ast, A.Thinon 11+2reb+2ast, S.Ocokoljic 10+6reb+3ast, D.Griffin 10+2reb, X.Pasut 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 147195


Chartres - Clermont 95-61

The game between fourteenth ranked Chartres (13-18) and 15th ranked Stade Clermont (8-24) in Chartres on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Chartres outscored guests from Clermont 95-61. The game without a history. Chartres led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Chartres looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Stade Clermont's players. The winners were led by Bosnian guard Milan Vasic (195-77) who scored that evening 29 points and Serbian forward Zeljko Bojovic (200-81) supported him with 20 points. Four Chartres players scored in double figures. Even 10 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Marcus Jackson (202-82, college: Marquette) did not help to save the game for Stade Clermont. Guard Bianco Matanga (188-87) added 11 points for the guests. Newly promoted Chartres maintains fourteenth position with 13-18 record. Stade Clermont lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place with 24 games lost. Chartres will meet league's leader Saint-Quentin on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Stade Clermont will play against Etendard de Brest (#9) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Chartres: M.Vasic 29+1reb+3ast, Z.Bojovic 20+2reb+3ast, A.Razafindrabe 14+2reb+7ast, G.Merie 11+6reb+4ast, L.Avramovic 8+8reb+2ast, G.Lemon 6+3reb+1ast
Clermont: X.Delarue 11+4reb+1ast, B.Matanga 11+2reb+3ast, M.Jackson 10+7reb+1ast, M.Diakite 8+4reb, S.Belghazi 6+2reb, M.N'Galoro 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 147196


Le Puy - Challans 57-68

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked Le Puy ASMB (5-27) lost to thirteenth ranked Vendee Challans (15-17) in Le Puy en Velay 57-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Vendee Challans. Le Puy ASMB managed to win third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Le Puy ASMB 41-30 including 26 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by forward Fabien Herard (198-79) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-84) supported him with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Vendee Challans' coach Olivier Le Minor used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds by forward Yohann Smail (197-90) did not help to save the game for Le Puy ASMB. Center Steeve Borval (202-87) added 14 points for the hosts. Vendee Challans moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Lievin. Loser Le Puy ASMB keeps the seventeenth position with 27 games lost. Vendee Challans will meet at home Rueil (#13) in the next round. Le Puy ASMB will play against Roche (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Challans: F.Herard 27+10reb+3ast, S.Cherasse 13+9reb+3ast, J.Almanson 9+6reb+4ast, S.Girma 7+2reb, D.Radojevic 4+3reb, J.Geay 3+1reb
Le Puy: S.Borval 14+4reb, Y.Smail 13+10reb+3ast, M.Gotagni 12+2reb+1ast, R.Martin 6+3reb+2ast, A.Daube 4+3reb+8ast, F.Bornerand 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 147197


Angers BC 49 - Cognac 62-68

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Cognac (20-12) defeated on the road 10th ranked Angers BC 49 (14-18) 68-62 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Cognac shot 21 for 31 from the free-throw line, while Angers BC 49 only scored 0 point from the stripe. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cognac made 7 blocks. The winners were led by American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and Sadio Doucoure supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Cognac players scored in double figures. Even 7 points and 11 assists by naturalized Algerian point guard Ahmed Fellah (180-81) did not help to save the game for Angers BC 49. American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) added 10 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Newly promoted Cognac maintains seventh position with 20-12 record. Angers BC 49 lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Rueil. Cognac will meet at home Montbrison (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angers BC 49 will play against Lievin Basket (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cognac: S.Doucoure 16+7reb+1ast, I.Caskill 14+12reb+3ast, M.Bigote 11+3reb+3ast, J.Godin 10+2reb+2ast, C.Bertorelle 7+2reb+1ast, M.Buval 6+2reb
Angers BC 49: S.Traore 14+2reb, O.Sulpice 11+3reb+2ast, T.Pearson 10+9reb+1ast, A.Fellah 7+3reb+11ast, M.Chupin 7+12reb+1ast, P.Drouault 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 147191


Souffel - Roche 78-62

Everything could happen in Souffel. at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Souffelweyersheim and 5th ranked Roche had identical 22-8 record. This time Souffelweyersheim used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Roche 78-62 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Souffelweyersheim. Roche managed to win fourth quarter 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Roche to just 5 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Roche 36-23 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) who scored that evening 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Frederic Broliron (193-79) supported him with 18 points. Five Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. Souffelweyersheim's coach Stephane Eberlin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 14 points and 5 rebounds by forward Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-79) did not help to save the game for Roche. Guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) added 16 points for the guests. Souffelweyersheim (23-8) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Despite that victory Souffelweyersheim went down to fifth position due to points difference. Loser Roche dropped to the third place with nine games lost. Souffelweyersheim will meet bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Roche will play against Le Puy ASMB (#17) in Le Puy en Velay and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Souffel: F.Broliron 18+2reb+2ast, A.N'Diaye 14+3reb+1ast, J.Alingue 14+9reb, M.M'Bodji 10+5reb+1ast, J.Begarin 10+4reb+4ast, J.Bach 8+4reb
Roche: B.Thomas 16+3ast, A.Toto N'Kote 14+5reb+1ast, F.Bateko 11+1reb, R.Pegon 6+8reb, S.Hermenier 5+3reb+2ast, L.Simmons 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 147192



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 29-4 
 2. Ratiopharm 26-7 
 3. ALBA 25-8 
 4. Art.Dragons 23-10 
 5. B.Muenchen 21-12 
 6. s.Oliver Baskets 20-13 
 7. NY Phantoms 17-15 
 8. Telekom Baskets 17-15 
 9. Fraport SKY 17-16 
 10. Bremerhaven 16-17 
 11. EWE Baskets 15-18 
 12. Walter Tigers 15-18 
 13. Bayreuth 12-21 
 14. TBB Trier 10-23 
 15. EnBW L'burg 10-23 
 16. Phoenix Hagen 10-23 
 17. LTi 46ers 9-24 
 18. Goettingen 4-29 

Regular Season: Round 33

Apr. 22: NY Phantoms - EWE Baskets 99-85
Apr. 21: EnBW L'burg - s.Oliver Baskets 91-80 OT
Apr. 22: Fraport SKY - Walter Tigers 89-96 OT
Apr. 21: Ratiopharm - TBB Trier 78-77
Apr. 21: Bremerhaven - Art.Dragons 76-91
Apr. 21: Goettingen - Phoenix Hagen 74-85
Apr. 21: Bayreuth - B.Muenchen 59-68
Apr. 21: LTi 46ers - Telekom Baskets 56-76
Apr. 22: Brose Baskets - ALBA 100-90

Regular Season: Round 34

Apr. 28: Brose Baskets - Bayreuth
Apr. 28: ALBA - NY Phantoms
Apr. 28: EWE Baskets - EnBW L'burg
Apr. 28: TBB Trier - Goettingen
Apr. 28: Telekom Baskets - Fraport SKY
Apr. 28: Phoenix Hagen - LTi 46ers
Apr. 28: Walter Tigers - Art.Dragons
Apr. 28: Ratiopharm - s.Oliver Baskets
Apr. 28: B.Muenchen - Bremerhaven


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 17
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets17.0 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.15.6 
 3. Wood, ALBA15.5 
 4. Tucker, Brose B.15.3 
 5. Swann, Ratiopharm15.2 
 6. Ensminger, Teleko.14.8 
 7. Carter, Phoenix14.8 
 8. Peavy, Art.Dragons14.7 
 9. Jonusas, Phoenix14.6 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.5 
 2. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.5 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.7.8 
 4. Homan, B.Muenchen7.6 
 5. Zirbes, TBB Trier7.1 
 6. Troutman, B.Mue.7.0 
 7. Tucker, Brose B.6.9 
 8. Evans, Goettingen6.7 
 9. Watts, Ratiopharm6.6 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.3 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.6.0 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 4. Wood, ALBA5.0 
 5. Everett, Bremerha.4.9 
 6. Joyce, TBB Trier4.5 
 7. Brown, EWE Baskets4.5 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.4 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.2 
 10. Bauscher, Goett.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.7 
 2. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.6 
 3. Dorris, EnBW L.1.5 
 4. Gibson, Fraport SKY1.5 
 5. Redding, Walter T.1.4 
 6. Trice, Ratiopharm1.4 
 7. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.4 
 8. Holston, Art.Drag.1.4 
 9. Tucker, Brose B.1.3 
 10. Gaffney, Teleko.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 2. Davidson, Fraport1.6 
 3. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.6 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.5 
 5. Homan, B.Muenchen1.3 
 6. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 7. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 8. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.2 
 10. Chubb, EWE Baske.0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe20.8 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 3. Alexander, ETB W.18.5 
 4. Reese, Duesseldorf18.1 
 5. Hassan, Leitersh.17.6 
 6. Reid, MBC17.4 
 7. Roessler, Karlsruhe17.1 
 8. Mason, Webmoebel17.1 
 9. Lipke, Leitershofen16.4 
 10. Howard, Karlsruhe16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.3 
 2. Alawoya, Braves8.5 
 3. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.2 
 4. Richardson, Leiter.7.9 
 5. Black, Jena7.7 
 6. Gerwig, Cuxhaven7.6 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz7.6 
 8. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 9. Webb, Crailsheim7.2 
 10. Moore, Karlsruhe7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.4 
 2. Jeka, Braves5.2 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz5.0 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven4.9 
 5. Chavis, NBC4.3 
 6. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.3 
 7. Burgess, Heidelberg4.3 
 8. Reese, Duesseldorf4.0 
 9. Williamson, Ehingen3.9 
 10. Matthews, Ehingen3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gary JOHNSON
  Chemnitz
  (188-PG-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Johnson, Chemnitz2.2 
 2. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.0 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen1.9 
 4. Brooks, Kirchheim1.9 
 5. Rice, Cuxhaven1.8 
 6. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 7. Alexander, ETB W.1.5 
 8. Williamson, Ehingen1.4 
 9. Alawoya, Braves1.4 
 10. Harris, NBC1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.6 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Williamson, Ehingen1.2 
 4. Zipser, Heidelberg1.0 
 5. Harris, Cuxhaven0.9 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz0.9 
 7. Howard, Karlsruhe0.9 
 8. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.9 
 9. Schoo, Heidelberg0.8 
 10. Buechert, Ehingen0.8 


Kevin Hamilton (BBC Bayreuth) It Was Tough Getting Adjusted To The Speed Of The Game Again - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 28 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York that is playing his first season for BBC Bayreuth. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. In 2009-2010, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. In 2010-2011 for Braunschweig, he averaged 9,oppg, 4,1rpg and 4,3apg. Last summer, he played in Puerto Rico for Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN) averaging 10,6ppg, 4,4rpg and 8,0apg. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 68-59 loss against Bayern Munich

A tough 68-59 loss against FC Bayern Munich. How ready is this team for the playoffs?

I think them against Artland is going to be a really nice series. They both are playing at a real high level right now.

You were back on the court. How weird was it playing again after being out for 6 months?


Getting adjusted to the speed of the game and trying to compose myself on the court were the weirdest and toughest parts for me. I think I was too anxious out there and it kind of backfired on me, hopefully I got it all out of my system.

You had four points, three rebounds, four assists and three rebounds. How happy were you with you performance?


I wasn't. I had too many turnovers and never really got in a rhythm on the court.

It was a defensive battle. What was key after 40 minutes that BBC Bayreuth was unable to win the game?

I think we had to many turnovers and really never got any kind of flow offensively. I give Munich a lot of credit.

How tough is it to guard a Jonathan Wallace and keep him in check?


I did not guard him very much during the game but he is real crafty and can shoot the ball real well. He is a big weapon for them.


How long overdue has it been that Blake Ahearn finally is back in the NBA geting signed by the Utah Jazz?

I am not familiar with him

Kevin Love and Chris Bosh seem to be going to the 2012 Olympics. What other big would you like to see getting a chance to play?

Tyson Chandler

What new movie do you want to see?

Think like a man

Thanks Kev for the chat.




Igor Perovic Shows The Beko BBL His Talent For The Right Formula For Basketball Player Speculation - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


There is always a certain kind of risk in life when speculating if it is playing your luck on the stock market, playing the lottery one too many times and realizing at the end of the week that there is no extra money for the misses, a 15 year old hanging out in New York at one of the 275 hotels and hoping that Justin Bieber is staying there for his concert, going with Duke in the 2012 NCAA tournament or booking a summer trip to the UK in hopes of not catching unending rain. This season, two teams gambled heavily in the Beko BBL with BG Goettingen and the Walter Tigers Tuebingen with new young player signings and the success rate wa slike night and day. In Goettingen, the team brought in 5 NCAA players and only Paris Horne was able to make an impact while the club had to say farewell to the other four during the season. In Tuebingen, the club brought in three NCAA players with Vaughn Duggins, Adnan Hodzic and Tyrone Nash, second year man Reggie Redding and PRO B player Josh Young and despite a slow start by the team, this core of players who were younger than 24 have been a big reason for the Tigers breathing a little bit of playoff air even though the season goal of the team was to land somewhere in no mans land between the end of the standings and the playoffs places. Not only did the speculation of Igor Perovic work, but he managed to already keep one third of the team for next season by giving Americans Tyrone Nash, Josh Young, Vaughn Duggins and Reggie Redding together and showing that he wants to build for the future by giving these players the chance to further develop in Tubingen. With a bad start where the Walter Tigers Tuebingen started the season with a six game losing streak, the team was able to stay on the same page with has to do a lot with coach Igor Perovic and the solid play by Nash, Young, Redding and Duggins which stayed very consistent with the two Beko BBL rookies and other two that have combined two years professional experience before coming to the Schwaben town. I'm very happy that the team was able to bounce back from adversity and show their true character. It's not easy losing a lot of close games, especially early in the season, and then to bounce back the way they have is really special. I think Igor's attitude went a long way in helping the team achieve their success. He's a very calm and easygoing person, so it's good that he didn't get rattled early on and just approached every practice day by day, just like chipping away at a large deficit in a game. You don't get it all back at once, you have to remain patient and continue working, and that's exactly what they have done, stressed ex Walter Tiger Tuebingen Canadian Velimir Radinovic.

Since coming into the BBL in 2004-2005, the Walter Tigers Tuebingen have been treading water in the BBL middle standings and at times scrapping the deregulation area. The best finish of the club was 2006-2007 as they finished in 10th place. The Tigers have been more a harmless creature that seems to have their mouth sealed with little power escaping instead of showing their absolute unconquerable qualities of a tiger on the court. The team has been known for developing a healthy fan base and letting guys like Rasko Katic and AJ Moye (his first year) develop into top BBL players, but then again also have gone the usual BBL route of signing an abundance of Americans and closing an eye for further developing German players and the organization also has been prone to getting involved with minor scandals like in 2006 with Tamien Trent and Mike Moten who were banned by the German basketball federation following a drug test. Making the jump to the BBL is not easy and if one were to ask experts in the Tuebingen surrounding, one would always here two things. A slim budget and not getting the right mix of players seemed to be the most important reasons why the club has never been able to play games in May when it counts most. Since entering the Beko BBL in 2004, the team has always hovered between 10th and 15th place and their best finish was 2007 as they were in 10th place.
Last season, The Walter Tigers Tuebingen finished in 12th place with a record of 15-19. Lacking more consistence at home in the Paul Horn arena showed with their 9-8 record. Last season the team celebrated huge victories against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg, Alba Berlin and The Telekom Baskets Bonn before the Allstar break, but then again showed their inconsistency losing games to teams like the Mitteldeutscher BC or Phoenix Hagen. Just like the season before, The Walter Tigers Tuebingen made a dash for the Beko BBl playoffs in winter winning six games in a row and heightening the playoffs hopes for the fans with big wins against Bonn Oldenburg and Ulm. However then as if each player had seen a black cat and then walked under a ladder for so called bad luck went on an unlucky losing streak losing six games in a row and finishing the season 2-7 and once again not making the playoffs. A 40 point loss to Bamberg in the heat of their six game winning streak and an 18 point loss to the LTi Giessen 46ers just seemed uncharachteristic after their successful run. It was an up and down season. The season started rough, then we had a nice winning streak, but then had a long losing streak, but closed out the season well. We hurt ourselves with our inconsistency. We were unable to bring the same effort night in and night out which killed us, stressed ex Walter Tigers Tuebingen forward Chris Oliver who is playing in France this season with SIG Strassburg.

This season, The Walter Tigers Tuebingen might use a motto that German basketball player Christian Standhardinger might be using after a few miscues in the NCAA and always coming back to try his luck in the NCAA with If you dont succeed at first then try try again in hopes of reaching the Beko BBL playoffs. However if a strong starting five last season with Bane Ratkovica, Johannes Herber, Chris Oliver, Dane Watts and Anatoly Kashirov wasnt potent enough for May basketball, how does the team see making an impact this season in the even stronger Beko BBL and a new starting five? Guys like Dane Watts had a very strong season whereas other starters solid seasons, but were still able to double their market value and get better financial contracts with other teams. Some teams play for titles, while other teams play for the playoffs and in the last years , The Walter Tigers Tuebingen seem to be a team that brings in younger talented players guaranteeing them playing time so they can develop further and then go to more attractive and more lucrative teams. You can expect a group of guys that play with a lot of passion and play extremely hard. We will defend well and can score with anybody in the Bundesliga, warned Vaughn Duggins. Last season, Tuebingen already had established Beko BBL players like Dane Watts and Chris Oliver, but this season the team has their youngest team ever having six guys that were only 23 years old this summer. With Beko BBL babies Vaughn Duggins, Tyrone Nash and Adnan Hodzic coming from the NCAA and Americans Reggie Redding and Josh Young coming off their rookie years last season and born in 1988, Igor Perovic has indirectly shown that these guys will have perform right away getting their feet wet quickly. Perovic has much experience with thirty something players Lou Campbell and Velomir Radiovic and Nicolai Simon who has title experience with Alba Berlin, but still many young bucks that will be in a nasty shark infested basketball pool each weekend. . I think if you have a good chemistry of players then it is a good thing. Experience is key in close games early in the season but once your out on the court all that age goes out the window in most cases. It is risky but if you got good chemistry it will help in a lot of ways. I think the team will play hard and will surprise a lot of teams. Young teams are usually hungry and they may struggle at times but just like most young teams we may not know which team may show up. But they will be a team that competes just like the rest of the BBL, warned TBB Trier guard John Bynum. Still having so much youth can also be a positive thing. I think their strength will be them playing hard, I didnt really get a chance to see them in preseason but on paper they have some solid individual players. I really dont know about weaknesses but I'm sure that will show up as the season goes along, added John Bynum. We just need to continue to get better as a whole. Our ceiling with how good we can be is so high because we are so young. If we get better every day we will be fine during the season, added Walter Tigers Tuebingen guard Vaughn Duggins. The glue for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen will be Lou Campbell and teams will learn quickly that keeping the American in check will make basketball life on the court very difficult for the Tigers. I think they Campbell is a key but we have to see what the newcomers bring to the table as well. To put so much pressure on one guy meaning Campbell isnt fair but I think they got some young guys who can make a difference as well, stressed John Bynum. One Skyliner that will be motivated to play hopefully his first official professional game and against the NCAA players is Michael Thompson who is aware of the NCAA rookies in Tuebingen. I will be great to be on the court with those three great players with Duggins, Nash and Hodzic. All three had great careers in the NCAA. I played against Nash. We will have to keep an eye on him. He can do it all, shoot the three, play with his back to the basket and play aggressive defense, warned Michael Thompson. Tuebingen isnt the same team that we played at the start. They have improved their chemistry and can compete with any team. They are a very good offensive team that are good on the transition and switch a lot on defense. They are coming into the game with no pressure and this can always lead a team to play better, stressed Skyliners head coach Muli Katzurin.

The speculating really played dividends for head coach Igor Perovic despite starting with a six game losing streak. Much like the Fraport Skyliners, the Walter Tigers Tuebingen didnt have any luck with their draw at the start getting opponents like Bamberg, FC Bayern Munich, Artland, Alba Berlin and ratiopharm Ulm. However they finally got their first win in Bremerhaven and from then on slowly got going getting out of the Beko BBL cellar. After an unneeded loss at home against BBC Bayreuth followed a three game winning streak as they beat Phoenix Hagen and potential playoff teams B raunschweig and Bonn displaying that they are atalented team that can play with anyone. In February followed the highlight of the season where they went on a four game winning streak beating FC Bayern Munich and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg at home. It wasnt quite enough for the Beko BBL playoffs, but this team should be stronger next season with the core that is staying and it will be interesting to see if they can bring back point guard Lou Campbell. In the first meeting of the season, the Tigers lost to the Fraport Sklyiners 73-66 in a game that was on the line in crunch time and a game they could of won. Duggins brought the Tigers to 66-69 with 1.13 to play, but a Jon Leuer bucket and Justin Gray free throws sealed the win for Frankfurt.

The first and most important signing this past summer for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg was Lou Campbell who is a 32 year old 190cm point guard from New Jersey that played three years in Japan was easily the top playmaker in the BEKO BBL in 2009-2010. Had he been with Oldenburg in 2009-2010, he might have made the difference between an early exit in the playoffs and a second championship. After getting a jump start in Giessen from 2004-2006, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in 2009-2010 leading the team into the playoffs playing 43 games averaging 13.0ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.7apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 81.6% . He can guide an offense, but also score when needed especially in crunch time. However a lot of the magic that he had for Douglas Spradley two years ago wasnt present last season for Predrag Krunic and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg as he played 40 games averaging 9.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 82.1%. However what many didnt know, Campbell has a serious Adductor injury. Most guys would of sat out, but he continued to play, because Oldenburg had no other alternative at the point. The team brought in 29 year old 210cm Lithuanian Paveles Cukinas who has Good size, Good turn around jumper, can control the game, is smart player and hasery soft hands for a man his size. He played for top team Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius from 2002-2006 playing 12 Euroleague games. He then came to Germany in 2006-2007 and helped EnBW Ludwigsburg reach the playoffs playing 40 games: 9.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 56.2% . Since then he has played in countries like Latvia, Italy and Lithuania. Even though Nicolai Simon is only 24 and should belong to the younger generation, is the third most experienced player on the roster. He is a 191 cm guard that is playing his second season in Tuebingen. He is made a comeback in The BEKO BBL in 2009-2010 after coming into the BEKO BBL in 2006-2007 after being heralded as a big German talent. In 2006-2007, he was able to play 33 games for Alba Berlin despite being on a team with a deep roster. In 2007-2008, he injured himself playing only five games. Last season, he took a step back and played for Ergas Ehingen in the German PRO B averaging 8,9ppg, 2,4rpg and 5,2apg. and to develop further as a professional basketball player. In 2009, he played at the World University games in Belgrad averaging 4,1ppg, 3,6rpg and 1,4apg. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 31 games: 2.8ppg, 1.4rpg.

Vaughn Duggins is a Beko BBL rookie that is a 24 year old 187cm guard from Pendelton, Indiana. He played at Wright State from 2006-2011 including his freshman season with 2011 Beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood as has fond memories of the Alba Berlin guard on the court and their one on one battles. Every once in a while at practice I'd be walking by Dashaun and he would stop me and tell me exactly how he was going to score on his opponent that next possession and sure enough he would go out there and do that exact thing and look at me and laugh while running down the court. Thats easy! Dashaun beat me 9 out of 10 times on one on one. I was a young puppy out of high school and he was the horizon league player of the year. I don't remember him having any weaknesses other than he was smaller than me so I could post him up, stressed Vaughn Duggins. In his senior year, the American played 33 games: 18.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 82.2%. Beko BBL teams will have to be aware of the dangerous game of the American. He is a scorer, but also has hidden attributes. My jumping ability isnt always noticed. I've surprised a lot people when I get up to block a shot or dunk, warned Vaughn Duggins. Another Beko BBL rookie this season is Tyrone Nash. Nash is a 23 year old 203cm forward from Queens, New York. He played together with FC Bayren Munich guard Ben Hansbrough at Notre Dame and in his senior year played Notre Dame 34 games: 9.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 68.9%. Another Beko BBL rookie for the Tigers is Adnan Hodzic who is a 23 year old 203cm forward from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He played at Lipscomb (NCAA) from 2007-2011 together with BG Goettingen guard Josh Slater and in his senior year played 30 games: 17.7ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 72.6%. Despite playing for a less known school and losing some credibility of his worth, he had some great performances at the NCAA level which brought notice. It did hurt a bit, however, some of my best games were against bigger schools and better competition. The best player I played against in the NCAA was my junior year. I played against Derrick Williams. I had 34pts 13reb I just play hard every night. The critics and doubters will always be there, warned Adnan Hodzic. Hodzic also has a hidden strength. One strength that is very overlooked is my ability to shoot from outside. All spring and summer I have been working on expanding my game. I have developed a good mid range and long range shot. I am also good at driving the ball to the rim, stressed Adnan Hodzic.

