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  ARGENTINA   



Liga A: Obras is one win away from the Finals (2-0) - by Eurobasket News

Liga A Semifinals, Game 2: Obras - Regatas C. 80-71 (2-0)

Regatas Corrientes was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 30-16 charge of Obras, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game, while Regatas Corrientes only scored five points from the stripe. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Alejandro Konsztatd (191-89) contributed with 15 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Obras players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Paolo Quinteros (185-79) replied with 22 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Louis Roe (201-72, college: Massachusetts) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Regatas Corrientes.

Obras: J.Gutierrez 20+8reb+1ast, A.Konsztatd 15+1reb+8ast, J.Mazzaro 15+2reb+1ast, D.Fells 14+4reb+1ast, M.Osimani 9+1reb, T.Washam 7+10reb+2ast
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 22+5reb+2ast, J.Martinez 12+4reb+3ast, L.Roe 12+10reb+2ast, D.Cavaco 9+3reb+1ast, D.Kante 6+6reb+1ast, P.I. Calderon 4+3reb
gschID: 175630



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   

Standings

O Standings
 1. Petron Blaze 15-4 
 2. Philip.Patriots 14-4 
 3. Satria Muda 9-9 
 4. KL Dragons 9-9 
 5. Singapore S. 7-10 
 6. Bangkok C. 6-11 
 7. Saigon H. 6-11 
 8. Thailand S. 5-13 

Regular Season: Round 18

Apr. 25: Bangkok C. - KL Dragons 84-107
Apr. 25: Philip.Patriots - Saigon H. 76-70
Apr. 25: Petron Blaze - Singapore S. 68-64

Regular Season: Round 19

Apr. 28: Satria Muda - Thailand S.
Apr. 28: Petron Blaze - Bangkok C.
Apr. 29: Philip.Patriots - KL Dragons
Apr. 29: Singapore S. - Saigon H.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Mills scores 27 as Spurs beat Suns 110-106 - by Eurobasket News

No one could say for certain that this was Steve Nash's final game in a Phoenix uniform, but the Suns' fans certainly sensed it was.

As a meaningless 110-106 loss to the depleted San Antonio Spurs wound down on Wednesday night, the crowd stood and chanted 'We want Nash' over and over.

First it was just a few fans. Then it spread through the whole building.

Finally, coach Alvin Gentry sent the 38-year-old point guard back onto the court for a few plays before Nash left to rousing cheers.

'It was obviously amazing to get that type of reception and support,' Nash said. 'It's very special because it's not something I asked for or imagined to get that type of spontaneous reaction. It means it's authentic, the relationship that I thought we had.'

Nash, a free agent at the end of the season after eight years with the Suns, said he will take time to explore his options.

'I'm in no rush,' he said. 'I think it's important to take my time and just gain some perspective on what's happened in my career and what the future may hold. It's just a lot of speculation at this point.'

Gentry said he put Nash back in the game to get the ovation he deserved.

'He was a guy that made guys better,' said Gentry, who was with the Suns for all eight of Nash's seasons, either as an assistant or head coach. 'It was fun to watch him play and to be with him for eight years, and what he has accomplished here, and what he has done for this franchise and for my coaching career, is priceless.'

Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 27 points and Tiago Splitter had 26 in San Antonio's ninth win in a row.

The Spurs sent Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili as well as coach Gregg Popovich home earlier in the day. The four will also miss San Antonio's regular-season finale at Golden State on Thursday night.

'It's one of those funny situations, end of the season and resting guys,' Mills said. 'As crazy as it is, it does make a lot of sense. I thought for the main guys to go back and recharge the batteries before the playoffs, that's a chance to give the other guys a great opportunity.'

The Spurs, already guaranteed the No. 1 playoff spot in the Western Conference, remain tied with Chicago for the best record in the NBA with one game to play.

The Bulls hold the tiebreaker with a win over San Antonio in their only regular-season meeting, and the issue apparently is not that important to the Spurs given the fact they aren't playing their three stars and don't even have their coach.

Phoenix was eliminated from playoff contention with a loss at Utah on Tuesday night.

Nash had eight points and seven assists in just 18 minutes, all of his points coming in the third quarter. The two-time league MVP left the game with 3:08 to go in the third quarter and probably would have stayed on the sideline had the crowd not demanded his return.

As he left the court the final time to cheers, Nash looked down but waved his right index finger briefly to the crowd.

Nash was scoreless with four assists in just 8 minutes in the first half but scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting in the third quarter. He made a driving reverse layup from the baseline, then assisted on the next two baskets to put Phoenix ahead 76-70 in the third quarter. He left the game with 3:08 left in the period and the Suns up 76-75. The game was tied at 82 entering the fourth.

Sebastian Telfair missed a 21-footer that would have tied it with 20 seconds left before Mills made two free throws with 12.3 seconds left to put it away.

Shannon Brown had 21 points and Telfair added 20 for the Suns.

Courtesy of www.heraldnet.com



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 20-8 
 2. Antwerp 19-8 
 3. Oostende 18-10 
 4. Aalstar 16-12 
 5. Leuven 14-12 
 6. M.Hainaut 13-15 
 7. Gent 10-18 
 8. Liege 8-18 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 5-22 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 25: Aalstar - Oostende 85-71
Apr. 25: Antwerp - Gent 71-68
Apr. 25: M.Hainaut - Spirou 62-89
Apr. 25: Leuven - Liege


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Copeland, Aalstar21.0 
 2. Bostic, Liege16.6 
 3. Lojeski, Oostende15.1 
 4. Broyles, Spirou14.3 
 5. Black, Antwerp14.3 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut13.9 
 7. Freeman, Leuven13.8 
 8. Love, Verviers-Pep.13.7 
 9. Haynes, Gent13.7 
 10. Green, Spirou13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Graham BROWN
  Gent
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Brown, Gent8.0 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.7 
 3. Young, Aalstar7.3 
 4. Mejri, Antwerp7.2 
 5. McLean, Leuven6.9 
 6. Merriex, Verviers.6.8 
 7. Mukubu, Verviers.6.6 
 8. Booker, Oostende6.2 
 9. Jackson, Aalstar5.9 
 10. Bostic, Liege5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Liege
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Waters, Liege4.2 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.6 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven3.5 
 4. Black, Antwerp3.0 
 5. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.9 
 6. Bosco, Gent2.9 
 7. Steinbach, Aalstar2.9 
 8. Bostic, Liege2.7 
 9. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.7 
 10. Thompson, Vervier.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Adeola DAGUNDURO
  Leuven
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Dagunduro, Leuven2.6 
 2. Mukubu, Verviers.2.2 
 3. Black, Antwerp2.1 
 4. Bosco, Gent1.9 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp1.9 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp1.9 
 7. Muya, Liege1.8 
 8. Bostic, Liege1.7 
 9. Slaughter, M.Hai.1.5 
 10. Haynes, Gent1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.6 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.7 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.5 
 4. Young, Aalstar1.0 
 5. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 6. Booker, Oostende0.8 
 7. Vaughn, Antwerp0.6 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.6 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar0.6 
 10. Mukubu, Verviers.0.5 



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  BERMUDAS   


Sullivan Phillips wins the title with Prievidza - by Eurobasket News

Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, college: Wash.Adventist) wins the title abroad as his Prievidza conquered Extraliga title. They defeated Komarno 69:61 in the fourth game of the series to clinch the trophy. David Godbold knocked down 18 points to pace Prievidza to the first title since 1995.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. The hosts eked out a narrow 21:19 lead after ten minutes. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense second quarter. Prievidza had the last say as they snatched a 36:33 lead at halftime. The teams remained neck and neck in the third term. The lead changes continued before the hosts posted a 50:46 lead with ten minutes to go. Prievidza led by just one point with under four minutes to go but they went on an 11:4 run in the dying moments to seal the crucial win at the end. Sullivan Phillips posted 13 points, while Paul Guede added 10 points in the victory. Louis Johnson and Johnathon Jones answered with 13 points each for Komarno.
Sullivan Phillips joined BC Prievidza (Slovakia-Extraliga) this season and averaged 15.0 points per game.



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  BOSNIA   

Standings - BIH League

D1 Standings
League 6
 1. Siroki WWin 9-1 
 2. Igokea 9-1 
 3. Mladost 4-6 
 4. Varda HE 4-6 
 5. Capljina 3-7 
 6. Bosna 1-9 
Places 7-14
 1. Leotar 14-10 
 2. Servitium 10-14 
 3. Hercegovac 10-14 
 4. Borac Nektar 8-16 
 5. Zrinjski HT 8-16 
 6. Vogosca 8-16 
 7. Brotnjo 7-17 
 8. Celik 5-19 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

Apr. 25: Mladost - Capljina 98-88
Apr. 24: Igokea - Siroki WWin 76-75
Apr. 24: Varda HE - Bosna 76-66


KK BOSNA finally unveils young players in season ending loss to Varda! - by Chris Mathieu

KK BOSNA finally unveils young players in season ending loss to Varda!
Bosna officials finally came to realize they were playing for nothing in league 6 in the final game of the season, even though going into the game their record was 1-8 at that point. Actually after three rounds in league 6 the teams best option would have been to see what the young players on the team are made and sorting out the keepers who are the future from the rest. Remember Mirza Teletovic was leading the league in scoring as a 17 year old in Bosnia by a wide margin, the same age as most of these prospects. In the final game of the season Nermin Buza, Marko Vukovic, Amin Hot, Srdan Damjanovic, Ali Demic and Edin Residovic all got a chance to get onto the court; all but Amin Hot played significant minutes. Some of these players have been talked about for years, others burst onto the scene in the last year. What has to be remembered is many of these prospects are already 20 years old, hardly young when you consider were the top prospects in Europe and the NBA are playing at the same age. It is important, if these guys are legitimate European level talents to get them into meaningful games early, before they are no longer teens. Finally getting into a game is nice but getting 7-8 meaningful games against the best teams in Bosnia would have made a real difference. Now the same questions you had about these young players will continue into next season.



KSBiH League 6 recap! - by Chris Mathieu

KSBiH League 6 recap!
Siroki WWin 9-1: No surprise how well the team has played, the best organization in Bosnia played as well as you could expect. Jakov Vladovic is the best point guard in Bosnia and shoots, passes and defends well. The frontline depth is hard to overcome and goes five deep in quality. The teams depth will make them the favorite to win it all. TEAM GRADE: A+
BIGGEST SURPRISE: Boris Barac has pushed into the regular rotation in league 6. He has scored and defended well and has helped to win a couple of games for the team.
BIGGEST DISAPOINTMENT: Fran Pelpic was one of the best scorers on the team in Adriatic league and has fallen off considerably in the last ten games.
Igokea 9-1: There depth, balance and veteran presence has proven hard to overcome for most teams in league 6. Capljina gave them all they could handle but won it in at the end. It looks like its heading to great finals between Siroki and Igokea. Impressive is the fact that the team plays better than their talent level suggests, usually a byproduct of coaching and team player commitment. TEAM GRADE: A
BIGGEST SURPRISE: Milan Dozet has been the best player for the team in league 6 shooting a great percent from all over the court.
BIGGEST DISAPOINTMENT: Miljan Bocka was one of the best gaurds in Bosnia only a couple of years ago. He looks done at the age of thirty and appears to have little left in the tank.

Mladost 4-6: Mladost has played about as well as you could expect. The team has decent depth and decent players but is nothing special. TEAM GRADE: C
BIGGEST SURPISE: Peter Ivanic played very well as a small forward who you can run offense thru. An excellent passer who plays a similar position to a point forward for the team.
BIGGEST DISAPOINTMENT: Nenad Doric played great during the first league of a season. He fell off completely during league 6.
Capljina 3-7: The team played better than their record in league 6 but just had a hard time finishing the games. The lack of backcourt depth hurt the team down the stretch of close games for the team. It was surprising how well the inside players played considering the lack of three point shooters on the outside. TEAM GRADE: C-
BIGGEST SURPISE: Marko Jagodic Kuridza considering he has been the best player in Bosnia this season its hard to call him a surprise. The fact that the competition picked up and his played didnt drop off at all is surprising.
BIGGEST DISAPOINTMENT: The teams three point shooting collectively was atrocious in league six. Surprising because teams tend to pack the paint trying to stop the big men and their inside scoring.
Varda HE 4-6: The team played about as well as expected as their goal going into the season was to avoid regulation and make it to the league 6. Considering the talent level on the team the results were impressive. TEAM GRADE: C
BIGGEST SURPISE: Darko Damjanovic played well for the team scoring 10ppg. His free throw shooting was still atrocious.
BIGGEST DISAPOINTMENT: Nenad Durdevic his play fell off considerably when the competition stepped up in league 6.
Bosna 1-9: The team was the surprise of the regular season playing very well with a new cheaper roster. Controversy and distractions followed the team even before league 6 started. Dzenan Rahimic the teams best player left the team swearing he would never play for Coach Hamdo Fraljak again. The team showed up to a game in Sarajevo only to find them locked out of the stadium because of unpaid bills. The team finally went young in the last game of the season against Varda. TEAM GRADE: F
BIGGEST SURPISE: Ramo Rizvic a late pickup for the team he played well even as all the other teams guard play suffered in league 6.
BIGGEST DISAPOINTMENT: Once it was clear the team had no chance to compete in league 6 playing time for young players should have been the most important goal. This never happened and guys like Amin Hot, Ali Demic, Nermin Buza should have played more meaningful minutes. The team finally played them in the final game of the season, which was the worst case of too little, too late.



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Joinville enter NBB quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Joinville became the last participants of NBB quarterfinals. They defeated Winner/Limeira in the decisive fifth game of the eighth-final series 86:78. Tiago Lima (201-C/F-81) scored 17 points to lead the hosts.
Joinville built a narrow 21:18 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the margin throughout the second quarter. The hosts established a 40:32 halftime buffer. Joinville kept Winner/Limeira at bay throughout the third period. The home team ensured a 65:53 advantage with ten minutes remaining in regulation. Winner/Limeira went on a desperate comeback rally in the final quarter. They unleashed 25 points but Joinville stayed calm and sealed the victory at the end. Rashad Bishop (198-F-88, college: Cincinnati) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Audrei Parisotto (195-G-84) and Kojo Mensah (185-PG-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duquesne) added 13 points each in the victory. Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 23 points for Winner/Limeira. Tatu Romualdo (185-G-83) netted 17 points in the loss.



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  BULGARIA   

Standings A1

NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 25-3 
 2. Levski Sofia 23-5 
 3. Tundja Yambol 18-10 
 4. Rilski Sportist 17-11 
 5. Cherno More 10-18 
 6. Balkan 9-19 
 7. Spartak Pleven 7-21 
 8. Chernomorets 3-25 

Regular Season: Round 28

Apr. 25: Levski Sofia - Cherno More 93-81
Apr. 25: Spartak Pleven - Tundja Yambol 83-97
Apr. 25: Chernomorets - Rilski Sportist 70-102
Apr. 25: Balkan - Lukoil Academik 49-98

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

May. 1: Lukoil Academik - Chernomorets
May. 1: Levski Sofia - Spartak Pleven
May. 1: Tundja Yambol - Balkan
May. 1: Rilski Sportist - Cherno More


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski S.
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Harper, Levski S.20.4 
 2. Durchev, Tundja Y.17.9 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More17.7 
 4. Stankov, Spartak17.5 
 5. Pavlovski, Chernom.15.9 
 6. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.6 
 7. Govedarov, Tundja15.4 
 8. Mirkovic, Rilski S.15.1 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Ril.15.0 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.10.6 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.9.7 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.9 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.8 
 5. Gugino, Tundja Y.7.4 
 6. Georgiev, Levski S.6.7 
 7. Todorov, Spartak6.6 
 8. Marojevic, Balkan6.2 
 9. Petkov, Tundja Y.6.1 
 10. Marintchechk., Ba.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.5.8 
 2. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.6 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.2 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.7 
 5. Aleksiev, Cherno M.4.2 
 6. Howell, Levski Sof.3.9 
 7. Avramov, Lukoil A.3.4 
 8. Filipov, Balkan3.3 
 9. Govedarov, Tundja3.3 
 10. Hall, Levski Sofia3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 2. Howell, Levski Sof.2.1 
 3. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.1 
 4. Harper, Levski S.2.0 
 5. Dunovic, Chernomo.1.9 
 6. Roshmanov, Cherno.1.9 
 7. Gugino, Tundja Y.1.8 
 8. Zahariev, Rilski S.1.8 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 10. Zhelev, Cherno M.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GUGINO
  Tundja Y.
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Gugino, Tundja Y.1.4 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.1 
 3. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.0 
 4. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.8 
 6. Martin, Balkan0.7 
 7. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.7 
 8. Gocevski, Tundja Y.0.6 
 9. Iliev, Cherno More0.6 
 10. Yanev, Cherno Mo.0.5 


NBL Round 28: Regular season is over, Lukoil Academik is No.1 - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NBL just ended. Lukoil Academik is No.1 with 25-3 record. Quarterfinals are set and will start on May 1. The format is best-of-three. Pairs are 1-8, 2-7, 3-6 and 4-5. Lukoil, Levski, Yambol and Rilski will host the first meetings. After that teams will play again on May 3 and if necessary on May 5.

NBL Standings
1. Lukoil Academik 25-3
2. Levski Sofia 23-5
3. Tundja Yambol 18-10
4. Rilski Sportist 17-11
5. Cherno More 10-18
6. Balkan 9-19
7. Spartak Pleven 7-21
8. Chernomorets 3-25



Chernomorets - Rilski Sportist 70-102
The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Chernomorets was better in third quarter 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rilski Sportist forced 19 Chernomorets turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Croatian Ante Bilobrk (203-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Hristo Zahariev (200-90) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Five Rilski Sportist players scored in double figures. FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and guard Dimitar Roshmanov (185-85) added 22 points in the effort for Chernomorets.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: D.Roshmanov 22+2reb+2ast, K.Pavlovski 16+11reb+1ast, T.Zahariev 8+3reb+2ast, D.Dunovic 7+1reb+4ast, A.Saraliyski 7+4reb, I.Slavchev 4+3reb
Rilski Sportist: H.Zahariev 17+4reb+3ast, F.Vukosavljevic 15+3reb, M.Marinov 15+2reb+1ast, A.Bilobrk 14+8reb+4ast, B.Mirkovic 12+2reb+5ast, B.Boev 11+3reb


gschID: 140047


Balkan - Lukoil Academik 49-98
The game without a history. Lukoil Academik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Balkan's 24. They outrebounded Balkan 43-27 including a 37-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lukoil Academik looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Balkan's players. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winners. American forward Lamont Mack (201-87, college: Charlotte) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Five Lukoil Academik players scored in double figures. Guard Dimitar Filipov (185-89) produced 14 points and forward Lubomir Lilov (198-87) added 9 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Balkan: D.Filipov 14+2reb+1ast, L.Lilov 9+4reb+1ast, I.Kasabov 7+1reb+2ast, D.Morton 5+2reb, I.Martin 4+7reb, D.Marintchechki 3+5reb+1ast
Lukoil Academik: L.Mack 20+8reb+2ast, B.Sundov 19+11reb+2ast, B.Avramov 17+8ast, P.Marinov 13+5reb+1ast, V.Veselinov 11+8reb+1ast, A.Owens 11+3reb+5ast
gschID: 140048


Levski Sofia - Cherno More 93-81
The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Levski Sofia made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Euroins Cherno More turnovers. Levski Sofia looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!), 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and the other American import point guard Jarrett Howell (180-84, college: Texas Arlington) who added 18 points, 6 assists and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side power forward Nikolay Kolev (204-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and forward Simeon Iliev (202-89, agency: Interperformances) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: S.Iliev 18+5reb+2ast, N.Kolev 16+12reb, J.Hunt 11+3reb+1ast, T.Zhelev 9+2reb+4ast, V.Kyosev 6, P.Aleksiev 6+8ast
Levski Sofia: A.Harper 35+5reb+4ast, J.Howell 18+2reb+6ast, P.Ivanov 15+6reb, J.Bozov 9+2ast, S.Georgiev 8+11reb+4ast, H.Dimitrov 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 140049


Spartak Pleven - Tundja Yambol 83-97
Tundja Yambol defeated Spartak Pleven 97-83 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak Pleven. The game was mostly controlled by Tundja Yambol. Spartak Pleven managed to win third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tundja Yambol shot 66.7 percent from the field. Tundja Yambol had a 26-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Tundja Yambol especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Martin Durchev (200-87) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) who added 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Todor Todorov (198-82) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Ilia Stankov (198-76) scored 20 points.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: I.Stankov 20+1reb+1ast, T.Todorov 19+6reb+1ast, A.Dyakovski 12+1reb+7ast, V.Georgiev 10+2reb+4ast, S.Tsenov 7+4reb+3ast, T.Ostrev 6+2reb+3ast
Tundja Yambol: M.Durchev 23+2reb+3ast, J.Ofoegbu 19+5reb+1ast, T.Gugino 15+8reb, J.Radionov 14+3reb+4ast, S.Govedarov 12+6reb+4ast, M.Jefferson 8+2reb+2ast



NBL Playoffs 2012 Schedule - by Maria Mitzova

Quarterfinals
(1)Lukoil Academik Sofia - (8)Chernomorets Burgas
(2)Levski Sofia - (7)BC Spartak Pleven
(3)Tundja Yambol - (6)Balkan Botevgrad
(4)Rilski Sportist Samokov - (5)Euroins Cherno More

Quarterfinals are played in Best of 3 series - 1-1-1 format with the highest ranked team from the Regular season with homecourt advantage.
Quarterfinal dates are May 1st, 3rd and 5th.

Semifinals

[1] Winner of (1)Lukoil Academik Sofia - (8)Chernomorets Burgas - Winner of (4)Rilski Sportist Samokov - (5)Euroins Cherno More

[2] Winner of (2)Levski Sofia - (7)BC Spartak Pleven - Winner of (3)Tundja Yambol - (6)Balkan Botevgrad

Semifinals are played in Best of 5 series, in format 2-2-1;
Semifinal series [1] dates are May 10, 12, 15, 15 and 20;
Semifinal [2] dates are May 9, 11, 14, 16, 19;

FINALS

Best of five series, 2-2-1 format.

In case that Semifinal playoff series end in THREE games, the Finals will be played: May 20, 22, 25, 27, 30.

In case that Semifinal playoff series end in FOUR games, the Finals will be played: May 22, 24, 27, 30 and June 1st.

In case that Semifinal playoff series end in FIVE games, the Finals will be played: May 24, 26, 29, 31 and June 3rd.

Third place series
In case that Semifinal playoff series end in THREE games, the 3rd place games will be played: May 19, 21, 23.
In case that Semifinal playoff series end in FOUR games, the 3rd place games will be played: May 21, 23, 25.
In case that Semifinal playoff series end in FIVE games, the 3rd place games will be played: May 23, 25, 27.



Third straight scoring title for Aaron Harper - by Maria Mitzova

Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) is once again the scoring champ of the Regular season in Bulgarian NBL. Levski shooting guard won the competition in 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 and managed to keep it up again this season. The American had an average of 20.4 points per game, playing 25 games this season, 31.1 min/game.

Last year his crown was contested by Ivan Lilov, and this season Martin Durchev (200-G-87) kept it close till the end, but despite the drop (22.1 and 23.2 in previous seasons), Harper still nailed it.

This is fourth season in a row that a Levski player is a scoring champion, with current PG Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) winning it in 2008/2009.

Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances), Iliya Stankov and Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) filled the Best 5 Topscorers in NBL Regular season.


17 players have played in all 28 Regular season games, but only 4 have started in all 28 - two from Yambol - Stanislav Govedarov (185-G-80) and Martin Durchev, and two from Chernomorets - Kiril Pavlovski and Atanas Penev (195-F-85).

Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) is the top passer with an average of 5.8 assist per game. Two more have over 5 assists per game - Aleksandar Dyakovski (185-G-82) with 5.6 and Julian Radionov (188-G-79) with 5.2.

Best rebounder in the League is Vasil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) with an average of 10.6. He is followed by Kiril Pavlovski, Aleksandar Yanev and John Ofoegbu.

Aleksandar Yanev also manages best index - 21.3 - for the Regular season, but he did not play in the last two months of it. Next to him is Aaron Harper who has an average index of 20.6, and John Ofoegbu is third in these standings with average index of 18.1.



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  CANADA   


ONTARIO CITIES HUNGRY FOR OWN NBL FRANCHISE - by John Gary

courtesy Nblcanada.ca As many as seven new ownership groups have expressed interest in joining the National Basketball League of Canada. One other Ontario city is exploring the possibilty of taking over an existing NBL franchise. 'The teams have to be strong fiancially or they wont get in,'London Lightning owner Vito FRijia said. 'The reason most minor league basketball teams fail in the US is because they are underfunded and when they have any kind of problems they cant deal with it.' 'In our league, I dont want to hear about players not getting paid or hotels not getting paid,thats not what the NBL is all about.' ' Frijia said, the Krebs, the only Quebec franchise in the seven team league is considering moving or selling.'


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A1 Standings

A1 Standings
Championship Group
 1. Cibona 11-0 
 2. Cedevita 8-3 
 3. KK Split 7-3 
 4. KK Zagreb CO 6-4 
 5. Zadar 6-5 
 6. Jolly 2-9 
 7. Svjetlost 2-9 
 8. Zabok 1-10 
Play-Out
 1. Krizevci 11-6 
 2. Kvarner 2010 10-7 
 3. Alkar Sinj 10-7 
 4. Darda 8-9 
 5. Borik 6-11 
 6. Dubrovnik 6-11 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 11

Championship

Apr. 24: KK Zagreb CO - Svjetlost 87-71
Apr. 25: Jolly - KK Split 77-83
Apr. 23: Zadar - Cedevita 71-73
Apr. 25: Zabok - Cibona 52-112

Play-Out

Apr. 28: Dubrovnik - Krizevci
Apr. 28: Alkar Sinj - Kvarner 2010
Apr. 28: Borik - Darda

Round 14

Apr. 29: Cibona - KK Zagreb CO


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Mimica, KK Split19.5 
 2. Ross, Jolly18.4 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner17.9 
 4. Simovic, Kvarner15.6 
 5. Stimac, Svjetlost15.1 
 6. Sobin, KK Split15.0 
 7. Vrbanc, Zadar14.7 
 8. Kruslin, Zabok14.3 
 9. Grgat, Krizevci14.2 
 10. Budimir, Darda13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ive IVANOV
  Zadar
  (201-C-85)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Ivanov, Zadar7.3 
 2. Simovic, Kvarner7.2 
 3. Stimac, Svjetlost7.1 
 4. Cinac, Kvarner 20107.0 
 5. Peraica, Darda6.7 
 6. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.7 
 7. Sobin, KK Split6.6 
 8. Vujcic, KK Split5.9 
 9. Grgat, Krizevci5.8 
 10. Mrva, Jolly5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci5.1 
 2. Vujcic, KK Split4.9 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.6 
 4. Blajic, Kvarner4.3 
 5. Subotic, KK Split4.2 
 6. Kostomaj, Svjet.3.8 
 7. Tomas, Zabok3.1 
 8. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.1 
 9. Bubalo, Alkar Sinj2.7 
 10. Kruslin, Zabok2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ross, Jolly2.9 
 2. Bicvic, Darda1.9 
 3. Blajic, Kvarner1.9 
 4. Kostomaj, Svjet.1.9 
 5. Stimac, Svjetlost1.6 
 6. Puljko, Jolly1.5 
 7. Mimica, KK Split1.5 
 8. Ivanov, Zadar1.5 
 9. Zadnik, Zadar1.4 
 10. Ceskovic, Kvarner1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip KRALJEVIC
  Zabok
  (214-F-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kraljevic, Zabok1.9 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.3 
 3. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.2 
 4. Bubalo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Vujcic, KK Split1.1 
 6. Vukovic, KK Split0.8 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 8. Buva, Krizevci0.7 
 9. Kastropil, Zadar0.6 
 10. Diminic, Dubrovnik0.5 



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Peter SEDMAK
  USK Praha
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Sedmak, USK Praha19.7 
 2. Pope, Chomutov19.6 
 3. McFadden, Usti n.18.2 
 4. Grant, Levice17.9 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov17.6 
 6. Hruban, USK Praha16.7 
 7. Houska, BK Decin15.4 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.14.9 
 9. Meno, Svitavy14.8 
 10. Machac, BC Kolin14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.8 
 2. Pesic, Inter B.8.6 
 3. Meno, Svitavy8.4 
 4. Gottselig, Usti n.8.0 
 5. Arnold, BK Pardu.7.9 
 6. Naymick, CEZ N.7.6 
 7. Gadri-N., BK Prost.7.5 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.7.4 
 9. Modric, Levice7.2 
 10. Gavran, Inter B.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  Inter B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Ubilla, Inter B.5.3 
 2. Deloach, Svitavy5.1 
 3. Sotnar, USK Praha4.7 
 4. Wright, NH Ostrava4.6 
 5. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 6. Vrubl, Plzen4.4 
 7. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.1 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava4.1 
 9. McFadden, Usti n.4.1 
 10. Barnes, BC Kolin4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaan AMES
  BC Kolin
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ames, BC Kolin2.7 
 2. Ubilla, Inter B.2.5 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.3 
 5. Wright, NH Ostrava2.1 
 6. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 7. Klecka, B&W Opava1.9 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.8 
 10. Deloach, Svitavy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.1.7 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.3 
 3. Miklosik, B&W O.1.3 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.2 
 5. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 6. Grant, Levice0.9 
 7. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.9 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.9 
 9. Reese, Usti n.0.9 
 10. Meno, Svitavy0.8 


BK Pardubice tied Quarter-Finals at 2-2 - by Eurobasket News

BC Kolin - BK Pardubice 69-81 (2-2)

BK Pardubice tied Quarter-Finals at 2-2 over Kolin. The game was mostly controlled by BK Pardubice. BC Kolin managed to win second period 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Pardubice had a 34-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and the other American import power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) who added 14 points and 17 rebounds during the contest. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward David Machac (204-80) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Stefan Licartovsky (196-84) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: D.Machac 22+8reb+1ast, C.Barnes 13+3reb+4ast, S.Zuzak 13+3reb+4ast, S.Licartovsky 11+10reb+3ast, R.Ames 7+2reb+5ast, R.Field 3+7reb+1ast
BK Pardubice: M.Hampton 27+2reb+2ast, M.Arnold 14+17reb, O.Peterka 13+3reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 11+10reb+1ast, M.Carnecky 8+5reb+2ast, J.Cernosek 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 175397



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.23.8 
 2. Almond, Maine RC23.4 
 3. Emmett, Reno B.23.1 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.21.9 
 5. Millsap, Los A.20.0 
 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. Butch, Bakersfi.10.4 
 4. Dawson, Austin T.10.2 
 5. Thomas, Los A.9.9 
 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. Stinson, Iowa E.5.8 
 8. Bailey, Idaho S.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. Millsap, Los A.2.0 
 6. Hannah, Dakota W.2.0 
 7. Saunders, Rio G.1.9 
 8. Greene, Los A.1.9 
 9. Owens, Tulsa 66ers1.9 
 10. Curry, Springfiel.1.9 
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.1.8 
 7. Hill, Maine RC1.8 
 8. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.7 
 9. Strong, Iowa E.1.6 
 10. Dawson, Austin T.1.6 


Season over, Charge players pack up - by Eurobasket News

Gathering at Edgewood Community Center usually means practice and preparation for the Canton Charge. On Tuesday, it meant exit interviews, final physicals and going over summer plans.