The team also brought in Reggie Redding who will be starting his second professional season despite being only 23 years old. Redding is a 196cm guard from Philadelphia and possesses a great feel for the game, moves well without the ball, offers size and the ability to score from the guard position. He played at Villanova (NCAA) with ex BG Goettingen forward Dwayne Anderson and in his senior year played 23 games: 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 63.8%. he reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2008. Last season he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A) winning the league and cup title and played 16 games: 9.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 73.9%; EuroChallenge: 8 games: 7.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 62.5%. The club also brought in Josh Young who makes the jump from the PRO B to the Beko BBL. Young is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Shawnee, Oklahoma. He played at Drake from 2006-2010 including two years with ex Skyliner Adam Emmenecker. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB) tearing up the league playing 11 games averaging 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. Rueben Spoeden is a 22 year old 202cm forward from Frankfurt that is playing his second season in Tuebingen. He started his basketball career with Eintracht Frankfurt an dthen played for TV Langen where his teammate was Robin Benzing. He also has a license for Ergas Ehingen. Last season he with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen he played 8 games: 1.3ppg; also played at ErdgaEhingen/Urspringschule (ProB): 28 games: 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 21.7%, FT: 60.7%. German American Akeem Vargas rounds out the roster. He is a 21 year old 190 cm guard that started his basketball career with the SG Urspringschule junior team in 2005. In 2009-2010, he got experience in the States playing for Iowa Lakes CC (JUCO): 31 games: 5.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.0%, FT: 94.0%. Last season with Tuebingen, he got into 12 games: 0.4ppg; and also had also a license to play for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (2. Bundesliga Pro B)playing 27 games: 8.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 25.5%, FT: 77.6%.





Ahmad Smith (Kirchheim Knights) We Have To Continue To Play Good Defense Each Position Against Duesseldorf In Game 2 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ahmad Smith 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 before game 2 April 22nd against the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf.

Congrats on the 98-79 win against the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. Was the win alot harder than what the score shows?

Thanks Miles, yeah the score didn't indicate how difficult the game was.

Kirchheim had the comfortable 60-46 lead at halftime. I guess the coaching staff did a good job with the scouting as Kichheim had no problems scoring?

Our coaching staff had us well prepared and we were able to get out on the fast break which is our biggest strength.

What was the biggest strength of Kichheim in the 40 minute game?

Our defense was solid for most of the game.

How big was the production help from Radivoj Tomasevic who had 21 points? He hadnt scored in double figures since Feb 25?

Radi is the captain of our team and a veteran. He stepped up for us and had a great game.

What was key in limiting Patrick Flomo and Aubrey Reese combined to 12 points?

We tried to limit their touches I think we did a solid job defending them.

. You had 11 assists. What was your assist of the game by you?

I threw a no look bounce pass to Devin Uskoski in the 1st half.

What will be important for stealing a game in Duesseldorf in game 2?

If we continue to play good defense every position!

What movie do you want to see in the future?

Five year engagement

Thanks for the chat Ahmad.

Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure)



Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga South-East Awards 2011-2012 - by Moritz Korff




#s#

Jason Boucher
Boucher
Marc Campbell
Campbell
Stefan Schmoll
Schmoll
Georg Doelle
Doelle
Kenny Jones
Jones
#e#1

Player of the Year: Kenny Jones (198-F-84, college: Kentucky St.) of Dachau
Domestic Player of the Year: Georg Doelle (194-G/F-85) of Dresden
Defensive Player of the Year: Karim Aw (204-C-65) of Ansbach
Bosman Player of the Year: Marc Campbell (180-G-86, college: N.Carolina) of Vilsbiburg
Most Improved Player of the Year: Florian Borstler (185-G-91) of Muenchen
Newcomer of the Year: Dino Dizdarevic (193-G/F-95) of Regnitztal
Coach of the Year: Timo Fuchs
of Baunach

1st Team
G: Jason Boucher (180-G-80, college: Grand Valley St.) of Dresden
G: Marc Campbell (180-G-86) of Vilsbiburg
F: Stefan Schmoll (196-F-89) of Treuchtlingen
F: Georg Doelle (194-F-85) of Dresden
F/C: Kenny Jones (198-F-84) of Dachau

2nd Team
G: Goran Petrovic (185-G-77) of Ansbach
G: Justin Halleran (186-G-84) of Vilsbiburg
F: Pavel Novak (199-F-83) of Weiden
F: Michael Kaiser (195-F-82) of Herzogenaurach
C: Justin Smith (201-F/C-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Hawaii-Hilo) of Weiden

Honorable Mention
Florian Borstler (185-G-91)
of Muenchen
Dirk Dippold (190-G-92) of Baunach
Michael Hoffmann (203-F/C-89) of Deisenhofen
C.J. Trotter (190-G, college: S.Indiana) of Zwickau
Moritz Wohlers (203-F/C-84, college: Montana St. - Billin) of Deisenhofen

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Florian Borstler (185-G-91)
of Muenchen
G: Dirk Dippold (190-G-92) of Baunach
F: Stefan Schmoll (196-F-89) of Treuchtlingen
F: Georg Doelle (194-F-85) of Dresden
C: Moritz Wohlers (203-F/C-84, college: Montana St. - Billin) of Deisenhofen

The votes have been made by coaches and team officials of the RLSO teams plus one vote made by Eurobasket.com



ProA Round 2 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Duesseldorf - Kirchheim 61-75 (0-2)

The game was mostly controlled by Kirchheim Knights. Gloria Giants was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kirchheim Knights forced 20 Gloria Giants turnovers. American forward Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Nils Menck (203-82) contributed with 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Aubrey Reese (183-78, college: Murray St., agency: Interperformances) replied with 13 points and 5 assists and American-Liberian forward Patrick Flomo (203-80, college: Ohio) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Gloria Giants. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: A.Reese 13+2reb+5ast, P.Friedel 9+2reb, M.Liyanage 8+3reb, P.Flomo 7+8reb+1ast, R.Keerles 7+3reb+1ast, M.Petric 5+2reb+1ast
Kirchheim: D.Uskoski 25+8reb+2ast, S.Adeberg 11+4reb, R.Tomasevic 10+2reb, A.Smith 9+3reb+3ast, N.Menck 9+9reb, C.Brooks 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 175185


Crailsheim - MBC 85-73 (1-1)

The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 48-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Mitteldeutscher BC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Mark Hill (180, college: CS Northridge) who scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Aaron Cook (186-83, college: Hartford) chipped in 18 points and 7 assists. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Ingo Enskat used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and Jordan Collins (208-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
MBC: A.Reid 15+9reb+2ast, R.Holcomb Faye 13+1reb+3ast, S.Leutloff 11+3reb+1ast, J.Collins 11+7reb, L.Hinnant 8+1reb+2ast, S.Wachalski 7+8reb+2ast
Crailsheim: M.Hill 24+5reb+1ast, A.Cook 18+3reb+7ast, B.Baptist 11+5reb+1ast, B.Lischka 11+6reb, D.Webb 8+5reb+2ast, J.Buck 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 175186



BBL Round 33: Brose Baskets edged visiting ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in BBL. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with few extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Fourteenth-ranked TBB Trier (10-23) was very close to win a game against second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (26-7) on Saturday. ratiopharm Ulm managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected much easier game. TBB Trier trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 24-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-78 at the end of the game. ratiopharm Ulm made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds for TBB Trier. TBB Trier's coach Henrik Roedl rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ratiopharm Ulm maintains second place with 26-7 record having just three points less than leader Brose Baskets. TBB Trier lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 23 games lost. They share it with Phoenix Hagen and EnBW L'burg. ratiopharm Ulm are looking forward to face s Oliver Baskets (#6) in Wuerzburg in the next round. TBB Trier will play at home against BG Goettingen (#18) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
An interesting game for Brose Baskets (29-4) which hosted in Bamberg 3rd placed ALBA Berlin (25-8). First ranked Brose Baskets managed to get a 10-point victory 100-90. American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) stepped up and scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and Tibor Pleiss chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) with 26 points (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). Defending champion maintains first place with 29-4 record. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Brose Baskets will play against BBC Bayreuth (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ALBA Berlin will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#7) in Braunschweig and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (20-13) fell to fifteenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-23) in overtime by eleven points 80-91 on Saturday night. Jeff Greer nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Jermaine Bucknor came up with 14 points for s Oliver Baskets in the defeat. s Oliver Baskets' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. EnBW Ludwigsburg moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Phoenix Hagen and TBB Trier. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will meet higher ranked EWE Baskets (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. s Oliver Baskets will play against the league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Walter Tigers (15-18) escaped against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (17-16) in overtime by seven points 96-89. The game took place in Frankfurt. But the guests from Tuebingen were better at the end. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Deutsche Bank Skyliners. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Reggie Redding who scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Walter Tigers moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with EWE Baskets. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. Walter Tigers' next round opponent will be higher ranked Artland Dragons (#4) in Quakenbrueck and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between 16th ranked LTi 46ers (9-24) and ninth ranked Telekom Baskets (17-15) in Giessen on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Bonn outscored LTi 46ers 76-56. It was a good game for Benas Veikalas who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Telekom Baskets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with NY Phantoms. Loser LTi 46ers dropped to the seventeenth position with 24 games lost. Telekom Baskets will face Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#9) in Frankfurt in the next round. LTi 46ers will play on the road against Phoenix Hagen (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 33: Phoenix Hagen beat Goettingen on the road 85-74. Bayreuth lost to B.Muenchen on its own court 59-68. Art.Dragons managed to outperform Bremerhaven in Quakenbrueck 91-76. NY Phantoms managed to beat EWE Baskets at home 99-85.


Ratiopharm - TBB Trier 78-77

Fourteenth-ranked TBB Trier (10-23) was very close to win a game against second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (26-7) on Saturday. ratiopharm Ulm managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected much easier game. TBB Trier trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 24-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-78 at the end of the game. ratiopharm Ulm made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Isaiah Swann (188-85, college: Florida St.) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) added 17 points, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for TBB Trier. Four TBB Trier players scored in double figures. TBB Trier's coach Henrik Roedl rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ratiopharm Ulm maintains second place with 26-7 record having just three points less than leader Brose Baskets. TBB Trier lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 23 games lost. They share it with Phoenix Hagen and EnBW L'burg. ratiopharm Ulm are looking forward to face s Oliver Baskets (#6) in Wuerzburg in the next round. TBB Trier will play at home against BG Goettingen (#18) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: D.Joyce 17+1reb+5ast, N.Linhart 16+8reb+1ast, P.Zwiener 12+4reb+3ast, J.Bynum 10+2reb+2ast, O.Fassler 7+1reb+1ast, M.Zirbes 7+6reb
Ratiopharm: J.Bryant 22+11reb+1ast, I.Swann 17+4reb+3ast, P.Guenther 14+2reb+2ast, K.Nankivil 7+1reb, S.Esterkamp 7+3reb+5ast, K.Torbert 5+1reb
gschID: 133387


Goettingen - Phoenix Hagen 74-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventeenth ranked Phoenix Hagen's (10-23) road victory over bottom-ranked BG Goettingen (4-29) 85-74 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Phoenix Hagen. BG Goettingen was better in third quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward Jordan Hasquet (206-85, college: Montana, agency: Dynamics Global Management) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Jerel Allen (193-85, college: Florida St.) answered with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Zimbabwean power forward Vitalis Chikoko (207-91) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for BG Goettingen. Five BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. Phoenix Hagen moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with EnBW L'burg and TBB Trier. BG Goettingen lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 29 lost games. Phoenix Hagen will face LTi 46ers (#17) in Giessen in the next round. BG Goettingen will play on the road against TBB Trier.
Top scorers:
Goettingen: M.Bauscher 12+1reb+2ast, S.Evans 12+5reb+2ast, P.Noch 11+2reb+1ast, V.Chikoko 10+11reb, P.Horne 10+3reb+3ast, J.Allen 10+6reb+5ast
Phoenix Hagen: D.White 22+7ast, J.Hasquet 16+7reb+2ast, T.Blackwood 15+6reb+3ast, E.Seward 9+7reb, Z.Jonusas 8+5reb+2ast, M.Antonio Carter 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 133388


Bayreuth - B.Muenchen 59-68

Very expected game when 13th ranked BBC Bayreuth (12-21) lost at home to fifth ranked Bayern Muenchen (21-12) 68-59 on Saturday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-9. But BBC Bayreuth won second period 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bayern Muenchen dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to BBC Bayreuth's 32. Bayern Muenchen forced 20 BBC Bayreuth turnovers. It was a good game for American forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 7 rebounds. American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Beckham Wyrick (198-83, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BBC Bayreuth. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Bayern Muenchen maintains fifth place with 21-12 record. Loser BBC Bayreuth keeps the thirteenth position with 21 games lost. Bayern Muenchen will face Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. BBC Bayreuth will play against the league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: B.Wyrick 16+7reb, B.Hunter 15+6reb+1ast, E.Ibekwe 12+7reb+1ast, S.Schmitz 4+3reb+1ast, K.Hamilton 4+3reb+4ast, D.Gibson 4+1ast
B.Muenchen: C.Troutman 15+7reb, J.Homan 12+10reb, J.Wallace 11+3reb+1ast, D.Greene 9+1reb+3ast, J.Foster 8+1reb, J.Jagla 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 133389


Brose Baskets - ALBA 100-90

An interesting game for Brose Baskets (29-4) which hosted in Bamberg 3rd placed ALBA Berlin (25-8). First ranked Brose Baskets managed to get a 10-point victory 100-90. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. ALBA Berlin was better in third quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brose Baskets made 25-of-30 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. ALBA Berlin was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) stepped up and scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) with 26 points (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St., agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place with 29-4 record. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Brose Baskets will play against BBC Bayreuth (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ALBA Berlin will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#7) in Braunschweig and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ALBA: D.Allen 26+4reb, K.Weaver 19+7reb+1ast, D.Wood 15+3reb+5ast, B.Taylor 12+7reb, M.Simonovic 9+2reb+1ast, H.Schaffartzik 5+1reb+1ast
Brose Baskets: A.Leon Tucker 24+8reb+4ast, T.Pleiss 19+6reb+2ast, B.Roberts 18+2reb+3ast, A.Gavel 14+3reb+1ast, P.Suput 8+2reb, J.Jenkins 7+3ast
gschID: 133381


Fraport SKY - Walter Tigers 89-96 OT

Walter Tigers (15-18) escaped against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (17-16) in overtime by seven points 96-89. The game took place in Frankfurt. But the guests from Tuebingen were better at the end. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Deutsche Bank Skyliners were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 25-17 third quarter run of Walter Tigers. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-7. Walter Tigers outrebounded Deutsche Bank Skyliners 36-25 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Deutsche Bank Skyliners helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) who scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. point guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Jimmy McKinney (192-83, college: Missouri, agency: Strategic Sports) who recorded 28 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and guard Devin Gibson (182-89, college: UTSA) added 20 points and 6 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) respectively. Four Walter Tigers and five Deutsche Bank Skyliners players scored in double figures. Walter Tigers moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with EWE Baskets. Deutsche Bank Skyliners at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. Walter Tigers' next round opponent will be higher ranked Artland Dragons (#4) in Quakenbrueck and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: J.McKinney 28+1reb+2ast, D.Gibson 20+3reb+6ast, T.Ohlbrecht 13+9reb, Q.Robertson 13+3reb+6ast, J.Burtschi 10+3reb, J.Davidson 3+3reb+1ast
Walter Tigers: R.Redding 24+8reb+5ast, V.Duggins 22+6reb, J.Young 18+7reb+4ast, A.Hodzic 11+6reb+1ast, T.Nash 9+3reb+1ast, L.Campbell 6+5reb+8ast
gschID: 133382


Bremerhaven - Art.Dragons 76-91

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Artland Dragons (23-10) won against on the road 10th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (16-17) 91-76 on Saturday. The game without a history. Artland Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for swingman Brandon Thomas (198-84, college: Massachusetts) who led his team to a victory with 27 points. Guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 assists for the winners. Guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St.) answered with 13 points and 7 assists and forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Four Artland Dragons and five Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. Artland Dragons have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 23-10 record. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. Artland Dragons will face Walter Tigers (#12) in Tuebingen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play on the road against Bayern Muenchen.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: A.Smith 17+2reb+1ast, C.McNaughton 13+5reb+1ast, M.Smith 13+3reb+7ast, Z.Peacock 12+8reb+2ast, J.Cain 11+7reb+3ast, T.Everett 10+3reb+7ast
Art.Dragons: B.Thomas 27+2reb, N.Peavy 15+6reb+1ast, D.Holston 14+1reb+11ast, D.Fenn 12+11reb+1ast, J.Strasser 7+2reb+2ast, G.Gruenheid 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 133383


NY Phantoms - EWE Baskets 99-85

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked EWE Baskets (15-18) lost to ninth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (17-15) in Braunschweig 85-99 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by New Yorker Phantoms. EWE Baskets was better in fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. New Yorker Phantoms looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. EWE Baskets were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American center Kyle Visser (211-85, college: Wake Forest) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and the other American import power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) added 11 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for EWE Baskets. Four New Yorker Phantoms and five EWE Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Telekom Baskets. Loser EWE Baskets keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. New Yorker Phantoms will face higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EWE Baskets will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#15).
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 20+6reb+1ast, B.Brown 14+1ast, M.Majstorovic 13+5reb, K.Hasbrouck 11+3reb+1ast, A.Chubb 11+10reb+3ast, C.Razis 5+2ast
NY Phantoms: K.Visser 19+6reb+2ast, B.Jorovic 17+6reb+3ast, I.McElroy 12+5ast, R.Melzer 11+1reb+1ast, M.Umeh 10+3reb, D.Schroeder 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 133384


LTi 46ers - Telekom Baskets 56-76

The game between 16th ranked LTi 46ers (9-24) and ninth ranked Telekom Baskets (17-15) in Giessen on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Bonn outscored LTi 46ers 76-56. The game was mostly controlled by Telekom Baskets. LTi 46ers was better in second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LTi 46ers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) who led his team to a victory with 14 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Talor Battle (183-88, college: Penn St.) contributed with 12 points for the winners. Center Robert Oehle (209-88) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Wayne Bernard (190-81, college: Davidson, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points in the effort for LTi 46ers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Telekom Baskets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with NY Phantoms. Loser LTi 46ers dropped to the seventeenth position with 24 games lost. Telekom Baskets will face Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#9) in Frankfurt in the next round. LTi 46ers will play on the road against Phoenix Hagen (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LTi 46ers: R.Oehle 15+6reb, K.Archibong 13+1reb, W.Bernard 12+1reb+3ast, A.Zazai 4+2reb+1ast, B.Stewart 4+1reb, R.Pilcevic 3+5reb+2ast
Telekom Baskets: B.Veikalas 14+7reb+2ast, S.Serapinas 13+1reb+1ast, T.Battle 12+2reb+3ast, A.Mangold 11+2ast, C.Ensminger 8+2reb+2ast, T.Gaffney 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 133385


EnBW L'burg - s.Oliver Baskets 91-80 OT

Higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (20-13) fell to fifteenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-23) in overtime by eleven points 80-91 on Saturday night. The hosts were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 16-5. EnBW Ludwigsburg dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to s Oliver Baskets' 34. They outrebounded s Oliver Baskets 46-22 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Dominican swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers) nailed a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and American guard Mark Dorris (188-85, college: Marshall, agency: Court Side) accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds. Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond) came up with 14 points and American point guard John Little (180-84, college: N.Iowa) added 12 points respectively for s Oliver Baskets in the defeat. s Oliver Baskets' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. EnBW Ludwigsburg moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Phoenix Hagen and TBB Trier. Newly promoted s Oliver Baskets keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will meet higher ranked EWE Baskets (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. s Oliver Baskets will play against the league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: J.Bucknor 14+4reb+1ast, J.Little 12+4reb+1ast, M.Kleber 11+1reb, B.Jacobson 9+2reb+3ast, C.Kramer 9+2reb+2ast, C.Frazier 8+3reb+3ast
EnBW L'burg: J.Greer 24+10reb+4ast, M.Dorris 19+7reb+2ast, J.Lischka 14+10reb+2ast, M.Howard 9+6reb+1ast, A.Harris 9+3reb, D.McCray 5+4reb
gschID: 133386



Tucker's 24 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Brose Baskets and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
He had the game-high 24 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Brose Baskets in his team's victory, helping them to beat ALBA (#3, 25-8) 100-90. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Brose Baskets to consolidate first place in the German league. Brose Baskets have a solid 29-4 record. Tucker turned to be Brose Baskets' top player in his first season with the team. The University of Texas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Tucker is in league's top in points (4th best: 15.3ppg), rebounds (7th best: 6.9rpg) and averages solid 62.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jeff Greer (196-G/F-79) of EnBW L'burg. He is American-Dominican Rep. swingman in his first season at EnBW L'burg. In the last game Greer recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Of course EnBW L'burg cruised to a 91-80 overtime win over the higher-ranked s.Oliver Baskets (#6, 20-13). EnBW L'burg's 15th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-23 record. Greer is a newcomer at EnBW L'burg and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to center John Bryant (208-C-87) of league's second-best Ratiopharm. Bryant scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Ratiopharm, leading his team to a 78-77 win against the lower-ranked TBB Trier (#14, 10-23). Ratiopharm needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 26 victories and 7 lost games. Bryant has a great season in Germany. After 32 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.5rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 58.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reggie Redding (196-G-88) of Walter Tigers - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Branko Jorovic (205-F-81) of NY Phantoms - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Derrick Allen (203-F-80) of ALBA - 26 points and 4 rebounds
7. Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) of Brose Baskets - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84) of Art.Dragons - 27 points and 2 rebounds
9. Vaughn Duggins (190-G-87) of Walter Tigers - 22 points and 6 rebounds
10. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83) of Telekom Baskets - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Greek A2 round 27 best performance: Giorgos Anagnostopoulos - by Eurobasket News

Center Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-C-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Ermis Lagkada, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team AEK/Argous (#16, 0-27) with 27-point margin 103-76. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Ermis Lagkada maintains the 10th position in Greek A2. Ermis Lagkada is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-14 record. It's Anagnostopoulos' second year at Ermis Lagkada and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Giorgos Anagnostopoulos averages this season 12.1ppg and 5.7rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Serbian Alex Stevovic (191-G-90) of AEK/Argous. Stevovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as AEK/Argous lost that game 76-103 to the higher-ranked Ermis Lagkada (#10, 13-14). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. AEK/Argous is still at the dead bottom 16th position. 27 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Stevovic is a newcomer at AEK/Argous, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.1ppg (#2). He also registered 6.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Ermis Lagkada's star - forward Nikos Gamouras (202-F-86). Gamouras scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Ermis Lagkada, helping his team with a 103-76 easy win against AEK/Argous (#16, 0-27). The chances of Ermis Lagkada ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gamouras could help Ermis Lagkada to bring them higher in the standings. Gamouras has a very solid season. In 20 games in Greece he scored 6.9ppg. He also has 5.1rpg and FGP: 63.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Filipp Simeonidis (204-F-80) of Ikaroi Serron - 21 points and 11 rebounds
5. Savas Nikitakis (184-G-76) of Nea Kifisia - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Alexandros Raptis (200-F-81) of Pagrati - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Antonis Mantzaris (196-G-86) of AEK - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Christos Deligiannis (204-F-84) of Panelefsiniakos - 18 points and 4 rebounds
9. Evaggelis Margaritis (202-F/C-82) of Ikaroi Serron - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Nikos Libaris-Psomas (210-C-84) of Doxa Lefkadas - 19 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 24-2
 2. Amsterdam 21-5
 3. De Hoppers 19-7
 4. Cangeroes 19-7
 5. Leiden 2 17-9
 6. Red Giants 15-11
 7. De Groene 12-14
 8. Goba 11-15
 9. Punch 10-16
 10. Almonte 10-16
 11. Akrides 9-17
 12. Rotterdam 2 6-20
 13. Hoofddorp 6-20
 14. Jugglers 3-23

Regular Season: Round 26

Apr. 22: Amsterdam - Rotterdam 2 94-56
Apr. 21: De Groene - Binnenland 76-59
Apr. 22: Leiden 2 - Goba 71-66
Apr. 21: Akrides - De Hoppers 67-90
Apr. 21: Cangeroes - Hoofddorp 67-58
Apr. 21: Punch - Almonte 67-57
Apr. 21: Jugglers - Red Giants 59-92



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (178-SG-89)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.16.5 
 2. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.15.2 
 3. Wisnu, Satria Muda14.1 
 4. Nagata, Pacific13.7 
 5. Rizky Ardian., Bim.13.4 
 6. Sapto, Muba H.12.9 
 7. Regowo, Aspac11.9 
 8. Chandra, Pelita J.11.8 
 9. Ahmad, Satria Muda11.6 
 10. Pamungkas, Satya11.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Galank GUNAWAN
  Satria M.
  (194-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Gunawan, Satria M.10.6 
 2. Regowo, Aspac8.9 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac8.1 
 4. Heryadi, Muba H.7.8 
 5. Sitepu, Satria M.7.2 
 6. Yanto, NSH G.7.1 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.6.9 
 8. Wuwungan, Satya W.6.6 
 9. Nasution, Satya W.6.6 
 10. Wisnu, Satria Muda6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Denny SARTIKA
  Bima Sakti
  (175-PG-80)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Sartika, Bima Sakti4.4 
 2. Gerungan, Aspac3.9 
 3. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 4. Muharri, CLS K.3.5 
 5. Widyanto, Pacifi.3.3 
 6. Yusran, Stadium3.0 
 7. Husnuzan, NSH G.2.8 
 8. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.5 
 9. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.4 
 10. Wijaya, Garuda2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.2.9 
 2. Muharri, CLS K.2.8 
 3. Poedjakesuma, Peli.2.5 
 4. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.4 
 5. Ferdiansyah, Stadi.2.3 
 6. Wijaya, Garuda2.2 
 7. Uniputty, Comfor.2.0 
 8. Ahmad, Satria Muda2.0 
 9. Sapto, Muba H.2.0 
 10. Ramli, Garuda1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 R RUSLAN
  Stadium .
  (197-C-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ruslan, Stadium2.6 
 2. Thoyib, Aspac2.1 
 3. Sitepu, Satria M.1.9 
 4. Gunawan, Satya W.1.6 
 5. Arizki, Aspac1.6 
 6. Indrawan, Pelita J.1.2 
 7. Damanik, NSH G.1.2 
 8. Teguh, Muba H.1.2 
 9. Listiyono, Pacifi.1.1 
 10. Wuwungan, Satya1.0 



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Standings - BSL

Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 23-2 
 2. Galil Gilboa 16-9 
 3. Maccabi Rishon 15-10 
 4. Hapoel J-M 14-11 
 5. Hapoel Holon 14-11 
 6. Maccabi Ashdod 12-12 
 7. B.C. Habikaa 10-14 
 8. Ironi Ashkelon 10-15 
 9. Elitzur Netanya 9-15 
 10. Bnei Hasharon 7-17 
 11. Maccabi Haifa 5-19 

Regular Season: Round 27

Apr. 22: Maccabi Ashdod - Bnei Hasharon 96-93
Apr. 22: Hapoel J-M - Maccabi T-A 80-89
Apr. 19: Elitzur Netanya - B.C. Habikaa 78-79
Apr. 19: Hapoel Holon - Galil Gilboa 76-74
Apr. 22: Maccabi Rishon - Ironi Ashkelon 62-61

Round 23

Apr. 19: Maccabi T-A - Ironi Ashkelon 88-69

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 29: Maccabi Rishon - Ironi Ashkelon
Apr. 29: Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Ashdod
Apr. 29: Hapoel J-M - Hapoel Holon
May. 2: Maccabi T-A - B.C. Habikaa


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur .
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Banks, Elitzur21.5 
 2. Carter, Bnei H.20.7 
 3. Landesberg, Macca.20.7 
 4. Crawford, Maccab.20.0 
 5. Lewis, Hapoel Holon19.1 
 6. Dunn, Bnei Hashar.18.2 
 7. Travis, Galil Gilb.18.1 
 8. Asbury, Elitzur18.0 
 9. Duncan, Maccabi17.4 
 10. Carter, Maccabi17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.9.4 
 2. Rosefelt, Bnei H.9.3 
 3. Duncan, Maccabi8.6 
 4. Tyus, Maccabi8.3 
 5. Bowman, Maccabi8.2 
 6. Asbury, Elitzur7.6 
 7. Killingswort., Iro.7.4 
 8. Kitchen, Maccabi7.2 
 9. Dowell, B.C. H.7.1 
 10. Uter, Maccabi7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.0 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.4 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.7.1 
 4. Thomas, Galil Gilb.4.8 
 5. Mitchell, Ironi A.4.8 
 6. Lifshitz, Elitzu.4.7 
 7. Ohayon, Maccabi4.7 
 8. Limonad, Ironi A.4.3 
 9. Delaney, B.C. H.4.3 
 10. Naimy, Hapoel J-M4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Eric CAMPBELL
  Elitzu.
  (199-F-76)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Campbell, Elitzu.1.9 
 2. Limonad, Ironi A.1.9 
 3. Kitchen, Maccabi1.8 
 4. Lifshitz, Elitzu.1.8 
 5. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.1.8 
 6. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.1.8 
 7. Mitchell, Ironi A.1.7 
 8. Bowman, Maccabi1.7 
 9. Skinn, Ironi Ashke.1.7 
 10. Berkowitz, Ironi1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. James, Maccabi T-A2.0 
 2. Dunston, Hapoel H.1.8 
 3. Uter, Maccabi1.6 
 4. Tyus, Maccabi1.4 
 5. Hendrix, Maccabi1.3 
 6. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.1 
 7. Sullivan, Hapoel H.1.0 
 8. Rosefelt, Bnei H.1.0 
 9. Campbell, Elitzu.1.0 
 10. Wilkerson, Maccab.0.9 


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

23-year old forward Alex Tyus (203-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Maccabi Ashdod and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds, while his team edged out Bnei Hasharon (#10, 7-17) 96-93. Maccabi Ashdod maintains the 6th position in Israeli league. Maccabi Ashdod is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-12 record. Tyus turned to be Maccabi Ashdod's top player in his first season with the team. University of Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Tyus is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.3rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 66.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Frank Robinson (193-G-84) of B.C. Habikaa. He is American guard in his first season at B.C. Habikaa. In the last game Robinson recorded impressive 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for B.C. Habikaa to edge slightly lower-ranked Elitzur Netanya (#9, 9-15) by 1 point 79-78. This victory allowed B.C. Habikaa to move up to 7th position in . His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-14 record. Robinson is a newcomer at B.C. Habikaa and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Maccabi Ashdod's star - swingman Josh Carter (201-F/G-88). Carter scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Maccabi Ashdod, helping his team with a 96-93 win against the lower-ranked Bnei Hasharon (#10, 7-17). Maccabi Ashdod needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 12 victories and 12 lost games. Carter has a great season in Israel. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.1ppg (2nd best) and assists with 1.7apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85) of Maccabi T-A - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Isaac Rosefelt (205-C/F-85) of Bnei Hasharon - 15 points and 11 rebounds
6. Devin Smith (196-G/F-83) of Maccabi T-A - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Tweety Carter (180-PG-86) of Bnei Hasharon - 23 points and 12 assists
8. Josh Duncan (203-C/F-86) of Maccabi Ashdod - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Ido Kozikaro (203-C-78) of Galil Gilboa - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Marco Killingsworth (202-F/C-82) of Ironi Ashkelon - 22 points, 7 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)



Maccabi T-A wins Premier League Regular Season with 23-2 record - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Premier League just ended. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 27 in the Premier League took place in Holon. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Galil Gilboa (16-9) to fifth ranked Hapoel Holon (14-11) 76-74 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-14. But Galil Gilboa won second period 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Holon made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). His fellow American import center Patrick Sullivan (206-88, college: SE Louisiana) contributed with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international center Ido Kozikaro (203-78) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for Galil Gilboa. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Holon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Galil Gilboa at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost.
Eighth-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (10-15) was very close to win a game against third ranked Maccabi Rishon (15-10) in Rishon Le-Zion. Maccabi Rishon managed to secure only one-point victory 62-61. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for American guard Derwin Kitchen (193-86, college: Florida St., agency: VVG Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Adrian Uter helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American power forward Marco Killingsworth (202-82, college: Indiana, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Maccabi Rishon maintains third place with 15-10 record having eight points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Ironi Ashkelon lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost.
An interesting game for Maccabi T-A (23-2) which played road game in Jerusalem against 4th placed Hapoel J-M (14-11). First ranked Maccabi T-A managed to get a 9-point victory 89-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel J-M. It was an exceptional evening for Devin Smith who led the winners and scored 25 points. Yuval Naimy came up with 22 points and 6 assists for Hapoel J-M in the defeat. Hapoel J-M's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-2 record. Loser Hapoel J-M keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hapoel Holon.
Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (23-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Ironi Ashkelon (10-15) in Tel-Aviv 88-69. The best player for the winners was Lior Eliyahu who scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Maccabi T-A. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-2 record. Ironi Ashkelon lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Netanya. Eighth ranked B.C. Habikaa (10-14) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Elitzur Netanya (9-15) 79-78 on Thursday evening. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for Frank Robinson who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The victory was the third consecutive win for B.C. Habikaa. They moved-up to seventh place. Loser Elitzur Netanya keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost.

In the last game of round 27 Bnei Hasharon was beaten by Maccabi Ashdod on the road 96-93.
The most impressive performance of 27th round was 18 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks by Alex Tyus of Maccabi Ashdod.


Hapoel Holon - Galil Gilboa 76-74

The most exciting game of round 27 in the Premier League took place in Holon. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Galil Gilboa (16-9) to fifth ranked Hapoel Holon (14-11) 76-74 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-14. But Galil Gilboa won second period 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Holon made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). His fellow American import center Patrick Sullivan (206-88, college: SE Louisiana) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. The former international center Ido Kozikaro (203-78) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and American Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) added 20 points in the effort for Galil Gilboa. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Holon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hapoel J-M. Galil Gilboa at the other side keeps the second position with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: R.Travis 20+3reb+1ast, I.Kozikaro 13+11reb+2ast, D.Yavzuri 11+3ast, W.Hatcher 9+4reb+1ast, C.Fells 7+2reb+1ast, J.Martin 4+3reb
Hapoel Holon: B.Dunston 15+11reb, T.Mitchell 15+6reb, R.Lewis 14+4reb+2ast, P.Sullivan 13+12reb, M.Roth 11+9ast, S.Daniel 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 173587


Hapoel J-M - Maccabi T-A 80-89

An interesting game for Maccabi T-A (23-2) which played road game in Jerusalem against 4th placed Hapoel J-M (14-11). First ranked Maccabi T-A managed to get a 9-point victory 89-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel J-M. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 29-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi T-A made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Maccabi T-A made 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) who led the winners and scored 25 points. International swingman Guy Pnini (200-83) accounted for 15 points for the winning side. International point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85) came up with 22 points and 6 assists and American guard Ramel Bradley (188-85) added 16 points respectively for Hapoel J-M in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel J-M's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Maccabi T-A have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-2 record. Loser Hapoel J-M keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hapoel Holon.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: Y.Naimy 22+2reb+6ast, D.Strawberry 17+2reb+1ast, R.Bradley 16+3reb+2ast, J.Thomas 13+3reb, B.Randle 9+9reb+2ast, U.Kokia 3+3reb
Maccabi T-A: D.Smith 25+4reb+3ast, G.Pnini 15+2reb+2ast, D.Blu 13+6reb, L.Eliyahu 11+3reb+1ast, S.James 9+7reb, K.Langford 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 173588


Maccabi Ashdod - Bnei Hasharon 96-93

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Maccabi Ashdod (12-12) edged at home 10th ranked Bnei Hasharon (7-17) 96-93 on Sunday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 21-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi Ashdod made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Maccabi Ashdod outrebounded Bnei Hasharon 41-27 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Maccabi Ashdod looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 assists and guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 25 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Bnei Hasharon. Four Bnei Hasharon players scored in double figures. Maccabi Ashdod maintains sixth place with 12-12 record. Loser Bnei Hasharon keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: L.Dunn 25+7reb+3ast, T.Carter 23+12ast, I.Rosefelt 15+11reb+1ast, G.Lavie 12+2ast, K.Lawson 9+4reb, J.Williams 6+4reb+1ast
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Carter 26+5reb+3ast, A.Tyus 18+14reb+2ast, J.Duncan 16+11reb+5ast, I.Iram 12+1reb+1ast, M.Tapiro 9+4reb+7ast, A.Shoutvin 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 173584


Elitzur Netanya - B.C. Habikaa 78-79

Important game to mention about took place in Netanya. Eighth ranked B.C. Habikaa (10-14) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Elitzur Netanya (9-15) 79-78 on Thursday evening. Elitzur Netanya cut a 15-point halftime deficit to one at the end of the game. They outrebounded Elitzur Netanya 40-23 including a 32-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Elitzur Netanya was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Frank Robinson (193-84, college: CS Fullerton) who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Swingman Dion Dowell (200-85, college: Houston) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four B.C. Habikaa players scored in double figures. Guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) answered with 33 points (!!!) and Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) added 18 points in the effort for Elitzur Netanya. The victory was the third consecutive win for B.C. Habikaa. They moved-up to seventh place. Loser Elitzur Netanya keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Netanya: A.Banks 33+1reb, B.Asbury 18+4reb, W.Carter 7+4reb+1ast, Y.Orland 6+4reb+2ast, L.Lifshitz 6+1reb+4ast, A.Ben Dahan 4+6reb+2ast
B.C. Habikaa: F.Robinson 20+9reb+3ast, D.Dowell 17+9reb+2ast, T.Gillenwater 14+8reb+1ast, P.Delaney 10+5reb+2ast, E.Skverer 9+1reb+2ast, N.Cohen 4+5reb
gschID: 173585


Maccabi Rishon - Ironi Ashkelon 62-61

Eighth-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (10-15) was very close to win a game against third ranked Maccabi Rishon (15-10) in Rishon Le-Zion. Maccabi Rishon managed to secure only one-point victory 62-61. However their fans expected much easier game. It looked good early as Ironi Ashkelon took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Maccabi Rishon had a 20-13 second period charge getting the lead and Ironi Ashkelon was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-62. Ironi Ashkelon was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Derwin Kitchen (193-86, college: Florida St., agency: VVG Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Marco Killingsworth (202-82, college: Indiana, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Raviv Limonad (192-84) scored 11 points and 7 assists. Maccabi Rishon maintains third place with 15-10 record having eight points less than leader Maccabi T-A. Ironi Ashkelon lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ashkelon: M.Killingsworth 15+10reb+2ast, J.Skeen 14+5reb+1ast, R.Limonad 11+4reb+7ast, T.Skinn 7+3reb+2ast, A.Bukra 7+3reb, A.Simhon 6+2reb
Maccabi Rishon: A.Uter 13+5reb+2ast, D.Kitchen 12+10reb+5ast, N.Hanochi 12+3reb+1ast, J.Crawford 11+5reb+3ast, B.Bowman 9+7reb+1ast, O.Solomon 3+1reb
gschID: 173586


Round 23
Maccabi T-A - Ironi Ashkelon 88-69

Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (23-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Ironi Ashkelon (10-15) in Tel-Aviv 88-69. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Maccabi T-A forced 19 Ironi Ashkelon turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Ironi Ashkelon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international forward David Blu (201-80, college: USC) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Marco Killingsworth (202-82, college: Indiana, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and American-Nigerian guard Tony Skinn (185-83, college: George Mason) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Maccabi T-A. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-2 record. Ironi Ashkelon lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ashkelon: M.Killingsworth 22+7reb+2ast, T.Skinn 18+4reb+5ast, R.Limonad 10+4reb+3ast, J.Skeen 10+3reb, N.Berkowitz 5+1reb+3ast, A.Simhon 4+4reb
Maccabi T-A: L.Eliyahu 20+6reb+6ast, D.Blu 18+3reb+1ast, D.Smith 16+2reb+2ast, G.Pnini 14+1reb+1ast, S.Schortsanitis 8+6reb+2ast, R.Hendrix 7+4reb
gschID: 173589



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Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 21-7 
 2. Bennet Cantu 19-10 
 3. Armani Mit 18-10 
 4. Scavolini PS 18-10 
 5. Umana Venezia 17-11 
 6. Banco di Sard. 17-11 
 7. CS Bologna 16-12 
 8. Cimberio VA 14-14 
 9. Acea Roma 13-16 
 10. Sidigas AV 13-16 
 11. Angelico BI 12-16 
 12. Benetton TV 12-16 
 13. Vanoli CR 12-17 
 14. Fabi Shoes 11-17 
 15. Otto Caserta 11-17 
 16. Banca Tercas 10-18 
 17. Novipiu CM 6-22 

Regular Season: Round 30

Apr. 22: Montepaschi - Benetton TV 90-67
Apr. 22: Scavolini PS - Banco di Sard. 89-81
Apr. 22: Angelico BI - Novipiu CM 87-78
Apr. 22: CS Bologna - Otto Caserta 84-66
Apr. 22: Umana Venezia - Acea Roma 83-69
Apr. 22: Sidigas AV - Armani Mit 77-90
Apr. 22: Bennet Cantu - Cimberio VA 76-66
Apr. 22: Fabi Shoes - Vanoli CR 66-73

Round 27

Apr. 19: Montepaschi - Sidigas AV 109-79

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 25: Scavolini PS - Montepaschi
Apr. 25: Acea Roma - Armani Mit
Apr. 25: Vanoli CR - Sidigas AV
Apr. 25: Benetton TV - Cimberio VA
Apr. 25: Novipiu CM - CS Bologna
Apr. 25: Banca Tercas - Fabi Shoes
Apr. 25: Banco di Sard. - Angelico BI
Apr. 25: Otto Caserta - Umana Venezia


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Otto C.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Smith, Otto C.18.3 
 2. Coleman, Angelico.17.9 
 3. White, Scavolin.16.8 
 4. Diener, Banco d.16.7 
 5. Dean, Sidigas AV16.3 
 6. Hickman, Scavolin.16.0 
 7. Shakur, Novipiu CM16.0 
 8. Green, Sidigas AV15.8 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI15.6 
 10. Hosley, Banco d.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.6 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas10.0 
 3. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes7.7 
 4. Smith, Otto C.7.6 
 5. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 6. Jones, Scavolini PS7.4 
 7. Chiotti, Novip.7.1 
 8. Gigli, CS Bologna6.9 
 9. Miralles, Angelico.6.9 
 10. Brunner, Bennet C.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.3 
 2. Diener, Banco d.5.2 
 3. Collins, Otto Case.5.0 
 4. Cook, Armani Mit4.9 
 5. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.3 
 6. Poeta, CS Bologna4.1 
 7. Stipcevic, Cimberi.3.6 
 8. Pullen, Angelico BI3.4 
 9. Mekel, Benetton TV3.4 
 10. Brown, Banca T.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.3 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 3. Hackett, Scavolin.2.4 
 4. Green, Sidigas AV2.4 
 5. Hosley, Banco d.2.3 
 6. Di Bella, Fabi S.2.0 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV2.0 
 8. Pullen, Angelico BI1.9 
 9. Poeta, CS Bologna1.8 
 10. Bowers, Umana V.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marco CUSIN
  Scavolini PS
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.5 
 2. Easley, Banco d.1.3 
 3. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.2 
 4. Johnson, Sidigas1.1 
 5. Shermadini, Bennet1.0 
 6. Bourousis, Armani0.9 
 7. Slokar, Acea Roma0.9 
 8. Brunner, Bennet C.0.9 
 9. Viggiano, Benetton.0.8 
 10. Sanikidze, CS Bo.0.8 


Standings - Lega 2

Lega2 Standings
 1. Trenkwalder 19-7 
 2. Enel Brindisi 17-9 
 3. Givova Scafati 17-9 
 4. Giorgio Tesi PT 17-10 
 5. Sigma Barcel. 16-11 
 6. Centrale Latte 14-12 
 7. Fileni BPA 13-13 
 8. Morpho Basket 13-13 
 9. Tezenis Verona 12-14 
 10. Prima Veroli 11-15 
 11. Assi Ostuni 11-15 
 12. Aget Imola 10-16 
 13. S.Antimo 9-17 
 14. Biancoblu BO 9-17 
 15. MarcoPoloShop 8-18 

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 22: Aget Imola - Fileni BPA 93-80
Apr. 22: MarcoPoloShop - Tezenis Verona 91-81
Apr. 22: Givova Scafati - Giorgio Tesi PT 88-87
Apr. 22: Biancoblu BO - Trenkwalder 81-93
Apr. 22: Assi Ostuni - S.Antimo 75-69
Apr. 22: Prima Veroli - Sigma Barcel. 71-82
Apr. 22: Morpho Basket - Centrale Latte 64-62

Regular Season: Round 29

Apr. 29: Trenkwalder - Aget Imola
Apr. 29: Tezenis Verona - Prima Veroli
Apr. 29: Enel Brindisi - Biancoblu BO
Apr. 29: S.Antimo - Morpho Basket
Apr. 29: Centrale Latte - Givova Scafati
Apr. 29: Giorgio Tesi PT - MarcoPoloShop
Apr. 29: Fileni BPA - Assi Ostuni


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Dwight HARDY
  Giorgio .
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Hardy, Giorgio22.6 
 2. Marigney, Givova S.21.1 
 3. Freeman, MarcoPol.20.9 
 4. Voskuil, Morpho B.18.6 
 5. Robinson, Trenkwal.18.3 
 6. McConnell, Fileni18.2 
 7. Maggioli, Fileni B.18.1 
 8. Taylor, Trenkwal.17.7 
 9. Whiting, Aget Imola16.9 
 10. Brooks, Fileni BPA16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.8 
 2. Anderson, Morpho B.8.4 
 3. Jones, Giorgio7.9 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.8 
 5. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.7 
 6. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.6 
 7. Diliegro, Assi Ost.7.3 
 8. Waleskowski, Tezen.7.2 
 9. Brooks, Fileni BPA7.2 
 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, Tezenis4.5 
 4. Kelley, Biancobl.3.6 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola3.6 
 6. McConnell, Fileni3.4 
 7. Renfroe, Enel B.3.3 
 8. Marigney, Givova S.3.2 
 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, Givova2.6 
 4. Baldassarre, Bianc.2.4 
 5. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.4 
 6. Porta, Tezenis2.3 
 7. Green, Sigma B.2.3 
 8. McConnell, Fileni2.3 
 9. Marigney, Givova S.2.3 
 10. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Trenkwalder
  (215-C-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Cervi, Trenkwalder2.0 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.7 
 3. Thomas, Givova S.0.8 
 4. Radulovic, Givova0.8 
 5. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 6. Da Ros, Sigma B.0.7 
 7. Zerini, Enel Brind.0.6 
 8. Renzi, Tezenis0.6 
 9. Chiacig, Trenkwald.0.6 
 10. Busma, Centrale.0.5 


CS Bologna land Ivan Paunic - by Eurobasket News

CS Bologna strengthened their backcourt. They landed Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket). The head coach confirmed the signing tonight. Ivan Paunic started the season in Russia. The guard played for Nizhny Novgorod. Ivan Paunic tallied 8.9 points, 3.4 boards and 2.2 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In VTB League the guard notched 11.1 points, 4.4 boards, 1.7 assists per appearance. In PBL Ivan Paunic posted 10.0 points, 3.4 boards and 1.5 assists. Previously the guard had stints in Belgium, Greece and Serbia. Ivan Paunic has been the member of Serbian National Team since 2009. He participated at 2011 EuroBasket in Lithuania. Ivan Paunic averaged 2.3 points per game in Lithuania.


Virtus eye Krunoslav Simon, Gerald Fitch and Ivan Paunic - by Eurobasket News

Virtus eye Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85), Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Kentucky) and Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket). The Italian team is on the market looking for a player to add to the roster for the final part of the season.
Gerald Fitch is an American Guard playing for Unicaja Malaga. This season he averaged 10.8 points in EuroLeague and has 10.0 points per game in the National league. The season 2010/2011 he started for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain-ACB), but then in Dec.'10 moved to Aliaga Petkim (Turkey-TBL, starting five). Later signed at Unicaja Malaga (Spain-ACB, starting five) and in Spanish League became the fifth top-scorer with 15.0ppg), 4.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 79.1%.
Krunoslav Simon is a Croatian player who started the season with KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje (A1, starting five). In Adriatic League he averaged 15.0 points per game and in Euroleague had 13.4. In the local league he is a top-scorer with 18.7 points per game.
Ivan Paunic is a Serbian player who is finishing the season with BC Nizhny Novgorod. In EuroChallenge his stats read 8.9 points per game, while in VTB United League he had 11. 1 points per game. In Russian League he averaged 10.0 points per game and 3.4 rebounds.



Lega2 Round 28: Givova Scafati defeats Tuscany Pistoia in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Lega2.

The most exciting game of round 28 in the Lega2 took place in Scafati. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Tuscany Pistoia (17-10) to fourth ranked Givova Scafati (17-9) 88-87 on Sunday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Tuscany Pistoia was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 23-17 charge of Givova Scafati, which allowed them to win the game. Givova Scafati outrebounded Tuscany Pistoia 46-22 including a 17-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Tuscany Pistoia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Nikola Radulovic (207-73) who added 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) responded with 28 points and 5 rebounds. Givova Scafati moved-up to second place, which they share with Enel Brindisi. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Givova Scafati is looking forward to face Centrale Latte (#6) in Brescia in the next round. Tuscany Pistoia will play at home against MarcoPoloShop.it in Forli and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Piacenza. Eighth ranked Morpho Basket (13-13) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Centrale Latte (14-12) 64-62 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Centrale Latte. The winners were led by American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) who scored that evening 33 points (!!!) and Dwayne Anderson supported him with 9 points and 17 rebounds. Morpho Basket's coach Fabio Corbani allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 20 points by American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) did not help to save the game for Centrale Latte. Morpho Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Fileni BPA. Centrale Latte at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Morpho Basket will play against S.Antimo (#13) in Sant'Antimo in the next round where they are favorite. Centrale Latte will play at home against Givova Scafati (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked Tezenis Verona in Forli 91-81. Mitchell Poletti fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Antonio Porta produced 28 points and 5 steals for lost side. MarcoPoloShop.it maintains fifteenth position with 8-18 record. Loser Tezenis Verona keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. MarcoPoloShop.it will meet higher ranked Tuscany Pistoia (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Tezenis Verona will play against Prima Veroli (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Lega2 top team - Trenkwalder RE (19-7) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Biancoblu BO (9-17) in Bologna 93-81. It was a very good performance for Donell Taylor who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 8 rebounds. Trenkwalder RE have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-7 record. Newly promoted Biancoblu BO dropped to the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Trenkwalder RE's next round opponent will be Aget Imola (#12) at home which should be an easy win for them. Biancoblu BO will play against the league's second-placed Enel Brindisi.
An interesting game took place in Imola where higher ranked Fileni BPA (13-13) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Aget Imola (10-16) 93-80 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Trent Whiting who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Aget Imola moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Fileni BPA keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Aget Imola will face league's leader Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last two games of round 28 Sigma Barcel. won against Prima Veroli on the opponent's court 82-71. Assi Ostuni managed to outperform S.Antimo in a home game 75-69.