The Charge ended their inaugural NBA Development League season Sunday with a Game 3 semifinal loss in Texas. On Tuesday, the players said goodbye to Canton and each other before flying to Los Angeles, New York and everywhere else home is for them.

'It's almost like high school, when everyone is seniors and ready to go their separate ways', guard Antoine Agudio (6'3''-G-85) said.

Wherever they are headed as basketball players, Charge head coach Alex Jensen feels their direction was aided in Canton.

'You feel good because from talking to all the guys today, their time spent here made them better', Jensen said. 'That's the whole point of a developmental league. We told them from the beginning we want the same thing they want to further their careers.'

D-League players do not get multiyear contracts. Theres no telling how many, if any, of the current Charge players will be back in Canton next year.

'It's all up in the air. You never know what could happen', guard Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87, college: Louisiana Tech) said. 'A lot of us might be back. Or we might not see each other again until later in life.'

We ended (this season) on a strong note. Guys still want to play.

Younger player such as Gibson (24), point guard TJ Campbell (5'9''-PG-88, college: Portland) (24) and forward Frank Hassell (6'8''-F-88, college: ODU) (23) probably would be more likely to return. Older players such as Agudio (27) or forward Dante Milligan (6'9''-F/C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Massachusetts) (28) probably need to cash in better-paying opportunities overseas.

The D-League is not a place to stay in. It is a connection to another destination, and that destination does not have to be the NBA. There are plenty of attractive (and lucrative) destinations overseas. Players have to be realistic and weigh their chances of making it to the NBA versus maximizing their earning potential.

Thats something you have to learn, forward Tyrell Biggs said. Everytime you step on the court, youre basically auditioning for a new gig and building your rsum so you can have something better for next year. Youre playing this year for next year is what we always say.

Biggs, the Charges first-round draft pick, had a good experience in Canton, saying he enjoyed the people here and the whole staff, from (General Manager) Wes (Wilcox) to (athletic trainer) Mike Gittinger. He would consider coming back if he felt it was in his best interest to do so.

At the end of the day, you kind of have to go where the moneys at, Biggs, 25, said. We got to get it while were young. Your window is but so big.

The Charge went 27-23 in the regular season before upsetting Eastern Conference champion Springfield in the first round and advancing to the semifinals.

Jensen was a head coach for the first time in his career. Wilcox was running a team for the first time all while juggling his duties as the Cavaliers director of player personnel. The Charge suited up 25 players in a season that was complicated by the NBA lockout.

Wilcox pointed to several measures of success he feels the team achieved, from helping Manny Harris and Alan Anderson get back to the NBA, to providing a good environment for Luke Harangodys assignment from the Cavaliers, to developing young players such as Campbell and Gibson.

To sum it up, its not just the win-loss column, Wilcox said. The totality of the experience is the measure of our success. To cap it all off with a playoff series win, being the No. 7 seed and beating the No. 2 seed, and then winning Game 1 against Austin at home in the fashion we did ... I think it was a really positive experience for everyone involved.

Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com



San Antonio Spurs sign Derrick Byars for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs signed Bakersfield Jam guard/forward Derrick Byars (6'7''-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt) for the record 60th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2011-12 NBA Development League season. Byars joins more than 100 NBA players with NBA D-League experience currently on 2011-12 rosters.

In 25 regular season games, 22 starts, with the Jam, Byars (6-7, 220, Vanderbilt) averaged 15.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 32.2 minutes. He scored in double figures 18 times, recording a season-high 27 points in a 109-102 win over the Canton Charge on Feb. 22. In the 2012 postseason, Byars averaged 13.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.3 assists and 31.0 minutes in four games. In 104 career NBA D-League games, Byars has averaged 17.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 35.3 minutes.

'It's certainly a special birthday gift to have earned an opportunity to join such a respected franchise as the Spurs. I'm glad all the hard work I've put in over the years, including 3 different seasons with the Jam, has culminated in getting a look from the Spurs', said Byars.

Jam's Head Coach Will Voigt said, 'I am really happy that Derrick has received this opportunity. He is a dynamic scorer but he really focused on improving his defense this year and doing whatever was necessary for our team to win.'

Byars has seen action in 15 NBA preseason games over four seasons, and owns NBA preseason career averages of 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 14.0 minutes.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Finals, Game One: Los Angeles defeats Austin, 109-101, in overtime - by Eurobasket News

Austin T. - Los Angeles D. 101-109 OT
Led by Elijah Millsap's (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) season-high 33 points and 10 rebounds, the top-seeded Los Angeles D-Fenders defeated the Austin Toros, 109-101, in overtime on Tuesday in Game One of the 2012 NBA Development League Finals presented by BBVA. Los Angeles can close out the best-of-three series and win its first NBA D-League Championship with a win in Game Two on Thursday, April 26 in Los Angeles. Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-C-88, college: San Diego St.) scored 21 points and grabbed an NBA D-League Finals record 25 rebounds, while Mardy Collins (6'6''-G-84, college: Temple) added 16 points in the win. Millsap, a 2012 NBA D-League All-Star was 15-of-16 from the free throw line, shooting 8-of-17 from the floor. Terrance Woodbury (6'7''-G/F-86, college: Georgia) came off the bench to lead the Toros, recording a team-high 23 points to go with 11 rebounds. 2012 NBA D-League Most Valuable Player Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) had 18 points, while San Antonio Spurs assignee Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91, college: Texas) finished with 16 points and eight assists in the loss. 2012 NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year Eric Dawson left the game after suffering a mild concussion 35 seconds into the contest. He will be re-evaluated prior to Game Two. Thursday's Game Two will tip off at 10:00 p.m. ET and will be televised on NBA TV and streamed live on nba.com/dleague while tonight's game can be seen tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBA TV.

2011 NBA D-LEAGUE FINALS SCHEDULE (All times EASTERN):
Game 1 - Los Angeles 109, Austin 101, OT
Game 2 - Thursday, April 26 - Austin @ Los Angeles, 10:00 p.m.
*Game 3 - Saturday, April 28 - Austin @ Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m. *If necessary.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Stefhon Hannah Named NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year - by Surujh Roopnarine

A vote of the NBA D-Leagues 16 head coaches led to the awarding of the Defensive Player of the Year award to Dakota Wizards guard Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Missouri).
Hannah, a 6-1, 175-pound guard out of Missouri, was acquired by Dakota on January 22 from the available player pool after beginning the season with AZS Koszalin of Poland. In his second season, he was second in the league in steals averaging 2.1 per game and recorded a steal in 25 of 29 games played. He averaged 18.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 29 games (27 starts).
In 13 games for AZS Koszalin, he averaged 13.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.2 steals.
A Chicago, Illinois native, Hannah is in his fourth professional season, second in the D-League, and was a key member of the 2011 D-League Champion Iowa Energy squad last season. In addition to his time in the D-League, Hannah has played professionally abroad in Cyprus, Lithuania, Philippines and Poland.



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

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul). He led CSKA Moscow to a victory over the eighth-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-11) crushing them 98-63 in the Russian PBL in Friday night's game. Mejia was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and blocked 2 blocks in 23 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (17-1) is placed first in the PBL. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Mejia averages: 6.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 58.3%(14-24) and FT: 82.4% in the eight games he played so far. He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team seven years ago.

Charlie Villanueva
Charlie Villanueva
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Charlie Villanueva (209-84, college: Connecticut), who plays in the NBA. Villanueva could not help the Detroit Pistons (24-41) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Detroit Pistons were crushed 116-84 on the road by the Atlanta Hawks. Villanueva recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Villanueva's overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 85.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Villanueva played previously for the USA U21 national team, he played also for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Strangely Villanueva has never played in Dominican Republic.

Luis Flores
Luis Flores
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Luis Flores (188-81, college: Manhattan). He was not able to help Budivelnyk (30-9) in their game against BC Odessa (22-17) in the Ukrainian Superleague, despite his very good performance on Monday night. Flores was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 3 assists in 33 minutes. But Budivelnyk was edged in an overtime 99-98 in Odessa by the lower-ranked (#7) BC Odessa. Flores has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 47.1%(8-17) and FT: 76.5% in the 12 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Flores played also for the Dominican Republic national team in 2004.

Francisco Garcia
Francisco Garcia
   #4. Swingman Francisco Garcia (201-81, college: Louisville) was not able to secure a victory for the Sacramento Kings (21-44) in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-18) in the NBA. He scored 9 points, had 6 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots. But the Sacramento Kings were defeated 103-92 in Oklahoma City by the Thunder. Garcia's team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. It's Garcia's seventh season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 4.8ppg and 2.0rpg. Despite Garcia played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster.

Jack Michael Martinez
Jack Michael Martinez
   #5. Former international power forward Jack Michael Martinez (203-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) was the main contributor in Cocodrilos' victory against the third-ranked Guaiqueries (0-1) 106-92 in the Venezuelan LPB last Tuesday. Martinez was the best player in that game. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was his first game for Cocodrilos this season. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. His team is placed first. Despite Martinez played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster.

Damien McSwine
Damien McSwine
   #6. An experienced guard Damien McSwine (193-78, college: Loyola, IL) couldn't help Garra Canera de Navolato (8-16) in their game against Mineros de Cananea (10-14) in the Mexican CIBACOPA. Despite his very good performance on Friday night McSwine was the top scorer with 33 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. McSwine is currently sixth on the list of best passers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. McSwine averages: 16.8ppg, 3.9rpg and 3.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite McSwine played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the Dominican Republic senior team eight years ago. McSwine used to play for Reales de La Vega in Dominican Republic league.

James Feldeine
James Feldeine
   #7. Former international guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams CB Granada (7-26) 80-63 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Feldeine scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (18-15) is placed eighth in the LEB Gold. Feldeine's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is extremely important. Feldeine is ranked third on the list of the top scorers in the league with 17.8ppg. He also averaged so far 4.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg in the 33 games. Feldeine has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Feldeine is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #8. Swingman Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers) contributed to an overtime EnBW Ludwigsburg's surprising victory against the sixth-ranked s Oliver Baskets (20-13) 91-80 in the German BBL last Saturday. Greer was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Greer also added 4 assists. EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-23) is placed 15th in the BBL. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Greer's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.1apg. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Despite Greer played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Greer used to play for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Josh Asselin
Josh Asselin
   #9. Former international power forward Josh Asselin (211-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) couldn't help Assignia Manresa (14-16) in their game against Meridiano Alicante (16-13) in the Spanish ACB. He scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 31 minutes. Assignia Manresa lost 70-76 in Alicante to the higher-ranked (#8) Meridiano. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. It's Asselin's first season with the team. This year Asselin has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1bpg in the 30 games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Despite Asselin played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster. Asselin used to play for Naco in Dominican Republic league.

Ricardo Greer
Ricardo Greer
   #10. Swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Strasbourg IG (12-15) in their game against JDA Dijon (13-14) in the French ProA. He scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Strasbourg IG was defeated 83-79 in JDA Dijon by the higher-ranked JDA Dijon (#10). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Greer is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 7.3rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg. Greer holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Despite he played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, Greer is also a former international player as six years ago he still played for the Dominican Republic senior national team. Interesting that he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #11. Former international guard Sean Ogirri (188-86, college: Wyoming) is a teammate of previously mentioned James Feldeine and both played together in the last Spanish LEB Gold game. Ogirri was the major contributor in a Leche Rio Breogan's victory against one of league's weakest teams CB Granada 80-63. He scored 14 points in 29 minutes. Ogirri has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.5apg in the 33 games. Despite he played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, Ogirri is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster.

   #12. Former international point guard Emmanuel Quezada (188-85, college: USF) couldn't help Baloncesto Leon in their game against Clinicas Rincon in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 76-65. Quezada is currently fourth on the list of top scorers. This season he has very high stats. Quezada averages: 16.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Quezada used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2006. However he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #13. Former international guard Tjoe de Paula (185-81, agency: Court Side) couldn't help Leeuwarden in their game against Den Bosch in the Dutch Eredivisie. de Paula recorded 8 points in 26 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 92-71. This year his overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in the 27 games. Despite de Paula played previously for the Dutch national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster.

   #14. Former international power forward Larry Turner (210-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Tennessee St.) couldn't help Toyama Grouses in their game against Miyazaki Shining Suns in the Japanese BJ League. Turner recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team were defeated 71-64. Turner's total stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.1bpg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Despite Turner played previously for the Dominican Rep. national team, he is currently in the Dominican Republic national team roster.

   #15. Former international forward Eulis Baez (201-82, college: W.Illinois) couldn't help FIATC Joventut in their game against Lagun Aro GBC in the Spanish ACB. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Baez scored only 2 points in 15 minutes. His team lost 85-90. This year Baez's total stats are: 9.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg in the 20 games. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team three years ago.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Reinis STRUPOVICS
  Valga
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Strupovics, Valga20.9 
 2. Raadik, Parnu18.1 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tln K.17.3 
 4. Cipruss, Tarvas16.8 
 5. Soo, Rapla16.8 
 6. Raap, Parnu16.2 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.15.6 
 8. Pilk, TTU15.3 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.5 
 10. Akenparg, TTU14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.2 
 2. Cricelli, Valga8.4 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.8.2 
 4. Raadik, Parnu7.8 
 5. Arnold, TTU7.6 
 6. Shaw, Tln Kalev7.4 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla6.8 
 8. Pilk, TTU6.6 
 9. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.4 
 10. Allingu, Tartu U.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Valga4.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla4.3 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.1 
 4. Sirsnins, Tarvas3.7 
 5. Pilk, TTU3.6 
 6. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas3.4 
 8. Raap, Parnu3.3 
 9. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 10. Keedus, TTU3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Valga2.5 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.2 
 3. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.2 
 4. Veideman, Tartu U.2.1 
 5. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 6. Kaldre, Rapla2.0 
 7. Skele, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 8. Dorbek, Tarvas1.9 
 9. Raap, Parnu1.8 
 10. Cricelli, Valga1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
 2. Raadik, Parnu1.4 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.2 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.0 
 5. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.6 
 7. Veski, Tarvas0.5 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas0.5 
 9. Keedus, TTU0.4 
 10. Makke, TTU0.4 


Standings - 1.Liiga

1.Liiga Stage Two Standings
Places 1-9
 1. Hito/Johvi 13-3
 2. Balteco 13-3
 3. Kohila SK 11-5
 4. Rapina 8-8
 5. Rapla KK 7-9
 6. BC Kalev II 6-10
 7. Tamsalu 6-10
 8. Marcus 5-11
 9. Tartu Ulikool II 3-13
Places 10-18
 1. Kures. SWE-7 14-2
 2. Scanweld/EN 12-4
 3. Parnu II 10-6
 4. Voru KK 9-7
 5. Elion/Corle 7-9
 6. Audentese/N. 7-9
 7. TTU SK 7-9
 8. Ambla 6-10
 9. Paide VW 0-16
Stage One Standings


Siim-Sander Vene selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Latvijas Universitate (12-14) crushing them 112-47 in a derby game in the Latvian LBL in Friday night's game. Vene scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. VEF Riga (15-1) is placed second in the LBL. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This year Vene averages: 7.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 38.5% in the four games he played so far. He played for the Estonian senior national team two years ago.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82), who plays in the Italian SerieA. Kangur could not help Cimberio Varese (14-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Cimberio Varese was defeated 76-66 on the road by the second-ranked Bennet Cantu. Kangur scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kangur has relatively good stats this season: 11.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 55.4%(56-101), 3FGP: 40.5% and FT: 80.9%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Renato Lindmets
Renato Lindmets
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Renato Lindmets (198-84, college: Westfield St.). Lindmets was not able to help Stjarnan (14-8) in their game against Grindavik (19-3) in the Icelandic Express League, despite his very good performance on Thursday night. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. Lindmets also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 25 minutes. But Stjarnan was edged 79-77 at home by the leading Grindavik. Lindmets belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #4 with 1.3bpg. This year his other stats are: 16.3ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 71.0% in the 19 games. Lindmets is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Lindmets is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team. He used to play for BC Rakvere Tarvas in Estonian league.

Rait Keerles
Rait Keerles
   #4. Forward Rait Keerles (201-80) was not able to secure a victory for Gloria Giants (15-13) in their game against Kirchheim Knights (18-10) in the German ProA (second division). Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game Keerles was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 4 assists. This season Keerles has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Keerles is currently in the Estonian national team roster.

Rain Veideman
Rain Veideman
   #5. International guard Rain Veideman (192-91) couldn't help BBC Bayreuth (12-21) in their game against Bayern Muenchen (21-12) in the German BBL. He did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. Veideman scored only 2 points in 18 minutes. BBC Bayreuth lost 59-68 in Muenchen to the much higher-ranked (#5) Bayern. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Veideman's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg in the 13 games. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Janar Talts (206-C-83) plays for Cimberio Varese in Italian SerieA
Siergiej Babenko (208-F/C-61) plays for Ironi Ashkelon in Israeli Premier League
Remy Pold (198-G-92) plays for Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders in British BBL
Artur Surov (216-C-83) plays for Torpan Pojat in Finnish Korisliiga
Kent Vene (192-F-94) plays for Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuanian NKL
Heiko Rannula (186-G-83) plays for Garonne in French NM2
Madis Shumanov (207-C-88) plays for Bodfeld Baskets in German 2.Regionalliga



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Top former ESL players currently in pro basketball based on last week's performance - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Eurobasket Summer League players, who play currently pro basketball.

   #1. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) led U-Mobitelco to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Targu Mures (19-9) 87-82 in the Romanian Division A in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Dykes recorded 29 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals in 44 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. U-Mobitelco BT Cluj Napoca (20-8) is placed third in the Division A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Dykes is currently fifth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fifth place). He has individually a very good year with high stats. Dykes averages: 20.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.8apg and 2.0spg in the 31 games he played so far. He attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. In 2009 Dykes went to the ESL camp in Malaga, Spain playing for Team Naples.

   #2. Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina) led Minsk-2006 to a victory over the third-ranked Rubon (13-16) 100-94 in the Belarusian Premier League last Tuesday. He was MVP of the game. Knox recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 13 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Championship. BK Minsk-2006 (28-1) is placed first. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. It's Knox's first year with the team. Knox is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1spg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Last year Knox took part in the ESL camp in Cologne, Germany playing for Team Munich.

   #3. Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western) was the main contributor in a Milton Keynes Lions' victory against the fourth-ranked Plymouth Raiders (21-9) 128-113 in the British BBL on Wednesday night. Bolds was MVP of the game. He recorded 40 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 9 assists in 35 minutes. Marshall Milton Keynes Lions (10-20) is placed ninth in the BBL. The Regular Season already ended. Bolds is the league's top scorer and also on the list of best passers (fourth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 24.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 4.7apg and 2.9spg in the 31 games. Bolds is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four years ago he played at the ESL camp in Chicago playing for Warsaw.

   #4. Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help BK Pardubice (24-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Arnold's very good performance the fourth-placed BK Pardubice was defeated 83-76 on the road by the lower-ranked BC Kolin (#5) in the A1 group. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Arnold also added 4 rebounds. Arnold is currently eighth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has very reliable stats this season: 14.9ppg and 7.7rpg. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. In 2008 he attended the ESL camp in Chicago playing for Warsaw.

   #5. Ofir Farhi (189-PG-86) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (8-2) 88-72 in the Balkan League last Saturday. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group A. Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa (9-1) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Farhi averages: 3.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.4apg in the 11 games. Farhi played in 2010at the Eurobasket Summer League in Malaga, Spain for Team Sofia.

   #6. Dwight Burke (202-C/F-86, college: Marquette) was the major contributor in a BK Decin's victory against the leader USK Praha 76-67 in the Czech Republic NBL on Friday night. Burke scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. This season Burke averages: 7.0ppg and 6.3rpg. He attended three years ago the Eurobasket Summer League camp in New York.

   #7. John Little (180-PG-84, college: N.Iowa), who plays in the German BBL was not able to help s Oliver Baskets (20-13) in their last game. Despite Little's good performance s Oliver Baskets lost in an overtime 80-91 in Ludwigsburg to the much lower-ranked (#15) EnBW. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Little also added 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. This year Little averages: 7.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.6apg in the 33 games. Worth to mention he played also for Athens at the ESL in Chicago in 2008.

   #8. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) contributed to a Rayos de Hermosillo's victory against the sixth-ranked Pioneros Los Mochis 93-84 in the Mexican CIBACOPA last Saturday. Little scored 15 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Little has relatively good stats this season: 14.9ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.8apg. He played four years ago at the ESL in Chicago for London.

   #9. Charles Moore (201-F-86, college: S.Arkansas) helped Frayles de Guasave win their game against one of league's weakest teams Garra Canera de Navolato crushing them 106-81 in the Mexican CIBACOPA on Wednesday night. Moore had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds in 28 minutes. Moore has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.1apg in the 23 games. He attended in 2011 the ESL camp in Las Vegas.

   #10. Quantez Robertson (189-G-84, college: Auburn), who plays in the German BBL was not able to secure a victory for Deutsche Bank Skyliners (17-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Robertson's good performance Deutsche Bank Skyliners was defeated in an overtime 96-89 in Tuebingen by the lower-ranked Walter Tigers (#12). He scored 13 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals. This season Robertson averages: 7.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. Worth to mention he played also for Team Amsterdam at the ESL in Chicago three years ago.



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  FINLAND   

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Blue, KTP23.2 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons19.8 
 3. Crocker, KTP19.3 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.2 
 5. Durham, Salon Vilp.18.9 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 7. Hannah, Kauhajoki18.3 
 8. Holloway, Salon V.18.3 
 9. Newson, Kataja18.1 
 10. Ivey, Nilan Bisons18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.12.2 
 2. Durham, Salon Vilp.11.2 
 3. Blue, KTP10.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto10.1 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.8 
 6. Newson, Kataja8.6 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.6 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 9. Brown, Kouvot8.1 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  Namika L.
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Moore, Namika L.5.2 
 2. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.9 
 3. Haynes, LrNM.4.8 
 4. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.5 
 5. Sarcevic, KTP4.3 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto4.2 
 7. Walker, Kataja3.7 
 8. Virtanen, Kataja3.7 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.5 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 2. Moore, Korihait2.2 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.1 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, KTP1.7 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.1.7 
 8. Newson, Kataja1.6 
 9. Jordan, Kouvot1.6 
 10. Moore, Namika L.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kelly BEIDLER
  Kauhajoki
  (199-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Beidler, Kauhajoki1.9 
 2. Fields, Salon Vilp.1.8 
 3. Blue, KTP1.4 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.8 
 7. Hamm, LrNM.0.8 
 8. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.7 
 9. Mottola, ToPo0.7 
 10. Brown, Kouvot0.6 


KORISLIIGA: ToPo won by 39 points in Joensuu! - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, semi-finals, Game # 3: Everything seems to be possible in basketball, where the home court advantage is said to be 10-15 points. But who can explain the following: Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) lost two days ago on Monday at home 57-92 vs regular season winner Kataja (Joensuu) and when these two teams met again tonight in Joensuu, ToPo crushed Kataja by 39 points 57-96 (25-42). Quarters: 15-20, 10-22, 20-26, 12-28. ToPo won all four quarters and there were five players this time in double digits compared with only one player over 10 pts on Monday. Sharpshooter Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) led ToPo with 22 pts (1 - 3/3, 2 - 2/3, 3 - 5/5). Hanno Mottola (209-F/C-76, college: Utah) added 18 pts/9rbs. American G Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) DNP (suspension, one game). Kataja was tough on Monday, but tonight ToPo's zone defense was poison to the hosts. Only two Kataja -players got over 10 points. Kataja - ToPo 2-1.
Bisons (Loimaa) and Pyrinto (Tampere) seem to know eachother so well, that all three contests by now have been real thrillers. Tonight Bisons didn't let Pyrinto get an OT, but won after 40 minutes 89-86 (43-47). Quarters: 22-26, 21-21, 23-16, 23-23. Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) and Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) were the key players this time. Bisons - Pyrinto now 2-1. So, It's very possible, that Top League newcomer (Bisons) could eliminate last season Finnish Champion (Pyrinto) out of the finals? Interesting.
Games # 4 on Friday, April 27: Pyrinto vs Bisons and ToPo vs Kataja.

Kataja - ToPo 57-96 (25-42). (Jeremy Price 14, Sami Lehtoranta 13, Jared Newson 9/5 - Carl Lindbom 22, Hanno Mottola 18/9, Ronald Clark 11, Timo Heinonen 10. A: 1902).
Bisons - Pyrinto 89-86 (43-47). (Martin Zeno 21/9, Matti Nuutinen 20, Ville Makalainen 15, Jeb Ivey 13/9a, Ryan McDade 10 - Antwine Williams 22, Antero Lehto 15, Kenneth Lowe 12, Antti Nikkila 12, Damon Williams 10/8. A: 1015).



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

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Petteri Koponen (194-88). He led CS Bologna to a victory over the 12th-ranked Otto Caserta (12-17) 84-66 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Koponen was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 30 minutes on the court. Canadian Solar Bologna (17-12) is placed sixth in the SerieA. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Koponen's fourth season with the team. Koponen has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 35.5% and FT: 76.9% in the 29 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sasu Salin (190-91). Salin contributed to an Union Olimpija's victory against the third-ranked Helios (6-2) 74-65 in the Slovenian Telemach League last Saturday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group Championship. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (6-2) is placed second in Championship Group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This season Salin averages: 8.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 65.0%(13-20), 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 68.8%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso). Huff was the major contributor in MarcoPoloShop.it's surprising victory against the ninth-ranked Tezenis Verona (12-14) 91-81 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He recorded 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. MarcoPoloShop.it Forli (8-18) is located at the very bottom in the Lega2. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. It's Huff's first season with the team. Huff has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 52.3%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 73.5% in the 26 games. Huff is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Teemu Rannikko
Teemu Rannikko
   #4. Guard Teemu Rannikko (188-80) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Benetton Treviso (12-17) 71-55 in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 10 points and added 4 assists. Cimberio Varese (15-14) is placed eighth in the SerieA. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Rannikko's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Gerald Lee
Gerald Lee
   #5. International forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) could not help Prima Veroli (11-15) in their last game. Despite Lee's good performance Prima Veroli lost 71-82 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) Sigma Barcellona. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Lee also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Lee has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1spg in the 25 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Lee played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Finnish national team roster. Strangely Lee has never played in Finland.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #6. Power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence) contributed to an Aget Imola's victory against the seventh-ranked Fileni BPA (13-13) 93-80 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Aget Service Imola (10-16) is placed 12th in the Lega2. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Kotti's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.3spg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Kotti is also an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Raymond Hinge plays for Galil Gilboa in Israeli Premier League
Joonas Caven (210-C/F-93) plays for FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB
Kristjan Rinaldo (195-G/F-91) plays for BC Rakvere in Estonian KML
Mikko Riipinen (177-PG-87) plays for Norrkoping Dolphins in Swedish Basketligan
Roberto Alexander Mantovani (200-F-94) plays for AEK in Cypriot Division A
Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) plays for Blois in French NM1
Rasmus Roslund (192-G-88) plays for Srbija in Swedish Basketettan
Antti Ranta (190-F-87) plays for Nottingham Hoods in British EBL3



Korisliiga Round 3 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Nilan Bisons - Pyrinto 89-86

Tampereen Pyrinto was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 46-39 second half run of Loimaan Korikonkarit. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Matti Nuutinen (200-90) accounted for 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) came up with 22 points and the other American import forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Tampereen Pyrinto in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 21+9reb+3ast, M.Nuutinen 20+7reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 15+5reb+4ast, J.Ivey 13+3reb+9ast, R.McDade 10+4reb+2ast, M.Koivisto 6+3reb+2ast
Pyrinto: A.Williams 22+3reb+2ast, A.Lehto 15+2reb+1ast, K.Lowe 12+6reb+3ast, A.Nikkila 12+5reb+1ast, D.Williams 10+8reb+3ast, O.Ahvenniemi 6+1reb
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Kataja - ToPo 57-96

The game without a history. Torpan Pojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Torpan Pojat forced 21 Joensuun Kataja turnovers and had a 30-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Torpan Pojat especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Joensuun Kataja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Hanno Mottola (209-76, college: Utah) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Carl Lindbom (206-91) helped adding 22 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Four Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) with 13 points and American forward Jeremy Price (203-88, college: Georgia, agency: Strategic Sports) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
ToPo: C.Lindbom 22+3reb, H.Mottola 18+9reb, R.Clark 11+2reb+3ast, T.Heinonen 10+6reb+1ast, K.Muurinen 10+4reb+2ast, E.Lehtinen 7+1reb+2ast
Kataja: J.Price 14+3reb, S.Lehtoranta 13+4reb, J.Newson 9+5reb+2ast, I.Pehkonen 8+3reb, J.Nenonen 6+3reb, S.Haanpaa 3+1reb
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Tony Parker's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among French playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Tony Parker (183-82). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (41-24) crushing them 112-91 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Parker was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 29 points and making 13 passes in 31 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 48-16 record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Parker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 7.7apg, 2FGP: 49.8%, 3FGP: 23.3% and FT: 79.9% in the 60 games he played so far. Parker is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Joakim Noah (211-85, college: Florida), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Chicago Bulls (48-16) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Noah's very good performance the Chicago Bulls were defeated 83-72 on the road by the Miami Heat. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Noah's fifth season with the team. Noah has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 9.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 50.7% and FT: 74.5%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Noah played previously for the USA national team, he is currently a member of the French senior national team. Strangely Noah has never played in France.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Rodrigue Beaubois (186-88, agency: Court Side), who plays in the NBA. He was not able to help the Dallas Mavericks (36-29) in their last game. Despite Beaubois' very good performance the Dallas Mavericks lost 83-93 in Chicago to the Bulls. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Beaubois also added 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 38 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Beaubois has relatively solid stats: 8.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 29.1% and FT: 83.6% in the 52 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Beaubois is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #4. Power forward Kevin Seraphin (205-89) was the major contributor in a 2-point Washington Wizards' victory against the Miami Heat (46-19) 86-84 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Washington Wizards have not so impressive 18-46 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Seraphin has reliable stats this season: 7.7ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Guyanese and French. Despite Seraphin played previously for the Guyanese national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

Ali Traore
Ali Traore
   #5. International center Ali Traore (207-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the second-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (11-5) 71-57 in the VTB United League last Wednesday. Traore recorded 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (9-7) is placed fourth in group B. Traore's stats this year are: 12.2ppg and 4.7rpg in the 19 games. Despite he played previously for the Guyanese national team, Traore is currently in the French national team roster.

Mickael Gelabale
Mickael Gelabale
   #6. Forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83, also represented by Court Side) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas (10-6) 80-62 in the VTB United League on Friday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. BC Khimky Moscow Region (12-4) is placed second in group A. It's Gelabale's first season with the team. Gelabale's overall stats this year are: 3.6ppg and 2.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the Guyanese national team, Gelabale is also an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #7. International power forward Ian Mahinmi (206-86) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rodrigue Beaubois. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Mahinmi contributed to a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Golden State Warriors (23-42) 104-94. He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 21 minutes. The Dallas Mavericks have 36-29 record this season. This year Mahinmi's overall stats are: 5.8ppg and 4.8rpg in the 60 games. Despite he played previously for the Guyanese national team, Mahinmi is currently in the French national team roster.

Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
   #8. Power forward Boris Diaw (203-82) is a teammate of previously mentioned Tony Parker. However that was another game of his team in NBA which brought him to that list. Diaw helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Portland Trail Blazers (28-37) crushing them 124-89. He scored 6 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 48-16 record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Diaw's total stats this season are: 4.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.2apg. Despite he played previously for the Guyanese national team, Diaw is currently in the French national team roster.

Afik Nissim
Afik Nissim
   #9. International point guard Afik Nissim (180-81, another player represented by Beo Basket) helped Krka win their game against the sixth-ranked Sentjur (0-9) 88-69 in the Slovenian Telemach League on Tuesday night. He recorded 13 points and added 6 assists in 25 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (7-2) is placed first in Championship Group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. This year Nissim's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 3.7apg in the nine games. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Nissim is currently in the French national team roster.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #10. Guard Nando De Colo (202-87), who plays in the Spanish ACB was not able to secure a victory for Valencia Basket (18-13) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance Valencia Basket was defeated 65-58 in Sevilla by the higher-ranked Cajasol (#4). De Colo was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 5 assists and 4 steals. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. De Colo is currently fourth on the list of most steals. He has very reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg. Despite De Colo played previously for the Israeli national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

   #11. Former international center Johan Petro (214-86) couldn't help the New Jersey Nets in their game against the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA. Petro recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 20 minutes. His team lost 95-106 in the NBA. He has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 3.7rpg in the 58 games. Despite Petro played previously for the Israeli national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.

   #12. International forward Florent Pietrus (202-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nando De Colo. But that was another game of his team in Spanish ACB we would like to talk about. Pietrus helped Valencia Basket win their game against the 14th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada crushing them 90-68. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Pietrus has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 3.1rpg. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Pietrus is currently in the French national team roster.

   #13. Former international forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) helped Cimberio Varese win their game against the 13th-ranked Benetton Treviso 71-55 in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 16 points in 30 minutes. Diawara has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg in the 29 games. Despite he played previously for the Israeli national team, Diawara is currently in the French national team roster.

   #14. An experienced former international forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, college: Iona) was the main contributor in an Asefa Estudiantes' victory against the closely-ranked Blusens Monbus 79-62 in the Spanish ACB last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Kirksay recorded 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. He has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. Kirksay is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Kirksay is currently in the French national team roster. He used to play for Mulhouse in French league.

   #15. Former international power forward Mamadou Lamizana (207-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Rutgers) helped Vaqueros win their n overtime game against the closely-ranked Mets 80-71 in the Puerto Rican BSN on Friday night. Lamizana had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 41 minutes. Lamizana is currently first on the list of best blockers with 2.3bpg. This year his other stats are: 11.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.9apg in the 22 games. Despite Lamizana played previously for the Ivorian national team, he is currently in the French national team roster.



Hyeres-Toulon and Rolan Roberts split ways - by Eurobasket News

Rolan Roberts (201-F/C-78, college: S.Illinois) is no longer a member of Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket. Two sides agreed to terminate their deal. Roberts joined the club in November. He appeared 19 times in ProA averaging 5.3 points and 4.1 rebounds. Rolan Roberts spent last season with Brest. He had 10.6 ppg and 7.6 rpg for 32 games in NM1. He helped them reach NM1 Playoff Finals. Before France, Rolan Roberts played in Australia, Uruguay and Portugal. In 2005, he won the Australian league title with the Sydney Kings. In the past he also was a member of Limoges and Evreux. Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket is the last ranked team of ProA with 2-25 record.


Report: Spurs to go hard after Nicolas Batum this summer - by Eurobasket News

Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88) is a restricted free agent that the Trail Blazers do not want to give up this summer - but that's going to cost them. A lot of teams covet him. Smart teams.

Like the San Antonio Spurs.

They are going to come after him this summer reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com.

The number I'm hearing Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum will command this offseason is $10-11 million per, according to a few league executives when Batum becomes a restricted free agent.

And, Im being told by multiple sources that the San Antonio Spurs will make a hard push to attain the promising small forward.


Because Batum is a restricted free agent, the Blazers can match any offer to him. They had a chance to get a contract extension done before January 25 for less than they will pay this summer but not only could they not reach a deal the talks created a lot of bad blood between the agent and team. Of course, when it comes to money that kind of ill will can disappear quickly. There also were teams that asked about Batum at the trade deadline but the Blazers were not listening.

Batum is a coveted swingman for a reason he is one of the best wing defenders in the league, plays smart on offense and averages 13.9 points per game this season, plus he is shooting 39 percent from three. There isnt a team in the league that couldnt use Batum.

This summer some will be willing to pay for him, the question becomes will the Blazers match. Which in part may depend on who there GM is at that time. But thats another issue.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com (by Kurt Helin)



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AFRICA/GABON / GABON CUP 2012 - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa

GABON / GABON CUP 2012
24 -29 April 2012 in Mouila (south Gabon)
Results of Day

RANGERS (Libreville) - Engong BB (Oyem): 44-54
SOMO B (Libreville) - HOPE BC (Libreville): 55-41
BONGUEMA (Mouila) - AS THE ESTUARY (Libreville) :74-62
IZO BB (Lambarene) - BABB (Port Gentil): 68-47

The hierarchy was respected for elite clubs who won their first game ...
The champion has hit hard Mouila to enter gaming ..
Today, Mandji Stadium in Port Gentil, Manga BB in Moanda, Toungui BB in Libreville and Olympic Mandji in Port Gentil enter the dance ...

by KASSA Rodrigue Olivier
E-mail: kassa.rodrigue@gmail.com



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

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

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Tornike Shengelia (207-91), who plays in the Belgian D1. He could not help Spirou Charleroi (20-8) in their last game. Despite Shengelia's very good performance the league leader Spirou Charleroi lost 81-85 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) Base Oostende. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Shengelia also added 9 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Shengelia's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 44.2%, 3FGP: 9.1% and FT: 60.4% in the 16 games he played so far. Shengelia is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Manuchar Markoishvili
Manuchar Markoishvili
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Manuchar Markoishvili (196-86). He led Bennet Cantu to a victory against the eighth-ranked Cimberio Varese (15-14) 76-66 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Markoishvili scored 11 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Bennet Cantu (19-10) is placed second in the SerieA. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Markoishvili has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 48.4%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 75.4%. He is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team.

Melvin Sanders
Melvin Sanders
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Melvin Sanders (196-81, college: Oklahoma St.), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Sanders was not able to help Hacettepe University (11-18) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Hacettepe University was edged 73-71 in Akdeniz by the higher-ranked (#9) Mersin. Sanders had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 24 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 39 minutes. Sanders' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Sanders is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.9rpg. This year his other stats are: 12.7ppg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 73.6% in the 29 games. Sanders is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Sanders is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Viktor Sanikidze
Viktor Sanikidze
   #4. Forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) was the major contributor in a CS Bologna's victory against the 12th-ranked Otto Caserta (12-17) 84-66 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Sanikidze recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Canadian Solar Bologna (17-12) is placed sixth in the SerieA. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Sanikidze is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 10.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg. Despite Sanikidze played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster.

Quinton Hosley
Quinton Hosley
   #5. International swingman Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) contributed to a Banco di Sardegna Sassari's victory against the 14th-ranked Angelico Biella (12-17) 104-97 in the Italian SerieA last Wednesday. Hosley recorded 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 26 minutes. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (18-11) is placed fifth in the SerieA. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Hosley is ranked fifth on the list of the most steals in the league with 2.2spg. This year he also averages: 15.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.3apg in the 28 games. Hosley is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Hosley is currently in the Georgian national team roster. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Tyrone Ellis
Tyrone Ellis
   #6. An experienced guard Tyrone Ellis (193-77, college: S.Nazarene) managed to help Lucentum Alicante to win against the closely-ranked Assignia Manresa (14-16) 76-70 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Ellis scored 5 points. Lucentum Alicante (16-13) is placed eighth in the ACB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Ellis' overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Ellis is a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team three years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #7. International power forward Nika Metreveli (212-91, agency: Interperformances) is a teammate of previously mentioned Quinton Hosley and both played together in the last Italian SerieA game. Metreveli helped Banco di Sardegna Sassari win their game against the 14th-ranked Angelico Biella (12-17) 104-97. He recorded only 4 points in 12 minutes. This year Metreveli's overall stats are: 3.7ppg and 1.7rpg in the 23 games. He is also Georgian national team player.

Georges Mdivani
Georges Mdivani
   #8. Center Georges Mdivani (205-85, agency: Promotex) was not able to secure a victory for Rueil (14-18) in their game against Lievin Basket (15-17) in the French NM1 (third division). Mdivani scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Rueil was edged 68-65 in Lievin by the higher-ranked Basket (#10). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Mdivani has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2005.

Other top Georgian players, who play abroad:

Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) plays for Atlanta Hawks in the NBA
Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) plays for Bennet Cantu in Italian SerieA
Vladimir Boisa (209-C/F-81) plays for Panionios in Greek A1
Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) plays for Mahram in Iranian Superleague
Besik Lezhava (191-G-86) plays for Apollon in Cypriot Division A
Niko Chkhatarashvili (203-G/F-86) plays for ENAD in Cypriot Division A
Beka Burjanadze (201-F-94) plays for Cajasol Castilleja in Spanish EBA

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



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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, Duesseldorf17.9 
 5. Hassan, Leitersh.17.6 
 6. Reid, MBC17.4 
 7. Mason, Webmoebel17.1 
 8. Roessler, Karlsruhe17.1 
 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 


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

All-Regionalliga West 1st Team 2011-2012
#s#
Robert Franklin
Franklin
T.J. Smith
Smith
Dave Boykin
Boykin
Tim Schonborn
Schonborn
Marko Samanovic
Samanovic
#e#5

Player of the Year: Robert Franklin (195-F-81) of Recklinghausen
Domestic Player of the Year: Tim Schonborn (191-G-90) of Dortmund
Bosman Player of the Year: Gregory Ktistou (186-G-79) of Hagen BG
Defensive Player of the Year: Ryon Howard (198-F-84) of Bochum
Most Improved Player of the Year: Olaf Rosteck (200-C-91) of Iserlohn
Newcomer of the Year: Niklas Geske (175-G-94) of Dortmund
Coach of the Year: Georg Kleine of Recklinghausen

1st Team
G: T.J. Smith (188-84) of Dortmund
G: Dave Boykin (193) of Willich
G: Tim Schonborn (191-90) of Dortmund
F: Robert Franklin (195-81) of Recklinghausen
C: Marko Samanovic (206-85) of Werne

2nd Team
PG: Will Figures (175-87) of Iserlohn
G: Gregory Ktistou (186-79) of Hagen BG
G/F: Antonio Houston (196-88) of Grevenbroich
F: Ryon Howard (198-84) of Bochum
F: Marcus Ligons (201-84) of Hagen-Haspe

Honorable Mention
Marc Sola (185-G-85) of Schalke
Devon Baker (185-G-87) of Salzkotten
Stefano Garris (200-G/F-79) of Salzkotten
Brett McKnight (198-F) of Schalke
Goetz Twiehoff (196-F-85) of Grevenbroich

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Mirko Bregulla (184-78) of Recklinghausen
G/F: Stefano Garris (200-79) of Salzkotten
G: Tim Schonborn (191-90) of Dortmund
F: Goetz Twiehoff (196-85) of Grevenbroich
C: Olaf Rosteck (200-91) of Iserlohn



Marius Nolte (Fraport Skyliners) My Definition Of Basketball Is Always Defense - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) is a 31 year old 206 cm German center playing his third season with The Fraport Skyliners He started his basketball career at Salzkotten. He played with The Paderborn Baskets from 2001-2009. He was an important part of the team with Tim Black and Steve Esterkamp helping Paderborn advance from the second Bundesliga to the BBL in 2006 winning 50 games in a row. Last season he played 35 games averaging 6.1ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 55.8%, FT: 65.9% and helping the team reach their first BBL playoffs losing in a tight five game quarterfinal playoff series against 8 time BBL champion Alba Berlin. He played 226 games for The Paderborn Baskets. He is a dynamic inside player with good athletic abilities, runs the floor extremely well, has a good mid range shoot and is a very solid free throw shooter. He has a a good back to the basket game where he has a variety of moves and is a good defensive player who can defend both inside positions and likes to use his body and his strength to his advantage. He is a physical player who at times gets his opponents frustrated with his style of play. Last season for Frankfurt, he played EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 4.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0spg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 5.2ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 55.6%, FT: 61.1%; German League: 42 games: 5.1ppg, 3.2rpg, FGP: 56.1%, FT: 71.4%. He spoke to eurobasket about the current season in Frankfurt.

Could one call Jacob Burtschi the basketball Boris Becker after his game in Trier?

Yes that is a good comparison.
Jacob always plays that hard and is often on the floor, but I haven't seen him as much on the floor as in Trier.


If someone had told you four months ago that the Fraport Skyliners would b ein 7th place on April 16th, would you have thought they were crazy?


That is hard to say. I would of thought that it could be difficult, but in basketball nothing is impossible. I always felt that we could reach something if we kept working hard and was always optimistic that we could make it. I am very happy with our development.

Did you get any special tips from Pascal Roller about the role of the captain?

I talk a lot with Pascal, just not as much about the captains role. I would never be able to follow in his foot steps, because he had his own unique way. I wanted to make my own style. I did ask him how he managed to lead the team in the 2005-2006 season when they were struggling.

What part of being captain do you like most?


It is a lot easier to be vocal now being captain, but speaking with teammates is something I like to do. Now when I see something, I just speak my mind.

German national player Tim Ohlbrecht lauded you recently about helping him this season mentally. Could one call you Dr Marius now?

Well I dont want that roll. Tim has become a good friend. You really are able to see his talent and he is playing a very good season. You might not see it with his scoring, but he is doing a lot. Of course I was there to try to help him when he needed it.

The Fraport Skyliners started to play better with their win in Hagen. This also happened to be the last game of Jon Leuer who went to the NBA. Would the Fraport Sykliners be where they are now if he had stayed?


Leuer got the NBA. He helped us in many games with his offense, but I think our team was missing something. But as Jacob Burtschi came, he gave us so much things that we didnt have before. So I think we would not be where we are now. Without him

How much fun is it now playing defense in a team that defends so well?

It is so much fun to play defense now. My definition of basketball is always defense.

Where would the Frankfurt defense be without Quantez Robertson?


Tez is so special for us. He helps us so much. He makes steals, runs after players on the fast break tipping balls away. It is funny, there might be some players that are more athletic, because at times, he makes the most amazing dunks and then misses easy ones. It seems at times as if he can turn on a switch to make amazing plays.

Phoenix Hagen American Marc Carter said that not so much has changed from four months ago. Frankfurt still has the same size and athletic ability, but now they are clicking more.


Yes Carter is right. Our motto was always that we are a team. It just took a while to click.

You played for the Paderborn Baskets form 2001-2009 and now your third season for Frankfurt. Do you think that Frankfurt could ever be as close in your heart as Paderborn?

Yes absolute. They are different teams, but I am living the moment now. I feel so comfortable in Frankfurt and it gets stronger with time. I feel comfortable with the team, office, media and fans. Frankfurt is like a second home.

You extended your contract for two season as a player, but will also have a function in the office. On what task are you looking forward to most when you work in the office for the Fraport Skyliners?


I am really looking forward in the future to get to know a new world and get away from the daily practice routine. I am looking forward to be able to challenge my brain and just do something new. I was recently in the office for half the day with Pascal Roller. It is always nice when there is a birthday like Kamil Novak had and then eat cake.

Nobody can stop Jermareo Davidson in the low post. How do you stop him?


Its a secret.

How proud are you about your friend Steven Esterkamp who conquered adversity an dis having so much success with ratiopharm Ulm?


I am so happy for him. We talk much and after the win against ratiopharm Ulm, I told him how happy I am for his success and I will keep telling him. It is amazing how he came back from the last two tough years. He is captain of the team and despite many top players, he remains so important for the team. He is the second arm of the coach on the court. He is having a very consistent season.

You played some years with Tim Black with Paderborn. When will he make the jump to Spain or Italy?


That is hard to say, but if a player feels comfortable somewhere, plays well and gets the recognition that he deserves, why should he have to go. If you look at guys like Casey Jacobson or Seth Doliboa who signed long term contracts somewhere, you can see that guys are capable to stay in one place when they are happy.

Tim Ohlbrecht said that if the Fraport Skyliners had an Easter egg hunt that you would win. Do you share his optimistic thought?


Yes I think that he is right. I would be so motivated, but I would have Tim in my team.

How do you make Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin laugh?


It is not easy to make him laugh. He has a very dry humor, but sometimes you just have to laugh when he uses it.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Man on the ledge with Sam Worthington.

Thanks Marius for the chat.





Marco Buljevic Remains With The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO A team ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen announced their first contract extension for the next season by keeping Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, agency: Court Side) Buljevic is a 25 year old 197cm shooting guard that will be playing his third season in Essen. In his first season in 2010-2011, he played : 30 games: 10.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 76.7%. Last season, he played 26 games averaging 11,8ppg, 2,4rpg and 2,3apg. 'We are happy that Marco decided to remain with us despite some offers from the Beko BBL', stressed ETB Wohnbau manager Markus Horn. Before coming to Essen, the German-Croatian had experience playing in the Beko BBL for Giessen and Oldenburg playing a total of 65 Beko BBL games and winning the 2009 Beko BBL title in 2009 with Oldenburg. 'I am looking forward to another season in Essen and feel comfortable here. I also like how the team has developed in the last two years. We sold ourselves well in the last season and and we want to continue the success and I am glad to be a part of it', stressed Marco Buljevic

Source: ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen



Tom Lipke Joins The BSW Sixers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team BSW Sixers have annonced their first new player for the upcoming season with Tom Lipke (194-G/F-86, agency: Court Side) Lipke is a 26 yera old 194cm swing man that was born in Hamburg. He is a very talented combo guard who can play both guard position equally well. He has an extremely well developed physical body which creates an advantage over his oponents. Tom is fast and strong. He can get in the lane for the high percentage shot (and dunk on people) but also has the skill to pull up for the shot or deliver the pass. Last season, he played for BG Dorsten (ProB)19 games: 12.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 70.0%. 'It is always difficult to find German players with his quality and that is why we are so happy to have him. He will help us make the next step', stressed Sixes head coach Stephen Arigbabu.

Lipke has had along career despite only being 26. He started his basketball career in 1999-2000 with SG Rotenburg (Regionalliga). In the next season, he played for SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga): 6 games, 1.7 ppg. He played for Oldenburger TB (Regionalliga) from 2003-2005. In 2005-2006, he played for : SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga): 26 games: 4.5ppg, 1.6rpg. In 2006-2007, he played for Porvoon Tarmo (Finland-Korisliiga): 21 games: 4.8ppg, 1.7rpg; left in Dec.'06: 22games: 4.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg, in Jan.'07 joined Bremen Roosters (2.Bundesliga): 16 games: 9.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 58%, 3FGP: 26.7%, FT: 62.5%. In 2007-2008, he played for BG Karlsruhe (ProA): 29 games: 4.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 57.8%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 65.7%. In 2008-2009, he played for TG Renesas Landshut (ProB): 26 games: 12.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 64.4%. From 2009-2011, he played for BV Chemnitz 99 (ProA). 'I always try to give 100% and always try to improve. I want to play at the top with the Sixers and reach the best possible result', stressed Tom Lipke Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German U16 National Team -00-01, German U18 National Team -04, Albert Schweitzer Tournament -04, German U20 National Team -05-06, and European Championships U20 in Moscow -05: 3 games: 1.7ppg, 1.7rpg

Source: BSW Sixers



Dirk Nowitzki's 35 points make him top German player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78). He led Dallas Mavericks to a victory over the Houston Rockets (33-32) 117-110 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Nowitzki was MVP of the game. He recorded 35 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) in 39 minutes on the court. The Dallas Mavericks have 36-29 record this season. Nowitzki's team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Nowitzki's 14th year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 21.6ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 89.4% in the 61 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Konrad Wysocki
Konrad Wysocki
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton), who plays in the Polish PLK. Wysocki could not help PGE Turow (2-8) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed PGE Turow was defeated 76-72 on the road by the higher-ranked Anwil (#4) in the Group A. Wysocki was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 rebounds. Wysocki's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 58.9%(83-141), 3FGP: 42.5% and FT: 71.3%. He has a dual citizenship: German and Polish. Despite Wysocki played previously for the Polish national team, he is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Chad Toppert
Chad Toppert
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Chad Toppert (201-85, college: N.Mexico). Toppert contributed to a 2-point CAI Zaragoza's victory against the 14th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (11-19) 80-78 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. He scored 13 points in a mere 18 minutes. CAI Zaragoza (15-16) is placed ninth in the ACB. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Toppert's overall stats are: 4.1ppg, 1.7rpg, 2FGP: 61.9%(13-21), 3FGP: 38.1% and FT: 66.7% in the 31 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Toppert played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the German national team in 2010. Strangely Toppert has never played in Germany.

Sergio Kerusch
Sergio Kerusch
   #4. Forward Sergio Kerusch (195-89, college: W.Kentucky) was not able to help Aris (11-13) in their game against Panathinaikos (22-2) in the Greek A1. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Aris was defeated 83-68 in Athens by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. Kerusch's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 4.4rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Kerusch played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the German national team roster. Apparently Kerusch has never played in Germany.

Robert Sarovic
Robert Sarovic
   #5. Former international forward Robert Sarovic (205-78) contributed to Timisoara's victory against the seventh-ranked CSM Bucuresti (19-9) 78-64 in the Romanian Division A last Sunday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. BC Timisoara (21-7) is placed second in the Division A. This year Sarovic's total stats are: 8.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg in the 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and German. Despite Sarovic played previously for the Serbian national team, he is currently in the German national team roster.

Adam Waleskowski
Adam Waleskowski
   #6. Forward Adam Waleskowski (204-82, agency: Court Side, college: Florida St.), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL was not able to secure a victory for Levice (18-22) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Waleskowski's very good performance Levice (#2) was defeated 76-64 at home by the leading CEZ Nymburk in the A2 group. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Waleskowski also added 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Waleskowski has relatively good stats this season: 10.9ppg and 5.4rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Waleskowski played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as he played for the German senior team two years ago. Waleskowski used to play for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule in German league.

Julian Sensley
Julian Sensley
   #7. Former international forward Julian Sensley (206-82, agency: VVG Sports, college: Hawaii), who plays in the Puerto Rican BSN couldn't help Caciques (6-18) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Caciques was edged 82-81 in Mayaguez by the leading Indios. Sensley had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 25 minutes. Sensley is currently third on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fifth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 19.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg in the 15 games. Sensley is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Sensley is currently in the German national team roster. Interesting that he has never played in Germany.

Keith Waleskowski
Keith Waleskowski
   #8. Power forward Keith Waleskowski (204-80, college: Dayton) couldn't help Tezenis Verona (12-14) in their game against MarcoPoloShop.it (8-18) in the Italian Lega2 (second division). Waleskowski recorded 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. But Tezenis Verona was defeated 91-81 in Forli by the league outsider MarcoPoloShop.it (#15). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This season Waleskowski has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Waleskowski played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the German national team roster. However Waleskowski has never played in Germany.

Mario Stojic
Mario Stojic
   #9. Former international swingman Mario Stojic (198-80, agency: Interperformances) managed to help Lucentum Alicante in a victory against the closely-ranked Assignia Manresa (14-16) 76-70 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He scored only 3 points in 23 minutes. Lucentum Alicante (16-13) is placed eighth in the ACB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Stojic has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 2.1rpg in the 29 games. He used to play for the German national team two years ago.

Mike Dejworek
Mike Dejworek
   #10. Center Mike Dejworek (210-87, college: Citadel) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Svendborg (23-4) crushing them 93-62 in the Danish Ligaen in Monday night's game. Dejworek recorded only 1 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bakken Bears (25-2) is placed first in the Ligaen. It's Dejworek's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 4.5rpg. Dejworek is a former U18 international player as seven years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Kiril Wachsmann (203-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Iona) contributed to a 3-point Melilla Baloncesto's victory against the closely-ranked Lleida Basquet 61-58 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He scored only 2 points in 18 minutes. Wachsmann has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 6.1rpg in the 33 games. He used to play for the German national team seven years ago.