Morpho Basket - Centrale Latte 64-62

Important game to mention about took place in Piacenza. Eighth ranked Morpho Basket (13-13) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Centrale Latte (14-12) 64-62 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Centrale Latte. Centrale Latte was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Morpho Basket made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) who scored that evening 33 points (!!!) and American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) supported him with 9 points and 17 rebounds. Morpho Basket's coach Fabio Corbani allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 20 points by American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) did not help to save the game for Centrale Latte. The former international guard Rodolfo Rombaldoni (192-77, agency: Players Group) added 15 points for lost side. Morpho Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Fileni BPA. Centrale Latte at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Morpho Basket will play against S.Antimo (#13) in Sant'Antimo in the next round where they are favorite. Centrale Latte will play at home against Givova Scafati (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Morpho Basket: A.Voskuil 33+3reb+3ast, C.Cotis Harrison 9+4reb+1ast, D.Anderson 9+17reb+3ast, R.Amoroso 8+3reb, M.Passera 3+2reb+4ast, R.Perego 2+2reb
Centrale Latte: R.Thompson 20+4reb+1ast, R.Rombaldoni 15+2reb+2ast, F.Bushati 9+4reb+1ast, M.Farioli 8+9reb+1ast, D.Busma 6+3reb, L.Goldwire 2+8reb+1ast
gschID: 167430


Prima Veroli - Sigma Barcel. 71-82

Very expected game when 10th ranked Prima Veroli (11-15) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Sigma Barcellona (16-11) 82-71 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-71. It was a great shooting night for Sigma Barcellona especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized American swingman Ryan Bucci (192-81, college: C.W. Post) who added 23 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Sigma Barcellona maintains fifth position with 16-11 record. Loser Prima Veroli keeps the tenth place with 15 games lost. Sigma Barcellona will have a break next round. Prima Veroli will play on the road against Tezenis Verona (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sigma Barcel.: M.Green 23+5reb+6ast, R.Bucci 23+2reb+1ast, M.Hicks 18+4reb+3ast, L.Dordei 8+1reb, P.Martin 4+1reb, M.Mocavero 3+2reb+1ast
Prima Veroli: D.Brkic 18+8reb, J.Jackson 13+1reb+1ast, G.Lee 13+6reb+1ast, B.Elder 8+4reb, R.Cortese 6+1reb+1ast, A.Giovacchini 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 167428


Aget Imola - Fileni BPA 93-80

An interesting game took place in Imola where higher ranked Fileni BPA (13-13) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Aget Imola (10-16) 93-80 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Aget Imola. Fileni BPA was better in fourth quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Fileni BPA 39-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists and naturalized Argentinian guard Patricio Prato (196-79) who added 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Aget Imola players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Jeff Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Richard McConnell (182-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: Priority Sports) scored 22 points and 4 assists. Aget Imola moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Fileni BPA keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Aget Imola will face league's leader Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Aget Imola: P.Prato 27+7reb, T.Whiting 20+9reb+9ast, T.Kotti 13+7reb, R.DuPree 11+4reb, D.Cournooh 8+1reb+5ast, F.Masoni 6+5reb
Fileni BPA: R.McConnell 22+1reb+4ast, J.Brooks 22+6reb+1ast, M.Maggioli 18+6reb+3ast, F.Migliori 9+7reb+2ast, R.Hoover 5+2reb+3ast, J.Valentini 4
gschID: 167429


Givova Scafati - Giorgio Tesi PT 88-87

The most exciting game of round 28 in the Lega2 took place in Scafati. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Tuscany Pistoia (17-10) to fourth ranked Givova Scafati (17-9) 88-87 on Sunday evening. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Tuscany Pistoia was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 23-17 charge of Givova Scafati, which allowed them to win the game. Givova Scafati outrebounded Tuscany Pistoia 46-22 including a 17-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Tuscany Pistoia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and the former international forward Nikola Radulovic (207-73) who added 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Givova Scafati players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Dwight Hardy (188-87, college: St.John's) responded with 28 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws). Givova Scafati moved-up to second place, which they share with Enel Brindisi. Tuscany Pistoia at the other side dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Givova Scafati is looking forward to face Centrale Latte (#6) in Brescia in the next round. Tuscany Pistoia will play at home against MarcoPoloShop.it in Forli and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: N.Radulovic 19+7reb+1ast, P.Marigney 17+13reb+2ast, M.Levin 15+5reb+3ast, J.Thomas 14+12reb+1ast, A.Ghiacci 11+2reb+2ast, M.Casini 10+2reb+4ast
Giorgio Tesi PT: D.Hardy 28+5reb+3ast, B.Jones 25+5reb+4ast, G.Gurini 17+1ast, J.Tavernari 8+1reb, G.Galanda 5+6reb+2ast, L.Saccaggi 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 167425


Biancoblu BO - Trenkwalder 81-93

Lega2 top team - Trenkwalder RE (19-7) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Biancoblu BO (9-17) in Bologna 93-81. The game was mostly controlled by Trenkwalder RE. Biancoblu BO was better in third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trenkwalder RE shot 63.5 percent from the field. Trenkwalder RE outrebounded Biancoblu BO 39-22 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Biancoblu BO helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 8 rebounds. The former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-74) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. The former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington) replied with 16 points and 5 steals and the former international swingman Giancarlo Ferrero (196-88, agency: Players Group) added 18 points in the effort for Biancoblu BO. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Trenkwalder RE have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-7 record. Newly promoted Biancoblu BO dropped to the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Trenkwalder RE's next round opponent will be Aget Imola (#12) at home which should be an easy win for them. Biancoblu BO will play against the league's second-placed Enel Brindisi.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: D.Taylor 28+8reb+3ast, R.Chiacig 14+10reb, D.Robinson 12+5ast, F.Ruini 10+2reb+1ast, D.Filloy 8+3reb+1ast, R.Cervi 7+4reb
Biancoblu BO: G.Ferrero 18+3reb, B.Blizzard 16+3reb+2ast, M.Perry 13+5reb+2ast, M.Canavesi 12+1reb+1ast, G.Yango 8+3reb+1ast, T.Kelley 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 167426


MarcoPoloShop - Tezenis Verona 91-81

Bottom-ranked MarcoPoloShop.it managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked Tezenis Verona in Forli 91-81. The game was mostly controlled by MarcoPoloShop.it. Tezenis Verona managed to win third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Tezenis Verona 37-22 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for MarcoPoloShop.it especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-88) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Finnish swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Five MarcoPoloShop.it players scored in double figures. Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group) produced 28 points and 5 steals and the former international guard Giorgio Boscagin (196-83) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. MarcoPoloShop.it maintains fifteenth position with 8-18 record. Loser Tezenis Verona keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. MarcoPoloShop.it will meet higher ranked Tuscany Pistoia (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Tezenis Verona will play against Prima Veroli (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MarcoPoloShop: T.Roderick 21+4reb+3ast, S.Huff 19+7reb+3ast, M.Poletti 16+12reb+1ast, S.Borsato 13+2reb+4ast, N.Natali 11+4reb+3ast, T.Coleman 9+6reb+1ast
Tezenis Verona: A.Porta 28+2reb+2ast, G.Boscagin 13+5reb, M.West 11+1ast, A.Renzi 9+5reb, K.Waleskowski 9+7reb+1ast, D.McGrath 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 167427


Assi Ostuni - S.Antimo 75-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked Assi Ostuni's (11-15) home victory over 12th ranked S.Antimo (9-17) 75-69 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-13. But S.Antimo won second period 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Assi Ostuni dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to S.Antimo's 26. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American center Dane Diliegro (204-88, college: New Hampshire) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Latvian swingman Mareks Jurevicus (197-85) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international power forward Alessandro Cittadini (207-79) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds and American point guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) scored 18 points. Four Assi Ostuni and five S.Antimo players scored in double figures. Assi Ostuni moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Prima Veroli. S.Antimo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Assi Ostuni will face higher ranked Fileni BPA (#7) in Jesi in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. S.Antimo will play at home against Morpho Basket (#8) in Piacenza.
Top scorers:
Assi Ostuni: M.Jurevicus 18+7reb+2ast, J.Klobucar 16+3reb+2ast, D.Diliegro 14+14reb, A.Johnson 12+2reb+6ast, T.Rinaldi 9+5reb+3ast, G.Carenza 3+1reb
S.Antimo: T.Bell 18+2reb+2ast, A.Cittadini 14+15reb, F.Campbell 10+5reb+3ast, M.Rossi 10+2reb+1ast, R.Moraschini 10, G.Eliantonio 4+1reb
gschID: 167424



SerieA Round 30: Leader Montepaschi Siena gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

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

Leader Montepaschi Siena delivered the twentieth first win on Sunday night. This time they crushed 11th ranked Benetton Treviso (12-16) 90-67. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Montepaschi Siena outrebounded Benetton Treviso 41-24 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Benetton Treviso helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Australian center David Andersen (212-80) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American forward Jeffrey Viggiano (197-84, college: Massachusetts) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Montepaschi Siena have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-7 record. Benetton Treviso at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Angelico BI. Montepaschi Siena are looking forward to face Scavolini Pesaro (#4) on the road in the next round. Benetton Treviso will play against Cimberio Varese (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Leader Montepaschi Siena recorded the twentieth first victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Air Avellino (13-16) 109-79. It was a good game for the former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Marco Carraretto contributed with 23 points and 4 steals (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) replied with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for Air Avellino. Montepaschi Siena have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-7 record. Air Avellino lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Acea Roma. Montepaschi Siena will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#4) on the road in the next round. Air Avellino will play against Vanoli-Braga (#13) in Cremona and hopes to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Montegranaro, where 12th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (11-17) lost at home to fifteenth ranked Vanoli-Braga (12-17) 66-73 on Sunday. Daniele Cinciarini scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Ivan Zoroski with 24 points. Vanoli-Braga moved-up to thirteenth place. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Otto Caserta. Vanoli-Braga will meet at home higher ranked Air Avellino (#10) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 30 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Novipiu CM was defeated by Angelico BI in Biella 87-78. Umana Venezia beat Acea Roma at home 83-69. Otto Caserta lost to CS Bologna on the opponent's court 66-84. Sidigas AV unfortunately lost to Armani Mit in a home game 77-90. Banco di Sard. recorded a loss to Scavolini PS on the road 81-89. Bennet Cantu defeated Cimberio VA on its own court 76-66.
The best stats of 30th round was 30 points and 10 rebounds by Drake Diener of Banco di Sard..


Fabi Shoes - Vanoli CR 66-73

We should mention about the upset which took place in Montegranaro, where 12th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (11-17) lost at home to fifteenth ranked Vanoli-Braga (12-17) 66-73 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Vanoli-Braga dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Fabi Shoes Montegranaro's 34. The former international guard Daniele Cinciarini (194-83) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Jason Rich (191-86) chipped in 17 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) with 24 points and American guard Jerel McNeal (191-87, college: Marquette) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Vanoli-Braga moved-up to thirteenth place. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Otto Caserta. Vanoli-Braga will meet at home higher ranked Air Avellino (#10) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: D.Cinciarini 19+3reb+2ast, J.Rich 17+3reb+1ast, B.Tabu-Eboma 12+4reb+4ast, M.Tusek 8+2reb, D.Lighty 8+6reb+1ast, J.Perkovic 5+9reb+2ast
Fabi Shoes: I.Zoroski 24+3reb+2ast, J.McNeal 12+5reb+2ast, S.Nicevic 9+2reb+3ast, D.Ivanov 7+5reb+1ast, C.Karl 7+2reb+3ast, V.Mazzola 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 150868


Angelico BI - Novipiu CM 87-78

There was no surprise when 17th ranked Novipiu CM (6-22) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Angelico Biella (12-16) 87-78 on Sunday. The game without a history. Angelico Biella led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Spanish center Albert Miralles (208-82, agency: Interperformances) had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston, agency: Two Points) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Five Angelico Biella players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Mustafa Shakur (193-84, college: Arizona) with 23 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84, agency: Beo Basket) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Angelico Biella moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Benetton TV. Novipiu CM lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 22 lost games. Angelico Biella will meet higher ranked Banco di Sard. (#6) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Novipiu CM will play against CS Bologna (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: A.Coleman 18+2reb+2ast, T.Dragicevic 13+4reb+3ast, A.Miralles 13+11reb+4ast, J.Pullen 12+2reb+3ast, M.Soragna 11+3reb+2ast, G.Jurak 10+5reb+1ast
Novipiu CM: M.Shakur 23+9reb+2ast, O.Stevic 20+6reb, R.Minard 13+1reb+7ast, D.Chiotti 8+7reb, J.Hukic 8+1reb, M.Malaventura 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 150869


Umana Venezia - Acea Roma 83-69

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Umana Venezia (17-11) defeated at home 9th ranked Lottomatica Roma (13-16) 83-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Umana Venezia. Lottomatica Roma managed to win second period 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Umana Venezia looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American point guard Alvin Young (188-75, college: Niagara) scored 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Bulgarian point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) chipped in 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was international swingman Luigi Datome (202-87) with 22 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Clay Tucker (196-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Umana Venezia moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Banco di Sard. Loser Lottomatica Roma keeps the ninth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Sidigas AV. Umana Venezia will meet Otto Caserta (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lottomatica Roma will play against Armani Milano (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Umana Venezia: A.Young 23+9reb+2ast, K.Kee Clark 20+5reb+6ast, T.Bowers 13+4reb+3ast, S.Szewczyk 7+4reb+2ast, T.Fantoni 6+5reb+2ast, T.Slay 6+2reb+1ast
Acea Roma: L.Datome 22+9reb+1ast, C.Tucker 16+4reb+4ast, J.Varnado 13+10reb, N.Gordic 8+3reb+6ast, U.Slokar 6+3reb+2ast, M.Mordente 4+1reb
gschID: 150866


CS Bologna - Otto Caserta 84-66

Very expected game when 13th ranked Otto Caserta (11-17) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked CS Bologna (16-12) 84-66 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by CS Bologna. Otto Caserta managed to win second period 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CS Bologna dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Otto Caserta's 36. They outrebounded Otto Caserta 41-23 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Finnish guard Petteri Koponen (194-88) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Angelo Gigli (209-83) chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian-Dutch forward Aaron Doornekamp (198-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points. Five CS Bologna and four Otto Caserta players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. CS Bologna maintains seventh position with 16-12 record. Loser Otto Caserta dropped to the fourteenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Fabi Shoes. CS Bologna will meet bottom-ranked Novipiu CM (#17) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Otto Caserta will play against Umana Venezia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
CS Bologna: P.Koponen 21+5reb+6ast, V.Sanikidze 15+10reb+1ast, A.Gigli 13+11reb+3ast, C.Douglas-Roberts 12+2reb, G.Poeta 12+4reb+4ast, L.Vitali 2+2reb+1ast
Otto Caserta: A.Doornekamp 13+3reb+1ast, A.Smith 12+6reb, A.Righetti 10+3reb, J.Kudlacek 10+2reb+1ast, A.Collins 7+2reb, G.Maresca 4+3reb
gschID: 150867


Sidigas AV - Armani Mit 77-90

Very predictable result when third ranked Armani Milano (18-10) beat on the road 10th ranked Air Avellino (13-16) 90-77 on Sunday. They outrebounded Air Avellino 40-26 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) scored 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Greek forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Swedish forward Viktor Gaddefors (201-92) with 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) scored 15 points and 8 assists. Four Air Avellino players scored in double figures. Armani Milano have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-10 record having just three points less than leader Montepaschi, which they share with Scavolini PS. Air Avellino lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Acea Roma. Armani Milano will meet Lottomatica Roma (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Air Avellino will play against Vanoli-Braga in Cremona and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Armani Mit: M.Hairston 27+5reb+4ast, A.Fotsis 17+7reb+1ast, I.Bourousis 10+8reb+2ast, L.Radosevic 8+1reb, O.Cook 8+1reb+5ast, J.Giachetti 7+3reb+2ast
Sidigas AV: V.Gaddefors 19+7reb+1ast, L.Johnson 16+4reb+2ast, M.Green 15+2reb+8ast, J.Golemac 11+5reb, R.Slay 9+4reb, V.Spinelli 5+3reb
gschID: 150862


Montepaschi - Benetton TV 90-67

Leader Montepaschi Siena delivered the twentieth first win on Sunday night. This time they crushed 11th ranked Benetton Treviso (12-16) 90-67. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Montepaschi Siena outrebounded Benetton Treviso 41-24 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Benetton Treviso helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Australian center David Andersen (212-80) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American forward Jeffrey Viggiano (197-84, college: Massachusetts) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Romanian power forward Vlad Moldoveanu (206-88, college: American) added 12 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Montepaschi Siena have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-7 record. Benetton Treviso at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Angelico BI. Montepaschi Siena are looking forward to face Scavolini Pesaro (#4) on the road in the next round. Benetton Treviso will play against Cimberio Varese (#8) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: P.Aradori 19+5reb+3ast, D.Andersen 16+6reb+1ast, B.McCalebb 13+4reb+4ast, D.Moss 13+3reb+1ast, N.Zisis 10+3reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 8+10reb+2ast
Benetton TV: J.Viggiano 17+7reb+2ast, V.Moldoveanu 12+3reb, M.Goree 10+3reb+1ast, M.Bulleri 8+1reb+1ast, S.Becirovic 7+1reb+3ast, G.Mekel 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 150863


Scavolini PS - Banco di Sard. 89-81

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Scavolini Pesaro and 5th ranked Banco di Sard. had identical 17-10 record. This time Scavolini Pesaro used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Sassari 89-81 on Sunday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Banco di Sard. won third quarter 28-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Scavolini Pesaro won last quarter 25-19. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. Guard James White (199-84, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Jumaine Jones (203-79, college: Georgia) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds and forward Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St., agency: Pro One Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Four Banco di Sard. players scored in double figures. Scavolini Pesaro have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Armani Mit. Loser Banco di Sard. keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Umana Venezia. Scavolini Pesaro will meet at home league's leader Montepaschi Siena in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Banco di Sard. will play against Angelico Biella (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Scavolini PS: J.White 24+5reb+4ast, J.Jones 20+9reb+1ast, R.Hickman 17+3reb+4ast, T.Lydeka 9+5reb, D.Hackett 8+5reb+4ast, S.Flamini 8+1reb
Banco di Sard.: D.Diener 30+10reb+1ast, T.Diener 17+1reb+3ast, T.Easley 13+15reb+1ast, B.Sacchetti 10+3reb, M.Pinton 6, M.Vanuzzo 3+3reb
gschID: 150864


Bennet Cantu - Cimberio VA 76-66

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Bennet Cantu (19-10) won against at home 8th ranked Cimberio Varese (14-14) 76-66 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-66. Bennet Cantu outrebounded Cimberio Varese 36-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. American-Swiss power forward Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Diego Fajardo (208-76, agency: Players Group) with 14 points and 4 assists and Estonian forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82) scored 10 points. Five Bennet Cantu and four Cimberio Varese players scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bennet Cantu maintains second position with 19-10 record having just one points less than leader Montepaschi. Loser Cimberio Varese keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. Bennet Cantu will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cimberio Varese will play against Benetton Treviso (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: G.Brunner 18+13reb+1ast, M.Leunen 17+2reb+5ast, N.Mazzarino 12+3ast, M.Markoishvili 11+8reb+3ast, D.Perkins 10+7reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 6+3reb+1ast
Cimberio VA: D.Fajardo 14+4reb+4ast, T.Weeden 12+1reb, Y.Diawara 11+3reb+1ast, K.Kangur 10+4reb+2ast, R.Stipcevic 9+1ast, P.Goss 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 150865


Round 27
Montepaschi - Sidigas AV 109-79

Leader Montepaschi Siena recorded the twentieth first victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Air Avellino (13-16) 109-79. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Air Avellino's 38. They outrebounded Air Avellino 37-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for the former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Marco Carraretto (197-77, agency: Players Group) contributed with 23 points and 4 steals (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Montepaschi Siena players scored in double figures. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) replied with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and American power forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Air Avellino. Montepaschi Siena have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-7 record. Air Avellino lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Acea Roma. Montepaschi Siena will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#4) on the road in the next round. Air Avellino will play against Vanoli-Braga (#13) in Cremona and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: M.Carraretto 23+2reb+2ast, P.Aradori 17+10reb+3ast, B.McCalebb 14+3reb+4ast, T.Ress 12+3reb+1ast, D.Andersen 12+4reb+1ast, K.Lavrinovic 11+9reb+1ast
Sidigas AV: M.Green 25+5reb+6ast, R.Slay 18+2reb, L.Johnson 14+7reb+2ast, J.Golemac 8+3reb+2ast, A.Infanti 6+2reb, V.Spinelli 3+1ast
gschID: 173491



Best players of Italian SerieA round 30 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Banco di Sard. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 30-year old guard had a double-double of 30 points and ten rebounds, while his team lost the game against Scavolini PS (#4, 18-10) 81-89. Banco di Sard. moved-up to the 6th position in the Italian SerieA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Banco di Sard. will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 17-11 record. In the team's last game Diener had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Banco di Sard.'s top player in his first season with the team. De Paul University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Diener is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.7ppg), assists (2nd best: 3.1apg) and averages solid 57.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 36-year old American point guard Alvin Young (188-PG-75) of Umana Venezia. Young impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Umana Venezia to another comfortable win 83-69 over the lower-ranked Acea Roma (#9, 13-16) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Umana Venezia to move up to 5th position in . His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Young is well-known by Umana Venezia fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Finnish Petteri Koponen (194-G-88) of CS Bologna (#7). Koponen showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, five rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of CS Bologna, leading his team to a 84-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Otto Caserta (#15, 11-17). CS Bologna needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 16 victories and 12 lost games. Koponen has a very solid season. In 28 games in Italy he scored 13.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mustafa Shakur (193-G-84) of Novipiu CM - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Viktor Gaddefors (201-F-92) of Sidigas AV - 19 points and 7 rebounds
6. Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) of Montepaschi - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Malik Hairston (198-G-87) of Armani Mit - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Marco Carraretto (197-G-77) of Montepaschi - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tony Easley (206-F-87) of Banco di Sard. - 13 points and 15 rebounds
10. Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) of Montepaschi - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi20.4 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.4 
 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.12.9 
 10. Moss, Toshiba BT12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.8 
 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. Ricci, Toyota Alv.6.9 
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 SH3.6 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.9 
 6. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
 7. Kashiwakura, Hitac.2.7 
 8. Watanabe, Panason.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. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.5 
 7. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.4 
 8. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.4 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubis.1.3 
 10. Tabuse, Tochigi1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitac.
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.6 
 2. Richardson, Aishin1.3 
 3. Takeuchi, Toyota1.1 
 4. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.1 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.0.9 
 6. Merritt, Toshi.0.8 
 7. Aono, Panasonic T.0.8 
 8. Moss, Toshiba BT0.8 
 9. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 
 10. O''Bannon, Panaso.0.8 


Standings - BJ League

BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 35-15 
 2. Yokohama BC 29-21 
 3. Akita NH 28-24 
 4. Niigata Albirex 27-23 
 5. Toyama Grouses 25-25 
 6. Sendai 89ers 25-25 
 7. Shinshu BW 18-32 
 8. Chiba Jets 18-32 
 9. Iwate Big Bulls 17-33 
 10. Saitama Bron. 15-35 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 37-13 
 2. Osaka Evessa 33-17 
 3. Kyoto Hannar. 33-17 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 33-17 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 32-18 
 6. Shimane SM 26-24 
 7. Miyazaki SS 22-28 
 8. Oita H.Devils 21-29 
 9. Takamatsu FA 2-48 

Regular Season: Round 56

Apr. 22: Hamamatsu P. - Takamatsu FA 95-69
Apr. 22: Iwate Big Bulls - Akita NH 94-84
Apr. 22: Niigata Albirex - Shiga L-Stars 91-83
Apr. 22: Toyama Grouses - Miyazaki SS 90-63
Apr. 22: Okinawa GK - Chiba Jets 79-75
Apr. 22: Shinshu BW - Fukuoka Rizing 77-79
Apr. 22: Osaka Evessa - Kyoto Hannar. 64-79
Apr. 22: Oita H.Devils - Saitama Bron. 103-76

Regular Season: Round 57

Apr. 28: Iwate Big Bulls - Chiba Jets
Apr. 28: Sendai 89ers - Yokohama BC
Apr. 28: Toyama Grouses - Okinawa GK
Apr. 28: Shinshu BW - Hamamatsu P.
Apr. 28: Saitama Bron. - Niigata Albirex
Apr. 28: Osaka Evessa - Shiga L-Stars
Apr. 28: Takamatsu FA - Oita H.Devils
Apr. 28: Fukuoka Rizing - Kyoto Hannar.
Apr. 28: Miyazaki SS - Shimane SM


BJ League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Parker, Shimane SM23.1 
 2. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.6 
 3. Palmer, Fukuoka21.5 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets21.1 
 5. Cummings, Oita H.20.7 
 6. Woods, Akita NH20.7 
 7. Flowers, Saitama19.4 
 8. Burrell, Yokohama.18.9 
 9. Fitzgerald, Sendai18.8 
 10. White, Oita H.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.5 
 2. Hamilton, Fukuok.11.3 
 3. Staten, Chiba Jets10.9 
 4. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.8 
 5. Searcy, Toyama G.10.6 
 6. Malloy, Iwate B.10.4 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 8. Roberts, Shins.10.1 
 9. Parker, Shimane SM10.0 
 10. Blackledge, Osaka10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Satterfield, Saita.6.7 
 2. Takushi, Oita H.5.8 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Shimura, Sendai5.4 
 5. Dixon, Hamamats.5.2 
 6. Yamamoto, Shima.4.9 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.7 
 8. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.5 
 9. Namizato, Okina.4.2 
 10. Staten, Chiba Je.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets2.8 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka2.6 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.4 
 4. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.1 
 5. Smith, Takamats.2.1 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama2.0 
 7. Klaiber, Iwate B.1.9 
 8. Arnold, Hamamats.1.8 
 9. Joho, Toyama G.1.8 
 10. Dixon, Hamamats.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.7 
 2. Singleton, Sendai3.0 
 3. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 4. Broxsie, Chiba Jets2.6 
 5. Blackledge, Hamama.2.3 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 7. Marshall, Osaka E.1.6 
 8. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.5 
 9. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.4 
 10. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.3 