   #12. Former international guard Dorian Baclawski (189-86) couldn't help Inter Parts AZS UWM Olsztyn in their game against Ksiezak Lowicz in the Polish 2Liga (third division). Baclawski cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and had 3 steals. His team was defeated 93-82. Baclawski has averaged so far 5.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg. He used to play for the German national team back in 2005.



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Ioannis Bourousis selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ioannis Bourousis
Ioannis Bourousis
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM). He was the major contributor in a Armani Milano's victory against the tenth-ranked Lottomatica Roma (13-17) 91-78 in the Italian SerieA in Wednesday night's game. Bourousis recorded 19 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (19-10) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Bourousis has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 60.8%(101-166), 3FGP: 43.5% and FT: 74.3% in the 28 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St.), who plays in the NBA. Koufos could not help the Denver Nuggets (36-28) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Denver Nuggets were defeated 104-98 on the road by the Los Angeles Clippers. Koufos recorded 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Koufos' first season with the team. This year he averages: 5.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 60.1%(110-183) and FT: 60.4%. Koufos is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Koufos is currently a member of the Greek senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Antonis Fotsis
Antonis Fotsis
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Antonis Fotsis (210-81) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ioannis Bourousis. But that was another game of his team in Italian SerieA which we would like to mention. Fotsis led Armani Milano to a victory against the 11th-ranked Air Avellino (13-17) 90-77. He scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (19-10) is placed third in the SerieA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Fotsis' overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 63.8%(60-94), 3FGP: 44.3% and FT: 78.4% in the 29 games. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Fotsis is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Sten-Timmu Sokk
Sten-Timmu Sokk
   #4. Guard Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-89) led Tartu Ulikool to a victory over the closely-ranked Rapla (14-14) 81-72 in the Estonian KML in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Sokk scored 27 points (!!!), grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Tartu Ulikool (25-3) is placed first in the KML. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Sokk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Tartu Ulikool's roster. He is currently third on the league's list of best passers. Sokk's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Estonian. Despite Sokk played previously for the Estonian national team, he is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #5. International guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Benetton Treviso (12-17) crushing them 90-67 in the Italian SerieA last Sunday. Zisis scored 10 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 20 minutes. Montepaschi Siena (21-7) is placed first in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Zisis' total stats are: 5.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.7apg in the 27 games. Despite he played previously for the Estonian national team, Zisis is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis
Sofoklis Schortsanitis
   #6. Center Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-85) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (10-15) 88-69 in the Israeli Premier League on Thursday night. He scored 8 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (23-2) is placed first in the Premier League. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Schortsanitis has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 4.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the Estonian national team, Schortsanitis is also an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Dimitrios Mavroeidis
Dimitrios Mavroeidis
   #7. International center Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-85, also represented by FCM) contributed to a Gescrap BB's victory against the ninth-ranked CAI Zaragoza (15-16) 68-57 in the Spanish ACB in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 18 minutes. Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (18-13) is placed fifth in the ACB. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Mavroeidis has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 3.7rpg in the 26 games. Despite he played previously for the Estonian national team, Mavroeidis is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Savvas Manousos
Savvas Manousos
   #8. Power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85) was not able to help NH Ostrava (26-14) in their game against BK Prostejov (25-11) in the Czech Republic NBL. Despite his very good performance last Friday He recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds. Manousos also added 4 assists. Manousos has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 6.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the Estonian national team, Manousos is currently in the Greek U16 national team roster.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #9. International swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) was not able to secure a victory for Gran Canaria 2014 (12-19) in their game against Blusens Monbus (11-20) in the Spanish ACB, despite his very good performance on Saturday night. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Bramos also added 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. But Gran Canaria 2014 was badly defeated 65-45 in Santoago de Comp by the lower-ranked (#16) Blusens Monbus. It was Gran Canaria 2014's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Bramos has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 31 games. Despite he played previously for the Estonian national team, Bramos is currently in the Greek national team roster.

Alexey Savrasenko
Alexey Savrasenko
   #10. Center Alexey Savrasenko (215-79) helped Unics Kazan win their game against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (7-11) 84-68 in the Russian PBL in Tuesday night's game. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Unics Kazan (8-10) is placed sixth in the PBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Savrasenko has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 4.1rpg. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Savrasenko is also an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

   #11. Former international point guard Theodoros Papaloukas (200-77, another player represented by FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sofoklis Schortsanitis and both played together in the last Israeli Premier League game. Papaloukas managed to help Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in a victory against the eighth-ranked Ironi Ashkelon 88-69. He scored only 2 points and added 6 assists in 20 minutes. Papaloukas has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 5.5apg in the eight games. He used to play for the Greek national team four years ago.

   #12. International swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, another player represented by FCM) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dimitrios Mavroeidis and both played together in the last Spanish ACB game. Vasiliadis helped Gescrap BB win their game against the ninth-ranked CAI Zaragoza 68-57. He recorded 6 points. This season Vasiliadis has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg and 2.4rpg. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Vasiliadis is currently in the Greek national team roster.

   #13. Former international power forward Dimitris Haritopoulos (206-83, agency: Interperformances) couldn't help ASVEL in their game against Poitiers in the French ProA, despite his good performance in Saturday night's game. He scored 11 points in 24 minutes. But his team lost 62-73. Haritopoulos has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg in the 11 games. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Haritopoulos is currently in the Greek national team roster.

   #14. Former international center Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, another player represented by Interperformances) faced previously mentioned Ioannis Bourousis in the Italian SerieA last game. Kakiouzis couldn't help Lottomatica Roma in their game against Armani Milano. Despite his good performance last Wednesday He recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Kakiouzis has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 4.3rpg. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Kakiouzis is currently in the Greek national team roster.

   #15. Former U18 international forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) helped Canarias win their game against the 15th-ranked Lobe Huesca crushing them 92-55 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. Lampropoulos has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 3.9rpg in the 33 games. Despite he played previously for the Russian national team, Lampropoulos is currently in the Greek U18 national team roster.



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Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
Group A
 1. Leiden 2-0 
 2. Den Bosch 1-1 
 3. Leeuwarden 0-2 
Group B
 1. Groningen 2-0 
 2. Zwolle 1-1 
 3. Nijmegen 0-2 
Places 7-8
 1. Weert 5-23 
 2. Rotterdam 4-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 3

A

Apr. 24: Leeuwarden - Leiden 55-87

B

Apr. 24: Zwolle - Groningen 63-78

Second Stage: Round 4

A

Apr. 26: Leeuwarden - Den Bosch

B

Apr. 26: Zwolle - Nijmegen


Eredivisie: Round 3 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Leeuwarden - Leiden 55-87
Guests from Leiden (2-0) smashed host Leeuwarden (0-2) 87-55. The game was mostly controlled by Leiden. Leeuwarden was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leiden dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Leeuwarden's 28. They outrebounded Leeuwarden 45-18 including a 36-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 8 rebounds. The former international power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point, agency: R.H.Consultancy) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Four Leiden players scored in double figures. American guard Brandon Rozzell (187-89, college: VCU) answered with 14 points and the other American import guard Lance Jeter (190-88, college: Nebraska) added 10 points and 4 steals in the effort for Leeuwarden. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place in Group A with 2-0 record. Leeuwarden at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Leiden will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Leeuwarden will play at home against the league's second-placed Den Bosch and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Leeuwarden: B.Rozzell 14+2reb+1ast, L.Jeter 10+1ast, M.Adako 7+1reb+1ast, M.Hof 6, A.Dawson 5+1ast, C.Chitwood 4+6reb+1ast
Leiden: J.Shepherd 16+8reb+2ast, G.Kennedy 14+5reb, P.Hilliman 14+9reb, T.Sas 11+3reb+2ast, M.Kherrazi 9+3reb, S.Boxley 8+3reb
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Group B
Zwolle - Groningen 63-78
First loss of Zwolle (1-1) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by Groningen (2-0) 78-63. The game was mostly controlled by Groningen. Zwolle managed to win fourth quarter 25-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Groningen looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Zwolle's players. The best player for the winners was American guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who scored 24 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard David Bell (186-81) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Four Groningen players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Cameron Wells (185-88, college: Citadel, agency: Pro One Sports) who recorded 14 points and 5 rebounds and American-Ghanian forward Amu Saaka (198-88, college: Furman, agency: Pro One Sports) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Groningen maintains first place in Group B with 2-0 record. Zwolle at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. Groningen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Zwolle will play at home against Nijmegen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: C.Wells 14+5reb+1ast, A.Saaka 12+7reb+1ast, G.Robinson 10+6reb, N.Hulzebos 9+5reb, A.Bunnig 8+1ast, D.Huffman 8+2reb+3ast
Groningen: A.Wesby 24+3reb+2ast, D.Bell 17+3reb+4ast, J.Dourisseau 13+10reb, J.Voorn 11+3reb+1ast, M.Van Schaik 5+1reb, S.de Randamie 3+2reb+6ast



Kasper Averink wins the title abroad - by Eurobasket News

Kasper Averink (183-PG-93) wins the title abroad as his Prievidza conquered Extraliga title. They defeated Komarno 69:61 in the fourth game of the series to clinch the trophy. David Godbold knocked down 18 points to pace Prievidze to the first title since 1995.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. The hosts eked out a narrow 21:19 lead after ten minutes. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense second quarter. Prievidza had the last say as they snatched a 36:33 lead at halftime. The teams remained neck and neck in the third term. The lead changes continued before the hosts posted a 50:46 lead with ten minutes to go. Prievidza led by just one point with under four minutes to go but they went on an 11:4 run in the dying moments to seal the crucial win at the end. Sullivan Phillips posted 13 points, while Paul Guede added 10 points in the victory. Louis Johnson and Johnathon Jones answered with 13 points each for Komarno.
Kasper Averink joined BC Prievidza (Slovakia-Extraliga) this season and averaged 4.2 points per game.



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Standings

IBA Standings
 1. Albany L. 8-0 
 2. Gary Splash 8-4 
 3. Chicago R. 7-1 
 4. Kankakee S. 5-1 
 5. Lake County S. 4-6 
 6. Lansing C. 4-6 
 7. Kenosha B. 2-7 
 8. St.Louis T. 1-0 
 9. Battle Creek K. 1-6 
 10. L.Angeles L. 0-0 
 11. Rockford RD 0-0 
 12. Springfield E. 0-7 

Regular Season: Round 15

Apr. 27: Albany L. - Kankakee S.
Apr. 27: Battle Creek K. - Lake County S.



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Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 21-7 
 2. Bennet Cantu 19-10 
 3. Armani Mit 19-10 
 4. Scavolini PS 18-10 
 5. Banco di Sard. 18-11 
 6. CS Bologna 17-12 
 7. Umana Venezia 17-12 
 8. Cimberio VA 15-14 
 9. Vanoli CR 13-17 
 10. Acea Roma 13-17 
 11. Sidigas AV 13-17 
 12. Otto Caserta 12-17 
 13. Benetton TV 12-17 
 14. Angelico BI 12-17 
 15. Banca Tercas 11-18 
 16. Fabi Shoes 11-18 
 17. Novipiu CM 6-23 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 25: Banca Tercas - Fabi Shoes 99-93
Apr. 25: Otto Caserta - Umana Venezia 83-80
Apr. 25: Vanoli CR - Sidigas AV 83-55
Apr. 25: Acea Roma - Armani Mit 78-91
Apr. 25: Novipiu CM - CS Bologna 77-80 OT
Apr. 25: Benetton TV - Cimberio VA 55-71
Apr. 25: Banco di Sard. - Angelico BI 104-97
Apr. 26: Scavolini PS - Montepaschi


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.18.1 
 3. White, Scavolin.16.8 
 4. Diener, Banco d.16.7 
 5. Dean, Sidigas AV16.3 
 6. Shakur, Novipiu CM16.0 
 7. Hickman, Scavolin.16.0 
 8. Pullen, Angelico BI15.8 
 9. Green, Sidigas AV15.6 
 10. Tucker, Acea Roma15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Viktor SANIKIDZE
  CS Bo.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Sanikidze, CS Bo.10.7 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas9.8 
 3. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes7.9 
 4. Smith, Otto C.7.7 
 5. Brunner, Fabi Shoes7.6 
 6. Jones, Scavolini PS7.4 
 7. Gigli, CS Bologna7.1 
 8. Chiotti, Novip.7.0 
 9. Miralles, Angelico.6.9 
 10. Brunner, Bennet C.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.2 
 2. Diener, Banco d.5.4 
 3. Collins, Otto Case.5.0 
 4. Cook, Armani Mit5.0 
 5. Shakur, Novipiu CM4.3 
 6. Poeta, CS Bologna4.1 
 7. Stipcevic, Cimberi.3.6 
 8. Mekel, Benetton TV3.4 
 9. Pullen, Angelico BI3.4 
 10. Brown, Banca T.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.2 
 2. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.6 
 3. Hackett, Scavolin.2.4 
 4. Green, Sidigas AV2.4 
 5. Hosley, Banco d.2.2 
 6. Di Bella, Fabi S.2.0 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV2.0 
 8. Pullen, Angelico BI1.8 
 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. Sanikidze, CS Bo.0.9 
 7. Brunner, Bennet C.0.9 
 8. Slokar, Acea Roma0.9 
 9. Bourousis, Armani0.9 
 10. Viggiano, Benetto.0.8 



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Astana Tigers earn second straight win in Finals - by Eurobasket News

Astana Tigers - Barsy Atyrau 96:58

Astana Tigers registered the second consecutive win in the Finals. They stormed past Barsy Atyrau to take 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. The series now move to Atyrau. Pavel Ilin (202-F-92) and Anton Ponomaryov (210-C/F-88, agency: Beo Basket) provided 15 points each to pace BC Astana.
The regular season winners started the game strongly and left Barsy far behind. BC Astana piled up a 20:10 lead after ten minutes. The hosts maintained the pressure piling up a 47:30 halftime lead. BC Astana cleared off for good in the third term. The hosts limited Barsy to 11 points in the quarter and built an unsurpassable 33-point lead at the final break. BC Astana did not slow down in the fourth frame rolling to a comfortable win at the end. Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) notched 14 points, while Rustam Yargaliev (195-F/G-86) finished with 12 points in the victory. Dmitriy Gavrilov (203-F-86) scored 11 points for Barsy. Evgeni Isakov (203-F-82) had 9 points in the loss.

Astana Tigers: Pavel Ilin 15, Anton Ponomaryov 15, Jerry Johnson 14
Barsy Atyrau: Dmitriy Gavrilov 11, Evgeni Isakov 9



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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, Liepaja18.2 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera16.7 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala16.4 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava15.8 
 7. Mediss, Turiba15.5 
 8. Young, Ventspils14.8 
 9. Bankevics, Valmiera14.3 
 10. Timma, Liepaja14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.3 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera8.0 
 3. Willard, Ventspils7.8 
 4. Dargais, LU7.8 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga7.6 
 6. Mednis, Turiba6.7 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera6.3 
 8. Timma, Liepaja6.1 
 9. Butjankovs, Valmi.5.8 
 10. Nelson, Jelgava5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Mayo, Liepaja4.8 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.4 
 3. Kravcenko, Liepaja4.0 
 4. Coders, Jurmala3.6 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava3.3 
 6. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.0 
 7. Silavs, Jelgava2.9 
 8. Valters, VEF Riga2.9 
 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, Liepaja1.6 
 5. Osins, LU1.6 
 6. Gray, Ventspils1.5 
 7. Ozols, Jurmala1.4 
 8. Krumins, Jelgava1.4 
 9. Kosuskins, 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, Liepaja1.0 
 4. Ozols, Jurmala0.9 
 5. Cain, VEF Riga0.9 
 6. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 7. Plivda, LU0.7 
 8. Duselis, Jelgava0.6 
 9. Meiers, Ventspils0.6 
 10. Mednis, Turiba0.5 



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 3

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



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Standings

Liga Americas Final Four Standings
Group G
 1. La Union 0-0 
 2. Obras 0-0 
 3. Pioneros 0-0 
 4. Uniceub/BRB 0-0 
Stage Two Standings

Semi-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 27: Obras - Uniceub/BRB
Apr. 27: La Union - Pioneros



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ASEAN League: Dragons cruise past Cobras - by Eurobasket News

Bangkok Cobras - Westports Dragons 84:107

Westports KL Dragons proved too good for Bangkok Cobras in todays ASEAN League game. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) stepped up with 27 points and 13 rebounds to pace the visitors to the 9th win in the season. The Cobras slipped at 6-11 record after the loss.
The Dragons eased to a confident 26:13 lead at the first break. They stayed in charge throughout the second frame posting a 49:33 halftime advantage. Things got even better for the visitors in the third stanza. The Malaysian team cleared off to a 23-point distance with one period remaining. The teams unleashed 68 points in the final period however the hosts never got within striking distance. Brian Williams (208-C-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Tennessee) posted 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Patrick Cabahug (186-G) added 17 points for the Dragons. Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith) notched 21 points for the Cobras. Travis George (206-PF-85) netted 18 points in the loss.

Bangkok Cobras: Gentry Lewis 21, Travis George 18
Westports Dragons: Tiras Wade 27+13 boards, Brian Williams 20+14 boards, Patrick Cabahug 17



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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 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. Thomas, Cananea21.0 
 4. Carter, Guasave20.6 
 5. Selleaze, Navolato20.5 
 6. Wiley, Los Mochis19.8 
 7. Habel, Guaymas18.7 
 8. Johnson, Guaymas18.1 
 9. Gibson, Navolato17.7 
 10. Harris, Cananea17.2 
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
 Matthew GIBSON
  Navolato
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gibson, Navolato1.7 
 2. Buelna, Guasave1.7 
 3. Thomas, Cananea1.6 
 4. Pulido, Culiacan1.5 
 5. Riley, Tepic1.5 
 6. Heredia, Nogales1.3 
 7. Reatiga, Navolato1.3 
 8. Giron, Guasave1.2 
 9. Carter, Guasave1.2 
 10. Monreal, Hermosil.1.2 
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 



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Standings - 1A

1A Standings
S-League
 1. Buducnost 9-1 
 2. Mornar Bar 7-3 
 3. Sutjeska 6-4 
 4. Lovcen 4-6 
 5. Ulcinj 2-8 
 6. Teodo Tivat 2-8 
Play-Out
 1. ABS Primorje 8-2 
 2. KK Podgorica 7-3 
 3. Jedinstvo 6-4 
 4. Danilovgrad 5-5 
 5. Centar BP 4-6 
 6. Mogren 0-10 
Erste Basketball League Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

Play-Out

Apr. 24: Jedinstvo - Danilovgrad 89-66
Apr. 24: KK Podgorica - Centar BP 69-52
Apr. 24: ABS Primorje - Mogren 20-0

S-League

Apr. 24: Mornar Bar - Teodo Tivat 88-70
Apr. 25: Ulcinj - Lovcen 78-72
Apr. 24: Buducnost - Sutjeska 100-53


Jaycee Carroll will play for Montenegro! - by Darko Pekic

Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) has chosen Montenegro and he will represent Montenegrin National Team in the upcoming European Qualifications!The guard, born in Wyoming, United States, seems to have been attracted by the Balkan country to get dual citizenship and thus liberate a foreigner spot in the Real Madrid.

The newspaper 'Vijesti' announced today the news that talks about talks between the white U.S deadly shooter player and coach of Montenegrin NT Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) had been concluded positively. According to the newspaper, the player has declined the Azerbaijan offer for nationalization anddecided to comit his future to red and yellow jersey.

Carroll will replace Omar-Sharif Cook (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) who played as a naturalized player in the Montenegrin selection during the last three years. Cook was present at the European past of Lithuania, but Pavicevic said he prefered to have a shooter like Carroll, who has already proved his worth in a top team such as Real Madrid and international competitions such as the Euroleague .



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Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 38-27 
 2. Philadelph.76 35-30 
 3. New York K. 35-30 
 4. New Jersey N. 22-43 
 5. Toronto R. 22-43 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 49-16 
 2. Indiana P. 42-24 
 3. Milwaukee B. 31-34 
 4. Detroit P. 24-41 
 5. Cleveland C. 21-44 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 46-19 
 2. Atlanta H. 39-26 
 3. Orlando M. 37-28 
 4. Washington W. 19-46 
 5. Charlotte B. 7-58 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 47-19 
 2. Denver N. 37-28 
 3. Utah Jazz 35-30 
 4. Portland TB 28-37 
 5. Minnesota T. 26-39 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 41-24 
 2. LA Clippers 40-26 
 3. Phoenix Suns 33-33 
 4. Golde State W. 23-42 
 5. Sacramento K. 21-44 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 49-16 
 2. Memphis G. 40-25 
 3. Dallas M. 36-29 
 4. Houston R. 33-32 
 5. N.Orleans H. 21-44 

Regular Season: Round 119

Apr. 25: New York K. - LA Clippers 99-93
Apr. 25: Indiana P. - Chicago B. 87-92
Apr. 25: Cleveland C. - Washington W. 85-96
Apr. 25: Milwaukee B. - Philadelph.76 85-90
Apr. 25: Phoenix Suns - San Antonio S. 106-110
Apr. 25: Orlando M. - Charlotte B. 102-95
Apr. 25: Oklah.City T. - Denver N. 101-106

Regular Season: Round 120

Apr. 26: Atlanta H. - Dallas M.
Apr. 26: Toronto R. - New Jersey N.
Apr. 26: Utah Jazz - Portland TB
Apr. 26: Houston R. - N.Orleans H.
Apr. 26: Chicago B. - Cleveland C.
Apr. 26: Charlotte B. - New York K.
Apr. 26: Golde State W. - San Antonio S.
Apr. 26: Memphis G. - Orlando M.
Apr. 26: Washington W. - Miami Heat
Apr. 26: Minnesota T. - Denver N.
Apr. 26: Detroit P. - Philadelph.76
Apr. 26: Boston C. - Milwaukee B.
Apr. 26: Sacramento K. - LA Lakers


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.Ci.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.0 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers27.9 
 3. James, Miami Heat27.1 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.0 
 5. Westbrook, Oklah..23.6 
 6. Anthony, New Y.22.6 
 7. Wade, Miami Heat22.1 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.21.9 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.21.8 
 10. Aldridge, Portlan.21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.14.5 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.13.4 
 3. Bynum, LA Lakers11.8 
 4. Humphries, New J.11.0 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.10.9 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.10.9 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers10.4 
 8. Gortat, Phoenix10.0 
 9. Chandler, New Y.9.9 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Rondo, Boston C.11.6 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.7 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers9.1 
 4. Calderon, Toron.8.8 
 5. Williams, New J.8.7 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Wall, Washington W.8.0 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.7.9 
 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. Rubio, Minnesot.2.2 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.2 
 4. James, Miami Heat1.9 
 5. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 6. Millsap, Utah Jazz1.8 
 7. Rondo, Boston C.1.8 
 8. Shumpert, New Y.1.7 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.1.7 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..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 Clippers2.0 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.0 
 6. Bynum, LA Lakers1.9 
 7. Gasol, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Smith, Atlanta H.1.8 
 9. Biyombo, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Jefferson, Utah1.7 


Will Kobe win another scoring title? - by Bryan Floyd

The Lakers will play the Kings on Thursday in a meaningless game for everyone involved except for Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) . On Thursday Bryant will know exactly what he needs to score in order to pass Kevin Durant for the scoring title since Durants last game is tonight. Durant is currently up with an average of 27.97 points per game to Bryant's 27.8. Knowing Bryant, if the number is attainable he will go out and get it done. Bryant may act like its not a big deal to him, but we all know there is nobody in all of sports who is more competitive than he is. The real question in my mind is will the Lakers allow him to play enough minutes coming off of an injury in a meaningless game to get whatever number he needs. Stay tuned.


Report: Spurs to go hard after Nicolas Batum this summer - by Eurobasket News

Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88) is a restricted free agent that the Trail Blazers do not want to give up this summer - but that's going to cost them. A lot of teams covet him. Smart teams.

Like the San Antonio Spurs.

They are going to come after him this summer reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com.

The number I'm hearing Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum will command this offseason is $10-11 million per, according to a few league executives when Batum becomes a restricted free agent.

And, Im being told by multiple sources that the San Antonio Spurs will make a hard push to attain the promising small forward.


Because Batum is a restricted free agent, the Blazers can match any offer to him. They had a chance to get a contract extension done before January 25 for less than they will pay this summer but not only could they not reach a deal the talks created a lot of bad blood between the agent and team. Of course, when it comes to money that kind of ill will can disappear quickly. There also were teams that asked about Batum at the trade deadline but the Blazers were not listening.

Batum is a coveted swingman for a reason he is one of the best wing defenders in the league, plays smart on offense and averages 13.9 points per game this season, plus he is shooting 39 percent from three. There isnt a team in the league that couldnt use Batum.

This summer some will be willing to pay for him, the question becomes will the Blazers match. Which in part may depend on who there GM is at that time. But thats another issue.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com (by Kurt Helin)



Warriors promote Bob Myers to General Manager - by Eurobasket News

The Golden State Warriors have promoted Bob Myers to General Manager, the team announced today. Larry Riley, who has spent the last four years in the Warriors front office including the last 12 months as General Manager/Executive VP of Basketball Operations will remain with the organization as the teams Director of Scouting.

Myers, 37, joined the Warriors on April 14, 2011 as Assistant General Manager/Vice President of Basketball Operations following a highly-successful 14-year stint as a representative to numerous NBA players. During the last year with Golden State, Myers has worked closely under the tutelage of Riley on all Basketball Operations matters, including contract negotiations, talent evaluation, roster management, scouting and CBA compliance. In his new role, Myers will report to Co-Executive Chairman & CEO Joe Lacob and will oversee the entire Basketball Operations Department on a day-to-day basis.

Were extremely pleased to announce Bobs promotion as we conclude the 2011-12 season, said Lacob. We are confident that he is the right person to guide our Basketball Operations Department into the long-term future and, similarly, through a very important time for this franchise as we begin to prepare for next season. As we acknowledged a year ago, we think his potential as a young executive in this business is outstanding and that intuition was certainly confirmed during his first year with the organization. Bob is a well-respected, intelligent and dedicated executive who has developed many solid relationships in the game of basketball and understands what it takes to be successful in this business. Hes the ideal person for this job.

A Bay Area native who attended Monte Vista High School in Danville, Myers graduated from UCLA in 1998 with a degree in Business/Economics and later earned his Law Degree from Loyola Law School. As a member of the UCLA basketball team, Myers and the Bruins captured the 1995 NCAA Championship during his sophomore season and advanced to the 1997 Elite Eight two years later.

Prior to joining the Warriors last spring, Myers spent five years at Los Angeles-based Wasserman Media Group (WMG), one of the largest global and sports entertainment companies in the world. He represented a client list of nearly 20 NBA players before his departure from WMG. Myers began his career in 1997 as an intern at Tellem and Associates in Los Angeles working under long-time sports agent Arn Tellem and eventually served as Vice President of SFX Sports. He negotiated over $575 million in contracts during his 14 years in the business.

Im grateful for this tremendous opportunity and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead, said Myers. The last year has been a learning experience for me as Ive had the chance to familiarize myself with all facets of the organization while working with Joe, Peter, Larry, Coach Jackson, Rick Welts, Jerry West and many other talented individuals. In conjunction with all of those people, we hope to build a team that our great fans can be proud of for a long period of time. Im convinced that many of the pieces are in place for this organization to be extremely successful, including our ownership group. If you have committed ownership, you have a chance in this league. Im excited to have that chance and the opportunity to be a part of something special.

Riley, 68, joined the Warriors prior to the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach and has spent the last six years with the organization, including four in the front office. Overall, he owns more than 23 years of experience in the NBA as a front office executive, coach or scout. Prior to his arrival in the Bay Area, he spent six seasons with the Dallas Mavericks (2000-01 2005-06), six years with the Vancouver Grizzlies (1994-95 1999-2000) and six years with the Milwaukee Bucks (1988-89 1993-94).

Larry has been the consummate professional dating back to my initial conversations with the team almost two years ago, said Lacob. Ive relied on him immensely since the early stages of our our ownership and he has done a very good job of putting this team in position to be successful in the future. His overall body of work, including in the last year with the drafting of Klay Thompson and the acquisitions of Brandon Rush and Andrew Bogut, has been extremely solid. Larry has laid a strong foundation and he will certainly have an imprint on our future success. Im happy that he has elected to remain a part of the organization as our Director of Scouting and hell continue to be an asset for all of us.

I appreciate the fact that Joe and Bob have asked me to oversee the college scouting department and I embrace this opportunity, said Riley. Scouting has always been in my DNA and this will allow me to contribute to the organization in a meaningful and productive manner. Additionally, I think Bob is ready and prepared to accept this responsibility and I anticipate that he will do an outstanding job in his new position. I know he will benefit from having an aggressive ownership group that is completely committed to reaching new heights.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Wednesday's games review (7): Knicks hold off Clippers to stay tied for 7th seed - by Eurobasket News

Oklah.City T. - Denver N. 101-106
Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 25 points, Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.) added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 106-101 on Wednesday night to ensure they won't be the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Kevin Durant scored 32 points to extend his lead in the NBA scoring race, leaving Kobe Bryant in need of 38 points in his season finale Thursday night against Sacramento to claim his third scoring title and prevent Durant from becoming the seventh player to win three in a row. Lawson's free throw with 4:11 remaining put Denver up 96-95, and the Nuggets wouldn't trail again. With a win Thursday at Minnesota, Denver would be the No. 6 seed and face the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. Otherwise, the Nuggets could fall to No. 7 and have a rematch with Oklahoma City. *Courtesy of www.cbc.ca

Phoenix Suns - San Antonio S. 106-110
Patrick Mills (6'0''-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) had a career-high 27 points and Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) added a career-best 26 as visiting San Antonio kept alive a chance to get the NBA's overall No. 1 playoff seed with a victory over Phoenix. In what could have been his final game for Phoenix, veteran point guard Steve Nash left the game with 3:30 remaining to deafening applause. The free-agent-to-be had eight points and seven assists. He is a free agent this summer. The Spurs (49-16), who have won nine in a row, can clinch the top seed with a victory Thursday and a loss by Chicago. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili all were rested and will sit out again Thursday when the Spurs end the regular season at Golden State. 'I opt for health,' coach Gregg Popovich said before the game. 'Our health is more important than the final record.' The Spurs can extend their 50-win season streak to a league-record 13 seasons. They are tied with the Lakers (1979-91) at 12. Shannon Brown had 21 points for the Suns (33-33) and Sebastian Telfair had 20. *Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com

Indiana P. - Chicago B. 87-92
Kyle Korver (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Creighton) scored 20 points to help the Chicago Bulls defeat the Indiana Pacers 92-87 on Wednesday night and inch closer to claiming the top overall seed in the NBA playoffs. The Bulls ended the game needing just a win over Cleveland on Thursday or a loss by the San Antonio Spurs to clinch the top seed. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 16 points and Joakim Noah had 14 points and 14 rebounds for Chicago. Derrick Rose finished with 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting in 27 minutes. Chicago won the season series with the Pacers 2-1. Lance Stephenson had a career-high 22 points in his first career start for the Pacers, who rested Danny Granger and Leandro Barbosa because they were locked into the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. *Courtesy of www.cbc.ca

Milwaukee B. - Philadelph.76 85-90
Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.) scored a career-high 29 points and the Philadelphia 76ers got a win while resting some key players for the playoffs, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 90-85 on Wednesday night. Jodie Meeks (6'4''-G-87, college: Kentucky) added 27 points for the 76ers, who eliminated the Bucks from playoff contention with their victory over New Jersey on Monday. The 76ers rested Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young. Brandon Jennings scored 19 points for the Bucks, who were playing short-handed in their home finale. The Bucks played only nine players Wednesday -- and Jennings was the only regular starter on the court. Monta Ellis, Drew Gooden, Ersan Ilyasova and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute all sat out. *Courtesy of www.cbc.ca

Cleveland C. - Washington W. 85-96
At the end of a wild season, the Washington Wizards found peace. It may have taken firing a coach and making a major trade to get them there, but the Wizards are winning the way they once did. John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) scored 21 points and added 13 assists as the Wizards extended their longest winning streak since 2007 to five games with a 96-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Wall had 12 points, six assists and four steals in the third quarter, when he accounted for 24 of Washington's 28 points and helped the Wizards open a 14-point lead. He added seven rebounds and seven steals for the Wizards, whose erratic play got coach Flip Saunders fired on Jan. 24. In March, the team traded center Javale McGee (7'0''-C-88, college: Nevada) and guard Nick Young and wound up with center Nene. Those moves and a few other tweaks to the roster have the Wizards finally feeling good about their future. ''Everybody plays good and plays hard,'' Wall said. ''Nobody worries about how many points you're going to score. You can tell the whole group is having a lot more fun.'' While Washington's star guard put on a show, Cleveland's watched. Kyrie Irving, expected to be named the NBA's rookie of the year next month, played only 10 minutes - all in the first quarter - of the Cavs' home finale. He scored just five points and may have gotten his biggest assist afterward when he and his teammates lined up near mid-court and handed over their game-worn jerseys to fans. D.J. Kennedy led Cleveland with 12 points in his NBA debut. Wizards rookie forward Jan Vesely had a season-high 12 rebounds and Kevin Seraphin scored 12. Washington is finishing a disappointing season with an unexpected flourish. ''It's a positive thing for our guys,'' said interim coach Randy Wittman, who replaced Saunders. ''I thought our defense was what broke the game open for us. Our defense ignited things for us offensively.'' It wasn't long ago when games between the Wizards and Cavaliers meant something. Washington and Cleveland met in the postseason three straight times from 2006-08, with the Cavs winning all three physical series. However, these days the clubs are collecting lottery Ping-Pong balls instead of playoff wins. Although the game was meaningless, Wall played as if it mattered. He scored Washington's first basket with a layup to start the third quarter, and using that speed that few, if any, players in the league can match, Wall blazed through Cleveland's defense almost at will. He went coast-to-coast for one layup, and later threw down a dunk left-handed. Washington led 77-63 after three before the Cavs climbed back within 10 while Wall took a break. But Wittman brought Wall back with 5:31 left and he quickly turned things back around, grabbing a loose ball before delivering a one-handed, behind-the-back pass to a trailing Vesely for a dunk. Vesely was fouled and completed the three-point play to make it 94-77. ''When he gets going up and down the floor like that, we're very effective,'' Wittman said of Wall. Irving missed the Cavs' morning shootaround with the stomach flu, and the club sent out a release saying the 20-year-old was ''doubtful'' for the season's final home game. But Irving was determined to play as a way of thanking Cleveland's fans, and after warming up he was cleared by Cleveland's medical staff. The final decision, though, was left to coach Byron Scott and general manager Chris Grant, who didn't announce Irving would suit up until 30 minutes before tipoff. ''I'm pretty content just to get out there and play in the final home game. Coach Scott told me I was going to get 10 minutes and I got 9:47,'' Irving said with a smile. ''I'll roll those 13 seconds over and I'll have some rollover minutes going forward.'' Scott said Irving will sit out Thursday's season finale in Chicago. Antawn Jamison likely played his final home game for Cleveland. The 35-year-old will be a free agent this summer and said it's improbable he'll sign with the Cavs. ''I definitely have a great feeling this is probably my last home game and tomorrow will be my last game as a Cav,'' said Jamison, acquired in a 2010 deadline trade to help the Cavs win a title. ''I wish the rest of these guys great luck. I definitely think this organization is going in the right direction as far as getting some great talent and slowly but surely putting a championship caliber team together. ''With this coaching staff, some good prospects in this draft, Cleveland can get back to what it once used to be.'' The Wizards played without starting guard Jordan Crawford, who is done for the season with a sprained right ankle. *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com

Orlando M. - Charlotte B. 102-95
J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) had six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points as the Orlando Magic held off Charlotte 102-95 on Wednesday night, the Bobcats' 22nd consecutive loss. Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) added 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Magic, who snapped a three-game losing streak and secured the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference but lost forward Glen Davis to a sprained right ankle. He is the latest injury to strike the Magic's roster and drain an already shallow pool of Orlando big men following Dwight Howard's season-ending back surgery. D.J. Augustin led the Bobcats with 23 points, while Gerald Henderson had 17 and Derrick Brown 16. Charlotte (7-58) heads into its season finale on Thursday needing to beat New York to avoid the worst winning percentage in NBA history. The longest losing streak in NBA history was the 26 games by Cleveland last season. The Magic were active early offensively and beginning to cruise late in the first quarter when Davis stepped on Byron Mullens' foot and rolled his ankle. He limped off the court, though initial X-rays taken on the ankle in the locker room were negative. His status is day-to-day. The injury couldn't have come at a more inopportune time for Orlando, which has seen starters Hedo Turkoglu (facial fracture) and Howard both under surgery in the past month. Howard, of course, is gone for the rest of the season as he continues rehabilitation in California. Turkoglu may return as early as Thursday's regular-season finale against Memphis and be ready for the postseason, but that is still to be determined. The Bobcats rallied after Davis' injury and cut what was a 17-point first-half deficit to 67-66 late in the third quarter. Orlando got it back up to 10 points entering the fourth quarter before seeing one final push by Charlotte. It was 89-84 when Henderson was whistled for his fifth personal foul and forced to the bench with just over 6 minutes to play. That was immediately followed by Jason Richardson's third 3-pointer of the game to give the Magic a little more breathing room. He finished with 17 points and nine rebounds. A 3 a few possessions later by Redick made it 95-86 and following a Charlotte miss Redick nailed his final 3 of the game to push the lead back to 12 points with 4:26 to go. Now the Bobcats' quest to avoid NBA all-time futility continues in their season finale. Should they lose that game against the Knicks, their 7-59 record and .106 winning percentage would eclipse the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers and their mark at .110, when they went 9-73. The Magic kept around a 15-point lead throughout the first half before seeing the Bobcats close the gap to 10 at the break. Orlando pulled away early by connecting on 10 of its 22 3-point attempts in the half, led by Redick's five 3s and 16 points. Anderson added 14 points and Jameer Nelson eight points and seven assists. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

New York K. - LA Clippers 99-93
J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) scored 21 points, including a rally-stopping jumper with 31 seconds left, and the New York Knicks held on to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 99-93 on Wednesday night and close in on the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 17 points for the Knicks, but he was on the bench in the final minutes as the Knicks blew nearly all of an 18-point lead against a Clippers team that was fighting desperately for home-court advantage in the first round. The Knicks will draw No. 2 seed Miami in the first round with one more win or a loss by Philadelphia. New York closes its regular season Thursday at Charlotte, which has one of the worst records in NBA history, while the 76ers visit Detroit. If New York loses and Philadelphia wins, the Knicks would fall to the No. 8 seed and open against Chicago. Blake Griffin had 29 points and 10 rebounds, and Randy Foye scored 28 points for the Clippers, who played without Chris Paul and fell a half-game behind Memphis for fourth place in the West. The Clippers need the Grizzlies to lose at home to Orlando on Thursday to have the home-court advantage for their first-round series. Paul sat out after mildly straining his left groin in Tuesday's 109-102 loss at Atlanta. The Clippers dropped three of their final four games, costing themselves any chance to beat out the Lakers for the Pacific Division title and perhaps a chance to open the playoffs at home. But they wrapped up their first season with Paul at 40-26 and will make their first postseason appearance since 2006 and just their fifth since 1985. The Knicks lost their slim chance of earning the No. 6 seed and avoiding the Bulls or Heat when Orlando beat Charlotte earlier Wednesday. The No. 7 spot is within their grasp - given the Bobcats (7-58) have lost 22 in a row. But it was unclear if the Knicks wanted it while sitting their starters down the stretch. The Knicks led throughout the second half, seemingly putting it away early in the fourth when they opened a 90-72 lead with 7:23 remaining as Smith threw an alley-oop pass to Landry Fields on the break. Fans began chanting 'Beat the Heat!' but suddenly they almost couldn't beat the Clippers. With Anthony and Amare Stoudemire sitting down the stretch, the Clippers stormed back and cut it to 94-93 on Griffin's basket with 52 seconds left. Smith answered with a jumper, and after Foye's pass was broken up, Smith made two free throws to make it 98-93 with 23.5 seconds to go. The Clippers finished 16-17 on the road, missing their first finish above .500 since moving to Los Angeles in 1984. The Knicks led 24-19 after one then got a pair of 3-pointers from Steve Novak and two layups by Fields early in the second while extending the lead to 13. The Clippers cut it to one before New York pushed it back up to 48-39 at halftime. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com



San Antonio Spurs sign Derrick Byars for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Spurs signed Bakersfield Jam guard/forward Derrick Byars (6'7''-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Vanderbilt) for the record 60th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2011-12 NBA Development League season. Byars joins more than 100 NBA players with NBA D-League experience currently on 2011-12 rosters.

In 25 regular season games, 22 starts, with the Jam, Byars (6-7, 220, Vanderbilt) averaged 15.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 32.2 minutes. He scored in double figures 18 times, recording a season-high 27 points in a 109-102 win over the Canton Charge on Feb. 22. In the 2012 postseason, Byars averaged 13.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.3 assists and 31.0 minutes in four games. In 104 career NBA D-League games, Byars has averaged 17.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 35.3 minutes.

'It's certainly a special birthday gift to have earned an opportunity to join such a respected franchise as the Spurs. I'm glad all the hard work I've put in over the years, including 3 different seasons with the Jam, has culminated in getting a look from the Spurs', said Byars.

Jam's Head Coach Will Voigt said, 'I am really happy that Derrick has received this opportunity. He is a dynamic scorer but he really focused on improving his defense this year and doing whatever was necessary for our team to win.'

Byars has seen action in 15 NBA preseason games over four seasons, and owns NBA preseason career averages of 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 14.0 minutes.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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Standings Men

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

Regular Season: Round 9

Apr. 25: Bay Hawks - Wellington S. 97-80
Apr. 25: Nelson G. - Taranaki MA 72-75
Apr. 25: Auckland P. - Harbour H.
Apr. 27: Southland S. - Taranaki MA
Apr. 27: Wellington S. - Hub Jets
Apr. 28: OceanaGold N. - Taranaki MA
Apr. 28: Southland S. - Nelson G.
Apr. 28: Bay Hawks - Hub Jets
Apr. 29: OceanaGold N. - Nelson G.



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  PBL   


Predators prepare to reload following first PBL campaign - by Allen White

Moments before an attempt to sell potential sponsor Ken Nelson, Brad Grenoble began a different sort of pitch in the dealership parking lot last November.

Hed gotten Carlton Fays cell phone number from Bryan Mullins, Fays former Southern Illinois University teammate. He left Fay a long-winded message describing an opportunity to play for the Sauk Valley Predators in their inaugural Premier Basketball League season.

I didnt expect him to call me right back, but 40 minutes later, he did, Grenoble said. He was interested.

With a trip to Fays hometown of Hennepin for lunch the next day, the first piece was in place. Now Grenoble hopes Fay will be a veteran in next seasons mix and remain a fixture in the Grenoble household. But thats where things get tricky in semi-professional ball

The Grenoble family would love nothing more than to someday see Fay play ball in the NBA even if its from hundreds of miles away.

You want to keep who you can keep, but wed love nothing more than for folks in the area to turn on the TV and see our guys playing, Grenoble said. All the guys said theyd like to come back, but you want them to improve and move up.

Fay will take part in many workouts over the following months, including for the Bakersfield Jam, the NBDL affiliate of the Los Angeles Lakers. Preds coach Kevin Keathley also hopes to move up to the D-League and will be coaching an upcoming invite for the league. Hed be happy to return and told Grenoble hed know where hell coach by June.

All the players who helped the Preds to a 13-8 record and a playoff appearance against the 3-time defending PBL champion Rochester RazorSharks will test waters outside the Sauk Valley some of them overseas. The Preds already got a taste of talent departing when leading scorer Desmond Holloway left the team midseason to play in Europe.

Back at the ranch, Grenoble and his staff will start courting potential new players in June. After witnessing the massive size advantage Rochester boasted, hes determined to add some bulk and veteran leadership next season.

If I come back, being a leader in the second season in this league would be a plus for me, Fay said. We never used being young as an excuse. We tried to use it to our advantage.

Forming the 2013 roster will be a process and, interestingly enough, the longer it takes, the better, Grenoble says.

If youre closing players in August, those probably arent guys you want, he says. You need guys with bigger dreams and aspirations

While the Preds will likely see a lot of turnover on their roster, many things will stay the same come next season.

Theyll keep playing their games at Musgrove Fieldhouse, to which they drew about 29,000 fans in 10 games this season.

[Sterling High School principal] Jason [Austin] loved it and had nothing but good things to say, Grenoble said. Maybe the most important group that gets the least amount of credit is the custodial staff. The crap they go through, on top of everything else they do? Ive thanked them 40 times. Its not enough.

Also, the players host families are back on board.

The host family program took off even more than I expected, and the saddest part about the season being over is now we wonder, when [Fay] does move out, how are our girls going to take it? Grenoble said. He and his wife, Leah, have four daughters.

Thats the hardest part of the host family program is letting go, Leah said. They know the end is coming. The hardest part will be breaking it to Maliah, our 6-year-old.

Potential Predators first interview with Grenoble. Then they meet with his wife.

She finds out if theyre good people, Brad said.

We can find great, athletic basketball players all over the nation, Leah said. We dont just want to see the talent on the court. We want to see the talent within them. We want players wed trust to bring into our homes to live with our families.

She was sold on Fay the moment she saw his love for his grandmother, who was also at the small restaurant where the group enjoyed their recruiting visit in November.

It was nice seeing that connection between him and his grandmother, Leah said. It was so great to see how important family was to him, just like it is to us.

And its translated. Before a softball game Wednesday, Milledgeville sophomore Taylor Grenoble texted Fay, asking if hed stay forever.

The Grenobles got home from Rochester just hours before Taylors game. When they got to it, Maliah sprinted toward them, screaming, Carlton! Carlton! She lept into the 6-8 forwards arms.

She went tearing right by mom and dad, Fay said, laughing. It means a lot to know youre such a big part of someones life.

I just really didnt realize how close we would become with my son, Leah said. And I just called Carlton my son. Were going to follow him wherever he goes.





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  PHILIPPINES   


ASEAN League: Petron Blaze gain 15th victory - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Singapore Slingers 68:64

Petron Blaze registered the 15th win in the ASEAN League season. They held off visiting Singapore Slingers to remain on top of the standings at 15-4 record. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85, college: Nevada) scored 23 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead the charge.
Slingers led by three points after the starting frame 21:18. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 40:34 halftime advantage. The Slingers stayed in the drivers seat in the third term. They ensured a comfortable 10-point advantage heading into the fourth period 54:44. But the Blaze turned things around in the final quarter. They went on an 8:0 run midway through the period to take a 64:61 advantage. The hosts then capped regulation with a 4:0 run to seal the victory. Chris Banchero (185-G, agency: VVG Sports, college: Seattle Pacific) accounted for 13 points, while Duke Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) added 11 points and 7 rebounds for the Blaze. Dulay Donald (173-G-80) answered with 17 points and 7 assists for the Slingers. Graham Louis (205-F/C-84) added 19 points, 12 boards and 7 steals in defeat.

Petron Blaze: Nick Fazekas 23+19 boards, Chris Banchero 13, Duke Crews 11
Singapore Slingers: Graham Louis 19+12 boards, Dulay Donald 17



ASEAN League: Patriots post another victory - by Eurobasket News

Philippine Patriots - Saigon Heat 76:70

Philippine Patriots improved at 14-4 record in ASEAN League. They knocked down visiting Saigon Heat tonight. Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) nailed 19 points to pace the winners. The Patriots remain one win shy of league leading Petron Blaze. The Heat slipped at 6-11 record in the 7th position
The Patriots got to a strong start. They piled up a 25:19 lead after the opening quarter. The teams exchanged baskets in the second term as the hosts secured a 6-point cushion at halftime 41:35. Al Vergara (173-G-79) gave the Patriots a double-digit lead midway through the third period but the Heat came back into the game. The Vietnamese team narrowed the gap to just three points at the final break 56:59. But the visitors never got any closer as the Patriots took over in the final frame and rallied to the victory. Nakiea Miller (204-C-79, college: Iona) posted 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Al Vergara contributed 11 points for the winners. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) replied with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, college: Houston) produced 15 points and 10 boards in the loss.

Philippine Patriots: Anthony Johnson 19, Nakiea Miller 17, Al Vergara 11
Saigon Heat: Jonathan Jones 22+12 boards, Jahmar Thorpe 15+10 boards



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  POLAND   

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Zastal ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Hodge, Zastal ZG19.3 
 2. Michalak, LKS Lodz17.2 
 3. Corbett, Siarka J.16.1 
 4. Miller, Siarka J.15.9 
 5. Kulig, PBG Basket15.7 
 6. Dylewicz, Trefl So.15.7 
 7. Koszarek, Trefl S.15.7 
 8. Micic, PBG Basket15.7 
 9. Weeden, Polpharma15.4 
 10. Kickert, PGE Turow15.2 
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, Zastal7.7 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.7.3 
 7. Eziukwu, AZS K.7.2 
 8. Simmons, Polpharma7.2 
 9. Turek, Trefl Sopot7.1 
 10. Bartosz, PBG Bas.7.1 
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.5.0 
 6. Miller, Siarka J.4.7 
 7. Burrell, Energa C.4.6 
 8. Moore, PGE Turow4.6 
 9. Micic, PBG Basket4.5 
 10. Sapp, Kotwica4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Szubarga, Anwil1.8 
 2. Skibniewski, Slask1.6 
 3. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.5 
 5. Tiller, Siarka J.1.5 
 6. Miller, Siarka J.1.4 
 7. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 8. Ponitka, AZS P.1.4 
 9. Dabrowski, Polph.1.4 
 10. Wilczek, AZS P.1.3 
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. Karnowski, Siarka1.2 
 6. Morrison, Energa C.1.2 
 7. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.1 
 8. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.1 
 9. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 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. Kukielka, Sportino13.6 
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. Wilusz, Sudety7.1 
 6. Malewski, Znicz B.7.0 
 7. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.0 
 8. Radke, Rosa Radom6.9 
 9. Misiewicz, Znicz B.6.9 
 10. Klima, Sokol Lanc.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Michal MUSIJOWSKI
  Polonia
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Musijowski, Polonia5.5 
 2. Grochowski, MKS D.5.4 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 4. Zytko, P..4.6 
 5. Michalski, Start L.4.1 
 6. Ochonko, Spojnia4.1 
 7. Kardas, Rosa Radom4.0 
 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. Basinski, SKK S.2.5 
 9. Czubek, Znicz B.2.5 
 10. Pisarczyk, Sokol2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Artur DONIGIEWICZ
  Rosa R.
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Donigiewicz, Rosa2.1 
 2. Niesobski, Sudety1.8 
 3. Zytko, P..1.8 
 4. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.8 
 5. Oczkowicz, MOSiR K.1.7 
 6. Wojcicki, SKK S.1.6 
 7. Malecki, AZS Kutno1.6 
 8. Grochowski, MKS D.1.6 
 9. Wojdyla, Start G.1.6 
 10. Aleksandrowi., St.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.18.8 
 8. Ejsmont, GKK G.18.6 
 9. Zurawski, Open F.18.6 
 10. Majewski, PWiK P.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mateusz SZWED
  Zyrardow.
  (197-C-91)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Szwed, Zyrardow.12.8 
 2. Zabielski, Tur B.11.8 
 3. Cygan, Unia Tarnow10.8 
 4. Niedzwiedzki, WKK10.4 
 5. Fras, Trefl I.9.8 
 6. Mis, Handlopex AZS9.8 
 7. Kwandrans, MKS L.9.8 
 8. Zurawski, Open F.9.7 
 9. Sobkowiak, AZS P.9.1 
 10. Kuczynski, Tur B.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.10.7 
 2. Paszkiewicz, PWiK6.8 
 3. Hybiak, AZS P.6.4 
 4. Wluczynski, Ksieza.6.4 
 5. Jarosz, MKS S.5.8 
 6. Gospodarek, Novum5.5 
 7. Grzelinski, WKK O.5.4 
 8. Kindlik, MKS L.5.2 
 9. Rapucha, Tur B.5.2 
 10. Lipinski, Nysa K.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Open F.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 5
 1. Stoklosa, Open F.5.0 
 2. Rapucha, Tur B.4.4 
 3. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.4.3 
 4. Jarosz, MKS S.4.2 
 5. Misztela, UMKS P.4.0 
 6. Chojecki, Zyrardow.3.8 
 7. Adamczyk, Pulaski3.8 
 8. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.8 
 9. Gospodarek, Novum3.6 
 10. Wrobel, GTK G.3.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomasz ZYCH
  Unia Tarnow
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zych, Unia Tarnow3.0 
 2. Lewandowski, Astor.2.8 
 3. Szewczyk, Unia T.2.3 
 4. Kunc, Staco M.2.2 
 5. Fediuk, UKS S.2.2 
 6. Paszkiewicz, PWiK2.2 
 7. Misztela, UMKS P.2.2 
 8. Bojko, Wilki Morsk.2.1 
 9. Labedz, Rosa I.2.1 
 10. Hybiak, AZS P.2.1 


PLK Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Anwil - PGE Turow 63-85

PGE Turow celebrated the first win in the series storming past Anwil on the road. PGE Turow had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Australian-Dutch center Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard David Jackson (193-86, college: W.Illinois) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Four PGE Turow players scored in double figures. American swingman John Allen (194-82, college: Seton Hall, agency: Court Side) responded with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: D.Kickert 19+8reb, D.Jackson 19+4reb+3ast, R.Moore 14+5reb+4ast, K.Wysocki 11+6reb, A.Cel 5+4reb, M.Chylinski 5+1reb+3ast
Anwil: J.Allen 14+5reb+4ast, C.Edwards 13+6reb, K.Szubarga 9+4reb+2ast, N.Lewis 8+6reb, L.Kinnard 7+1reb, D.Berisha 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 174752


Trefl Sopot - Slask Wroclaw 86-77

Trefl Sopot bounced back after the starting loss to edge Slask Wroclaw. Slask Wroclaw trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 22-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-86 at the end of the game. International forward Adam Waczynski (199-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international forward Filip Dylewicz (202-80) chipped in 23 points during the contest. American-Puerto Rican guard Paul Graham (196-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Robert Skibniewski (182-83) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: F.Dylewicz 23+3reb+1ast, A.Waczynski 19+8reb+2ast, L.Koszarek 18+2reb+6ast, J.Turek 9+6reb+3ast, M.Stefanski 7+3reb+1ast, V.Cummings 5+3reb+1ast
Slask Wroclaw: R.Skibniewski 14+3reb+5ast, P.Graham 14+6reb+5ast, B.Diduszko 11, P.Buczak 9+2reb, K.Sek 7+1reb, A.Wojcik 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 174753


Zastal ZG - Energa Czarni 64-70 OT

Energa Czarni overcame Zastal Zielona Gora for the first win in the series. The visitors needed overtime to tame the hosts. Darnell Hinson (186-PG-80, college: Northeastern St.) led the winners with 25 points and 6 rebounds to his tally.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: D.Hinson 25+6reb, S.Burrell 10+8reb+5ast, P.Kikowski 9+3reb+1ast, D.Weaver 8+4reb, Z.Bialek 7+8reb+3ast, S.Morrison 6+5reb
Zastal ZG: W.Hodge 21+5reb+6ast, M.Sroka 11+3reb, U.Mirkovic 9+9reb+2ast, K.Chanas 8+3reb+1ast, K.Archibeque 5+9reb+1ast, T.Mobley 5+4reb
gschID: 174750


Asseco Prokom - AZS Koszalin 103-79

Asseco Prokom registered the second victory in the series against AZS Koszalin. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 61-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Asseco Prokom dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to AZS Koszalin's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. AZS Koszalin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jerel Blassingame (175-81, college: UNLV) scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Asseco Prokom's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard J.J. Montgomery (196-82, college: Arkansas St.) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Callistus Eziukwu (208-85, college: Grand Valley St.) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Asseco Prokom: J.Blassingame 24+8reb+6ast, D.Motiejunas 23+5reb+5ast, P.Szczotka 13+3reb+4ast, A.Hrycaniuk 13+8reb+1ast, M.Kuebler 8+2reb+5ast, F.Dmitriev 6+2reb
AZS Koszalin: C.Eziukwu 15+6reb, J.Montgomery 15+8reb, G.Reese 12+4reb+1ast, I.Milicic 12+1reb+3ast, P.Pamula 10+2reb+2ast, M.Jarmakowicz 6+3reb
gschID: 174751



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

Group A
Ksiezak Lowicz - Astoria Bydg. 81-71

Ksiezak Lowicz tied things up in the semifinal against Astoria Bydgoszcz. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 28-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ksiezak Lowicz made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Astoria Bydg. turnovers. Strangely Astoria Bydg. outrebounded Ksiezak Lowicz 43-24 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ksiezak Lowicz made 12 blocks. Guard Damian Janiak (191-89) scored 22 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard Bartosz Wluczynski (176-88) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) during the contest. Power forward Sebastian Laydych (203-87) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Dorian Szyttenholm (194-83) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Astoria Bydg.'s coach Jaroslaw Zawadka rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Astoria Bydg.: S.Laydych 19+8reb+1ast, D.Szyttenholm 14+9reb+1ast, M.Bierwagen 10+5reb+4ast, P.Lewandowski 10+4reb+3ast, P.Gierszewski 5+2reb, A.Barszczyk 4+2reb+1ast
Ksiezak Lowicz: D.Janiak 22+4reb+3ast, B.Wluczynski 20+2reb+5ast, R.Wojciechowski 11+1reb+1ast, T.Nogalski 11+3reb+2ast, K.Kromer 9+6reb+2ast, R.Kucharek 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 175165