Best players of Japanese BJ League round 55 - by Eurobasket News

American Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Akita NH and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 55.
The 27-year old swingman had a double-double of 34 points and twelve rebounds, while his team lost the game against Iwate Big Bulls (#9, 16-33) 79-84. Akita NH maintains the 3rd position in Japanese BJ League. Akita NH is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 23th lost game this season out of 51 games. Woods turned to be Akita NH's top player in his first season with the team. Southeastern Louisiana University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Woods is in league's top in points (6th best: 20.2ppg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-G/F-87, agency: VVG Sports) of Fukuoka Rizing. Palmer impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course he lead Fukuoka Rizing to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Shinshu BW (#7, 18-31) 90-68. Fukuoka Rizing's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 31-18 record is not bad and everything may still change. Palmer is a newcomer at Fukuoka Rizing and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.5ppg (#3). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Justin Burrell (206-F-88) of second-ranked Yokohama BC. Burrell scored 24 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Yokohama BC, leading his team to a 76-59 easy win against the lower-ranked Sendai 89ers (#5, 25-25). Yokohama BC needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 29 victories and 21 lost games. Burrell has a great season in Japan. After 49 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.9ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86) of Hamamatsu P. - 18 points and 12 rebounds
5. Dexter Lyons (198-F/G-81) of Miyazaki SS - 21 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Wendell White (198-G-84) of Oita H.Devils - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Gordon Klaiber (206-F-83) of Iwate Big Bulls - 25 points and 15 rebounds
8. Justin Burrell (206-F-88) of Yokohama BC - 21 points and 14 rebounds
9. James Porter (208-F/C-87) of Saitama Bron. - 18 points and 13 rebounds
10. Dillion Sneed (203-C-84) of Okinawa GK - 19 points and 10 rebounds

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



BJ League Round 56: Fukuoka Rizing beats Shinshu BW by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

Seventh-ranked Shinshu BW (18-32) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (32-18) in Nagano on Sunday. The visitors from Fukuoka managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected easier game. Shinshu BW was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 26-16 charge of Fukuoka Rizing, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. Swingman Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) contributed with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Tyler Hughes (213-84, college: Kansas St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for Shinshu BW. Fukuoka Rizing have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 32-18 record. Shinshu BW lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 32 games lost. They share the position with Chiba Jets. Fukuoka Rizing are looking forward to face higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Shinshu BW will play against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) in Mikawa and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Osaka Evessa (33-17) against fourth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (33-17) on Sunday night. Host Osaka Evessa was defeated by Kyoto Hannar. in Osaka 79-64. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and Lee Cummard who added 8 points and 7 assists during the contest. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to second place, which they share with Osaka Evessa and Shiga L-Stars. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Fukuoka Rizing (#5) on the road in the next round. Osaka Evessa will play against Shiga L-Stars and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Akita Happinets (28-24) against ninth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (17-33) on Sunday night. Visiting Akita Happinets were defeated by Iwate Big Bulls in Iwate 94-84. The winners were led by Thomas Kennedy who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. Even a double-double of 42 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 7 assists by Ricky Woods did not help to save the game for Akita Happinets. Akita Happinets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Iwate Big Bulls have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain ninth position with 17-33 record. Akita Happinets lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 24 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will meet at home higher ranked Chiba Jets (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Akita Happinets will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Shiga L-Stars (33-17) against fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (27-23) on Sunday night. Visiting Shiga L-Stars were defeated by Niigata Albirex in a tough game in Niigata 83-91. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. The best player for the winners was Shuhei Komatsu who scored 27 points. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth position with 27-23 record. Shiga L-Stars at the other side dropped to the second place with 17 games lost. Niigata Albirex's next round opponent will be Saitama Broncos (#10) on the road where they are favorite. Shiga L-Stars will play against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (37-13) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat seventh ranked Chiba Jets (18-32) 79-75. Jeff Newton orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. Okinawa GK's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Okinawa GK maintains first position with 37-13 record. Chiba Jets lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 32 games lost. Okinawa GK will face Toyama Grouses (#5) on the road in the next round. Chiba Jets will play against Iwate Big Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 56: Takamatsu FA were smashed by Hamamatsu P. on the road 95-69. Oita H.Devils destroyed Saitama Bron. on its own court 103-76. Miyazaki SS was outscored by Toyama Grouses in a road game 90-63.


Okinawa GK - Chiba Jets 79-75

BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (37-13) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat seventh ranked Chiba Jets (18-32) 79-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-16. But Chiba Jets won second period 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. The other American import Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St., agency: SDJ Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and guard Takaki Ishida (188-82) added 22 points in the effort for Chiba Jets. Okinawa GK maintains first position with 37-13 record. Chiba Jets lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 32 games lost. Okinawa GK will face Toyama Grouses (#5) on the road in the next round. Chiba Jets will play against Iwate Big Bulls and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: J.Newton 14+16reb+3ast, D.Sneed 14+8reb, A.McHenry 11+10reb+2ast, N.Kosuge 11+2reb+1ast, D.Larkai 7+7reb, Y.Takushi 5+1reb
Chiba Jets: J.Staten 27+14reb+6ast, T.Ishida 22+3reb, T.Kensuke 8+4reb+6ast, T.Nakamura 7+6reb, A.Broxsie 4+8reb+2ast, G.Moliva 4+12reb+1ast
gschID: 142318


Shinshu BW - Fukuoka Rizing 77-79

Seventh-ranked Shinshu BW (18-32) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (32-18) in Nagano on Sunday. The visitors from Fukuoka managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected easier game. Shinshu BW was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 26-16 charge of Fukuoka Rizing, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. Swingman Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Top Notch Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) contributed with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Tyler Hughes (213-84, college: Kansas St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Shinshu BW. Four Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Fukuoka Rizing have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 32-18 record. Shinshu BW lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 32 games lost. They share the position with Chiba Jets. Fukuoka Rizing are looking forward to face higher ranked Kyoto Hannar. (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Shinshu BW will play against the league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) in Mikawa and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: C.Dixon 35+7reb+2ast, K.Palmer 21+7reb+6ast, G.Hamilton 7+8reb+3ast, S.Ishitani 5+1reb+1ast, J.Nakanishi 4+5reb+3ast, A.Takeno 3+1ast
Shinshu BW: D.Raivio 19+3reb+4ast, T.Hughes 18+10reb+2ast, L.Roberts 14+11reb+2ast, E.Morris 13+5reb+1ast, T.Saito 5+2reb+1ast, T.Utsunomiya 3+1reb
gschID: 142314


Hamamatsu P. - Takamatsu FA 95-69

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (35-15) crushed 9th ranked Takamatsu FA (2-48) in Mikawa 95-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Hamamatsu Phoenix. Takamatsu FA was better in second period 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamamatsu Phoenix dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Takamatsu FA's 32. They outrebounded Takamatsu FA 48-32 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Takamatsu FA's players. Swingman Shingo Okada (186-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Atsuya Ohta (206-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds and point guard Masaaki Suzuki (176-87) added 19 points in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 35-15 record. Takamatsu FA lost seventeenth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 48 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face Shinshu BW (#7) in Nagano in the next round where they are favorite. Takamatsu FA will play at home against Oita Heat Devils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: S.Okada 19+7reb+3ast, W.Arnold 18+2reb+4ast, A.Ohta 14+12reb+2ast, J.Parmer 10+4reb+2ast, L.Pomare 10+6reb, L.Blackledge 8+7reb+2ast
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 20+17reb+3ast, M.Suzuki 19+1reb, H.Kikuchi 15+3reb, S.Takada 9+4reb, K.Tsutsumi 6+2reb+5ast, M.Kita 0+2reb
gschID: 142315


Osaka Evessa - Kyoto Hannar. 64-79

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Osaka Evessa (33-17) against fourth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (33-17) on Sunday night. Host Osaka Evessa was defeated by Kyoto Hannar. in Osaka 79-64. Kyoto Hannar. players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and American Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU, agency: Priority Sports) who added 8 points and 7 assists during the contest. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and Haitian-American swingman Bobby St.Preux (196-80, college: N.Kentucky, agency: KMG Sports Management) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kyoto Hannar. moved-up to second place, which they share with Osaka Evessa and Shiga L-Stars. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Fukuoka Rizing (#5) on the road in the next round. Osaka Evessa will play against Shiga L-Stars and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: B.Camara 20+12reb+1ast, J.Boyette 14+1ast, Y.Inoue 10+2reb+1ast, T.Kawabe 9+1reb+2ast, L.Allred 8+6reb+3ast, L.Cummard 8+4reb+7ast
Osaka Evessa: B.St.Preux 16+5reb+3ast, W.Marshall 14+4reb+1ast, M.Bell 13+11reb+2ast, K.Tyner 6+1reb+4ast, H.Takada 3, D.Tamura 3+1reb
gschID: 142316


Oita H.Devils - Saitama Bron. 103-76

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Saitama Broncos (15-35) were smashed on the road by eighth ranked Oita Heat Devils (21-29) 103-76 on Sunday. The game without a history. Oita Heat Devils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Saitama Broncos' 40. Oita Heat Devils looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA, agency: Top Notch Sports) contributed with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Oita Heat Devils' coach Yukinori Suzuki felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jayme Miller (203-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Daiki Terashita (190-80) added 20 points in the effort for Saitama Broncos. Oita Heat Devils maintains eighth position with 21-29 record. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the tenth place with 35 games lost. Oita Heat Devils will face Takamatsu FA (#9) on the road in the next round. Saitama Broncos will play against Niigata Albirex.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: T.Cummings 25+7reb+2ast, W.White 20+14reb+4ast, T.Finger 17+6reb+2ast, N.Takushi 12+4reb+12ast, M.Lottich 11+6reb+5ast, Y.Taka Kura 8+1reb
Saitama Bron.: D.Terashita 20+3reb+3ast, Y.Kitamuki 16+1reb+3ast, J.Miller 15+11reb+4ast, M.Haraguchi 8+1reb+2ast, Y.Arai 7+4reb+7ast, J.Flowers 7+4reb
gschID: 142317


Iwate Big Bulls - Akita NH 94-84

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Akita Happinets (28-24) against ninth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (17-33) on Sunday night. Visiting Akita Happinets were defeated by Iwate Big Bulls in Iwate 94-84. The game without a history. Iwate Big Bulls led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Iwate Big Bulls outrebounded Akita Happinets 43-32 including 31 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: SDJ Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fair Dickinson) supported him with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 42 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 7 assists by American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) did not help to save the game for Akita Happinets. His fellow American import Mychal Kearse (194-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: Gamble Sports Management) added 14 points for the guests. Akita Happinets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Iwate Big Bulls have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain ninth position with 17-33 record. Akita Happinets lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with 24 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will meet at home higher ranked Chiba Jets (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Akita Happinets will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: T.Kennedy 26+11reb+3ast, G.Klaiber 20+6reb+4ast, Y.Yamamoto 15+4reb+6ast, L.Malloy 15+12reb+1ast, M.Sawaguchi 8+4reb+1ast, H.Kantake 6+2reb+2ast
Akita NH: R.Woods 42+14reb+7ast, M.Kearse 14+4reb+1ast, K.Swanston 12+2reb, K.Shoji 8+6reb, Y.Kikuchi 3+1reb, L.Green 3+2reb
gschID: 142311


Niigata Albirex - Shiga L-Stars 91-83

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Shiga L-Stars (33-17) against fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (27-23) on Sunday night. Visiting Shiga L-Stars were defeated by Niigata Albirex in a tough game in Niigata 83-91. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. The hosts were already 19 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 33-22 Shiga L-Stars' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 91-83 at the end of the game. Niigata Albirex made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Niigata Albirex especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was guard Shuhei Komatsu (185-85) who scored 27 points. American power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) chipped in 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) produced 20 points and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four Niigata Albirex and five Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth position with 27-23 record. Shiga L-Stars at the other side dropped to the second place with 17 games lost. Niigata Albirex's next round opponent will be Saitama Broncos (#10) on the road where they are favorite. Shiga L-Stars will play against the league's second-placed Osaka Evessa (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: S.Komatsu 27+3reb+2ast, K.Sato 16+1reb+1ast, N.Murry 14+3reb+1ast, C.Holm 11+9reb+5ast, B.Davis 7+4reb+1ast, E.Maxey 7+4reb+1ast
Shiga L-Stars: J.Peppers 20+3reb+1ast, R.Nixon 16+3reb+1ast, J.Ashby 11+7reb+4ast, D.Gomez Camargo 11+5reb+3ast, S.Ogawa 10+1reb+1ast, T.Fujiwara 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 142312


Toyama Grouses - Miyazaki SS 90-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Toyama Grouses' (25-25) home victory over 7th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (22-28) 90-63 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Toyama Grouses. Miyazaki Shining Suns was better in fourth quarter 27-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toyama Grouses dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 36. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 53-25 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton, agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) added 10 points in the effort for Miyazaki Shining Suns. Toyama Grouses moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sendai 89ers. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns keep the seventh position with 28 games lost. Toyama Grouses will face league's leader Okinawa GK at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Shimane Magic (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: D.Searcy 19+16reb+5ast, B.Harper 19+12reb, I.Brown 16+10reb+5ast, R.Horikawa 9+5reb, T.Mito 8+2reb+4ast, M.Joho 8+3reb+2ast
Miyazaki SS: D.Lyons 17+12reb+2ast, Y.Tsubasa 13+1reb, T.Shimizu 10+3reb+2ast, Y.Kojima 8+2reb, T.Ito 7+1ast, O.Shinnosuke 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 142313



Toyota Alvark crowned 2011/2012 Champions - by Eurobasket News

Toyota Alvark crowned 2011/2012 Champions in the country. The team overcame the Winner of the Regular Season, Aishin in the Final series 3-1. Game 4 became decisive in the series as Toyota Alvark grabbed 83:64 win.
Toyota Alvark led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Aishin Sea Horses' 24. They outrebounded Aishin Sea Horses 36-21 including 23 on the defensive glass. American forward Philip Ricci (202-F-80, college: Oregon St.) fired 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Shonaka posted 10 and Kumagai added 9. The other American import forward Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. The former international point guard Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-PG-81) produced 19 points for lost side. Shogo Asayama (192-F-81) added 15 and Anthony Richardson (201-F-83, agency: TSS Management, college: Florida St.) delivered 9.



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 25-3 
 2. Trepca 25-3 
 3. Peja 18-10 
 4. Bashkimi 16-12 
 5. Kolegji Univer. 9-19 
 6. Kosova 8-20 
 7. Futura 6-22 
 8. Drita 5-23 

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 22: Kosova - Peja 90-85
Apr. 22: Bashkimi - Sigal Prishtina 75-79
Apr. 22: Kolegji Univer. - Drita 61-72
Apr. 22: Trepca - Futura 108-65


Standings - A1

Liga e pare Standings
1. Vellaznimi 12-0
2. RTV 21 9-3
3. Kastrioti 8-4
4. Lypjan 7-5
5. Fushe 3-9
6. Skenderaj 2-10
7. Llapi Podujeve 0-12


Prishtina wins to finish top the season - by Dren Shporta

Sigal Prishtina boys have shown great concentration in the game to win the last match of regular season against Bashkimi in Sezai Surroi, 75-79. With this victory Sigal Prishtina have finished the season on the top of the table wich gives them advantage in play-off.


Edmond Azemi (201-G/F-80, agency: Prossin Sports Management) was the man of the match. He gave only important points for his team. The captain of Sigal Prishtina had a great help of centers duo Ersid Ljuca and Gerald Inman that
added 14 points each. Hard work of Granit Rugova in two first quarters also has to be mentioned.


In Bashkimis team Samir Shaptahovic scored 5 three pointers in the match to show great resistance to the reigning champions. Shaptahovic in the end scored 27 points and left his
team alone in the last minute of the game when he got a finger injury, while the result was only in two points difference.


With this game the regular season has ended and now we are waiting to the play-offs to find the new champions.




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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zanis PEINERS
  LU
  (203-G-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Peiners, LU19.0 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera18.8 
 3. Mayo, Liepaja18.6 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera16.7 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala16.4 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava15.8 
 7. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 8. Young, Ventspils15.0 
 9. Bankevics, Valmiera14.3 
 10. Timma, Liepaja13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.3 
 2. Willard, Ventspils8.0 
 3. Rozitis, Valmiera8.0 
 4. Dargais, LU7.8 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga7.6 
 6. Mednis, Turiba6.7 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 8. Timma, Liepaja6.2 
 9. Nelson, Jelgava5.8 
 10. Butjankovs, Valmi.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Mayo, Liepaja4.8 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.4 
 3. Kravcenko, Liepaja4.1 
 4. Coders, Jurmala3.6 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava3.3 
 6. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.2 
 7. Valters, VEF Riga2.9 
 8. Silavs, Jelgava2.9 
 9. Gray, Ventspils2.9 
 10. Peiners, LU2.8 
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. Gray, Ventspils1.6 
 6. Osins, LU1.6 
 7. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.4 
 8. Krumins, Jelgava1.4 
 9. Ozols, Jurmala1.4 
 10. Piternieks, Turiba1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera1.5 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.5 
 3. Leiteris, Liepaja0.9 
 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. Willard, Ventspils0.5 


VEF Riga step closer to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Liepaja - Ventspils 70-94 (1-1)

The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-70. Ventspils made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Ventspils especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. American guard Jahmar Young (196-86, college: N.Mexico St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 6 rebounds. International center Arturs Berzins (204-88, agency: FCM) contributed with 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Swingman Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) added 16 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Liepaja. 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:
Liepaja: J.Timma 20+5reb+1ast, J.Mayo 16+4reb+3ast, M.Kravcenko 8+2reb+5ast, T.Leiteris 8+4reb, A.Bricis 6+1reb+1ast, K.Miglinieks 5+1reb+1ast
Ventspils: J.Young 25+6reb+2ast, A.Berzins 20+4reb+1ast, S.Willard 12+7reb, S.Gray 10+1reb+3ast, A.Strelnieks 8+7reb+2ast, M.Meiers 7+5reb
gschID: 174558


LU - VEF Riga 47-112 (0-2)

The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Latvijas Universitate to just 2 points in fourth quarter. VEF Riga held Latvijas Universitate to an opponent 18.8 percent shooting from the field compared to 59.7 percent accuracy of the winners. VEF Riga forced 21 Latvijas Universitate turnovers and outrebounded them 48-33 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. VEF Riga players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Latvijas Universitate's players. Latvijas Universitate was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) responded with 16 points and guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 16+2reb+1ast, K.Dargais 8+7reb+1ast, M.Vitols 6+5reb+1ast, Z.Plivda 5+5reb+1ast, I.Aizpurs 4+4reb+1ast, R.Zebergs 3+4reb
VEF Riga: K.Berzins 22+6reb, D.Zavackas 20+8reb+3ast, A.Kavaliauskas 16+9reb+1ast, C.Millage 13+5reb+4ast, K.Janicenoks 13+2reb+6ast, S.Valters 10+5reb+4ast
gschID: 174557



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  LBQ   

Standings

LBQ Standings
 1. Jaguars 1-0 
 2. Seigneurs 1-0 
 3. Monteregie 0-0 
 4. Page-Dynamo 0-1 
 5. Revolution 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 3

May. 2: Monteregie - Seigneurs
May. 2: Jaguars - Page-Dynamo


The inaugural season of the elite LBQ started - by Eurobasket

French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec has it's first semi-pro league. LBQ just started with the two games in day one.
Laurentides Revolution team beat Jaguars 93-79, thanks to their second half performance.
The Revolutions were lead by Pascal Fleury (7'2''-C-70, college: UMBC) who took control of the boards and allowed his team to prevail offenisvely.
Bobby Miller (5'10''-PG-74, college: S.New Hampshire) contributed with 22 points and 11 passes.
Alexandre Bernard (6'5''-F) added 15 points and 8 rebounds.
In the second game Seigneurs got 11-point victory over Page-Dynamo 64-53.
Seigneurs were lead by playmaker Yul Michel (6'2''-G-80). He was helped by Leonel Saintil (6'5''-F) (17 points) and Jayson Desormeaux.
Jean-Richard Volcy (6'8''-F-82, college: N.Michigan) is still with JL Bourg in France and should join the team soon.
The games could be watched even on the LQB official web site.



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  LUXEMBOURG   

Standings

Diekirch Standings
1-6 places
 1. T71 23-4 
 2. Sparta 21-6 
 3. Musel Pikes 14-13 
 4. Residence 13-14 
 5. Amicale 13-14 
 6. Etzella 12-15 
7-10 places
 1. Basket Esch 15-9 
 2. Soleuvre 12-12 
 3. BBC Nitia 3-21 
 4. Heffingen 3-21 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 9

Apr. 22: Etzella - Residence 97-94 OT
Apr. 20: Sparta - Amicale 85-79
Apr. 22: Musel Pikes - T71 73-82

Second Stage: Round 10

May. 5: Sparta - Etzella
May. 5: Amicale - Musel Pikes
May. 5: Residence - T71


Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre26.2 
 2. Arre, BBC Nitia25.7 
 3. Raji, Etzella23.8 
 4. Kennedy, Residence22.5 
 5. Schumacher, T7122.4 
 6. McNutt, Heffingen22.2 
 7. Muller, T7120.7 
 8. Rajniak, Basket E.20.4 
 9. Gumbs, Residence20.3 
 10. Smith, Sparta20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre12.5 
 2. Gary, Musel Pikes12.2 
 3. McNutt, Heffingen12.0 
 4. Stephens, T7111.3 
 5. Svitek, Basket Es.10.9 
 6. Kennedy, Residence10.2 
 7. Raji, Etzella10.1 
 8. Poznaks, BBC Nitia10.1 
 9. Smith, Sparta9.9 
 10. Carvalho, Heffing.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kasey ULIN
  Sparta
  (184-PG-82)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Ulin, Sparta4.7 
 2. Schartz, Amicale4.1 
 3. Schumacher, T714.0 
 4. Arre, BBC Nitia3.7 
 5. Rajniak, Basket E.3.6 
 6. Delgado, Etzella3.3 
 7. Biever, Basket Es.3.3 
 8. Ruffato, T713.0 
 9. Koster, Residence3.0 
 10. Jones, Amicale2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jones, Amicale2.5 
 2. Arre, BBC Nitia2.2 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.1 
 4. Carvalho, Heffingen1.7 
 5. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.6 
 6. Perre, Musel Pikes1.5 
 7. Smith, Sparta1.3 
 8. Gary, Musel Pikes1.3 
 9. McNutt, Heffingen1.2 
 10. Schumacher, T711.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes2.1 
 2. McNutt, Heffingen1.5 
 3. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.3 
 4. Hoffmann, Sparta1.1 
 5. Carvalho, Heffingen0.9 
 6. Jorssen, Soleuvre0.9 
 7. Djerman, Amicale0.6 
 8. Poznaks, BBC Nitia0.5 
 9. Svitek, Basket Es.0.5 
 10. Horace, Etzella0.5 


Diekirch League Round 9 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

1-6 places
Musel Pikes - T71 73-82

Rather expected game in Stadrbredimus where 3rd placed Musel Pikes (14-13) was defeated by first ranked T71 (23-4) 82-73 on Sunday. Musel Pikes trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 27-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-82 at the end of the game. International guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) stepped up and scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and American swingman Denell Stephens (193-86, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American power forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American-British forward Philip Perre (198-79, college: N.Alabama) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Five T71 and four Musel Pikes players scored in double figures. T71 have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 23-4 record. Musel Pikes at the other side keeps the third position with 13 games lost. T71 will face Residence (#4) in Bereldange in the next round. Musel Pikes will play on the road against Amicale in Steinsel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
T71: J.Delgado 18+6reb, G.Ruffato 17+1reb+2ast, F.Muller 15+9reb, D.Stephens 14+11reb, T.Schumacher 13+5reb+9ast, B.Kieffer 3+2reb
Musel Pikes: B.Gary 19+9reb+2ast, P.Perre 15+11reb, J.Kox 15+1reb+1ast, G.Schmit 12+5reb+6ast, J.De Marchi 7+6reb+2ast, L.Schwartz 3+5reb+4ast
gschID: 169452


Sparta - Amicale 85-79

Rather predictable result in Bertrange where second ranked Sparta (21-6) defeated 5th ranked Amicale (13-14) 85-79 on Friday. The game without a history. Sparta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sparta outrebounded Amicale 40-27 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international forward Larrie Smith (198-F-75, college: Tenn Tech) stepped up and scored 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and American-Nigerian power forward Ezenwa Ukeagu (203-81, college: Washington St.) chipped in 14 points and 13 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Sparta players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Cameroonian forward Yves Mekongo (201-87, college: La Salle, agency: Dynamics Global Management) with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Eric Jeitz (191-86) scored 22 points. Sparta maintains second place with 21-6 record having just two points less than leader Basket Esch. Amicale at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 14 games lost. Sparta will face Etzella (#6) in Ettelbruck in the next round. Amicale will play at home against Musel Pikes in Stadrbredimus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sparta: L.Smith 25+9reb+2ast, K.Ulin 15+1reb+7ast, E.Ukeagu 14+13reb, J.Hublart 12+2reb+1ast, P.Arbaut 9+4reb+4ast, R.Wolzfeld 5+2reb
Amicale: E.Jeitz 22+2reb+3ast, Y.Mekongo 19+9reb, I.Djerman 15+6reb+4ast, A.Laurent 9+2reb, C.Schartz 5+2reb+5ast, B.Melcher 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 169450