AZS PP Poznan - Open Florentyna 60-52

AZS Poznan advanced into the next round following the second straight win over Open Florentyna. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Open Florentyna won third quarter 13-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS PP Poznan held Open Florentyna to an opponent 23.5 percent shooting from the field compared to 32.8 percent accuracy of the winners. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when AZS PP Poznan made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was point guard Pawel Hybiak (173-89) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. Forward Michal Szydlowski (198-87) chipped in 6 points and 13 rebounds. Power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Karol Debski (198-84, agency: Promotex) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Open Florentyna: W.Zurawski 16+13reb, K.Debski 11+7reb, J.Szymczak 5+1reb, R.Niesobski 5+6reb+1ast, S.Buczyniak 4+2reb+2ast, A.Kaczmarzyk 4+7reb+2ast
AZS PP Poznan: P.Hybiak 22+4reb+4ast, T.Gierwazik 11+1ast, T.Baszak 9+3reb, P.Stankiewicz 6+8reb+2ast, M.Szydlowski 6+13reb+1ast, S.Lyzwa 3
gschID: 175166


Group B
AZS AWF K-ce - BM Wegiel Stal 74-61

AZS Katowice overcame Wegiel Stal to force the decider. The game was mostly controlled by AZS AWF K-ce. BM Wegiel Stal was better in second period 15-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AZS AWF K-ce had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Marcin Ecka (184-78) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and forward Tomasz Milewski (202-78) supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four AZS AWF K-ce players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 8 rebounds by power forward Lukasz Olejnik (203-79) did not help to save the game for BM Wegiel Stal. Forward Jakub Dryjanski (201-82) added 10 points and 5 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
BM Wegiel Stal: L.Olejnik 17+8reb+1ast, J.Dryjanski 10+5reb+1ast, M.Dymala 10+2reb+2ast, T.Cielebak 8+1reb+1ast, M.Matczak 8+5reb+3ast, M.Zebski 5+2reb+1ast
AZS AWF K-ce: M.Ecka 15+10reb+4ast, M.Dziemba 13+3reb+1ast, T.Milewski 12+9reb+1ast, M.Dziemba 10+1reb+2ast, P.Jurczynski 10+2reb+5ast, K.Nowak 9+6reb
gschID: 175168


Pogon Prudnik - Slask II W. 63-72

Slask II Wroclaw stole a road win over Pogon Prudnik to level things up at 1-1. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 16-12. But Pogon Prudnik won second period 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Slask II W. forced 32 Pogon Prudnik turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Radoslaw Hyzy (203-77) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Adrian Mroczek-Truskowski (195-85) chipped in 19 points and 7 steals. Forward Jaroslaw Pawlowski (194-80) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and forward Tomasz Lakis (194-82) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Pogon Prudnik: T.Lakis 14+2reb+2ast, J.Pawlowski 11+14reb+1ast, M.Lakis 10+2reb, T.Madziar 10+2reb+2ast, M.Lepczynski 8+2reb+1ast, S.Kucia 7+4ast
Slask II W.: A.Mroczek-Truskowski 19+1reb+1ast, N.Kulon 16+2reb+1ast, A.Grygiel 10+3reb+1ast, R.Hyzy 10+15reb+2ast, M.Kowalski 8+1ast, R.Glapinski 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 175167


Group C
Handlopex AZS - PWiK Piaseczno 79-80

PWiK Piaseczno eked out a narrow win over Handlopex AZS and advanced into the Final. It looked good early as Handlopex AZS took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then PWiK Piaseczno had a 27-13 second period charge getting the lead and Handlopex AZS was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-80. PWiK Piaseczno forced 25 Handlopex AZS turnovers. Strangely Handlopex AZS outrebounded PWiK Piaseczno 45-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. Guard Andrzej Paszkiewicz (180-79) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Guard Dominik Majewski (185-83) contributed with 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward Marek Osiniak (200-80) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and center Zbigniew Dolinski (211-81) added 11 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Handlopex AZS.
Top scorers:
Handlopex AZS: M.Osiniak 17+7reb+2ast, P.Mis 13+2reb, D.Kielar 13+4reb+1ast, Z.Dolinski 11+13reb+1ast, M.Sowa 8+8reb+3ast, K.Banys 8+5reb+4ast
PWiK Piaseczno: D.Majewski 20+4reb+4ast, A.Paszkiewicz 19+4reb+10ast, D.Zapert 13+8reb+3ast, M.Wojtynski 8+2reb+1ast, W.Bocianowski 7+3reb, R.Pietrzak 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 175170


Tur Bielsk Pdl. - UMKS Kielce 77-84

UMKS Kielce reached the Final after edging Tur Bielsk Pdl. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-16. But Tur Bielsk Pdl. won second period 18-14. 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 UMKS Kielce made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was center Dariusz Wyka (207-91) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Artur Busz (194-88) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Arkadiusz Zabielski (195-84) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and forward Lukasz Kuczynski (194-85) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Tur Bielsk Pdl.'s coach Andrej Sinielnikow tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Tur Bielsk Pdl.: L.Kuczynski 17+6reb+1ast, A.Zabielski 15+11reb+2ast, A.Weres 13+5reb, P.Brzozowski 12+8reb+2ast, M.Rapucha 12+3reb+3ast, M.Wysocki 4+7reb
UMKS Kielce: D.Wyka 27+12reb, A.Busz 14+9reb+1ast, L.Fafara 11+6reb+2ast, H.Makuch 11+4reb+1ast, P.Bacik 10+5reb+7ast, M.Wrobel 10+4reb+1ast
gschID: 175169



1Liga Round 5 of Quarter-Finals. Znicz Basket enter semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Znicz Basket - Spojnia 96-69

Znicz Basket rallied past Spojnia to enter the semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by MKS Znicz Basket. Spojnia managed to win fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Spojnia 40-20 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. MKS Znicz Basket shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MKS Znicz Basket made 7 blocks. Forward Andrzej Misiewicz (201-84, college: Daytona Beach CC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners and guard Adrian Sulinski (185-85) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Tomasz Ochonko (185-86) responded with 21 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and guard Adam Parzych (190-86, college: Bryant, agency: Promotex) scored 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Znicz Basket: A.Sulinski 23+6reb+3ast, A.Misiewicz 16+12reb+6ast, P.Szymanski 16+6reb+1ast, A.Czujkowski 9+3reb, L.Bonarek 8+5reb, D.Czubek 7+4reb+3ast
Spojnia: T.Ochonko 21+4reb+7ast, A.Parzych 11+4reb+2ast, P.Wojdyr 9+3reb, H.Pabian 8+2ast, T.Stepien 8+1reb, J.Kalinowski 6+1ast
gschID: 175323



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Standings - BSN

BSN Standings
 1. Mayaguez 19-6 
 2. Quebradillas 14-10 
 3. Bayamon 14-11 
 4. Arecibo 13-10 
 5. San German 13-12 
 6. Guaynabo 11-14 
 7. Guayama 8-17 
 8. Humacao 6-18 

Regular Season: Round 24

Apr. 23: Bayamon - San German 86-94
Apr. 24: Arecibo - Mayaguez 78-83
Apr. 24: Guayama - Guaynabo 109-88
Apr. 25: Humacao - Bayamon
Apr. 25: Guaynabo - Quebradillas


Stats Leaders - BSN

Points Per Game
 Al THORNTON
  Guayama
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Thornton, Guayama24.9 
 2. Harris, San German21.6 
 3. Sensley, Humacao19.7 
 4. Ayuso, Arecibo19.6 
 5. Dalmau, Bayamon19.4 
 6. Ramos, Quebradillas18.3 
 7. Powell, Guayama17.0 
 8. Vassallo, Guaynabo16.4 
 9. Smith, Mayaguez15.5 
 10. Maye, Guaynabo15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  San German
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Harris, San German10.2 
 2. Powell, Guayama9.6 
 3. Ramos, Quebradillas9.3 
 4. Thornton, Guayama9.2 
 5. Sensley, Humacao9.0 
 6. Burgess, Guaynabo8.4 
 7. Sweetney, Bayamon8.4 
 8. O''Bryant, Mayaguez8.2 
 9. Shannon, Quebradil.8.1 
 10. Narvaez, Guaynabo7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Mayaguez
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Smith, Mayaguez5.7 
 2. Rivera, San German5.6 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo5.5 
 4. Pagan, Guayama5.0 
 5. Pinnock, Arecibo4.9 
 6. Garcia, Humacao4.2 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon4.0 
 8. Cruz, Quebradillas3.9 
 9. Rodriguez, San G.3.4 
 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, Bayamon1.7 
 4. Ramirez, Mayaguez1.4 
 5. Strong, San German1.3 
 6. Thornton, Guayama1.3 
 7. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
 8. Cotto, Mayaguez1.3 
 9. Sensley, Humacao1.3 
 10. Efejuku, Mayaguez1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Mamadou LAMIZANA
  Bayamon
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lamizana, Bayamon2.3 
 2. O''Bryant, Mayaguez1.7 
 3. Shannon, Quebradil.1.6 
 4. Thornton, Guayama1.6 
 5. Burgess, Guaynabo1.4 
 6. Harris, San German1.2 
 7. Ramos, Quebradillas1.1 
 8. Powell, Guayama1.1 
 9. Aubry, Arecibo0.9 
 10. Sensley, Humacao0.9 


Puerto Rico announces 30 players for Centrobasket and FIBA Olympic Qualifier: - by Luis Modestti


The Puerto Rican Basketball Federation held a press conference today where 30 players were named to the national team for various commitments this summer.

Puerto Rico is expected to play in the 2012 Centrobasket Tournament (June 18-22, Puerto Rico) and the FIBA Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament (July 2-8, Venezuela). If they qualify, they can also play in the 2012 Olympics.

FBPR President Carlos Beltran was there along with national team head coach, Flor Melendez, and several members of the selection committee.

The national team is scheduled to start practicing on May 16 and is expected to play a couple of warm-up games against Macedonia on June 27-28.

The 30 players are:

Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU)
Larry Ayuso
Renaldo Balkman
JJ Barea
Miguel Al Berdiel
Jorge Bryan Daz
Dennis Clemente
Ramn Clemente
Devon Collier
Victor Davila
Alex Galindo
John Holland
David Huertas
Kevin Young Morales
Carmelo Lee
Carlos 'Yao' Lopez
Matt Lopez
Javier Mojica
Nathan Peavy
PJ Ramos
Andres Rodrguez
Mike Rosario
Ricky Sanchez
Danny Santiago
Edwin Ubiles
Toms Vazquez-Simmons
Johwen Villegas
Angel Daniel Vassallo
Shabazz Napier
Angel 'Piwi' Garca

Coaching Staff:

Head Coach: Flor Melendez
Assistant: Carlos Morales
Assistant: Carlos Calcano
Asistant: Leo Arill



Piratas sign Jovan Harris: - by Luis Modestti


Piratas de Quebradillas signed Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) as their Latin-American import for the rest of the season and playoffs.

Harris, who plays for the Mexican National Team, is playing for Pioneros de Cancun who qualified for the FIBA-Americas League Final Four. After that tournament he must come to Puerto Rico and play for Piratas.

He averaged 16 points and 2.7 assists in six games during the FIBA-Americas League.

Quebradillas is currently 15-10 and are in second place.



Wins for Vaqueros and Piratas: - by Luis Modestti

Vaqueros de Bayamon and Piratas de Quebradillas defended their respective home courts on Thursday by beating Caciques and Mets.

Vaqueros defeated Caciques 87-82 as Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) led the way with 26 points and Michael Sweetney added 20.

Bayamon dominated the first half but Caciques kept the pressure on defense and were up 82-81 with two minutes left. Two free-throws and a two-pointer by Sweetney gave Vaqueros the win.

Gilbert Brown netted 17 and Jonathan Garcia 14 for Caciques.

In Quebradillas, Piratas defeated Mets 81-68. This was the sixth loss in a row for Guaynabo who are now 11-15.

Peter John Ramos had 20 and Shavlik Randolph 18 for Piratas.



Caciques release Sensley: - by Luis Modestti

Caciques de Humacao announced the release of forward Julian Sensley (206-F-82, agency: VVG Sports, college: Hawaii).

Sensley averaged 19.67 points and 9 rebounds in 15 games this season.

The player suffered and virus and hasn't recovered. The team decided to release him since they are eliminated and are looking to give playing time to native players in that position.

Humacao has a 6-18 record and their next game is today against Bayamon.



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  RUSSIA   

Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.19.5 
 2. Gordon, Ural E.15.7 
 3. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.15.0 
 4. Ageev, Ruskon-M.14.8 
 5. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan13.9 
 6. Sotnikov, TE.13.7 
 7. Lekavicius, Univ.S.13.5 
 8. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.13.1 
 9. Aleksandrov, Univ..12.6 
 10. Kirjanov, TE.12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.8.0 
 2. Ivlev, Rjazan7.4 
 3. Zaykin, TE.7.2 
 4. Petukhov, Spart.7.2 
 5. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.2 
 6. Trushkin, Spart.6.0 
 7. Nikolaev, Ural E.5.9 
 8. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.5.8 
 9. Gordon, Ural E.5.7 
 10. Goritskov, Sever.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  Ural E.
  (182-G-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Glazunov, Ural E.5.4 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.1 
 3. Aleksandrov, Sojuz4.0 
 4. Zibirov, Ataman4.0 
 5. Tokarev, TE.3.8 
 6. Bartunov, Rjazan3.7 
 7. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.3.1 
 8. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.3.1 
 9. Chernov, Ruskon-M.2.9 
 10. Korchagin, Univ.S.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.2 
 2. Zibirov, Ataman2.1 
 3. Glazunov, Ural E.1.9 
 4. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.7 
 5. Bartunov, Rjazan1.7 
 6. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.5 
 7. Ivlev, Rjazan1.4 
 8. Ageev, Ruskon-M.1.4 
 9. Kubrakov, Ataman1.3 
 10. Varnakov, Ruskon.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.1.6 
 2. Gresev, Ataman1.1 
 3. Rindin, Univ.Surgut1.0 
 4. Varlamov, Ural E.1.0 
 5. Goritskov, Sever.0.9 
 6. Tsvetkov, Severst.0.9 
 7. Polyakov, Severstal0.8 
 8. Petukhov, Spart.0.8 
 9. Ivlev, Rjazan0.7 
 10. Trushkin, Spart.0.7 


Superleague: Surgut complete the Semifinal picture - by Eurobasket News

Univ.Surgut - Ruskon-Mord. 66-65 (2-1)

Surgut complete the Semifinal picture after a thrillling win over Ruskon. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 19-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Ruskon-Mordovia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Ilia Aleksandrov (194-81) who saved his team from a defeat with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Alexei Ekimov (210-81, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 8 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Universitet-Yugra's coach Sergei Olhov used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Pavel Zakamov (192-80, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ruskon-Mordovia.
Top scorers:
Univ.Surgut: I.Aleksandrov 16+9reb+2ast, G.Zelenskiy 11+2reb, D.Hloponin 10+3reb+1ast, A.Ekimov 8+6reb+1ast, V.Dyachok 7+2reb+1ast, V.Shevel 5+2reb
Ruskon-Mord.: A.Kuznetsov 19+5reb+3ast, P.Zakamov 17+5reb+3ast, A.Varnakov 9+4reb+2ast, A.Ageev 9+5reb+1ast, P.Aghapov 4+3reb, A.Krylov 3+5reb
gschID: 175333



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Standings - A Liga

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

Second Stage: Round 9

Apr. 25: Mega Vizura - Radnicki Basket 86-70
Apr. 26: BKK Radnicki - Radnicki K.
Apr. 26: Vojvodina - Crvena Zvezda


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Milos BOJOVIC
  Zeleznicar
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Bojovic, Zeleznicar23.5 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.21.0 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac20.5 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo20.0 
 5. Bozovic, Sloga17.1 
 6. Dimic, Radnicki.16.7 
 7. Cupkovic, Napredak16.5 
 8. Miljenovic, Mega V.15.7 
 9. Svilar, Smederevo15.5 
 10. Drca, OKK Beograd14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darko BALABAN
  Smederevo
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Balaban, Smederevo8.8 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac8.2 
 3. Cantekin, Mega V.7.6 
 4. Cupkovic, Napredak7.6 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.7.2 
 6. Petrovic, BKK R.7.0 
 7. Misanovic, OKK B.6.6 
 8. Canak, Zeleznicar6.0 
 9. Kuburovic, Slobod.6.0 
 10. Dramicanin, Borac5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marko BOLTIC
  BKK R.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Boltic, BKK R.5.8 
 2. Osmokrovic, BKK R.4.8 
 3. Dundjerski, Vojvo.4.7 
 4. Jovic, Sloga4.3 
 5. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.2 
 6. Stefanovic, Smede.4.1 
 7. Miljenovic, Mega V.4.0 
 8. Rakic, Sloboda Uzi.3.8 
 9. Drca, OKK Beograd3.8 
 10. Mitrovic, OKK B.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki3.2 
 2. Jovic, Sloga2.6 
 3. Boltic, BKK R.2.2 
 4. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.1 
 5. Bojovic, Zeleznicar2.0 
 6. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.0 
 7. Vulin, Prolet.1.9 
 8. Miljenovic, Mega V.1.8 
 9. Majstorovic, Tamis1.8 
 10. Kalinic, Vojvodina1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.1.5 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac1.2 
 3. Balaban, Smederevo1.2 
 4. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 5. Petronic, BKK R.0.8 
 6. Todorovic, Borac0.8 
 7. Majkic, Prolet.0.8 
 8. Bojic, Mega Vizura0.8 
 9. Jevtovic, Sloboda0.7 
 10. Milovanovic, Radn.0.7 



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ASEAN League: Petron Blaze gain 15th victory - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze - Singapore Slingers 68:64

Petron Blaze registered the 15th win in the ASEAN League season. They held off visiting Singapore Slingers to remain on top of the standings at 15-4 record. Nick Fazekas (211-F-85, college: Nevada) scored 23 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead the charge.
Slingers led by three points after the starting frame 21:18. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They established a 40:34 halftime advantage. The Slingers stayed in the drivers seat in the third term. They ensured a comfortable 10-point advantage heading into the fourth period 54:44. But the Blaze turned things around in the final quarter. They went on an 8:0 run midway through the period to take a 64:61 advantage. The hosts then capped regulation with a 4:0 run to seal the victory. Chris Banchero (185-G, agency: VVG Sports, college: Seattle Pacific) accounted for 13 points, while Duke Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) added 11 points and 7 rebounds for the Blaze. Dulay Donald (173-G-80) answered with 17 points and 7 assists for the Slingers. Graham Louis (205-F/C-84) added 19 points, 12 boards and 7 steals in defeat.

Petron Blaze: Nick Fazekas 23+19 boards, Chris Banchero 13, Duke Crews 11
Singapore Slingers: Graham Louis 19+12 boards, Dulay Donald 17



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Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League 1st Team 2011-12
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Anthony Jones
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Johnathon Jones
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David Godbold
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Sullivan Phillips
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Lamar Roberson
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Player of the Year: Anthony Jones (194-G/F-84) of Handlova
Guard of the Year: Anthony Jones (194-G/F-84) of Handlova
Forward of the Year: Lamar Roberson (203-F-86) of Svit
Center of the Year: Louis Johnson (203-F/C-86) of Komarno
Bosman Player of the Year: Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79) of Prievidza
Import Player of the Year: Anthony Jones (194-G/F-84) of Handlova
Domestic Player of the Year: Branislav Tomek (205-C-83) of Nitra
Defensive Player of the Year: Johndre Jefferson (207-F-88) of Svit
Coach of the Year: Johan Roijakkers of Prievidza

1st Team
G: Johnathon Jones (183-88) of Komarno
G: David Godbold (196-85) of Prievidza
G/F: Anthony Jones (194-84) of Handlova
G/F: Sullivan Phillips (198-79) of Prievidza
F: Lamar Roberson (203-86) of Svit

2nd Team
G: Corey Jefferson (183-85) of Nova Ves
G: Perry Petty (185-88) of Vahostav-Zilina
G/F: Robert Vaden (196-85) of Nitra
F/C: Louis Johnson (203-86) of Komarno
F: Johndre Jefferson (207-88) of Svit

Honorable Mention
Marcus Kitts (205-F-89) of B.Bystrica
Dominique Keller (203-F-88) of Levice
J.C. Mathis (204-F-82) of Komarno
Denis Clemente (185-PG-86) of Nitra
Ater Majok (208-F-87) of Nitra
Martins Berkis (198-F-85) of Svit
Kenneth Henderson (201-F-82) of Svit
Sean Hampton (195-F-75) of Handlova
Andrew Jones (208-F-87) of Nova Ves
Corey Pelle (180-G-89) of Prievidza
Sinisa Bilic (201-F-89) of Komarno
Branislav Tomek (205-C-83) of Nitra
Julian Mascoll (193-G-84) of Svit
Michal Batka (204-C-87) of Nova Ves

All-Domestic Players Team
F: Vincent Polakovic (203-84) of Svit
C: Ondrej Soska (208-78) of Vahostav-Zilina
F: Pavol Losonsky (203-88) of Nova Ves
C: Michal Batka (204-87) of Nova Ves
C: Branislav Tomek (205-83) of Nitra

All-Imports Team
G: Johnathon Jones (183-88) of Komarno
G/F: Anthony Jones (194-84) of Handlova
G/F: Robert Vaden (196-85) of Nitra
F: Johndre Jefferson (207-88) of Svit
F/C: Louis Johnson (203-86) of Komarno

All-Bosmans Team
G: David Godbold (196-85) of Prievidza
G/F: Sullivan Phillips (198-79) of Prievidza
F: Lamar Roberson (203-86) of Svit
F: Martins Berkis (198-85) of Svit
F: Sinisa Bilic (201-89) of
Komarno



Prievidza celebrate Extraliga title - by Eurobasket News

Prievidza - Komarno 69:61

Prievidza conquered Extraliga title. They defeated Komarno in the fourth game of the series to clinch the trophy. David Godbold (196-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Oklahoma) knocked down 18 points to pace Prievidze to the first title since 1995.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. The hosts eked out a narrow 21:19 lead after ten minutes. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense second quarter. Prievidza had the last say as they snatched a 36:33 lead at halftime. The teams remained neck and neck in the third term. The lead changes continued before the hosts posted a 50:46 lead with ten minutes to go. Prievidza led by just one point with under four minutes to go but they went on an 11:4 run in the dying moments to seal the crucial win at the end. Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, college: Wash.Adventist) posted 13 points, while Paul Guede (195-G/F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Portland St.) added 10 points in the victory. Louis Johnson (203-F/C-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: W.Illinois) and Johnathon Jones (183-G-88, agency: TSS Management, college: Oakland) answered with 13 points each for Komarno.

Prievidza: David Godbold 18, Sullivan Phillips 13, Paul Guede 10
Komarno: Louis Johnson 13, Johnathon Jones 13



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Standings - 1A

Telemach Standings
Championship Group
 1. Krka 7-2 
 2. Union Olimpija 7-2 
 3. Helios 6-3 
 4. Zlatorog 4-5 
 5. Elektra 3-6 
 6. Sentjur 0-9 
Play-out
 1. Polzela 18-10 
 2. Maribor Messer 18-10 
 3. Rogaska 13-15 
 4. Geoplin Slovan 12-16 
 5. LTHcast Mercator 5-23 
 6. Parklji 1-27 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 9

Championship

Apr. 25: Krka - Helios 77-76
Apr. 25: Sentjur - Union Olimpija 65-80
Apr. 24: Zlatorog - Elektra 58-66

Play-out

Apr. 25: LTHcast Mercator - Parklji 97-78
Apr. 25: Maribor Messer - Polzela 89-85
Apr. 25: Rogaska - Geoplin Slovan 79-89

Second Stage: Round 10

Apr. 28: Union Olimpija - Krka
Apr. 28: Helios - Zlatorog
Apr. 28: Elektra - Sentjur


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Travis NELSON
  Sentjur
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Nelson, Sentjur17.6 
 2. Prepelic, Helios16.3 
 3. Tomic, Rogaska15.8 
 4. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.14.0 
 5. Maric, Sentjur14.0 
 6. Hohler, Polzela14.0 
 7. Mahkovic, LTHcas.13.9 
 8. Rupnik, Geoplin13.3 
 9. Panic, Zlatorog13.1 
 10. Bubnic, Helios12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos MILJKOVIC
  Rogaska
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.6 
 2. Djugum, Geoplin8.2 
 3. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.7.4 
 4. Omic, Zlatorog7.1 
 5. Nelson, Sentjur6.8 
 6. Nuhanovic, Elektra6.8 
 7. Sviridov, Polzela6.8 
 8. Mucic, Maribor6.7 
 9. Soldo, LTHcast6.6 
 10. Zolotic, Maribor6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  Geoplin .
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Rupnik, Geoplin5.3 
 2. Rembert, Sentjur5.3 
 3. Hohler, Polzela4.4 
 4. Tomic, Rogaska4.1 
 5. Vujasinovic, Zlato.3.9 
 6. Prepelic, Helios3.8 
 7. Jovanovic, Maribo.3.8 
 8. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.8 
 9. Gay, Helios3.1 
 10. Zagorc, Elektra3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Boban TOMIC
  Rogaska
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Tomic, Rogaska1.9 
 2. Vasl, Polzela1.8 
 3. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.7 
 4. Gay, Helios1.7 
 5. Vujasinovic, Zlato.1.6 
 6. Rupnik, Geoplin1.6 
 7. Mahkovic, LTHcas.1.5 
 8. Urbas, Parklji1.5 
 9. Lelic, Elektra1.5 
 10. Maric, Sentjur1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.3 
 2. Nelson, Sentjur1.3 
 3. Omic, Zlatorog1.2 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela1.0 
 5. Djugum, Geoplin0.9 
 6. Cresnar, Helios0.8 
 7. Hannibal, Polzela0.8 
 8. Sebic, Sentjur0.6 
 9. Buda, Geoplin Slov.0.6 
 10. Miljkovic, Rogaska0.6 


Telemach League: Round 9 of the second stage - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in Telemach League.

Group Championship
Krka - Helios 77-76
Important game to mention about took place in Novo Mesto. First ranked Krka (7-2) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Helios (6-3) 77-76 on Wednesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in League. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-13. But Helios won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Helios were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. International swingman Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) (196-89) stepped up and scored 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and power forward Smiljan Pavic (210-80) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Krka's coach Aleksandar Sekulic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place in League with 7-2 record. Helios at the other side keep the third position with three games lost. Krka will play against league's second-placed Union Olimpija in Ljubljana in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Helios will play at home against Zlatorog in Lasko and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Krka: Z.Dragic 20+5reb+2ast, A.Nissim 13+1reb+2ast, S.Pavic 13+8reb, J.Balazic 10+5reb, U.Lucic 8+1reb, S.Petrov 8
Helios: D.Bubnic 13+3reb, K.Prepelic 13+8reb+5ast, V.Petrovic 12, D.Pasalic 10+9reb+1ast, D.Gay 7+2reb+4ast, B.Cresnar 7+3reb
gschID: 170710


Sentjur - Union Olimpija 65-80
Bottom-ranked Sentjur is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to second ranked Union Olimpija (7-2) 80-65. It looked good early as Sentjur took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. Then Union Olimpija took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 15 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sentjur to just 5 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was guard Jaka Blazic (193-90) who scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Finnish point guard Sasu Salin (190-91) chipped in 21 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Croatian forward Igor Maric (196-85, agency: PEPI SPORT) who recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds and American center Travis Nelson (211-87, college: Minnesota St.) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Union Olimpija maintains second place in League with 7-2 record having thirty points less than leader Polzela. Sentjur at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Union Olimpija's next round opponent will be league's leader Krka in Novo Mesto and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sentjur will play on the road against Elektra (#5) in Sostanj and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: S.Salin 21, J.Blazic 12+8reb+2ast, R.Rothbart 11+5reb, G.Jagodnik 10+3reb, D.Muric 9+5reb, D.Thompson 9+7reb+2ast
Sentjur: I.Maric 22+9reb, T.Nelson 14+5reb+1ast, A.Pelc 9+2reb+1ast, I.Jurkovic 5+1reb, M.Sebic 4+3reb, T.Ferme 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 170708


Zlatorog - Elektra 58-66
We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Elektra (3-6) beat 4th placed Zlatorog (4-5) in Lasko 66-58. It looked good early as Zlatorog took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Elektra took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 8 points. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Elektra forced 21 Zlatorog turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Zlatorog helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was center Salih Nuhanovic (209-82) who scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian forward Dorde Lelic (197-89) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Elektra players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Alen Omic (213-92) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian forward Vladimir Panic (194-82) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Elektra maintains fifth place in League with 3-6 record. Zlatorog at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Elektra's next round opponent will be Sentjur (#6) at home. Zlatorog will play against Helios in Domzale and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elektra: S.Nuhanovic 16+5reb+2ast, T.Horvat 15+1ast, D.Lelic 12+5reb+3ast, S.Bajramlic 10+3reb, Z.Zagorc 7+3reb+2ast, U.Bukovic 4
Zlatorog: A.Omic 15+10reb, V.Panic 14+5reb+3ast, L.Lapornik 8+2reb+1ast, J.Skific 7+8reb+1ast, M.Lapornik 5+2reb, N.Strnad 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 170709


Play-out
Rogaska - Geoplin Slovan 79-89
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Rogaska (13-15) against fourth ranked Geoplin Slovan (12-16) on Wednesday night. Host Rogaska was defeated by Geoplin Slovan in Rogaska Slatina 89-79. The game was mostly controlled by Geoplin Slovan. Rogaska managed to win third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Geoplin Slovan won last quarter 27-18. Guard Maj Kovacevic (190-90) nailed 25 points for the winning side and Croatian center Ante Djugum (211-88, agency: Court Side) accounted for 14 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Boban Tomic (190-88, agency: PEPI SPORT) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 assists and 4 steals and forward Jernej Pesic (201-89) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Rogaska in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Geoplin Slovan maintains fourth place in League with 12-16 record. Newly promoted Rogaska keeps the third position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Geoplin Slovan: M.Kovacevic 25+4reb, N.Buda 15+7reb, A.Djugum 14+11reb+1ast, L.Rupnik 13+5reb+8ast, A.Tomic 8+2reb+1ast, L.Grum 8+4reb+1ast
Rogaska: B.Tomic 23+4reb+12ast, M.Miljkovic 13+6reb+1ast, J.Pesic 13+5reb+2ast, Z.Jotic 12+2reb+4ast, M.Petrovic 11+2reb+1ast, S.Smajlovic 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 170712


LTHcast Mercator - Parklji 97-78
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Parklji's (1-27) road loss to fifth ranked LTHcast Mercator (5-23) in Skofja Loka 78-97. The game without a history. LTHcast Mercator led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was guard Jan Demsar (190-92) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Aljaz Korosec (188-89) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Matic Urbas who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds and Marko Filipovic (-93) added 20 points respectively. Five LTHcast Mercator and four Parklji players scored in double figures. LTHcast Mercator maintains fifth place in League with 5-23 record. Parklji at the other side keeps the sixth position with 27 games lost.
Top scorers:
LTHcast Mercator: J.Demsar 22+7reb+2ast, A.Korosec 16+2reb+5ast, E.Kastrati 15+4reb+1ast, B.Mahkovic 14+8reb+1ast, V.Soldo 10+7reb+2ast, B.Bosnjak 9+6reb+1ast
Parklji: M.Urbas 20+5reb+1ast, M.Filipovic 20+3reb, H.Kovacevic 12+2reb, J.Doljak 12+5reb+1ast, L.Nemanic 7+1reb+1ast, K.Lorbek 3+8reb+6ast
gschID: 170713


Maribor Messer - Polzela 89-85
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Polzela (18-10) on the court of second ranked Maribor Messer on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Maribor Messer 89-85. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in League. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Polzela won third quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maribor Messer dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Polzela's 32 and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Polzela 42-28 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Bojan Jovanovic (186-82) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Miha Vasl (190-92) answered with 25 points and power forward Stanko Sebic (204-84) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Polzela. Four Maribor Messer and five Polzela players scored in double figures. Maribor Messer maintains second place in League with 18-10 record having just 0 victories less than leader Polzela.
Top scorers:
Maribor Messer: M.Spica 22+6reb+3ast, B.Jovanovic 18+4reb+5ast, S.Mucic 15+7reb+1ast, I.Gavric 10+6reb+1ast, I.Zolotic 7+3reb+2ast, M.Cej 6+7reb
Polzela: M.Vasl 25+4reb+3ast, S.Sebic 16+6reb+1ast, P.Kobale 13+1reb, D.Sviridov 11+3reb, J.Hannibal 11+12reb, M.Perger 5+1reb



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  SPAIN   

Standings - ACB

ACB Standings
 1. FCB Regal 25-5 
 2. Real Madrid 23-7 
 3. Caja Laboral 21-9 
 4. Cajasol 18-13 
 5. Gescrap BB 18-13 
 6. Valencia 18-13 
 7. Lagun Aro GBC 17-13 
 8. Lucentum 16-13 
 9. CAI Zaragoza 15-16 
 10. Assignia M. 14-16 
 11. Unicaja 14-16 
 12. FIATC Joventut 13-17 
 13. GC 2014 12-19 
 14. Fuenlabrada 11-19 
 15. UCAM Murcia 11-19 
 16. Blusens M. 11-20 
 17. Asefa Estudian. 9-21 
 18. B.de Rueda V. 7-24 

Regular Season: Round 31

Apr. 25: Asefa Estudian. - Blusens M. 79-62
Apr. 25: Gescrap BB - CAI Zaragoza 68-57
Apr. 25: Cajasol - Valencia 65-58
Apr. 25: GC 2014 - B.de Rueda V. 64-59
Apr. 26: Fuenlabrada - Lagun Aro GBC
Apr. 26: FIATC Joventut - Unicaja
Apr. 26: FCB Regal - Caja Laboral
Apr. 26: UCAM Murcia - Lucentum
Apr. 26: Assignia M. - Real Madrid


Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Andy PANKO
  Lagun A.
  (204-F-77)
  Avg: 19
 1. Panko, Lagun A.19.0 
 2. Teletovic, Caja L.16.9 
 3. Doellman, Assignia16.7 
 4. Wright, CAI Z.14.7 
 5. Davis, Cajasol14.6 
 6. Penney, Fuenlabra.14.4 
 7. Caner-Medley, Vale.13.8 
 8. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.13.7 
 9. Navarro, FCB Regal13.1 
 10. De Colo, Valencia13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 James AUGUSTINE
  UCAM M.
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Augustine, UCAM M.8.2 
 2. Ivanov, Lucentum7.6 
 3. Borchardt, B.de R.7.5 
 4. Freeland, Unicaja7.4 
 5. Davis, Cajasol7.4 
 6. Williams, FIATC J.7.4 
 7. Teletovic, Caja L.7.2 
 8. Caner-Medley, Vale.7.1 
 9. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.6.7 
 10. Ndong, FCB Regal6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Javier RODRIGUEZ
  Assignia.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Rodriguez, Assigni.6.0 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid4.3 
 3. Salgado, Lagun A.4.3 
 4. Rodriguez, Real M.3.9 
 5. Granger, Asefa E.3.8 
 6. Rodriguez, Bluse.3.8 
 7. Dumas, B.de R.3.7 
 8. Llompart, Lucentum3.6 
 9. Markovic, Valencia3.5 
 10. Prigioni, Caja L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.2.0 
 2. Lofton, Asefa E.1.6 
 3. Doellman, Assignia1.6 
 4. De Colo, Valencia1.6 
 5. Vidal, Lagun A.1.5 
 6. Uriz, B.de Rueda V.1.5 
 7. Hanga, Assignia M.1.5 
 8. Granger, Asefa E.1.4 
 9. Calloway, Cajasol1.3 
 10. Fischer, Gescrap1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Blusens M.
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lasme, Blusens M.1.9 
 2. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.9 
 3. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.7 
 4. Begic, Real Madrid1.6 
 5. Toure, B.de R.1.4 
 6. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.1 
 7. Asselin, Assignia1.1 
 8. Barnes, Lucentum1.0 
 9. Achara, Assignia.1.0 
 10. Ndong, FCB Regal0.9 


Pau Gasol's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award among Spaniards playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Pau Gasol (214-80). He was the major contributor in a Los Angeles Lakers' victory against the Golden State Warriors (23-42) 99-87 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Gasol had a triple-double by scoring 22 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and passing 11 assists (made all of his eight free throws) in 35 minutes on the court. The Los Angeles Lakers have a solid 41-24 record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Gasol's fourth year with the team. Gasol has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 10.4rpg, 3.7apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 50.7%, 3FGP: 26.9% and FT: 78.2% in the 65 games he played so far. Gasol is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Serge Ibaka
Serge Ibaka
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Serge Ibaka (208-89), who plays in the NBA. He could not help the Oklahoma City Thunder (47-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ibaka's very good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder was defeated in a double overtime (!!!) 114-106 on the road by the Los Angeles Lakers. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 14 rebounds. Ibaka also added 7 blocks. His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Ibaka's first season with the team. Ibaka has relatively good stats this year: 9.0ppg, 7.6rpg, 3.6bpg, 2FGP: 53.0% and FT: 66.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Spanish. Despite Ibaka played previously for the Congolese national team, he is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Tiago Splitter
Tiago Splitter
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Tiago Splitter (211-85, agency: Interperformances). Splitter led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Sacramento Kings (21-44) crushing them 127-102 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He was MVP of the game. Splitter recorded 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a solid 48-16 record this season. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Splitter has relatively solid stats: 9.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 61.7%(201-326) and FT: 68.0% in the 57 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish. Despite Splitter played previously for the Brazilian national team, he is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #4. Power forward Luis Scola (206-80), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Houston Rockets (33-32) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Scola's very good performance the Houston Rockets were defeated 117-110 in Dallas by the Mavericks. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Scola also added 6 rebounds (made all of his six free throws). His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Scola is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Rockets' roster. This season Scola has very high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.1apg. Scola has both Argentinian and Spanish nationalities. Despite he played previously for the Argentinian national team, Scola is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol
   #5. International center Marc Gasol (212-85, also represented by Interperformances) contributed to a Memphis Grizzlies' victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-43) 109-101 in the NBA last Monday. He scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 24 minutes. The Memphis Grizzlies have a solid 40-25 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. Gasol has been at the team for four years. Gasol has very impressive stats this season: 14.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.8bpg in the 64 games. Despite he played previously for the Argentinian national team, Gasol is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

Albert Miralles
Albert Miralles
   #6. Center Albert Miralles (208-82, another player represented by Interperformances) helped Angelico Biella win their game against the league outsider Novipiu CM (6-22) 87-78 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. Miralles also added 4 assists and 3 blocks. Angelico Biella (12-16) is placed 11th in the SerieA. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Miralles has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the Argentinian national team, Miralles is also a former international player as he played for the Spanish senior team seven years ago.

Gustavo Barrera
Gustavo Barrera
   #7. Former international guard Gustavo Barrera (194-85), who plays in the Uruguayan LUB was not able to secure a victory for Hebraica (9-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the first-placed Hebraica lost 61-65 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#3) Malvin in the Serie 1. Barrera was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 40 minutes. Barrera is the league's best passer and also on the list of most steals (third place). He has very reliable stats this year: 13.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 8.1apg and 2.3spg in the 47 games. Despite Barrera played previously for the Uruguayan national team, he is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

Omar Quintero
Omar Quintero
   #8. Point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) helped Tijuana Zonkeys win their game against the league outsider Coras de Tepic (1-23) 95-81 in the Mexican CIBACOPA last Wednesday. Quintero recorded 15 points and added 4 passes (made all of his six free throws). Zonkeys de Tijuana (19-5) is placed second in the CIBACOPA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This season Quintero has very high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.2apg. Despite Quintero played previously for the Mexican national team, he is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

Jan Martin
Jan Martin
   #9. Former U20 international power forward Jan Martin (203-84) couldn't help Galil Gilboa (16-9) in their game against Hapoel Holon (14-11) in the Israeli Premier League. Martin scored only 4 points in 15 minutes. Galil Gilboa was edged 76-74 in Holon by the lower-ranked (#5) Hapoel. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Martin's overall stats are: 4.5ppg and 2.5rpg in the 24 games. He used to play for the Spanish U20 national team eight years ago.

Arnette Hallman
Arnette Hallman
   #10. Forward Arnette Hallman (199-88) helped Academica edge the second-ranked Benfica (19-3) 63-62 in the Portuguese LPB in Saturday night's game. Hallman recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 20 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. Associacao Academica de Coimbra (9-13) is placed seventh in the LPB. Hallman's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hallman played previously for the USA national team, he is also a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Spanish senior national team. Hallman used to play for Estudiantes de Lugo in Spanish league.

   #11. Former international guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (192-77, college: Temple) couldn't help Wuber-Est.Bahia in their game against Penarol in the Argentinian LigaA. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. His team was crushed by 21 points 88-67. Sanchez is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league with 5.5apg. This year he also averages: 10.7ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5spg in the 45 games. Despite Sanchez played previously for the Argentinian national team, he is currently in the Spanish national team roster.

   #12. International swingman Ronald Clark (196-81, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Colorado St.) couldn't help Torpan Pojat in their game against Joensuun Kataja in the Finnish Korisliiga. Clark was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 6 rebounds. His team was crushed by 35 points 92-57. Clark's total stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 4.7rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Clark played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Spanish national team roster. Clark used to play for Faymasa Palencia in Spanish league.

   #13. International forward Angel Santana (198-77, college: St.Francis, NY) managed to help CSU Asesoft Ploiesti in a victory against the closely-ranked Oradea 79-74 in the Romanian Division A in Wednesday night's game. He scored 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. This year Santana's total stats are: 3.4ppg and 1.7rpg in the 14 games. He is also Spanish national team player.

   #14. International center Rafael Lopez (204-86) helped Etendard de Brest win their game against the league outsider CFBB 88-71 in the French NM1 (third division) last Friday. Lopez scored 9 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. He has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg. Despite Lopez played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the Spanish national team roster.



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Eurobasket.com All-Swedish BasketEttan Awards 2011-12 - by Eurobasket

All-Swedish BasketEttan 1st Team 2012
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John Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald
Mikael Banks
Banks
Joseph Taylor
Taylor
Aleksandar Perisic
Perisic
Nicklas Bergstrom
Bergstrom
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Player of the Year: John Fitzgerald (193-G-84) of Malbas
Guard of the Year: John Fitzgerald (193-G-84) of Malbas
Forward of the Year: Joseph Taylor (203-F-85) of Eagles
Center of the Year: Nicklas Bergstrom (205-C-78) of Blackeberg
Bosman Player of the Year: Aleksandar Perisic (201-G-83) of Eagles
Import Player of the Year: John Fitzgerald (193-G-84) of Malbas
Domestic Player of the Year: Nicklas Bergstrom (205-C-78) of Blackeberg
Defensive Player of the Year: John Fitzgerald (193-G-84) of Malbas
Coach of the Year: Stefan Bergman of Eagles

1st Team
G: John Fitzgerald (193-84) of Malbas
G: Mikael Banks (191-81) of Taby
F: Joseph Taylor (203-85) of Eagles
G: Aleksandar Perisic (201-83) of Eagles
C: Nicklas Bergstrom (205-78) of Blackeberg

2nd Team
G: Binyam Feghadu (195-89) of Jarva Devils
G/F: Darecko Rawlins (195-73) of Uppsala KFUM
F: Samir Ali Hussein (200-92) of LF Basket
F: Richard Hartmann (201-89) of Akropol
C/F: Srdjan Damjanovic (204-79) of Nassjo

Honorable Mention
Jesper Eliassson (202-F-94) of Solna Branten
Hugh Robinson (202-C-83) of Brahe Basket
Nerijus Strazdauskas (198-F-84) of Hoganas
William Gutenius (205-F/C-92) of Sundsvall
Gustav Sundstrom (195-G-91) of Sodertalje

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Binyam Feghadu (195-89) of Jarva Devils
G: Mikael Banks (191-81) of Taby
F: Samir Ali Hussein (200-92) of LF Basket
F: Richard Hartmann (201-89) of Akropol
C: Nicklas Bergstrom (205-78) of Blackeberg

All-Imports Team
G: John Fitzgerald (193-84) of Malbas
G/F: Darecko Rawlins (195-73) of Uppsala KFUM
F: Joseph Taylor (203-85) of Eagles
C/F: Robert Boss (201-87) of Nassjo
C: Hugh Robinson (202-83) of Brahe Basket



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ASEAN League: Dragons cruise past Cobras - by Eurobasket News

Bangkok Cobras - Westports Dragons 84:107

Westports KL Dragons proved too good for Bangkok Cobras in todays ASEAN League game. Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) stepped up with 27 points and 13 rebounds to pace the visitors to the 9th win in the season. The Cobras slipped at 6-11 record after the loss.
The Dragons eased to a confident 26:13 lead at the first break. They stayed in charge throughout the second frame posting a 49:33 halftime advantage. Things got even better for the visitors in the third stanza. The Malaysian team cleared off to a 23-point distance with one period remaining. The teams unleashed 68 points in the final period however the hosts never got within striking distance. Brian Williams (208-C-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Tennessee) posted 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Patrick Cabahug (186-G) added 17 points for the Dragons. Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith) notched 21 points for the Cobras. Travis George (206-PF-85) netted 18 points in the loss.

Bangkok Cobras: Gentry Lewis 21, Travis George 18
Westports Dragons: Tiras Wade 27+13 boards, Brian Williams 20+14 boards, Patrick Cabahug 17



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  TRBL   

TRBL stats leaders

TRBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Cheeks, Carolina 29.0
2 Houston, Prime 25.0
3 Streeter, Fay 24.7
4 Mckeithan, Fay 21.7
5 Taylor, Carolina 21.3
6 Pickett Jr, BT 19.0
7 Moore, Cary 18.6
8 Little, Cary 18.2
9 Rutherford, Prime 17.7
10 Pigford, Prime 17.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Priest, BT 15.7
2 Boyce, BT 11.8
3 Gibbs, Wilm 9.8
4 Taylor, Carolina 9.7
5 Rutherford, Prime 9.7
6 Ward, Cary 9.2
7 Cheeks, Carolina 9.0
8 Pfaff, Prime 8.7
9 Jackson, Cary 8.7
10 Cook, Wilm 8.0
Assists Per Game
1 Herrmann, Wilm 6.3
2 Young, Cary 6.3
3 Pickett Jr, BT 5.3
4 Street, Prime 5.3
5 Carpenter, Fay 5.0
6 Smith, Cary 4.2
7 Jones, Fay 3.5
8 Corrica, Carolina 3.3
9 Dixon, Carolina 3.3
10 Smith, Prime 3.0
Steals Per Game
1 Smith, Prime 3.8
2 Pickett Jr, BT 3.0
3 Jackson, Cary 2.3
4 Jones, Fay 2.0
5 Boykins, BT 2.0
6 Little, Cary 1.8
7 Wright, Cary 1.8
8 Corrica, Carolina 1.7
9 Brown, Carolina 1.7
10 Houston, Prime 1.5



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  TURKEY   


Sertac Sanli also declares for 2012 NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Another Galatasaray's player will enter 2012 NBA Draft. It is 20-year-old big guy Sertac Sanli (212-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket). Yesterday, it was announced also that Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) declared for the Draft. Sanli played four Euroleague games with Galatasaray this season and he also appeared four times in TBL. He had 3.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg in TBL. Sertac Sanli also played five games with Tofas this season. Last season he played for Galatsaray and Darussafaka (TB2L). Sertac Sanli was a member of the Turkish U20 NT last summer. He had 8.6 ppg and 4.4 rpg for 9 games at European Championships U20 in Bilbao. He also played for U20 Turkey two years ago. In the past, Sertac Sanli was a member of the U18 and U16 Turkish National Teams.


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UBA Playoff Schedule 2012: Breaking Down First-Round Matchups - by David Walls


David Walls Reports:
April 24, 2012

In this fast-paced UBA season, the playoffs seem to have snuck up on us.

While most of the matchups are set, there are still a few things to sort out over the next couple of days. Until we know what every matchup is, we want to break down the best possible series.

If you are a fan of potential upsets, this would be the year for you.

With 20 games in the books, a lot of teams are going to be dealing with injuries and stamina concerns that could hurt them in the second season.

Here are the most intriguing possible first-round UBA playoff series.


No. 1 Cincinnati Slam vs. No. 8 Georgia Lions

On paper, this one looks like a mismatch.

The Slam have been the best team in the UBA since the start of the season, while the Lions have faded down the stretch due to inconsistent play on the offensive side of the ball.

Looks can be deceiving, especially with so much uncertainty surrounding UBA All-Star Jonathon Avery (6'7''-F-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: IUPUI) signing in Chile. The Slam are the more talented team, but the Lions are one of the best defensive teams in the league and the Slam struggle to score points without Avery.

If the Lions are able to break the impenetrable defensive wall and rebound the ball against the Slam, they have enough talent to take down the East's best team in a single-game series. But lets not forget that the Slam has the UBA Coach of the Year leading them. Travis McAvene will be ready to challenge anyone in the South.

Key Matchups:

Slam: Cordaryl Ballard (6'5''-G/F-87, college: USC Aiken)
Stats: 19 games: 17.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3Pts: 40.3%, FT: 71.4%

Lions: James Williams (6'3''-G/F-85, college: Victory)
Stats: 19 games: 21.3ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 49.3%, 3Pts: 42.1%, FT: 77.3%


Xfactor: DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Jacksonville St.): Bray makes any team go. He is the best Point Guard in the UBA and will be the difference in the game for sure.

Walls Prediction: Slam Wins


No. 2 GIE Morrow Disciples vs. No. 7 Central Texas Cyclones

The Disciples are prime and ready for all comers returning Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Atlanta Christian), Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Clayton St.) and Anthony Joseph (6'8''-F/C-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Emporia St.) from the Dominican Republic.

In fact, the Disciples look like that team no one wants to face. They are young, athletic, strong defensively and have incredible balance on offense. Even though they don't average a lot of points, they have great scorers like Jermaine Barnes and John Cantrell (6'2''-G, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Chicago St.).

The Cyclones still have Edward Horton (6'4''-G-85, college: Murray St.), who can do a lot of things on his own, but his supporting cast is must step up. They have alot of versatility, but need to keep Will Morning (6'8''-F-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: McNeese St.) out of the equation with early foul trouble.

Key Matchups:

Disciples: Jermaine Barnes
17 games: 30.3ppg, 8.1rpg, 6.0apg, FGP: 50.5%, 3Pts: 40.9%, FT: 75.1%

Cyclones: Edward Horton
14 games: 17.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 7.0apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3Pts: 33.3%, FT: 78.0%

Xfactor: Freddie Williams: Williams will be the difference in this game. We all know Barnes will get his but Williams is needed on both ends of the floor. Williams and Williams alone will dictate this game

Walls Prediction: Disciples win


No. 3 Atlanta Assault vs. No. 4 Tennessee Dragons

This will be the best matchup and game of the entire playoffs, Dragons vs. Assault.

Chris Brown has turned the Assault into a power in the UBA with an impressive 16-3 record and returning star player Raymond Canady Jr. (6'7''-G/F-84, college: Valdosta St.) from Saudi Arabia. The Dragons on the other had have returned their star also (Calvin O'Neil (6'4''-G-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.)). O'neil recently returned from Iceland where he will be an All-Import selection averaging an impressive 20, 5 and 5. The will come down to the coaches. Can Steve Dolan out wit coach Brown on Saturday night.

Key Matchups:

Assault:
Raymond Canady Jr.
8 games: 23.0ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3Pts: 42.0%, FT: 69.1%

Dragons:
Joshua Walker (6'4''-F-84, college: S.Wesleyan)
19 games: 17.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3Pts: 38.9%, FT: 76.0%


Xfactor: Iman Walcott: Walcott has come into his own and is now ready to become a future UBA star. His talent will be the difference in this game.

Walls Prediction: Dragons Win


No. 5 Houston Express vs. No. 6 Cleveland Havok

Of all the possible matchups for the Havok in the first round, the Express would be the worst one by far.

In fact, the Express look like that team the Havok just can't beat. They are scrappy, athletic, strong defensively and and are receiving great play from it's leader Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86, college: Oklahoma). The Express are also returning Kenneth Henderson (6'7''-F-82, college: Texas Arlington) from a great season in Europe and looks to continue.

The Havok are new to the UBA playoffs.

The Havok still have Sam Brown (6'4''-G-87, college: Harding), but the difference may come in coaching. Havok coach Kevin Franklin is by far one of the best in the business and can elevate any team to play at a different level.

Key Matchups:

Express:
Brayon Brown
17 games: 19.9ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 46.2%, 3Pts: 41.0%, FT: 80.7%

Havok:
Sam Brown
19 games: 20.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 48.3%, 3Pts: 41.3%, FT: 78.0%

Xfactor:
Kenneth Henderson: The return of Henderson changes everything. He is by far one of the top players in the UBA averaging over 19ppg and 9 rebounds.

Walls Predictions: Express Wins



John Cantrell named 2012 UBA Rookie of the Year - by David Walls


David Walls Reports:
April, 22, 2012

John Cantrell (6'2''-G, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Chicago St.) needed a introduction in the UBA.

Mr. Excitement captured the 2012 UBA League Rookie of the Year honors as a member of the GIE Morrow Disciples. The award recognizes the first-year professional who most significantly contributed to his team's success during the course of the season.

Cantrell, a 6-2, 190-pound guard, played in 20 regular season games, all starts, for the Disciples, averaging an impressive 20.6 points to go with 4.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 34.3 minutes. He led the team in scoring 8 times, scoring in double figures 20 times. He scored an UBA career-high 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting on Feb. 19 to defeat the Southern Generals 101-97 in Atlanta. A 2012 UBA All-Star, Cantrell earned a UBA Rookie of the Month 6 times.

'John had an impressive first season in the UBA this year,' said D.J. Douglas, Disciples head coach. 'His skills as a 2012 UBA All-Star and euro player 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.'

Cantrell joins Ricky James (6'3''-G-84, college: Trevecca Naz.) (Disciples, 2008-2009), Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) (Disciples, 2009-10), Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86, college: Oklahoma)/ Chris Miller-Williams (6'6''-F/G-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: W.Georgia) (Express/ Lions, 2010-11).

Courtesy of www.ubabasket.com



The Tennessee Dragons land former 1st Round NBA Draft Pick (21) Dontae Jones - by David Walls


David Walls Reports:
April 23, 2012

Dontae Jones (6'8''-F-75, college: Mississippi St.) will be the best player ever to wear a Tennessee Dragons jersey in the franchise history and arguably the best player to step on this hardwood within the UBA. The UBA has been recognized as the top minor league in the United States by sending over 80 players overseas since 2009-2010 season. The Dragons have just made the playoffs a little more interesting with the addition of Jones. Jones has was the key part of the Miss State Bulldogs making the Final Four run in the 1995-1996 season before going on to play in the NBA with the Knicks, Celtics, and Wizard as well overseas in top leagues such as China, Venezuela, Italy, Puerto Rico, Greece, South Korea, and Mexico over his career.

'Jones still has it', said Steve Dolan . Jones is not here to prove anything to anyone his name and his career speaks for itself. Jones is here for the community and to bring some experience and leadership to the young Dragons team. Jones mind is still with the game of basketball but it is about giving back to the community and what better way than to bring home Nashville their first minor league basketball championship ever. I grew up watching Jones at Mississippi State and the amazing run those guys made to the final four in 1996 said Coach Dolan. The Dragons and Jones will be out in the community putting together some things this summer with one another to try to get the city the recognition for the talent the city has here in Nashville.

Jones is joining a team within the Dragons that is currently 15-4 in 2011-2012 despite that the Dragons have had to play most of the season without 5 of their players overseas. (Calvin O'Neil (6'4''-G-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) Iceland, Damel Wilson (6'9''-F/C-87, college: Southwestern, TX)-Italy, Brian Moultrie (6'6''-C/F-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic)- Finland, and Carlos White (6'8''-F-80, college: Rhema Bible)- Australia). Jones is added to a studded rosterwith the likes of ONeil- Iceland, Wislon-Italy, Moultrie-Finland, Morgan-Mexico, Simmons-Germany, Webb-France, Sain-Tennessee State, Crutcher- Tennessee State, Bone-University of Tennessee, Josh Walker-SWU (Best Defender in UBA), and the supporting cast that has taken the Dragons this far. Many have picked the Dragons to face their bitter rival the GIE Morrow Disciples in the UBA Championship for it all.



Cincinnati's McAvene named 2011-12 UBA Coach of the Year - by David Walls


By David Walls
Posted April 25 2012

ATLANTA -- Cincinnati's Travis McAvene is the recipient of the 2011-12 UBA Coach of the Year, the UBA announced today.

McAvene totaled 8 points votes which gave him one more than UBA favored D.J. Douglas of the GIE Morrow Disciples. Coaches were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote. Out of the 17 votes McAvene received 8 which the final vote coming from 2 times UBA coach of the year Michael Davis .

In his first season as a head coach, McAvene guided the Slam to a league-best 19-1 (.968) record, the most wins for a UBA team since the 2009 Disciples also won 96%. The Slam was one of two teams, along with the Disciples, in the UBA this year that did not lose more than one game..

With McAvene at the helm, the Slam's defense held teams to 82.9 ppg, ranking second in that category to the Disciples (80.1 ppg). The Slam held opponents under their scoring average 19 times, going 19-0 in those games; and it held the opposition to 85 or fewer points an UBA-best 15 times (15-0).

McAvene was named UBA Coach of the Month three times in 2011-12 (January, March and April). He guided the Slam to an 8-0 mark in April as Slam clinched the homecourt advantage throughout the postseason and finished the regular season on a nine-game winning streak. He won the award for March after the Slam went a league-best 19-1 and in the process surpassed the Kings atop the Eastern Conference standings; they also clinched their first division title in franchise history. He earned his first Coach of the Month honor in January, as he coached the Slam to a 4-0 record.