Etzella - Residence 97-94 OT

Etzella (12-15) outlasted Residence (13-14) in overtime by three points 97-94 on Sunday night. Residence was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 27-25 charge of Etzella, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-10. Nigerian forward Corey Raji (198-88, college: Boston Coll., agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 18 rebounds for the winners and American-Liberian forward Daniel Horace (200-83, college: Miami, OH, agency: KMG Sports Management) chipped in 27 points and 5 rebounds. Etzella's coach Gilles Becker used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and U.S. Virgin Islands forward Jerome Gumbs (194-82, college: USF) produced a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds. Four Residence players scored in double figures. Etzella maintains sixth place with 12-15 record. Residence at the other side keeps the fourth position with 14 games lost. Etzella will face league's second-placed Sparta in Bertrange in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Residence will play at home against the league's leader T71 in Dudelange.
Top scorers:
Etzella: C.Raji 31+18reb+3ast, D.Horace 27+5reb+1ast, G.Polfer 16+3reb+3ast, N.Delgado 7+8reb+3ast, T.Giver 6+2reb+5ast, P.Hoffmann 3
Residence: J.Gumbs 32+11reb+1ast, M.Kennedy 25+18reb+4ast, T.Abdiu 13+4reb+1ast, P.Koster 13+5reb+6ast, M.Schmit 7+4reb, T.Becker 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 169451



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  MEXICO   

Standings - CIBACOPA

CIBACOPA Standings
 1. Hermosillo 20-4 
 2. Tijuana 19-5 
 3. Guaymas 18-6 
 4. Nogales 12-12 
 5. Guasave 12-12 
 6. Los Mochis 11-13 
 7. Cananea 10-14 
 8. Culiacan 9-15 
 9. Navolato 8-16 
 10. Tepic 1-23 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 21: Nogales - Tijuana 96-102
Apr. 21: Hermosillo - Los Mochis 93-84
Apr. 21: Navolato - Cananea 81-72
Apr. 21: Tepic - Guasave 79-91
Apr. 21: Culiacan - Guaymas 79-91

Regular Season: Round 25

Apr. 27: Guaymas - Tijuana
Apr. 27: Cananea - Los Mochis
Apr. 27: Hermosillo - Guasave
Apr. 27: Tepic - Culiacan
Apr. 27: Navolato - Nogales


CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Rob ROBINSON
  Culiacan
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Robinson, Culiacan22.5 
 2. McCullough, Nogales22.2 
 3. Carter, Guasave20.6 
 4. Thomas, Cananea20.6 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato20.5 
 6. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
 7. Habel, Guaymas18.7 
 8. Johnson, Guaymas18.1 
 9. Gibson, Navolato17.7 
 10. Harris, Cananea17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Riley, Tepic11.3 
 2. Selleaze, Navolato9.1 
 3. Sanders-F., Nogales8.9 
 4. Robinson, Culiacan8.4 
 5. Zamora, Culiacan7.8 
 6. Lopez, Hermosillo7.8 
 7. Strobbe, Nogales7.3 
 8. Wiley, Los Mochis7.1 
 9. Moore, Guasave7.0 
 10. McCullough, Nogal.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tayloe TAYLOR
  Los Mochis
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Taylor, Los Mochis6.0 
 2. Nungaray, Guaymas5.5 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.3 
 4. Harris, Cananea3.8 
 5. Riley, Tepic3.7 
 6. McSwine, Navolato3.5 
 7. Pulido, Culiacan3.5 
 8. Quintero, Tijuana3.2 
 9. Buelna, Guasave3.2 
 10. Heredia, Nogales3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Derek THOMAS
  Cananea
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Thomas, Cananea1.7 
 2. Buelna, Guasave1.7 
 3. Gibson, Navolato1.7 
 4. Pulido, Culiacan1.5 
 5. Riley, Tepic1.5 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo1.3 
 7. Heredia, Nogales1.3 
 8. Reatiga, Navolato1.3 
 9. Giron, Guasave1.2 
 10. Carter, Guasave1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Riley, Tepic3.8 
 2. Zamora, Culiacan1.4 
 3. Habel, Guaymas1.3 
 4. Robinson, Culiacan1.1 
 5. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 6. Johnson, Guaymas0.8 
 7. McCullough, Nogales0.8 
 8. Verdugo, Navolato0.7 
 9. Tate, Tijuana0.6 
 10. Giron, Guasave0.6 


CIBACOPA Round 24: Tijuana Zonkeys defeat Fuerza Guinda Nogales in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Tijuana Zonkeys (19-5) which played road game in Nogales against 4th ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (12-12). Second ranked Tijuana Zonkeys managed to get a 6-point victory 102-96. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Fuerza Guinda Nogales helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. The other American import forward Darnell Hugee (201-85, college: Prairie View A&M) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) replied with 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Tijuana Zonkeys have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-5 record behind leader Hermosillo. Fuerza Guinda Nogales lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys are looking forward to face Ostioneros de Guaymas (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against Garra Canera de Navolato and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (20-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (11-13) 93-84. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Jesus Lopez who added 14 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Rayos de Hermosillo's coach Dan Tacheny allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Seth Scott (208-81, college: Portland St.) with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-4 record. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Frayles de Guasave (#5) at home in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Mineros de Cananea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Culiacan was also quite interesting. Third ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (18-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (9-15). Ostioneros de Guaymas defeated Caballeros de Culiacan 91-79 on Saturday. The winners were led by Haakim Johnson who scored that evening 29 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) by Rodrigo Zamora did not help to save the game for Caballeros de Culiacan. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains third position with 18-6 record having just two points less than leader Hermosillo. Loser Caballeros de Culiacan keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will meet at home league's second-placed Tijuana Zonkeys in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Coras de Tepic (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 24 Cananea was beaten by Navolato on the road 81-72. Bottom-ranked Tepic lost to Guasave on its own court 79-91.
The most impressive performance of 24th round was 42 points (!!!) and 6 assists by Ray Reese of Tepic.


Hermosillo - Los Mochis 93-84

CIBACOPA top team - Rayos de Hermosillo (20-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Pioneros Los Mochis (11-13) 93-84. Pioneros Los Mochis were ahead by 12 points at the halftime before a 56-35 second half run of Rayos de Hermosillo. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Emmanuel Little (196-85, college: N.Dakota) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) who added 14 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. 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 allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Seth Scott (208-81, college: Portland St.) with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) scored 27 points and 9 rebounds. Five Rayos de Hermosillo and four Pioneros Los Mochis players scored in double figures. Rayos de Hermosillo have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-4 record. Pioneros Los Mochis at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 13 games lost. Rayos de Hermosillo will play against Frayles de Guasave (#5) at home in the next round. Pioneros Los Mochis will play against Mineros de Cananea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Los Mochis: S.Scott 33+10reb+2ast, D.Pearson 27+9reb, T.Taylor 10+5reb+3ast, L.Felipe Diaz 10+4reb+1ast, C.M. Toussaint 2+1reb+4ast, E.Cuen 2+2reb
Hermosillo: P.Sanders 17+3reb+3ast, S.Monreal 15+2reb+5ast, E.Little 15+8reb+5ast, B.Hamilton 15+6reb+2ast, J.Lopez 14+12reb+1ast, J.Coronado 10+3reb
gschID: 171193


Nogales - Tijuana 96-102

An interesting game for Tijuana Zonkeys (19-5) which played road game in Nogales against 4th ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (12-12). Second ranked Tijuana Zonkeys managed to get a 6-point victory 102-96. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Fuerza Guinda Nogales helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American power forward Cyrus Tate (203-85, college: Iowa, agency: Edge Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. The other American import forward Darnell Hugee (201-85, college: Prairie View A&M) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) replied with 36 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and international forward Michael Strobbe (201-85) added 18 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Fuerza Guinda Nogales. Five Tijuana Zonkeys and four Fuerza Guinda Nogales players scored in double figures. Tijuana Zonkeys have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-5 record behind leader Hermosillo. Fuerza Guinda Nogales lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Guasave. Tijuana Zonkeys are looking forward to face Ostioneros de Guaymas (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Fuerza Guinda Nogales will play against Garra Canera de Navolato and are hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Nogales: O.McCullough 36+6reb+1ast, M.Strobbe 18+9reb+2ast, B.Heredia 15+6reb+4ast, P.Carter 14+6reb+1ast, M.Gale 9+4reb+3ast, V.Rojo 2+1ast
Tijuana: C.Tate 19+16reb, D.Hugee 18+5reb+2ast, E.Medina 17+1reb+3ast, A.Solares 16+7reb+1ast, M.Morrison 16+3reb+2ast, L.Ramirez 12
gschID: 171190


Navolato - Cananea 81-72

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Garra Canera de Navolato (8-16) beat at home 7th ranked Mineros de Cananea (10-14) 81-72 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 9 points. The winners were led by American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored that evening 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Dominican-American guard Damien McSwine (193-78, college: Loyola, IL) supported him with 20 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by American center Anthony Pettaway (203-87, college: Defiance) did not help to save the game for Mineros de Cananea. Naturalized American guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) added 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Garra Canera de Navolato maintains ninth position with 8-16 record. Defending champion Mineros de Cananea keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. Garra Canera de Navolato will meet at home higher ranked Fuerza Guinda Nogales (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Mineros de Cananea will play against Pioneros Los Mochis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cananea: A.Pettaway 16+10reb+4ast, J.Casillas 15+1reb+2ast, F.Harris 14+4reb+3ast, D.Thomas 14+4reb+2ast, R.Sallie 9+4reb+2ast, J.Arturo Farrera Chantiri 4
Navolato: R.Selleaze 24+8reb+4ast, D.McSwine 20+4reb+4ast, J.Angel Reatiga 12+3reb+4ast, F.Verdugo 12+6reb+1ast, M.Gibson 7+2reb+2ast, M.Godoy 3+1reb
gschID: 171191


Culiacan - Guaymas 79-91

The game in Culiacan was also quite interesting. Third ranked Ostioneros de Guaymas (18-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Caballeros de Culiacan (9-15). Ostioneros de Guaymas defeated Caballeros de Culiacan 91-79 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Ostioneros de Guaymas. Caballeros de Culiacan managed to win third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ostioneros de Guaymas made 7 blocks. The winners were led by American guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) who scored that evening 29 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) supported him with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. Five Ostioneros de Guaymas players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) by the former international center Rodrigo Zamora (206-86, college: Montana St.) did not help to save the game for Caballeros de Culiacan. American forward Rob Robinson (203-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: SDJ Sports) added 15 points and 4 assists. Ostioneros de Guaymas maintains third position with 18-6 record having just two points less than leader Hermosillo. Loser Caballeros de Culiacan keeps the eighth place with 15 games lost. Ostioneros de Guaymas will meet at home league's second-placed Tijuana Zonkeys in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Caballeros de Culiacan will play against Coras de Tepic (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Culiacan: R.Zamora 24+12reb+5ast, R.Lopez 17+4reb, R.Robinson 15+4reb+4ast, M.Henderson 9+3reb+1ast, R.Navarro 5+3reb+2ast, J.Manuel Gutierrez 2+2reb+1ast
Guaymas: H.Johnson 29+5reb+3ast, J.Habel 20+9reb+2ast, H.Carrillo 12+3reb, H.Nungaray 12+5reb+8ast, M.Allen 11+6reb+6ast, F.Benitez 6+3reb
gschID: 171192


Tepic - Guasave 79-91

Very expected game when 10th ranked Coras de Tepic (1-23) lost at home to sixth ranked Frayles de Guasave (12-12) 91-79 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Frayles de Guasave. Coras de Tepic managed to win third quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Frayles de Guasave made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game, while Coras de Tepic only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded Coras de Tepic 34-19 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by the former international swingman Alonso Izaguirre (200-76) who scored that evening 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Russell Carter (196-85, college: Notre Dame) supported him with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Five Frayles de Guasave players scored in double figures. Even 42 points (!!!) and 6 assists by American forward Ray Reese (196-87, college: Tulsa, agency: David Lee services) did not help to save the game for Coras de Tepic. His fellow American import center Deangelo Riley (205, college: Azusa Pacific) added 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Frayles de Guasave have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Nogales. Coras de Tepic lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 23 lost games. Frayles de Guasave will meet league's leader Rayos de Hermosillo on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Coras de Tepic will play against Caballeros de Culiacan (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tepic: R.Reese 42+3reb+6ast, D.Riley 14+7reb+4ast, K.Young 9+2reb+2ast, J.Orduno 6+2reb+2ast, E.Swanson 4+1reb+6ast, J.Gutierrez 2
Guasave: R.Carter 27+5reb+2ast, A.Izaguirre 22+8reb+5ast, G.Giron 15+5reb+3ast, V.Buelna 13+4reb+6ast, C.Moore 12+8reb, H.Rivera 2+1reb
gschID: 171189



Habel's 20 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old forward Jerome Habel (208-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Guaymas and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Guaymas in his team's victory, helping them to beat Culiacan (#8, 9-15) 91-79. Guaymas maintains the 3rd position in Mexican league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guaymas will need more victories to improve their 18-6 record. Habel just recently signed at Guaymas, being already a very valuable addition to the team. San Diego State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Habel is in league's top in points (7th best: 18.6ppg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 67.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Rodrigo Zamora (206-C-86) of Culiacan. He is naturalized American center in his first season at Culiacan. In the last game Zamora recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Culiacan lost that game 79-91 to the higher-ranked Guaymas (#3, 18-6). Culiacan is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-15 record. Zamora is one of the most experienced players at Culiacan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ray Reese (196-F-87, agency: David Lee services) of Tepic (#10). Reese got into 30-points club by scoring 42 points in the last round. He went also for six assists. Despite Reese's great performance Tepic lost 79-91 to the higher-ranked Guasave (#5, 12-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tepic can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-23 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Reese he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Reese has a very solid season. In 8 games in Mexico he scored 21.3ppg. He also has 5.3rpg, FGP: 52.9% and 3PT: 44.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) of Nogales - 36 points and 6 rebounds
5. Seth Scott (208-F-81) of Los Mochis - 33 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Tijuana - 19 points and 16 rebounds
7. Haakim Johnson (201-G-87) of Guaymas - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76) of Navolato - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Anthony Pettaway (203-C-87) of Cananea - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Deangelo Riley (205-C) of Tepic - 14 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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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - 1A

1A Standings
S-League
 1. Buducnost 8-1 
 2. Mornar Bar 6-2 
 3. Sutjeska 6-3 
 4. Lovcen 3-5 
 5. Teodo Tivat 2-7 
 6. Ulcinj 1-8 
Play-Out
 1. ABS Primorje 6-2 
 2. KK Podgorica 5-3 
 3. Jedinstvo 5-3 
 4. Danilovgrad 4-4 
 5. Centar BP 4-4 
 6. Mogren 0-8 
Erste Basketball League Standings

Second Stage: Round 9

Play-Out

Apr. 21: ABS Primorje - Jedinstvo 89-83
Apr. 21: Danilovgrad - KK Podgorica 78-61
Apr. 21: Centar BP - Mogren 20-0

S-League

Apr. 22: Sutjeska - Ulcinj 92-77
Apr. 21: Teodo Tivat - Buducnost 59-83
Apr. 23: Lovcen - Mornar Bar



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  MOROCCO   

Standings - Men

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



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  NBA   

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 37-27 
 2. New York K. 34-30 
 3. Philadelph.76 33-30 
 4. New Jersey N. 22-42 
 5. Toronto R. 22-42 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 48-16 
 2. Indiana P. 41-23 
 3. Milwaukee B. 30-33 
 4. Detroit P. 24-40 
 5. Cleveland C. 21-42 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 46-18 
 2. Atlanta H. 38-26 
 3. Orlando M. 36-28 
 4. Washington W. 17-46 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-56 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 46-18 
 2. Denver N. 36-28 
 3. Utah Jazz 34-30 
 4. Portland TB 28-36 
 5. Minnesota T. 26-39 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 41-24 
 2. LA Clippers 40-24 
 3. Phoenix Suns 33-31 
 4. Golde State W. 23-41 
 5. Sacramento K. 21-43 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 47-16 
 2. Memphis G. 39-25 
 3. Dallas M. 36-29 
 4. Houston R. 33-32 
 5. N.Orleans H. 20-44 

Regular Season: Round 116

Apr. 22: Miami Heat - Houston R. 97-88
Apr. 22: Minnesota T. - Golde State W. 88-93
Apr. 22: Charlotte B. - Sacramento K. 88-114
Apr. 22: Detroit P. - Toronto R. 76-73
Apr. 22: San Antonio S. - Cleveland C. 114-98
Apr. 22: LA Lakers - Oklah.City T. 114-106 2OT
Apr. 22: Atlanta H. - New York K. 112-113
Apr. 22: LA Clippers - N.Orleans H. 107-98
Apr. 22: Denver N. - Orlando M. 101-74

Regular Season: Round 117

Apr. 23: Indiana P. - Detroit P.
Apr. 23: New Jersey N. - Philadelph.76
Apr. 23: Memphis G. - Cleveland C.
Apr. 23: Washington W. - Charlotte B.
Apr. 23: Milwaukee B. - Toronto R.
Apr. 23: San Antonio S. - Portland TB


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.9 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers27.9 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.1 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.7 
 6. Anthony, New Y.22.7 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.22.2 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat22.1 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.8 
 4. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 5. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.9 
 6. Cousins, Sacramen.10.9 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Chandler, New Y.10.0 
 10. Monroe, Detroit P.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.6 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.8 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers9.1 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 5. Williams, New J.8.7 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
 8. Wall, Washington W.7.8 
 9. Parker, San A.7.7 
 10. Conley, Memphis G.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.5 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.2.3 
 3. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 5. Iguodala, Philadel.1.8 
 6. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 7. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 8. Ariza, N.Orleans H.1.7 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.7 
 10. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Oklah.Ci.
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.7 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.2.1 
 4. Jordan, LA Clippers2.1 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.0 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 8. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Jefferson, Utah1.7 


New Orleans 98, L.A. Clippers 107 - by Milord Nikolic

Chris Paul had 33 points and 13 assists, Randy Foye scored 24 and Blake Griffin had 21 points and 15 rebounds as the Clippers kept pace with the Lakers for third place in the West with a victory over visiting New Orleans. The Clippers (40-24), who are a half-game behind the Lakers (41-24), finish at Atlanta (Tuesday) and at New York (Wednesday). The Lakers close at Sacramento on Thursday. New Orleans' Eric Gordon, the ex-Clipper who was a part of the Paul trade, played for the first time against his former team after missing most of the season after surgery on his right knee. He led the Hornets with 17 points. After trailing 57-52 at halftime, the Hornets outscored the Clippers 32-17 in the third quarter for an 84-74 lead. But back-to-back 3-pointers by Foye cut the Hornets lead to 91-90 with 4:05 left. The Clippers used an 8-2 run for a 98-93 lead, including a 3-pointer by Foye and three free throws by Paul. The Clippers made seven free throws in the final 1:40, six by Paul, to hold off the Hornets. For the Hornets (20-44), Al-Farouq Aminu had 14 points and eight rebounds. Jason Smith had 13 points and eight rebounds. Greivis Vasquez scored 12 and Lance Thomas 10.


Denver 101, Orlando 74 - by Milord Nikolic

Danilo Gallinari and JaVale McGee scored 17 points apiece to lead host Denver past injury-riddled Orlando. The win moved the Nuggets a half-game ahead of Dallas for sixth place in the Western Conference. Arron Afflalo scored 15 points while Ty Lawson had 13 points. Denver had 32 assists, led by Andre Miller with 11 and Lawson with 10. Ryan Anderson scored 24 points while Glen Davis had 14 for Orlando, which has lost both games since Dwight Howard had season-ending back surgery last week. The Magic are 3-7 without their All-Star center. Orlando's injury problems continued when Jameer Nelson strained his left calf less than two minutes into the game and didn't return. In addition to Howard being out, forward Hedo Turkoglu has missed the last nine games with a facial fracture. Denver took control after the game was tied at 44-44 at halftime. The Nuggets used a 10-2 run late in the third quarter and built the lead to 91-71 with just over three minutes remaining in the game. Kenneth Faried had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Denver. The Nuggets finish with two road games against Oklahoma City on Wednesday and Minnesota on Thursday.


Saturday's games review (8): Nuggets beat Suns 118-107, clinch playoff berth - by Eurobasket News

Memphis G. - Portland TB 93-89
Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) scored 21 points and had a key block in the final seconds as the Memphis Grizzlies won their fourth straight, 93-89 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. Gay, who was 9 of 16 from the field, blocked Wesley Matthews' 3-point attempt with about 5 seconds left to seal the win and send the short-handed Trail Blazers to their fifth straight loss. O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) scored 14 points for Memphis and Marreese Speights had 13 with Marc Gasol and Dante Cunningham both adding 12. J.J. Hickson scored 23 points to lead Portland, while Jamal Crawford had 21 despite going 5 of 13 from the field, part of the Trail Blazers' 37 percent shooting for the game. Matthews had 16 points and Luke Babbitt added 10. The win kept Memphis' hopes alive to try to reach the fourth seed in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies moved within a half-game of the idle Los Angeles Clippers, who hold the fourth spot. Memphis dominated inside holding a 58-32 advantage in the paint, and seemed in control until a final Portland burst late in the fourth quarter. Hickson scored seven early points in the fourth, part of a 10-2 run that pulled Portland within 83-77 with about 7 minutes left. Memphis coach Lionel Hollins responded by putting his starters back in the game. The Grizzlies rebuilt the lead to double digits as Gay scored inside and Gasol had two baskets. Still, the Trail Blazers pushed back with 10 straight points and trailed 91-89 with 10.1 seconds left and they the ball. But Matthews' 3-point attempt with about 5 seconds left was blocked by Gay. Mayo hit two free throws with 3.2 seconds left. Memphis led 54-45 at halftime, bolstered by Mayo's nine points in the second quarter. The Grizzlies outscored Portland 30-18 in the period, erasing an early deficit. Gay's 3-pointer with 24 seconds left gave Memphis the only double-digit lead of the half. Memphis connected on its first five shots in the game, but managed to shoot 49 percent in the half. The Blazers, meanwhile, were at 38 percent. Seven turnovers, leading to 10 Memphis points, also hindered Portland, while Memphis committed three miscues. Portland would end the night with 15 turnovers compared to 10 for Memphis. *Courtesy of www.foxnews.com