With 19 wins in his rookie campaign, McAvene joined Michael Davis (20 in 2009) and D.J. Douglas (19 in 2012) as the only head coaches in UBA history who won 20 or more games in their first year as a head coach.

McAvene is only the third rookie head coach to enter the postseason as the No. 1 seed, joining Michael Davis (DFW, 2009).

Before joining the UBA organization, McAvene served the previous three seasons as the Associate Head Coach at Coppin State University.

He will have his hands full in the first round of the UBA playoffs this weekend vs. the Georgia Lions. McAvene has lost star Jonathon Avery (6'7''-F-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: IUPUI) (Chile), Norman Plummer (6'8''-F-84, college: S.Indiana) and Terrance Farley (6'10''-C-85, college: Louisville) (Dominican Republic) to overseas teams.

2010-11 NBA Coach of the Year voting

Travis McAvene (8)
D.J. Douglas (7)
Kevin Franklin (1)
Total of 17 votes



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Willie SOLOMON
  Cherkasy
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Solomon, Cherkasy22.1 
 2. Culpepper, Fe.21.1 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro18.9 
 4. Deane, BC Odessa18.4 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Hal.17.9 
 6. King, BC Odessa17.3 
 7. Guinn, Fe.17.1 
 8. Mitchell, Khimik16.9 
 9. Green, Mykolaiv16.9 
 10. Harris, Halychyna16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladan VUKOSAVLJEVIC
  Halych.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.9 
 2. King, BC Odessa10.3 
 3. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.9 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.4 
 5. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 6. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.0 
 7. Davis, Kryvbasb.7.6 
 8. Drozdov, Azovmash7.6 
 9. Hunter, Azovmash7.5 
 10. Todic, Halychyna7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Khimik
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Mitchell, Khimik5.9 
 2. Deane, BC Odessa5.8 
 3. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv5.6 
 4. Rowe, BC Odessa5.3 
 5. Ewing, Azovmash5.1 
 6. Burtt, Dnipro5.1 
 7. Walsh, Azovmash5.1 
 8. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.1 
 9. Randle, Azovmash4.8 
 10. Vaughn, Mykolaiv4.6 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Kryvbasb.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.9 
 2. Chappell, Fe.1.9 
 3. House, Dnipro1.9 
 4. Minard, Azovmash1.7 
 5. Mitchell, Khimik1.7 
 6. Solomon, Cherkasy1.7 
 7. Ewing, Azovmash1.7 
 8. Tiggs, Hoverla1.6 
 9. Culpepper, Fe.1.6 
 10. Sirsnins, DniproA.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  BC Kyiv
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Goodridge, BC Kyiv2.6 
 2. King, BC Odessa2.3 
 3. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.8 
 4. McClintock, Mykola.1.8 
 5. Dunigan, DniproAzot1.7 
 6. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.5 
 7. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 8. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 9. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Parakhouski, Budi.1.2 


Superleague Round 4 of Quarter-Finals. Azovmash and BC Donetsk enter semifinals - by Eurobasket News

BC Odessa - Budivelnyk 73-86

Budivelnyk forced the decisive fifth game in the series against BC Odessa. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-73. Budivelnyk had a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) who helped to win the game recording 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87) who added 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American guard Jason Rowe (178-78, college: Loyola, MD, agency: Two Points) responded with 17 points and 6 assists and the former international center Stanislav Balashov (210-79, agency: New Trend Agency) scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: J.Rowe 17+1reb+6ast, S.Balashov 13+5reb+4ast, J.Love 12+5reb+3ast, S.King 10+7reb+2ast, D.Korshuk 9+3reb+2ast, R.Kryvych 5+3reb+1ast
Budivelnyk: Z.Morley 25+5reb+4ast, J.McClinton 14+1reb+2ast, S.Sehovic 12+8reb, A.Agafonov 11+4reb+1ast, M.Anisimovas 8+7reb+1ast, D.Zabirchenko 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 175320


Hoverla - Azovmash 77-79

Azovmash narrowly defeated Hoverla in Ivano-Frankivsk to enter semifinals. Hoverla trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-79 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Hoverla 40-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Hoverla helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Oleksiy Pecherov (213-85) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Azovmash players scored in double figures. American point guard Marcus Walker (186-86, college: Colorado St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) produced 31 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Yaroslav Lemyk (204-85, agency: New Trend Agency) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Hoverla: M.Walker 31+5reb+4ast, Y.Lemyk 15+5reb+2ast, D.Swanson 13+4reb+2ast, K.Tiggs 6+2reb+2ast, B.Greene 5+2reb, V.Gerasimchuk 5+1reb
Azovmash: O.Pecherov 20+11reb+1ast, O.Hunter 17+14reb+1ast, D.Ewing 16+2reb+2ast, J.Randle 14+2reb+6ast, M.Walsh 6+2reb+3ast, A.Drozdov 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 175318


Dnipro - BC Donetsk 63-76

BC Donetsk rallied past Dnipro to book the place in the semifinals. The game without a history. BC Donetsk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. BC Donetsk outrebounded Dnipro 42-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of international center Viacheslav Kravtsov (211-87, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian forward Ivan Radenovic (208-84, college: Arizona) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. BC Donetsk's coach Sasa Obradovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) replied with 22 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Derrick Low (188-86, college: Washington St.) added 11 points and 6 assists in the effort for Dnipro.
Top scorers:
Dnipro: C.Thomas 22+5reb+3ast, D.Low 11+4reb+6ast, M.Korniyenko 10+4reb, O.Mishula 6+1reb+1ast, M.Pantic 6+8reb+2ast, O.Shchepkin 3+1reb+2ast
BC Donetsk: V.Kravtsov 16+7reb+2ast, V.Stojanovski 10+7reb+3ast, D.Gliebov 9+3reb, I.Radenovic 9+8reb+3ast, R.Curry 8+7reb+5ast, V.Avdalovic 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 175319



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  UNITED KINGDOM   

Standings - BBL

BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 23-7 
 2. Leicester R. 22-8 
 3. Worcester W. 22-8 
 4. Plymouth R. 21-9 
 5. Glasgow Rocks 16-14 
 6. Cheshire Jets 13-17 
 7. Sheffield S. 13-17 
 8. Guildford Heat 12-18 
 9. MK Lions 10-20 
 10. Mersey Tigers 10-20 
 11. Durham W. 3-27 

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Apr. 26: Plymouth R. - Glasgow Rocks
Apr. 27: Newcastle E. - Guildford Heat
Apr. 27: Sheffield S. - Leicester R.
Apr. 28: Worcester W. - Cheshire Jets


BBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Bolds, MK Lions24.3 
 2. Chapman, Newcastl.20.6 
 3. Bell, Plymouth R.20.4 
 4. Brown, Cheshire.19.9 
 5. Freeman, Worceste.19.5 
 6. Gordon, Worceste.19.0 
 7. Langhurst, Sheffie.18.9 
 8. Smith, Newcastl.18.9 
 9. Rundles, Leiceste.18.4 
 10. Green, Glasgow17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel NORTHERN
  MK Lions
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Northern, MK Lions12.1 
 2. Williams, Plymouth11.2 
 3. Schneck, Cheshire.11.2 
 4. Tuck, Sheffield S.10.8 
 5. Dobbins, Sheffield10.4 
 6. Gordon, Worceste.9.8 
 7. Thomson, Newcastl.9.0 
 8. Cricelli, Mersey T.9.0 
 9. Cole, Cheshire Jets8.8 
 10. Hardy, Leicester8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ayron HARDY
  Leicester R.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Hardy, Leicester R.4.9 
 2. Brown, Cheshire.4.8 
 3. Prezzie-Blue, Worc.4.7 
 4. Bolds, MK Lions4.7 
 5. Green, Glasgow4.6 
 6. Flournoy, Newcastl.4.4 
 7. Rundles, Leiceste.4.3 
 8. Bailey, Mersey Tig.4.2 
 9. Patton, Sheffiel.4.2 
 10. Gause, Newcastl.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Demarius BOLDS
  MK Lions
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bolds, MK Lions2.9 
 2. Hardy, Leicester R.2.6 
 3. Brown, Cheshire.2.2 
 4. Gause, Newcastl.1.9 
 5. Capocci, Durham W.1.8 
 6. Smith, Newcastl.1.7 
 7. Elderkin, Durham W.1.5 
 8. Cricelli, Mersey T.1.5 
 9. Bell, Plymouth R.1.5 
 10. Lasker, Guildfor.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill COLE
  Cheshire Jets
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cole, Cheshire Jets2.3 
 2. Northern, MK Lions1.9 
 3. Dobbins, Sheffield1.5 
 4. Royster, Leiceste.1.3 
 5. Gordon, Worceste.1.2 
 6. Williams, Plymouth1.1 
 7. Hardy, Leicester R.1.0 
 8. Hesson, Mersey T.0.6 
 9. Flournoy, Newcastl.0.6 
 10. Sturt, MK Lions0.6 


Luol Deng selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Luol Deng
Luol Deng
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke). He led Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Dallas Mavericks (36-29) 93-83 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Deng was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 43 minutes on the court. The Chicago Bulls have a solid 48-16 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Deng's eighth year with the team. Deng has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 77.0% in the 53 games he played so far. Deng has a dual citizenship: British and Sudanese. Despite he played previously for the Sudanese national team, Deng is currently a member of the British senior national team.

Ben Gordon
Ben Gordon
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Ben Gordon (188-83, college: Connecticut). He was the major contributor in a 3-point Detroit Pistons' victory against the Toronto Raptors (22-43) 76-73 in the NBA last Sunday. Gordon scored 19 points. The Detroit Pistons have 24-41 record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Gordon has very high stats. He averages: 12.2ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 86.0%. Gordon is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Gordon is currently a member of the British senior national team. Strangely he has never played in United Kingdom.

Dante Cunningham
Dante Cunningham
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Dante Cunningham (203-87, college: Villanova). Cunningham contributed to a Memphis Grizzlies' victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (28-37) 93-89 in the NBA on Saturday night. He recorded 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in a mere 19 minutes. The Memphis Grizzlies have a solid 40-25 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NBA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Cunningham's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 52.0% and FT: 65.2% in the 63 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Cunningham played previously for the USA national team, he played also for the British national team in 2008. Apparently Cunningham has never played in United Kingdom.

Joel Freeland
Joel Freeland
   #4. Forward Joel Freeland (208-87), who plays in the Spanish ACB could not help Unicaja Malaga (14-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Unicaja Malaga was crushed 89-57 on the road by the leading Regal FC Barcelona. Freeland was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Freeland is currently fifth on the league's list of best rebounders. He has very reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg and 7.4rpg. Despite Freeland played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the British national team roster.

Byron Mullens
Byron Mullens
   #5. International center Byron Mullens (213-89, college: Ohio St.), who plays in the NBA was not able to help the Charlotte Bobcats (7-57) in their last game. Despite Mullens' good performance the Charlotte Bobcats were crushed 114-88 in Sacramento by the Kings. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Mullens also added 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was Bobcats' 21st consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NBA Regular Season. It's Mullens' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 9.4ppg and 5.1rpg in the 63 games. Mullens is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Mullens is currently in the British national team roster. Interesting that he has never played in United Kingdom.

Paul Guede
Paul Guede
   #6. Swingman Paul Guede (195-87, also represented by Interperformances, college: Portland St.) was the main contributor in Prievidza's victory against the league leader Komarno (22-10) 84-70 in the Slovakian Extraliga on Wednesday night. Guede was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 10 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Guede's third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Prievidza (22-10) is placed second in the Extraliga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Guede has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Guede is also an international player who is currently on the senior British National Team roster.

Michael Lenzly
Michael Lenzly
   #7. International guard Michael Lenzly (189-81, college: Wofford) helped CEZ Nymburk win their game against the second-ranked Levice (18-22) crushing them 96-46 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 9 points and added 6 assists in 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group A1. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (34-2) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Lenzly's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg in the 34 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Lenzly played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the British national team roster. However Lenzly has never played in United Kingdom.

Andrew Betts
Andrew Betts
   #8. An experienced center Andrew Betts (216-77, college: Long Beach St.) helped Lagun Aro GBC win their game against the 12th-ranked FIATC Joventut (13-17) 90-85 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (17-13) is placed fifth in the ACB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Betts has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 3.6rpg. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Betts is currently in the British national team roster.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Pops Mensah-Bonsu
   #9. Former international forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) helped Besiktas win their game against one of league's weakest teams Trabzonspor (6-23) 81-77 in the Turkish TBL on Sunday night. He scored 7 points in only 14 minutes. Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul (22-7) is placed fourth in the TBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Mensah-Bonsu is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders with 8.1rpg. This year his other stats are: 13.7ppg in the 20 games. Despite Mensah-Bonsu played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the British national team roster.

Sullivan Phillips
Sullivan Phillips
   #10. Swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist) is a teammate of previously mentioned Paul Guede and both played together in the last Slovakian Extraliga game. Phillips helped Prievidza win their game against the league leader Komarno (22-10) 84-70. He scored 21 points. Phillips is ranked sixth on the list of the best passers in the league. This season he has very high stats. Phillips averages: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 4.8apg and 1.7spg. Despite he played previously for the Bermudas national team, Phillips is also a former international player as two years ago he still played for the British senior national team.

   #11. Former University international swingman Tarick Johnson (192-81, college: Campbell) helped Fribourg win their game against the closely-ranked SAV Vacallo 62-50 in the Swiss LNA last Thursday. He was the top player that evening. Johnson scored 26 points (!!!) in 38 minutes. He has reliable stats this year: 12.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg in the six games. Johnson is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Johnson is currently in the British university national team roster. He used to play for London United in British league.

   #12. Former international power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, agency: Top Notch Sports, college: Bellarmine) helped Okinawa GK win their game against the eighth-ranked Chiba Jets crushing them 114-75 in the Japanese BJ League on Saturday night. Larkai recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). He has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 5.6rpg. Despite Larkai played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the British national team roster.

   #13. International power forward Daniel Clark (210-88) was not able to secure a victory for Asefa Estudiantes in their game against Real Madrid in the Spanish ACB. Clark scored 9 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes. His team lost 80-85. He has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 3.0rpg in the 27 games. Despite Clark played previously for the USA national team, he is currently in the British national team roster.

   #14. International point guard Rod Brown (186-78, agency: Two Points, college: W.Michigan) helped Lugano Tigers win their game against the closely-ranked Fribourg 78-66 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. Brown recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Brown is the league's best passer. This season he has very good stats: 12.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.4apg and 1.6spg. Brown is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA national team, Brown is currently in the British national team roster. He used to play for Essex Leopards London in British league.

   #15. International forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, another player represented by Interperformances, college: Washington) couldn't help Hacettepe University in their game against Mersin in the Turkish TBL. Bryan-Amaning scored 8 points and blocked 2 blocks in 21 minutes. His team was edged 73-71. Bryan-Amaning's stats this year are: 12.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3bpg and 2.0spg in the 29 games. Despite he played previously for the Ghanian national team, Bryan-Amaning is currently in the British national team roster.



First leg crucial for Heat - by Paul Nilsen

Guildford Heat play-caller Creon Raftopoulos believes his team must perform tomorrow tonight at Sport Central to stand a chance of pulling off a major upset in the play-offs.



After finishing in eighth spot, the Heat have been paired against BBL Championship winners Newcastle Eagles in the quarter-finals.



And, while they get to bring their all conquering opponents back to Surrey Sports Park for the second leg on Sunday, the play-caller is adamant that won't matter unless they play hard on Friday.




He said, 'It is a small advantage to have our home court and the energy of our fans during the second leg game.



'But, it's very important to get a good result on the road to even stand a chance of a good result on our home floor.'



Having beaten the Eagles comfortably last Sunday in the final game of the regular season, it's likely to be a whole different matter when they step out in the north-east.



For the Eagles are likely to welcome back a quartet of big hitters from injury including livewire point-guard Paul Gause, the prolific Joe Chapman, the evergreen Charles Smith and influential forward Andy Thomson.



One absolute key to the tie will be whether Drew Lasker returns for Heat having struggled with an ankle injury and Raftopoulos and his team will be hoping he can haunt his former club and help spring a major surprise to deny the treble winning Eagles a clean sweep.



The fight for second place during the regular season was incredibly intense and it was Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders who prevailed, just pipping Worcester Wolves in a head-to-head.



But, with the battle for sixth spot equally intense and only decided by what was literally the final BBL game of the regular season, both Riders and Wolves had to wait until the very last minutes to find out who they would be facing.



It was One Health Sharks Sheffield who lost out at Northgate against the Cheshire Jets and so they will will lock horns tomorrow with Riders in the first-leg looking to pick themselves up after absolutely imploding last Sunday.



They will at least know that if they manage to get a positive result or at least stay in the tie for the second leg on the road, Riders won't be counting on the home comforts of John Sandford Sport Centre since they are playing at Loughborough University.



However wherever they are playing right now, Riders look a tough unit to match up with all over the floor since they have so many dangers. Not least their prolific backcourt combo of Cameron Rundles and the in-form Bradd Wierzbicki as well as the fabulous wing and forward duo of Drew Sullivan and Ayron Hardy.



Wolves meanwhile will possibly be a little under-cooked although arguably also refreshed and ready to go when they go head-to-head with Jets. The Cheshire club has really found momentum in stark contrast to the Wolves who won't have played for a fortnight when they line-up for the tip.




Paul James and his Wolves players will be aware of the Jets having exploded into life during recent weeks with Kai Williams in particular making a big difference with his shooting ability.



As for Jets and their head coach John Lavery, he will no doubt be looking to be in the tie when he returns from Worcester on Saturday night since if his team play as they have been doing, then it could be an uncomfortable second leg for Wolves at Northgate on Sunday.



In the remaining quarter-final of the weekend, there is a slight irony in that the two teams who finished closest to each other in fourth and fifth spot are the two clubs separated by the longest distance geographically as UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders face Glasgow Rocks.



Sterling Davis and his Rocks team will be confident of progressing against Raiders taking into account the late season wobble of the south-west club which has threatened to tarnish their season as they try to cope with possibity of finishing the campaign empty handed despite high hopes of landing some silverware.



The first leg takes place at the Pavilions this evening with the second leg at Kelvin Hall on Sunday.




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  URUGUAY   


Next Friday, Uruguay will know his champion. - by Sergio Palay

Malvin and Hebraica Maccabi faced in the last final of the LUB.
Malvin won the first game. But Hebraica Macabi won two straight. Last Monday, Malvin won the fourth game.
Now, with tickets sold out, on Friday will decide who is the champion.
Malvin and was champion in 2006 and 2011. Hebraica never won the LUB, but was a finalist in 2007.
If Hebraica wins, Joaquin Izuibejeres (184-G-82) be the first player to get 3 titles with 3 different teams. If Malvin wins, coach Lopez, will win his third title.
The expectation is huge.
In Uruguay, whenever a title was decided to a fifth game, the match was decided in the last ball.



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  VENEZUELA   

Standings - LPB

LPB Standings
Group A
 1. Marinos 2-0 
 2. Trotamundos 0-0 
 3. Gigantes 0-2 
Group B
 1. Cocodrilos 1-0 
 2. Bucaneros 0-0 
 3. Guaiqueries 0-1 
Places 7-10
 1. Guaros 17-19 
 2. Gaiteros 14-22 
 3. Panteras 9-25 
 4. Toros 6-30 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Apr. 23: Marinos - Gigantes 82-74
Apr. 24: Marinos - Gigantes 109-79
Apr. 24: Cocodrilos - Guaiqueries 106-92
Apr. 25: Cocodrilos - Guaiqueries


Stats Leaders - LPB

Points Per Game
 Donald SIMS
  Gaiteros
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Sims, Gaiteros24.1 
 2. Holland, Toros23.1 
 3. Romero, Trotamun.21.9 
 4. Pena, Toros21.4 
 5. Rodgers, Marinos20.1 
 6. Adams, Guaiqueries18.9 
 7. Hickerson, Bucan.18.1 
 8. Edwin, Gaiteros17.5 
 9. Elliott, Cocodrilos16.9 
 10. Millsap, Guaros16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Torraye BRAGGS
  Gaiteros
  (203-F/C-76)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Braggs, Gaiteros9.3 
 2. Pruitt, Trotamun.9.3 
 3. Fuller, Panteras9.2 
 4. Urbina, Toros8.5 
 5. Sucre, Marinos7.7 
 6. Gransberry, Cocod.7.7 
 7. Colmenares, Cocod.7.2 
 8. Lugo, Guaiqueries7.2 
 9. Warner, Bucaneros7.1 
 10. Feeley, Gigantes7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Stoll, Gigantes7.4 
 2. Vargas, Marinos5.8 
 3. Cubillan, Trotamun.5.3 
 4. Guillent, Bucaneros4.6 
 5. Guillent, Guaros4.3 
 6. Elliott, Cocodrilos4.3 
 7. Braggs, Gaiteros4.1 
 8. Pena, Toros4.1 
 9. Centeno, Cocodrilos3.5 
 10. Sims, Gaiteros3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Paul STOLL
  Gigantes
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Stoll, Gigantes4.4 
 2. Pena, Toros2.8 
 3. Guillent, Bucaneros2.8 
 4. Vargas, Marinos2.6 
 5. Elliott, Cocodrilos2.6 
 6. Adams, Guaiqueries2.5 
 7. Sims, Gaiteros2.5 
 8. Horton, Panteras2.3 
 9. Perez, Trotamundos1.9 
 10. Edwin, Gaiteros1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan MOSS
  Marinos
  (200-F/C-74)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moss, Marinos2.0 
 2. Osorio, Panteras1.5 
 3. Graterol, Cocodril.1.5 
 4. Lugo, Guaiqueries1.5 
 5. Hardin, Marinos1.4 
 6. Romero, Trotamun.1.3 
 7. Warner, Bucaneros1.1 
 8. Pruitt, Trotamun.1.0 
 9. Marriaga, Marinos0.9 
 10. Warren, Guaiquer.0.8 


Former NBAer Antoine Wright joins Guaiqueries - by Eurobasket News

Antoine Wright (201-F/G-84, college: Texas A&M) will continue his career in Venezuela. The former NBA player penned a deal with Guaiqueries de Margarita for rest of the LPB season. Antoine Wright started it with Asefa Estudiantes Madrid. He appeared 13 times in Spanish Liga Endesa averaging 10.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. Month and a half ago he joined the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League. There he had 17.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 2.9 apg for 10 games. Antoine Wright played for the Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets in the past. He also has experience from the Chinese CBA. Antoine Wright was 15th overall pick at 2005 NBA Draft (NJ Nets). He left Texas A&M University that same year.


2012 LPB All-Star Game: Foreigners beat Venezuelans 137-131 - by Eurobasket News

Venezuelans - Foreigners 131-137

2012 LPB All-Star Game was held on Monday, April 16. Foreigners celebrated 137-131 win against the Venezuelan stars. Darius Adams (182-G-89, college: Indianapolis) was the leading player in victory with 29 points and 5 rebounds. Robert Glenn (201-F/C-89, college: IUPUI) followed him with 26 points and Delonte Holland (201-F-82, college: De Paul) added 3 less. In the loosing squad Michael Flores (192-G-85) delivered 26 points. Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) (6 rebs) and Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) scored 22 points each. It was a real spectacle and fans could enjoy watching the best LPB players in one place. Foreigners took control on Venezuelans after the breather and managed to keep their lead for rest of the way. Quarters: 31-33, 36-34, 35-41, 29-29. Most of these players are already focused to their LPB Second Stage games.

Venezuelans: Michael Flores 26, Francisco Centeno 22+6 boards, Hernan Salcedo 22
Foreigners: Darius Adams 29+5 boards, Robert Glenn 26, Delonte Holland 23



Cocodrilos silenced by Guaiqueries - by Yelitza La Torre

Guaiqueries of Margarita defeated Cocodrilos de Caracas 76-75 in their own house regardless of referees helping the home owner once again.
The tribe Guaiqueri was playing an extremely good defense on today's game led by Richard Lugo whom took 10 rebounds and 3 blocks to stop the looser team. The home owner closed the night with a poor 32% from field goal (24-76) while Guaiqueries dominated the boards (34-49) Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) was the best man for Guaiqueries de Margarita with 16 points and 12 rebounds followed by Rogers Washington (198-F-77, college: LSU) with 15 points as well as Richard Lugo with 9 points, 3 blocks and 10 rebounds. Despite the defeat Garcia Morales made 19 points for Cocodrilos de Caracas.

ScoreBoard

Guaiqueries: 21-19-17-19 Total: 76

Cocodrilos: 18-17-14-26 Total: 75



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  VIETNAM   


ASEAN League: Patriots post another victory - by Eurobasket News

Philippine Patriots - Saigon Heat 76:70

Philippine Patriots improved at 14-4 record in ASEAN League. They knocked down visiting Saigon Heat tonight. Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) nailed 19 points to pace the winners. The Patriots remain one win shy of league leading Petron Blaze. The Heat slipped at 6-11 record in the 7th position
The Patriots got to a strong start. They piled up a 25:19 lead after the opening quarter. The teams exchanged baskets in the second term as the hosts secured a 6-point cushion at halftime 41:35. Al Vergara (173-G-79) gave the Patriots a double-digit lead midway through the third period but the Heat came back into the game. The Vietnamese team narrowed the gap to just three points at the final break 56:59. But the visitors never got any closer as the Patriots took over in the final frame and rallied to the victory. Nakiea Miller (204-C-79, college: Iona) posted 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Al Vergara contributed 11 points for the winners. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) replied with 22 points and 12 rebounds for the Heat. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, college: Houston) produced 15 points and 10 boards in the loss.

Philippine Patriots: Anthony Johnson 19, Nakiea Miller 17, Al Vergara 11
Saigon Heat: Jonathan Jones 22+12 boards, Jahmar Thorpe 15+10 boards




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Women News


Lauren Jackson wins the title in Spain - by Eurobasket News

Another trophy for the Australian superstar Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81). This time she won it in Spain with her team Ros Casares. They outplayed Perfumerias with perfect 2-0 in the LFB Finals to finish the season in style. Ros Casares already won the Euroleague title earlier this season. Ros Casares celebrated 68-86 road win against Perfumerias last night. Lauren Jackson had 9 points and 2 rebounds. In Game One, which belonged to Ros Casares 74-72, Jackson 19 points and 6 rebounds wining the MVP of the game award. Lauren Jackson joined Ros Casares last summer. She appeared 25 times in LFB averaging 11.8 points and 4 rebounds. She also added 8.7 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 16 Euroleague games. Ros Casares outplayed Rivas Ecopolis in the Finals 65-52.


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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Hanna KALENTA
  Berezina
  (187-C-94)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Kalenta, Berezina14.1 
 2. Sovtsa, Sozh Gomel13.6 
 3. Khomenchuk, Goriz.12.5 
 4. Istseliatsov., Min.11.8 
 5. Holubeva, Victoria11.7 
 6. Voishal, Victoria11.4 
 7. Hasper, Gorizont11.4 
 8. Pantsiukh, Minsk.11.4 
 9. Anufryienka, Goriz.11.3 
 10. Papova, Olimpia11.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Veronika SOVTSA
  Sozh Gomel
  (183-C-83)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Sovtsa, Sozh Gomel14.7 
 2. Alyoshkina, Olimpia10.1 
 3. Istseliatsov., Min.8.9 
 4. Hasper, Gorizont8.4 
 5. Avdeythuk, BrGU8.2 
 6. Kalenta, Berezina8.0 
 7. Haryna, Victoria7.8 
 8. Khomenchuk, Goriz.7.5 
 9. Pantsiukh, Minsk.6.4 
 10. Bohdan, BrGU6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ekaterina KONDRATENKO
  Sozh G.
  (172-G-89)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Kondratenko, Sozh3.7 
 2. Anufryienka, Goriz.3.6 
 3. Tsiruleva, BrGU3.4 
 4. Kashlei, Olimpia3.2 
 5. Holubeva, Victoria2.4 
 6. Pantsiukh, Minsk.2.4 
 7. Fedotova, BrGU2.3 
 8. Valko, Gorizont2.3 
 9. Yakovits, Minsk.2.2 
 10. Shoniker, Olimpia1.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marina RAKOVSKAIA
  Sozh G.
  (173-G-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Rakovskaia, Sozh3.0 
 2. Tsiruleva, BrGU2.3 
 3. Anufryienka, Goriz.2.1 
 4. Avdeythuk, BrGU2.0 
 5. Ilkovich, BrGU1.9 
 6. Papova, Olimpia1.9 
 7. Fedotova, BrGU1.9 
 8. Sovtsa, Sozh Gomel1.9 
 9. Gorelikova, Sozh G.1.8 
 10. Kashlei, Olimpia1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekaterina KONDRATENKO
  Sozh G.
  (172-G-89)
  Avg: 0
 1.