Utah Jazz - Orlando M. 117-107 OT
Utah Jazz point guard Devin Harris (6'3''-PG-83, college: Wisconsin) was tired of seeing 3-pointers drop for the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. He made sure one at the end of regulation didn't have a chance as he stepped up big against Jameer Nelson (6'0''-PG-82, college: St.Joseph's). Harris' block kept Utah alive, and in the end it was the Jazz draining 3s to secure a 117-107 overtime victory over Orlando. 'We survived, that's the best way to describe it,' said Utah swingman Gordon Hayward, who along with Harris hit key 3-pointers in overtime. 'All season long we've been fighting. We needed this one badly.' The victory allowed the Jazz (34-30) to keep their lock on the final Western Conference playoff spot. The Jazz can secure a postseason berth with a win Tuesday night at home against the Phoenix Suns (33-31), who hold the tiebreaker against the Jazz but are a full game behind after their loss to Denver earlier Saturday. 'Steve Nash is going to do the same thing (as Nelson) and get his guys the ball,' Jazz center Al Jefferson said referring to Nelson, who had 11 assists to go along with his team-high 23 points Saturday. 'But we just have to grind it out and play hard and get some hands up in his face.' The Magic (36-27) must regroup after dropping their second straight and first since All-Star center Dwight Howard had back surgery that will keep him out until next season. The Magic also have been without forward Hedo Turkoglu, who had surgery April 9 for a fractured cheekbone, and is questionable for the playoffs. Combined, the two accounted for 31.3 points and 18.3 rebounds. Saturday the Magic also were without 6-foot-10 forward Earl Clark because of a sore left knee Despite the missing pieces, Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy ripped into his team. 'We just cannot guard, we cannot,' Van Gundy said. 'I don't think that our guys are not trying, but we cannot guard anyone. Our defense is disturbing to say the least.' Van Gundy also had harsh words for backup center Daniel Orton, who contributed only two points off the bench. 'Daniel gave us nothing,' Van Gundy said. 'He went for every shot fake, he fouled every time. He didn't even give us minutes that we needed to give our starters some rest. Our lack of depth was an absolute huge factor. Those guys ran out of gas at the end.' The Magic made just 2 of 8 shots in overtime and were 0 for 3 from beyond the arc. Jason Richardson and Ryan Anderson added 21 apiece for Orlando, each hitting five 3s. Overall, the Magic made 15 3-pointers on the night and the Jazz just four, but Utah's two in overtime made the difference. 'I didn't believe a team could shoot like that the whole game,' Jefferson said. Jason Richardson started 6 of 6 for the Magic, including 3 of 3 from beyond the arc, as the Magic jumped out to a 36-23 lead on 65 percent shooting. The Jazz trailed by 14 in the first half, by 12 in the third and by six midway through the fourth. But each time they rallied. Jefferson's jumper tied it at 101 before Harris' big block, and Jefferson also scored the first points of overtime on a nice move around center Glen Davis - finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks It was Davis who suggested the motto 'We all we got' as the injury-riddled Magic head into the final stretch before the playoffs having already secured a spot. Early in Saturday's game, that was working as they jumped out to a huge lead. The Magic led by as many as 14 in the second before a 10-0 Jazz run. Derrick Favors started the run with a short jumper and ended it with a powerful dunk that got Utah within 43-39. During the run, rookie Enes Kanter drained an 18-footer as the shot clock wound down and Paul Millsap converted his block into a fast-break layup. Favors gave Utah a 53-52 lead on crowd-pleasing reverse dunk in traffic. Utah took advantage of its four big men to hurt Orlando. 'A three guard can't guard Paul on the post and he did what he had to do. Al Jefferson was finishing around the rim and I came in with defensive energy,' said Favors, who finished with 16 points and 11 bounds off the bench. Millsap added 18 points and Kanter nine. The score was tied at 55 at the break, and the Jazz opened on a 12-7 run to take a 67-62 lead in the third only to see Orlando respond with a 16-0 run to surge ahead 78-67. Nelson hit a pair of 3-pointers, while J.J. Redick and Anderson each hit a 3 during a four-minute span where the Jazz went scoreless. Utah closed on a 14-5 run, sparked by DeMarre Carroll's 19-footer, Favors' put-back and Hayward's three-point play. Favors would come up with another key block in the fourth, and jam off a pass from Harris before Jefferson's tying 12-footer with 21 seconds remaining. 'Nothing is easy,' Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. 'This bunch of guys. ... I can't say enough about how they gutted it out again and laid everything on the line. Even when we got down, nobody was discouraged.' *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Indiana P. - Philadelph.76 106-109 OT
Philadelphia finally played like a team with a purpose. Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke) scored 20 points and Louis Williams (6'3''-PG-86) added 19 to help Philadelphia beat Indiana 109-106 in overtime Saturday night. The 76ers stopped the Pacers' winning streak at seven games to inch closer to a playoff berth. 'It's great for our confidence,' Brand said. 'The hottest team in the NBA, on their court, close game, found a way to win in a playoff atmosphere.' Jrue Holiday scored 17 points and Andre Iguodala added 16 for the 76ers, who need just a win or a loss by Milwaukee to clinch a postseason spot. The 76ers had lost seven of their previous 10 games, prompting coach Doug Collins to challenge his team. 'I just said, 'You know, guys, we've worked so hard for two years. I would just hate like heck for us to let this season slip away from us,'' he said. ''Let's give ourselves a chance to get into the playoffs. Let's see what we can do. Let's do our best.' And our guys responded.' David West had a season-high 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Indiana. Tyler Hansbrough scored 17 points and Paul George added 16 for the Pacers, who could have locked up the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference with a win. Indiana appreciated the intensity level so close to the postseason. 'That was a heck of a basketball game, playoff-type atmosphere,' Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. 'Philly made some really tough shots at the end of regulation and overtime. It was a hard-fought game at both ends.' Danny Granger, Indiana's top scorer this season, had four points on 2-for-12 shooting. 'He's a great shooter and he's got a quick release, so you've got to pay attention to him at all times,' said Iguodala, who guarded him for most of the game. 'Even though the stat sheet didn't show it, he opens it up for his other teammates because you've got to help on him a little bit. I just tried to keep him off the 3-point line and put him in tough positions.' Philadelphia led 107-106 late in overtime when Indiana's George Hill shot a quick 3-pointer. Philadelphia came up with the ball in a scramble, and Holiday's breakaway dunk gave the 76ers a 109-106 lead with 12.4 seconds left. Indiana was called for a 5-second violation when George couldn't get the ball inbounds, but the Pacers then forced a jump ball, won the tip and called a timeout with 10.7 seconds left. Granger missed a 3-pointer, and the Pacers couldn't get the ball back outside to try to tie the game. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Chicago B. - Dallas M. 93-83
Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) could feel some pain in the area of his right ankle and foot, the site of his most recent injury during a season in which he has missed 26 games. It was OK, though. All worth it. The fans were cheering for him, he was back on the court and the Chicago Bulls got another victory that moved them closer to clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference. 'It was throbbing a little, but the great thing about it is we got the win and we get a couple of days off to get treatment and I'm going to stay off my feet and hopefully it's going to get better,' Rose said after the Bulls beat the Dallas Mavericks 93-83 on Saturday night. Rose's return after missing three straight games wasn't spectacular, but it was still a 32-minute effort that saw him get 11 points and eight assists. 'I think he played a very controlled type game. He was taking care of the ball, running the offense and just trying to get a feel for being out there again,' Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau said The Bulls, able to use their starting five for just the 14th time this season, got 22 points from Luol Deng (6'9''-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) and 19 from Richard Hamilton in beating a Mavericks team that had already clinched a playoff berth two nights earlier, played at home Friday night and rested guards Jason Kidd and Jason Terry. The victory by the Bulls (48-16) gave them a 2 1-2 game lead over Miami for the top seed in the East after the Heat lost at home to Washington. Chicago has two regular-season games left, against Indiana and Cleveland. 'We still have to win out,' said Rose, who acknowledged he didn't have his usual confidence driving the lane and was content to pass the ball to Deng and Hamilton. 'We're not worried about other teams, just what we are trying to do here and we're trying to win every game,' he said. Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points and Rodrigue Beaubois, starting in place of Kidd, added 16 - 10 in the final quarter - despite playing the second half with a dislocated finger. After leaving with about 7 1-2 minutes to go in the first half after hurting his finger guarding Ronnie Brewer, he returned minutes later to the game with his fingers taped. 'Once they put the fingers together I said it's good enough to play,' Beaubois said. 'He held up to the physicality of it and came back to play. ... I thought it was great how he got a dislocated finger popped back in and then came back,' Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. Deng's 3-pointer at the third-quarter buzzer capped an 11-0 run and gave the Bulls a 66-56 lead. But Dallas rallied as Vince Carter had nine points and Brandan Wright's follow-up basket cut the lead to 75-72 with just under 6 minutes remaining. Joakim Noah and Rose scored for the Bulls before Kyle Korver hit his third 3-pointer of the game to restore the lead to nine points. Deng then hit a 3-pointer from the corner with just under 2 minutes left and Chicago had a 90-79 lead. 'They did a good job of finding the shooters. They have a bunch of guys that can get the ball off quickly,' Carlisle said. 'Deng and Korver hit big ones for them.' Nowitzki's eight second-quarter points helped the Mavs close a 13-point deficit down to six by halftime. Hamilton had 10 points and Carlos Boozer eight as Chicago opened a 21-8 lead after one quarter - the Mavericks' lowest scoring quarter of the season. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Miami Heat - Washington W. 84-86
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Chris Bosh sat out the game, resting for the postseason. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) played and got hurt. Wade lasted less than 3 minutes before dislocating his left index finger, and without their three stars, the Heat lost 86-84 to the woeful Washington Wizards on Saturday night. A doctor reset Wade's finger, which was swollen and in a splint after the game. X-rays were negative, and with the playoffs starting next weekend, he was relieved the injury wasn't worse 'I'm not going to cry about it,' he said. 'When I was sitting on the table before they could put it back in, the worst-case scenario was surgery, and the best-case scenario was this. Obviously it will be sore for a couple of days, but I'll be ready to go when the playoffs start, for sure.' Wade appeared to get his finger caught in another player's jersey and immediately went to the locker room grimacing in pain. He never returned, even though fans chanted 'We want Dwyane!' a couple of times. James sat out for only the second time this season. He was active and got taped after Wade departed but never entered the lineup. The game wasn't meaningless: The Heat fell two games behind the Chicago Bulls in the loss column in the race for the best record in the Eastern Conference, and only three games remain for Miami. 'Second place is not a bad place to be,' Wade said. Nene took a feed from a driving John Wall and banked in the winning layup for Washington with 0.5 seconds left. Cartier Martin scored 22 points for Washington. Wall had 13 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and four steals, and Kevin Seraphin scored 17 points for the Wizards, who outscored Miami 22-3 on fast-break points. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Miami. The Wizards have only 17 victories, but they have won five of their past seven games, beating both Chicago and Miami down the stretch. Miami's Mike Miller led a second-half comeback and finished with his first double-double of the season, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Mario Chalmers also scored 16 points, and Udonis Haslem had a season-high 15 rebounds. The Heat trailed 57-43 with 19 minutes left and took their first lead of the game on Miller's follow shot at the start of the fourth quarter. Miller scored 10 consecutive Heat points - including back-to-back 3-pointers - to put them up 70-66. Washington responded with a 9-0 run capped by Maurice Evans' 3-pointer. Wall drove and fed Nene for a dunk that put the Wizards ahead 84-82 with 46 seconds left. After a Washington turnover, Haslem dunked on a follow to make it 84-all with 4.2 seconds to go. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Houston R. - Golde State W. 99-96
Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, college: W.Kentucky) scored 20 points, Goran Dragic (6'5''-PG-86) added 18 points and seven assists and the Houston Rockets snapped a six-game losing streak with a 99-96 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. Luis Scola had 13 points and Chase Budinger added 11 for the Rockets, who came into the game in the 10th spot in the Western Conference, one game behind Utah and Phoenix. Houston went 10 for 26 from 3-point range to snap a four-game home losing streak and beat the Warriors for the 14th time in the last 16 meetings. Klay Thompson scored 24 points and Brandon Rush added 19 for the Warriors, who have lost eight straight and 20 of their last 24. The Warriors got within two points midway through the fourth quarter, but Lee hit two 3-pointers to help Houston close it out. Houston is still mathematically alive for the final playoff spot in the West with games left at Miami on Sunday and New Orleans next week. The Rockets made 14 of 26 shots in the first quarter to lead by as many as 12 points. They continued to shoot well to start the second and also controlled the boards early, after getting outrebounded in five of their previous six games. *Courtesy of http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Milwaukee B. - New Jersey N. 106-95
Aaron Rodgers told Brandon Jennings (6'0''-PG-89) something he didn't want to hear. After Jennings scored 30 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 106-95 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night, the Green Bay Packers quarterback stood in front of his courtside seat and informed the guard that his team's playoff chances took a hit. Philadelphia won in overtime at Indiana, meaning the 76ers' magic number dropped to one to clinch the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee trails Philadelphia by three games with three games left, including one against the 76ers on Wednesday. ''He told me, 'Those Pacers let you down tonight,''' Jennings said of the Super Bowl champion quarterback. ''I said, 'That sounds like them.' He told me to just keep playing hard no matter what; just keep playing.'' Jennings, who hit three straight 3-pointers late in the game, was 9 of 18 from the field and finished with six rebounds, six assists and four steals. ''I've been struggling from the 3 lately and I got a couple finally to go tonight,'' Jennings said. ''Once I made the first one, that gave me a little confidence.'' Ersan Ilyasova added 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks, who snapped a three-game losing streak and beat New Jersey for the 11th straight time. Gerald Wallace finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for New Jersey, which hasn't beaten Milwaukee since March 3, 2009. MarShon Brooks had 17 points for the Nets, who lost their fourth straight. ''I think they did a real good job being physical, taking us out of our offense, making us start our offense a little bit higher than we wanted to do,'' Brooks said. ''They're a good team. They made some good plays, they executed down the stretch and we didn't.'' It was the most points for Jennings since he scored 34 at New Jersey on March 12. The guard, whose season high is 36 points, led Milwaukee on a 13-4 run. It began with a 3 from the left corner that gave the Bucks a 94-89 lead with 3:26 to play. After a dunk by Brooks, Jennings drilled another 3 from the left wing for a 97-91 lead with 2:31 left. Kris Humphries had another dunk for the Nets to trim the deficit to 97-93 with 2:19 remaining, but Milwaukee scored the next seven points. Ilyasova's layup was followed by a 3 from Jennings from the right wing for a 102-93 lead with 1:32 left. Shaun Livingston's dunk after a turnover by Brooks gave the Bucks a 104-93 lead with 53 seconds to play. On Monday, Milwaukee hosts Toronto and Philadelphia travels to New Jersey. ''We can't lose any sleep over what (the 76ers) do,'' Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles said. ''We created the position we're in and we, ultimately me, are responsible for the position we're in. We need to now win out and see what happens.'' In the first half, the score was tied at 37 when Milwaukee closed the second quarter with a 16-5 run. Two free throws by Drew Gooden with 1 second left gave the Bucks a 53-42 halftime lead. Milwaukee's lead was trimmed to 73-69 when Johan Petro hit a hook shot with 22.5 seconds left in the third quarter. *Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com

Phoenix Suns - Denver N. 107-118
Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) went 5 of 5 on 3-pointers and had 29 points and 10 assists to lead Denver to a 118-107 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday that clinched a playoff berth for the Nuggets. The Suns fell a half-game behind Utah for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Jazz played at home against Orlando on Saturday night. Phoenix plays at Utah on Tuesday and holds the tiebreaker over the Jazz. Steve Nash of the Suns had 13 assists, nine in the first quarter, and passed Oscar Robertson into fifth place on the NBA's career list. The Suns lost Channing Frye (6'11''-C/F-83, college: Arizona) to a shoulder injury in the second quarter. Shannon Brown scored 28 points for Phoenix, including a career-best 6 3s on 12 attempts. The Nuggets beat the Suns for the sixth straight time, three this season. Denver pulled within a half-game of Dallas for the No. 6 spot in the West. The Mavericks, who hold the tiebreaker over Denver, played at Chicago on Saturday night. Arron Afflalo scored 19 points and Kenneth Faried had 16 for the Nuggets, who had six players finish in double figures, shot 55 percent from the field and had a 26-2 advantage on fastbreak points. Marcin Gortat had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix. Denver used a third-period outburst to build a 21-point lead. The Suns cut it to 10 in the fourth quarter but could get no closer. Nash passed Robertson with his fourth assist, on a 3-pointer by Frye just 4:22 into the game. The two-time MVP had assists on five of Phoenix's first six field goals and finished the first quarter with nine. After a tight first half, the Nuggets outscored Phoenix 33-14 to start the third quarter, going up 93-72 on Al Harrington's fastbreak dunk with 2:31 left in the period. The Suns, though, scored the final eight points of the quarter to cut it to 93-80 entering the fourth. The closest the Suns got after that was 105-95 on Brown's 3 with 4:42 left. Lawson and Andre Miller followed with layups and Phoenix didn't threaten again. Lawson scored 11 points in the third quarter, making 4 of 6 shots, including all three 3-point attempts. The Nuggets led 60-58 after a first half that saw neither team lead by more than six points. Denver shot 59.5 percent in the first half, led by Lawson's 7 for 9 for 16 points. The Suns shot 54 percent in the first half, with Gortat going 6 for 9 for 14 points. Frye sustained a subluxed right shoulder when he went up for a rebound with 4:33 left in the first half. The Suns' starting power forward, who leads the team with 91 3-pointers, missed nearly two weeks after dislocating the same shoulder late last season. *Courtesy of www.boston.com



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Tait number one in New Zealand for round 8 - by Eurobasket News

New Zealand guard Lindsay Tait (192-G-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Auckland P., receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 29-year old player got a double-double of 35 points and 11 assists, while his team outclassed Taranaki MA (#7, 4-7) with 26-point margin 114-88. Auckland P. maintains the 2nd position in New Zealand NBL. They are still close to the very top. Auckland P. would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. In the team's last game Tait had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Auckland P., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Lindsay Tait has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 8.0apg) and averages impressive 57.5% FGP and 43.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American power forward Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81) of Manawatu J.. Horvath had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Hub Jets to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked OceanaGold N. (#8, 3-7) 103-79. This victory allowed Hub Jets to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Horvath is a newcomer at Hub Jets, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.1ppg (#2). He also registered 16.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Lawrence Abney (203-F-77, agency: Dream Team Management) of Southland S. (#6). Abney scored 26 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Southland S., leading his team to a 86-85 win against the higher-ranked Wellington S. (#3, 5-4). The chances of Southland S. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Abney could help Southland S. to bring them higher in the standings. Abney has a great season in New Zealand. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.6rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Harrison (206-F/C-84) of Nelson G. - 28 points and 8 rebounds
5. Antoine Tisby (203-F/C-83) of OceanaGold N. - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Marcel Jones (203-F-85) of Hub Jets - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Antoine Tisby (203-F/C-83) of OceanaGold N. - 22 points and 10 rebounds
8. Josh Pace (198-G/F-83) of Hub Jets - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Sam Dempster (192-G/F-90) of Nelson G. - 15 points and 14 rebounds
10. Ronald Dorsey (197-F/G-83) of Auckland P. - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Bogut withdraws from Boomers Olympic campaign - by Eurobasket News

Basketball Australia has confirmed that superstar centre Andrew Bogut (212-C-84, college: Utah) has withdrawn from the Boomers' 2012 London Olympic Games team.

Scans of his rehabilitating ankle, which he injured in the current NBA season after landing awkwardly on an opponents foot, revealed that additional arthroscopic surgery will be required for the injury to heal properly, and therefore, there will be insufficient time prior to the Olympic Games for him to become fully fit.

Australian Boomers head coach Brett Brown said that the announcement was a significant blow to the teams Olympic aspirations, but strongly reinforced his belief in the current group of prospective Boomer Olympians. The Boomers coach was particularly disappointed for Bogut as this was the second unfortunate injury to again keep him out of a major tournament.

Three years ago, when I was interviewing for this position, I flew to Dallas when the [Milwaukee] Bucks were playing the [Dallas] Mavericks and I sat down with him and asked him 'in the event that I was offered the Boomers job, what are your playing intentions going forward with the Boomers program?',' said coach Brown.

He enthusiastically declared to me that he was 'all in' and with that news I went even more aggressively after the job and tried to become the next Boomers coach. I was offered the job but sadly, three years later, through great misfortune, Andrews injuries have prevented him from playing a single Boomers game since I have been the coach.

'I was with Andrew last week when the [San Antonio] Spurs played his [Golden State] Warriors and I have been aware of this unfortunate news for a while. He has always been honest with me. I feel for him. He has experienced some very ordinary luck during my tenure and particularly this time around, where it will prohibit him from playing with his teammates and representing his country at the Olympic Games. I will personally miss the opportunity to coach him. When he is healthy, I believe that he is one of the best three centers in the world, a true game changer on many levels, he said.

Brown said the loss of Bogut will mean that the style of play the Boomers will take into London will need to be adjusted, with the team now needing to play a more fast-paced and up-tempo style.

Andrews departure will force our coaching staff to revisit particularly our offensive style, said Brown. I believe that the group that we now have will be more effective in an open court type of game and the responsibility to put them in their best environment to succeed rests with me.

The group that we have has been fantastic and, ironically, because Andrew has not been a part of the group in recent years, in an unusual way, it will help us as it has forced us to get used to playing without him. It has allowed us to build a core group of players that have played at a high level of international competition, the 2010 World Championship and most recently at the FIBA Oceania Olympic Qualifying series against New Zealand. This has enabled us to have consistency over those three years that Andrew was not a part of us, he said.

Despite the loss of one of the premier big men in basketball, Brown believes that the Boomers still have the talent, balance and depth to do something special at the London Games.

I have great faith and belief in our current group. I think we are well-balanced in terms of positions on the floor. I believe there has been continued improvement in the targeted players that we identified three years ago and I am beyond excited to come back to Australia and work with a very committed and prideful group of Boomers again, he said.
Courtesy of: basketball.net.au



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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze climb on top of standings - by Eurobasket News

Thailand Slammers - Petron Blaze 76:103

Petron Blaze registered the 14th win in the ASEAN League season. They overcame Thailand Slammers on the road to reach the summit at the league standings. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85, college: Nevada) fired 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
The teams exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 26:26 after the first frame. The Blaze surged ahead in the second term. They held the hosts to 12 points and piled up a 52:38 halftime lead. The visitors stayed aggressive in the third term. They boosted the margin to as many as 23 points with one quarter remaining 79:56. The Blaze did not loosen the grasp in the fourth term and cruised to the victory at the end. Leo Avenido (186-G-78) and Chris Banchero (185-G, agency: VVG Sports, college: Seattle Pacific) delivered 15 points each for the winners. Calvin Williams (206-F-87, college: SE Missouri St.) posted 20 points and 17 rebounds for the Slammers. Christopher Garnett (211-C-80, college: Indiana SE) produced 14 points in the loss.

Thailand Slammers: Calvin Williams 20+17 boards, Christopher Garnett 14
Petron Blaze: Nick Fazekas 22, Leo Avenido 15, Chris Banchero 15



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG19.2 
 2. Michalak, LKS Lodz17.2 
 3. Corbett, Siarka J.16.1 
 4. Miller, Siarka J.15.9 
 5. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.8 
 6. Micic, PBG Basket15.7 
 7. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 8. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.3 
 10. Kickert, PGE Turow15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  Kotwica
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Harris, Kotwica11.6 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG10.2 
 3. Dluski, LKS Lodz8.1 
 4. Burgess, Trefl S.8.0 
 5. Archibeque, Zastal7.6 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.7.3 
 7. Simmons, Polpharma7.2 
 8. Eziukwu, AZS K.7.2 
 9. Bartosz, PBG Bask.7.1 
 10. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Skibniewski, Slask7.4 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.1 
 3. Wilczek, AZS P.5.2 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.2 
 5. Milicic, AZS K.5.1 
 6. Moore, PGE Turow4.8 
 7. Miller, Siarka J.4.7 
 8. Burrell, Energa C.4.6 
 9. Micic, PBG Basket4.5 
 10. Szubarga, Anwil4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Szubarga, Anwil1.9 
 2. Skibniewski, Slask1.6 
 3. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 4. Tiller, Siarka J.1.5 
 5. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.5 
 6. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.4 
 7. Dabrowski, Polph.1.4 
 8. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 9. Kinnard, Anwil1.4 
 10. Miller, Siarka J.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Eziukwu, AZS K.1.8 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 3. Harris, Kotwica1.6 
 4. Kesicki, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Morrison, Energa C.1.2 
 6. Karnowski, Siarka1.2 
 7. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.1 
 8. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 9. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.1 
 10. Doaks, Siarka J.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS S.
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.18.5 
 2. Woloszyn, MKS D.18.2 
 3. Niesobski, Sudety16.7 
 4. Kostrzewski, Start16.4 
 5. Jarecki, P.Cuk.15.3 
 6. Mazur, Polonia14.8 
 7. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.14.0 
 8. Donigiewicz, Rosa13.8 
 9. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.13.6 
 10. Pluta, MOSiR K.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Krzysztof MIELCZAREK
  AZS S.
  (198-G/F-81)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Mielczarek, AZS S.11.8 
 2. Luszczewski, Start9.8 
 3. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.9.4 
 4. Mikolajko, Polonia7.9 
 5. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.1 
 6. Wilusz, Sudety7.1 
 7. Malewski, Znicz B.7.0 
 8. Radke, Rosa Radom6.9 
 9. Perka, AZS Kutno6.8 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Michal MUSIJOWSKI
  Polonia
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Musijowski, Polonia5.5 
 2. Grochowski, MKS D.5.4 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 4. Zytko, P..4.6 
 5. Michalski, Start L.4.1 
 6. Kardas, Rosa Radom4.0 
 7. Ochonko, Spojnia4.0 
 8. Brek, AZS Kutno3.9 
 9. Wojcicki, SKK S.3.6 
 10. Szumelda-K., Znic.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz ZYTKO
  P..
  (181-G-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Zytko, P..3.5 
 2. Mielczarek, AZS S.3.1 
 3. Niesobski, Sudety2.9 
 4. Szumelda-K., Znicz2.9 
 5. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.2.8 
 6. Sulinski, Znicz B.2.7 
 7. Szpyrka, Start G.2.6 
 8. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.2.5 
 9. Czubek, Znicz B.2.5 
 10. Basinski, SKK S.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Artur DONIGIEWICZ
  Rosa R.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Donigiewicz, Rosa2.1 
 2. Niesobski, Sudety1.8 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.8 
 4. Zytko, P..1.8 
 5. Oczkowicz, MOSiR K.1.7 
 6. Wojcicki, SKK S.1.6 
 7. Aleksandrowi., Sta.1.6 
 8. Malecki, AZS Kutno1.6 
 9. Wojdyla, Start G.1.6 
 10. Zmarlak, MKS D.1.6 


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.18.9 
 8. Zurawski, Open F.18.7 
 9. Ejsmont, GKK G.18.6 
 10. Majewski, PWiK P.18.1 
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 AZS10.1 
 6. Fras, Trefl I.9.8 
 7. Kwandrans, MKS L.9.8 
 8. Zurawski, Open F.9.6 
 9. Kuczynski, Tur B.9.1 
 10. Sobkowiak, AZS P.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.11.1 
 2. Paszkiewicz, PWiK6.6 
 3. Hybiak, AZS P.6.5 
 4. Wluczynski, Ksieza.6.4 
 5. Jarosz, MKS S.5.8 
 6. Gospodarek, Novum5.5 
 7. Grzelinski, WKK O.5.4 
 8. Rapucha, Tur B.5.3 
 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.4.3 
 3. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.4.3 
 4. Jarosz, MKS S.4.2 
 5. Misztela, UMKS P.4.0 
 6. Adamczyk, Pulaski3.8 
 7. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.8 
 8. Chojecki, Zyrardow.3.8 
 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. Fediuk, UKS S.2.2 
 6. Platek, Slask I.2.2 
 7. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.2 
 8. Misztela, UMKS P.2.2 
 9. Labedz, Rosa I.2.1 
 10. Szwed, Zyrardow.2.1 


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

Group A
Astoria Bydg. - Ksiezak Lowicz 85-73

Astoria Bydgoszcz claimed the first win in the semifinals. The game was mostly controlled by Astoria Bydg.. Ksiezak Lowicz managed to win third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Astoria Bydg. forced 20 Ksiezak Lowicz turnovers and outrebounded them 43-27 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Mateusz Bierwagen (194-88) stepped up and scored 28 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and forward Dorian Szyttenholm (194-83) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. Four Astoria Bydg. players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Damian Janiak (191-89) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Bartosz Wluczynski (176-88) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: M.Bierwagen 28+8reb+3ast, D.Szyttenholm 17+9reb+3ast, S.Laydych 14+7reb+3ast, A.Szopinski 14+7reb+5ast, W.Szafranek 6+3reb, P.Rapalski 3+4reb
Ksiezak Lowicz: D.Janiak 18+5reb+4ast, B.Wluczynski 16+4reb+3ast, T.Nogalski 10+4reb, A.Rajkowski 8+2reb, K.Kromer 8+4reb+1ast, R.Wojciechowski 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 175160


Open Florentyna - AZS PP Poznan 81-82

AZS Poznan escaped with a one-point victory over Open Florentyna. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Open Florentyna won fourth quarter 25-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS PP Poznan made 11 blocks. Forward Michal Szydlowski (198-87) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) chipped in 20 points and 6 steals. Power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds and swingman Karol Debski (198-84, agency: Promotex) added 10 points and 13 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four AZS PP Poznan and five Open Florentyna players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
AZS PP Poznan: P.Hybiak 20+4reb+3ast, M.Szydlowski 18+11reb+1ast, T.Baszak 16+2reb+2ast, T.Gierwazik 10+2reb+1ast, P.Stankiewicz 6+4reb+1ast, F.Kowalewski 6+7reb
Open Florentyna: W.Zurawski 26+17reb+1ast, S.Buczyniak 13+5reb, M.Stoklosa 12+2reb+7ast, J.Sulowski 12+1reb, K.Debski 10+13reb+2ast, J.Czech 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 175159


Group B
BM Wegiel Stal - AZS AWF K-ce 78-68

BM Wegiel Stal rallied past AZS Katowice for the opening win. AZS AWF K-ce was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. BM Wegiel Stal forced 22 AZS AWF K-ce turnovers and outrebounded them 38-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Guard Marcin Dymala (185-90) nailed 26 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for the winning side and the former international forward Wojciech Szawarski (195-76) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Kamil Nowak (196-88) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Mateusz Dziemba (194-92) added 20 points respectively for AZS AWF K-ce in the defeat. Four AZS AWF K-ce players scored in double figures. AZS AWF K-ce's coach Miroslaw Stawowski tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
BM Wegiel Stal: M.Dymala 26+5reb+4ast, W.Szawarski 14+5reb, M.Kalowski 10+5reb, L.Olejnik 8+6reb, T.Cielebak 8+5reb+1ast, M.Matczak 4+2reb
AZS AWF K-ce: M.Dziemba 20+2reb+1ast, K.Nowak 20+7reb+2ast, T.Milewski 13+4reb+2ast, M.Dziemba 10+1reb+1ast, P.Jurczynski 3+1reb+1ast, M.Ecka 2+6reb+3ast
gschID: 175162


Slask II W. - Pogon Prudnik 71-73

Pogon Prudnik stepped closer to the Final beating Slask II in Wroclaw in the opener. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 9-point deficit before their 21-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. Pogon Prudnik forced 22 Slask II W. turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 13 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Maciej Lepczynski (193-82) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Tomasz Lakis (194-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Adrian Mroczek-Truskowski (195-85) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and guard Rafal Glapinski (183-82) added 14 points and 4 steals in the effort for Slask II W.Slask II W.'s coach Grzegorz Krzak rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Pogon Prudnik: M.Lepczynski 20+6reb+3ast, M.Lakis 15+4reb+2ast, T.Lakis 12+11reb+4ast, K.Chmielarz 9+2reb+2ast, J.Pawlowski 7+10reb+1ast, S.Kucia 6+1reb+1ast
Slask II W.: A.Mroczek-Truskowski 21+5reb+1ast, R.Glapinski 14+4reb+3ast, M.Lopatka 8+6reb, A.Grygiel 8, M.Platek 8+8reb+1ast, M.Kowalski 6+1reb
gschID: 175161


Group C
PWiK Piaseczno - Handlopex AZS 101-72

PWiK Piaseczno cruised past Handlopes AZS for the opening victory. The game without a history. PWiK Piaseczno led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. PWiK Piaseczno forced 24 Handlopex AZS turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Handlopex AZS's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when PWiK Piaseczno made 17 blocks. Forward Damian Zapert (196-84) fired 24 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Michal Wojtynski (192-89) chipped in 21 points. Four PWiK Piaseczno players scored in double figures. Guard Krzysztof Banys (185-84) produced 16 points and 4 assists and power forward Piotr Mis (204-77) added 12 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
PWiK Piaseczno: D.Zapert 24+8reb+2ast, M.Wojtynski 21+3reb+2ast, R.Pietrzak 14+5reb+2ast, D.Majewski 13+2reb+2ast, T.Wojcikowski 10+2reb+2ast, T.Borkowski 7+5reb+1ast
Handlopex AZS: K.Banys 16+4reb+4ast, P.Mis 12+4reb+1ast, M.Zmudka 8+3reb+1ast, M.Osiniak 8+3reb, S.Biela 8+3reb+1ast, S.Skop 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 175163


UMKS Kielce - Tur Bielsk Pdl. 82-71

UMKS Kielce are now 1-0 up on Tur following a home victory. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-71. UMKS Kielce looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when UMKS Kielce made 9 blocks. Point guard Hubert Makuch (179-85) fired 23 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Pawel Bacik (187-88) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four UMKS Kielce players scored in double figures. Forward Aaron Weres (196-91) produced 16 points and forward Arkadiusz Zabielski (195-84) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Tur Bielsk Pdl.'s coach Andrej Sinielnikow let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
UMKS Kielce: H.Makuch 23+5reb+8ast, P.Bacik 16+6reb+3ast, A.Busz 14+5reb+2ast, L.Fafara 10+6reb+4ast, D.Wyka 9+8reb+3ast, M.Wrobel 7+2reb
Tur Bielsk Pdl.: A.Weres 16+4reb+1ast, P.Brzozowski 12+1reb+2ast, L.Kuczynski 11+5reb, M.Rapucha 9+2reb+3ast, A.Zabielski 8+11reb+1ast, M.Wysocki 8+10reb
gschID: 175164



1Liga Round 4 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Sokol Lancut - Rosa Radom 54-69

Rosa Radom sealed the next round ticket with a road win over Sokol Lancut. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 43-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Rosa Radom dominated on the defensive end, holding Sokol Lancut to just 7 points in third quarter. They also forced 23 Sokol Lancut turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of center Michal Nikiel (205-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and guard Piotr Kardas (182-78) who added 21 points and 5 steals during the contest. Four Rosa Radom players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Marcel Wilczek (200-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and center Maciej Klima (205-82) scored 6 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: P.Kardas 21+2reb+1ast, M.Nikiel 12+11reb+1ast, A.Donigiewicz 12+3reb+2ast, H.Radke 11+6reb+2ast, T.Pisarczyk 5+7reb, M.Kosinski 3+5reb+1ast
Sokol Lancut: M.Wilczek 18+10reb, T.Fortuna 9+1reb+1ast, M.Klima 6+6reb+1ast, P.Halas 6+2reb+2ast, I.Chromicz 5+6reb, J.Szurlej 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 175276


Spojnia - Znicz Basket 78-68

Spojnia earned the second straight win and forced the decisive fifth game in the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Spojnia made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 MKS Znicz Basket turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Hubert Pabian (202-89, agency: Promotex) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Tomasz Stepien (193-86) who added 18 points during the contest. At the losing side forward Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-84) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and forward Andrzej Misiewicz (201-84, college: Daytona Beach CC) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. MKS Znicz Basket's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Spojnia: T.Stepien 18+3reb+1ast, H.Pabian 17+9reb+2ast, T.Ochonko 14+2reb+5ast, A.Soczewski 11+3reb+1ast, A.Parzych 8+7reb+1ast, J.Kalinowski 6+1reb+3ast
Znicz Basket: P.Szymanski 14+7reb+3ast, M.Szumelda-Krzycki 10+2reb+2ast, A.Sulinski 10+3reb+1ast, A.Misiewicz 10+5reb+4ast, D.Czubek 9+3reb+1ast, M.Matuszewski 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 175277



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  PORTUGAL   

Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Terceira.
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Bowie, Terceira.19.1 
 2. Murphy, Terceira.18.6 
 3. Addison, Sampaense18.2 
 4. Stempin, Porto F.17.6 
 5. Scott, Benfica17.5 
 6. Franklin, Lusitania17.1 
 7. Nevels, Terceira.16.9 
 8. Morris, Vitoria SC16.5 
 9. Balseiro, Sampa.15.5 
 10. Oruche, Academica15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MORRIS
  Vitoria SC
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Morris, Vitoria SC11.0 
 2. Lee, Ovarense9.9 
 3. Nevels, Terceira.9.6 
 4. Fonseca, Vitoria SC9.2 
 5. Addison, Sampaense8.3 
 6. Djukic, Ginasio8.2 
 7. Momplasir, Lusitan.8.0 
 8. Cunha, Vitoria SC7.9 
 9. Gunter, CAB M.7.9 
 10. Stempin, Porto F.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mario FERNANDES
  CAB M.
  (176-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Fernandes, CAB M.6.5 
 2. Sing, Sampaense5.9 
 3. Blanks, Vitoria SC5.4 
 4. Reveles, Sampaense5.3 
 5. Barbosa, Ovarense4.5 
 6. Ferreira, Ginasio4.4 
 7. Manarte, Ovarense4.1 
 8. Minhava, Benfica4.1 
 9. Bowie, Terceira.4.1 
 10. Fechas, Barcelos4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jaime SILVA
  CAB Madeira
  (187-PG-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Silva, CAB Madeira3.2 
 2. Balseiro, Sampa.2.3 
 3. Fernandes, CAB M.2.3 
 4. Cunha, Vitoria SC2.0 
 5. Kenon, CAB Madeira1.9 
 6. Andrade, Porto F.1.9 
 7. Franklin, Lusitania1.8 
 8. Bessa, Vitoria SC1.8 
 9. Jackson, CAB M.1.8 
 10. Silva, Barcelos1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Durrell NEVELS
  Terceira.
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nevels, Terceira.2.8 
 2. Momplasir, Lusitan.1.8 
 3. Johnson, Porto F.1.2 
 4. Gunter, CAB M.1.0 
 5. Silva, Barcelos1.0 
 6. Doliboa, Benfica0.9 
 7. Ehiagwina, Ginasio0.8 
 8. Coelho, CAB M.0.8 
 9. Addison, Sampaense0.8 
 10. Howell, Academica0.7 


LPB Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Benfica complete semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Academica - Benfica 67-75

Benfica advanced into the semifinals after edging Academica in the fourth game of the series. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-67. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Seth Doliboa (203-80, college: Wright St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Joao Gomes (199-85) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American-Spanish forward Arnette Hallman (199-88) replied with 11 points and 9 rebounds and guard Diogo Simoes (178-80) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Academica. Four Academica players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Academica: F.Sousa 13+5reb+1ast, R.Oruche 12+2reb+1ast, A.Hallman 11+9reb+2ast, R.Howell 10+6reb+2ast, M.Goncalves 9+4reb, D.Simoes 8+7reb+6ast
Benfica: S.Doliboa 23+12reb+2ast, T.Scott 15+2reb, J.Gomes 10+5reb+4ast, E.Evora 8+6reb, T.Barroso 7+1reb+2ast, H.Evans 6+2reb
gschID: 175316



Proliga Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Oliveirense - Electrico FC 78-63

Olivairense surged ahead against Electrico following a comfortable home win. The game without a history. Oliveirense led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Oliveirense outrebounded Electrico FC 38-23 including 28 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Deantre Jefferson (203-F-88, college: Chattanooga) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Spencer Johnson (198-87, college: UMKC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Oliveirense players scored in double figures. Guard Joao Lanzinha (188-89) answered with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and naturalized Cape Verdean swingman Mario Neves (190-77) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Electrico FC.
Top scorers:
Oliveirense: D.Jefferson 25+14reb, S.Johnson 15+12reb+1ast, J.Abreu 11+4reb+7ast, R.Azevedo 10, N.Freitas 10+6ast, A.Pereira 4+6reb
Electrico FC: T.Pinto 17+3reb+2ast, M.Neves 14+6reb+3ast, J.Lanzinha 12+5reb+7ast, J.Andre 7+6reb+1ast, P.Raminhos 6+2reb, T.Brito 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 174801


Angra - Fisica 84-80

Angra toppled Fisica for 1-0 lead in the series. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-17 Fisica's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 84-80 at the end of the game. It was a very good performance for American guard Drew Gibson (188-85, college: Wofford) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 4 assists. Cape Verdean swingman Flavio Gomes (194-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Gibson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Naturalized Mozambican guard Ricardo Rodrigues (185-81) answered with 12 points and 4 assists and Edson Rosario added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Fisica. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fisica's coach Ivan Kostourkov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Angra: D.Gibson 27+3reb+4ast, F.Gomes 17+10reb+1ast, J.Pereira 15+6reb+1ast, P.Loth 10+4reb+5ast, T.Mack 8+9reb, J.Paulo Avila 5+2reb+2ast
Fisica: C.Dias 14+5reb, M.Salvador 14+1ast, E.Rosario 12+6reb+2ast, R.Rodrigues 12+4reb+4ast, B.Freire 10+6reb, J.Cardoso 9+7reb
gschID: 174802


Alges - Sangalhos 74-65

gschID: 174799


Illiabum - Galitos-Tley 66-65

Illibaum secured a narrow home win in the opener. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 33-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American center Dain Swetalla (206-86, college: Augustana, IL) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American-Liberian forward Kadiri Richard (203-80, college: Virginia Union) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Rui Quintino (196-83) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Cape Verdean forward Denis Neves (197-78) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Illiabum: D.Swetalla 18+10reb, K.Richard 15+11reb, P.Azevedo 15+2reb+1ast, C.Clemmons 10+7reb, P.Morgado 4+3ast, J.Figueiredo 3+4ast
Galitos-Tley: R.Quintino 22+6reb+3ast, D.Neves 17+5reb, A.Coelho 10+2reb, J.Ferreira 10+6reb+2ast, G.Chucha 4+2reb, M.Marques 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 174800



LPB Round 3 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

CAB Madeira - Barreirense 87-78

CAB Madeira overcame Barreirense and sealed the next round appearance. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-21 Barreirense's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-78 at the end of the game. CAB Madeira made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Barreirense turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Mario Fernandes (176-PG-82) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 assists and 6 steals (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). American point guard Austin Kenon (180, college: VMI) chipped in 21 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Anthony Hill (204-88, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Antonio Tavares (183-75) added 15 points respectively. Five CAB Madeira and four Barreirense players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CAB Madeira: A.Kenon 21+4reb, M.Fernandes 21+2reb+11ast, J.Silva 12+2reb+2ast, S.Jackson 12+8reb, F.Lima 11+10reb, J.Coelho 10+7reb+3ast
Barreirense: A.Hill 18+10reb, A.Tavares 15+2reb+3ast, J.Silva 13+2reb, D.Jackson 12+6reb, C.Witter 9+3reb+7ast, P.Pinto 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 174007


Vitoria SC - Porto Ferpinta 65-69

Porto Ferpinta handed the third straight loss for Vitoria SC and advanced into the semifinals. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 23-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. FC Porto Ferpinta outrebounded Vitoria SC 41-22 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for American forward Gregory Stempin (203-79, college: Toledo, agency: Duran International) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. The former international forward Carlos Andrade (197-78, college: Queens, NC) accounted for 10 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. FC Porto Ferpinta's coach Moncho Lopez used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The former international swingman Paulo Cunha (199-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Julian Blanks (188-80, college: La Salle) added 19 points and 5 assists respectively for Vitoria SC in the defeat. Four Vitoria SC players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Porto Ferpinta: D.Correia 16+2reb+2ast, G.Stempin 15+15reb, C.Andrade 10+12reb, M.Miranda 6+4reb+2ast, R.Johnson 6+2reb+2ast, J.Costa 6+4ast
Vitoria SC: J.Blanks 19+1reb+5ast, A.Bessa 16+1reb+3ast, P.Cunha 12+13reb+2ast, J.Torrie 10+7reb+2ast, R.Mota 8+1ast, R.Pereira 0
gschID: 174004


Academica - Benfica 63-62

Academica eked out a narrow home win over Benfica and forced the fourth game in the series. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 22-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American-Spanish forward Arnette Hallman (199-88) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 20 rebounds. Nigerian-American Richard Oruche (191-87, college: Ill.-Springfield, agency: KMG Sports Management) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Oruche is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Ted Scott (188-85, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Seth Doliboa (203-80, college: Wright St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Benfica. Benfica's coach Carlos Lisboa rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Academica: R.Oruche 17+4reb+2ast, F.Sousa 13+5reb+2ast, A.Hallman 11+20reb+1ast, R.Howell 9+4reb+2ast, C.Barroca 8+2reb+1ast, M.Goncalves 4+1reb+1ast
Benfica: T.Scott 22+7reb+2ast, S.Doliboa 17+6reb+1ast, A.Monteiro 8+2reb, E.Evora 7+7reb, M.Norris 4+3reb+5ast, H.Evans 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 174005


Lusitania - Ovarense 67-64

Lusitania came up with the biggest upset of the quarterfinal stage as they swept the series versus Ovarense. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ovarense won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lusitania brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a great evening for guard Augusto Sobrinho (188-85) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points and 5 assists. American point guard Ricky Franklin (185-87, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) helped adding 10 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Four Lusitania players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Andre Pinto (200-80) with 12 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Austen Powers (203-87, college: Seattle) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Lusitania: A.Sobrinho 16+3reb+5ast, B.Mills 13+3reb, M.Camara 11+3reb+2ast, R.Franklin 10+4reb+7ast, M.Momplasir 8+10reb+2ast, D.Monteiro 7+4reb+2ast
Ovarense: A.Powers 16+7reb, A.Pinto 12+9reb+2ast, C.Lee 10+9reb+1ast, F.Neves 9+2reb+1ast, J.Miguel Barbosa 5+1reb+5ast, N.Cortez 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 174006



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Mayaguez 17-6 
 2. Bayamon 14-10 
 3. Arecibo 13-9 
 4. Quebradillas 13-10 
 5. San German 12-12 
 6. Guaynabo 11-13 
 7. Guayama 7-16 
 8. Humacao 6-17 

Regular Season: Round 23

Apr. 21: Guaynabo - Mayaguez 87-92 OT
Apr. 21: Humacao - Arecibo 80-96
Apr. 21: Guayama - Bayamon 70-79
Apr. 22: Mayaguez - Humacao
Apr. 22: Quebradillas - Guayama


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 25
 1. Thornton, Guayama25.0 
 2. Harris, San German20.9 
 3. Sensley, Humacao20.2 
 4. Ayuso, Arecibo19.9 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon19.2 
 6. Ramos, Quebradillas18.6 
 7. Vassallo, Guaynabo16.4 
 8. Maye, Guaynabo15.6 
 9. Smith, Mayaguez15.5 
 10. Rivera, San German15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Harris, San German10.0 
 2. Thornton, Guayama9.4 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas9.3 
 4. Sensley, Humacao8.9 
 5. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 6. Sweetney, Bayamon8.4 
 7. Shannon, Quebradil.8.1 
 8. O''Bryant, Mayaguez7.6 
 9. Narvaez, Guaynabo7.4 
 10. Pinkney, San G.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Smith, Mayaguez5.7 
 2. Rivera, San German5.6 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.4 
 4. Pinnock, Arecibo5.0 
 5. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 6. Garcia, Humacao4.1 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon4.1 
 8. Cruz, Quebradillas4.0 
 9. Rodriguez, San G.3.5 
 10. Hatton, Guaynabo3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Smith, Mayaguez2.3 
 2. Pinnock, Arecibo1.8 
 3. Mojica, Bayamon1.6 
 4. Cotto, Mayaguez1.4 
 5. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.4 
 6. Sensley, Humacao1.4 
 7. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 8. Strong, San German1.3 
 9. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 10. Shannon, Quebradi.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.3 
 2. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.8 
 3. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 4. Thornton, Guayama1.6 
 5. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 6. Ramos, Quebradillas1.2 
 7. Harris, San German1.1 
 8. Sensley, Humacao0.9 
 9. Sweetney, Bayamon0.9 
 10. Smith, Mayaguez0.9 



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu23.5 
 2. Durham, Dinamo B.23.3 
 3. Martinic, CSM B.23.0 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.21.0 
 5. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.5 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan18.6 
 7. Sims, Giurgiu18.3 
 8. Ross, Craiova18.0 
 9. Gallimore, CSM B.17.9 
 10. Darby, Rovinari17.8 
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.8.8 
 4. Carutasu, CSM B.8.6 
 5. McKenzie, CSM B.8.6 
 6. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.5 
 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, Rovinari5.4 
 7. Howell, Gaz Metan5.3 
 8. Martinic, CSM B.5.3 
 9. Jovanovic, Timisoa.5.2 
 10. Long, Perla Hargh.5.0 
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. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.0 
 6. Hargrove, Ploiesti1.9 
 7. Mitchell, Gaz Metan1.9 
 8. Nicolae, Politehni.1.8 
 9. Hurjui, Politehnica1.8 
 10. Archie, Timisoara1.8 
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. Archie, Timisoara0.9 
 10. Dragusin, Gaz M.0.9 


Politehnica relegated to Division B - by Eurobasket News

Perla Harghitei - Politehnica 94:69

Politehnica moved to Division B after the Regulation series against Perla Harghitei. Last night the latter won 94:69 and remained in Division A.
The game was mostly controlled by Perla Harghitei. Politehnica managed to win second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Perla Harghitei dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Politehnica's 40. They outrebounded Politehnica 44-32 including 34 on the defensive glass. Christopher Long (187-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Elon) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. His fellow Emmanuel Dies (204-F/C-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Kansas St.) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Madalin Nicolae (197-F-84) answered with 27 points and 7 rebounds for Politehnica.
Tonight is the last Quarterfinal game for the last Semifinal ticket. Timisoara will face CSM Bucuresti in the decisive Game 5.



Timisoara complete the Semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

1/4 Finals
Timisoara - CSM Bucuresti 78-64

Timisoara complete the Semifinal picture winning the series over Bucuresti 3-2. The game without a history. Timisoara led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by CSM Bucuresti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international forward Bogdan Popescu (200-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Bosnian point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Five Timisoara players scored in double figures. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (184-87, agency: BeoExcell) answered with 23 points and 4 assists and Serbian guard Ivan Bosnjak (198-82, agency: BeoExcell) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for CSM Bucuresti.
Top scorers:
Timisoara: B.Popescu 25+10reb+4ast, Z.Jovanovic 19+1reb+3ast, R.Sarovic 11+5reb+1ast, B.Cuic 10+4reb+7ast, D.Archie 10+7reb+3ast, I.Siriscevic 2+2reb
CSM Bucuresti: G.Martinic 23+2reb+4ast, I.Bosnjak 13+8reb+1ast, G.Gallimore 12+8reb, B.McKenzie 6+6reb, E.Rhinehart 5, C.Fometescu 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 175321


Play-out
Perla Harghitei - Politehnica 94-69

The game was mostly controlled by Perla Harghitei. Politehnica managed to win second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Perla Harghitei dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Politehnica's 40. They outrebounded Politehnica 44-32 including 34 on the defensive glass. American guard Christopher Long (187-87, college: Elon, agency: KMG Sports Management) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. His fellow American import power forward Emmanuel Dies (204-77, college: Kansas St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Long is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Perla Harghitei players scored in double figures. Forward Madalin Nicolae (197-84) answered with 27 points and 7 rebounds and guard Constantin Amarghioalei (196-85) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Politehnica. 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:
Perla Harghitei: C.Long 22+10reb+12ast, A.Champion 16+2reb+1ast, D.Erceg 15+6reb, E.Dies 14+9reb+1ast, C.Jakab 8+6reb+2ast, V.Pora 7+1reb+1ast
Politehnica: M.Nicolae 27+7reb+1ast, C.Amarghioalei 15+6reb, D.Anghel 10+9reb, I.Hurjui 8+2reb+7ast, V.Popovici 7+5reb+5ast, L.Rotariu 2
gschID: 175121



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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague A

PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 16-1 
 2. Khimky 15-2 
 3. Triumph 12-6 
 4. Lokomotiv 9-8 
 5. Spartak SP 8-9 
 6. Spartak-Prim. 8-10 
 7. Unics 7-10 
 8. Krasnie Krilya 7-11 
 9. N.Novgorod 3-15 
 10. Enisey 2-15 

Regular Season: Round 21

Apr. 20: CSKA - Krasnie Krilya 98-63
Apr. 19: N.Novgorod - Triumph 70-83
Apr. 22: Spartak-Prim. - Triumph 105-59
Apr. 24: Enisey - Spartak SP
Apr. 24: CSKA - Khimky
Apr. 24: Unics - Lokomotiv


Stats Leaders - Superleague A